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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2014 – After more than 13 years of efforts from lawmakers and patent officials, the United States is on the verge of becoming a member nation of the Hague Agreement. The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs, also known as the “Hague system,” allows for the registration of industrial designs in all participating nations with a single application and a single set of fees. Los Angeles patent attorney Pejman Yedidsion said he looked forward to the change. “The Hague Agreement has been working very well in its member nations […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2014 – Marjorie Mesidor has been admitted to the Supreme Court Bar, the highest Bar in the United States. Mesidor is the Lead Counsel at Phillips & Associates, a New York employment law firm. On May 4, 2014, Mesidor traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the Supreme Court’s announcement of its decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway. Following the announcement, Mesidor and 20 other members of the Brooklyn Bar Association were admitted to the court on motion. All 21 attorneys took an oath to confirm the motion, and Justices Alito and […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 5, 2014 – The Smithsonian Natural History museum has opened a new exhibit detailing Indian-American accomplishments and history in the United States. “Beyond Bollywood: Indian-Americans Shape the Nation” showcases the major cultural, economic and historic contributions Indian-Americans have made to the United States. The ground-breaking exhibit examines more than 200 years of Indian immigration, and it also suggests that debates over immigration are nothing new in this country. “Throughout American history, the demand for foreign-born workers has been satisfied by immigrants from India to a significant extent,” detailed Annie Banerjee, a leading Texas immigration […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2014 – Suppressing the total number of H-1B visa immigrants in the United States would actually result in fewer U.S. job opportunities overall. As members of Congress consider immigration reform, businesses dependent on a significant quotient of foreign-born, highly skilled workers gird their loins. There is a very real possibility that the federal government will further curtail the number of H-1B visas available. These visas are necessary for these educated individuals to come to the United States to work.  Reform would certainly damage opportunities for foreign-born workers. But if more restrictive legislation passes, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2014 – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has criticized U.S. immigration policy and called for reform. Jindal, a Republican who has been mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, had some harsh words for the U.S. immigration system in an interview with CNN on February 2, 2014. As the son of Indian immigrants, the governor communicated a sense of frustration, but also the hope that his party may be edging closer toward compromise legislation on immigration in 2014. Jindal, whose parents emigrated to the United States from Punjab, told CNN’s Candy Crowley that the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2014 – President Obama and congressional Republicans are now offering nuanced views on immigration issues for 2014. Key developments in January suggest that immigration reform may finally be close to realization. The first month of the year has already seen a presidential interview and a new set of principles on immigration promulgated by the House Republican caucus. Hope for an enacted compromise seems stronger than ever before as both sides of the debate take steps toward each other’s positions. In the wake of his State of the Union address, President Obama granted an […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2014 – A new mental-health “vaccine” treatment and an accelerated therapy technique have been discovered to better treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The results of two studies, one from Florida and one from Massachusetts, were both released in December. Each offers hope for improvement to current methods used to combat PTSD. The developments are likely to prove especially welcome amongst war veterans, one of the communities hit hardest by PTSD in the United States. The Florida study has found that a technique called Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), a combination of evidence-based psychotherapies […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2014 – The 21st International Day of Persons with Disabilities comes without the passage of a key treaty. December 3, 2013 marked the 21st anniversary of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Day was initiated by the United Nations, and it seeks to raise awareness of people with disabilities across the globe. It draws focus to the issues they face and promotes the discovery of new ways to remove some of the obstacles that they attempt to overcome in society. On a global level, the sheer number of people with disabilities […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2014 – A nominee for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deputy is still being scrutinized for alleged favoritism in his allocation of visas. Alejandro Mayorkas, an Obama-administration nominee for a top post with the DHS, has been under the cloud of a federal investigation for months. But on December 11, 2013, he took an important step forward toward confirmation when Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved his nomination. Mayorkas, the current director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has been nominated to serve as deputy to […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2014 – A new study has found that infant primates who were fed lead-rich formula later develop key signs of disease. Scientists have known for some time that there are three primary risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease: advanced age, family history and genetic make-up. However, the results of a long-term study released in December has now provided solid evidence that early exposure to lead is also a key factor in the development of Alzheimer’s-induced dementia. A team of researchers from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston (URI) conducted a 23-year study that […]


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St. Peters, MO (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2014 – Capital punishment spiked in Missouri during the last two months of 2013. Capital punishment is the ultimate price a criminal convict can pay. Use of the death penalty has been declining in the United States after rates peaked in 1999, when 98 executions took place within the year. But while the national numbers have gone down, the latest figures for Missouri are suddenly traveling in the opposite direction. In 2013, the United States matched a historic low for executions: 39. For the second time in 19 years, fewer than 40 […]


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St. Peters, MO (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2014 – Missouri drivers ranked the seventh worst in the U.S. for safety, and traffic fatalities in the state have also increased. In Missouri and across the United States, the holiday season marks a prime time for automobile travel. However, this holiday season’s journeys come with a caveat: the Show Me State has earned the dubious distinction of seventh worst for driver safety. Missouri landed its unfavorable ranking (tied for the position with North Carolina) with poor scores in a series of metrics compiled by CarinsuranceComparison.com, an online resource for comparative insurance […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 10, 2013 – The demand for qualified college students from abroad is high, but with current U.S. immigration laws, many must leave the country immediately after graduation. Among the primary documents that technology companies (and other firms that employ significant numbers of foreign workers) use, the H1-B visa stands out as the most important. However, the H1-B visa is only valid for employment and does not cover another group of skilled workers that American companies often covet: foreign-born students with degrees. But the F-1 visa students rely upon to enter American universities from abroad […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2013 – A senator and a prominent doctor joined together to call for a doubling of the amount the U.S. government spends on research into Alzheimer’s disease each year. Senator Susan Collins is the senior senator from Maine and Co-Chair of the Senate Alzheimer’s Task Force. Ronald C. Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the Mayo Clinic. The pair co-authored an article on the disease in a recent issue of Parade magazine. Virginia elder law attorney Andrew Hook agreed with the senator and doctor’s recommendation. […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 18, 2013 – According to Waxahachie personal injury lawyer John Hale, the latest alleged drunk driving accidents in Texas underscore the issue faced by the state when it comes to inebriated driving. “Drunk driving incidents happen far too often in the Houston area, as well as across the country,” said Hale. “Unfortunately what we are seeing may indicate that the issue is not so much a lack of public education about the dangers of drinking and driving, as much as it is an issue of how people perceive their own level of inebriation when […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2013 – June 15, 2013 was designated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by the United Nations. The day was set aside to encourage a wider recognition of elder abuse in communities and as a call for countries to work on policies that support respect for the elderly. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 6 percent of the elderly population experiences some form of abuse; the numbers are unclear, as the abuse, more often than not, goes unreported. Elder researchers say that abuse of the elderly is one of the […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2013 – The U.S. Supreme Court invalidated part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), extensively impacting taxes and federal benefits. Section 3 of DOMA defines marriage, for the purpose of federal law, as a legal union between one man and one woman. The Supreme Court deemed that section unconstitutional by a 5-4 decision issued on June 26, 2013. How that decision is applied to the law by various federal agencies will determine whether same-sex married couples are granted any of a number of the legal benefits of marriage. “The effects of […]


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Jacksonville, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2013 – For people age 50 and older, the divorce rate has doubled in the past 20 years, according to a new study. Researchers at Bowling Green State University released the study, “The Gray Divorce Revolution,” which used data from the U.S. Census. The study found that in 1990, one in 10 recently-divorced people was age 50 or older, and by 2010, that number had reached one in four. In 2010, over 600,000 people age 50 and older got a divorce. Richard D. Zasada, a family law attorney in Jacksonville, Florida, said that […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2013 – Border security efforts can include the latest in high-tech efforts as well as something as simple as checking for footprints. “One of the largest sections of protected border is the 262-mile wall just south of Tucson. It bristles with sensors, infrared scopes and surveillance cameras. It’s high tech to the nth degree,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “But security is even more basic than that, including foot searches, horseback details scouring the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2013 – The Department of Homeland Security Office of Immigration Statistics released a new report based on the 2010 U.S. census, estimating the population of undocumented immigrants in the United States. “While we know how many H-1B visas are available and what the application numbers are each year, it can be far less clear to know how many other types of foreign-born workers are in the U.S. at any given time,” stated Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) works with the American Community Survey (ACS) of the U.S. […]


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