Legal News | Law Firm Newswire - Part 13

Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2021 – No date has been set for the Virginia Supreme Court to hear the case. Grace Episcopal Church, located in Alexandria VA, together with defendant Bob Malm, an Episcopal priest, are scheduled for hearings before the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on July 28 in the matter of Bonetti v. Grace Episcopal Church et al. At issue are an outstanding motion under the Stored Communications Act, which was not considered by the court prior to dismissing the case. The motion asserts that Malm’s wife Leslie or other members […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) July 12, 2021 – Thirteen people and three corporations were charged on a 108-count indictment in relation to a nationwide synthetic identity fraud scheme that netted over $1 million from financial institutions. Authorities believe the defendants also amassed a credit limit of hundreds of millions of dollars across the United States.   The scam’s alleged mastermind was Adam D. Arena, 43, of Corona, California. He is facing multiple counts of grand larceny and money laundering, among other charges. The other defendants, including ten residents of Suffolk County, Long Island, were charged with grand larceny. Three […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 9, 2021 – A Joliet woman received a $150,000 settlement in a slip and fall lawsuit against the city and its officials. Lorraine Fitzsimmons sued the City of Joliet for negligence and carelessness in the maintenance of a sidewalk. City officials resolved the 2017 lawsuit with a settlement at the Will County Courthouse. Under the terms of the settlement, the city made no admission of wrongdoing or liability and was not responsible for paying Fitzsimmons’ attorney’s fees. “Slip and fall accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries that can rack up expensive medical […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2021 – It is well-known that many veterans suffer service-related injuries and disabilities requiring ongoing medical treatment. Additionally, many former service members face debilitating mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. For years, the Veterans Administration has relied on powerful medications, including opioids, to treat these conditions and illnesses. However, lawmakers are coming together to consider another alternative: medical marijuana. Medical marijuana is currently legal in some form in 36 states and the District of Columbia and four out of five of the United States territories. While state medical […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2021 – A lawsuit against Episcopal priest Robert H. Malm, canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, has gone to the Virginia Supreme Court on interlocutory appeal. Filed pro se by retired attorney Eric J. Bonetti, the suit alleges that Malm engaged in tortious abuse of process by filing false police reports and a request for a protective order for an improper purpose, which Bonetti alleges was to silence his criticism of Malm’s conduct. The suit also alleges the other aspect of abuse of process — actions improper in the ordinary course […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2021 – The state’s high court recently issued a written opinion that provides some clarity in an often murky area of the state’s oil and gas jurisprudence. The case involved a dispute over the costs that a lessee of a mineral lease is entitled to deduct when calculating royalty payments owed to a lessee. It is common for the landowner to provide the right to extract petroleum to a specialized oil and gas company. In turn, the company will provide the landowner with royalty payments. This transaction is usually referred to as an […]


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Newport Beach, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2021 – Electronic Medical record forensics applies in HIPAA Privacy Breaches, Medical Malpractice, and Medical Billing Fraud Litigation. No World Borders, Inc. announced that it is expanding its healthcare expert consulting and technology with its Electronic Health Record Forensic litigation consulting practice. Medicare and Medicaid paid over $35 billion in stimulus funds to incentivize hospitals and physicians to become Meaningful Users of Electronic Health Records. As a result, new forensic data is now available to experts who know how to find it. Michael F. Arrigo, C.E.O. of No World Borders, said, “attorneys […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 06, 2021 – Veterans have long been popular targets for scammers. Now the U.S. Postal Service and the AARP warn veterans to beware of new, COVID-related scams that they might encounter. Officials have seen a marked increase in these scams over the last few weeks.   Most of these new tricks involve veterans and servicemembers being offered a “fast pass” for getting a COVID-19 vaccination in exchange for money paid to a third party. Others offer cash and incentives for getting vaccinated. All veterans, their spouses and caregivers are now eligible to receive a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire)July 6, 2021 – Meatpacker Pilgrim’s Pride, located in Texas, is being served notice of a wrongful death action on behalf of deceased David Elijah and Elnora Brown. Court documents indicate the suit alleges the company placed profits over the safety of workers. The allegations further assert that the company misrepresented the risks of COVID-19 infected to ensure workers would remain at the plant, and the company failed to implement other preventive measures. The suit alleges that these failures led to the death of two workers. David Elijah’s spouse, Sybil, alleges Mr. Elijah was not told […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) July 5, 2021 – Four men were arrested on federal drug charges in Syracuse, New York. They were allegedly members of a ring that trafficked heroin and cocaine from Puerto Rico.   Omar Fuentes, Jobany Tirado, Rahfet Shehadeh and Angel Negron-Collazo were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin. Fuentes and Tirado were identified as the leaders of the local ring. Fuentes faced an additional charge of firearm possession. He allegedly tried to get rid of a .40-caliber Glock during his arrest, but police located the firearm later. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 2, 2021 – A motorcyclist who underwent a leg amputation after being hit by a car dealership employee received a $16 million settlement. The motorcycle accident occurred in Lake County, Illinois, on June 14, 2018.   Tim Walsh, 56, was heading home on his motorcycle when he was struck by a car close to the Hutchins Road and Woodland Terrace intersection in Gurnee. The car driver was identified as Raul Bahena, 18, a porter working at Muller Honda of Gurnee. Bahena was driving a new 2018 Honda Civic to a Mobil gas station in […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2021 – Those who have bipolar disorder may receive social security benefits, although proving eligibility is not always straightforward. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a federal agency responsible for paying various types of benefits. One of the most common benefits is Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI benefits. SSDI benefits are available to individuals who have earned a certain amount of “work credits” over their lives. However, even those who do not have sufficient work credits may still receive Social Security benefits through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if they belong to […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2021 – According to a study from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, firefighters die from cancer at a rate 14 percent higher than that of the general population. This makes sense, as firefighters are frequently exposed to smoke and other toxins. Now, sick veteran firefighters have discovered another potential cause for their health problems: exposure to aqueous film-forming foam, or AFFF for short, a foam product that has been widely used to extinguish flames for decades by the military. Unfortunately, the VA has denied nearly all of its claims for […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2021 – Two drivers and three passengers were injured in a car accident in the Calumet Heights neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.   Chicago Police said a Nissan Maxima traveling north on Stony Island Avenue hit a Toyota Corolla after running a stop sign. The collision occurred on April 9 at Stony Island Avenue and 87th Street. The impact caused the Nissan to crash into a South Side flower shop and catch fire.   The Nissan driver was a 27-year-old man. The two passengers in the vehicle were also in their 20s. Witnesses said […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire)June 29, 2021 – A 22-year-old man died in a work-related forklift accident in San Antonio in July 2019. His father filed a $1 million wrongful death lawsuit. However, the suit was not successful. The family received benefits from workers’ compensation, paid out over two years. The young man died at his employer’s worksite after being pinned under a forklift. The employer offered to pay for the young man’s funeral expenses, but the offer came after the burial. If an employer carries workers’ compensation insurance in the Lone Star State, then the worker’s compensation policy is […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2021 – The Biden Administration allowed Presidential Proclamation 10052 issued by the Trump Administration to expire as expected on March 31, 2021. The Proclamation temporarily suspended the issuance of certain nonimmigrant or temporary work visas to foreign nationals across several categories. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) confirmed that it would not be renewed.   “Finally, a harmful ban on L-1 and H-1B admissions imposed by the prior Administration has come to an end,” commented Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “U.S. employers can now […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2021 – Family members of a father and son who died in a 2018 collision with a truck in Boone County, Illinois, won a $9 million jury verdict. Pedro Pasillas-Sanchez, 52, and his son, Pedro Pasillas-Delgado, 22, were traveling south on South Quarry Road close to the Bloods Point Road intersection when their vehicle was hit by a truck. The car accident occurred after the truck ignored a stop sign and drove through the intersection. Both men died at the scene of the March 26, 2018, crash. The impact caused the car and […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2021 – An African American dentist in Manhattan filed a lawsuit against the City of New York for $5 million, alleging multiple civil rights violations.   Benjamin Shirley, 41, said police officers from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) racially profiled him when they accused him of breaking into his own office while he was working late on March 9, 2020. Shirley briefly left his Upper West Side office building around midnight to take out the trash.   Surveillance video footage showed police officers approaching the door with shining flashlights. They used […]


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Philadelphia, PA (Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2021 – Petrelli Previtera is proud to announce that Catherine M. Cardozo has joined the firm at its newest office located in Abington, PA. The growth and expansion of Petrelli Previtera are yet another example of its dedication to providing individuals and families across the Commonwealth with access to top-notch legal representation. Cardozo has focused her practice exclusively on family law for more than a decade. When guiding her clients through divorce and other family law matters, she applies her experience as a social worker and specialized training in methods used to facilitate […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2021 – Lawmakers and VA officials are pursuing new legislation and policy changes to grant almost every veteran who served in combat zones over the last thirty years presumptive benefits status for respiratory conditions linked to burn pit exposure. The True Cost of War Recognition Act (TCWR) was recently introduced in Congress. VA secretary Denis McDonough has also pledged to expedite the changes necessary to get sick veterans benefits for at least nine respiratory conditions. “There has been strong evidence supporting a connection between burn pit exposure and subsequent development of respiratory diseases […]


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