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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2013 – This case was deadly. The family that lost their son, as a result of a texting driver, fought for legislation to stop the behavior. “This was one of those cases that was depressing and exhilarating at the same time,” commented Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “The victim, a young man in the wrong place at the wrong time, ended up dead by the side of the road after another driver ran into him as he was trying to move his disabled car […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2013 – Michigan state legislators are working on the 2014 budget for the state. There is increased pressure from elder care advocates for legislators to include Medicaid expansion funds in the budget, as outlined by Gov. Rick Snyder in his proposal. “The expansion of Medicaid would allow for health coverage to increase, covering roughly 75,000 seniors in Michigan,” stated Michigan elder law attorney Christopher Berry. “While there seems to be more to examine about cost to taxpayers and the ensuring burden, all of our state’s seniors need the security and safety of […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2013 – A California utility is nearly finished with a government-mandated inspection of its pipelines. The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) recently issued a statement saying it is on schedule to finish inspection and pressure testing in its gas pipelines by the end of April, 2013. The safety review was part of a package of recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) following a fatal 2010 explosion near San Francisco. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz commented, “It is good to see PG&E making progress in its safety review and […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2013 – Federal immigration authorities have released a number of detainees around the country to save money. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field offices have reportedly been told to examine the number of detained immigrants under their care to ensure that the jail population does not exceed the budgetary limits. A spokesperson for ICE has reported that a number of immigrants previously detained were released and are now under a more “cost effective” form of supervision as part of a budget-cutting measure. The spokesperson declined to say how many people were included […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2013 – Employees with a hair trigger temper and combative demeanor may find themselves unemployed. “Most employers have had experience with an employee who is difficult to work with, in the sense they are overly sensitive and seem to take offense at and with everything. There are even those who cannot take any kind of constructive criticism. The reaction(s) of individuals such as that, may result in discipline and/or being let go,” outlined Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2013 – Drinking and driving do not mix, and neither do drinking and white water rafting. “It never ceases to amaze me that people who are three sheets to the wind think they can drive, or operate anything that requires being sober to be safe,” said Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. “This case is a prime example of someone getting wasted before white water rafting, the guide in fact, and being responsible for the death of a paying customer.” A rafter drowned in 2012, after being jostled off a raft while […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2013 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled a federal court must hear a father’s child custody claim. Jeffrey Chafin, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, found great solace in the Court’s 9-0 decision overturning the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling that the case was beyond the legal reach of U.S. courts. Joshua Law, a Brandon divorce attorney who is not involved in the case, commented, “This is an unusual case to be argued before the Supreme Court, which only hears a tiny fraction of the cases appealed to it each year. Regardless […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2013 – For those living in Ohio, there are several things to know about how medical malpractice cases are treated in the state. “When medical malpractice law changed in Ohio, in 2002, it only applied to claims that arose out of acts or omissions after April 1, 2003. This included a cap on non-economic damages. There have been no court issued opinions relating to the constitutionality of the provisions of that particular act —- S.B. 281, 124th Leg. (2002),” said Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. “However, the Supreme Court did uphold […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2013 – One of the most common questions debtors have when they speak to an Iowa bankruptcy lawyer is “What is involved in foreclosure?” Declaring bankruptcy is a stressful thing to do, and with so many details, documents, rules, regulations and various meetings, it can be a nightmare to comprehend everything going on. The most upsetting part of bankruptcy is the threat of foreclosure. In general, foreclosure is when a lender takes action to repossess their property; property they have a mortgage against resulting from money lent to the debtor. In the […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 5, 2013 – A nonprofit organization is working to connect returning vets with innovative investors and new companies. A new nonprofit organization based in Milwaukee, with funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ innovation initiative, is supporting entrepreneurial vets. “Veterans often are educated in the most cutting-edge technologies available,” stated veterans disability attorney James Fausone. “And they have the discipline and drive to succeed.” The nonprofit, VETransfer, is working with current and returning veterans to help them find the funding and the support they need to launch start-up ventures. Cofounders Greg Meier and […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 5, 2013 – Some U.S. vets are not aware of the long-term care offered to them by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA provides a health care benefit plan for military vets. It includes a number of diagnostic services, preventive and treatment services and hospitalization. There is also a variety of long-term care options, if needed. When enrolled in the plan, vets are eligible for: * Adult day health care, offering both medical and rehabilitation services * Home care, including nursing and physical therapy in the home * Geriatric evaluations, […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) April 5, 2013 – Pedestrian accidents are on the rise. Often they are a result of multiple issues. “Thanks to technology, more pedestrians are being seriously injured and killed as a result of texting while walking, or surfing the Internet while thumbing their iPhones. If it isn’t one thing, it’s another. Even those walking with headphones on are becoming injury statistics or fatalities. There is just too much going on for people to pay attention to everything around then,” indicated Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer, who practices personal injury, accidents and malpractice law in […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2013 – Motorcycle accidents may be more about brain calculations than not seeing bikers. “I ran across an interesting article about motorcycles and accidents, which I thought might be the standard piece relating to drivers insisting they do not see bikers. I was surprised when I realized it had a piece of information in it about how a brain calculates distance that made me sit up and take notice,” explained Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. It is no secret that motorcycle accidents are common; […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2013 – Green tea extract has been found to interfere with the formation of damaging plaque which leads to Alzheimer’s. A new research study through the University of Michigan indicates that green tea may help battle Alzheimer’s disease. A molecule found in the tea appears to prevent damage to proteins in the brain associated with the neurodegenerative disease. “The findings are a glimmer of hope for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease,” stated Christopher J. Berry, a Michigan elder law attorney. The development of the damaging proteinsm known as metal-associated amyloids, have […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2013 – The City of Chicago will pay a $4.5 million settlement to the family of a woman killed by an off-duty police officer. On March 21, 2012, Rekia Boyd, 22, was shot and killed by off-duty police detective Dante Servin. Nearly a year later, the Chicago City Council’s Finance Committee approved a $4.5 million settlement of the family’s wrongful death case against the city. “It is tragic that this young woman, an innocent bystander, lost her life,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago wrongful death attorney not involved in the case. “One hopes […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2013 – Usually an employer disciplines everyone to the same extent. There are exceptions to that rule. “In most cases where a worker has done something requiring discipline in the workplace, the same discipline is handed out to others who commit similar offenses. In theory that works. In practice, it may not,” commented Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. Not every instance of an infraction of workplace rules will necessarily draw the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2013 – U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement agents may have been contemplating extensive profiling. According to The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, emails have been obtained which strongly indicate that the U.S. government was contemplating racial profiling to meet deportation quotas. Emails from May 2012 show at least 10 initiatives by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement to bump the number of deported “criminal aliens,” including a plan that involved working with that state’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The ACLU has voiced concern that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2013 – It was a night those that survived this accident would remember. Vodka and cranberry juice killed a young mother. “New Year’s eve is a time for celebration. However, it is also time for discretion when it comes to drinking and driving. The woman driving the vehicle in this fatal accident had tanked up on vodka and cranberry juice, and then decided to head home in the wee hours of the morning, with two other passengers in her car. However, she drove her car off the road, into Jamaica Bay, into 4-feet […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2013 – The number of working poor in America continues to grow. That is the conclusion of a recent report from the Working Poor Project. The working poor are families struggling with poverty, despite having working parents. Much of the recent decline in unemployment comes from relatively low-paying jobs in the service and retail industries. Tampa bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton commented, “It is sad to see that despite the employment situation improving somewhat, the problem of poverty continues to grow. Huge numbers of American families are struggling to stay afloat.” According to […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) April 1, 2013 – Preference actions return money to a bankruptcy trustee, for use in discharging a debtor’s debts. Many people are not aware of the preference action, which is a lawsuit, filed by a bankruptcy trustee, to get funds paid to a creditor before bankruptcy is filed. If the trustee has all they need to file, they must do so within two years of when the debtor files for bankruptcy protection. If they miss this deadline, the suit cannot be filed, indicates Iowa bankruptcy lawyer, Kevin Ahrenholz. The ability to get money back […]


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