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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2014 – In late February, U.S. News & World Report released its 2014 evaluation of the “Best Nursing Homes” across the country. The ratings cover every state and every major metropolitan area in the United States. An overall score from one to five is broken down into searchable components, including nurse staffing, fire safety and other common criteria. Happily, Texas boasted one of the highest “Best Nursing Homes” ratings in the country. Approximately 15 percent of the homes found in Texas have been awarded the coveted five-star rating for 2014. Only California, Ohio […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2014 – The success or failure of a patent appeal often comes down to the persuasiveness of the applicant’s written argument. Further, appeals filed on or after January 23, 2012 are subject to recent rule changes. Los Angeles patent attorney Pejman Yedidsion explains how to draft a persuasive appeal brief that abides by the new rules. “The argument is the most important part of an appeal brief,” Yedidsion says. “The Appellant must convince the appeal board’s judges that the Examiner committed an error in rejecting the claims and explicitly identify the error […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2014 – In the state of Michigan, more serious charges apply to drivers alleged to be driving with unusually high blood alcohol content (BAC), says a prominent Michigan drunk driving attorney, “Drivers whose blood alcohol content is alleged to be 0.08 or higher may still be charged with drunk driving, but when a driver’s blood alcohol content is measured at 0.17 or higher, then so-called “super-drunk” driving charges apply,” explains Shaun R. Marks, a Flint drunk driving attorney. One Troy police officer was recently charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 28, 2014 – In recent weeks, New York social security fraud allegations have overshadowed the struggles of legitimate disability claimants. On January 14, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee turned its attention to allegations that a group of retired firefighters, police officers and other individuals in New York City fraudulently secured almost $400 million in Social Security disability benefits. One hundred and six people, almost all of whom are retired city police officers and firefighters, have been accused of feigning disability. The accused participants were allegedly coached on methods to fake their conditions […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 24, 2014 – Drivers accused of drunk driving causing death face very serious charges, explains a prominent Michigan drunk driving attorney. “When a death results from a car accident allegedly caused by a drunk driver, the driver is likely to be charged with a felony,” says Flint DUI defense attorney Shaun R. Marks. A 17-year-old student at Wyoming Park High School has been charged accordingly. He allegedly crashed a car while under the influence, resulting in the death of two of his classmates. He was charged with four drunk driving counts; two of the […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 17, 2014 – Legal news outlet JD Supra recently asked attorneys to describe common, costly mistakes people make when preparing estate plans and the best ways to prevent or fix them. Hampton Roads estate planning attorney Andrew Hook weighed in with his take on some of the top issues reported by JD Supra. Procrastination. Too many people, perhaps unwilling to face their own mortality, wait until the very end of their lives to consider any sort of estate planning. Many will never get around to it at all. “The earlier estate planning begins, […]


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St. Peters, MO (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2014 – A Missouri conductor lost his leg when he was struck by a BNSF Railway train. Now, his resulting court award may the largest on record in Jefferson County. One never hears about the majority of workplace injuries, and most are settled quietly and equitably. But some cases depart from routine, drawing major media attention. Recently, a Jefferson County jury awarded what may be the largest personal injury verdict in county history. The case reached court on January 21, 2014, centering on a railroad worker whose right leg was amputated after […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2014 – Domestic violence is more common than most people think. It is the bad side of an intimate relationship gone wrong. “A relatively well known former major league baseball player, Wladimir Balentien, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery and felony false imprisonment as a result of a dispute with his about to be ex-wife,” outlines Lakeland criminal defense lawyer, Thomas Grajek, who is not involved in the case. The couple had been married for approximately six years and the 29-year-old Balentien, who once played for the Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners, […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2014 – Anonymous tips may or may not lead to a valid arrest. This stash house tip could have resulted in almost anyone being arrested. “Not all anonymous tips pan out and in this case, even though the police in Polk County did find drugs and several individuals on the premises, does not necessarily mean guilt by merely being present in the area, or on the front lawn,” says Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas Grajek, who is not involved in the defense of the accused in this case. According to the Sheriff’s office […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 5, 2014 – African American brokers at Merrill Lynch recently celebrated the $160 million settlement of a class-action racial discrimination lawsuit. “Merrill Lynch is known as one of the largest brokerage firms on Wall Street, so this win was significant for the plaintiffs involved,” points out 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 settlement came at the end of a long legal process that began in 2005 for the 12 plaintiffs. Initially, there […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 4, 2014 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has proposed that veterans use standardized forms to submit disability claims. This is an idea that would seem in step with the desire to streamline and modernize the process. However, the proposal has veterans groups concerned that many former members of the military will not be able to navigate the new system. Traditionally, veterans have been able to submit claims in a variety of ways, including through simple, handwritten notes. The claim becomes the initial point for retroactive pay reference when and if the filing […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2014 – According to Michigan criminal defense attorney Shaun R. Marks, those charged with drunk driving face higher penalties if they have prior convictions on their records. “Penalties increase substantially after the first drunk driving offense,” says Marks. “While a first offense for an ordinary OWI carries a maximum sentence of 93 days in jail, the maximum for a second offense is one year and a third offense can bring a felony charge with up to five years imprisonment.” That is what a Ypsilanti man is facing after police say his car entered […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2014 – Advocates are hailing a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Florida as an important step forward for gay rights in the state. A Florida woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner filed a lawsuit when the birth mother left the state with the child without informing the plaintiff after the couple ended their relationship. The two had planned to raise the child together. The state’s highest court ruled by a vote of 4-3 that the egg donor had parental rights, and it ordered a lower court to arrange […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2014 – The Texas Supreme Court will decide a $10 million dispute between property owners and Occidental Permian Ltd. over the valuation of natural gas production. The case questions whether a company can take deductions for the cost of carbon injection from the mineral royalties it pays to property owners. “Deductions for production costs and post-production costs are a common area of dispute between royalty owners and oil and gas producers,” says Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney not involved with the case. “It is extremely important for mineral and […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2014 – Under the terms of a settlement agreement in a wrongful death lawsuit, Commonwealth Edison will pay $3.2 million to the family of a man who was electrocuted while working on a bridge painting project in suburban Elgin, Illinois in 2008. Javier Valadez was preparing to sandblast the U.S. 20 Bridge over the Fox River in an aerial lift bucket when he came into contact with overhead distribution lines and was electrocuted. Ionnis Maroulis, another worker, was also killed. “In such horrible circumstances, a wrongful death lawsuit can bring a family compensation […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2014 – Inventors often struggle to decide whether to develop a prototype of their invention before filing a patent application. Inventors are not required to create a working prototype of their invention before filing a patent application. A local patent attorney says that no one solution is right for every inventor. “There are advantages and disadvantages to prototyping,” said Los Angeles intellectual property attorney Jim Dawson. “If the inventor intends to license their patent rights, a prototype can represent an unnecessary expense. Licensees often wish to implement changes to the original design […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2014 – In Michigan, enhanced drunk driving penalties apply for convicted drivers with a high blood alcohol content (BAC), explains attorney Shaun R. Marks. “A drunk driving conviction with a BAC below 0.17, with no prior convictions in the past seven years, carries a maximum of 93 days in jail,” says Marks, who handles DUI cases. “However, a case with a BAC of 0.17 or higher brings a maximum of 180 days in jail.” Other penalties are enhanced for drunk driving convictions that involve unusually high blood alcohol content. A first offense with […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2014 – Projections show that within 20 years, typical retirees will rely mostly on 401(k)s and other private retirement accounts to meet financial needs. “That may be alarming to some, but the industry is evolving to help meet that challenge,” says Virginia estate planning attorney Andrew Hook. “A number of trends are increasing the effectiveness of 401(k)s and workers’ utilization of them.” Hook identified the following six trends in the retirement investing industry. Increased use of Roth 401(k)s: Like Roth IRAs, Roth 401(k)s are funded with after-tax contributions. Workers pay income taxes […]


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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2014 – A massive pileup on I-94 in Michigan City, Indiana involved 46 vehicles, left three people dead and injured at least 23 others. The accident occurred on January 23, 2014 during an intense snowstorm that reduced visibility to near zero. Allegedly, 18 tractor-trailers were involved. One eyewitness told the Boston Globe that he believed one of the trucks started the chain-reaction accident when it jackknifed and ran into another truck. Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney David Lietz says that the conditions and the number of semi-trailers involved raises questions about whether the […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) February 13, 2014 – Many patents cover inventions that are improvements over existing devices (as opposed to completely new devices). Novice inventors and others new to the field of intellectual property often wonder whether a small improvement to a patented invention may ever receive patent protection of its own. But as a local intellectual property attorney explained, so-called “improvement inventions” actually constitute the majority of patents issued. Wholly new inventions are a relative rarity. “Most patents, by far, cover improvements to existing technology,” said Los Angeles patent attorney Pejman Yedidsion. “Pioneering inventions are not […]


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