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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2013 – Usually an employer disciplines everyone to the same extent. There are exceptions to that rule. “In most cases where a worker has done something requiring discipline in the workplace, the same discipline is handed out to others who commit similar offenses. In theory that works. In practice, it may not,” commented Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. Not every instance of an infraction of workplace rules will necessarily draw the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2013 – U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement agents may have been contemplating extensive profiling. According to The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, emails have been obtained which strongly indicate that the U.S. government was contemplating racial profiling to meet deportation quotas. Emails from May 2012 show at least 10 initiatives by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement to bump the number of deported “criminal aliens,” including a plan that involved working with that state’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The ACLU has voiced concern that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2013 – It was a night those that survived this accident would remember. Vodka and cranberry juice killed a young mother. “New Year’s eve is a time for celebration. However, it is also time for discretion when it comes to drinking and driving. The woman driving the vehicle in this fatal accident had tanked up on vodka and cranberry juice, and then decided to head home in the wee hours of the morning, with two other passengers in her car. However, she drove her car off the road, into Jamaica Bay, into 4-feet […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2013 – The number of working poor in America continues to grow. That is the conclusion of a recent report from the Working Poor Project. The working poor are families struggling with poverty, despite having working parents. Much of the recent decline in unemployment comes from relatively low-paying jobs in the service and retail industries. Tampa bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton commented, “It is sad to see that despite the employment situation improving somewhat, the problem of poverty continues to grow. Huge numbers of American families are struggling to stay afloat.” According to […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) April 1, 2013 – Preference actions return money to a bankruptcy trustee, for use in discharging a debtor’s debts. Many people are not aware of the preference action, which is a lawsuit, filed by a bankruptcy trustee, to get funds paid to a creditor before bankruptcy is filed. If the trustee has all they need to file, they must do so within two years of when the debtor files for bankruptcy protection. If they miss this deadline, the suit cannot be filed, indicates Iowa bankruptcy lawyer, Kevin Ahrenholz. The ability to get money back […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) April 1, 2013 – Missouri is considering changing the standard of proof for medical malpractice. “It goes without saying that medical malpractice is a hot button for not just victims, but for lawmakers, the media and insurance companies. Everyone wants to do something about the costs of medical malpractice, but few seem to get the point that it’s the victim they need to focus on, not the bottom line financial concerns for the insurance companies,” stated Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. Missouri’s most recent proposal to control medical malpractice costs is a draft […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2013 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against an Illinois state trooper. The lawsuit blames Illinois State Police Master Sgt. David Schneider for a motorcycle accident on August 26, 2011 that claimed the life of Nicholas Linton, 29. According to court documents, Linton and two others were traveling east on I-88 when Linton attempted to change lanes and was allegedly “clipped from behind” by an unmarked police car driven by Schneider. Linton was thrown from his bike and into the path of a friend’s motorcycle, which struck him. Medical personnel pronounced […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2013 – Begley Law Group is hosting free elder care seminars on Wednesday April 3rd and Thursday April 4th in the Stone Harbor area. The seminars will cover what individuals and their families can do to keep nursing home costs from wiping out their savings, including how Medicaid or Veteran’s Benefits can pay for these costs. “It is possible to qualify for Medicaid and still protect your legacy,” said New Jersey elder law attorney Thomas D. Begley, Jr. “It is never too late to plan, even if you’re already in a nursing home.” […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 28, 2013 – The owner of a company in bankruptcy proceedings was recently jailed for three days for contempt of court. Marvin Chaney, 61, founder of RoboVault, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals on January 29 on the orders of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John K. Olson for violation of court orders. Brandon bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton commented, “This goes to show you how important it is to follow carefully a judge’s instructions, no matter what type of case you are involved in.” Olson issued the arrest order after Chaney and his attorney, […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 28, 2013 – The Virginia General Assembly should expand Medicaid coverage, a major Richmond employer warned. The Virginia Commonwealth University Health System’s CEO, Dr. Sheldon M. Retchin, recently spoke before a House Appropriations subcommittee, saying the hospital cannot withstand proposed cuts to payments for their care of uninsured Virginians unless the state covers those patients under an expanded Medicaid program. Elder law attorney Andrew Hook commented, “Beneficiaries of government health benefits are among the most vulnerable segments of the population. It is crucial for the federal government, state government, and our hospitals to […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 28, 2013 – Average life expectancies in the U.S. rose in 2011, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Women’s life expectancy is now 81.1 years, and men’s expectancy is 76.3. That is a shift from 1975, when women had a life expectancy of 76.6 years and men had an expectancy of 68.8 years. While most people are happy to know they will potentially live longer, their savings may not be prepared. Financial experts are concerned that there is a growing cohort of elderly people without enough money to support their needs. […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) March 27, 2013 – A request to retroactively modify child support highlights the care needed when making custody changes. A Colorado father was faced with a lengthy appeals process after being denied his motion to retroactively modify a child support order based on the change in physical care of his child. In 2000, a Colorado father was ordered to pay child support to the mother of the child. In 2008, the mother filed contempt sanctions against the father for failure to pay child support from July 2000 to April 2005. The father argued that there […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 27, 2013 – A new technology may help vets in more ways than one. A new wheeled chair which resembles a wheelchair but can go up stairs, over curbs and can even balance on two wheels to allow the rider to “stand” on two feet is an elegant solution for many disabled vets and civilians alike. The chair is the iBOT, invented Dean Kamen, the creator of the Segway. The iBOT runs on the typical four wheels, can balance on two wheels when height is needed, and can traverse up stairs and go over […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 27, 2013 – A personal injury lawsuit on behalf of a child injured at a Houston rodeo last year was just settled. In 2012, a three-year-old was injured at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo when she was flung from a carnival ride. Kalyn Pennygraph was riding the Techno Jump, when she fell an estimated six-to-eight feet before hitting the ground, sustaining injuries including a concussion and abrasions. Kalyn’s mother just settled a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of her daughter with the event’s carnival operator. The lawsuit was seeking compensation for “medical care, […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2012 – The Special Needs Task Force worked with Social Security to change how it reimburses third parties. Historically, the Social Security Administration (SSA) permitted parents or other family members of disabled beneficiaries of special needs trusts to buy items for the beneficiary and be reimbursed from the special needs trust. Of course, the family members were required to keep receipts and records of these purchases and furnish them to the trustee. Items might include clothing and other relatively small items that were easier for the parent to pick up and pay for […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2013 – A Florida appeals court has declared part of the state’s workers compensation system unconstitutional. The case involved an injured firefighter’s battle for disability benefits. The 1st District Court of Appeal invalidated a law that set a limit of two years on temporary disability benefits. Under that law, St. Petersburg Fire Department employee Bradley Westphal saw his disability payments cut off in 2011. Although unable to return to work, he was not eligible for permanent disability payments because he did not meet the criteria. Zephyrhills personal injury attorney Robert Alston, who is […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2013 – Traffic fatalities in Illinois increased in the first several weeks of 2013. Data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) show that there were 115 fatalities resulting from 97 crashes in the state as of February 23, 2013. That is an increase from 109 fatalities during the same period in 2012. Twenty-four of the deaths occurred in Cook County, with 13 of them in the City of Chicago. The data are provisional. “It is unfortunate that traffic fatalities have increased so far this year, just as they did last year,” said […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2013 – There has been a renewed call for an examination of the country’s mental health system. Currently, according to a recent government report, there are approximately 7,500 psychiatrists working with mentally ill children and adolescents, but it is estimated that there is a need for closer to 20,000. Meanwhile, families are hard-pressed to get reimbursement from public or private insurers for short-term mental health services that are available. In a study released by the National Institute of Mental Health in 2005, researchers found that as much as 50 percent of chronic […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 25, 2013 – The latest issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, talks about what the cloud is and how law firms can use the cloud to their advantage when building a website or sharing files and folders with others. This month’s issue also explains social proof and Attorney Nicole Black discusses data security on the cloud. The March issue of the lawyer magazine titled, Get Your Head into the Cloud lives up to its name as all of the contributors feature information related to cloud computing. Get Your Head into the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 25, 2013 – The Florida Supreme Court recently handed a defeat to medical malpractice defense attorneys. In a move seen as protecting patient confidentiality, the Court ruled that medical malpractice defendants are prohibited from meeting privately with plaintiffs’ other doctors even if they do not attempt to acquire privileged medical information. Tampa personal injury lawyer Robert Joyce, who is not involved in the case, commented, “This is an important reinforcement to an existing statute and Supreme Court decision already on the books. Medical malpractice defense attorneys cannot be permitted to endanger doctor-patient confidentiality, nor […]


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