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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2015 – The state of Illinois is more than four months into its fiscal year with no budget, and hundreds of millions of dollars in funding on hold. Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will not talk about spending until changes are made that he says will make the state friendlier to business. What Rauner calls his Turnaround Agenda would include changes to the state’s worker’s compensation system that would make it harder for workers to collect benefits. The Democratic-controlled state legislature and advocates for workers’ rights oppose the changes. “Injured workers deserve compensation,” […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2015 – There has been considerable debate about the type of custody arrangement that works best for the children of divorcing parents. According to a study published earlier this year in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, kids fare better when they are able to split their time between both of their divorced parents. Current thinking prioritizes stability when it comes to the healthy development of children. However, the study’s findings challenge assumptions that kids in shared custody arrangements experience more stress due to the social upheaval and unpredictability that comes […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) November 24, 2015 – A crash involving four trucks took place near Clementine, Missouri, on Sept. 9. The accident occurred on Interstate 44, shutting down traffic in both directions. It was caused by a flatbed truck rear-ending a slow-moving box truck. The first truck swerved over the median and struck another trailer head-on. Both vehicles eventually caught on fire. A fourth truck that was trying to pass also overturned, blocking the eastbound lanes. All four semis were destroyed in the crash. Two drivers and one passenger were airlifted to Columbia for medical treatment after […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2015 – Art collectors are advised to think about the future of their art after they are deceased. According to Michael Delgass, managing director of Sontag Advisory, a financial planning firm in New York, as one’s art portfolio increases in value, it becomes a more important part of one’s tax and financial lives. Heirs may realize undesirable tax consequences, including heirs who are not relatives of the collector or those who are relatives of the collector but who are not art connoisseurs. Advisers state that it is challenging to quantify the value of […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2015 – Giulia Frasca, Esq. of Littman Krooks LLP will conduct a seminar on “Special Education: Understanding Your Rights” on Thursday, December 3, 2015 in New Fairfield, CT. Giulia focuses her practice on special education and education law, special needs planning and elder law in New York and Connecticut. She has successfully advocated for children with special needs who were denied a free and appropriate public education by their school districts. Additionally, she has been successful in litigating against school districts for reimbursement for tuition for appropriate private placements when the school […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2015 – Medicare Advantage plans are part of the Medicare program in which one is still entitled to the same rights and protections as if one had traditional Medicare. They are private plans that may offer more benefits than those accessible in traditional Medicare, and sometimes at no extra cost to beneficiaries. Medicare Advantage plans may be able to operate with more efficiency than the traditional program, purchasing additional benefits for a lower cost, and regulating care in such a way as to ensure that patients make use of medical services more […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2015 – Jeanette Consteanna died under questionable circumstances at a nursing home. Her daughter filed a wrongful death lawsuit. According to the statement of claim, Consteanna became a resident of the Bloomfield Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center nursing home in 2006 and lived there until 2014. Her pre-existing medical conditions on admission included dementia, general muscle weakness, diabetes and hypothyroidism. The parent company of Bloomfield Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, Preferred Care Partners Management, is located in Plano, Texas, and was served with notice of the Consteanna lawsuit alleging inadequate treatment resulting in […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2015 – A prominent Chicago personal injury law firm has announced the winner of a scholarship for accident survivors who are entering or enrolled in law school or college. Michelle Eikill of Jacksonville, Florida is the winner of the Briskman Briskman & Greenberg Accident Survivor Scholarship. “We established this scholarship to help people like Michelle,” said Paul Greenberg, an attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. The University of North Florida student wrote an essay describing her struggle to persevere after a life-changing car accident. In January, Eikill was driving home from work when […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2015 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the son of a 72-year-old woman who died in a Florida nursing home where she was recovering from pneumonia. According to the lawsuit, nursing home staff failed to respond properly to the woman choking. “Nursing homes have a legal responsibility to provide proper care to their patients,” said Robert Joyce, a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney with the Tampa law firm of Joyce & Reyes, who is not involved in the case. “When that duty is violated and serious injury or death […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2015 – A class action lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and numerous government officials over changes in green card eligibility requirements in the amended October’s Visa Bulletin. The amended October Visa Bulletin released by the State Department moved the cutoff dates for certain Indian and Chinese immigrants backward, limiting the number of foreign nationals in those categories to submit green card applications. For Indian applicants, the dates were pushed back two years, and for Chinese immigrants, the dates were moved back 16 months. […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2015 – According to a statement of complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Dr. Jane Doe’s career was promising and there was a lot to look forward to for the future, until Doe ran afoul of Dr. Muhammad Atthar Naeem and Dr. Robert M. Heaney for reporting alleged racism. This case appears to be unique in that it bears witness to alleged racism, discrimination, sexual harassment and administrative actions that prompted Dr. Doe to blow the whistle and reveal the full extent of the story. This story, as told by Doe, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2015 – Orton Heath Law Firm PLLC is pleased to announce the launch of its website www.ortonheathlaw.com. The website is designed to provide pertinent information about the Orton Heath Law Firm, while allowing for streamlined navigation and viewing. Future postings of newsworthy articles and information about topics relevant to the industries we serve can be found in the website section entitled, “News/Updates.” About the Orton Heath Law Firm The Orton Heath Law Firm provides business and legal strategy services and representation to individual and corporate clients, with a focus on medical devices/pharma/life sciences. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2015 – An employment discrimination lawsuit has been filed against chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride. Carl R. Titus, a six-year employee of the company, filed a six-count lawsuit July 10 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division. The lawsuit alleges hostile work environment, color discrimination, race discrimination, disparate impact employment discrimination, disparate treatment employment discrimination, retaliation and failure to promote. The lawsuit cites the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act. “Racial discrimination in employment is prohibited by both U.S. and Texas law,” said Gregory D. […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2015 – The FBI will begin collecting and making public more information about police shootings involving civilians, according to FBI Director James Comey. The agency released its annual data on crime in the United States on Sept. 28. Once the FBI gathers the data, it will release a special report on police use of force in the line of duty, which has been the subject of public debate. According to Comey, the publication will “outline facts about what happened, who was involved, the nature of injuries or deaths, and the circumstances behind […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2015 – The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in September that the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, deserves a new trial in a slip-and-fall personal injury lawsuit. The court determined that the trial court’s instructions to the jury were incorrect in that they contained a burden of proof exemption that, according to the state Supreme Court, is only applicable to self-service businesses, such as grocery stores and cafeterias, where consumers hold equipment and products. Plaintiff Janice Prioleau filed a personal injury claim against KFC alleging that she suffered […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2015 – The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA) has recognized the exceptional performance of Illinois’ Family Law Attorney Michael Ian Bender as one of the state’s 10 “Best Family Law Attorneys” for client satisfaction in 2015. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOFLA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOFLA’s […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2015 – The first divorce mediation session can be nerve-wracking due to uncertainty about what to expect and how the other party will behave. Being prepared with a detailed plan will ensures a smooth transition through the mediation process to life after divorce. A recent online survey of divorcing couples by divorce preparation website completecase.com shows that Vermont tops the list for easy, amicable divorces in the United States. Divorce in California was found to be pleasantly cordial, where couples part ways with minimal hostility. “Communication and cooperation are essential for an […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2015 – In a courtroom in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, over which Judge Harry Smail presides, state law is no longer in favor of grandparents who are trying to obtain the right to visit their grandchildren. According to the Grandparent’s Visitation Act, grandparents can contend that they receive partial custody of their grandchildren if the parents have been separated for a minimum of six months. Judge Smail states that a portion of the law is unconstitutional. Professor Harry Gruener of the University of Pittsburgh’s family law clinic states that Judge Smail has taken a […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2015 – An estate plan often needs to take into account factors such as a prenuptial agreement. “A well-drafted estate plan can help ensure that one’s assets are protected, and that one’s beneficiaries are provided for after one’s death,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia estate planning attorney with Hook Law Center, with offices in Virginia Beach and northern Suffolk. “Proper planning includes taking into account family circumstances, including any prenuptial agreement that may exist.” An estate plan can be created around a prenuptial agreement. Consider a case discussed recently in the […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2015 – President Barack Obama on Oct. 2 nominated lawyer Michael J. Missal to take over as permanent inspector general for the watchdog office of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Members of Congress have long called for the nomination of a permanent inspector general for the VA, saying it will bring more accountability to the department. In recent years, the VA has struggled to meet the health care needs of veterans and failed to provide timely decisions on benefits, along with dealing with scandal investigations and whistleblower retaliation. “It is unacceptable that […]


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