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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2013 – There is a growing push to install video cameras in nursing homes. The security cameras would be placed to catch incidents of elder care abuse, nursing home neglect and other areas of concern for safety and well-being of home residents. Camera footage, advocates say, would assist facilities identify poor care providers, and would allow law enforcement officers to pursue complaints. Lawmakers in Oklahoma are considering allowing mandatory video surveillance in that state’s more than 300 nursing homes, which serve more than 20,000 residents. The mandatory video monitoring is planned to go […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2013 – A whistleblower lawsuit will proceed against Wells Fargo and Mortgage Investors Corporation (MIC). It alleges that they illegally charged veterans hidden fees for refinancing home loans. “This case is as shocking as it is disgusting,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland whistleblower lawyer. “It involves six big name banks that apparently illegally charged vets hidden fees on refinanced home loans from the Veterans Administration (VA). The result of this perfidy is American taxpayers were taken for hundreds of millions of dollars.” The two remaining defendants, Wells Fargo and MIC opted to litigate, […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2013 – Drinking and driving in Florida has many consequences. “People in Florida may not understand that under the law here, DUI is one offense that covers driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages, chemical substances or controlled substances. This offense is proven by the level of impairment of the driver’s faculties at the time they are stopped,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. “For a deeper understanding of the law, a good reference page to visit is here.” The first conviction for Florida DUI is a fine of not less […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2013 – There are not too many things that are exempt when it comes to filing for bankruptcy, but pension plans and 401Ks definitely are. For people filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, this basically means this is a “liquidation bankruptcy,” the most common form filed in the U.S. When the bankruptcy is discharged, debtors come out the other side free of all debts. Being discharged is only available for individuals, not businesses, advised Iowa bankruptcy lawyer, Kevin Ahrenholz. When an individual files for Chapter 7, the first thing they do is choose […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq, to speak on estate planning. Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., a founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP, is a guest speaker at the 47th Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning on January 14, 2013, at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center, in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Krooks is speaking about the “graying” of baby boomers and their need for elder law services. Mr. Krooks will also discuss “Later Life Law” and how elder care attorneys may assist their clients with Medicaid options, as well as other […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2013 – Divorce rates continue to follow economic trends. The recent study, “Til Recession Do Us Part: Booms, Busts, and Divorce in the United States,” is out in early 2013, but researchers are already talking about how divorce rates follow the economic trends. A solid indicator of a growing and hearty economy in the U.S. is a high divorce rate, according to a professor of economics in the College of Business Administration. Abdur Chowdhury’s study shows that couples are more likely to divorce when things are good “out there,” and less likely to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 8 , 2013 – Two drunken drivers caused the death of a young mother. “You don’t see this happen often, two drunken drivers, almost behind one another on the road, both causing accidents within minutes. In this story, a 31-year-old mother, was first hit by a drunk driver. She was a passenger in a vehicle on the Houston freeway. It appeared that no one was hurt, so she climbed out of the car to check on the people in the other vehicle. She was hit and killed instantly by a second drunk driver,” explained […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2013 – Littman Krooks LLP continues to enhance their strong reputation in the special education community through new initiatives in 2013. The experienced, fast-growing team of special needs planning and special education attorneys and advocates is now uniquely positioned to better accommodate the needs of their clients. The firm has hired Giulia Frasca, an experienced special education attorney. Ms. Frasca works with children with special needs and their parents to obtain a free and appropriate public education from their school district. She also handles other special needs matters such as guardianships, and […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2013 – Joshpe Law Group LLP represented Roboinvest, Inc., an innovative online trading and investing company with a focus on social networking, in its merger with Pennaluna & Company Inc., one of the oldest broker-dealers in the country. Roboinvest merged with Pennaluna, an Idaho-based company, in exchange for equity. Roboinvest’s CEO, Michael Giles, has joined the executive management team of Pennaluna and the board of directors. Roboinvest allows traders and investors to follow each other, to see their trades in real-time, and to assess profits or loss. It is currently integrated with […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2013 – An Arizona policy to deny state driver’s licenses to some people is garnering protest. A coalition of civil rights groups filed suit on November 29, 2012 to block an Arizona policy that denies driver’s licenses to certain foreign nationals who are granted Deferred Action status and deemed temporarily eligible to remain and work in the U.S. by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In a statement on the matter, Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz said, “Beyond mean-spiritedness, it is hard to see what Arizona’s interest is in prohibiting issuance […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2013 – Some professionals may not understand what they said when it comes to sex discrimination. “This recent case, Blasdel v. North Western University, No. 11-2075, 7th Cir., 2012, is interesting, largely because the court decided that some professionals are not as aware and articulate as perhaps they should be when it comes to making sexist comments. That being said, it appears that even though they may make sexist remarks, they may not comprehend their significance, and thus are not censured for them,” remarked Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2013 – Studies show that substance abuse continues to be an issue for veterans. According to a new study from the Public Health Institute’s Alcohol Research Group, male military vets, with a history of heavy drinking, are seeking treatment in higher numbers than ever before. Many veterans who have sought treatment, report better health and lower instances of depression, when compared to their civilian counterparts. “There are a number of effective solutions for vets dealing with alcohol or other substance abuse issues,” said Tampa veterans attorney David W. Magann. The study was recently […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2013 – More grandparents than ever are raising their children’s children. It is estimated that close to 5.8 million children in the U.S. are living in their grandparents’ homes, and more than one million children are being raised by their grandparents. That means more than 2.5 million grandparents are currently head-of-household and parenting again. The number of U.S. grandchildren who are being raised by one or more of their grandparents continues to rise. In 1991, the U.S. Census Bureau listed 1.7 percent of children in grandparent-as-parent homes; the number went up to 2.5 […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2013 – A bus driver killed four people and injured countless others. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. “Although this gruesome story happened four years ago, justice caught up to the bus driver who killed four and injured numerous others in a bus wreck in Virginia. The judge who delivered the verdict stated that the driver’s conduct was so egregious, that he was finding him guilty on all four counts,” explained Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. During the course of the trial, there were at least 15 witnesses called, including several […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2013 – The issue of veterans and gun rights has been a speed bump in the $631 billion defense bill. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. has attempted to halt the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) plan to place the names of some veterans into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Sen. Coburn has stated that, in order to take away someone’s Second Amendment rights, it should be adjudicated, rather than simply mandated by an automated system. Inclusion on the list means veterans would be prohibited from owning or buying firearms. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2013 – Contracts cannot negate bankruptcy protection. It’s a very simple principle, one that has its origins in a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1938. In Johnson vs. Zerbst, the court defined a “waiver” as the “intentional surrender of a known privilege or right.” A bankruptcy discharge, coupled with the benefits of starting over debt-free, is considered a privilege. Thus, any clause in a contract that attempts to render an obligation invalid in a bankruptcy is attempting to negate bankruptcy protection. However, the bankruptcy code states this is non-enforceable, remarked Kevin Ahrenholz, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2013 – December 18 was International Migrants Day. International Migrants Day is observed world wide, and was designated in 2000 by the General Assembly of United Nations. On December 18, 1990, the General Assembly agreed upon an international convention which outlined rights for migrant workers and their family members. The day was chosen to take into account the vast and still-increasing number of people working throughout the world. Now, International Migrants Day is observed in many different countries, by governmental and non-governmental organizations, human rights organizations and political freedom orginizations. The goal of […]


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Wheeling, W.Va. (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2012 – The law firm Spilman Thomas & Battle (Spilman) announced that Lisa M. Hawrot and Ronald M. Musser have joined its Wheeling, W.Va. office as counsel. Hawrot has represented parties in West Virginia and Ohio in all aspects of complex family law for more than 15 years. Last year, she successfully argued an adoption matter before the West Virginia Supreme Court. Hawrot also has experience in real estate, including surface and mineral title examinations, and general litigation matters. She is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College and Ohio Northern University Claude […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 28 , 2012 – It is one thing to have a law banning texting while driving. It is another to be able to enforce it. “It’s good that there are laws banning the use of mobile devices when driving. Those kinds of laws are intended to save lives. The issue is enforcement. How does a police officer tell when someone is texting? If the offending driver sees a cop, they just lower the phone, or put it on the seat. It’s tough to just stop everyone in a car or other vehicle just because […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2012 – The parent company of Banana Boat, a line of sun-care products, is recalling a half-million bottles of aerosol sunscreen. There are reports that the product may catch fire if users come into contact with an open flame shortly after applying it. “This is a frightening example of what can go wrong with a product most people would never imagine to be dangerous,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz. Energizer Holdings announced the recall of 23 products in their UltraMist sunscreen line, including UltraMist Sport, UltraMist Kids, and UltraMist Ultra […]


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