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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2013 – Even baseball players may succumb to the side effects of traumatic brain injury. “Former Cincinnati Reds baseball player, Ryan Freel, who was only 36-years-old, was recently found dead in his apartment. Police indicated his death was a suicide as the result of a gunshot wound,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “This was a player who had readily admitted that he had sustained at least ten concussions during the course of his career.” Freel was a noted player and one that fans and other […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2013 – Texas residents have filed suit, alleging they are owed hydrocarbon royalty payments. Several Texas residents have filed a lawsuit against two companies alleging they were denied millions of dollars in royalty payments for hydrocarbons produced from a tract of land in Jefferson County, Texas. “Title issues involving ownership of mineral rights and rights to royalty payments can be a complicated area of law. Disputes such as this one, involving the right to receive royalty payments, are not uncommon,” said Texas oil and gas attorney Gregory D. Jordan. In the lawsuit, a […]


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Nashua, NH (Law Firm Newswire) February 5, 2013 – Imagine waking up after surgery only to find out the surgical team is missing something. What are they missing and where is it? “People don’t go to hospital for a procedure and expect to find out later that the doctor left something behind during the operation. This is guaranteed to rattle the composure of anyone that has been the victim of medical malpractice,” added Charlie Donahue, a Manchester medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. “Shockingly enough, a new study shows that leaving items in a body cavity after […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 5, 2013 – This is one strange wrongful death case, involving how to cook a pork chop. “I’ve seen a lot of unusual cases in this line of work,” said Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan, “but this one about topped it. One man was actually killed during an argument over how to cook pork chops.” Three men were sharing living accommodations and the third man in this story ended up witnessing the shooting. He told police he had no idea what the issue was with the pork chops, but his two roommates, […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 5, 2013 – The American Service Animal Society (ASAS) is a nonprofit program which educates veterans with disabilities on how to care for and train their assistance dogs. If the vet does not yet have a service dog, the society, based in Arizona, helps find a suitable one from one of several rescue agencies in their area. Working with rescue dogs and making new dog-owner partnerships helps the vets and the dogs, and keeps their expenses down. The organization is doing so well that it is looking for a high-capacity training center. They say […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2013 – There is no more room for debate over immigration reform. It is time to get to work. Just one quick look at the voting results in the presidential election reveals a very telling story. The immigration reform debate is over. It is now time to get with the program and get things done. “This is what a recent poll indicated,” remarked Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida, “that close to 62 percent clearly said […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2013 – The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) is the only legal foundation which has the approval of the American Bar Association to offer elder law certification. Christopher J. Berry, attorney with Witzke Berry Carter & Wander PLLC, of BLoomfield Hills, Michigan, has successfully completed the NELF examination, and has been certified to practice elder law. Elder law is one of the fastest growing legal fields; elder law certification indicates that the attorney worked diligently to establish an in-depth, extensive knowledge of the legal issues that impact the elderly. Born in southeast […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) February 1, 2013 – A new study of medical malpractice claims indicates surgeons leave foreign objects in a patient or perform the wrong procedure far too often. “Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine released a report recently that shows medical malpractice is far more prevalent than once thought, which is depressing news for patients,” suggested Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. The study covered a time frame from September 1990 to September 2010, and it may be found online in the Surgery Journal. Lately, the media has been full of reports that the medical […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 1, 2013 – Last November, voters in Montana passed LR-121, which prohibits some state services from being used by undocumented immigrants. The law took effect in January, 2013. The Montana Education Association, the Montana Federation of Teachers and the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance have teamed together to ask the courts to declare LR-121 unconstitutional, stating it will require Montana state agencies to enforce federal immigration laws, placing state agencies in a role not unlike the Department of Homeland Security. While the goal of LR-121 might have been to target undocumented immigrants who use state […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2013 – Two U.S. senators are pushing for the FDA to take a closer look at the safety issues surrounding energy drinks. In response to a push by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the FDA has announced that it is now conducting a safety review of energy drinks currently on the market and may require labeling to disclose how much caffeine is in each product. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received more than 13 reports of fatalities in the past four years that could […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2013 – There are new Compassionate Allowance conditions, says Social Security. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced 35 additions to its list of Compassionate Allowances (CAL) conditions, serious ailments allowed for an official determination of eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits in a matter of days instead of months or years. The additions bring the total number of CAL conditions to 200. Zephyrhills social security attorney, Robert Alston praised the news, saying, “The Compassionate Allowances program is a huge help to individuals suffering from certain highly debilitating diseases. Applying for social security […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2013 – Contaminated water in West Virginia has prompted a class action lawsuit. A class action lawsuit has been filed against DuPont by area residents concerning the contamination of their water supply. The water has been contaminated with C8, a manufacturing chemical also known as perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA. C8 has been used since the 1950s at DuPont Washington Works in West Virginia in the production of Teflon and other consumer-used substances. “Tests of the local water in West Virginia near the plant and in neighboring areas in Ohio in 2002 showed levels […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2013 – Certificated elder law attorney Christopher J. Berry (CELA), is speaking with long-term care specialist Nancy I. Boari, CLTC, in a free public event. “New Year’s Resolutions for the Baby Boomer” is a candid talk about the issues surrounding planning for and facing one’s own long-term care on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. The event is hosted by Christopher J. Berry, Esq, a Michigan estate planning lawyer and Michigan elder law attorney, and Nancy I. Boari CLTC, a long-term care specialist. “The start of the new year often motivates people to look […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2013 – Is it worth the time and effort to work with a child custody attorney? With more separating and divorcing couples unsure if they should use legal presentation or mediation to help them with the dissolution of their marriage, some also wonder if working with a child custody attorney is necessary. “The role of a child custody lawyer,” says Bill Thode, Denver child custody attorney, “is to work with the divorcing parents to reach the best parenting, living, and care solution for the child or children.” There are numerous issues to consider […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2013 – A jury has awarded Ronald Bayer of Monee, Ill. $64 million in a personal injury lawsuit. The suit was filed against Tinley Park-based general contractor Panduit Corp. Bayer was left mostly paralyzed from the chest down as a result of a fall on a job site. According to the Jury Verdict Reporter, the verdict is the highest in Illinois history for such a case. “This is a very large award, but it clearly reflects the catastrophic nature of Mr. Bayer’s injuries and great pain and suffering,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2013 – A sleeping driver sent ten passengers to the ER. A charter bus carrying 48 passengers veered off the roadway on I-95 near Aberdeen, Maryland on a recent Friday morning, sending ten passengers to area hospitals – one with serious injuries. According to Maryland State Police, the driver fell asleep at the wheel. Washington D.C. personal injury David Lietz commented, “If a bus driver falls asleep at the wheel, that is a very serious transgression. It is very lucky that no one was killed in this accident and that the injuries sustained […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2013 – The Diefenbacher Law Firm, a New York-based practice of international reach, has launched its website and is pleased to offer this new interface to interact with current and future clients. “We are ramping up our Internet and social networking presence, especially on Twitter, to keep visitors up-to-date on legal trends that are affecting them” says Nicolas Diefenbacher, the firm’s President and Chief Counsel. “This new website is a crucial part of this effort.” Mr. Diefenbacher earned a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 2008 where he was Board Member […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2012 – During the recent recession, those not laid off from work were often required to put in more time on the job, for the same pay or even less. Many of those workers are now taking legal action, suing their employers under state and federal wage and overtime laws. Filings of such lawsuits were up 32 percent in 2011 over 2008 levels. “Overtime laws exist to protect workers from being unfairly taken advantage of,” commented Austin overtime attorney Gregory D. Jordan. “Some employers believe they can get away with bending or breaking […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2013 – A woman has complained that she was hurt while visiting Disney. A Florida woman has filed a personal injury complaint against Walt Disney World, claiming she was hurt while riding Jungle Cruise, an attraction at the Magic Kingdom. Stacey Holdorff, 41, of Valrico, was visiting the theme park on January 8, 2012 as part of a birthday party for her six-year-old daughter. Reached for comment, Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce, who is not involved in the case, said, “If the plaintiff’s accusations are true, this appears to be a case […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2013 – According to the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), one in five Americans over age 50 is caring for an aging parent or parents. That’s more than 10 million U.S. adults paying for care or overseeing care provided by outside agencies. “While there was a shift in the 1970s and 1980s toward senior living, more people are expressing an interest to stay in their own homes,” says Michigan elder law attorney Christopher J. Berry. “Holding on to personal items and a sense of ‘home’ seem to be the most common reasons […]


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