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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2017 – Many people consider making gifts to qualified charitable organizations in an effort to lower their possible estate income tax liability while helping a worthwhile cause. Potential donors should be careful to gift only the “right kind” of stock, and not the “wrong kind.” If a person is making a contribution of stock that was owned for more than one year, the owner’s tax deduction is decided by the stock’s fair market value. Therefore, if the owner donates stock with a low basis that was held for a lengthy period of time, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2017 – Bigger Law Firm magazine delivers another issue jam-packed with in-depth stories on the intersection of law, technology, and marketing. In this month’s feature story, Roxanne Minott reports that artificial intelligence and machine learning are beginning to take hold in the legal industry. Attorneys are increasingly using advanced AI software to perform repetitive tasks, parse contracts, and review documents with greater accuracy and less labor. Tech startups and researchers are developing more cutting-edge use cases such as recruitment, public legal tools, and even prediction of actual judgments. Minott closes with a […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2017 – The inaugural episode of Brill Legal Group’s podcast Justice One Client at a Time is now available for free on iTunes. The 15-minute episode is titled Trump’s Travel Ban and the Courts and features prominent New York criminal defense attorney Peter Brill. In the podcast Brill discusses the constitutionality of President Trump’s recent controversial travel ban and offers insights on how the case could play out in court. He also takes questions from several callers. Trump signed an executive order in late January that banned all refugees and travelers from seven […]


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Morristown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2017 – This March is a red-letter month for Lenzo & Reis, a well-known and well-regarded New Jersey plaintiffs’ employment law firm. Both Christopher Lenzo and Claudia Reis have been selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Super Lawyers list published in New Jersey Monthly Magazine in the fields of Employment & Labor Law and Employment Litigation for Plaintiffs. Attorneys are selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers list through a multi-faceted approach that takes into consideration peer nominations, evaluations, and independent research performed by legal publisher Thomson Reuters. As if Chris Lenzo […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2017 – The death of a Texas woman highlights the continuing problem of texting and driving related accidents in the state. Faced with the prevailing attitude about texting and driving that “everyone does it,” a Central Texas man is sharing the story of his sister’s 2015 death with Texas legislators. He wants to inspire the state lawmakers to create a new law regarding distracted driving. In November 2015 Amanda Rincker was heading home from work at approximately 11 p.m. At the intersection between the Groesbeck and Mexia city limits, along Highway 14, a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 17, 2017 – A jury awarded up to $146 million in a Texas oil dispute. The jury found that J. Cleo Thompson and two Texas oil companies breached an agreement with T. Boone Pickens’ Mesa Petroleum Partners to acquire and drill more than 160 oil wells. The verdict came after a three-week trial in a business dispute that has lasted for over a decade, with Pickens claiming that Thompson, Delaware Basin Resources and Baytech improperly excluded Mesa from a profitable deal. “T. Boone Pickens is a legend in the oil industry,” said Gregory D. […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) March 16, 2017 – Marielle F. Hazen has been named a Lawyer of the Year for 2017 by Best Lawyers Pennsylvania magazine. Each year, Best Lawyers Pennsylvania highlights one attorney in a particular practice area and location to be named Lawyer of the Year. The award is significant because it is based on peer review, so the person named Lawyer of the Year must receive the highest votes from other attorneys in the area. “I am honored to be recognized by my peers in this way,” said Hazen. “I consider it a great privilege to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 16, 2017 – Zola Suite announces at ABA TECHSHOW 2017 the launch of email open tracking, certified e-delivery proof, email encryption, and e-signatures built into its law practice management email, matter, and time management functions. This combination of Zola Suite and RPost redefines “legal email” for lawyers. Zola Suite is a comprehensive, cloud-based legal practice management software platform that has received rave reviews for its next generation practice management features. RPost is the global leader in secure and certified electronic communications, having provided email tracking, proof, and security for large and small firm lawyers […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 16, 2017 – Just last year, the Sheriff’s Office said it would revisit the outstanding judgment in the mediation of a personal injury case in which the victim suffered a head injury. Severe head injuries can be devastating, and can cause the victim to suffer permanent mental and physical disability. The victim’s mother and the Sheriff’s Office reached a resolution of annual payments of $325,000 for the next eight years. The total award is $1.95 million, including attorneys’ fees. However, the award will be rendered only if the Legislature gives its approval later this […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2017 – The magazine that started in 2011 as a legal marketing publication has reached a new milestone. Starting today, Bigger Law Firm Magazine will cover current events from a legal perspective. Over the last six years, Bigger Law Firm (BLF) Magazine has introduced lawyers to online marketing tactics, practice management software, internet security and e-discovery. Starting March 15th, BLF is reaching a wider audience with active reporting on current events. As the new presidency aims to reshape the role of government and an emboldened single party Congress rushes to introduce new […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2017 – A 15-year-old girl attempted to take her own life while in a pediatric inpatient psychiatric unit. The suicide attempt was not successful and the facility where she was staying implemented CPR, using an automated external defibrillator (AED) to resuscitate her. She was transferred to a local hospital, but died two months later from injuries she sustained during the attempt to kill herself. The young girl’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the psychiatric unit, alleging negligence that led to her death. The lawsuit alleged the teen’s death was due to […]


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St. Louis, MO (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2017 – Karpel announces it has named Pippa Barrett as a Project Manager and Trainer for PROSECUTORbyKARPEL (PbK), the industry leading criminal case management system utilized by prosecuting attorney offices throughout the United States. Barrett will play an active role in webinars and user conferences, and will help implement, train and service the PbK program with prosecutors nationwide. Barrett joins Karpel after serving as an Assistant Circuit Attorney with the City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, a post she held twice, most recently for the past 16 years. Other accomplishments include […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2017 – Newly appointed Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin said he is against the full privatization of veterans care under his leadership. The Senate unanimously confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the agency on February 13. “New leadership is vital to improving the VA and its services,” said Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans attorney. “The new VA secretary will have to make sure that the reforms he pursues are in the best interests of our veterans. The ultimate goal is to have a system that makes health care and […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2017 – A New York art dealer who conned two Manhattan galleries by selling dozens of fake paintings avoided a lengthy prison sentence. She claimed her abusive ex-boyfriend was “the true mastermind” of the $80 million scheme that spanned 15 years. Glafira Rosales, 60, said she agreed to trick dozens of art experts only because she was scared of her former boyfriend, Jose Carlos Bergantiños Diaz. The defense argued Diaz allegedly threatened Rosales’ life and abused her whenever she tried to back out of the scheme. She also feared being separated from her […]


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San Mateo, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2017 – San Jose, CA chauffeur services provider Restivo Enterprises, Inc. dba Le Grande Affaire was ordered to pay more than $260,000 to 7 former chauffeurs when they prevailed in their former employer’s unsuccessful appeals to the Santa Clara County Superior Court from California Labor Commissioner awards. Limousine and shuttle van drivers James Parker, Jose Retana, Bruce Doan, Louis Zapata, Arturo Carrillo, Jonathan Covey and Maria Valencia were each awarded the monetary judgments by the California Labor Commissioner at a Berman hearing. Restivo Enterprises, Inc. appealed, but the former employees won on […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2017 – Windsor Capital Group, Inc., the same company that was recently hit with a $55 million jury award over an unauthorized nude video of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, is now being sued by its former employee who alleges he was wrongfully terminated for “stealing ice.” The employee claims the firing took place shortly after he made complaints about unpaid wages. On March 3 Judge Craddick of the Contra Costa County Superior Court denied the defense’s attempt to dismiss the case by finding triable issues surrounding the termination of plaintiff Art Bhavindhu. […]


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PORT HUENEME, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 31, 2017 – Eric Traut of Traut Firm will represent a high profile wrongful death suit going to trial December 18, 2017 alleging a wrongful death and cover-up at drug treatment center Passages. According to court documents, patient Gregory Link was discovered dead one day into treatment with alleged signs of a struggle as alleged by wife Lani Link, filed March 21, 2016, in the Ventura County Superior Court. Says plaintiff Lani Link of Honolulu, Hawaii, of her late husband Gregory Link. “The loss I have suffered is incalculable.” Link was well known […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 10, 2017 – Lost in the focus generated by the legal challenges filed against President Trump’s executive order affecting individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries are U.S. employers’ real concerns about filling temporary professional positions for upcoming fiscal year 2018 under the H-1B program, under the new Administration. “U.S. employers are again gearing up to prepare for what is expected to be a large volume of H-1B petitions and file them on or shortly after April 1, 2017,” said Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “Employers will […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 9, 2017 – George Chandler, founding attorney of Chandler, Mathis & Zivley, PC (CMZ), a well-known personal injury law firm with locations in both Lufkin and Houston, Texas has recently been recognized as the Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer with the State Bar Foundation of Texas. This prestigious honor was announced by Wendy Burgower, a Trustee with the Foundation. Though of course met with pride and delight by all of CMZ attorneys and staff, this honor comes as no surprise, since George Chandler has been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards over his years […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 9, 2017 – A pedestrian was fatally struck by a car while crossing the street in Manatee County, Florida, around 12:49 a.m. on January 15. As reported by Explore Clarion, Ashley Hasychak, age 24, of West Sunbury, Pennsylvania, was trying to cross U.S. 41 close to 55th Avenue West. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the force of the impact sent her onto a sidewalk and into a light post. She was taken to Blake Medical Center, where she died of her injuries. Officials are conducting a criminal investigation into the incident, and are […]


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