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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2013 – Politics is holding back immigration reform. It is depressing that a whole nation waits on the political aspirations of a few wanting to toss dirt at the President. “When the House broke for the summer, it did not escape anyone’s attention that the immigration reform bill was left on the table. There was no vote held, despite the high hopes held by the nation’s immigrants, and those who support them, for a landmark revamping of the immigration system,” said Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2013 – In Washington alone, at least 30 patients a year discover they have a surgical instrument or sponge left inside them after an operation. “This doesn’t just happen in Washington State,” said Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer of Mellino Robenalt LLC. “It happens in just about every state across America. In fact, it is one of the most common medical mistakes surgeons commit.” Even though there is a pre and post-surgery checklist of the many instruments used during an operation, and a verbal count and check routine, patients may still […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2013 – A man died in an accident at an industrial plant in Shady Grove, Penn. on a recent Thursday afternoon. Rickie Lee Grimsley, 59, became pinned between two cranes in a parking lot on the property of Manitowoc Cranes. Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer David Lietz, who is not involved in the case, said the incident shows that accidents can happen at any time. “When heavy machinery is in use, nearby workers are always subjected to some level of risk,” Lietz said. “It doesn’t have to be on the work floor, where […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2013 – The October issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, marketing experts cover how to create the best infographics, how some attorneys are strategically using webinars, how to take advantage of online directories, feed readers, email privacy protections and digital business cards. In October’s feature, “Creating Infographics That Work” Brendan Conley and Kristen Friend look at how the eye-catching and sharable visual marketing opportunities remain a largely untapped market for attorneys. Infographics have become increasingly popular in the past several years as a technique for quickly presenting concepts in a […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2013 – Under the “first-inventor-to-file” patent system created by the America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011, an increasing number of inventors are encouraged to file provisional patent applications. A local intellectual property attorney says that because filing a provisional application secures a priority date with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the process is likely to be employed far more than it was under the nation’s former—pre-AIA “first to invent” patent system. “Provisional applications are more important than ever under the “first to file” regime of the America Invents Act,” […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2013 – Tragedy was narrowly averted after an auto accident in St. Petersburg, Fla., sent a car carrying a man and his two sons into a canal. St. Petersburg resident William J. Bacheler, 39, was eastbound on 77th Avenue North on a recent Tuesday with his sons, James Wilson, 8, and Jacob Wilson, 9. Bacheler’s sedan was struck from behind by an SUV. The impact sent the car into a canal, where it landed upside-down and began sinking. Zephyrhills auto accident attorney Robert Alston said that is a recipe for disaster. “Any time […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 18, 2013 – According to Waxahachie personal injury lawyer John Hale, the latest alleged drunk driving accidents in Texas underscore the issue faced by the state when it comes to inebriated driving. “Drunk driving incidents happen far too often in the Houston area, as well as across the country,” said Hale. “Unfortunately what we are seeing may indicate that the issue is not so much a lack of public education about the dangers of drinking and driving, as much as it is an issue of how people perceive their own level of inebriation when […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) October 18, 2013 – The surgeon in this case operated on the wrong side of a young patient’s brain, and in the process destroyed tissue. In realizing his mistake, he then operated on the other side. “This was a case full of twists and turns,” indicated Arkansas injury lawyer, Michael Smith. A 15-year-old boy went to hospital for brain surgery to stop seizures that started in the right side of his brain. The surgeon removed tissue from the left side, the wrong side of the brain. Then proceeded to remove tissue from the right […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2013 – Chesapeake Energy has been sued again over allegedly improper natural gas royalty payments. Several Fort Worth investors and landowners filed suit against the company in state District Court in Fort Worth, saying that Chesapeake deducted costs from their royalty payments, in violation of the terms of their leases. “Chesapeake Energy has faced several lawsuits of this nature,” said Gregory D. Jordan, a prominent oil and gas attorney in Austin. “The complaints arise from alleged deductions from the royalty payments that the company pays to leaseholders. Chesapeake may wish to reconsider the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2013 – Safety regulations are not an investment decision. They are intended to protect real people. “The dust has settled at the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, but not much has been done about lax safety rules and regulations,” stated Austin personal injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke. The company is noted to have a significant history of safety violations, beginning in 1985. Over the intervening 28-years, not much has changed. Rules are in place, but are honored more in the breach than in the proper implementation. “Whatever happened to proper regulations designed for the […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2013 – The Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads has asked Jenny Hatch to be its grand marshal for its annual awareness 5K run and walk this October. Ms. Hatch, they say, has become a symbol of hope. Ms. Hatch has also received numerous speaking invitations from different organizations. Why all of the attention? Ms. Hatch, a 29-year-old Virginia woman who has Down syndrome, was part of a landmark rights case for people with disabilities. Ms. Hatch found resolution after an unusually long guardianship case while a judge weighed a request from […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2013 – Debt can affect retirement plans, says a prominent Virginia estate planning attorney. Americans entering their golden years should be looking forward to enjoying their retirement and perhaps planning to leave an inheritance to their children. However, many of the baby-boomer generation are finding that things like credit card debt, mortgages, the cost of caring for elderly parents, and providing support for college-aged children, are significant obstacles in retirement and estate planning. “Debt is a growing problem for older Americans, and it definitely affects estate planning,” said Lisa McDevitt, an estate planning […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2013 – If it is not one thing, it is another when it comes to stalling immigration reform. In the meantime, the one sector that Americans rely on to eat is facing dire circumstances without immigrant workers. “The uncertainty in the agricultural sector from year-to-year is not only unsettling,” indicated Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida, “it has the potential to hurry the death of a great number of farms who produce food for our tables. Many […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2013 – This liposuction operation was horrific. The patient’s liver was pierced and a rag soaked with anesthetic stuffed in her mouth. “This reported case raised a number of concerns about cosmetic surgeries and the extent of training of the physicians operating such full service ‘medical spas’ in the country,” stated Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland anesthesia malpractice lawyer with Mellino Robenalt, LLC. The details of the case, as reported, included a reference to the 37-year-old patient having a propofol-saturated rag stuffed in her mouth and her liver being pierced. The woman’s father filed […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2013 – A physician co-owner of a pain clinic in Margate, Fla., pleaded guilty to the improper prescription of opioid painkillers. Joseph Francis Piazza, 62, worked at Margate Pain Management Clinic for just over nine months beginning in October, 2009, and ending in August, 2010. According to prosecutors, he prescribed 152,774 pills of oxycodone and related addictive painkillers and personally earned $253,800 during that time period. “The alleged improper prescriptions in this case took place before Florida’s crackdown on pill mills,” said Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce. “This sort of activity was […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2013 – Attorney Michael Gilfix, of the estate planning firm Gilfix & La Poll Associates, is presenting estate planning options to the public on October 21, 2013 in Palo Alto, California, at the Crowne Plaza Cabana. Due to overwhelming demand, two seminar sessions are available, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Members of the public are invited to this very special Gilfix Seminar on long-term care planning, asset protection planning and special needs planning. The discussion is to include asset protection and Medi-Cal issues when facing […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2013 – Numerous health violations have been found at an Illinois nursing home. Recent surveys by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the Illinois Department of Public Health found several violations at the Champaign County Nursing Home. The violations include the failure to meet nutritional requirements for residents, unsanitary kitchen conditions and foreign objects found in food served to residents. “These are serious violations that could easily result in a resident sustaining illness or injury,” said Robert Briskman, an attorney whose practice includes cases of nursing home neglect and abuse. “No nursing home […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2013 – Drivers in Texas should understand there is a difference between a DUI charge and a DWI charge. “Texas has the dubious distinction of having one of the highest rates of drunk driving in the nation. It is not something the state is proud of, and accordingly, the police have begun a drive to crack down on suspected drunk drivers —- that is, drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” stated Bobby Lee, a personal injury lawyer with the Austin firm of Lee, Gober & Reyna. How are these drivers charged […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2013 – Two recent announcements show U.S. government agencies will differ in how they implement a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. In June, 2013, the Court struck down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denied federal benefits to legally-married same-sex couples. As Virginia estate planning attorney Andrew Hook explained, that left those couples in a limbo between state and federal law. “In the eyes of the states in which they married, and other states recognizing same-sex marriages, those couples were legally wed,” Hook said. “But according to the federal […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2013 – A New York State Supreme Court Judge has ruled that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation exceeded its legal authority by passing a smoking ban in state parks in April of 2012. Joshpe Law Group LLP, a Manhattan-based law firm, filed the Article 78 proceeding on behalf of C.L.A.S.H., a smokers’ rights organization founded and run by Audrey Silk. The suit argued that any statewide curtailment on smoking rights could only be passed through legislation, not bureaucratic decision-making. The judicial opinion concluded that the Parks […]


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