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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2013 – If one wishes to make charitable gifts as part of a tax-saving strategy, now is the time. Although tax returns are not due until April 15, December is an excellent time to do a “dry run” on one’s tax return in order to establish an estimate of what one expects to pay in taxes. A dry run can also help to determine what charitable giving is possible before the end of the year in order to reduce taxable income and lower tax bills. Newly retired individuals may especially benefit from […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2013 – But for a questionable forklift brake, a young Texas man lost his life on-the-job. “The young man severely injured in an accident with a forklift while on-the-job, clung to life for three days, before succumbing to his injuries. The accident happened at McCoy’s Building Supply Center in Lufkin,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. “He was only 19-years-old and was the son of the city’s public works director. He was taken off his ventilator once doctors had determined he sustained unrecoverable brain injuries.” Just prior […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2013 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a rule requiring seat belts on all new large buses. The regulation — issued November 20, 2013 and called a “final rule” — requires a lap and shoulder seat belt to be available for every passenger and driver seat. It applies to all new buses weighing over 26,000 pounds with the exception of transit buses (e.g. city buses) and school buses. The rule takes effect in November 2016. Personal injury attorney David Lietz praised the new rule, predicting that it will save […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2013 – Marketing experts give legal professionals a double-dose of New Year’s strategies in December’s Second Anniversary Issue. This month, the pages of Bigger Law Firm Magazine are packed with the plans your firm needs to stand out amidst new Google algorithms, to manage online reviews and legal blogging, to analyze the legal ramifications of the end of DOMA Section 3, to achieve effective, affordable trial demonstratives and to find fresh solutions for your clients’ data security and storage. To thank current readers and to welcome new ones, this issue is completely free […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2013 – In an interesting move, California is stepping up to the bat of immigration reform and making grassroots changes that may surge across the nation. “This news story is out of California, but it could just as easily be coming out of Florida. It seems Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers got their wings clipped when it comes to using fingerprints to deport Hispanics under the Secure Communities program. Of the nearly 12,000 people deported, just about 50 percent of them had only committed misdemeanors or did not have a record at all. The […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2013 – Veterans face difficulty getting post-traumatic stress disorder cases linked to sexual trauma approved. A study conducted by the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) and the American Civil Liberties Union was made public November 5. The study has found that members of the U.S. armed services who sought benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder due to sexual trauma have a tougher time getting their claims approved than those troops filing PTSD claims for other reasons. The approval rate for PTSD claims linked to sexual trauma during the fiscal year 2012 stood at 56.8 […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2013 – One man died and two others were seriously injured in a recent Sunday collision that involved an alleged drunk driver. “This incident was quite horrendous, with three passengers in a car with an allegedly drunk driver, ending up in an unbeliveabely devastating wreck. From police reports, it appears the 22-year-old driver was travelling at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a tree. Two of the three passengers in the vehicle were in serious condition and were transported to hospital. The third man […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2013 – One powerful weapon against prescription painkiller addiction is now the subject of intense legal and media scrutiny. Buprenorphine, or “bupe”, as it is commonly called, is a drug approved by the FDA in 2002 for use in treatment of addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and other opioids. In the wake of the law enforcement crackdown on Florida’s pill mills, effective medical addiction treatment is essential. But as Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce explains, buprenorphine itself is subject to abuse, and prescriptions for the drug are therefore severely […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2013 – Several cars on an Amtrak train carrying 218 people derailed in South Carolina shortly after midnight on Monday, November 25, 2013. Four passengers with minor injuries were taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The remaining passengers and 11 crew members escaped injury. According to authorities, Train 20’s two locomotives remained on the tracks. Seven of the train’s nine cars derailed but remained upright; Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz said that probably made the difference between life and death. “Passengers reported the trains swaying and tilting violently, so it […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 11 , 2013 – There are two sides to every story. That may be so in this case involving a 19-year-old man. “This case unfolded when a 27-year-old Riviera Beach woman was heading home at 2:00 a.m. She was returning to her apartment when she passed an individual sitting on a front doorstep, smoking weed. He allegedly asked her if she smoked up. Since the woman did not know this individual, she supposedly replied she did not and kept walking,” indicated Lakeland criminal defense lawyer, Thomas Grajek. At this point, things became less clear […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2013 – Mitchell C. Littman, Esq., founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP, and the head of its Corporate & Securities department, is participating in a panel discussion at the Thomson Reuters Conference Center at The Crowd Finance Conference 2013 on December 17, 2013. Mr. Littman’s panel is a part of the Crowdnetic Crowdfinance Conference 2013 and will address “Advertising Under a New Regulator Umbrella” at 2:25 PM. Mr. Littman’s panel will focus on deal marketing under the new regulatory umbrella, Rule 506c offerings, and new issuer requirements including the degree to which […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2013 – A recent survey indicates many U.S. veterans are uninformed about the advantages and disadvantages of delaying or hastening the start of their Social Security benefits. The survey, commissioned by financial publishing firm Kiplinger, found that more than 70 percent of veterans either underestimated the reduction in Social Security income incurred as a result of claiming benefits early, or admitted they did not know the costs. Moreover, nearly 90 percent did not realize the increase in benefits they could receive by delaying the onset of payments. Veterans’ law attorney Andrew Hook […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 10, 2013 – The demand for qualified college students from abroad is high, but with current U.S. immigration laws, many must leave the country immediately after graduation. Among the primary documents that technology companies (and other firms that employ significant numbers of foreign workers) use, the H1-B visa stands out as the most important. However, the H1-B visa is only valid for employment and does not cover another group of skilled workers that American companies often covet: foreign-born students with degrees. But the F-1 visa students rely upon to enter American universities from abroad […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 10, 2013 – When this case went to court, the jury returned a verdict in 15 minutes. This does not happen often. “This case was one a Florida jury found egregious enough to hand down a $30 million verdict in just shy of 15 minutes,” explained Daren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. “And that is something that does not happen very often.” The man at the center of this case, Thomas Cypress, had a blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit the day he veered across a median, crashing head-on into […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 9, 2013 – Four women died after a Ford Explorer flipped over on Interstate 290 on September 26. The four women were killed, and four others injured, when the vehicle rolled down an embankment near Illinois Route 83 and flipped over. According to police, the driver was charged with driving without a license and was issued other citations. The driver and seven passengers of the vehicle were employed by a Chicago-based temporary employment agency and were en route to a job in the western suburbs when the crash occurred at about 6:15 a.m. “This […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 9, 2013 – Not many Americans realize how prevalent traumatic brain injury (TBI) is these days. Roughly 1.4 million sustain such an injury each year. “Of the 1.4 million individuals who sustain a TBI, three out of four are classified as minor TBI (mTBI), a category many people have never heard of before. A mTBI typically induces a temporary change in the way a person’s brain functions, such as perceptual or behavioural difficulties, mental confusion and/or an altered level of consciousness,” explained Sacramento traumatic brain injury lawyer Deborah Barron of the Barron Law Corporation. […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 6, 2013 – Debt ceiling and budget issues aside, the current approach to immigration may be missing the vital component of vetting applicants. “Yes, not vet, is a refrain being heard from the president of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Council (USCIS), Kenneth Palinkas, and oddly enough, no one seems to be listening. No small surprise when it comes to politicians,” added Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. Why is Mr. Palinkas speaking out about passing […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 6, 2013 – Delays at VA hospitals have resulted in late-stage diagnosis and sometimes death. According to the findings of an investigation that were made public on November 20, The Department of Veterans’ Affairs was aware of the long waits and delays in care that resulted in the deaths of at least six veterans at one VA hospital in South Carolina — and did little or nothing to prevent them. The probe also suggests that the number of deaths linked to delays at the hospital may be as many as 20, and that delayed […]


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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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