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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2013 – Four people were injured on Houston’s most dangerous roadway when a motorcyclist hit several pedestrians near Allen Parkway. The motorcycle rider allegedly lost control of his vehicle, which jumped a curb and landed on the sidewalk, where it struck two pedestrians. Though the accident was not fatal, the rider, his passenger and the two pedestrians who were struck were all injured and brought to an area hospital. The rider and his passenger were later reported to be in stable condition, while the pedestrians were reported to have sustained serious injuries. “Allen […]


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Jacksonville, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2013 – A bill has been introduced in the Senate that would expedite disability benefits for the terminally ill. The bill was introduced by two Republican Senators of Wyoming, John Barrasso and Mike Enzi, and Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio. The bill would eliminate the five-month wait time for terminally ill patients who are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Terminally ill patients are defined as those who have been diagnosed with a medical condition that is expected to result in a life expectancy of six months or less. “This […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2013 – Next year’s Florida legislative session will probably see another attempt to reform alimony. After a nearly-successful effort to enact alimony reform this year, advocacy groups and lawmakers are already gearing up for next year’s legislative session. And as Brandon family law attorney Kristi McCart explains, there is good reason to believe they may be successful next time. “This year’s attempt to reform alimony was not the first in Florida,” McCart said. “It probably will not be the last. That effort came closer to succeeding than any previous bill. Governor Scott seemed […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2013 – A federal judge said Texas law allows oil and gas drillers to “steal” from small landowners. John Preston Bailey, a federal judge in Wheeling, West Virginia, had been asked to dismiss a case in which a West Virginia landowner sued a company that drilled a horizontal well for natural gas. The plaintiff alleged that hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, caused draining of the landowner’s natural gas to the company’s adjacent well. The company’s attorneys cited Coastal Oil & Gas v. Garza Energy Trust, a Texas Supreme Court case that held […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2013 – McRo, Inc., a pioneering, privately held visual effects company announced today that it has entered into a settlement agreement with THQ, Inc. (“THQI”). THQI is one of the 25 top gaming companies* named in actions brought on behalf of McRo, the Marina Del Rey based firm that provides 3D computer graphics and other services to the entertainment industry. McRo’s legal team at the international law firm, Mishcon de Reya New York LLP, filed complaints in California and Delaware courts for infringement of United States Patent Nos. 6,307,576 and 6,611,278, both […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2013 – The U.S. government is considering a number of options to bolster the Social Security coffers for the long-term. Two of the options currently being considered are shifting the retirement age of seniors, either increasing the age which defines “early retirement,” or changing the age at which an individual can fully retire. But, either of those solutions would likely dramatically increase the number of disability benefit applications, states a new report by the Government Accountability Office. “The early retirement age for Social Security is currently 62; the full retirement age is currently […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2013 – Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, have released a study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine, after looking at more than 15 years of data. They examined the national Health and Retirement Study in order to discern how many elderly people are disabled in their last few years of life. The study looked at more than 8,000 adults over the age of 50 who died between the years 1995 and 2010, and how mobile they were, as well as any disabilities they had. Gerontologists and other elder care […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2013 – The wrong blood used during a transfusion killed an 84-year-old patient. “People go to hospital to get better. They expect their doctor and hospital staff to treat them with dignity and care and ensure their safety. They do not expect to become a never event death statistic as the result of misidentified blood for a transfusion,” stated Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. This case, which happened in Brooklyn, but could just as easily happen in any other hospital across […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2013 – The Cochran Firm, D.C. today announces it is opening an active and aggressive investigation into legal claims arising from the tragic Washington Navy Yard shooting on September 16, 2013. After being recently contacted by some of the victims impacted by this terrible mass shooting, The Cochran Firm, D.C. intends to fully analyze and explore all legal options. “There are many questions about this mass shooting that need to be asked, including why security procedures allegedly did not prevent an individual with a known history of run-ins with the law and severe […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2013 – Bequeathing digital assets should be part of estate planning, too. While estate planning usually involves bequeathing money, real estate and heirlooms, Virginia estate planning attorney Lisa McDevitt says that people planning their estates should think about online assets as well. “Digital assets can range from sentimental items such as photographs to things with commercial value such as access to business documents that are kept online,” said McDevitt. “Online assets do have value and they should be considered in your estate planning.” Passwords can be preserved in a physical location, and online […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2013 – A small airplane crashed into a neighborhood in East Haven, Conn., killing four people. William Henningsgard, of Medina, Wash., was flying the plane with his son Maxwell, 17, aboard when it went down at 11:21 am on August 9, 2013. It crashed into a home on Charter Oak Avenue occupied by Sade Brantley, 13, and Madisyn Mitchell, her one-year-old sister. “Even small planes can create catastrophic damage when they crash at high speeds,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz. “As evidenced by the fact that these two girls were […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2013 – Estates that do not use their entire estate tax exclusion allowance may pass on the remainder to a surviving spouse, but the process is not automatic. Called “portability,” the rule was made permanent as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA). But Virginia estate planning attorney, Andrew Hook, cautions that an estate tax return must be filed in order for the surviving spouse to claim portability. “Not every estate is required by law to file an estate tax return,” Hook said. “But the IRS has made it […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2013 – Seven people were injured in an auto accident near Tampa, Fla. involving 11 vehicles. The collision occurred around noon on a recent Saturday on southbound Interstate 75 just north of State Road 60. Officials with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) say an out-of-state driver caused the pileup by cutting off a semi truck while changing lanes. Tampa auto accident attorney Robert Joyce says it should serve as a reminder to drive defensively. “Anyone on the road is a potential danger,” Joyce said. “People unfamiliar with the area might have trouble navigating […]


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Beverly Hills, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2013 – The Los Angeles personal injury law firm of Glotzer and Sweat, LLP recently negotiated a settlement in the amount of $835,000 for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. The incident occurred in Orange County CA and involved a valet who was driving negligently when he hit and injured a 43 year old male waiting in a service bay of a local car dealership. The plaintiff sustained injuries including a fractured tibial plateau and torn labrum, which required multiple surgeries. Steven M. Sweat, Joshua W. Glotzer and George Aldrich were the […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2013 – There are many elder care options available for an older parent in declining health. When an elder begins to need additional care, the question of how to provide it can seem overwhelming for the adult children who often take on the responsibility. While there are several options for elder care, there is no one simple answer, according to Waxahachie elder law attorney John Hale. “The choice you make for elder care depends on individual circumstances,” said Hale. “Some factors you will need to consider are whether the home is still safe […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2013 – An investigation into Social Security disability fraud led to the arrest of 75 people in Puerto Rico. The case was the first instance of large-scale arrests for fraud since the rapid expansion of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) seen over the last several years. Zephyrhills Social Security disability attorney Robert Alston said he was pleased to see the action taken. “The nation’s disability insurance program is under enough financial strain as it is without criminals engaging in outright fraud to take taxpayer funds,” Alston said. “Investigating and prosecuting such large-scale abuses […]


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Orlando, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2013 – On Friday, September 20, 2013 in Orlando Florida, Nancy Guenther was awarded a verdict of 1.3 million dollars in her suit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation for causing her jaw to die and be removed and replaced with a metal chain all because of its failure to warn of the dangers of its drug Zometa. Counsel John Beins, Esq. of Beins, Goldberg and Hennessey, and Ranchor Harris, Esq. of Girardi Keese, assisted by John J. Vecchione, Esq.  tried the case to verdict against Don Fowler, Esq. and Martin Calhoun, Esq. of Hollingsworth, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 20, 2013 – A well-known Texas investor and philanthropist has been sued in an investment dispute. Ted Skokos is accused of breach of contract, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty in the lawsuit filed by Arthur Abbey. The lawsuit claims that in 2005 Abbey made a $4 million investment in 3F Therapeutics, a medical device company founded by Skokos, with the parties agreeing that Skokos would get 20 percent of profits after Abbey received capital from his investment. The complaint alleges that profits were taken out before Abbey was paid back. “An investment deal […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2013 – Reports of nursing home abuse are far too frequent these days. Even if such incidents are isolated, there is never any excuse for abusing seniors in care. “While some people think that nursing home abuse is on the decline, if you read the paper with any degree of regularity, that doesn’t seem to be the case,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. Consider the latest case that made headlines across America; a nursing home facility in the State of […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2013 – According to a survey by Findlaw.com, approximately 60 percent of parents have yet to formalize a simple will to protect their children. Having an estate plan in place, including a will and possibly trusts as well, should be a major concern for every parent. The future may hold decision-making issues regarding disability or incapacity, or the untimely death of one or more parents. As hard as it is to contemplate, one of the choices a responsible parent must make is how to ensure their child or children are safe if […]


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