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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2014 – This case may the first of its kind. The California Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit against the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan for allegedly violating the unfair competition law. “This case stems from a personal information and security breach and delayed notification of this breach,” explains respected Sacramento business lawyer, Deborah Barron. The outcome of the case may have a significant impact on how and when companies that are governed by California’s breach notice law provide notice to those who are affected by such a breach. This is a similar situation […]


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User-friendly website provides interactive resources for small to mid-sized law firms Lisle, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2014 – Protexure Lawyers, a competitive professional liability insurance program from AmerInst Professional Services, Ltd., today announced the launch of its newly redesigned website: www.protexurelawyers.com. The website will enable tech-savvy lawyers to get a complimentary insurance quote, manage their account, and renew their coverage with a short form application – online and at their convenience. Plus, they can access online tools, information and resources that will help them grow their business and navigate their insurance options. “We redesigned our website to create […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2014 – A Texan whistleblower alleges he was the victim of retaliation after telling federal investigators about his accident on-the-job. “This is not an unusual case, but it does serve to point out the many issues workers face in Texas,” indicates Austin workplace injury lawyer, Brooks Schuelke, Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP, who is not involved in the case. “The 19-year-old Honduran worker was on a construction site in downtown Austin, when a load of steel fell from a crane. He was hit in the back by the rebar at a high-rise complex at […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2014 – Business method patents have been around for a long time, but they have only recently been issued in large numbers. “From 1997 to 2007, the number of business method patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) increased from 1,000 to 11,000. Most of those patents were in the areas of finance and computer technology,” said Los Angeles patent attorney Jim Dawson. Some intellectual property experts are skeptical of the appropriateness of patenting methods of business. But for now, they represent important assets for many entities and […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2014 – Most Americans have heard about the crack-smoking mayor of Toronto, Canada, Rob Ford. A performance improvement plan may be what is needed. “Questionable behavior in the workplace and an individual’s fitness to perform their job is a reality today in many companies across the globe, Canada included,” pointed out noted Sacramento business attorney Deborah Barron. “In situations like this, many employees feel they may continue working without going for help of some kind, be it medical or psychological. To address this difficult scenario, human resource experts are developing Performance Improvement Plans […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 2, 2013 – It is far too easy to make serious mistakes when starting a new business. Consult with an experienced business lawyer to avoid costly errors. “Even though someone decides to open a business with a partner, and they spend a lot of time talking, in many cases, there is no clear deal outlined with the co-founders. Without a clear agreement about terms, direction and so forth, it opens the door to potential litigation,” explained noted business lawyer Deborah Barron, of the Barron Law Office in Sacramento, California. There are certain key items […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2013 – More than $128 billion flows through the country’s Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) system. Incidences of fraud are inevitable, so the SSDI has hired a cadre of private investigators to catch the perpetrators. “The increase in fraud and the ensuing investigations of any questionable claims has slowed the entire process down,” commented Tampa Social Security disability attorney David W. Magann. “For anyone going through the Social Security Disability Insurance system, it’s best to work with someone who can help guide them through that legal maze.” The number of people receiving disability […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2013 – The November issue of Bigger Law Firm offers expert advice to attorneys seeking to streamline their presence online. This month’s release addresses the best ways to rethink your website content, to unite your business listings and contact information, and to choose the software and products that will make your day the simplest it can be. Search algorithms are changing; Google wants authors to write in order to help humans, not to impress search engines. In November’s feature, “Saying More With Less,” Kristen Friend encourages readers to rethink their approach to website […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2013 – Though immigration reform has taken a back burner to the other debates, business leaders are still working to force House Republicans to deal with immigration reform changes. The mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook along with Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch, Marriot hotel’s CEO Bill Marriott, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Sean Parker, the founder of Napster, have teamed up to push a vote on immigration legislation. They believe immigration reform will strongly bolster the economy. “The widespread support that immigration reform has […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2013 – “Post grant review” is a patent procedure created under the America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011. A post grant review is a process by which a person challenges one or more claims of an issued patent as being unpatentable. Together with inter-partes review, post grant reviews replace the pre-AIA claim challenge process known as inter-partes re-examination. “It is very important for our clients to understand what a post grant review entails, how to avoid it, and how to respond to it,” said Simi Valley patent lawyer Jim Dawson. “Any patent, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2013 – The October issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, marketing experts cover how to create the best infographics, how some attorneys are strategically using webinars, how to take advantage of online directories, feed readers, email privacy protections and digital business cards. In October’s feature, “Creating Infographics That Work” Brendan Conley and Kristen Friend look at how the eye-catching and sharable visual marketing opportunities remain a largely untapped market for attorneys. Infographics have become increasingly popular in the past several years as a technique for quickly presenting concepts in a […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2013 – Bequeathing digital assets should be part of estate planning, too. While estate planning usually involves bequeathing money, real estate and heirlooms, Virginia estate planning attorney Lisa McDevitt says that people planning their estates should think about online assets as well. “Digital assets can range from sentimental items such as photographs to things with commercial value such as access to business documents that are kept online,” said McDevitt. “Online assets do have value and they should be considered in your estate planning.” Passwords can be preserved in a physical location, and online […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2013 – An IT professional in the U.S. recently filed a lawsuit in Wisconsin against Indian outsourcing company Infosys Ltd., alleging they discriminate in hiring based on race. Infosys, as well as a number of other India-based IT outsourcing companies, has been criticized recently for not creating more jobs for U.S. citizens, in response to the push for an increase of the cap of the number of available H-1B visas. Congress is pushing for more IT companies in India to hire more U.S. citizens as employees, which would reduce the number of H-1B […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2013 – There is a glaring glitch in the Illinois anti-age discrimination policies, that potentially affects those in their 20s and 30s. “The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA)have a weird loophole. On close inspection, both acts only offer protection for workers, who are 40-years of age or older, from age-based employment discrimination. Based on that kind of wording, it means younger workers could be left hanging in the wind,“ explained Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 6, 2013 – A family-owned business is a hard-won commodity and considered a legacy to be passed on to the next generation. However, that legacy can be lost in the transition from one generation to the next; more than 70 percent of family-owned businesses do not successfully survive the transfer. Estate planning specialists say that business owners may wish to develop a transition plan with an estate planning attorney to ensure the business makes it to their children intact upon their retirement or death. How can business owners ensure their plans for the […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2013 – A judge’s approval of Kodak’s plan to repay its creditors has put the company one step closer to emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Eastman Kodak Co. filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012 after getting left behind by the digital photography revolution. In addition to the repayment plan, Judge Allen Gropper also approved documents that Kodak will send to its many unsecured shareholders to persuade them to sign onto the company’s plan to continue as a much smaller, but profitable, enterprise. “Chapter 11 bankruptcy is a crucial tool for struggling individuals and […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 9, 2013 – Neighbors to the building being demolished thought it was an accident looking for a place to happen. The building collapsed suddenly. “The building being demolished in this case appeared to be ready to collapse at any time. Neighbors and area residents were certain it was being handled the wrong way and expected it would collapse. It did. In the resulting rubble, six bodies were recovered and at least 13 others were taken for medical care,” indicated Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. Investigators from the Department of Labor (DOL) and […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2013 – A recent court decision illustrates the potential pitfalls of investing in “alternative” assets with an individual retirement account. Lawrence Peek and Darrell Fleck of Colorado used assets held in their self-directed IRAs to purchase a fire-safety business. In a May 9, 2013 ruling, a judge for the U.S. Tax Court said that the pair’s actions were not allowed and effectively terminated their accounts when they made the transaction. The two now owe taxes amounting to nearly half a million dollars. “IRA funds can be invested in a number of ways […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2013 – Business leaders are lobbying for H-1B visa amendments. As the Senate Judiciary Committee was preparing to meet to hammer out immigration reform, a number of business groups came together to submit a plea that they consider changes to H-1B visa program. A lobbying letter, which was signed by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Chamber of Commerce and multiple organizations representing technology urged the Committee approve a significant increase in the number of highly-skilled workers allowed under H-1B. “Proponents of updating the H-1B restrictions are hopeful significant changes can be made […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2013 – A new bill has been introduced to help direct business to qualified disabled vets. A bill has been introduced in Connecticut which would establish a program requiring state and semi-public agencies contracting for goods and services in excess of $100,000 to set aside a percentage of contracts for bids exclusively from disabled veterans who are qualified contractors. “There are numerous small business construction companies led by qualified disabled vets,” remarked Tampa veterans attorney David W. Magann. “This Set-Aside bill is one way to help them prove their work and build their […]


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