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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2014 – Preventable explosions caused by combustible dust continue to kill industrial workers, asserts a new case study from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB). The agency has called for better regulation and has said that both private and government organizations are to blame. The CSB case study focuses on a 2010 combustible dust explosion that killed three workers at AL Solutions, a West Virginia metal recycling facility. The report notes that dust explosions and resulting fatalities had previously occurred at the facility, but that the owner failed to implement recommended safety measures […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2014 – Many Texans still feel that Ethan Couch should have gone to jail for killing four people and paralyzing another. “As many recall, Couch was a young Texas teen who killed four and paralyzed one after causing an while driving under the influence. He is currently in a rehab program which costs $438,000 a year. “Affluenza” took on a new meaning in this case. Taxpayers are now sustaining the affluenza epidemic, footing the bill for 17-year-old Couch’s stay in the North Texas State Hospital,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury lawyer […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2014 – There are exceptions to police warrant requirements. In some cases, officers can search a person or his or her personal property without a warrant. “The most common exception allows a vehicle search with probable cause. The main question here is, what kind of facts may lead to probable cause for a search for legal possession of medical cannabis?” said Thomas C. Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. “States that have legalized some forms of marijuana possession and/or use are trying to determine when the possession of cannabis triggers probable cause for […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2014 – Rather than deal with issues that concern the nation, including immigration reform, House Speaker John Boehner has diverted attention to a lawsuit he is filing against President Obama. “It’s incomprehensible why Boehner would do something this nonsensical when an election is knocking on the door. His lawsuit alleges that the President is not executing the laws of the land by using his executive actions to change laws. The Obama administration strategies are old news, which makes his actions even stranger — until examined under the magnifying glass of potential political gain […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2014 – Sheriff’s deputies in Kent County have released the identity of the bicyclist hit by an alleged drunk driver in Ada Township on Wednesday, July 9. Fifty-two-year-old Jeff Dykehouse, a Grand Rapids resident, was struck and killed between Three Mile Road and Four Mile Road in the 3200 block of Egypt Valley Avenue NE. Dykehouse was hit from behind by a Mercury Mountaineer as he was biking northbound on Egypt Valley. The alleged drunk driver was 61-year-old Steven Jones, a Bitely resident. He was arrested at the scene. “This tragedy is a […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2014 – Sometimes, one of the partners constructing a prenuptial agreement is a business owner. Typically, the document will then be designed to ensure that preexisting assets are completely protected in case of divorce. This often leads to restrictive prenuptial agreements that keep all preexisting assets separate. Unfortunately, that safe, restrictive prenup can prevent the surviving spouse from receiving assets upon the other spouse’s death. “A prenup is essential for protecting your assets in case of divorce, but it doesn’t always account for problems that may occur if you were to die,” […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2014 – Businessman’s $12.3 million gift for Arlington House fixes offers a lesson on estate planning. On July 17, billionaire and history buff David Rubenstein announced that he would be contributing $12.3 million toward the restoration of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s home in Arlington, Virginia. The multimillion-dollar gift will restore Lee’s plantation site, which has been in need of major repairs, to its historical appearance. Charitable contributions like Rubenstein’s often make historic preservation projects and national park maintenance possible. Frequently, these projects struggle during times when government funds are strained. Such contributions […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2014 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that car accidents cost the United States $871 billion a year. “Most people think of car accidents in terms of the physical harm done,” remarked Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer, “but few think of the financial cost beyond their own involvement.” The latest study released by the NHTSA reveals that nationally, cars crashes carry a $277 billion annual price tag in cash. Crashes do approximately $594 billion of societal damage related to loss of life and life-altering crash injuries. The most […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2014 – The federal government has introduced a major new initiative to combat rising abuse and exploitation of the elderly — the “Elder Justice Roadmap,” a comprehensive framework for neutralizing financial, psychological and physical risks to older Americans. The Roadmap outlines newly launched educational programs and policy steps designed to increase reporting and prosecution, but it mainly focuses on encouraging individuals, families and institutions to identify risks and take steps toward prevention. Elder law attorney Michael Gilfix recently authored an article entitled “Addressing Financial Elder Abuse: Should the Bar be Lower?” that […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2014 – Most states hire workers “at-will.” Even though employees may usually be laid off at any time without notice, state and federal laws protect workers in some circumstances. “It is good common sense to understand whether or not you are employed at-will in your state. It affects how any labor disputes may be handled. Illinois is an employment-at-will state,” explained Timothy Coffey, a respected Chicago employment lawyer. State and federal laws protect workers in some circumstances. For instance, if a worker in Illinois has an employment contract, they do not have at-will […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2014 – California law dictates all workers must be paid for overtime, but employers are frequently ignoring the mandate. “We’re seeing an increase in unpaid overtime and wage lawsuits,” reported Sacramento business attorney, Deborah Barron. “Companies in the unethical habit of violating the laws are not paying workers either overtime or their regular salary.” Interestingly enough, bigger companies seem to flout the law most often. A recent case between Walmart and Schneider Logistics ultimately ended in a $21 million settlement. The suit was launched in 2011, and it represented over 1,800 workers at […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2014 – Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill to help foster children age 16 or older get around by car. The bill, HB 977, is a continuation of legislators’ efforts to improve the lives of Florida’s foster children and enable them to engage in normal age-appropriate activities. The 2013 legislative session saw the passage of a bill that trimmed the rules and regulations surrounding foster care that often made it difficult for children to participate in enriching activities with their peers, such as sleepovers and school field trips. Another 2013 bill extended […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2014 – Graham Glasgow, a junior offensive lineman for the University of Michigan Wolverines, was sentenced to fines, probation and community service on drunk driving charges that stemmed from his arrest March 15. Glasgow apologized before Judge Joseph F. Burke of the 15th District Court, saying that he made a mistake and let a lot of people down. Burke sentenced Glasgow to fines of almost $800, six days of community service and 12 months of probation. In addition, Glasgow must attend alcohol education classes. He must not drink alcohol and will have to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2014 – Despite the thousands of lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, the devices are still in use. “As more and more women file medical negligence lawsuits against the makers of transvaginal mesh slings, it would seem sensible to take them off the market. Such a decision would not be unusual for an allegedly defective product, but it does not seem that its manufacturers are interested in making it,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin lawyer who litigates transvaginal mesh lawsuits. In one Oregon case, the victim no longer wants to get […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2014 – Veterans, especially vets with PTSD, are much more likely to overuse drugs than the general public. Nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug regularly, and more than 50 percent are on at least two prescriptions. Multiple prescription drug use in the United States is fairly common, as 20 percent of Americans take five or more prescribed medications. Researchers have routinely noted that antidepressants and painkillers are among the most common prescriptions written, and both classes of medication hold risks and potentially serious side effects. Among veterans, particularly […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2014 – Newly liberalized Canadian immigration policies may benefit the country’s tech sector. The number of U.S. visas extended to skilled foreign workers has become locked in the frozen morass of immigration debate. Canada recently made it clear that it was adopting a decidedly different tack on immigration policy from its neighbor to the south. As Washington dithers on reforming its visa regime, Ottawa’s new initiative could reap dividends for Canada’s economy, especially in its growing technology sector. On July 7, the new Canadian policy on visas, dubbed CAN+, was unveiled by Chris […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2014 – The cost of unaccompanied, minor, illegal immigrants entering the United States may run to roughly $2.28 billion by next year. U.S. taxpayers are footing that bill. “The $2.28 billion figure, which is an estimate, has shot up from 2014′s $868 million accumulation. These figures were sent to the Senate and House Appropriations by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and they are based on the assumption that unaccompanied minors are likely to continue to flood the borders. The numbers of young, unregistered immigrants entering the country have jumped ten-fold over […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2014 – DUIs usually refer to driving while under the influence of alcohol. With marijuara being more commonly used for a variety of reasons, such as medically/recreationally, comes the debut of marijuana DUIs. “As marijuana is sometimes used for medical purposes, there is a huge gap among states as to what defines driving under the influence. Twenty-three states and The District of Columbia are currently struggling to find an answer to that question. Interestingly, an Arizona court may have provided the solution to the question –and not just for Arizona, but across the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2014 – Antonio Romanucci, principal of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a leading personal injury and civil trial practice law firm in Chicago, was elected Chair of the Police Misconduct Litigation Group and Vice-Chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice (AAJ, ). AAJ is the world’s largest trial bar, working to make sure people have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others. The appointment was announced at the organization’s annual convention in Baltimore […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2014 – Comedian Tracy Morgan is suing Wal-Mart Stores for its role in a crash in which he was severely injured. On June 7, 2014, comedian James McNair was killed, and Morgan and two friends were injured, when a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer rear-ended their chauffeured limo van on the New Jersey Turnpike. Prosecutors charged the truck driver with death by auto and assault by auto, claiming that he had not slept in more than 24 hours preceding the crash. Morgan’s lawsuit accuses Wal-Mart of negligence in the operation of its truck. “If these allegations […]


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