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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2013 – Littman Krooks, LLP is hosting a webinar on special education January 24, 2013, where parents and professionals may learn how to be effective advocates for children with special needs. The event is a free, informative and interactive webinar designed for parents, advocates, educators and other professionals who work with special needs children. The webinar aims to help parents and professionals understand the parent’s rights and responsibilities, the child’s rights and the school’s responsibilities to meet the special needs of the child. It is crucial that parents understand their rights – […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2013 – Theft is on the rise. That includes shoplifting, employee theft, intentional administrative errors and organized retail crime. “One of the more disturbing set of statistics in the news lately is based on a national study done by the University of Florida that shows U.S. retailers estimate they lost roughly $35.3 billion in 2011. The statistics are eye-opening, in that it appears the highest percentage of theft was due to employees, standing at 44.2 percent, with 28.5 percent being chalked up to shoplifting and organized retail crime, and some 12.1 percent lost […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 17 , 2013 – No one really looks forward to filing for bankruptcy. Often it was the last choice the debtor had to make. “Most people do not want to declare bankruptcy, and it is the last solution they turn to when all else fails,” said Reginald Osenton, a Brandon bankruptcy attorney. Many Americans these days are all too familiar with bankruptcy, and have either filed for bankruptcy themselves or know others that have. Along with those stories come a number of rumors that are in direct conflict with reality. People used to often […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2013 – Eating fruit should not cause death. In this case, Listeria-laced cantaloupe killed at least 32 and sickened 147 in various states. “Wrongful death lawsuits may be filed individually, or in this instance, as mass litigation. There were far too many people harmed by Listeria-laced cantaloupe to file individual lawsuits, when a class action suit would join them all for the purposes of adjudication,” explained Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. This story began in Colorado, where cantaloupe was grown and shipped to various vendors across […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2013 – This case could not get any stranger. The former chief investigator for the SEC says they retaliated against him for being a whistleblower. “The complaint in this case has to be read to be believed,” said Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland whistleblower lawyer. “It alleges that the SEC is running amok and participating in questionable sexual activity with employees, rather than doing its job. When the relator, David Weber, brought his concerns into the open, he alleges that the SEC made him the target of various intrigues to attempt to discredit him.” […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2013 – Vietnam Veterans of America has joined a proposed class action lawsuit in Connecticut against the Armed Forces. The lawsuit, which was filed by a veteran last year against the Army, Navy and Air Force, states that Vietnam War-era veterans who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were discharged under other-than-honorable conditions, which meant they were ineligible for disability and other benefits. The military has not reviewed or attempted to upgrade the status of discharges for many thousands of those vets with service-related PTSD. According to the National President of Vietnam Veterans of […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2013 – A family was awarded $109 million as part of a wrongful death personal injury judgment. A Pennsylvania family lost a family member in 2009. Carrie Goretzka died when a spliced power line landed on her while she was in her yard; she was burned and electrocuted, and later died from her extensive injuries. Her family sued West Penn Power, and won $109 million for personal injury and another $61 million in punitive damages. “The payout was the largest for Pennsylvania,” noted John Hale, Waxahachie personal injury attorney. While the trial ran […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2013 – OSHA has cited a Chicago resident for violating lead exposure standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Chicago resident Waclaw Cilulko’s construction company, American Masonry Inc., for seven counts of willfully violating OSHA’s lead exposure standards. OSHA inspectors found that workers at a building in Chicago were exposed to unsafe levels of lead while conducting sandblasting operations. The agency has proposed a total of $196,000 in penalties. “Lead exposure is very dangerous, and construction companies need to take proper precautions to ensure workers remain safe, particularly when working […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 15 , 2013 – The innocent driver in this case died in hospital after this accident. The other driver blew .106 on the breathalyzer. “The others drivers on the freeway had never seen anything like this accident,” said Austin personal injury attorney Bobby Lee, of Lee, Gober and Reyna in Austin, Texas. An electrician was heading south on the freeway in the early morning hours, when he suddenly swerved to avoid hitting a car. He ended up crossing five lanes of traffic. “This forced a Chevy pick-up to slam into a cement wall. The […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2013 – Immigration reform does need to happen, even on the Republican side. That is the argument by Republican Representative Ted Poe. A December 2012 column in Politico.com, written by Rep. Ted Poe, stated that the Republican party needs to change course, especially when it comes to immigration reform. The system is broken, says Poe, and a real fix needs to include an approach that is sensible and actually workable. The fix must have clear guidelines to reasonably address the issues of both day laborers and highly-skilled laborers, for a way to treat […]


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Nashua, NH (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2013 – Life can change on a dime. That is what happened in this case. “The plaintiff in this case went to bed one night with his wife and the next thing he knew he was in a hospital being told by a doctor he had lost his arms and legs. It was a situation reminiscent of the worst horror movie anyone could ever remember seeing,” said Charlie Donahue, a Nashua medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. “Limbless and speechless, the man needed the assistance of a competent medical malpractice […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2013 – A recent ruling by the Florida Supreme Court allows drivers who strike another vehicle from behind to rebut the presumption of sole responsibility for the crash and sue the other driver. In a statement, Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce said, “Sometimes a rear-end collision is not entirely the fault of the driver that struck the other vehicle. Any driver who is partially to blame for an auto accident should be held legally accountable for their portion of the responsibility.” The case, Cevallos v. Rideout, was filed as the result of […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2013 – Voters do not mess around when they want to send politicians a message. Latinos overwhelmingly voted for Obama. “There is going to be a whole lot shuffling and scuffling going on when the House gets back into session,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “And that is due to the fact that if Republicans do not want to face eventual expulsion, they will need to do something, fast – like pass significant immigration […]


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Tulsa, Okla. (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2013 – Navico — the world leader in recreational marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G brands — announced today that it has successfully concluded litigation with ArCzar. In December 2011, ArCzar filed a lawsuit against Navico asserting patent infringement. Committed to vigorously defending against attacks of this kind, Navico’s policy is to refuse speedy cash settlements for baseless litigation. As a result, ArCzar’s frivolous lawsuit backfired, and in a rare turn of events ArCzar paid Navico thousands of dollars to make the matter go away. ArCzar alleged […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2013 – Wrongful death may happen at the hands of law enforcement. When it does, there are consequences. “This was a difficult situation for the family involved. An unarmed man was shot to death by police after a car chase. When the wrongful death case got to court, the jury awarded the plaintiff $9 million,” explained Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer, who practices personal injury, accidents and malpractice law in Georgia. The facts of the case were that deputies travelling in an unmarked cruiser began to follow a suspected drunken driver. They […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2013 – At one time, employers in Illinois asked their job candidates for their social media passwords. They can no longer do this. “In a move regarded as a victory for employees, Illinois governor Pat Quinn has ushered in a law that bars employers asking job applicants for their social media passwords. This legislation acts to protect their private communications from potential or current managers,” outlined 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. […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2013 – A new online resource center is available for immigrant entrepreneurs. A team at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) tasked with improving access to work visas for immigrant entrepreneurs recently marked a major milestone by launching an online resource center. The resource center, called Entrepreneur Pathways, is a project of the USCIS Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative. Dallas immigration lawyer Stewart Rabinowitz praised the program in a statement, saying “The Entrepreneurs in Residence initiative is a laudable program seeking to build on the creative spirit of foreign nationals who want to […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 10 , 2013 – Every bankruptcy filed in the U.S. today is different. “No two bankruptcy cases are alike, even though a debtor may think their friend or relative is in the same boat as they are,” said Reginald Osenton, a Brandon bankruptcy lawyer. “Often, although their situations may appear similar, there are significant differences that would mean each person needs to file under a different Chapter to declare bankruptcy.” If they choose a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, often referred to as a liquidation or straight bankruptcy, a trustee is appointed to sell all non-exempt […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2013 – Despite the serene setting of this accident, a man lost his leg after being crushed by a 600-pound crucifix. “This accident was horrendous, and the man who lay pinned under a 600-pound cross, endured significant agony until EMS units arrived to rescue him. His leg was badly crushed, and on arrival at the hospital, despite a full team of surgeons fighting to save his leg, it was amputated,” recounted Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. As a result of this accident, the man is suing the church where he was […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2013 – There is a growing push to install video cameras in nursing homes. The security cameras would be placed to catch incidents of elder care abuse, nursing home neglect and other areas of concern for safety and well-being of home residents. Camera footage, advocates say, would assist facilities identify poor care providers, and would allow law enforcement officers to pursue complaints. Lawmakers in Oklahoma are considering allowing mandatory video surveillance in that state’s more than 300 nursing homes, which serve more than 20,000 residents. The mandatory video monitoring is planned to go […]


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