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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2017 – Over 35 years ago, Virginia adopted permanent alimony, or spousal support. Under Virginia statute 20-61, a spouse who receives alimony can prosecute a paying spouse who is unable to pay, thus compelling them to pay attorney fees. Furthermore, the courts can legally impose fines on paying spouses and sentence them to prison for up to one year. Virginia pays $168,000 for the confinement of an individual for one year. Prominent Vienna, Virginia family law attorney Lisa McDevitt states, “The rationale behind alimony is that the spouse who has less earning capacity […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2017 – Advocates for nursing home residents have raised concerns about the amount of information that the state of Florida is withholding from nursing home inspection reports, including dates, places and pivotal words. Watchdog groups say that while it is legitimate to censor personal information such as the names of residents from such reports, the state is withholding critical data, preventing the public from accessing the information the reports are supposed to contain. “Nursing home residents have the right to a safe and hygienic environment, and the public has the right to know […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 19, 2017 – Following a New York Times investigation revealing that five women had filed claims against Bill O’Reilly in the last 14 years, over 50 advertisers left Fox News, finally forcing 21st Century Fox to terminate the top-rated cable news host. According to the New York Times, Fox and O’Reilly settled 5 claims of sexual harassment that occurred between 2002 and 20016 for over $13 million dollars. Despite his being a massive liability for Fox, O’Reilly was also a cash cow for the network, bringing in over $446 million dollars between 2014 […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2017 – It is difficult to imagine that a bird and a football player have much in common, but they do, and the lowly woodpecker just may hold the key to making safer football helmets. The history of football is rife with attempts to make a better helmet for players to prevent skull fractures. While the technology does exist to prevent or diminish skull fractures, there is little to no protection from brain injuries. “This is where the woodpeckers come into play,” said traumatic brain injury attorney, Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2017 – Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin is using the agency’s recent inability to fire an employee for misconduct to demonstrate why the lengthy process for disciplining problem workers needs to be changed. According to VA officials, an employee at the Michael DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, Texas, was caught watching pornography while he was tending to a patient. The VA removed the unnamed employee from patient care and placed him on administrative duties. However, the worker could not be fired due to the nature of the […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2017 – McCormack & Erlich, an employment law firm based in San Francisco, California, is offering a scholarship for students who are interested in employment law or policy, or are passionate about workers’ rights. Students who have worked at a legal aid society, labor organization or other nonprofit organizations or community groups focused on employee rights are also invited to apply. “We have created this scholarship in an effort to help promising students overcome the financial burden of pursuing further education,” commented attorney Bryan McCormack of McCormack & Erlich. “We hope the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2017 – Alan Snel, a prominent Florida advocate for bicycling and safety, sustained serious injuries when he was hit from behind by an allegedly distracted driver while riding his bike March 7. Bicycling safety advocates expressed outrage that law enforcement did not issue a citation to the driver. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office reported that the 65-year-old driver was blinded by sunlight and was inhaling “a breathing treatment” when he struck Snel’s bicycle near Fort Pierce. Deputy Bryan Beaty, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said that Florida is a no-fault state, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2017 – The Texas Supreme Court considered competing arguments over a property deed that granted oil and gas interests and gave rise to opposing royalty claims. The case involves a 55-acre tract that was purchased by the Wenske family, with the previous owners retaining a one-quarter non-participating royalty interest (NPRI). The property was subsequently purchased by the Ealy family, with the Wenskes reserving three-eighths of the minerals. The Wenskes say the Ealys are solely responsible for the cost of the NPRI, but the lower court sided with the Ealys, holding that each of […]


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May is Sexual Harassment Awareness Month. April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month. How are sexual harassment and sexual assault different? Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2017 – Sexual harassment and sexual assault are illegal offenses that are easily confused. They differ, however, in significant ways. In general, sexual harassment refers to harassment in the workplace, or other professional situation, which includes sexual remarks or unwelcome sexual advances. Sexual assault, on the other hand, refers to non-consensual sexual touching of a person, or a sexual act in which a person is coerced or forced to engage against their […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2017 – Ajamie LLP is pleased to announce that the Houston Bar Association (HBA) will recognize two of the firm’s attorneys at the HBA’s Annual Dinner meeting on May 18 at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston. Bar Association President Neil Kelly will recognize Courtney Scobie with the President’s Award for her participation in HBA’s AIDS Outreach Program. Ms. Scobie chairs the Outreach Committee, which is responsible for providing holiday gifts for families affected by HIV or AIDS and for hosting the Spring Luncheon for residents of Bering Omega House. In her […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2017 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) responded to a recent critical internal watchdog report by insisting it has made significant progress in fixing long-running problems with its suicide hotline. However, lawmakers and veterans groups say the improvements are not enough. The VA inspector general released a scathing audit in March that revealed a large number of rollover calls, inadequate data to determine call quality and other issues at the troubled Veterans Crisis Line. As recently as November, around one-third of calls went to voicemail or backup call centers operated by outside […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 9, 2017 – A 67-year old woman allegedly died as a result of not being treated for a blocked urinary tract caused by an infected renal stone. The woman’s husband filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against two doctors and the hospital that treated his wife prior to her death. According to court documents filed in this case, the patient went to the local emergency department complaining of fever-like symptoms on October 24, 2016. An ultrasound was ordered and it was determined that the woman had a ureteral obstructing stone and a bacteria infection. The […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 9, 2017 – A golf cart incident claimed the life of an eight-year-old boy in Thomasville, Georgia, which is located 34 miles northeast of Tallahassee, Florida. When the child ran into the path of the golf cart, he was hit by the vehicle, which caused him to fall to the ground. He was run over by the golf cart and, as a result, he suffered a serious head injury. There were four children in the golf cart, and the operator was only 11 years old. The boy was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) May 8, 2017 – Thirteen people were arrested and charged in a large-scale prescription drug ring in Brooklyn, New York. The ring included three doctors, four nurse practitioners and former New York State Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny. They pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in the Manhattan Supreme Court. The suspects allegedly turned three medical clinics into “pill mills” that pumped millions of illegal painkillers onto the black market from 2012 to early this year. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said the ring prescribed over six million oxycodone pills with an estimated street value of between […]


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Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Law Firm Newswire) May 8, 2017 – FieldTurf USA, a Tarkett Sports company and a global market leader in artificial turf, announces that on May 3, 2017, a court awarded it $780,000 in damages in its patent infringement case against UBU Sports, Inc. The case was filed in May 2016 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The Court ruled that UBU Sports had willfully infringed FieldTurf’s U.S. Patent No. 6,723,412 through the sale and installation of at least 13 artificial turf fields. The Court awarded damages in the amount of $260,000, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 05, 2017 – In the Trump era, families with special needs kids — autism, cerebral palsy, bipolar disorder, etc. — are deeply worried about the solvency and availability of vital government benefits. Proposals of the current administration and steps already taken will be “front and center” in this timely community event. Prominent attorneys from Gilfix and La Poll Associates will present the 13th Annual Special Needs Trust Seminar on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Palo Alto, California. The free event is designed to provide practical, up-to-date advice to family members of special needs […]


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In the latest issue, Bigger Law Firm Magazine explores tech updates for the home, office, and courtroom, plus sharp legislative analysis from legal experts. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 3, 2017 – Bigger Law Firm Magazine readers: Get ready for more insightful analysis on tech, policy, law, and marketing. In the feature article, Jason Bland offers a look into day-to-day use of two popular smart device systems: Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa, also known as Echo. Readers are treated to a point-by-point comparison of the two offerings, covering features from home automation to entertainment to calendar integration. But […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 3, 2017 – May is National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, which is promoted by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). The foundation raises funds for future research and provides people with information about any advancements that are being made toward a cure. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening genetic disease that impacts the digestive and respiratory systems. Cystic fibrosis occurs in approximately one in 3,500 live births. About 30,000 people in the United States are afflicted with the illness. Although they exhibit no symptoms, more than 10 million people carry the defective gene. Prominent South […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 2, 2017 – A 16-year-old teen referred for secondary inspection at a U.S. border crossing died after drinking liquid methamphetamine. This case involves a Tijuana teen, referred for secondary inspection at the San Ysidro border crossing in 2013, who died after taking four sips of liquid meth that he was carrying in his backpack. The young man was referred to secondary inspection due his fast speech and nervous behavior. When questioned by two U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers, he indicated the liquid was apple juice. The agents told the teen to drink […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 1, 2017 – President Trump’s second travel ban, on face value, is not unconstitutional. However, the ban does encourage discrimination. Two federal courts, one in Maryland and the other in Hawaii halted President Trump’s second executive order implementing the travel ban. The second travel ban removed exclusions in the first executive order originally applicable to permanent residents and U.S. citizens from seven Muslim majority countries and also stopped processing refugees from those countries. “The second travel ban was not, on its face, unconstitutional,” indicated Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “However, it has a significant […]


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