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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 28 , 2012 – It is one thing to have a law banning texting while driving. It is another to be able to enforce it. “It’s good that there are laws banning the use of mobile devices when driving. Those kinds of laws are intended to save lives. The issue is enforcement. How does a police officer tell when someone is texting? If the offending driver sees a cop, they just lower the phone, or put it on the seat. It’s tough to just stop everyone in a car or other vehicle just because […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2012 – The parent company of Banana Boat, a line of sun-care products, is recalling a half-million bottles of aerosol sunscreen. There are reports that the product may catch fire if users come into contact with an open flame shortly after applying it. “This is a frightening example of what can go wrong with a product most people would never imagine to be dangerous,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz. Energizer Holdings announced the recall of 23 products in their UltraMist sunscreen line, including UltraMist Sport, UltraMist Kids, and UltraMist Ultra […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2012 – The U.S. Census Bureau says nearly 60 percent of parents do not receive all of the child support to which they are entitled. “Unfortunately, a growing majority of parents do not get all the child support they are owed,” said Zephyrhills divorce lawyer Marcie Baker. “In this stagnant economy, that trend is likely to continue.” Court orders of child support can be enforced with the help of a family law attorney. State law also requires the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) to assist in the collection of child support. Some who […]


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Nashua, NH (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2012 – Although having an affair with a patient is a violation of ethics, it may not be classified as medical malpractice. “This is an interesting case in which a woman that allegedly initiated an affair with her doctor later sued him for medical malpractice. She won, and was awarded $416, 500 by the jury. Evidently the doctor, an osteopath, was treating her for a gastrointestinal condition when she allegedly seduced him,” outlined Charlie Donahue, a Keene medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. At trial, the jury found the doctor […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2012 – A nursing home tragedy highlights the need for stringent safety measures. A 94-year-old woman in a wheelchair was outside Country Cottage Assisted Living, a nursing home in Decatur, Georgia, during a routine fire drill. Her chair brakes were presumably not set and her chair rolled away, down a hill and into a ditch of water. The woman, Elizabeth Street, died of pneumonia a few days later. An employee of Country Cottage reported that she discovered Ms. Street with cuts and abrasions, covered in mud, in the ditch. Ms. Street had been […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2012 – Tampa transportation officials announced plans for upgraded safety measures at an East Tampa intersection, the site of at least seven car crashes between 2008 and 2010, one of which claimed three lives. The intersection is at 34th Street and Chelsea Avenue. A building set close to the northeast corner obstructs westbound motorists’ view of oncoming southbound traffic on 34th Street. “Area residents rightfully expect safe conditions on our roads,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “These safety upgrades are good news for local motorists.” The fatal crash happened in September […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 26, 2012 – The Florida Supreme Court heard a child custody case arising between two lesbians, but the case may be remanded to a lower court. Attorneys on both sides of the case said it will probably not affect other couples. “Although this case is unusual, it illustrates that divorce and child custody matters have many potential complications,” said Brandon divorce attorney Joshua Law. The genetic mother was an egg donor for her partner, who carried the child and gave birth in 2004. Two years later, the two women separated, and a child custody […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 26, 2012 – This is a recurrent theme that will not go away anytime soon. Thank ICE raids for the labor shortage. “Now that the election is over, will the ICE raids continue? Chances are they will and the results of those raids will drastically affect the U.S. agricultural sector. There is just about no one left to work the fields. Americans certainly aren’t, despite their cries that undocumented workers are taking their jobs away from them. If they wanted those jobs, they would be out there working. They are not,” pointed out Larry […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2012 – There are two new large-scale cases of E. coli poisoning, Escherichia coli O157:H7, in the U.S. In late October, an E. coli outbreak sickened more than 100 attendees at the Cleveland County Fair in North Carolina. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported that a two-year-old child died from the bacteria and a dozen other people that were affected required hospitalization. Officials are comparing the incident to one in 2011 at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, where 27 people were fell ill after spending time in […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2012 – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has begun a pilot program known as Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI). MAVNI allows non-citizens who have certain critical skills to enlist in the U.S. military and apply immediately for U.S. citizenship without the need to first obtain permanent resident status. “MAVNI offers qualified foreign nationals willing to fight for America the ability to gain U.S. citizenship quickly,” Dallas immigration lawyer Stewart Rabinowitz said in a statement. “What a contrast to an otherwise overly complicated, inefficient U.S. immigration system. With MAVNI, certain […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2012 – The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) agreed to pay the owners of the Beechwood Nursing Home, located in Rochester, New York, $25 Million dollars to settle litigation in which a federal jury had already determined that NYSDOH officials, in a context of malfeasant comportment, had illegally revoked the operating license of the facility in 1999 in retaliation against its owners, resulting in Beechwood’s closure. The jury was scheduled to decide how much to award in damages when the parties reached a settlement. The NYSDOH, known for disregarding Fourteenth […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2012 – Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation has been hit with a $10.45 million verdict in a case of jawbone damage as a result of taking the drug Zometa. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz assisted the plaintiff’s attorneys on the case. “This verdict is a big win not just for the plaintiff, Ms. Davids, but for any patient injured by prescription medication,” Mr. Lietz said in a statement. “Drug manufacturers are on notice not to trifle with patients’ safety.” Zometa is a member of a class of drugs known as bisphosphonates. These drugs […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2012 – Journaling and otherwise ruminating on the emotions surrounding separation or divorce may not be helpful. According to a recent study released by the Association for Psychological Science (APS), an individual who maintains a journal into which they record their feelings and turmoil during and after a separation, or divorce can feel just as badly months later. The researchers discovered that writing down feelings can often fix into place a sense of emotional distress. The APS researchers set out to evaluate the psychological effects of what they call “narrative expressive” journaling to […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2012 – The last thing people think of is their relative choking to death in a nursing home. This is negligence. “Not too many people realize that patients in a nursing home often suffer from a variety of mental and physical issues. One of those issues is difficulty swallowing; something many of us take for granted. In nursing homes, many of the residents are handed trays of food, and that is the end of it. No one checks to see if they eat, or if they ‘can’ eat,” explained Mike Smith, an […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2012 – At Florida’s first distracted-driving summit, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood called for Florida to enact legislation banning text messaging while driving, like 39 other states. “Distracted driving is a factor in many auto accidents,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce, “and this particular factor is nearly always preventable.” The event, hosted by USAA’s Property and Casualty Group, drew car accident victims, law enforcement officers, and elected officials. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distraction was a factor in over 400,000 auto accidents in 2010 that claimed […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2012 – While many small business bakers and chefs wish they did not have to rent expensive commercial kitchens, food safety regulations stipulate stand-alone food preparation spaces. This requirement has changed. Georgia’s new cottage food regulations took effect September 2012, and allow individuals to prepare items considered “non-potentially hazardous” in their own kitchens. Home cooks can then sell their items directly to the consumer, but cannot distribute them via retailers. The loosening of licensing allows items that do not need refrigeration, including breads, cakes, cereals, pastries, nuts, vinegars and popcorn. No meat, dairy, […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2012 – There will be a new fee required for green cards as of early next year. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS, has advised that a new fee for issuance of a green card to new immigrants will go into effect February 1, 2013. The fee is designed to defray the cost of government processing the issuance of green cards to persons issued immigrant visas abroad upon their admission to the U.S. USCIS announced the fee in its final rule published on September 24, 2010. The $165.00 fee is in […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2012 – When a foreign student tried to bomb the Federal Reserve building in New York, it was obvious immigration security was slipshod. “This story was greeted with a great deal of consternation when people realized that immigration security was not what it is cracked up to be. A 21-year-old alleged terrorist, in the U.S. on a student visa, attempted to detonate what he thought was a 1,000 bomb in front of the Federal Reserve building. He was actually here to recruit a terror cell to wage a jihad attack,” outlined Larry S. […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2012 – The American Society of Legal Advocates is pleased to announce that William K. Phillips has been selected as a Top 100 Labor & Employment lawyer in New York for 2013, and has accepted membership in the organization. The American Society of Legal Advocates (“ASLA”) is an invitation-only, nationwide organization of elite lawyers, drawing its membership from practicing lawyers who combine stellar legal credentials with a proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards. ASLA selects less than 2% of all licensed lawyers nationwide, featuring no more than 100 […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2012 – A sexual harassment policy is not worth the paper it is written on, if everyone in a workplace does not follow it, or if one does not exist. “Thomas v. Comcast, No. 11-CV-1209, ND IL, 2012 is a good reference point for employers who have someone on staff that seems to feel hugging and kissing others is acceptable conduct in the workplace. While some workers might not be bothered by that kind of behavior, there will be others that take exception to it,” outlined Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and […]


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