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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2012 – The vast majority of immigrants come to the U.S. because of family or work. However, there are other reasons for immigration. “In most cases, immigrants come to the U.S. because they have family here, they are attempting to get work, or they have a job to go to. However, there are other categories they may use to apply for a special visa: special considerations or humanitarian reasons,” explained Annie Banerjee, a Houston immigration lawyer. To be able to use the refugee status, immigrants must have a reasonable fear of being persecuted […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2012 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Union Pacific on behalf of a Chicago-area couple who were killed when a train derailed on July 4, causing a bridge to collapse. The family of Burton and Zorine Lindner allege that the company failed to properly inspect and maintain the tracks. Union Pacific suggested that the derailment was caused by heat that created kinks in the rails. However, another derailment took place at the same location in 2009. “This tragic incident caused two people to lose their lives. The law affords their […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2012 – Bankruptcy lawyers are often asked if active duty military may file for bankruptcy. The answer is yes. There are a lot of people who believe that active duty military personnel are not allowed to file for bankruptcy. While military personnel are held to a higher standard of conduct than regular citizens, they do not have to give up the right to declare bankruptcy indicated Kevin Ahrenholz, an Iowa bankruptcy lawyer. Even dedicated military personnel may run out of money before they have come to the end of the month, and […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2012 – The Ombudsman’s Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released its 2011 Annual Report. The independent Ombudsman’s Office assists employers and individuals with difficulties such persons encounter in processing cases with USCIS. The Annual Report recommends ways of resolving problems that the agency faces in serving the public. “The concept of an in-house public assistant to help resolve issues that applicants and petitioners – users of the agency’s services – encounter, is a good one,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration lawyer. “Like the agency it is a part […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2012 – Reckless driving and DWI are to blame in an accident that killed one, injured another. “A bizarre set of circumstances has led to the death of a former nurse,” said Mike Smith, an injury and accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. This was a chain reaction crash, caused by two drunk drivers, both senior citizens. “According to the police report, the 68-year-old former nurse stopped to help a pedestrian she had grazed with her car. She got out of her vehicle to help him off the street. As […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2012 – The newly-created United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recommended to Congress that people be allowed to erase some of their student loan debt if they file for bankruptcy. However, even if the change is made, it may not bring the needed relief debtors want. “Filing for bankruptcy is a viable option for many people with unmanageable debt,” said O. Reginald Osenton, a Brandon bankruptcy attorney. “However, it is important for people to understand that not all student loan debt will be discharged.” The CFPB, created to protect consumers from unfair […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 14, 2012 – A diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder may change the hiring, retention and termination of veterans. “It is no surprise that post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is becoming a significant issue, as it relates to the hiring of veterans returning home. Close to 200,000 U.S. soldiers are discharged from active duty every year. They either return to work or seek a new job. Thirty percent of them, or about 60,000, attempt to enter the law enforcement field or work for private security companies. No one knows exactly how many vets suffer […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 14, 2012 – Texan arrested in fatal hit and run was driving under the influence. “In this case, two brothers were walking beside I-37 when one of them was hit by a blue Chrysler PT Cruiser that took off. The man, a 39-year-old, died at the scene,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P in Texas. The police had their work cut out for them, as eyewitness reports were unreliable. However, a break in the investigation came when a passenger in the PT Cruiser called police to tell […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2012 – Many believe the Latin vote is Obama’s only hope for re-election. “This election, compared to the first one Obama ran, is quite entertaining, although for different reasons,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff. “During the first one, the House was on fire to tackle immigration reform, yesterday if possible. Of course, the train went off the tracks, and ‘right now’ became ‘when we get to it, if ever.’” This election is a make or break show for Obama, with many believing the Latin vote will be his […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2012 – Nasty case generates a lot of dissention in the community. “Wrongful death lawsuits may, literally, involve anyone, even members of the clergy,” said Stephen Ozcomert, a lawyer practicing personal injury, accidents and malpractice law in Atlanta, Georgia. In this case, a father shot his son to death in what he claimed was self-defense. The man’s son developed post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of being abused by two priests when he was 13-years-old, “a violation that shattered the boy’s trust in others and drove him to rage and depression. He attempted […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) August 10, 2012 – Several bicyclists were hit by a tractor trailer on a Georgia highway. Two from Jackson County were hospitalized and another died in the accident. All of the bicyclists were age 60 or older. The trio, all experienced cyclists, had been on a very long tour starting in Arkansas with an intended final destination of Key West, Florida. They were about two miles from Dawson, Georgia when the truck hit them from behind. The travelers were only about 700 miles short of their destination. The Georgia accident is being investigated by police. […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) August 9, 2012 – Parents who suspect their child has a birth defect may qualify for assistance. “For parents with a child who has cerebral palsy, it is difficult to know if it was the result of negligence at birth because, neurologically speaking, symptoms of cerebral palsy may not manifest until later in a child’s life. This permanent birth injury is a life-altering event that impacts the whole family unit,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer with Mellino Robenalt LLC, Ohio. Cerebral palsy is one of the most serious and devastating birth injuries […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 09, 2012 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced an electronic filing system in May 2012. The system, called USCIS ELIS, allows applicants to submit forms electronically, although currently the system can only be used for one form, the I-539, which individuals use to extend or change their nonimmigrant status. “The USCIS long-awaited transformation to the use of electronic filing has gotten off to a slow start,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney. “So far, the program covers only a single type of filing: to extend or change nonimmigrant status.” Rabinowitz […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2012 – A biker, whose main reason for living was to ride his motorcycle, lost his life in a head-on collision. “There is just no explaining how some accidents happen, nor why they happen,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney of Lee, Gober and Reyna, in Texas. “This crash points out that, no matter how careful you may be on your ride, you can’t always factor in what other drivers are going to do.” This tragedy happened during a motorcycle safety week, an irony not lost on his grieving friends and […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2012 – Many people today find themselves in debt. Some are surprised when a company they never heard of buys their debt and then pursues an aggressive collection strategy, which may include harassing phone calls or filing a lawsuit against the debtor. Debt buying is legal, but some collection practices are not. “If you are being harassed by phone calls from debt collectors, you should know that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) protects you,” said Brandon bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton. “Fending off debt collectors is often one of the first […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2012 – A three-vehicle collision in Fulton County injured three people, including a police officer, in late July. The accident took place near Cascade and Fairburn Road at about 5 p.m. (This area is near Cascade Corners and Mangum Manor.) The officer was driving a police cruiser going west on Cascade Road when he hit the side of a BMW sedan that was headed south on Fairburn. The impact caused the patrol car to catch on fire with the officer trapped inside. He was removed from the car by rescue crews and transported […]


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Irvine, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2012 – Though dissolving a registered domestic partnership in California is similar to a divorce proceeding, it still has unique variables to consider. “Though in principle, the result is effectively the same, ending a marriage in divorce and terminating a domestic partnership each have their own unique legal requirements,” said Orange County divorce attorney Gerald Maggio.The Maggio Law Firm, which practices mainly in Orange and Riverside counties, is dedicated to family law matters including divorce, child custody and visitation, as well as child and spousal support. Since 1999, domestic partnerships have been legal […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2012 – A teenager in Florida will likely recover from a severe brain injury, caused by being impaled by a 3-foot-long spear, while spear fishing. On June 8, Yasser Lopez, age 16, was fishing with a friend near Miami. When the friend attempted to load the spear gun, he accidentally shot Lopez. The spear penetrated his skull above the right eye, went through his brain, and exited the back of his head. Lopez survived the brain injury and underwent a three-hour-long surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital, from which he will enter an intensive […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2012 – There are ways individuals and businesses can avoid being forced into involuntary bankruptcy. The more debt incurred by an individual or company, the higher the risk that creditors will file bankruptcy against them. This is referred to as involuntary bankruptcy, and in some cases, it may be justified. In other cases, it is necessary for the debtor to defend against involuntary bankruptcy petitions in order to avoid surrendering assets or being forced to sell them. Individuals or businesses who find themselves in receipt of an involuntary bankruptcy petition need to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2012 – Employers need careful documentation when reorganizing or reducing staff, or they risk running afoul of the law. “To avoid charges of ageism, or age discrimination, there are rules a company needs to follow if their reorganization or consolidation process might affect older workers,” said Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P.C. During a company restructure, older workers may feel they are losing their job because of their age and that management chose to reorganize so they would have the chance to let them […]


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