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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2019 – An employee may take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but the employee must make a valid request for FMLA leave or an ADA accommodation. James Dallefeld filed a workers’ compensation claim for a knee injury, and his employer, The Clubs at River City (The Clubs), terminated him shortly thereafter. He filed a suit claiming violations of the FMLA and ADA. The Clubs filed a motion for summary judgment (summary dismissal). A key issue on the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2019 – In Scripps NP Operating, LLC v. Carter, the court holds that a newspaper may be held liable for statements made in a series of articles reporting on the financial improprieties of a private citizen. On May 24, 2019, the state’s high court issued an opinion in a Texas defamation case involving a series of articles that the Corpus Christi Times-Caller published about the then-Chief Executive Officer of the city’s Chamber of Commerce. The case required the court to determine if the newspaper was entitled to summary judgment based on the fact […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 18, 2019 – A United States Court of Appeals recently issued a decision that affects thousands of veteran’s disability claims appeals waiting for certification. This is the first time ever that the Court has allowed a class action lawsuit against the VA. When a veteran appeals a VA decision, they must fill out the Appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals form, also known as a VA Form 9, as a first step. The VA then certifies that the form is completed and includes all required documentation, then the appeal moves on to the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2019 – The Trump Administration is seeking to modify a federal regulation that would lead to thousands of people with disabilities to lose eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments if they are unable to communicate in English. Under the revised policy, the Social Security Administration (SSA) says lack of English proficiency is no longer an obstacle due to the U.S. workforce becoming “more linguistically diverse.” The Trump Administration suggested there are ample jobs available in which speaking, reading or writing English is not a significant factor. “It seems the rule change […]


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Orlando, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2019 – Orlando Family Team is pleased to announce that Ophelia Bernal-Mora has achieved Board Certification in Marital and Family Law from the Florida Bar Association. Ophelia is just one of 14 attorneys in Central Florida/Orange County with this distinction. According to the bar, certification provides potential clients with an objective measure to rely on when seeking a family law attorney. To become board certified in family law, an attorney must meet rigorous requirements, which include completion of at least five years of practice, 75 hours of continuing legal education, peer review, and […]


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Mount Pleasant, SC (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2019 – Noted personal injury attorney Nathan Hughey of the Hughey Law Firm in Mount Pleasant has recently received his eighth-consecutive AV rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards from Martindale Hubbell, the legal industry’s leading attorney directory. Among lawyers, a top rating from Martindale Hubbell is a true mark of achievement. The AV rating is the “gold standard” of the legal profession. Lawyers rely on it to identify and reward the best among them. Because Martindale Hubbell issues its rankings based on input from lawyers and clients, Nathan’s AV rating serves […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2019 – A coalition of labor advocacy groups in New Jersey released a report raising concerns about the treatment of warehouse workers and working conditions at Amazon and other large retailers. Thousands of employees work in New Jersey at dozens of warehouse distribution centers. Amazon operates many of the warehouses, but other retailers, like Costco and Office Depot, have centers across the state. With New Jersey’s ports and easy access to New York City’s large consumer market, the warehouse distribution sector continues to grow. Concerns about the safety and treatment of workers at […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2019 – Uber and Lyft drivers travel nearly three miles between fares, which increases the distance traveled and number of potential accidents for drivers at the ride-hailing services. Increased risk of accidents involving Uber and Lyft drivers means more accident victims and higher accident related costs across the United States. A new study shows Uber and Lyft drivers travel an average 2.8 miles between fares. That is much more than taxi cab drivers, who often pick up fares at or near the same locations where they drop other prior passengers. With a ride-hailing […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) July 12, 2019 – The New York State Assembly and Senate are considering a controversial bill that seeks to lower the legal limit at which an individual can be arrested for drunk driving. Under the proposal, the state’s blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold would drop from .08 to .05 for driving while intoxicated (DWI) and from .18 to .12 for aggravated DWI. The legislation is currently pending in both houses. Utah became the first state to adopt a .05 BAC threshold in December 2018. It currently has the nation’s strictest drunk driving law as the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2019 – On June 3, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis. The case discusses the requirement that an employee who believes they have been the victim of discrimination first file a claim with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) before filing a case in court. Ultimately, the Court concluded that this rule, while mandatory, is not jurisdictional. By that, the Court means that a plaintiff’s failure to file a claim with the EEOC will not deprive the court of the power to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2019 – A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed as a result of a number of different types of accidents. A wrongful death suit may be filed after a death in a car accident that resulted from a collision involving an allegedly drunk driver. A civil lawsuit is typically filed after the criminal case is handled. In a recent collision, two sisters, 16 and 18-years-old, were killed in their Honda sedan after it was hit by a Dodge pickup on I-35 between Austin and San Antonio. The wreck happened at about 9:20 p.m. […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 09, 2019 – Experienced personal injury attorneys Steven Petrillo and Scott Goldberg were honored by the South Jersey community, which named them among the community’s most “awesome attorneys.” South Jersey magazine named the two Pennsauken attorneys among the very best in the region, after assessing their nominations by the local community. Scott Goldberg and Steven Petrillo received high honors via their inclusion in South Jersey magazine’s 2018 Awesome Attorneys list. The two were honored among the state’s best in the personal injury attorneys field. “This high honor affirms our good work on behalf of […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 08, 2019 – More than 40 percent of Florida’s nursing home facilities are asking state regulators for more time to meet the enacted changes to regulations requiring nursing homes to have proper and adequate backup power supplies when needed in emergencies. A review of documents filed with the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) by the News Service of Florida has found that 305 nursing homes have requested variances requesting extra time to comply with the new requirements of having backup generations and a 72 hour supply of fuel that can create “cool zones” […]


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Washington, DC (Law Firm Newswire) July 5, 2019 – 117 prisoners appealed to the US Supreme Court on Friday in an action challenging California’s failure to move them out of harm’s way during a 2004-2014 valley fever epidemic in Central California. The disease ravaged the population in two facilities, Pleasant Valley State Prison and Avenal State Prison. The lead defendant in the action is former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. His administration did nothing. In cases that are not fatal, it causes a continuum of adverse health complications starting with impediments to breathing (such as choking, coughing blood and feelings of suffocation), […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 5, 2019 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is planning to shut all 23 of its international offices by 2020. The Trump Administration has scheduled several target dates for the closures starting June 30, 2019 for offices with minimal workloads. The agency’s international offices are located in 20 countries around the world. USCIS said there were plans to allocate the workload of the foreign stations to the U.S. State Department as well as other agencies to avoid interruptions in service. USCIS anticipate the closures will help maximize resources and free up millions of […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 03, 2019 – Wolper Law Firm, P.A. announces that it has filed an arbitration claim against Sterne Agee Financial Services, Inc. and its former registered representative, Richard Wesselt, before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). The FINRA arbitration was filed on behalf of five (5) former clients of Sterne Agee and Richard Wesselt and alleges damages between $5 million and $10 million. The allegations of misconduct are based on unsuitable investment advice and insurance churning. Richard Wesselt has been in the securities and insurance industry for many years. He was previously a registered […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 3, 2019 – In January, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of “Blue Water” veterans. These former members of the Navy who served during the Vietnam War on ships and were exposed to Agent Orange and are now suffering with medical conditions as a result. Until now, they have been denied VA benefits because they were never on the ground in Vietnam. Many Blue Water vets have conditions that are related to Agent Orange exposure. There are currently seven types of cancer and seven other conditions linked to […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 02, 2019 – More than fifty employees at an Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, were injured when an automated robot punctured a can of bear repellant spray. Twenty-four of those who were hurt were hospitalized and one woman was critically injured. The incident occurred on the third floor of the sprawling Amazon facility, which measures 1.3 million square feet. Hundreds of people work at the warehouse during a normal shift. When the spray, which contained a concentrated form of capsaicin, the substance that gives hot chili peppers their spice, was punctured its […]


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Charleston, SC (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2019 – Local attorney Nathan Hughey and the firm he founded, Hughey Law Firm, are proud to announce they have recovered $120 million in jury verdicts and settlements since the firm’s founding in 2007. This astounding tally reflects the firm’s growing and well-earned reputation for tackling the most complex personal injury matters on behalf of some of the Palmetto State’s most catastrophically injured citizens. It is a milestone few law firms ever reach, much less in just 12 years. How They Did It When Nathan Hughey founded Hughey Law Firm in 2007, he […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 01, 2019 – As reported by the Florida Highway Patrol, two vehicles were involved in a collision that left three people dead and two seriously injured. The crash occurred on County Road 54 and involved a head-on collision between a Mazda and a Toyota Camry. The impact happened when the driver of the Mazda attempted to pass traffic by pulling into the oncoming lane. It was at this point he hit the Camry head on, causing each vehicle to spin off the road. The driver of the Mazda was thrown from his vehicle and […]


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