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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2014 – The Indian premier has offered initiatives for reform, but U.S. policy remains largely frozen by domestic politics. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic, early-fall trip to the United States was marked by much fanfare as he captivated audiences in New York and Washington, D.C. However, despite the high hopes that Modi’s first official foray to this country would help engender movement on visa reform (among other areas of U.S.-Indian common interest) a more liberal policy on visas has not been forthcoming from a U.S. government paralyzed by a politics-driven gridlock. New […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2014 – Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of the United States reaffirmed that inherited IRA accounts are not protected in bankruptcy as regular retirement accounts are. According to estate planning attorney Michael Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll, this is just one of the many reasons that anyone with a significant IRA account should look into the idea of setting up a trust as the beneficiary of an IRA account. “Designating a trust for an IRA account is not for everyone,” Gilfix explained, “but it could be of great benefit to […]


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Texas state district court judge Stephen Yelenosky has rejected a request for depositions in the ongoing controversy over the Fun 5’s scratch-off game by the Texas lottery. Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2014 – Lawyers for lottery watchdog Dawn Nettles sought to take the pre-suit deposition of representatives of the Texas Lottery Commission (TLC) and lottery operator GTECH Corporation. Nettles and hundreds of other Fun 5’s players hold tickets that they believe to be winning tickets based on language on the ticket, but that TLC says are losers. Nettles argued that TLC and GTECH should be forced to […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2014 – Last month, the New York Times reported that a number of U.S. troops were denied medical care for their exposure to Iraqi chemical weapons due to government concerns about secrecy. The affected troops, who were exposed to mustard and other nerve agents, were told to keep their exposure and injuries a secret — even from their doctors — as a matter of security. The exposure occurred during discoveries of stockpiles of old weapons.  The U.S. government has not given any official response to the report, but insiders claim that Defense Secretary […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2014 – Area residents and officials are blaming congestion in the event parking lot for the tragedy. October is a time of the year for enjoying the colorful beauty of fall foliage and the fruits of the autumn harvest. But the 31st annual Chester Harvest Festival, a popular and iconic seasonal event held at Alstede Farm in Morris County, New Jersey, turned tragic on October 12, when a child was killed and two adults seriously injured as the result of a motor vehicle accident in the facility’s parking lot. Several people who were […]


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Ontario, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2014 – The law firm of Albertson & Davidson is pleased to announce that founding partner Keith A. Davidson has been invited by The National Advocates to join its organization as a Top 100 Wills, Trust, and Estate Lawyers in the state of California. This invitation exemplifies Mr. Davidson’s commitment to providing California residents with the highest quality legal representation and counsel available in his specific areas of practice. Membership reserved for highly qualified attorneys The National Advocates is an invitation-only professional organization whose members exemplify excellent qualifications and leadership within their jurisdiction […]


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Clearwater, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2014 – Dolman Law Group of Clearwater, Florida has been nominated as a possible recipient of the 2014 Litigator Awards™ medallion representing superior litigation performance and expertise. The competition, named “most rigorous and openly judged trial law competition in the nation”, aims to shine a light on trial lawyers and firms that excel in their field of practice. With 72 categories of expertise being judged, law firms focusing on case litigation ranging from mining accidents to food poisoning will be competing for the title. To ensure that only the best of the best […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2014 – Recently, U.S. courts have issued a series of decisions regarding venues in several of the ongoing lawsuits addressing birth defects caused by Paxil, an antidepressant drug made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). GSK recently lost its bid to have a group of cases heard in federal court rather than in Pennsylvania state court. In a different lawsuit, GSK won its appeal to have a case heard in Ohio rather than in Pennsylvania. In that case, the plaintiff’s attorneys now claim that GSK will unfairly benefit, as ex-employees of GSK will be less likely […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2014 – The National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC) has elected Bernard A. Krooks of Littman Krooks LLP, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP® to the Estate Planning Hall of Fame. He has been honored with the designation of Accredited Estate Planner® (Distinguished). Krooks will be one of only seven professionals to receive this prestigious award in 2014. The designation of Estate Planning Hall of Fame and Accredited Estate Planner (Distinguished) recognizes those individuals who have made outstanding lifetime achievements and contributions to the practice of estate planning. This award is […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2014 – A recent study, published in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, has found that divorcing parents definitively benefit from taking a co-parenting course. Significant research has already shown the wide range of short- and long-term benefits for children when their separated parents learn to co-parent. This is one of the first studies that focuses on the effects on the parents. The study focused on a series of online co-parenting courses by Online Parenting Programs, a company that offers a wide range of court-approved programs for couples and families experiencing divorce […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2014 – Parents and grandparents who want to incorporate college savings into their financial planning can do so with a 529 college savings plan, a special savings account designed for higher education expenses. “In this era of ever-rising tuition, college savings should take higher priority than in the past,” said Andrew Hook, an estate planning attorney in Franklin, Virginia. “A 529 plan can be a part of that financial planning.” A 529 savings account allows account holders to save money over time, then withdraw from the balance tax-free for education-related expenses. Qualified […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2014 – Chemical weapon stockpiles left over from the Gulf War harmed and sickened U.S. troops who encountered them in Iraq between 2003 and 2011. Approximately 250,000 U.S. veterans who served in the 1991 Gulf War suffered the debilitating symptoms of what become known as Gulf War Syndrome. Official recognition of the syndrome did not come until a Congressionally-mandated committee classified it as a distinct condition in 2008.  Now, reports are surfacing that some of the same deadly agents that triggered GWS, along with additional caustic substances left over from the Gulf War, […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2014 – Missouri criminal defense attorney Charlie James of the James Law Group is urging all those facing criminal charges — even minor ones — to fully understand the future consequences of a conviction before agreeing to a plea. “Most people do not realize that our government allows the consequences of a conviction, even a misdemeanor conviction, to last for years and decades,” said James. “What starts out as simple probation or a fine can turn into a long road of frustration because of regulations and exclusionary laws.” After conviction of a […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2014 – In New York City, a construction worker was recently killed on the job when a concrete slab from the building fell and crushed him. Rodolfo Vasquez-Galian, 27, was part of a team working to excavate soil around a foundation wall. One of Vazquez-Galian’s co-workers sustained minor injuries in the accident. Initial news reports on the incident have focused on the troubling history of safety violations associated with this and other projects undertaken by Sam Chang, a major New York City hotel developer. “The loss of this young man’s life is absolutely […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 10, 2014 – A truck driver’s early-morning death on a busy New Jersey highway has added to a rising national trend. Crashes involving a commercial vehicle can be among the deadliest traffic incidents on U.S. highways. But when more than one truck or other large commercial vehicle is involved in a collision, the consequences can be particularly destructive.  That was certainly the case in the early morning hours of October 13, when a multi-truck collision on the New Jersey Turnpike left one truck driver dead and the southbound lanes of the highway closed for […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 10, 2014 – A recent report in U.S. Medicine indicated that some doctors are unconvinced by the new standards for PTSD diagnosis. According to these doctors, the new standards leave out a number of individuals who would clearly benefit from therapy for PTSD. In addition, these doctors cannot find any evidence that the new standard has any increased clinical validity. Veterans disability attorney Jim Fausone, of Legal Help for Vetrans, PLLC, who helps veterans with PTSD gain service connection for their condition, says the standards are a step in the wrong direction. “Just a […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 7, 2014 – A Dallas jury has awarded $73 million to a patient who suffered severe complications from a transvaginal mesh implant. Martha Salazar received an Obtryx sling implant to treat minor incontinence. According to her lawsuit against the device’s maker, Boston Scientific, the implant eroded within her body, causing constant pain. Salazar required four major surgeries to remove the device. Although the judge in the case later reduced the award to $34 million because of punitive damage caps in Texas, defective medical device attorneys argue that the verdict still marks a turning point. […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 7, 2014 – When two parents divorce, the grandparents of the children have the right to petition the court for visitation rights. However, according to the official California Courts website, grandparents should consider mediation before pursuing action in court. “There are a number of problems with pursuing a grandparent visitation claim in family court,” agreed Gerald Maggio, an Orange County divorce mediator. “To start, the courts have huge backlogs. And once a case does get to the front of the line, the family is often ordered to see a mediator anyway.” Mediation is […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 7, 2014 – On Tuesday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m., Begley Law Group will host a free seminar about college financial planning at their offices in Moorestown, New Jersey. Created for anyone planning to send children to college, this free seminar will cover the important steps necessary to plan for those expenses. Attendees will learn about the different phases of college planning, how colleges determine financial aid and how they can best position themselves to receive it. “People want to give their children every opportunity in life, and a college education can be an […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 6, 2014 – Surviving spouses named as a beneficiary of their deceased spouse’s IRA should carefully consider their options for handling the account. The primary options are to assume the IRA, inherit the IRA, take a lump-sum distribution or disclaim the account. “How an IRA is handled after a spouse’s death can have major tax and financial consequences for the spouse beneficiary,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia estate planning attorney with Hook Law Center. Assuming an IRA means transferring the assets into an IRA in one’s own name. For tax purposes, the IRA […]


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