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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2012 – Commercial drivers now will have to wait until the next truck stop to send a text message. The new rule to reduce distracted driving comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Truck drivers are prohibited from using a personal electronic device like a smartphone while driving a commercial bus or truck, according to the DOT’s press release. “This new rule for truck drivers is quite a relief,” said Brunswick truck accident attorney Nathan Williams. “There has been a push for a number of years now to ban texting and driving […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2012 – Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee supports expanding the Visa Waiver Program that would allow nationals from more countries to visit the United States for business or vacation without the hassle of getting a visa from an American consulate. “I would love to see the program expanded to include more countries,” said Banerjee. There are 36 countries participating in the program. Nationals from those countries can come to the United States on business trips or vacation for as long as 90 days without obtaining a visa from the U.S. State Department’s consular […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2012 – A popular Mexican food restaurant chain in Texas faces allegations of violating federal employment laws. Wait staff claim they were denied overtime pay, forced to give tips to ineligible employees, and required to pay for broken items and “walked tabs”. These practices allegedly occurred for years before a lawsuit was filed by the wait staff in early February 2012. “These actions, if true, are illegal under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” said Austin employment lawyer Gregory D. Jordan. “I have handled many of these cases for both employers and employees over […]


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New Haven, CT (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2012 – A recent lawsuit shows how important it is for medical professionals to thoroughly diagnosis a patient. In the case of Adam Mlodzinski v. Vernon Pediatrics, Adam was born a normal, active seven-year-old boy. But on Halloween night 2009, he did not feel right and went to see his doctor, pediatrician Dr. Judy Huang-Bulger at Vernon Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. “In a series of events where he was not properly diagnosed and staff blew off his concerns, Adam is now left blind and with other complications such as seizures,” said Connecticut […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 5, 2012 – The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down California’s 2008 law that banned gay marriages, but it is unclear if the U.S. Supreme Court will weigh in on the discussion. The appeals court said that Proposition 8 violated the 14th Amendment by discriminating against a minority group without a legitimate reason. Prior to Proposition 8 being passed, same-sex couples across the state were able to legally get married from May to October 2008 and enjoy certain state rights and entitlements that heterosexual couples have enjoyed for decades. Their societal […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 5, 2012 – As spring break approaches for students at colleges and high schools across the country, health care groups and highway safety organizations warn to keep an eye out for drivers who may have had too much to drink. Alcohol abuse and binge drinking cause about 80,000 deaths a year in the United States. Many of those deaths happen on the highways and many others are injured because of careless drinking habits and poor judgment. “So many people are injured on the roads as a result of driving while intoxicated,” said Chicago accident […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 2, 2012 – Foreign nationals who reside in the United States without legal status are barred from receiving most federal benefits, yet the popular perception is that undocumented immigrants are receiving public benefits en masse. Other than a small set of emergency programs and services, undocumented immigrants are not eligible for any federal grants, loans, contracts, professional or commercial licenses, retirement or health benefits, public housing, food assistance, unemployment benefits, or any other services paid for by the United States government. “A ‘hot button’ issue in the immigration debate is the perception that foreign […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 2, 2012 – Life care planning poses unique challenges for individuals and their loved ones as they age. Begley Law Group, a leading New Jersey elder law firm, recently launched a set of online videos to help people better understand life care planning. The videos at http://www.begleylawyer.com/life-care-planning-videos/ are able to be watched 24 hours a day and help viewers see why it is essential to work with a life care planning coordinator. “We all know someone who has experienced the guilty feeling of ‘what if I had done more’ to help a family member,” […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 2, 2012 – It is no secret that raising a special-needs child can be a strain on a family and many marriages do not survive. The divorce rates among parents of special-needs children have been estimated as high as 85 percent. The medical challenges children face are as diverse as the children themselves. From attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or autism spectrum disorder to cerebral palsy or epilepsy, children’s health care can be a big strain on a marriage. “We see a lot of clients with special-needs children and they usually know coming in the door […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 1, 2012 – Estate planners are noticing that their clients are becoming more technologically savvy and that means careful planning to ensure the online assets are as secure as what is in a safe. Brandon estate planning lawyer Reginald Osenton reminds his clients to keep all of their passwords for their digital accounts in a safe place that his firm can find when the time comes. “There is so much information stored not just on our clients’ computers but also in the cloud under our clients’ names,” Osenton said. “It is critical that we […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) March 1, 2012 – Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal took to the airwaves during the Super Bowl last month to plead with the state’s football fans to avoid driving drunk on their way home from Super Bowl parties. His 60-second commercial was run by all of the Peach State’s NBC affiliates during the game. In the ad, he urged Georgians to drink responsibly and noted that one in three traffic fatalities in the state can be attributed to alcohol. “It is a shame that people still need to be reminded not to drink and drive even […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 29, 2012 – The Florida Supreme Court recently abandoned its efforts at a statewide mediation program for residential foreclosure cases. Lack of participation and low rates of loan modification meant the program was seen as unsuccessful. “It is not a shock that the courts decided to do away with this program,” said Tampa bankruptcy attorney Reginald Osenton. “There are a lot of people who would rather walk away from their house than sit across the table from a banker.” The program’s goal was to address the large number of foreclosures stacking up in the […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 29, 2012 – The latest stats show Texas had 2,998 traffic fatalities and an annual economic cost of $19.76 billion due to motor vehicle crashes, according to the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. Texas received a “yellow rating” along with 25 other states, which means that the state showed moderately positive performance but there are still efforts that can be done to lessen serious auto accidents. “Every day individuals and families are dealing with the devastation of a bad accident and trying to heal,” said Waxahachie personal injury attorney John Hale, of The […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 29, 2012 – Family law attorneys across Florida are keeping a close eye on Tallahassee this season as two alimony reform bills work their way through the state legislature. If passed, either new state law would dramatically change the way alimony is determined in the Sunshine State and likely would end the practice of awarding lifetime alimony. Reform advocates are pushing for many factors to be considered as alimony is determined including the length of the marriage, the financial stability of each partner and the consequences of cohabitation. Opponents of the proposed rule changes […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2012 – The driver in this case ran a red light and hit a woman sitting at a bus stop, killing her. He was not paying attention to what he was doing. “Some people don’t seem to understand that a red light means you stop or prepare to stop in enough time to actually obey the light. The defendant in this instance was not only speeding, but missed stopping for a red light because of his rate of speed, rammed into another car and slammed into a concrete bus bench where a woman […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2012 – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) recently announced several new proposals to improve U.S. immigration processing for high skilled immigrant workers, each of which do not require Congressional action. These are part of an overall Administration effort to help U.S. companies and to create jobs as the U.S. strives to remain competitive in the worldwide marketplace. It was about one year ago that the Administration began its White House Startup America Initiative to attract and retain immigrants and business investments in the U.S. One proposed reform would allow professors […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2012 – Once a trust is in place, the important task of administering it according to the trust agreement and relevant laws begins. “Anyone who agrees to serve as a trustee has a fiduciary duty to act in the beneficiary’s best interests. While the trustee may understand that legal duties exist, the trustee may not know how to fulfill their legal obligations and minimize their liability exposure,” said Dallas trust lawyer and estate planning lawyer John Hale, of The Hale Law Firm. The Hale Law Firm helps individuals and institutions with the trust […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2012 – The Williams Law Group launched a new website in February to better serve the firm’s clients in Brunswick, Ga., and across southeast Georgia and northeast Florida. “We think the new website will help our clients access the information they need to make smart decisions when hiring an attorney,” said Brunswick attorney Nathan Williams, the managing partner at the firm. “This website should help people in personal injury, criminal defense, and family law cases. The Williams Law Group is devoted to helping our clients resolve their issues.” The new site contains detailed […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2012 – Individuals considering whether or not to file bankruptcy must take credit counseling within six months prior to filing. There are some limited exceptions to the mandate that potential bankruptcy filers take a credit counseling course within six months before filing, noted Waterloo bankruptcy lawyer Kevin Ahrenholz. Those exceptions need to be discussed as part of the process prior to filing. Additionally, approved bankruptcy credit counseling organizations are not the same in each state, and usually there is a small fee for pre-bankruptcy counseling. However, the fee may be waived based […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2012 – Hip implants, knee replacement devices, and vaginal and hernia mesh products are the latest defective medical devices that have caused serious injuries in patients. “New technologies should not get fast-tracked, only to have patient safety compromised,” said Waxahachie personal injury attorney John Hale, of The Hale Law Firm. “Better efforts should be in place to institute recalls quicker and put more safeguards in place to protect patients.” Late last year, legislation was introduced to discover problematic medical devices sooner and manage recalls better. The three Senators behind the legislation also sent […]


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