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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2014 – Emergency rooms are designed for fast treatment of serious or life-threatening conditions. But elderly patients suffering from chronic illnesses may not always be able to convey important medical information to the professionals treating them. Older patients may struggle to communicate about prescribed medications, allergies or treatment circumstances. This is particularly true of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. In such cases, a quick treatment is not always the most effective treatment. In hospital emergency rooms, patients receive treatment and are sent home with detailed instructions about arranging their own […]


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Wilmington, DE (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2014 – Morris James LLP is pleased to announce that Judge Charles H. Toliver, IV will join the firm in June, 2014, at the completion of his second 12-year term as Judge of the Delaware Superior Court. Judge Toliver was initially appointed to the bench in 1990 by Delaware Governor Michael N. Castle and reappointed in 2002 by Governor Thomas R. Carper. Judge Toliver will be a partner in the Litigation Practice and a member of the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Group. Judge Toliver’s practice will center upon civil, corporate and domestic relations […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 30, 2014 – South Carolina has enacted new drunk driving legislation: “Emma’s Law.” It increases sanctions for driving while impaired. “Texas has the dubious distinction of being one of the top states with the highest number of drunk drivers. The latest numbers from 2011 show 46 percent of all fatalities were related to driving while impaired. A total of 3,016 accidents were recorded that year, with 1,397 drunk driving accidents. Almost 40 percent of the drunk drivers were also over 0.08,” says Austin attorney, Bobby Lee of Lee Gober & Reyna. If legislation such […]


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BETHESDA, Md. (Law Firm Newswire) May 29, 2014 – Bluestone Law International (“BLI”) today announces that it has secured a significant post-judgment recovery in U.S. federal court in Chicago, on behalf of a leading international export credit insurer, through garnishment proceedings against a prominent third-party financial institution. After obtaining a judgment in September 2013, BLI led an aggressive and creative effort to have the judgment satisfied on behalf of its client. Through federal and Illinois post-judgment discovery and enforcement mechanisms, BLI was able to locate assets sufficient enough to cover the balance of the judgment and interest. After tracing, identifying […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2014 – Proponents of changes to Illinois’ workers’ compensation laws say that reforms passed in 2011 did not go far enough. Newly proposed legislation would exempt employers from paying for injuries suffered while traveling to work if the worker is not traveling specifically for work purposes. This and other changes are needed, proponents say, to reduce workers’ compensation insurance costs. Not everyone agrees. “The problem with saying that these changes will reduce insurance premiums is that it has not been borne out by the evidence,” indicates Robert Briskman, a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney. […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2014 – Zamansky LLC announces that it has filed a FINRA arbitration for West Coast couple who claim to have suffered approximately $750,000 in losses from the UBS Willow Fund LLC (“UBS Willow Fund”). The FINRA arbitration is against UBS Financial Services Inc. (“UBS”) which sold the UBS Willow Fund to its brokerage customers. In 2013, the UBS Willow Fund finally liquidated after investors suffered 70% or more in losses. The Statements of Claim alleges that the UBS Willow Fund materially deviated from its disclosed strategy of investing in distressed debt, and […]


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Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 – At its Conference & Expo in Toronto this week, the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) inducted its board of directors for 2014-15. Leading the association and serving as President for 2014-15 is Paula Barnes of Burr & Forman in Nashville, Tennessee and Paul Farnsworth of Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP in Rochester, New York continuing his service as Past President of the Board. The Board includes the following individuals: President: Paula K. Barnes Burr & Forman, LLP Nashville, TN President-Elect: Teresa Walker Waller Lansden […]


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Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 – The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) presented The “Outstanding Association Volunteer Award” to five ALA members for his/her exceptional and continued service at ALA’s 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition in Toronto. 2014 Outstanding Association Award recipients include: 1. Roslyn Hazzard, Human Resources Director of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Indianapolis, Indiana. (Indiana Chapter) Hazzard has served in both regional and national leadership roles since 1993, including Regional Officer and Region 3 Director. She also participated on the 2010 Conference Committee and most recently on […]


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Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 – The Association of Legal Administrators’ (ALA) IDEA Awards program recognizes new practices that deliver great value and transformational impact to the legal community through innovative achievement. Awards are presented to ALA chapters, committees, regions, individuals, firms, or organizations (including business partners) that create unique and innovative programs, services, and events. Recipients of the inaugural IDEA Awards include: ALA Regions 1 & 3 Conference Planning Team: “Transgender Insights & Perspectives” The team convened a panel of transgendered legal professionals to address conference attendees in October 2013. Through a candid and honest dialogue, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 – On February 19, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a new policy to expedite some high-priority disability claims. Hopefully, these changes are already helping former members of the military who are awaiting a determination on benefits eligibility. The new policy went into effect in March. Under it, SSA will accelerate the claims process for veterans who have been classified as fully disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Fully disabled veterans, or those with a 100 percent disability rating, will be prioritized, as will other groups, including service members who were […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2014 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) owes thousands of Americans higher benefits, amounting to millions of dollars in total. SSA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) – the agency’s internal watchdog – recently conducted an internal audit that revealed failures to increase some retirees’ benefits properly. “The problem lies with some retirees’ receipt of spousal benefits,” explained elder law attorney Andrew Hook. “These retirees initially claimed spousal benefits, but they later became eligible for higher benefits based on their own employment. Social Security failed to notify them of that fact.” The […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2014 – In January, a truck driver’s semitrailer crashed on Interstate 88 in Aurora, causing the death of an Illinois Tollway worker and serious injuries to a state trooper. Renato Velasquez was charged with operating a commercial vehicle while fatigued or impaired, driving beyond the legal time limits for truckers and with falsifying driving records — all felonies. The driver had worked for 37 straight hours, but his attorney denied that sleepiness was a factor in the crash. “Fatigue is often a factor in truck accidents,” says Paul Greenberg, a Chicago truck accident […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2014 – Today, Cushman & Wakefield launched its second annual National Legal Sector Benchmark Survey in partnership with ALM Legal Intelligence, a leading provider of detailed business information and competitive intelligence about the legal industry to top U.S. and international law firms and their clients, including The Am Law 100 and 200. The survey focuses on the key drivers influencing real estate decisions at law firms across the United States and explores topics which ultimately affect the business, financial and operational success of every competitive firm in the profession. Administered by Cushman […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 19, 2014 – A new school bus route will transport students across a dangerous stretch of East Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, Florida. The site will also receive safety upgrades. The stretch of road between North 22nd Street and North 30th Street separates a large apartment complex to the north from a shopping center and Middleton High School to the south. The eight-block span, which lacks a crosswalk, has been the site of two student fatalities since 2011. “Hillsborough Avenue runs through the heart of a busy, lower-income part of the city at this location,” […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2014 – Michael G. Kessler, President & CEO of Kessler International was named a Finalist in the Accounting Executive of the Year category in The 2014 American Business Awards, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program. Further, Kessler International was named a Finalist in the Accounting Company of the Year category, and will also ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program. The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2014 – A 15-year-old was killed in a T-bone crash at an intersection on his birthday. “This is a fairly common accident, and we have seen many T-bone collisions in our office. This particular case, which I am not involved with, happened in Oklahoma, but it could just as well have happened here in Austin,” says Austin wrongful death lawyer, Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. The wrongful death lawsuit filed in this case was launched against the two drivers involved and Mitsubishi Motors, alleging their negligence caused the fatal crash. The […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2014 – Lawmakers are desperate to put a dent in the national deficit. On Capitol Hill, both Democrats and Republicans are searching for potential areas to cut spending or increase revenue. One such idea has Social Security disability advocates particularly uneasy.  Under the proposal, those who collect unemployment benefits would become ineligible for disability payments. While the federal budget deficit has narrowed a bit this February (compared to the same month last year), it still stands at $193.5 billion. The suggestion to eliminate disability payments to those who collect unemployment benefits appeared in […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2014 – This interesting case is the first of its kind involving Bitcoin virtual currency. “Recently two Florida men were arrested in Miami-Dade for using Bitcoin virtual currency in an alleged money laundering scheme. The charges for this case, which I am not involved in, are allegedly engaging in an unlicensed money servicing business and money laundering. Thirty-year-old Abner Espinoza and 28-year-old Pascal Reid remain in custodial care,” indicated Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. The unusual aspect of this case involves the use of Bitcoins, adding a new twist to the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2014 – A federal judge in Portland, Maine recently heard arguments on whether Illinois or Maine will be the proper jurisdiction for a recent, tragic wrongful death case. Nineteen wrongful death claims have risen from the July 2013 derailment of a Montreal, Maine and Atlantic (MMA) Railway train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. The accident resulted in at least 42 deaths. The trustee overseeing MMA during bankruptcy proceedings moved to transfer the wrongful death cases to Maine. The company hopes to consolidate actions associated with its bankruptcy.  Attorneys representing the victims’ families opposed the […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2014 – Zamansky LLC announces that it is investigating the Campbell Strategic Allocation Fund, Campbell Global Trend Fund and other managed futures funds (“Campbell Funds”). The investigation is over the suitability of the Campbell Funds, and the sales of these funds to brokerage customers by their brokerage firms. According to investment fraud attorney Jacob Zamansky, as managed futures funds, the Campbell Funds have substantial risks associated with leverage and the speculation involved in their trading strategy. These funds are suitable or appropriate only for investors willing to speculate or bear substantial risk […]


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