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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2017 – Austin employment attorney, Gregory Jordan says that both workers and employers need to understand the consequences of signing non-compete agreements, as they are being used more frequently in Texas. “Non-compete agreements were originally used to keep high-level employees from taking a company’s trade secrets to the competition, but they are now being used to try to keep an increasingly broad spectrum of employees from entering into competition with their employer,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an employment attorney with the Law Offices of Gregory D. Jordan in Austin, Texas who has handled […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) July 25, 2017 – Zamansky LLC announces that it is investigating OANDA Corp. (“OANDA”) on behalf of its foreign exchange trading customers. OANDA is one of the largest online foreign exchange trading platforms in the United States. It offers anyone the ability to trade foreign exchange (“Forex”) contracts which usually trade among banks and large institutions in the major interbank system. For years, OANDA has advertised that it allegedly offers “low spreads,” “competitive spreads” and “transparent” pricing with no hidden fees. As a result of its advertising, OANDA has become one the largest online […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 21, 2017 – According to the Inspector General for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the suicide hotline for veterans requires some improvements. A report issued by the department this year stated that several veterans who phoned the hotline were connected to overflow call centers, and some were put in a queue for a maximum of 30 minutes while they waited for someone to answer their call. In 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line was created. It answers approximately 500,000 calls annually. The objective was to have no more than 10 percent of calls sent to […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2017 – Yosi Yahoudai, founder and managing partner of J&Y, a well-known personal injury practice with 21 offices throughout California, was recently listed as a Rising Star in the 2017 Super Lawyers Magazine. Super Lawyers rates exceptional lawyers from more than 70 practice areas according to several criteria, including peer recognition and professional achievement. In order to attain “Rising Star” status, an attorney must pass through the same multi-phase selection process used to select “Super Lawyers.” The only difference is that, in order to be eligible for inclusion in the Rising Star […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2017 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a list of 116 EB-5 Regional Centers that have had their participation in the Immigrant Investor Program terminated. As of June 5, 2017, there were 859 Regional Centers approved by USCIS. The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program provides a path to permanent residence for certain eligible immigrant investors. To be eligible, immigrant investors must invest $1 million or more in a U.S. business that will eventually employ 10 or more American workers, directly or indirectly. The investment threshold is lowered to $500,000 if the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 14, 2017 – Retired Detective “Joe” Locus who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and cancer is facing the possibility of eviction. In addition, Locus has been denied social security disability benefits. Locus, a single father, resides in Punta Gorda, Florida. From 2003 to 2007, Locus was named Officer of the Year with his sheriff’s office. He was commended for his investigative skills and his positive relationship with the community. However, in 2008, Locus was injured on the job, and his PTSD started to take its toll on his marriage. As a result, he […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2017 – The “Sandra Bland Act,” named after a woman who was found hanged in her jail cell after being pulled over for a traffic stop by a state trooper, was originally designed to put police accountability and anti-racial profiling into place. What was actually passed mainly deals with access to mental health care. The original Act does not resemble the Act that passed through both the Senate and the House, in Texas. The Sandra Bland Act previously included consent searches and pretext stops. Now the Act includes the requirement for more training […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 12, 2017 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is adopting a commercial system used by the Pentagon to revamp the way it stores veterans’ electronic health records. The agency chose to forgo competitive bidding and decided on a private company to build the new technology. VA Secretary David Shulkin cited a public interest exception to federal contracting rules. He pointed out that the Pentagon experienced a delay of 26 months when it engaged in competitive bidding on its system. The secretary said veterans should not have to wait for a better, improved medical […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2017 – A Florida surgeon is being sued in the death of a patient after he performed liposuction. The physician’s specialty was known to be liposuction and fat transfers to the buttocks. The 44-year-old doctor was allegedly performing a “Brazilian butt lift” procedure on the 33-year-old woman from Illinois, when she stopped breathing. The police and paramedics were called to the scene and the patient was taken to hospital where she died in the E.R. According to information filed in the wrongful death lawsuit by the woman’s family, health department records revealed several […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2016 – Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman, LLP (WHSB) is proud to announce six of its lawyers are included on this year’s Super Lawyers® Lists, all with top ratings. Each of the WSHB attorneys included on this year’s list has consistently earned the blue ribbon selection to the Super Lawyers list year after year. Only 5 percent of attorneys nationwide are selected to the Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of highly credentialed attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2017 – The New York State Senate once again decided against taking up a bill designed to change child sex abuse laws before the end of the annual legislative session on June 21. The Child Victims Act would allow child sex abuse survivors to file felony criminal lawsuits until their 28th birthdays and civil cases until they turn 50. Under current laws, most victims can only file such criminal or civil complaints against an alleged abuser until they are 23 years old. “This legislation needs to be treated very carefully,” said Peter Brill, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2017 – Bigger Law Firm Magazine provides a map of marketing and technology strategies in the latest issue, available today. In the feature story, Brendan Conley dives into “client journey mapping,” a big-picture approach to marketing that will help firms develop a cohesive, end-to-end strategy. The client journey technique puts the client’s evolving relationship with the firm at the forefront. The firm’s marketing needs change at each successive stage of this relationship, from discovery and consideration to decision and engagement, and finally to lasting loyalty. BLF shines its Product Spotlight on Lawcus, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2017 – An Iowa woman was initially diagnosed as having a benign tumor in the lining of her brain. As these types of tumors grow slowly, typically they are just monitored by the doctor. Instead of monitoring the 74-year-old woman’s tumor, the doctor suggested it would be best if she had surgery to remove it. In June 2015, the patient had an operation to excise the tumor and remove part of her skull. Once the surgeon had concluded the operation, he put titanium mesh in place where the portion of skull was removed […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2017 – Texas House Bill 62 (HB 62) bans texting while driving. Currently, over 100 Texas cities have texting while driving ordinances. However, HB 62 would override these city codes. A survey done by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2011 revealed that over two-thirds of Americans, ranging in age from 18-64, texted while driving within 30 days of being surveyed. Another study, completed in 2013, showed distracted driving caused 18 percent of injury accidents. In fact, there were over 3,000 fatal accidents in 2013. According to the Texas Department of Transport […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 5, 2017 – Authorities are investigating multiple cases of suspected opioid and drug theft by doctors, nurses or pharmacists at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals. Employees at VA health facilities are suspected of stealing prescription drugs for personal use or sale. The Associated Press (AP) reported that VA medical centers have more than double the rate of missing drugs than the private sector. The VA inspector general’s office launched 36 new criminal investigations into prescription drug theft or unauthorized use at VA facilities between October 1 and May 19. The department currently has […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 3, 2017 – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting H1B applications for the 2018 fiscal year beginning April 3, 2017 and ending April 7, 2017. The H1B cap was reached April 7, 2017. On April 11 a computer generated program selected the designated number of petitions to reach the cap. Also on April 3, 2017 announcements were made by USCIS relating to new measures to prevent and report H1B fraud. It is anticipated that the H1B program may become tougher with higher wages and implement quota limits, but nothing has been […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2017 – Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs was recently sued by his former personal chef for sexual harassment, retaliation, defamation, failure to pay overtime and intentional infliction of emotional distress. According to the complaint filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Cindy Rueda alleges she worked unreasonable hours, was underpaid, and endured emotional distress as a result of pervasive sexual harassment and a hostile work environment. Rueda worked as a personal chef for Combs at his home in Los Angeles from January 2015 to May 2017. For the first nine months of her employment, […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2017 – On May 25, 2017, the Justice Department announced the official filing of federal lawsuits in its controversial pursuit to fight fraud related to the B-5 immigrant visa program. Across the U.S. multiple government investigations are being conducted into potential fraudulent activity associated with purchasing real estate by foreign nationals. The lawsuits allege that in schemes aimed at obtaining “Green Cards” millions of dollars have been collected from foreign investors and later either returned back to them or stolen from them, instead of investing the money in the U.S. economy. These […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Education website that explains the federal law for students with disabilities is now operational after being down for some time. The government website went offline after the Senate confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. It crashed at an inopportune time on DeVos’ first full day in office. The incident heightened the concerns of advocates and families of special needs children who were already doubtful of her commitment to special education. During her confirmation hearing, DeVos acknowledged being confused about the federal Individuals with Disabilities […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2017 – Responding to a California Public Records Act request from the media, the University of California (UC) released documents detailing over 100 reports of sexual harassment and assault that occurred at the 10 UC campuses. Between January 2013 and April 2016, 113 faculty and staff members were accused of sexual harassment and assault, according to the University documents. During that three-year period, UC was found to have violated the system’s sexual violence and sexual harassment policies. The UC was also in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of […]


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