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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2014 – In their first two weeks in fall 2013, Chicago’s new speed cameras logged 233,886 speeding violations. Critics say the cameras are more about generating city revenue than guarding citizen safety, but proponents point out that the devices are already having the desired effect of reducing speeding. A reduction in inappropriate high-speed driving is expected to reduce the number of auto accidents. “Speeding is a major cause of traffic accidents that often lead to injury or even death,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago car accident attorney. “No one likes getting a ticket, […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2014 – A new bill in Virginia would institute a new, costlier child-support payment schedule. The new year could see a significant increase in Virginia’s child-support payment guidelines if a bill, introduced January 8 in the House of Delegates, becomes law. The measure has some policy advocates grousing that unmerited costs will be imposed upon non-custodial parents if it is enacted. The bill, HR 933, was crafted based on recommendations from the Child Support Guidelines Review Panel and would raise the basic child-support obligations of non-custodial parents. The amounts mandated by its new […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2014 – Riding a motorcycle is never really safe, but the number of miles ridden does help when it comes to experience handling a bike. “Even though riding a hog is a cool thing to do, bikers are 30 times more likely to be killed in a crash than someone in a car. In most cases, it is the speed that kills, particularly when it comes to younger sport bikers,” says Austin motorcycle injury lawyer, Bobby Lee of Lee, Gober & Reyna. Laying a bike down to avoid hitting another vehicle is one […]


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Corpus Christi, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 5, 2014 – Attorney Alex Hernandez Jr., normally practices on the plaintiff side of the bar but when a small business owner called him and told him she was being sued Hernandez stepped in and represented the small business owner on the defensive side. The small business owner had no insurance and was being sued for over six figures. Hernandez litigated the case for over a year and at the end it was his client who got the best end of the deal, they settled for pennies compared to what the small business […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 5, 2014 – In Florida, there is a special category of robbery referred to as Robbery by Sudden Snatching. It is a serious criminal offense. “Robbery by Sudden Snatching happens when someone takes money, or other property, from a victim with the intention to deprive them of that property or money, permanently or temporarily, and during the course of events of that robbery, the alleged victim is aware or becomes aware of the robbery,” outlines Lakeland criminal defense lawyer, Thomas Grajek. The offense is outlined in Florida Criminal Statute 812.13. To break down the […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 5, 2014 – The mother of a young man who was pushed into a moving DART train by four boys in Dallas two years ago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Takeysha Keys has filed against Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the four boys in state district court. The plaintiff has requested a $20 million verdict. The complaint alleges that DART failed to take action to stop the attack that resulted in the November 22, 2011 death of Octavius Lanier. “A wrongful death lawsuit may be able to bring some measure of justice […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2014 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP of Littman Krooks LLP has been recognized as an entrant into the Estate Planning Hall of Fame by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC). He is the recipient of an Accredited Estate Planner (Distinguished) Nominee designation for 2014. Krooks will be one of only seven professionals to receive this prestigious award in 2014. The designation of Estate Planning Hall of Fame and Accredited Estate Planner (Distinguished) recognizes those individuals who have made outstanding lifetime achievements and contributions to the […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2014 – Patent applications that describe more than one invention may face challenges in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Inventors generally pursue separate patents for separate inventions. But when the inventions and their claims are closely related, the inventor may instead pursue a single patent with a single application. As a local patent prosecution attorney explains, that strategy is not always permitted by the USPTO. “When a USPTO patent examiner determines that a patent application contains claims defining two or more distinct inventions, the office may issue a restriction […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2014 – Unfair labor practices, Americans With Disabilities (ADA) violations and discrimination cases are becoming more common every year. “Just recently, a worker at Chrysler’s Belvidere, Illinois Assembly Plant was awarded $3.5 million in punitive damages for racial discrimination,” said Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C. The Coffey Law Office is an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the plaintiff’s favor, citing the behavior of his coworkers as racially discriminatory. These […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 3, 2014 – Whipits kills. Sacramento injury lawyer Deborah Barron is filing a Private Attorney General lawsuit against head shops selling Whipits chargers. “Imagine waking up in the hospital and not being able to feel the lower half of your body. Imagine being in pain all the time – likely for the rest of your life. Imagine not being able to think straight, hold a job or do much of anything else for yourself without help and having to use a walker. This is what Whipits/Nitrous Oxide does to those who inhale it for […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 3, 2014 – This medical negligence case was the result of a surgical error made by a doctor during gall bladder surgery. “The plaintiff in this case filed a medical negligence lawsuit in 2011, relating to her surgery performed in 2009. The statement of claim alleged that the surgeon did not take the proper precautions to locate and identify the small duct that led to her small intestine. In failing to do his job properly, he severed an artery to the liver and the duct to her small intestine,” explains Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 3, 2014 – The City of Tampa, Florida, will pay $165,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from an arrest in 2010. Jacob P. Cowie, 30, filed the suit against four Tampa police officers after sustaining injuries while being arrested following the Krewe of Sant’Yago Knight Parade in Ybor City. Cowie was charged with disorderly conduct, but those charges were later dropped. “When someone alleges excessive force against law enforcement officers, it often means a long and difficult legal battle,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce, who is not involved in the case. “Law […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2014 – An error in a noncompete agreement led a Texas court to reject an injunction request. The Fourteenth Court of Appeals ruled that LasikPlus of Texas could not enforce a covenant not to compete against a doctor, formerly employed by the clinic, who planned to open his own practice nearby. They stated that the noncompete agreement did not include language required by statute. “The court’s decision is a reminder that covenants not to compete must be drafted with precision,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin business attorney and Austin employment lawyer who […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2014 – Recently, an allegedly drunk driver rammed into a tree, splitting the vehicle in half. The accident scene he left behind was brutally shocking. “When a fast-moving object, like a car, is being driven by someone allegedly under the influence, chances are, something bad is going to happen. It did in this case. The drunk driver ran his vehicle into a tree, splitting it into two pieces and killing his passenger,” explained Austin DWI lawyer Bobby Lee of Lee, Gober & Reyna. The Acura Integra slammed into a tree on a center […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2014 – Beginning January 2014, veterans are covered for five illnesses tied to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Veterans will now find it easier to obtain health care and compensation for five illnesses linked to traumatic brain injury. On December 16, 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decided to loosen its previously restrictive eligibility policy on providing and covering care for the conditions. The new, more inclusive regulations took effect on January 16. Under previous regulations, veterans who suffer from Parkinson’s disease, dementia, hormone deficiencies related to the hypothalamus, pituitary or adrenal glands, […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2014 – Business method patents have been around for a long time, but they have only recently been issued in large numbers. “From 1997 to 2007, the number of business method patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) increased from 1,000 to 11,000. Most of those patents were in the areas of finance and computer technology,” said Los Angeles patent attorney Jim Dawson. Some intellectual property experts are skeptical of the appropriateness of patenting methods of business. But for now, they represent important assets for many entities and […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2014 – Legally married same-sex couples must file separate tax returns in Virginia. Virginia may be for lovers but, according to a recent decision by the Virginia Department of Taxation, “lovers” may not include same-sex, married couples — especially those attempting to file a joint tax return. The state’s non-recognition of same-sex marriage for the commonwealth’s tax purposes will remain in force, even though LGBT couples are now permitted to file joint federal tax returns. The Department of Taxation decision, which was announced on November 8, 2013, confers separate, parallel fiscal statuses for […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2014 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of a woman who died in a crash involving a Skokie garbage truck. Gwi Rye Kim, a Korean immigrant, was one of three people who were killed when a 2006 Kia was hit broadside by a garbage truck. The car flipped over, and the truck came to rest on top of it, breaking open the gas tank and starting a fire that incinerated the vehicle. The crash took place on October 15, 2013 at the corner of Harlem Avenue and Harrison […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2014 – While the accidents themselves were unrelated, a pair of bus accidents in California have brought attention to troubling bus safety factors. On December 19, 2013, two separate tour buses crashed on California highways within 30 minutes and 40 miles of one another. “Boarding a bus should not pose a risk to your life,” stated personal injury attorney David Lietz. Lietz is not currently involved in any cases connected with the crashes. The first bus, operated by Sina Coach, may have been traveling at unsafe speeds on rainy roads. The driver, Jian […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2014 – In the Tampa region and across several states, preliminary figures for traffic deaths in 2013 are the lowest in decades. According to a preliminary report from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the number of fatal crashes in Hillsborough County in 2013 (through December 25) dropped nearly 25 percent from 2012. Estimates in New Jersey, Ohio and other states show traffic deaths at the lowest levels recorded since at least the 1940s. “The continuing decline in fatal auto accidents is very encouraging,” said Zephyrhills personal injury attorney Robert Alston. “Many factors are […]


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