Legal News | Law Firm Newswire - Part 6

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2022 – Dogs are a subject dear to many, but represent fear to others depending on one’s experiences with them. Many dogs are regarded as loving companions. However, there are many stories about dog bites, attacks, and maulings. In Texas, the dog bite laws are complicated, and it is best to discuss any dog encounter with an experienced dog bite attorney. According to national dog bite statistics, roughly 4.5 million dog bites happen every year. Any dog can bite, no matter what the breed: even the sweetest pet can wound if provoked, and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2022 – This two-vehicle Uber accident happened recently in Houston on the Southwest Freeway near Newcastle Drive. The 39-year-old woman was riding in the backseat of an Uber vehicle when it began to experience mechanical problems and stopped on the freeway. The vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck. The passenger died at the scene. The driver was taken to the nearest hospital to treat broken ribs. The pickup truck driver was not injured and remained at the scene. In most instances, a rear-end accident is the fault of the driver who runs […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2022 – The newly-announced presumptive benefits could impact more than 3.5 million veterans and active service members. In recent news, the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) announced that it is adding three presumptive conditions to particulate matter exposure. These newly-added conditions include asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis. This development comes in response to years of complaints and lobbying efforts directed toward lawmakers on Capitol Hill. To qualify for benefits, a service member must have served in Afghanistan, Djibouti, Syria or Uzbekistan since September 19, 2001, or in Southwest Asia since August 2, […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2021 – An excavation company employee was killed in an industrial accident in suburban Volo, Illinois. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the workplace incident.   Lake County authorities identified the worker as 33-year-old Michael Rowell of Woodstock. He suffered a traumatic injury to his arm. Autopsy results from the coroner’s office showed that Rowell died from multiple injuries sustained in the construction accident.   Rowell’s arm got stuck in a gravel screening machine at the excavation company where he worked. Kanzler Construction is located where the accident occurred. However, […]


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Bedford, MA (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2022 – We are pleased to announce that Rebecca S. Spinner and Wendy W. Weston have joined Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. as associate attorneys. Rebecca S. Spinner is committed to our clients and the communities we serve. Rebecca earned her J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University , where she was a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. Most recently, Rebecca has worked with the veteran community providing legal aid. She intends to continue to volunteer her time to serve veterans, service members, and underserved communities. Wendy W. Weston earned her J.D. […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 24, 2022 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), on December 9, 2021, issued a policy alert announcing the temporary waiver of the rule requiring the civil surgeon to sign the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record within 60 days before filing for adjustment of status. The temporary waiver will remain in effect until September 30, 2022. “USCIS acknowledges the COVID-19 pandemic and other processing delays and now waives the 60-day rule for a one-year period,” commented Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “But the […]


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Geneva, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2022 – We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Chavez has been named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers℠. To be selected as an Emerging Lawyer, a candidate must be of proven character and display an outstanding aptitude for the practice of law early in their career. Emerging Lawyers, who are selected by their peers, must be 40 years of age or younger or have practiced for no more than 10 years. Only 2 percent of all lawyers licensed to practice law in the state are considered Emerging Lawyers. Elizabeth Chavez is highly […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2022 – Congressman John B. Larson, D-Conn. to introduce Social Security 2100: A Sacred Trust in hopes of increasing Social Security benefits In October of this year, the Social Security Administration announced a 5.9 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA), the highest in more than 40 years. A cost of living adjustment is an adjustment to the rate at which the federal government pays Social Security benefits to keep up with the inflation rate. During inflationary times, the cost of goods increases. To prevent recipients from having less purchasing power, the Social Security […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 18, 2021 – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, Illinois, upheld an $8.3 million award in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed on behalf of a 5-year-old boy who suffered a severe shoulder injury at birth that left him permanently disabled. The appeals panel rejected the federal government’s request to vacate the trial court’s judgment.   The government claimed the $2.6 million future lost earnings component of the award was highly speculative due to the uncertainties involved in calculating a young child’s earning potential. The appeals court rejected the claim, […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2022 – On November 10, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) entered into a settlement agreement with plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit in Shergill et al. v. Mayorkas regarding long delays in adjudicating L-2 spousal employment authorization applications. The settlement is effective within 120 days of the settlement date. In the settlement, USCIS agrees to issue policy guidance stating that L-2 spouses are employment authorized incident to status. Incident to status means that a person in L-2 status will already be authorized to be employed upon admission to the United States. Further, […]


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Charleston, SC (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2022 Steinberg Law attorney Malcolm Crosland Weighs in on Recent Report Indicating a Reduction in Opioid Use Among Worker’s Compensation Recipients   The opioid epidemic is a genuine threat. In response to the growing number of overdose deaths across the country, lawmakers are considering ways to decrease the rate at which these medications are prescribed. The workers’ compensation system is no exception.    Recently, researchers from the Workers Compensation Research Institute found that the rate at which workers’ compensation recipients were prescribed certain narcotic pain medication decreased by 12 percent. The study also […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2022 – February was one of the worst months for Texas in history. More than 100 died in the freezing weather because there was no power. As the nation watched in shock, families began to mourn their lost loved ones who froze to death. While this news has not been talked about much since February, the fact is the wrongful death lawsuits are still being filed against ONCOR and ERCOT energy. One of the more recent filings deals with Leobardo Sanchez of Deep Ellum. His nickname was the Cotton Candy Man because he […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 12, 2022 – Members of the armed services face a wide range of dangers related to their service. And while veterans who suffer visible injuries—such as gunshot wounds and amputations—are revered as heroes, these injuries only account for a small fraction of those suffered by service members. The term “invisible wounds” describes traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and other moral injuries to the psyche. While these conditions often cause a similar level of impairment to physical injuries, those who suffer from them are not treated the same. The concept of invisible wounds is […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2022 – On August 27, 2020, a three-vehicle crash occurred in the northbound lane of Routh 61 in North Manheim Township. Karen Fuller rear-ended a Honda Civic, which was stopped at the time of the accident. The driver of the Honda Civic, Joshua Sophy, was stopped because of a construction vehicle working in front of him. After hitting Sophy’s car, Fuller’s vehicle continued and hit the construction vehicle, driven by Kevin Reese. Reese was taken to the hospital and reportedly sustained minor injuries from the accident. Fuller was cited with following too closely.   […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released new immigration enforcement priorities for border agencies on September 30, 2021. The updated guidelines direct immigration officers to exercise discretion and assess the totality of a migrant’s circumstances when making decisions regarding arrests and deportations.  The new DHS guidelines build on early interim guidance issued under the Biden Administration, marking a return to a priority system for immigration enforcement. They are a departure from the aggressive stance adopted by the Trump Administration, which expanded the scope of arrests and deportations. “The enforcement priorities […]


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San Diego, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2022 – Richard Wirtz, founding attorney of Wirtz Law APC, recently lent his insights about the state’s lemon law to an article run by Super Lawyers®, When Does a Car Qualify as a Lemon in California? In particular, Mr. Wirtz clarified the meaning of the term “substantial impairment” under the statute, which he referred to as a “term of art ” that means a defect must impair the safety, value, or use of a vehicle. He also elaborated on the meaning of “reasonable number of repair attempts” by saying:“There is case law […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2022 – J&Y Law is pleased to announce that we have achieved multi-million dollar settlements in two personal injury claims. The first case involved a bicyclist who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being struck by an automobile. Although the defendant disputed the damages, we were able to secure a $2 million dollar settlement for our client. The second case was unique in that a school was found negligent in the handling and care of a student with disabilities. After filing a premises liability lawsuit, we recovered a $3.5 million settlement for […]


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New Bedford, MA (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2022 – Surprenant and Beneski, P.C is pleased to announce that Erin L. Nunes has been elevated to partner. Attorney Nunes joined the firm in 2005 as a case manager before earning her J.D. at the University of Massachusetts School of Law – Dartmouth (magna cum laude). Erin’s practice is focused on estate planning and elder law, with an emphasis on Medicaid Planning. During her tenure, Erin has established a well-earned reputation as a dedicated advocate who provides our senior clients and their families with compassionate representation and caring, efficient service. Erin […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2022 – On November 10, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) entered into a settlement agreement with plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit in Shergill et al. v. Mayorkas regarding long delays in adjudicating L-2 spousal employment authorization applications. The settlement is effective within 120 days of the settlement date. In the settlement, USCIS agrees to issue policy guidance stating that L-2 spouses are employment authorized incident to status. Incident to status means that a person in L-2 status will already be authorized to be employed upon admission to the United States. Further, […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2022 – Erlich Law Firm obtained a $2.8 million settlement in a sexual harassment and retaliation case against a large tech company in Silicon Valley, California. The lawsuit was filed by a former employee of the tech firm. The company’s chief financial officer had a pattern of using abusive language and targeting female employees for harassment. One former employee stated there was a “drawer full of complaints” about the CFO. When the plaintiff tried to step in and stop the behavior, the company fired her. Employment attorney Jason Erlich of Oakland-based Erlich […]


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