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St. Peters, MO (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2014 – Capital punishment spiked in Missouri during the last two months of 2013. Capital punishment is the ultimate price a criminal convict can pay. Use of the death penalty has been declining in the United States after rates peaked in 1999, when 98 executions took place within the year. But while the national numbers have gone down, the latest figures for Missouri are suddenly traveling in the opposite direction. In 2013, the United States matched a historic low for executions: 39. For the second time in 19 years, fewer than 40 […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2014 – Many Americans know DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) in relation to the development and deployment of the Internet. Now, they may have something for veterans dealing with TBI. “Researchers for the U.S. military are asking for help to find innovative ways to decode and analyze brain neural signals to allow people with TBI to recover some or all of their memories. The program, based on the familiar computer terminology of RAM (random access memory), is also referred to as RAM, meaning Restoring Active Memory,” outlined Austin traumatic brain injury lawyer, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2014 – It is illegal to interfere or retaliate against a worker that exercises their Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rights. Shaffer v. American Medical Association, 7th Cir., No. 10-2117, October 18, 2011, deals with emails as evidence in an action filed for interference and retaliation. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a case dismissing a worker’s FMLA lawsuit, sending it back to the lower court. “The jury had to decide if William Shaffer’s firing was due to him taking four to six weeks leave for knee replacement surgery,” explained […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2014 – Flying may become easier for people with disabilities, thanks to new federal rules. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued new rules that will require airlines to make their automated airport kiosks and their websites accessible to people with disabilities. In addition, airlines can now choose between two options for handling wheelchairs on flights: they may either stow them in the cabin compartment or strap them to a seat row, which ensures that two wheelchairs of a manual, folding design can be transported at once. The rules are part […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 13 , 2014 – In this case a young teen was beaten and raped at a friend’s house, while the incident was captured on another teen’s cellphone. Three teens, two females and one male, have each been charged with two counts of sexual battery with the use of force and two counts of kidnapping. “The youngest juvenile charged is 15-years-old and the oldest is 19. The three younger teens, if convicted, face juvenile detention and most likely reasonable bail, as they cannot be given life sentences and Florida abolished parole,” explained Thomas Grajek, a […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 10 , 2014 – Federal auto safety officials are pushing for ignition interlocks for anyone, even first offenders, convicted of driving under the influence. Ignition interlocks prevent a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking. Although all 50 states and the District of Columbia use these devices, requirements vary. Currently only 20 states require ignition interlocks for anyone convicted of any drunk driving offense (including a first offense), but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now pushing more states to follow suit. “Currently, in Michigan, only people convicted of driving with […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2014 – Throwing food at a sports event is negligent. This case demonstrates that clearly. The Kansas City Royals team mascot is a busy lion. Sluggerrr does his job and sends up rally cries on a regular basis, dances, performs and runs like the wind up and down the field. He also throws hotdogs at fans. “Which is not so good,” pointed out Daren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. Sluggerrr, in the throes of revving the crowd up in 2009 in Overland Park in Kansas, pitched a hotdog, wrapped in foil, into […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2014 – Begley Law Group attorneys Ethan Ordog and Kristen Behrens have both been named partners at the Moorestown elder and disability law firm, effective immediately. Joining senior partner Thomas Begley, Jr. on the leadership team, both Ordog and Behrens will continue to serve their existing Begley Law Group clients, providing expert legal services in their respective practice areas. “We are fortunate to have these two respected attorneys already on our team, able to step into leadership roles,” Begley said. “We help our clients prepare for the future, and this change is a […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2014 – The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) has named Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP® to be Vice Chair of its Elder Law Committee. ACTEC is a national organization of more than 2,600 lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. Its members work to teach those who aspire to enter the field and to improve and reform laws, procedure and standards while working with their peers and other professional organizations. […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2015 – The inappropriate treatment and unjust dismissal of a physician’s assistant at a Sacramento, Calif. hospital has led to what may be one of the largest awards in U.S. history for a sole victim of harassment in the workplace. Ani Chopourian, a physician’s assistant and graduate of the Yale School of Medicine, won a lawsuit in 2014 centering around events occurring over the course of her two-year employment at Mercy General Hospital. Chopourian was subjected to such conduct as being called a “stupid chick” while working in the O.R., male co-workers inappropriately […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2014 – Many grey haired seniors are just as texting savvy as today’s younger crowd. They are just as much at risk for death by distracted driving as well. “Even though it seems it is only the teens that are texting while driving, this is not the case,” says well-respected Sacramento injury lawyer Deborah Barron. “Look again when you are driving. It isn’t just hip hop teens driving with their heads down. Many of those bobbing heads also belong to seniors.” Staying connected while on the road is seemingly not just a teen […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2014 – Nursing home abuse is a national issue. The stories are horrific. “I often read about nursing home abuse cases in other jurisdictions, because they could just as easily happen in Arkansas,” indicates Michael Smith, an Arkansas nursing home abuse lawyer. The brutality perpetrated on seniors in America today is shocking. Just when they thought it was safe in a nursing home or assisted living facility, stories of elderly residents being sexually assaulted, burned, falling and/or breaking bones are rampant in the media. “The stories you read are just the tip […]


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St. Peters, MO (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2014 – Missouri drivers ranked the seventh worst in the U.S. for safety, and traffic fatalities in the state have also increased. In Missouri and across the United States, the holiday season marks a prime time for automobile travel. However, this holiday season’s journeys come with a caveat: the Show Me State has earned the dubious distinction of seventh worst for driver safety. Missouri landed its unfavorable ranking (tied for the position with North Carolina) with poor scores in a series of metrics compiled by CarinsuranceComparison.com, an online resource for comparative insurance […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2014 – The hit and run driver in this case had a history of sideswiping other vehicles and other moving violations. “The victims in this car accident were on I295 when a Toyota Corolla sideswiped them, propelling them into the median strip. The force of the impact caused their Saturn to flip end-over-end, eventually coming to rest on the passenger’s side,” explained Austin auto accident lawyer Brooks Schuelke with Perlmutter and Schuelke, LLP. The Saturn driver and his fiancé sustained multiple injuries, ranging from strained ligaments to serious bruising to concussion. The two […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 6 , 2014 – Neighbors of Christopher Colangelo were dismayed to learn he had been charged with allegedly posting child porn. “Charlotte County is a relatively quiet place,” says Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas Grajek. “Or it was until one man was charged with posting very graphic child pornography on the Internet. While the police may state they have enough evidence to prove the man, 52-year-old, Christopher Colangelo dabbled in child porn, they cannot be certain he was the person who posted the content online and kept it on a computer in the home […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2014 – BASF Corporation must pay $500,000 to settle a retaliation lawsuit. A large Illinois corporation found itself settling a lawsuit filed against it for retaliation. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) slapped BASF Corporation, who bought out Cognis Corporation, with the suit alleging that Cognis retaliated against a worker at its Kankakee facility. The retaliation was allegedly in direct violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (1964). According to the statement of claim, Cognis mandated that one of its long-time workers, as a condition of his continued employment, must […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2014 – Seniors may be able to stay in their homes longer with the help of small changes. Older people often need assistance with the tasks of daily living, but they also usually wish to live as independently as possible. While an assisted living facility or skilled nursing home may be necessary for some seniors, it is possible for many others to stay in their own homes if a few simple adjustments are made. The changes themselves may not be expensive, and they can end up saving a lot of money for […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 5, 2014 – A ruling from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) said that the New York City Department of Education (DOE) failed to provide students with disabilities with proper evaluation and support for behavioral issues. The ruling affirms a complaint made by the organization Advocates for Children of New York, which works to protect the right to education for high-risk students. The decision by the NYSED requires the DOE to use Behavior Intervention Plans and Functional Behavior Assessments, which by law are required to support special needs students. The decision means […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2014 – A New York senior drove her car into a rack of shopping carts, pinning a woman with her vehicle. “This was a traumatic accident for the victim,” said Daren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. “The store employee was outside, putting metal shopping carts back into order in their rack queue, when suddenly a car appeared out of nowhere and rammed into her. She was pinned to the rack by the car, which resulted in her leg being severed.” Eyewitnesses immediately rushed to help the worker who was in an awkward […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2014 – Most Americans have heard about the crack-smoking mayor of Toronto, Canada, Rob Ford. A performance improvement plan may be what is needed. “Questionable behavior in the workplace and an individual’s fitness to perform their job is a reality today in many companies across the globe, Canada included,” pointed out noted Sacramento business attorney Deborah Barron. “In situations like this, many employees feel they may continue working without going for help of some kind, be it medical or psychological. To address this difficult scenario, human resource experts are developing Performance Improvement Plans […]


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