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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 23, 2015 – In 2013, a Valdosta, Ga. teen died by asphyxiation, found upside down in a rolled up gym mat where he was supposedly trying to get a shoe that had fallen into the mat. His parents suggested the 17-year-old was murdered. The statement of claim suggests there was a conspiracy to cover up their son’s death involving many high-ranking authorities, including the local school superintendent, the chief of police, numerous deputies and sheriff’s investigators, the state medical examiner responsible for the autopsy and several Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials, including the director. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 23, 2015 – A Texas appeals court has ruled on an oil and gas royalty lawsuit, stating that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by dismissing a landowner’s lawsuit against a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corp. The Seventh Court of Appeals held that the lawsuit against XTO Energy Inc. was properly dismissed because plaintiff Richard Crawford, a landowner in the Barnett Shale, did not add 44 adjacent landowners to the suit. “The interests of adjacent landowners may come into play in litigation related to oil and gas royalties,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2015 – Obama’s call to redirect money from the Social Security retirement fund to its disability fund is facing resistance in Congress. On February 2, President Obama unveiled his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. The $4 trillion budget includes more than $1 trillion in proposed new tax measures. Prominent among the president’s fiscal proposals is an increase in the Social Security Disability Trust Fund’s share of funding from payroll taxes – an attempt to shore up the finances of an entitlement program that is facing a major shortfall. Under the president’s […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2015 – On April 9, 2015, Gilfix & La Poll Associates will present the 11th Annual Special Needs Trust Seminar, an extraordinary event designed for the family members of special needs individuals. Every year, this two-hour seminar presents the most up-to-date information about special needs trusts. Families learn the ways in which special needs individuals can benefit from a special needs trust, as well as optimal approaches to creating and maintaining such a trust. “A special needs trust can provide lifelong financial security for a special needs individual without disturbing eligibility for […]


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San Diego, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2015 – A partner at the California trusts, estates, and probate law firm of Albertson & Davidson, LLP has survived the first hurdle in a contentious case involving serious claims of undue influence and financial elder abuse. In the case, Mark D. Perryman is representing a plaintiff who claims that her sister and brother-in-law (the defendants) have taken advantage of their mother in order to gain complete control of their mother’s finances, use the money for personal gain, and try to exclude the plaintiff from receiving financial benefits of the family trust. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2015 – Florida law enforcement officials have noted an alarming increase in hit-and-run car accidents. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there were more than 80,000 hit-and-run accidents in the state during 2014. Between 2013 and 2014, a 23 percent increase in fatal hit-and-run collisions appeared. Almost half of the victims were pedestrians. “Hit-and-run accidents are bad for everyone involved,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “The victims left behind may have injuries that need immediate medical attention, and the perpetrators face serious criminal charges when they […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2015 – A personal injury lawsuit has been filed concerning a bicycle accident that left a teacher paralyzed from the chest down. Jennifer Kraft filed the lawsuit against the Chicago Park District, the city of Chicago and A&L Inc., the corporation that designed a portion of the bike rail near 37th Street. On April 25, 2014, Kraft plunged nine feet from a Chicago bicycle path to the concrete below. Kraft claims in her lawsuit that the path turned abruptly, with no warning that if she continued in a straight line, she would ride […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2015 – The Justice Department is arguing that the Texas judge’s ruling violates constitutional separation of powers. On February 16, a federal judge in Texas ruled that President Obama’s executive action on immigration must not be implemented until the courts have an opportunity to decide whether the chief executive’s order was constitutional. When the ruling was issued, the White House objected but did not immediately move to counteract it. As of February 23, the Justice Department has responded to the judge’s ruling, filing a motion to appeal his decision. In the Justice Department’s […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 17, 2015 – Telecommuting is a common working arrangement these days. Make sure any work-at-home agreements with an employer are clearly written. With the exception of workers living in Montana, at-will employment laws are in play across the U.S. That means an employer may lay a worker off, cut pay, terminate or demote them at any time, for virtually any non-discriminatory reason. All these laws still apply if an employee works at home. The United States is one of very few countries where employment is at-will in all states, save Montana. The rationale behind […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 17, 2015 – Nursing home abuse is nationwide. Texas may introduce a law to deal with the problem, but would it help in California? “While Texas is looking at a bill that would revoke nursing home licenses if they have three or more serious health and safety violations, there does not appear to be any speculation as to what would happen to the residents in those shut down facilities,” points out Sacramento, Calif. nursing home abuse attorney, Deborah Barron. Texas law mandates the reporting of any elder abuse, exploitation or neglect to the police […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 16, 2015 – The family of a 24-year-old shot by police allege he had his hands up in the air saying ‘don’t shoot’ when he was shot to death.Fifty-five train passengers were injured as a result of a collision on a heavily trafficked North Carolina track. On its way from North Carolina to New Jersey on March 9, the 127-ton tractor-trailer was so big that it was forced to take back roads in order to avoid the overpasses on Interstate 95 it could not clear. The circuitous route allowed the giant commercial vehicle to […]


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Pittsburgh, PA (Law Firm Newswire) March 16, 2015 – Pittsburgh employment lawyer Charles A. Lamberton is honored to be invited to present The Attorney’s Guide to Workplace Retaliation Claims sponsored by the National Business Institute. The seminar takes place July 15, 2015 and provides continuing legal education to attorneys on important issues in handling employment retaliation claims. The seminar will also provide helpful tactics and techniques for attorneys to better represent their clients in these contentious cases. Mr. Lamberton presents from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. and will cover a variety of topics, including how to determine whether an employer took […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 16, 2015 – As seniors age and develop health problems, changes to living spaces and new strategies for performing day-to-day tasks can facilitate aging in place. A project called Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) sought to prove the effectiveness of these strategies in keeping seniors at home. “Often, small changes to seniors’ current living situations can allow them to stay at home for months or years longer, even if they are facing a new health problem,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2015 – Reformed suicide-specific programs and services at VA will focus the department on mental health. On February 12, President Obama signed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, a measure designed to combat a longstanding, serious problem in the United States. The president’s signature quickly followed unanimous support for the legislation in both the House and Senate earlier in the month. The new law was named in honor of Clay Hunt, a Marine from Texas whose combat service overseas was followed by a long struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder after […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 12, 2015 – Distracted driving usually focuses on using a mobile device while behind the wheel. But it also encompasses other activities, including eating and driving. According to news and police reports, one Alabama driver was observed eating a hamburger in a moving vehicle over the course of two miles while in Georgia. He was somewhat taken aback when a state police officer flagged him down. He had not been driving in an erratic manner, was not speeding, using a cellphone or texting. He was not sure what was wrong. To the driver’s immense […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 12, 2015 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed over the death of an Illinois man who was killed when he was struck by a car while cutting grass on a riding lawnmower. According to the lawsuit, in August 2014, Thomas Knepper, 68, was mowing the grass along Route 52 in Will County using a riding lawnmower when he was struck and killed by alleged drunk driver Zevez Murrell. “Far too many lives are lost in accidents resulting from drunk driving negligence,” said Paul Greenberg, an attorney with the Chicago firm of Briskman […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2015 – The 2014 election was barely over before all thoughts turned to the 2016 election. Many new voting faces, and perhaps a new perspective, will be involved for both parties. The increased presence of voters of color could very visibly change the face of the nation in the next election. While the recent midterm elections did select many more Republicans than perhaps expected, the party’s success is not necessarily maintainable for the 2016 election. Midterms usually have lower voter turnouts in general, and the racial and cultural demographics of those voters are […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 10, 2015 – Bullying in the workplace may also involve sexual harassment. Stop it by contacting an experienced sexual harassment attorney. Abusive, bullying conduct may involve, but not be limited to: verbal and physical abuse, intimidation, threats, humiliation and sexual harassment. A National Bullying Institute survey shows 27 percent of workers are previous or current victims of bullying in the workplace. The survey also indicates that 70 percent of respondents believe bullying in the workplace is a real, ongoing issue. California is working towards enacting a law that mandates all employers with 50 or […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 9, 2015 – Women face a unique set of issues when preparing to retire, and their differences should be taken into account during retirement planning. “Women typically live longer than men, but they tend to have less money to work with in retirement,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia estate planning attorney with Hook Law Center, which has offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. “However, there are some steps that women can take to help ensure that their resources last through their retirement.” On average, a woman earns 77 cents on every […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2015 – Saving for retirement is not an easy task, but many middle-income-earning couples do manage to amass a nice nest egg. However, many of these same middle-income couples face an additional financial challenge when one spouse eventually needs nursing home care.  Substantial bills for this type of care often threaten a couple’s savings. The March issue of Financial Advisor magazine detailed one remedy for this challenge, a nursing home annuity, and it quoted Gilfix & La Poll Associates attorney Mark Gilfix concerning various aspects of this issue.   Because nursing home […]


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