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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2015 – Photographs depict patient as elf who begs for tranquilizers, tries to commit suicide. Following a scandal-plagued 2014 that saw its chief’s resignation, the Department of Veterans Affairs was probably looking forward to a less tumultuous first quarter of the new year. But unflattering news followed the VA into March, when news surfaced of a VA hospital manager’s suspension over a December 18 email. The holiday missive contained photographs of several questionable scenes, including one that depicted a toy Christmas elf as a patient pleading for tranquilizers and another showing the toy […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2015 – Be alert during a job interview for questions that may be discriminatory. While many seeking jobs today are aware of the possibility of discrimination in the workplace, few expect that job interviews may also be fraught with discriminatory questions. “It violates your civil rights to be judged on anything else other than your ability to do the job,” says Chicago employment attorney, Timothy Coffey. “Any other questions relating to race, age, gender or other prohibited areas, are not allowed – period.” What if an applicant makes it to an interview after […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 15, 2015 – Two bar owners who regularly drank to excess at their establishment created an atmosphere where staff was afraid to call them on it or to stop them from drinking, leading to a fatal accident. “By not stopping the one co-owner of the bar called JR’s Pub of Goose Creek (the Pub), John Haynes, Jr., drove while inebriated and ultimately killed Jane Tee, broadsiding the Tee’s vehicle in an intersection and pushing it hundreds of feet down the road,” outlined Daren Monroe, Michigan-based Litigation Funding Corporation representative. The accident took place in […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 14, 2015 – While it may not be breaking news that WordPress is popular, a new Custom Legal Marketing Lab report shows how popular the content management system is on sites that reach the top of search results. Custom Legal Marketing recently published a report outlining the “Characteristics of the Top Two Ranking Personal Injury Websites in U.S. Cities.” For each of America’s largest metro areas, the research team in the Legal Marketing Lab specifically reviewed the personal injury law firm websites that naturally ranked in the top two positions in Google search […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 14, 2015 – Though the fact that restaurants are vulnerable to lawsuits for fair labor violations has made some owners unhappy, many recognize that it levels the playing field for all workers, ultimately making the industry more ethical and fair. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the go-to legislation applicable to wages and hours paid in all states. It deals with four specific areas: standards for youth employment, overtime pay, record keeping and the Federal minimum wage, currently $7.25/hour. Most of the investigations launched by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDL) in restaurant […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 13, 2015 – The Obama administration has upped legal ante in the wake of friction over its revelation on extended work permits. President Obama’s executive action on immigration has been on hold since a federal district ruling in Texas blocked the administration’s immigration measures. On March 12, the White House elevated the legal battle, asking the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans to issue an emergency stay of the judge’s injunction. The March 12 request could potentially counter intense opposition that has accompanied a complex case and a recent series […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2015 – The legal case against GTECH Corporation, the operator of the Texas Lottery, entered another phase on April 7 when the plaintiffs, who filed a lawsuit in December 2014, filed a second amended petition accusing the company of fraud. And now the plaintiffs, who were originally a group of 250 lottery players who alleged that GTECH duped them, has now grown to number nearly 1,000 lottery players. The lawsuit, which was filed in state district court in Austin on December 9, accuses GTECH of intentionally programming its lottery computers to treat winning […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2015 – Attorney Mark Gilfix will appear on the KTVU FOX Channel 2 show, “Bay Area People” to offer insights on key steps parents should follow to plan for their children’s future. The show will air Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12.   The  show will focus on the challenges that special needs children and their families face, and will discuss the powerful planning options available to them.   Mark Gilfix will appear as special guest to discuss these issues. His Palo Alto law firm, Gilfix & La Poll Associates specializes […]


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Champaign, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2015 – The Dakota Access Pipeline Project involves the construction of a 30-inch diameter oil pipeline running over 1,100 miles from Patoka, Illinois up into North Dakota. This pipeline will run through many different properties in many towns, often disrupting existing structures or inhibiting productivity of the land. The pipeline is exercising eminent domain authority to take ownership of the parts of land necessary to complete this massive project. Unsurprisingly, numerous landowners in Illinois and Iowa are wondering how the Dakota Access Pipeline Project will impact their property value, and what their rights […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2015 – During retirement, seniors are typically operating on a much tighter budget than they were during their working years. This is especially the case when major life events, such as an early retirement or a health problem, have made finances tighter. Downsizing can be an important strategy for making retirement funds stretch farther, and there are a number of different methods. “It is important for seniors to evaluate their particular financial situation in order to make smart decisions about what should stay and what should be altered,” said Andrew H. Hook, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2015 – In an interview on March 12, David Walker, former comptroller general of the United States, warned that rising costs for Social Security, public pensions and healthcare could jeopardize the nation’s safety net for workers. Walker was the comptroller general of the United States from 1998 to 2008. He served as head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) during the same period. Now, his comments support a recent Social Security Administration (SSA) warning that the Disability Insurance Trust Fund, in particular, could run out of money as early as next year. Walker […]


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Clearwater, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2015 – Dolman Law Group previously announced the development of a video essay contest that gives creative participants a chance to win a $1,100 bi-annual scholarship. The contest was open to current or aspiring college students with the 2015-2016 academic years in sight. The topic which participants were asked to focus on for this video essay contest was texting and driving. In 2-3 minutes, entrants had to discuss the growing issue and give their take on the effect it has had on the safety of driving in general—for all ages. Given the ability […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2015 – Divorce is notably less prevalent now than it was 20 to 30 years ago. The percentage of lasting marriages has been rising in the general population of the United States, particularly among couples who have wed since the 1990s. And on March 4, the Defense Department announced that military divorces, too, have become less common. In 2014, the number of such breakups dropped to their lowest point since 2005. The Pentagon reported that 3.1 percent of married officers and enlisted service members had divorced by the end of 2014 – a […]


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Okaloosa County, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2015 – The media regularly reports on sexual assault allegations, many of which take place on college campuses and involve young students. Unfortunately, many of these allegations may be unfounded or even completely fabricated. Much deference is given to an assumed sexual assault victim and, too often, young men find themselves wrongfully facing serious consequences that can have a severe effect on their lives. Such consequences include fines, probation, jail time, and registering as a sex offender in the state of Florida. Being classified as a sex offender can substantially impede future […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2015 – Despite years of education about sexual harassment in the workplace, very few employees who experience such a situation are prepared to deal with it. Sexual harassment is alive and well. Being aware of workers’ rights and knowing what to do when they are violated is essential. It is always a wise move to read an employer’s handbook, but one should also be aware that the law may be different than company policy. It is interesting to note that harassment is not addressed specifically in Title VII. In fact, that particular section […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 7, 2015 – Fifty-five train passengers were injured as a result of a collision on a heavily trafficked North Carolina track. On its way from North Carolina to New Jersey on March 9, the 127-ton tractor-trailer was so big that it was forced to take back roads in order to avoid the overpasses on Interstate 95 it could not clear. The circuitous route allowed the giant commercial vehicle to proceed northward, but it also put it in the path of a northeast-bound Amtrak train. The train slammed into the tractor-trailer after the truck got […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2015 – Alix Rice’s death remains shrouded in mystery almost 4 years after DWI driver Dr. James Corasanti hit her on his way home from a golfing event in 2011. “The driver in this case, Dr. James Corasanti, was acquitted in 2012 of manslaughter, evidence tampering and leaving the scene of an accident,” explains Michigan-based Litigation Funding Corporation representative, Daren Monroe, “but was convicted of misdemeanor drunken driving and served eight months of a one year sentence in jail for this accident.” According to the civil trial evidence, Alix Rice was skateboarding on […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2015 – Zamansky LLC announces that it is investigating the BlackGold Opportunity Fund LLC and BlackGold Opportunity Offshore Fund LLC (the “BlackGold Funds”), over large losses reported to investors. The BlackGold Funds are the $2 billion hedge funds managed by KKR-owned BlackGold Capital Management, Inc. The investigation concerns the April 2, 2015, report by Bloomberg News that auditors increased the losses reported to BlackGold Funds investors from 6% to 17%. The increase was the result of differences in the valuation of energy bonds held by the BlackGold Funds. These losses came weeks […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2015 – Zamansky LLC announces that it is investigating Lynn Tilton’s “Zohar” Loan Funds, the collateralized loan funds managed under the names Patriarch Partners, LLC, Patriarch Partners XIII, LLC, Patriarch Partners XIV LLC and Patriarch Partners XV, LLC (“Zohar Funds”). The investigation concerns the allegations against investment advisor Lynn Tilton and the Zohar Funds made by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). On March 25, 2015, the SEC filed an Administrative Proceeding alleging that Tilton issued misleading values of the Zohar Fund’s CLO holdings to inflate management fees charged to the […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2015 – A woman from the Richmond area was recently ordered to pay spousal support to her husband, a man who had attacked her with a hammer and who was later convicted of a felony. Her experience prompted a bill in the Virginia House of Delegates that suggested prohibiting courts from awarding alimony to a spouse who has been convicted of domestic violence. But that measure died in a House of Delegates committee on February 10. Del. Christopher Peace, R-Mechanicsville, sponsored House Bill 2105, which died in the House Courts of Justice Committee. […]


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