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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2016 – Cars these days are almost as connected to technology as people. This could still spell accident looking for a place to happen though, as distracted driving is still a result of not paying full attention to the road, which happens while trying to respond to texts, etc. It’s no secret that smartphone technology is becoming more integrated into vehicles on the assembly line. Take for an example the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, wired for voice recognition in support of smartphones. It does not support voice recognition for texting. Cars are now being […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2016 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Florida state court against Lyft by the widow of a car crash victim, claiming that the ride-sharing company failed to provide adequate training to the driver involved in the accident. Loinier Perez was killed on Oct. 31 while riding his motorcycle, when he was struck by a Lyft driver carrying two passengers. The Lyft driver allegedly made an improper left turn. Poliana Perez, the widow of the victim, filed the wrongful death lawsuit. “When someone is killed as the result of someone else’s […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2016 – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced new criteria on Dec. 1 to increase patient eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program. The change is expected to open the program to about 160,000 more veterans seeking health care at private hospitals and clinics closer to home. VA officials said staff have been granted more flexibility to evaluate eligibility. The changes are effective immediately. “The VA is taking a positive step toward consolidating care among different programs, increasing eligibility and improving its health care services after reports of long wait times at overwhelmed VA […]


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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2016 – Although it is highly unusual for one to serve as health care proxy for one’s boss, that is exactly what will occur in the case of 92-year-old Sumner Redstone, the executive chairman of Viacom Inc. Redstone has designated his Chief Executive Officer, Philippe Dauman, to be his health fiduciary in the event he can no longer make health care decisions for himself. Dauman’s control over Redstone’s health care includes the right to determine whether he should be given food or water if he is unable to make such decisions. Dauman speaks […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2016 – Late-life divorce, also called “silver” or “gray” divorce, is becoming more acceptable and common. However, divorce during senior years carries its own unique concerns and financial challenges. Researchers at the Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, found that although overall divorce rates in the United States are falling, people aged 50 and over are now twice as likely to undergo divorce in comparison to 1990. The study also indicated that one out of four divorces in 2010 occurred in that age group. California divorce mediator Gerald Maggio commented, […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2016 – Many veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), but some of them are not being properly diagnosed because of the use of a test by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Consider the case of Army Captain Charles Gatlin, who served as a platoon leader in Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2006. A car bomb detonated in close proximity and he was knocked to the ground by the explosion and struck by flying debris. He was evacuated and later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. […]


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Miami Beach, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 12, 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 not-for-profit organization met its preliminary $3 million dollar fundraising goal within a record time of six months. Barnett and The Victory Center will continue to seek contributions for additional monies so that it may acquire furniture, desks, computers, and other essential items. The center provides the necessary resources to children and families challenged by autism and other neuro-developmental conditions, and the recently-acquired funds […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 12, 2016 – While most people would like to live a long life, not everyone is financially prepared for it, especially if long-term care is needed. According to personal finance experts, within each person’s budget, money should be allocated toward a long-term care plan. In this way, an individual can develop a strategy to assist with daily living activities in the event of becoming infirm. Each day ten thousand baby boomers reach the age of 65, and approximately 70 percent of Americans will ultimately require long-term care services. There are important factors to […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 12, 2016 – Teenage drivers and senior drivers cause more car accidents than other age groups. According to national crash data, drivers age 16 to 29 are responsible for more collisions than other age groups. The crash rate decreases with age, until the senior years are reached. There is a large increase in the fatal crash rate for the 70 to 74 age group, and the crash rate peaks for drivers age 85 and older. “Drivers of any age need to take precautions to stay safe on the road,” said Jason Chalik, a Florida […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2016 – While reverse discrimination claims sometimes work, it is rare. Nonetheless, they may still be used as a defense in court. This unusual case involves a husband and wife professorial team in a touchy hiring situation with the Northern Illinois University (NIU). Common sense may dictate that it is not good form to have a spouse sit on a hiring committee while considering a pool of job candidates that includes her husband. Generally speaking, in an instance such as that, it would be considered to be a conflict of interest. In fact, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2016 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) is struggling with long wait times for disability benefits hearings. Administrative judges are facing heavy caseloads of pending appeals with a national average wait time of around 16 months. Two Florida cities have the country’s longest delays. It takes 22 months to get a hearing in Miami, while Fort Myers has a 20-month wait time. The SSA announced plans for two new judgeships in Miami to ease the burden of pending cases. “A lot can happen during such lengthy wait periods,” said David W. Magann, a […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2016 – Negligently delaying a C-section resulted in severe brain damage to a baby born at the Banner-Lassen Hospital. The damage is so severe the now three-year-old is blind, suffers from infrequent seizures, must be fed through a stomach tube, cannot walk, talk or care for herself. This medical malpractice lawsuit resulted in a verdict of $9.6 million. Although the award sounds high, the three-year-old being cared for has a life expectancy into her mid-20s and requires round-the-clock care. “This story began in April 2012, when a mother in labor was admitted to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2016 – A breach of contract lawsuit has been filed by a Texas energy company, alleging that two defendants misrepresented the ownership of real estate. The lawsuit was filed Oct. 26 by Cogent Energy Solutions in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. The defendants are Granite Peak Development LB and CLH LLC. The suit claims that Cogent, which develops assets to store and transport crude oil, relied on defendants’ claims that they owned property in Wyoming, and borrowed millions of dollars in order to build an oil rail […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2016 – Veterans struggle with a number of challenges once they are hired by an employer and enter the civilian workforce, according to research by the Center for Talent Innovation. CTI is a New York-based nonprofit that advises companies on diversity. Earlier in 2015, CTI researchers surveyed 1,022 veterans working in full-time positions. They also conducted in-depth interviews with 40 others. Around a third of the surveyed veterans had a war-related injury or disability. The study found that many veterans felt unfulfilled, uninspired and alienated in corporate workplaces. Almost two-thirds of respondents said […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2016 – A divorce bully can be described as a partner who bullies their spouse during the divorce process. Such behavior may sometimes emerge when a relationship comes to an end even though there has been no previous history of it. Bullying can make the already stressful circumstances of divorce even more difficult. It may manifest in several forms, whether subtle or more aggressive. Some examples are when one spouse threatens to take custody of the children, hires a lawyer with the intention to intimidate, exhibits extreme control or coerces their partner […]


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Charlotte, NC (Law Firm Newswire) January 06, 2016 – The law firm of Rawls, Scheer, Foster & Mingo, has launched a brand new website to better display the experience and knowledge base of the firm. The partners emphasize expert and caring representation. Rawls, Scheer, Foster & Mingo, attorneys at law, are pleased to announce the launch of the firm’s new website. With a history in the Charlotte area, North Carolina, and nationally, the practice has more than thirty years of experience, providing representation in the practice areas of wrongful death, personal injury, criminal defense, civil litigation, whistleblower and ABC Law. […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2016 – The latest survey conducted by Genworth reveals that among individuals without long-term care insurance coverage and have no plans to purchase such coverage within the next five years, only 15 percent have a backup plan. There are choices for financing long-term care for many Americans prepared to make compromises. “In planning for long-term care, one must become aware of the various options available in order to select a policy that provides the desired amount of care and is not cost-prohibitive,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2016 – What was once a faint hope began to possibly take shape when the government said the paper forms used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services would be digitized and put online. It was a good idea while it lasted. In the process of attempting to implement the good idea, the federal government has shelled out over $1 billion to date to get those records and application forms online. That process started 10 years ago and today there is not much to show for it, with the single exception of one […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2015 – The new issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine features an article about Google’s “RankBrain,” a part of the company’s search algorithm that is a form of machine learning, or artificial intelligence. Ryan Conley explains how it works and its implications for the future of web design, content creation, and smart search. Machine learning means empowering computers to alter their own programming, Conley says, and RankBrain is doing just that. Although human engineers manually approve all changes before activating them, the process promises to deliver faster and perhaps better tweaks to […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2015 – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently finalized a rule that overhauls the disclosures that mortgage lenders are required to make to borrowers. The rule, called “Know Before You Owe,” replaces four disclosure forms with two new ones. They are the Loan Estimate and the Closing Disclosure. The new forms are intended to be easier to understand and must be provided to the borrower three business days before closing. O. Reginald Osenton, a bankruptcy attorney, said he thinks the new forms are an improvement. “Understandable disclosures are vital to having informed consumers,” […]


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