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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2016 – The Department of Veterans Affairs has requested around $78.7 billion in discretionary funding as part of President Barack Obama’s proposed $4.1 trillion federal budget for 2017. The VA’s discretionary spending would receive a nearly 5 percent boost to tackle outstanding health care claims from veterans, among other objectives. According to the proposal unveiled on February 9, the spending plan also includes more than $102.5 billion for mandatory VA programs such as disability compensation. The budget has doubled since 2009 when Obama was sworn in. “The proposed budget increase provides an opportunity to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2016 – Southern Illinois University (SIU) faces a discrimination lawsuit by a Palestinian educator. Bilingual educator (English/Arabic) Sandra Tamari, filed a racial origin discrimination lawsuit (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 16-cv-0006) in January 2016, naming Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and the Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees as defendants. According to the statement of claim, Tamari, who is allegedly highly qualified, applied for the position of assistant director of graduate and international recruitment in early 2013. It is against the law for an employer to base […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2016 – Legendary pop music icon David Bowie, who recently died at the age of 69 of liver cancer, exercised much creativity concerning his estate planning in an effort to preserve his assets for his family. It was reported that he experienced financial problems in the 1970s and 80s, almost to the point of bankruptcy. However, in the 90s, he took charge of his finances by selling an interest in his archive of music. Investment banker David Pullman was instrumental in helping Bowie develop “Bowie Bonds,” which permitted him to sell a 10-year […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2015 – A Florida Hospital Association survey has found that 95 percent of its member hospitals are waiting for around $134 million in outstanding payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The 30,000 outstanding claims are for medical services the state’s hospitals provided to veterans who faced long wait times at VA health care facilities or lived too far away from them. According to the association, around 6,000 of the unpaid claims have been delayed for over two years. In October 2015, VA Secretary Robert McDonald received a letter from 12 Florida Congress […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2016 – Opting out of the Texas workers compensation system saves employers money over time, but there is a caveat to that observation. The rising number of significant jury awards may signal a change to come. Opting out of the Texas workers compensation system, otherwise referred to as non-subscription, is still appealing to many employers, as it saves companies a lot of money. “But in reality, it may not save a company money if an attorney wins an injury case against them,” said workplace injury attorney, Brooks Schuelke, of Perlmutter & Schuelke, PLLC […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2016 – On January 13, 2016, bipartisan members of Congress introduced a bill to address inequities arising out of a recent amendment to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) that affects certain persons with dual nationalities. “In less than one month from passage of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 in late December 2015, bipartisan legislation has been introduced to eliminate clear discrimination against certain dual nationals of visa waiver countries and of Iraq, Iran, Syria and the Sudan,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney with Rabinowitz […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 10, 2016 – In 2015, 51 pedestrians died in car accidents in Hillsborough County, the most since the state began keeping records in 1998, and a 50 percent increase from the 2014 total of 34 pedestrian fatalities. “Our roads are very dangerous for pedestrians, and the problem is getting worse,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa, Florida, car accident attorney with the law firm of Joyce & Reyes. “Whether the cause is poorly-designed roadways or the negligence of drivers, pedestrians are in danger, and we need to take action to protect them.” The neighborhoods advocacy […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 10, 2016 – Alfredo Zamora was rear-ended by a speeding truck while he was halted at a stop sign. His widow, Claudia Zamora, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the truck’s owner and the driver. The wrongful death lawsuit alleged negligence in the death of Claudia Zamora’s husband against three named defendants, James Williams Jr., Kelkar LLC and Troop Industrial. According to court document, filed in December 2015, defendant Williams Jr. was speeding while behind the wheel of a flatbed truck. He was bearing down on Zamora’s vehicle, which was halted at a stop […]


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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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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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