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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2016 – A young Austin woman was out for a bike ride when a man hit her with his truck, dragging her several blocks. He fled the scene. Cyclist Elizabeth English was dragged almost a half-mile by a driver behind the wheel of a truck. Witnesses at the scene described the victim screaming as she was dragged along the pavement and the driver did not respond. English was taken to hospital in critical condition. Thanks to sharp-eyed witnesses who were able to provide police with a description of the truck, the Austin Police […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2016 – A coalition of business organizations is urging Congress to extend the EB-5 Regional Center program. The EB-5 investor visa program allows a foreign national to obtain a green card if he or she invests money in the United States which creates jobs in the United States. An individual must invest $1 million, or $500,000 in certain rural or high-unemployment areas, and create or preserve at least 10 U.S. worker jobs. The foreign national can invest directly in his or her own project or in a government approved Regional Center. A Regional […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2016 – A former assistant manager for a Texas convenience store is being sued by her ex-employer for leaving before her employment contract expired. According to the lawsuit, Kelley Rieves started working for the Buc-ee’s store in Cypress, Texas as an assistant manager in 2009, signing employment contracts that ran through August 2013. However, Buc-ee’s claims that Rieves left the company in July 2012, with a year remaining on her contract. The company claimed that Rieves owed $67,720 in retention pay that was paid to her contingent on her completing her contract. “Retention […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2016 – Landmark new research may help explain how battlefield blasts cause brain damage among combat veterans. Symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, headaches, depression, memory problems and sleeplessness are often linked to post-traumatic stress disorder. However, the findings of a new brain study imply that symptoms long considered psychological may instead be the direct result of physical injury to the brain due to explosions. “The results of this study urge a re-evaluation of the existing approach to mental health treatment for veterans who have sustained brain damage due to blasts on the battlefield,” […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 18, 2016 – New projections from trustees indicate that Social Security will begin to outspend its earnings by the end of the decade. The annual report cautioned that action was required sooner rather than later to boost funds and avoid disrupting the lives of millions of people who depend on the government program. Social Security’s financial outlook remains unchanged from last year’s projection. The program is likely to run out of funds by 2034. The date applies to the Disability Insurance (DI) and Old-Age and Survivors Insurance trust funds. Trustees warned that Congress’ failure […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 18, 2016 – Arlington, Texas was recently witness to a major fatal accident involving a tractor-trailer, dump truck and garbage truck. The crash happened at the intersection on North Collins Street and Moiser Valley Road, shortly after 11 a.m. As a result of the wreck, the southbound lanes of North Collins Street were blocked off to allow access to emergency vehicles and police. According to the police report the garbage truck was heading south on Collins and was in the midst of making a turn to go west onto Moiser Valley Road. The garbage […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 9, 2016 – Although the Supreme Court recently made significant changes to what police are permitted to do if they pull over a suspected drunk driver, those changes may not yet affect Texas DWI law. However, they do create the potential for more changes in the future. The most important part of the recent Supreme Court ruling states that a law may be enacted to allow law enforcement to conduct a breathalyzer test even if they do not have a warrant. Put another way, the Supreme Court would not strike down a law making […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) August 4, 2016 – In a New York child pornography case, a television director has been sentenced to 10 years of probation. Jason Alexander, a former director of Law & Order, also must register in New York as a sex offender. Alexander, 52, was arrested in Westchester County last summer after authorities said they found digital pornography files on external hard drives and computers in his Dobbs Ferry home. Authorities said the files showed children under the age of 16 engaged in child pornography. “Child pornography charges are very serious and often require an aggressive […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 2, 2016 – A local bankruptcy attorney wants debtors to know that student loans for unaccredited schools are dischargeable in bankruptcy. O. Reginald Osenton, owner and president of Osenton Law Office, says that recent court cases have clearly established that loans obtained to attend non-accredited educational institutions are not afforded special protections from discharge. “The fact is, if the school is unaccredited, the loan is not a ‘qualified education loan,’” Osenton said. “That is the term applied to those student loans that are ordinarily protected from discharge, and it does not apply in these […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2016 – Debi Chalik of Chalik & Chalik Law Offices discusses Erb’s Palsy with Michael J. Swanson, the author of How David Beats Goliath, and the President and CEO of Advance Capital, Inc. Debi Chalik describes Erb’s Palsy as an injury to the nerves in the cervical spine or neck area, which is also known as the brachial plexus. At birth, those nerves are torn or stretched, and cause permanent paralysis in a child’s arm or hand. The condition most frequently occurs in children at birth, and can have devastating effects, resulting in […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2016 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has rejected around 90 percent of benefits claims filed by veterans who participated in secret mustard gas tests during World War II. The VA received 1,213 disability claims related to the exposure from 792 veterans between 2005 and 2015. According to a yearlong Senate investigation, the agency denied 1,028 of those claims. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri released the findings along with the Arla Harrell Act, a bill that expedites VA benefits for victims. She criticized the government for mistreating testing victims and failing to […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2016 – Most immigration filing fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would be increased under a rule change proposed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on May 4, 2016. According to DHS, the fee schedule must be adjusted to maintain adequate service and to recover costs. The agency stated that it conducted a comprehensive fee review and determined that current fees do not recover the full cost of services which it provides. Under the proposed rule, USCIS fees would be increased by a weighted average of 21 percent, with […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2016 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in May announced its purchase of 20 ReWalk exoskeleton systems for a national clinical trial. The multicenter trial is the country’s first-ever study to evaluate the impact of daily exoskeleton use in an everyday setting. The first phase of the trial will be held in VA medical centers in Florida, California, Massachusetts, Texas and Virginia. It will consist of 160 eligible participants who will be enrolled later this year. The six medical centers have already received ReWalk systems for training purposes. “The ReWalk device has […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2016 – I-10 in Texas has a shocking rate of semi-truck accidents — 65 collisions since January 1, 2016. Trucking accidents are the most horrific of all collisions on the highway. Few victims make it out alive after colliding with a big rig, and those that do make it out alive usually have life altering injuries that plague them for the rest of their lives. Texas has an unenviable reputation for the highest number of drunk driving wrecks, and now it seems they also have dismal record for an ever escalating number of […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 3, 2016 – The number of Florida car accidents in on the rise in 2016. According to Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES), there were 129,168 car crashes in the Sunshine State in the first four months of 2016. That is an increase from 122,192 collisions during the same period in 2015. There were 34,062 Florida car accidents in March 2016, more than any month during 2015. “There is no doubt that car accidents are on the rise,” said Jason Chalik, a Florida car accident attorney with Chalik & Chalik Law Offices. “With more […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2016 – A Florida family plans to sue a nursing home where an elderly woman died after a fall. The woman’s relatives say that the nursing home staff failed to give her proper medical attention and did not immediately notify the family of the accident. According to the family, a nursing assistant was changing Nadine McBurnett’s bed sheets with the bed railing pulled down, when she fell off the bed. The family said that McBurnett had broken her hip in the fall, but nursing home workers simply placed her back on the bed […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 26, 2016 – The U.S. government announced plans to eliminate $7.7 billion in student loan debt for around 400,000 severely disabled individuals. According to the Department of Education, Americans who are “totally and permanently disabled” have no obligation to repay their federal student loans. In 2012 the government moved toward simplifying the loan forgiveness process by allowing disabled individuals use their Social Security designation to get a discharge. However, student activists claim many Americans are unaware of the benefit or have encountered difficulties with submitting paperwork. As a result, some borrowers’ disability checks have been […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2016 – It can be challenging to find tax-advantaged ways to save for retirement when an individual is highly compensated. Under the general rule, workers can save $18,000 annually in pre-tax income in a 401(k) plan. However, if the worker earns over $120,000 annually, owns in excess of a five percent interest in an employer’s company, or is among the employees who earn the top 20 percent of income at the firm, the IRS considers such a worker to be a highly compensated employee (HCE). The contributions made by an HCE can […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2016 – Chipotle has faced a number of lawsuits relating to food borne illnesses as a result of exposure to Norovirus. This latest suit is for wrongful termination, discrimination, assault, sexual harassment and retaliation. Plaintiff Ariana Castaneda filed her lawsuit seeking medical expenses, lost wages and benefits after she was allegedly sexually harassed and wrongfully terminated from her job as lead kitchen worker. Her suit named four Chipotle managers as the instigators of the harassment. Castaneda worked for Chipotle from December 2013 until February 2016 when she was fired. Castaneda’s first work shirt […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2016 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that all travelers entering the United States from countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program would be required to have an electronic passport, known as an e-Passport. An e-Passport includes an electronic chip that contains the traveler’s biographical information, which DHS said is a security enhancement and protection against identity theft. The new requirement took effect April 1 and affects travelers from 38 countries. “The requirement that Visa Waiver applicants now must use an e-Passport is a reasonable balance to facilitate added protection against […]


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