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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 8, 2017 – Nebraska is piloting a new approach to get drivers to pay attention to highway safety messages. If it works, perhaps Texas might want to implement a similar approach. Highway employees in Nebraska have come up with a novel approach to getting the attention of drivers — which may or may not be a good thing, since getting their attention also means they are driving distracted while looking at new safety messages. The new approach involves using humor and current pop culture references. Iowa and several other states have similar initiatives of […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 7, 2017 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must tackle a long list of decisions about the effects of Agent Orange and veterans’ eligibility for benefits. A key issue is whether the department will add new conditions to its list of diseases and health problems presumed to be linked to the pesticide. Agent Orange was sprayed to destroy vegetation used as cover by Vietnamese troops during the Vietnam War. ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot have joined forces to investigate the toxic chemical’s effects on Vietnam veterans and their families, as well as their struggles […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 2, 2017 – Medical malpractice lawsuits involving patients found “dead in bed” while in hospital after successful operations are on the rise. The patients were recovering in their rooms and not considered to be at risk. The sudden and unexpected death of patients recovering after successful surgery, sometimes within hours of an operation, is posing a significant problem. Research by top U.S. doctors into this issue has shown opioid painkillers suppress the respiratory system and starve the brain of oxygen, resulting in death. An in depth review of cases involving respiratory depression found the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 1, 2017 – The Employment Eligibility Verification form, referred to as Form I-9, has been revised by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Form I-9 requirements were put in place in 1986 when the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) was passed. The Act bans employers from hiring U.S. citizens and others for work in the United States without verifying their employment authorization and identity. The latest revised version of Form I-9 (dated November 14, 2016) must be in place and was to be in use by January 22, 2017. In the meantime, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2017 – The lawsuit of a man who claims he was wrongly denied a job because of his age is headed back to Texas federal court. A Fifth Circuit panel sent the case back to district court, saying Phillip Haskett plausibly alleged that Cinco Energy Management Group declined to hire him due to his age. “Both federal and Texas state law protect people age 40 or older from age discrimination in employment,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin employment attorney with the Law Offices of Gregory D. Jordan. “It is unlawful for an […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2017 – Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announced an initiative to improve pharmacy safety, after an investigation by the Chicago Tribune found that 52 percent of pharmacies in the Chicago area filled prescriptions for dangerous drug combinations. “This is an urgent matter,” said Paul Greenberg, an attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, who represents individuals harmed by pharmacy errors. “Public safety initiatives like this one are needed to protect people from future harm, and people who have been injured need to know that they may be entitled to compensation.” As part of the Tribune […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2017 – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published its final rule modernizing and improving aspects of non-immigrant and immigrant employment visa programs. According to the USCIS regulations have been amended allowing U.S. companies to hire/retain some categories of foreign workers — the beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions — waiting to become legal permanent residents. The new rule went into effect on January 17, 2017. Some of the amendments to regulations include: · Better enabling U.S. companies to hire/retain high-skilled individuals who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2017 – The ban on texting while driving is slowly making its way across Texas. The state does not have a statewide texting while driving ban. Distracted driving is a serious problem. In fact, it is the leading cause of the vast majority of car accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). Studies done by both entities reveal that 80 percent of car wrecks and 65 percent of almost accidents, or near-miss crashes, are the result of driver distraction within three seconds prior […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2017 – The Law Office of Richard J. Arendt is pleased to announce we are expanding our law practice and have launched a new website to celebrate our over 38-years of service to business clients and individuals. “It’s tough out there for small businesses,” said respected Chicago business attorney, Richard Arendt, “and we pride ourselves on offering personal, one-on-one legal advice and, if necessary, litigation services to our clients. Clients are not numbers; they are friends who need the best advice to stay afloat in an uncertain economy.” Arendt runs a small but […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2017 – A recent Texas lawsuit demonstrates that a company was negligent in knowingly providing an unsafe workplace. In April of 2015, a young man was killed on-the-job at a metal products company by a co-worker. The deceased was shot with a 38-caliber handgun. The killer is currently serving 45-years in jail. According to court documents, the convicted killer had pulled a gun on workers at a job prior to being hired at the metal products company and had waved a gun at workers in a local restaurant as well. The company was […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2017 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a long-awaited final rule that will benefit many nonimmigrant foreign employees who are highly skilled, and employment-based immigrant workers, as well as their employers. The rule takes effect January 17, 2017. “After more than a decade, USCIS has finally issued regulations interpreting legislation passed in 2001 which assist both highly skilled immigrants and nonimmigrants in a comprehensive way,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney with Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “It is a welcome change basing practice advice to clients on regulations, and […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2016 – Half of all pharmacies in the Chicago area failed to warn patients about dangerous drug combinations when their prescriptions were filled, a Chicago Tribune investigation found. “This level of error is at once unfathomable and unacceptable,” said Paul Greenberg, an attorney with the Chicago firm of Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, who represents plaintiffs in pharmacy error lawsuits. “There are many medications that are relatively safe when taken alone, but can lead to serious illness or even death when taken in combination, and pharmacies have a responsibility to warn patients about these […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2016 – The scion of a wealthy business family was sentenced to four years in prison for securities fraud. Andrew Caspersen, 40, used a Ponzi-like scheme to steal around $38.5 million from investors including family members, friends, clients and a hedge fund-linked charitable foundation. He was arrested in March at La Guardia Airport upon returning from a family vacation. Caspersen pleaded guilty to fraud charges in July. The case was filed in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Prosecutors originally sought a tougher prison sentence of over 15 years. However, Caspersen’s […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 9, 2016 – A patient in hospital for a colonoscopy went into cardiac arrest after his oxygen levels dropped to dangerous levels. Although revived, he remained in the hospital until his death three months later. A court found that the hospital in question had made changes to the patient records, took too long to offer the medical records when they were requested and lied under oath by offering false testimony. The patient went into the hospital on October 1, 2010 for what should have been a routine colonoscopy. The 49-year-old man was under anesthesia […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 6, 2016 – An Army veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sued American Airlines after she was humiliated multiple times and prevented from boarding a flight with her service dog. Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Lisa McCombs was trying to fly home to Gulfport, Mississippi, from Kansas on October 25, 2015. According to the complaint, airline agents refused to let McCombs pass through security with Jake, her certified service dog, despite having valid documentation. The Labrador retriever was also harnessed and wearing his service vest as per airline requirements. “It is disappointing that a veteran endured such […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2016 – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed an accounting fraud lawsuit against Lime Energy Co. and four of its former employees in Manhattan federal court. The SEC accused the company and its executives of improperly recognizing $20 million in revenue sooner than permitted in order to reach internal revenue targets. Lime Energy, an energy services provider, will pay a $1 million settlement. None of the former executives admitted or denied the allegations. However, they all agreed to settlements. “Reporting false revenue is a serious charge for corporate employees as it involves […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 22, 2016 – The Law Office of Jeffrey M. Haber is pleased to announce that Jeffrey M. Haber, the firm’s principal, has been quoted in a two-part series appearing in the ctnews.com blog, “Getting Personal About Business.” The article is about the importance of business owners retaining legal counsel before a dispute arises and the available methods of dispute resolution once dissension occurs. In part one, Mr. Haber discusses how significant it is for a business owner to establish a relationship with a capable attorney before disputes arise. He points out that the […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2016 – Many Americans approaching old age are unsure of their ability to pay for long term care, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research report. Misconceptions persist among the aging adult population about the ways in which long term care will be financed. Around one-third of individuals aged 40 and older have not planned for their future needs, whether it is saving for a nursing home or setting aside funds for in-home care. “Planning for long term care for yourself or a loved one is essential to ensuring […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2016 – At least seven lawsuits have been filed in Florida over a 2015 plane crash in Ohio that killed nine Floridians. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ruled that the flight crew’s incorrect runway approach and failure to follow procedures caused the Nov. 10, 2015 crash. The board also said that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) failed to properly enforce regulations against ExecuFlight, the operator of the flight. The findings by the safety board were recently made public at a hearing in Washington, D.C. “An investigation by a government body into what […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 1, 2016 – A Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) watchdog report released in October has revealed persistent problems at the Phoenix VA hospital. The VA Office of Inspector General documented scheduling errors, canceled appointments, delays in care and other mismanagement issues at the Phoenix VA. Some veterans are forced to wait nearly a year for care, and others are dying while awaiting appointments. The problems have not been fixed since the scandal over patient wait times emerged at the facility more than two years ago. “The fact is many of the original issues still […]


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