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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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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2014 – The last thing people want to hear about before going to hospital is that the estimated number of patients that die every year as a result of hospital errors is too low. “Hospital errors take the lives of tens of thousands of people in the U.S. each and every year,” states Arkansas hospital error lawyer, Michael Smith. “Most people, if asked what they think the leading causes of death are in the nation, cite hearts attacks, brain injury and car crashes. Few think to mention medical malpractice or medical negligence.” […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2014 – A massive pileup on I-94 in Michigan City, Indiana involved 46 vehicles, left three people dead and injured at least 23 others. The accident occurred on January 23, 2014 during an intense snowstorm that reduced visibility to near zero. Allegedly, 18 tractor-trailers were involved. One eyewitness told the Boston Globe that he believed one of the trucks started the chain-reaction accident when it jackknifed and ran into another truck. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz says that the conditions and the number of semi-trailers involved raises questions about whether the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2014 – An insurance company is suing to avoid defending a worker death lawsuit. The dispute arises from a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a construction worker who was buried alive in a workplace accident. State National Insurance Company argues that it has no obligation to defend US-Sino Investment Incorporated, the construction company named as a defendant. State National has filed a complaint in federal court, claiming that it owes no duty of indemnification to US-Sino or the owner, Richard Xin Liu. The 2012 accident killed Raul Zapata Mercado and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2014 – Even a minor blow to the head may cause traumatic brain injury. “How severe a concussion is typically relates to how hard a person was hit on the head. But lately, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) are finding out that even a very slight blow is all that is needed to begin the cascade of faulty brain signals being sent through the brain’s white matter,” indicates Brooks Schuelke, a noted Austin brain injury lawyer at Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. […]


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Paoli, PA (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2014 – James. J. Ruggiero, Jr. has demonstrated a high level of professionalism and commitment to specialization in estate planning by earning board certification as an Estate Planning Law Specialist (EPLS), awarded by the Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc. This is an organization accredited by the American Bar Association and affiliated with the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. Mr. Ruggiero is the managing partner of Ruggiero Law Offices LLC with two locations in Pennsylvania: Paoli and Saucon Valley. “Technology has caused information to be commoditized. I believe there is no substitute […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 14, 2014 – A nonprofit organization has stated that nursing home care in Illinois is among the worst in the nation. Families for Better Care gave Illinois an overall grade of F and ranked the state 42nd in the country for nursing home care. “This should be a wake-up call for nursing homes in the state of Illinois,” said Robert Briskman, a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney. “Our seniors residing in skilled nursing facilities deserve the very best health medical care and safety conditions, as well as environments free of abuse and neglect. […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 14, 2014 – There is a lot of speculation about what the real reasons are for the holdup on immigration reform. Meanwhile, it languishes in the House. “In the greater scheme of things, it may not matter what the reasons are for delaying immigration reform. The fact is, it is not going anywhere and this has a direct impact on over 11 million undocumented illegals in the nation. 2013 was hailed as ‘the’ year it would be passed. Truth be told, there is an agreement of sorts out there, but it sits on the […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 13, 2014 – Many patents cover inventions that are improvements over existing devices (as opposed to completely new devices). Novice inventors and others new to the field of intellectual property often wonder whether a small improvement to a patented invention may ever receive patent protection of its own. But as a local intellectual property attorney explained, so-called “improvement inventions” actually constitute the majority of patents issued. Wholly new inventions are a relative rarity. “Most patents, by far, cover improvements to existing technology,” said Los Angeles patent attorney Pejman Yedidsion. “Pioneering inventions are not […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 13, 2014 – A drunk driver caused the death of one man on a Louisiana highway. “We see crashes in Texas such as this one far too often,” indicates Bobby Lee, an Austin car accident attorney with Lee, Gober & Reyna. “It never gets any easier for anyone to see a vehicle severed in two as a result of an accident involving a drunk driver and knowing with a fair amount of certainty, that someone did not make it out of that wreck alive.” This crash happened in Louisiana when a 35-year-old man, behind […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2014 – Two Lakeland residents were arrested over the holiday season, one for misdemeanor domestic violence battery and one for felony tampering with a victim and misdemeanor domestic violence battery. “Both men face serious charges, but just because they were arrested, does not mean they are not entitled to a criminal defense. Each case, while different, revolves around the stated facts as provided by the complainants,” outlines Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney, who is not involved in either case. In one case, a Polk County firefighter was arguing with his estranged […]


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