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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2019 – A pedestrian was struck by driver while in a crosswalk in an accident on the north side of San Antonio, Texas. After running a red light, the driver of a van, turning from Parliament onto Blanco, hit an 18-year-old man in the middle of a crosswalk, and then struck another vehicle. Thanks to an eyewitness, San Antonio police were later able to apprehend and identify the 50-year-old female driver who fled the scene of the accident. The pedestrian is expected to recover from his injuries. The van driver was charged with […]


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Corpus Christi, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2019 – Mrs. Toureilles is a now a senior trial associate attorney with the Alex R. Hernandez Jr. PLLC.  She is the former State Representative for District 43 having spent three terms in the Texas Legislature. Her bills passed by the Texas House include: HB 139 – Relating to the creation of the offense of unlawful transport of an undocumented person. HB 455 – Relating to creating an offense for the trapping of wild deer by a deer breeder and to the civil and criminal consequences of engaging in certain conduct associated […]


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Middletown, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2019 The Law Offices of Sobo & Sobo have been awarded the 10 Best Attorneys – Client Satisfaction award from AIOPIA, the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. Each year the American Institute of Legal Counsel honors an exclusive group of attorneys across six divisions by naming them among the “10 Best Attorneys” for each state in their field of focus. Those selected must not only have attained the highest degree of professional achievement in their field of law, they must be nominated by a client, a fellow attorney or the institute and […]


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Pottsville, PA (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2019 – Pennsylvania elder law attorney Rebecca A. Hobbs, CELA, has been named ElderLawAnswers’ first National Director. In this role, Hobbs will create new programming, including a new podcast series and a members-only forum, that will add even greater value to an ElderLawAnswers membership. “We are excited that Rebecca is joining us and helping to take membership in ElderLawAnswers to the next level,” said ElderLawAnswers founder and president Harry S. Margolis. “In addition to spearheading new offerings that will make members better and busier attorneys, as a young practicing attorney herself Rebecca will […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2019 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary assured veterans they will be reimbursed in full for delayed payments of GI Bill benefits amid several days of confusion and mixed messages from the agency. VA officials told House Committee on Veterans Affairs staffers on November 28 that retroactively repaying veterans under new rates would require an audit of around two million prior claims. They said the process could result in additional delays. “The VA is complicating what should be a straightforward matter — paying veterans what they are owed,” commented Florida veterans […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2019 – A New York pediatrician was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison for possessing and receiving child pornography after being caught with thousands of sexually explicit images of children. David Blasczak, 70, admitted to taking nude photos of minor patients in his office and molesting his daughter’s friends during slumber parties. Police found Blasczak possessed or received a total of 75 videos and 2,500 photos of child pornography. Blasczak’s employer suspended his medical staff privileges then subsequently fired him after finding out about the investigation. Blasczak gave up his medical […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2019 – This on-the-job accident involved a worker allegedly falling down a staircase. The worker in this workers’ compensation case filed a complaint in Harris County District Court against Polyone Corp., alleging that the premises occupier failed to maintain complete control of its premises. Plaintiff Raul Saldana stated that on the 24th of February, he was working for his employer, installing machinery on the second floor of the named defendant’s premises. As Saldana went to go downstairs, he allegedly fell from eight feet, suffering multiple, serious injuries resulting in lost wages, pain and […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2019 – Google announced new policies surrounding sexual harassment and assault after more than 20,000 employees participated in a worldwide walkout on November 1. The company promised to end its forced arbitration requirement for sexual misconduct complaints. Protest organizers said that although they were encouraged by the progress, the Silicon Valley giant did not go far enough in meeting the demands they put forward. It also failed to address systemic racism and other forms of workplace discrimination. One of the key changes Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced was that the company would […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2019 – A psychiatrist in Hobe Sound, Florida, recently pleaded guilty to Social Security disability fraud and other charges after receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent disability benefits over several years. A federal grand jury indicted Arthur John Kranz on wire fraud, mail fraud, theft of government funds and tax evasion charges in connection with his failure to report his work activity. The U.S. Department of Justice said Kranz started receiving disability payments in 2002 from his private insurance company after filing a claim based on the grounds that he was […]


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Weston, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2019 – The Dow Chemical Company, Shell Oil Company Corporate, and Occidental Chemical Corporation have been hit with a lawsuit by former Nicaraguan banana plantation workers accusing the companies of authorizing the sale of Dibromochloropropane (DBCP), the toxic chemical found in pesticides. The attorney for the workers is the president of the French Bar, Pierre-Olivier Sur. Charges were filed in front of the Paris High Court on November 6, 2018. Sur is part of a litigation team comprised of David W. Brill of BRILL & RINALDI, The Law Firm, the father and son […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2019 – Recent statistics indicating a sharp upward spike in federal enforcement actions against workplace sexual harassment should serve as a wake-up call for any Texas employer not yet prepared and ready to respond when harassment claims are made by employees. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), enforcement actions for sexual harassment at work rose 50 percent during the past year. Complaints coming in to the EEOC are up too. Charges filed with the EEOC alleging sexual harassment increased by 13.6 percent from 2017 to 2018. Reasonable cause findings in sexual […]


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Philadelphia, PA (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2019 – Just recently on Court Radio, Dean Weitzman, managing partner of MyPhillyLawyer, discussed the latest ongoing personal injury lawsuits alleging Johnson & Johnson, a large American pharmaceutical company, knew for decades, but hid the fact, that there was a problem for women lurking in their baby powder product – the presence of asbestos. “The truth of the matter,” indicated Weitzman, “is that this is not the first time that as a corporation Johnson & Johnson has hidden information that may not have been good for their retail items.” J & J company […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) January 5, 2019 – Atlanta attorney Rod Dixon and his law firm, The Dixon Firm, PC, have announced that it is offering an educational scholarship for African-American students for the 2019-2020 school year. The Dixon Firm, PC understands that higher education is important for a successful future, yet a challenge for all making an effort to become financially secure. This scholarship opportunity, for the amount of $1,000, will help a deserving African-American student accomplish educational goals and prepare for future career aspirations. Rod Dixon is a proud African-American who is passionate about giving back and […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2019 – Michigan has had medical marijuana laws in place for several years, and voters recently approved legalizing recreational marijuana. For many veterans suffering from PTSD, legal marijuana is a welcome relief from prescription drugs and painkillers for related trauma. Federal law bans its use, even among veterans seeking help via the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical services. “Medicine in the 2st century includes medical marijuana in its many forms. Yet, antiquated federal laws mean many veterans cannot obtain it through their VA doctors,” veterans benefits attorney James G. Fausone said. […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2019 – The president recently signed a new federal law that urges financial service providers to train staff to better identify suspected elder financial abuse and report it. The Senior Safe Act allows financial services professionals to fight against fraud while maintaining their clients’ privacy. The legislation modifies provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, which was passed in 2010 to govern regulation of the financial industry following the 2008 economic meltdown. The bill was first introduced by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) in January 2017. She modeled it on the elder financial abuse prevention […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2018 – The risk of car accidents is rising in U.S. states where marijuana has been legalized, according to recent reports released by two traffic safety research groups. Studies from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) noted a nearly six percent rise in the number of highway crashes in four states where recreational marijuana use is legal. The frequency of collision insurance claims was “consistently” higher in Oregon, Colorado, Nevada and Washington than other neighboring states where marijuana is still illegal. A second study focused […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2018 – The new year will put an extra of about $100 per month in the pockets of disabled veterans thanks to the largest cost of living adjustment (COLA) since 2012. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) approved the rate increase in November. Disabled veterans will see a monthly increase of about $100, while military retirees will receive increases that vary based on their individual retirement plans. The 2.8 percent increase takes effect on January 1 and gives additional amounts to veterans with a disability rating of 30 percent or higher and who […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 26, 2018 – A recent report accused California health regulators of placing nursing home residents’ health in danger by allowing substandard care to persist at facilities throughout the state. The California State Auditor criticized the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, and the Department of Health Care Services for lack of coordinated oversight. According to the state auditor, the CDPH did not conduct required inspections or issue timely citations for poor care. The department failed to cite or fine facilities in most of the cases […]


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Denville, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2018 – New Jersey personal injury attorney Todd J. Leonard commemorates 30 distinguished years of providing high-quality legal representation to his clients. Todd proudly continues the legacy of his late father, legendary New Jersey trial attorney Alvin R. Leonard, who guided his development into a highly touted trial lawyer. After helping his father win numerous high-profile personal injury and wrongful death cases, Todd Leonard embarked upon his own journey, which has established him as one of the state’s most experienced personal injury attorneys. For 30 years, Todd Leonard has been helping his clients […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2018 – The American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act (ACWIA) passed in October 21, 1998, and dealt with high-skilled labor immigration through the H-1B visa and helping improve the capabilities of the domestic workforce to reduce the need for foreign labor. The ACWIA was followed by the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (AC-21) passed in 2000 that virtually restructured the H-1B to permit more temporary workers without making changes to caps (and added more grace years before the cap became binding once again). The rule was published here: 81 FR 82398 […]


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