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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – Immigration reform is still on every politician’s lips, and it may remain there for many years to come. “Yes, the President took executive action to protect a small segment of illegal immigrants. Yes, those immigrants are poised to take advantage of the action. No, this is not a permanent fix for the immigration system. But it may be a step forward in the right direction, provided everyone can determine, collectively, what the right direction is or needs to be to accomplish reform,” remarked Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – Multi-billionaire Harold Hamm is making the case that passive factors led to the acquisition of wealth during his former marriage — and that his ex-wife is therefore entitled to less of the oil fortune than originally determined. In November, one of the largest divorce cases in U.S. history seemingly concluded when an Oklahoma court ordered oil kingpin Harold Hamm to pay his ex-wife nearly $1 billion. At the time, Hamm, who was estimated to have a personal fortune of $19 billion, called the ruling “fair and equitable” and declared himself happy […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – Permanent life insurance policies can be used not just to guarantee income for one’s heirs in the case of untimely death, but to fund retirement. Policyholders can withdraw from the policy’s cash reserve in certain circumstances. “Using life insurance to fund retirement is not for everyone, but it can be a valuable strategy for people who have maxed out other retirement accounts and who can afford a policy,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center, which has offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. Life […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – The Active Transportation Alliance has released a list of Chicago’s most dangerous intersections for pedestrians. The group said that signage changes, such as pedestrian countdown signals and improved crosswalk markings, would make the intersections safer. “Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to injury in traffic accidents,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago car accident attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. “When a pedestrian is injured or killed due to a driver’s negligence, a personal injury lawsuit can help the victim or the victim’s family obtain compensation.” According to the Transportation Alliance, the most dangerous […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2015 – A case concerning a pedestrian’s death is the latest source of unwelcome news for Uber. Lately, the ride-sharing service Uber has been on the receiving end of heated government scrutiny and opposition from its more traditional cabdriver rivals around the world. But nowhere has the critical attention been as acute as in San Francisco, where the company was founded and where a pedestrian was killed last year when struck by a former Uber driver.  On December 4, 2014, prosecutors charged Syed Muzaffar, 57, of Union City, California, with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2015 – Texas counties are not alone in dealing with poor road construction and unsafe conditions. “This Ohio accident could easily have happened outside of Austin or on one of the bypass roads that circle the city,” said Brooks Schuelke, a personal injury attorney with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. Dangerous intersections can be found in every town, city and metropolis across the nation. Unfortunately, many people find out the hard way that speeding and unsafe road conditions can result in serious and even deadly accidents. A 19-year-old teen was killed in the October […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2015 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a letter warning Chrysler that it needs to step up its efforts to recall and repair more than one million Jeep vehicles that may have a fatal fuel tank flaw. According to the NHTSA, a design flaw in some Jeep vehicles can cause the fuel tank to explode after a low- or medium-impact rear-end collision. The NHTSA confirms that at least 51 people have died as a result of these accidents. For several years, Chrysler maintained that the fuel tank was […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) Janury 21, 2015 – The repercussions of sending home the first U.S. Ebola victim in the U.S. continue to spread, even months after his death. “While Ebola is not making as many frightening headlines as it was when the epidemic first got underway, its presence has left a distinct mark on the U.S. health care system,” says Michael Smith, an Arkansas personal injury lawyer. “Hospitals and health professionals now know how to effectively quarantine and deal with this deadly disease. But for Thomas Duncan, we may never have ramped up infection control to the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2015 – Congressional resistance mounted against a cost-saving measure enacted as part of a shrinking Army force. This summer, the Army began a drawdown of forces that will reduce the service to about 450,000, which is its smallest size since World War II. Unfortunately, the cost-saving measures scheduled to accompany the cut in forces had an unappealing consequence for a group of captains whose benefits were downgraded to sergeants’ benefits.  In response, opposition to the plan materialized in Congress, and on December 15, the Army announced that it was reversing course on its […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2015 – Veterans who need assistance performing activities of daily living (ADLs) may qualify for a Veterans Administration (VA) pension benefit called Aid and Attendance, which can cover the cost of in-home care or residence in a nursing home. Aid and Attendance is available to veterans who served for a minimum of 90 days, at least one of which occurred during wartime. Veterans or surviving spouses may be eligible if they require the aid of another person to perform ADLs such as using the restroom, eating or bathing. Individuals who are blind or […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2015 – In plans to block the president’s executive order on immigration, the House passed a bill that died upon arrival in Democratic Senate. In a largely symbolic gesture, the House of Representatives voted on December 4 to try to prevent President Obama’s executive order on immigration from taking effect. The legislation, which passed the Republican-controlled chamber in a 219 to 197 vote, declared null and void the president’s attempt to exempt more than four million immigrants from deportations. The measure was not taken up by the Democrat-led Senate. Tea Party Republicans have […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2015 – The internet is still a relatively new development, and industry regulations are still in flux, with net neutrality being one of the most debated and important issues at hand. In the most recent issue of Bigger Law Firm Magazine, Justin Torres helps law firms understand the net neutrality debate, as well as the impact net neutrality could have on their work. Torres writes that, because online marketing relies on the easy distribution of content, including bandwidth-heavy content like videos, law firms would feel the impact of the elimination of net […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2015 – Both Hillsborough and Pinellas county officials have analyzed traffic accident data from recent years, revealing car accident trends and the most crash-prone intersections in the Tampa Bay area. “Unfortunately, Tampa has a high rate of car accidents, which often lead to serious injury and death,” said Robert Joyce, a prominent Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable.” Officials in Hillsborough County performed an analysis of accidents occurring between 2006 and 2010, which included almost 11,000 severe accidents causing incapacitating injury or death. Bicyclists […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2015 – Texas legislators have been attempting for the last three years to get a bill signed into law that would ban texting while driving. Governor Rick Perry kept vetoing it because he viewed it as micromanaging lives. However, since Texas is set to welcome a new Republican Governor, Gregory Wayne Abbott, in January 2015, many speculate that he intends to sign the bill, previously approved by the Legislature in 2012, into law. Abbott is a lawyer and politician. “Two children and two adults have died in a collision where the trucker was […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2015 – According to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal, wealthy families are increasingly setting up private trust companies to manage their assets, rather than using traditional trust companies. “Private trust companies offer families more flexibility and more control,” said Michael Gilfix, a Palo Alto estate planning attorney with Gilfix & La Poll Associates LLP. “It is easy to see why more and more super-wealthy families are selecting this option, although there are potential downsides.” One reason many families choose to create a private trust company, reports the Wall Street […]


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Okaloosa County, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2015 – In an effort to call attention to the often life-changing effects of a criminal conviction, Florida attorney Steven G. Cobb has named January “Juvenile Crime Awareness Month.” In addition, Mr. Cobb is hoping to raise awareness of the fact that juvenile criminal misconduct may be indicative of an underlying brain disorder that has the potential to cause serious problems well into adulthood. While the law takes an offender’s age into account in criminal sentencing, the consequences of a criminal conviction can still be significant, even for youthful offenders. In certain […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2015 – It is often necessary for individuals to cut down on their expenses once they retire. Planning to reduce or cut out certain expenses can be an important part of a retirement plan, improving a person’s financial security without requiring them to cut out vital resources. “Many times, expenses that were reasonable while one was working do not make sense after retirement,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia estate planning attorney with Hook Law Center, which has offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. Many people can save on transportation and […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2015 – In 2005, Arizona passed a state law cracking down on smugglers who illegally transported men, women and children across the U.S. border. But on November 8, Susan Bolton, a federal judge, struck the law down in U.S. District Court. The law was originally intended to curb one of the largest, most active immigrant smuggling hubs in the nation. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio relied on the law to use racial profiling in his well-publicized crackdown on undocumented immigrants, which set off a tidal wave of human rights lawsuits. When the 2005 […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2015 – Road workers are at high risk for on-the-job injuries in Illinois and elsewhere in the United States. In the United States, 20,000 road workers are injured annually in work zones, according to the Federal Highway Administration. “Road workers are at an increased risk of on-the-job injuries,” said Robert Briskman, a work injury attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg in Chicago. “Injured workers deserve compensation.” There were more than 100 on-the-job fatalities among road workers from 2009 to 2013. Injuries and fatalities to road workers comprise more than 1.5 percent of total […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2015 – In the newest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine, writer Cara Tucker explains Google TV Rank and how it impacts search rankings in her article, “The Future of Search.” As Tucker reports, Google TV Rank is emblematic of the new, post-keyword era of search. The technology is one example of how Google is using the offline behavior of individuals to inform the search results that it returns. “Lawyers need to understand that search has changed, radically,” comments Jason Bland, Bigger Law Firm founder. “Google is pushing far beyond keywords and text-only […]


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