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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 1, 2015 – A federal jury in Texas has returned a $58.7 million verdict for a technology firm in a business lawsuit. After a four-week trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the jury found for Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions Inc. (TAOS) and against Intersil Corp. on claims of breach of contract, tortious interference, trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement, “When merger and acquisition talks break down, accusations like these are not uncommon,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin, Texas business litigation attorney. Jordan is not involved in the […]


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Jericho, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 1, 2015 – Lipman & Plesur, LLP, announces that Douglas Weiner has joined its Long Island office on an Of Counsel basis. Mr. Weiner has over 36 years of wage-hour experience, representing both employees and employers. He held the position of lead prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Labor, New York Regional Solicitor’s Office. Following his tenure at the Department of Labor, Mr. Weiner served as Senior Counsel for the firm of Epstein Becker & Green representing management in wage-hour and whistleblower matters and, most recently, he was Senior Counsel for Joseph & Kirschenbaum […]


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Dublin, Ohio (Law Firm Newswire) March 31, 2015 – Bryan Priebe awarded $1,000 college scholarship Persistence paid off for Bryan Priebe, who won the first-ever $1,000 Bressman Law scholarship to heighten awareness of brain injuries. Priebe, who will earn his master’s degree in civil engineering from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, received a traumatic brain injury following a car accident and subsequent bicycle accident. In his winning essay, he noted that “persistence predicates promise.” Priebe started college 20 years ago and, thanks to persistence and perseverance, will receive his master’s degree this year. In addition to the $1,000 scholarship, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 31, 2015 – Legal practice managers’ average pay rose 18 percent in 2014. The latest industry-leading research findings on compensation and benefits trends in law firms was released today by the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA). The Enhanced Law Firm Compensation & Benefits Survey data shows that practice area administrator salaries increased by an average of 18 percent in 2014, with principal law firm administrators faring nearly as well with a 15.3 percent increase, and Paralegal Mangers a 12.6 percent increase. The 1,169 participants in the survey receive a discount on the final data, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 27, 2015 – The National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC) has selected Houston lawyer Stewart J. Guss as one of the Nation’s Top One Percent of attorneys and has invited him to join the roster of respected NADC members. This is a top-tier professional honor and ranks Mr. Guss among some of the most prominent lawyers in the entire United States. The NADC is an exclusive professional organization that seeks to recognize the highest standards of legal excellence across the country. It strives to objectively identify attorneys who can serve as an example of […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2015 – The daughter of a woman who was allegedly injured in a fall in a nursing home has filed a lawsuit. Lisa Lopez filed the suit against Concord Nursing and Rehab Center, now called Aperion Care Oak Lawn. Lopez said that she had notified the facility that her mother needed to be kept in a wheelchair, but that the facility did not do so. Lopez said that without video of the incident, she would not have known what caused her mother’s injury. She supports video monitoring in nursing homes. “Video monitoring in […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2015 – In February 2015, a Florida pain clinic was raided by several law enforcement agencies, and five people were arrested. Authorities said that evidence indicated that the clinic was operating as an illegal pill mill. Evidence was seized from the Winter Park Pain and Wellness Clinic; owner Eric Emerson, Dr. Roland Brutus and three staff members were arrested. “If the allegations are borne out by the evidence, then the law enforcement agencies and officers are to be commended for shutting down this pill mill,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa pharmaceutical negligence attorney […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 25, 2015 – A decision determining the winner and recipient of the annual Stewart J. Guss College Scholarship award is expected to be made April 1st, according to scholarship information posted on the law firm’s website. The recipient of the scholarship award receives the proceeds to help with educational costs attending a United States college or university. In order to apply for the scholarship, applicants were required to submit an essay of approximately 1000 words answering the question “What law would you change and why?” by March 1, 2015. The scholarship was open to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 25, 2015 – The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) has opened enrollment for two new eLearning courses focusing on the Human Resources and Operations Management/IT subject areas. These newly developed curricula offer dynamic and fresh ideas that align with trends in the legal industry regarding Performance Management & Compensation and Technology & Facilities Management. Those who wish to earn Certified Legal Manager (CLM) educational credits may do so through these innovative online sessions. The business of law is changing every day, and ALA’s eLearning Center is designed to meet the needs of industry leaders […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 24, 2015 – According to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), workers who put in more than 40 hours a week are usually entitled to overtime pay. There are some exceptions to that rule. The FLSA defines a workweek as 40 hours of work. Time worked over 40 hours entitles employees to a minimum of one and one-half times their regular pay rate. Of interest is the fact that the FLSA does not mandate payment of extra wages for work done on a particular day, such as a holiday, for working at night […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 23, 2015 – In 2013, a Valdosta, Ga. teen died by asphyxiation, found upside down in a rolled up gym mat where he was supposedly trying to get a shoe that had fallen into the mat. His parents suggested the 17-year-old was murdered. The statement of claim suggests there was a conspiracy to cover up their son’s death involving many high-ranking authorities, including the local school superintendent, the chief of police, numerous deputies and sheriff’s investigators, the state medical examiner responsible for the autopsy and several Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials, including the director. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 23, 2015 – A Texas appeals court has ruled on an oil and gas royalty lawsuit, stating that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by dismissing a landowner’s lawsuit against a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corp. The Seventh Court of Appeals held that the lawsuit against XTO Energy Inc. was properly dismissed because plaintiff Richard Crawford, a landowner in the Barnett Shale, did not add 44 adjacent landowners to the suit. “The interests of adjacent landowners may come into play in litigation related to oil and gas royalties,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2015 – Obama’s call to redirect money from the Social Security retirement fund to its disability fund is facing resistance in Congress. On February 2, President Obama unveiled his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. The $4 trillion budget includes more than $1 trillion in proposed new tax measures. Prominent among the president’s fiscal proposals is an increase in the Social Security Disability Trust Fund’s share of funding from payroll taxes – an attempt to shore up the finances of an entitlement program that is facing a major shortfall. Under the president’s […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2015 – On April 9, 2015, Gilfix & La Poll Associates will present the 11th Annual Special Needs Trust Seminar, an extraordinary event designed for the family members of special needs individuals. Every year, this two-hour seminar presents the most up-to-date information about special needs trusts. Families learn the ways in which special needs individuals can benefit from a special needs trust, as well as optimal approaches to creating and maintaining such a trust. “A special needs trust can provide lifelong financial security for a special needs individual without disturbing eligibility for […]


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San Diego, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2015 – A partner at the California trusts, estates, and probate law firm of Albertson & Davidson, LLP has survived the first hurdle in a contentious case involving serious claims of undue influence and financial elder abuse. In the case, Mark D. Perryman is representing a plaintiff who claims that her sister and brother-in-law (the defendants) have taken advantage of their mother in order to gain complete control of their mother’s finances, use the money for personal gain, and try to exclude the plaintiff from receiving financial benefits of the family trust. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2015 – Florida law enforcement officials have noted an alarming increase in hit-and-run car accidents. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there were more than 80,000 hit-and-run accidents in the state during 2014. Between 2013 and 2014, a 23 percent increase in fatal hit-and-run collisions appeared. Almost half of the victims were pedestrians. “Hit-and-run accidents are bad for everyone involved,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “The victims left behind may have injuries that need immediate medical attention, and the perpetrators face serious criminal charges when they […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2015 – A personal injury lawsuit has been filed concerning a bicycle accident that left a teacher paralyzed from the chest down. Jennifer Kraft filed the lawsuit against the Chicago Park District, the city of Chicago and A&L Inc., the corporation that designed a portion of the bike rail near 37th Street. On April 25, 2014, Kraft plunged nine feet from a Chicago bicycle path to the concrete below. Kraft claims in her lawsuit that the path turned abruptly, with no warning that if she continued in a straight line, she would ride […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2015 – The Justice Department is arguing that the Texas judge’s ruling violates constitutional separation of powers. On February 16, a federal judge in Texas ruled that President Obama’s executive action on immigration must not be implemented until the courts have an opportunity to decide whether the chief executive’s order was constitutional. When the ruling was issued, the White House objected but did not immediately move to counteract it. As of February 23, the Justice Department has responded to the judge’s ruling, filing a motion to appeal his decision. In the Justice Department’s […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 17, 2015 – Telecommuting is a common working arrangement these days. Make sure any work-at-home agreements with an employer are clearly written. With the exception of workers living in Montana, at-will employment laws are in play across the U.S. That means an employer may lay a worker off, cut pay, terminate or demote them at any time, for virtually any non-discriminatory reason. All these laws still apply if an employee works at home. The United States is one of very few countries where employment is at-will in all states, save Montana. The rationale behind […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 17, 2015 – Nursing home abuse is nationwide. Texas may introduce a law to deal with the problem, but would it help in California? “While Texas is looking at a bill that would revoke nursing home licenses if they have three or more serious health and safety violations, there does not appear to be any speculation as to what would happen to the residents in those shut down facilities,” points out Sacramento, Calif. nursing home abuse attorney, Deborah Barron. Texas law mandates the reporting of any elder abuse, exploitation or neglect to the police […]


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