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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2014 – The possibility for executive action prior to the Congressional election is dead. “Even though the President had indicated he would use his executive powers to put amnesty into place for illegal aliens, he has now, once again, backed away from that course of action,” indicated Miami immigration attorney Larry Rifkin, managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff. “Obama is now viewed as the cause behind immigration reform delay.” On June 30, the president told the press that he would use a set of executive actions to move immigration reform forward before the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2014 – Personal grooming choices are not considered “protected” characteristics. “It is not against federal employment law for a company to decline to hire someone whose appearance does not appeal to them. Companies may base their hiring and work choices on an individual’s personal characteristics, and they may legally treat them differently according to their attributes,” explained Chicago employment attorney Thomas C. Coffey. Nationwide, an employer may not discriminate against an individual because of disability, race, color, nationality, age, sexual orientation or religion. Those classes are referred to as “protected” classes or groups. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2014 – The newest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine helps attorneys maximize their potential through creative, intelligent online marketing. BLF’s experts track the lawyer’s changing tech landscape to make new initiatives approachable, practical and effective for firms of every size. In this issue’s feature, Brendan Conley breaks down “Panda 4.0: What Happened, What It Means and What to Do About It.” Conley cuts through the abstract technical changes to find the the concrete steps a firm can take to boost its search result rankings under the update. Readers may be surprised to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2014 – Tampa’s Lee Roy Selmon Expressway has become a testing ground for driverless cars, an emerging technology that could help prevent thousands of automobile accidents. The upper part of the expressway was closed to traffic on July 28 as Audi tested a system called Traffic Jam Pilot, which will make it possible for drivers to let an automobile drive itself in stop-and-go traffic under 40 miles per hour, with the driver available to take back over with ten seconds’ notice. “Hopefully, this technology will succeed in reducing injuries and deaths from automobile […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2014 – As the population ages and the cost of hiring in-home care booms, many Americans are stepping into roles as caregivers for loved ones who are aging or have chronic illnesses. However, caregivers should recognize that caring for an older loved one themselves also has costs. “Because the cost of providing care on your own does not appear on a single bill, it is easy to underestimate the real financial impact of caregiving,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia attorney who specializes in the needs of seniors. A growing number of Americans […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2014 – Russell Means’ cancer was allegedly misdiagnosed prior to his death. “American Indian activist Russell Means died of cancer in 2012. His wife has now filed a medical malpractice lawsuit, suggesting that his cancer was misdiagnosed. Court records indicate that the medical facility missed signs of esophageal cancer when Means first went for treatment in 2011,” explained Daren Monroe, a Litigation Funding Corporation representative. According to the statement of claim, Mrs. Means was told that her husband tested negative for cancer and that he may be suffering from an enlarged tonsil — […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2014 – A bipartisan bill that will allocate $16.2 billion to improvements to veterans’ health care was passed overwhelmingly by Congress and has been signed into law by President Obama. The deal is designed to reduce wait times and increase the number of doctors and nurses, among other changes. The bulk of the money, Veterans Affairs’ $10 billion, will go towards emergency spending to allow veterans who can’t get appointments with VA doctors to get care from outside physicians. $5 billion has been allocated to hiring medical staff, and the rest will be […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2014 – Prospective parents using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) should use estate planning as a tool to legally protect both the future of their unborn children and their own genetic material. “Although it may seem like an uncomfortable discussion, it can actually be a simple one,” remarked Michael Gilfix, an estate planning attorney. “A good estate planning attorney can lay out the legal questions surrounding ART, and he or she can help draft solid legal protections for all involved.” The use and disposition of stored genetic material will need to be considered […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2014 – Nevada law enforcement officials are considering an education campaign about the dangers of using smartphones while driving and walking. “It’s a given that using a cellphone while driving is deadly. Law enforcement departments are seeing more and more crashes involving one or both of drivers texting or talking while behind the wheel. But all traffic interaction is dangerous if a person is distracted. The rate of pedestrians injured while texting in and near streets is also rising,” outlined Bobby Lee of Lee, Gober & Reyna in Austin. The Nevada Department of […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2014 – Employers in some states may legally refuse to hire a smoker. Some employers will screen job candidates during the hiring process, and some include a nicotine test. At such companies, a positive result will disqualify a candidate. This practice is allowable under federal law. However, if a person is hired, many states forbid employers from firing the worker after a negative drug test or if the worker becomes a smoker while employed. “For the most part, an employer may ban smoking in the workplace. Demanding a smoker step outside to smoke […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2014 – On September 23, Begley Law Group attorney Ethan Ordog received this year’s Robert W. Criscuolo Award at the Burlington County Bar Association’s annual State Bar Night at Indian Spring Country Club. The Honorable Ronald E. Bookbinder, Assignment Judge of Burlington County, presented the award. Ordog clerked for Bookbinder in 2007 and 2008. The Robert W. Criscuolo Award is presented annually to an attorney who demonstrates significant involvement and contributions to the Bar Association, to community service and to other civic activities. He or she must be in good standing in the […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2014 – During the Fourth of July period, a crackdown on drunk driving led to 236 arrests for alleged drunk driving, according to officials with the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). Law enforcement officers from over 160 sheriff’s offices, Michigan State Police posts and local police departments participated in the crackdown from July 1 to July 13. In total, over 7,800 vehicles were stopped during the two-week period. “Law enforcement officials are more active in apprehending alleged drunk drivers during periods when drunk driving rates are higher, like the Fourth of […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2014 – On Saturday, September 27, 2014, the Hook Law Center will hold a free “Shred Day” event that will also be used to raise awareness and funds for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Members of the public can bring old documents and records to the Hook Law Center in Virginia Beach, where they will be securely shredded on-site. During the event, the Hook Law Center will accept donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, and its legal team will invite anyone who is interested to join the Hook Law Center Walk Team for […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2014 – President Obama has indicated he intends to use his executive powers to take (as yet undefined) action on immigration reform. The House did nothing about it in August. Politicians have rankled against President Obama’s suggestion to use his executive powers to deal with immigration reform. They argue that such a move has the potential to completely destroy reform potential. One set of politicians is allegedly suing Obama for abusing his executive powers. “Another faction says that granting temporary, questionable legal status to illegal aliens, without dealing with border security or protecting […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2014 – Two recent cases show that covenants not to compete must be carefully drafted in order to be enforced as written by Texas courts. “In order to be enforceable under Texas law, the limitations in noncompete agreements must be reasonable,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin non-compete agreement attorney. Jordan works extensively with non-competition agreements and who handles employment and business litigation. A Texas court recently refused to enforce a noncompete agreement because its geographic restriction was considered too broad.  In Morrell Masonry Supply v. Coddou, a plaster salesman was employed by […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2014 – Two workers at the CMC Steel Texas plant in Seguin were injured in an industrial accident at the plant’s melt shop. A spilled ladle of molten metal caused both men to suffer severe thermal burns. Both were airlifted to the nearest hospital, one man with burns covering more than 60 percent of his body. “Most metalworkers are experts at what they do, yet they face serious risks every day,” commented John Hale, a personal injury attorney. “That is why the companies who employ them are under a legal and moral obligation […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2014 – California caregivers have filed a class action lawsuit against Kindred Healthcare, Inc. for the company’s failure to pay minimum wage and overtime. “The charges include rest and meal break violations among a plethora of allegations relating to failure to pay overtime and minimum wage,” noted Deborah Barron, a Sacramento business attorney not involved in the lawsuit. “One plaintiff claims that she was denied overtime, and another suggests that she was not paid her full wages for helping an in-home care client.” Kindred Healthcare is one of the largest post-acute health services […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2014 – In their information about the process of divorce, the California Courts recommend that all couples consider mediation. “It is unsurprising that the California Judicial Branch officially recommends divorce mediation,” said Gerald Maggio, a California divorce attorney and mediator. “Right now, California family court judges are dealing with an enormous backlog of cases. And many are divorce cases that wind up up simply as a division of debts because the couple has spent all of their assets on divorce attorneys.” In the State of California, all divorces take a minimum of […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2014 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a Florida nursing home by the family of Barbara Seabron, who died while she was a resident there. Felicia White Baker, the personal representative of Seabron’s estate and one of her six surviving children, filed the lawsuit against Lakeland Hills Rehabilitation Center, affiliated companies and two past administrators of the nursing home. “It is not unusual for nursing home neglect to cause serious medical issues and even death,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa wrongful death attorney not involved in the case. The lawsuit […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 22, 2014 – Personal grooming choices are not considered “protected” characteristics. “It is not against federal employment law for a company to decline to hire someone whose appearance does not appeal to them. Companies may base their hiring and work choices on an individual’s personal characteristics, and they may legally treat them differently according to their attributes,” explained Chicago employment attorney Thomas C. Coffey. Nationwide, an employer may not discriminate against an individual because of disability, race, color, nationality, age, sexual orientation or religion. Those classes are referred to as “protected” classes or groups. […]


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