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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2015 – Several states have filed lawsuits against the recent measures, while other states and cities have acted to support the president. In December, the political dispute over President Obama’s executive action on immigration entered a legal phase. Texas, later joined by 25 other states, filed a lawsuit seeking to block the president’s reforms from taking effect. Subsequent to that lawsuit, a dozen states and the District of Columbia filed an amicus brief in support of the White House. And in late January, the legal battle on the issue added a states-versus-cities element […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2015 – Everyone charged with a criminal offense has the right to ask for a lawyer. If they do not want one, they may appear pro se or pro per, meaning “on one’s own behalf.” Some individuals choose to go it on their own for several reasons. One may feel that he or she knows the facts of the case better than an attorney, may not trust lawyers, may not qualify for a court-appointed lawyer or may not want to pay for legal counsel on their own. The Sixth Amendment states that all […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 16, 2015 – The Michigan House of Representative and Senate have both unanimously passed a bill that permits Michigan employers to begin using a hiring policy that would give preference to veterans. Previously, Michigan employers were forbidden by law to use any sort of preferential hiring policy. Federal law prohibits preferential hiring policies except in the case of veterans, for which states must adopt laws specifically allowing preferential treatment of veterans. “This is a significant victory for Michigan’s veterans,” commented Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans disability attorney with Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC. “Our […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 13, 2015 – A worker and an employer have a contract, regardless of whether a written contract has been signed. A non-written contract exists between any given employer and employee. This agreement holds that the worker performs certain tasks and functions for the employer; in turn, the employer agrees to pay the employee for the work. Therein lies the consent that forms a contract. An employee cannot agree to a contract term that offers them fewer legal rights than they are accorded under the law. “When people think about work contracts, many assume it […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2015 – President John F. Kennedy passed Title VII into law over 50 years ago in order to deal with employment discrimination. In some ways, it has kept pace with the times, but in other areas of the law, it has not. “What many don’t realize is that an employer may be held liable for a customer’s discrimination. Consider the case of an Indiana nursing home resident that insisted that only white aides and nurses assist her. The home allowed that to happen,” outlined principal employment attorney Timothy Coffey of The Coffey Law […]


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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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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – Multi-billionaire Harold Hamm is making the case that passive factors led to the acquisition of wealth during his former marriage — and that his ex-wife is therefore entitled to less of the oil fortune than originally determined. In November, one of the largest divorce cases in U.S. history seemingly concluded when an Oklahoma court ordered oil kingpin Harold Hamm to pay his ex-wife nearly $1 billion. At the time, Hamm, who was estimated to have a personal fortune of $19 billion, called the ruling “fair and equitable” and declared himself happy […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2015 – Texas legislators have been attempting for the last three years to get a bill signed into law that would ban texting while driving. Governor Rick Perry kept vetoing it because he viewed it as micromanaging lives. However, since Texas is set to welcome a new Republican Governor, Gregory Wayne Abbott, in January 2015, many speculate that he intends to sign the bill, previously approved by the Legislature in 2012, into law. Abbott is a lawyer and politician. “Two children and two adults have died in a collision where the trucker was […]


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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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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2015 – Road workers are at high risk for on-the-job injuries in Illinois and elsewhere in the United States. In the United States, 20,000 road workers are injured annually in work zones, according to the Federal Highway Administration. “Road workers are at an increased risk of on-the-job injuries,” said Robert Briskman, a work injury attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg in Chicago. “Injured workers deserve compensation.” There were more than 100 on-the-job fatalities among road workers from 2009 to 2013. Injuries and fatalities to road workers comprise more than 1.5 percent of total […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2015 – Employees are protected from unfair wages and retribution under labor law act. If an employer is not in compliance with the law regarding fair wages for all work performed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employee has the right to file a wage claim. Workers have several options for filing these claims. They may either file with the U.S. Department of Labor or approach their state labor department. Successful claims may result in an employer paying all unpaid wages to the claimant. Claims may not be filed for types […]


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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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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Ex-mayor of Buena Park, Calif., caught falsifying driver’s license documentation. Buena Park, Calif., is perhaps most famous as the location of Knott’s Berry Farm, a theme park popular with families. But as of November 19, it has gained notice for another child-centric, though less family-friendly matter: its former mayor, Sangjin Miller Oh, received a sentence of six months in jail and three years probation for lying to the Department of Motor Vehicles in an attempt to avoid paying child support. An Orange County jury found Oh guilty in May of five […]


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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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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Army officer gets discharge and indictment upon discovery of simultaneous marriages. Bigamy, while not the most common cause of marital disputes ending up in criminal court, landed former Army Sgt. Courtney Brown an indictment in late October. A Cumberland County, North Carolina, grand jury handed down the indictment against Brown, 30, who was not prosecuted explicitly for bigamy while serving in the military. Instead, after months of congressional inquiries as well as military and civilian investigations, the Army discharged Brown for fraud, forgery and adultery in early October. Brown’s fourth wife, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2014 – Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) has announced that until January 1, 2015, any law firm that signs up for a legal marketing plan with CLM will get a custom app for their law firm at no additional charge. CLM’s legal marketing plans help law firms grow by using innovative digital strategies to increase quality lead flow. Because so much of the digital world is now on mobile devices, CLM founder Jason Bland says that a mobile app can be a huge asset to firms who want to grow. “A mobile app […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2014 – This year, Florida was working on a possible new category of driving impairment: driving under the influence of a physician-recommended intoxicant, such as cannabis for medicinal purposes. But the idea failed at the polls. The passage of such a law in Florida would have depended on Amendment 2’s success. Amendment 2 failed, even though polls suggested that the public supported medical marijuana use by almost 90 percent. The poll was close, but not close enough. Florida requires a supermajority of 60 percent or higher in favor. The Amendment came in with […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2014 – Waivers are only required if an employer “makes” a worker miss a second meal break, said the California Court of Appeals in Fayerweather v. Comcast Corp. Comcast service technicians spend their days in the field installing phone, cable and internet service systems in businesses and homes. Company policy stated they were to take breaks, fill out a waiver if they skipped their second meal break and accurately track their working hours. Management had no way of knowing if the technicians took their breaks. California workers are filing more lawsuits. Many of […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2014 – Americans have a constitutional right to bear arms, but owning a gun to commit a crime is another matter. If a firearm is used during the commission of a crime, penalties are increased and there may be no chance for parole. “According to the Constitution, owning a gun in the United States is a right enshrined in the Second Amendment. Most people know this as the right to “keep and bear arms.” But there are restrictions on this right — like requiring a permit to carry a concealed weapon,” explained Thomas […]


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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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