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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2014 – Golden State’s Justice for Port Truck Drivers picketed at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports to protest being classified as independent contractors and not employees. “I see a large number of cases in my practice that involve misclassified workers and it seems to be a near epidemic. To avoid paying various benefits to employees, a company misclassifies their workers. Whatever the reasons used, it is illegal and denies workers the protection of state and federal laws and results in lower wages and no appreciable benefits,” outlines experienced Sacramento employment lawyer, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2014 – In West Texas, two died and nine were injured in an oil well explosion on the morning of April 30. The tragic accident brings two more deaths to a state that has accounted for 40 percent of all oil and gas-related deaths in the United States since 2009. According to Loving County Sheriff Billy Hopper, a buildup of pressure led to an explosion while workers with contracting firm Crescent Services were changing a wellhead at a site owned by RKI Exploration and Production at around 8:00 a.m. Amos B. Ortega, 46, […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2014 – Inventors can monetize their patented inventions by choosing one of two methods. One option allows an inventor to license the invention – that is, to sell the right to use or develop the invention for commercial purposes to another party. The second allows the inventor to manufacture and market the invention him- or herself. An inventor’s decision should be based both on the invention itself and on the inventor’s personality and interests. Los Angeles patent attorney Jim Dawson explained some of the differences between the two approaches. “Inventors who choose […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2014 – According to a report released recently, the Tampa Bay area is the second most dangerous metropolitan area in the country for pedestrians. The National Complete Streets Coalition published the report, which assigned a pedestrian danger index to major metropolitan areas based on pedestrian fatalities and the number of people who commute to work by walking. The Tampa-St.-Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area was ranked the second most dangerous in the country, and other parts of the Sunshine State composed the rest of the top tier. “Far too many auto accidents involving pedestrians occur in […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2014 – Early on Monday, May 7, a train collided with a tractor-trailer off U.S. Highway 80 in western Harrison County, causing a loss of power to nearly 800 American Electric Power Southwestern (SWEPCO) customers. “It’s important to remember that train collisions can have a severe impact on an entire community, depending on what the train is carrying,” said Richard LaGarde, a personal injury attorney with Houston’s LaGarde Law Firm. “While the collision near Lakeview caused no injuries, the incident is an important reminder that these sorts of collisions can escalate quickly — […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2014 – Under legislation recently approved by the Michigan House Appropriations Committee, driver responsibility fees for drunk driving and other offenses would be phased out. Under current law, drivers whose records accumulate seven or more points must pay a driver responsibility fee of not less than $100 for two years.This fee is charged in addition to any fines for the offense itself. Drivers convicted of other offenses, including drunk driving and reckless driving, often have to pay driver responsibility fees of between $500 and $1,000 in addition to their other fines and penalties. […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2014 – Immigration reform is likely to be a major election campaign issue. “There are plenty of predictions about who will win the election, such as Nate Silver’s forecast on ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight.com. Silver suggests the GOP will win control of the Senate and remain in control of the House of Representatives. He also foresees that Republicans may snag as many as six seats in the Senate alone. His forecast is predicated on the apparent flagging popularity of the President, balanced with the GOP’s ever increasing slate of relatively appealing candidates,” says Larry Rikfin, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2014 – A driverless car with a technological glitch is an accident waiting to happen. “Driverless cars have become even more of a technological goal over the past few years,” says Austin injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke. “The lightening rod that drew even more people to take up the call for this kind of technology was the death of a young lady by the name of Marina Keegan, a Yale graduate, who died in a car accident five days after she graduated. The driver, her boyfriend, fell asleep at the wheel. Human error cost […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2014 – SEO | Law Firm, an Adviatech company, was awarded Best in Category in the Horizon Interactive Awards for work on the McDevitt Law Office website. While family law can sometimes create bitter disputes, attorney Lisa Lane McDevitt wanted her web visitors to feel at home, surrounded by a warm design. The site was built to make users feel as though they are sitting in a family room, utilizing several interactive features (none of which rely on Flash). The unique design of the McDevitt Law Office website, www.mcdevittlaw.net, caught the attention of […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2014 – A pair of courts in California are offering divorce programs in which the bulk of the legal work is done– and the divorce is granted — in a single day. The programs are intended for the large numbers of divorcing couples who either cannot afford to hire a lawyer or do not want to do so. A New York Times story on the quick-divorce programs quoted a family law judge as saying some three-quarters of those seeking divorce lack attorneys. Those couples often find their cases languishing in the legal system […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2014 – In Travis County, Texas, the publisher of Texas Monthly has filed suit against The New York Times Company after the Times hired the magazine’s former editor, Jake Silverstein, to become editor of The New York Times Magazine. The lawsuit alleges that the Times tortiously interfered with Silverstein’s three-year contract with Texas Monthly, which does not expire until February 2015. Silverstein is not named as a defendant. “In order to prove tortious interference, Texas Monthly will likely need to show that Silverstein had an enforceable contract with Texas Monthly and that the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2014 – Companies testing computer-controlled driverless cars predict that the new technology could reduce traffic accidents by up to 90 percent. However, some collisions will still occur, and liability involving these vehicles is still uncertain. Google is developing its own driverless cars, and major automakers are currently testing their models. Autonomous vehicles are already being tested on highways in Florida, one of four states that permits them. Some observers worry about the liability issues that still need to be resolved. Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney, believes that the legal system is […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2014 – Avoiding surprises may be the most important step in minimizing inheritance disputes among family members. Dealing with the passing of a family member can be a stressful experience – one which does not always bring out the best in survivors. When money (in the form of asset inheritance) is added to the mix, bitter conflicts sometimes rise up between family members dealing with difficult emotions. Probate attorney O. Reginald Osenton says that when heirs are taken by surprise at how the decedent’s assets are to be distributed, they are more likely […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2014 – Zamansky LLC announces that it is investigating Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. (NasdaqGS: FRSH) (“Papa Murphy’s) over its disclosures to investors. Papa Murphy’s which is based in Vancouver, Washington owns, operates, and franchises Take ‘N’ Bake pizza stores. These are stores where customers purchase assembled pizzas to bake and serve at home. On June 9, 2014 Seeking Alpha published an article forecasting imminent declines in Papa Murphy’s EBITDA and a possible 80% decline in stock price, due to a request by franchisees for a moratorium on fees. The article reports that […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2014 – Immigration reform has long been a sticking point between Republican members and their House Speaker, John Boehner. This situation seems to have gotten worse. “It seems that Boehner has two points of view on immigration reform. The first comes to the fore when assuring party members in opposition to comprehensive immigration that zero will be done about the issue until the President and his men can be relied upon to enforce the laws. Republicans figure that really means that will never happen. Boehner’s party members accuse him of double-speak,” adds Larry […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2014 – Legislation that would increase penalties for driving under the influence of drugs has passed the Michigan House. The proposal would bring drug-related penalties more in line with the penalties for drunk driving. Under the proposed legislation, drivers who refuse or fail a chemical test for driving under the influence of drugs could be subject to confiscation of their driver’s license. Drivers would be given a temporary permit issued pending conviction. Drivers would also receive a conditional bond and have their information added to a database to help law enforcement identify repeat […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2014 – After more than 13 years of efforts from lawmakers and patent officials, the United States is on the verge of becoming a member nation of the Hague Agreement. The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs, also known as the “Hague system,” allows for the registration of industrial designs in all participating nations with a single application and a single set of fees. Los Angeles patent attorney Pejman Yedidsion said he looked forward to the change. “The Hague Agreement has been working very well in its member nations […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2014 – The latest legislation in Florida shielding nursing home investors from wrongful death lawsuits as a result of nursing home abuse is scary. It could happen in Texas. “A bill recently passed in Florida limits the rights of nursing home residents and offers protection to nursing home investors when patients in care are neglected or abused. It’s a disturbing piece of legislation in terms of what it says about the elderly residents in care – that they do not count. The broad terms of the bill may also shift the choice of […]


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Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2014 – The Association of Legal Administrators, an organization representing 9,000 professionals who lead the strategic business operations of law firms and law departments worldwide, has joined with several other legal business associations to call for a reconsideration of a Texas State Bar ethics decision that prohibits the use of certain titles for non-lawyer management positions. The Ethics Committee’s decision states a Texas firm may not use “officer” or “principal” in job titles for non-lawyer employees of the firm, arguing that doing so gives the impression of non-lawyers exerting control or influence over […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2014 – Medical negligence does not just happen in hospitals. It can happen in nursing homes, with dire consequences. “Medical negligence, malpractice or hospital errors are caused by a number of things,” explains Michael Smith, an Arkansas nursing home abuse lawyer. “In fact, the failure to provide needed care is typically the root cause of adverse events in nursing homes.” These incidents may also be classified as abuse. Just recently, the government issued a report, “Adverse Events in Skilled Nursing Facilities: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries,” that indicates there are five common […]


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