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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 5, 2013 – Mobile technology is distracting, no matter how innovative it is. “It’s interesting to listen to the latest great debate over whether or not to have ‘more’ technology in our vehicles, rather than less. For injury lawyers, the bottom line is crystal clear, ANY technology in vehicles is an accident waiting for a time and place to happen. It all comes down to distraction from the task of driving. Hands-free versus handheld, Bluetooth plugged into a vehicle, it doesn’t matter what it is. If it takes a driver’s eyes and brains away […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2013 – A lawsuit accuses J.P. Morgan Chase of double-leasing oil land. Orca Assets G.P. LLC, a small energy-investment company based in Houston, has filed suit in U.S. District Court in Dallas against J.P. Morgan, alleging fraud and negligent misrepresentation. According to the lawsuit, Orca agreed to lease over 900 acres in south Texas for $3.2 million three years ago. However, before Orca was able to drill for oil on the property, the company learned that the land had already been leased to another company. J.P. Morgan represented the seller, the Red Crest […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2013 – A senator and a prominent doctor joined together to call for a doubling of the amount the U.S. government spends on research into Alzheimer’s disease each year. Senator Susan Collins is the senior senator from Maine and Co-Chair of the Senate Alzheimer’s Task Force. Ronald C. Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the Mayo Clinic. The pair co-authored an article on the disease in a recent issue of Parade magazine. Virginia elder law attorney Andrew Hook agreed with the senator and doctor’s recommendation. […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 4 , 2013 – Jacksonville police arrested a 70-year-old Florida woman after she approached an undercover detective to kill her daughter-in-law. “This case is decidedly unusual for several reasons. The woman allegedly paid an upfront deposit of $500, with the balance due on the death of the discussed target, handed over the woman’s address and picture, met with the supposed ‘hitman’ for a second time, advanced him another $1,000 and indicated the man could rob the intended victim of her expensive jewellery,” outlined Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas Grajek, who is not involved in […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 3, 2013 – Lack of immigration reform is helping Indian IT firms to retain visas. Immigration reform has been a top priority for the White House, but the recent setbacks of the Obama administration, as well as the politically charged gridlock on Capitol Hill, have brought key legislation to a near standstill. Viewers in some quarters watch in dismay while reform speed grinds to a halt. But Indian information technology companies, heavily reliant on a steady, unrestricted supply of the H-1B and L1 visas threatened by the proposed legislation, may be able to continue […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 3, 2013 – People think that if they wear the right kind of protective helmet when playing contact sports that they are safe. They are not. “This story began in 2009, when a young high school boy in California, engaged in playing football, sustained a head-to-head, on-field collision that forever changed his life. He was wearing a regulation helmet, but still suffered a catastrophic brain trauma. He is physically and mentally disabled for life. He even has trouble speaking and expressing his thoughts and feelings,” explained Daren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corp., Michigan. Eddie […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 2, 2013 – A nursing home resident died after he caught fire while smoking a cigarette. Michael Lewis, a resident of Lake Shore HealthCare and Rehabilitation Centre, was smoking a cigarette on the patio when the lighter in his shirt pocket caught fire. His family said that the nursing home staff did not handle the situation properly. Footage from a security camera shows that Lewis pushed his wheelchair inside, where staff members sprayed Lewis with a fire extinguisher and then rolled him back outside, where he sat unattended for more than five minutes. “It […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 2, 2013 – It is far too easy to make serious mistakes when starting a new business. Consult with an experienced business lawyer to avoid costly errors. “Even though someone decides to open a business with a partner, and they spend a lot of time talking, in many cases, there is no clear deal outlined with the co-founders. Without a clear agreement about terms, direction and so forth, it opens the door to potential litigation,” explained noted business lawyer Deborah Barron, of the Barron Law Office in Sacramento, California. There are certain key items […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 29, 2013 – When someone dies and does not leave a will stipulating what should happen to their, numerous issues must be decided. Often, certain assets fall outside of a will. There are assets that are not dictated by a will, including the proceeds of life insurance; bank accounts, real estate and assets held jointly; property held in a living trust; funds in a 401(k) or IRA; a retirement plan with a beneficiary, and community property with rights of survivorship. The inheritor of such properties – those not covered by a will – […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2013 – The family of a Pasco County teenager killed in an auto accident last summer continues to press for improvements to the road where the accident occurred. Courtney Little, 17, was killed on July 2, 2013 while southbound on Moon Lake Road near Bethwood Avenue in New Port Richey, Florida — a stretch of road with an extensive and well-documented history of accidents. Plans to expand and resurface the road have been pushed back due to budgetary constraints. “Citizens want this hazardous stretch of road fixed,” said Zephyrhills auto accident attorney Robert […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2013 – Though the recent government shutdown concerned veterans’ rights advocates, the VA stated that it had plans to cover vet benefits at least until late October. The government shutdown threatened to disrupt the flow of disability and education benefits, but the Veterans Affairs Department had other ideas. The Veterans Benefits Administration had the 19,000 processors slated to continue to handle claims of disability and education even during the shutdown. VA spokeswoman Victoria Dillion announced that the VA was excepting the VBA claims processors from any furloughs in order to keep claims processing […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2013 – The college savings plans known as 529 plans can also be an estate planning tool. Parents saving for their children’s college education often make use of 529 savings plans, which allow for significant tax advantages and multiple investment opportunities. According to Virginia estate planning attorney Lisa McDevitt, the plans can also be incorporated into an estate plan. “A 529 plan is an excellent way for parents to save for their children’s future, or for grandparents to transfer assets to younger generations,” said McDevitt. The tax advantages of 529 plans are similar […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2013 – A federal judge has awarded damages to the family of a man who died in a Chicago jail cell. Saying that inadequate medical care led to the inmate’s death, the judge awarded nearly $1 million in damages to the man’s wife and daughter in a wrongful death lawsuit. Habib Solebo was found dead in his cell in the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in May 2007. According to the lawsuit, jail staff took no action when Solebo refused to take his anti-seizure medication, and a blood sample intended for testing was found […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2013 – Two transit workers were struck and killed by a commuter train just outside San Francisco on a recent Saturday afternoon. The workers were hit just before 2 p.m. near a station in Walnut Creek, some 20 miles east of the city. The train that struck them was out of service and on a maintenance run. One of the men was an employee of the Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, system. The other was an employee of a third-party contractor. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz, who is not involved […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2013 – Following criticism from the Pentagon, Florida will grant equal access to benefits for opposite-sex and same-sex spouses of Florida National Guard personnel. Following the June 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision invalidating part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Pentagon altered its policy to grant legally-married, same-sex couples the same spousal benefits available to opposite-sex couples. That new policy included National Guard forces of each state. But Florida and eight other states that do not recognize same-sex marriages refused to implement the policy. Tampa family law attorney Kristi McCart says […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2013 – A new federal grant program is aimed to improve the long-term prospects of disabled children who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) initiative will provide assistance to SSI recipients and their families in order to help the kids complete high school, postsecondary education, and job training, as well as find good jobs. “Despite the support that Supplemental Security Income provides, children who receive the benefits nevertheless tend to lag behind in higher education and employment when compared with their peers,” said […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2013 – One of the unavoidable issues with growing older is the need for additional levels of care. Care can encompass anything from infrequent help with household issues, such as repairs or heavy gardening, to assistance with daily activities of living, such as toileting, bathing and eating. It can be difficult to broach the subject of an increased need for care. It works best to use tact and choose the correct time to broach the subject. “Few people enjoy admitting that they need help, or that they are not as independent as […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 22, 2013 – A recent investigation by USA Today found that thousands of nursing home residents throughout the country have had money mismanaged or stolen from special trust fund accounts, including more than $350,000 stolen from nursing home residents in Waxahachie, Texas. “Nursing home residents rely on these facilities to properly manage and protect their money,” said Waxahachie elder law attorney John D. Hale. “It is reprehensible that anyone would take advantage of vulnerable senior citizens like this.” Nursing home residents’ trust fund accounts are supposed to be managed with similar oversight to that […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 22, 2013 – A former attorney for the city of Evanston, Illinois, filed an age and sex discrimination claim against her superiors. She was fired in retaliation for filing the complaint. “Tober-Purze v. City of Evanston, N.D. Ill., No. 1:13-cv-01503, 8/21/13 has some contentious issues in it,” remarked Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer not involved in this case, and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. “Not the least of which is that the plaintiff was allegedly also told that […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 22, 2013 – A bill to restore $90 million in funding for services for people who are developmentally disabled was passed by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The bill was sponsored by Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, D-Long Beach, who has an adult son who is disabled and Sen. Martin Golden, D-Brooklyn. The legislation was in response to Gov. Cuomo’s 2013-14 budget proposal, which called for cuts to the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Gov. Cuomo said the cuts were enacted after the federal […]


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