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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) May 26, 2016 – A bikini model and her boyfriend have been charged with identity theft and grand larceny in Manhattan criminal court. Prosecutors claim that Patricia Perez-Gonzalez and Alberto Companioni opened 40 American Express Platinum cards using the personal information of other people, having the cards mailed to vacant houses where they were picked up. “Identity theft charges are very serious and require a sophisticated defense,” said Peter Brill, a New York criminal defense attorney who represents people charged with identity theft. “Anyone charged with credit card fraud or a related crime should seek […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2016 – A new estate planning law that went into effect on January 1 seeks to help California homeowners avoid the costly, time-consuming process of probate when leaving property to heirs. Bill AB139 was signed into law in September 2015 after previous efforts to pass the legislation failed for almost a decade. It introduces the Revocable Transfer on Death Deed (TOD) which allows individuals to transfer property to a beneficiary upon their passing without the need to set up a revocable living trust or sort out matters in probate court. Such deeds […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2016 – Distracted driving is a daily occurrence for hundreds of people. It’s easy to be distracted by texting, a cranky baby, hyper dog, programming the GPS or adjusting temperature controls. Virtually every driver on the roads in Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas have taken their eyes off the road for what seems like a mere split second. Many distracted drivers pay for their inattention in ways they live to regret for the rest of their lives, if they survive a crash. Consider the heartbreaking case involving four young women returning home from […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2016 – One of the nation’s top law firms for female lawyers is also one of the best in the country for minority attorneys. Legal publication Law360 honored Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP with another top ranking. The “Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys” survey ranked the top 100 law firms in the nation based on firm minority representation at the partner and non-partner levels as well as its total number of minority attorneys. Law firms on this list have made “headway in shaking up a stubbornly bleak picture of diversity […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2016 – An approximately $1 billion settlement plan between the NFL and former players who filed thousands of brain injury lawsuits has been upheld by a federal appeals court. A district judge first approved the settlement nearly one year ago. If the case is not appealed further, then former players who have already been diagnosed with brain injuries from concussions could start receiving benefits in a matter of months. Some former players were opposed to the deal, and they are considering their options. “Brain injury lawsuits can be very complex,” said Robert Joyce, […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2016 – It can be challenging to find tax-advantaged ways to save for retirement when an individual is highly compensated. Under the general rule, workers can save $18,000 annually in pre-tax income in a 401(k) plan. However, if the worker earns over $120,000 annually, owns in excess of a five percent interest in an employer’s company, or is among the employees who earn the top 20 percent of income at the firm, the IRS considers such a worker to be a highly compensated employee (HCE). The contributions made by an HCE can […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2016 – Florida officials opted not to apply for any additional federal mortgage assistance. In February, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that the federal Hardest Hit Fund, created in 2010 to combat the lingering effects of the housing crash, would be expanded in two phases of $1 billion each. In the first phase, Florida received $78 million. But Florida declined to apply for any additional funds in the second phase, leaving as much as $250 million on the table, a decision that irked elected officials and local professionals. Reggie Osenton, a bankruptcy attorney […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 19, 2016 – Police are investigating after vandals damaged part of a war memorial at Veterans Memorial Park near Gainesville, Florida. They smashed a pillar commemorating members of the U.S. military who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The monument is part of the Walk Through Time veterans memorial honoring those who were killed during various conflicts throughout history. It starts with the American Revolution and ends with the now-damaged pillar dedicated to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Each brick stacked atop the pillars […]


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Toronto, Ontario (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2016 – Yap films and Charlie Hill have reached an exclusive deal for the story surrounding Hill’s alleged involvement in the 1971 murder of New Mexico State policeman Robert Rosenbloom and the ensuing hijacking of a commercial airliner to Cuba. The deal was brokered through Hill’s attorney Jason Flores-Williams. “Hill is a revolutionary who has admitted to the hijacking but adamantly denies the murder of officer Rosenbloom,” says Flores-Williams. Flores-Williams further states that “Mr. Hill had no chance of a fair trial in America, so was forced to flee the country”. “Now that […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2016 – In an ugly twist of fate, products touted as being the best on the market to deal with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), caused irreparable harm to women it was allegedly designed to help. Millions of dollars paid out in settlements and legal costs result in Endo stopping production of transvaginal meshes to treat POP and vaginal slings to treat SUI. Endo shuttered its Astora Women’s Health device unit in March 2016 to reduce potential liability relating to over 46,000 severe adverse reaction lawsuits allegedly caused by […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2016 – A federal jury awarded nearly $9.3 million to a San Antonio-based oil company in a breach of contract lawsuit. After a two-week trial, federal jurors found for U.S. Enercorp LTD against Ringo Shapiro and two companies owned by him. The jury award was for $9,291,570.06, including $3 million in punitive damages. The jury concluded that the defendants intentionally interfered with Enercorp’s Montana oil leases. “The jury in this case awarded punitive damages apparently in part because they found that the defendants intentionally interfered with a contract,” said Gregory D. Jordan of […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2016 – Estate planning clients often ask about the most effective methods of protecting assets from creditors. It is always best to transfer assets prior to the time at which any claims arise. It is too late to make any transfers after there is a creditor issue. If such a transfer is made, it will be considered a fraudulent transfer. Other factors to consider are the following. If the grantor makes a gift to keep an asset from current creditors, but the grantor maintains control over the gift, then the gift may […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2016 – The $25 million wrongful death lawsuit filed in this case was the result of 32-year-old Jesse Jacobs dying in custody after being denied his medications. Jacobs’ parents filed the wrongful death lawsuit after their son died in the Galveston County jail while serving a 30-day sentence for drunk driving. On admission early in March 2015, he presented his list of required medications along with a note from his physician that indicated he must continue taking them as prescribed. By March 9, 2015, Jacobs told his parents he had not been given […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2016 – A lawsuit filed in November 2015 alleged that the California Department of Health and Human Services has deliberately failed to prevent the illegal practice of nursing homes “dumping” Medi-Cal residents into the hospital system. Nonprofit organization California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) filed the lawsuit in San Francisco, California, on behalf of three nursing home residents covered by Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. They alleged nursing homes refuse to readmit Medi-Cal patients after temporary hospitalization in order to make room for more private pay and Medicare patients. “Many individuals […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2016 – An Office of Inspector General (OIG) report has revealed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been systematically destroying documents related to veterans’ disability compensation claims. VA investigators performed spot checks at 10 veterans benefits offices across the nation. They went through around 438,000 documents that were put in bins for shredding at the regional offices. According to the report, staff were found to be destroying claims-related mail at six regional offices. There are a total of 56 VA regional offices. “The findings of the inspector general’s report should not […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2016 – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., of Littman Krooks LLP has been named 2016 Advocate of the Year by Arc of Westchester’s Children’s School for Early Development. He will be honored at their annual Golfing for Kids benefit event on Tuesday, June 7th 2016 at Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck, NY. Krooks is a founding partner of the law firm Littman Krooks LLP and Chair of its Elder Law and Special Needs Department. He is the President of the Board of Directors of the Arc of Westchester, the largest agency in Westchester […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2016 – Chipotle has faced a number of lawsuits relating to food borne illnesses as a result of exposure to Norovirus. This latest suit is for wrongful termination, discrimination, assault, sexual harassment and retaliation. Plaintiff Ariana Castaneda filed her lawsuit seeking medical expenses, lost wages and benefits after she was allegedly sexually harassed and wrongfully terminated from her job as lead kitchen worker. Her suit named four Chipotle managers as the instigators of the harassment. Castaneda worked for Chipotle from December 2013 until February 2016 when she was fired. Castaneda’s first work shirt […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2016 – The 14th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute is an incredible resource for those in the legal and business community dealing with critical IP issues in 2016. The Institute includes a faculty of leading IP scholars, judges from the USPTO, Intellectual Property attorneys from Denver and around the country, and corporate counsel from global companies including Anheuser-Busch, Flextronics, and eBay, Inc. With close to 500 IP attorneys expected to attend this year, this is a tremendous opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country. The 2016 Institute will […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2016 – Frequently, estate plans are created on the basis of assumptions that are no longer true. Correcting these assumptions may help estate planners modify the way in which they handle certain estate planning issues. Following are some factors that advisors can consider when drafting their clients’ estate plans. Planning for long-term care is becoming increasingly important as people are living longer. Covering such costs should be taken into consideration prior to making gifts. One way of focusing on these expenses is through the use of long-term care insurance policies. An estate planning […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2016 – A recent series of wrong-way car accidents in Florida has prompted calls for improved safety. Just before the New Year, five people died in Miami-Dade when a drunk driver speeding the wrong way on I-95 struck a vehicle carrying four people. In February, a 26-year-old died traveling north in the southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike. In March, a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy died when a wrong-way driver collided with his squad car, and a deadly wrong-way crash occurred on I-4 in Orange County. “In the case of a wrong-way crash, it […]


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