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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2016 – New York Criminal Defense attorney Peter E. Brill of Brill Legal Group, P.C., has received a 2016 Avvo Clients’ Choice Award for outstanding client reviews. The Avvo Clients’ Choice Award is awarded to legal professionals who receive five or more client ratings of 4 or 5 on their Avvo profile in one year. About 97 percent of U.S. lawyers are rated on Avvo, a lawyer marketing website, which allows prospective clients to research lawyers based on the information available on their profiles, as well as client reviews and ratings. Lawyer profiles […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2016 – The scion of a wealthy business family was sentenced to four years in prison for securities fraud. Andrew Caspersen, 40, used a Ponzi-like scheme to steal around $38.5 million from investors including family members, friends, clients and a hedge fund-linked charitable foundation. He was arrested in March at La Guardia Airport upon returning from a family vacation. Caspersen pleaded guilty to fraud charges in July. The case was filed in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Prosecutors originally sought a tougher prison sentence of over 15 years. However, Caspersen’s […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2016 – Earnest/Tighe Law Firm, P.A. and EastSide Title, Inc., a Fort Lauderdale, Florida boutique business and real estate law firm, has been selected for the 2016 Best of Fort Lauderdale Award in the Local Business category by the Fort Lauderdale Award Program. Each year, the Fort Lauderdale Award Program identifies companies that are believed to have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and the community. These exceptional companies help make […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 15, 2016 – Truck accidents involving other passenger vehicles typically cause far more damage, injuries and death than two passenger vehicles colliding due to the size of the truck and the loss of their load. Texas has seen a dramatic increase in the number of big rig accidents on its highways, a statistic that appears to be the result of the increase in construction and oil rigging crews on the roads. The trucks are huge and, when fully loaded, deadly if involved in an accident. Big rig accidents do not just involve a truck […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 14, 2016 – Distracted driving is a major cause of serious car accidents, resulting in about 3,000 deaths and 430,000 injuries per year, according to U.S. government statistics. Meanwhile, software companies continue to develop apps that draw drivers’ attention away from the road. The latest distraction is the game Pokémon Go. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game, in which players must travel to real-world locations to play the game on their phones. It is the most popular mobile phone game in U.S. history, having attracted millions of users within a few days of […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2016 – Hundreds of Vietnam veterans are suffering from a rare bile duct cancer that may be connected to their wartime service. The former service members are urging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to acknowledge their condition is service-related so that they can be eligible for benefits. The cancer, called cholangiocarcinoma, can be caused by liver flukes present in raw or poorly cooked freshwater fish. Vietnam War veterans may have been infected by liver flukes after eating such fish when their rations ran out. The parasites are commonly found in certain areas […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2016 – A 64-year-old Texas man was sent to jail for 99 years to keep the community safe from him habitually driving while drunk. Courts do not issue sentences like this one often, they prefer to allow DWI offenders to redeem themselves through education, community service and other approaches such as using an ignition interlock device. However, occasionally a case comes along where the prosecutor asks for a very long sentence to keep someone off the roads permanently. Recently a man on his eighth DWI conviction was handed a 99-year jail sentence at […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2016 – Strong Advocates is an employment law office based in Los Angeles, California that protects workers’ rights and provides legal assistance to employees who have been terminated unlawfully due to the discriminatory actions of their employers. What makes Strong Advocates different from other employment attorneys in the area is that they are dedicated to fighting for their clients’ employment rights at no cost and getting them the compensation they deserve. “We focus on doing what is right for our clients rather than being driven by our bottom line,” said Strong Advocates […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 9, 2016 – A patient in hospital for a colonoscopy went into cardiac arrest after his oxygen levels dropped to dangerous levels. Although revived, he remained in the hospital until his death three months later. A court found that the hospital in question had made changes to the patient records, took too long to offer the medical records when they were requested and lied under oath by offering false testimony. The patient went into the hospital on October 1, 2010 for what should have been a routine colonoscopy. The 49-year-old man was under anesthesia […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2016 – Despite the global auto recall, defective Takata airbags are still a dangerous and contentious issue. The Takata airbag recall was supposed to deal with exploding airbags that propelled metal shrapnel into the vehicle after an accident, often seriously injuring or killing the driver. Because the damage was severe and the dangers of the Takata air bag not originally understood, some police attending accident scenes thought the driver and passengers had been murdered. After several accidents and autopsies, police began to realize that airbag shrapnel was responsible for the deaths. The Takata […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 6, 2016 – An Army veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sued American Airlines after she was humiliated multiple times and prevented from boarding a flight with her service dog. Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Lisa McCombs was trying to fly home to Gulfport, Mississippi, from Kansas on October 25, 2015. According to the complaint, airline agents refused to let McCombs pass through security with Jake, her certified service dog, despite having valid documentation. The Labrador retriever was also harnessed and wearing his service vest as per airline requirements. “It is disappointing that a veteran endured such […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 5, 2016 – There has been an alarming increase in truck accidents in Florida. According to statistics from Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES), there was an increase in commercial vehicle accidents in the state, from 34,450 in 2014 to 38,265 in 2015. The 2014 numbers were also an increase from 32,087 commercial vehicle crashes in 2013. As of Nov. 13, the number of collisions involving commercial vehicles in 2016 stood at 34,623, already above the total for 2014, and on track to be worse than 2015. “The increase in truck accidents is of […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 2, 2016 – Three former patients alleging medical malpractice are suing a Long Island neurosurgeon. The plaintiffs in this case were all allegedly diagnosed with a condition called Chiari malformation. This condition involves structural defects in the cerebellum, controlling balance. When a cerebellum defect is below the foramen magnum, it is referred to as a Chiari malformation. According to the various statements of claim, the neurosurgeon allegedly performed unnecessary surgery or made such serious errors that the patients developed post-surgery complications in the form of cysts on their spinal cords. As the case proceeded, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 1, 2016 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency has released a statement of the most recent adjustments on immigration petition fees and benefit applications. According to USCIS the adjustments are now not only final, but executory. Because the adjustments are executory, possible questions arise as to whether or not the stated final changes will indeed be final and what remains before they are executed. “The new fees mean an average increase of 21 percent for most petitions and applications,” explained respected Huston immigration attorney, Annie Banerjee. According to USCIS, the increase […]


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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 30, 2016 – Effective Jan. 1, 2017, claims by California Medi-Cal Estate Recovery will be decreased to the minimal amount required under federal law. The reduction applies to those who receive Medi-Cal and who die on or after Jan. 1, 2017. The new legislation, SB 833, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on June 27. Under federal law, the state is required to obtain an adjustment or recovery from a person’s estate for nursing facility services if the person was permanently placed in an institution. The state also had the option to secure an […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 29, 2016 – Limits on the amount of medical malpractice damages have been found unconstitutional by a second Florida appeals court. The Second District Court of Appeal expressed its agreement with the Fourth District’s opinion that a statutory cap on non-economic damages is unconstitutional in both wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits. “It is good news that two appeals courts have found limits on medical malpractice damages to be unconstitutional,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa medical malpractice attorney with the law firm of Joyce & Reyes. “The amount of compensation that injured people receive […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2016 – A considerable number of Americans are grappling with decisions concerning investments, retirement and estate planning. According to the Pain Points and Actions Report from Hearts and Wallets, an acclaimed data consulting firm, over 50 percent of those who responded to a poll said they were experiencing challenges in retirement planning. The respondents consisted of those in the latter part of their career (52 percent age 53-64), and those in the middle of their career (59 percent, age 40-52). Estate planning was especially problematic for a large amount of both pre-retirees and […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2016 – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed an accounting fraud lawsuit against Lime Energy Co. and four of its former employees in Manhattan federal court. The SEC accused the company and its executives of improperly recognizing $20 million in revenue sooner than permitted in order to reach internal revenue targets. Lime Energy, an energy services provider, will pay a $1 million settlement. None of the former executives admitted or denied the allegations. However, they all agreed to settlements. “Reporting false revenue is a serious charge for corporate employees as it involves […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2016 – The vaginal mesh kit fiasco is now making headlines around the world thanks to two dedicated Texas trial attorneys, Steve and Amber Mostyn of Mostyn Law, who took their surgical mesh research to Scotland’s Parliament. Mostyn Law’s founders presented their research to Scottish Parliament Member Neil Findlay to warn of the alleged dangers of vaginal mesh products. As a result of their visit, Findlay, who found the information, “deeply disturbing,” issued a call for an investigation into Boston Scientific Corporation’s (BSC) surgical mesh devices. It was the Mostyn law firm that […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 22, 2016 – The Law Office of Jeffrey M. Haber is pleased to announce that Jeffrey M. Haber, the firm’s principal, has been quoted in a two-part series appearing in the ctnews.com blog, “Getting Personal About Business.” The article is about the importance of business owners retaining legal counsel before a dispute arises and the available methods of dispute resolution once dissension occurs. In part one, Mr. Haber discusses how significant it is for a business owner to establish a relationship with a capable attorney before disputes arise. He points out that the […]


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