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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 10, 2017 – Lost in the focus generated by the legal challenges filed against President Trump’s executive order affecting individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries are U.S. employers’ real concerns about filling temporary professional positions for upcoming fiscal year 2018 under the H-1B program, under the new Administration. “U.S. employers are again gearing up to prepare for what is expected to be a large volume of H-1B petitions and file them on or shortly after April 1, 2017,” said Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “Employers will […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 9, 2017 – George Chandler, founding attorney of Chandler, Mathis & Zivley, PC (CMZ), a well-known personal injury law firm with locations in both Lufkin and Houston, Texas has recently been recognized as the Outstanding 50 Year Lawyer with the State Bar Foundation of Texas. This prestigious honor was announced by Wendy Burgower, a Trustee with the Foundation. Though of course met with pride and delight by all of CMZ attorneys and staff, this honor comes as no surprise, since George Chandler has been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards over his years […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 9, 2017 – A pedestrian was fatally struck by a car while crossing the street in Manatee County, Florida, around 12:49 a.m. on January 15. As reported by Explore Clarion, Ashley Hasychak, age 24, of West Sunbury, Pennsylvania, was trying to cross U.S. 41 close to 55th Avenue West. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the force of the impact sent her onto a sidewalk and into a light post. She was taken to Blake Medical Center, where she died of her injuries. Officials are conducting a criminal investigation into the incident, and are […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 8, 2017 – A young baby died at a home day care facility after being left unsupervised. An Illinois daycare owner/operator faces a wrongful death lawsuit for allegedly leaving a 3 1/2-month-old baby alone while the attendant went to warm a bottle. The child died November 15, 2016 at a privately owned daycare that had 20 young children under the age of 5 in its care. At the time of the child’s death, one of the daycare owners was single-handedly attempting to supervise all 20 children, according to court documents. This was in violation […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2017 – Texas is one out of four states that do not have a statewide texting ban. This year, however, might bring change. Texas lawmakers are revisiting the attempt to pass a statewide texting ban in the hopes of having it save lives. According to statistics from 2014, about 483 out of 3,534 deaths from traffic crashes in Texas involve a distracted driver. Parents who have lost loved ones in distracted driving accidents are pushing for a law to put into place to stop the carnage. In 2015, one family of five lost […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2017 – On January 27, the President issued an executive order banning admission to the United States from seven Muslim majority countries. In summary, the order suspended all refugee admissions for 120-days and cut the total number of refugees permitted to be admitted down to 50,000 for 2017. The number of refugees that were originally to be accepted was set at 110,000. Another section of the executive order suspended Syrian admissions until the President felt that it was in the national interest to reconsider it and that sufficient changes have been made to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2017 – A jury issued a $10 million verdict in a Florida wrongful death lawsuit. Richard Wiederhold, a Brevard County district fire chief, was left paralyzed from the chest down after a crash with a delivery driver for Domino’s Pizza. Wiederhold’s wife Yvonne had to take care of his daily needs, including bathing him and feeding him through a tube, until 15 months after the accident, when he died of his injuries. “When a loved one is lost due to another person’s negligence, it is only fair that the family obtain compensation from […]


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Corpus Christi, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 3, 2017 – Attorney Alex R. Hernandez Jr. has been named to the Lawyers of Distinction for 2017. To be a Lawyer of Distinction the attorney must have no ethical violations and be in private practice. All attorneys who meet the criteria of the group go through a screening process and have demonstrated a high degree of peer recognition and professional competence, placing them in the top 10 percent of all attorneys in the United States. Only 10 percent of attorneys in Texas are allowed in this group. Lawyers of Distinction uses it […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 3, 2017 – Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown approved legislation, which limits California’s estate recovery from low-income Medi-Cal recipients who are aged 55 to 64. The 2016-17 budget includes $30 million to curb the seizure of assets only to what is required under federal law, which is the cost of long-term care in nursing homes. The state previously sought repayment for virtually all Medi-Cal costs paid on the deceased person’s behalf. “The change in the law ensures individuals who go on Medi-Cal are no longer forced to choose between health care and being […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 2, 2017 – New guidelines on “national origin” discrimination and harassment by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will be helpful for employers to avoid violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) when facing hiring, firing and discipline issues. The EEOC and other federal agency staff use the guidance to investigate claims of discrimination brought under Title VII. The guidelines explain that Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of a person’s “national origin,” which is defined as countries, former countries and geographic regions closely associated with particular groups, or […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2017 – Beginning on January 1, 2018, paid family leave benefits will increase for workers in California. The increase in paid family leave is aimed at helping low wage workers take a leave from work to care for sick or disabled family members, or to establish a bond with a minor child. “Everyone should be able to take leave from work to care for their newborn child or a sick family member without risking their job or having to worry about not making that month’s rent,” says Strong Advocates Executive Director Betsy […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2017 – The Florida Supreme Court issued an important ruling in a medical malpractice case, deciding that a 2004 constitutional amendment requires a hospital to provide medical records to a patient’s family. The family of Marie Charles had filed the lawsuit against Southern Baptist Hospital of Florida, Inc., doing business as Baptist Medical Center, alleging that negligence on the part of the medical provider caused her to suffer a serious neurological injury. The hospital system had argued that it should not have to turn over all documents, because the 2004 federal law provides […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2017 – Miami-Dade Police announced a $21,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of those behind a January 16 mass shooting in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in Miami, Florida. The incident occurred toward the end of a parade honoring the legacy of the slain civil rights leader for which the park is named. At least one unidentified shooter opened fire on the crowded park. Hundreds of spectators, including families and children, ran for safety. Eight people ranging in age from 11 to 30 were shot and five others were transported […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2017 – Last year, President Obama signed a reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, renewing it for three years. The legislation provides funding for many services that are necessary for older adults to maintain their health and independence. It will enable millions of elderly to stay at home and in their communities during retirement. The reauthorization enhances the Act’s core programs by funding services such as job training, caregiver support, transportation, legal services and elder abuse protection. Elder abuse prevention training will be improved, along with the screening of individuals who work […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2017 – A New York appeals court cleared a Manhattan hospital and several doctors of medical malpractice in a lawsuit that accused them of failing to diagnose an infant’s brain tumor. The baby’s parents, Frank and Francis Leva, sued Mount Sinai Medical Center and its pediatricians. They alleged the defendants breached the expected standard of medical care by not discovering and treating the infant’s medulloblastoma earlier. Medulloblastoma is a type of brain tumor. “Many people may think that when something goes wrong medically, the doctor or health care professional is to blame,” said […]


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Corpus Christi, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2017 – Alex R. Hernandez Jr. tried a felony case to jury verdict and received a not guilty verdict on behalf of a Port Lavaca Police Officer who was accused of animal cruelty. The trial was held in Victoria County, Texas in the District Courts. The local newspaper had reported the original charges when the police officer had been indicted. After the indictment he was placed on administrative leave then subsequently terminated from the Port Lavaca Police Department. https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2016/jun/17/police-officer-charged-with-animal-cruelty/ The not guilty verdict is a win for the police officer who felt […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2017 – Plan While You Can is a campaign designed by the TxDOT to encourage drivers to plan a sober ride home. Although it is aimed at the holiday season, the message resonates year round. The inspiration for this campaign comes from the death of a 9-year-old girl who was killed by a drunk driver while she was on her way home from her birthday party, three years ago. Every day since then, her family has been reliving the devastating loss. The man responsible for the fatal crash was arrested, charged and jailed […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2017 – The law firm of Chandler, Mathis & Zivley is pleased to announce that Stephen R. Walker has joined the firm. Stephen Walker is a highly skilled civil trial attorney with extensive experience representing both plaintiff and defendants in state and federal courts. His practice is focused exclusively on business and personal injury litigation. Stephen has a proven track record of successfully trying civil cases, and he has considerable experience in state and federal court appeals. He has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and has filed […]


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Corpus Cristi, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2017 – Attorney Alex R. Hernandez Jr. secured a $3.144 million judgment for client M. Arredondo following a serious injury from a boat explosion that caused 5 percent burns to Mr. Arredondo’s body. The plaintiff filed suit against defendant boat company for damages suffered while working for a maritime industry defendant. The boat engine the plaintiff was working on exploded while the plaintiff was hunched over the engine. The plaintiff was taken to Brooks Army Medical Center where he was treated for severe burns to his face, body, and hands. The defendant, […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2017 – According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of deadly workplace injuries have increased nationwide. With 272 fatal work injuries in 2015, Florida ranked as the state with the third-highest number of work-related deaths. According to the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries from the Bureau of Labor Statistic, 2015 saw a minimal increase in the number of fatalities across the nation. In 2015, there were 4,836 deadly work injuries in the country and 4,821 work-related deaths in 2014. The number of fatal injuries that occurred in Florida […]


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