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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 4, 2012 – In June, the White House offered immigrants “deferred action” if they were brought to the U.S. as children, and if they otherwise qualify under the DREAM Act. This announcement was an effective stopgap measure which froze deportation proceedings for many young immigrants. Congress is now drafting a solution to give permanent residence to those who qualify. This deferment, the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA), means that the Department of Homeland Security has (DHS) has decided that the individual is not a high priority for immigration enforcement, and the DHS does […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 4, 2012 – A 14-year-old girl was repeatedly sexually assaulted by her 48-year-old teacher. “This was one of those cases where you shake your head and wonder what on earth possesses people,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. “It involves one of the worst breaches of trust anyone could perpetuate – the abuse of a young teen by a teacher.” The young girl committed suicide just three weeks before her 17th birthday.The man was ultimately charged with three counts of sexual intercourse without consent. […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2012 – According to a 2009 survey of the members of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, some 90 percent of actively practicing obstetrician-gynecologists reported that they faced one or more lawsuits during their medical careers. OB/GYNs are some of the most frequently sued medical practioners. Even when expectant parents work with a well-recommended obstetrician and hospital to help provide care during the pregnancy and birth of their child, things can sometimes still go wrong, and medical mistakes can be made. Those medical mistakes may lead to a birth injury, bringing pain, […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2012 – A forty-year-old South Florida man, a former South Beach club owner, was cleared of a DUI charge on Monday, though he still faces a reckless driving charge. His attorney has stated that the dismissal of the DUI charge was a huge victory. Standard police vehicle and arrest videotape, which showed the accused going through the standard inebriation testing procedure with police when he was arrested, was instrumental in getting the man’s charge dropped. In the video, the man is shown removing his socks and emptying his pockets before being patted down […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2012 – Many debtors do not believe it, but they can recover from bankruptcy. Filing for bankruptcy is a very difficult and highly emotional decision; many do not take the matter lightly, and have many questions to discuss with their Iowa bankruptcy lawyer. Some of the questions may include, but are not limited to, how to get new credit in the future, how filing for bankruptcy will affect their credit rating and whether or not they will be able to rent or buy a home. Many individuals are concerned about what kind […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2012 – Chesapeake Energy, the Oklahoma City-based oil and gas producer, has apparently begun reinterpreting contracts with thousands of royalty owners, passing certain costs on to them, even when many lessors believe their leases contain no-cost clauses. Chesapeake claims that other contract provisions allow the company to deduct costs from royalty payments. At least a dozen lawsuits have been filed against the driller by royalty owners. “It largely comes down to the language of the initial lease,” says Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney. “Royalty provisions in leases can be […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2012 – Florida remains the most dangerous state in the nation for bicyclists. There are nearly as many bike-related deaths there in the average year as in California, which has a population roughly twice as large. California is similar to Florida, in that the weather is conducive to bicycling all year long in much of the state. California has well over 37,000,000 people and Florida has about 19 million. Florida had 125 deaths from biking accidents in 2008 and California just 99. “Bicycle recreation is very appealing in our beautiful state, and unfortunately, […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2012 – The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted 22 years ago, and yet many qualified people with disabilities are being overlooked when it comes to gainful employment. Military veterans appear to be a highly excluded group. A 2011 poll, conducted by the Northeast ADA Center and the Society for Human Resource Management, found that 67 percent of polled HR professionals included military veterans in their company’s hiring policy, or as part of their diversity outreach within the past year. Meanwhile, just 17 percent of those HR professionals stated that they […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2012 – While the process of divorce may not have a direct effect on someone’s credit score or credit history, personal credit may be affected. According to Rob Berger at DoughRoller.net, the way individuals in a marriage manage their financial separating during a divorce will help determine if and how their credit rating changes once they are legally split. It pays to plan ahead in order to avoid costly long-term mistakes. For example, even if just one spouse is ordered to pay off a debt, such as a jointly-held credit card, warns Berger, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2012 – Lawsuits can go either way in court, as this plaintiff discovered when she lost her case. “While there are many reasons to file a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), those reasons must be valid when tested by the courts. If they are not, the plaintiff may lose their case. This is appears to have what happened in Samper v. Providence St. Vincent Med. Ctr., 9th Cir., 4/11/12,” outlined Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2012 – Ohio recently launched a series of financial incentives to encourage and promote positive nursing home standards. The new approach ties a percentage of the Medicaid payments, on which most nursing homes rely to quantifiable quality ratings, including residents’ satisfaction levels, the ratio of nurses-to-staff and the number of avoidable medical complications that arise on a regular basis. “States have long struggled to find how to improve the quality of nursing home care when it is needed. They’ve tried fines, citations and various sanctions,” said Dallas elder care attorney John Hale. “Hopefully, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2012 – One of the hottest topics for not just seniors but for workers across the U.S. is the security of Social Security benefits and the potential upcoming reform to the system. The Social Security Administration has announced that the fund will eventually be drained; the Administrations’ most recent forecast estimates that Social Security will be unsustainable by 2033, unless it is radically changed. The founder of Social Security Solutions, William Meyer, states that Social Security must change, and that predictions on when changes are implemented, and whom will be impacted are key […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2012 – According to a new study released by State Farm Insurance, one-third of teenagers polled admit to sending and reading text messages while driving. The report supported recent federal research which showed teens and other drivers below the age of 25 as a higher-risk group than their elders when it comes to driving and texting. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens; teens are statistically more likely to die in a car crash than any age group under age 80. Teens and texting is of great concern: the federal […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2012 – A professional basketball player for the Miami Heat has allegedly claimed a Texas residence as his home, rather than Florida, though he plays and practices in Florida. It is assumed that the address change is to reduce child support payments. If his primary residence is legally recognized as Florida, current child support allocation is three percent of his income per month, according to reports. The player’s estimated salary is $18 million per year, which means, if true, he would be paying $30,000 per month. If the player, Chris Bosh, has a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2012 – Women who suffered from DVT, blood clots or pulmonary embolism after using the NuvaRing contraceptive device have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer, and a federal judge has announced a trial date for the consolidated cases. “DVT and pulmonary embolism are quite serious conditions,” said Greg Grambor, an expert on DVT and president of VascularPRN, a distributor of DVT prevention devices. “An important preventative measure is the use of compression therapy, usually when a patient is confined to bed for three days or more.” Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, is blood clot […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2012 – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that it will eliminate the I-94 form, the Arrival-Departure Record issued to foreign nationals admitted to the United States in non-immigrant status. “Conceptually, one less document issued, such as a Form I-94, is one less document to lose, and a benefit to both the agency and to the foreign national nonimmigrant,” said Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz. “But we have created a domino-like chain where a single document, such as Form I-94, has significance to state motor vehicle bureaus, to universities receiving […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2012 – There is a right way and a wrong way to issue severances. Employers need to follow a strict protocol, or run afoul of the law. “To avoid a charge of ageism, or age discrimination, there are rules a company needs to follow if their reorganization or consolidation process ends up affecting older workers. The older worker may well feel they are losing their job because of their age, and that management to reorganize to have the chance to let them go,” remarked Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2012 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the top U.S. auto safety regulator, is recommending ignition interlock devices for first-time drunk driving offenders as a baseline safety system. Ignition interlock devices are designed to prevent drunk drivers from starting their cars. The devices could be implemented on a state-by-state basis and the cost paid for by the drivers themselves. Most drivers responsible for fatal car accidents in the U.S. test for alcohol consumption that is twice the legal limit, according to the NHTSA. In fact, more than 70 percent of deaths […]


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Norfolk, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2012 – Summer is coming to a close, school is back in session, and you know what that means – FOOTBALL! College football season is upon us, much to the delight of the thousands of Virginia college team fans in our area. Unfortunately, celebrating a new season can also bring danger in the form of drinking and driving. Between tailgating parties, sports bars, and home viewing parties, alcohol consumption and game day are often synonymous. And one too many drinks can lead to very serious consequences. Recent studies show that the drinking and […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2012 – A forty-year old man died in a speedboat accident near Crab Island on Saturday afternoon. He had been riding in a thirty-foot speed boat with three others, when the driver lost control, sending the boat into a spin. The force of the sudden spin launched the four occupants out of the vessel. “These accidents are tough for everyone involved,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “Often, the deaths are all too preventable.” Drivers sometimes forget how difficult speedboats can be to control, and how readily they can eject passengers in […]


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