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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 23, 2017 – The California Assembly session in August 2016 passed a number of proposed bills that would toughen punishment for sex crimes against women. AB 2888, AB 701 and AB 29 were written in response to a high-profile case in which a Santa Clara County Superior judge sentenced Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Turner was convicted of three felony sexual assault charges, and prosecutors asked for a six year prison sentence. However, Turner was released from jail after three months “for good […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 23, 2017 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would like to mandate speed limits on commercial vehicles. The results of the NHTSA studies show that reducing speed increases safety for all drivers on the road. Speeding is one of the most common causes of accidents involving big rigs. In fact, a study carried out by the Virginia Tech University Transportation Institute (VTUTI) and the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) in 2012 indicates that reducing the speed of trucks on the road would decrease the number of truck collisions. The study looked at […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2017 – Police arrested 10 Miami-Dade County residents who were allegedly part of a mail theft ring that pocketed thousands of dollars. They are accused of orchestrating a “fishing” scam that involved stealing checks and credit cards. The suspects were charged with grand theft, identity theft violations and organized scheme to defraud. A conviction could mean up to 15 years in prison. The arrests were part of a yearlong investigation dubbed “Operation Hook, Line and Sinker.” The U.S. Postal Inspection Service collaborated with the Miami Dade Police Department, Coral Springs Police Department and […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2017 – In New Jersey, a decision on the issue of whether medical marijuana can be ordered under workers’ compensation was rendered on December 15, 2016. As reported by the National Workers Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN), plaintiff Andrew Watson was employed by 84 Lumber and suffered an injury on November 8, 2008. He was awarded one-third of partial total in 2012 allocated in the following way: 50 percent for the hand and 12.5 percent for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). According to the terms of the settlement, 84 Lumber must approve continuous pain […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2017 – Chicago personal injury law firm Briskman Briskman & Greenberg announced that Josie Rinehart was awarded the firm’s annual Accident Survivor Scholarship. Rinehart will receive $1,000 toward her tuition at the University of Southern Indiana. “Josie exemplifies the spirit of determination that we wanted to honor with this award,” said Paul Greenberg. “Faced with a devastating tragedy, she had the strength to persevere and build a better life for herself and others. We are proud to be able to contribute to her educational goals.” Rinehart survived an accident that claimed the lives […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2017 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is struggling to deal with the aftermath of a nationwide hiring freeze announced by President Donald Trump. The VA has thousands of open positions that are likely to remain vacant until the freeze is over. Veterans’ advocates and lawmakers launched a protest arguing that the hiring freeze would cripple the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). “The new hiring restrictions could be detrimental to our veterans,” said Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans attorney. “The VHA is already facing a staffing crisis that affects the delivery of important […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2017 – Many people consider making gifts to qualified charitable organizations in an effort to lower their possible estate income tax liability while helping a worthwhile cause. Potential donors should be careful to gift only the “right kind” of stock, and not the “wrong kind.” If a person is making a contribution of stock that was owned for more than one year, the owner’s tax deduction is decided by the stock’s fair market value. Therefore, if the owner donates stock with a low basis that was held for a lengthy period of time, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2017 – Bigger Law Firm magazine delivers another issue jam-packed with in-depth stories on the intersection of law, technology, and marketing. In this month’s feature story, Roxanne Minott reports that artificial intelligence and machine learning are beginning to take hold in the legal industry. Attorneys are increasingly using advanced AI software to perform repetitive tasks, parse contracts, and review documents with greater accuracy and less labor. Tech startups and researchers are developing more cutting-edge use cases such as recruitment, public legal tools, and even prediction of actual judgments. Minott closes with a […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) March 30, 2017 – The inaugural episode of Brill Legal Group’s podcast Justice One Client at a Time is now available for free on iTunes. The 15-minute episode is titled Trump’s Travel Ban and the Courts and features prominent New York criminal defense attorney Peter Brill. In the podcast Brill discusses the constitutionality of President Trump’s recent controversial travel ban and offers insights on how the case could play out in court. He also takes questions from several callers. Trump signed an executive order in late January that banned all refugees and travelers from seven […]


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Morristown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2017 – This March is a red-letter month for Lenzo & Reis, a well-known and well-regarded New Jersey plaintiffs’ employment law firm. Both Christopher Lenzo and Claudia Reis have been selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Super Lawyers list published in New Jersey Monthly Magazine in the fields of Employment & Labor Law and Employment Litigation for Plaintiffs. Attorneys are selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers list through a multi-faceted approach that takes into consideration peer nominations, evaluations, and independent research performed by legal publisher Thomson Reuters. As if Chris Lenzo […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2017 – The death of a Texas woman highlights the continuing problem of texting and driving related accidents in the state. Faced with the prevailing attitude about texting and driving that “everyone does it,” a Central Texas man is sharing the story of his sister’s 2015 death with Texas legislators. He wants to inspire the state lawmakers to create a new law regarding distracted driving. In November 2015 Amanda Rincker was heading home from work at approximately 11 p.m. At the intersection between the Groesbeck and Mexia city limits, along Highway 14, a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 17, 2017 – A jury awarded up to $146 million in a Texas oil dispute. The jury found that J. Cleo Thompson and two Texas oil companies breached an agreement with T. Boone Pickens’ Mesa Petroleum Partners to acquire and drill more than 160 oil wells. The verdict came after a three-week trial in a business dispute that has lasted for over a decade, with Pickens claiming that Thompson, Delaware Basin Resources and Baytech improperly excluded Mesa from a profitable deal. “T. Boone Pickens is a legend in the oil industry,” said Gregory D. […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) March 16, 2017 – Marielle F. Hazen has been named a Lawyer of the Year for 2017 by Best Lawyers Pennsylvania magazine. Each year, Best Lawyers Pennsylvania highlights one attorney in a particular practice area and location to be named Lawyer of the Year. The award is significant because it is based on peer review, so the person named Lawyer of the Year must receive the highest votes from other attorneys in the area. “I am honored to be recognized by my peers in this way,” said Hazen. “I consider it a great privilege to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 16, 2017 – Zola Suite announces at ABA TECHSHOW 2017 the launch of email open tracking, certified e-delivery proof, email encryption, and e-signatures built into its law practice management email, matter, and time management functions. This combination of Zola Suite and RPost redefines “legal email” for lawyers. Zola Suite is a comprehensive, cloud-based legal practice management software platform that has received rave reviews for its next generation practice management features. RPost is the global leader in secure and certified electronic communications, having provided email tracking, proof, and security for large and small firm lawyers […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 16, 2017 – Just last year, the Sheriff’s Office said it would revisit the outstanding judgment in the mediation of a personal injury case in which the victim suffered a head injury. Severe head injuries can be devastating, and can cause the victim to suffer permanent mental and physical disability. The victim’s mother and the Sheriff’s Office reached a resolution of annual payments of $325,000 for the next eight years. The total award is $1.95 million, including attorneys’ fees. However, the award will be rendered only if the Legislature gives its approval later this […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2017 – The magazine that started in 2011 as a legal marketing publication has reached a new milestone. Starting today, Bigger Law Firm Magazine will cover current events from a legal perspective. Over the last six years, Bigger Law Firm (BLF) Magazine has introduced lawyers to online marketing tactics, practice management software, internet security and e-discovery. Starting March 15th, BLF is reaching a wider audience with active reporting on current events. As the new presidency aims to reshape the role of government and an emboldened single party Congress rushes to introduce new […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2017 – A 15-year-old girl attempted to take her own life while in a pediatric inpatient psychiatric unit. The suicide attempt was not successful and the facility where she was staying implemented CPR, using an automated external defibrillator (AED) to resuscitate her. She was transferred to a local hospital, but died two months later from injuries she sustained during the attempt to kill herself. The young girl’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the psychiatric unit, alleging negligence that led to her death. The lawsuit alleged the teen’s death was due to […]


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St. Louis, MO (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2017 – Karpel announces it has named Pippa Barrett as a Project Manager and Trainer for PROSECUTORbyKARPEL (PbK), the industry leading criminal case management system utilized by prosecuting attorney offices throughout the United States. Barrett will play an active role in webinars and user conferences, and will help implement, train and service the PbK program with prosecutors nationwide. Barrett joins Karpel after serving as an Assistant Circuit Attorney with the City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, a post she held twice, most recently for the past 16 years. Other accomplishments include […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2017 – Newly appointed Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin said he is against the full privatization of veterans care under his leadership. The Senate unanimously confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the agency on February 13. “New leadership is vital to improving the VA and its services,” said Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans attorney. “The new VA secretary will have to make sure that the reforms he pursues are in the best interests of our veterans. The ultimate goal is to have a system that makes health care and […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2017 – A New York art dealer who conned two Manhattan galleries by selling dozens of fake paintings avoided a lengthy prison sentence. She claimed her abusive ex-boyfriend was “the true mastermind” of the $80 million scheme that spanned 15 years. Glafira Rosales, 60, said she agreed to trick dozens of art experts only because she was scared of her former boyfriend, Jose Carlos Bergantiños Diaz. The defense argued Diaz allegedly threatened Rosales’ life and abused her whenever she tried to back out of the scheme. She also feared being separated from her […]


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