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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2014 – Illinois state troopers are cracking down on motorists using cellphones in an effort to curb distracted driving, a major cause of car accidents. Statistics from the Illinois State Police show that distracted driving citations in the first half of 2014 increased by 193 percent compared to the same period last year. The crackdown comes after a statewide ban on the use of cellphones went into effect in January. Prior to that, texting while driving was already prohibited statewide, and Chicago and several other municipalities had banned cellphone use entirely while driving. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2014 – The Texas Supreme Court has heard arguments in Hooks v. Samson Lone Star, a case of alleged fraud in mineral royalties. The lawsuit concerns an issue of major importance in the Texas oil and gas industry. In the case, plaintiff and landowner Charles Hooks accuses Samson Lone Star, an oil and gas partnership, of withholding royalties. Hooks claims that Samson violated the terms of a lease of his land by drilling another well on adjacent property without paying Hooks additional royalties. Samson argues that the statute of limitations has passed for […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2014 – The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is applicable to all state, local and federal government and private employers with at least 50 workers who live within a 75-mile radius. “For employees to be eligible for leave, they must have worked for at least 12 months and 1,250 hours prior to starting leave. Many workers do not know that by law, employers are not required to provide paid sick leave. However, they are in certain situations mandated to permit employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave,” Timothy Coffey, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2014 – The Texas Lottery Commission announced its decision to end the Fun 5’s scratch-off game just five days after a Texas Lottery watchdog asked a Travis County Court for the right to depose the Commission over alleged problems with the game. The move to shut down the game is a major turning point in a controversy that has been gaining momentum. Since the game launched in early September, hundreds of lottery players have complained that official lottery computers had been programmed to deny prizes to some winning Fun 5’s tickets. The Texas […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2014 – In a recent wrongful death case, a series of miscommunications led to a $1.8 million court award. In the spring of 2010, 30-year-old Carl Whitmer of Columbus, Ohio was involved in a serious car accident. Two weeks after the accident, Whitmer underwent facial surgery, but he never woke up after the operation. He passed away one week later. Whitmer’s estate filed court documents pursuing claims of wrongful death. Prior to his surgery, Whitmer had complained of severe headaches. However, his complaint was not checked and he was never assessed. Trauma services […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2014 – A San Mateo judge has lifted a stay in a lawsuit that Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) shareholders have filed against individual executives at PG&E. The lawsuit alleges that the actions of the executives named in the suit led to a catastrophic gas explosion in San Bruno, California. The 2010 explosion killed eight people, injured 66, and destroyed 38 houses. “This is a unique case, as the executives of public utilities are rarely held liable individually for their actions,” said David Lietz, a wrongful death attorney not involved with the case. […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2014 – A doctor misdiagnosed a serious sinus condition as an allergy reaction. The misdiagnosis resulted in extensive surgery. “The plaintiff in this case, Shannon Jones, went to the hospital to see a doctor about her swollen left eye and the increasing sense of pressure she felt on the left side of her head,” said Litigation Funding representative Daren Monroe. “At her first visit to the hospital, she told the doctor that she did not have allergies.” After the doctor examined Jones, she was diagnosed with angioedema and sent home with a prescription […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2014 – California Divorce Mediators, a divorce mediation practice in Orange County, California, offers dedicated divorce mediation options for couples experiencing extreme levels of conflict. “We believe every couple deserves the opportunity to choose a cost-effective divorce,” said Gerald Maggio, founder of California Divorce Mediators. “By matching the circumstances of a particular couple to the correct mediation process, we can bring even hostile couples through to a sustainable divorce agreement.” According to a study from Pepperdine University, the characteristics of high-conflict couples include constant arguing, quick hostility and verbal aggression. The study […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2014 – A recent wrongful death case in New Jersey revealed that impaired driving does not always involve driving while under the influence of alcohol. “Daniel Everett, the professional truck driver involved, was driving while impaired, but not because he was drunk. His erratic blood sugar levels made him drive in a similarly erratic manner. His 80,000-pound truck pushed a car off the road into a lake, and its driver drowned,” outlined Austin injury lawyer, Bobby Lee.  Everett was also involved in two other accidents earlier that day. The truck driver first rear-ended […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2014 – A Virginia program that puts noncustodial parents to work, rather than in jail, for nonpayment is showing results. The Intensive Case Monitoring Program (ICMP) channels noncustodial parents who have shirked their child support obligations into careers, not incarceration. Recently, the program has expanded to more jurisdictions in Virginia — and as the ICMP has ramped up its presence through the commonwealth, so too, has it increased the amount of money Virginia has collected for child support. The ICMP operates under the auspices of the Division of Child Support Enforcement. It was […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2014 – This question needs to be asked in today’s world because millions of Americans are still unable to access health care. “What do people without even the basic necessities do for medical and dental care?” asked Michael Smith, a personal injury lawyer in Arkansas. “Most simply go without. In some states, such as Florida, retired dentists and doctors volunteer their time to help people who could not otherwise access care. But in other states, volunteerism rarely happens. The differences are directly linked to protection from medical malpractice lawsuits. Florida offers that […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2014 – The REBOOT Workshops, developed by National Veteran’s Transition Services, Inc. (NVTSI), have become very popular among returning veterans. This fall, the Michigan’s Veteran’s Affairs Agency is bringing these workshops to the state. REBOOT workshops are designed to aid veterans returning home in transitioning from their role as soldiers to their roles as civilians through personalized training and coaching in the social, personal and professional aspects of civilian life. “The REBOOT Workshops offer the kind of comprehensive transition guidance that our returning veterans deserve,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans disability attorney. “The […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 20, 2014 – Speaking to older parents about challenging subjects, including finances or the need for assisted living, can be stressful for both parties. Small disagreements can take on enormous significance, and overall communication can break down. Although there is no way to eliminate the stress inherent in such difficult discussions, good communication techniques can help parents and their adult children navigate their challenges effectively. “When adult children learn how to communicate with their aging parents, both the parents and children can appreciate one another and connect during the final stages of the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 20, 2014 – A recent federal court ruling in Texas stated that a man arrested numerous times for taking video footage of the police has both the right to file a lawsuit against the force and the right to photograph or film them in the first place. “The ruling could impact drivers arrested for DUI,” said Austin personal injury attorney Brooks Schuelke, who is not involved with the case. “Filming police in public has been a touchy issue for years. This particular case may change how the police handle DUIs.” Law enforcement prefers not […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2014 – Michael Gilfix is a featured panelist at an upcoming Bay Area event focused on helping families ensure supported housing for their adult children with autism. The event, hosted by the Autism Society of the San Francisco Bay Area, is titled “A Place for Us: Supported Housing Solutions for Adults with Developmental Disabilities.” The day-long event will take place at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits in Redwood City on October 24. Gilfix will take part in a panel discussion on “retention of family property and collaborative purchase of homes for grown […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2014 – High-speed police chases almost always cause serious collateral damage. This Texas case is a prime example. “This collision took place in League City and killed six. Three of the dead were part of a larger family, and so two young teens were left without a mother, father and brother,” recalled Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney not involved in the case.  A suspected drunk driver rammed the family’s Honda Accord head-on while traveling at close to 100 mph. The driver and passenger fleeing police were killed along with a relative […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2014 – Dawn Nettles has filed an official petition with the Travis County District Court in the growing controversy over the Texas Lottery Fun 5’s scratch-off ticket. “We’re just trying to get some basic answers,” said Richard LaGarde, an attorney for Ms. Nettles. “The public deserves to know who is responsible for this situation, and what will be done about it.” An increasing number of lottery players are expressing their anger over what they regard as deceptive language in the Fun 5’s rules. Language on the ticket suggests that the combination of a […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2014 – A judge has ordered Union Pacific Railroad to comply with requests for additional discovery in a lawsuit stemming from a 2012 train crash in Midland, Texas. The crash occurred when a Union Pacific train hit a float in a parade honoring wounded military veterans. The crash killed four people and injured 16, including several veterans. According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, Union Pacific has blamed a series of failures on the part of the City of Midland and the parade organizers for the accident. “The aggressive discovery of facts is critical in […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2014 – According to a new study, even mild cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) can affect the cognition and brain matter of patients. Past research has focused extensively on severe cases of TBI, but there have been fewer studies completed on moderate to mild cases. However, mild and moderate cases make up about 90 percent of the total number of brain injuries caused by trauma, and the new research shows that even mild cases can have lasting effects. “Brain injuries are different from other types of injuries that one may sustain as […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2014 – The law has had difficulty dealing with sexting as a crime. Technology is moving faster than the speed of light. For now, sexting is grouped with child pornography laws. “The usual definition of sexting is the electronic transmission of sexually graphic/explicit images and/or text. Teens under the age of majority are often involved, though adults sext as well. The most important point to understand is that sexting is extremely and seriously illegal if the images sent are those of children. The crime carries harsh legal ramifications,” said criminal defense attorney Thomas […]


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