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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) May 5, 2016 – A nun from Philadelphia who is on trial for drunken driving, gave testimony that she had taken a sedative, and that she had no memory of crashing her vehicle into a building on a highway in South Jersey. Sister Kimberly Miller, who is a librarian and theology teacher at a high school, was arrested following her collision into an auto repair shop in Washington Township, N.J., on November 15, 2015. According to police, she was intoxicated, spoke in a slurred manner, had bloodshot eyes, and was wobbly as she exited her […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 3, 2016 – A 22-year-old Austin resident ran over a child carrier being towed behind a bicycle. He walked away from the scene after getting out of his vehicle. Police eventually identified William Covington as the driver of a black Jeep that ran over two children in a child carrier on Wheless Lane, finding him a few days later. The carrier was pinned underneath the vehicle with a five-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy trapped in it. Both children were taken to hospital. The girl had facial injuries, bruising over a substantial portion of […]


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Coral Gables, Weston, Dayton Beach, FL(Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2016 – An Olympic skiing champion accused of domestic violence against her father says she will demand a jury trial, citing self-defense. Picabo Street, 44, was arrested on December 23, 2015, after she called 911 during an altercation with her father, Roland Street, 76. She was charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor domestic violence in the presence of a child. “The outcome of a jury trial will likely hinge on eyewitness testimony,” said attorney Peter Brill, of Brill Legal Group, who is not involved in the case. “Neither Street nor […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2016 – A recent case in a Texas appeals court shows the importance of addressing mineral rights unambiguously when surface rights are partitioned. In the case of Hosek v. Scott, the Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio, Texas, upheld the trial court’s judgment that ownership of the minerals under a tract of land did not revert to the surface owners after the expiration of a period of time during which the mineral interests remained undivided. “To protect the interests of the parties, it is essential that a partition of surface or mineral […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2016 – A pair of recent cases show bankruptcy courts may be increasingly receptive to discharging student loans. In December 2015, the 8th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel approved the discharge of 11 of 15 student loans Chelsea Conway owed to a private lender. Also in December, a Missouri bankruptcy court discharged the entirety of Michael Abney’s federal student loans, even after an income-based repayment plan absolved him of any current payments on the basis of a lack of disposable income. Reginald Osenton, a Tampa-area bankruptcy attorney, said the cases show courts are beginning […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2016 – A 16-year-old student suddenly fainted, collapsed and died during his high school football practice at Curtis High School in Staten Island, New York. He was a tall young man and weighed in at 295-pounds. At 16 years of age, he had his whole life ahead of him. His parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, emergency workers at the scene and education officials for failing to provide their son with adequate medical care. According to the statement of claim filed in this wrongful death lawsuit, there was no defibrillator […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 8, 2016 – The Sandra Bland case drew a lot of media fire and public condemnation, and her name joined others as a byword for the Black Lives Matter movement. Bland was apprehended in July 2015 by Public Safety Trooper Brian Encinia during a routine traffic stop, which escalated into a heated incident captured on video by the trooper’s dashcam. Bland was found dead in her cell three days later. A grand jury declined to indict anyone for the death of Sandra Bland, including jail staff at the facility where she was held and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2016 – The statement of claim in this case involves allegations of negligence in the workplace, a vessel servicing Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s offshore platform Lucius. Plaintiff Alfred Holmes, who filed a personal injury lawsuit in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas, was living and working on the offshore platform Lucius in Sept. 2014 when he sustained serious injuries while working with and on inadequate and/or malfunctioning equipment. At the time of the accident, Holmes was performing a pipe-tightening operation. The named defendants in this lawsuit are Stranco Services and Anadarko […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2016 – A physician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia failed to diagnose a young boy’s bacterial meningitis, despite several trips to the E.R. Shamir Tillery was 11 months old when he first suffered from meningitis. Now seven years old, he functions at the level of a three year old. He struggles daily with a loss of balance, hearing loss, developmental and learning delays and language disorder. His mother, Shantice Tillery, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit. Shamir’s mother took him to the hospital three days in a row before someone finally decided the child […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2016 – While reverse discrimination claims sometimes work, it is rare. Nonetheless, they may still be used as a defense in court. This unusual case involves a husband and wife professorial team in a touchy hiring situation with the Northern Illinois University (NIU). Common sense may dictate that it is not good form to have a spouse sit on a hiring committee while considering a pool of job candidates that includes her husband. Generally speaking, in an instance such as that, it would be considered to be a conflict of interest. In fact, […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2015 – The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in September that the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, deserves a new trial in a slip-and-fall personal injury lawsuit. The court determined that the trial court’s instructions to the jury were incorrect in that they contained a burden of proof exemption that, according to the state Supreme Court, is only applicable to self-service businesses, such as grocery stores and cafeterias, where consumers hold equipment and products. Plaintiff Janice Prioleau filed a personal injury claim against KFC alleging that she suffered […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 10, 2015 – In the course of a few short months, Ronald Scott went from being relatively active to having headaches so severe he contemplated suicide. Scott was an Air Force veteran and suffered from severe chronic headaches. However, nothing helped diminish them despite being given narcotics. He was initially told he may have a bad vertebra in his back, and later the diagnosis changed to allergies, then to a possible stroke. But no one could really explain what caused these severe headaches. Scott’s daughter received a call that her father had collapsed on […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2015 – When it came down to the jury deciding if former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, 25, was guilty of murder, the verdict was “Yes.” The victim, Odin Lloyd, had been shot five times. Hernandez received life in prison without the chance of parole. He still faces yet another trial for the 2012 murder of two Boston men, Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreau and a further court date yet to be set that involves allegations that he shot a friend, Alexander Bradley, in the face. Lloyd’s mother is now moving forward with a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2015 – A nursing home in Brooklyn was kept so cold that one of its residents froze to death inside his apartment. Seven years later, the nursing home’s conditions have not improved. Wrongful death lawsuits are filed for various reasons, often with the plaintiff wishing to send the defendant a clear message that they must stop their behavior. This case was highly unusual and involved well-known former judge John Phillips freezing to death at his senior’s residence seven years ago. What is particularly disturbing is that nothing has been done since his death […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2015 – Can sexually dangerous inmates be held past their release date? Yes, they may be held indefinitely despite the end of a completed prison sentence. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, passed by President Bush in 2006, gave the government authority to hold sexually dangerous federal prisoners for an indefinite period of time. In United States v. Graydon Earl Comstock (https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/pdf/08-1224P.ZO), Comstock examined whether or not the federal government had the power to hold inmates indefinitely or if it had gone beyond the powers granted by the Constitution. The U.S. […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2015 – State Supreme Court struck down similar law on caps three years ago. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law on May 9 legislation that will place caps on the amount of some damage awards in medical malpractice cases. The new law does not mark the first time the Show Me State has attempted to limit damages in medical malpractice cases, though, as the Missouri Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the state’s previous law on such damages three years ago. The Democratic governor signed into law the measure, Senate Bill 239, […]


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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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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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