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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 9, 2016 – The return of warm weather means that more motorcyclists are on the road, and the danger of accidents is increased, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) said. Randy Blankenhorn, acting Illinois transportation secretary, said that motorcycle deaths account for nearly 15 percent of all traffic deaths in Illinois. The IDOT, along with motorcycle dealers throughout the state, are encouraging motorcyclists to take precautions, with their annual “Gear Up — Ride Smart” campaign. “More people are on the road when the weather is warm, and that means more traffic accidents,” said Robert […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 8, 2016 – The H-1B visa program has been coming under attack lately. Ted Cruz wants a moratorium on H-1B visas by stopping the program in the hopes that the problem will go away. Most frauds in the H-1B visa are likely perpetrated by the computer consulting industry. “Is there fraud in the H-1B program? Yes. But the way to stop it is not through a moratorium,” said well-respected Houston immigration attorney, Annie Banerjee. H-1B is the visa classification given to professional workers to work in US Companies. Big computer consulting companies, the end […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 8, 2016 – An investigation has been conducted into whether a popular smartphone app called Snapchat may have been a factor in causing a fatal car crash that claimed the lives of three young women in Philadelphia. According to the victims’ families, the app was being used on the night in December when the three women were killed. Snapchat is an app that permits its users to send videos, texts or pictures that vanish within a matter of seconds. During the morning hours of Sunday, December 20, 2015, a black Camaro that was transporting […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 8, 2016 – Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald unveiled a 12-point plan of breakthrough priorities for his department in 2016 before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in January. The list of goals included updating the VA website, modernizing hotlines, improving veterans’ health care access, reducing the disability claims backlogs, increasing employee training and tackling veteran homelessness. Four priorities focused on department needs while the other eight specifically served veterans. However, McDonald emphasized the ultimate outcome of all 12 aims would be to provide veterans with timely care and prompt benefits. “The VA […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2016 – Atlanta attorney Charles Allen and Las Vegas attorney Benjamin Cloward announced today a winning verdict of $15 million in the case of Chernikoff v. FIRST TRANSIT. The case involved the death of Harvey Chernikoff, a mentally disabled 51-year-old who choked to death on a sandwich while on a para-transit bus for the handicapped on his way to work at a sheltered workshop. The transit company had rules against eating and drinking on the bus and requires the bus driver to scan interior mirrors every five seconds; rules that were both broken […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2016 – Cristina Carta Villa is filing a lawsuit against her husband, Gabriel Villa, to invalidate the divorce about which she knew nothing, and to prevent him from selling an apartment in which they both resided. The couple met at the home of a friend, and married in New York in 1994. Cristina Villa, 59, gave up her job as a teacher at Boston College where she taught Italian literature, to marry Gabriel Villa, who is 90 years old, and who was working as a lawyer and travel agent when they met. However, […]


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Coral Gables, Weston, Dayton Beach, FL(Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2016 – An Olympic skiing champion accused of domestic violence against her father says she will demand a jury trial, citing self-defense. Picabo Street, 44, was arrested on December 23, 2015, after she called 911 during an altercation with her father, Roland Street, 76. She was charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor domestic violence in the presence of a child. “The outcome of a jury trial will likely hinge on eyewitness testimony,” said attorney Peter Brill, of Brill Legal Group, who is not involved in the case. “Neither Street nor […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 4, 2016 – Safety advocates say that DUI arrests in Miami-Dade County, and throughout Florida, have dropped precipitously. Although car accidents resulting from drunk driving have also decreased, advocates say that does not justify the lack of enforcement. Newly released court statistics for Miami-Dade County show that police made just 3,609 DUI arrests in 2015, a 20 percent decrease from 2014. In 2010, police arrested 6,321 suspected drunk drivers countywide. DUI arrests were especially low in Miami Beach, where police arrested just 138 suspected intoxicated drivers, compared to 1,299 in 2010. In the city […]


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Law Firm Newswire Exclusive / Although giving away content for free may seem counterintuitive, it can actually help a law firm grow. When clients and prospects are looking for information about legal topics, ebooks can provide the in-depth perspective they might not find in brief FAQs, blogs or other online sources. Ebooks are a flexible, customizable piece of content marketing that provide prospects with valuable tools while showcasing a lawyer’s knowledge, enhancing the chance that users will keep them in mind when they are ready to call for legal counsel. Clearly communicate complex issues Before a potential client is ready […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 3, 2016 – Israel Brogdan allegedly died after being admitted at a hospital but was not examined by a doctor. Brogdan’s mother, Sharon Brogdan of New Jersey, filed a wrongful death, medical malpractice lawsuit against a physician’s assistant and two doctors working for Correct Care Solutions LLC of Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania. The suit alleged that Israel died December 16, 2014, in the care of Correct Care Solutions without ever being examined. She had been admitted with abdominal pain, congestion and a cough. According to the documents filed in court, an exploratory laparotomy was performed […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 3, 2016 – The Florida Supreme Court denied certiorari relief to the University of Miami regarding the medical malpractice liability of two doctors in a Florida brain injury lawsuit. The case involves a brain injury suffered during childbirth at Jackson North Maternity Center. The injured boy is now 17 years old. The University of Miami was named as a defendant because it employed two doctors through its medical school. “The complexities of this case show the importance of being represented by an attorney with extensive experience in medical malpractice and brain injury lawsuits,” said […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 2, 2016 – Sanjiv N. Singh, A Professional Law Corporation (SNS PLC), acting as lead litigation and trial counsel, secured a complete dismissal of claims filed against a long time Bay Area firm and its founder. The matter arose from a multimillion dollar breach of contract dispute culminating in claims including breach of fiduciary duty against SNS PLC’s client. The case was a complex matter spanning a two year timeline and involved a related arbitration matter in which SNS PLC had also secured a favorable settlement for a third party. SNS PLC’s defense […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 2, 2016 – A federal agency has proposed steep fines for an Illinois scrap firm over worker safety violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed a $366,400 penalty for Rockford, Illinois-based Behr Iron & Steel. The penalty was proposed for five willful safety violations and nine serious violations, at the firm’s Rockford and Peoria facilities. “Illinois workers are at much greater risk of serious injury and death than they should be,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago work injury attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. “It is outrageous for companies to engage in […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 2, 2016 – Many baby boomers expect to work for a longer period of time and would prefer a phased retirement in which they gradually reduce the number of hours they work and/or work remotely. Therefore, they are seeking assistance from an increasing number of firms that concentrate on placing older workers in part-time and temporary positions in certain industries. While some jobs can be performed in the office, others can be completed from home or another remote area. According to a retirement study conducted in 2013, almost half of the participants expressed […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 1, 2016 – Can the President of the United States issue executive orders and change the law, or just administer the existing laws? In 2014 when Congress failed to pass the DREAMER Act, President Obama responded by deferring DREAMER deportations. In response to deportation protesters, Obama expressed that there should be no need for animosity, saying “I just took an action to change the law.” These words have prompted the Supreme Court to review the president’s power over deportation policy, and in a broader sense, the president’s executive power to change or dispense with […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 1, 2016 – Mississippi wants their proposed Scarlet Letter Tag bill to ride herd on repeat drunk driving offenders. A second-time DUI offender would be issued a yellow license plate and scarlet red tags, and have to live with the shame of being publicly labelled for one year. Despite research done in other states with laws similar to the proposed Scarlet Letter Tag bill that show such punishment does not significantly reduce DUI deaths, Mississippi may push the bill through to gauge the number of repeat offenders on the road. Lawmaker Gary Chism indicated […]


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Custom Legal Marketing has created a personal injury ebook that law firms can customize to offer to their visitors and clients. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 29, 2016 – Personal injury attorneys can customize a free personal injury ebook by simply entering their law firm’s name, phone number and website. The customized ebook will instantly be emailed to them in PDF format. Its front page includes the law firm’s name, phone number and linked website. Titled “Getting Compensated: An Introduction to Personal Injury Claims,” the ebook can be made available to potential clients looking to learn more about […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 29, 2016 – Consider what happened to an unsuspecting motorcycle rider when a 21-year-old driver, traveling at a high rate of speed, ran up over the back of the biker, ejecting him to the pavement. The biker lived to tell the tale. The car driver was high on depressants, marijuana and narcotic painkillers but he was not obviously impaired, other than somewhat lethargic at the scene of the accident. That case is one of the many just beginning to emerge across the nation. Highway safety advocates, law enforcement and the legal community are beginning […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 29, 2016 – An estate-planning method that was one time frequently used was an irrevocable trust that held a life insurance policy, with the objective that the death benefit be used to pay estate taxes. This technique permitted the policy’s benefits to be applied toward payment of the estate taxes of the individual who died without inclusion of the policy in the estate. Although this method remains useful, it is not as common because the threshold for being affected by the estate tax has increased to such a degree that only the affluent […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2016 – Attorneys who want to build a strong web presence will want to check out the latest issue of The Bigger Law Firm magazine. In the feature article, “Dissecting Google’s Search Quality Rater Guidelines,” Ryan Conley gives an in-depth look into what Google wants in a website. In order to test the ability of its computer algorithms to push the best pages to the top of search results, Google needs humans to rate large numbers of websites. This is where the company’s evaluation program comes in, and the Guidelines teach evaluators […]


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