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Miami Beach, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2016 – David C. Barnett, Esq., founder and managing partner of Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A. and Chairman of the Board for The Victory Center, announced that the City of North Miami recognized The Victory Center during a commission meeting for their educational services for children with Autism and related disorders. Mr. Barnett and The Victory Center will continue to support and develop educational programs to better meet the needs of children with autism in the classroom. These programs are offered to children challenged by autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions, including […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 27, 2016 – The Florida Legislature on February 24 unanimously passed a bill that will grant disabled veterans free parking at all public airports across Florida. The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Ken Roberson, R-Punta Gorda, and Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice. Under the measure, publicly owned or operated airports in the state will be barred from charging disabled veterans for parking. However, individuals must have a disabled veteran license plate in order to be eligible. Earlier, veterans would only qualify for free parking if their cars were specially equipped with wheelchair lifts, ramps or […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2016 – Two Michigan lawmakers are planning to launch a nonprofit organization that will raise awareness and resources to benefit veterans. State Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, and state Sen. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights, announced the formation of the Michigan Veterans Institute on March 2. They are collaborating on the project in an effort to help veterans gain access to health care and job opportunities, among other necessities. “An organization that champions veterans’ causes and gives them a voice is a step in the right direction,” said Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans attorney. “Veterans need […]


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San Diego, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2016 – Paula Oliveira Brunoro is now a member of a very exclusive list. She has recently been chosen for the prestigious designation BEST OF THE BAR 2016 by San Diego’s legal community. Ms. Brunoro already has an outstanding reputation as a highly skilled business and tax attorney with extensive experience assisting a wide range of domestic and international clients. Her unusually diversified talents, including fluency in Spanish, French and Portuguese, have clearly brought her respect and admiration from her colleagues, since those selected as the BEST OF THE BAR 2016 are […]


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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2016 – It is imperative that people understand the consequences of holding title to assets and that the ways in which the owner holds title can greatly impact the transfer of the property upon the owner’s death. Some individuals choose to add an agent to an account when they are depending on that person to help with the management of their finances. This method does not provide the agent with any ownership rights or name the agent as a beneficiary. However, it grants the agent permission to act on behalf of the owner […]


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Phoenix, AZ (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2016 – An Arizona federal jury has awarded $27.6 million to a healthcare staffing company founder who claimed his allegation of internal medical billing fraud led to a retaliation plan with a highly unusual method to oust him. The total awarded on April 20 to Marc A. Wichansky, former president of Zoel Holding Co. Inc. of Phoenix, includes $14.375 million in punitive damages against his former partner, David T. Zowine. Wichansky alleged that Zowine, then the company vice president and a co-owner, breached his fiduciary duty by engaging in or concealing the fraud […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2016 – Attorney Robert Joyce, of the Tampa firm Joyce & Reyes, has been selected to receive the 2016 Champion of Justice award from the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association. The Champion of Justice award is the highest honor bestowed by the association, and it is only given when the board finds that there has been truly exceptional lifetime achievement in the service of justice. The award has only been given seven times in the past. The board of the association unanimously selected Mr. Joyce as the recipient of the 2016 award, congratulating […]


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Los Angeles, CA (April 22, 2016) – WSHB ranked tenth in Law360’s list of “100 Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys,” a survey published based on the firm’s female representation at the partner and non-partner levels and its total number of female attorneys. “I’m not surprised, this place is awesome,” said Jade Tran, partner in the WSHB Orange County office. “When female attorneys talk to me about the problems they encounter at their firms, it’s such a foreign concept. I feel very lucky.” According to Law360, “For the firms that nabbed spots on the list, the number of women at […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2016 – David West was riding his motorcycle one recent Sunday when a 2004 Dodge Dakota swerved into his lane, hitting him head-on. He died on impact. On the day of the fatal accident, the 2004 Dakota was heading south on Farm Road 4, just north of Granbury. The driver behind the wheel was 36-year-old Ladonna Welch. According to eyewitnesses, her vehicle suddenly swung into the oncoming lane of traffic, plowing into 53-year-old David West’s 2012 Yamaha. Welch was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and texting while driving (distracted driving). The Texas […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2016 – Sometimes the only thing that can protect people against blood clots is awareness. In recognition of Blood Clot Awareness Month, the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) is telling one individual’s story on its website each day. Each person had a frightening experience with a blood clot, and a common theme among many of their stories is that they were not at very high risk, but had symptoms they could not ignore. Greg Grambor is president of Vascular PRN, a distributor of pneumatic compression devices for the prevention of deep vein thrombosis […]


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Coral Gables, Weston, Dayton Beach, FL(Law Firm Newswire) April 21, 2016 – A former executive of an investment bank in New York was arrested and charged with attempting to defraud investors of over $95 million. Andrew Caspersen, 39, was charged with wire fraud and securities fraud in Manhattan federal court. Prosecutors alleged that Caspersen raised money from investors under false pretenses and converted the funds to his own use without their permission. “Wire fraud and securities fraud are serious charges, and anyone accused of such a crime should seek legal counsel,” said Peter Brill, a prominent New York criminal defense […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 21, 2016 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched the Known Employer Pilot Program (KEPP), to evaluate a new process for employers for employers who want to hire certain foreign national workers in employment-based visa categories. The Known Employer Program would require an employer to pre-qualify first by setting up an online profile in a Web-based Known Employer Document Library. The employer would then upload documents to that library. USCIS would evaluate eligibility requirements and once approved, permit an employer to file foreign national eligibility documents without company supporting evidence. The pilot […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2016 – Yet another university professor has resigned following an investigation revealing he violated the University of Chicago’s sexual misconduct policy. A recent media exposure in Chicago by the Times revealed that 43-year-old molecular biologist Jason Lieb, who had been hired away from Princeton University, hurriedly resigned from his position after an investigation uncovered details indicating he violated the University of Chicago’s sexual misconduct policy. Sexual harassment of any type is not being as readily tolerated at educational institutions across the nation. A spate of revelations about the dismal handling such complaints received […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2016 – A jury in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, rendered an award of $10.5 million to the family of a woman who was “buried alive” at the time of a crash with a dump truck. The jury found in favor of the husband and two autistic sons of the victim, Gail Walsh, by awarding them $1.5 million in survival damages and $9 million for wrongful death. The jury divided liability among the three defendants, apportioning 50 percent to the motorist who is alleged to have caused the dump truck, which contained thousands of pounds of […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2016 – Charles Canfield Jr. is facing second-degree murder charges for the death of 10-year-old Marley Johnson. Canfield ran into the vehicle carrying Johnson after he had already been involved in another accident. Both of the accidents that 26-year-old Charles Canfield Jr. is accused of causing could have been avoided if he had not chosen to drink and then drive while under the influence. Drunken driving suspect Canfield faces charges of second-degree murder, felony drunken driving for a prior DUI with an enhancement for causing great bodily harm, injuring more than one person, […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2016 – Many estate plans fail to consider the fate of items that do not necessarily have great monetary value, but have much sentimental value to the heirs. Such was the case in the estate of comedian Robin Williams, whose children and third wife were fighting in court over possession of specific sentimental items, such as the tuxedo he wore at his wedding. Mr. Williams bequeathed to his three children the clothing, jewelry and personal items he had accumulated prior to his third marriage, and that appears to include his tuxedo. However, […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2016 – As part of an ongoing commitment to community education around topics related to aging and long-term care, Home Care Assistance is hosting a public webinar led by Mark Gilfix on Thursday, April 21st at 10 AM Pacific, 1 PM Eastern. Home Care Assistance, the premier provider of in-home care for seniors, is excited to announce the next webinar in its widely acclaimed Healthy Longevity Series, “A Will is Not Enough: Everything You Need to Know About Estate Planning”, led by Mark Gilfix, Attorney at Gilfix & La Poll Associates and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2016 – Liberty County resident, 70-year-old Lester Berry, had his power disconnected, disabling his oxygen concentrator. He slowly suffocated to death. Lester Berry’s family found their father several days after Thanksgiving. Berry was found close to the phone. Unfortunately, without power, not only did his oxygen concentrator not work, the phone was not operational either. Berry had chronic pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure. Berry’s son stated that the electric company did know of his father’s illness and was also on notice that he occasionally had financial difficulties. It had been the utility’s […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2016 – Those who have recently divorced are advised to review their estate plans and update them to reflect any changes they wish to make. If they have children, then one objective is to preserve any assets for their heirs in light of the divorce. While a will allows the grantor to avoid probate, and many assets may have been distributed in the form of gifts, there may be some remaining assets. The will may not identify each remaining asset that the grantor owns. The residuary describes a clause in a will that […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2016 – Karen Gauen, high school principal, alleges the Highland Community Unit School District No. 5 discriminated against her by paying her far less wages than less-qualified male counterparts. The lawsuit alleges sexual discrimination in that the school district paid principal Gauen a base salary of at least $25,000 more a year than she received. It is further alleged that the predecessor has far less experience as an educator and does not hold the qualifications Gauen does: national board certification, two master’s degrees and a doctorate in educational administration. The statement further alleges […]


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