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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2016 – Jeanetta Matichak recently filed a federal lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and retaliation by former Executive Director Dominic Egizio and the Joliet Park District. It is further alleged that park board members and other supervisors knew of the harassment. Matichak was first hired for her position as a fitness instructor in 2011. It was then that Egizio allegedly started to harass her. She also noted he made it a habit to openly stare at other women’s bodies and make sexual comments, even in the presence of a park board member […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2016 – Niomi James and Jayla Parler were killed in a crash involving a DUI driver, former astronaut James Halsell. Halsell was charged with reckless murder and also faces a wrongful death lawsuit in Alabama and in federal court. Halsell was 59-years-old at the time of the wreck. According to the police reports at the time of the accident, the driver of the car that Halsell hit told investigators he was doing 65 mph on U.S. 82 when suddenly a speeding vehicle rear-ended his Ford Fiesta. The force of the impact crushed the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2016 – A former assistant manager for a Texas convenience store is being sued by her ex-employer for leaving before her employment contract expired. According to the lawsuit, Kelley Rieves started working for the Buc-ee’s store in Cypress, Texas as an assistant manager in 2009, signing employment contracts that ran through August 2013. However, Buc-ee’s claims that Rieves left the company in July 2012, with a year remaining on her contract. The company claimed that Rieves owed $67,720 in retention pay that was paid to her contingent on her completing her contract. “Retention […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 10, 2016 – The opinion in the case of Thorsen, et al vs. Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) instructs lawyers and clients to be cautious regarding the drafting of Wills and other estate planning documents. The subject of the case is a Will that was prepared in 2003 for Alice L. Cralle Dumville, who wished to make certain that her husband from whom she was alienated, did not benefit from her estate if she died while her divorce was pending. Ms. Dumville requested that a lawyer, James B. Thorsen, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2016 – The story of Kate Steinle, a California native, being shot and killed by a previously deported illegal immigrant with a felony record, created a media storm. The Steinle family filed a lawsuit against the federal government suggesting her death was preventable. Incidents such as this one can happen anywhere there is a racially diverse population, even in the state of Texas that shares a border with Texas, as does California. The lawsuit’s statement of claim alleged Steinle’s death was preventable and foreseeable but for law enforcement not following the rules and […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2016 – On June 13 a Social Security judge pleaded guilty to conspiring to retaliate against a former Social Security Administration (SSA) worker who was an informant to federal agents investigating fraud. The employee blew the whistle on a scheme devised by Kentucky disability lawyer Eric Conn. Conn obtained over $600 million in fraudulent SSA disability payments for thousands of individuals regardless of whether they were eligible for benefits or not. He allegedly falsified medical evidence to make clients appear disabled. The lawyer also paid physicians to approve bogus reports. “Fraudulent claims for […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2016 – Debi Chalik of Chalik & Chalik Law Offices discusses Erb’s Palsy with Michael J. Swanson, the author of How David Beats Goliath, and the President and CEO of Advance Capital, Inc. Debi Chalik describes Erb’s Palsy as an injury to the nerves in the cervical spine or neck area, which is also known as the brachial plexus. At birth, those nerves are torn or stretched, and cause permanent paralysis in a child’s arm or hand. The condition most frequently occurs in children at birth, and can have devastating effects, resulting in […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2016 – During the renovations to Texas A & M’s Kyle Field, a young man met his untimely death. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Angel Garcia fell to his death in 2013 when a piece of concrete, weighing 3,000 pounds, toppled his Caterpillar loader down four stories. The wrongful death lawsuit names Manhattan and Vaughn construction companies and Lindamood and Texas Cutting and Coring, alleging they were negligent by allowing such a massive overload on the Caterpillar. The suit seeks $100 million in damages, alleging he was not properly trained to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2016 – Liberty County resident, 70-year-old Lester Berry, had his power disconnected, disabling his oxygen concentrator. He slowly suffocated to death. Lester Berry’s family found their father several days after Thanksgiving. Berry was found close to the phone. Unfortunately, without power, not only did his oxygen concentrator not work, the phone was not operational either. Berry had chronic pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure. Berry’s son stated that the electric company did know of his father’s illness and was also on notice that he occasionally had financial difficulties. It had been the utility’s […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 23, 2016 – The number of hit-and-run car accidents in Florida increased in 2015. According to preliminary statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 92,623 hit-and-run crashes in the state in 2015. That represents a nine percent increase from 2014 and a 17 percent rise from 2013. “The increase in hit-and-run accidents is disturbing,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “Far too many Floridians are injured or lose their lives in car accidents today, whether as a result of a hit-and-run or […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2016 – This recent racial discrimination lawsuit, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 15-cv-0141, alleges Southern Illinois Motor Xpress Inc. violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Illinois Human Rights Act. Southern Illinois Motor Xpress Inc. is located in Cutler, Saline County. They allegedly encouraged racial discrimination, engaged in retaliation and wilfully promoted a hostile workplace. According to the lawsuit filed by Tyree Neal Sr. in December 2015, the company is in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 […]


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San Antonio, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 16, 2016 – Trial Lawyer Alex R. Hernandez Jr. was recently featured on the cover of Elite Attorneys San Antonio magazine. The article highlights the life of Hernandez as well as his history as a trial and business lawyer. A St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio graduate, the magazine is a plus for the school, for San Antonio, and features the success of Alex R. Hernandez Jr. Contact: Alex Hernandez Jr. 300 Convent, Suite 1330 San Antonio, TX 78205 Ph:(210) 529-8411


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2016 – A drunk driver with a yen for fast food landed behind bars when the police caught up with him after he rammed his car into a Sonic in Denison. It was a Sunday morning, about 10:15 a.m. when the man turned in to the Austin Street Sonic going way too fast. Losing control, he crashed into the wall, causing cooking equipment on the other side to shift. As a result of the jostling, the cooking grease slopped out and landed on the back of the assistant manager, resulting in second-degree burns. […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2016 – A divorce bully can be described as a partner who bullies their spouse during the divorce process. Such behavior may sometimes emerge when a relationship comes to an end even though there has been no previous history of it. Bullying can make the already stressful circumstances of divorce even more difficult. It may manifest in several forms, whether subtle or more aggressive. Some examples are when one spouse threatens to take custody of the children, hires a lawyer with the intention to intimidate, exhibits extreme control or coerces their partner […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2015 – The Missouri Supreme Court is hearing a case that could determine whether wrongful death should fall under the state’s law that limits how much can be received in noneconomic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. The case involves the family of Shannon Dodson, who died in 2011 after heart surgery at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Their lawyer argued that capping damages is unconstitutional as they serve to compensate for other forms of harm besides medical fees, lost earnings or other measurable economic damages. “Placing a limit on damages disregards […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2015 – The California Labor Code mandates businesses pay proper overtime and provide meal and rest breaks. According to a recent class action lawsuit filed against Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of California, Inc., defendants allege they were neither paid overtime as required under the California Labor Code, nor were they accorded meal and rest breaks. If, as alleged, workers’ bonus pay did not get factored into the hourly rate, employees would get paid less for overtime work than entitled to by law. “The main issue in this case is overtime pay and […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2015 – The lawsuit NFL cheerleaders filed to get a fair working wage paid off. In January 2016, they start getting basic employee rights in California. California Governor Brown signed a new law that comes into effect Jan. 2016, mandating that all professional sports teams provide their cheerleaders with basic employee rights, such as sick leave and minimum wage pay. Some former and current cheerleaders actually worked for as little as $2.85 per hour, while team mascots may make $23,000 to $65,000 per year. Cheerleaders were given poverty wages in a league that […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2015 – Most sexual harassment cases are documented by a victim, reported to someone in authority and possibly taken to an experienced employment attorney. This unusual case lacked a victim. According to a statement of claim filed by LaShonda Peebles, former Chicago State University (CSU) president Wayne Watson pressured her to file false a sexual harassment claim against an opinionated professor he wanted silenced. She also asserts she was a victim of wrongful dismissal as a result of refusing to file a false sexual harassment claim. Peebles was the interim vice president of […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2015 – Children caught in the middle of contentious custody battles between divorcing parents can sometimes become victims of parental alienation. In a case that has grabbed nationwide attention, a judge in Oakland County, Michigan, held three kids — ages 9, 10 and 15 — in contempt of court for refusing to meet with their estranged father. During a June 24 hearing to arrange parental visitation, Judge Lisa Gorcyca decided to send the kids to Children’s Village, a juvenile detention facility. At their father’s request, they were released from the center on […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2015 – Women agreed to collaborative divorce, sought legal declaration dissolving their marriage. Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal on May 29 granted a divorce to a lesbian couple in Tampa. The appeals court decision overturned a Hillsborough County circuit judge’s order from one year before that denied the two women, Keiba Lynn Shaw and Mariama Changamire Shaw, the divorce they were seeking. Circuit Judge Laurel M. Lee initiated the Shaws’ long wait for a divorce when she ruled in 2014 that the two women, who had married in Massachusetts, could not end […]


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