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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2014 – It does not require rocket science to follow existing California labor laws. SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.) is now facing two lawsuits over alleged labor law violations. One suit alleges that the company denied workers breaks and demanded that they work off the clock and through meal and rest breaks because of overloaded work schedules. Allegedly, none of the workers were paid for missed breaks or other off-the-clock work, told to round their hours worked to the nearest 15-minute increment (losing wages in the process), provided with tools needed to perform […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2014 – Non-compete agreements are not always well-received in court. If a non-compete agreement is thrown out, a person may not have to comply with it. “Non-compete agreements are quite popular with employers, but a person bound by one may not have to comply with it. Most non-compete agreements state that an employee may not compete with an employer’s business for a designated time period after leaving the job, They may restrict who you work for, where your future job may be located and even the industry in which you work. Sometimes, it’s […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2014 – The consequences for DUI/DWI vary from state to state and if anyone is injured or killed, the penalties escalate. “Make certain you clearly understand the laws in the state where you live, as each state has its own set of laws dealing with DUI/DWI. This is not to say that the actual blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is different. It is 0.08 in every state, although there are calls to reduce the level to 0.05,” explained Lakeland criminal defense attorney Thomas C. Grajek. First-time offenders are not necessarily subjected to the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2014 – Here is a real shock: America’s own health care system is the third leading cause of death in the nation. The reality of medical errors in the United States is truly frightening. “As estimates continue to rise predicting how often errors by health care providers result in death, it is increasingly clear that the extent of medical malpractice is severely underreported,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago medical malpractice attorney with the firm Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. When the now well-known report, “To Err Is Human,” was published by the Institute of […]


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David Tejtel to Head-Up Department – Jonathan Dreyfuss Joins Firm as Director of Litigation New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2014 – Dubin Research & Consulting (DRC), one of the nation’s leading litigation consulting firms, today announced the appointment of David Tejtel, as Senior Director of Litigation. The firm also announced that Jonathan Dreyfuss has joined the firm as Director of Litigation. Tejtel joined DRC last year from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP as Director of Litigation. In his new position, Tejtel’s responsibilities will be extensive, including the crafting overarching case and trial strategy, overseeing junior members of […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2014 – Not every marriage can be saved. But as divorce mediator Gerald Maggio explains, families who choose divorce mediation can save themselves from serious emotional strain and financial difficulty. “Time and time again, we see how financial trauma from litigated divorce can change the course of peoples’ lives,” said Maggio, a licensed mediator who specializes in creating fair and cost-effective mediated agreements. “Litigated divorces can take years to finalize, and they can cost tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees.” Maggio explained that many families run through retirement savings and […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2014 – When a person is named as executor of an estate, he or she becomes legally responsible for protecting the assets of the decedent until the estate administration is complete. This can be a complicated, lengthy process, and organization is the key to keeping the process manageable. “Estate administration can be complex, especially if the estate planning is incomplete or there are disputes about the estate,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia estate planning attorney with Hook Law Center. “Staying organized can help.” From the outset, the executor should understand his or […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2014 – In May 2012, the parents of a baby girl born February 2010 filed a medical malpractice against Spectrum Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “The Gort family alleged that air was introduced into their child’s IV line during a jaundice exchange transfusion,” explained Daren Monroe, a Litigation Funding Corporation representative. The air in the IV line caused loss of oxygen and blood to the brain. The toddler subsequently sustained a severe brain injury. The hospital admitted there was negligence involved in this case and that it was responsible […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2014 – A new study indicates that when a young person suffers a traumatic brain injury, the future physical and psychological consequences can be severe. According to the study, published in the journal Plos One, brain injuries can be the source of significant impairment, disability and years of life lost for adolescents. The study examined gender and age differences in the association between traumatic brain injury and harms to adolescents. “Studies like this one continue to show that injuries to the brain can have severe and long-lasting physical and psychological effects,” said Robert […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2014 – Parental cash assistance for a down payment can actually shield a family’s wealth from probate in the future. The recent recession seriously impacted the U.S. economy and noticeably changed the socio-economic fabric of the country. In that environment, more young adults opted to live with their parents in order to save money. Now that the economy is recovering, another change has helped reverse the earlier trend: more parents helping their grown children accumulate a down payment for a house of their own — an act that also fits in with some […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2014 – Thousands of Vietnam veterans may become eligible for benefits, thanks to new rules that help veterans appeal less-than-honorable discharges that were caused by conduct related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to a Department of Defense memorandum from United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, PTSD should now be considered a mitigating factor in the review of discharge status. The memorandum also instructs that time limits be liberally waived in these cases so that Vietnam veterans can apply. PTSD did not become an official diagnosis until after 1980. As such, Vietnam […]


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MELBOURNE, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2014 – InterActive Legal™, publisher of the flexible and intuitive Wealth Transfer Planning™, authored by Jonathan G. Blattmachr and Michael L. Graham, has released the latest edition of its planning solution for attorneys who practice Elder Law, Elder Law Planning™ 2.0 (ELP 2.0). This release features a large array of useful, thoughtful and effective tools to handle Elder Law engagements that involve both crisis and advanced planning. Included in this offering are: 1. Improved Medicaid qualification and asset protection analysis 2. Client communication letters including documents designed to share proposals for legal strategies […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2014 – Ebola Patient Zero, Thomas Duncan, sought help at Texas Presbyterian Hospital and was sent home with antibiotics. Scant days later, he died. Two nurses then tested positive for the deadly virus. “A wrongful death case in the making?” asked Sacramento wrongful death attorney, Deborah Barron. “It is a possibility being discussed by his family. Would such a lawsuit win in Texas? California? Hospitals handling Ebola in the U.S. face virgin territory, and no one can state for a fact what the accepted standard of care is yet.” Texas hospital staff and […]


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Irvine, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2014 – Who has the right to the engagement ring if an engagement is terminated? Most couples think that when a man presents a woman with a diamond ring, the ring belongs to the fiancée even if the engagement is broken. That is not necessarily the case. In California, there are specific rules dealing with ownership of the ring and the right to its recovery if the couple decides not to marry. “Diamonds may not always be forever,” said Gerald Maggio, an Orange Country divorce attorney. “If an engagement is called off, under […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2014 – President Obama intended to take executive action on immigration reform, but he ultimately decided not to move forward. Was that a good move? “This was one of the biggest open-ended questions of the legislative year. Wasting time speculating on whether or not he intended to tackle immigration reform on his own is just that: a waste of time. Unfortunately, either way, the immigration system is unlikely to improve immediately,” commented Miami immigration attorney Larry Rifkin. Politicians and advocacy groups speculated that any last-minute moves may have backfired with the Congressional majorities […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2014 – Illinois state troopers are cracking down on motorists using cellphones in an effort to curb distracted driving, a major cause of car accidents. Statistics from the Illinois State Police show that distracted driving citations in the first half of 2014 increased by 193 percent compared to the same period last year. The crackdown comes after a statewide ban on the use of cellphones went into effect in January. Prior to that, texting while driving was already prohibited statewide, and Chicago and several other municipalities had banned cellphone use entirely while driving. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2014 – The Texas Supreme Court has heard arguments in Hooks v. Samson Lone Star, a case of alleged fraud in mineral royalties. The lawsuit concerns an issue of major importance in the Texas oil and gas industry. In the case, plaintiff and landowner Charles Hooks accuses Samson Lone Star, an oil and gas partnership, of withholding royalties. Hooks claims that Samson violated the terms of a lease of his land by drilling another well on adjacent property without paying Hooks additional royalties. Samson argues that the statute of limitations has passed for […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2014 – The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is applicable to all state, local and federal government and private employers with at least 50 workers who live within a 75-mile radius. “For employees to be eligible for leave, they must have worked for at least 12 months and 1,250 hours prior to starting leave. Many workers do not know that by law, employers are not required to provide paid sick leave. However, they are in certain situations mandated to permit employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave,” Timothy Coffey, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2014 – The Texas Lottery Commission announced its decision to end the Fun 5’s scratch-off game just five days after a Texas Lottery watchdog asked a Travis County Court for the right to depose the Commission over alleged problems with the game. The move to shut down the game is a major turning point in a controversy that has been gaining momentum. Since the game launched in early September, hundreds of lottery players have complained that official lottery computers had been programmed to deny prizes to some winning Fun 5’s tickets. The Texas […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2014 – In a recent wrongful death case, a series of miscommunications led to a $1.8 million court award. In the spring of 2010, 30-year-old Carl Whitmer of Columbus, Ohio was involved in a serious car accident. Two weeks after the accident, Whitmer underwent facial surgery, but he never woke up after the operation. He passed away one week later. Whitmer’s estate filed court documents pursuing claims of wrongful death. Prior to his surgery, Whitmer had complained of severe headaches. However, his complaint was not checked and he was never assessed. Trauma services […]


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