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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2014 – Florida was listed among the “Worst States” for highway safety laws by a Washington, D.C. safety advocacy group. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS) recently published the list, which summarizes a number of traffic safety laws, including those governing seat belts, helmets for motorcycle riders and text messaging. “Each year, thousands of Florida families suffer a death or serious injury on our highways,” said Tampa auto accident attorney Robert Joyce. “Fatalities have been on the decline in recent years, and last year’s partial text messaging ban is an improvement. But […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2014 – Anonymous tips may or may not lead to a valid arrest. This stash house tip could have resulted in almost anyone being arrested. “Not all anonymous tips pan out and in this case, even though the police in Polk County did find drugs and several individuals on the premises, does not necessarily mean guilt by merely being present in the area, or on the front lawn,” says Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas Grajek, who is not involved in the defense of the accused in this case. According to the Sheriff’s office […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 5, 2014 – African American brokers at Merrill Lynch recently celebrated the $160 million settlement of a class-action racial discrimination lawsuit. “Merrill Lynch is known as one of the largest brokerage firms on Wall Street, so this win was significant for the plaintiffs involved,” points out Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. The settlement came at the end of a long legal process that began in 2005 for the 12 plaintiffs. Initially, there […]


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They call it the first class cabin of law firm marketing: the new Custom Legal Marketing brand from Adviatech promises a new experience from a not-so-new company. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 4, 2014 – Last year, Google’s Panda and Penguin updates forced many law firms to stop focusing solely on links and rankings for search engine marketing. Under Google’s changes, law firms have begun to see search engine strategies from a public relations and content perspective. It is no longer enough to be page-one-rank-one for generic keywords. People are searching conversationally with Google Now and Siri, and […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 4, 2014 – Raising and caring for young children is a process fraught with dangerous events. “Normally, a child eating a meal is not a cause for concern, even less so if they are supervised while eating. In this case, a young preschooler choked on a meatball while eating lunch at her daycare center and died the next day,” explains Daren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. The 3 ½ -year-old child was at preschool child care one day when she choked on a meatball and died the next day of cardiac arrest and […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 4, 2014 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has proposed that veterans use standardized forms to submit disability claims. This is an idea that would seem in step with the desire to streamline and modernize the process. However, the proposal has veterans groups concerned that many former members of the military will not be able to navigate the new system. Traditionally, veterans have been able to submit claims in a variety of ways, including through simple, handwritten notes. The claim becomes the initial point for retroactive pay reference when and if the filing […]


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LaGarde Law Firm is proud to announce the debut of its brand-new website at www.LaGardeLaw.com. Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 4, 2014 – LaGarde Law Firm is a personal injury and business dispute firm based in Houston, Texas. Husband-and-wife partners Richard LaGarde and Mary Ellis LaGarde have over 45 years combined experience in cases ranging from oil rig injuries, general injuries, and wrongful death, to oil and gas disputes, insurance claims, and contract disputes. The new website features overviews of the firm’s major practice areas as well as updated profiles of attorneys Richard LaGarde, Mary Ellis LaGarde, and Kristina […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 3, 2014 – It may be doubtful that the three-quarters of a billion dollar National Football League (NFL) traumatic brain injury settlement offers enough recompense for stricken former players and other league staff. “Although this particular settlement is being touted as the NFL stepping up to take responsibility, the 4,800 players may not individually receive enough funds to deal with their neurological problems,” indicates Sacramento brain injury lawyer, Deborah Barron. On the surface of the deal, it appears that each player would receive up to $5 million. Such is likely not the case. The […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 3, 2014 – Virginia Social Services has mandated that Dwayne Parson, 34, must pay back child support even though he is not the child’s biological father. Child support normally follows an equitable, straightforward formula. But simplicity is not always guaranteed. At least one Virginia man would make a strong case that belies an expectation for a cut-and-dried process as he begins to pay thousands of dollars in back payments for child support for a child he did not father. Parson, of Chesterfield, signed a birth certificate for a child he believed to be his […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2013 – The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has a provision that expands coverage of certain treatments for autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities, but a lack of specificity in the law means that it can still be difficult to pin insurers down on exactly what will be covered. Policies purchased on the new health insurance exchanges are required by law to cover ten essential health benefits. Among these are “rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices.” This revision is beneficial for people with developmental disabilities; many insurance policies did not previously cover […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2014 – A part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands treatment for people with developmental disabilities, but some states may leave insurers with ways to sidestep the new requirement. The ACA, commonly called “Obamacare,” requires health insurance plans for individuals and small groups to include coverage for “rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices.” Most insurance plans already cover rehabilitative services, which help people regain skills, such as walking or talking, after a debilitating injury or illness, such as a stroke. “But habilitative services are often excluded,” explains Virginia special needs attorney […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2014 – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has criticized U.S. immigration policy and called for reform. Jindal, a Republican who has been mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, had some harsh words for the U.S. immigration system in an interview with CNN on February 2, 2014. As the son of Indian immigrants, the governor communicated a sense of frustration, but also the hope that his party may be edging closer toward compromise legislation on immigration in 2014. Jindal, whose parents emigrated to the United States from Punjab, told CNN’s Candy Crowley that the […]


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Florida confab of lawyer, accountants, etc. discuss new law’s implications. Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2014 – As the annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning reconvened in mid-January in Orlando, Fla., the eagerly anticipated conference of some 2,900 attendees was particularly interested in discussing the impact of recent changes in tax law. And the major engine for change in how lawyers and accountants will approach estate planning is the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The buzzword for estate planning since the passage of the new law is so-called portability, which allows widows and widowers to carry over […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2014 – According to Michigan criminal defense attorney Shaun R. Marks, those charged with drunk driving face higher penalties if they have prior convictions on their records. “Penalties increase substantially after the first drunk driving offense,” says Marks. “While a first offense for an ordinary OWI carries a maximum sentence of 93 days in jail, the maximum for a second offense is one year and a third offense can bring a felony charge with up to five years imprisonment.” That is what a Ypsilanti man is facing after police say his car entered […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2014 – Increased demand for EB-5 visas allowing foreign investors to gain permanent residence in the U.S. may lead to a backlog in visa availability. Activity in the investor EB-5 visa program has expanded widely over the past several years, and a record number of EB-5 petitions were filed during fiscal year 2013. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that 6,517 initial EB-5 visa petitions were received from foreign investors under the program. At of the end of the government’s fiscal year (September 30, 2013), 3,696 investor petitions had been […]


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User-friendly website provides interactive resources for small to mid-sized law firms Lisle, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2014 – Protexure Lawyers, a competitive professional liability insurance program from AmerInst Professional Services, Ltd., today announced the launch of its newly redesigned website: www.protexurelawyers.com. The website will enable tech-savvy lawyers to get a complimentary insurance quote, manage their account, and renew their coverage with a short form application – online and at their convenience. Plus, they can access online tools, information and resources that will help them grow their business and navigate their insurance options. “We redesigned our website to create […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2014 – One construction worker was killed and another injured at Baylor University in Waco, Texas on January 28, 2014. Jose Dario Suarez, 55, drowned when he was dragged into the Brazos River by a collapsed construction lift. Four hours later, Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens located and recovered his body using sonar equipment. Suarez and another employee were working on a pedestrian bridge linking Baylor Law School to the new McLane Stadium. Federal officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the death. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2014 – Medicare is preparing to crack down on “pill mill” doctors and others who improperly prescribe drugs. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released a proposed rule that, for the first time, would allow regulators to ban doctors who write harmful or fraudulent prescriptions from participating in Medicare. “In Florida, we have seen the substantial impact that common-sense reforms have on pill mills,” said Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce. “In 2011, we implemented strict new controls on dangerous narcotic painkillers. Most doctors cannot dispense these drugs from their offices, […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2014 – Advocates are hailing a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Florida as an important step forward for gay rights in the state. A Florida woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner filed a lawsuit when the birth mother left the state with the child without informing the plaintiff after the couple ended their relationship. The two had planned to raise the child together. The state’s highest court ruled by a vote of 4-3 that the egg donor had parental rights, and it ordered a lower court to arrange […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2014 – The Texas Supreme Court will decide a $10 million dispute between property owners and Occidental Permian Ltd. over the valuation of natural gas production. The case questions whether a company can take deductions for the cost of carbon injection from the mineral royalties it pays to property owners. “Deductions for production costs and post-production costs are a common area of dispute between royalty owners and oil and gas producers,” says Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney not involved with the case. “It is extremely important for mineral and […]


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