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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 4, 2015 – Going to court does not always mean the named defendant participates in the civil trial. Ciara Byers initially faced charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana, causing death. She chose to plead guilty in the deaths of a husband and wife, Robert and Susan Kammeraad, and faces up to 15 years in jail. The Kammeraads’ son filed a civil wrongful death lawsuit and has been trying to get the case to move forward. However, that has been difficult, as the defendant is not responding to any notices. […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 1, 2015 – A series of six sexual harassment/assault cases that will rock the legal landscape over allegations against yoga guru Bikram Choudhury is set to begin in August. He allegedly sexually assaulted and harassed his young students. The most difficult thing about these cases is that the plaintiffs revered Choudhury for his accomplishments and teachings. According to the statements of claims, he took advantage of multiple female students by sexually harassing or assaulting/raping them. Mr. Choudhury denies all such allegations, contending that he is faithful to his wife of 30 years and does […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2015 – On March 25, the military pledged to provide appropriate treatment and awards for injured service members. In a rare expression of military contrition, Under Secretary Brad R. Carson apologized for the Army’s substandard treatment of U.S. troops who were exposed to chemical weapons while serving in Iraq. The under secretary also spelled out new measures to provide medical care for those veterans suffering from chemical exposure and to recognize veterans harmed by chemicals who had previously been denied awards. Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel appointed Carson last fall to oversee […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2015 – Many Americans purchase long-term care insurance to ensure that if they come to need nursing home or other long-term care, they will be able to afford it. Because long-term care insurance offers no active use until a health crisis develops, it is important for policyholders to stay on top of payments and to be aware of any changes to the policy. “In the months leading up to a real need for long-term care, seniors’ changes in health or mental state can sometimes lead them to fall behind on their insurance […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2015 – T.V. crime shows have made many familiar with the part of the Miranda warning stating that if the offender cannot afford an attorney, the court may appoint one for them. The U.S. constitution guarantees the right of an accused to speak to an attorney. Public defenders came into being in the United States in 1963, as a result of a decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in Gideon v. Wainwright. It stated the Sixth Amendment mandates that the government provide free legal counsel to indigent defendants in criminal cases. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2015 – Social media is the main method these days for staying in touch with family and friends. However, others may look for names and profiles online – such as potential employers. “The last thing you want a potential employer or current employer to know about you is that your favorite thing to do is drinking yourself blind at parties and posting online pictures of yourself with a lampshade on your head,” advises Chicago employment attorney Timothy Coffey. “While you may never put a lampshade on your head, the point remains the same. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2015 – Be alert during a job interview for questions that may be discriminatory. While many seeking jobs today are aware of the possibility of discrimination in the workplace, few expect that job interviews may also be fraught with discriminatory questions. “It violates your civil rights to be judged on anything else other than your ability to do the job,” says Chicago employment attorney, Timothy Coffey. “Any other questions relating to race, age, gender or other prohibited areas, are not allowed – period.” What if an applicant makes it to an interview after […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 14, 2015 – Though the fact that restaurants are vulnerable to lawsuits for fair labor violations has made some owners unhappy, many recognize that it levels the playing field for all workers, ultimately making the industry more ethical and fair. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the go-to legislation applicable to wages and hours paid in all states. It deals with four specific areas: standards for youth employment, overtime pay, record keeping and the Federal minimum wage, currently $7.25/hour. Most of the investigations launched by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDL) in restaurant […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2015 – Divorce is notably less prevalent now than it was 20 to 30 years ago. The percentage of lasting marriages has been rising in the general population of the United States, particularly among couples who have wed since the 1990s. And on March 4, the Defense Department announced that military divorces, too, have become less common. In 2014, the number of such breakups dropped to their lowest point since 2005. The Pentagon reported that 3.1 percent of married officers and enlisted service members had divorced by the end of 2014 – a […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2015 – Despite years of education about sexual harassment in the workplace, very few employees who experience such a situation are prepared to deal with it. Sexual harassment is alive and well. Being aware of workers’ rights and knowing what to do when they are violated is essential. It is always a wise move to read an employer’s handbook, but one should also be aware that the law may be different than company policy. It is interesting to note that harassment is not addressed specifically in Title VII. In fact, that particular section […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 24, 2015 – According to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), workers who put in more than 40 hours a week are usually entitled to overtime pay. There are some exceptions to that rule. The FLSA defines a workweek as 40 hours of work. Time worked over 40 hours entitles employees to a minimum of one and one-half times their regular pay rate. Of interest is the fact that the FLSA does not mandate payment of extra wages for work done on a particular day, such as a holiday, for working at night […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 23, 2015 – In 2013, a Valdosta, Ga. teen died by asphyxiation, found upside down in a rolled up gym mat where he was supposedly trying to get a shoe that had fallen into the mat. His parents suggested the 17-year-old was murdered. The statement of claim suggests there was a conspiracy to cover up their son’s death involving many high-ranking authorities, including the local school superintendent, the chief of police, numerous deputies and sheriff’s investigators, the state medical examiner responsible for the autopsy and several Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials, including the director. […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 17, 2015 – Nursing home abuse is nationwide. Texas may introduce a law to deal with the problem, but would it help in California? “While Texas is looking at a bill that would revoke nursing home licenses if they have three or more serious health and safety violations, there does not appear to be any speculation as to what would happen to the residents in those shut down facilities,” points out Sacramento, Calif. nursing home abuse attorney, Deborah Barron. Texas law mandates the reporting of any elder abuse, exploitation or neglect to the police […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 10, 2015 – Bullying in the workplace may also involve sexual harassment. Stop it by contacting an experienced sexual harassment attorney. Abusive, bullying conduct may involve, but not be limited to: verbal and physical abuse, intimidation, threats, humiliation and sexual harassment. A National Bullying Institute survey shows 27 percent of workers are previous or current victims of bullying in the workplace. The survey also indicates that 70 percent of respondents believe bullying in the workplace is a real, ongoing issue. California is working towards enacting a law that mandates all employers with 50 or […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 3, 2015 – People who care for their aging parents or other relatives from a distance must overcome additional obstacles that require careful planning. “Caregiving can take many forms, and children who act as caregivers from another city or state often face high expenses and difficulty knowing when to intervene, on top of the usual burdens of caregiving,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law Center. Increasingly, children who live hours away from their parents take on the responsibility of making health care and housing decisions for their […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 1, 2015 – In Felton, California, an 81-year-old resident took home a tainted caramel apple from her local Safeway store. She later died from a related infection. “The facts in this case could apply to anyone in any location in the United States,” remarked Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury attorney. “We all shop for groceries and assume that what we buy is safe for consumption. As it turned out, that caramel apple was allegedly tainted with Listeria, and it was anything but safe.” Health investigators with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2015 – A Texas man has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, claiming that he was fired because of his age. Odell Hyden filed suit against Hagemeyer North America Inc., in the Houston Division of the Southern District Court of Texas. “Age discrimination in employment is prohibited by both federal and Texas state law,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin employment attorney with the Law Offices of Gregory D. Jordan, “but its proof often requires circumstantial evidence. Employers sometimes try to disguise age discrimination by alleging that a long-term productive employee is […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2015 – When a parent becomes incapacitated and is no longer able to manage his or her own finances, a child or other caregiver needs to step in to pay bills and manage money and costs. Taking over a parent’s finances can be difficult, especially in the midst of the other challenges that families face during a loved one’s illness. “If you are taking over your parent’s finances, a systematic, structured approach to gathering information is a great starting point,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with Hook Law […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2015 – Despite the number of safety programs aimed at truck drivers, many still drive when short on sleep. This is a significant issue, as a drowsy driver can kill. In 2012, there were 10.8 million trucks crisscrossing the nation. Each year that statistic grows, says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration statistics show people drove 84.7 billion miles on California highways in 2011. Texas ranked second on the U.S. DOT list with drivers logging over 55.7 billion miles. Florida came in third at […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2015 – Everyone charged with a criminal offense has the right to ask for a lawyer. If they do not want one, they may appear pro se or pro per, meaning “on one’s own behalf.” Some individuals choose to go it on their own for several reasons. One may feel that he or she knows the facts of the case better than an attorney, may not trust lawyers, may not qualify for a court-appointed lawyer or may not want to pay for legal counsel on their own. The Sixth Amendment states that all […]


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