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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2016 – Liberty County resident, 70-year-old Lester Berry, had his power disconnected, disabling his oxygen concentrator. He slowly suffocated to death. Lester Berry’s family found their father several days after Thanksgiving. Berry was found close to the phone. Unfortunately, without power, not only did his oxygen concentrator not work, the phone was not operational either. Berry had chronic pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure. Berry’s son stated that the electric company did know of his father’s illness and was also on notice that he occasionally had financial difficulties. It had been the utility’s […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2016 – Those who have recently divorced are advised to review their estate plans and update them to reflect any changes they wish to make. If they have children, then one objective is to preserve any assets for their heirs in light of the divorce. While a will allows the grantor to avoid probate, and many assets may have been distributed in the form of gifts, there may be some remaining assets. The will may not identify each remaining asset that the grantor owns. The residuary describes a clause in a will that […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2016 – Karen Gauen, high school principal, alleges the Highland Community Unit School District No. 5 discriminated against her by paying her far less wages than less-qualified male counterparts. The lawsuit alleges sexual discrimination in that the school district paid principal Gauen a base salary of at least $25,000 more a year than she received. It is further alleged that the predecessor has far less experience as an educator and does not hold the qualifications Gauen does: national board certification, two master’s degrees and a doctorate in educational administration. The statement further alleges […]


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Milwaukee, WI (Law Firm Newswire) April 15, 2015 – The Wisconsin Supreme Court last week accepted a Petition for Review of a class action lawsuit challenging whether a healthcare provider, and their agents who are contracted to provide medical records, may charge a requesting party a certification or retrieval fee when the patient authorizes the medical records to be released. In 2011, Carolyn Moya authorized a release of her medical records from Aurora Healthcare to her lawyers, Welcenbach Law Offices, for a personal injury case they were handling for her. Aurora contracted with Healthport Technologies to provide patient medical records […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 15, 2016 – A vehicle hit a Houston man while he was attempting to cross the street at Ormel and the 900 block of Aldine Bender. He died at the scene. Police have stated they do not think there was any intoxication or other form of impairment involved in the accident, but have further stressed they have more to investigate, including what speed both cars were travelling. Much like the Lone Star State is not proud of the high number of drunken driving deaths, they are not proud of being listed by the Governors […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 15, 2016 – Chalik & Chalik Law Offices is pleased to announce that its founding partner, attorney Jason Chalik, has been nominated for the Broward County Public Schools 2016 School-Based Partnership of the Year Award. Chalik & Chalik PA has had a partnership with South Plantation High School that has produced a favorable effect on the students and school community. Jason Chalik provides counsel to people who have suffered personal injury and lost loved ones because of the negligent or reckless behavior of other parties. He represents people who have sustained injuries in all […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 14, 2016 – A recent string of wrong way car accidents in Florida has prompted renewed calls for increased safety measures. Two people were killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 4 near Orlando, just days after a Hillsborough County deputy died in a wrong-way car accident when he acted to protect another driver. Another man was killed in a February crash on Florida’s Turnpike near Davie. “Wrong way crashes are especially troubling because they are so often deadly and they are preventable,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with the law […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 14, 2015 – Attorney Mark Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll Associates was featured in the April 2016 issue of The ElderLaw Report: Including Special Needs Planning. The national publication reports on key developments in elder law and provides practical solutions to the unique legal challenges the elderly population faces today. In his article, titled “Technology Innovation and Long-Term Care: Report From the Aging 2.0 Expo,” Gilfix focuses on the relationship between elder care and technology. In this context, he shares insights he gained from attending the Aging 2.0 Technology Expo held in […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 13, 2016 – Title lenders are coming under fire from the federal government and ordinary Florida citizens. The lenders issue loans to individuals using titles to the borrowers’ automobiles as collateral. Despite existing state law limiting certain controversial practices, the companies remain under scrutiny for what some call predatory lending. Federal regulators may weigh in on the matter soon, and at least one Florida couple is suing one of the state’s biggest lenders. Reggie Osenton, a Tampa bankruptcy attorney, strongly cautions against borrowers turning to title lenders. “Even the best of these lenders have […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2016 – Wilson Molinares killed four members in a family of six by crashing head-on into their van on I-35 Texas in the early morning hours of a recent Friday. This wrong-way crash was caused by a suspected drunken driver speeding south in the northbound lane of I-35 Texas. Police in the area received several calls that there was a wrong-way driver careening down the highway. Seconds later, a 911 call advised police there had been a collision. “The crash scene was one of the worst the local police had ever seen,” said […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2016 – Childless couples can face certain challenges with respect to estate planning. It may be difficult for couples to select the person who will make decisions on their behalf in the event of their incapacity and upon their death. They may also not know to whom they should leave their assets. As a result, they may fail to engage in any estate planning at all. If there are no powers of attorney, and one or both spouses become incapacitated, in all likelihood, the state will mandate that the family file for […]


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Johannesburg, South Africa, (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2016 – The future of law is here. Imani, Africa’s first full-scale lawyers on demand service, has launched operations, based out of Johannesburg. Imani will offer tailored legal solutions across the African continent and across economic sectors on a demand basis, tapping into a large pool of skilled and qualified lawyers with experience at big firms. Imani is the first of its kind for Africa in that it combines the flexibility of an in-house resource with the guaranteed support and quality of a major law firm. African legal clients are demanding a […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2016 – Immigration enforcement just took a turn for the worse. An officer was recently charged with obtaining sex and/or cash from undocumented immigrants while promising protection and working papers. Deportation has been a hot button for a long time, particularly since Obama’s executive orders relating to immigration seemed to be at odds with what federal deportation officers were doing. Says the Economist: “America is deporting immigrants at nine times the rate of 20 years ago; nearly 2 million so far under Barack Obama, easily outpacing any previous president.” And yet, government figures […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2016 – The majority of people who remarry possess little or no knowledge about the legal and estate planning concerns that are relevant to a new marriage. They do not plan, and as a result, there can be much conflict and disorder in later years. Most individuals do not comprehend that marriage grants the new spouse considerable rights. In addition, they are unfamiliar with spousal elective shares, and have not thought about the effects of the remarriage after their death. People who are contemplating remarriage are advised to consult an attorney in order […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2016 – A U.S. postal worker from Tampa, Florida, has been charged with stealing Social Security benefit checks valued at more than $2 million from the mail. The man was identified on March 18 as 47-year-old Stacy Darnell Mitchell. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mitchell could face a maximum of 15 years in federal prison. He was charged with theft of government property and theft of mail. “Investigators have done well to find the alleged perpetrator of the crime,” said David W. Magann, a prominent attorney in Tampa, Florida, whose firm specializes […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2016 – There has been an alarming increase in pedestrian deaths from car accidents across the United States, and Florida is estimated to have the highest rate of such deaths in the nation, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Based on preliminary data, the safety association estimates a 10 percent increase from 2014 to 2015 in the number of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide. Florida is estimated to have the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the country. “Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable in car accidents, and collisions […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 7, 2016 – A woman who suffered a brain injury in a Florida car accident while riding in an Uber vehicle has filed a lawsuit against the ride-sharing company. Jean Day, a nurse visiting Florida from South Carolina for a medical conference, and her husband Dr. Richard Day, hailed a ride from an Uber vehicle in December. According to their lawsuit, the driver failed to yield to oncoming traffic and crashed into another vehicle. Jean Day suffered brain injuries that required multiple surgeries, and her husband broke his leg. Ms. Day must protect her […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 6, 2016 – The latest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine has valuable information for attorneys who take seriously their firm’s data security. In Kerrie Spencer’s article, “Shield your firm from a ransomware storm,” attorneys get a primer in a potentially devastating form of malware. Ransomware is malware that restricts access to a computer system, often by encrypting its contents, and demands some form of payment in order to obtain a key that will return control of the system to its owner. Even upon payment of ransom, there is no guarantee that the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 6, 2016 – A Travis County jury found that a manager in the city of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department was unlawfully retaliated against after she complained that she experienced discrimination because of her gender and national origin. However, the jury rejected her claims that she was denied a raise and a promotion because of discrimination. Mapi Vigil, who is from Nicaragua, has worked for the city of Austin for over 20 years and currently supervises about 30 staff members as a managing engineer. The jury awarded her $751,000, but the amount she will receive […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL(Law Firm Newswire) April 6, 2016 – Liza E. Lima, Esq., an attorney at Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A., has recently joined the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), an international organization involved in the maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide. Her involvement in the organization’s Florida chapter began in September, 2015. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to become a member within the ranks of such a notable group of women. I look forward to the prospect to further the objectives of the organization by working on initiatives that empower women in the […]


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