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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2016 – A lawsuit filed in November 2015 alleged that the California Department of Health and Human Services has deliberately failed to prevent the illegal practice of nursing homes “dumping” Medi-Cal residents into the hospital system. Nonprofit organization California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) filed the lawsuit in San Francisco, California, on behalf of three nursing home residents covered by Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. They alleged nursing homes refuse to readmit Medi-Cal patients after temporary hospitalization in order to make room for more private pay and Medicare patients. “Many individuals […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2016 – An Office of Inspector General (OIG) report has revealed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been systematically destroying documents related to veterans’ disability compensation claims. VA investigators performed spot checks at 10 veterans benefits offices across the nation. They went through around 438,000 documents that were put in bins for shredding at the regional offices. According to the report, staff were found to be destroying claims-related mail at six regional offices. There are a total of 56 VA regional offices. “The findings of the inspector general’s report should not […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2016 – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., of Littman Krooks LLP has been named 2016 Advocate of the Year by Arc of Westchester’s Children’s School for Early Development. He will be honored at their annual Golfing for Kids benefit event on Tuesday, June 7th 2016 at Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck, NY. Krooks is a founding partner of the law firm Littman Krooks LLP and Chair of its Elder Law and Special Needs Department. He is the President of the Board of Directors of the Arc of Westchester, the largest agency in Westchester […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2016 – Chipotle has faced a number of lawsuits relating to food borne illnesses as a result of exposure to Norovirus. This latest suit is for wrongful termination, discrimination, assault, sexual harassment and retaliation. Plaintiff Ariana Castaneda filed her lawsuit seeking medical expenses, lost wages and benefits after she was allegedly sexually harassed and wrongfully terminated from her job as lead kitchen worker. Her suit named four Chipotle managers as the instigators of the harassment. Castaneda worked for Chipotle from December 2013 until February 2016 when she was fired. Castaneda’s first work shirt […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2016 – The 14th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute is an incredible resource for those in the legal and business community dealing with critical IP issues in 2016. The Institute includes a faculty of leading IP scholars, judges from the USPTO, Intellectual Property attorneys from Denver and around the country, and corporate counsel from global companies including Anheuser-Busch, Flextronics, and eBay, Inc. With close to 500 IP attorneys expected to attend this year, this is a tremendous opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country. The 2016 Institute will […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2016 – Frequently, estate plans are created on the basis of assumptions that are no longer true. Correcting these assumptions may help estate planners modify the way in which they handle certain estate planning issues. Following are some factors that advisors can consider when drafting their clients’ estate plans. Planning for long-term care is becoming increasingly important as people are living longer. Covering such costs should be taken into consideration prior to making gifts. One way of focusing on these expenses is through the use of long-term care insurance policies. An estate planning […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2016 – A recent series of wrong-way car accidents in Florida has prompted calls for improved safety. Just before the New Year, five people died in Miami-Dade when a drunk driver speeding the wrong way on I-95 struck a vehicle carrying four people. In February, a 26-year-old died traveling north in the southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike. In March, a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy died when a wrong-way driver collided with his squad car, and a deadly wrong-way crash occurred on I-4 in Orange County. “In the case of a wrong-way crash, it […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2016 – Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll Associates, in partnership with Trusts and Estates Magazine, will present an informative seminar titled “The Benefits of Multigenerational Planning” on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 2 p.m. ET and 11 a.m. PT. The webinar is free and is available nationwide. The seminar will cover key issues for lawyers engaged in the practice of multigenerational planning. Michael Gilfix and Mark Gilfix will share their experience as a father-son team of estate planning attorneys. Multigenerational planning provides an innovative way for parents, […]


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Tallahassee, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2016 – The Florida Supreme Court ruled that the state’s mandatory attorney fee schedule was unconstitutional in workers’ compensation cases under both Florida and the U.S. Constitution as a violation of due process. The decision is viewed as a victory by the law firm of Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A., whose attorneys represent injured workers whose attempts to secure adequate legal representation may have been frustrated by the previous limitations of the law. “Our firm is pleased with the ruling,” stated David C. Barnett, Esq., founder of the firm. “It offers justice […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2016 – The day 36-year-old Kortney Sawyer went into hospital for what was deemed to be a routine hysterectomy was the last time she saw her family. She died on the operating table. Two Peoria doctors were found liable for Sawyer’s wrongful death with the jury awarding the family over $5 million. The award is to assist Sawyer’s husband and three children move forward with their lives. It was a one of those wins that while appreciated, emphasized the loss of Kortney Sawyer as a wife and mother. Sawyer’s hysterectomy was supposed to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2016 – Distracted driving caused the death of three teenagers on their way home from a holiday. Three teenagers lost their lives when the car they were riding in suddenly swerved into the path of a tractor-trailer. The car’s driver, the sole survivor of the grisly accident, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. The three killed were a 17-year-old girl, and her friends Brianna Johnson, 19, and Brittanie Johnson, 18. The girls were members of sports teams at two local schools. Driver Shelby Coleman, 18, was accessing her cellphone GPS […]


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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 9, 2016 – There are many risks and disadvantages for the grantor and beneficiaries of the California Revocable Transfer on Death Deed (“TOD” deed), which became effective on January 1, 2016. In the event the decedent is indebted to anyone, the TOD deed creates a liability for the beneficiaries. In an effort to satisfy the decedent’s debts, the personal representative who is handling the probate of the decedent’s estate may require payment from any of the beneficiaries of the TOD deed up to three years following the death of the transferor. The TOD deed […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2016 – Case # CGC 16-551805 was filed in the Superior Court of California in the County of San Francisco on May 5, 2016. The case charges Google/Alphabet/YouTube with running payback and vendetta operations in violation of anti-trust laws as part of a competitive retribution program that Google engaged in because of witness testimony, by plaintiffs, for a series of federal investigations. The specific causes of action in the case, documented at the website ourgooglelawsuit.com, include: patent infringement, intentional interference with contractual relations, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, cyber-stalking, fraud, invasion […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2016 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that all travelers entering the United States from countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program would be required to have an electronic passport, known as an e-Passport. An e-Passport includes an electronic chip that contains the traveler’s biographical information, which DHS said is a security enhancement and protection against identity theft. The new requirement took effect April 1 and affects travelers from 38 countries. “The requirement that Visa Waiver applicants now must use an e-Passport is a reasonable balance to facilitate added protection against […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2016 – Veterans groups are petitioning the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to offer health benefits to service members who received bad paper discharges. A new report shows the VA is wrongfully denying benefits to around 125,000 post-9/11 veterans. The joint report was released on March 30 by veterans groups Swords to Plowshares and the National Veterans Legal Services Program, along with Harvard Law School’s Veterans Legal Clinic. The veterans have been ruled as ineligible for various benefits because they left the military with other than honorable discharges. “Thousands of veterans are […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 5, 2016 – Phillips 66 is facing an age and gender discrimination lawsuit in relation to the Wood River refinery. The defendant in this lawsuit, Kimberly Helbig, asserts she was terminated from her position as a coker operator and that supervisors would threaten and make intimidating remarks to her because she was the only female in that position. Further allegations in the statement of claim included Helbig’s transfer from her regular supervisor to another supervisor, who allegedly stated she was “making everyone uncomfortable” and was “running out of options.” Helbig’s statement of claim also […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) May 5, 2016 – A nun from Philadelphia who is on trial for drunken driving, gave testimony that she had taken a sedative, and that she had no memory of crashing her vehicle into a building on a highway in South Jersey. Sister Kimberly Miller, who is a librarian and theology teacher at a high school, was arrested following her collision into an auto repair shop in Washington Township, N.J., on November 15, 2015. According to police, she was intoxicated, spoke in a slurred manner, had bloodshot eyes, and was wobbly as she exited her […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 4, 2016 – April was Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and experts say that driving while distracted is a major cause of car accidents in Florida and throughout the country. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there were nearly 46,000 crashes caused by distracted driving in the state last year. “There are far too many accidents caused by distracted driving,” said Jason Chalik, a Florida car accident attorney with Chalik & Chalik Law Offices. “Anyone who is injured or loses a loved one in a car accident through the fault of another driver should consult […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 4, 2016 – Since the popularity of Facebook use has extended to the legal profession, it has become a principal form of communication to such a degree that in one case, a court permitted service of process in a divorce case through the social media platform. There have been a number of cases in which the use of Facebook has played a role. In 2015, a judge in New York permitted a woman who had spent years attempting to locate and serve her husband to do so through Facebook. It was reported that he […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 3, 2016 – The latest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine puts a spotlight on law and technology. In the cover story, Ryan Conley analyzes the recent legal battle in which the FBI tried to compel Apple to create software that would bypass iPhone encryption. The case centers on an iPhone owned by one of the people responsible for the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. Before the court could rule on the request, the FBI claimed that it had broken the encryption with the help of a third party, and no longer […]


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