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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2017 – The ban on texting while driving is slowly making its way across Texas. The state does not have a statewide texting while driving ban. Distracted driving is a serious problem. In fact, it is the leading cause of the vast majority of car accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). Studies done by both entities reveal that 80 percent of car wrecks and 65 percent of almost accidents, or near-miss crashes, are the result of driver distraction within three seconds prior […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2016 – Bigger Law Firm magazine is back with another issue packed with technology and online marketing analysis through the lens of the legal industry. In the feature article, Ryan Conley presents a retrospective of the top cybersecurity stories of 2016 and finds the hidden details that put the headlines in perspective. From election hacks to computers held for ransom to botnets that may be running on your own home router, these crises seem to happen with alarming regularity. Conley gets to the technological heart of the matter and breaks down what […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 18, 2017 – On November 15, the California Court of Appeals ruled that a former Univision Radio DJ can proceed with filing a disability and leave claim. The ruling calls into question the definition of disability and when an employer must be on notice to offer employees leave. Sofia Soria, a former Univision Radio DJ, filed a discrimination and wrongful termination suit against Univision in 2013 when she was allegedly fired after she notified her employer of needing surgery for a potentially cancerous stomach tumor. According to the suit, Soria allegedly gave notice […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2017 – A major investigation by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on the sentences handed down by Florida criminal judges shows disparities in those sentences between black defendants and whites. Miami criminal defense attorney Jordan Redavid said the report is revealing, but not surprising. “I saw it myself in my time as a public defender,” Redavid said. “Minorities are treated differently. They’re arrested, charged, and convicted at rates disproportionate to their crimes. Same with low-income people. This report is important for people to see. This should be a real eye-opener to the general public.” Reporters […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2017 – The Law Office of Richard J. Arendt is pleased to announce we are expanding our law practice and have launched a new website to celebrate our over 38-years of service to business clients and individuals. “It’s tough out there for small businesses,” said respected Chicago business attorney, Richard Arendt, “and we pride ourselves on offering personal, one-on-one legal advice and, if necessary, litigation services to our clients. Clients are not numbers; they are friends who need the best advice to stay afloat in an uncertain economy.” Arendt runs a small but […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2017 – A recent Texas lawsuit demonstrates that a company was negligent in knowingly providing an unsafe workplace. In April of 2015, a young man was killed on-the-job at a metal products company by a co-worker. The deceased was shot with a 38-caliber handgun. The killer is currently serving 45-years in jail. According to court documents, the convicted killer had pulled a gun on workers at a job prior to being hired at the metal products company and had waved a gun at workers in a local restaurant as well. The company was […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2017 – On Wednesday, November 9, a New Jersey state appeals court ruled that a former mechanic, Antonio Diaz, has a right to receive workers’ compensation benefits for the injuries he suffered when a lift descended on him. The court decided in his favor although he was inebriated at the time. The court reasoned that Diaz’s intoxicated state was not the only cause of the accident. The appellate panel, which consisted of two judges, affirmed a previous ruling that rendered an award of benefits to Diaz. The ruling also dismissed the defense of […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 12, 2017 – A high school student and his mother died in a recent wreck on SH 71. According to police records, this accident was the result of a recklessly driven 2015 Subaru traveling west on SH 71. In the inside lane, heading east, was a 2015 Ford Focus followed by a 2012 Volvo truck, in the outside lane. The speeding Subaru failed to negotiate a curve on SH 71, causing it to cross over into the inside lane of highway directly in front of the Ford Focus. The Subaru slammed into the front […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2017 – Leaked internal documents published for the first time by USA Today reveal that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) uses a secret ratings system to evaluate its medical facilities. The VA has never released the ratings for public viewing, claiming they are only for the agency’s internal use. They show dozens of VA medical centers are performing at below-average levels. For years, the VA has assigned between one to five star ratings to hospitals, with five being the best. The ratings depend on factors such as the quality of care provided, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2017 – Three people in an SUV were T-boned by a big rig. None of them made it out of the wreck alive. The accident, involving a semi and an SUV, happened on the intersection of Minnesota County Road 47 and Goodwin Avenue. The crash occurred as the SUV was slowing down to execute a wide U-turn. The heavily loaded 18-wheeler, hauling beer at the time, slammed into the side of the SUV, causing it to roll into a roadside ditch. All three occupants of the SUV were declared dead at the scene. […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2017 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a long-awaited final rule that will benefit many nonimmigrant foreign employees who are highly skilled, and employment-based immigrant workers, as well as their employers. The rule takes effect January 17, 2017. “After more than a decade, USCIS has finally issued regulations interpreting legislation passed in 2001 which assist both highly skilled immigrants and nonimmigrants in a comprehensive way,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney with Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “It is a welcome change basing practice advice to clients on regulations, and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2017 – Crossing the road in Texas can be a deadly endeavor. Pedestrian fatalities have been on the rise for a number of years. Texas holds the record for: the highest number of DWI deaths in the country and a shocking number of pedestrian deaths. California, Florida, Texas and New York accounted for 42 percent of pedestrian deaths between January and June of 2015. Other states with the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 residents were Florida, 1.35; Arizona, 1.27; Delaware, 1.27; South Carolina, 1.12; Mississippi, 1.07; Oregon, 1.04, District of Columbia, […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2017 – Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers has announced this year’s recipient of the Survivor Scholarship, Rebecca Lynn Ray. Ray is a cancer survivor who is working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of North Florida. The Survivor Scholarship is aimed at those who have survived a serious medical diagnosis and are moving forward in their lives, and is open to those who are attending college or law school in the United States. The bi-annual scholarship of $1,000, open to applicants in December and August of each year, is […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 5, 2017 – Over 23,641 physicians reported the adverse effects of the transvaginal mesh (TVM) device, used for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or pelvic organ prolapse (POP). In addition, 25,000 attorneys and over 1,000 hospitals sent negative reports of TVMs to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Furthermore, there was a high number of medical device distributor reports to the FDA, as well. According to the FDA, there were 126,349 adverse events reported relating to TVM kit failures and 49 recalls for the various medical device manufacturers involved which included Boston Scientific, Bard, Medventure […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2017 – Congress passed the Fairness for Veterans Act within a larger defense budget bill in December. The legislation is an effort to help tens of thousands of veterans with less than honorable discharges gain access to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care. The bill requires the military to consider mental health conditions of service members when conducting discharge reviews. Boards must take into account claims of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury when troops display behavior the military considers undesirable. “Receiving a less than honorable discharge can have serious […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2017 – A California woman went to an emergency room after she had been shot in the head with an air rifle. A delay in treatment resulted in a traumatic brain injury. The woman waited for five hours and by the time she was transferred to another hospital for surgery, she was barely conscious. Attending doctors at the second hospital rushed her into surgery, but the intracranial bleeding had exerted so much pressure on her brain that she sustained a traumatic brain injury. She now requires around-the-clock care. The plaintiff’s family filed a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire)January 2, 2017 – Safety experts say an explosion of new smartphone apps is partly to blame for a dramatic increase in fatalities from car accidents. Increasingly, apps are designed to be used in vehicles, taking drivers’ attention away from the road. Safety officials say that is one reason 2015 saw the largest annual percentage increase in traffic deaths, and 2016 may be even worse. “In Florida and across the nation, we are seeing a crisis of distracted driving,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “Driver negligence is the number […]


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Wesley Chapel, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2016 – Estate planning attorney Shiobhan Olivero has a message for young families: It is never too early to implement a basic estate plan. “It’s understandable that so many young parents put off estate planning,” Olivero said. “They have their whole lives ahead of them. But it’s better to plan ahead and recognize that life often brings the unexpected. Most young families don’t need anything fancy, but they should definitely put in place a few basic elements.” First, Olivero says, young parents should have a will. If both parents die or become […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2016 – People take photos of some unusual things, not the least of which are erotic selfies. However, taking nude pictures while driving is not a good idea. A low impact crash happened in Bryan, Texas when a student was arrested on a misdemeanor DWI charge. This DWI case could have had a different outcome, but the 19-year-old female driver did not sustain any injuries. The facts of the story were revealed by a local television station and involved a police officer initially responding to a call about a disturbance. While the officer […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2017 – A former Florida doctor already serving time in prison for drug trafficking has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the death of a patient. Barry Schultz, 60, entered the guilty plea after being charged with prescribing methadone to David Tain in 2010. Tain died of an overdose three days later. Investigators said Schultz’s actions were “reckless.” Schultz was given a five-year sentence by a Palm Beach County judge, to run concurrently with the 25-year sentence he is already serving for drug trafficking. “In addition to criminal charges, pill mill doctors […]


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