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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 2, 2017 – Medical malpractice lawsuits involving patients found “dead in bed” while in hospital after successful operations are on the rise. The patients were recovering in their rooms and not considered to be at risk. The sudden and unexpected death of patients recovering after successful surgery, sometimes within hours of an operation, is posing a significant problem. Research by top U.S. doctors into this issue has shown opioid painkillers suppress the respiratory system and starve the brain of oxygen, resulting in death. An in depth review of cases involving respiratory depression found the […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 1, 2017 – Premier Criminal defense lawyer Jordan Redavid of Redavid Law, PLLC., has been awarded the Super Lawyers 2017 Florida Rising Star award. Of all lawyers in the State of Florida, only 2.5 percent are awarded this honor. Super Lawyers is a respected rating service that provides a diverse, credible list of each state’s top lawyers. The site does this by using comprehensive data, including peer nominations, evaluations and independent research. Their goal is to offer a comprehensive list of the nation’s outstanding lawyers to be used as a resource for those seeking […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 1, 2017 – The Employment Eligibility Verification form, referred to as Form I-9, has been revised by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Form I-9 requirements were put in place in 1986 when the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) was passed. The Act bans employers from hiring U.S. citizens and others for work in the United States without verifying their employment authorization and identity. The latest revised version of Form I-9 (dated November 14, 2016) must be in place and was to be in use by January 22, 2017. In the meantime, […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2017 – On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued a sweeping executive order limiting refugee admissions for the current fiscal year. The order will ban admission to the United States from Muslim majority countries, in addition to making other changes in an effort to stop foreign terrorists from entering the United States. The executive order suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days and cuts the total refugee numbers which the United State will accept for this fiscal year to 50,000 from its previously set number of 110,000. It further suspends Syrian refugee […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2017 – A former Florida physician who had ten patients die from drug overdoses was sentenced to two years in federal prison. “Doctors are entrusted with the health and safety of their patients, and they have to be held responsible when they violate that trust,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa pharmaceutical negligence attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “Physicians who are negligent in prescribing dangerous medications may face civil liability as well as criminal charges.” Russell Sachs, a former pain-management doctor, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian Davis. The judge said that the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2017 – Advocates for those who have taken out student loans claim that the government has been aggressive in its collection of such debts, even from borrowers who qualify for a disability discharge. One person who was adversely affected by the government’s collection efforts is army veteran Hector Rodriguez. During the 1970s, he took out student loans to attend college. However, eventually, he was forced to drop out because he was often hospitalized. Rodriguez subsequently defaulted on the debt, as was revealed in a lawsuit he filed against several government agencies in December […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2017 – The lawsuit of a man who claims he was wrongly denied a job because of his age is headed back to Texas federal court. A Fifth Circuit panel sent the case back to district court, saying Phillip Haskett plausibly alleged that Cinco Energy Management Group declined to hire him due to his age. “Both federal and Texas state law protect people age 40 or older from age discrimination in employment,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin employment attorney with the Law Offices of Gregory D. Jordan. “It is unlawful for an […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2017 – A team from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, led by Theodore B. Olson, the former Solicitor General of the United States, will represent Mandana D. Farhang and M.A. Mobile Ltd. in the Supreme Court of the United States in opposition to a petition for a writ of certiorari recently filed by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IITK). This case, filed in the Northern District of California, alleges that IITK fraudulently obtained technology developed in the United States by a United States entrepreneur, Mandana Farhang, and improperly disseminated that technology […]


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Rockville, MD (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2017 – Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, Kudel & Gold, P.A. is pleased to announce that John Patrick Kudel, after being Of Counsel to the firm for almost two decades, has joined the firm as a partner. John’s addition is now reflective in the firm’s name change to Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, Kudel & Gold, P. A. “We are delighted to have this first rate lawyer joining our practice,” said Ron Karp, Managing Partner of Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, Kudel & Gold, P. A. “He has devoted his professional life to being of service to the bar […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2017 – Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced an initiative to improve pharmacy safety, after an investigation by the Chicago Tribune found that 52 percent of pharmacies in the Chicago area filled prescriptions for dangerous drug combinations. “This is an urgent matter,” said Paul Greenberg, an attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, who represents individuals harmed by pharmacy errors. “Public safety initiatives like this one are needed to protect people from future harm, and people who have been injured need to know that they may be entitled to compensation.” As part of the Tribune […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2017 – Many veterans who were diagnosed with mental problems or traumatic brain injury have received less-than-honorable discharges. But such a discharge can result in the denial of veterans’ benefits, thereby causing these veterans to become homeless, imprisoned, develop substance abuse or commit suicide. In an effort to assist these veterans, the Vietnam Veterans Association of America wrote President Obama asking him to pardon all post-9/11 veterans who received less-than-honorable discharges without the due process of a court-martial. They are making the same request of President-elect Donald Trump. Prominent Tampa, Florida veterans lawyer […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2017 – On December 13, 2016, the California Appeals Court ruled that a producer and writer for CNN who was allegedly fired for a plagiarism incident may pursue racial discrimination and retaliation claims against the media giant. Stanley Wilson, a longtime writer and producer for CNN, was fired after he allegedly failed to attribute credit to parts of a news piece that CNN did not run. Wilson’s lawsuit claims that, as an African-American, Wilson was only promoted once in his 13 years of work. Wilson sued under California law for race, age, […]


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New Orleans, LA (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2017 – A day-long intensive workshop on March 23, 2017 will reveal the secrets of effective online marketing for lawyers. The session, part of the Academy of Special Needs Planners’ 11th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, will be led by Victoria Fabiano of Google and Conrad Saam, founder of Mockingbird Marketing, an agency that delivers advanced online marketing exclusively for the legal industry. Attorneys, Saam says, are getting “intimidated, overcharged, confused and downright lied to by marketing consultants and self-proclaimed search gurus” who see dollar signs but deliver “little (if any) value.” […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) January 24, 2017 – A drunken man who shot and killed his attacker, in a violent domestic dispute, claimed he had acted out of self defense. The incident took place in a Bronx apartment at around 9 p.m. on December 13. Matthew Peebles, 63, was allegedly yelling at the 26-year-old boyfriend of his girlfriend’s daughter through a bedroom door. The daughter, Ashley Ayala, 26, told police that Peebles threatened to shoot her boyfriend, Anthony Sainphor. A tussle ensued after Peebles kicked open the door. According to authorities, Sainphor stabbed Peebles three times as Ayala tried […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2017 – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published its final rule modernizing and improving aspects of non-immigrant and immigrant employment visa programs. According to the USCIS regulations have been amended allowing U.S. companies to hire/retain some categories of foreign workers — the beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions — waiting to become legal permanent residents. The new rule went into effect on January 17, 2017. Some of the amendments to regulations include: · Better enabling U.S. companies to hire/retain high-skilled individuals who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions. […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2017 – Estate planning involves countless complex rules that can change every year. It is important to ensure that estate planning documents take modifications into account and are up to date. Tax laws govern how people can make gifts during their lifetimes and transfer estate property to heirs tax-free up to a certain amount. In 2017, the lifetime gift and estate tax exclusion amount has increased by $40,000 from 2016 to adjust for inflation. This means each individual can protect up to $5.49 million from estate and gift tax. “Neglecting to actively […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2017 – The ban on texting while driving is slowly making its way across Texas. The state does not have a statewide texting while driving ban. Distracted driving is a serious problem. In fact, it is the leading cause of the vast majority of car accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). Studies done by both entities reveal that 80 percent of car wrecks and 65 percent of almost accidents, or near-miss crashes, are the result of driver distraction within three seconds prior […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2017 – Bigger Law Firm magazine is back with another issue packed with technology and online marketing analysis through the lens of the legal industry. In the feature article, Ryan Conley presents a retrospective of the top cybersecurity stories of 2016 and finds the hidden details that put the headlines in perspective. From election hacks to computers held for ransom to botnets that may be running on your own home router, these crises seem to happen with alarming regularity. Conley gets to the technological heart of the matter and breaks down what […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 18, 2017 – On November 15, the California Court of Appeals ruled that a former Univision Radio DJ can proceed with filing a disability and leave claim. The ruling calls into question the definition of disability and when an employer must be on notice to offer employees leave. Sofia Soria, a former Univision Radio DJ, filed a discrimination and wrongful termination suit against Univision in 2013 when she was allegedly fired after she notified her employer of needing surgery for a potentially cancerous stomach tumor. According to the suit, Soria allegedly gave notice […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2017 – A major investigation by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on the sentences handed down by Florida criminal judges shows disparities in those sentences between black defendants and whites. Miami criminal defense attorney Jordan Redavid said the report is revealing, but not surprising. “I saw it myself in my time as a public defender,” Redavid said. “Minorities are treated differently. They’re arrested, charged, and convicted at rates disproportionate to their crimes. Same with low-income people. This report is important for people to see. This should be a real eye-opener to the general public.” Reporters […]


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