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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2014 – The latest legislation in Florida shielding nursing home investors from wrongful death lawsuits as a result of nursing home abuse is scary. It could happen in Texas. “A bill recently passed in Florida limits the rights of nursing home residents and offers protection to nursing home investors when patients in care are neglected or abused. It’s a disturbing piece of legislation in terms of what it says about the elderly residents in care – that they do not count. The broad terms of the bill may also shift the choice of […]


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Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2014 – The Association of Legal Administrators, an organization representing 9,000 professionals who lead the strategic business operations of law firms and law departments worldwide, has joined with several other legal business associations to call for a reconsideration of a Texas State Bar ethics decision that prohibits the use of certain titles for non-lawyer management positions. The Ethics Committee’s decision states a Texas firm may not use “officer” or “principal” in job titles for non-lawyer employees of the firm, arguing that doing so gives the impression of non-lawyers exerting control or influence over […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2014 – Medical negligence does not just happen in hospitals. It can happen in nursing homes, with dire consequences. “Medical negligence, malpractice or hospital errors are caused by a number of things,” explains Michael Smith, an Arkansas nursing home abuse lawyer. “In fact, the failure to provide needed care is typically the root cause of adverse events in nursing homes.” These incidents may also be classified as abuse. Just recently, the government issued a report, “Adverse Events in Skilled Nursing Facilities: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries,” that indicates there are five common […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2014 – Attorney Andrew Hook of the Hook Law Center has been selected for the 2014 Virginia Super Lawyers list. Selection for the list is a recognition of excellence in the practice of law, and the honor is awarded to the top five percent of attorneys in the state. Super Lawyers has named Hook one of Virginia’s top attorneys since 2006. “I am honored to receive this recognition from my peers and from Super Lawyers,” said Hook. “At the Hook Law Center, we work hard to deliver the best possible service to […]


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MELBOURNE, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2014 – InterActive Legal is pleased to announce that Letha Sgritta McDowell, CELA, has accepted its position of Special Advisor on Elder Law Planning. Ms. McDowell joins Stephen J. Silverberg, CELA, and former Chairman of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), who also serves in this position. Both have been substantial contributors to the upcoming release of InterActive Legal’s new comprehensive Elder Law Practice system. Ms. McDowell currently practices elder law in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area, counseling the elderly and those who care for them on the complicated web of […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2014 – Zamansky LLC has filed a FINRA arbitration on behalf of an elderly investor against Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (“Oppenheimer”) who claims that her accounts were churned by her financial advisor. The case is FINRA TN 1400862. The Statement of Claim in the arbitration alleges that the claimant, who is an 85 year-old investor, had her and her late husband’s accounts churned and excessively traded by their financial advisor at Oppenheimer. Although they needed to preserve their money, the Statement of Claim alleges that the Oppenheimer financial advisor concentrated their accounts […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2014 – Any agreements signed upon employment should be vetted with an employment attorney. Be on the alert for a clause indicating arbitration. Employment agreements may have a provision in them that a worker must submit to arbitration should there be a workplace dispute. If that agreement is signed without speaking to an employment attorney, the signatory is agreeing to resolve any disputes with an employer by means of arbitration. The arbitrator would be a privately hired judge. “Agreeing to arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism means you have signed away your right […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2014 – The Arc of Westchester named Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP® as President of the Board of Directors at its 65th Annual Membership Meeting. The Arc of Westchester is the largest agency in Westchester County serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Krooks is a founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP, with offices in New York City, White Plains and Fishkill and is the Chair of its Elder Law and Special Needs Department. He is a nationally prominent expert in all aspects of estate planning, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2014 – A female surgery patient alleged a Certified Nursing Assistant sexually assaulted her and that the hospital did not respond appropriately to her complaints. “The plaintiff in this lawsuit alleged that her sexual assault was not the first time the accused had assaulted patients and that he had been doing it for over a decade. Numerous woman had complained during that time, but nothing was done until recently when the complainant was told the person had been fired,” Daren Monroe, a Litigation Funding Corporation spokesperson said. Documentation filed with the court indicates […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2014 – Zamansky LLC announces that it is investigating independent broker-dealer firms for churning, unsuitable investments and other sales practice violations. According to Jacob Zamansky, stock fraud attorney for over 25 years, as the stock market has reached new highs, financial advisors have been under pressure to keep up. Our firm has seen incidents of churning by financial advisors and sales of riskier and more speculative investments than investors want, Zamansky states. Zamansky states that financial advisors at the smaller, independent brokerage firms may be in a position of trust where they […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2014 – Deciding what constitutes a reasonable expectation of privacy revolves around two questions. “The ability of the police to search automobiles is not absolute. However, if a court finds that evidence presented in court was taken during an unlawful search, the prosecution is barred from using it,” explains criminal defense attorney, Thomas C. Grajek. A search happens when representatives of the government, such as police officers, invade an area where an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy. There are two questions involved in the determination of this expectation. Did the individual […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2014 A distracted driver using a cellphone allegedly killed a young teen in California. “The police indicated that this fatal accident was likely caused by the driver attempting to retrieve a cellphone off the floor of her vehicle. In doing so, she ran into a crowd of four pedestrians, killing a young teen and injuring three others,” says Bobby Lee, an Austin injury lawyer, not involved in this case. The 1995 Saturn was heading west just prior to the accident. The young boy was taken to hospital, but died later as a result […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2014 – According to a criminal complaint filed against him, the truck driver charged in a crash that killed one person and critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan had not slept in more than 24 hours. Kevin Roper was behind the wheel of a Walmart tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike when he crashed into the back of a limo van carrying Morgan and his companions. Comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair died at the scene. Morgan was critically injured. Three other passengers, comedians Harris Stanton and Ardie Fuqua and Morgan’s assistant Jeff Millea, were […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 9, 2014 – Two years before the woman in this case was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, doctors failed to accurately deal with a malignant lump in her breast. “I am not involved in this case, but it caught my attention, as I deal with numerous hospital error lawsuits during the course of my practice. The woman in this instance first presented with a lump in her breast that was not accurately diagnosed in 2008. By 2010, she had progressed to Stage 3 cancer, which could kill her. She filed a medical malpractice […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 9, 2014 – Zamansky LLC announces that it is investigating Higher One Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ONE) for a possible shareholder derivative action. Higher One provides technology and payment service to the higher education industry and is based in New Haven, CT and incorporated in Delaware. The investigation concerns allegations of breaches of duties owed to shareholders by the officers and directors. On May 12, 2014, Higher One disclosed in its quarterly financial statement filing with the SEC that it is facing penalties from the Federal Reserve over alleged violations tied to its marketing […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2014 – Every state protects workers from various forms of discrimination. However, not all states protect transgender, lesbian, gay or bisexual workers from discrimination (LGBT). “Every state in the Union prohibits discriminating against workers based on their religion, race, national origin, gender and so forth. However, not every state offers the same kind of protection for LGBT employees,” outlines Timothy Coffey, an experienced Chicago employment attorney. Currently, there are 21 states and the District of Columbia that do offer protection to LGBT employees from discrimination. The remaining 29 states offer nothing in the […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2014 – Zamansky LLC announces that its investigation of the Campbell Strategic Allocation Fund, Campbell Global Trend Fund and other managed futures funds (“Campbell Funds”) in continuing. The Campbell Funds were sold to brokerage customers of the following firms which acted as selling agents: Prospera Financial Services, Inc. Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated Tricor Financial LLC LPL Financial Campbell Financial Services, Inc. Girard Securities, Inc. Polar Investment Counsel, Inc. The investigation concerns the potential conflicts of interest in the sales of the Campbell Funds by these brokerage firms to retail investors. According […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2014 – Personal finance website Bankrate.com has ranked Virginia as the 10th best state in the country in which to retire. The top three spots went to South Dakota, Colorado and Utah. New York was ranked as the worst state for retirees. Bankrate based its rankings on a number of factors, including health care quality, cost of living, taxes, crime rates and amount of sunshine. Virginia’s relatively low crime rates, reasonable cost of living and moderate taxation earned it its high rank. “Virginia is a great state for retirees,” said Andrew Hook, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2014 – This wrongful death, medical malpractice lawsuit resulted in a $3 million award. The family wanted to make others aware of the risks of pain injections. “When Joel Burnette turned 40-years old, he took his own life in 2013. He was in unrelenting pain, due to serious spinal injuries allegedly caused by a physician at a local pain clinic. The jury awarded $3 million, but with the lawsuit award cap on non-economic damages, the family will receive $250,000. The total award would then be $1.67 million,” explains Daren Monroe, a Litigation Funding […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 9, 2014 – The plaintiff in this wrongful death lawsuit alleges his daughter was released from hospital too soon, causing a preventable death. “The 17-year-old involved in this case was released from hospital in under two hours, which her father felt was too fast for her to have received the proper care for an overdose,” explains Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation representative. “The quick release also raised the suspicions of a local medical malpractice attorney.” On the teen’s release, she was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center, pursuant to an outstanding warrant for her […]


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