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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 24, 2014 – An existing state statute lets faith-based adoption agencies decline services to same-sex couples. When the U.S. Supreme Court denied same-sex marriage appeals on October 6, its historic decision paved the way for gay marriage in several states — including some, like Virginia, where the political climate has been relatively unreceptive to the unions. But while local court clerks in the commonwealth now have straightforward instructions to start performing same-sex marriages, the ways the benefits of some other laws will be made available to same-sex couples in the Old Dominion remain unsettled. […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2014 – There is a backlog of over 11,000 nursing home abuse complaints in California. High-priority complaints received by the California Department of Public Health (DPH) relating to the abuse of seniors in the care of publicly funded nursing homes have been allowed to simmer on the backburner for almost a year. A high-priority complaint is one where a resident sustained serious harm. By law, staff of an elder care nursing home is required to report health changes that may indicate senior abuse. This does not happen often, as many fear the ramifications […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2014 – Area residents and officials are blaming congestion in the event parking lot for the tragedy. October is a time of the year for enjoying the colorful beauty of fall foliage and the fruits of the autumn harvest. But the 31st annual Chester Harvest Festival, a popular and iconic seasonal event held at Alstede Farm in Morris County, New Jersey, turned tragic on October 12, when a child was killed and two adults seriously injured as the result of a motor vehicle accident in the facility’s parking lot. Several people who were […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2014 – The National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC) has elected Bernard A. Krooks of Littman Krooks LLP, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP® to the Estate Planning Hall of Fame. He has been honored with the designation of Accredited Estate Planner® (Distinguished). Krooks will be one of only seven professionals to receive this prestigious award in 2014. The designation of Estate Planning Hall of Fame and Accredited Estate Planner (Distinguished) recognizes those individuals who have made outstanding lifetime achievements and contributions to the practice of estate planning. This award is […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2014 – Illinois state troopers are cracking down on motorists using cellphones in an effort to curb distracted driving, a major cause of car accidents. Statistics from the Illinois State Police show that distracted driving citations in the first half of 2014 increased by 193 percent compared to the same period last year. The crackdown comes after a statewide ban on the use of cellphones went into effect in January. Prior to that, texting while driving was already prohibited statewide, and Chicago and several other municipalities had banned cellphone use entirely while driving. […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2014 – The law has had difficulty dealing with sexting as a crime. Technology is moving faster than the speed of light. For now, sexting is grouped with child pornography laws. “The usual definition of sexting is the electronic transmission of sexually graphic/explicit images and/or text. Teens under the age of majority are often involved, though adults sext as well. The most important point to understand is that sexting is extremely and seriously illegal if the images sent are those of children. The crime carries harsh legal ramifications,” said criminal defense attorney Thomas […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2014 – Sheryl Frishman, Esq., Of Counsel to Littman Krooks LLP, was named to the Board of Directors of The Arc of the U.S., the nation’s leading advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc provides an array of services and support for families and individuals through 140,000 members and 700 state and local chapters nationwide. It is their belief that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the rights afforded every American. Frishman is an active member of numerous organizations in the disability and […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2014 – Some pediatric cancer patients may qualify for disability benefits under Social Security rules. On August 29, President Obama reminded Americans of the seriousness of childhood cancer in the United States and proclaimed September to be National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  As part of the proclamation, the president remembered those children who have succumbed to pediatric cancer. He offered the administration’s support for those children now fighting the disease, for their loved ones, and for the researchers, healthcare providers and advocacy groups who seek to lessen, and one day eliminate, the burden […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2014 – Personal grooming choices are not considered “protected” characteristics. “It is not against federal employment law for a company to decline to hire someone whose appearance does not appeal to them. Companies may base their hiring and work choices on an individual’s personal characteristics, and they may legally treat them differently according to their attributes,” explained Chicago employment attorney Thomas C. Coffey. Nationwide, an employer may not discriminate against an individual because of disability, race, color, nationality, age, sexual orientation or religion. Those classes are referred to as “protected” classes or groups. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2014 – Nevada law enforcement officials are considering an education campaign about the dangers of using smartphones while driving and walking. “It’s a given that using a cellphone while driving is deadly. Law enforcement departments are seeing more and more crashes involving one or both of drivers texting or talking while behind the wheel. But all traffic interaction is dangerous if a person is distracted. The rate of pedestrians injured while texting in and near streets is also rising,” outlined Bobby Lee of Lee, Gober & Reyna in Austin. The Nevada Department of […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2014 – Employers in some states may legally refuse to hire a smoker. Some employers will screen job candidates during the hiring process, and some include a nicotine test. At such companies, a positive result will disqualify a candidate. This practice is allowable under federal law. However, if a person is hired, many states forbid employers from firing the worker after a negative drug test or if the worker becomes a smoker while employed. “For the most part, an employer may ban smoking in the workplace. Demanding a smoker step outside to smoke […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2014 – On September 23, Begley Law Group attorney Ethan Ordog received this year’s Robert W. Criscuolo Award at the Burlington County Bar Association’s annual State Bar Night at Indian Spring Country Club. The Honorable Ronald E. Bookbinder, Assignment Judge of Burlington County, presented the award. Ordog clerked for Bookbinder in 2007 and 2008. The Robert W. Criscuolo Award is presented annually to an attorney who demonstrates significant involvement and contributions to the Bar Association, to community service and to other civic activities. He or she must be in good standing in the […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2014 – During the Fourth of July period, a crackdown on drunk driving led to 236 arrests for alleged drunk driving, according to officials with the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). Law enforcement officers from over 160 sheriff’s offices, Michigan State Police posts and local police departments participated in the crackdown from July 1 to July 13. In total, over 7,800 vehicles were stopped during the two-week period. “Law enforcement officials are more active in apprehending alleged drunk drivers during periods when drunk driving rates are higher, like the Fourth of […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2014 – California caregivers have filed a class action lawsuit against Kindred Healthcare, Inc. for the company’s failure to pay minimum wage and overtime. “The charges include rest and meal break violations among a plethora of allegations relating to failure to pay overtime and minimum wage,” noted Deborah Barron, a Sacramento business attorney not involved in the lawsuit. “One plaintiff claims that she was denied overtime, and another suggests that she was not paid her full wages for helping an in-home care client.” Kindred Healthcare is one of the largest post-acute health services […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 22, 2014 – Personal grooming choices are not considered “protected” characteristics. “It is not against federal employment law for a company to decline to hire someone whose appearance does not appeal to them. Companies may base their hiring and work choices on an individual’s personal characteristics, and they may legally treat them differently according to their attributes,” explained Chicago employment attorney Thomas C. Coffey. Nationwide, an employer may not discriminate against an individual because of disability, race, color, nationality, age, sexual orientation or religion. Those classes are referred to as “protected” classes or groups. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2014 – The drilling of horizontal wells has become more common in Texas, creating challenges in oil and gas law and raising questions for royalty owners. This is particularly true regarding so-called “allocation wells,” which traverse the boundary of two or more leases, where the leases have not been pooled and there is no agreement among the royalty owners about production sharing. “Allocation wells raise several important legal questions — including whether such wells should be permitted in the first place,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin oil and gas attorney. “If the […]


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WSHB’s commitment to diversity to be celebrated at DRI conference in October Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2014 – Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP has been selected to receive the DRI’s Law Firm Diversity Award at the 2014 DRI Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA on Thursday, October 23, 2014. DRI is the nation’s leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. Each year, DRI’s Annual Professional Achievement and Service Awards celebrate and honor outstanding performance by law firms and individuals. “This award demonstrates a significant commitment to diversity,” said J. Michael Weston, DRI President, in […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 10, 2014 – Bankruptcy preparers who charge a fee to help with bankruptcy filings are getting into trouble with the law for providing legal advice. Bankruptcy law is complex, and even filling out the forms correctly can be a challenge for many. In an effort to save on legal expenses, many individuals may be tempted to hire a preparer instead of a bankruptcy attorney. But it is illegal for preparers to give legal advice. “Only an attorney can provide legal advice as part of a service for which a fee is charged,” said Tampa […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 2, 2014 – A report from the Nursing Home Report Card, a Families for Better Care project, ranked Virginia poorly on nursing home quality measures. The state received a grade of “D,” with an overall ranking of 33rd out of 50 states. “The fact that there are many nursing homes in Virginia that have problems means that it is that much more important for seniors and their families to engage in proper planning and research before choosing a nursing facility,” said Andrew Hook, a Virginia elder law attorney with the Hook Law Center. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2014 – In an at-will employment arrangement, an employer may terminate a worker any time for a wide number of reasons. An employee may also quit any time for any reason, but he or she should do so with respect and courtesy if possible. “If you are thinking about quitting your job, make certain you know if you live in an at-will employment state, such as Illinois,” suggested Chicago employment attorney Timothy Coffey. “In virtually all states (with the exception of Montana), workers are presumed to be at-will employees unless the employment terms […]


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