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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2016 – Under a new federal rule, nursing homes that receive federal funding will no longer be able to force residents to arbitrate their disputes outside the court system and away from public scrutiny. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the Health and Human Services Department, issued the final rule on Sept. 28, 2016. It will take effect Nov. 28, 2016, providing new legal protections to 1.5 million nursing home residents. “Many nursing homes have forced injured residents and, in some cases, family members who had lost a loved one, […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2016 – Nationally celebrated trial lawyer Michael Coffey will speak on “Controlling Labor Law Outcomes, Mitigation of Damages, Experts, and Strategy” at the CLM National Construction Conference. Coffey, Managing Partner of WSHB’s New York and Connecticut offices, is slated to present on Thursday, September 29 at 1:00 PM. CLM’s National Construction Claims Conference will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, September 28-30th. Labor law issues are squarely on the radar for those involved in the construction industry in New York. This panel is an advanced discussion of […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2016 – Brenda Radmacher, Partner at Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP, will be speaking at the 2016 CLM National Construction Claims Conference to be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, September 28-30th. Radmacher, CLM’s 2016 Outside Counsel of the Year, will be presenting on the hot issue “Exploitation of Settlement Agreement and Release Exceptions.” The presentation will take place Thursday, September 29 at 1:00 PM. Joining Radmacher on the panel are national thought leaders on this issue: Caryn Siebert with Knight Insurance Group, and Steve Lokus from […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2016 – Changes to Medicare encourages discussions between patients and doctors about advance care planning by creating a separate billing code for end-of-life counseling. In the past, Medicare only compensated a physician to have this conversation during the “Welcome to Medicare” visit, but often the topic did not seem relevant to the patient at that time. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the goal of the Obama administration is to develop a health care system that yields improved care, more effective spending, and healthier individuals and families. As part of […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2016 – Acclaimed trial lawyer Victoria Ersoff, a partner with Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP, is speaking at the 2016 CLM National Construction Claims Conference at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, September 28-30th. Ersoff, whose innovative case handling has yielded an unbroken string of defense verdicts for clients involving complex issues of law, will discuss the emerging issues with the Millennial on the construction site, with insurance claims, and on the jury. “All sectors of the American economy are impacted by the Millennial generation, and construction litigation is […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2016 – Doctors are trained to monitor and care for the expectant mother and baby throughout the pregnancy. However, newborns can face the risk of birth injuries due to the negligence of medical personnel. Failure to prevent medical errors during labor or delivery can cause serious harm to the infant. Florida has an especially high rate of birth injuries in comparison to other states. As a result, it is important for Florida mothers to be aware of birth injuries and signs of medical negligence. “Physicians are responsible for taking the appropriate steps to […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2016 – Stephen Henning, co-founder and senior partner of Wood, Smith, Henning and Berman LLP, is speaking at the 2016 CLM National Construction Claims Conference, the largest construction conference in the nation, on one of the two premier panels. Henning is also serving as the co-chair of the conference, to be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, September 28-30th. Henning is moderating the first premier session of the conference, which will closely examine the emerging trends in construction and litigation, and be led by nationally prominent individuals who […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2016 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) has introduced a controversial new measure to improve website security. Individuals who want to manage their benefits online are now required to provide a cellphone number in order to access their “my Social Security” accounts. In addition to their username and password, users must enter an eight-digit security code sent by a text message to their cellphone. A new code is required each time someone logs on to the SSA website as it is valid for only 10 minutes. Such security practices — known as multifactor […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2016 – President Barack Obama recently touted the progress his administration has achieved in reducing veteran homelessness and improving veterans’ access to health care. Obama spoke at the annual Disabled American Veterans convention in Atlanta on August 1. “The Obama administration has had to deal with a number of scandals over wait times at VA hospitals, which has led to the deaths of countless veterans,” said Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans attorney. “Progress should be recognized. However, it is important to make sure that such incidents do not happen again in the future.” […]


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Santa Cruz, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2016 – A $50,000 money judgment was issued against Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC., and CIT Bank, N.A., formerly known as OneWest Bank, N.A. The judgment required the banks to pay a San Francisco Bay Area couple $50,000. The banks also agreed to remove mortgage delinquencies from the couples credit report regarding the Ocwen and OneWest Bank mortgage loan. The court judgment came after Alex and Maria Lopez had sued them for credit reporting violations. In 2015, Alex and Maria sued Ocwen and OneWest for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2016 – J&Y is beginning the academic year with a burst of creative energy. Their brand new website presents this well-established firm of superb personal injury attorneys in a crisp new setting. In just under a decade, the practice has become one of the leading professional law corporations in both northern and southern California, so it seems only fitting that they repackage themselves to showcase the talents and impressive credentials of Jason Javaheri and Yosi Yahoudai. The legal team of J&Y has over 50 years of combined experience recovering tens of millions […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2016 – Under a final rule announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and effective in late August, 2016, certain family members of lawful permanent residents in addition to those of U.S. citizens will become eligible to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility while in the United States, and spend less time separated from their petitioning family members. USCIS stated that the final rule is an expansion of the Provisional Waiver process that was established in 2013, with the goal of helping families stay unified. Initially, certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 22, 2016 – Workers’ compensation retaliation claims do not occur frequently in New Jersey, and the case of Robinson v. Armadillo Automation, Inc. clarifies the rules in handling such cases. The plaintiff, Spencer Robinson, was employed as a valve technician from May 2005 until August 2011. He claimed that at the time he was hired, he revealed that he had previously suffered from a lower back condition, and he asked the employer to provide him with a stool to enable him to work while seated. The company granted his request. The defendant disagreed with […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2016 – It is important that those individuals and families with estate planning documents comprehend the difference between possessing such documents and having a wealth transfer plan. Without an estate plan in place, the state in which the decedent lived will decide who is entitled to inherit the decedent’s assets. And the decision of the state may not be in accordance with the wishes of the decedent. An estate plan can help expedite the transfer of assets to the beneficiaries, reduce attorneys’ and court costs, and maintain peace within the family. A wealth […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 20, 2016 – Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet unanimously appointed Glenn Sutphin as executive director of the state Department of Veterans Affairs on August 2. His appointment is subject to Senate approval. Sutphin’s appointment was expected as he was the top choice for the post. The retired Army lieutenant colonel was the sole candidate interviewed out of 310 applicants. Sutphin, 67, has served as the department’s interim executive director since April. Mike Prendergast, the previous head, resigned to run for Citrus County sheriff. “The appointment of a permanent executive director will provide […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2016 – In families with adopted children or stepchildren who have not been formally adopted, there can be some estate planning challenges. More attention must be given to estate planning involving a family that consists of an unmarried couple in which one member has children, either biological or adopted, who are not also the children of the other member of the couple. In such a scenario, the couple should have a thorough understanding of their estate planning options. In most cases, adopted children are treated in the same manner as biological children […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2016 – A new report has found the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent $20 million on costly artwork over a decade. The spending occurred amid a scandal in which thousands of veterans died waiting for health care at VA hospitals. Open The Books, a government spending watchdog group, collaborated with Cox Media to analyze VA expenditure on art for their facilities from 2004 to 2014. Among the costly purchases was a large courtyard featuring a sculpture priced at over $1 million for the Palo Alto VA facility. In addition, the report claimed the VA […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2016 – Three former employees of a Korean barbecue restaurant in San Francisco, California, have accused their employers of wage theft and wrongful termination in retaliation for complaining about multiple wage and overtime violations. The lawsuit was filed against YakiniQ, Inc., restaurant owner Daeho Hwang and manager Bruce Lee in San Francisco County Superior Court on July 27. Michael An, Joshua Kim and Seung-Jae Yim worked at YakiniQ BBQ as servers for various periods of time. Their employment ended between September and December 2015. The plaintiffs claimed their employers promised to pay […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2016 – Littman Krooks LLP and the Gardiner Epstein Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management will co-host a legal and financial seminar on how to protect the identity and personal information of your loved one with special needs. Approximately 15 million U.S. residents have their identities used fraudulently each year, with financial losses totaling upwards of $50 billion. As family members or caregivers of loved ones with disabilities, it is important for you to be aware of the possibility of identity theft and its potential impact. Amy C. O’Hara, Esq., Partner of […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 14, 2016 – It had to happen, accidents while driving and playing Pokemon-Go. Driving while under the influence of Pokemon-Go is classified as distracted driving. Distracted driving kills. This particular accident happened in Pennsylvania, but its lesson resonates across the nation, if not globally. It is the kind of accident mirrored in many towns, cities and states. A driver playing Pokemon Go is not paying attention to the road and runs into a police cruiser. “That accident relating to hitting a police car could just as easily say a driver ran into a pedestrian, […]


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