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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2015 – Recent investigations have revealed that self-driving cars have been involved in accidents, but most of them still seem to have involved human error. Although Florida is one of three states that track and regulate autonomous vehicles, no crashes involving them have been reported to authorities here. However, in California, Google has reported three collisions involving self-driving cars to the DMV since September, when California law began requiring such reports. On May 11, Google reported that its self-driving vehicles have been involved in 11 minor accidents, but “not once” was the autonomous […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 9, 2015 – It is against the law for a business to discriminate against someone who is pregnant. Further, breastfeeding is an integral part of pregnancy and breastfeeding in public is legal. Yet women who breastfeed in many establishments face discrimination. “Breastfeeding in public is legal. Period. However, the act itself seems to disturb some if the mother chooses not to cover up while in public. This has often resulted in a manager asking the woman to cover up, move into a bathroom, or leave the place of business. This is illegal in every […]


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West Palm Beach, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2015 – A federal investigation of St. Mary’s Medical Center has been launched after a news story reported that the West Palm Beach hospital had a death rate from open heart surgery on babies that was three times higher than the national average. “A death rate that high means that something has gone terribly wrong,” said Debi Chalik, a prominent birth injury attorney with Chalik & Chalik Law Offices. “If these children were injured or lost their lives as the result of negligence on the part of medical personnel, their families […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2015 – The first housing project dedicated to homeless women veterans in the United States was inaugurated on May 5, 2015. U.S. secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert A. McDonald, along with Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Blue Butterfly Village in San Pedro, Los Angeles. The housing community comprises 73 two-bedroom units that can accommodate families of up to six people. Veteran families will receive priority for 61 of the townhouses, which are expected to be filled up by the end of the year. “The Blue Butterfly Village […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2015 – Tips in Los Angeles may be rolled into a server’s wage, should laws boost minimum wage. This is a hotly debated issue affecting restaurant workers and others who garner tips from clients or customers. Lawmakers are once again debating raising the minimum wage in Los Angeles. Should the wage be boosted to $13.25 or perhaps $15.25? How would that affect restaurant workers? Aside from the figures and logistics of the issue, the restaurant industry is less than impressed with the idea. Los Angeles hired Beacon Economics to analyze a proposed wage […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) JUne 5, 2015 – A veteran fatally shot himself inside the parking lot of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Phoenix Regional Office in Phoenix, Arizona on May 10. A gun was found next to the body of Thomas Murphy, 53, who left behind a suicide note. According to a Fox News report, he was attempting to highlight the lack of care for suicidal veterans and display his frustration with the system. Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney in Michigan, said, “Such tragedies underline the gaps in care that many veterans are struggling with. We need […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 4, 2015 – In a recent high-profile divorce, former “Baywatch” actress Pamela Anderson received $1 million in her settlement with poker player Rick Salomon. The ex-couple, who announced their marriage in January 2014, released a joint statement. “Public divorces can be harsh and cruel — we apologize to our families and friends for any hurt and embarrassment we have caused — we have come to an amicable agreement and are moving on,” they said. Celebrity splits, including this one, tend to involve prolonged litigated battles in which money matters take center stage more […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 3, 2015 – A Houma, Louisiana man is seeking $3 million in damages from three companies after sustaining spinal injuries during an accident while working onboard an offshore rig two years ago. Walter Hewitt and his wife Patricia filed the suit against three defendants: Shell Oil, Frank’s International, and Noble Drilling. The suit was launched in the U.S. District Court in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 14, 2015. Walter Hewitt was employed by Frank’s International onboard the Frontier Driller rig in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the suit, Shell operates the Noble-Drilling-owned deep […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 1, 2015 – Politically speaking, immigration reform is a conundrum of mixed messages, oxymorons and smoke and mirrors. It may never get done. Consider the latest politician to have once stood solidly behind making sure immigration reform came to pass – Marco Rubio. “To hear him speak today, any type of major reform to the system is not a political possibility,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a noted Miami immigration attorney and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff P.A. “He apparently realizes there is no way to implement one huge piece of legislation to accomplish […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 29, 2015 – Truckers are required to obtain permits when hauling an oversized load. The driver in this case did not get a permit. Lares Trucking, a smaller trucking firm, primarily hauls lumber, logs, building materials, poles and other general freight. A two-truck outfit, the rig involved in this accident hit the overhead bridge support beam on I-35, causing the deadly accident near mile marker 286 Salado, roughly 40 miles north of Austin. The bridge was under construction at the time. The trucker and his company neglected to acquire the necessary permit for his […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2015 – Attorneys represented three plaintiffs on behalf of more than 1,800 patients who were endangered with feasibly contaminated saline from a nurse working at Broward General Medical Center. Between 2004 and 2009, the nurse administered tests in the cardiac stress lab reusing supplies intended for single use. In 2009, an anonymous tip led to the discovery by the North Broward Hospital District and the nurse was terminated. Yet, as many as 1,850 patients could have been affected in the class action lawsuit. Among them were the plaintiffs, Russell Loland, Betty Westbook […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2015 – A proposed bill would task Michigan’s newly formed Veterans Affairs Agency with sending “welcome home” letters to U.S. military veterans returning from active duty. The letters would include information about services and tools for transitioning to civilian life. “Veterans face significant hurdles when returning home, one of the biggest of which is not knowing which services are available or how to access them,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney in Northville, Michigan. “This bill could ensure that all returning veterans receive the most accurate information about available services in a format […]


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strong>Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2015 – Despite the EEOC being around for decades, racial discrimination and sexual harassment are still prevalent in workplaces across the nation. A recent investigation at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant has revealed racial discrimination and sexual harassment. A class action lawsuit, filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a group of female workers, alleges that they were continuously the recipients of lewd comments, unwanted touching, numerous demands for sexual favors and phallic symbols, carved out of Styrofoam or rubber hosing, left in their work areas. In addition, these […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2014 – A Texas jury awarded $2.78 million in a lawsuit over natural gas royalties that has lasted for years. The Zapata County jury handed down the verdict for damages and attorney fees against Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and a subsidiary, and for Wahatoya, Ltd. and Betsy Mecom, the owner of Los Corralitos Ranch. Wahatoya and Mecom alleged that Anadarko and its subsidiary, Kerr-McGee Oil & Gas Onshore LP, failed to pay appropriate royalties on more than 100 wells located on their land in South Texas. “Lawsuits over oil and gas royalties can be […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 26, 2015 – All crimes have one thing in common: they begin with an arraignment process and a preliminary hearing. The law categorizes criminal offenses as felonies or misdemeanors, with misdemeanors being generally defined as lesser offenses (e.g. shop lifting, DWI) and felonies involving more serious offenses such as kidnapping or murder. Regardless of the classification of the offense, the ensuing process through the justice system to conviction or dismissal of charges is much the same, with minor differences per each jurisdiction. It all begins with an arraignment at the first appearance in court. […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2015 – In March 2015, the federal government hastily filed an emergency motion to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit asking to remove an injunction issued in February 2015 in Brownsville, Texas. The request to uphold the initial injunction brought many Attorneys General out of the woodwork from across the United States. Represented in the briefs filed with the Texas court to uphold the injunction were: New Mexico, California, Hawaii, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maryland, Iowa, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and the District of Columbia. “The injunction […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2015 – In re Crawford & Company is a stunning decision by the Texas Supreme Court that could have serious ramifications for injured workers in the future. “This particular case may cause some serious ripples with regard to the Texas Workers’ Compensation claim remedy process,” points out Perlmutter & Schuelke partner and Workers’ Compensation attorney, Brooks Schuelke. The court stood firmly behind the concept of exclusive jurisdiction for the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation Act to respond to and deal with all processes in any investigation, even outside the claims system, settling or […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2015 – Alleged pregnancy discrimination is the reason for the departure of eight teachers from the Chicago Public Schools system at Scammon Elementary School. The Department of Justice filed a federal lawsuit, by way of the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), on behalf of two former pregnant teachers in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system alleging that administration targeted these two women, and several others, for layoff and received poor performance ratings as a result of becoming pregnant or returning to their jobs after giving birth. The suit seeks monetary compensation and new […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 19, 2015 – First-quarter reports for 2015, released by US oil producers in mid-April, showed record losses across the energy sector – as industry insiders and analysts had been predicting since January. Meanwhile, falling profits hit close to home, spurring large-scale employee layoffs and priming the local legal arena for an influx of market-driven litigation. Civil litigator Pete T. Patterson, who represents both businesses and individuals within the oil and gas industry, has followed the turbulent market closely over the past ten months in anticipation of broad-scope legal backlash. Oil prices reached multi-year lows […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 19, 2015 – The FBI has 77.7 million people listed in its master criminal database and add between 10,000 and 12,000 new names every day. Many Americans with criminal records cannot find employment even if the record is decades old, minor, has been dropped, not corrected or if the court found them not guilty. Although a daunting hurdle to surmount, having a record does not necessarily result in unemployability, an inability to obtain housing or secure a loan. One in every three American adults has a criminal record of some sort. The problem is […]


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