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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2014 – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has criticized U.S. immigration policy and called for reform. Jindal, a Republican who has been mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, had some harsh words for the U.S. immigration system in an interview with CNN on February 2, 2014. As the son of Indian immigrants, the governor communicated a sense of frustration, but also the hope that his party may be edging closer toward compromise legislation on immigration in 2014. Jindal, whose parents emigrated to the United States from Punjab, told CNN’s Candy Crowley that the […]


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Florida confab of lawyer, accountants, etc. discuss new law’s implications. Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2014 – As the annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning reconvened in mid-January in Orlando, Fla., the eagerly anticipated conference of some 2,900 attendees was particularly interested in discussing the impact of recent changes in tax law. And the major engine for change in how lawyers and accountants will approach estate planning is the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The buzzword for estate planning since the passage of the new law is so-called portability, which allows widows and widowers to carry over […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2014 – According to Michigan criminal defense attorney Shaun R. Marks, those charged with drunk driving face higher penalties if they have prior convictions on their records. “Penalties increase substantially after the first drunk driving offense,” says Marks. “While a first offense for an ordinary OWI carries a maximum sentence of 93 days in jail, the maximum for a second offense is one year and a third offense can bring a felony charge with up to five years imprisonment.” That is what a Ypsilanti man is facing after police say his car entered […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2014 – Increased demand for EB-5 visas allowing foreign investors to gain permanent residence in the U.S. may lead to a backlog in visa availability. Activity in the investor EB-5 visa program has expanded widely over the past several years, and a record number of EB-5 petitions were filed during fiscal year 2013. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that 6,517 initial EB-5 visa petitions were received from foreign investors under the program. At of the end of the government’s fiscal year (September 30, 2013), 3,696 investor petitions had been […]


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User-friendly website provides interactive resources for small to mid-sized law firms Lisle, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2014 – Protexure Lawyers, a competitive professional liability insurance program from AmerInst Professional Services, Ltd., today announced the launch of its newly redesigned website: www.protexurelawyers.com. The website will enable tech-savvy lawyers to get a complimentary insurance quote, manage their account, and renew their coverage with a short form application – online and at their convenience. Plus, they can access online tools, information and resources that will help them grow their business and navigate their insurance options. “We redesigned our website to create […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2014 – One construction worker was killed and another injured at Baylor University in Waco, Texas on January 28, 2014. Jose Dario Suarez, 55, drowned when he was dragged into the Brazos River by a collapsed construction lift. Four hours later, Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens located and recovered his body using sonar equipment. Suarez and another employee were working on a pedestrian bridge linking Baylor Law School to the new McLane Stadium. Federal officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the death. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2014 – Medicare is preparing to crack down on “pill mill” doctors and others who improperly prescribe drugs. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released a proposed rule that, for the first time, would allow regulators to ban doctors who write harmful or fraudulent prescriptions from participating in Medicare. “In Florida, we have seen the substantial impact that common-sense reforms have on pill mills,” said Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce. “In 2011, we implemented strict new controls on dangerous narcotic painkillers. Most doctors cannot dispense these drugs from their offices, […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2014 – Advocates are hailing a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Florida as an important step forward for gay rights in the state. A Florida woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner filed a lawsuit when the birth mother left the state with the child without informing the plaintiff after the couple ended their relationship. The two had planned to raise the child together. The state’s highest court ruled by a vote of 4-3 that the egg donor had parental rights, and it ordered a lower court to arrange […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2014 – The Texas Supreme Court will decide a $10 million dispute between property owners and Occidental Permian Ltd. over the valuation of natural gas production. The case questions whether a company can take deductions for the cost of carbon injection from the mineral royalties it pays to property owners. “Deductions for production costs and post-production costs are a common area of dispute between royalty owners and oil and gas producers,” says Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney not involved with the case. “It is extremely important for mineral and […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2014 – Meals on Wheels now helps some seniors to get donated food for their pets. For many seniors, a pet is a lifeline, providing companionship to ward off loneliness and depression while promoting physical and mental activity. And of course, people love their pets, so much so that nonprofit groups that help seniors in need have found that some seniors were giving donated food meant for them to their pets. The groups have responded by arranging for pet food to be included with deliveries. The arrangement comes from a partnership between […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2014 – Under the terms of a settlement agreement in a wrongful death lawsuit, Commonwealth Edison will pay $3.2 million to the family of a man who was electrocuted while working on a bridge painting project in suburban Elgin, Illinois in 2008. Javier Valadez was preparing to sandblast the U.S. 20 Bridge over the Fox River in an aerial lift bucket when he came into contact with overhead distribution lines and was electrocuted. Ionnis Maroulis, another worker, was also killed. “In such horrible circumstances, a wrongful death lawsuit can bring a family compensation […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2014 – The January/February issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, guides its readers to new tech solutions for challenges as old as the law itself. From new features on familiar platforms — including Facebook’s updated Insights analytics, expanded use for Bing Local and the best new NAS solutions — to entirely new innovations in e-discovery and presentation, BLF helps your firm to simplify, update and grow. Today, diverse local listings are more important for law firms than ever — especially now that Apple’s Siri has paired up with Microsoft’s Bing […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2014 – Inventors often struggle to decide whether to develop a prototype of their invention before filing a patent application. Inventors are not required to create a working prototype of their invention before filing a patent application. A local patent attorney says that no one solution is right for every inventor. “There are advantages and disadvantages to prototyping,” said Los Angeles intellectual property attorney Jim Dawson. “If the inventor intends to license their patent rights, a prototype can represent an unnecessary expense. Licensees often wish to implement changes to the original design […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2014 – In Michigan, enhanced drunk driving penalties apply for convicted drivers with a high blood alcohol content (BAC), explains attorney Shaun R. Marks. “A drunk driving conviction with a BAC below 0.17, with no prior convictions in the past seven years, carries a maximum of 93 days in jail,” says Marks, who handles DUI cases. “However, a case with a BAC of 0.17 or higher brings a maximum of 180 days in jail.” Other penalties are enhanced for drunk driving convictions that involve unusually high blood alcohol content. A first offense with […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2014 – President Obama and congressional Republicans are now offering nuanced views on immigration issues for 2014. Key developments in January suggest that immigration reform may finally be close to realization. The first month of the year has already seen a presidential interview and a new set of principles on immigration promulgated by the House Republican caucus. Hope for an enacted compromise seems stronger than ever before as both sides of the debate take steps toward each other’s positions. In the wake of his State of the Union address, President Obama granted an […]


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Albany, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2014 – Following a three day evidentiary hearing, Senior District Court Judge Thomas J. McAvoy ordered the suppression of evidence seized from two cellular phones by Border Patrol agents. The unlawful seizure of phone data by Border Patrol agents occurred on December 10, 2012 in Champlain, New York, near the Canadian Border. Two women from Miami, Florida were charged with alien smuggling by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and awaiting a jury trial. During the three day hearing, Border Patrol agents testified that smart phones seized from […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2014 – Farmers Insurance Exchange representatives assess damage to cars in accidents. Company policy dictated their workday did not begin until they got to their first assignment. “Farmers Insurance Exchange (Farmers) had a policy that said insurance adjusters had to basically “eat” the time they spent at the beginning of the day to get ready for work. They were not paid for the extra time it took to get work assignments, track and download damage estimate forms or syncing their computers,” explains noted Sacramento business attorney, Deborah Barron, who is not involved in […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2013 – Several different diplomas and credentials are awarded to students with disabilities who complete high school in New York State. Students and their parents need to be aware of the differences between these diplomas and credentials and of the ways they can affect a student’s ability to pursue higher learning (and other) opportunities. Regents Diploma: In New York State, the standard high school diploma is called a Regents Diploma. This is the only diploma available to students without disabilities and is earned by most students with disabilities as well. Students must […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2014 – The parents of a woman killed by an allegedly drunk driver are suing the driver and the nightclub where he worked. In the early morning hours of September 2, 2013, Christopher Patrick Weed left Shephard’s Beach Resort in Clearwater, Florida after finishing his shift as a “bar back.” According to the lawsuit, he had consumed “numerous” alcoholic beverages over the several hours previous. At about 6 a.m., on Clearwater Memorial Causeway, Weed struck and killed Rob Lemon, 25, and his girlfriend, Hilary Michalak, 27, who were riding a tandem bicycle. Tampa […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2014 – Projections show that within 20 years, typical retirees will rely mostly on 401(k)s and other private retirement accounts to meet financial needs. “That may be alarming to some, but the industry is evolving to help meet that challenge,” says Virginia estate planning attorney Andrew Hook. “A number of trends are increasing the effectiveness of 401(k)s and workers’ utilization of them.” Hook identified the following six trends in the retirement investing industry. Increased use of Roth 401(k)s: Like Roth IRAs, Roth 401(k)s are funded with after-tax contributions. Workers pay income taxes […]


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