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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2016 – Florida officials opted not to apply for any additional federal mortgage assistance. In February, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that the federal Hardest Hit Fund, created in 2010 to combat the lingering effects of the housing crash, would be expanded in two phases of $1 billion each. In the first phase, Florida received $78 million. But Florida declined to apply for any additional funds in the second phase, leaving as much as $250 million on the table, a decision that irked elected officials and local professionals. Reggie Osenton, a bankruptcy attorney […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 19, 2016 – Police are investigating after vandals damaged part of a war memorial at Veterans Memorial Park near Gainesville, Florida. They smashed a pillar commemorating members of the U.S. military who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The monument is part of the Walk Through Time veterans memorial honoring those who were killed during various conflicts throughout history. It starts with the American Revolution and ends with the now-damaged pillar dedicated to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Each brick stacked atop the pillars […]


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Toronto, Ontario (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2016 – Yap films and Charlie Hill have reached an exclusive deal for the story surrounding Hill’s alleged involvement in the 1971 murder of New Mexico State policeman Robert Rosenbloom and the ensuing hijacking of a commercial airliner to Cuba. The deal was brokered through Hill’s attorney Jason Flores-Williams. “Hill is a revolutionary who has admitted to the hijacking but adamantly denies the murder of officer Rosenbloom,” says Flores-Williams. Flores-Williams further states that “Mr. Hill had no chance of a fair trial in America, so was forced to flee the country”. “Now that […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2016 – In an ugly twist of fate, products touted as being the best on the market to deal with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), caused irreparable harm to women it was allegedly designed to help. Millions of dollars paid out in settlements and legal costs result in Endo stopping production of transvaginal meshes to treat POP and vaginal slings to treat SUI. Endo shuttered its Astora Women’s Health device unit in March 2016 to reduce potential liability relating to over 46,000 severe adverse reaction lawsuits allegedly caused by […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2016 – A federal jury awarded nearly $9.3 million to a San Antonio-based oil company in a breach of contract lawsuit. After a two-week trial, federal jurors found for U.S. Enercorp LTD against Ringo Shapiro and two companies owned by him. The jury award was for $9,291,570.06, including $3 million in punitive damages. The jury concluded that the defendants intentionally interfered with Enercorp’s Montana oil leases. “The jury in this case awarded punitive damages apparently in part because they found that the defendants intentionally interfered with a contract,” said Gregory D. Jordan of […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2016 – Estate planning clients often ask about the most effective methods of protecting assets from creditors. It is always best to transfer assets prior to the time at which any claims arise. It is too late to make any transfers after there is a creditor issue. If such a transfer is made, it will be considered a fraudulent transfer. Other factors to consider are the following. If the grantor makes a gift to keep an asset from current creditors, but the grantor maintains control over the gift, then the gift may […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2016 – The $25 million wrongful death lawsuit filed in this case was the result of 32-year-old Jesse Jacobs dying in custody after being denied his medications. Jacobs’ parents filed the wrongful death lawsuit after their son died in the Galveston County jail while serving a 30-day sentence for drunk driving. On admission early in March 2015, he presented his list of required medications along with a note from his physician that indicated he must continue taking them as prescribed. By March 9, 2015, Jacobs told his parents he had not been given […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2016 – A lawsuit filed in November 2015 alleged that the California Department of Health and Human Services has deliberately failed to prevent the illegal practice of nursing homes “dumping” Medi-Cal residents into the hospital system. Nonprofit organization California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) filed the lawsuit in San Francisco, California, on behalf of three nursing home residents covered by Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. They alleged nursing homes refuse to readmit Medi-Cal patients after temporary hospitalization in order to make room for more private pay and Medicare patients. “Many individuals […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2016 – An Office of Inspector General (OIG) report has revealed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been systematically destroying documents related to veterans’ disability compensation claims. VA investigators performed spot checks at 10 veterans benefits offices across the nation. They went through around 438,000 documents that were put in bins for shredding at the regional offices. According to the report, staff were found to be destroying claims-related mail at six regional offices. There are a total of 56 VA regional offices. “The findings of the inspector general’s report should not […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2016 – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., of Littman Krooks LLP has been named 2016 Advocate of the Year by Arc of Westchester’s Children’s School for Early Development. He will be honored at their annual Golfing for Kids benefit event on Tuesday, June 7th 2016 at Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck, NY. Krooks is a founding partner of the law firm Littman Krooks LLP and Chair of its Elder Law and Special Needs Department. He is the President of the Board of Directors of the Arc of Westchester, the largest agency in Westchester […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2016 – Chipotle has faced a number of lawsuits relating to food borne illnesses as a result of exposure to Norovirus. This latest suit is for wrongful termination, discrimination, assault, sexual harassment and retaliation. Plaintiff Ariana Castaneda filed her lawsuit seeking medical expenses, lost wages and benefits after she was allegedly sexually harassed and wrongfully terminated from her job as lead kitchen worker. Her suit named four Chipotle managers as the instigators of the harassment. Castaneda worked for Chipotle from December 2013 until February 2016 when she was fired. Castaneda’s first work shirt […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2016 – The 14th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute is an incredible resource for those in the legal and business community dealing with critical IP issues in 2016. The Institute includes a faculty of leading IP scholars, judges from the USPTO, Intellectual Property attorneys from Denver and around the country, and corporate counsel from global companies including Anheuser-Busch, Flextronics, and eBay, Inc. With close to 500 IP attorneys expected to attend this year, this is a tremendous opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country. The 2016 Institute will […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2016 – Frequently, estate plans are created on the basis of assumptions that are no longer true. Correcting these assumptions may help estate planners modify the way in which they handle certain estate planning issues. Following are some factors that advisors can consider when drafting their clients’ estate plans. Planning for long-term care is becoming increasingly important as people are living longer. Covering such costs should be taken into consideration prior to making gifts. One way of focusing on these expenses is through the use of long-term care insurance policies. An estate planning […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2016 – A recent series of wrong-way car accidents in Florida has prompted calls for improved safety. Just before the New Year, five people died in Miami-Dade when a drunk driver speeding the wrong way on I-95 struck a vehicle carrying four people. In February, a 26-year-old died traveling north in the southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike. In March, a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy died when a wrong-way driver collided with his squad car, and a deadly wrong-way crash occurred on I-4 in Orange County. “In the case of a wrong-way crash, it […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2016 – Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll Associates, in partnership with Trusts and Estates Magazine, will present an informative seminar titled “The Benefits of Multigenerational Planning” on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 2 p.m. ET and 11 a.m. PT. The webinar is free and is available nationwide. The seminar will cover key issues for lawyers engaged in the practice of multigenerational planning. Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix will share their experience as a father-son team of estate planning attorneys. Multigenerational planning provides an innovative way for parents, […]


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Tallahassee, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2016 – The Florida Supreme Court ruled that the state’s mandatory attorney fee schedule was unconstitutional in workers’ compensation cases under both Florida and the U.S. Constitution as a violation of due process. The decision is viewed as a victory by the law firm of Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A., whose attorneys represent injured workers whose attempts to secure adequate legal representation may have been frustrated by the previous limitations of the law. “Our firm is pleased with the ruling,” stated David C. Barnett, Esq., founder of the firm. “It offers justice […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2016 – The day 36-year-old Kortney Sawyer went into hospital for what was deemed to be a routine hysterectomy was the last time she saw her family. She died on the operating table. Two Peoria doctors were found liable for Sawyer’s wrongful death with the jury awarding the family over $5 million. The award is to assist Sawyer’s husband and three children move forward with their lives. It was a one of those wins that while appreciated, emphasized the loss of Kortney Sawyer as a wife and mother. Sawyer’s hysterectomy was supposed to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2016 – Distracted driving caused the death of three teenagers on their way home from a holiday. Three teenagers lost their lives when the car they were riding in suddenly swerved into the path of a tractor-trailer. The car’s driver, the sole survivor of the grisly accident, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. The three killed were a 17-year-old girl, and her friends Brianna Johnson, 19, and Brittanie Johnson, 18. The girls were members of sports teams at two local schools. Driver Shelby Coleman, 18, was accessing her cellphone GPS […]


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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 9, 2016 – There are many risks and disadvantages for the grantor and beneficiaries of the California Revocable Transfer on Death Deed (“TOD” deed), which became effective on January 1, 2016. In the event the decedent is indebted to anyone, the TOD deed creates a liability for the beneficiaries. In an effort to satisfy the decedent’s debts, the personal representative who is handling the probate of the decedent’s estate may require payment from any of the beneficiaries of the TOD deed up to three years following the death of the transferor. The TOD deed […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2016 – Case # CGC 16-551805 was filed in the Superior Court of California in the County of San Francisco on May 5, 2016. The case charges Google/Alphabet/YouTube with running payback and vendetta operations in violation of anti-trust laws as part of a competitive retribution program that Google engaged in because of witness testimony, by plaintiffs, for a series of federal investigations. The specific causes of action in the case, documented at the website ourgooglelawsuit.com, include: patent infringement, intentional interference with contractual relations, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, cyber-stalking, fraud, invasion […]


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