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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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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2016 – There are a number of situations in Virginia that terminate an award of spousal support. One such condition is when either party dies. Although the recipient of spousal support may require support, the decedent’s estate will not have to pay the recipient unless the parties made a specific provision for this. For instance, they may have agreed that the spouse would receive life insurance, or have a claim against the decedent’s estate for a specific sum. A second instance in which spousal support terminates right away is when the recipient remarries. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2016 – San Juan Texas is home to Spirit Truck Lines, a company that allegedly has a record of at least 20 wrecks over the last two years and had been cited 66 times for violating hours of service laws. One fatal accident involving Spirit Truck Lines occurred in Tennessee and resulted in the death of Tennessee Department of Transport (TDOT) worker David Younger. Younger, who was 65 years old, and three of his colleagues were working on the side of I-40 when a Spirit Truck lines driver hit and killed Younger and […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2016 – Chicago is becoming a hot bed of legal activity for plaintiffs filing lawsuits invoking the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One example is a possible class action lawsuit against McDonald’s Corp. alleging that a whole class of blind individuals are precluded from having a late night meal at the burger chain. The most recent ADA lawsuit, a potential class action case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against McDonald’s Corp. by a Louisiana plaintiff alleging that the company policy bars the blind from eating in […]


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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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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2016 – Florida law enforcement officials and advocates for injured people say violations of Florida’s Move Over Law cause car accidents that result in serious injury and death. “Failing to move over or slow down for stopped emergency vehicles is a cause of numerous very serious accidents,” said Robert Joyce, a car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes in Tampa. “Not only is it against the law, but a person who causes an accident through such negligence can be held liable for damages.” In Florida, drivers who encounter police or emergency vehicles pulled […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2016 – Lawsuits that accuse companies of engaging in workers’ compensation retaliation are becoming increasingly common. This is because of the recent verdicts awarding damages to employees whose former employers retaliated against them when they filed workers’ compensation claims. For instance, in February of this year, a court in Indiana rendered a judgment in excess of $400,000 in a workers’ compensation retaliation lawsuit. In addition, a jury in Florida awarded over $600,000 for another such claim. And the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit lowered a $4.2 million award to $2 […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2016 – Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP (WSHB) was ranked #4 in the United States by American Lawyer in its annual Diversity Scorecard Survey. WSHB rose from 7th place last year to 4th place this year in the annual AmLaw Diversity Survey, considered the “gold standard” for rankings that ranks firms according to a score based on their combined percentage of minority lawyers and minority partners in U.S. offices. “Historically, law has not been among the most diverse of professions,” said partner Domingo Tan, Chair of WSHB’s Recruiting Committee. “This trend […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2016 – The musical artist Prince died on April 21, 2016, apparently without ever having created a will, referred to as “intestate” death. Prince had no known children, but had six surviving siblings, who are the sole heirs. Even if there is little conflict among the heirs, the process of probating his estate is expected to be long and expensive. O. Reginald Osenton, a Florida probate attorney, cited two important reasons why individuals with significant assets should be sure to create a valid will. “First, creating a will serves to keep the scope […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2016 – In an odd turn of events, an amendment to ban the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from spending money to enforce new safety rules was passed into law. In what is viewed as a counterintuitive move, a law was recently passed to ban the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from spending money to enforce new safety rules. What happened? Some industry pundits suggest the trucking industry cheated to make sure they got what they wanted. It is an open secret that the trucking industry actually believes it needs fewer […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2016 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) is planning to change how it handles some disability benefits appeals in an effort to reduce the claims backlog. A Senate oversight subcommittee held a hearing on May 12 to discuss SSA adjudication and appeals judges. The agency is transferring the responsibility for thousands of pending cases in certain categories from administrative law judges (ALJs) to federal administrative appeals judges (AAJs) and attorneys from the Social Security’s Appeals Council. They will deal with non-disability related appeals, such as those involving an applicant’s income, age or citizenship […]


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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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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2016 – A new estate planning law that went into effect on January 1 seeks to help California homeowners avoid the costly, time-consuming process of probate when leaving property to heirs. Bill AB139 was signed into law in September 2015 after previous efforts to pass the legislation failed for almost a decade. It introduces the Revocable Transfer on Death Deed (TOD) which allows individuals to transfer property to a beneficiary upon their passing without the need to set up a revocable living trust or sort out matters in probate court. Such deeds […]


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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 9, 2016 – There are many risks and disadvantages for the grantor and beneficiaries of the California Revocable Transfer on Death Deed (“TOD” deed), which became effective on January 1, 2016. In the event the decedent is indebted to anyone, the TOD deed creates a liability for the beneficiaries. In an effort to satisfy the decedent’s debts, the personal representative who is handling the probate of the decedent’s estate may require payment from any of the beneficiaries of the TOD deed up to three years following the death of the transferor. The TOD deed […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 5, 2016 – Phillips 66 is facing an age and gender discrimination lawsuit in relation to the Wood River refinery. The defendant in this lawsuit, Kimberly Helbig, asserts she was terminated from her position as a coker operator and that supervisors would threaten and make intimidating remarks to her because she was the only female in that position. Further allegations in the statement of claim included Helbig’s transfer from her regular supervisor to another supervisor, who allegedly stated she was “making everyone uncomfortable” and was “running out of options.” Helbig’s statement of claim also […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 27, 2016 – The Florida Legislature on February 24 unanimously passed a bill that will grant disabled veterans free parking at all public airports across Florida. The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Ken Roberson, R-Punta Gorda, and Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice. Under the measure, publicly owned or operated airports in the state will be barred from charging disabled veterans for parking. However, individuals must have a disabled veteran license plate in order to be eligible. Earlier, veterans would only qualify for free parking if their cars were specially equipped with wheelchair lifts, ramps or […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 13, 2016 – Title lenders are coming under fire from the federal government and ordinary Florida citizens. The lenders issue loans to individuals using titles to the borrowers’ automobiles as collateral. Despite existing state law limiting certain controversial practices, the companies remain under scrutiny for what some call predatory lending. Federal regulators may weigh in on the matter soon, and at least one Florida couple is suing one of the state’s biggest lenders. Reggie Osenton, a Tampa bankruptcy attorney, strongly cautions against borrowers turning to title lenders. “Even the best of these lenders have […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2016 – The majority of people who remarry possess little or no knowledge about the legal and estate planning concerns that are relevant to a new marriage. They do not plan, and as a result, there can be much conflict and disorder in later years. Most individuals do not comprehend that marriage grants the new spouse considerable rights. In addition, they are unfamiliar with spousal elective shares, and have not thought about the effects of the remarriage after their death. People who are contemplating remarriage are advised to consult an attorney in order […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2016 – Mayra Valdez was on her way home one day in November 2015 when her whole life was turned upside down. She was hit by an 18-wheeler. Most people in accidents with 18-wheelers are severely injured or die as a result of their injuries. Valdez was one of the luckier ones. She escaped a certain death thanks to the point of impact being behind the driver’s door. According to the statement of claim filed in her personal injury case, she had the green light and moved ahead accordingly. She was hit by […]


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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 16, 2016 – Last fall, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law an End of Life Option Act, which has not yet taken effect. Brown said he decided to sign the bill after he envisioned himself with a terminal illness. It is unknown when the new law will become effective. Reports have stated that it could take effect by April 2016, or by March 1, 2017. As a result of California’s passage of the bill, it has been predicted that eventually, one in 10 Americans will reside in a state that has a right-to-die […]


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