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New Atlanta car accident attorney joins James A. Rice, Jr. PC, a Georgia personal injury and wrongful death law firm. Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2013 – Mrs. Kimberly McGowan completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and her law degree at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta. She is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and a member of Tort & Insurance Law Section of the Georgia Bar Association. Mrs. McGowan was admitted to practice in all Georgia Courts including Trial Courts, Federal District Court, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2013 – Border patrol statistics from Arizona show a jump of 13 percent over 2012 figures for a six-month period ending April 1. “Border apprehension numbers are important to politicians, as they are tied to funding for border security. Crossing points that show a decrease are lauded as being effective. Points that show an increase are supposedly targeted for more funding, more security. Overall, the numbers are irrelevant, because traffic shifts from one crossing point to another on a frequent basis. It’s just the way it goes,” said Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2013 – Federal regulations issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have decreased the maximum average work hours for drivers of large trucks. Large truck or semi-truck drivers can now only work an average of 70 hours per week, reduced from 82 weekly hours. Also new: drivers must take one 30-minute break within the first eight hours of their work shift, and must stick to the current rule of driving no more than 11 hours in one day, and work no more than 14 hours per day. The new rules took […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP has once again been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 in the field of Elder Law and Trusts and Estates. This marks the seventh consecutive year that Krooks has been recognized for this honor. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than four million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country. As a result, only a select group of elite lawyers are chosen for this distinction. The survey […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2013 – The ongoing heat wave across the U.S. is proving dangerous for many Michigan residents. Grand Rapids has already tied for record high temperatures and the summer is not yet over. As high temps and humidity trigger heat advisories, Consumers Energy has been suspending their electric disconnects for customers who are 65 years of age and older out of safety concerns. “Individuals with heart disease, asthma, or other breathing difficulties may wish to contact the Michigan Department of Human Services to see if they qualify for an air conditioner or fan,” […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2013 – The family of an airplane mechanic killed in a plane crash has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Gary P. Stockdale was a mechanic for National Airlines and was aboard one of the company’s Boeing 747 cargo planes when it crashed April 29 after takeoff from Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, killing all seven men aboard. The crash was captured in a video from a vehicle dashboard camera and went viral after it was posted on the Live Leaks website. The lawsuit was filed July 9 in the Circuit Court of Cook […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2013 – The job of an anesthetist is crucial. Without proper administration and care during surgery, a patient’s life may be in jeopardy. “People facing surgery have an enormous amount of faith and trust in the person who will be putting them under for surgery. The anesthetist plays a crucial role before, during and after a surgical event, and if something goes wrong, and the doctor commits a preventable error, they may be held accountable for the results,” explained Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland anesthesia injury lawyer. Administering anesthetic is a job that requires […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2013 – Thousands of transvaginal lawsuits are now underway in West Virginia and New Jersey. Thousands more are being filed in multiple other jurisdictions, including Texas. “There seems to be a never-ending revolving door when it comes to women filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits. In terms of a class action case, the numbers of cases are astounding. The justice being sought for those who have been victims of the mesh implant nightmare is what keeps many injury lawyers up at night, prepping their cases,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin injury lawyer of Lee, Gober […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2013 – A judge’s approval of Kodak’s plan to repay its creditors has put the company one step closer to emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Eastman Kodak Co. filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012 after getting left behind by the digital photography revolution. In addition to the repayment plan, Judge Allen Gropper also approved documents that Kodak will send to its many unsecured shareholders to persuade them to sign onto the company’s plan to continue as a much smaller, but profitable, enterprise. “Chapter 11 bankruptcy is a crucial tool for struggling individuals and […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 14 , 2013 – If this kind of bust can happen in Idaho, it can also happen in Florida. “Child pornography is, to most people, an abominable offense, worthy of locking someone up for years and throwing away the key. While that reaction is understandable, we should remember that just because someone was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography or transporting child pornography, that they may not have committed that specific crime, or just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 14, 2013 – An oil and gas company has filed a lawsuit against a drilling company, alleging breach of a contract to drill three wells. Conquistador Petroleum filed the lawsuit against E&B Natural Resources Management Corp. on April 5, 2013 in Jefferson County District Court. Francesco Galesi is also named as a defendant. Conquistador claims that E&B owes it hundreds of thousands of dollars because it failed to fulfill its contract to drill three wells on a 22-acre property, after one hole was found to be dry. Conquistador claims it invested $600,000 in obtaining […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2013 – California regulators toughened their proposal to punish PG&E for a deadly pipeline explosion in 2010. California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) attorneys asked the agency’s commissioners to fine Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. $300 million in addition to penalties in excess of $1.9 billion. The earlier proposal amounted to the same total but did not include a fine. Instead, it allowed PG&E to pay the entire penalty in the form of pipeline improvements. “This is a penalty with teeth,” said Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz. “PG&E should be penalized beyond […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2013 – Injuries on-the-job are at an all time high in Texas. “With such a large industry, one would think there would be more safety consciousness on the job. This is not always the case,” said Austin injury lawyer Brooks Schuelke, with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “Construction is a $54 billion-per-year industry and there are millions of laborers on worksites across the state. Many are undocumented immigrants.” The high number of undocumented workers has been identified as the reason for low wages, wage fraud and the astronomically high number of workplace accidents. The […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2013 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a new online application for disability compensation claims. The agency says the online form allows claims to be processed more quickly because the procedure is electronic from start to finish. The VA has already begun implementing a computerized process for handling the paper claims it receives. Officials say electronic claims processing is a key part of the agency’s plan to eliminate its infamous claims backlog by the end of 2015. “Anything that speeds these disability benefits to our deserving veterans is welcome news,” […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2013 The August issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, looks at how attorneys are using video to enhance and expand their marketing efforts, explains how Google Analytics can help target leads and determine site pitfalls, charts how the Cloud can be instrumental in solving storage issues, tries out two new inbox management tools, explores Tumblr, questions if Google has banned press releases for SEO purposes, and maps out a system for managing firm leads. Video production by individual lawyers and by all manner of law firms is at an all-time […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2013 – Noted estate planning attorney Michael Gilfix is booked to speak at a comprehensive seminar on Asset Protection & Long-Term Care planning this August in Palo Alto, CA. The public is invited to attend. Michael Gilfix, of Gilfix and La Poll, a leader in estate planning, tax planning, Medi-Cal planning, and special needs planning, is to speak about asset protection and long-term care planning. Topics covered will include Medi-Cal Planning, asset protection with focus on your residence, Veterans Administration benefits, and dynasty trusts. An invaluable book by Michael Gilfix, “Special Needs […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2013 – While making accommodations for worker’s religious beliefs, there is a limit in how far an employer is expected to go. “This Illinois discrimination case tested the limits of what an employer is required to do regarding worker’s religious beliefs and how they affect the workplace,” indicated Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. The plaintiff in this case was a 29-year-old Muslim, who held her teaching job until December 2007. In […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2013 – A report released in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows hospitals make more money when they make mistakes. “The chilling conclusion of a recent report, written by several well known and respected doctors, is that when something goes wrong, like surgeons operating on the wrong person or body part, the hospital makes more money. How bizarre, that in making a horrific mistake, a medical institution may profit in two ways: billing the patient for the extra required care and billing the insurance company for surgical complications,” commented Michael […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 9, 2013 – A civil lawsuit was filed by a Texas man claiming that a specialty blanket, the Bair Hugger, for use during surgery, caused a significant infection. Tommy Walton, 70, underwent hip replacement surgery in 2011. During the surgical procedure, a blanket-like device that circulates warm air was placed on Mr. Walton to keep him warm. In a lawsuit filed in Houston earlier this year, Mr. Walton claims the blanket caused his need for 15 more surgeries, including the removal of an artificial hip. He is seeking more than $1 million in damages. […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 9, 2013 – Neighbors to the building being demolished thought it was an accident looking for a place to happen. The building collapsed suddenly. “The building being demolished in this case appeared to be ready to collapse at any time. Neighbors and area residents were certain it was being handled the wrong way and expected it would collapse. It did. In the resulting rubble, six bodies were recovered and at least 13 others were taken for medical care,” indicated Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. Investigators from the Department of Labor (DOL) and […]


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