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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 1, 2019 – For many years there have been talk about changes coming to the H-1B lottery. Finally, something did happen on December 3, 2018. On December 3 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a notice and a comment period for a proposed rule to change the H-1B lottery. The lottery would now be merit based with a new electronic registration process. Petitioners would be required to first register with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Once an employee is chosen, in the lottery, USCIS would then ask for the whole petition. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2019 – An at-fault Texas driver on Houston’s Grand Parkway told police he does not recall what happened when he crashed, as he has a history of seizures. The man was wearing an ankle-monitoring bracelet when he crashed, and he is not to be charged with a crime until police have more information on his medical history. Police indicated that they will investigate the driver’s criminal, medical, phone and car black box records to make sense of the fatal accident. The driver, had just left his probation office when his truck hit the […]


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Melville, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2019 – Jonathan H. Freiberger, a member of the law firm of Freiberger Haber LLP, was recently quoted in the New York Post in an article about franchising issues related to the Bareburger hamburger chain. The link to the article can be found here. Located in New York City and Melville, Long Island, Freiberger Haber LLP is dedicated to representing corporations, small businesses, partnerships and individuals involved in a broad range of complex business, construction and commercial litigation matters. The firm combines the sophistication and counsel of a large national law firm with the […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2019 – More than 50,000 less-than-honorably discharged veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who are afflicted with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and related mental disorders will get a second chance to receive VA benefits. A federal judge in Connecticut recently certified a class action seeking to restore benefits for veterans who received less-than-honorable discharges due to conditions directly related to their military service. The case is similar to another class action filed by Navy and Marine Corps veterans against the Naval Discharge Review Board. The same court certified that class action […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2019 – When an H-1B visa application has been denied, there are not a lot of options open to deal with that situation. But, there are some worth trying. Being denied an H-1B visa is a disappointment to the recipient of such bad news. Furthermore, reading the denial may result in more questions than there are answers, particularly if all the requested documentation was correctly submitted. This is happening far more than people realize. “Officers are not reading petitions closely and are denying them with cut and paste stock answers. There is no […]


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Philadelphia, PA (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2019 – Just recently on Court Radio, Dean Weitzman, managing partner of MyPhillyLawyer, discussed what is happening these days in the media as they attempt to cover the President,Donald J. Trump. It all started with a question about whether or not politicians, and specifically the Office of the President, had a legal obligation to brief the media on what they were doing. The response was rather interesting and revealed an angle that many Americans may not have considered in the on-going media frenzy to cover different stories each day. This episode of Court […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2019 – “Salt Bae,” a restaurant on West 53rd Street, known as much for its social media celebrities as for its steak, has been accused of taking advantage of its workers by not paying appropriate overtime wages, withholding tips, and denying meal breaks. A former waiter at the restaurant is being represented by the well-known Manhattan employment law firm of Lipsky Lowe LLP in a lawsuit filed recently against Nusr-Et Gökçe, the owner of Salt Bae. Gökçe has an international chain of steakhouses, popular in part due to Instagram videos that went […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 24, 2019 – Working in a warehouse has its own set of safety rules and workplace hazards. Workers need to be alert and aware of everything going on around them at all times to avoid accidents. It helps if management has good safety procedures that it enforces. Recently at an Amazon warehouse located in New Jersey, 24 workers were sent to the hospital, one in critical condition, after a robot punctured a can of bear repellent containing chili pepper extract (capsaicin). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating what happened. OSHA may […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2019 – Military veterans who had their housing and GI Bill payments delayed, underpaid or not paid at all should find solace in two acts awaiting President Donald Trump’s signature. Congress approved the measures to correct errors after recently implementing a new processing system, which led to massive problems for thousands of veterans. Prior to Congress taking its Christmas recess, it took steps to address recent problems with providing earned benefits to the nation’s military veterans. Congress voted to enact the Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act and the Veterans Benefits and […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2019 – – Cicayda, a leading legal technology company that combines powerful software with legal expertise, today announced new production capabilities for its cloud-based eDiscovery platform Reprise, delivering production speeds in excess of 2.4 million documents in less than 24 hours. Cicayda’s Cloud-based eDiscovery Reprise Review solution produces documents quickly and easily, without additional charges, helping to simplify the eDiscovery document production process. “One of the most stressful events in the eDiscovery process is production time. We attempt to reduce client stress by providing real time quality control checks, incredible production speeds, simple […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2018 – On September 22, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a draft proposal that would make it more difficult for foreign nationals to gain entry into the United States either on a temporary or permanent basis if such persons are deemed likely to be reliant on public benefits such as Medicaid or food stamps. The Trump administration is aiming to tighten the “public charge” rule by presenting revised criteria for how the government evaluates the various types of federal assistance a non-immigrant or immigrant has used or is expected to […]


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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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