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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2015 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the organizer and security firm of Zombicon, a zombie-themed Florida festival, over the shooting death of an attendee. Expavious Taylor, 20, was shot and killed Oct. 17 at Zombicon, which took place outdoors in downtown Fort Myers, Florida. A $5 million wrongful death lawsuit was filed by Estella Wilson, Taylor’s maternal grandmother, claiming that negligence on the part of the event’s organizer and security firm caused Taylor’s death. “When a loved one is lost due to another party’s negligence, a wrongful death lawsuit […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2015 – The trucking industry is pushing for relaxed safety rules, even as truck accidents increase. Nearly 4,000 people die in the United States each year in accidents involving large trucks. More than 85,000 are injured. Fatalities involving big rigs have increased 17 percent since 2009, and injuries have increased by 28 percent. However, the trucking industry is pushing Congress to loosen safety restrictions. “Far too many people lose their lives or are seriously injured in truck accidents,” said Paul Greenberg, a truck accident attorney with the Chicago firm of Briskman Briskman & […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2015 – Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP, a national law firm with 18 offices nationwide, announces attorney Kelly Waters will join its New Jersey office as partner effective immediately. Waters brings more than 20 years of litigation expertise defending product liability, general liability and commercial matters in state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York. In addition to her extensive litigation experience, Waters also serves as a Municipal Court Judge in the Township of Union, New Jersey. Waters has defended major manufacturers of motor vehicles and motorcycles, pharmaceuticals and […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2015 – The California Labor Code mandates businesses pay proper overtime and provide meal and rest breaks. According to a recent class action lawsuit filed against Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of California, Inc., defendants allege they were neither paid overtime as required under the California Labor Code, nor were they accorded meal and rest breaks. If, as alleged, workers’ bonus pay did not get factored into the hourly rate, employees would get paid less for overtime work than entitled to by law. “The main issue in this case is overtime pay and […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2015 – The Harrisburg Pennsylvania law firm, Hazen Elder Law is now Hazen Law Group; a law firm that focuses on long-term care planning, guardianships, estate planning, asset protection, special needs planning and public benefits. The firm was founded by Marielle F. Hazen, and is considered to be one of the best law firms in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The new name represents the firm’s growing portfolio of services that fall outside of “elder law” such as special needs planning and trusts and veterans’ benefits. Among the services they […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2015 – In September, the Senate approved legislation that would allow disabled individuals to create special needs trusts for themselves. Known as the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, the bill corrects the assumption that all people with disabilities lack the mental capacity to create their own trusts. Under the current law, special needs trusts can only be established by a disabled individual’s legal guardian, parent, grandparent or a court, even if the beneficiary is mentally competent. Those who do not have a family member or guardian are forced to petition the court, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2015 – A former auditor at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) filed a wrongful termination lawsuit for allegedly being fired for reporting serious safety problems at the company. Thomas Jones, 66, was hired as an inspector by Canus Corp. to audit the work of PG&E employees and construction workers in the San Jose, California, area in April 2014. The lawsuit claimed he discovered shocking regulatory infractions and faulty work being signed off by PG&E inspectors. He was also concerned about the safety hazards he found on many jobs. “PG&E have shown […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2015 – The fact that harassment training is not mandated under federal law does not serve as grounds for workplaces to ignore their duty to implement a harassment policy. Doing so may result in potentially severe liabilities. Sexual harassment is illegal, and any workplace that does not have a sexual harassment/harassment policy in place is asking for trouble if an employee does lodge a complaint. Even though it only makes good sense for a company to have a harassment policy that is clearly stated to their existing workers and new hires, not every […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2015 – Retirement planning can be a very challenging process for couples, and even more so for singles. Several Americans will enter their retirement years on their own for various reasons, such as the death of a spouse, divorce and different lifestyles. According to the 2013 U.S. Census, 54 percent of women and 27 percent of men age 65 or over were unmarried. Financial advisers claim that the retirement planning needs of singles can be extremely different from those of married couples, and that many singles are unprepared. A study by Rand […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 3, 2015 – Pregnant women from other countries are attempting to give birth on U.S. soil to establish an anchor for eventual citizenship. This trend began quietly in East Asia and is proliferating at an alarming rate. Anyone born in the U.S. is automatically a U.S. citizen — period. It does not matter what the parents’ immigration status may or may not be. Taking advantage of this and entering the country in order to give birth to an “anchor baby” is a form of illegal immigration. Recently, a Taiwanese woman gave birth somewhere over […]


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Coral Gables, Weston, Dayton Beach, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 2, 2015 – Brill & Rinaldi, The Law Firm, announced Friday that managing partner David Brill was recently nominated as a finalist for the 11th annual Most Effective Lawyers award by the Daily Business Review in the practice area of medical malpractice. The Daily Business Review is South Florida’s oldest and most influential legal and business publication. As the official court newspaper by the chief judges of the county and circuit courts throughout the region, the selection as a finalist for Most Effective Lawyer is recognized by attorneys, judges and […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 2, 2015 – As Americans prepare to celebrate the holidays with friends and family, it is important for drivers to use extra caution and be aware that traffic accidents increase during the holidays. “The holidays bring joy and they also bring a risk of car accidents,” said Jason Chalik, a Florida car accident attorney with Chalik & Chalik Law Offices. “We want to remind drivers to be cautious out on the roads.” The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year, and increased traffic means more accidents. Thanksgiving Day […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 1, 2015 – Sexual harassment/assault in the workplace or a college milieu is illegal. Recently, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a California bill that would have mandated a minimum two-year suspension for students found guilty of sexual assault on college campuses, saying instead that such matters should be addressed not by the government but by the campus disciplinary process. It has taken years for the allegations of sexual harassment and assault victims on campuses across the nation to finally be heard in a way that has garnered enough attention to make changes to university and […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 1, 2015 – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that driver fatigue was the cause of an accident last year involving a Wal-Mart semitrailer, which caused serious injuries to actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and resulted in the death of another comedian. “When truck drivers violate hours-of-service regulations or get behind the wheel with too little sleep, they can cause deadly accidents,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago truck accident attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. “Truck safety is doubly important, because truck accidents are so much more likely to result in fatalities.” […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 30, 2015 – Recent news stories about the structured settlement purchasing business in Maryland have cast a bad light on the industry. Settlement Capital, one of the founders of the structured settlement factoring business, and a founding member of the trade group National Association of Settlement Purchasers, stands out as the industry leader for best practices. In the press about Maryland some disturbing allegations have been made: that brain-damaged customers have been taken advantage of, and that “Independent Professional Advisors” have been misused. These allegations have led to a movement to change the laws […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 30, 2015 – Even if a driver tries to alter a crash scene, or tell their version of events, the science behind analyzing crashes reveals the truth. Plaintiff’s personal injury attorneys have dealt with a wide variety of accidents caused by someone driving while under the influence. Victims come to them for assistance in seeking compensation for their injuries and in the worst cases, seek to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Part of the process of determining who is at fault in a drunk driving accident is dealing with the science of crashes to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2015 – Truck wrecks are far more prevalent in the United States than many realize, with speed a causative factor. A Department of Transport (DOT) proposal may see speed limiters, or governors, installed on all trucks over 27,000 pounds. The proposal, a collaboration involving the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to have a speed governor installed on all trucks that weigh over 27,000 pounds, has made its way to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The proposal was the result of […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2015 – A Florida man pleaded guilty to federal drug charges for helping to operate pill mills. Gerald Wiseberg of Boca Raton, Florida, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute drugs including oxycodone. The plea agreement stated that Wiseberg owned and operated Total Care Medical Center, a pain management clinic in Deerfield Beach, Florida, in 2010 and 2011. Wiseberg was not a medical doctor, but he established the clinic’s operating procedures, according to the plea agreement. Wiseberg later opened another pain management clinic in Maryland. “When unscrupulous doctors and other wrongdoers take advantage of […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2015 – Slowly, a ban on texting while driving is spreading across Texas. One city at a time, but it should soon be statewide. Yet another city has joined forces with Arlington and Austin in the battle to stop distracted driving. Sweetwater city administration banned texting while driving. Figures released by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) indicate over 100,000 accidents were caused by distracted driving in 2014. Over 400 of those collisions were fatal. According to the new offense, detailed in Section 19-111 of Sweetwater’s Code of Ordinances: “It is unlawful […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2015 – The state of Illinois is more than four months into its fiscal year with no budget, and hundreds of millions of dollars in funding on hold. Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will not talk about spending until changes are made that he says will make the state friendlier to business. What Rauner calls his Turnaround Agenda would include changes to the state’s worker’s compensation system that would make it harder for workers to collect benefits. The Democratic-controlled state legislature and advocates for workers’ rights oppose the changes. “Injured workers deserve compensation,” […]


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