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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2015 – Largely GOP-backed measure includes retention of ‘stepped-up basis’ on capital gains. The House of Representatives on April 16 voted largely along party lines to repeal the estate tax. Seven Democrats joined 233 Republicans voting in favor of the repeal, while only three Republicans aligned with 176 Democrats against the repeal in the GOP-controlled House. The roll call on the estate tax was the first time in a decade that the lower chamber of Congress supported an end to what Republicans have called the “death tax.” But unlike the previous House vote […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2015 – Distracted driving comes in many forms. The law views two of those distractions the same: drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs. The difficulty with taking prescription medications and driving is that many people do not realize their cognitive abilities may have become impaired. Others do not believe the warnings printed on medications about not driving when taking various medications. For whatever reasons, people just do not regard driving while under the influence of prescription medication(s) to be the same as DWI. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2015 – What would a worker do if their possibly questionable actions were captured on video in the workplace? The conflict between privacy and the right to know what workers are doing mirrors the balancing act that the iconic image of blindfolded Justice attempts with her scales. In order to determine if a worker’s right to privacy has been intrusively invaded it must be balanced against the employer’s right to know what is going on with employees in the workplace – a delicate task of drawing the fine line between two diametrically opposed […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2015 – Revelation over limited firings for long wait times triggers congressional ire, legislation. When a nationwide scandal over manipulated wait times at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals rocked the agency last spring, the controversy resulted in the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and calls for reform. And Robert A. McDonald, Shinseki’s successor as VA chief, followed up with the announcement in February that the department had fired 60 people in the wake of the scandal. The VA quickly corrected that figure, saying that only 14 employees lost their jobs and lesser […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2015 – Pact would enforce judgments across international borders, facilitate tracking of scofflaws. State capitals are not usually associated with the fate of international treaties. But the fate of an important international treaty on child support hangs in the balance after a key legislative committee in Boise, Idaho, voted on April 10 to reject the measure that must be passed by all 50 state legislatures in order for the U.S. ratification process to proceed. With only hours left in the state Legislature’s session, the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee voted 9-8 to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 9, 2015 – It is against the law for a business to discriminate against someone who is pregnant. Further, breastfeeding is an integral part of pregnancy and breastfeeding in public is legal. Yet women who breastfeed in many establishments face discrimination. “Breastfeeding in public is legal. Period. However, the act itself seems to disturb some if the mother chooses not to cover up while in public. This has often resulted in a manager asking the woman to cover up, move into a bathroom, or leave the place of business. This is illegal in every […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 26, 2015 – All crimes have one thing in common: they begin with an arraignment process and a preliminary hearing. The law categorizes criminal offenses as felonies or misdemeanors, with misdemeanors being generally defined as lesser offenses (e.g. shop lifting, DWI) and felonies involving more serious offenses such as kidnapping or murder. Regardless of the classification of the offense, the ensuing process through the justice system to conviction or dismissal of charges is much the same, with minor differences per each jurisdiction. It all begins with an arraignment at the first appearance in court. […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2015 – In March 2015, the federal government hastily filed an emergency motion to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit asking to remove an injunction issued in February 2015 in Brownsville, Texas. The request to uphold the initial injunction brought many Attorneys General out of the woodwork from across the United States. Represented in the briefs filed with the Texas court to uphold the injunction were: New Mexico, California, Hawaii, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maryland, Iowa, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and the District of Columbia. “The injunction […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2015 – In re Crawford & Company is a stunning decision by the Texas Supreme Court that could have serious ramifications for injured workers in the future. “This particular case may cause some serious ripples with regard to the Texas Workers’ Compensation claim remedy process,” points out Perlmutter & Schuelke partner and Workers’ Compensation attorney, Brooks Schuelke. The court stood firmly behind the concept of exclusive jurisdiction for the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation Act to respond to and deal with all processes in any investigation, even outside the claims system, settling or […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2015 – Sometimes simplicity in drafting a law produces the best effects. A bill proposed in Tennessee aims to curtail drunken driving by cutting off accessibility to alcohol. “If the proposed Tennessee bill does gain traction and passes into law, it may find a home in Texas as well, particularly if the proposal to cut off access to alcohol after three or more DUIs does work,” suggests well-known Austin personal injury attorney, Bobby Lee of Lee, Gober & Reyna. “There would likely be logistical issues relating to tracking offenders and informing points of […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2015 – Could E-Verify be a possible answer to fixing the immigration system? Democrats and Republicans both had a hand in creating the current problematic issues in the immigration system through their refusal to cooperate. The latest development is a Texas court issuing and upholding an injunction to stay Obama’s immigration reform executive actions. “In the House, Republicans retaliated against the president’s actions by holding up appropriations and confirmations,” says Miami immigration attorney, Larry S. Rifkin. It stands to reason that the solution lies in both parties working together rather than against each […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2015 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) is seeking information from insurance companies and local and state government to ensure an appropriate offset of disability benefits. In April, the SSA forwarded a proposal that, if enacted, will require states, local governments and private insurers to report workers’ compensation benefits to the agency when those benefits affect the offset of the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) benefits that the SSA pays to disability insurance recipients. The proposal was included as part of the SSA’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Overview. Under current law, the SSA […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2015 – The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO’s) findings have arrived in the wake of the latest GOP-backed legislation to eliminate levy on estates. Republican lawmakers in Congress have wanted to repeal the federal estate tax for many years. And facing the looming April 15 tax filing deadline, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) made a dire projection for years to come: repeal of what many GOP politicians call the “death tax” would increase the federal deficit by $269 billion. The CBO expects that if the current legislation to repeal the estate tax were to […]


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Ontario, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2015 – Albertson & Davidson, LLP had four proposals for law changes protecting California Trust and Will beneficiaries accepted for consideration at the 2015 Conference of Delegates for the Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA). Each year, attorneys from across the state submit proposals for possible resolutions that will be adopted by the CCBA. As part of its mission, the CCBA then works to turn the resolutions into state law through legislative proposals. Albertson & Davidson, LLP trial lawyer Kevin Yee serves as the San Diego County Bar Association Delegate to the CCBA […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2015 – Despite years of education about sexual harassment in the workplace, very few employees who experience such a situation are prepared to deal with it. Sexual harassment is alive and well. Being aware of workers’ rights and knowing what to do when they are violated is essential. It is always a wise move to read an employer’s handbook, but one should also be aware that the law may be different than company policy. It is interesting to note that harassment is not addressed specifically in Title VII. In fact, that particular section […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2015 – In February 2015, a Florida pain clinic was raided by several law enforcement agencies, and five people were arrested. Authorities said that evidence indicated that the clinic was operating as an illegal pill mill. Evidence was seized from the Winter Park Pain and Wellness Clinic; owner Eric Emerson, Dr. Roland Brutus and three staff members were arrested. “If the allegations are borne out by the evidence, then the law enforcement agencies and officers are to be commended for shutting down this pill mill,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa pharmaceutical negligence attorney […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2015 – Florida law enforcement officials have noted an alarming increase in hit-and-run car accidents. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there were more than 80,000 hit-and-run accidents in the state during 2014. Between 2013 and 2014, a 23 percent increase in fatal hit-and-run collisions appeared. Almost half of the victims were pedestrians. “Hit-and-run accidents are bad for everyone involved,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “The victims left behind may have injuries that need immediate medical attention, and the perpetrators face serious criminal charges when they […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2015 – The Justice Department is arguing that the Texas judge’s ruling violates constitutional separation of powers. On February 16, a federal judge in Texas ruled that President Obama’s executive action on immigration must not be implemented until the courts have an opportunity to decide whether the chief executive’s order was constitutional. When the ruling was issued, the White House objected but did not immediately move to counteract it. As of February 23, the Justice Department has responded to the judge’s ruling, filing a motion to appeal his decision. In the Justice Department’s […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 17, 2015 – Nursing home abuse is nationwide. Texas may introduce a law to deal with the problem, but would it help in California? “While Texas is looking at a bill that would revoke nursing home licenses if they have three or more serious health and safety violations, there does not appear to be any speculation as to what would happen to the residents in those shut down facilities,” points out Sacramento, Calif. nursing home abuse attorney, Deborah Barron. Texas law mandates the reporting of any elder abuse, exploitation or neglect to the police […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2015 – Reformed suicide-specific programs and services at VA will focus the department on mental health. On February 12, President Obama signed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, a measure designed to combat a longstanding, serious problem in the United States. The president’s signature quickly followed unanimous support for the legislation in both the House and Senate earlier in the month. The new law was named in honor of Clay Hunt, a Marine from Texas whose combat service overseas was followed by a long struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder after […]


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