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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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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2015 – The latest issue of The Bigger Law Firm magazine provides an in-depth look at Client Relationship Management (CRM) systems for law firms. BLF helps attorneys and law firm marketers take advantage of the latest strategies and technologies for connecting with clients. In this issue, Ryan Conley gives a broad overview of various types of CRM systems, from simple online tools to full-fledged CRM software suites. When people think of CRM software, they may think of law firm management software, and that is certainly an important tool in managing client relationships. […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2015 – Marilyn Monroe in “The Misfits” walked from courthouse to bridge to toss her wedding ring into the river. Bridges are made to span the gap between two sides of a divide, and they are not normally associated with the creation of any division. But one bridge, a 105-year-old span over the Truckee River in Reno, Nevada, that has long been linked to newly divorced women through photography and film, has been scheduled for demolition. The span, which is officially called the Virginia Street Bridge, but is also known as the “Wedding […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2015 – People who operate a motor vehicle, ride a bicycle or cross a street on foot generally know that entering the midst of roadway traffic involves a certain amount of risk. By contrast, individuals who are in off-roadway areas generally do not expect that they will be involved in a traffic accident. But one Missouri woman who was tending to her garden was involved in a traffic accident on May 15 when a nearby motorist struck her and then fled the scene. The 74-year-old victim was planting flowers at the corner […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2015 – Attorneys for private citizen, Shatrell McComb, today announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against the City of Chicago, CPD Officers and Antoine Watkins whose willful and wanton conduct resulted in the wrongful death of 13-month-old Dillan Harris on Saturday, July 11, 2015. The claim also alleges negligence by Watkins, whose careless actions and improper handling of his motor vehicle lead to the striking and ultimate death of Harris in his stroller on a public sidewalk, and intentional infliction of emotional distress by the City of Chicago and its Officers who […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2015 – Beginning May 26, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for employment authorization from qualifying H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders. An H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa classification that allows a U.S. employer to temporarily employ a foreign worker in a specialty occupation that requires at minimum a bachelor’s degree and specialized knowledge in a field. H-4 visas are issued to immediate family members of an H-1B visa holder. The change in policy means that an H-4 spouse may apply for employment authorization if their H-1B spouse […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2015 – Around 300 Michigan-based companies gathered in Detroit on June 5 for the Michigan Veteran Hiring Best Practices Summit to learn how to develop veteran hiring programs and boost the employment of veterans. The event was sponsored by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) in association with General Motors (GM), Walt Disney and USAA, which have been pioneers when it comes to veteran hiring programs. GM employs about 5,000 active and veteran military employees, while Disney’s “Heroes Work Here” program has resulted in the hiring of more than 5,000 veterans since 2012. […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2015 – Mathematician John F. Nash, who inspired “A Beautiful Mind,” and his spouse, were ejected from a vehicle in a fatal accident. New Jersey State Police over the Memorial Day weekend released their preliminary findings in connection with the May 23 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that claimed the lives of famed mathematician John F. Nash Jr. and his wife. While the deadly crash of the taxi that Nash and his wife were riding is still under investigation, the police say that the couple were not wearing their seatbelts when they […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2015 – Measures would update Social Security Administration’s (SSA) “grid rules” for calculating applicant eligibility. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced a trio of bills on May 6 that would change the SSA’s “grid rules,” which are the standards the agency employs to determine an applicant’s eligibility for benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Hatch’s measures would also simplify the benefit process and establish standards for medical evaluation that would be similar to those that Medicare uses. Hatch, who is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said that the SSDI […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2015 – Criminal charges are not processed through just any court. To try a case, the court must have personal jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction and the power to try an accused for breaking the law. Jurisdiction equates to the word “power.” A jurisdictional issue over a legal matter has three components: · The question of whether there is jurisdiction to hand down a judgement sought · The question of whether there is jurisdiction over the matter in question · The question of whether or not there is jurisdiction over the individual charged It […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2015 – Women agreed to collaborative divorce, sought legal declaration dissolving their marriage. Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal on May 29 granted a divorce to a lesbian couple in Tampa. The appeals court decision overturned a Hillsborough County circuit judge’s order from one year before that denied the two women, Keiba Lynn Shaw and Mariama Changamire Shaw, the divorce they were seeking. Circuit Judge Laurel M. Lee initiated the Shaws’ long wait for a divorce when she ruled in 2014 that the two women, who had married in Massachusetts, could not end […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2015 – The latest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine offers cutting-edge analysis of technology issues relevant to law firms in the Internet age. In this issue, Justin Torres examines HTML5, the latest version of the computer language used to create websites. This version was recently finalized and represents the first complete overhaul since HTML4 was finalized in 1997. Torres starts by pointing out new, simplified “elements,” or discrete bits of code, that not only make the HTML language easier for humans to read, but also easier for search engines to distinguish […]


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San Diego, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 21, 2015 – Officials representing Health Canada, the department of the government of Canada responsible for national public health, announced recently that the agency would be investigating the safety of Invokana and similar medications, due to concerns that the Type 2 diabetes drugs may increase the risk of patients suffering ketoacidosis side effects. The Health Canada announcement comes on the heels of a May 2015 safety communication issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which warned of a possible connection between sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) medications and diabetic ketoacidosis. For those that […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 21, 2015 – Are employees required to keep detailed records of any form of sexual harassment that may transpire at work and file a complaint with Human Resources? This latest court case suggests that this may not be necessary. “EEOC v. New Breed Logistics, No. 13-6250, 6th Cir., 2015, is interesting in that it challenges long held beliefs that if there is a sexual harassment policy in place and a dedicated method of reporting same, a company is on the right side of the law. This may not be the case any longer,” said […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 21, 2015 – Family and friends of Alzheimer’s patients often play a key role in caring for and maintaining the quality of life of these vulnerable individuals. Even as caregivers value the opportunity to care for a parent or loved one in their final years, doing so also places an incredible strain on the caregiver, both physically and emotionally. In order to provide loving care while also managing other aspects of their busy lives, Alzheimer’s caregivers need care, too. “Millions of Americans provide care to loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease,” said Andrew […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 21, 2015 – Benjamin B. Reade Sr., an AndroGel user, died of a fatal heart attack possibly linked to a defective testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) product. The wrongful death lawsuit, filed by widow Laura Reade, is part of a much larger litigation effort involving over 1,000 cases being heard in Illinois dealing with alleged defective product AndroGel TRT, made by AbbeVille. The lawsuit, like others of its kind, seeks compensation for loss of consortium, companionship, income, wrongful death and a number of other allegations dealing with the supposition that TRT caused serious heart conditions […]


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