Legal News | Law Firm Newswire - Part 10

Alexandria, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2021 – Even as Grace Episcopal Church, located in Alexandria Virginia, preaches health, wholeness and respect for the dignity of every human being, it continues to avoid, deny, explain and defend the indefensible. That’s the message of Eric Bonetti, plaintiff in a series of lawsuits against the church and its former rector, Robert H. Malm, after a motions court hearing in Wareham Massachusetts on Wednesday. During the hearing, an attorney for Malm asked the court to dismiss complaints of abuse of process, defamation, and the intentional infliction of emotional distress on the basis […]


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Alexandria, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2021 – An attorney for Episcopal priest Robert H. Malm is attempting to interfere with police investigations of his client. That’s the complaint of Eric Bonetti, plaintiff in a series of lawsuits that claim that Malm has repeatedly committed perjury before courts in Virginia and Massachusetts. In addition, Malm is accused of concealing evidence adverse to him in previous litigation, lying to the courts by providing false statements of law and fact, witness tampering, threatening the plaintiff, and defaming him by accusing him of engaging in “domestic terrorism.” Bonetti makes the claim in […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2021 – Automated vehicles have long been the goal of many inventors, scientists and even carmakers. With an eye on reducing the number of crashes on the roads, driverless technology seemed to be a good idea. Over time, flaws associated with automated vehicles came to the fore, with the main concern being programming done by humans. It is not always accurate.   Some studies indicate automated vehicles can save lives and be more efficient. The real question is whether or not they are as reliable as vehicles driven by humans. At a recent […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2021 – Mercedes-Benz vehicle owners filed a class-action lawsuit against the carmaker over a dangerous defect that could cause a car’s panoramic sunroof to explode and shatter unexpectedly.   The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against parent company Daimler AG, auto dealership Napleton Autowerks of Indiana, Inc. and glassmaker Saint-Gobain Sekurit. The lawsuit claimed Mercedes-Benz failed to warn the public and take action despite knowing about the potential problem. The company allegedly misrepresented the safety of its vehicles and used misleading marketing to make […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2021 – A Cook County jury awarded $43.5 million to an intensive care nurse who suffered severe injuries in an Indiana truck accident five years ago. Cynthia Kroft, 58, and her husband filed a personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver and his employer. The truck driver was identified as Pedrag Radisljovic. He was working for Chicago-based trucking company Viper Transportation when the accident occurred. “A person who has been injured in a truck accident can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault truck driver,” commented Paul Greenberg, a personal injury attorney […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2021 – Not all injuries show symptoms immediately after a car accident. Some take hours – or even days – to show up. It is important to know what signs to look for. Here are five important warning signs to look out for after a car accident: Dizziness or Nausea Dizziness can be a symptom of many serious medical conditions. It could indicate brain damage or internal bleeding. These conditions can be fatal if they are left untreated. Nausea may be caused by the dizziness or be a symptom of a different medical […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2021 – As vaccination rates increase both within the United States and worldwide, and new infection and death rates decrease, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) faces the formidable challenge of how to resume effective visa processing abroad to reduce the massive backlog of immigrant visa cases, which have built up while consulates have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), on June 29, 2021, issued a policy brief proposing a 10-point plan for re-opening America and re-establishing the United States as a welcoming nation. AILA recommended […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 24, 2021 – Social Security is a safety net for millions of Americans. While everyone who works will eventually qualify for Social Security benefits upon their retirement, the Social Security Administration also provides important benefits to those who experience disability long before retirement. However, the Social Security system is commonly misunderstood, and everything about the Social Security Administration and the benefits it oversees is quite complex. Adding to the confusion are many widely believed myths that, while inaccurate, tend to frame people’s perception of Social Security benefits. Below are just a few. Social Security […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2021 – Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can range in severity from mild to severe. Often the outcome for someone who has sustained a TBI can be stressful, frustrating and may not be what they have hoped for.   Fortunately, a recent study has shown that people diagnosed with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries can improve over time.   The study involved 484 individuals who sustained moderate to severe TBIs and followed the participants’ conditions over the course of a year. The results indicated that roughly half of the participants with severe TBI […]


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Bourne, MA (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2021 – Robert Malm, an Episcopal priest sued for defamation, abuse of process, and perjury, is slated to provide a video deposition later this month. Malm, canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, faces a number of lawsuits after bringing a civil suit against former parishioner Eric Bonetti, in which he accused Bonetti of threatening him and Grace Episcopal Church, located in Alexandria VA. Among Malm’s accusations was that a blog, published by Bonetti’s late mother, was an act of “domestic terrorism,” due to its use of the word “suicide,” and its […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2021 – An Illinois State Police trooper sustained serious injuries after a vehicle struck his squad car on Interstate 55. The District 5 trooper was assisting at the scene of a separate motor vehicle accident when the collision occurred. The rear end of a gold Chevrolet crashed into the back of his squad car in the highway’s right lane. The trooper was inside his vehicle, which was stationary and had its emergency lights activated. The Chevrolet driver was identified as 43-year-old Michael J. Ryan. Ryan was traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 when he […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2021 – The United States Department for Veterans Affairs provides essential benefits for those who experience disability related to their service. Unfortunately, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is all too common among service members, and awareness surrounding this debilitating condition has only recently started to increase. Not only that but obtaining benefits for a PTSD diagnosis can be challenging due to the requirement that you prove the connection between the condition and your service. However, service members need to know that PTSD stemming from military sexual trauma is among the conditions that qualify for […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 18, 2021 – Non-compete clauses are frequently used—yet often misunderstood—by employers. However, having a non-compete clause does a business no good unless it is enforceable. In a recent case, the Twelfth Court of Appeals was asked to determine the validity of a non-compete agreement. The court concluded that the agreement was not enforceable. The case involved an employee who began his employment with another company in 2014. However, in 2016, Intertek received that company’s assets. As a part of the transfer agreement., Intertek received all of the other company’s contractual rights. In March 2019, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2021 – An Illinois-based shipping company was fined after an employee at its Chicago facility suffered multiple injuries in a workplace accident.   The employee, 30, was a recent hire of ITS ConGlobal who fell off a powered heavy-lift vehicle after being permitted to ride it unsecured. The vehicle then ran over him, leading to a crushed pelvis and amputated leg.   The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited ITS ConGlobal for two serious violations and a willful violation. The company is facing proposed penalties of $156,038.   “This worker suffered life-altering […]


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Alexandria, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2021 – The plaintiff in a lawsuit against Grace Episcopal Church, located in Alexandria VA, is alleging that the church’s former rector, Bob Malm, has again knowingly provided false information to the Alexandria Circuit Court. The plaintiff, Eric Bonetti, specifically alleges that, in recent court pleadings, Malm lied by claiming that Bonetti has repeatedly posted comments about Malm under the names of various siblings. Bonetti’s only brother, Brian Bonetti, died almost 27 years to the day of Cyron’s pleadings. Following the filing of the allegedly false pleadings, Bonetti repeatedly contacted Malm’s attorney, Wayne […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2021 – In pleadings filed today with the Wareham Massachusetts, plaintiff Eric Bonetti asked the court to dismiss defendant’s objections to his lawsuit. The defendant, Robert Hiller Malm, is an Episcopal priest canonically resident in the Diocese of Virginia, and presently serves as interim rector of St. Peter’s on the Canal, in Bourne Massachusetts. The suit had its genesis in Malm’s efforts to obtain a protective order against plaintiff Eric Bonetti. In response, Bonetti denied the allegations, and filed a civil complaint alleging that Malm committed perjury, engaged in abuse of process, and […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2021 – A new report found a rise in traffic deaths in Illinois in 2020 despite a decrease in driving amid the COVID-19 pandemic. State officials said last year was the deadliest in 13 years for drivers. The Illinois Department of Transportation noted that around 1,166 people died in motor vehicle accidents in the state in 2020, up 16 percent from 2019. Chicago saw a more significant increase in fatal crashes, with 139 deaths on its roadways. Preliminary data from the Chicago Police Department indicated a 45 percent rise in fatalities from 2019. […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) August 2, 2021 – The former general manager of a Long Island radio station admitted to using a company credit card to defraud her employer out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.   Stephanie Bitis, 58, pleaded guilty to a single count of felony access device fraud in federal court. The access device in the case was a credit card that belonged to Long Island Radio Broadcasting. Federal prosecutors claimed she made more than $250,000 in personal purchases on the business account, including an overseas family vacation, personal orthodontist appointments, boat maintenance and tax services. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2021 –  An airline mechanic was killed after being crushed by airplane equipment while he was working at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident. Jijo George, 35, was an employee of Envoy Air. He started working as a maintenance mechanic for the airline around two years ago. Chicago Police arrived at the airport after receiving a report of a man who was discovered unresponsive underneath a piece of airplane equipment at hangar 764. In an autopsy report, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office reported […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 29 21, 2021 – The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision that foreign nationals who receive Temporary Protected Status (TPS) after entering the United States unlawfully are not eligible to adjust their status to that of a lawful permanent resident. The ruling in Sanchez v. Mayorkas on June 7, 2021, is expected to bar thousands of individuals who hold TPS from applying to become lawful permanent residents of the United States. The issue at the heart of the case was whether being granted TPS enables a person to obtain permanent resident status despite […]


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