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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2012 – Chesapeake Energy, the Oklahoma City-based oil and gas producer, has apparently begun reinterpreting contracts with thousands of royalty owners, passing certain costs on to them, even when many lessors believe their leases contain no-cost clauses. Chesapeake claims that other contract provisions allow the company to deduct costs from royalty payments. At least a dozen lawsuits have been filed against the driller by royalty owners. “It largely comes down to the language of the initial lease,” says Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney. “Royalty provisions in leases can be […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2012 – Florida remains the most dangerous state in the nation for bicyclists. There are nearly as many bike-related deaths there in the average year as in California, which has a population roughly twice as large. California is similar to Florida, in that the weather is conducive to bicycling all year long in much of the state. California has well over 37,000,000 people and Florida has about 19 million. Florida had 125 deaths from biking accidents in 2008 and California just 99. “Bicycle recreation is very appealing in our beautiful state, and unfortunately, […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2012 – The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted 22 years ago, and yet many qualified people with disabilities are being overlooked when it comes to gainful employment. Military veterans appear to be a highly excluded group. A 2011 poll, conducted by the Northeast ADA Center and the Society for Human Resource Management, found that 67 percent of polled HR professionals included military veterans in their company’s hiring policy, or as part of their diversity outreach within the past year. Meanwhile, just 17 percent of those HR professionals stated that they […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2012 – While the process of divorce may not have a direct effect on someone’s credit score or credit history, personal credit may be affected. According to Rob Berger at DoughRoller.net, the way individuals in a marriage manage their financial separating during a divorce will help determine if and how their credit rating changes once they are legally split. It pays to plan ahead in order to avoid costly long-term mistakes. For example, even if just one spouse is ordered to pay off a debt, such as a jointly-held credit card, warns Berger, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2012 – Lawsuits can go either way in court, as this plaintiff discovered when she lost her case. “While there are many reasons to file a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), those reasons must be valid when tested by the courts. If they are not, the plaintiff may lose their case. This is appears to have what happened in Samper v. Providence St. Vincent Med. Ctr., 9th Cir., 4/11/12,” outlined Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2012 – Ohio recently launched a series of financial incentives to encourage and promote positive nursing home standards. The new approach ties a percentage of the Medicaid payments, on which most nursing homes rely to quantifiable quality ratings, including residents’ satisfaction levels, the ratio of nurses-to-staff and the number of avoidable medical complications that arise on a regular basis. “States have long struggled to find how to improve the quality of nursing home care when it is needed. They’ve tried fines, citations and various sanctions,” said Dallas elder care attorney John Hale. “Hopefully, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2012 – One of the hottest topics for not just seniors but for workers across the U.S. is the security of Social Security benefits and the potential upcoming reform to the system. The Social Security Administration has announced that the fund will eventually be drained; the Administrations’ most recent forecast estimates that Social Security will be unsustainable by 2033, unless it is radically changed. The founder of Social Security Solutions, William Meyer, states that Social Security must change, and that predictions on when changes are implemented, and whom will be impacted are key […]


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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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