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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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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2015 – The 2014 election was barely over before all thoughts turned to the 2016 election. Many new voting faces, and perhaps a new perspective, will be involved for both parties. The increased presence of voters of color could very visibly change the face of the nation in the next election. While the recent midterm elections did select many more Republicans than perhaps expected, the party’s success is not necessarily maintainable for the 2016 election. Midterms usually have lower voter turnouts in general, and the racial and cultural demographics of those voters are […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 1, 2015 – In Felton, California, an 81-year-old resident took home a tainted caramel apple from her local Safeway store. She later died from a related infection. “The facts in this case could apply to anyone in any location in the United States,” remarked Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury attorney. “We all shop for groceries and assume that what we buy is safe for consumption. As it turned out, that caramel apple was allegedly tainted with Listeria, and it was anything but safe.” Health investigators with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2015 – The United States would not be the global power it is today without the presence and contributions of immigrants. “Many Americans do not realize where the term the ‘American Dream’ came from,” says Miami immigration attorney, Larry Rifkin, “and what it means.” First appearing in James Adams’ 1931 book “The Epic of America,” the expression described the complexity of social expectations, beliefs, political expectations, and religious promises held by Americans at the time of the Great Depression. The term itself represented a melting pot of meanings, and over time the connotation […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2015 – Law would allow those who qualify under executive action to collect disability, other payments. On November 25, key details about how President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform would translate into policy emerged. In an email, White House spokesman Shawn Turner stated that undocumented immigrants would be eligible to collect Social Security and Medicare benefits: “If they pay in, they can draw.” Federal law states that people who pay taxes and have been determined to be “lawfully present in the United States” are allowed to collect government benefits once they become […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2015 – On December 17, President Obama announced that the United States would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and will open an American embassy in Havana for the first time in more than 50 years. The surprising change in U.S. foreign policy portends an open dialogue between the erstwhile Cold War enemies, but it is less clear how the resumption of relations will impact Cuban immigration policy. The president has also signaled that he wants to lift the 54-year-old U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. But a shift in trade policy would require cooperation […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2015 – Road workers are at high risk for on-the-job injuries in Illinois and elsewhere in the United States. In the United States, 20,000 road workers are injured annually in work zones, according to the Federal Highway Administration. “Road workers are at an increased risk of on-the-job injuries,” said Robert Briskman, a work injury attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg in Chicago. “Injured workers deserve compensation.” There were more than 100 on-the-job fatalities among road workers from 2009 to 2013. Injuries and fatalities to road workers comprise more than 1.5 percent of total […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Despite Republican electoral rout, Obama sets stage for showdown with legislative branch. President Obama was reflective in the wake of Election Day, when Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate and increased their margin in the House of Representatives. But any thought that the president would emerge from November 4 chastened and resigned to a lame-duck status was rejected on November 20 when Obama announced his plan for executive action on immigration reform, reiterating his call for congressional Republicans to pass an immigration measure. Obama revealed his plans on immigration in […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2014 – In a year of major news for veterans, a much-hyped concert draws a smaller-than-expected crowd. With 2014 marking 100 years since the start of World War I, Veterans Day, the anniversary of the end of the war in 1918, was marked by well-attended and poignant commemorations in Canada as well as in many of the European countries that bore the brunt of the “Great War.” In the United States, though, a star-studded tribute on Washington’s National Mall drew a disappointingly smaller-than-expected crowd. In Britain, a commemorative installation of ceramic poppies at […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2014 – Drawn to a strengthening U.S. economy, Indian immigrants formed the largest group of newcomers in 2013. The U.S. Census Bureau has made official what seemed only anecdotally true until now: the number of immigrants to the United States grew in 2013. By 523,400, to be precise. That figure is higher than the 446,800 total recorded in 2012 and represents the biggest single increase since 2006.  As a result of the uptick in immigration, nearly one in six adults living in the United States is now foreign-born. And unlike previous periods of […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2014 – Extendicare, one of the largest nursing home chains in the country, has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve claims of inadequate care, unnecessary treatment and fraud. The claims were brought forward by the United States Justice Department after whistleblowers alerted investigators to systematic problems within the company. Federal investigators found widespread malnutrition, infections, bed sores, fractures and other complications due to inadequate staffing practices at Extendicare facilities. “We have to remember that there are real individuals and real families across the country who feel helpless when facing the nursing […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2014 – The Indian premier has offered initiatives for reform, but U.S. policy remains largely frozen by domestic politics. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic, early-fall trip to the United States was marked by much fanfare as he captivated audiences in New York and Washington, D.C. However, despite the high hopes that Modi’s first official foray to this country would help engender movement on visa reform (among other areas of U.S.-Indian common interest) a more liberal policy on visas has not been forthcoming from a U.S. government paralyzed by a politics-driven gridlock. New […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2014 – Recently, U.S. courts have issued a series of decisions regarding venues in several of the ongoing lawsuits addressing birth defects caused by Paxil, an antidepressant drug made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). GSK recently lost its bid to have a group of cases heard in federal court rather than in Pennsylvania state court. In a different lawsuit, GSK won its appeal to have a case heard in Ohio rather than in Pennsylvania. In that case, the plaintiff’s attorneys now claim that GSK will unfairly benefit, as ex-employees of GSK will be less likely […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2014 – Thousands of Vietnam veterans may become eligible for benefits, thanks to new rules that help veterans appeal less-than-honorable discharges that were caused by conduct related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to a Department of Defense memorandum from United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, PTSD should now be considered a mitigating factor in the review of discharge status. The memorandum also instructs that time limits be liberally waived in these cases so that Vietnam veterans can apply. PTSD did not become an official diagnosis until after 1980. As such, Vietnam […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2014 – The Garden State is encouraging adult mentoring to amplify the impact of its successful licensing program. September traditionally marks the back-to-school period in the United States. This year, the mass return to classrooms in the wake of Labor Day, which includes a wave of teenagers driving to school, has been little different. This fall in New Jersey, highway safety officials decided to heighten public awareness of the importance of parental mentoring of teens to help reduce the incidence of traffic accidents among younger motorists in the Garden State. Nationwide, the incidence […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2014 – India’s national, low-budget effort reached its Martian goal because of the high concentration of skilled talent involved. On September 24, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft reached planetary orbit. The achievement is particularly significant because of the small budget upon which the program operates. In beating out its Asian rivals, the Indian Space Research Organization (IRSO) accomplishment also focused attention on the large pool of professionals in India with skill sets in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Carrying the affectionately significant acronym “MOM,” the Indian spacecraft not only reached Mars orbit before […]


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