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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2017 – A senior woman died as a result of having a pill lodged in her throat. It had burned a hole in her pulmonary artery. This medical negligence case involves a senior who swallowed a pill that lodged in her throat and four doctors were unable to diagnose the cause of her medical issues. Her husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Failure to diagnose is one of the most common medical mistakes in the United States. Researchers at John Hopkins University list medical errors as the third leading cause of death, coming […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 1, 2017 – Building financial security is an important consideration for the family members and friends of individuals with special needs. Special care must be taken, though, in setting aside funds for the well-being of these individuals. A special needs trust is an estate planning tool that protects funds intended to enrich the life of a loved one with special needs, while preserving eligibility for public benefits. Littman Krooks LLP is hosting a free workshop on special needs trusts. Amy O’Hara, Esq., will present up-to-date information on various aspects of special needs planning, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2017 – A former Amazon employee suffering from a heart condition claimed the online retail giant failed to accommodate his need to take a daily lifesaving medication. Instead, he was fired from his job. On April 25, plaintiff Francisco Socarras filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against the company, alleging wrongful termination, retaliation and failure to grant family medical leave. Socarras worked at Amazon’s warehouse in Tracy, California from August 2014 until he was fired in April 2016. After a heart valve replacement surgery in 2015, Socarras was required to take daily blood […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2017 – Personal injury lawyers from Abels & Annes, P.C. and Levin, Riback Law Group, P.C. have settled six lawsuits stemming from sexual abuse perpetrated by now defrocked priest Daniel McCormack for $10 million total. The victim with the most significant damages is receiving $2.8 million. The cases were resolved at pre-trial conferences in January and April of this year. The identity of the plaintiffs remains confidential. Each lawsuit was brought against the Archdiocese of Chicago and Cardinal Francis George alleging that they had roles in enabling defrocked priest Daniel McCormack to isolate […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 30, 2017 – The ability to pay for a child’s or grandchild’s education is among the most important financial objectives parents and their families have. While some parents begin planning for their children’s education with kindergarten at a private school, others may only be able to pay their children’s college expenses. The first step toward paying for a child’s education is to become informed about the various plans to save and methods of making the payments. Some plans have extra tax benefits for parents, grandparents or other people who may be interested in providing […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 29, 2017 – Former President Barack Obama signed the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act (SNTFA) into law as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. The act, signed on December 13, 2016, corrects an oversight in the law that assumes all individuals with disabilities are mentally incapable of managing their own affairs. Mentally competent, disabled adults can now create special needs trusts for their own use. The legislation was passed largely due to the efforts of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and Special Needs Alliance (SNA). “We are particularly proud […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2017 – With the everсhanging political landscape the immigration rules and regulations of the U.S. are getting more and more complex. This makes the process of obtaining an immigrant visa and essentially moving to the United States of America very challenging. Moreover, due to the constant altering of the same rules and their inherent complexity, it is quite simple to violate the immigration law and at times unintentionally. That is why immigration fraud attorneys at Joseph Potashnik & Associates offer their services of legal representation to clients investigated or accused of immigration-related […]


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Fort Worth, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 26, 2017 – A federal district court recently sentenced a 23-year-old member of an alleged computer hacking ring to probation. The defendant, Ricky Miller, was charged with conspiring to hack into EA Sports and Microsoft computer servers and mining nearly $16 million worth of virtual coins for sale on the black market. The case, United States v. Ricky Miller, charged a conspiracy to commit computer fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. sections 371 and 1030. The court granted Mr. Miller’s attorney’s plea for a sentence of probation, despite the magnitude of alleged losses. […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 26, 2017 – A Tesla employee at a Fremont, California, factory has filed a racial harassment, discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against Tesla. In the suit, DeWitt Lambert claims he endured physical, sexual and racial taunts between June 2015 and April 2016, and was retaliated against for his complaints. Lambert alleges his co-workers made racial slurs and lewd comments about his sexual prowess. His co-workers, who are younger than Lambert, began immediately taunting him in the beginning of his employment in June 2015 by making racial and sexual comments about him, placing stickers […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2017 – Strong Advocates, a renowned Los Angeles-based Employment Law firm with extensive litigation experience in sexual harassment cases, is offering a free ebook, “How to Deal With Sexual Harassment at Work.” This guide is rich with information, including advice ranging from how to recognize sexual harassment to the steps to take when your employer retaliates against you for filing a complaint. The free ebook can be downloaded directly from Strong Advocates’ website. Sexual harassment often goes unreported because employees fear retaliation or do not know that the behavior they are enduring […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2017 – In Texas, if a dog or a cat bites a human, regardless of its vaccination record, it must be either quarantined or euthanized. Should the animal involved in a biting incident have rabies or be suspected of having rabies, the animal must be euthanized and the brain sent to a lab for testing. If the animal is quarantined, it must remain under observation for 10-days from the time the bite was inflicted. The 10-day period begins at the time of the bite, even if the animal is not actually confined until […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2017 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) declared that enough H-1B petitions had been received to meet the annual cap of 65,000 for the 2018 fiscal year. The agency also said that the “Master’s cap” of 20,000 additional spots for foreign nationals holding advanced degrees, had been met as well. The H-1B program is used by U.S. businesses to hire foreign workers in occupations requiring specialized knowledge, and the program is under increased scrutiny. On April 18, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order calling for a complete review of the program, […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2017 – Over 35 years ago, Virginia adopted permanent alimony, or spousal support. Under Virginia statute 20-61, a spouse who receives alimony can prosecute a paying spouse who is unable to pay, thus compelling them to pay attorney fees. Furthermore, the courts can legally impose fines on paying spouses and sentence them to prison for up to one year. Virginia pays $168,000 for the confinement of an individual for one year. Prominent Vienna, Virginia family law attorney Lisa McDevitt states, “The rationale behind alimony is that the spouse who has less earning capacity […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2017 – Advocates for nursing home residents have raised concerns about the amount of information that the state of Florida is withholding from nursing home inspection reports, including dates, places and pivotal words. Watchdog groups say that while it is legitimate to censor personal information such as the names of residents from such reports, the state is withholding critical data, preventing the public from accessing the information the reports are supposed to contain. “Nursing home residents have the right to a safe and hygienic environment, and the public has the right to know […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 19, 2017 – Following a New York Times investigation revealing that five women had filed claims against Bill O’Reilly in the last 14 years, over 50 advertisers left Fox News, finally forcing 21st Century Fox to terminate the top-rated cable news host. According to the New York Times, Fox and O’Reilly settled 5 claims of sexual harassment that occurred between 2002 and 20016 for over $13 million dollars. Despite his being a massive liability for Fox, O’Reilly was also a cash cow for the network, bringing in over $446 million dollars between 2014 […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2017 – It is difficult to imagine that a bird and a football player have much in common, but they do, and the lowly woodpecker just may hold the key to making safer football helmets. The history of football is rife with attempts to make a better helmet for players to prevent skull fractures. While the technology does exist to prevent or diminish skull fractures, there is little to no protection from brain injuries. “This is where the woodpeckers come into play,” said traumatic brain injury attorney, Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2017 – Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin is using the agency’s recent inability to fire an employee for misconduct to demonstrate why the lengthy process for disciplining problem workers needs to be changed. According to VA officials, an employee at the Michael DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, Texas, was caught watching pornography while he was tending to a patient. The VA removed the unnamed employee from patient care and placed him on administrative duties. However, the worker could not be fired due to the nature of the […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2017 – McCormack & Erlich, an employment law firm based in San Francisco, California, is offering a scholarship for students who are interested in employment law or policy, or are passionate about workers’ rights. Students who have worked at a legal aid society, labor organization or other nonprofit organizations or community groups focused on employee rights are also invited to apply. “We have created this scholarship in an effort to help promising students overcome the financial burden of pursuing further education,” commented attorney Bryan McCormack of McCormack & Erlich. “We hope the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2017 – Alan Snel, a prominent Florida advocate for bicycling and safety, sustained serious injuries when he was hit from behind by an allegedly distracted driver while riding his bike March 7. Bicycling safety advocates expressed outrage that law enforcement did not issue a citation to the driver. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office reported that the 65-year-old driver was blinded by sunlight and was inhaling “a breathing treatment” when he struck Snel’s bicycle near Fort Pierce. Deputy Bryan Beaty, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, said that Florida is a no-fault state, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2017 – The Texas Supreme Court considered competing arguments over a property deed that granted oil and gas interests and gave rise to opposing royalty claims. The case involves a 55-acre tract that was purchased by the Wenske family, with the previous owners retaining a one-quarter non-participating royalty interest (NPRI). The property was subsequently purchased by the Ealy family, with the Wenskes reserving three-eighths of the minerals. The Wenskes say the Ealys are solely responsible for the cost of the NPRI, but the lower court sided with the Ealys, holding that each of […]


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