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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2015 – Florida traffic safety officials say that hundreds of lives could be saved if more drivers and passengers buckled their seat belts. In Florida in 2013, there were more than 1,200 deaths in vehicle crashes, and about 48 percent of the people who lost their lives were not wearing their seat belts. According to officials, many if not most of the unbelted deaths could have been prevented. “Far too many Floridians lose their lives in traffic accidents,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “It is tremendously […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2015 – Former governor would await congressional legislation before acting on predecessor’s policy. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a leading candidate for the 2016 Republican nomination for president, has been a vocal critic of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. But on May 11, Bush indicated that if he were elected president, he would not immediately repeal Obama’s actions. Bush made his comments in a televised interview in which he defended his previous support for allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and their children to pay in-state tuition rates for a college […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2015 – In Autism Speaks’ largest international study on autism risk and parental age, researchers have found that teenage mothers and older parents are the most likely to have children with autism. Autism rates were 15 percent higher when moms gave birth in their 40s, 66 percent higher for kids with dads over 50 years old and 18 percent higher for children of teen moms. Increased autism rates were also noted among children born to couples with large age gaps and when both parents were older, in comparison to parents in their […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2015 – There are many tax savings that are available to older families. Such tax breaks can be achieved in several areas, including work, car and home, estate planning, medical expenses and rental property. In terms of realizing savings at work, a hefty tax refund implies that an excessive amount of tax is being withheld from one’s paycheck. One can correct this by filing a new W-4 form with one’s employer. There are also savings to be had regarding the payment of medical expenses. Some employers offer a medical reimbursement account, or […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2015 – A federal appeals court ruled that a general release of claims in a Texas employment lawsuit did not serve to waive a separate wage-hour claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In the case of Bodle, et al. v. TXL Mortgage Corporation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed a federal district court’s dismissal of a lawsuit under the FLSA regarding overtime wages. In a previous case filed in Texas state court, employer TXL had alleged that Ambre Bodle and Leslie Meech violated their noncompetition covenants by […]


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Shreveport, LA (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2015 – Earlier this month attorneys for Desmond Lewis filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana charging that Shreveport police officers had falsely arrested, maliciously prosecuted, and physically abused Lewis during an incident where he was chased while leaving a local pharmacy after picking up medication prescribed for his mental health. Allegations listed in the complaint include: use of unreasonable and excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, assault, battery, failure by an officer to intervene, and failure to act under the policy and […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2015 – Safety advocates are calling for electronic scanning of automobile tires as a way to ensure that recalled tires are actually taken off the road and off of store shelves. According to estimates from federal regulators, between 62 and 80 percent of recalled tires are not actually taken out of circulation. “There is no question that the tire recall system needs improvement,” said Jason Chalik, a prominent Florida personal injury attorney with Chalik & Chalik. “When defective tires under a recall continue to be sold, drivers are at risk of serious injury […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2015 – Clark Davis died at the scene of an accident involving a big rig hitting a bridge that was built too low. A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the trucker, the trucking company, based in Crowley, Texas, and the construction company building the bridge at the overpass. The accident happened in Salado at the FM 248 overpass. The big rig was too high for the overpass and the overpass too low when compared to normal specs for other bridges along that and other routes. The semi crashed into the bridge […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2015 – The Texas legislature is striving again to try to pass a bill banning texting while driving statewide. Texas is one of the few states left that does not ban texting while driving statewide. Many cities have their own ordinances, such as Arlington, Austin and San Antonio, but others have nothing in place. It is not for the want of trying to get an effective House bill passed to ban texting. “It has been attempted three times, met a governor’s veto and a house member’s reluctance to support such legislation,” says Austin […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2015 – The latest issue of The Bigger Law Firm magazine provides an in-depth look at Client Relationship Management (CRM) systems for law firms. BLF helps attorneys and law firm marketers take advantage of the latest strategies and technologies for connecting with clients. In this issue, Ryan Conley gives a broad overview of various types of CRM systems, from simple online tools to full-fledged CRM software suites. When people think of CRM software, they may think of law firm management software, and that is certainly an important tool in managing client relationships. […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2015 – Marilyn Monroe in “The Misfits” walked from courthouse to bridge to toss her wedding ring into the river. Bridges are made to span the gap between two sides of a divide, and they are not normally associated with the creation of any division. But one bridge, a 105-year-old span over the Truckee River in Reno, Nevada, that has long been linked to newly divorced women through photography and film, has been scheduled for demolition. The span, which is officially called the Virginia Street Bridge, but is also known as the “Wedding […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2015 – People who operate a motor vehicle, ride a bicycle or cross a street on foot generally know that entering the midst of roadway traffic involves a certain amount of risk. By contrast, individuals who are in off-roadway areas generally do not expect that they will be involved in a traffic accident. But one Missouri woman who was tending to her garden was involved in a traffic accident on May 15 when a nearby motorist struck her and then fled the scene. The 74-year-old victim was planting flowers at the corner […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2015 – Attorneys for private citizen, Shatrell McComb, today announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against the City of Chicago, CPD Officers and Antoine Watkins whose willful and wanton conduct resulted in the wrongful death of 13-month-old Dillan Harris on Saturday, July 11, 2015. The claim also alleges negligence by Watkins, whose careless actions and improper handling of his motor vehicle lead to the striking and ultimate death of Harris in his stroller on a public sidewalk, and intentional infliction of emotional distress by the City of Chicago and its Officers who […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2015 – Beginning May 26, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for employment authorization from qualifying H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders. An H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa classification that allows a U.S. employer to temporarily employ a foreign worker in a specialty occupation that requires at minimum a bachelor’s degree and specialized knowledge in a field. H-4 visas are issued to immediate family members of an H-1B visa holder. The change in policy means that an H-4 spouse may apply for employment authorization if their H-1B spouse […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2015 – Around 300 Michigan-based companies gathered in Detroit on June 5 for the Michigan Veteran Hiring Best Practices Summit to learn how to develop veteran hiring programs and boost the employment of veterans. The event was sponsored by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) in association with General Motors (GM), Walt Disney and USAA, which have been pioneers when it comes to veteran hiring programs. GM employs about 5,000 active and veteran military employees, while Disney’s “Heroes Work Here” program has resulted in the hiring of more than 5,000 veterans since 2012. […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2015 – Mathematician John F. Nash, who inspired “A Beautiful Mind,” and his spouse, were ejected from a vehicle in a fatal accident. New Jersey State Police over the Memorial Day weekend released their preliminary findings in connection with the May 23 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that claimed the lives of famed mathematician John F. Nash Jr. and his wife. While the deadly crash of the taxi that Nash and his wife were riding is still under investigation, the police say that the couple were not wearing their seatbelts when they […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2015 – Measures would update Social Security Administration’s (SSA) “grid rules” for calculating applicant eligibility. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced a trio of bills on May 6 that would change the SSA’s “grid rules,” which are the standards the agency employs to determine an applicant’s eligibility for benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Hatch’s measures would also simplify the benefit process and establish standards for medical evaluation that would be similar to those that Medicare uses. Hatch, who is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said that the SSDI […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2015 – Criminal charges are not processed through just any court. To try a case, the court must have personal jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction and the power to try an accused for breaking the law. Jurisdiction equates to the word “power.” A jurisdictional issue over a legal matter has three components: · The question of whether there is jurisdiction to hand down a judgement sought · The question of whether there is jurisdiction over the matter in question · The question of whether or not there is jurisdiction over the individual charged It […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2015 – Women agreed to collaborative divorce, sought legal declaration dissolving their marriage. Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal on May 29 granted a divorce to a lesbian couple in Tampa. The appeals court decision overturned a Hillsborough County circuit judge’s order from one year before that denied the two women, Keiba Lynn Shaw and Mariama Changamire Shaw, the divorce they were seeking. Circuit Judge Laurel M. Lee initiated the Shaws’ long wait for a divorce when she ruled in 2014 that the two women, who had married in Massachusetts, could not end […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2015 – The latest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine offers cutting-edge analysis of technology issues relevant to law firms in the Internet age. In this issue, Justin Torres examines HTML5, the latest version of the computer language used to create websites. This version was recently finalized and represents the first complete overhaul since HTML4 was finalized in 1997. Torres starts by pointing out new, simplified “elements,” or discrete bits of code, that not only make the HTML language easier for humans to read, but also easier for search engines to distinguish […]


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