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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 15, 2015 – Two bar owners who regularly drank to excess at their establishment created an atmosphere where staff was afraid to call them on it or to stop them from drinking, leading to a fatal accident. “By not stopping the one co-owner of the bar called JR’s Pub of Goose Creek (the Pub), John Haynes, Jr., drove while inebriated and ultimately killed Jane Tee, broadsiding the Tee’s vehicle in an intersection and pushing it hundreds of feet down the road,” outlined Daren Monroe, Michigan-based Litigation Funding Corporation representative. The accident took place in […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2015 – Alix Rice’s death remains shrouded in mystery almost 4 years after DWI driver Dr. James Corasanti hit her on his way home from a golfing event in 2011. “The driver in this case, Dr. James Corasanti, was acquitted in 2012 of manslaughter, evidence tampering and leaving the scene of an accident,” explains Michigan-based Litigation Funding Corporation representative, Daren Monroe, “but was convicted of misdemeanor drunken driving and served eight months of a one year sentence in jail for this accident.” According to the civil trial evidence, Alix Rice was skateboarding on […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 23, 2015 – A Texas appeals court has ruled on an oil and gas royalty lawsuit, stating that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by dismissing a landowner’s lawsuit against a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corp. The Seventh Court of Appeals held that the lawsuit against XTO Energy Inc. was properly dismissed because plaintiff Richard Crawford, a landowner in the Barnett Shale, did not add 44 adjacent landowners to the suit. “The interests of adjacent landowners may come into play in litigation related to oil and gas royalties,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2015 – According to a report in the Washington Post, Dr. Yi Jin provides magnetic resonance therapy (MRT) to veterans with PTSD, even though medical research has not yet shown whether the technology works for PTSD. But veterans treated at Dr. Jin’s center are speaking out about how well the treatment works, with one combat veteran claiming that the treatment has left him symptom-free. Now, Jin’s Brain Treatment Center has undertaken an official double-blind clinical trial studying the effects of MRT on combat veterans. According to the Washington Post, one key aim of […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 9, 2015 – Recent research published in JAMA Psychiatry shows that off-site, multidisciplinary care may be an effective form of treatment for veterans with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who live in remote, rural areas. A multisite, randomized trial examined the effectiveness of Telemedicine Outreach for PTSD (TOP), which involved a collaborative care team using telephone calls, video conferencing and shared electronic medical records. The study found that this approach, applied to PTSD sufferers living in areas with sparse resources, was more effective than traditional forms of treatment. “Access to psychological care is a […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) Janury 21, 2015 – The repercussions of sending home the first U.S. Ebola victim in the U.S. continue to spread, even months after his death. “While Ebola is not making as many frightening headlines as it was when the epidemic first got underway, its presence has left a distinct mark on the U.S. health care system,” says Michael Smith, an Arkansas personal injury lawyer. “Hospitals and health professionals now know how to effectively quarantine and deal with this deadly disease. But for Thomas Duncan, we may never have ramped up infection control to the […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2015 – Committing a crime against the justice system is an act involving a disruption of the operating of the system itself – a system that protects the rights of all Americans. For those that watch reality court TV or police shows, the terms defying a court order or being held in contempt of court are fairly familiar. In some instances, authorities do not consider these offenses to be criminal, but if they are, they may be punishable by jail time and the imposition of fines. Most are not aware that being in […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2015 – A casino continually served drinks to a severely inebriated patron, leading him to fall off the bar stool, and irreparably damage his spinal cord. “Apparently Kenneth Sanders was extremely intoxicated the night he fell off his bar stool at a local casino. Despite clear evidence that he was obviously and clearly drunk and known by staff to be an alcoholic, they kept serving him drinks. He became so inebriated he fell off his bar stool and severely injured his neck,” recounted Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation representative. The injury was so […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 9 , 2014 – A hit-and-run driver was apprehended less than an hour after fleeing the scene of a fatal accident. “Donald Mooney of Port Washington merely stepped away from his job as a dispatcher to get a cup of coffee across the street from where he worked. A 2010 Ford Fusion hit him on the way to the coffee shop. The driver of that vehicle, 34-year-old Cosmin Florea, was later apprehended by police,” explained Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation representative. Although Mr. Mooney made it to the hospital alive, he died while in […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2014 – A delayed CT scan left a woman with acute respiratory distress syndrome. “Victoria Stampler suffered from incredible abdominal pain in 2009. On treatment at the hospital, she underwent two different surgeries, one of which was a partial hysterectomy. Neither operation was successful in terms of alleviating her pain,” said Daren Monroe, a representative for Litigation Funding Corporation. Her surgeon, Dr. Michael Draznik, did not order a CT scan despite indications she had a punctured bowel. The lack of scan results allegedly caused Stampler’s delayed diagnosis. A scan was finally done when […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2014 – Edward Hines was told he was cancer-free after an operation to remove a bladder tumor. His pathology report showed evidence of cancer, but he was not advised of the results. Hines’ daughter filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after her father’s death, alleging that the physician, Dr. Alan Sadah, did not tell her father he had bladder cancer despite what the pathology results showed. Not until a year later, when Hines went to another doctor, did he discover that he had invasive bladder cancer. Hines attempted a treatment regime and had his […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2014 – In May 2012, the parents of a baby girl born February 2010 filed a medical malpractice against Spectrum Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “The Gort family alleged that air was introduced into their child’s IV line during a jaundice exchange transfusion,” explained Daren Monroe, a Litigation Funding Corporation representative. The air in the IV line caused loss of oxygen and blood to the brain. The toddler subsequently sustained a severe brain injury. The hospital admitted there was negligence involved in this case and that it was responsible […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2014 – Russell Means’ cancer was allegedly misdiagnosed prior to his death. “American Indian activist Russell Means died of cancer in 2012. His wife has now filed a medical malpractice lawsuit, suggesting that his cancer was misdiagnosed. Court records indicate that the medical facility missed signs of esophageal cancer when Means first went for treatment in 2011,” explained Daren Monroe, a Litigation Funding Corporation representative. According to the statement of claim, Mrs. Means was told that her husband tested negative for cancer and that he may be suffering from an enlarged tonsil — […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2014 – Many Texans still feel that Ethan Couch should have gone to jail for killing four people and paralyzing another. “As many recall, Couch was a young Texas teen who killed four and paralyzed one after causing an while driving under the influence. He is currently in a rehab program which costs $438,000 a year. “Affluenza” took on a new meaning in this case. Taxpayers are now sustaining the affluenza epidemic, footing the bill for 17-year-old Couch’s stay in the North Texas State Hospital,” said Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury lawyer […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2014 – There are exceptions to police warrant requirements. In some cases, officers can search a person or his or her personal property without a warrant. “The most common exception allows a vehicle search with probable cause. The main question here is, what kind of facts may lead to probable cause for a search for legal possession of medical cannabis?” said Thomas C. Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. “States that have legalized some forms of marijuana possession and/or use are trying to determine when the possession of cannabis triggers probable cause for […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 18, 2014 – Vivian Gagliano, 65, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after sustaining a punctured colon during what was to have been a routine hernia operation. “As a result of the colon puncture, the patient spent a month in a coma, battled a virulent abdominal infection and had multiple surgeries. She lost most of her large intestine,” said Daren Monroe of Litigation Funding in Michigan. When the case went to trial, jurors handed down a $12 million award. Neither of two doctors was aware that Gagliano’s colon had been perforated until she succumbed to […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2014 – In May, Duran v. U.S. Bank National Association came before California’s Supreme Court. The resulting ruling will provide guidance to other courts attempting to decide whether individual employee wage actions may remain certified or if they must be certified as class actions. Duran v. U.S. Bank National Association began as a complaint alleging that loan officers working for the bank were misclassified under California Labor Code § 1171 and deserved overtime pay for work they had done. The trial court certified this case as a class action suit according to evidence […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2014 – A Florida woman’s recent divorce taught her a tough lesson in commingling of assets. In the context of family law, “commingling of assets” is the act of combining a non-marital asset with a marital asset. The asset that couples most often commingle is cash. That is exactly what happened in the case of Sorgen v. Sorgen, which was recently decided by Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals (DCA). Attorney O. Reginald Osenton, who is not involved with the case, explained how the case illustrates the legal ideas behind it. “Mrs. Sorgen […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2014 – Three operators of a Tampa pill mill have been convicted on dozens of charges. They now face years in Florida prisons. Jorge Gonzalez-Betancourt, 53, and Michele Gonzalez, 37, owners of pain clinic First Medical Group, were convicted of charges including racketeering, trafficking in oxycodone and conspiring to traffic in oxycodone. Maureen Altman, 58, the clinic’s manager, was found guilty of charges including racketeering and conspiring to traffic in oxycodone. Many of the charges against the three carry a maximum prison sentence of up to 30 years. Tampa pill mill attorney Robert […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2014 – The Florida legislature is soon to vote on a bill to place restrictions on lawsuits against nursing homes. The bill would protect passive investors from lawsuits related to care of nursing home residents. It would require evidentiary hearings in cases in which residents pursue punitive damage claims against homes. It would also place penalties on nursing homes that don’t pay judgments against them, including possible revocation of operating licenses. Tampa nursing home abuse attorney Robert Joyce offers his thoughts on the bill’s provisions. “I’m always wary of bills that might restrict […]


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