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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2014 – Responding to a spate of deaths among North Dakota oil and gas workers, federal safety officials are stepping up their enforcement efforts in the region. In July, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced an enforcement emphasis program focused on the Bakken region of North Dakota, where advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling technologies in 2000 have led to a still-continuing boom in oil production. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, 34 oil, gas and construction workers in North Dakota have suffered fatal work-related injuries since […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2014 – First U.S. Cabinet officer to meet Modi may set stage for fall talks with Obama. In the midst of contentious negotiations concerning international flash points including Iran, Ukraine and Gaza, John Kerry continued his jet-lag-inducing whirlwind of diplomatic initiatives when he arrived in India for three days starting July 30. But unlike the players involved in the trio of potential or current sources of conflict, the Secretary of State’s hosts in New Delhi presented him with an array of issues they have been eager to discuss to deepen the countries’ relationship. […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently reported that, statewide, 92 percent of Michigan VA patients get appointments in less than a month. National data suggests that, nationwide, only 89 percent of patients are seen in less than 30 days. Not everyone regards the data as encouraging. “These numbers have been met with widespread confusion and disbelief,” said Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans disability attorney. “Even if the numbers are accurate, this report makes it clear that there are still far too many Michigan veterans waiting for care.” According to […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2014 – A recent study released by Software Advice showed an interesting trend. Consumers needing an attorney trust Yelp more than any other website, including traditional lawyer-specific directories. There is more to learn behind any numbers, and Custom Legal Marketing Lab decided to dig a little deeper and produce a report for its CLM Lab. The initial Software Advice study was based on 3,465 participants. Yelp was their most popular and trusted source to search for attorneys, even ranking above named lawyer directories. The study also revealed that “70 percent of prospective […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2014 – A Florida woman’s recent divorce taught her a tough lesson in commingling of assets. In the context of family law, “commingling of assets” is the act of combining a non-marital asset with a marital asset. The asset that couples most often commingle is cash. That is exactly what happened in the case of Sorgen v. Sorgen, which was recently decided by Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals (DCA). Attorney O. Reginald Osenton, who is not involved with the case, explained how the case illustrates the legal ideas behind it. “Mrs. Sorgen […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2014 – At-will employment means an employer may terminate a worker any time for many reasons. An employee may also quit any time for any reason, but should do so with respect and courtesy if possible. “If you are thinking about quitting your job, make certain you know if you live in an at-will-employment state, such as Illinois,” indicated Chicago employment attorney, Timothy Coffey. “For instance, in virtually all states, with the exception of Montana, workers are presumed to be at-will employees, unless the employment terms fit an exception to the prevailing rule, […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2014 – A willful disregard for employee safety led to the International Nutrition building collapse last January, according to an official report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The collapse, which killed two people and injured nine, occurred when rooftop storage bins, overloaded with limestone, caused three floors of the building to cave in. In a company statement, International Nutrition claimed that company officials had no knowledge of dangerous conditions. “This company has been cited and fined by OSHA repeatedly over the last decade,” said David Lietz, a wrongful death attorney […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2014 – A personal injury lawsuit has been filed against the Chicago Transit Authority by a passenger in the subway train that jumped the tracks and careened up an escalator at Chicago O’Hare International Airport in March. The derailment, caught on a surveillance video, propelled the train up an escalator toward two men standing at the top. Due to the early morning hour of the accident, the platform was deserted and no one was killed. However, more than 30 passengers on the train were injured, including plaintiff Dalila Jefferson, who was on her […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2014 – Despite the thousands of lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, they are still in use. “As more and more women file medical negligence lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, it would seem to make sense that they be taken off the market. Such things are not unheard of when it comes to defective products. However, this does not seem to be the case,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin lawyer litigating transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Consider the Oregon case of one woman who does not want to get out […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2014 – Florida’s same-sex marriage ban suffered two legal defeats in July, and a ruling on a third case is still pending. On July 17, 2014, a circuit judge in Monroe County said the law violates the U.S. Constitution. Just over a week later on July 25, a Miami-Dade judge followed suit in a separate case. Each of those rulings, which would have permitted marriages to proceed in their respective counties, was stayed pending appeal by the state. A still-pending ruling on a federal case in Tallahassee would apply statewide. Attorney O. Reginald […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2014 – Newly married, a husband and wife collided head-on as they drove in opposite directions. Both were killed. “This wreck happened as both parties were travelling on the same road, County Road 87, in Vernon, Texas. The deceased couple left behind three children,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury attorney with Perlmutter & Schuelke LLP. Early one Wednesday afternoon, Cristina Munoz and Nicolas Cruz were traveling to their second jobs, each from a different direction. They both worked at the Mahard Pullet Farm, but they never made it there on June […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 5, 2014 – With careful financial planning, many people are able to enjoy a comfortable retirement and leave a substantial estate to their heirs. But one often-unconsidered factor has the potential to add a large additional expense to the balance sheet: the possibility that one will require long-term care in a skilled nursing facility. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, most people over age 65 will require long-term care services of some type in their lifetime, and 40 percent will require nursing home care for some period of time. Many […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 5 2014 – The cost of unaccompanied minor illegal immigrants entering the U.S. may run to roughly $2.28 billion by next year. U.S. taxpayers are footing that bill. “The $2.28 billion figure, which is an estimate, has shot up from $868 million this year. These figures were sent to the Senate and House Appropriations by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and are based on the assumption that unaccompanied minors are likely to continue to flood the borders. They have jumped ten-fold over the last three years,” indicated Larry Rifkin, a well-respected Miami […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 4, 2014 – The Home Depot Foundation has awarded Volunteers of America more than $225,000 in grants for projects that will improve housing conditions for at-risk Michigan veterans. In July, Volunteers of America opened a 16-unit apartment complex to homeless veterans in Warren, using money from a previous grant by the Home Depot Foundation. One part of the new grant money will go toward renovating those apartments, which need modern kitchens, window treatments and heating systems. “Disabled veterans who are unable to access health care and financial support may be at a higher risk […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 4, 2014 – Two oil workers were killed in an explosion at an oil well in West Texas. Amos B. Ortega, 46, and Robert Magdaleno, 41, were killed at a Loving County oilfield on April 30, 2014. Nine other workers were injured. The two deceased were employees of independent contractors of Ameriflow Energy Services for well owner RKI Exploration & Production, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Unfortunately, death and serious injury are not unusual among oil field workers,” said Houston attorney Richard LaGarde, who is not involved in the case. “But we must […]


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Irvine, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2014 – California is the most expensive state in which to file for divorce. According to a new comparison of government data, the divorce filing fees in California can total $435 or more depending on the county — even more than the similarly high $400 fees charged in Florida and Minnesota. According to California divorce attorney and divorce mediator Gerald Maggio, the filing fee is often just the beginning. “The backlog of divorce cases in our family courts makes California divorce even more expensive.” Under California law, domestic violence and restraining order cases […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2014 – A worker at a Subway restaurant outside of Austin, Texas has filed a class action lawsuit against his employer over its practice of paying employees with prepaid Visa cards, which may be subject to fees. Jake Branson filed the lawsuit on his own behalf and on behalf of other Subway employees after his paper checks were replaced with prepaid Visa cards. He found that using an ATM to withdraw cash from the cards could result in a $1.75 fee, that checking the balance of the card cost $1.00, and that a […]


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Rockville Centre, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2014 – The Rottenstein Law Group LLP is currently representing plaintiffs with claims stemming from injuries allegedly caused by metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement devices (http://www.hipimplantinjury.com/depuy-pinnacle-acetabular-cup-system/). United States District Judge Ed Kinkeade, who is overseeing several lawsuits involving the DePuy Orthopaedics Pinnacle hip implant system (In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation; United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, No. 3:11-MD-2244-K) has been informed by Special Master James Stanton in a report filed July 29, that the first two cases—Lay v. DePuy Orthopaedics, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2014 – Unless changes are made, the Social Security disability fund will run out of money by end of 2016. Capitol Hill’s notorious procrastination could soon impact millions of Americans receiving Social Security disability payments. Within the next three years, Congress must come up with a plan to keep the program financially afloat. And given federal lawmakers’ proclivity for adopting short-term fixes at the eleventh hour, disabled workers may have to wait for a significant period before even finding about any stopgap measure that Congress passes. As it stands, the trust fund for […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2014 – As of late May, traffic fatalities in Illinois have fallen 23 percent compared to the same time period last year. There were 290 highway deaths in the state by May 23 this year, a decrease of 89 fatalities from the same period in 2013. “The decrease in traffic fatalities is welcome news, and hopefully, it is a trend that will continue,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago car accident attorney. The reasons for the decline in fatal accidents are unclear, but there are several likely possibilities. On January 1, a statewide ban […]


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