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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2015 – The United States would not be the global power it is today without the presence and contributions of immigrants. “Many Americans do not realize where the term the ‘American Dream’ came from,” says Miami immigration attorney, Larry Rifkin, “and what it means.” First appearing in James Adams’ 1931 book “The Epic of America,” the expression described the complexity of social expectations, beliefs, political expectations, and religious promises held by Americans at the time of the Great Depression. The term itself represented a melting pot of meanings, and over time the connotation […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2015 – Despite the number of safety programs aimed at truck drivers, many still drive when short on sleep. This is a significant issue, as a drowsy driver can kill. In 2012, there were 10.8 million trucks crisscrossing the nation. Each year that statistic grows, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration statistics show people drove 84.7 billion miles on California highways in 2011. Texas ranked second on the U.S. DOT list with drivers logging over 55.7 billion miles. Florida came in third at […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2015 – A new study by the Institute of Medicine found that veterans who worked on aircraft contaminated by Agent Orange after the Vietnam War were exposed to potentially hazardous levels of the chemical, which is known to have long-term health effects. The findings come in contrast to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) long-time position that it is unlikely that veterans were harmed by postwar exposure to the herbicide. “Unfortunately, many veterans who were harmed by Agent Orange continue to face difficulties in getting compensation for their injuries,” said Jim Fausone, […]


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Marquette, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2015 – Michigan Public Act 310 of 2014, effective Dec. 31, 2014, adds 5 new exemptions for family–owned homes, cottages and camps from uncapping the taxable property tax assessment. Prior to the new law, the children and other loved ones who inherited homes, cottages, or camps often could not afford to keep them, as annual property taxes doubled, or tripled, because of uncapping rules. Thanks to the Supreme Court’s Klooster decision in 2011, the use of a joint-tenancy prevented property tax spikes. But joint property unduly exposed jointly-owned properties to the divorce and […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2015 – MSNBC has released a report revealing that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) denied medical malpractice claims from more than 60 veterans even after admitting that it had wrongly exposed them to life-threatening infections. Legal professionals and veterans alike say that the report is unsurprising. “VA denies meritorious claims on a regular basis, and this is a striking example of that practice,” commented Jim Fausone, a veterans disability attorney not involved with any of the infection claims. Fausone is a leading member of the Michigan law firm Legal Help for […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2015 – A multi-million dollar settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a teenager who died at the Clay County Jail in Florida. Daniel Linsinbigler, 19, asphyxiated and died while strapped into a restraint chair at the jail in March 2013. The family agreed to drop their lawsuit in exchange for $2.2 million. “While a monetary settlement cannot ever make up for losing a loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit can help provide some compensation for a grieving family,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa wrongful death […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2015 – Notice is hereby given a class action lawsuit has been filed today, February 20, 2015, in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York by an investor individually and on behalf of all other investors who purchased or otherwise acquired common stock of Virtus Investment Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: VRTS) (“Virtus”) between May 28, 2013 and December 22, 2014 (the “Class Period”). The Class Action Complaint alleges that Virtus and certain of its officers and/or directors violated sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Virtus […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2015 – Early this year, Forbes published an article encouraging those who cannot afford the cost of divorce litigation to consider turning to financing firms that specialize in divorce litigation. But according to divorce mediator Gerald Maggio, the existence of these firms simply underscores the spiraling costs of divorce litigation, and he notes that the financing process is not often appropriate for American couples. “The cost of litigated divorce has gotten out of control,” said Maggio, who practices in Orange County, California. “Although most individuals involved in a litigated divorce face attorneys’ […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2015 – A Missouri Court of Appeals has affirmed the decision of a lower court to award workers’ compensation benefits to Dorothy Smith, a widow who lost her husband to hepatitis C. Smith’s husband, Stephen Smith, worked in a medical laboratory for more than 30 years, beginning in 1969. There, he could have been exposed to the disease before protective equipment and procedures became common in the 1990s. “In this case, the employer tried to argue that Ms. Smith should not get benefits because she could not definitively prove that the workplace […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2015 – The federal board has issued a plea as commercial vehicle accident deaths and injuries rise. During a news conference on January 13, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) urged a shift in priorities concerning trucking safety for 2015. The agency chose the high-profile forum for pleading its case in the wake of evidence that highway regulators have failed to implement more than 100 safety recommendations, despite that fact that highway fatalities involving trucks have mounted steadily over the last four years. While stressing the importance of the trucking industry to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2015 – An industrial cleaning company has been fined after a worker collapsed while working to clean a rail car and later died due to the untreated cardiac arrhythmia he suffered. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that the company, Environmental Remediation and Recovery Inc., failed to have the proper equipment and trained personnel available to rescue the 27-year-old worker after he collapsed. “Far too many workers lose their lives on the job,” said Robert Briskman, a workers’ compensation attorney with the Chicago firm of Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. “It is […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2015 – Whether at a slow or a fast rate, Alzheimer’s disease inevitably progresses, and patients lose their functional capacity. As this process occurs, caregivers are faced with a number of difficult decisions. “Alzheimer’s caregivers are faced with ensuring care for their loved one while also preserving his or her independence and quality of life as much as possible,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center, with offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. One choice that often comes up relatively early is whether or not […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2015 – Clearly indicating that the U.S. immigration court system is plagued by backlogs, the Justice Department has announced that the hearing date for thousands of immigrants will be pushed back nearly five years.  And on the same day the department made the announcement, the Senate held confirmation hearings for the president’s nominee for attorney general. In them, immigration became an unexpectedly prominent and heated issue. The Justice Department’s January 28 announcement is likely to affect thousands, if not tens of thousands, of immigrants. Most affected individuals are considered nonpriority cases, living freely […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2015 – Homeland Security wants to track immigrant families who have illegally crossed the border and entered the U.S. with ankle bracelets employing GPS tracking. “In the never ending war to keep borders secure, a virtually impossible task, Homeland Security is tracking illegals captured and released with ankle bracelets that use GPS,” says Larry Rifkin, a Miami attorney specializing in immigration law. The intention of the program is to snap ankle bracelets on some of the parents caught crossing the border in Rio Grande Valley with their children. Along with the bracelet, Immigration […]


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Okaloosa County, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2015 – As spring break approaches, millions of young high school and college students head to sunny Florida to vacation with their friends. Unlike other popular spring break destinations, such as Mexico, the legal drinking age in Florida is 21 years of age, and this age limit is strictly enforced whether it is spring break or not. Unfortunately, many spring break visitors ignore this limit and attempt to engage in underage drinking while on vacation in Northwest Florida. Underage drinking may result in more than a citation for Minor in Possession of […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2015 – According to a report in the Washington Post, Dr. Yi Jin provides magnetic resonance therapy (MRT) to veterans with PTSD, even though medical research has not yet shown whether the technology works for PTSD. But veterans treated at Dr. Jin’s center are speaking out about how well the treatment works, with one combat veteran claiming that the treatment has left him symptom-free. Now, Jin’s Brain Treatment Center has undertaken an official double-blind clinical trial studying the effects of MRT on combat veterans. According to the Washington Post, one key aim of […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2015 – Everyone charged with a criminal offense has the right to ask for a lawyer. If they do not want one, they may appear pro se or pro per, meaning “on one’s own behalf.” Some individuals choose to go it on their own for several reasons. One may feel that he or she knows the facts of the case better than an attorney, may not trust lawyers, may not qualify for a court-appointed lawyer or may not want to pay for legal counsel on their own. The Sixth Amendment states that all […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2015 – As tax season approaches, Forbes and other financial publications have begun publishing tax tips for the nearly-divorced and newly-divorced. Family law attorney Gerald Maggio says that while these annual articles often do an excellent job helping those with a finalized divorce understand their options, those still in the middle of a divorce are often left needing more guidance. “These articles often fail to fully explain the ramifications of the filing choices that are open to still-married individuals,” said Maggio. “Those in the midst of a divorce should take the time […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 16, 2015 – A new national study has found that adults age 45 to 65 vastly underestimate the possibility that they will need professional long-term care after the age of 65. The study, conducted by the peer-reviewed journal Health Affairs, showed that 60 percent of adults in this age range do not think they will need long term-care in the future. But, according to national statistics, more than 70 percent of those over 65 do use long-term care at some point. Michael Gilfix, a Palo Alto estate planning attorney who assists clients in […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 16, 2015 – The Michigan House of Representative and Senate have both unanimously passed a bill that permits Michigan employers to begin using a hiring policy that would give preference to veterans. Previously, Michigan employers were forbidden by law to use any sort of preferential hiring policy. Federal law prohibits preferential hiring policies except in the case of veterans, for which states must adopt laws specifically allowing preferential treatment of veterans. “This is a significant victory for Michigan’s veterans,” commented Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans disability attorney with Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC. “Our […]


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