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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2014 – The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the state’s Employee Classification Act. The Employee Classification Act protects construction workers from being misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees. In the case, Bartlow v. Costigan, the state high court rejected a constitutional challenge by a roofing company that claimed the law was impermissibly vague and violated due process rights. “This is an important ruling for workers,” states Robert Briskman, a Chicago work injury attorney. “When employees are misclassified as independent contractors, their employers avoid paying worker’s compensation premiums, unemployment insurance […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2014 – Zamansky LLC announces that it is investigating Unilife Corporation (UNIS), the medical device manufacturer, for potential securities fraud or breach of fiduciary duties owed to shareholders.  The investigation concerns whether Unilife made materially false or misleading statements to its investors, as alleged in a whistleblower lawsuit. The federal court lawsuit was filed on August 30, 2013 (E. D. Pa. Case No. 13-CV-5101) by former employee Talbot Smith, and alleges not only false statements made to investors but a scheme whereby UNIS engaged in false purchases to boost the appearance of […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2014 – Despite most states adhering to an “at will” arrangement for workers, laying off employees is regulated by law. “Many employers do not always realize that laying off workers is strictly regulated by law and if those rules are not followed according to a crystal clear layoff policy, they run the risk of being sued,” explains Timothy Coffey, a respected Chicago employment attorney. These days, with the tough economy, there are many companies forced into mass layoffs to make ends meet and keep their company afloat for the long-term. If a business […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2014 – A Texas man was killed at a Rice Energy Inc. gas drilling site in Belmont County, Ohio. David Zamora, 43, of Victoria, Texas was an employee of subcontractor Lee Specialties Ltd. He was crushed by a piece of heavy equipment on Saturday, April 5. In its statement, Rice Energy did not explain what type of equipment had killed Zamora. No one else was injured. “Relatively speaking, oil and gas drilling is a dangerous occupation,” said Houston personal injury attorney Richard LaGarde, who is not involved with the case. “Nevertheless, workers have […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 5, 2014 – This lawsuit stemmed from a baby girl’s death in 2009. “The baby, Sage Gilbert, was only three-days old when she died. Although she had been born prematurely, she was considered to be healthy. To assist her to eat, she was fed though an umbilical venous catheter, inserted into an artery or vein of the baby’s cord. She was in the neonatal intensive care unit and by all reports was doing well, until her early morning feeding when the catheter was inserted,” explains Daren Monroe, of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. On insertion, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 5, 2014 – The Smithsonian Natural History museum has opened a new exhibit detailing Indian-American accomplishments and history in the United States. “Beyond Bollywood: Indian-Americans Shape the Nation” showcases the major cultural, economic and historic contributions Indian-Americans have made to the United States. The ground-breaking exhibit examines more than 200 years of Indian immigration, and it also suggests that debates over immigration are nothing new in this country. “Throughout American history, the demand for foreign-born workers has been satisfied by immigrants from India to a significant extent,” detailed Annie Banerjee, a leading Texas immigration […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 2, 2014 – The face of the workforce has changed drastically over the last two decades. Now, more people work from home as freelancers, consultants or other designations, such as independent contractors. “Who is an employee these days? That’s a difficult question to answer, particularly in reference to legal issues. Indeed, determining who is and who is not a worker is getting more complex. This matters when something goes wrong, such as an independent contractor being fired with no notice, or someone takes maternity or paternity leave and when it is over, the worker […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) May 2, 2014 – Despite the amount of educational material aimed at drunk drivers, people still drive while under the influence. “Most people think of drunk drivers as being completely inebriated, weaving in and out of lanes, veering from one side of the road to another, running stop signs or even driving the wrong way on a highway. While these kinds of drunken motorists are dangerous, a new study shows that even those with low blood alcohol levels can be high risk drivers,” suggests Michael Smith, an Arkansas drunk driving lawyer. The University of […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 1, 2014 – The assistance of an elder law attorney when applying for Medicaid is essential to make sure that your interests and assets are protected. Many people think of Medicaid as a service that is only for the poor, but it has also become the default method for many people to pay for long-term care, such as one receives in a skilled nursing facility. There are income and asset limits that need to be met to be eligible for Medicaid, but there are legal strategies that can be used to protect some […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2014 – The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits is to be expedited for some veterans. Under a new initiative, veterans who have a 100 percent Permanent and Total disability compensation rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be able to apply for Social Security disability benefits on an expedited basis. Social Security is to handle these claims on a high-priority basis, similar to the way claims from service members wounded in combat are processed. Carolyn Colvin, the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), said that […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2014 – All states define driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or above as a crime, but beyond that, drunk driving laws vary from state to state. According to Michigan drunk driving attorney Shaun R. Marks, Michigan’s laws are neither the harshest nor the most lenient in the nation. “Make sure you understand the state of Michigan’s laws and penalties for drunk driving,” says Marks, “and, if you are charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or with a related offense, seek legal counsel immediately.” State laws vary in […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2014 – A man was killed in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer in Wasatch County, Utah. According to state police, the accident occurred on State Road 40 near Strawberry Reservoir. At 5:00 pm on March 17, during a snowstorm on a two-lane road, a tractor-trailer attempted to pass a slower-moving vehicle. Craig L. Batchelor of Clinton, Utah, died at the scene. “Too often, I see accidents where a semi truck driver is not driving as safely as he or she should, given the road and traffic conditions,” says Washington, D.C., personal injury […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2014 – Personal injury attorney Richard LaGarde has again received a rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell for 2014. This rating for both ethical standards and legal ability is the highest available from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. LaGarde first achieved an AV Preeminent rating in 1987. Attorneys earn Martindale-Hubbell ratings only after being nominated and reviewed by other attorneys and members of the judiciary. Commenting on the recognition, Richard LaGarde said, “This rating means a lot because it’s based on the opinions of my fellow attorneys. I personally consider the ratings an important factor when […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2014 – It is more important than ever for parents to help teen drivers avoid distractions behind the wheel, says a prominent Chicago attorney. “The fact is, cell phone use while driving is prevalent in all age groups. But it is especially dangerous for teenagers to be distracted while driving because they have less driving experience,” indicates Paul Greenberg, a Chicago car accident attorney. “Driving already requires attention to multiple tasks simultaneously, so it is risky to try to pay attention to anything else.” Research suggests that many areas of the brain are […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2014 – Suppressing the total number of H-1B visa immigrants in the United States would actually result in fewer U.S. job opportunities overall. As members of Congress consider immigration reform, businesses dependent on a significant quotient of foreign-born, highly skilled workers gird their loins. There is a very real possibility that the federal government will further curtail the number of H-1B visas available. These visas are necessary for these educated individuals to come to the United States to work.  Reform would certainly damage opportunities for foreign-born workers. But if more restrictive legislation passes, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2014 – The effects of Florida’s pill mills on adults are widely understood, but their effects on children are only recently becoming more clear. A major investigation by the Miami Herald, titled “Innocents Lost,” has uncovered serious shortcomings in the way the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) protects children vulnerable to abuse and neglect, as well as how it tabulates and reports data on deaths of those children. One report from the investigation exposes the deaths of many children of drug-addicted parents – whether due to abuse, neglect or the prescription […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2014 – Rachel Lambert Mellon’s will was carefully written to encompass all her wishes. When Mellon died at the age of 103 on March 17 at the Upperville, Virginia estate that had been her principal residence for decades, the Old Dominion and the nation lost a great philanthropist and patron of the arts. And on March 26, when her will was filed in Virginia’s Fauquier County Circuit Court, the document provided some insights into the financial and estate-planning affairs of the late heiress. Mrs. Mellon, who was also known as “Bunny,” was the […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2014 – As one nears retirement age, a number of important financial planning milestones begin to approach. It can be difficult to keep them all straight, so here is a timeline of what happens when. At age 59 1/2, people can begin to make withdrawals from 401(k)s, traditional IRAs and similar retirement savings accounts, without an additional tax penalty of 10 percent. (Withdrawals are still taxed as income in any case.) Of course, just because one can begin to make withdrawals at this age does not mean one necessarily should. At age […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2014 – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) has been indicted on criminal charges in connection with a 2010 explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno, California. The indictment states that the company repeatedly violated the Pipeline Safety Act. That law requires pipeline operators to maintain accurate records about their lines, identify safety hazards and inspect the pipes when pressures exceed safety tolerances. PG&E is alleged to have “knowingly relied on erroneous and incomplete information” in avoiding required inspections, which could have prevented the disaster. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2014 – It is never wise to violate probation for a drunk driving conviction, but leaving posts about such violations on social media is an even worse move. A Michigan woman recently learned the consequences of probation violation, a prominent Michigan drunk driving attorney explained. “Violating the terms of probation only leads to worse legal consequences,” indicates attorney Shaun R. Marks, who is not involved with the woman’s case. “People need to be aware that the authorities monitor compliance with the terms of their probation — and that monitoring can include viewing their […]


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