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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2014 – As one nears retirement age, a number of important financial planning milestones begin to approach. It can be difficult to keep them all straight, so here is a timeline of what happens when. At age 59 1/2, people can begin to make withdrawals from 401(k)s, traditional IRAs and similar retirement savings accounts, without an additional tax penalty of 10 percent. (Withdrawals are still taxed as income in any case.) Of course, just because one can begin to make withdrawals at this age does not mean one necessarily should. At age […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2014 – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) has been indicted on criminal charges in connection with a 2010 explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno, California. The indictment states that the company repeatedly violated the Pipeline Safety Act. That law requires pipeline operators to maintain accurate records about their lines, identify safety hazards and inspect the pipes when pressures exceed safety tolerances. PG&E is alleged to have “knowingly relied on erroneous and incomplete information” in avoiding required inspections, which could have prevented the disaster. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2014 – It is never wise to violate probation for a drunk driving conviction, but leaving posts about such violations on social media is an even worse move. A Michigan woman recently learned the consequences of probation violation, a prominent Michigan drunk driving attorney explained. “Violating the terms of probation only leads to worse legal consequences,” indicates attorney Shaun R. Marks, who is not involved with the woman’s case. “People need to be aware that the authorities monitor compliance with the terms of their probation — and that monitoring can include viewing their […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2014 – A custody fight over a young girl ended in a deal, but designation of a guardian in her parent’s will would have averted the entire crisis. Ever since the mother of a five-year-old girl was stabbed to death, a custody battle involving a renowned sports broadcaster and the family of his son’s late girlfriend has raged in the courts. Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy fought for guardianship of his granddaughter. Now, a deal appears to have been reached. He and his wife will have visitation rights, but the girl’s maternal […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2014 – In 2014’s March/April Issue, BLF helps legal professionals tone and strengthen their marketing approach with new services, tools and tactics. In this issue’s feature, “The Strength of Google Plus,” James Ambroff-Tahan draws focus to the surprising power of the once-struggling social network. Integration with the world’s most popular search engine links your profile to other powerful web forces, including YouTube, while its Circles allow you to target your key demographics precisely. Your Google Plus content, keywords and hashtags can attract more potential clients in their own right — and they can […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2014 – The Florida legislature is soon to vote on a bill to place restrictions on lawsuits against nursing homes. The bill would protect passive investors from lawsuits related to care of nursing home residents. It would require evidentiary hearings in cases in which residents pursue punitive damage claims against homes. It would also place penalties on nursing homes that don’t pay judgments against them, including possible revocation of operating licenses. Tampa nursing home abuse attorney Robert Joyce offers his thoughts on the bill’s provisions. “I’m always wary of bills that might restrict […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2014 – What started out as a potential “maybe” for immigration reform at the start of 2014 has now deteriorated to a “No, not until 2015.” “Listening to the various positions held by the House Speaker and the President is entertaining, but definitely not informative. The President states immigration reform must be passed this year. John Boehner agreed in January, but now says not until 2015 because then the Republicans would likely have a majority in the House and Senate,” remarks Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2014 – Truckers are not always at fault in an accident. Road designs may contribute to collisions. “A recent accident at the Interstate 45 interchange with Loop 610 South was the scene of a fiery explosion that killed a trucker. Police could not determine if the cause was another driver, the trucker speeding or some other factor,” indicates Bobby Lee, an Austin trucking attorney with Lee, Gober & Reyna. “The only thing left when the flames were finally damped out was the skeleton of the truck containing the driver’s remains.” The main reason […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2014 – After a 10-day trial, a Cook County jury awarded $6.65 million to the family of a man who died from a fall at a Kuwait air base. The award in the wrongful death case against CAV International Inc., a government contractor, came over four years after the death of John Bruce, a Chicago-area resident. “When negligence is involved, a wrongful death lawsuit is often appropriate to gain compensation for the family of the victim after a horrible accident like this,” says Paul Greenberg, a Chicago wrongful death attorney not involved in […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2014 – A Texas water district’s audit discovered that an oil company had underpaid royalties to the district. In 2012, Tarrant Regional Water District hired Martindale Consultants, Inc. to determine whether the district had received all the royalties it was due from mineral leases it had signed with Chesapeake Energy. The istrict paid Martindale $35,118 for the audit, and the company found $1,786,769 in underpayments for a period from January 2008 through October 2011. Subsequently, Chesapeake paid the full underpayment amount to the water district. “Oil and natural gas leaseholders should be aware […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2014 – Being arrested for a crime may impact on the ability to get a job. “While you may have been arrested for committing a crime, it does not mean you committed that crime. However, if it generates an arrest record, this may affect your ability to get a job and ruin your reputation with your workers, friends and neighbors. There are options open to you to deal with this record, expungement or sealing. I can explain both and which may best suit your circumstances,” says Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2014 – The Social Security Administration recently announced an expedited approval process for disability claims filed by disabled veterans. The new process was announced in a statement from Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn W. Colvin. It applies to veterans with a disability compensation rating of 100 percent Permanent & Total (P&T) from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These veterans’ applications for Social Security Disability Insurance will be treated as high-priority and be decided on an expedited basis, similar to those under the Wounded Warriors program. Hampton Roads veterans attorney Andrew […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2014 – This shocking case involves a man on the operating table for open-heart surgery. His surgeon left before closing, designating someone else to finish. “This case is hard to get your head around,” says Darren Monroe, of Litigation Funding, Michigan. “It’s difficult to understand why a surgeon would walk away from an operation and hand over closing the open chest to an inexperienced junior physician.” In this case, a Fresno, California cardiologist did just that – walked out of an OR before cardiac surgery was done. The medical negligence lawsuit alleges that […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2014 – Zamansky LLC warns investors who hold Accumulator and Equi-Vest variable annuity contracts issued by AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (“AXA Equitable”) that are invested in AXA Tactical Manager Strategy (“ATM”) managed funds. The warning is that investors who held these variable annuities invested in the ATM managed portfolios may have suffered lower investment returns since 2009. On March 17, 2014, AXA Equitable agreed to pay a $20 million to settle an investigation by the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) which began in 2011. The DFS investigation concerned […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 14, 2014 – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) settled its first systemic class-action lawsuit at the beginning on 2014 claiming a company violated the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). “In this case, the EEOC sued an employer for asking, post job offer, that applicants obtain pre-employment medical examinations that included detailed questions about their family medical history,” recounts Timothy Coffey, a noted Chicago employment attorney. The lawsuit was filed in 2013 and resulted in a $50,000 settlement, as well as injunctive relief. It began when Founders Pavilion, Inc., a New York rehabilitation center […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2014 – Many Americans feel Obamacare is built on lies, resulting in a fiasco. Now, the need to push through immigration reform has taken on a note of desperation. “It’s interesting to note that many Americans feel they got ‘had’ when it comes to Obamacare. And now, it seems the Democrats are pushing immigration reform to happen soon. Now the President says it’s time to allow immigrants to fulfill their dreams, for Republicans to do the right thing. Really? If anyone else gets the sense this is a shell game, or diversionary tactic, […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2014 – Zamansky LLC has filed several FINRA arbitrations on behalf of investors in the UBS Willow Fund LLC (“Willow Fund”) with tax losses. The arbitrations are against UBS Financial Services Inc. (“UBS”) which sold the Willow Fund to its brokerage customers. In 2013, the Willow Fund liquidated after investors suffered a 70% or more in losses. The Statements of Claim in these arbitrations allege that the Willow Fund materially deviated from its disclosed strategy of investing in distressed debt, and instead speculated in trading credit default swaps (CDS), including foreign sovereign […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2014 – Most people, when involved in an accident, remain at the scene. Some do not. “Motorcycle and car collisions are usually non-survivable for the biker. They do not have enough protection and usually end up being ejected from their ride. In this particular case, the 46-year-old biker and a white sedan were sharing an exit ramp that split into two lanes,” outlined Bobby Lee of Lee, Gober & Reyna, in Austin, Texas, not involved in this case. The sedan darted across several white lines into the northbound lane, where the biker and […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2014 – Financial Literacy Month is being observed in April 2014. This is an excellent time to recognize the important role that financial literacy plays in individual economic security and the financial health of the nation. Many Americans are not well-informed about important financial issues that affect their everyday lives. Schools, parents, government agencies and financial institutions and advisers all have a role to play in helping to increase knowledge and understanding of critical economic issues. The overall lack of financial literacy among the general public is evident from a number of […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 15, 2014 – Online mugshots may suggest to viewers that the person is guilty. This is not necessarily the case. “Everyone who may be charged with a crime in the United States is innocent until proven guilty. There are a number of important statutes that uphold that right. Just because a person has been arrested and photographed and charged, does not automatically mean they are guilty. This is the reason for defense attorneys,” explains Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. Defense attorneys represent the other side of the coin, because it could well […]


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