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Hackensack, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2015 – “Divorce selfies” are the latest craze to hit social media and for good reason. A Canadian couple shared a smiling selfie following filing for divorce and it has already received over 30,000 shares on Facebook. The post has since sparked a public conversation on a topic that is often looked at as a private and negative experience. Nima Ameri, Esq. of New Jersey Law firm Ameri & Associates thinks the recent media and public response to “divorce selfies.” has been a positive one. “Getting a divorce shouldn’t have to be a […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2015 – In a blow to struggling homeowners, the U.S. Supreme Court prohibited the voiding of underwater second mortgages in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Previously, homeowners filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy in some states could seek to “strip off” second liens from their homes in cases where a drop in the house’s value had resulted in the second lien having no claim on equity. In Bank of America v. Caulkett, however, the Justices ruled unanimously that Supreme Court precedent required them to bring an end to the practice. Bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton said the […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2015 – There has been an alarming rise in hit and run collisions in Florida. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there were an estimated 80,000 hit and run accidents in 2014. South Florida is leading the surge in these deadly accidents, with 17,480 hit and run crashes in Miami-Dade County, and 9,749 in Broward County. “Drivers who leave the scene of an accident are only making a bad situation worse,” said Jason Chalik, a prominent Florida car accident attorney with Chalik & Chalik. “Now, they may face criminal charges as well as […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 2, 2015 – Elizabeth Karnicki was killed when her head was run over by a duck boat in Chinatown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her horrified husband watched, unable to assist her. The Karnicki family allege there was negligence involved in her death and have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia, the parent companies of the tourist operation that ran the duck boat tours and the builder of the boat. Karnicki, 68, was apparently crossing the street at Arch and 11th streets on May 8 when the duck boat hit her, crushing […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 1, 2015 – In the latest of moves ostensibly aimed at aiding illegal immigrants, the Obama administration is attempting to make it easier for them to come back to the U.S. after returning to their homeland to apply for a visa. “The administration appears to be attempting to promote family unity, but it seems that move has offended the political conservatives who consider it to be another prime example of lax immigration enforcement,” said well-respected Houston, Texas, immigration attorney, Annie Banerjee. Currently, foreigners have to apply at the U.S. Consulate in their home country, […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 1, 2015 – There are a number of different retirement planning milestones that determine which benefits retirees can receive. Anticipating these milestones can be important for executing a retirement plan, and making any necessary changes. “Retirees can expect to start receiving various private funds and government benefits at different ages, and understanding when these funds will become available is essential for avoiding unexpected penalties or gaps in retirement funding,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center, with offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. Age 59½ is […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2015 – An audit report released on July 1 reveals that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has overpaid almost $17 billion in disability benefits over the past decade, with some individuals still receiving payments despite being ineligible. The audit, issued by the Office of the Inspector General, examined a sample group of 1,532 Americans receiving disability benefits from October 2003 to February 2014. The results indicate that around 50 percent of the people were overpaid. The SSA estimates only $8.1 billion of the $17 billion in overpayments has been recovered, and that it […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2015 – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation on July 9 to establish a cap on how much money local governments can collect from fines and court costs for minor traffic offenses, setting the stage for the reform of the state’s municipal court system. Along with having to consider the ability of defendants to pay fines, courts will now be prohibited from sentencing people to jail for failing to pay. They will also no longer be able to suspend drivers’ licenses and levy additional charges for failure to appear in court or pay fines […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2015 – Overdosing on legitimate prescriptions or pill mill doctor prescriptions such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and oxymorphone now account for the single largest cause of accidental death in the U.S. Once only prescribed for the terminally ill, opiods have become an everyday tool for pain management. “Statistics from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reveal that more Americans die from prescription drug overdoses for painkillers than from other street drugs, such as heroine or cocaine,” said noted Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas Grajek. In fact, the CDC statistics also show that […]


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Paramus, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2015 – In a precedent-setting victory, Callagy Law successfully argued that an ERISA plan administrator’s failure to substantially comply with a certain Department of Labor (DOL) regulation results in annulling the plan’s contractual limitation on the period in which to bring a law suit in Federal Court. Our client’s case was initially dismissed for filing his complaint after the plan’s one-year contractual limitation had run. But Callagy Law Counsel Matthew R. Major, Esq., persuaded the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that 29 C.F.R. § 2560.503-1(g)(1)(iv), a Department of Labor regulation governing the ERISA […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2015 – Stephanie Gurney fell to her death from the side of a communications tower that she was climbing. She was trying out for a job with a tower maintenance company. “This is an unusual case,” said Brooks Schuelke, a personal injury wrongful death attorney in Austin, with the firm Perlmutter & Schuelke, PLLC. “Apparently, the deceased was climbing a communications tower as part of a trial to see if her climbing abilities would land her a job with Jostan Communications. She was with her boyfriend and the prospective employer the day of […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2015 – Rules and regulations relating to what constitutes total disability under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) are confusing. What is the clear definition of total disability, or is there one? Total disability is close to being an open-ended definition to some managers who feel that an individual must be completely disabled 100 percent of the time. This is not the case. However, there are specific requirements that must be met in order to become eligible for FERS disability retirement. Those requirements include, but are not necessarily limited to: * The disability […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2015 – With the Supreme Court’s landmark June 26 ruling legalizing gay marriage throughout the United States, same-sex couples should consider what the decision means for their financial and estate planning strategies for the future. Married same-sex couples will now be able to take advantage of all the financial benefits that have been available to other married couples for years, such as health insurance, Social Security and retirement. “The Supreme Court’s decision is life-changing for same-sex couples as it has leveled the playing field for all married couples when it comes to […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2015 – Richard Griffin, the acting inspector general of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), stepped down from his post on July 4 after facing criticism from whistleblowers and members of Congress for doing little to uncover fraud in the agency and interfering in investigations to protect VA leadership. He was appointed deputy inspector general in 2008 and has served as the acting director of the department since January 2014. Although in his retirement announcement Griffin lauded the office’s “outstanding achievements,” critics in recent years have accused him of not holding VA […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2015 – A Florida jury awarded $24 million to a man whose pregnant wife died when a vehicle crashed into their pool cabana. The jury handed down the verdict in favor of Michael Demella, whose wife, Alanna, was killed at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale when she was struck by a drunk driver. “When a loved one is lost due to another’s negligence, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide some compensation to the grieving family,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa wrongful death attorney with Joyce & Reyes, who is not involved in […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2015 – Filing for Medicaid can be complex, especially for people over the age of 65 and those who need long-term care. In such cases, hiring an attorney when applying for Medicaid can be important in securing coverage. “An attorney can help individuals identify which programs they may qualify for and take steps to become eligible if necessary, as well as provide assistance with the application process itself,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center, with offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. Medicaid is the […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) August 24, 2015 – One man was killed and another injured during an explosion at USA Metal Recycling in Neosho, Missouri, on June 15. The blast was caused at around 3:30 a.m. by an explosive device in a pile of empty military shell casings that were scheduled to be recycled at the facility, according to city authorities. Of the two men handling the aluminum casings, Cody D. Brisco, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Tyler Spencer, 23, was taken to a nearby hospital with moderate injuries. While working, the two men “discovered […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2015 – Is a judge allowed to change a sentence after one has been imposed, while the offender is in jail serving time? “The short answer in that scenario is, more often than not, no, because this situation is called double jeopardy. It would be wrong on a number of levels,” said Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland, Florida, criminal defense attorney. “No officer of the court, such as a judge, can on their own, without holding a hearing including all relevant parties, re-sentence someone after they have already been sentenced.” It is one thing […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2015 – Most sexual harassment cases are documented by a victim, reported to someone in authority and possibly taken to an experienced employment attorney. This unusual case lacked a victim. According to a statement of claim filed by LaShonda Peebles, former Chicago State University (CSU) president Wayne Watson pressured her to file false a sexual harassment claim against an opinionated professor he wanted silenced. She also asserts she was a victim of wrongful dismissal as a result of refusing to file a false sexual harassment claim. Peebles was the interim vice president of […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2015 – An Illinois man died in a construction accident after being pinned between a lift and a beam. Patrick C. Wilda of Plainfield was working in a lift at a construction site in Wilmington, Illinois, when he became pinned, Wilmington Police Chief Philip Arnold said. The lift had been extended to the roof beam, according to Arnold. Co-workers performed CPR until emergency services arrived. Wilda was pronounced dead at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, a Joliet hospital. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Illinois State Police and Wilmington police are investigating the […]


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