Legal News | Law Firm Newswire - Part 4

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2021 – A new report found a rise in traffic deaths in Illinois in 2020 despite a decrease in driving amid the COVID-19 pandemic. State officials said last year was the deadliest in 13 years for drivers. The Illinois Department of Transportation noted that around 1,166 people died in motor vehicle accidents in the state in 2020, up 16 percent from 2019. Chicago saw a more significant increase in fatal crashes, with 139 deaths on its roadways. Preliminary data from the Chicago Police Department indicated a 45 percent rise in fatalities from 2019. […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) August 2, 2021 – The former general manager of a Long Island radio station admitted to using a company credit card to defraud her employer out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.   Stephanie Bitis, 58, pleaded guilty to a single count of felony access device fraud in federal court. The access device in the case was a credit card that belonged to Long Island Radio Broadcasting. Federal prosecutors claimed she made more than $250,000 in personal purchases on the business account, including an overseas family vacation, personal orthodontist appointments, boat maintenance and tax services. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2021 –  An airline mechanic was killed after being crushed by airplane equipment while he was working at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident. Jijo George, 35, was an employee of Envoy Air. He started working as a maintenance mechanic for the airline around two years ago. Chicago Police arrived at the airport after receiving a report of a man who was discovered unresponsive underneath a piece of airplane equipment at hangar 764. In an autopsy report, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office reported […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 29 21, 2021 – The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision that foreign nationals who receive Temporary Protected Status (TPS) after entering the United States unlawfully are not eligible to adjust their status to that of a lawful permanent resident. The ruling in Sanchez v. Mayorkas on June 7, 2021, is expected to bar thousands of individuals who hold TPS from applying to become lawful permanent residents of the United States. The issue at the heart of the case was whether being granted TPS enables a person to obtain permanent resident status despite […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2021 – One of the many important procedural requirements when bringing a lawsuit after a Texas business dispute is serving the other party. The service requirement is intended to ensure that the other party is on notice about the claim to respond adequately. Not only is service critical to the other party’s rights, but it also ensures the orderly processing of claims in front of the court.  Recently, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas issued an opinion in a business dispute case discussing the service requirement. In that case, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2021 – An Indiana pilot who sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2019 recently died due to complications from that injury. As a result, the existing personal injury lawsuit became a wrongful death lawsuit.   The pilot suffered a permanent TBI, lost his eyesight due to traumatic optic neuropathy, was paralyzed from the waist down, requiring a wheelchair and needed full-time nursing staff and the help of his family. His medical bills at times reached $15,000 a month.   The man’s family filed a lawsuit against a local businessman and a leasing […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2021 – Grace Episcopal Church, located in Alexandria Virginia, is trying to suppress public awareness of the various lawsuits against it. That’s the conclusion reached by plaintiff Eric J. Bonetti, a former member, who has sued the church in various state and federal courts. Bonetti reached that conclusion after information on the various lawsuits was removed from the church’s Wikipedia page, located at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Episcopal_Church_(Alexandria,_Virginia). “This is not the first time that the church and former rector Robert Malm have attempted to suppress the public’s right to know,” said Bonetti. “It is my position […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2021- Officials from Veterans Affairs have warned that the number of backlogged disability claims will likely not return to pre-COVID-19 levels until late 2022, potentially even longer if legislation granting veterans benefits for toxic burn pit exposure passes.    There are currently around 191,000 backlogged disability claims that have been pending for at least four months. The backlog peaked earlier this year at 210,000 claims. In early 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic caused national shutdowns, that number was around 70,000.   “Backlogged claims are more than just a headache for veterans,” said James […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) July 26, 2021 – A man from Little Neck, New York, was arrested for stealing personal information to purchase and lease vehicles.   Yong “Jason” Jeon, 47, was accused of stealing multiple identities and then buying and leasing 11 cars from a dealership. He used the stolen information to obtain new cars and collected finder’s fees totaling $60,000 for brokering the phony sales. Prosecutors said he launched the scheme in July 2019 and continued it until March 2020.   The Queens District Attorney’s Office stated that Jeon was arraigned on identity theft charges, grand larceny, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2021 –  A federal appellate court in Chicago, Illinois, unanimously dismissed a train conductor’s negligence lawsuit against his employer for injuries he sustained due to a slip and fall accident that occurred while he was working at a railyard.   Bradley LeDure was an employee of Union Pacific Railroad Co. As an engineer, his job duties included tagging trains to prepare them for use. On the day of his slip and fall accident, he was in charge of powering down parked trains at a Salem railyard so that they could be taken to […]


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Philadelphia, PA (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2021 – MyPhillyLawyer attorneys Dean Weitzman and John Lord successfully obtained a $1.75 million settlement for their injured client, Eric Davis. Mr. Davis was 28 years old when his car hauler co-driver went off Interstate 80, totaling the truck.   Mr. Davis was ejected from the truck’s sleeper and sustained significant disc herniations in his lumbar and cervical spine. He was starting his career as a long-haul trucker. Mr. Davis was permanently disabled by his injuries and four subsequent spinal surgeries.   MyPhillyLawyer filed suit against the truck driver, Andriy Prionyuk, and the […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 21, 2021- A program designed by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to combat opioid addiction among veterans first launched in 2018 has received national recognition. The VA’s Rapid Naloxone Initiative was named the 2020 recipient of the John M. Eisenberg National Level Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality Award by The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum.    The Rapid Naloxone Initiative distributes emergency anti-overdose drug Naloxone to veterans at risk for opioid overdose and provides training on using it. It also puts Naloxone and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) cabinets in high-risk areas […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire)July 20, 2021 – Sustaining a head injury in a car accident is not dissimilar to receiving a head injury while deployed overseas or playing sports. The symptoms of brain injuries are common but affect each person differently. Recovering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is difficult, frustrating and painstakingly slow. The good news is there is another form of assistance available, brain glasses. Recently, a woman was rear-ended by another vehicle, causing the woman’s car to crash into the car in front of her. The woman’s head hit the steering wheel and snapped back. She […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2021 – Suffolk police confiscated weapons and drugs during the arrests of three alleged gang members in Hauppauge in Long Island, New York. One of the men had an active attempted murder warrant against him.   Brandon Hicks, 19, was wanted for attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment in Nassau County. He was located by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Suffolk County Police Firearm Suppression Team. Law enforcement officers recovered three loaded handguns, 35 grams of fentanyl and around 30 grams of crack cocaine from the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2021 –  The family of a Chicago man who suffered serious injuries in a heavy machinery accident while working at a South Side railyard sued Norfolk Southern Railway for negligence. The lawsuit alleged the railway company deliberately put employees at risk of accidents by openly violating safety regulations.   Ernest Staggers Jr., 31, claimed railyard supervisors failed to provide workers with adequate training. They told employees to ride on equipment used to load railcars even though it was against company policy. Safety protocols required the use of trucks or passenger vehicles with proper […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 14, 2021 – A recent news story revealed that Texas prisons are hot and deadly. According to state Representative Terry Canales, “… we are cooking people in prisons.”   Currently, roughly 70 percent of prisons in Texas do not have air-conditioning in the living areas. Over the last ten years, 13 men have died of heatstroke while in prison. Hundreds of other prisoners and guards regularly get sick when prison temperatures rise to over 100 degrees.  Texas has passed a bill that will require all Texas prisons to be cooled over the next seven […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2021 – President Joe Biden signed an executive order that mandates an immediate “top-to-bottom” review of the Trump Administration’s restrictive immigration policies centering on inadmissibility on public charge grounds. Executive Order 14012, issued on February 2, 2021, directs the Departments of Justice, State and Homeland Security to evaluate the implementation and effects of the Public Charge Rule. These Departments are directed to consult with the heads of other relevant federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services.   The order also rescinds a Trump Administration memorandum requiring families to repay the […]


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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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