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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 2, 2016 – A number of new labor laws went into effect Jan. 1, 2016, that aim to make life easier for California workers. The one change hotly debated over the years is the increase in the minimum wage to $10/hour, a move that, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is likely to affect over 9 million employees at or below the federal minimum wage. The existing minimum federal wage is currently $7.25. “New Year’s Day also rang in another much anticipated law, SB 579, which offers job-protected leave to deal with […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 2, 2016 – Several cases of Social Security disability fraud have been reported in Florida in December and January. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, four Miami-Dade residents were charged with Social Security, immigration and health care fraud on January 8. The scheme involved submitting false statements to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Psychiatrist Fernando Mendez Villamil and three other defendants offered to help applicants file claims for Social Security disability benefits in exchange for money. Villamil allegedly provided them with fraudulent diagnoses of mental conditions. “The Social […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 1, 2016 – In a controversial deportation operation, over 121 Central American adults and children who sought legal asylum in the U.S. were deported and ordered to leave the country. The operation was the first large-scale effort to deport people who fled from drug wars in Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and El Salvador. The law versus compassion is a tough battle in which to pick sides. What is the right thing to do in a situation where the chief of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to deport hundreds of families whose asylum applications […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 1, 2016 – One word sums up living in the electronic century: distracted. That distraction is the root cause of a large number of injury and fatal accidents. There appears to be good news on the horizon, somewhat tempered by more bad news following in its wake. According to State Farm Insurance Company texting while driving accidents have declined thanks to a heightened awareness by drivers that impaired driving may kill or get them fined. Add to this mixture the reality that law enforcement now uses real-time location finders to determine if a cell […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2016 – Speed and alcohol may have been factors in the boating accident that killed two on Lake Austin in mid October. The boat was being driven by well known Houston businessman, Shawn Hurwitz. Onboard were two men and two women. In the wee hours of the morning on a Sunday, lake residents placed at least two calls to the police complaining of loud music coming from the boat. It subsequently crashed into the side of a concrete barge at 5 a.m., killing Hurwitz, 50, and passenger Jennifer Walley, 34. Three others were […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2016 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has relaxed its regulations for new accounts that will permit people with disabilities to save money without risking loss of their government benefits. In 2015, the IRS proposed rules governing how accounts created under the Achieve a Better Life Experience (ABLE) would function. However, the agency met with a considerable amount of opposition from disability advocates and state officials who stated that the proposed rules would be unduly onerous. In response, the IRS has issued preliminary guidelines pending release of the final regulations that include less […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2016 – A former employee of Sansum Clinic filed a lawsuit alleging the company faked payroll records to circumvent paying overtime and did not allow workers legally mandated meal breaks. A former employee of Sansum Clinic, who was paid by the hour, filed the lawsuit. Managers allegedly manually changed worker’s timecards to show they had taken a meal break within the first five hours of shifts starting and also altered the cards so that they did not show overtime. “The lawsuit may ultimately involve up to 500 former and current workers,” said Sacramento, […]


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San Francisco, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2016 – The company behind Custom Legal Marketing, Law Firm Newswire and Bigger Law Firm Magazine turned 11 in January. Adviatech, whose name is derived as a blend of “Advertising Via Technology,” was formed in 2005 but did not immediately become a legal marketing company. Co-Founder Christopher Kazor who now serves as a Director on Adviatech’s board said, “SEO has drastically changed over the last decade and I’m proud of how Adviatech has been able to predict changes and stay ahead of the industry.” In online marketing, 11 years is a long […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2016 – The Missouri State Highway Patrol held a press conference on November 24 to address the increased number of traffic crash fatalities in Missouri. They also discussed what motorists can do to enhance their safety on the roads. Nearly 800 people have died on the state’s roadways as of the beginning of December 2015, marking an increase of 80 deaths in comparison to the same period in 2014. The 11-percent rise goes against the overall decline in crash deaths over the past decade. The Missouri State Highway Patrol also reported investigating […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2016 – A study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the government’s efforts to detect fraud in asylum requests could be better implemented. The study, Asylum: Additional Actions Needed to Assess and Address Fraud Risks, identified several ways that fraud detection could be improved. “Asylum standards are the same as refugee standards; the former is an application made in the United States, the latter made abroad,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a noted Dallas immigration attorney with Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “As to asylum, the USCIS is charged with developing the means […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2016 – The statement of claim in this case involves allegations of negligence in the workplace, a vessel servicing Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s offshore platform Lucius. Plaintiff Alfred Holmes, who filed a personal injury lawsuit in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas, was living and working on the offshore platform Lucius in Sept. 2014 when he sustained serious injuries while working with and on inadequate and/or malfunctioning equipment. At the time of the accident, Holmes was performing a pipe-tightening operation. The named defendants in this lawsuit are Stranco Services and Anadarko […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2016 – Zamansky LLC announces an investigation into potential claims by investors who were customers of brokerage firms for sales practice violations of certain structured products. The investigation concerns the Credit Suisse X-Links and Velocity Shares Exchange Traded Notes which are issued by Credit Suisse Group A.G., ADR (NYSE:CS), and the JP Morgan Strategic Volatility Index and Double Short Leverage Note linked to the JP Morgan US Treasury Note Futures Tracker. “These types of notes are commonly known as structured products and they use embedded derivatives to enhance returns and track an […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2016 – March has earned the nickname “Divorce Month” according to divorce trends over the past several years. December has historically had a lower number of divorce filings. Although couples may be thinking about divorce, they are often reluctant to break up during Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or New Year as they want to avoid additional stress during the expectation-laden holiday season. In addition, couples with children may choose to have one last holiday together as a family. “Although divorce can be painful and traumatic no matter when it occurs, for divorcing parents […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2016 – The majority of individuals who purchase life insurance wish to replace their income should they die prematurely. They can choose a term plan that ends upon retirement. Another option is to pay for retirement by using a permanent life insurance policy, and withdrawing funds from the plan’s cash reserve. However, there are possible drawbacks when using this strategy. According to experts, whole life insurance may not be an appropriate investment vehicle because it is costly and not liquid. “When considering retirement planning, it is important to obtain sound investment advice […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2016 – Prior to a Christmas parade that occurred in the North Cape May section of Lower Township, New Jersey, a fugitive hit and injured two persons, and then left the scene of the accident. The accident occurred before 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, when the 34th yearly parade for the Lower Township Rotary Club took place. The 45-year-old motorist, whose name is Michael Morelli, was driving north on Bayshore Road in the vicinity of Pontaxit Avenue when he struck a woman. He resumed driving for many more yards, at which point […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2016 – A proposed Missouri bill could decrease the amount of time a person convicted of a crime would have to wait before their record becomes eligible for expungement. Expungement refers to the process of wiping a criminal conviction from an individual’s record. Missouri Senator Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, made the announcement during a press conference on December 15. The bill has been filed for the 2016 session with an aim to allow people to have certain nonviolent criminal convictions cleared from their records. “Reducing expungement wait times will allow people opportunities for […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2016 – A drunk driver with a yen for fast food landed behind bars when the police caught up with him after he rammed his car into a Sonic in Denison. It was a Sunday morning, about 10:15 a.m. when the man turned in to the Austin Street Sonic going way too fast. Losing control, he crashed into the wall, causing cooking equipment on the other side to shift. As a result of the jostling, the cooking grease slopped out and landed on the back of the assistant manager, resulting in second-degree burns. […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2016 – Sexual harassment is much more of an epidemic than most realize. Yet another professor has been found to have sexually harassed two students. An associate professor of philosophy at Northwestern University, Peter Ludlow, resigned recently amidst another scandal involving sexual harassment of students. Ludlow was in the middle of a termination hearing when he tendered his resignation. Interestingly, he had sued Northwestern and the student that complained about him for defamation, civil conspiracy and invasion of privacy. “This fiasco brings to mind the resignation of Geoff Marcy, the former University of […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2016 – Those who have blended families can face difficult estate planning issues. They may wish to leave a portion of their estate to their current spouse and their children, their children from prior marriages, and in some instances, their children from their spouses’ prior marriages. It can be a daunting task to provide for all members of one’s family. It is best not to depend on a spouse and children to work things out because there could be family arguments and possible litigation following one’s death. There are some estate planning vehicles […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2016 – Young drivers and senior drivers are the age groups that are involved in the most car accidents, in Florida and throughout the United States, according to national statistics. Drivers age 16 to 29 have the highest rate of car accidents per miles driven. This may be unsurprising, as young drivers are inexperienced and may be more reckless. However, fatal crash rates also increase significantly for drivers age 70 to 74 and hit a peak for drivers 85 and older. That crash rate is of particular concern because the number of senior […]


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