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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2014 – The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a Missouri family’s wrongful death claim on the grounds of Missouri’s “one recovery rule.” Michael Thompson had been smoking for decades when he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1997. After his diagnosis, Thompson pursued and won a personal injury claim against several tobacco companies.  Then, in 2009, Thompson died of cancer, and his family brought a wrongful death lawsuit against a group of tobacco companies. But because Thompson had previously recovered compensation for harm caused by cigarette smoking, […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2014 – As an innovation, operating room black boxes could help victims find out how adverse hospital errors, also called never events, happened. Moreover, the data the boxes gather could inform training to prevent never events from recurring. “Most Americans are familiar with what a black box does. These devices record the final events prior to an incident of some kind. Big rigs use them, as do airplanes and trains. A black box in the operating room could spot and take action on surgical mistakes. The theory is being tested right now […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2014 – On Tuesday, September 23, Begley Law Group will host a social security and retirement income seminar at their offices in Moorestown, NJ. Designed for those nearing and entering retirement, this free seminar will present critical steps to maximizing social security benefits and retirement income. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. EST. “People entering retirement often feel both anxious and excited about the future,” noted Thomas Begley, Jr., partner at Begley Law Group and leading elder law attorney. “We want to help them build a bigger retirement income, which is why […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2014 – Police officials described it as the worst they had ever seen “in terms of lives lost and a devastating accident scene.” Six people died in an August 10 collision in League City, Texas, about 30 miles south of Houston. Juan Garcia Ahuezoteco, 23, caused the horrific collision after attempting to evade police on the road. “One person’s terrible, split-second decision can cost lives — and too often, not just his or her own, but many others. My thoughts are with the victims’ families and loved ones,” said Richard LaGarde, a Houston […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2014 – Johnson and Johnson has issued a global recall as evidence mounts that a commonly used surgical device can accelerate the spread of uterine cancer. The recalled device is a laparoscopic surgical instrument known as a power morcellator, frequently used for minimally-invasive hysterectomies and for the removal of uterine fibroids. The morcellator grinds tissue into smaller pieces for later vacuuming, according to Medical Daily.  New research published in major medical journals suggests that if the tissue being treated contains cancerous or precancerous cells, the device can spread those cells across a wide […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2014 – The drilling of horizontal wells has become more common in Texas, creating challenges in oil and gas law and raising questions for royalty owners. This is particularly true regarding so-called “allocation wells,” which traverse the boundary of two or more leases, where the leases have not been pooled and there is no agreement among the royalty owners about production sharing. “Allocation wells raise several important legal questions — including whether such wells should be permitted in the first place,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney. “If the […]


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WSHB’s commitment to diversity to be celebrated at DRI conference in October Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2014 – Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP has been selected to receive the DRI’s Law Firm Diversity Award at the 2014 DRI Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA on Thursday, October 23, 2014. DRI is the nation’s leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. Each year, DRI’s Annual Professional Achievement and Service Awards celebrate and honor outstanding performance by law firms and individuals. “This award demonstrates a significant commitment to diversity,” said J. Michael Weston, DRI President, in […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2014 – California Divorce Mediators, formerly Orange County Divorce Mediators, has launched a new website dedicated to helping divorcing couples gain a better understanding of divorce mediation. “We want to help families find ways to reduce the cost of divorce and to avoid the damaging conflicts created by traditional litigated divorce,” remarked Gerald Maggio, founder of California Divorce Mediators. “Many divorcing parties are not very knowledgeable about divorce mediation, and that is one reason we have created this website.” Private divorce mediation is a process whereby divorcing parties work with a court-approved […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2014 – President Obama is preparing an executive order that could allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States. Since October 2013, the United States has been facing a surge of tens of thousands of Central American children who cross the border unaccompanied by parents or guardians. But earlier this year, Congress failed to pass broader immigration reform. Together, these factors are spurring the president to action. “The current crisis brings the need for immigration reform into focus,” said Annie Banerjee, an immigration attorney in Houston. Administration officials have spoken […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2014 – Mark Gilfix will be a featured speaker at the Morgan Center 13th Annual Autism Conference in Campbell, California on September 20, 2014. Gilfix, a special needs planning attorney, will present a session entitled “Creating a Life Estate in Your Home for Your Grown Disabled Child, and Other Estate Planning Techniques to Consider.” He is also a featured speaker on a panel addressing housing issues faced by people with autism and their families. The Morgan Center 13th Annual Autism Conference is a day-long event for families and caregivers of people on […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2014 – Probate filings for musician Lou Reed’s estate were recently entered in the Surrogate’s Court, Manhattan’s probate court. With an estate worth over $30 million and assets still earning millions in royalties and other income, Reed was among a small number of individuals who relied only on a will for estate planning. Reed left only a 34-page will, signed in April 2012. Reed passed away on October 27, 2013 from liver disease, at the age of 71. “A well-written trust can make estate administration quicker and more private,” said Lisa McDevitt, an […]


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ALA and Nesso Strategies Announce the Managing Partner Executive Director Forum Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2014 – The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) announces a new interactive educational event, The Managing Partner/Executive Director Forum in Orlando, Florida on February 23-24 in partnership with Nesso Strategies. Designed to explore and develop leadership skills and experience, The Managing Partner/Executive Director Forum is a hands-on workshop that enables Managing Partners and Executive Directors to collaborate on shared leadership and management challenges. “Today, more than ever, the working relationship among the law firm executive team, lawyers plus executive administrators, is critical […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2014 – Just as a reader cannot always tell a book by its cover, a family shopping for nursing home care cannot rely solely on a facility’s outward appearances. “Generally, when a parent needs to be placed in care, most children rely on visual clues they see in a facility itself and as the staff interacts with others. If those two checkpoints meet their approval, they feel they have a quality home that is safe for their loved one. Unfortunately, that is not always the case,” explained Arkansas nursing home abuse lawyer, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2014 – The number of fatalities caused by defective ignition switches in General Motors vehicles may be much greater than the 13 that GM itself has linked to the problem.  A Reuters analysis of government data on fatal crashes indicates that there have been at least 74 deaths in GM cars with key similarities to the deaths already attributed to the faulty switches. “It’s unsurprising that an independent observer is finding more deaths caused by the ignition switch defect than GM found,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago wrongful death attorney. “There is a […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2014 – The U.S. oil and gas boom has lasted almost five years so far, and signs of a bust have not yet been spotted.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the oil and gas industry in Texas created more than 20,000 jobs in the past year alone. New Mexico recorded 2013 as its highest-production year to date, and current 2014 performance suggests that the state may well top itself again. Investment opportunities have soared along with the industry. Richard LaGarde is the founder of LaGarde Law Firm, which is based […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2014 – A jury in Greene County has found a Springfield man guilty of driving while intoxicated, considering his refusals to provide a breath sample to police among the evidence. The accused, Steven Souter, hit another vehicle with his truck at a red light and then refused police requests for field sobriety tests and breath samples. Under Missouri law, a driver’s refusal to provide a blood, breath, saliva or urine sample to the police can be presented to a jury or judge as evidence of intoxication. “The decision to take or to […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2014 – A landmark study examining the lifetime effects of combat-related PTSD has shown that the disorder can have serious long-term consequences. The National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study, published by Abt Associates and funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is the first-ever large-scale, long-term study of combat-related PTSD, according to the New York Times. Abt’s study showed that over a 25-year period, veterans with PTSD were twice as likely to die prematurely as veterans without PTSD. Although the study did not point to a leading cause, it did find that warzone PTSD […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2014 – Bankruptcy preparers who charge a fee to help with bankruptcy filings are getting into trouble with the law for providing legal advice. Bankruptcy law is complex, and even filling out the forms correctly can be a challenge for many. In an effort to save on legal expenses, many individuals may be tempted to hire a preparer instead of a bankruptcy attorney. But it is illegal for preparers to give legal advice. “Only an attorney can provide legal advice as part of a service for which a fee is charged,” said Tampa […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2014 – The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed new regulations that aim to reduce injuries and fatalities caused to passengers in rollover bus crashes. The new proposal focuses on the structural integrity of large buses. To meet the new standard, the emergency exits of a bus must remain operable after a rollover, and the space around passengers must not collapse so much that passengers cannot survive in the remaining space. “Companies that provide commercial bus and motorcoach transportation are ultimately responsible for the safety of their passengers,” remarked David […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2014 – Estate planning attorney Michael Gilfix addressed growing concerns about Medi-Cal asset recovery in a recent article in the San Jose Mercury News. Last week, a bill designed to scale down Medi-Cal’s asset recovery programs was passed unanimously by the California State Assembly. Nonetheless, many in the state — including Sacramento insiders — fear that Governor Jerry Brown may veto the bill, according to the Mercury News. But Gilfix pointed out that there are still practical solutions for those who wish to access Medi-Cal benefits while preserving their estates, even if […]


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