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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2017 – A former information technology employee at the Oakley Union Elementary School District (OUESD) filed a lawsuit against the district for sexual harassment, wrongful termination and defamation of character. Jeanine Davis alleges she and a paid intern were subjected to sexual harassment by their supervisor, Shane Hull, the director of information technology at OUESD. When Davis learned that another intern had experienced similar behavior from Hull, she filed a complaint with human resources. The suit alleges that Hull made unwelcome sexual remarks such as asking whether her husband satisfied her, and […]


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Commerce Township, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2017 – The LaMaster Law Firm is proud to announce its ability to provide legal counsel and to practice law in the great state of Wisconsin with principal attorney, Matt LaMaster’s, licensure in the State of Wisconsin. Already licensed in the states of Florida and Michigan, LaMaster Law is a boutique-style law firm that specializes solely in business practices for dentists, physicians, chiropractors, and veterinarians. The LaMaster Law Firm focuses on and custom-tailors all efforts to assist and educate healthcare professionals and have already forged extensive working relationships with dentists, physicians, chiropractors […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 28, 2017 – FaceTime was cited in a lawsuit as a factor in the death of a 5-year-old girl in a car accident on I-35 in Texas. A California couple has filed a wrongful lawsuit against Apple alleging that the company’s failure to lockout its application FaceTime, from users operating vehicles, led to the death of their daughter. The crash that resulted in the death of the 5-year-old girl happened on Christmas Eve, 2014. Her family’s vehicle was rear-ended by a 22-year-old man who was using FaceTime while driving. The crash injured the plaintiff, […]


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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 27, 2017 – The majority of tax strategies focus on lowering federal income taxes because they make up the largest amount of taxes that someone could owe. However, in some states, income tax rates are considerably high, and can be a substantial addition to tax bills. One solution is to establish a trust in such a way that prevents it from being subject to state income tax. For the past 10 years, affluent individuals, families and their advisors have been using incomplete non-grantor (ING) trusts to reduce their exposure to state income taxes. The […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 27, 2017 – On January 13, an inebriated Austin driver in a $385,000 Ferrari crashed the vehicle in the woods outside of Austin, Texas. This single vehicle accident was the result of driving while inebriated. According to the Austin Fire Department who responded to the call out at approximately 2:30 a.m. the limited edition vehicle missed a turn, flew off the Red Bud Trial bridge at 40 feet in the air, flipped over and landed on its side at the bottom of a 40-foot ravine. On arrival at the scene, it was determined that […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 24, 2017 – Florida legislators have introduced two bills that would facilitate veterans’ access to alternative treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other injuries. Among the treatments are acupuncture, equine therapy, music therapy and meditation. Many veterans are deriving great benefits from these types of treatments. One such individual is Army veteran Chad Childers, who was medically discharged following deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. He said he tried to deal with his problems by drinking, and eventually found himself on the streets. Childers later discovered the Five Star Veterans Center where he engaged […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 23, 2017 – The California Assembly session in August 2016 passed a number of proposed bills that would toughen punishment for sex crimes against women. AB 2888, AB 701 and AB 29 were written in response to a high-profile case in which a Santa Clara County Superior judge sentenced Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Turner was convicted of three felony sexual assault charges, and prosecutors asked for a six year prison sentence. However, Turner was released from jail after three months “for good […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 23, 2017 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would like to mandate speed limits on commercial vehicles. The results of the NHTSA studies show that reducing speed increases safety for all drivers on the road. Speeding is one of the most common causes of accidents involving big rigs. In fact, a study carried out by the Virginia Tech University Transportation Institute (VTUTI) and the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) in 2012 indicates that reducing the speed of trucks on the road would decrease the number of truck collisions. The study looked at […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2017 – Police arrested 10 Miami-Dade County residents who were allegedly part of a mail theft ring that pocketed thousands of dollars. They are accused of orchestrating a “fishing” scam that involved stealing checks and credit cards. The suspects were charged with grand theft, identity theft violations and organized scheme to defraud. A conviction could mean up to 15 years in prison. The arrests were part of a yearlong investigation dubbed “Operation Hook, Line and Sinker.” The U.S. Postal Inspection Service collaborated with the Miami Dade Police Department, Coral Springs Police Department and […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2017 – In New Jersey, a decision on the issue of whether medical marijuana can be ordered under workers’ compensation was rendered on December 15, 2016. As reported by the National Workers Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN), plaintiff Andrew Watson was employed by 84 Lumber and suffered an injury on November 8, 2008. He was awarded one-third of partial total in 2012 allocated in the following way: 50 percent for the hand and 12.5 percent for complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). According to the terms of the settlement, 84 Lumber must approve continuous pain […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2017 – Chicago personal injury law firm Briskman Briskman & Greenberg announced that Josie Rinehart was awarded the firm’s annual Accident Survivor Scholarship. Rinehart will receive $1,000 toward her tuition at the University of Southern Indiana. “Josie exemplifies the spirit of determination that we wanted to honor with this award,” said Paul Greenberg. “Faced with a devastating tragedy, she had the strength to persevere and build a better life for herself and others. We are proud to be able to contribute to her educational goals.” Rinehart survived an accident that claimed the lives […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2017 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is struggling to deal with the aftermath of a nationwide hiring freeze announced by President Donald Trump. The VA has thousands of open positions that are likely to remain vacant until the freeze is over. Veterans’ advocates and lawmakers launched a protest arguing that the hiring freeze would cripple the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). “The new hiring restrictions could be detrimental to our veterans,” said Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans attorney. “The VHA is already facing a staffing crisis that affects the delivery of important […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2017 – Many people consider making gifts to qualified charitable organizations in an effort to lower their possible estate income tax liability while helping a worthwhile cause. Potential donors should be careful to gift only the “right kind” of stock, and not the “wrong kind.” If a person is making a contribution of stock that was owned for more than one year, the owner’s tax deduction is decided by the stock’s fair market value. Therefore, if the owner donates stock with a low basis that was held for a lengthy period of time, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2017 – Bigger Law Firm magazine delivers another issue jam-packed with in-depth stories on the intersection of law, technology, and marketing. In this month’s feature story, Roxanne Minott reports that artificial intelligence and machine learning are beginning to take hold in the legal industry. Attorneys are increasingly using advanced AI software to perform repetitive tasks, parse contracts, and review documents with greater accuracy and less labor. Tech startups and researchers are developing more cutting-edge use cases such as recruitment, public legal tools, and even prediction of actual judgments. Minott closes with a […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2017 – The inaugural episode of Brill Legal Group’s podcast Justice One Client at a Time is now available for free on iTunes. The 15-minute episode is titled Trump’s Travel Ban and the Courts and features prominent New York criminal defense attorney Peter Brill. In the podcast Brill discusses the constitutionality of President Trump’s recent controversial travel ban and offers insights on how the case could play out in court. He also takes questions from several callers. Trump signed an executive order in late January that banned all refugees and travelers from seven […]


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Morristown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2017 – This March is a red-letter month for Lenzo & Reis, a well-known and well-regarded New Jersey plaintiffs’ employment law firm. Both Christopher Lenzo and Claudia Reis have been selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Super Lawyers list published in New Jersey Monthly Magazine in the fields of Employment & Labor Law and Employment Litigation for Plaintiffs. Attorneys are selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers list through a multi-faceted approach that takes into consideration peer nominations, evaluations, and independent research performed by legal publisher Thomson Reuters. As if Chris Lenzo […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2017 – The death of a Texas woman highlights the continuing problem of texting and driving related accidents in the state. Faced with the prevailing attitude about texting and driving that “everyone does it,” a Central Texas man is sharing the story of his sister’s 2015 death with Texas legislators. He wants to inspire the state lawmakers to create a new law regarding distracted driving. In November 2015 Amanda Rincker was heading home from work at approximately 11 p.m. At the intersection between the Groesbeck and Mexia city limits, along Highway 14, a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 17, 2017 – A jury awarded up to $146 million in a Texas oil dispute. The jury found that J. Cleo Thompson and two Texas oil companies breached an agreement with T. Boone Pickens’ Mesa Petroleum Partners to acquire and drill more than 160 oil wells. The verdict came after a three-week trial in a business dispute that has lasted for over a decade, with Pickens claiming that Thompson, Delaware Basin Resources and Baytech improperly excluded Mesa from a profitable deal. “T. Boone Pickens is a legend in the oil industry,” said Gregory D. […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) March 16, 2017 – Marielle F. Hazen has been named a Lawyer of the Year for 2017 by Best Lawyers Pennsylvania magazine. Each year, Best Lawyers Pennsylvania highlights one attorney in a particular practice area and location to be named Lawyer of the Year. The award is significant because it is based on peer review, so the person named Lawyer of the Year must receive the highest votes from other attorneys in the area. “I am honored to be recognized by my peers in this way,” said Hazen. “I consider it a great privilege to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 16, 2017 – Zola Suite announces at ABA TECHSHOW 2017 the launch of email open tracking, certified e-delivery proof, email encryption, and e-signatures built into its law practice management email, matter, and time management functions. This combination of Zola Suite and RPost redefines “legal email” for lawyers. Zola Suite is a comprehensive, cloud-based legal practice management software platform that has received rave reviews for its next generation practice management features. RPost is the global leader in secure and certified electronic communications, having provided email tracking, proof, and security for large and small firm lawyers […]


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