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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2012 – A biker, whose main reason for living was to ride his motorcycle, lost his life in a head-on collision. “There is just no explaining how some accidents happen, nor why they happen,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney of Lee, Gober and Reyna, in Texas. “This crash points out that, no matter how careful you may be on your ride, you can’t always factor in what other drivers are going to do.” This tragedy happened during a motorcycle safety week, an irony not lost on his grieving friends and […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2012 – Many people today find themselves in debt. Some are surprised when a company they never heard of buys their debt and then pursues an aggressive collection strategy, which may include harassing phone calls or filing a lawsuit against the debtor. Debt buying is legal, but some collection practices are not. “If you are being harassed by phone calls from debt collectors, you should know that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) protects you,” said Brandon bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton. “Fending off debt collectors is often one of the first […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2012 – A three-vehicle collision in Fulton County injured three people, including a police officer, in late July. The accident took place near Cascade and Fairburn Road at about 5 p.m. (This area is near Cascade Corners and Mangum Manor.) The officer was driving a police cruiser going west on Cascade Road when he hit the side of a BMW sedan that was headed south on Fairburn. The impact caused the patrol car to catch on fire with the officer trapped inside. He was removed from the car by rescue crews and transported […]


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Irvine, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2012 – Though dissolving a registered domestic partnership in California is similar to a divorce proceeding, it still has unique variables to consider. “Though in principle, the result is effectively the same, ending a marriage in divorce and terminating a domestic partnership each have their own unique legal requirements,” said Orange County divorce attorney Gerald Maggio.The Maggio Law Firm, which practices mainly in Orange and Riverside counties, is dedicated to family law matters including divorce, child custody and visitation, as well as child and spousal support. Since 1999, domestic partnerships have been legal […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2012 – A teenager in Florida will likely recover from a severe brain injury, caused by being impaled by a 3-foot-long spear, while spear fishing. On June 8, Yasser Lopez, age 16, was fishing with a friend near Miami. When the friend attempted to load the spear gun, he accidentally shot Lopez. The spear penetrated his skull above the right eye, went through his brain, and exited the back of his head. Lopez survived the brain injury and underwent a three-hour-long surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital, from which he will enter an intensive […]


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Des Moines, IA (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2012 – There are ways individuals and businesses can avoid being forced into involuntary bankruptcy. The more debt incurred by an individual or company, the higher the risk that creditors will file bankruptcy against them. This is referred to as involuntary bankruptcy, and in some cases, it may be justified. In other cases, it is necessary for the debtor to defend against involuntary bankruptcy petitions in order to avoid surrendering assets or being forced to sell them. Individuals or businesses who find themselves in receipt of an involuntary bankruptcy petition need to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2012 – Employers need careful documentation when reorganizing or reducing staff, or they risk running afoul of the law. “To avoid charges of ageism, or age discrimination, there are rules a company needs to follow if their reorganization or consolidation process might affect older workers,” said Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P.C. During a company restructure, older workers may feel they are losing their job because of their age and that management chose to reorganize so they would have the chance to let them […]


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Nashua, NH (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2012 – Patients should know their rights if they experience side effects from a medical device. “While medical devices save lives and even enhance them, when they go awry, the unthinkable happens,” said Charlie Donahue, a Nashua medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. “Consider the latest rash of trans-vaginal lawsuits, claiming side effects and complications.” In the most recent case, the plaintiff sued the device’s maker, American Medical Systems, for serious injuries, resulting from the implantation of a vaginal mesh device called the AMS Monarc Sling system. The slim strip […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) August 2, 2012 – Jamal Anderson was known for his speed and navigation on the football field and was recognized as one of the best of his day. In late June, the former football player was found sitting in his car at a stoplight on Chamblee-Tucker Road near Interstate 85 around 4 a.m. He was unresponsive and his car doors were locked, so when police arrived on the scene, they had to climb through the sunroof to get to Anderson. They believed he was drunk, so he was arrested. Anderson’s attorney said he was tired […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 2, 2012 – A few days short of graduation, four teens were killed in a rollover accident. The cause of the accident remains unclear. “It’s tough and brutal news for a close-knit community to find out about these deaths,” said Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. Initially, it was reported that three individuals had died. The fourth made it to the hospital alive but subsequently died of his injuries. There was a fifth young teen also involved in the accident whose condition remains unknown. This accident raised a number of questions for the […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2012 – Littman Krooks LLP announces a new special education team of dedicated attorneys and educational advocates committed to the rights of children and young adults with special needs. We welcome Marion Walsh, an attorney with extensive experience in education law including employment and special education defense. Marion is also a certified Impartial Hearings Officer. She has worked in legal publishing as an editor on publications such as IEP Team Trainer and No Child Left Behind Compliance Insider, among others. Nanette Saturn will be joining our firm as an education advocate. Most […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2012 – Many new safety technologies have been introduced in automobiles now on the market, and according to a new study, at least some of them are working. The study, by the Highway Loss Data Institute (Institute), analyzed insurance claims in conjunction with data from automobile accidents. The non-profit institute is funded by the insurance industry. “The emergence of these new safety technologies are an important step toward reducing the number of tragic injuries and deaths that occur on the highway,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with the Joyce & […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2012 – Combat veterans who have encountered large explosions may suffer from the same repeated concussions seen recently in athletes, according to a new study. Researchers at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, in partnership with Boston University, studied the brain tissue of four service members who had been exposed to large blasts. The research shows that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) can be caused by the type and force of blasts associated with improvised explosive device (IED). The report was published online in Science Translational Medicine May 16. “This study is an important […]


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Irvine, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2012 – A new report authored by several organizations has found many children of LGBT parents are hurt by outdated and even discriminatory laws. Titled ‘Securing Legal Ties for Children Living in LGBT Families’, it was compiled and published by the Movement Advancement Project, the Family Equality Council, and Center for American Progress. The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and Equality Federation were partners in the report. According to their publication, which can be found on LGBTmap.org, current laws do not adequately address the needs of many children, resulting in a number of […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2012 – Current case law in Florida allows law enforcement officers to search a person’s cell phone incident to arrest, a situation that some say violates the Fourth Amendment. This June, a Florida appeals court ruled in State v. Glasco (Glasco) that a law enforcement officer can search the contents of a suspect’s cell phone after an arrest, with no search warrant necessary. The case follows a similar decision in Smallwood v. Florida (Smallwood), a 2011 case. The case law, while limited, makes a wide range of personal information available to law enforcement, […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2012 – This year’s farm crop may not be quite as plentiful. The food shortages generated later, along with higher costs, will be linked to massive crackdowns on illegal immigration. “You can’t speak out of both sides of your mouth and not have something catch up with you later,” insisted Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “On one hand the government keeps saying they will work on reforming the immigration system to welcome more immigrants. On the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2012 – Not all wrongful death lawsuits that go to court are resolved in favor of the plaintiff. This is one of those cases. “Wrongful death lawsuits are not always resolved in favor of the plaintiff, and this case is one of those instances. In this story, a jury found in favor of officials at a jail where an inmate had died due to drug withdrawal while in custody,” explained Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. The 41-year-old female prisoner died in 2005. The woman’s family filed […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2012 – In order to save money during a divorce, many couples are turning to mediation. If mediation fails, litigation is still an option. “When couples are facing divorce, many of them automatically think about going to court. Tempers flare, stress is high and the parties don’t know what to do, other than contact a lawyer. That is the first step. The second is to find out what your rights are in the state you live in, and the third step is to ask if there are other alternatives to going to court. […]


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Keene, NH (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2012 – Communication technology is great, but it can be deadly in a vehicle. “Distracted driving kills,” said Charlie Donahue, a Nashua injury and medical malpractice lawyer with offices in Keene, New Hampshire. “You have tons of communications technology in a vehicle and you don’t ignore it. Most people use it while they are driving, adjust it, talk on it, dial it or try to program it. What happens when they do that? They usually end up in an accident, and either get seriously injured or killed. The price of using technology in […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2012 – New research has revealed that the rate of divorce has increased greatly among older Americans. The trend is significant, as the United States is already the top country in the world for divorce. As baby boomers enter their golden years, divorce rates may increase even more. I-Fen Lin and Susan Brown, of the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green University, conducted a study that showed that for Americans 50 years old or older, the rate of divorce doubled between 1990 and 2009. This held true for Americans […]


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