Legal News | Law Firm Newswire - Part 237

Law enforcement is a tough job. It’s even tougher when suspects die a wrongful death by Taser. Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2010 – More and more these days it’s pretty common to see news stories about someone dying as a result of being shocked with a Taser for too long. Their heart rhythm is interrupted and quite often, without prompt medical help, they will die. “There have even been stories of suspects and citizens ‘asking’ to be shocked, because they wanted to see what it felt like. Unfortunately, police in some instances have obliged them and they […]


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Parents often face many challenges when preparing an estate plan, as they must consider how best to provide for their children after they are gone. New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2010 Parents of a child with special needs, though, are faced with several unique challenges. They will want to develop a plan that safeguards the quality of the child’s life, supplementing such government programs as SSI and Medicaid, without jeopardizing the child’s eligibility for such benefits. Parents of a child with special needs child often struggle with how to treat all their children equitably. This can be […]


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Computer chip makers get their knuckles rapped for hiking the price of chips to rip the public off. Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2010 – In what could be one of the largest antitrust settlements in the nation at $173 million, Colorado and 32 other states banded together and sued several makers of dynamic random access memory computer chips for scheming to jack up prices of their product – a distinct disadvantage for government agencies, businesses and individual consumers. Artificially raising their prices brought the whole house of cards down on them. “This case is a good example […]


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Often a series of smaller workplace mishaps are a bellwether for more serious accidents in the future. While many people don’t realize this, a worksite that has a number of smaller workplace casualties that happen over a period of time is a warning sign of several things: workplace morale isn’t good and the big accident is still to come. Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 14, 2010 – Haphazard job site management generally results in lack of planning and lack of organization. “With that going on, you may be reasonably certain that the work crew has issues with the management. […]


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Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin business litigation attorney, offers insights regarding the Supreme Court of Texas ruling dated July 2, 2010, in the case of Quixtar, Inc. v. Signature Management Team LLC. Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2010 – “The Quixtar case is important because it clarifies Texas law pertaining to whether a lawsuit can be dismissed for a lack of convenience,” asserts Austin business litigation attorney Gregory D. Jordan. “The Court made it very clear that if you are sued by an out of state plaintiff, the trial court should afford substantially less deference to the plaintiff’s […]


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Employers in Texas need to know what constitutes illegal discrimination. Being informed may avoid a lawsuit. Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 9, 2010 – -“When it comes to employment law in Texas, there are two forms of illegal discrimination that you need to know about for your business. The first thing is you can’t decline to hire or promote an individual because of certain characteristics. The other thing to be aware of is how you handle termination. If you aren’t careful, you may end up being sued for wrongful termination if you fire someone because of certain characteristics,” outlined […]


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In a world of acronyms gone mad there is now flogging to wrap one’s head around. Flog is a fake blog. Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2010 – Who hasn’t landed on a fake blog style website at one time or another? The problem is, not everyone knows they’ve landed on a flog. Typically, a flog deals with false advertising and unproven claims with fake testimonials. “It’s the latest way to scam money from unsuspecting surfers. Why is this important to know? It’s important to know because this practice is just beginning and lawyers need to be […]


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A biker lost control of his ride and veered into oncoming traffic. He was hit by an SUV. Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 2, 2010 – John Longman didn’t think his day was going to be any different than the other days of his motorcycle trip with friends. He was riding in a cluster of ten cycles on Highway 80 just outside of Des Moines, Iowa, when for some reason he lost control of his ride and wound up in a lane of oncoming traffic. As the bike was spinning out of control, he fell off it and was […]


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Protection from dangerous protects on the market these days is just about non-existent. Hardly encouraging for the consumer. Albuquerque, NM (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2010 -“Pick up just about any newspaper these days and there is yet another story about a defective product that was recalled because it poses a danger to consumers. It’s not just one type of product either; it runs the gamut from cars to kid’s jewelry, from food to tires, and from baby accessories to furniture. No wonder consumers are starting to ask some very pointed questions about government involvement in protecting them from harm,” […]


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Pursuing a wrongful death claim in a drowning case can prove to be difficult, as it requires proof that another’s negligence is to blame. An experienced wrongful death attorney can help families successfully pursue these types of claims. Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2010 – All too often during the summer months, children become the victims of drowning. Parents of a child who has drowned may have a claim to recover wrongful death damages for the child’s death. In order for this to be feasible, the circumstances surrounding the death need to clearly show that someone other than […]


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Houston-area immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee describes some action steps if you leave the United States without surrendering a little white or green form called an I-94. Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2010 – When you entered the U.S., you were required to fill out a white form if you entered with a visa and a green form if you entered without a visa. Upon leaving the United States, you were supposed to surrender that I-94 form to the U.S. government. What if it didn’t happen? It’s still in your pocket when you get to your destination after a […]


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Not many people realize that there are several thousand elevator deaths every year. Most happen on job sites. Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2010 – “Just about anyone that has ever worked on a construction site realizes that accidents can and do happen, despite safety measures and other precautions. While most people figure the main reason for accidents is working with scaffolding or heavy, moving equipment, many of them don’t realize that construction site elevators are often the source of an injury,” recounted Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury attorney with Perlmutter & Schuelke LLP. Elevators on a […]


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Calculating the economic loss resulting from a wrongful death is tough. Many times the loss has to be reduced to today’s dollar values. Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2010 – Most wrongful death claims are as a result of accidents; accidents that include car crashes, truck collisions, motorcycle accidents, exposure to toxic chemicals, as the result of a defective product or due to medical malpractice. In cases like this, the key here is that the death was caused by someone else and that negligence is usually a factor. “The person who brings a wrongful death lawsuit is […]


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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services seeks public comment on proposal to adjust fees for immigration benefits. Dallas immigration lawyer Stewart Rabinowitz weighs in on what he regards as the opposite of “value-added.” Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2010 – – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is seeking public comment on a proposed federal rule that would adjust fees for immigration benefit applications and petitions. The proposal, posted to the Federal Register on June 9, 2010, for public viewing, would increase overall fees by a weighted average of about 10 percent but would not increase the fee for […]


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CIR may not even pass based on the ferocious opposition to the biometric security card. Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2010 – While it may sound like a good idea on the surface, the proposed biometric security card as part of CIR is creating a major flap. Interestingly enough, it’s not just one side that opposes it, it’s both. Generally speaking, the idea behind the biometric security card is that a person’s work authorization eligibility is stored in a chip on the card. “The data would not be stored in any central government database; something that doesn’t make […]


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Generally speaking, products are safety tested before they hit the marketplace. Now and then, something goes wrong. Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2010 – “While it’s true that most products are safety tested before they are put on the market, there are cases where something goes wrong – either intentionally or unintentionally. When that happens, consumers may be at risk for serious injuries or death. Nowhere is this more critical than when it comes to products for babies and children,” remarked Stephen M. Ozcomert who handles Atlanta personal injury cases, accidents, and malpractice law in Atlanta, Georgia. “In […]


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Diagnosing a disease is tough, but getting it right is essential. Getting it wrong may mean injury or death. Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2010 – In order to effectively treat a disease, the doctor has to accurately diagnose it in the first place. If that doesn’t happen the consequences may be disastrous. “Consider the fact that if a disease is not properly diagnosed it would mean a person being sick even longer, perhaps getting worse and developing unnecessary complications. In the worst case scenario, the person may die. For instance if cancer is misdiagnosed,” observed Christopher Mellino, […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2010 – Bernard A. Krooks, managing partner of law firm Littman Krooks LLP, has been elected president of the Estate Planning Council of Westchester County. The council was established in 1967 to improve understanding of the concepts and nuances of estate planning in order to better serve clients. Members include attorneys, CPAs, trust officers, chartered life underwriters, and certified financial planners. “This is a great honor,” notes Krooks, “and an opportunity to contribute to changes taking place in the field. Baby boomers, parents of children with special needs – such as those […]


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Product recalls are at an all time high. Beware of what you are buying and check product recall sites for up-to-date information. Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2010 – For a person to have a product liability case, the product that hurt or harmed them needs to be defective in some way. “The best way to explain what a defective product may be is to give you some examples of product recalls. Memorable recalls have involved toxic cadmium filled children’s jewelry (Made in China), woven storage trunks with unstable hinges that dropped suddenly and caught children at the […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2010 – Colorado has taken a giant step forward in imposing jail sentences for repeat drunk drivers. “The law Colorado just brought into being mandates jail sentences for repeat drunk drivers – a minimum 10 day stint for a second offense and 60 days for third infractions and further offenses. The bill allows for work release programs but won’t permit in-home detention for a second offense within 5 years of the first,” explained Miller Leonard, a Denver federal criminal defense lawyer and Denver criminal defense attorney. The main reason Colorado took this step […]


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