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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2012 – A nurses’ assistant in Roanoke, VA, was recently sentenced to 24 years in prison, though she will likely serve a mere fraction of that sentence behind bars. Ashley Michelle Sweeney was convicted of stealing wedding rings from veterans at Virginia Veterans Care Center, a state nursing home, and pawning them. Sweeney stated that she needed the cash to support her addiction to pain killers she alleges developed after gallbladder surgery several years previous. Case prosecutors stated that Sweeney had an accomplice, another aide at the home, Brittney Heather Cook. Cook was […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2012 – Police in Melbourne, Florida arrested four men suspected of attempting to break into parked cars in the area. The men were spotted allegedly pulling door handles on the cars at a parking lot near an apartment complex. An area resident near the Harbor City Country Club Estates called police at 3 a.m. Police arrived in time to spot the alleged perpetrators who took off by car. Wickham Road police officers came into visual contact with the suspects, as the suspects abandoned their vehicle and fled on foot. The Brevard County Sheriff’s […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2012 – Sunbeam Products, Inc. has announced a recall of over half a million Mr. Coffee brand coffee makers. The recall is in response to reports of a defect that has already caused injury to a number of users. “Product safety recalls are serious business,” said Zephyrhills personal injury attorney Robert Alston. “The media do a good job of getting the information out there, but consumers need to do the legwork of checking to see whether their specific product has been recalled.” The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and Sunbeam Products […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2012 – There are many situations that arise for last chance employment agreements. Do not sign away Title VII rights. “If you find yourself in a situation where you have been presented with a last chance agreement and one of the requirements is you relinquish your Title VII rights, speak to an experienced employment attorney right away. Have the attorney review the document before signing anything,” advised 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 […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 5, 2011 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 in the field of Elder Law and Trusts and Estates. Only a select group of lawyers are chosen for this distinction; Krooks has been included among this elite group for each of the last six years. His selection results from an exhaustive peer-review survey comprising nearly four million confidential evaluations by fellow attorneys. The survey is conducted by Best Lawyers, which has been considered a definitive guide […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 5, 2012 – Though divorces happen, a contentious divorce doesn’t have to be standard operating procedure. Author Alan Dunn recently argued in Huffington Post’s “A Diplomatic Divorce Is the Only Way to Go,” that though divorce is fraught with emotion, regardless of the reason for the split, it is possible to have an amicable divorce. Dunn defines an “amicable divorce” as one where the parties agree to the terms of spousal support, custody arrangements, child support, and the division of estate and other assets without first going before a judge. An amicable divorce is […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) October 5, 2012 – Caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases are being struck down slowly but surely in various states. “Missouri’s Supreme Court has recently ruled that the cap on pain and suffering damages in a medical malpractice case, which is set at $350,000, is unconstitutional, as it deprives patients/victims of their right to a trial by jury. It’s about time rulings like this are being handed down,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer of Mellino Robenalt LLC, in Ohio. “For those who strongly believe in constitutional rights, this decision is […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 5, 2012 – Google’s self-driving cars have so far traveled approximately 300,000 miles, piloted solely by computers, without causing one single accident. When it comes to people-piloted cars, however, the statistics show a different story. In the U.S., as of 2008 (the most recent year listed by the U.S. Census Bureau), there were some 10.8 million traffic accidents, resulting in 35.9 million fatalities. State by state statistics also show a high number of incidents. According to the latest information from the Texas State Department of Transportation, there were just under 58,000 serious injury car […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 5, 2012 – A four-year old child darts into street, causing a crash, and the subsequent death of her father. An off-duty police officer was on his way home when a 4-year-old girl darted in front of his motorcycle. He attempted to stop, but was unable to avoid hitting the child and her cousin. “It was 10:00 p.m. which makes one wonder what a 4-year-old was doing in the middle of the street at that time of night,” asked Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. The child’s father witnessed the accident from inside […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 4, 2012 – In June, the White House offered immigrants “deferred action” if they were brought to the U.S. as children, and if they otherwise qualify under the DREAM Act. This announcement was an effective stopgap measure which froze deportation proceedings for many young immigrants. Congress is now drafting a solution to give permanent residence to those who qualify. This deferment, the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA), means that the Department of Homeland Security has (DHS) has decided that the individual is not a high priority for immigration enforcement, and the DHS does […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 4, 2012 – A 14-year-old girl was repeatedly sexually assaulted by her 48-year-old teacher. “This was one of those cases where you shake your head and wonder what on earth possesses people,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “It involves one of the worst breaches of trust anyone could perpetuate – the abuse of a young teen by a teacher.” The young girl committed suicide just three weeks before her 17th birthday.The man was ultimately charged with three counts of sexual intercourse without consent. […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2012 – According to a 2009 survey of the members of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, some 90 percent of actively practicing obstetrician-gynecologists reported that they faced one or more lawsuits during their medical careers. OB/GYNs are some of the most frequently sued medical practioners. Even when expectant parents work with a well-recommended obstetrician and hospital to help provide care during the pregnancy and birth of their child, things can sometimes still go wrong, and medical mistakes can be made. Those medical mistakes may lead to a birth injury, bringing pain, […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2012 – A forty-year-old South Florida man, a former South Beach club owner, was cleared of a DUI charge on Monday, though he still faces a reckless driving charge. His attorney has stated that the dismissal of the DUI charge was a huge victory. Standard police vehicle and arrest videotape, which showed the accused going through the standard inebriation testing procedure with police when he was arrested, was instrumental in getting the man’s charge dropped. In the video, the man is shown removing his socks and emptying his pockets before being patted down […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2012 – Many debtors do not believe it, but they can recover from bankruptcy. Filing for bankruptcy is a very difficult and highly emotional decision; many do not take the matter lightly, and have many questions to discuss with their Iowa bankruptcy lawyer. Some of the questions may include, but are not limited to, how to get new credit in the future, how filing for bankruptcy will affect their credit rating and whether or not they will be able to rent or buy a home. Many individuals are concerned about what kind […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2012 – Chesapeake Energy, the Oklahoma City-based oil and gas producer, has apparently begun reinterpreting contracts with thousands of royalty owners, passing certain costs on to them, even when many lessors believe their leases contain no-cost clauses. Chesapeake claims that other contract provisions allow the company to deduct costs from royalty payments. At least a dozen lawsuits have been filed against the driller by royalty owners. “It largely comes down to the language of the initial lease,” says Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney. “Royalty provisions in leases can be […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2012 – Florida remains the most dangerous state in the nation for bicyclists. There are nearly as many bike-related deaths there in the average year as in California, which has a population roughly twice as large. California is similar to Florida, in that the weather is conducive to bicycling all year long in much of the state. California has well over 37,000,000 people and Florida has about 19 million. Florida had 125 deaths from biking accidents in 2008 and California just 99. “Bicycle recreation is very appealing in our beautiful state, and unfortunately, […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2012 – The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted 22 years ago, and yet many qualified people with disabilities are being overlooked when it comes to gainful employment. Military veterans appear to be a highly excluded group. A 2011 poll, conducted by the Northeast ADA Center and the Society for Human Resource Management, found that 67 percent of polled HR professionals included military veterans in their company’s hiring policy, or as part of their diversity outreach within the past year. Meanwhile, just 17 percent of those HR professionals stated that they […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2012 – While the process of divorce may not have a direct effect on someone’s credit score or credit history, personal credit may be affected. According to Rob Berger at DoughRoller.net, the way individuals in a marriage manage their financial separating during a divorce will help determine if and how their credit rating changes once they are legally split. It pays to plan ahead in order to avoid costly long-term mistakes. For example, even if just one spouse is ordered to pay off a debt, such as a jointly-held credit card, warns Berger, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2012 – Lawsuits can go either way in court, as this plaintiff discovered when she lost her case. “While there are many reasons to file a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), those reasons must be valid when tested by the courts. If they are not, the plaintiff may lose their case. This is appears to have what happened in Samper v. Providence St. Vincent Med. Ctr., 9th Cir., 4/11/12,” 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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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2012 – Ohio recently launched a series of financial incentives to encourage and promote positive nursing home standards. The new approach ties a percentage of the Medicaid payments, on which most nursing homes rely to quantifiable quality ratings, including residents’ satisfaction levels, the ratio of nurses-to-staff and the number of avoidable medical complications that arise on a regular basis. “States have long struggled to find how to improve the quality of nursing home care when it is needed. They’ve tried fines, citations and various sanctions,” said Dallas elder care attorney John Hale. “Hopefully, […]


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