Legal News | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2020 – Given the profound impact of the novel coronavirus and the attendant closures of schools and businesses, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act (CARES) Act. Chief among the provisions of the CARES Act is the one-time payment of a stimulus check to qualifying individuals. Many who live with a disability and qualify for public assistance will receive a stimulus check. However, some have raised concerns about how the stimulus check will affect those with disabilities.  Regardless of employment status, anyone is eligible for a stimulus check, […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2020 – The Trump Administration issued a proclamation on May 29, 2020, that blocks the entry into the United States of certain Chinese students and researchers associated with universities and institutions in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that have links to the Chinese military. The new restrictions apply to graduate-level or postgraduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers from the PRC seeking to enter the United States on F or J visas. “The proclamation purports to deny U.S. admission to graduate or higher level students and researchers that have had connections to […]


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Plano, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2020 – Protests continue across Philadelphia following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and several other people, calling attention to systemic racism and police brutality and demanding reform. But shocking reports of police brutality during the protests underscore a serious issue involving the abuse of power – a root of the very problem that ignited the protests. During the 2020 civil rights protests, law enforcement used tactics to try to break up the demonstrations. Officers physically shoved demonstrators and knocked them down. A police vehicle drove toward a crowd to push them […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2020 – The United Steelworkers, the largest U.S. industrial union, filed a suit in federal court to reverse the weakening of a safety rule implemented during the Obama administration. The Chemical Disaster Rule aimed to reduce risks and improve safety at chemical plants. The Chemical Disaster Rule set stricter requirements in place for chemical plants. The measure followed an explosion in 2013 in a West Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, including 12 firefighters. The blast injured many more and damaged more than 500 homes. In January 2017, before President Donald Trump […]


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Denville, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2020 – Shannon Steitz, Lisa Epstein and Karen Epstein Chioccariello were instrumental in founding and launching the Go Fund Me page – Feed the Frontline New Jersey, that provides hot meals to medical staff at various hospitals, including Morristown Medical Center. Click HERE to listen to the podcast. The initiative of launching a Go Fund Me page started off with a small goal of raising $5,000 but they ultimately raised over $12,000 and provided nearly 2,000 meals. As Steitz says, “It’s simple. We need to take care of those we rely upon to […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 23, 2020 – A proposed bill introduced by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs would protect student veterans and their GI Bill benefits as schools across the country close during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 expands S. 3503, which was signed into law in late March to restore GI Bill benefits to student veterans whose college classes have transitioned fully to online learning. “If no protections were put into place, campus closures would be devastating to the veterans who rely on GI Bill benefits to pay for their […]


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Charleston, SC (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2020 – The South Carolina personal injury attorneys at the Steinberg Law Firm know that education and hard work are key to success. Every year, the firm gives back to students in South Carolina with five $1,000 scholarships. Recently, Steinberg Law Firm announced the recipients of the firm’s 2020 Scholarship. Students interested in a scholarship provided their high school transcript, a list of their favorite activities and hobbies, and a detailed description of their community involvement as well as any honors or awards they have received. In addition, all applicants submitted a 700-word […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2020 – Those looking to save money by writing their own will should consider the following drawbacks before making that decision. Wills are among many legal issues that people try to handle on their own. Countless websites offer “Do It Yourself” forms and pre-written wills, only requiring users to plug in their personal information. However, “Do It Yourself” wills have many pitfalls. The importance of a comprehensive estate plan The first thing to keep in mind when thinking about a will is that to be most effective, a will is just one element […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2020 – Job placement agencies often assign employees to clients’ warehouses, factories and other workplaces. If the employee is injured while working for the client, the employee cannot sue the client. This principle was reiterated in a recent decision of the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. On Target Staffing, LLC (On Target), a job placement agency, entered into a “Temporary Employee Work Agreement” with Alberto Uribe. Uribe started working at the warehouse of Quartz Master, On Target’s client. Uribe reported each day to Quartz Master directly for over four […]


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Nashville, TN (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2020 – Rocky McElhaney Law Firm filed a claim of sexual assault on behalf of its client, Mrs. Kiersten Rainey, City Finance Officer for the City of Clifton, TN, against John E. Hickman, City Manager for Waynesboro, TN. The claim was filed on June 12, 2020 in the 5th Circuit Court, docket number 20-C-1295. The alleged assault occurred on September 11, 2019 during a Tennessee Energy Conference held at Nashville’s Renaissance Hotel. The incident occurred in a hospitality room associated with the conference during a card game among a group of city employees. […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2020 – Since the coronavirus crisis started and strict lockdowns and social distancing guidelines were implemented, calls to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veteran Crisis Line have risen. The crisis line is a suicide-prevention tool designed to connect veterans who are experiencing a mental health crisis with VA professionals and services that can help them. The call line has had a 12 percent increase in call volume since the COVID-19 pandemic started spreading in the United States. Twenty percent of calls have been related to the coronavirus crisis. “In such an uncertain time […]


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Ridgewood, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2020 – USCIS recently requested $1.2 billion in emergency funding from Congress to address a massive budget shortfall that is threatening the agency’s operations and the financial wellbeing of thousands of employees who face potential furloughs and layoffs across the country. Although USCIS claims that its budget shortfall is caused by the coronavirus pandemic, in reality, the agency’s shortfall is largely due to its own fiscal mismanagement and counterproductive policies. David Nachman, one of the Managing Immigration & Nationality Lawyers at the NPZ Law Group states: “We have been working with various social, […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2020 – Lipsky Lowe LLP, a premier New York-based employment practice is representing two former employees of Equinox Fitness Club in a gender discrimination lawsuit. The complaint alleges that Equinox’s hostility towards moms and would-be mothers resulted in Equinox discriminating against its former employees: Alison Sadel and Megan DiDomenico. Equinox discriminated against them by not promoting them because they were pregnant and mothers. It also discriminated against Ms. Sadel by compensating her less than her male colleague even though she performed similar duties requiring the same skill, effort and responsibility. The plaintiffs’ […]


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Irvine, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2020 – OC Wills & Trust Attorneys, a prominent estate planning practice with several offices in Orange County, California, is, along with the other businesses and offices throughout the country, reopening its doors to in-person appointments. Eager though we are to welcome back clients we have provided with customized service for over 25 years and to assist new clients seeking our help, safety is our top priority. We will continue to carefully follow state guidelines to protect all of those who come for in-person meetings as well as our dedicated staff. As always, […]


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Orlando, FL ( Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2020 – After careful consideration of divorce lawyers already rated superior, Expertise has named Bernal-Mora & Nickolaou as one of the top 20 attorneys in the field. It comes as no surprise that Bernal-Mora & Nickolaou has been chosen. For the last 9 years, this practice, also known as Orlando Family Team, has served clients throughout Central Florida with dedication and compassion and has received a wide range of honors and accolades, including being named as Super Lawyers and receiving an Avvo rating of 10.0. In this recent project, Expertise has ranked […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2020 – The Trump Administration has proposed changes to Social Security Disability that may negatively affect up to eight million Americans.  As of earlier this year, upwards of eight million people received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. These benefits are intended to provide ongoing compensation for those who previously held a job but can no longer work to a variety of disabilities, including arthritis, back pain and mental health disorders. Once someone qualifies for benefits, depending on their condition, they may need to undergo periodic reviews called Continuing Disability Review. The current […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2020 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced plans to require U.S. citizens who sponsor their family members for permanent resident cards to provide bank account details. According to an April 10, 2020, notice in the Federal Register, the agency will add sections to the required Affidavit of Support documents in which sponsors must supply their bank account information. Under the proposed changes the Affidavit of Support forms will also need to be notarized before being submitted to USCIS. Sponsors are already required to include information about Affidavits submitted in the […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2020 – An Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey affirmed a judge’s denial of a worker’s request for reimbursement for continued prescription opioid medication for a work-related back injury.  Samuel Martin, III, injured his back in May 2011 in a work-related car accident. In November 2014, Martin received a 15 percent partial disability award for his back injury. Martin’s employer, Newark Public Schools, refused to pay for his Percocet prescriptions after September 2017, and Martin filed a motion seeking reimbursement for the prescriptions. Martin contended the Percocet was necessary to […]


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Portland, OR(Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2020 – An Oregon divorce may be over in a few weeks, but it typically takes longer. Oregon is a “no-fault” divorce state. That means a spouse does not have to prove a fault ground for divorce. A spouse may file for a divorce in Oregon if the marriage occurred in Oregon and one spouse still lives in the state. A spouse may also file for a divorce if one spouse has lived in Oregon for at least six months. If neither spouse has lived in Oregon for six months, a spouse can obtain […]


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Orlando, FL ( Law Firm Newswire) June 09, 2020 – Orlando Family Team is pleased to announce that Ophelia Bernal-Mora has been named as one of Orlando’s Top Women in Law 2020 by Orlando Style magazine. Being part of an elite group of attorneys who have earned Florida Bar Board Certification in Marital and Family Law, Ms. Bernal-Mora has long been recognized by her peers as a tenacious advocate for her clients. Her selection as one of Orlando’s Top Women in Law by Orlando Style adds to the many accolades Ms. Bernal-Mora has previously received, including being named a Rising […]


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