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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2016 – Stephen Henning, co-founder and senior partner of Wood, Smith, Henning and Berman LLP, is speaking at the 2016 CLM National Construction Claims Conference, the largest construction conference in the nation, on one of the two premier panels. Henning is also serving as the co-chair of the conference, to be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, September 28-30th. Henning is moderating the first premier session of the conference, which will closely examine the emerging trends in construction and litigation, and be led by nationally prominent individuals who […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2016 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) has introduced a controversial new measure to improve website security. Individuals who want to manage their benefits online are now required to provide a cellphone number in order to access their “my Social Security” accounts. In addition to their username and password, users must enter an eight-digit security code sent by a text message to their cellphone. A new code is required each time someone logs on to the SSA website as it is valid for only 10 minutes. Such security practices — known as multifactor […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2016 – President Barack Obama recently touted the progress his administration has achieved in reducing veteran homelessness and improving veterans’ access to health care. Obama spoke at the annual Disabled American Veterans convention in Atlanta on August 1. “The Obama administration has had to deal with a number of scandals over wait times at VA hospitals, which has led to the deaths of countless veterans,” said Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans attorney. “Progress should be recognized. However, it is important to make sure that such incidents do not happen again in the future.” […]


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Santa Cruz, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2016 – A $50,000 money judgment was issued against Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC., and CIT Bank, N.A., formerly known as OneWest Bank, N.A. The judgment required the banks to pay a San Francisco Bay Area couple $50,000. The banks also agreed to remove mortgage delinquencies from the couples credit report regarding the Ocwen and OneWest Bank mortgage loan. The court judgment came after Alex and Maria Lopez had sued them for credit reporting violations. In 2015, Alex and Maria sued Ocwen and OneWest for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2016 – J&Y is beginning the academic year with a burst of creative energy. Their brand new website presents this well-established firm of superb personal injury attorneys in a crisp new setting. In just under a decade, the practice has become one of the leading professional law corporations in both northern and southern California, so it seems only fitting that they repackage themselves to showcase the talents and impressive credentials of Jason Javaheri and Yosi Yahoudai. The legal team of J&Y has over 50 years of combined experience recovering tens of millions […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2016 – Under a final rule announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and effective in late August, 2016, certain family members of lawful permanent residents in addition to those of U.S. citizens will become eligible to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility while in the United States, and spend less time separated from their petitioning family members. USCIS stated that the final rule is an expansion of the Provisional Waiver process that was established in 2013, with the goal of helping families stay unified. Initially, certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 22, 2016 – Workers’ compensation retaliation claims do not occur frequently in New Jersey, and the case of Robinson v. Armadillo Automation, Inc. clarifies the rules in handling such cases. The plaintiff, Spencer Robinson, was employed as a valve technician from May 2005 until August 2011. He claimed that at the time he was hired, he revealed that he had previously suffered from a lower back condition, and he asked the employer to provide him with a stool to enable him to work while seated. The company granted his request. The defendant disagreed with […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2016 – It is important that those individuals and families with estate planning documents comprehend the difference between possessing such documents and having a wealth transfer plan. Without an estate plan in place, the state in which the decedent lived will decide who is entitled to inherit the decedent’s assets. And the decision of the state may not be in accordance with the wishes of the decedent. An estate plan can help expedite the transfer of assets to the beneficiaries, reduce attorneys’ and court costs, and maintain peace within the family. A wealth […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 20, 2016 – Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet unanimously appointed Glenn Sutphin as executive director of the state Department of Veterans Affairs on August 2. His appointment is subject to Senate approval. Sutphin’s appointment was expected as he was the top choice for the post. The retired Army lieutenant colonel was the sole candidate interviewed out of 310 applicants. Sutphin, 67, has served as the department’s interim executive director since April. Mike Prendergast, the previous head, resigned to run for Citrus County sheriff. “The appointment of a permanent executive director will provide […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2016 – In families with adopted children or stepchildren who have not been formally adopted, there can be some estate planning challenges. More attention must be given to estate planning involving a family that consists of an unmarried couple in which one member has children, either biological or adopted, who are not also the children of the other member of the couple. In such a scenario, the couple should have a thorough understanding of their estate planning options. In most cases, adopted children are treated in the same manner as biological children […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2016 – A new report has found the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent $20 million on costly artwork over a decade. The spending occurred amid a scandal in which thousands of veterans died waiting for health care at VA hospitals. Open The Books, a government spending watchdog group, collaborated with Cox Media to analyze VA expenditure on art for their facilities from 2004 to 2014. Among the costly purchases was a large courtyard featuring a sculpture priced at over $1 million for the Palo Alto VA facility. In addition, the report claimed the VA […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2016 – Three former employees of a Korean barbecue restaurant in San Francisco, California, have accused their employers of wage theft and wrongful termination in retaliation for complaining about multiple wage and overtime violations. The lawsuit was filed against YakiniQ, Inc., restaurant owner Daeho Hwang and manager Bruce Lee in San Francisco County Superior Court on July 27. Michael An, Joshua Kim and Seung-Jae Yim worked at YakiniQ BBQ as servers for various periods of time. Their employment ended between September and December 2015. The plaintiffs claimed their employers promised to pay […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2016 – Littman Krooks LLP and the Gardiner Epstein Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management will co-host a legal and financial seminar on how to protect the identity and personal information of your loved one with special needs. Approximately 15 million U.S. residents have their identities used fraudulently each year, with financial losses totaling upwards of $50 billion. As family members or caregivers of loved ones with disabilities, it is important for you to be aware of the possibility of identity theft and its potential impact. Amy C. O’Hara, Esq., Partner of […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 14, 2016 – It had to happen, accidents while driving and playing Pokemon-Go. Driving while under the influence of Pokemon-Go is classified as distracted driving. Distracted driving kills. This particular accident happened in Pennsylvania, but its lesson resonates across the nation, if not globally. It is the kind of accident mirrored in many towns, cities and states. A driver playing Pokemon Go is not paying attention to the road and runs into a police cruiser. “That accident relating to hitting a police car could just as easily say a driver ran into a pedestrian, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2016 – Derek Sheely was 22-years-old when he died after suddenly collapsing at football practice. His parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The parents hoped to send a message about the risk of concussions in college, pro and youth sports. This case turned out to be a very high profile one because it shone a spotlight on a hotly debated topic, the risk of brain injuries and concussions while playing contact sports, such as football. It’s a debate that has garnered much media attention since the issue was first discovered with the death […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2016 – Brill & Rinaldi, The Law Firm, announced the opening of the company’s new office today, located at 2100 Coral Way, Suite 304, Miami, Florida. This site, which is one of the firm’s three offices in Florida, will be a transition from their previous location in Coral Gables. For the firm, which provides passionate legal representation for clients involved in land-based and admiralty personal injury and wrongful death cases, the new office space means improved client service, new amenities for the firm’s attorneys and staff members, and room for growth. “We are […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2016 – Jeanetta Matichak recently filed a federal lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and retaliation by former Executive Director Dominic Egizio and the Joliet Park District. It is further alleged that park board members and other supervisors knew of the harassment. Matichak was first hired for her position as a fitness instructor in 2011. It was then that Egizio allegedly started to harass her. She also noted he made it a habit to openly stare at other women’s bodies and make sexual comments, even in the presence of a park board member […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2016 – Manuel Galindo’s family received a jury award of $37.9 million in a wrongful death action filed against O’Reilly Auto Parts. Galindo died in February 2015 after slamming into a big rig stuck on an icy road. The jury deemed the truck driver 40 percent responsible for Galindo’s death and O’Reilly Auto Parts was found to be 60 percent responsible. At the time of the fatal accident, Manuel Galindo-Comancho was 37-years-old. He died around 6 a.m. near the Texas town of Burnet after hitting a tractor-trailer unit straddling every lane of State […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2016 – A young Austin woman was out for a bike ride when a man hit her with his truck, dragging her several blocks. He fled the scene. Cyclist Elizabeth English was dragged almost a half-mile by a driver behind the wheel of a truck. Witnesses at the scene described the victim screaming as she was dragged along the pavement and the driver did not respond. English was taken to hospital in critical condition. Thanks to sharp-eyed witnesses who were able to provide police with a description of the truck, the Austin Police […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 8, 2016 – The Content Issue by Bigger Law Firm magazine is full of ways to bring better legal content to more people. In the feature article, Kristen Friend examines the problem of how to get your website content to stand out among an ever-increasing number of sources and competitors. Her solution entails understanding your audience’s needs and the unique value you can create. Friend explains, with specifics, how to engage your audience, give them the information they need, and promote your content to reach the right people. Brendan Conley considers the question […]


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