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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2013 – Joshpe Law Group LLP represented Roboinvest, Inc., an innovative online trading and investing company with a focus on social networking, in its merger with Pennaluna & Company Inc., one of the oldest broker-dealers in the country. Roboinvest merged with Pennaluna, an Idaho-based company, in exchange for equity. Roboinvest’s CEO, Michael Giles, has joined the executive management team of Pennaluna and the board of directors. Roboinvest allows traders and investors to follow each other, to see their trades in real-time, and to assess profits or loss. It is currently integrated with […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2013 – An Arizona policy to deny state driver’s licenses to some people is garnering protest. A coalition of civil rights groups filed suit on November 29, 2012 to block an Arizona policy that denies driver’s licenses to certain foreign nationals who are granted Deferred Action status and deemed temporarily eligible to remain and work in the U.S. by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In a statement on the matter, Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz said, “Beyond mean-spiritedness, it is hard to see what Arizona’s interest is in prohibiting issuance […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2013 – Some professionals may not understand what they said when it comes to sex discrimination. “This recent case, Blasdel v. North Western University, No. 11-2075, 7th Cir., 2012, is interesting, largely because the court decided that some professionals are not as aware and articulate as perhaps they should be when it comes to making sexist comments. That being said, it appears that even though they may make sexist remarks, they may not comprehend their significance, and thus are not censured for them,” remarked Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2013 – Studies show that substance abuse continues to be an issue for veterans. According to a new study from the Public Health Institute’s Alcohol Research Group, male military vets, with a history of heavy drinking, are seeking treatment in higher numbers than ever before. Many veterans who have sought treatment, report better health and lower instances of depression, when compared to their civilian counterparts. “There are a number of effective solutions for vets dealing with alcohol or other substance abuse issues,” said Tampa veterans attorney David W. Magann. The study was recently […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2013 – More grandparents than ever are raising their children’s children. It is estimated that close to 5.8 million children in the U.S. are living in their grandparents’ homes, and more than one million children are being raised by their grandparents. That means more than 2.5 million grandparents are currently head-of-household and parenting again. The number of U.S. grandchildren who are being raised by one or more of their grandparents continues to rise. In 1991, the U.S. Census Bureau listed 1.7 percent of children in grandparent-as-parent homes; the number went up to 2.5 […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2013 – A bus driver killed four people and injured countless others. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. “Although this gruesome story happened four years ago, justice caught up to the bus driver who killed four and injured numerous others in a bus wreck in Virginia. The judge who delivered the verdict stated that the driver’s conduct was so egregious, that he was finding him guilty on all four counts,” explained Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. During the course of the trial, there were at least 15 witnesses called, including several […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2013 – The issue of veterans and gun rights has been a speed bump in the $631 billion defense bill. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. has attempted to halt the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) plan to place the names of some veterans into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Sen. Coburn has stated that, in order to take away someone’s Second Amendment rights, it should be adjudicated, rather than simply mandated by an automated system. Inclusion on the list means veterans would be prohibited from owning or buying firearms. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2013 – Contracts cannot negate bankruptcy protection. It’s a very simple principle, one that has its origins in a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1938. In Johnson vs. Zerbst, the court defined a “waiver” as the “intentional surrender of a known privilege or right.” A bankruptcy discharge, coupled with the benefits of starting over debt-free, is considered a privilege. Thus, any clause in a contract that attempts to render an obligation invalid in a bankruptcy is attempting to negate bankruptcy protection. However, the bankruptcy code states this is non-enforceable, remarked Kevin Ahrenholz, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2013 – December 18 was International Migrants Day. International Migrants Day is observed world wide, and was designated in 2000 by the General Assembly of United Nations. On December 18, 1990, the General Assembly agreed upon an international convention which outlined rights for migrant workers and their family members. The day was chosen to take into account the vast and still-increasing number of people working throughout the world. Now, International Migrants Day is observed in many different countries, by governmental and non-governmental organizations, human rights organizations and political freedom orginizations. The goal of […]


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Wheeling, W.Va. (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2012 – The law firm Spilman Thomas & Battle (Spilman) announced that Lisa M. Hawrot and Ronald M. Musser have joined its Wheeling, W.Va. office as counsel. Hawrot has represented parties in West Virginia and Ohio in all aspects of complex family law for more than 15 years. Last year, she successfully argued an adoption matter before the West Virginia Supreme Court. Hawrot also has experience in real estate, including surface and mineral title examinations, and general litigation matters. She is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College and Ohio Northern University Claude […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 28 , 2012 – It is one thing to have a law banning texting while driving. It is another to be able to enforce it. “It’s good that there are laws banning the use of mobile devices when driving. Those kinds of laws are intended to save lives. The issue is enforcement. How does a police officer tell when someone is texting? If the offending driver sees a cop, they just lower the phone, or put it on the seat. It’s tough to just stop everyone in a car or other vehicle just because […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2012 – The parent company of Banana Boat, a line of sun-care products, is recalling a half-million bottles of aerosol sunscreen. There are reports that the product may catch fire if users come into contact with an open flame shortly after applying it. “This is a frightening example of what can go wrong with a product most people would never imagine to be dangerous,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz. Energizer Holdings announced the recall of 23 products in their UltraMist sunscreen line, including UltraMist Sport, UltraMist Kids, and UltraMist Ultra […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2012 – The U.S. Census Bureau says nearly 60 percent of parents do not receive all of the child support to which they are entitled. “Unfortunately, a growing majority of parents do not get all the child support they are owed,” said Zephyrhills divorce lawyer Marcie Baker. “In this stagnant economy, that trend is likely to continue.” Court orders of child support can be enforced with the help of a family law attorney. State law also requires the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) to assist in the collection of child support. Some who […]


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Nashua, NH (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2012 – Although having an affair with a patient is a violation of ethics, it may not be classified as medical malpractice. “This is an interesting case in which a woman that allegedly initiated an affair with her doctor later sued him for medical malpractice. She won, and was awarded $416, 500 by the jury. Evidently the doctor, an osteopath, was treating her for a gastrointestinal condition when she allegedly seduced him,” outlined Charlie Donahue, a Keene medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. At trial, the jury found the doctor […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2012 – A nursing home tragedy highlights the need for stringent safety measures. A 94-year-old woman in a wheelchair was outside Country Cottage Assisted Living, a nursing home in Decatur, Georgia, during a routine fire drill. Her chair brakes were presumably not set and her chair rolled away, down a hill and into a ditch of water. The woman, Elizabeth Street, died of pneumonia a few days later. An employee of Country Cottage reported that she discovered Ms. Street with cuts and abrasions, covered in mud, in the ditch. Ms. Street had been […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2012 – Tampa transportation officials announced plans for upgraded safety measures at an East Tampa intersection, the site of at least seven car crashes between 2008 and 2010, one of which claimed three lives. The intersection is at 34th Street and Chelsea Avenue. A building set close to the northeast corner obstructs westbound motorists’ view of oncoming southbound traffic on 34th Street. “Area residents rightfully expect safe conditions on our roads,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “These safety upgrades are good news for local motorists.” The fatal crash happened in September […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 26, 2012 – The Florida Supreme Court heard a child custody case arising between two lesbians, but the case may be remanded to a lower court. Attorneys on both sides of the case said it will probably not affect other couples. “Although this case is unusual, it illustrates that divorce and child custody matters have many potential complications,” said Brandon divorce attorney Joshua Law. The genetic mother was an egg donor for her partner, who carried the child and gave birth in 2004. Two years later, the two women separated, and a child custody […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 26, 2012 – This is a recurrent theme that will not go away anytime soon. Thank ICE raids for the labor shortage. “Now that the election is over, will the ICE raids continue? Chances are they will and the results of those raids will drastically affect the U.S. agricultural sector. There is just about no one left to work the fields. Americans certainly aren’t, despite their cries that undocumented workers are taking their jobs away from them. If they wanted those jobs, they would be out there working. They are not,” pointed out Larry […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2012 – There are two new large-scale cases of E. coli poisoning, Escherichia coli O157:H7, in the U.S. In late October, an E. coli outbreak sickened more than 100 attendees at the Cleveland County Fair in North Carolina. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported that a two-year-old child died from the bacteria and a dozen other people that were affected required hospitalization. Officials are comparing the incident to one in 2011 at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, where 27 people were fell ill after spending time in […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2012 – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has begun a pilot program known as Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI). MAVNI allows non-citizens who have certain critical skills to enlist in the U.S. military and apply immediately for U.S. citizenship without the need to first obtain permanent resident status. “MAVNI offers qualified foreign nationals willing to fight for America the ability to gain U.S. citizenship quickly,” Dallas immigration lawyer Stewart Rabinowitz said in a statement. “What a contrast to an otherwise overly complicated, inefficient U.S. immigration system. With MAVNI, certain […]


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