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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2015 – The latest issue of The Bigger Law Firm magazine (BLF) explores several tools law firms can use to improve their online outreach to clients. In the issue, Brendan Conley reviews Paper.li, a news aggregation site that can help law firms, as well as other businesses, find and share the right content. Conley outlines some of the biggest content marketing needs of law firms: Content must be topical and in plentiful supply, while also of high quality and of interest to readers. All content creation and social media use must be […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2015 – Children caught in the middle of contentious custody battles between divorcing parents can sometimes become victims of parental alienation. In a case that has grabbed nationwide attention, a judge in Oakland County, Michigan, held three kids — ages 9, 10 and 15 — in contempt of court for refusing to meet with their estranged father. During a June 24 hearing to arrange parental visitation, Judge Lisa Gorcyca decided to send the kids to Children’s Village, a juvenile detention facility. At their father’s request, they were released from the center on […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2015 – An Illinois woman who filed a wrongful death lawsuit over the death of her husband has been awarded $2.6 million. Jacqueline Kotlarz filed the lawsuit after her husband died, claiming that he was not given an automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) in time to save his life. “When negligence by medical professionals results in a tragic death like this one, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide compensation for the family,” said Robert Briskman, a wrongful death attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, who is not involved in the case. “Money cannot […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 5, 2015 – Mobile devices are responsible for thousands of deaths across the country. In an attempt to prevent these accidents, Google and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have teamed up. What do railroads and Google have in common? Mapping. The FRA has data relating to railway crossings and is allowing Google and other mapping and technology companies to access their GPS coordinates for over 250,000 railway crossings at road-level across the U.S. The idea is to reduce accidents at railroad crossings by adding visual and audio alerts to mobile navigation systems. Google is […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 5, 2015 – Graduate students Kristen Glasgow and Nefertiti Takla are suing the University of California, Los Angeles Board of Regents for not taking action against a professor that allegedly sexually harassed and assaulted them repeatedly. “UCLA insists it has a harassment/discrimination-free environment, but two students have stepped up not only disagreeing with that statement but are filing a lawsuit for their lack of action against history professor Gabriel Piterberg who allegedly sexually assaulted and harassed them,” said noted sexual harassment attorney, Deborah Barron of the Barron Law Corporation, in Sacramento, California. Both plaintiffs […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 4, 2015 – Many aging retirees are considering spending their retirement years at a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). While such communities have several benefits, including access to lifetime care, and the ability to transition from independent living to an assisted living arrangement, or even a nursing home, all of which are located on the same campus, they are not without costs and risks. They tend to be expensive, and have large monthly fees. In one case, residents say they discovered that the facility lacked a reserve account for refunds, and they say […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 4, 2015 – Traffic fatalities in Florida are higher than the national average, and the Florida Highway Patrol is taking action to reduce them. Each quarter, the Florida Highway Patrol coordinates with state and local police to increase police presence on sections of Interstate 75 with the goal of reducing fatalities to zero during a period of several days. The effort, dubbed “Staying Alive on I-75,” involves five other states and has had some success, and a similar campaign called “Safe 95” is now being conducted along the east coast. “Far too many Floridians […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 4, 2015 – Finding an attorney online with the assistance of a legal app is not new. However, new additions to the market are increasing competition, particularly in the mobile app niche. Information technology is not a term solely related to software engineers, app developers or search engine optimization. These days, mobile technology has become a companion to, and in some cases almost replaced, the conventional tower for online searches. EmPower is one such application that may appeal to online users wanting to find an attorney quickly. Online searching for everything from best […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2015 – On July 15, the 4th District Court of Appeal in a 2-1 ruling upheld the 2012 limit on attorneys’ fees for the representation of a child who suffered a serious birth injury in a hospital in Southwest Florida. In 1997, Aaron Edwards was afflicted with brain injuries when he was born and, as a result, became severely disabled. In 2007, a jury determined that employees at Lee Memorial caused Edwards’ injuries. The appeals court stated that it was “sympathetic” to the contentions made by the law firm that represented the family […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2015 – A Texas consulting firm was awarded about $6.8 million in a contract dispute. Dallas County District Judge Eric V. Moye awarded Bain Consulting LLC that amount after a jury found Talon Transaction Technologies Inc. liable for breaching a contract to pay commissions to Bain for finding new customers for Talon’s health care payment system. The judge rejected Talon’s argument that the award should be cut to about $1.5 million, because the jury improperly calculated the damages to Bain based on future commissions. “As with many business litigation matters, the core dispute […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2015 – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner stated during his recent visit to Ireland that he is going to make immigration reform a top priority. His remarks, given his previous refusals to bring the topic to a vote, may be construed as placating and conciliatory. “Immigration reform has been a gleam in many a politician’s eye since the first attempt at making it happen,” said well-respected Houston immigration attorney, Annie Banerjee. “Due to the nature of politics, though, not much has happened other than quick patches to appease certain […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2015 – Florida traffic safety officials say that hundreds of lives could be saved if more drivers and passengers buckled their seat belts. In Florida in 2013, there were more than 1,200 deaths in vehicle crashes, and about 48 percent of the people who lost their lives were not wearing their seat belts. According to officials, many if not most of the unbelted deaths could have been prevented. “Far too many Floridians lose their lives in traffic accidents,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “It is tremendously […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2015 – Former governor would await congressional legislation before acting on predecessor’s policy. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a leading candidate for the 2016 Republican nomination for president, has been a vocal critic of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. But on May 11, Bush indicated that if he were elected president, he would not immediately repeal Obama’s actions. Bush made his comments in a televised interview in which he defended his previous support for allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and their children to pay in-state tuition rates for a college […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2015 – In Autism Speaks’ largest international study on autism risk and parental age, researchers have found that teenage mothers and older parents are the most likely to have children with autism. Autism rates were 15 percent higher when moms gave birth in their 40s, 66 percent higher for kids with dads over 50 years old and 18 percent higher for children of teen moms. Increased autism rates were also noted among children born to couples with large age gaps and when both parents were older, in comparison to parents in their […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2015 – There are many tax savings that are available to older families. Such tax breaks can be achieved in several areas, including work, car and home, estate planning, medical expenses and rental property. In terms of realizing savings at work, a hefty tax refund implies that an excessive amount of tax is being withheld from one’s paycheck. One can correct this by filing a new W-4 form with one’s employer. There are also savings to be had regarding the payment of medical expenses. Some employers offer a medical reimbursement account, or […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2015 – A federal appeals court ruled that a general release of claims in a Texas employment lawsuit did not serve to waive a separate wage-hour claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In the case of Bodle, et al. v. TXL Mortgage Corporation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed a federal district court’s dismissal of a lawsuit under the FLSA regarding overtime wages. In a previous case filed in Texas state court, employer TXL had alleged that Ambre Bodle and Leslie Meech violated their noncompetition covenants by […]


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Shreveport, LA (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2015 – Earlier this month attorneys for Desmond Lewis filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana charging that Shreveport police officers had falsely arrested, maliciously prosecuted, and physically abused Lewis during an incident where he was chased while leaving a local pharmacy after picking up medication prescribed for his mental health. Allegations listed in the complaint include: use of unreasonable and excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, assault, battery, failure by an officer to intervene, and failure to act under the policy and […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2015 – Safety advocates are calling for electronic scanning of automobile tires as a way to ensure that recalled tires are actually taken off the road and off of store shelves. According to estimates from federal regulators, between 62 and 80 percent of recalled tires are not actually taken out of circulation. “There is no question that the tire recall system needs improvement,” said Jason Chalik, a prominent Florida personal injury attorney with Chalik & Chalik. “When defective tires under a recall continue to be sold, drivers are at risk of serious injury […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2015 – Clark Davis died at the scene of an accident involving a big rig hitting a bridge that was built too low. A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the trucker, the trucking company, based in Crowley, Texas, and the construction company building the bridge at the overpass. The accident happened in Salado at the FM 248 overpass. The big rig was too high for the overpass and the overpass too low when compared to normal specs for other bridges along that and other routes. The semi crashed into the bridge […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2015 – The Texas legislature is striving again to try to pass a bill banning texting while driving statewide. Texas is one of the few states left that does not ban texting while driving statewide. Many cities have their own ordinances, such as Arlington, Austin and San Antonio, but others have nothing in place. It is not for the want of trying to get an effective House bill passed to ban texting. “It has been attempted three times, met a governor’s veto and a house member’s reluctance to support such legislation,” says Austin […]


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