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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2015 – The newest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine provides attorneys and law firms with practical information on how rapid changes in technology are transforming online marketing. By adopting the methods and tools that BLF showcases, law firms will be able to keep pace with these technological and marketing developments — and pull ahead of the competition. In BLF’s latest installment, James Ambroff-Tahan focuses on the sensitive issue of communication between firms and their clients. He addresses the current optimum means for conducting that communication in the article “Client Portals.”  Communication between […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2015 – The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has released a new report about an alleged spinal surgery scam that may have put the health of thousands of people at risk. In June of 2014, CIR released an initial report accusing Spinal Solutions LLC of manufacturing and selling knock-off spinal screws made with low-quality materials. Now, CIR has released a more detailed report, with more information about those involved in the scam, those harmed by it and the emerging legal action. “The information reported by CIR shows that legal action is absolutely justified […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2015 – Clothing made in California for outlets such as Macy’s, JC Penney and Kohl’s, actually comes from local sweatshops where some employers routinely unplug the clock intended to keep track of worker’s hours. The U.S. Department of Labor determined Los Angeles-based P & Young Apparel Inc. was falsifying payroll records after an investigation revealed time cards that alleged workers on the same shift all checked in within two minutes of one another, a classic indication of tampering. Ultimately, P & Young owed the 15 employees in question $33,000 for their unpaid work. […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2015 – A recent article in the Wall Street Journal describes a transformation in estate planning for individuals or couples who have significant assets, but who are not subject to the federal estate tax. With a federal estate tax exemption set at more than $5 million per individual — a figure set to rise — tax reporter Laura Saunders says that capital gains taxes are now the driving concern in estate planning for many affluent Americans. “Saunders is absolutely right to point out that, particularly for Californians, capital gains taxes can pose […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2015 – Emotions can play a substantial role in making decisions about long-term care. Planning after seeing a loved one decline in health may drive some people to seek long-term care insurance, but they should also consider their finances rationally. “Planning for long-term care means accepting that your health may decline to the point that you can no longer care for yourself,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center. Often, people avoid thinking about long-term care because they would like to believe that they will never […]


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Tacoma, WA (Law Firm Newswire) January 1, 2015 – In an effort to help young people meet the ever-growing cost of obtaining an college education, the Dickson Law Group has created the Thomas L. Dickson $1000 College Scholarship. The scholarship is available to students who are currently enrolled in an institution of higher education or who have plans to attend a university or college next fall. The firm plans to offer the scholarship on an annual basis to the student who submits the highest quality video essay pertaining to the topic at hand. The video essay requires students to imagine […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 31, 2014 – The U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan comes to an end this month, but the fight continues for a huge number of veterans, according to a new report in the National Journal. A major new study has found that more than one in six post-9/11 veterans may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study, which included the participation of 60,000 veterans, was sponsored by the Veteran’s Administration (VA). Untreated PTSD can cause a broad range of physical, mental, social and financial problems, and it has been linked to the high suicide […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 31, 2014 – Recently, the divorce of an older Midwestern couple made headlines as the spouses waged a high-profile legal battle in court over a multi-billion dollar fortune amassed during a 26-year marriage. But that case is an anomaly. As the divorce level rises among couples over 50, experts suggest that the only ones getting rich are the divorce attorneys.  An article in AARP pointed out that in 2010, the divorce industry made $50 billion, while many of those getting divorced ended up in financial difficulty. Maria Cognetti, the president of the American […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 31, 2014 – In 2012, the state of Florida passed a youth concussion law designed to protect young athletes from brain injuries, joining more than 30 states that had already adopted such laws.  Safety advocates say that such protections are badly needed. Of the more than 300,000 head injuries reported each year in high school sports, more than 90 percent are concussions. “Measures like Florida’s youth concussion law provide some much-needed protection,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa attorney with Joyce & Reyes who handles brain injury lawsuits. “Brain injuries can have serious long-term effects […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) December 31, 2014 – The family of a deceased 25-year-old California man is calling for major changes to the trucking industry. Daniel McGuire was killed in July when a big-rig driver with little experience lost control of his truck on a steep and windy California road. McGuire’s parents say that the trucking company should have known not to assign an inexperienced driver, transporting a 25-ton load, to one of the Bay Area’s most difficult routes at rush hour. “The trucking company had a responsibility to only put safe drivers and safe vehicles on the road,” […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 31, 2014 – General Motors (GM) has not changed its untrustworthy patterns of behavior, reports The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and many other news outlets. According to the New York Times, GM made deliberate efforts to hide accident records in a seeming attempt to keep victims’ families from filing for compensation. The newspaper alleges that these activities occurred as late as November 2014, just six weeks before the deadline for families to file for compensation. And the LA Times has highlighted news of company emails showing that GM acted in late […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Many law firms spend a fortune on digital advertising and are still left wondering why competitors are at the top of the search rankings. In the feature interview for the latest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine, founder Jason Bland explains the crucial, yet little-understood, topic at the heart of the issue: link building. “Every law firm looking to grow needs to have a basic understanding of this topic, because it is at the core of how Google ranks websites,” said Bland. “The problem is that link building sounds like something […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Did a misread MRI end a promising football career? In this medical negligence case, legal professionals are disputing a surgeon’s alleged misinterpretation of test results. “The proving point rests on how a surgeon read the results of an MRI for a 26-year-old aspiring football player. The plaintiff suggests he was told his initial surgery to reattach an Achilles tendon looked good and was intact – a signal he took to start playing again,” explained Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer. Subsequently, the young man re-injured his Achilles tendon and required […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Ex-mayor of Buena Park, Calif., caught falsifying driver’s license documentation. Buena Park, Calif., is perhaps most famous as the location of Knott’s Berry Farm, a theme park popular with families. But as of November 19, it has gained notice for another child-centric, though less family-friendly matter: its former mayor, Sangjin Miller Oh, received a sentence of six months in jail and three years probation for lying to the Department of Motor Vehicles in an attempt to avoid paying child support. An Orange County jury found Oh guilty in May of five […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – An Illinois Appellate Court recently reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that an employer should have known that an employee was behind death threats sent by email to his family from a work computer. According to the judge, the employer should have done more to protect the family from the husband’s threatened harm, which caused their deaths. The lawsuit was filed by Regions Bank, the administrator of Sheri Coleman’s estate, against Joyce Meyer Ministries, which employed Christopher Coleman. In 2009, Coleman was convicted of killing his wife and children in their […]


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St. Louis, MO (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Missouri attorneys Anthony Bruning and Anthony Bruning, Jr. (A.J.) of Leritz, Plunkert & Bruning, PC have been featured for their contributions to Continuing Legal Education seminars (CLEs) in the December, 2014 issue of St. Louis Lawyer Magazine. Their mention recognizes the attorneys’ commitment to active participation in the further training of practicing attorneys as well as their dedication to staying on the forefront of new developments in the law. CLEs are an essential part of a lawyer’s ongoing education and are a required part of maintaining an active law license. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Despite Republican electoral rout, Obama sets stage for showdown with legislative branch. President Obama was reflective in the wake of Election Day, when Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate and increased their margin in the House of Representatives. But any thought that the president would emerge from November 4 chastened and resigned to a lame-duck status was rejected on November 20 when Obama announced his plan for executive action on immigration reform, reiterating his call for congressional Republicans to pass an immigration measure. Obama revealed his plans on immigration in […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Studies are again criticizing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), saying its fast-track process for medical devices approves many that do not meet regulatory standards. The National Center for Health Research reports that a worrying majority of medical devices approved under the FDA’s fast-track process lack publicly available safety documentation. Without this documentation, doctors and hospitals cannot accurately assess the risk a device poses to patients. “The FDA gets a lot of pressure from medical device companies that want to beat the competition to market,” commented Richard LaGarde, a defective products […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2014 – Assisted living facilities are designed to provide residents with help with daily activities while allowing them to retain their independence as much as possible. As a person considers moving to an assisted living facility, he or she should thoroughly research the options in order to choose a facility that best meets all needs. “One of the most important things to consider is what kind of assistance you will need. Cooking, using the restroom, bathing, dressing, and managing medications are common areas of assistance,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia elder law […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2014 – A two-vehicle crash near a Philadelphia high school matches the profile of similar incidents in the United States. A deadly head-on collision on November 12 has left one person dead, another seriously injured and many questions unanswered. The police have launched an investigation into the two-vehicle crash. Even before the investigation concludes, a few factors have already stood out as common elements with most high-profile, fatal accidents on U.S. roadways. According to police, the crash occurred near Northeast High School. A 21-year-old woman was driving northbound on Algon Avenue and collided […]


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