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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2015 – The daughter of a man killed at a ropes course attraction at a mall in Orlando, Florida has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on her late father’s behalf. Robert Belvoir died Christmas Eve at the SkyTrail attraction in Artegon Marketplace. His harness became disconnected from the course’s rails, and he fell about 30 feet to the concrete floor. Belvoir’s daughter, Penelope, had finished the course and watched as her father fell to his death. She filed the wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer, Ropes Courses Inc., and other defendants. “In tragic […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2015 – Law would allow those who qualify under executive action to collect disability, other payments. On November 25, key details about how President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform would translate into policy emerged. In an email, White House spokesman Shawn Turner stated that undocumented immigrants would be eligible to collect Social Security and Medicare benefits: “If they pay in, they can draw.” Federal law states that people who pay taxes and have been determined to be “lawfully present in the United States” are allowed to collect government benefits once they become […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – Immigration reform is still on every politician’s lips, and it may remain there for many years to come. “Yes, the President took executive action to protect a small segment of illegal immigrants. Yes, those immigrants are poised to take advantage of the action. No, this is not a permanent fix for the immigration system. But it may be a step forward in the right direction, provided everyone can determine, collectively, what the right direction is or needs to be to accomplish reform,” remarked Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2015 – Congressional resistance mounted against a cost-saving measure enacted as part of a shrinking Army force. This summer, the Army began a drawdown of forces that will reduce the service to about 450,000, which is its smallest size since World War II. Unfortunately, the cost-saving measures scheduled to accompany the cut in forces had an unappealing consequence for a group of captains whose benefits were downgraded to sergeants’ benefits.  In response, opposition to the plan materialized in Congress, and on December 15, the Army announced that it was reversing course on its […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2015 – Both Hillsborough and Pinellas county officials have analyzed traffic accident data from recent years, revealing car accident trends and the most crash-prone intersections in the Tampa Bay area. “Unfortunately, Tampa has a high rate of car accidents, which often lead to serious injury and death,” said Robert Joyce, a prominent Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable.” Officials in Hillsborough County performed an analysis of accidents occurring between 2006 and 2010, which included almost 11,000 severe accidents causing incapacitating injury or death. Bicyclists […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2015 – In 2005, Arizona passed a state law cracking down on smugglers who illegally transported men, women and children across the U.S. border. But on November 8, Susan Bolton, a federal judge, struck the law down in U.S. District Court. The law was originally intended to curb one of the largest, most active immigrant smuggling hubs in the nation. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio relied on the law to use racial profiling in his well-publicized crackdown on undocumented immigrants, which set off a tidal wave of human rights lawsuits. When the 2005 […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2015 – Committing a crime against the justice system is an act involving a disruption of the operating of the system itself – a system that protects the rights of all Americans. For those that watch reality court TV or police shows, the terms defying a court order or being held in contempt of court are fairly familiar. In some instances, authorities do not consider these offenses to be criminal, but if they are, they may be punishable by jail time and the imposition of fines. Most are not aware that being in […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2015 – Victimization via computer is a growing problem for law enforcement. It is not easy to track cybercrimes, and the more sophisticated cybercriminals become, the harder it is to keep up with the latest in technology to catch them. “More often than not, cybercrimes have been perpetrated against children,” says Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland, Fla. criminal defense attorney. “However, over the course of the last few years, crimes against older teens and young adults have also been on the rise. Consider the case of the male nurse who counseled at least two […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2015 – The newest issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine provides attorneys and law firms with practical information on how rapid changes in technology are transforming online marketing. By adopting the methods and tools that BLF showcases, law firms will be able to keep pace with these technological and marketing developments — and pull ahead of the competition. In BLF’s latest installment, James Ambroff-Tahan focuses on the sensitive issue of communication between firms and their clients. He addresses the current optimum means for conducting that communication in the article “Client Portals.”  Communication between […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 31, 2014 – In 2012, the state of Florida passed a youth concussion law designed to protect young athletes from brain injuries, joining more than 30 states that had already adopted such laws.  Safety advocates say that such protections are badly needed. Of the more than 300,000 head injuries reported each year in high school sports, more than 90 percent are concussions. “Measures like Florida’s youth concussion law provide some much-needed protection,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa attorney with Joyce & Reyes who handles brain injury lawsuits. “Brain injuries can have serious long-term effects […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2014 – The debt cannot be tackled without both political parties coming together to approach debt reduction. Immigration reform could boost the financially sagging agricultural sector. The concerns are not just economic. They run much deeper, even affecting the next generation and the present outlook on the lack of growth of a nation still teetering on the brink of economic instability. “What we do not deal with now passes to the next generation. What we have now may not be available to the next generation. Taking action now is critical. However, immigration reform […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2014 – In 2014 alone, 11 people have died in six Tampa Bay area collisions that involved wrong-way driving. Four fraternity brothers from the University of South Florida died in February when a wrong-way driver crashed into their vehicle on Interstate 275. Several other wrong-way crashes and arrests of wrong-way drivers have brought national attention to the problem. “Clearly, negligence on the part of the wrong-way driver is a factor in many of these tragic accidents,” said Robert Joyce, a prominent Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. With new attention paid […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2014 – Tampa Bay area law enforcement officials say action is needed to reduce pedestrian injuries and deaths resulting from car accidents. According to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, there were nearly 26,000 pedestrian-related traffic accidents in Florida during the three years from 2011 to 2013. Pedestrian crashes increased by 19 percent during the same period. To improve pedestrian safety, the Florida Sheriffs Task Force has initiated a program called Operation Safe Steps. “There are far too many pedestrian injuries and deaths in the Tampa area and in the state of Florida,” said […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2014 – In a year of major news for veterans, a much-hyped concert draws a smaller-than-expected crowd. With 2014 marking 100 years since the start of World War I, Veterans Day, the anniversary of the end of the war in 1918, was marked by well-attended and poignant commemorations in Canada as well as in many of the European countries that bore the brunt of the “Great War.” In the United States, though, a star-studded tribute on Washington’s National Mall drew a disappointingly smaller-than-expected crowd. In Britain, a commemorative installation of ceramic poppies at […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2014 – More than 68,000 children have arrived in the U.S. without their parents since October 2013. The rush to deport some of them has begun. Many U.S. border states face overloaded federal court dockets dealing with the issue of deporting children who have illegally crossed the border to find safety, their families or both. The federal government is asking to have the children and teenagers deported because they are in the country without documentation. The process is happening so quickly that child advocates and attorneys are calling the hearings the “rocket” or […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2014 – Two certified nursing assistants employed by a nursing home in Winter Haven, Florida, have been arrested after a hidden camera recorded them apparently abusing an elderly Alzheimer’s patient. “Abuse and neglect are significant problems in nursing homes,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa attorney who handles cases of nursing home abuse and neglect. “If these allegations are true, then this is a particularly outrageous case.” Dale Wilson’s father is 76 years old and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Dale and his wife Debbie became suspicious when they noticed that his father had unexplained […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2014 – Home confinement, often referred to as house arrest, became a fixture in the justice system in 1983 with the advent of the electronic monitoring bracelet. “Most prisons today are crowded to overflowing. More and more courts are offering home confinement to keep the prison available to hold the more serious offenders,” said Thomas C. Grajek, a Lakeland County criminal defense attorney. House arrest is more palatable for many and permits offenders to go to designated rehabilitation programs, remain in the family unit, keep working or seek work. There are a number […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2014 – A handful of judges have been found to have approved large numbers of dubious cases and benefits. The Social Security Administration’s inspector general issued a report on November 17 finding a significant number of disability cases approved by certain judges did not have “a well-supported rationale” for awarding benefits. According to the report, 44 judges over seven years were deemed to have decided an unusually large number of disability cases and awarded an unusually high number of benefits. More specifically, the report examined 275 cases and found 216 of them to […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 15, 2014 – In relation to immigration reform, it is not just immigrants struggling to find seasonal agricultural jobs in the United States who are cause for concern. Employers also desperately need workers to plant, maintain and harvest their fields and feed the nation. With immigration reform still a questionable hope for the future, based on the path of the president’s executive action, the agricultural industry is facing further uncertainty. Without enough workers, food supplies do not get to market,” said Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2014 – The main goal in dealing with juvenile offenders is always rehabilitation. If the crime committed is too serious for juvenile court, an offender may be tried in adult court. “Every state has a juvenile offender age limit, but it is not the same age everywhere. For example, New York and North Carolina’s age limit is 15 and under, while other states consider anyone under the age of 18 who commits a crime to be a juvenile offender,” outlined Lakeland criminal defense attorney Thomas C. Grajek. The juvenile justice system has broad […]


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