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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2012 – According to a recent study by Ohio State University, more and more couples are delaying formal divorce proceedings due to financial concerns. The researchers surveyed more than 7,000 men and women from 1979 to 2008; some 85 percent of those who reported that they, and their spouses had separated, were divorced within three years. However, the other 15 percent of those surveyed reported that they, and their spouse separated, but did not get a divorce for as long as 10 years, due to cost, as well as child care and other […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2012 – It’s time someone made recommendations to reduce traumatic brain injuries in sports. “It almost goes without saying that the world of sports has lagged behind in doing something about reducing the number of traumatic brain injuries that occur every year. Traumatic brain injuries, or concussions, are life-altering, brain-altering experiences, often affecting balance, judgment and memory,” explained Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “Finally, a series of suggestions were approved by Ivy League presidents in July 2012.” Consider the case of a local college rugby player […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 14, 2012 – The Begley Law Group is hosting free elder care seminars on Wednesday, September 26 and Thursday, September 27 in the Stone Harbor area. The seminars will cover what individuals and their families can do to keep nursing home costs from wiping out their savings, including how Medicaid or Veteran’s Benefits can pay for these costs. “It is possible to qualify for Medicaid and still protect your legacy,” said New Jersey elder law attorney Thomas D. Begley, Jr. “It is never too late to plan, even if you’re already in a nursing […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 14, 2012 – The estate tax debate in Congress could shift towards the adoption of a top rate of 45 percent on individual estates over $3.5 million. Another potential development is moving the per-person exemption from $5.12 million to $3.5 million for farms and small businesses. It is not just Republicans who are resisting President Obama’s push on the estate tax. Some Democrats are also worried about the effects of tax increases. The estate tax was branded some years ago as the death tax, a strategy which seems to have been effective from the […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 14, 2012 – Allowing Dreamers to be bumped to the end of the deportation line and to vote does not solve the long-term problem. One of the things you have to love about America is our ability to compromise. Fair is fair, and we love to get something by negotiating and bargaining until both parties are happy with the outcome. “However, there are some things that you just can’t split hairs on – immigration reform is one of them. It is either handled, or it is not. Any halfway measure simply serves to muck […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2012 – Many debtors are surprised to discover declaring bankruptcy affects their car insurance premiums. Many Americans understand that when they file for bankruptcy, their credit reports reflect that fact. What many do not realize is that more and more auto insurance companies are checking the credit ratings of existing and potential clients. This may well affect insurance premiums, according to Kevin Ahrenholz, an Iowa bankruptcy lawyer. According to recent statistics released by Nationwide Insurance, roughly 92 percent of car insurance companies do use credit scoring to calculate auto insurance premiums. Insurers […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2012 – In this bizarre case, a cop fired his service revolver seven times, killing a woman in a Jeep. “I have seen, heard of and dealt with some strange cases, but this one defies logic,” remarked Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta personal injury lawyer. “It will likely take some time to sort out, as there are always three sides to every story: her side, his side and the truth. In this case, her side of the story will never be told, as the woman involved was fatally shot by a local police officer.” […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2012 – When a child dies due to a hospital error, the family’s pain is never ending. Perhaps a lesson lies in the grief. “This case was one of a brutal mistaken diagnosis. The patient, a 12-year-old boy, died as a direct result of that hospital error,” stated Mike Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. The young boy was sent home after a visit to his own pediatrician at the local ER, who diagnosed him with a stomach virus. The symptoms kept getting […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2012 – Lawyers who want to stay competitive in an evolving market will benefit from the September issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys. The latest issue looks at ways to modify best practices in order to respond to increased competition and growing client expectations. “Several factors, including an uncertain economy and an abundance of new attorneys, are coming together to create something of a perfect storm that many firms are finding they cannot avoid,” said Bigger Law Firm staff writer Kristen Friend. As a result, some law firms are beginning to […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2012 – One more obstacle in the way of highly-skilled immigrant employment in the U.S. has been pushed aside. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) recently released his Senate Judiciary Committee hold on H.R. 3012, also known as the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, allowing it go forward to a Senate vote early next year. The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act is proposed as a way to eliminate the restrictive limitations for employment–based immigrants, and to change the number limit regarding immigrants seeking to reunite with family. Senator Grassley stated that when he placed a […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2012 – A unanimous jury verdict found in favor of the plaintiff in the recent trial of Shannon Whaley v. Morris & Montgomery, Inc, and John Hickman (No. DC-10-14604) in the 68th Judicial District Court, Dallas County Texas, for violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act(FDCPA), the Texas Debt Collection Practices Act (TDCPA) and the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Consumer Protection Act (DTPA).The plaintiff was represented by Noah Radbil of Weisberg & Meyers, LLC, Attorneys for Consumers. Lockhart, Morris & Montgomery and John Hickman were represented by Robbie Malone of Robbie Malone, […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2012 – The U.S. Army is currently awaiting the delivery of 1,000 blast sensor packs to help specialists assess how soldiers are affected during and after exposure to explosions. The packs, called Soldier Body Units (SBU), consist of four sensors that collect data from the head and chest areas when soldiers are exposed to explosions to help determine if the blast could—or did—lead to a concussion or traumatic brain injury. The SBU, which is worn like a small backpack, weighs a mere two pounds and is always recording information, collecting data as part […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2012 – The jury found medical negligence was the cause of a birth injury and awarded the mother $78.5 million. “This was a very sad case for the mother of a baby who sustained brain damage and developed spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. She had hoped for a normal birth and to deliver a normal baby. Both hopes were brutally dashed as a result of the negligence of the medical center and medical professionals ostensibly helping her give birth,” explained Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer of Mellino Robenalt LLC, in Ohio. This […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2012 – The driver in an accident that took a young boy’s life was under the influence of drugs. “You hear a lot of stories about people driving drunk, but driving under the influence can and does mean driving under the influence of drugs too. In this shocking case, a 23-year-old female was indicted on felony charges of aggravated driving under the influence, resulting in the death of a 9-year-old boy out riding his bike,” said Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. Tests indicate the woman had amphetamines and marijuana in her […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2012 – Florida A&M University is the target of a lawsuit filed by the family of Robert Champion, a drum major who died in November. It is a wrongful death suit alleging Florida A&M University officials knew of a marching band ritual that includes hazing. Apparently Champion was beaten by several band members on the band’s bus. There were 11 band members in total charged with felony hazing. The incident was so disturbing the band was suspended through the next school year. Also, the band director retired, even though he had been serving […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2012 – A new bill in front of the California State Assembly would allow judges to recognize more than two parents for one child. The legislation has passed the California Senate and is slated to be sent to the governor’s office soon. Sen. Mark Leno (D) originally introduced the bill in response to a Court of Appeals ruling that stated courts did not have the authority to recognize more than two parents for a child, and that the legislature must grant them that ability. The Court of Appeals ruling overturned a lower court […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 7, 2012 – A new package of bills, Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 (HR 1627), recently passed by both the House and Senate and is awaiting signature by the President. HR 1627 includes a number of new bills intended to benefit members of the military, including a stipulation that requires VA facilities to allow access to service dogs for veterans. Prior to the drafting of HR 1627, seeing eye dogs were the only service dogs allowed unchecked access in VA facilities, and service and disability advocates have […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) September 7, 2012 – Filing for bankruptcy is not an easy process. It is a smart move to work with an Iowa bankruptcy lawyer. Filing for bankruptcy protection is an agonizing process. It takes a lot of thought and consideration about the consequences and whether filing for bankruptcy is truly necessary. Most people choose to file for bankruptcy by working with a competent bankruptcy lawyer, but there is the option of filing pro se. However, filing pro se still means having a good knowledge of the applicable laws, says Iowa bankruptcy lawyer Kevin Ahrenholz. […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) September 07, 2012 – Surgeon with 122 medical malpractice lawsuits filed against him is still giving advice and practicing medicine. “This story will seriously make you question whether or not to rely on medical advice handed out online. Dr. Spryos Panos, who claims to be one of the most skilled orthopedic surgeons in America, is facing 122 medical malpractice lawsuits. He even offers advice in online forums relating to orthopedic topics, ranging from caring for joints to if and when surgery may be required as a result of sports injuries,” explained Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 6, 2012 – Abuse of patients suffering from brain injuries has allegedly taken place at the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation in Wauchula, Florida. Twenty former and current patients have said residents have frequently been abused, confined and neglected. Additionally, over 2,000 pages of various documents such as police reports, autopsies and medical records, reportedly show violence, and even death have occurred at the facility. In five resident deaths – two in the last 1.5 years – families of patients, or official agencies, have indicated there has been abuse. (The other three deaths happened […]


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