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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 26, 2012 – Hit and run drivers leave behind terror and havoc. This case clearly points that out. “I’ve seen and heard about a lot of ugly accidents during the course of practicing personal injury law in Austin,” said Bobby Lee, a personal injury attorney of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas, “and this case is no exception – a hit and run driver that caused two back-to-back accidents on a busy highway, shutting it down in both directions while the accident scene was cleaned up.” From eyewitness reports, a hit and run […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) July 25, 2012 – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., a founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP is the featured speaker at the 33rd Annual Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Program on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. Mr. Krooks will examine the valuable tool of the income-only trust from an elder law perspective, and its potential tax implications and “boiler plate” traps. Mr. Krooks was recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®. Krooks has received his AEP accreditation from the National Association of Estate Planners […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 25, 2012 – It should be common knowledge that using a cell phone while driving is dangerous. Drivers who make phone calls or send text messages take their minds off the task at hand, and can cause serious traffic accidents. But a recent New Jersey case tested the theory that the sender of a text message can be held liable for a collision caused by the recipient of the message. The short answer, according to Superior Court Judge David Rand, is no. Linda and David Kubert were on their motorcycle in Morris County, New […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 25, 2012 – The Texas Supreme Court recently issued its opinion in Shell v. Ross. The ruling stated that an oil and gas company did not have to reimburse a royalty owner for incorrect payments, because the statute of limitations had lapsed. The decision overturned a jury verdict of $72,000 in favor of the royalty owner. “This case is a wake-up call for all royalty owners,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney. “Even though Ross was in the right, the court ruled that he waited too long to act even […]


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Keene, NH (Law Firm Newswire) July 25, 2012 – Utah’s Supreme Court has handed down a decision that may impact how liability for medical malpractice is handled. “It goes without saying that the law can change on a dime. Any given day, there may be a Supreme Court decision that, rather than clarifying an issue, ends up causing more trouble than it is worth. The decision I am referring to is a ruling that states medical professionals have a duty to consider how a patient’s treatment may affect their family. That means family members could sue their relative’s doctor if […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2012 – A man described as a pill mill “mogul” received a sentence of 20 years in federal prison, but his sentence may be greatly reduced because of his cooperation with authorities. According to court records, Vincent Colangelo, 43, dispensed more than half a million prescription pills, such as oxycodone throughout Florida, racking up a small fortune before he was apprehended. “This case is another sad reminder of the pill mill epidemic Florida is facing,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa pill mill litigation attorney, with Joyce & Reyes Law Firm. “While this perpetrator […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2012 – Managers need to be careful what they say in emails. Those emails may end up as evidence in a lawsuit. “Before the advent of the Internet and email, texting, people used to just call or talk co-workers and management in person. If there was an issue at work with an employee, a manager would call someone in Human Resources, asking for advice. Phone calls are no longer as common as emails,” commented Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2012 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed several changes to the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. This is the form which employers use to verify the identity and employment eligibility of workers. The form facilitates compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act, which prohibits the knowing employment of undocumented workers. The changes proposed include making the form visually clearer, while lengthening it from one page to two pages, and lengthening the instructions from three pages to six pages. Despite doubling the length of the form and instructions, USCIS estimates […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2012 – There is a perceived bias that fathers are discriminated against by the family court system, but fathers do have legal rights in a divorce. “There is a myth that fathers do not have the same legal rights in a divorce as the mother does. That is definitely a myth, as fathers ‘do’ have legal rights, something that my firm fiercely champions,” remarked Bill Thode, a Denver divorce lawyer. Divorce laws in many states typically award custody to the parent that is the closest to the child; the one that will help […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2012 – On July 12, the Florida Supreme Court ruled on a state drug law that has been the subject of controversy. In a 5-2 ruling, the Court upheld the law, which requires that defendants prove they did not know they were carrying an controlled substance. The 2002 law shifts the burden of proof to defendants, unlike nearly every other state, where prosecutors are required to prove that the defendant knew the substance was illegal. “This opinion by the Florida Supreme Court violates a bedrock principle of the American criminal justice system,” said […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2012 – Times can be tough for baby boomers moving into retirement and their golden years, as well as their adult children. The latter are becoming caregivers and relied upon to support their parents financially. “Statistics show that more than 32 percent of adult offspring chipped in $5,000 or more of their own money to help out their parents last year. More than 75 percent, while selflessly helping out their folks, wonder if this will have a negative impact on their own financial situation,” indicated John Hale, a Dallas elder law attorney and […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 20, 2012 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the Lake County sheriff’s department in the case of a jail inmate who died after a prolonged hunger strike. The lawsuit alleges that prison officials ignored the woman’s mental illness and failed to give her proper treatment. Lyvita Gomes, 52, died at a Waukegan hospital on January 3, five days after she was transported there from the jail. She had been incarcerated after missing a court date. Gomes was diagnosed as psychotic by a jail psychiatrist. She refused to consume food or water […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 20, 2012 – No one knows how this accident happened. An accident investigation will tell the story. “This was one of those accidents that mirror your worst nightmares; falling into a vat of acid. It happened to a New Jersey man while he was at work during what was a relatively normal day, until he fell through the roof, directly into a vat of nitric acid, also called aqua fortis. This is a highly corrosive agent and used in rocket fuel. Not something you would ever want to happen to you,” outlined Darren Monroe […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 20, 2012 – According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a record 8,733,461 workers received federal disability insurance payments in June, 2012, a number greater than the population of New York City. Some commentators have decried the rise, saying that the ratio of working Americans to those living on disability has changed for the worse. According to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in June, 1992, approximately 120 million Americans were employed, with slightly more than 3 million living on disability, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income […]


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San Diego, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 20, 2012 – Business attorney, Ron Naves – of The Naves Law Office PC – has recently been awarded the Community Leadership Award for 2012 from the North San Diego County Chamber of Commerce. The event was held in Rancho Bernardo and attended by over 200 community leaders. The award itself was presented to “Coach Naves” by Dr. Sharon M. Lightner, the Dean of the College of Business Administration at California State University San Marcos. The Chamber of Commerce recognized the extraordinary efforts of Mr. Naves in volunteering his time and skills to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2012 – Stevens Transport, a refrigerated transport company based in the Dallas area, will pay $50,000 in settlement for a disability lawsuit filed in federal court, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The lawsuit alleged that the company refused to hire a paraplegic man because of his disability. The man had applied for positions in management. “The EEOC only files lawsuits against employers in a very small percentage of the matters in which employees file charges of discrimination,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin employment lawyer. “The pursuit of this […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2012 – In this case, a cab driver’s employer was not held responsible for the man’s actions in killing a young boy. “This case revolved around an appeal court ruling that the owner of a taxi cab company would not be held personally liable for the murder of a young boy, by one of his driver’s, a convicted sex offender. The driver was on duty when he used text messages to lead a young boy to think he was a girl. The idea was to get the boy out of the home of […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2012 – If one spouse declares bankruptcy, it may affect the other spouse. This depends on a number of factors. Whether or a person’s spouse will be affected by their partner declaring bankruptcy, depends on a variety of different factors. Those things may include, the income of the spouse who is not filing for bankruptcy, joint liability for debts and if they own property. No two cases are the same, which is why it is best to not assume that just because a friend or neighbor went through bankruptcy protection, that each […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) July 18, 2012 – The most frequently sued medical professionals are obstetrician-gynecologists. This is not always due to medical negligence. “No matter how careful, cautious and caring an obstetrician-gynecologist (ob-gyn) may be, there are situations where even top-notch care does not guarantee a perfect outcome. According to statistics released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, just about 90 percent of their members have been sued. In breaking down those numbers, it indicates that most ob-gyns will be sued about three times during the course of their career,” explained Christopher Mellino. Mellino is a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 18, 2012 – The Toral Family Foundation is offering a scholarship program for members of the healthcare field who want to learn more about brain injuries to enhance their competence in treating them. The Florida foundation is offering three professionals paid trips to the 10th Annual North American Brain Injury Society Medical Conference on Sept. 12-15 in Miami. Each scholarship is valued at $1,500 and includes entry to the conference. Applicants to the scholarship program must be employed in the healthcare field within the state of Florida, and work in the brain injury field. […]


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