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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2012 – In Florida the legal blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or greater is how police determine if a driver is intoxicated. A driver suspected of DUI or DWI may be subject to a field sobriety test conducted by a police officer. During a field sobriety test, a motorist may be subjected to a series of tests. Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) is an involuntary twitching of the eye that occurs at sharp peripheal angles. It occurs at lesser angles when someone is intoxicated. The officer generally monitors that motion with […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2012 – New credit cards are tempting to use before filing for bankruptcy. This is not a wise plan. If an individual is facing a bankruptcy, and also received a new credit card, the temptation exists to go ahead and use the card before filing a petition. This is not a wise move, indicated Iowa bankruptcy lawyer Kevin Ahrenholz. If the card is used just prior to filing, this may send a clear signal to the courts that the debtor is attempting to defraud the system, particularly if large items were bought. […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2012 – Filing for a divorce can be difficult and stressful. The road ahead has many uncharted obstacles, but for Colorado residents, some rules go into effect immediately after filing their Petition for Dissolution. Regardless of whether the decision is mutual, once a divorce is filed in Colorado both parties are governed by some new guidelines. Something many people that are considering a divorce may not realize is that upon filing, a mandatory protection order (or restraining order) goes into effect against both parties. The protection order prohibits either party from selling property, […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2012 – Evidently, even doctors lie when they think they may be in trouble and can avoid taking responsibility for their actions. “It is rather dismaying to note that a recent study has found that roughly 11 percent of physicians admit they have lied to a patient or a child guardian within the past year. A further 20 percent indicate they haven’t told the patient about the mistake because they were afraid of being sued,” outlined Christopher Mellino. Mellino is a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer of the Mellino Law Firm LLC, in Ohio. […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2012 – Some of the most bitter custody battles can be entirely avoided with some careful estate planning. These battles are not about the children, the house or the pets – they are about the family farm. In many industries, a family business being handed down from one generation to the next is a seamless operation. The family farm can sometimes be more emotional. “If the elder generation has not done smart, careful estate planning, then the next generation will suffer,” said Brandon estate planning attorney Reginald Osenton. “The last thing anybody wants […]


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Keene, NH (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2012 – Drunk drivers never think anything will happen to them. Often they are not injured in a wreck, but the other driver is seriously maimed or killed. “This case makes me want to ask if anyone can spell m-o-r-o-n. Because of a drunk driver who thought he was invincible, smart and macho, two people were seriously hurt. One may be in the hospital for months trying to battle his way back to some semblance of normalcy. The man in the hospital is a well known basketball coach and his injuries, ranging from […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2012 – A poster to promote a law school’s annual symposium has caused quite a stir recently. The University of Pennsylvania’s Intellectual Property Group used Louis Vuitton’s famous logo and colors to graphically depict the symposium on IP issues in fashion law. The symposium discussed intellectual property rights, the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act, and exceptions to liability for dilution such as a parody. They used Louis Vuitton’s four-leaf flower, curved beige diamonds with a star inset, and color scheme but replaced the LV initials with TM. Louis Vuitton’s trademark […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2012 – A new drug may help deal with the after effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). It may also have troubling side effects. “Drug makers know they need to test their new products before they end up on the market. Some do, and do it carefully. Others do, but don’t do it as carefully, leaving the human population to find out later about serious side effects; side effects that may include death. It’s a conundrum to find a drug to help, but without troubling side effects. Such is the worry about Clazosentan, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2012 – The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety published a new report recently that raises concerns about the effectiveness of the federally mandated underride guards on tractor trailers. The guards, which are intended to prevent automobiles and other passenger vehicles from going underneath trailers in rear end collisions or being forced underneath in a chain-reaction accident, were found to fail even at low speeds. The IIHS is petitioning Washington to require even stronger underride guards. Automobiles are built with front-end crash specifications that allow them to absorb an impact while keeping the driver […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2012 – Getting convictions on sex crimes is a top priority for many prosecutors in Florida. With the growing publicity of sexual offenses, convictions are a surefire way to get popularity within the community. Unfortunately, with such an aggressive effort to get more convictions, many innocent and wrongfully accused people are charged with sex crimes. Unlike other offenses, crimes labeled as sexual offenses are not easy to conceal and can ruin the life of a wrongfully accused citizen. “There is too much at stake if you are accused of a sex crime,” said […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2012 – Earlier this year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration changed its hours-of-service rules to improve road safety by reducing the number of poorly rested commercial truck drivers on the road. The new hours of service only affect drivers who work extremely long hours, according to the FMCSA. The new rules mean drivers can only use the 34-hour restart provision once every 168 hours and there have to be two breaks during the restart that are between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. “What these new truck driver work hour rules mean is […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2012 – The United States is changing the way it detains immigrants who have overstayed their visas or come into the country illegally. The new facility that opened in Karnes City, Texas in March is a significant departure from the old detention centers that were designed and guarded like federal prisons. Civil liberties lawsuits spurred the U.S. government to change the way it treats and detains foreign nationals found on American soil illegally. Few of the people detained in these facilities are there with a violent criminal history. In 2009, only about 11 […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2012 – The Florida Legislature failed to act on highly controversial alimony reform bills this season. The bills would have changed alimony law and given rigid structure to how alimony is allocated in the Sunshine State. Florida’s state house was poised to take on alimony reform in the footsteps of Massachusetts, which passed sweeping reform last year. But in a short session with other priorities like cutting the budget and redrawing the legislative districts, the lawmakers let alimony reform on the table this year. “The bills were not going to be workable as […]


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New Haven, CT (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2012 – As spring gets fully underway, kids will start to play outside more and enjoy playgrounds at school and in the community. Parents should be reminded that playgrounds can be a fun place but they also can create risks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 200,000 children go to the ER every year for playground injuries. Kids from five to nine years old are the most susceptible. The CDC notes that fractures, dislocations, concussions, and internal injuries are the most common injuries. Falling and strangulation causes the most […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 28, 2012 – This case was a long battle to make a religious statement, which was the woman’s right to begin with. “In SHORELINE TOWERS CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION v. Debra GASSMAN, Gassman had mounted a mezuzah to the door post of her condo. The Association took exception to that, saying it violated the rules about putting personal objects in common areas, which included halls and doorways. The Association kept removing the mezuzah when she put it back up,” outlined Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2012 – Bikers need to also be aware of what is going on around them. In this case, the motorcyclist made a bad judgment call. “Typically, when a motorcycle and another vehicle are involved in an accident, it was the vehicle that caused the accident. This is usually because the driver did not see the biker or the cycle. In some cases like this one the biker made a bad judgment call, and the result was the death of his passenger,” remarked Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer who practices personal injury, accidents […]


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Burbank, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2012 – Affinity Court Reporters Joins the Behmke Family of Companies. Behmke Reporting and Video Services, Inc. acquires Affinity Court Reporters Behmke Reporting and Video Services, Inc. acquires Affinity Court Reporters. Behmke Reporting and Video Services, Inc., a leading international reporting company with principal offices in the San Francisco and Los Angeles metropolitan areas, announced today that it has acquired Affinity Court Reporters of Burbank, California from Affinity Global Services, Inc. Behmke, which was established in 1989 by Paula S. Behmke, CSR, is one of the longest-standing independently-owned companies in the reporting industry. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2012 – Tampa social security and disability attorney, David W. Magann has a lot to celebrate. Last month he opened his third office in the Tampa Bay area located on Bayshore Boulevard to serve the South Tampa area and recently had his 1,400th social security hearing. Magann has been practicing social security law for 14 years and has been active in many community organizations. After his 1,400th hearing Magann explained what this milestone meant to him. “I am proud that I have been able to help so many people get the support they […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2012 – E-verify is still around. However, given the suspected death of immigration reform, one wonders why. “Florida seems to be the arena for some grisly fights over and about immigration reform. No one seemed to know the meaning of the term moderation, until the latest proposal by a state representative, House Bill 1315. If passed, this would have mandated private businesses to check the residency of new hires with E-verify. It didn’t make it to a committee hearing,” remarked Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2012 – The woman in this drunk driving debacle killed a man while she was under the influence of several substances. “You’d think people would get the point that you don’t drink and drive, as it is a recipe for an accident, and that is what happened here,” explained Robert W. Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney of The Lee Law Firm in Austin, Texas. “The 24-year-old woman in this instance was driving under the influence of booze and prescription drugs when she clipped a biker on the highway.” The man was taken […]


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