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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 20, 2015 – A judge declined to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed against General Motors and a Florida Chevrolet dealer by the parents of a man who was killed when his vehicle accelerated and careened onto Interstate 75. The lawsuit was filed by Karl and Sharon Stutzman over the death of their son Stephen Stutzman in August 2012. Stutzman was driving home from work in The Villages in a Chevrolet van purchased by his employer. As Stutzman approached the intersection of two county roads, the vehicle did not stop, but accelerated to almost […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2015 – Can the mistakes of the past be erased or expunged? Yes, provided it is done with the assistance of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, as the process is complicated and subject to a multitude of rules and regulations and timelines. What may seem like a childlike prank may turn into something far more serious if the criminal justice system becomes involved. Once a young offender has a record, that record may follow him or her for the rest of their life, unless the record is sealed or expunged/expunction. Sealing effectively conceals […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2015 – A divorced father in Huntington Beach, California, is calling for an overhaul of alimony laws, saying they are archaic and used unfairly by divorcing spouses to extract more money from their partners. Businessman Steve Clark has claimed that current alimony laws were drafted when most women did not work. Women now comprise nearly half of the work force in the United States. Alimony, also known as spousal support, is the payment one spouse makes to another after a divorce, based on a court decision or an agreement between the couple. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2015 – Summer is a popular season for spending time outdoors in and on bodies of water, and it is common to see people out on their jet skis or boats. However, these activities may become dangerous, as many watercraft drivers do not have proper training or are under the influence while out on the water. “Jet skiing can be deadly,” said Austin, T.X. personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober & Reyna. “If you do not know how to drive one, have no [or limited] experience handling them or are under […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2015 – Condition may be missed as military does not track veterans without post-explosion concussion. Men and women in uniform have always been exposed to a variety of risks during combat duty, but the jeopardy to one’s health for serving on the battlefield has not always been immediately apparent. Indeed, conditions such as Gulf War Syndrome or post-traumatic stress disorder often appear some time after a service member has returned home from duty. And now a new study points to the heightened risk of faster than normal aging of the brain that veterans […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2015 – Women who have served in the military commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of women who have not, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Among these, female veterans ages 18 to 29 are 12 times more likely to commit suicide than their civilian counterparts. Studies show over 2,500 women who served in the military have committed suicide in the past 11 years. Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney in Michigan, said, “Such high veteran suicide rates are unacceptable. Most research has focused on men and […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2015 – The sudden death of 93-year-old Harriet Randel was thought to be simply the result of old age. An anonymous letter received by the victim’s family suggests that was not the case. Harriet Randel was living at the Palm Village Retirement Community in Reedley, California, before she died in the ICU in November 2014. On the day of Randel’s burial, the family received a shocking letter in the mail. “Randel’s son, Terry Anderson, was tremendously shocked by the information it contained,” said Litigation Funding Corporation representative, Daren Monroe. The family took Randel’s […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2015 – With the cost of nursing homes and in-home nursing care at an all-time high, many adult children and their parents are turning to living together as a way to save money and maximize the parent’s quality of life. Although such a move can be a positive change, it also represents a major adjustment, and preparing for the change as much as possible is important. “When seniors move in with their adult children, it can be a challenging transition for everyone involved,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2015 – It was reported in a podcast that Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, which is part of St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, has a death rate from open heart surgery that is more than three times the national average. As a result of this alarming discovery, St. Mary’s Medical Center is now the subject of a federal investigation. Although St. Mary’s does not disclose its death rates, CNN was able to obtain them by filing a Freedom of Information request, and communicating with the families of children who lost […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 14, 2015 – Entertainment at a staff function for a limousine service company turned the meeting into an offensive, racially charged event. The incident that launched this racial harassment lawsuit began at a 2009 meeting hosted by CorpCar Houston Services, Limited CEO, Christopher Wolfington, and two managers, Stan Alcott and Andy Vanhaverbeke. When the meeting commenced, a gorilla-suited white woman came into the room after being invited in by Wolfington. She broke into Tarzan-like calls, sang, talked about “big black butts” and “big black lips,” sat in workers’ laps and spoke graphically about bananas […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2015 – This San Antonio, Texas crash left one vehicle split in half, two dead and three seriously injured. Marijuana may have played a role in the accident. “Impaired driving can refer to being impaired by drugs,” said Austin, Texas car accident attorney, Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke, PLLC. “It was later at night, about 11:30 p.m., when the 19-year-old driver of a red Lexus lost control of his vehicle. He was heading south on Highway 281 and the accident happened near 281 and Sonterra Blvd.” According to police and eyewitness reports, […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2015 – Albert Robles, mayor of the Southern California city of Carson, is being sued for intentional infliction of emotional distress, sexual battery, gender violence and sexual harassment. Should the charges be proven, the fall-out could be catastrophic. The plaintiff in this explosive case is Lynn Dymally, the daughter of the late Mervyn Malcolm Dymally, a California Democratic politician who served in the California State Assembly and the California State Senate, as the 41st Lieutenant Governor of California and in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dymally, a board director for the Water Replenishment […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2015 – Attorney general’s findings show greater disparity in 2014 than 2013 and largest in 15 years. On June 1, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office released its annual report, and its most prominent finding was the fact that in 2014 black motorists were 75 percent more likely than whites to be stopped by police. That figure is not only an increase from the previous year but also the highest since the state began recording such data in 2000, when the statistical disparity came in at 31 percent. Koster’s office cautioned that […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2014 – Decision in favor of Mexican immigrant marks key victory for so-called Dreamers. In what could be a test case for immigrant rights in the country, an appellate panel of the New York state Supreme Court on June 3 overturned a committee’s 2013 decision that denied an undocumented immigrant the right to practice law. As a result of the court’s ruling, Cesar Vargas, a 31-year-old immigrant from Mexico, will be admitted to the New York state bar and be able to work as a lawyer. Vargas was not the first undocumented immigrant […]


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Eugene, OR (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2015 – The Register Guard‘s readers voted Arnold Law Eugene, Oregon’s best law firm. The Register-Guard newspaper is read by 66 percent of all adults in Lane County, either in print or online. With Lane County with a population of over 356,000 and over 1000 lawyers, the competition among law firms is strong. By Eugene standards, Arnold Law is a “medium-sized” law firm of nine lawyers. It would be a small firm by Portland standards. But having only existed since 2002, Arnold Law is proud of its Oregon lawyers’ rise in prominence. In […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2015 – A prominent South Florida personal injury law firm has announced that it will award two scholarships annually to students who have survived cancer and are attending college or law school. “Through our work in medical malpractice and other personal injury cases, we have been privileged to meet people who have overcome serious medical challenges such as a cancer diagnosis,” said attorney Debi Chalik, of Chalik & Chalik. “We wanted to make a contribution to help survivors achieve their goals in life and build a brighter future for themselves.” Chalik & Chalik […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2015 – The most recent issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine focuses on client relationship management, and the ways in which software tools can bolster the ability to gain new clients and facilitate the intake process. With these strategies, attorneys have more time to focus on their practice. In this issue, Ryan Conley discusses a variety of customer relationship management (CRM) tools that assist attorneys in strengthening their relationships with clients and obtaining referrals. He describes some of the small-scale CRM tools such as Gmail add-ons like Boomerang and Streak that help […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2015 – The recent historic Supreme Court ruling granting marriage equality across the U.S. has far-reaching implications, including access to claims and benefits by same-sex married victims. Married gay and lesbian couples currently have equal protection under state laws that safeguard tort victims. The personal injury Lawyers of Chalik & Chalik stated, “This new ruling will ensure that same-sex married victims have the same access to claims and benefits as heterosexual married victims, and will therefore receive equal treatment and protection under the law.” Prior to this landmark decision, same-sex unmarried couples did […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2015 – Ten years ago a deadly explosion ripped through Marathon Petroleum Corp’s major refinery. Flash-forward to 2015 and there are allegations that safety precautions put in place a decade ago are being discontinued. Currently, several former employees and seven current workers at that location have filed a complaint to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in relation to how workplaces are reporting illnesses and injuries. The workers chose to file a complaint as they feel Marathon is about to disregard voluntary safety practices put into play after the 2005 explosion. BP […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2015 – The growing life settlement industry offers to buy life insurance policies and continue to pay the premiums in full, in order to help clients cover the cost of long-term care. “Many people are overwhelmed by long-term care costs, which are not covered by typical health insurance plans,” said Michael Gilfix, an elder law attorney in Palo Alto. “Life settlement firms offer to help, but the industry is still relatively small and not rigorously regulated.” By selling one’s policy to a life settlement company, it is possible to get cash flow […]


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