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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2016 – On June 13 a Social Security judge pleaded guilty to conspiring to retaliate against a former Social Security Administration (SSA) worker who was an informant to federal agents investigating fraud. The employee blew the whistle on a scheme devised by Kentucky disability lawyer Eric Conn. Conn obtained over $600 million in fraudulent SSA disability payments for thousands of individuals regardless of whether they were eligible for benefits or not. He allegedly falsified medical evidence to make clients appear disabled. The lawyer also paid physicians to approve bogus reports. “Fraudulent claims for […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 12, 2016 – A $7 million wrongful death lawsuit was filed against a driver who recklessly backed his pickup through a crowded parking lot. He struck and killed 37-year-old James Robinson. The truck hit several other vehicles and injured 11 other people. James Robinson and his wife Julia and their daughter had been watching fireworks from the back of their vehicle. When the show was over, the Robinson family started to pack up to leave. While they were in the midst of departure preparations, their vehicle was hit by a 2006 Dodge pickup being […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2016 – It was yet another drunk driving accident that took the life of Dickinson resident 43-year-old Troy McNeil on Bay Area Boulevard. Mr. McNeil and his long-time partner were heading south on the Gulf Freeway. Their vehicle, a Dodge Durango, was sideswiped and whipped out onto the highway. McNeil and his partner were hit by another vehicle. Both McNeil and his partner were alive and not badly hurt at that point. However, when McNeil climbed out of the Durango to check on the damage, a Toyota Camry driven by Saul Arrendondo hit […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 5, 2016 – According to the court documents filed in this case, Yolanda Lamar sustained permanent injuries after falling out of her bed at her care home. The lawsuit cites negligence resulting in wrongful death. On May 24, 2014, Yolanda Lamar fell out of her bed while in care at the Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. She died four days later as a result of those injuries. Yolanda’s son, Cordell Lamar chose to file a wrongful death lawsuit alleging negligence in the care of his mother. According to the statement of claim, Mr. Lamar alleges the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2016 – A new national data-gathering campaign is aimed to curb the maternal death rate in the United States, which leads that of other developed nations. The campaign, a joint effort of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, encourages states to institute mortality review panels to investigate every maternal death occurring during pregnancy or within 12 months following delivery. Data gathering on maternal deaths in some states has already led to meaningful prevention efforts. For example, women who undergo cesarean sections are […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2016 – Given the disclosure that pop music icon Prince left no will, there has been a renewed interest in estate planning. His lack of estate planning demonstrates the importance of creating a will, or even a trust if privacy is important to the grantor. What is most surprising is the fact that Prince missed an opportunity to continue to engage in philanthropy and in discovering methods of releasing artists from restrictive recording contracts, two issues that were important to him. Instead of leaving his estate to his siblings, charities or other beneficiaries, […]


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Westchester, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2016 – The Arc of Westchester’s 2016 Golfing for Kids tournament will be held on June 7th. The golfing outing aims to raise funds for the Arc of Westchester’s Children’s School for Early Development, which provides educational and social support services for children five years old or younger with autism and other special needs, and their families. This year, they are honoring Bernard A. Krooks of Littman Krooks LLP with the Advocate of the Year Award. Mr. Krooks is President of the Board of Directors of the Arc of Westchester, the largest agency […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) May 26, 2016 – A bikini model and her boyfriend have been charged with identity theft and grand larceny in Manhattan criminal court. Prosecutors claim that Patricia Perez-Gonzalez and Alberto Companioni opened 40 American Express Platinum cards using the personal information of other people, having the cards mailed to vacant houses where they were picked up. “Identity theft charges are very serious and require a sophisticated defense,” said Peter Brill, a New York criminal defense attorney who represents people charged with identity theft. “Anyone charged with credit card fraud or a related crime should seek […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2016 – Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll Associates, in partnership with Trusts and Estates Magazine, will present an informative seminar titled “The Benefits of Multigenerational Planning” on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 2 p.m. ET and 11 a.m. PT. The webinar is free and is available nationwide. The seminar will cover key issues for lawyers engaged in the practice of multigenerational planning. Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix will share their experience as a father-son team of estate planning attorneys. Multigenerational planning provides an innovative way for parents, […]


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Tallahassee, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2016 – The Florida Supreme Court ruled that the state’s mandatory attorney fee schedule was unconstitutional in workers’ compensation cases under both Florida and the U.S. Constitution as a violation of due process. The decision is viewed as a victory by the law firm of Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A., whose attorneys represent injured workers whose attempts to secure adequate legal representation may have been frustrated by the previous limitations of the law. “Our firm is pleased with the ruling,” stated David C. Barnett, Esq., founder of the firm. “It offers justice […]


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Palm Beach County, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 2, 2016 – Six people were killed in a car crash on the night of Saturday, April 30th. Among those who perished in the crash were four children. According to Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky, the tragic accident occurred as a result of separation of a minivan’s tire tread. The van whirled towards an SUV that was operated by Sharwen Pierre Louis. A report from the Florida Highway Patrol revealed that the front of the SUV struck the right side of the minivan. The vehicles were headed south on I-95 in […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2016 – Attorney Robert Joyce, of the Tampa firm Joyce & Reyes, has been selected to receive the 2016 Champion of Justice award from the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association. The Champion of Justice award is the highest honor bestowed by the association, and it is only given when the board finds that there has been truly exceptional lifetime achievement in the service of justice. The award has only been given seven times in the past. The board of the association unanimously selected Mr. Joyce as the recipient of the 2016 award, congratulating […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2016 – David West was riding his motorcycle one recent Sunday when a 2004 Dodge Dakota swerved into his lane, hitting him head-on. He died on impact. On the day of the fatal accident, the 2004 Dakota was heading south on Farm Road 4, just north of Granbury. The driver behind the wheel was 36-year-old Ladonna Welch. According to eyewitnesses, her vehicle suddenly swung into the oncoming lane of traffic, plowing into 53-year-old David West’s 2012 Yamaha. Welch was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and texting while driving (distracted driving). The Texas […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2016 – Sometimes the only thing that can protect people against blood clots is awareness. In recognition of Blood Clot Awareness Month, the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) is telling one individual’s story on its website each day. Each person had a frightening experience with a blood clot, and a common theme among many of their stories is that they were not at very high risk, but had symptoms they could not ignore. Greg Grambor is president of Vascular PRN, a distributor of pneumatic compression devices for the prevention of deep vein thrombosis […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2016 – As part of an ongoing commitment to community education around topics related to aging and long-term care, Home Care Assistance is hosting a public webinar led by Mark Gilfix on Thursday, April 21st at 10 AM Pacific, 1 PM Eastern. Home Care Assistance, the premier provider of in-home care for seniors, is excited to announce the next webinar in its widely acclaimed Healthy Longevity Series, “A Will is Not Enough: Everything You Need to Know About Estate Planning”, led by Mark Gilfix, Attorney at Gilfix & La Poll Associates and […]


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Johannesburg, South Africa, (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2016 – The future of law is here. Imani, Africa’s first full-scale lawyers on demand service, has launched operations, based out of Johannesburg. Imani will offer tailored legal solutions across the African continent and across economic sectors on a demand basis, tapping into a large pool of skilled and qualified lawyers with experience at big firms. Imani is the first of its kind for Africa in that it combines the flexibility of an in-house resource with the guaranteed support and quality of a major law firm. African legal clients are demanding a […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL(Law Firm Newswire) April 6, 2016 – Liza E. Lima, Esq., an attorney at Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A., has recently joined the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), an international organization involved in the maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide. Her involvement in the organization’s Florida chapter began in September, 2015. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to become a member within the ranks of such a notable group of women. I look forward to the prospect to further the objectives of the organization by working on initiatives that empower women in the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 30, 2016 – Sarah Deatherage, the widow of state trooper Kyle Deatherage, spoke out against tort reform at a meeting of the Illinois state House of Representatives. House Speaker Michael Madigan organized the meeting so that legislators could hear stories about the human cost of negligence and how Gov. Bruce Rauner’s expected tort reform proposals would prevent victims from obtaining justice. “It is very important for our elected representatives to hear from victims of negligence,” said Paul Greenberg, a prominent Chicago wrongful death attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. “Tort reform proponents make the […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 24, 2016 – Under Virginia law, a trustee has the power to assign the trust principal or income to the trustee of a second trust. This is called a decanting power, which does not require the approval of the court or the beneficiaries. For instance, a trustee could assign the assets of a previous trust to a new trust that has up-to-date provisions. A decanting power can also be used to add a trust adviser or trust protector, replace the trust situs, appoint a different trustee or alter trustee succession provisions. Additionally, it […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2016 – Mayra Valdez was on her way home one day in November 2015 when her whole life was turned upside down. She was hit by an 18-wheeler. Most people in accidents with 18-wheelers are severely injured or die as a result of their injuries. Valdez was one of the luckier ones. She escaped a certain death thanks to the point of impact being behind the driver’s door. According to the statement of claim filed in her personal injury case, she had the green light and moved ahead accordingly. She was hit by […]


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