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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2012 – According to a new study released by State Farm Insurance, one-third of teenagers polled admit to sending and reading text messages while driving. The report supported recent federal research which showed teens and other drivers below the age of 25 as a higher-risk group than their elders when it comes to driving and texting. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens; teens are statistically more likely to die in a car crash than any age group under age 80. Teens and texting is of great concern: the federal […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2012 – A professional basketball player for the Miami Heat has allegedly claimed a Texas residence as his home, rather than Florida, though he plays and practices in Florida. It is assumed that the address change is to reduce child support payments. If his primary residence is legally recognized as Florida, current child support allocation is three percent of his income per month, according to reports. The player’s estimated salary is $18 million per year, which means, if true, he would be paying $30,000 per month. If the player, Chris Bosh, has a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2012 – Women who suffered from DVT, blood clots or pulmonary embolism after using the NuvaRing contraceptive device have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer, and a federal judge has announced a trial date for the consolidated cases. “DVT and pulmonary embolism are quite serious conditions,” said Greg Grambor, an expert on DVT and president of VascularPRN, a distributor of DVT prevention devices. “An important preventative measure is the use of compression therapy, usually when a patient is confined to bed for three days or more.” Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, is blood clot […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2012 – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that it will eliminate the I-94 form, the Arrival-Departure Record issued to foreign nationals admitted to the United States in non-immigrant status. “Conceptually, one less document issued, such as a Form I-94, is one less document to lose, and a benefit to both the agency and to the foreign national nonimmigrant,” said Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz. “But we have created a domino-like chain where a single document, such as Form I-94, has significance to state motor vehicle bureaus, to universities receiving […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2012 – There is a right way and a wrong way to issue severances. Employers need to follow a strict protocol, or run afoul of the law. “To avoid a charge of ageism, or age discrimination, there are rules a company needs to follow if their reorganization or consolidation process ends up affecting older workers. The older worker may well feel they are losing their job because of their age, and that management to reorganize to have the chance to let them go,” remarked Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2012 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the top U.S. auto safety regulator, is recommending ignition interlock devices for first-time drunk driving offenders as a baseline safety system. Ignition interlock devices are designed to prevent drunk drivers from starting their cars. The devices could be implemented on a state-by-state basis and the cost paid for by the drivers themselves. Most drivers responsible for fatal car accidents in the U.S. test for alcohol consumption that is twice the legal limit, according to the NHTSA. In fact, more than 70 percent of deaths […]


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Norfolk, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2012 – Summer is coming to a close, school is back in session, and you know what that means – FOOTBALL! College football season is upon us, much to the delight of the thousands of Virginia college team fans in our area. Unfortunately, celebrating a new season can also bring danger in the form of drinking and driving. Between tailgating parties, sports bars, and home viewing parties, alcohol consumption and game day are often synonymous. And one too many drinks can lead to very serious consequences. Recent studies show that the drinking and […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2012 – A forty-year old man died in a speedboat accident near Crab Island on Saturday afternoon. He had been riding in a thirty-foot speed boat with three others, when the driver lost control, sending the boat into a spin. The force of the sudden spin launched the four occupants out of the vessel. “These accidents are tough for everyone involved,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “Often, the deaths are all too preventable.” Drivers sometimes forget how difficult speedboats can be to control, and how readily they can eject passengers in […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2012 – While divorce can be emotionally, socially and financially unnerving, it is when someone faces a second (or third) divorce that it can be complicated without the right representation. “The biggest issue with the financial settlement from a second divorce is that it can easily, inadvertently or intentionally, end up co-claiming the financial resources your first divorce also has earmarked,” said Bill Thode, a Denver divorce attorney. “Though legal fees and other costs from your previous divorce may be concluded, you can still be paying out child support and alimony, as well […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2012 – Former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson has been convicted of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Weeks before the verdict, Peterson’s son, Kris Peterson, removed his name from a wrongful death lawsuit against his father, effectively ending the civil case. “It’s clear that Peterson’s son did not share the Savio family’s views of the case,” said Chicago wrongful death attorney Robert Briskman, who was not involved in the lawsuit. Kathleen Savio’s body was found in her bathtub in 2004, after she and Peterson were already divorced. Initially, her death was found […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2012 – The U.S. Justice department just sided with California’s Supreme Court, stating that an undocumented immigrant who wants to practice law in California cannot do so. Sergio Garcia, 35, asked to sit for his California bar exam. He has the support of California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, who described Garcia as “a model of the self-reliant and self-sufficient immigrant” in an amicus brief. He was also supported by the California State Bar Association. However, Sergio Garcia is not a legal citizen of the United Sates. California’s Supreme court asked that the U.S. […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2012 – Begley Law Group will host free seminars throughout the Moorestown area in October to help individuals and their loved ones learn how to properly plan for long-term care. The team of New Jersey elder law attorneys is skilled in protecting assets and helping clients utilize government benefits such as Medicaid and Veteran’s Aid and Attendance. “It is never too early to start strategizing about how to protect your savings and the legacy you want to leave to your family and relatives,” said New Jersey elder law attorney Dana E. Bookbinder. “Nursing […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 20, 2012 – On August 15, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting requests for the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program allows for certain undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children to apply for deferment of any removal action for a period of two years. The decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and are a matter of prosecutorial discretion. Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz offered cautious support for the program. “DACA represents a most significant opportunity for undocumented young people: the chance […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) September 20, 2012 – Whistleblowers help the federal government collect money illegally paid out as the result of scams, schemes and cons. “Over the past few years, given the nature of the economy, attempting to defraud the federal government has become more common. Tax evasion is one of the most common types of fraud against the U.S. government and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS),” explained Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland whistleblower attorney, “or it may involve Medicare overbilling, using wrong codes, performing unnecessary procedures or billing for procedures not done, etc. These are all ripe areas […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2012 – A recent voluntary recall of pre-sliced apples potentially tainted with listertia has raised the issue of food safety in the news again. The food in question is pre-sliced apples, distributed through grocery and fast food chains in 36 states, including Burger King, McDonald’s, Wawa and Wegman’s stores, and sold packaged with ‘‘Ready Pac’’ and ‘‘Safeway Farms’’ labels. Ready Pac is one of the top four producers of widely sold, ready-to-eat, pre-packaged produce that includes fruits, vegetables and salads. Food processed by one company is routinely distributed under multiple labels and names […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2012 – The more people know about nursing home abuse, the more that can be done to eliminate it. “I’ve seen a number of nursing home abuse cases during my years of practicing personal injury law, and I can tell you that it is far more prevalent than you might think,” indicated Mike Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. “Speaking up and out about it helps others. Nursing home abuse should not be kept hidden, like a dirty secret.” One case that serves […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2012 – California’s Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a bill protecting custody rights for military parents currently deployed. Bill AB 1807 was crafted to address, and protect, the rights of deployed military parents to ensure that the child custody agreement in place before they were deployed for service, will be reinstated post-deployment. “The bill was proposed to make the process routine and reduce trauma, as much as possible for all family members,” said Bill Thode, a Denver child custody attorney. “When a divorced couple shares custody and one member is deployed, […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2012 – Dreamers across the country cheered loudly when Obama announced a partial implementation of the DREAM Act. However, it is still in stall mode. “It’s nice that Obama went ahead and announced a partial implementation of the DREAM Act, just in time for the election, with the not-so-subtle intent of garnering Latin votes. However, the partial implementation does nothing for the Act as a whole. It is still in stall mode,” says Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2012 – Driving any vehicle under the influence is not a smart move. “It just boggles the imagination that anyone thinks it is ok to drive a potentially lethal weapon—car, truck or boat—while under the influence. Evidently, people still think that they ‘can’ drink and drive; the simple truth is they cannot and should not. In this case, a drunken boater took the life of a 9-year-old boy,” said Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan Paul Bennett was not paying attention to what he was doing while in his fishing boat on […]


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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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