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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 2, 2018 – U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have collaboratively released their “Best Law Firms” rankings for 2019, recognizing Ajamie LLP as a Best Law Firm in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Corporate Law. The ninth edition of Best Law Firms features law firms given consistently impressive performance ratings by clients and peers. Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise. The rankings, presented in tiers, showcase more than 14,000 law firms ranked nationally or by metropolitan region. Firms […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 2, 2018 – On October 27th, Unlikely Heroes held its 6th Annual Recognizing Heroes awards dinner and gala, honoring Ajamie LLP’s Ryan van Steenis with a Legacy Award for his outstanding contributions to the organization as a member of its Board of Directors. The sold-out charity benefit was held at the Dallas Ritz-Carlton, and featured a live performance by multi-platinum, country music superstar, Sara Evans, a silent auction and an exclusive VIP celebrity meet-and-greet. In presenting its Legacy Award to Mr. van Steenis, Unlikely Heroes issued the following statement: “Without complaint, [Ryan] has tirelessly […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 1, 2018 – The Appellate Division recently held that travel to the usual workplace can be compensable on the basis of the facts in Minter v. Mattson, A-1916-15T4 (App.Div. May 10, 2018). According to WorkersCompensation.com, a kitchen worker named Antoine Minter informed his supervisor, Dean Beggs, the executive chef, that he would not be going to his morning shift because the bus was not operating due to a heavy snow storm. Joh Lear, the dining director, devised a plan whereby Minter would be able to go to work that morning. Beggs, at Lear’s orders, […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2018 – The Salk Institute for Biological Studies agreed to a settlement in two gender discrimination lawsuits filed by its female researchers. Salk President Fred “Rusty” Gage and the plaintiffs Katherine Jones and Vicki Lundblad announced the agreement in a joint statement. Jones and Lundblad, who still work at Salk, filed separate lawsuits last year alleging the biomedical research center discriminated against them in terms of pay, promotions and funding. Deborah Dixon, the women’s lawyer, said she could not discuss the settlement terms, as they are confidential. A third female researcher, Beverly […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2018 – The Texas Supreme Court’s “accommodation doctrine” can force a mineral rights owner to respect the surface owner’s right to make use of the property, but only in cases of extreme hardship. The accommodation doctrine is alive and well in Texas, but it is no larger than it was when the Texas Supreme Court created it in Getty Oil Co. v. Jones, 470 S.W.2d 618 (Tex. 1971). In a recent case, Harrison v. Rosetta Resources Operating LP, the El Paso Court of Appeals ruled that the accommodation doctrine — which gives courts […]


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Indianapolis, IN (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2018 – On October 26, 2018, Attorney Matthew Kroes of the Marc Lopez Law Firm argued a DUI/OVWI case before the Indiana Court of Appeals. A small percentage of criminal cases proceed to trial, and of this subset, only a few are appealed. Of the minority of cases that are appealed, an even smaller fraction are invited to engage in oral argument in front of the Indiana Court of Appeals. Attorney Kroes’s argument was focused on two issues: 1) the validity of a particular Indiana DUI/OVWI checkpoint; and 2) the proper method of […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2018 – Military personnel who train and operate particular shoulder-fired weapons may have damaged their brains by the blasts, according to an Army-commissioned study, found here. The report from the Center for a New American Security states the placement of the weapons – just inches from the soldier’s head – makes them especially risky. “The Army needs to protect its soldiers from the potentially dangerous consequences of firing heavy weapons,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans’ attorney at Legal Help for Veterans in Michigan. “Better training and safety precautions must be in place to […]


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Philadelphia, PA (Law Firm Newswire) October 29 2018 – MyPhillyLawyer managing partner, Dean Weitzman, has been selected as a recipient of the 2018 Who’s Who in Injury and Injured Workers Advocacy Honor.This initiative annually honors 24 top Philadelphia injury and workers’ compensation attorneys based on his or her representation and advocacy with distinction on behalf of injured workers and injury victims. This award is solely based on merit and is a great distinction for those that receive it. Weitzman earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University in 1984 and his Juris Doctor in 1987 from Temple University School […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2018 – A jury found that the front seats of a 2002 Lexus ES 300 were “unreasonably dangerous,” and resulted in serious and permanent injuries to two children involved in a rear-end car crash in 2016. According to evidence presented at trial, Toyota Motor Sales and Toyota Motor Corporation did not warn car owners about the front seats engineering, structural and design defects. The company’s failure to do so was considered gross negligence. The award included $143.6 million in punitive damages. The family of four was driving south on North Central Expressway with […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2018 – A Texas man died in a head-on crash with an alleged intoxicated driver. Just prior to the collision, an alleged drunk driver was speeding westbound, in the middle lane of the highway, when he drove head-on into another vehicle. Both drivers were taken to the hospital; however, the driver of the vehicle that was hit died. The other driver, who was subsequently charged with intoxicated manslaughter, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The family of the deceased driver may wish to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation. Some plaintiffs may have access […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2018 – The restaurant chain Burgers & Beer illegally denied males the same employment opportunities as females, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleges in its federal lawsuit. Since at least 2015, the EEOC claims, the chain routinely rejected male applicants and employees from server positions because of their gender and upheld a pool of servers that was more than 90 percent female. Burgers & Beer has six locations in California’s Imperial Valley, according to the company’s website. The EEOC argues that employment practice violates Title VII of the Civil Rights […]


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Baltimore, MD (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2018 – Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS) has been chosen as the “Best Public Defender Office” in the country by the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD). The Award was presented Saturday evening at the NAPD: 5 YEARS OF FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE Celebration Banquet and is a commendation for outstanding achievement in the provision of public defense services. This is the inaugural year for the award. Melida Ramirez, of the NDS Criminal Defense Practice, accepted the award for the organization, saying “We are especially thrilled to have been honored by NAPD which […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2018 – Mueller Industries Inc. has agreed to pay $1 million to end a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that charged the global manufacturing company with discriminating against workers with disabilities. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The EEOC argued Mueller fired employees who exceeded its 180-day maximum leave policy, which disadvantaged workers with disabilities. The EEOC also asserted the company’s strict enforcement of its leave policy goes against the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2018 – Cyberbullying victim files NY legal proceeding against Yahoo!/Oath, Inc., CommTouch Software, Ltd., and Cyren, Ltd., seeking preservation of evidence and court-ordered disclosure of identity of anonymous cyberbully-user. A special proceeding was filed and an Order to Show Cause signed by Justice Paul A. Goetz, on Monday, October 22, 2018, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, in Manhattan, in a cyberbullying and Internet harassment matter targeting the petitioner, Ms. Lindsey Shamblen, an authorized user of the Twitter and PeriscopeTV social media platforms, seeking pre-action discovery, disclosure and […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2018 – A massage therapist was arrested for sexually abusing three women at a day spa in Long Island, New York. Suffolk Police said the man was accused of inappropriately touching the spa customers. Matthew Widener, 33, was first arrested in August and then arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on further sexual abuse charges in September after authorities learned of new victims. He is a licensed massage therapist who had been working at Karasmatic Day Spa in Bayport for around a year. “Individuals accused of sexual abuse require an intelligent, […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2018 – A new nationwide study from U.S. News & World Report reveals states along the West Coast and in the Northeast, including New Jersey, are ones that tend to have laws that favor workers. The analysis comes at a time when employers’ power continues to increase, as recent Supreme Court rulings have favored corporations and salaries have barely budged – even with low unemployment. When federal regulations of workers’ rights have loosened, it is up to the states to create and enforce laws to protect employees. New Jersey, the report says, has […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2018 – A Guatemalan mother is suing the U.S. government for the wrongful death of her child who died after being in detention in a Texas ICE facility. The 19-month old child and her mom initially crossed the Rio Grande seeking asylum. They were apprehended and temporarily detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. The lawsuit alleges the child was happy and healthy when she arrived in the United States and when medical personnel at the residential center processed her, they noted that there were no health issues. The […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2018 – California families have brought a class action lawsuit against the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) alleging the state is failing to deliver adequate in-home nursing care for children with serious disabilities. The parents of two children filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Northern California. They said their 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter have only received a fraction of the round-the-clock nursing services mandated by the government. According to the court documents, the children are unable to “move, turn, feed, dress, bathe or otherwise take care of themselves.” […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2018 – Alexia Diorio wants to fight for workers’ rights as an attorney, just as she did during her prior career as a labor organizer. Thanks to the McCormack and Erlich Law Firm, she has another $1,000 to help complete her legal studies at UC Berkeley as the firm’s 2018 scholarship recipient. “Alexia is an outstanding young legal talent with a proven record of fighting for workers’ rights in the United States,” said McCormack & Erlich’s Jason Erlich. “She is a very deserving recipient and a very bright hope for underprivileged workers.” […]


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Roseland, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2018 – Timothy Abeel & Associates. P.C. is pleased to announce that attorney John Sczepanski has recently passed the New Jersey State bar exam. Well-versed in the Lemon Laws of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Mr. Sczepanski’s practice is focused on consumer protection law. Backed by extensive legal experience in both the private and public sectors, he provides clients with a powerful combination of legal knowledge and courtroom experience that is essential for achieving successful outcomes. John Sczepanski is a graduate of Philadelphia University (now Thomas Jefferson University) and received his JD from Delaware […]


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