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Congress has passed a new law allowing individuals with disabilities and their families to create tax-free savings accounts. Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – The Achieving a Better Life Experience or ABLE Act passed Congress and is expected to be signed by President Obama. The law allows family members of individuals with disabilities to deposit funds in special accounts, the income for which will remain tax-free, provided it is spent on qualified expenses such as housing, health care, education and transportation. “This is great news for people with special needs and their families,” said Andrew H. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Featured in the latest issue of Bigger Law Firm (BLF) magazine is a series of seriously helpful articles to help a busy law firm grab hold of new and promising developments. Find out how a law firm can maximize its exposure by using LinkedIn’s newest and very powerful free blogging platform. Kerrie Spencer explores the useful long-form post and how it becomes a part of a law firm’s profile. Launched in early 2014, the new platform is an ideal way to help build authority in a legal niche, such as medical […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) today announced that through January 1, 2015, it will offer its CLM Flagship custom marketing plan to law firms for just $3500 a month. This offering saves law firms 30% or more on CLM’s premier legal marketing product. CLM’s Flagship is built to deliver large-scale growth in quality lead flow for law firms, using a radically new approach to digital marketing. “CLM knows that efficiency and growth are extremely important to law firms, and this special Flagship offer helps them achieve both,” says Jason Bland, CLM […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Last year, retiree Medric Mills died in a parking lot while waiting for an ambulance that was sent to the wrong address. As the minutes ticked by, the victim’s daughter begged the 911 operator to simply call the firehouse that was across the street from the lot, but the operator refused to do so. According to a new report from ABC News, this is just one in a series of emergency response blunders that is drawing attention to systemic problems in the way emergency response centers are run. “This report shows […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – A Florida Appeals Court decision may affect who accesses cellphone data after a fatal accident. The appeals court’s ruling arises from the death of Tabitha Antico in 2012. Antico, who was 18 at the time of the accident, died after colliding with a truck. Her estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the trucking company and the truck’s driver. Sindt Trucking Inc. and James Williams were the named defendants in the action. Initially, a circuit court justice agreed that the defendants could hire an expert to mine Antico’s cellphone data to […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Army officer gets discharge and indictment upon discovery of simultaneous marriages. Bigamy, while not the most common cause of marital disputes ending up in criminal court, landed former Army Sgt. Courtney Brown an indictment in late October. A Cumberland County, North Carolina, grand jury handed down the indictment against Brown, 30, who was not prosecuted explicitly for bigamy while serving in the military. Instead, after months of congressional inquiries as well as military and civilian investigations, the Army discharged Brown for fraud, forgery and adultery in early October. Brown’s fourth wife, […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Recently, one man was killed and two were injured when a frozen high-pressure water line exploded at a hydraulic fracking site near Mead, CO. Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have begun an investigation. An OSHA spokesperson noted that the oil and gas industry is notoriously dangerous for workers. According to records from the U.S. Department of Labor, the oil and gas sector has had more fatalities in recent years than other sectors traditionally considered dangerous, including manufacturing, construction and agriculture. “The workers were out there trying to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – One of the most controversial products on the market today is the transvaginal mesh sling. For the last several years, its use has resulted in devastating physical issues for women with the implanted kit. “It appears that embattled medical device manufacturers noted for producing transvaginal mesh kits under various names are beginning to wave the white flag,” indicated Bobby Lee, an Austin injury lawyer who handles transvaginal mesh cases for Lee, Gober & Reyna.  Transvaginal mesh kits were once touted as a less-invasive alternative to patient body tissue slings in assisting […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 17 , 2014 – Joan Rivers will always be remembered for her sharp wit, iconic style and acerbic personality. Many also remember how suddenly she died. “Rivers went for what was to have been a routine outpatient procedure. Something went wrong that caused her to stop breathing and later suffer a heart attack. Did a preventable anesthesiology error happen?” asked Arkansas injury lawyer, Michael Smith. Hospital errors have long triggered medical malpractice lawsuits. Outpatient clinics, which are rarely as fully equipped as hospitals, are open to even more legal issues. Outpatient clinics, or […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2014 – Two certified nursing assistants employed by a nursing home in Winter Haven, Florida, have been arrested after a hidden camera recorded them apparently abusing an elderly Alzheimer’s patient. “Abuse and neglect are significant problems in nursing homes,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa attorney who handles cases of nursing home abuse and neglect. “If these allegations are true, then this is a particularly outrageous case.” Dale Wilson’s father is 76 years old and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Dale and his wife Debbie became suspicious when they noticed that his father had unexplained […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2014 – Home confinement, often referred to as house arrest, became a fixture in the justice system in 1983 with the advent of the electronic monitoring bracelet. “Most prisons today are crowded to overflowing. More and more courts are offering home confinement to keep the prison available to hold the more serious offenders,” said Thomas C. Grajek, a Lakeland County criminal defense attorney. House arrest is more palatable for many and permits offenders to go to designated rehabilitation programs, remain in the family unit, keep working or seek work. There are a number […]


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Irvine, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2014 – The Law Offices of Samer Habbas is pleased to introduce attorney Kim Nga Nguyen to its growing team of expert personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys. Ms. Nguyen graduated cum laude with honors from the University of Southern California with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Minor in Psychology and Law. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was a National Team Competitor and member of the Appellate Moot Court Executive Board, member of San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2014 – A handful of judges have been found to have approved large numbers of dubious cases and benefits. The Social Security Administration’s inspector general issued a report on November 17 finding a significant number of disability cases approved by certain judges did not have “a well-supported rationale” for awarding benefits. According to the report, 44 judges over seven years were deemed to have decided an unusually large number of disability cases and awarded an unusually high number of benefits. More specifically, the report examined 275 cases and found 216 of them to […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2014 – Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) has announced that until January 1, 2015, any law firm that signs up for a legal marketing plan with CLM will get a custom app for their law firm at no additional charge. CLM’s legal marketing plans help law firms grow by using innovative digital strategies to increase quality lead flow. Because so much of the digital world is now on mobile devices, CLM founder Jason Bland says that a mobile app can be a huge asset to firms who want to grow. “A mobile app […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2014 – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has proposed legislation that would allow nursing home residents and their families to place cameras in the facilities to guard against abuse and neglect. The cameras would be placed on a voluntary basis, and only families would have access to the recordings, not nursing home staff. Currently, cameras in nursing home rooms are not illegal, but many facilities prohibit them. “Abuse and neglect are major problems in nursing homes,” said Robert Briskman, an attorney with the Chicago firm of Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. Briskman handles cases […]


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Lafayette, LA (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2014 – A Complaint for Damages has been filed against the City of Crowley, Crowley Chief of Police Kelly P. Gibson, Scott Fogleman and Skeat Thibodeaux in United States District Court – Western District of Louisiana – Lafayette Division by the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess (www.clayburgess.com) on behalf of Theresa Richard. The eleven page complaint lodged December 12, 2014 lists the City of Crowley, Crowley Chief of Police Kelly P. Gibson, Scott Fogleman and Skeat Thibodeaux as defendants. According to the allegations contained in the complaint Scott Fogleman and Skeat Thibodeaux […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2014 – Motorcycle crashes are claiming more lives than ever before in Texas and across the nation. “Deaths from motorcycle crashes are on the rise, and the numbers are cause for concern,” indicated motorcycle accident lawyer Brooks Schuelke with Perlmutter & Schuelke LLP in Austin. “From January through September this year, there were 14 fatalities in Fort Worth. In 2013 there were 11 deaths the entire year.” The scenarios vary, but the outcome often remains the same. Two young bikers rammed into a guardrail on I-635. A motorcycle rear-ended a tractor-trailer. A motorcyclist […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 16 , 2014 – A white 2003 Ford Ranger, driven by 29-year-old Daniel Gentry, allegedly caused two serious accidents in two different locations in Richmond County, Georgia. “Multiple-injury accidents are not uncommon for law enforcement. This story spun out in two different locations and caused serious harm to a number of innocent drivers who were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” explained Litigation Funding Corporation representative Daren Monroe. The first accident was called in as a hit-and-run, with eyewitnesses indicating that the driver fled the scene at a high rate of speed. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2014 – On October 15, the Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an oil and gas royalty dispute. In the case, Steadfast Financial LLC v. Bradshaw, the owner of an executive right was sued by the owner of a nonparticipating royalty interest. The owner of the interest claimed that the owner of the right did not obtain a high enough royalty interest in a new lease. At issue is whether the executive-rights owner had a duty to secure the going royalty rate. “A central issue in this case is the extent of […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 15, 2014 – Everyone with a job should have benefits of some kind. The law mandates that an employer must provide them. “Working full-time usually means you get a paycheck – cash to be put into the bank. But you get more than that; you also receive benefits. Those benefits may take the form of paid vacation or health insurance, referred to as non-cash benefits,” stated Timothy J. Coffey, a Chicago employment attorney. Benefits received are to provide for family and improve quality of life. The IRS allows certain tax breaks for many employment […]


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