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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2018 – A New York law which came into effect in October of 2017 may have a positive impact on people convicted of crimes in the state or released from incarceration more than 10 years ago. The new law allows people convicted of a crime in New York more than 10 years ago to apply to get their criminal records sealed by the sentencing judge. The experienced criminal defense lawyers at The Brill Legal Group are well-versed in representing defendants seeking to have their criminal records sealed. This change in law means people […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2018 – Attorney Myra Gerson Gilfix, a partner at Gilfix & La Poll Associates, shares her insights on the growing need for patient advocacy in an article published in the September 2017 issue of the prestigious Trusts and Estates Magazine. Patients who require hospitalization often face a number of challenges, whether it is the risk of medical errors or the effects of being immobile in a hospital bed during an extended stay. As an attorney who works with elderly clients and individuals with disabilities, Gilfix comes face to face with various aspects […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2018 – An Austin teacher and three of his family members were killed in a car wreck allegedly caused by a drunk driver. A media production and driver’s education teacher, his spouse and two children, were on a trip when an allegedly drunk driver struck their vehicle. The man’s wife and his 14-year-old son were killed instantly. The man made it to the hospital alive, but died several days later as a result of the injuries he sustained in the wreck. The man’s 10-year-old daughter suffered minor injuries in the collision. As a […]


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Charleston, SC (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2018 – South Carolina’s Steinberg Law Firm, whose head office is based in Charleston, offers an annual book scholarship for high school students. The project is an ongoing part of the personal injury law firm’s long-time commitment to child literacy. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of the strength of an essay submitted dealing with the topic of how an individual’s effort, rather than money, can make a difference. The essay must be between 350-700 words. Applicants must submit a certificate from their school confirming their eligibility to graduate the following spring. […]


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Garden City, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2018 – . Barket, Marion, Epstein & Kearon, LLP is pleased to announce that Aida Leisenring has been designated as partner. In her new capacity, she will be primarily responsible for the launch and management of the firm’s New York City office at the Empire State Building. A graduate of Brown University, Ms. Leisenring earned her Juris Doctor from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in 2006, graduating with honors. Since joining the firm, Ms. Leisenring has co-chaired numerous high profile felony trials resulting in acquittals in both state and federal courts. […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2018 – The results of a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study revealed that some Vietnam veterans may have been infected by a river parasite. The parasite is known as liver fluke and is rarely found outside of Asia. The VA conducted a small study between April and June to examine whether liver flukes could be connected to cholangiocarcinoma, a rare and deadly bile duct cancer. The research was conducted at the VA Medical Center in Northport, New York. Five out of the 50 Vietnam War veterans in the study tested positive for […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2018 – Expanded immigration enforcement at courthouses, set in motion by the Trump administration, has had a chilling effect on noncitizens seeking access to justice, according to a report published by The Fund for Modern Courts. The report, published December 5, 2017, details the impact of arrests carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in state courthouses in New York. ICE has begun targeting state courthouses as locations for enforcement actions, leading to an increase in the arrest rate and a significant impact on noncitizens seeking justice, the report says. “While […]


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Charleston, SC (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2018 – South Carolina recently saw historic snowfall following a rare winter storm on January 3 that blanketed the coastal region with more than 5 inches of snow. It marked the third-largest snowfall ever recorded in the Charleston area. The icy conditions have made the roads hazardous for much of Charleston and coastal parts of the state, which are unaccustomed to such harsh winter weather. The South Carolina Department of Transportation and other state agencies urged people to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel due to the storm. Ice accumulation is likely to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2018 – Currently, Florida law views texting while driving as a secondary offense, meaning that drivers cannot be pulled over for texting, but they can be ticketed if they have committed another driving offense. In the past, lawmakers have shot down any proposed legislature attempting to make texting and driving a primary offense. On October 24, a bipartisan association of lawmakers decided to reach out to the Florida House and Senate to classify texting while driving as a primary offense. This would mean that a driver could be pulled over for just texting. […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2018 – A Chevy Malibu ran a red light, hitting a Honda minivan. Five people were injured as a result of the accident. The crash occurred as the driver of the Chevy Malibu, a 21-year-old man, drove through a red light, colliding with the Honda minivan. The Chevy driver and four passengers, ages 17 to 19, were treated at area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. None of the passengers of the Honda minivan required medical assistance. The Chevy driver was cited for operating an uninsured vehicle, disobeying a red light and failure to […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 5, 2018 – In order to check to see who is required to register with Selective Service and what exceptions there are it is best to read the information available on the official Selective Service System website at: https://www.sss.gov/Portals/0/PDFs/WhoMustRegisterChart.pdf “What you need to know is that the Selective Service is not the same thing as signing up with the U.S. Armed Services, as Selective Service is not considered to be a part of the Department of Defense (DoD),” said Houston immigration attorney, Annie Banerjee. Selective Service is an autonomous branch of the U.S. government […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 5, 2018 – Awards program recognizes America’s most innovative and accomplished in-house counsel for their achievements and significant contributions to the legal community. First Chair, the first organization designed to bring together a community of accomplished attorneys in private practice with their talented in-house peers in order to recognize achievement, today announced that it is accepting nominations for the 2018 First Chair Awards. Since 2011, the First Chair Awards have recognized in-house counsel from some of the country’s most recognized companies that have made significant contributions to the legal community. For a list of […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2018 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) abandoned a controversial plan to divert funds from a key program created to reduce homelessness among veterans. The move came following criticism from veterans groups and lawmakers, who described the decision as counterproductive and callous. The program provides housing vouchers to veterans and is cosponsored by the VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It has been successful so far in reducing homelessness among former service members. According to government data, around 138,000 homeless veterans have received permanent housing since 2008. “Homelessness […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2018 – As reported in the New York Post, Ray Allen, a former star of the NBA, claimed he is a victim of “cat fishing,” and has requested that a court dismiss a case in which he is alleged to have stalked a person he met online. Last November, Allen filed an emergency motion in Orange County, Florida, one day after Bryant Coleman informed the court that he is being stalked by Allen. However, Allen maintains that Coleman is the individual who is guilty of stalking. According to the motion that was filed […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2018 – After a four-year-old girl was denied access to accommodations that were necessary to treat her disability at a Social Security Administration (SSA) office, her mother spoke out for disabilities awareness. The girl suffers from a metabolic disorder that prevents her body from correctly regulating blood sugar; therefore, she experiences a loss of energy rapidly and requires recurrent feedings via a tube in her stomach. As reported by KWTX, the girl’s mother, Terrin Barker-Thomas, said she and her daughter went to the Social Security Administration office in November 2017. Upon attempting to […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2017 – The New York Post has revealed that the girlfriend of Miami Dolphins star Jarvis Landry has recanted her domestic violence accusations. On the night of April 1, police received a call regarding an incident between Landry and Estrella Cerqueira, while their four-month-old child was in the car. At first, Cerqueira informed police that Landry had committed battery against her. However, she subsequently said they only had a verbal dispute. As a result, the Broward County State Attorney’s office chose not to file charges. The incident was caught on surveillance video, which […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2017 – In 2003, due to a medical error, a 46-year-old Arizona woman was left in a coma. The medical malpractice lawsuit resulted in a $12 million jury award. According to the lawsuit, the patient went to the emergency room complaining of pain and thin blood. She was given the drug Profilnine, but two hours later she suffered blood clots and cardiac arrest. The patient was given a clot-busting drug, returning her heart rate to normal and improving her oxygen levels. However, she never regained consciousness and now remains in a persistent vegetative […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2017 – Austin, Texas police confirm that an inebriated driver killed three when he crossed the median and crashed into two vehicles. The crash occurred on U.S. 183 on the 9400 block of Research Boulevard. According to police and the Austin-Travis County EMS, they arrived on the scene of the collision at 3:30 p.m. Police charged the 41-year-old driver who caused the crash with intoxication assault serious bodily injury and intoxication manslaughter. The man was traveling north in his Jeep just before crossing the median and slamming into a Fiat sedan and a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2017 – While serving in the Coast Guard, a man injured his back as he was fixing buoys at sea. Following his discharge, he filed a request for veterans disability benefits. However, he was repeatedly denied benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs, despite his appeals. He also received letters stating that the department had lost his files. According to The New York Times, 34 years later, Jonathan Bey still has not received his benefits. Bey, who is currently 61, said he was forced to resign from his civilian job 10 years ago […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2017 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an update to a policy guidance in late October, 2017, which rescinded a 2004 USCIS policy that directed adjudicators to defer to prior determinations of eligibility when processing petition extensions for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. USCIS has instructed its adjudicating officers to use the same scrutiny in extension petitions as it now uses in deciding initial petitions. “Taken together with the president’s April 18, 2017 ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Executive Order, USCIS has given its adjudicators a green light to find reasons to object […]


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