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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2013 – Employers may make reasonable accommodations for workers with religious restrictions, unless it causes workplace issues. Religion is an important issue to many Americans. Important enough to inform their employer if they follow the teachings of a certain faith that may interfere with them performing the job they were hired to do. This case outlines that although employers are bound to make realistic adjustments for religious beliefs, there is a line in the sand when it comes to how a person’s faith interferes with a company’s ability to get a job done. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 4, 2013 – Some drugs help. Other drugs, like Cymbalta, have the potential to kill, as they did in this case. “Wrongful death, defective product lawsuits involving the suicide of a young teen are particularly hard to deal with. The family is distraught and in shock. They want to know that what happened to their son will never happen to anyone else. The drug Cymbalta is at the center of the storm in this lawsuit and eventual settlement,” indicated Austin injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke, with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. Cymbalta was approved for use […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 4, 2013 – Every 15 minutes in the U.S., someone is killed by a drunk driver. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a recommendation that the legal blood alcohol level be lowered to 0.05. The Texas office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has formally backed the new proposal, stating that the lower limit would save lives. Austin Police Chief, Art Acevedo, released a statement in which, while he did not formally endorse the new level, stated the change was worth “robust exploration and debate.” “Driving under the influence continues to be […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 4, 2013 – A bus driver involved in a recent crash has a record for a prior fatal accident involving another bus accident. “While it may not be relevant to the current bus accident, a 65-year-old bus driver was also involved in a similar accident 15 years ago. The latest accident, on a North Texas highway, left two dead and many injured. The vehicle strayed across the highway and rammed into the center median. There were 46 occupants on board at the time,” outlined Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. No one seems […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) June 3, 2013 – The man that died in this incident was sat on by eleven police officers. “This was one of the most horrendous cases I have ever read about,” indicated Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer, who practices personal injury, accidents and malpractice law in Georgia. “It was just beyond comprehension that if the complete details of this man’s death were true, that eleven law enforcement officers would sit on someone and asphyxiate them.” The incident happened in 2007 when a young man appeared in a store, telling the clerk there were people […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire)June 3, 2013 – People are uncertain as to whether they may rent a house after declaring bankruptcy. They may rent, but require the bankruptcy trustee’s permission. The situation of a debtor possibly needing to rent a home after filing for bankruptcy is more applicable for Chapter 13 bankruptcies. Chapter 13 is a payment plan that allows the debtor to pay back a portion of their debt over a three to five year time frame. While under bankruptcy protection, debtors are allowed a discretionary budget to pay for living expenses. This budget is monitored by […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2013 – A notable Colorado custody dispute hinged on permanent residency. A custody dispute in the case of Madrone v. Madrone (Colo. Nov 27. 2012) highlights the need to firmly establish primary residency of both parental parties for the court. Karah Madrone, Lorrena Madrone and their three-year-old daughter moved from Oregon to Boulder, Colorado. But shortly after the couple split up, Lorrena took the daughter, R.M. full-time, and allowed Karah to have visitation rights. At some point, Lorrena cut off contact between Karah and R.M. and moved with R.M to New Mexico and […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2013 – Democratic U.S. Senators introduced legislation allowing private student loan debt to be discharged through bankruptcy. The bill would undo a 2005 change to U.S. bankruptcy laws that protects privately held student loan debt – with very limited exceptions – from being discharged when the debtor declares bankruptcy. “This reform is aimed at the large number of Americans saddled by burdensome student loans and a weak job market,” said Brandon bankruptcy lawyer O. Reginald Osenton. “Student loans issued by private companies should be treated like any other private, unsecured debt, and be […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 30, 2013 – The new budget proposal from the White House includes a shift in how Social Security benefits will be adjusted for inflation. The change is expected to save at least $130 billion over the next 10 years, but those cuts will be felt by millions of people in the U.S., including the elderly and children. “For families that are above the poverty line, Social Security benefits can still be an integral part of their financial security,” stated Tampa Social Security lawyer David W. Magann. The chained consumer price index (CPI), is designed […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire)May 30, 2013 – Patients that experience hospital errors find resolution of their issues difficult. Finally, a doctor has been on the same side of the fence. “It’s not often you hear about a doctor being on the receiving end of a hospital error, but it seems that one doctor did find himself in that revolving door, and didn’t like it,” explained Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. The physician in question had an eye-opening experience when involved, in a peripheral manner, with his mother’s […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) May 30, 2013 – Atlanta personal injury attorney James Rice has been defending victims of drunk driving accidents for years and there is no lessening in the incidence of drunk driving accidents. “Despite all efforts to end drinking and driving, people still drive while intoxicated,” says Atlanta Car Accident attorney Jim Rice. National public awareness campaigns to educate the general public about the dangers of drinking and driving, and state and local law enforcement increasing enforcement of driving while under the influence continue to rise, as do the incidences of arrest and accidents due to […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 29, 2013 – A bill to overhaul Florida’s alimony laws passed both chambers of the state legislature. After the House and Senate approved the measure by comfortable margins, it went to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature. If made law, the bill would do away with permanent alimony and allow judges to alter existing divorce judgments, among other provisions. “Permanent alimony may be awarded unnecessarily in some cases,” commented Brandon divorce lawyer Joshua Law, “but in others, it may be the most sensible outcome. There is no perfect solution to this issue.” If the […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2012 – The Begley Law Group is hosting a free seminar open to the public in which the issues of planning for a child with disabilities will be discussed. Begley Law Group attorney Ethan Ordog will give a presentation on topics such as guardianship and special needs trusts. “One of the most pressing issues the parent of a child with disabilities will face is how to approach estate planning, guardianship and special needs trust issues in order to prepare for the child’s safe and secure future,” stated New Jersey estate planning attorney Thomas […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2013 – Over 3,000 miles of aging, leaking iron gas pipelines create a safety hazard in Michigan. A recent report in the Detroit Free Press detailed the dangers of leaking wrought- and cast-iron natural gas mains throughout Michigan and the slow progress the state’s two largest utilities have made in replacing them. “These old gas mains need to be replaced, and soon,” said Washington D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz, who specializes in pipeline accidents. “Every year they remain in the ground increases the likelihood of another terrible accident.” According to the report, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2013 – Wife may have shot her husband to death for being infected with HIV and Hepatitis. “The woman in this murder case shot her husband while he slept, and while the motive seemingly remains unclear, there is strong speculation she took his life for cheating on her. Currently, the woman in question is serving a jail sentence, with a release date of August 2027,” outlined Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. The woman made no bones about the fact she shot her husband when she was […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2013 – Some Texas seniors have been targeted by identity thieves. Individuals posing as Medicare program employees have been targeting seniors in Texas, state officials say. Medicare recipients in the state have reported that they have received calls from someone identifying themselves as employees of Medicare. The supposed employee informs the victims that the federal program is in the process of updating Medicare identification cards and requests additional identifying information to issue a new card. The victim is informed that the new card will be needed to continue to receive Medicare benefits. Information […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2013 – Lawmakers passed a bill to allow charities to keep money from donors who turn out to be scam artists. The legislation, HB 95, would help protect charities from “clawback,” a legal action by which bankruptcy trustees try to recover a debtor’s assets from third parties in order to repay creditors or victims. If a charity accepts a donation in good faith, that money would be protected if it is later discovered that the donor was committing fraud. “The interests of creditors and victims need to be well-represented in bankruptcy law, but […]


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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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