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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2015 – The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO’s) findings have arrived in the wake of the latest GOP-backed legislation to eliminate levy on estates. Republican lawmakers in Congress have wanted to repeal the federal estate tax for many years. And facing the looming April 15 tax filing deadline, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) made a dire projection for years to come: repeal of what many GOP politicians call the “death tax” would increase the federal deficit by $269 billion. The CBO expects that if the current legislation to repeal the estate tax were to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 4, 2015 – A relative of a man killed in a Chicago hit-and-run accident has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the other driver. Danielle Brunson filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of William Brunson, who was killed in the January 2013 crash. The defendant is Delia Aguila, who is currently serving a ten-year prison sentence for her role in the crash. “Losing a loved one is always painful, but even more so when the death could have been prevented but for someone else’s negligence,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 4, 2015 – Going to court does not always mean the named defendant participates in the civil trial. Ciara Byers initially faced charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana, causing death. She chose to plead guilty in the deaths of a husband and wife, Robert and Susan Kammeraad, and faces up to 15 years in jail. The Kammeraads’ son filed a civil wrongful death lawsuit and has been trying to get the case to move forward. However, that has been difficult, as the defendant is not responding to any notices. […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 1, 2015 – A series of six sexual harassment/assault cases that will rock the legal landscape over allegations against yoga guru Bikram Choudhury is set to begin in August. He allegedly sexually assaulted and harassed his young students. The most difficult thing about these cases is that the plaintiffs revered Choudhury for his accomplishments and teachings. According to the statements of claims, he took advantage of multiple female students by sexually harassing or assaulting/raping them. Mr. Choudhury denies all such allegations, contending that he is faithful to his wife of 30 years and does […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2015 – Sanjiv N. Singh, A Professional Law Corporation (SNS PLC), acting as lead litigation and trial counsel, with co-counsel Kenneth Absalom of The Law Offices of Kenneth C. Absalom, obtained a complete victory for long-time agency entrepreneurs & industry leaders Steven Brisson and Laura Maness in their breach of contract and defamation lawsuit against bay area digital agency Propane Studio and its principal co-founder Neil Chaudhari. The case was a complex corporate and employment matter centered on claims of breach of contract, defamation, and defense of an aggressive cross complaint culminating […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2015 – Although long-term care insurance is beneficial for some people, purchasing such a policy also has notable downsides, including the high cost of premiums and the limitations on coverage. “People are living longer than ever and using long-term care for longer periods of time than in the past. So long-term care insurance has become very expensive, and the benefits are often inadequate,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center, a firm located in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. Nursing home care can be prohibitively expensive, […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2015 – Among the many factors that go into determining a convicted offender’s sentence is mental capacity. A defendant’s mental incapacity, once proven, may result in delayed sentencing until the individual is deemed better or may result in a reduced sentence under U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. Judges decide each case on its merits, as no two cases are ever the same. Diminished capacity is not applicable as a defense if the defendant’s mental incapacity was the result of voluntary ingestion of drugs or alcohol. State laws tend to vary on this issue. Also it […]


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Elizabeth, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2015 – Dan T. Matrafajlo, member and lead partner at Beninato & Matrafajlo Attorneys At Law, LLC, has once again been named as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in the area by New Jersey Super Lawyers. This is the fourth time Matrafajlo has appeared on the New Jersey list. Attorney Dan T. Matrafajlo is one of the highly credible list of top attorneys who has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of the New Jersey Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2015 – According to a new study, Illinois is the third-safest place for teens to get behind the wheel. Overall, car accidents are the top cause of death for teenagers, and an average of 260 teenagers lose their lives each month in car crashes in the United States. Fortunately, teen driving deaths are lower in Illinois than in most states, likely as a result of the state’s graduated licensing program. “Graduated licensing appears to be having a positive effect on reducing teenage deaths from car accidents,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago car accident […]


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Ontario, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2015 – Albertson & Davidson, LLP had four proposals for law changes protecting California Trust and Will beneficiaries accepted for consideration at the 2015 Conference of Delegates for the Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA). Each year, attorneys from across the state submit proposals for possible resolutions that will be adopted by the CCBA. As part of its mission, the CCBA then works to turn the resolutions into state law through legislative proposals. Albertson & Davidson, LLP trial lawyer Kevin Yee serves as the San Diego County Bar Association Delegate to the CCBA […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2015 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced new efforts to combat drowsy driving, which it said causes more car accidents than most people realize. Mark Rosekind, the head of the NHTSA, said that the problem of driving while fatigued is not receiving as much attention as those of driving while drunk or distracted. The agency, he promised, will add to its research and public awareness efforts to change that. “Drowsy driving is undeniably the cause of many car accidents that result in serious injury or death,” said Robert Joyce, […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2015 – Immigration reform is not just about securing borders or allowing more visas for highly skilled workers or reducing deportations. It affects the nation many sectors of the economy, including the gricultural sector. “People forget that agriculture also involves cows and other farm animals and not just seasonal workers picking crops,” says Larry Rifkin, a well-respected Miami immigration attorney and managing partner for Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, PA. “For some time now, since the rift between political parties has adversely affected immigration reform, dairy farmers have been unable to find enough workers to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2015 – On March 25, the military pledged to provide appropriate treatment and awards for injured service members. In a rare expression of military contrition, Under Secretary Brad R. Carson apologized for the Army’s substandard treatment of U.S. troops who were exposed to chemical weapons while serving in Iraq. The under secretary also spelled out new measures to provide medical care for those veterans suffering from chemical exposure and to recognize veterans harmed by chemicals who had previously been denied awards. Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel appointed Carson last fall to oversee […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2015 – Many Americans purchase long-term care insurance to ensure that if they come to need nursing home or other long-term care, they will be able to afford it. Because long-term care insurance offers no active use until a health crisis develops, it is important for policyholders to stay on top of payments and to be aware of any changes to the policy. “In the months leading up to a real need for long-term care, seniors’ changes in health or mental state can sometimes lead them to fall behind on their insurance […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2015 – The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) has opened enrollment for two new eLearning courses focusing on the Financial Management and Legal Industry Business Management. The newly developed curricula offer fresh ideas and solutions for legal management professionals to gain expertise in law firm financial and legal industry trends. Those working toward the Certified Legal Manager (CLM) designation may earn educational credits through these innovative online sessions. The business of law is changing every day, and ALA’s eLearning system is designed to meet the needs of industry leaders in a flexible format […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2015 – T.V. crime shows have made many familiar with the part of the Miranda warning stating that if the offender cannot afford an attorney, the court may appoint one for them. The U.S. constitution guarantees the right of an accused to speak to an attorney. Public defenders came into being in the United States in 1963, as a result of a decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in Gideon v. Wainwright. It stated the Sixth Amendment mandates that the government provide free legal counsel to indigent defendants in criminal cases. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2015 – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released preliminary findings in its investigation of an Illinois truck crash that caused the death of a Tollway worker and caused serious injuries to a state trooper. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin called for the federal investigation of the January 2014 crash to determine whether the truck driver or his employer violated hours-of-service regulations. The NTSB has found that the company operating the truck, DND International, had previous violations for hours-of-service compliance and unsafe driving — two of the five categories used by the NTSB […]


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Chicago, IL(Law Firm Newswire) April 21, 2015 – According to the Department of Children and Family Services, an Illinois child dies of abuse or neglect every three days. Michael Ian Bender, a retired Judge of the Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County and now a family law attorney, continues his work to eliminate child abuse in Illinois. Having presided over thousands of cases involving child abuse or custody and support as a former judge, Bender continues to protect the rights of children through legal advocacy and offender education. “Whether it’s a respected local authority figure or an all-star national athlete […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 21, 2015 – The operators of a Tampa pill mill are now testifying against others involved in its operations, revealing the extent of what authorities have called the most active pill mill in the United States. Marco Beltran, the former owner of the Tampa Bay Wellness Centre, was initially sentenced to 15 years in prison. Now, he may have his sentence reduced in exchange for his testimony at trials against others, which has drawn back the curtain on what has been called the “ground zero” of pill mills in the United States. Federal authorities […]


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