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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2016 – The musical artist Prince died on April 21, 2016, apparently without ever having created a will, referred to as “intestate” death. Prince had no known children, but had six surviving siblings, who are the sole heirs. Even if there is little conflict among the heirs, the process of probating his estate is expected to be long and expensive. O. Reginald Osenton, a Florida probate attorney, cited two important reasons why individuals with significant assets should be sure to create a valid will. “First, creating a will serves to keep the scope […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2016 – An 18-wheeler truck driver killed three in this horrendous Montgomery County accident in Texas. Three cars were involved in this chain reaction accident — a Mercedes, Cadillac and another vehicle. Five vehicles in total were involved, and three passengers died as a result of this accident. According to eyewitnesses at the scene of the crash, the trucker, hauling a load of lumber, did not even make an attempt to slow down prior to crashing into the Mercedes. Once hit, the Mercedes careened into the Cadillac, starting a deadly chain reaction. One […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2016 – Most immigration filing fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would be increased under a rule change proposed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on May 4, 2016. According to DHS, the fee schedule must be adjusted to maintain adequate service and to recover costs. The agency stated that it conducted a comprehensive fee review and determined that current fees do not recover the full cost of services which it provides. Under the proposed rule, USCIS fees would be increased by a weighted average of 21 percent, with […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2016 – In an odd turn of events, an amendment to ban the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from spending money to enforce new safety rules was passed into law. In what is viewed as a counterintuitive move, a law was recently passed to ban the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from spending money to enforce new safety rules. What happened? Some industry pundits suggest the trucking industry cheated to make sure they got what they wanted. It is an open secret that the trucking industry actually believes it needs fewer […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2016 – A new national data-gathering campaign is aimed to curb the maternal death rate in the United States, which leads that of other developed nations. The campaign, a joint effort of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, encourages states to institute mortality review panels to investigate every maternal death occurring during pregnancy or within 12 months following delivery. Data gathering on maternal deaths in some states has already led to meaningful prevention efforts. For example, women who undergo cesarean sections are […]


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Michigan, USA (Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2016 – FieldTurf, a Tarkett Sports company and a global market leader in artificial turf, announces that on June 16th a U.S. federal judge issued a permanent injunction ordering AstroTurf, LLC not to infringe FieldTurf’s U.S. Patent No. 6,723,412. The Court also appointed a third-party Special Master to oversee and monitor AstroTurf’s compliance with the injunction. These orders follow an October 2015 jury decision in this case, originally filed in June of 2010 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, in which AstroTurf was found to have “willfully” […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2016 – Given the disclosure that pop music icon Prince left no will, there has been a renewed interest in estate planning. His lack of estate planning demonstrates the importance of creating a will, or even a trust if privacy is important to the grantor. What is most surprising is the fact that Prince missed an opportunity to continue to engage in philanthropy and in discovering methods of releasing artists from restrictive recording contracts, two issues that were important to him. Instead of leaving his estate to his siblings, charities or other beneficiaries, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2016 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in May announced its purchase of 20 ReWalk exoskeleton systems for a national clinical trial. The multicenter trial is the country’s first-ever study to evaluate the impact of daily exoskeleton use in an everyday setting. The first phase of the trial will be held in VA medical centers in Florida, California, Massachusetts, Texas and Virginia. It will consist of 160 eligible participants who will be enrolled later this year. The six medical centers have already received ReWalk systems for training purposes. “The ReWalk device has […]


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Daytona Beach, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2016 – Representatives from BRILL & RINALDI, The Law Firm, are pleased to announce the opening of an office in Daytona Beach in order to better serve clients in Daytona Beach and the surrounding communities. This is BRILL & RINALDI’s third office location; the firm’s other two locations are in Miami, Florida and Weston, Florida, respectively. This third office is located at 123 Live Oak Avenue, and the new location is in collaboration with Eric K. Neitzke, the founding attorney of the law firm of Eric K. Neitzke P.A. Neitzke will continue […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2016 – In Camden, New Jersey, on April 25th, a 16-year-old boy struck and killed a 53-year-old pedestrian while driving a stolen vehicle. As reported in Patch.com, the teen hit Tia Walker with a vehicle that was stolen at about 9:50 a.m. in the vicinity of South 7th and Pine streets. Following the collision, the operator drove to South 7th and Royden streets, and halted at the median, at which point two suspects left the car. “Motorists need to be more aware of pedestrians, and try to prevent accidents like this one from […]


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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2016 – It can be challenging to administer the estate of a deceased California resident who, at one time, was a citizen of a foreign country, or the estate of a deceased non-resident of California who is the owner of real property in California. Consider the case of a deceased California resident whose most recent will was executed in another state or country. Under California law, a will that was executed in another state or nation can be enforced in California if it was completed in compliance with the law of the place […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2016 – Vaginal mesh implants are not just an issue in the United States. A well-respected Italian surgeon speaks out about the dangers posed by the implants. He says surgeons are not properly trained to perform such surgery correctly. It was twelve years ago when Italian Professor Stefano Salvatore spoke out against using polypropylene in gynaecological surgery. It was a serious problem then and remains so today. Salvatore chose to speak out once again to address the shockingly high risk of using bladder slings in England is actually 8.56 percent and not 3 […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2016 – Divorce can greatly affect spouses’ estate planning. Wills for each spouse are frequently created at some point for each spouse, especially if they have children. As couples are considering divorce, they may rethink whom they would like to be their beneficiaries and executors to reflect the fact that they are no longer married. In addition, they will have to perform another analysis of the gift and estate tax elements of their estate plan. Therefore, many couples who are contemplating divorce modify their estate planning documents while they are separated or shortly […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2016 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) is planning to change how it handles some disability benefits appeals in an effort to reduce the claims backlog. A Senate oversight subcommittee held a hearing on May 12 to discuss SSA adjudication and appeals judges. The agency is transferring the responsibility for thousands of pending cases in certain categories from administrative law judges (ALJs) to federal administrative appeals judges (AAJs) and attorneys from the Social Security’s Appeals Council. They will deal with non-disability related appeals, such as those involving an applicant’s income, age or citizenship […]


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Weston, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2016 – Brill & Rinaldi, The Law Firm, announced that the firm secured an additional award from Airgas Doral, Inc., for its hazardous materials violations, this time in federal criminal court. Airgas was sentenced on May 5, 2016, on 14 felony counts to which it pled guilty, and was ordered to pay $2.7 million dollars in restitution to three families, in addition to $4.3 million dollars in fines to the federal government. The ruling came down nearly eight years to the day after Airgas’ improper conduct caused the death of three longshoremen. On […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2016 – Lawmakers have announced the Veterans First Act in an effort to create a culture of accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and improve services for veterans. The sweeping measure combines various legislation to make the VA more accountable by changing employment policies, making it easier to hire and fire senior executives, blocking bonuses for problem employees and allowing any VA employee accused of wrongdoing to be fired more quickly. The bill will also enhance whistleblower protection. “This legislation will help change the current corrosive culture at the VA by […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2016 – Many regard sexual harassment as an action carried out by a male against a female, or a female against a male. However, sexual harassment may be female-on-female or male-on-male, as in this case. Although this is a case that unfolded in California, it is not without precedent in other states such as Illinois, nor is it a situation limited to eating establishments. San Ysidro’s Achiote Restaurant is required to pay a former worker $27,500 as a result of a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The suit […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2016 – I-10 in Texas has a shocking rate of semi-truck accidents — 65 collisions since January 1, 2016. Trucking accidents are the most horrific of all collisions on the highway. Few victims make it out alive after colliding with a big rig, and those that do make it out alive usually have life altering injuries that plague them for the rest of their lives. Texas has an unenviable reputation for the highest number of drunk driving wrecks, and now it seems they also have dismal record for an ever escalating number of […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 9, 2016 – When an individual or family has an estate plan, it is important to review the documents periodically, and to update them. It is also important to make certain that specific assets are contained within the trust. Any changes in the financial or family situation should be reflected in a revision of the estate planning documents. There are some life events that may prompt the testator to review the estate plan. “Due to changes in circumstances, it is advisable to review the estate plan whenever there is a major life-changing event, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 9, 2016 – The University of Pennsylvania has to pay $44.1 million for misdiagnosing a bad reaction to anti-coagulant medication that resulted in a brain hemorrhage. The verdict in this case found the attending physician to be 35 percent liable and the hospital 65 percent liable. The jury deliberated the case over a two-day period at the conclusion of the 13-day trial. According to the documents submitted in the case, the hospital was negligent in recognizing the changes in 57-year-old Andrea Tate’s blood after being put on heparin. The plaintiff’s attorneys alleged that the […]


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