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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2013 – A Michigan estate planning and elder law attorney is presenting a free seminar on common estate planning mistakes to avoid. Christopher Berry, certified Michigan elder law attorney from Witzke, Berry, Carter & Wander PLLC of Bloomfield Hills, an expert in estate planning, veterans benefits, Medicaid, life-care planning and the Affordable Care Act, is hosting a seminar for the public on common estate planning mistakes to avoid on Sunday, March 10 at 1:30 at Maple Village Senior Living, 6257 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Interested attendees are advised that seating is […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2013 – The agricultural industry is still hopeful that 2013 is the year for immigration reform. “Despite the kick in the teeth the farming industry got last year, they are still optimistic something can get done this year in terms of addressing immigration reform. In fact, comprehensive immigration reform is at the very top of their list, and for good reasons,” stated Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. It remains vitally important that the produce industry […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2013 – Estate planning updates are needed in the wake of the fiscal cliff crisis. Now that Congress has moved forward to avoid what has commonly been referred to as the “Fiscal Cliff,” the federal estate tax has been fixed at $5.25 million for 2013 per individual; the tax rate is 40 percent for the amounts that exceed that exemption. When an individual dies with less than $5.25 million (including real estate, other assets and financial holdings such as checking accounts, and life insurance), no federal estate tax will be due. While […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2013 – Kids in Chicago are struck by automobiles most often near schools. Over a five-year period, about 3,630 vehicle-pedestrian crashes in Chicago involved injuries to youths, with about half of them occurring within a block of a school, according to an analysis of accident data conducted by the Chicago Tribune. The data shows that there has been no reduction in injuries since a previous study found that children are involved in pedestrian accidents more often than adults. “When we consider auto safety, we must remember that pedestrians are much more vulnerable than […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2013 – A Texas woman has filed a wrongful death suit against the manufacturers of the drug GranuFlo. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, alleges that Fresenius USA is responsible for the death of her husband two days after he was treated with the drug. Washington D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz commented, “A number of deaths are being blamed on this drug, and it is the subject of a Class 1 recall by the FDA.” A Class 1 recall is the highest priority recall issued by the FDA, and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 14 , 2013 – How do police officers enforce texting while driving? How do they know someone is texting if they hide what they are doing? “The issue of texting while driving causing accidents is a complete no-brainer,” said Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “This is a real issue today in America and the death toll keeps getting higher with each new mobile application released. Despite people understanding that texting while driving, or surfing the Internet while driving causes accidents, they still do it, based […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2013 – The White House has announced that it is geared up for the push for immigration reform. The President has stated that he plans to hold a series of meetings with labor leaders, corporate business heads and progressive community leaders to lobby for their support of U.S. immigration reform in early 2013. The Administration continues to face resistance from some Republicans who have yet to agree with the President on how to approach immigration reform. The U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, in a speech to conservative American Enterprise Institute, indicated that […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2013 – Oral contraceptives manufactured by Bayer are being blamed for complications including deep vein thrombosis. The drugs, called Yaz and Yasmin, became popular in the United States in 2006. Between 2004 and 2008, the FDA received reports of more than 50 deaths blamed on the drugs. Studies have shown a correlation between the drugs and higher rates of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE) and blood clots. Greg Grambor, President of Vascular PRN, a distributor of DVT prevention devices, commented, “Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition that is often treated […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2013 – Bankruptcies are down in Florida. Bankruptcy filings in South Florida plunged 19 percent in December 2012, as compared with the same month a year ago, according to recently-released federal data. Following the Great Recession, Americans may be adjusting to a new standard of living and are better able to control their spending. Brandon bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton commented, “People seem to be getting used to a ‘new normal’ and making lasting adjustments to their spending habits. Living within lowered means is unfortunately the price many must pay to stay out […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2013 – It had to happen. A surgeon infects a patient with Hepatitis B. “When someone goes to the hospital for an operation, they do not expect to come home and find out later they have Hepatitis B. That is what happened to several patients in Virginia, after having joint replacement surgery. Evidently, the surgeon became aware he was infected on submitting to routine blood tests after sticking himself with a needle,” explained Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. In this instance, the doctor had no symptoms, despite having emigrated from a […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 12, 2013 – Religious discrimination does not apply to everything in a workplace. “In EEOC v. The GEO Group, No. 09-3093, 3rd Cir., 2010, a safety issue arose in a workplace that triggered a religious discrimination lawsuit. The main ratio decidendi of the case was that workers do have the right to wear religious garments to work, but that there are limits,” outlined 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. “Many feel that they […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 12, 2013 – At least 30 people were injured when a crash at a Nascar event sent debris hurtling into the stands. During the last lap of a race at the Daytona International Speedway, a race car, driven by Kyle Larson, went airborne in a crash involving 11 other cars. The vehicle slammed into the 22-foot protective fence separating fans from the track, sending large pieces of automobiles, including a tire, into bleachers crowded with spectators. Fourteen people were sent to area hospitals, two in critical condition. Tampa personal injury lawyer Robert Joyce, who […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) March 12, 2013 – Nursing home abuse is more prevalent at “for profit” facilities. “As more nursing homes convert to for-profit facilities, it appears there is a concomitant rise in patient abuse and neglect, questionable spending and even fraud allegations. In short, when a nursing home becomes solely focused on making money, this tends to affect patient care. It appears non-profit facilities do not have the same level of claims aimed at them,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas personal injury lawyer. A […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2013 – There may soon be revised and much more accessible tuition support for Florida vets. A bill was recently introduced to require Florida schools to grant tuition benefits to vets eligible for GI bill educations, regardless of the vet’s residency status. The bill would allow U.S. military vets to receive in-state tuition at in-state universities and other schools in the Florida College System, as well as online schools. If the bill gets through the Florida House and Senate, it goes into effect on July 1 of this year. “Any support for vets […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2013 – A bus driver, following a cyclist too closely, struck and killed him. “A 77-year-old charter bus driver struck and killed a local county pastor, out for a bicycle ride. Initial reports indicate the driver did not see the cyclist, although there is some question as to whether or not the driver was following the cyclist too closely, which caused the accident,” explained Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. The charter driver was charged with following too close and second degree vehicular homicide. Despite the fact that there was no intention […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2013 – Johnson & Johnson has announced a recall of thousands of hip implants. The company is recalling the “Adept,” an all-metal total hip replacement system, due to a higher-than-expected percentage of implants causing pain and difficulty in movement for patients. The Adept models have been found to have issues in the top part of the hip, where the ball of the thigh bone fits into the socket. All 7,500 Adept systems that were shipped worldwide between 2004 and 2011 are being recalled. Surgeons and hospital administrators were sent notification about this recent […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 8, 2013 – There are some circumstances under which a person may lawfully deny they have been arrested. “If you have been arrested for something and it may affect your job, or you don’t want your employer to find out you have been arrested, talk to me about sealing your record. Otherwise called ‘expunging,’ this action completely erases any criminal history you may have. It removes your jailhouse photo from any law enforcement website and wipes out your arrest information in any police computer system,” outlined Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. Having […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) March 8, 2013 – A large majority of Americans file bankruptcy because of overwhelming credit card debt. This is because they use their card to bail themselves out. The worst thing to do is bail out of a cash shortage by using a credit card. It is tempting to use it of course, because it gets one out of a tough situation. However, the balance keeps creeping up and once it gets large enough, there is no way to keep up with it any longer. Some companies charge up to 30 percent interest. Trying […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 8, 2013 – Family members are hoping for criminal charges in a wrongful death case. Relatives of a man who died after being taken into custody by North Chicago police officers are pushing for criminal charges to be brought after a coroner ruled the death was a homicide. Darrin “Dagwood” Hanna died a week after six police officers took him into custody on domestic violence charges in November of 2011. Hanna’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of North Chicago, claiming that Hanna endured 20 minutes of shocks from a stun […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2013 – New safety guidelines have been issued for cruise ships. The Cruise Lines International Association, Inc. (CLIA) recently released an executive summary of the Operational Safety Review it began following the Costa Concordia disaster just over one year ago. In it, CLIA spells out ten new safety policies that it adopted as part of the review. Washington D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz commented on the report, “It is good to see the cruise industry updating its safety policies. Modern cruise ships are generally very safe, but as the tragedy of the […]


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