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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2015 – The Obama administration’s nominee for undersecretary of health at the Department of Veterans Affairs did not mince words at his confirmation hearing before a Senate committee. “The VA needs change,” Dr. David Shulkin told the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, acknowledging a host of problems at the agency in recent years, including lengthy wait times for veterans, lack of accountability, and ballooning construction costs. He said the agency needed “more doctors, more nurses, and greater efficiency from its current systems.” James G. Fausone, an attorney at Legal Help for Veterans in Northville, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2014 – Most people think of drunk drivers as being average citizens weaving in and out of traffic or oblivious of where they are going. Drunk drivers may also be law enforcement personnel. Just because police officers are sworn to uphold the laws does not mean that some do not cross the line and break those same laws. That is what happened in this tragic case where a drunk New Jersey officer killed another officer and critically injured a third colleague. Twenty-seven year old Pedro Abad Jr. was behind the wheel driving with […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2015 – Largely GOP-backed measure includes retention of ‘stepped-up basis’ on capital gains. The House of Representatives on April 16 voted largely along party lines to repeal the estate tax. Seven Democrats joined 233 Republicans voting in favor of the repeal, while only three Republicans aligned with 176 Democrats against the repeal in the GOP-controlled House. The roll call on the estate tax was the first time in a decade that the lower chamber of Congress supported an end to what Republicans have called the “death tax.” But unlike the previous House vote […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2015 – Distracted driving comes in many forms. The law views two of those distractions the same: drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs. The difficulty with taking prescription medications and driving is that many people do not realize their cognitive abilities may have become impaired. Others do not believe the warnings printed on medications about not driving when taking various medications. For whatever reasons, people just do not regard driving while under the influence of prescription medication(s) to be the same as DWI. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2015 – Feds say train was traveling at more than twice the speed limit on sharp curve of tracks. In one of the worst accidents in Amtrak’s history, the carrier’s Northeast Regional Train No. 188, traveling from Washington to New York City, derailed in Philadelphia on May 12. The seven-car train, which jumped the tracks at approximately 9:30 p.m., ended up in a mangled mess and left eight passengers dead and at least another 200 injured among the 243 people, including five crew members, who were onboard the train. Many survivors, dazed and […]


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A prominent personal injury law firm in Chicago, Illinois has established a scholarship for accident survivors enrolling in college or law school. Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2015 – Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, a Chicago law firm, created the scholarship to help students in college or law school who are overcoming injuries suffered as the result of a car accident, medical error or other incident caused by someone else’s carelessness. “In our field of law, we get to know families who have had their lives turned upside down by serious injuries, and we know how hard it can […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2015 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the Lee County sheriff’s office and against a sheriff’s deputy by the mother of a teenager who was killed when his bicycle was struck by a patrol car. Stephanie Diersing filed the lawsuit over the death of her son, age 15. The teen, of Cape Coral, was riding to school at 6:00 a.m. when the crash occurred. “If this tragic death was the result of negligence, then a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate for the family to recover compensation,” said Robert Joyce, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2015 – What would a worker do if their possibly questionable actions were captured on video in the workplace? The conflict between privacy and the right to know what workers are doing mirrors the balancing act that the iconic image of blindfolded Justice attempts with her scales. In order to determine if a worker’s right to privacy has been intrusively invaded it must be balanced against the employer’s right to know what is going on with employees in the workplace – a delicate task of drawing the fine line between two diametrically opposed […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2015 – Revelation over limited firings for long wait times triggers congressional ire, legislation. When a nationwide scandal over manipulated wait times at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals rocked the agency last spring, the controversy resulted in the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and calls for reform. And Robert A. McDonald, Shinseki’s successor as VA chief, followed up with the announcement in February that the department had fired 60 people in the wake of the scandal. The VA quickly corrected that figure, saying that only 14 employees lost their jobs and lesser […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2015 – Ex-canteen employee admits to pilfering funds, blowing it on strippers, prostitutes and gambling. The Justice Department announced on May 5 that a former canteen manager at a Veteran Administration facility in Ann Arbor, Mich., admitted to embezzling approximately $150,000 from the VA retail store and spending the money on strippers, prostitutes and gambling. The former VA employee, Glenn Alan Bates, was arraigned on the federal charges before a U.S. magistrate judge in Detroit the same day. The accusations against Bates, 57, of Saline, Mich., included that he stole cash from the […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2015 – Case pits law enforcement against wife of sheriff’s lieutenant who is also daughter of ex-cop. On May 9, St. Louis police fired multiple shots at a woman while she was at a family home, an encounter that has resulted in felony charges against her as well as her hospitalization with serious injuries. And within days of the shooting, the family has not only responded with outrage but also disputed the police account of the incident. The woman, Jennifer Morgan-Tyra, 38, is being treated at St. Louis University Hospital after police […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2015 – A former director of Research and Development for Quality Systems in Irvine, filed a lawsuit alleging retaliatory firing and sexual harassment. According to the statement of claim filed by the plaintiff, Traci Wolbert, she experienced sexual harassment from Steve Puckett, the Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President to whom she reported to during the course of her employment at Quality Systems (a NEXGEN Heathcare subsidiary). “In response to her repeated refusals to participate in a relationship with the man, she was allegedly fired,” outlined Sacramento, Calif. employment attorney, Deborah Barron, […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2015 – Army veteran who once worked at Flint body plant was killed in 2013 near former school. A judge on May 11 sentenced a teenage boy and a young man to a minimum of 22 years and up to 40 years in prison for the 2013 beating, torturing and killing of a homeless veteran in Flint, Mich. Genesee County Circuit Judge Archie L. Hayman handed down the sentence after the pair pleaded guilty on April 8 to second-degree murder and torture in exchange for dismissal of first-degree murder charges. During the trial, […]


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San Diego, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2015 – As use of the blockbuster anti-nausea drug Zofran continues to grow in the United States, a number of epidemiology studies conducted in the U.S., China, Sweden and Denmark have set out to analyze the potential for Zofran use during pregnancy to cause severe birth defects in babies exposed to the medication in utero. If you took Zofran while pregnant, and your child was born with cleft lip, cleft palate, or another serious congenital malformation, contact a qualified Zofran attorney today to discuss your options for legal recourse. You may have […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2015 – Pact would enforce judgments across international borders, facilitate tracking of scofflaws. State capitals are not usually associated with the fate of international treaties. But the fate of an important international treaty on child support hangs in the balance after a key legislative committee in Boise, Idaho, voted on April 10 to reject the measure that must be passed by all 50 state legislatures in order for the U.S. ratification process to proceed. With only hours left in the state Legislature’s session, the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee voted 9-8 to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2015 – Recent investigations have revealed that self-driving cars have been involved in accidents, but most of them still seem to have involved human error. Although Florida is one of three states that track and regulate autonomous vehicles, no crashes involving them have been reported to authorities here. However, in California, Google has reported three collisions involving self-driving cars to the DMV since September, when California law began requiring such reports. On May 11, Google reported that its self-driving vehicles have been involved in 11 minor accidents, but “not once” was the autonomous […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 9, 2015 – It is against the law for a business to discriminate against someone who is pregnant. Further, breastfeeding is an integral part of pregnancy and breastfeeding in public is legal. Yet women who breastfeed in many establishments face discrimination. “Breastfeeding in public is legal. Period. However, the act itself seems to disturb some if the mother chooses not to cover up while in public. This has often resulted in a manager asking the woman to cover up, move into a bathroom, or leave the place of business. This is illegal in every […]


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West Palm Beach, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2015 – A federal investigation of St. Mary’s Medical Center has been launched after a news story reported that the West Palm Beach hospital had a death rate from open heart surgery on babies that was three times higher than the national average. “A death rate that high means that something has gone terribly wrong,” said Debi Chalik, a prominent birth injury attorney with Chalik & Chalik Law Offices. “If these children were injured or lost their lives as the result of negligence on the part of medical personnel, their families […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2015 – The first housing project dedicated to homeless women veterans in the United States was inaugurated on May 5, 2015. U.S. secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert A. McDonald, along with Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Blue Butterfly Village in San Pedro, Los Angeles. The housing community comprises 73 two-bedroom units that can accommodate families of up to six people. Veteran families will receive priority for 61 of the townhouses, which are expected to be filled up by the end of the year. “The Blue Butterfly Village […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2015 – Tips in Los Angeles may be rolled into a server’s wage, should laws boost minimum wage. This is a hotly debated issue affecting restaurant workers and others who garner tips from clients or customers. Lawmakers are once again debating raising the minimum wage in Los Angeles. Should the wage be boosted to $13.25 or perhaps $15.25? How would that affect restaurant workers? Aside from the figures and logistics of the issue, the restaurant industry is less than impressed with the idea. Los Angeles hired Beacon Economics to analyze a proposed wage […]


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