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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2012 – The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) agreed to pay the owners of the Beechwood Nursing Home, located in Rochester, New York, $25 Million dollars to settle litigation in which a federal jury had already determined that NYSDOH officials, in a context of malfeasant comportment, had illegally revoked the operating license of the facility in 1999 in retaliation against its owners, resulting in Beechwood’s closure. The jury was scheduled to decide how much to award in damages when the parties reached a settlement. The NYSDOH, known for disregarding Fourteenth […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2012 – Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation has been hit with a $10.45 million verdict in a case of jawbone damage as a result of taking the drug Zometa. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz assisted the plaintiff’s attorneys on the case. “This verdict is a big win not just for the plaintiff, Ms. Davids, but for any patient injured by prescription medication,” Mr. Lietz said in a statement. “Drug manufacturers are on notice not to trifle with patients’ safety.” Zometa is a member of a class of drugs known as bisphosphonates. These drugs […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2012 – Journaling and otherwise ruminating on the emotions surrounding separation or divorce may not be helpful. According to a recent study released by the Association for Psychological Science (APS), an individual who maintains a journal into which they record their feelings and turmoil during and after a separation, or divorce can feel just as badly months later. The researchers discovered that writing down feelings can often fix into place a sense of emotional distress. The APS researchers set out to evaluate the psychological effects of what they call “narrative expressive” journaling to […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2012 – The last thing people think of is their relative choking to death in a nursing home. This is negligence. “Not too many people realize that patients in a nursing home often suffer from a variety of mental and physical issues. One of those issues is difficulty swallowing; something many of us take for granted. In nursing homes, many of the residents are handed trays of food, and that is the end of it. No one checks to see if they eat, or if they ‘can’ eat,” explained Mike Smith, an […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2012 – At Florida’s first distracted-driving summit, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood called for Florida to enact legislation banning text messaging while driving, like 39 other states. “Distracted driving is a factor in many auto accidents,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce, “and this particular factor is nearly always preventable.” The event, hosted by USAA’s Property and Casualty Group, drew car accident victims, law enforcement officers, and elected officials. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distraction was a factor in over 400,000 auto accidents in 2010 that claimed […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2012 – While many small business bakers and chefs wish they did not have to rent expensive commercial kitchens, food safety regulations stipulate stand-alone food preparation spaces. This requirement has changed. Georgia’s new cottage food regulations took effect September 2012, and allow individuals to prepare items considered “non-potentially hazardous” in their own kitchens. Home cooks can then sell their items directly to the consumer, but cannot distribute them via retailers. The loosening of licensing allows items that do not need refrigeration, including breads, cakes, cereals, pastries, nuts, vinegars and popcorn. No meat, dairy, […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2012 – There will be a new fee required for green cards as of early next year. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS, has advised that a new fee for issuance of a green card to new immigrants will go into effect February 1, 2013. The fee is designed to defray the cost of government processing the issuance of green cards to persons issued immigrant visas abroad upon their admission to the U.S. USCIS announced the fee in its final rule published on September 24, 2010. The $165.00 fee is in […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2012 – When a foreign student tried to bomb the Federal Reserve building in New York, it was obvious immigration security was slipshod. “This story was greeted with a great deal of consternation when people realized that immigration security was not what it is cracked up to be. A 21-year-old alleged terrorist, in the U.S. on a student visa, attempted to detonate what he thought was a 1,000 bomb in front of the Federal Reserve building. He was actually here to recruit a terror cell to wage a jihad attack,” outlined Larry S. […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2012 – The American Society of Legal Advocates is pleased to announce that William K. Phillips has been selected as a Top 100 Labor & Employment lawyer in New York for 2013, and has accepted membership in the organization. The American Society of Legal Advocates (“ASLA”) is an invitation-only, nationwide organization of elite lawyers, drawing its membership from practicing lawyers who combine stellar legal credentials with a proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards. ASLA selects less than 2% of all licensed lawyers nationwide, featuring no more than 100 […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2012 – A sexual harassment policy is not worth the paper it is written on, if everyone in a workplace does not follow it, or if one does not exist. “Thomas v. Comcast, No. 11-CV-1209, ND IL, 2012 is a good reference point for employers who have someone on staff that seems to feel hugging and kissing others is acceptable conduct in the workplace. While some workers might not be bothered by that kind of behavior, there will be others that take exception to it,” outlined Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2012 – Weird chain reaction crash involving a big rig and a van leaves five with serious injuries. “The man whose legs were pinned under the tires of a tractor-trailer is lucky to be alive. This was a bizarre accident, with the cause still under investigation. Apparently the rig was traveling south, when for some unknown reason, it collided with the back of a work van. The van’s male passenger was ejected onto the highway, and run over by the big rig, becoming trapped under one of its tires, as it stopped on […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2012 – A recent study states that Northern Virginia has seen a dramatic rise in domestic violence arrests. The study, Domestic Violence in Virginia 2006-2010, just released by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services’ Criminal Justice Research Center, shows an increase of almost 70 percent in domestic violence arrests from 2006 to 2010. The greatest increase in the number of arrests was in Fairfax County: arrests were up by more than 300 percent in the five years studied. The statics, compiled by the Fairfax County Police, show more than 1,750 domestic assault […]


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Dickson, TN (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2012 – Virtuoso Legal Marketing LLC, a Dickson, TN-based Internet marketing company that specializes in the promotion of law firms, is pleased to announce the launch of a new website, located at www.virtuosolegalmarketing.com. Said Virtuoso Legal Marketing partner, Brad Hart, “I believe the new website does a much better job of conveying our message, which centers around gaining a competitive advantage through the use of aggressive online promotion. We also believe the website is easier to navigate and provides more value to our visitors.” Virtuoso Legal Marketing is a full service provider of […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2012 – The company cited in this whistleblower lawsuit may have endangered the Kabul mission and the lives of military personnel. “This case is a real eye-opener,” related Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland whistleblower lawyer. “It involves a company, Jorge Scientific, allegedly endangering the lives of military personnel in the Kabul theatre of war.” This whistleblower lawsuit, also referred to as a qui tam lawsuit, is being filed by two former employees of the company – a long-term defense and intelligence contractor to the federal government. The suit includes videos of the actions witnessed […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2012 – Bizarre news is not unheard of, and this case is no exception to that observation. “In this line of work, litigation funding, we hear about a number of unusual cases. This one took the cake. Allegedly, a 6-year-old student assaulted a gym teacher, injuring his knee and ankle and leading to treatment for stress,” recounted Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. The gym teacher is 220 pounds. The child that allegedly attacked him is a 50 pound first grade student, who evidently not only attacked the gym teacher, but a […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2012 – A recent nationwide study points out the dangers of “bounce houses” – large inflatable playpens for children. “Wherever children gather to play, safety is paramount,” said Zephyrhills personal injury lawyer Robert Alston. “Manufacturers have a responsibility to meet safety standards, and anyone providing access to these toys has a responsibility to provide adequate supervision.” The study suggests that as many as 30 children per day visit emergency rooms nationwide due to injuries sustained in bounce houses, including sprains, concussions, and broken bones. Children may be tempted to crowd into bounce houses […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2012 – Debtors used to go to prison. This no longer happens, and bankruptcy laws protect the debtor and creditor. Bankruptcy protection has an interesting history, indicated Kevin Ahrenholz, an Iowa bankruptcy attorney. It came about to protect consumers from ruthless creditors in the Old World. Unfortunately, creditors in the 21st century do not seem to be that much different. Nowadays, the bankruptcy laws in place are covered mainly under federal law, but state bankruptcy laws act to supplement the details. In other words, when someone files for bankruptcy, they are filing […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 17 , 2012 – Three private equity firms have agreed to pay $166 million to creditors of Mervyn’s department store. This payment is to settle allegations that the firms fraudulently profited from the company and drove it into bankruptcy four years ago. “When a company faces bankruptcy, there is usually little profit to be found for anyone,” said Tampa bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton. “Suspicion of these firms’ practices seems warranted, and is validated by this large settlement.” Mervyn’s creditors, mainly clothing companies, accused Cerberus Capital Management, Lubert-Adler, and Sun Capital of paying themselves […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2012 – According to a 2010 survey by the MetLife Mature Market Institute, the losses due to elder financial abuse are almost $3 billion. A significant amount of that abuse — 35 percent — is attributed to actions by family, neighbors, friends, and even paid caregivers. But, as noted by executive director Sandra Timmermann, of MetLife Mature Market Institute, that is only the number of reported incidences. For every case that is reported, they estimate four or five that never see the light of day. “The number of elder financial abuse cases is […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 14, 2012 – According to the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, billions of dollars are owed each year in unpaid child support. In 2009, non-custodial parents owed more than $100 billion. The unpaid support becomes a government issue and an issue for taxpayers: a large number of the children not getting that support have to go on public assistance. If a child is on public assistance, the child support payments owed are supposed to go to the government as reimbursement: almost 50 percent of the money owed, approximately $53 billion, is currently owed […]


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