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Washington, D.C. (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2014 – Florida’s commercial trucking regulations are under scrutiny in the wake of a fatal accident involving a semitrailer. A collision between a semitrailer and a sedan on Interstate 75 resulted in the sedan driver’s death. Although the truck driver’s commercial license (CDL) was nearly free of violations, his total driving history included 27 violations. That personal history did not prevent him from lawfully obtaining a commercial driver’s license. Now, a Florida legislator wants to pass a law that would prevent such circumstances. “It’s common sense that at some point, a history of […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2014 – The driver of a tractor-trailer involved in a fatal auto accident has a driving history detailing over two dozen infractions during the past decade. Wayne Damari Waldon, 30, has 27 infractions on his driving record. Just two of those, both non-moving violations, applied to his commercial driver’s license. Driving with a suspended license and speeding are among his personal violations. “In Florida, your driving history, no matter how bad, cannot disqualify you from obtaining a commercial driver’s license,” explains Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “You need only pass a written […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2014 – Florida was listed among the “Worst States” for highway safety laws by a Washington, D.C. safety advocacy group. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS) recently published the list, which summarizes a number of traffic safety laws, including those governing seat belts, helmets for motorcycle riders and text messaging. “Each year, thousands of Florida families suffer a death or serious injury on our highways,” said Tampa auto accident attorney Robert Joyce. “Fatalities have been on the decline in recent years, and last year’s partial text messaging ban is an improvement. But […]


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Florida confab of lawyer, accountants, etc. discuss new law’s implications. Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2014 – As the annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning reconvened in mid-January in Orlando, Fla., the eagerly anticipated conference of some 2,900 attendees was particularly interested in discussing the impact of recent changes in tax law. And the major engine for change in how lawyers and accountants will approach estate planning is the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The buzzword for estate planning since the passage of the new law is so-called portability, which allows widows and widowers to carry over […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2014 – Advocates are hailing a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Florida as an important step forward for gay rights in the state. A Florida woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner filed a lawsuit when the birth mother left the state with the child without informing the plaintiff after the couple ended their relationship. The two had planned to raise the child together. The state’s highest court ruled by a vote of 4-3 that the egg donor had parental rights, and it ordered a lower court to arrange […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2014 – The parents of a woman killed by an allegedly drunk driver are suing the driver and the nightclub where he worked. In the early morning hours of September 2, 2013, Christopher Patrick Weed left Shephard’s Beach Resort in Clearwater, Florida after finishing his shift as a “bar back.” According to the lawsuit, he had consumed “numerous” alcoholic beverages over the several hours previous. At about 6 a.m., on Clearwater Memorial Causeway, Weed struck and killed Rob Lemon, 25, and his girlfriend, Hilary Michalak, 27, who were riding a tandem bicycle. Tampa […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 14, 2014 – There is a lot of speculation about what the real reasons are for the holdup on immigration reform. Meanwhile, it languishes in the House. “In the greater scheme of things, it may not matter what the reasons are for delaying immigration reform. The fact is, it is not going anywhere and this has a direct impact on over 11 million undocumented illegals in the nation. 2013 was hailed as ‘the’ year it would be passed. Truth be told, there is an agreement of sorts out there, but it sits on the […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 7, 2014 – Immigration reform is also about gays, lesbians, the disabled, women and bisexuals. This is truly comprehensive reform. “When Americans speak of immigration reform, they tend to think in broad strokes, only thinking about immigrant workers. In truth,” says Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “really comprehensive immigration reform has a much broader scope than that, and it includes gays, lesbians, the disabled, women and bisexuals, whether we like it or not. Reform is about improving […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 13 , 2014 – In this case a young teen was beaten and raped at a friend’s house, while the incident was captured on another teen’s cellphone. Three teens, two females and one male, have each been charged with two counts of sexual battery with the use of force and two counts of kidnapping. “The youngest juvenile charged is 15-years-old and the oldest is 19. The three younger teens, if convicted, face juvenile detention and most likely reasonable bail, as they cannot be given life sentences and Florida abolished parole,” explained Thomas Grajek, a […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2013 – A law extending foster care to young adults in Florida is getting pushback from the state’s “community-based care” (CBC) organizations. The law, scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2014, extends eligibility for the benefits of foster care to age 21 for those who would otherwise age out of the system at 18. But the state’s 19 private CBC organizations that provide the foster services say the law creates costs they cannot afford. “This is an important law for foster children, who face steep challenges creating stable, secure lives for themselves […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2013 – The coming holiday season means long road trips and unfamiliar weather for some Americans. Many inhabitants of Florida and other warm-weather states may find themselves driving in snow and ice if they travel northward. Tampa auto accident attorney Robert Joyce points out how challenging these conditions may be for those who have never encountered them. “Driving in snow and ice is often challenging even for lifelong Northerners,” Mr. Joyce said. “Many people from around here are going to visit family up North for the holidays. They may think that driving through […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2013 – A bill to qualify vets for in-state college tuition has a better shot at success than its predecessor. The G.I. Bill of 2009 was crafted to help military veterans meet the costs of a college education, a piece of legislation that has become especially relevant as Iraq War veterans and increasing numbers of Afghanistan War veterans have returned home. In addition, 20 states have enacted laws to waive in-state residency requirements for college tuition, but Florida has not been one of them. However, if legislation moving through Tallahassee passes, the Sunshine […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2013 – In an interesting move, California is stepping up to the bat of immigration reform and making grassroots changes that may surge across the nation. “This news story is out of California, but it could just as easily be coming out of Florida. It seems Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers got their wings clipped when it comes to using fingerprints to deport Hispanics under the Secure Communities program. Of the nearly 12,000 people deported, just about 50 percent of them had only committed misdemeanors or did not have a record at all. The […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2013 – One powerful weapon against prescription painkiller addiction is now the subject of intense legal and media scrutiny. Buprenorphine, or “bupe”, as it is commonly called, is a drug approved by the FDA in 2002 for use in treatment of addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and other opioids. In the wake of the law enforcement crackdown on Florida’s pill mills, effective medical addiction treatment is essential. But as Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce explains, buprenorphine itself is subject to abuse, and prescriptions for the drug are therefore severely […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 10, 2013 – When this case went to court, the jury returned a verdict in 15 minutes. This does not happen often. “This case was one a Florida jury found egregious enough to hand down a $30 million verdict in just shy of 15 minutes,” explained Daren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. “And that is something that does not happen very often.” The man at the center of this case, Thomas Cypress, had a blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit the day he veered across a median, crashing head-on into […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 6, 2013 – Debt ceiling and budget issues aside, the current approach to immigration may be missing the vital component of vetting applicants. “Yes, not vet, is a refrain being heard from the president of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Council (USCIS), Kenneth Palinkas, and oddly enough, no one seems to be listening. No small surprise when it comes to politicians,” added Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. Why is Mr. Palinkas speaking out about passing […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 4 , 2013 – Jacksonville police arrested a 70-year-old Florida woman after she approached an undercover detective to kill her daughter-in-law. “This case is decidedly unusual for several reasons. The woman allegedly paid an upfront deposit of $500, with the balance due on the death of the discussed target, handed over the woman’s address and picture, met with the supposed ‘hitman’ for a second time, advanced him another $1,000 and indicated the man could rob the intended victim of her expensive jewellery,” outlined Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas Grajek, who is not involved in […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2013 – Following criticism from the Pentagon, Florida will grant equal access to benefits for opposite-sex and same-sex spouses of Florida National Guard personnel. Following the June 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision invalidating part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Pentagon altered its policy to grant legally-married, same-sex couples the same spousal benefits available to opposite-sex couples. That new policy included National Guard forces of each state. But Florida and eight other states that do not recognize same-sex marriages refused to implement the policy. Tampa family law attorney Kristi McCart says […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2013 – Immigration reform is still one of the most pressing domestic issues in the U.S. It is being derailed once again. “Most Americans get the idea that passing immigration reform would improve the economy, strengthen our presence abroad and offer extra stability for local communities. However, most don’t understand that immigration reform is closely tied to the health care system,” explained Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. It is odd that Americans and politicians seem to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2013 – A new report showed Florida had significantly fewer drug-related deaths in 2012 than in 2011. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi touted the report from Florida Medical Examiners at a press conference on a recent Tuesday. She attributed the drop in drug deaths to law enforcement’s “relentless effort” in cracking down on Florida’s “pill mills” – clinics run by doctors who over-prescribe narcotic painkillers. “The state’s public safety efforts are working,” said Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce. “Pill mills have been drastically reduced, arrests are down, and now, it is clear […]


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