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PITTSBURGH, PA (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2014 – In November, Charles A. Lamberton co-presented a lively session on Complicated Issues in Sexual Harassment Cases at the annual Pennsylvania Bar Institute Employment Law Institute West seminar in Pittsburgh. Speaking to a room full of employment lawyers, Mr. Lamberton discussed the legal rule in sexual harassment cases that prevents employers from offering evidence of a sexual harassment victim’s past sexual behavior or sexual predisposition at trial. In a sexual harassment case, evidence of a sexual harassment victim’s sexual behavior, fantasies, dress, speech or lifestyle is inadmissible by default. Such evidence cannot […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2014 – Waivers are only required if an employer “makes” a worker miss a second meal break, said the California Court of Appeals in Fayerweather v. Comcast Corp. Comcast service technicians spend their days in the field installing phone, cable and internet service systems in businesses and homes. Company policy stated they were to take breaks, fill out a waiver if they skipped their second meal break and accurately track their working hours. Management had no way of knowing if the technicians took their breaks. California workers are filing more lawsuits. Many of […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2014 – The political pendulum, largely based on voter opinion, is once again swinging away from the idea of helping illegal immigrants achieve citizenship. A recent poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal tallied that only 53 percent of Americans are in favor of immigration reform – a stark drop from a 64 percent approval rating in April of 2013. “A public change in opinion on immigration reform is not unusual. However, it is disappointing, given the momentum of the last couple of years to accomplish reform,” indicated Miami immigration attorney […]


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CRESTVIEW, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2014 – The Cobb Criminal Defense Law Firm is pleased to announce that founding attorney Stephen G. Cobb has been selected as a Top 10 Attorney by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA). NACDA is a professional organization comprised of legal professionals who practice in criminal defense and share the mission to provide their member attorneys with advanced continuing legal educational opportunities in order to ensure that their clients receive the highest quality of legal representation possible. Selected after a thorough vetting NACDA uses an independent and thorough selection process in […]


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REDWOOD CITY, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 5, 2014 – The California Trust, Estate and Probate litigation firm of Albertson & Davidson, LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Stewart R. Albertson will be the lead attorney at their newly opened office in the Bay Area. By expanding their geographical reach, Albertson & Davidson, LLP will be able to better serve its clientele and provide exceptional legal services throughout Northern California. As a founding partner of Albertson & Davidson, LLP, California lawyer Stewart R. Albertson is a seasoned Trust, Estate, and Probate litigation attorney who has obtained over $20 million […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 5, 2014 – A family of three were killed when struck by a drunk driver in 2013. “Strange things happen at crash sites, and this case is no exception,” said DWI attorney Bobby Lee of Austin’s Lee, Gober & Reyna. Lee is not involved in this case. “The 43-year-old driver who rear-ended the Intidam family had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .28 even four hours after the fatal crash.” A .28 BAC is three and a half times the legal limit. When emergency first responders arrived at the scene, no one could locate […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2014 – Americans have a constitutional right to bear arms, but owning a gun to commit a crime is another matter. If a firearm is used during the commission of a crime, penalties are increased and there may be no chance for parole. “According to the Constitution, owning a gun in the United States is a right enshrined in the Second Amendment. Most people know this as the right to “keep and bear arms.” But there are restrictions on this right — like requiring a permit to carry a concealed weapon,” explained Thomas […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 3, 2014 – Pregnancy discrimination is illegal, but the practice is on the rise. “Being pregnant does not mean a woman cannot play a valuable and necessary role in the workforce. Despite the rules that clearly state pregnancy discrimination is illegal, it continues to happen, with employers attempting to covertly or overtly push pregnant workers out of their jobs,” explained Chicago employment attorney Timothy Coffey. The original U.S. legislation, still active, is the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. It bans employers with 15 or more workers from discriminating in the workplace based on childbirth […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 2, 2014 – Families for Better Care, a national advocacy group, ranks nursing homes across the country each year. This year, Arkansas saw an improvement in ranking. Other states did not fare so well. “We cannot seem to get a handle on nursing home abuse,” explained Michael Smith, an Arkansas nursing home abuse attorney. “Seniors must be treated with dignity, respect and care. That is not happening in many facilities in the United States.”  While Arkansas’ nursing homes did show a marked improvement in 2013, there is still a long journey ahead to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 1, 2014 – Motorcycle crashes are claiming more lives than ever before in Texas and across the nation. “Deaths from motorcycle crashes are on the rise, and the numbers are cause for concern,” indicated motorcycle accident lawyer Brooks Schuelke with Perlmutter & Schuelke LLP in Austin. “From January through September this year, there were 14 fatalities in Fort Worth. In 2013 there were 11 deaths the entire year.” The scenarios vary, but the outcome often remains the same. Two young bikers rammed into a guardrail on I-635. A motorcycle rear-ended a tractor-trailer. A motorcyclist […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2014 – A delayed CT scan left a woman with acute respiratory distress syndrome. “Victoria Stampler suffered from incredible abdominal pain in 2009. On treatment at the hospital, she underwent two different surgeries, one of which was a partial hysterectomy. Neither operation was successful in terms of alleviating her pain,” said Daren Monroe, a representative for Litigation Funding Corporation. Her surgeon, Dr. Michael Draznik, did not order a CT scan despite indications she had a punctured bowel. The lack of scan results allegedly caused Stampler’s delayed diagnosis. A scan was finally done when […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2014 – Joan Rivers will always be remembered for her sharp wit, iconic style and acerbic personality. Many also remember how suddenly she died. “Rivers went for what was to have been a routine outpatient procedure. Something went wrong that caused her to stop breathing and later suffer a heart attack. Did a preventable anesthesiology error happen?” asked Arkansas injury lawyer, Michael Smith. Hospital errors have long triggered medical malpractice lawsuits. Outpatient clinics, which are rarely as fully equipped as hospitals, are open to even more legal issues. Outpatient clinics, or surgicenters, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2014 – Big rigs did not always have the collision safety precautions they now have. It took the death of a star to have underride bars installed. “Some commercial trucks you see today on Texas highways have an underride bar installed at the back of the truck. It’s a strong metal grill that hangs down past the tailgate and is designed to prevent cars from going under the truck in the case of a collision,” detailed Austin personal injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke. Often mistaken for stepladders to help load the truck, the bars […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2014 – Edward Hines was told he was cancer-free after an operation to remove a bladder tumor. His pathology report showed evidence of cancer, but he was not advised of the results. Hines’ daughter filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after her father’s death, alleging that the physician, Dr. Alan Sadah, did not tell her father he had bladder cancer despite what the pathology results showed. Not until a year later, when Hines went to another doctor, did he discover that he had invasive bladder cancer. Hines attempted a treatment regime and had his […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2014 – Drawn to a strengthening U.S. economy, Indian immigrants formed the largest group of newcomers in 2013. The U.S. Census Bureau has made official what seemed only anecdotally true until now: the number of immigrants to the United States grew in 2013. By 523,400, to be precise. That figure is higher than the 446,800 total recorded in 2012 and represents the biggest single increase since 2006.  As a result of the uptick in immigration, nearly one in six adults living in the United States is now foreign-born. And unlike previous periods of […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 24, 2014 – An existing state statute lets faith-based adoption agencies decline services to same-sex couples. When the U.S. Supreme Court denied same-sex marriage appeals on October 6, its historic decision paved the way for gay marriage in several states — including some, like Virginia, where the political climate has been relatively unreceptive to the unions. But while local court clerks in the commonwealth now have straightforward instructions to start performing same-sex marriages, the ways the benefits of some other laws will be made available to same-sex couples in the Old Dominion remain unsettled. […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 24, 2014 – A new study from Allianz Life Insurance shows that fundamental misconceptions about elder financial abuse may be fueling the growing problem. According to the study, most seniors and their family members believed that the greatest risk comes from telemarketing calls and similar contact with strangers. Few realized that the majority of elder financial exploitation is perpetuated by someone the senior already knows. “It is common for people to think that this will not happen to their family,” said elder law attorney Michael Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll, who works […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2014 – There is a backlog of over 11,000 nursing home abuse complaints in California. High-priority complaints received by the California Department of Public Health (DPH) relating to the abuse of seniors in the care of publicly funded nursing homes have been allowed to simmer on the backburner for almost a year. A high-priority complaint is one where a resident sustained serious harm. By law, staff of an elder care nursing home is required to report health changes that may indicate senior abuse. This does not happen often, as many fear the ramifications […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2014 – A study by Fidelity Investments found that 57 percent of retirees wish they had done more retirement planning before leaving the workplace. As retirement approaches, a checklist to be completed at key stages can help ensure that the process is as smooth as possible. “Retirement represents an immense change to a person’s lifestyle and financial situation,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center, which has offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. “Having an actionable plan can make that transition easier.” Retirement savings should start […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2014 – Depending on the political party one listens to, immigration reform is an excellent or terrible plan.  But no one is asking the immigrants waiting for reform. “Statistics have been released that show tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the border to find their families. President Obama indicated his intention to use executive action to spur reform, but he eventually backed away from signing such an order,” outlined Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration attorney. Whenever an American president indicates an intention to use executive powers, the potential ramifications may develop into […]


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