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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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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2014 – Not a day passes without someone killed in a car accident caused by distracted driving. “Smartphones are so popular these days that it’s a wonder anyone can still carry on a face-to-face conversation,” remarked Bobby Lee, an Austin distracted driving lawyer with Lee, Gober & Reyna. “People are thrilled that the phones allow them to multi-task, and that is a good thing in this day and age, but not so much when you are behind the wheel of a vehicle. The plain and simple fact of life is: you cannot pay […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2014 – Automobile safety regulators are pushing for new devices that may help prevent driver error, the cause of many car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTA) is making a push for new equipment that will help prevent collisions, immobilize cars if the driver is impaired and prevent automobiles from starting if seat belts are not fastened. “There is no question that human error is behind most automobile collisions,” said John D. Hale, a Waxahachie car accident attorney. “Any type of new technology that can help reduce mistakes should be welcomed […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2014 – A Miami-Dade County jury awarded $15 million to the parents of a victim of a drunk-driving crash. More than two years after Carlos Lacayo allegedly killed five pedestrians while driving drunk, his whereabouts remain unknown. But on December 12, 2013, a civil jury awarded a large sum in a wrongful death suit brought by the family of victim Emerson Kastenholz. “It is good to see a jury take such a strong stand against the defendant’s alleged actions,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce, who is not involved in the case. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2014 – A new mental-health “vaccine” treatment and an accelerated therapy technique have been discovered to better treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The results of two studies, one from Florida and one from Massachusetts, were both released in December. Each offers hope for improvement to current methods used to combat PTSD. The developments are likely to prove especially welcome amongst war veterans, one of the communities hit hardest by PTSD in the United States. The Florida study has found that a technique called Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), a combination of evidence-based psychotherapies […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 24, 2014 – Looming H-1B restrictions have impelled Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation to announce an increase in U.S. hirees at its Texas location. In anticipation of possible restrictions on H-1B visas and in an attempt to improve the image of outsourcing firms, Gordon Coburn, Cognizant’s president, made a high-profile announcement in Texas on December 2, 2013. Coburn publicly stated that his company would hire 10,000 new workers from the United States, including at least 750 at a new facility in Texas. Cognizant, one of the biggest applicants for green cards in the nation, employs […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) January 24, 2014 – Sometimes things go wrong in the delivery room. These emergencies distinguish good doctors from bad. Luckily, Olivia Lucas’ mother, Amber, landed an “amazing” doctor who remained calm when Olivia’s head became lodged behind Amber’s pelvic bone. Since Olivia’s umbilical cord was wrapped around her head and arm, depriving her of oxygen, the doctor had no time to waste and tugged the newborn’s left arm. “She saved my baby’s life,” Amber told reporters. Olivia does, however, suffer from a brachial plexus injury (also known as BPI or Erb’s palsy), which was diagnosed […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 24, 2014 – Allison A. Hickey, the Under Secretary for Benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has testified that benefits processing has improved at the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). On December 11, 2013, Hickey, spelled out the progress she claims the VBA has made. She led those claims with the assertion that the VBA had reduced its backlog of claims by 36 percent since March. However, Hickey’s upbeat pronouncements did not impress some members of the less-than-credulous Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. The VA has accumulated a backlog of 400,000 benefits claims, and […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2014 – Lawsuits have begun to pile up in the month after a deadly train derailment in New York City. The Metro-North train was traveling at approximately 82 mph at the time of the derailment. It went off the tracks when it attempted to round a curve with a 30 mph speed limit. Four were killed, and dozens more were injured. “Train accidents are often particularly horrible accidents,” said David Lietz, a person injury attorney not connected with the case. “Rail lines can and do go years or even decades without a serious […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2014 – Prospects for Medicaid expansion in Virginia got a boost in the recent gubernatorial election, but they are still far from definite. Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the November 2013 election after campaigning on a promise to support the expansion of Medicaid spelled out in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare.” But his role will, for the most part, be limited to the bully pulpit, urging state legislators to adopt the optional low-income health care expansion. “Expanding Medicaid would greatly help many elderly and low-income individuals and families in Virginia,” said […]


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Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2014 – The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) announced this week the launch of its magazine, Legal Management in all-digital format and an increased frequency from eight times per year to twelve. With a focus on the trends, strategies and products that are shaping the future of the business of law, the fully digital publication strives to fulfill ALA’s forward-looking mission in the legal industry. Articles and advertisements have interactive functionality that launches supporting content such as video, podcasts, illustrations or presentations, enabling the reader to gain a deeper understanding of the topic. […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2014 – The Great Lakes State has earned a dubious distinction: Michigan is home to the lowest percentage of benefits-using veterans in the U.S. With about 700,000 veteran residents, Michigan has long boasted a large concentration of former members of the military. But in December, it was revealed that the Great Lakes State has acquired a less favorable distinction as the state with the lowest percentage of veterans who avail themselves of benefits and services. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has released data that shows that only 142,260 — or approximately 20 […]


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