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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2012 – The driver in an accident that took a young boy’s life was under the influence of drugs. “You hear a lot of stories about people driving drunk, but driving under the influence can and does mean driving under the influence of drugs too. In this shocking case, a 23-year-old female was indicted on felony charges of aggravated driving under the influence, resulting in the death of a 9-year-old boy out riding his bike,” said Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. Tests indicate the woman had amphetamines and marijuana in her […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2012 – Florida A&M University is the target of a lawsuit filed by the family of Robert Champion, a drum major who died in November. It is a wrongful death suit alleging Florida A&M University officials knew of a marching band ritual that includes hazing. Apparently Champion was beaten by several band members on the band’s bus. There were 11 band members in total charged with felony hazing. The incident was so disturbing the band was suspended through the next school year. Also, the band director retired, even though he had been serving […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2012 – A new bill in front of the California State Assembly would allow judges to recognize more than two parents for one child. The legislation has passed the California Senate and is slated to be sent to the governor’s office soon. Sen. Mark Leno (D) originally introduced the bill in response to a Court of Appeals ruling that stated courts did not have the authority to recognize more than two parents for a child, and that the legislature must grant them that ability. The Court of Appeals ruling overturned a lower court […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 7, 2012 – A new package of bills, Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 (HR 1627), recently passed by both the House and Senate and is awaiting signature by the President. HR 1627 includes a number of new bills intended to benefit members of the military, including a stipulation that requires VA facilities to allow access to service dogs for veterans. Prior to the drafting of HR 1627, seeing eye dogs were the only service dogs allowed unchecked access in VA facilities, and service and disability advocates have […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) September 7, 2012 – Filing for bankruptcy is not an easy process. It is a smart move to work with an Iowa bankruptcy lawyer. Filing for bankruptcy protection is an agonizing process. It takes a lot of thought and consideration about the consequences and whether filing for bankruptcy is truly necessary. Most people choose to file for bankruptcy by working with a competent bankruptcy lawyer, but there is the option of filing pro se. However, filing pro se still means having a good knowledge of the applicable laws, says Iowa bankruptcy lawyer Kevin Ahrenholz. […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) September 07, 2012 – Surgeon with 122 medical malpractice lawsuits filed against him is still giving advice and practicing medicine. “This story will seriously make you question whether or not to rely on medical advice handed out online. Dr. Spryos Panos, who claims to be one of the most skilled orthopedic surgeons in America, is facing 122 medical malpractice lawsuits. He even offers advice in online forums relating to orthopedic topics, ranging from caring for joints to if and when surgery may be required as a result of sports injuries,” explained Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 6, 2012 – Abuse of patients suffering from brain injuries has allegedly taken place at the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation in Wauchula, Florida. Twenty former and current patients have said residents have frequently been abused, confined and neglected. Additionally, over 2,000 pages of various documents such as police reports, autopsies and medical records, reportedly show violence, and even death have occurred at the facility. In five resident deaths – two in the last 1.5 years – families of patients, or official agencies, have indicated there has been abuse. (The other three deaths happened […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2012 – The Uniform Law Commission has provided their final approval for the Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act, a codification of rights for deployed military parents. Used by various state legislatures, the Act attempts to unify the rights of military parents in custody arrangements. Because military personnel often live in different states and on a variety of bases, individual state legislatures may have adopted their own child custody and visitation rules. However, if these rules vary widely by state, there could be confusion created by all the differences. Furthermore, it is common […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2012 – Legislation that would keep highly-skilled immigrant workers in the United States was passed overwhelmingly by the house last November, but political maneuvering, including a hold placed on the bill by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), has so far prevented it from becoming law. The bill, H.R. 3012, is known as the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. Although Grassley reached a compromise to remove his hold on the bill, obstacles remain. Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney, suggested that H.R. 3012 would be a step forward for U.S. immigration policy. “H.R. 3012 was […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2012 – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., a founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP, will be a featured speaker at the 43rd Annual Estate Planning Institute on September 10, 2012 at the Practicing Law Institute in New York, NY. Mr. Krooks will present updates on Elder Law, especially Medicare and Medicaid, and discuss the following: elder law planning for single individuals and married couples; long-term care insurance, including tax considerations; protecting the family home; use of trusts in elder law and special needs planning; retirement accounts and long-term care planning, and what will […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2012 – For the past decade in Maryland, plaintiffs have been barred from recovering medical liability damages if they were found to have contributed to their injury. All of that could change, as Maryland’s high court has agreed to examine that state’s contributory liability clause, which states that parties found even partly responsible for being harmed may not collect damages from another culpable party. The legal dispute prompting the examination started when a Maryland-based assistant soccer coach swung from a goal post, which then fell on him, causing multiple facial injuries. He sued […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2012 – The fact that the divorce rate is a little on the high side shouldn’t surprise anyone. Even older people are experiencing “gray divorce” at a rate that is also rising. Divorce can affect every aspect of the lives of those involved from emotional to physical well-being to more pragmatic matters relating to career and finances. Some couples either start or run businesses together. When the marriage falls apart and they begin to mistrust one another and argue, it can be very difficult for the couple to keep the business going. Also, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2012 – Texas-based RiceTec Inc. sold defective hybrid seeds to farmers, according to a lawsuit filed in Arkansas. The lawsuit has now been joined by farmers in Texas and Louisiana. The litigation began when RiceTec sued a Greene County, Arkansas farmer for not paying his bill. The farmer had purchased RiceTec long-grain rice seeds, which he claimed were of inferior quality, as they did not mill properly and failed to produce promised yields. That farmer countersued, and several other farmers have since joined the lawsuit. “In business litigation such as this, breach of […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2012 – Child support payments do not always remain the same. They may be varied by the courts. “This case is a good example of the various circumstances that may result in a variation of child support. In re the MARRIAGE OF Scott WELLS, Appellant, and Carrie Wells, Appellee, Colorado Court of Appeals, Div. VII., the husband appealed an order modifying his child support for his two children and ordering that he pay extraordinary expenses, per section 14-10-115(11)(a)(I), C.R.S.2010, and pay attorney fees,” said Bill Thode, a Colorado divorce lawyer. The court affirmed […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2012 – A DPS Trooper said they are moving ahead with warrants for people involved in a deadly traffic accident. A young Magnolia man died when he lost control of his vehicle on July 31. He was struck by a white truck on Hardin Road about 30 miles northwest of Houston between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. When the young man’s Nissan Maxima was struck from behind by the truck, it entered a ditch next to FM 2978. The Maxima then backed out of the ditch and back onto the road where it […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2012 – Shaun Gayle, a former defensive back for the Chicago Bears, is suing the National Football League for head injuries he received while playing in the NFL. The lawsuit is the latest in a series of actions against the NFL regarding brain injuries.”This lawsuit is further evidence that NFL players have suffered traumatic brain injuries,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago brain injury attorney. Gayle had a 12-year career in the NFL, and in the lawsuit, he alleges that the multiple head traumas he suffered have caused symptoms similar to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2012 – Littman Krooks LLP is pleased to announce that elder law and disability planning attorney Alberthe Bernier, Esq., has joined the firm. Alberthe’s practice is focused on elder law, medicaid planning, asset protection planning, guardianships, estate planning, and trust and estate administration. Prior to joining Littman Krooks, Alberthe worked at an elder law firm on Long Island as an associate, where she advised clients and their families on all aspects of elder law and disability planning. She received both her undergraduate and law degree from St. John’s University. During law school, […]


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FairFax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2012 – According to a recent survey, 90 percent of Americans polled will be making significant changes to their savings, investment and estate plans within the next six months plan. The research, conducted by Opinion Research Corp for Edward Jones & Co., L.P., surveyed respondents on how they view the potential financial impact of both domestic and international events. Of the more than 1,000 people surveyed, 39 percent cited the U.S. presidential election as their largest concern, while 30 percent indicated health care as their main issue, and 21 percent were most concerned […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2012 – A man was killed after being thrown from his vehicle and then run over on Interstate 90 in Santa Rosa County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. A 40-year-old Milton man was driving a Ford F-150 at about 4 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle. He was headed east and in some proximity to Smith’s Fish Camp Road. After losing control of his truck, he was thrown from it and landed in the eastbound lane. Here he was struck by another vehicle and died. The victim was not wearing […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2012 – Not even five percent of cases alleging medical malpractice will actually go to trial, according to a new study just released by the American Medical Association. And out of that small percentage, almost 80 percent of cases that do go to trial are found in favor of the physician, with a mere 4.5 percent of all cases ending in a trial verdict. “Our justice system is already well-equipped to handle medical negligence lawsuits,” said Brunswick personal injury attorney Nathan Williams. “The myth of a suit-flooded, overburdened system has been refuted by […]


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