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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2013 – Now that politicians are pulling together to draft an immigration reform bill, the technology sector has started lobbying for skilled workers. “The timing could not be better for the technology sector,” indicated Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida, “particularly if the political powers that be are sincerely working towards a comprehensive immigration reform bill. While that is the latest news out of Washington, it would stand to reason the current party camaraderie may not […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2013 – A wrongful termination lawsuit has been filed by a former professor at the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB). The professor, Susan Mills, alleges that her position was wrongfully terminated as part of broader staff reductions. Mills, a tenured English professor, was given notice approximately one year ago that her position would be cut, along with 87 other members of the faculty. The university had claimed that its separation from Texas Southmost College created a need to eliminate positions. However, Mills alleges that the university began hiring instructors in her department […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire)May 23, 2013 – It is difficult to know what motivates people to drive recklessly, or commit criminal acts. No one will know why in this case, as the driver killed herself in a wreck. “This is one of those accidents that no one ever wants to see again. The aftermath was complete carnage,” outlined Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. “The worst part is, this type of accident could happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere.” Consider the case of a 30-year old woman driving at […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2013 – A new bill has been introduced to help direct business to qualified disabled vets. A bill has been introduced in Connecticut which would establish a program requiring state and semi-public agencies contracting for goods and services in excess of $100,000 to set aside a percentage of contracts for bids exclusively from disabled veterans who are qualified contractors. “There are numerous small business construction companies led by qualified disabled vets,” remarked Tampa veterans attorney David W. Magann. “This Set-Aside bill is one way to help them prove their work and build their […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2013 – A bill awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature would create a presumption in favor of equal time-sharing in child custody cases. Senate Bill 718 is most widely known and debated for the fact that it would do away with permanent alimony in Florida. But another important aspect of the legislation is also attracting its share of supporters and detractors. The bill would create a presumption for equal time-sharing by declaring it to be, with limited exceptions, in the best interest of the child. “Equal time-sharing is often of significant benefit to children […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2013 – In a recent case, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission ruled that an injury sustained during a car accident at the end of a work day was compensable. In the case, Goss v. North Shore Trust & Savings, the petitioner, who was a director of investments, drove to a retail store at the close of business to purchase a rug for her employer’s booth at a local business exposition. On the way to the store, she was involved in a car accident and suffered injuries. The commission affirmed the decision of the […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2013 – Payment reductions are expected for Medicare and Medicaid in light of sequestration cuts. This March, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that the Medicare FFS Program (Part A and Part B) is slated for a reduction in payments due to the sequestration order which was recently signed into law. Health care suppliers and providers have been notified that reimbursements for claims that are filed for both dates-of-service and dates-of-discharge starting on April 1, 2013, will now have a 2 percent reduction in the amount that is reimbursed. This […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2013 – Florida is not the only state where patients will need to fight harder for justice, only to have the rug pulled out from under them. “It’s extremely troubling to hear about what is happening in other states, like Florida, when it directly affects the rights of medical malpractice victims. For instance, Florida now wants to require a higher burden of proof in medical malpractice lawsuits and would block litigation against hospitals for malpractice if it was committed by individuals who are not employees —- which would mean most of the doctors,” […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2013 – The Florida legislature is currently considering a bill to end lifetime spousal support. A bill was recently passed by the Senate and is now before the House which would end the practice of awarding permanent alimony in Florida and would establish a table of alimony formulas for use by the courts going forward. “This is just the latest in a groundswell of alimony changes across the U.S.,” said Denver divorce attorney Bill Thode. “Similar bills are pending in Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Oregon.” Permanent alimony is considered a holdover from […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2013 – Some drunk drivers just do not “get” it. The one in this case certainly did not. “Some drunk drivers realize the error of their ways, and do something constructive about it. Others, like the one in this case, find more and more creative ways to keep on drinking and driving, and the consequences be darned,” said Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “If you can believe this, a 45-year-old man with a prior conviction for DWI, jiggered with his vehicle ignition device, designed […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2013 – A Texas fertilizer plant exploded, killing at least 15 people and injuring as many as 200. The explosion on April 17, 2013, occurred at a facility owned by the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas that was used for the storage and distribution of fertilizers. The building caught fire, then exploded as firefighters tried to extinguish the flames. The cause of the fire remains unknown. “Fertilizers are quite hazardous and require very stringent safety protocols in their handling and storage,” said David Lietz, a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer who specializes […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2013 – A bill that would make it more difficult to sue nursing homes passed a Florida Senate committee. SB 1384, sponsored by Senator Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 7-2 vote. The bill would affect plaintiffs seeking to recover punitive damages from nursing homes. They would have to establish at an evidentiary hearing that the nursing home breached its legal duty, resulting in actual injury, loss, or damage. “While some lawsuits brought against nursing homes, as in any field of practice, may be frivolous or unfounded, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2013 – A baffling death at a South Padre Island water park in Texas prompted this man’s family to file a wrongful death lawsuit. “This case had some serious loose ends, and the family, worried that this type of accident may happen to other workers at the same facility, opted to file a wrongful death lawsuit,” explained Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. The young man involved in this case was only 20-years-old when he died at work, his head allegedly crushed by a wave generator he […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2013 – No matter politicians say, it might not be what they are really doing when it comes to immigration reform. “These days, no matter what news comes out of Washington, one has to regard it with a jaundiced eye. This is due to the fact that traditionally, Republicans and Democrats have a long history of not getting along. Certainly, we all know how they did not agree on how immigration reform should be handled. Mostly, the perfect storm of avoidance delayed reform until now —- maybe,” added Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2013 – The state of New York has several major public health insurance programs, including Medicaid, commonly known as “Regular Medicaid.” While Regular Medicaid in New York offers extensive health care services including: dental care; diagnostic testing; home care; hospitalization; mental health support; out-patient care at hospitals and community clinics; and physical therapy, clients of Medicaid in New York must receive their prescription drugs via Medicare Part D. Any individual currently receiving or about to begin receiving New York State Medicaid must join a Medicare prescription drug plan, or they will lose […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2013 – A charter bus accident in Texas has left two people dead. A charter bus bound for Oklahoma overturned on a Dallas turnpike on April 12. Witnesses stated that the bus went off the road on the right shoulder, slammed against a barrier, then over corrected to the left across several lanes of traffic and hit a concrete median. The bus then rode over the concrete barrier, flipped on its right side and came to rest. What caused the accident has yet to be determined; investigators are examining physical evidence in the […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2013 – Auto insurance fraud, by most measures, is more widespread in Florida than in any other state. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) conducted an analysis of staged accidents occurring from 2007 to 2009 nationwide. According to the report, Florida was the top state for staged accidents during that period, at 3,006. Second place went to New York, with just over half that number. “Florida, unfortunately, is home to a great deal of insurance fraud, but local measures are improving the situation,” commented Zephyrhills accident attorney Robert Alston. The report also listed […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2013 – The state of California is planning to shift long-term care to managed care companies. Managed care companies offer comprehensive care for low-income seniors and people with disabilities for a fixed monthly rate. The program to be adopted in California is MediConnect and it is designed to cover individuals with extensive levels of care and is covered by benefits from both Medi-Cal, California’s version of the federal Medicaid program, and Medicare. “During the next 12-plus months, it is estimated that approximately 456,000 people will be enrolled in California in the largest […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2013 – Bikers are extremely vulnerable to unbelievably painful injuries or death if they are involved in an accident. “No matter what amount of safety gear a biker dons, they are still moving leather targets, simply because they do not have the same kind of protection that a car has —- they are not surrounded by a steel frame, do not have air bags and are not wearing seat belts. A collision often means ejection from the bike. Ejection often leads to death due to brain trauma,” indicated Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2013 – A Louisiana man is suing a local hospital, alleging inattentive care left him with deep vein thrombosis in both legs. Louis A. Dirosa of Jefferson Parish filed a lawsuit against four defendants in connection with his February, 2010 hospitalization. He says that after he was admitted to the hospital, a nurse gave him an enema and left him on a bedpan. Dirosa alleges that he fell asleep and was left on the bedpan for four and a half hours, which caused painful swelling, deep indentations in his skin, and deep vein […]


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