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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2016 – Texting while driving is known to cause car accidents, and it is illegal in Florida. However, it is not a primary offense, which means that a police officer must observe drivers breaking some other law, such as speeding or not wearing a seatbelt, in order to pull them over and ticket them for texting while driving. Some state legislators say it is time for that to change. Three state senators have sponsored three separate bills to strengthen distracted driving laws in Florida. “It is horrible to realize that so many people […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2016 – Late-life divorce, also called “silver” or “gray” divorce, is becoming more acceptable and common. However, divorce during senior years carries its own unique concerns and financial challenges. Researchers at the Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, found that although overall divorce rates in the United States are falling, people aged 50 and over are now twice as likely to undergo divorce in comparison to 1990. The study also indicated that one out of four divorces in 2010 occurred in that age group. California divorce mediator Gerald Maggio commented, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2015 – The trucking industry is pushing for relaxed safety rules, even as truck accidents increase. Nearly 4,000 people die in the United States each year in accidents involving large trucks. More than 85,000 are injured. Fatalities involving big rigs have increased 17 percent since 2009, and injuries have increased by 28 percent. However, the trucking industry is pushing Congress to loosen safety restrictions. “Far too many people lose their lives or are seriously injured in truck accidents,” said Paul Greenberg, a truck accident attorney with the Chicago firm of Briskman Briskman & […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2015 – Truck wrecks are far more prevalent in the United States than many realize, with speed a causative factor. A Department of Transport (DOT) proposal may see speed limiters, or governors, installed on all trucks over 27,000 pounds. The proposal, a collaboration involving the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to have a speed governor installed on all trucks that weigh over 27,000 pounds, has made its way to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The proposal was the result of […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 6, 2015 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) watchdog investigates fewer than 10 percent of the almost 40,000 complaints it receives annually about problems at the agency despite their potential to harm veterans’ health. VA whistleblowers from across the United States spoke at a Senate hearing on Sept. 22. They claimed the department continues to retaliate against whistleblowers who report wrongdoing. The VA was also accused of failing to hold supervisors accountable more than a year after the scandal broke over wait times at the Phoenix VA hospital. “The VA’s culture of retaliation […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 5, 2015 – A new report shows that although the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has improved its processing of veterans’ benefits claims overall, the office that processes disability cases for Florida has failed to handle claims properly. The VA regional office in St. Petersburg, Florida, is either overpaying or shortchanging the state’s veterans in some cases. The St. Petersburg office processes disability claims for all of Florida. The report was part of the inspector general’s ongoing review of regional offices throughout the United States. “In recent years, the VA has been experiencing high […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2015 – A bill has been introduced in Congress that would allow foreign nationals who are in the United States in E-2 status to become eligible to apply for permanent U.S. residency after 10 years in E-2 status. As background, the United States has treaties with more than 60 countries that provide for investment. The treaties permit citizens of a treaty country to make an investment in the United States provided the treaty investor meets certain requirements. The E-2 treaty investor visa must make a substantial investment in an active commercial enterprise, and […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2015 – With the Supreme Court’s landmark June 26 ruling legalizing gay marriage throughout the United States, same-sex couples should consider what the decision means for their financial and estate planning strategies for the future. Married same-sex couples will now be able to take advantage of all the financial benefits that have been available to other married couples for years, such as health insurance, Social Security and retirement. “The Supreme Court’s decision is life-changing for same-sex couples as it has leveled the playing field for all married couples when it comes to […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2015 – The 2015 Top Lawyers list, published by H Texas Magazine, recognizes top lawyers in their fields as nominated and voted for by their peers. “It is indeed an honor to be recognized by my immigration colleagues for the second year in a row,” said principal attorney, Annie Banerjee, at the Law Office of Annie Bannerjee, Houston, Texas. In 1996, Annie Banerjee graduated from the South Texas College of Law, ranking the third highest in her class and on a full academic scholarship. She made the Dean’s List and worked as Assistant […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2015 – Former governor would await congressional legislation before acting on predecessor’s policy. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a leading candidate for the 2016 Republican nomination for president, has been a vocal critic of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. But on May 11, Bush indicated that if he were elected president, he would not immediately repeal Obama’s actions. Bush made his comments in a televised interview in which he defended his previous support for allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and their children to pay in-state tuition rates for a college […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2015 – Criminal charges are not processed through just any court. To try a case, the court must have personal jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction and the power to try an accused for breaking the law. Jurisdiction equates to the word “power.” A jurisdictional issue over a legal matter has three components: · The question of whether there is jurisdiction to hand down a judgement sought · The question of whether there is jurisdiction over the matter in question · The question of whether or not there is jurisdiction over the individual charged It […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2014 – Decision in favor of Mexican immigrant marks key victory for so-called Dreamers. In what could be a test case for immigrant rights in the country, an appellate panel of the New York state Supreme Court on June 3 overturned a committee’s 2013 decision that denied an undocumented immigrant the right to practice law. As a result of the court’s ruling, Cesar Vargas, a 31-year-old immigrant from Mexico, will be admitted to the New York state bar and be able to work as a lawyer. Vargas was not the first undocumented immigrant […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2014 – This was one of the worst accidents police have even seen. Thirteen motorcycles and a pickup truck involved in a horrific crash. “Texas is rife with motorcycle riders, largely because of our year round relatively good weather, the shaky economy, making a bike more cost effective and our large number of good highways. We are not immune to an accident such as this one taking place,” adds Bobby Lee, principal partner at Lee, Gober & Reyna, Austin. The Oklahoma accident was the result of a Denali pickup truck driver, Fred Cox […]


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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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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2015 – The first housing project dedicated to homeless women veterans in the United States was inaugurated on May 5, 2015. U.S. secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert A. McDonald, along with Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Blue Butterfly Village in San Pedro, Los Angeles. The housing community comprises 73 two-bedroom units that can accommodate families of up to six people. Veteran families will receive priority for 61 of the townhouses, which are expected to be filled up by the end of the year. “The Blue Butterfly Village […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2015 – Conflicts, especially war in Syria, contributed to swelling total of immigrants seeking safe haven. For several years, widespread anecdotal reports have suggested that the number of asylum-seekers worldwide has substantially increased. Many of these reports pointed to a growing rash of conflicts around the globe as reasoning. On March 26, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees confirmed those suggestions, stated that the number of asylum-seekers peaked last year, reaching a 20-year high. High Commissioner Antonio Guterres officially announced that 866,000 people from less-developed nations sought asylum in industrialized countries in […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2015 – According to a new study, Illinois is the third-safest place for teens to get behind the wheel. Overall, car accidents are the top cause of death for teenagers, and an average of 260 teenagers lose their lives each month in car crashes in the United States. Fortunately, teen driving deaths are lower in Illinois than in most states, likely as a result of the state’s graduated licensing program. “Graduated licensing appears to be having a positive effect on reducing teenage deaths from car accidents,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago car accident […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2015 – T.V. crime shows have made many familiar with the part of the Miranda warning stating that if the offender cannot afford an attorney, the court may appoint one for them. The U.S. constitution guarantees the right of an accused to speak to an attorney. Public defenders came into being in the United States in 1963, as a result of a decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in Gideon v. Wainwright. It stated the Sixth Amendment mandates that the government provide free legal counsel to indigent defendants in criminal cases. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 21, 2015 – The operators of a Tampa pill mill are now testifying against others involved in its operations, revealing the extent of what authorities have called the most active pill mill in the United States. Marco Beltran, the former owner of the Tampa Bay Wellness Centre, was initially sentenced to 15 years in prison. Now, he may have his sentence reduced in exchange for his testimony at trials against others, which has drawn back the curtain on what has been called the “ground zero” of pill mills in the United States. Federal authorities […]


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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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