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Weston, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2019 – The Dow Chemical Company, Shell Oil Company Corporate, and Occidental Chemical Corporation have been hit with a lawsuit by former Nicaraguan banana plantation workers accusing the companies of authorizing the sale of Dibromochloropropane (DBCP), the toxic chemical found in pesticides. The attorney for the workers is the president of the French Bar, Pierre-Olivier Sur. Charges were filed in front of the Paris High Court on November 6, 2018. Sur is part of a litigation team comprised of David W. Brill of BRILL & RINALDI, The Law Firm, the father and son […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2019 – Recent statistics indicating a sharp upward spike in federal enforcement actions against workplace sexual harassment should serve as a wake-up call for any Texas employer not yet prepared and ready to respond when harassment claims are made by employees. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), enforcement actions for sexual harassment at work rose 50 percent during the past year. Complaints coming in to the EEOC are up too. Charges filed with the EEOC alleging sexual harassment increased by 13.6 percent from 2017 to 2018. Reasonable cause findings in sexual […]


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Philadelphia, PA (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2019 – Just recently on Court Radio, Dean Weitzman, managing partner of MyPhillyLawyer, discussed the latest ongoing personal injury lawsuits alleging Johnson & Johnson, a large American pharmaceutical company, knew for decades, but hid the fact, that there was a problem for women lurking in their baby powder product – the presence of asbestos. “The truth of the matter,” indicated Weitzman, “is that this is not the first time that as a corporation Johnson & Johnson has hidden information that may not have been good for their retail items.” J & J company […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) January 5, 2019 – Atlanta attorney Rod Dixon and his law firm, The Dixon Firm, PC, have announced that it is offering an educational scholarship for African-American students for the 2019-2020 school year. The Dixon Firm, PC understands that higher education is important for a successful future, yet a challenge for all making an effort to become financially secure. This scholarship opportunity, for the amount of $1,000, will help a deserving African-American student accomplish educational goals and prepare for future career aspirations. Rod Dixon is a proud African-American who is passionate about giving back and […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2019 – Michigan has had medical marijuana laws in place for several years, and voters recently approved legalizing recreational marijuana. For many veterans suffering from PTSD, legal marijuana is a welcome relief from prescription drugs and painkillers for related trauma. Federal law bans its use, even among veterans seeking help via the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical services. “Medicine in the 2st century includes medical marijuana in its many forms. Yet, antiquated federal laws mean many veterans cannot obtain it through their VA doctors,” veterans benefits attorney James G. Fausone said. […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2019 – The president recently signed a new federal law that urges financial service providers to train staff to better identify suspected elder financial abuse and report it. The Senior Safe Act allows financial services professionals to fight against fraud while maintaining their clients’ privacy. The legislation modifies provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, which was passed in 2010 to govern regulation of the financial industry following the 2008 economic meltdown. The bill was first introduced by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) in January 2017. She modeled it on the elder financial abuse prevention […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2018 – The risk of car accidents is rising in U.S. states where marijuana has been legalized, according to recent reports released by two traffic safety research groups. Studies from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) noted a nearly six percent rise in the number of highway crashes in four states where recreational marijuana use is legal. The frequency of collision insurance claims was “consistently” higher in Oregon, Colorado, Nevada and Washington than other neighboring states where marijuana is still illegal. A second study focused […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2018 – The new year will put an extra of about $100 per month in the pockets of disabled veterans thanks to the largest cost of living adjustment (COLA) since 2012. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) approved the rate increase in November. Disabled veterans will see a monthly increase of about $100, while military retirees will receive increases that vary based on their individual retirement plans. The 2.8 percent increase takes effect on January 1 and gives additional amounts to veterans with a disability rating of 30 percent or higher and who […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 26, 2018 – A recent report accused California health regulators of placing nursing home residents’ health in danger by allowing substandard care to persist at facilities throughout the state. The California State Auditor criticized the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, and the Department of Health Care Services for lack of coordinated oversight. According to the state auditor, the CDPH did not conduct required inspections or issue timely citations for poor care. The department failed to cite or fine facilities in most of the cases […]


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Denville, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2018 – New Jersey personal injury attorney Todd J. Leonard commemorates 30 distinguished years of providing high-quality legal representation to his clients. Todd proudly continues the legacy of his late father, legendary New Jersey trial attorney Alvin R. Leonard, who guided his development into a highly touted trial lawyer. After helping his father win numerous high-profile personal injury and wrongful death cases, Todd Leonard embarked upon his own journey, which has established him as one of the state’s most experienced personal injury attorneys. For 30 years, Todd Leonard has been helping his clients […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2018 – The American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act (ACWIA) passed in October 21, 1998, and dealt with high-skilled labor immigration through the H-1B visa and helping improve the capabilities of the domestic workforce to reduce the need for foreign labor. The ACWIA was followed by the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (AC-21) passed in 2000 that virtually restructured the H-1B to permit more temporary workers without making changes to caps (and added more grace years before the cap became binding once again). The rule was published here: 81 FR 82398 […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2018 – A judge has rejected assertions made by the School Resource Officer (SRO) present at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida that he was entitled to dismissal of the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him by BRILL & RINALDI, The Law Firm, on behalf of the parents of Meadow Pollack who was killed during the shooting where 16 others died and 17 were wounded. Scot Peterson’s lawyers argued that the former SRO and Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) Deputy did not have any legal duties to protect the […]


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Indianapolis, IN (Law Firm Newswire) December 14, 2018 – The Marc Lopez Law Firm recently persuaded the Indiana Court of Appeals to reverse a man’s DUI/OVWI conviction. All it took was demonstrating to a three-judge panel that the State had found the man guilty based on an improperly administered breath test. Less than 13 percent of criminal convictions that are appealed in the State of Indiana result in a reversal of any kind. When it comes to complete reversals, the number is even lower. It is tempting to think that an appeal is won or lost at oral argument, but […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2018 – A recent report noted a dramatic increase in the number of fraudulent phishing websites created to target retail store customers. Cyber intelligence firm IntSights collaborated with e-commerce fraud prevention company Riskified to analyze data on hundreds of thousands of illegal online purchases between the third quarters of 2017 and this year. The companies discovered there was a 297 percent spike in the number of fake retail sites designed to phish for customer information from July to September 2018 when compared to that same period in 2017. The third quarter alone saw […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2018 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that beneficiaries will see a 2.8 percent rise in their payments next year due to the cost-of-living adjustment for 2019. The annual cost-of-living adjustment, known as COLA, is based on current and anticipated rates of inflation and mandated by law to be automatic for Social Security benefits. The COLA will take effect on December 31 and in January for around 70 million Americans. It applies to Social Security beneficiaries including disabled workers, retirees and their dependents. “The SSA’s cost-of-living adjustment provides a welcome boost […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2018 – Experts say that due to the state Supreme Court’s impairment valuation ruling, employers in Pennsylvania will likely be subject to a rise in workers’ compensation claim costs. In June 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court quashed the state’s impairment rating evaluation process on the basis that it is unconstitutional. The court held that the General Assembly unconstitutionally assigned to the American Medical Association the power to establish guidelines for assessing permanent impairment. In cases where a doctor decides the extent of an injured employee’s impairment pursuant to the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, […]


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Indianapolis, IN (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2018 – In November, Attorney Marc Lopez spoke at the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum’s (ICLEF) 2018 DWI at Trial legal conference. In Indiana, practicing lawyers are required to attend several hours of continuing legal education seminars on a yearly basis. ICLEF is a leader in this field, and its annual DWI at Trial conference is the absolute premier legal education symposium of its kind in Indiana. Whether attendees are seasoned veterans or relative newcomers to DUI/OVWI law, this seminar had something to teach participants about everyone’s favorite strict liability crime. Attorney Marc […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2018 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is planning three potential changes to the H-1B visa lottery system. The planned changes could have significant impact on the way USCIS processes H-1B petitions and result in H-1B petitions for more highly educated beneficiaries winning the H-1B lottery in greater numbers. The three key changes are: a requirement for employers to pre-register prospective H-1B workers, a prioritization of petitions based on compensation and skill, and a switch in the order of the two-part H-1B lottery. The agency has yet to announce a formal proposal […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2018 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) opened three new offices in order to boost its fraud prevention and investigation efforts for the disability benefits program. The offices are called Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Units. They are located in Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. The units were established to expand the CDI Program which has 43 offices located in 37 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The nationwide program is the SSA’s leading anti-fraud initiative. “It is reassuring to see that the SSA is proactively taking steps to […]


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Philadelphia, PA (Law Firm Newswire) November 30, 2018 – Just recently on Court Radio, Dean Weitzman, managing partner of MyPhillyLawyer, and workers’ compensation attorney, Jeffrey S. Gross, Esq., discussed misconceptions labourers have about workers’ compensation and how using medical marijuana may result in an injury claim being denied. Getting hurt on the job is a worker’s worst nightmare. How are the bills going to be paid? Are the injuries bad enough to mean being permanently out of work? What happens if the claim is denied? Is there an appeal process? The most important thing that any worker needs to know […]


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