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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2015 – In a blow to struggling homeowners, the U.S. Supreme Court prohibited the voiding of underwater second mortgages in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Previously, homeowners filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy in some states could seek to “strip off” second liens from their homes in cases where a drop in the house’s value had resulted in the second lien having no claim on equity. In Bank of America v. Caulkett, however, the Justices ruled unanimously that Supreme Court precedent required them to bring an end to the practice. Bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton said the […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2015 – There has been an alarming rise in hit and run collisions in Florida. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there were an estimated 80,000 hit and run accidents in 2014. South Florida is leading the surge in these deadly accidents, with 17,480 hit and run crashes in Miami-Dade County, and 9,749 in Broward County. “Drivers who leave the scene of an accident are only making a bad situation worse,” said Jason Chalik, a prominent Florida car accident attorney with Chalik & Chalik. “Now, they may face criminal charges as well as […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2015 – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation on July 9 to establish a cap on how much money local governments can collect from fines and court costs for minor traffic offenses, setting the stage for the reform of the state’s municipal court system. Along with having to consider the ability of defendants to pay fines, courts will now be prohibited from sentencing people to jail for failing to pay. They will also no longer be able to suspend drivers’ licenses and levy additional charges for failure to appear in court or pay fines […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2015 – Richard Griffin, the acting inspector general of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), stepped down from his post on July 4 after facing criticism from whistleblowers and members of Congress for doing little to uncover fraud in the agency and interfering in investigations to protect VA leadership. He was appointed deputy inspector general in 2008 and has served as the acting director of the department since January 2014. Although in his retirement announcement Griffin lauded the office’s “outstanding achievements,” critics in recent years have accused him of not holding VA […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2015 – A Florida jury awarded $24 million to a man whose pregnant wife died when a vehicle crashed into their pool cabana. The jury handed down the verdict in favor of Michael Demella, whose wife, Alanna, was killed at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale when she was struck by a drunk driver. “When a loved one is lost due to another’s negligence, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide some compensation to the grieving family,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa wrongful death attorney with Joyce & Reyes, who is not involved in […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 4, 2015 – Traffic fatalities in Florida are higher than the national average, and the Florida Highway Patrol is taking action to reduce them. Each quarter, the Florida Highway Patrol coordinates with state and local police to increase police presence on sections of Interstate 75 with the goal of reducing fatalities to zero during a period of several days. The effort, dubbed “Staying Alive on I-75,” involves five other states and has had some success, and a similar campaign called “Safe 95” is now being conducted along the east coast. “Far too many Floridians […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2015 – A divorced father in Huntington Beach, California, is calling for an overhaul of alimony laws, saying they are archaic and used unfairly by divorcing spouses to extract more money from their partners. Businessman Steve Clark has claimed that current alimony laws were drafted when most women did not work. Women now comprise nearly half of the work force in the United States. Alimony, also known as spousal support, is the payment one spouse makes to another after a divorce, based on a court decision or an agreement between the couple. […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2015 – It was reported in a podcast that Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, which is part of St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, has a death rate from open heart surgery that is more than three times the national average. As a result of this alarming discovery, St. Mary’s Medical Center is now the subject of a federal investigation. Although St. Mary’s does not disclose its death rates, CNN was able to obtain them by filing a Freedom of Information request, and communicating with the families of children who lost […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2014 – Decision in favor of Mexican immigrant marks key victory for so-called Dreamers. In what could be a test case for immigrant rights in the country, an appellate panel of the New York state Supreme Court on June 3 overturned a committee’s 2013 decision that denied an undocumented immigrant the right to practice law. As a result of the court’s ruling, Cesar Vargas, a 31-year-old immigrant from Mexico, will be admitted to the New York state bar and be able to work as a lawyer. Vargas was not the first undocumented immigrant […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2015 – The most recent issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine focuses on client relationship management, and the ways in which software tools can bolster the ability to gain new clients and facilitate the intake process. With these strategies, attorneys have more time to focus on their practice. In this issue, Ryan Conley discusses a variety of customer relationship management (CRM) tools that assist attorneys in strengthening their relationships with clients and obtaining referrals. He describes some of the small-scale CRM tools such as Gmail add-ons like Boomerang and Streak that help […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2015 – The Obama administration’s nominee for undersecretary of health at the Department of Veterans Affairs did not mince words at his confirmation hearing before a Senate committee. “The VA needs change,” Dr. David Shulkin told the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, acknowledging a host of problems at the agency in recent years, including lengthy wait times for veterans, lack of accountability, and ballooning construction costs. He said the agency needed “more doctors, more nurses, and greater efficiency from its current systems.” James G. Fausone, an attorney at Legal Help for Veterans in Northville, […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2015 – Case pits law enforcement against wife of sheriff’s lieutenant who is also daughter of ex-cop. On May 9, St. Louis police fired multiple shots at a woman while she was at a family home, an encounter that has resulted in felony charges against her as well as her hospitalization with serious injuries. And within days of the shooting, the family has not only responded with outrage but also disputed the police account of the incident. The woman, Jennifer Morgan-Tyra, 38, is being treated at St. Louis University Hospital after police […]


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San Diego, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2015 – As use of the blockbuster anti-nausea drug Zofran continues to grow in the United States, a number of epidemiology studies conducted in the U.S., China, Sweden and Denmark have set out to analyze the potential for Zofran use during pregnancy to cause severe birth defects in babies exposed to the medication in utero. If you took Zofran while pregnant, and your child was born with cleft lip, cleft palate, or another serious congenital malformation, contact a qualified Zofran attorney today to discuss your options for legal recourse. You may have […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2015 – The first housing project dedicated to homeless women veterans in the United States was inaugurated on May 5, 2015. U.S. secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert A. McDonald, along with Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Blue Butterfly Village in San Pedro, Los Angeles. The housing community comprises 73 two-bedroom units that can accommodate families of up to six people. Veteran families will receive priority for 61 of the townhouses, which are expected to be filled up by the end of the year. “The Blue Butterfly Village […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) JUne 5, 2015 – A veteran fatally shot himself inside the parking lot of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Phoenix Regional Office in Phoenix, Arizona on May 10. A gun was found next to the body of Thomas Murphy, 53, who left behind a suicide note. According to a Fox News report, he was attempting to highlight the lack of care for suicidal veterans and display his frustration with the system. Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney in Michigan, said, “Such tragedies underline the gaps in care that many veterans are struggling with. We need […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 29, 2015 – Truckers are required to obtain permits when hauling an oversized load. The driver in this case did not get a permit. Lares Trucking, a smaller trucking firm, primarily hauls lumber, logs, building materials, poles and other general freight. A two-truck outfit, the rig involved in this accident hit the overhead bridge support beam on I-35, causing the deadly accident near mile marker 286 Salado, roughly 40 miles north of Austin. The bridge was under construction at the time. The trucker and his company neglected to acquire the necessary permit for his […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2015 – A proposed bill would task Michigan’s newly formed Veterans Affairs Agency with sending “welcome home” letters to U.S. military veterans returning from active duty. The letters would include information about services and tools for transitioning to civilian life. “Veterans face significant hurdles when returning home, one of the biggest of which is not knowing which services are available or how to access them,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney in Northville, Michigan. “This bill could ensure that all returning veterans receive the most accurate information about available services in a format […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2015 – Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Scott Perry (R-Pa.) have launched a new caucus of congressional members who served in the military post-9/11. The caucus will focus on issues faced by veterans who have served since 9/11, a group which encompasses 2.8 million of the nation’s veterans. “Post-9/11 veterans represent the youngest generation of veterans. At a time when Congress includes a record-low number of veterans, a caucus representing this unique group could help ensure that Congress better meets the needs of the veteran population,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney in […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2015 – Enactment of the measure would allow residents to avoid probate on their property. On April 9, California took a major step toward allowing transfer-on-death deeds for real estate. The state Assembly passed a bill to permit such deeds by a unanimous 73-0 vote. If approved by the state Senate and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, the Golden State would become the 21st and largest state to legalize this estate-planning method for avoiding probate. The measure, sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Glendale, would make so-called revocable transfer-on-death deeds available. These […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 8, 2015 – The glass ceiling, a name given to the concept of the invisible barrier to advancement for and equal treatment of women due to discrimination in the workplace, has long been acknowledged in many circles, but is not often talked about. The Ellen Pao case is noteworthy for a number of reasons, but mainly for how it highlights the tricky relationship between definitions and actual identifiable acts. There is no clear definition of what sexual harassment means when it comes to subtle actions, words or jokes that are not blatantly sexual. The […]


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