Legal News | Law Firm Newswire - Part 6

New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) October 5, 2020 – A Long Island woman was indicted on aggravated driving while intoxicated (DWI) and a dozen other charges in a high-speed car accident that killed a mother and injured her son. The rear-end crash occurred on Meadowbrook Parkway in North Merrick, Nassau County. Freeport resident Nicole Pollock, 26, was allegedly speeding and driving drunk when her 2012 Nissan Rogue hit the back of a 2006 Kia. Authorities identified the Kia driver as 39-year-old Lissette Quintanilla. She lost control of her vehicle upon impact and crossed multiple lanes of traffic before striking a […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2020 – A Long Island man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk with his six-year-old son in the vehicle. Marcellus David, 37, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated (DWI) under Leandra’s Law and endangering a child’s welfare. He was driving a 2003 Nissan Frontier eastbound on Middle Country Road in Selden when Suffolk County police initiated a traffic stop. A Selective Alcohol Fatality Enforcement officer stopped David after his pickup truck allegedly made an illegal left turn. The officer approached the vehicle and arrested the driver upon determining he was allegedly intoxicated. […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2020 – The law firm of Catafago Fini LLP scored a major victory in the New York State Supreme Court on September 16, 2020, in defeating a motion seeking class certification of purported meal break and overtime claims under New York Labor Law. The case is captioned Gang Li v. Wing Keung Enterprises, Inc., et al. Index No. 713860/2018 (N.Y. Supreme Court, Queens County). The plaintiff in the action, Gang Li, was a driver’s helper for Wing Keung Enterprises, Inc. Li claimed that, although he signed time records reflecting deductions for his […]


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Denville, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2020 – Marty Lyons was an NFL player for the New York Jets where he served for 12-years as a defensive lineman. Early in his career, he became a Big Brother to a three-year-old boy, Keith, who suffered from an advanced illness. Three years later, Marty experienced a six day period filled with the birth of his first child, followed four days later by the sudden passing of his father, followed two days later by Keith’s death. These experiences profoundly affected Marty’s attitude toward life, fame and his fellow human beings. With the […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2020 – Front line workers who take care of patients with COVID-19 are under immense stress, and they may make mistakes – not due to gross negligence or neglect – but due to how unpredictable the coronavirus is.  The virus symptoms are not uniform, and each infected person presents with different symptoms. The medical community has warned that the virus deals serious and lingering damage to the body.  The death of a COVID-19 patient is heartbreaking, and the loss devastating. The surviving family is left shattered. Did their loved one get proper care? […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2020 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), on July 31, 2020, announced significant increases to filing fees across the board for naturalization applications and some of its most common immigration processes, including employment-based petitions. Filing fees will increase by a weighted average of 20 percent on October 2, 2020, when the new structure goes into effect.   The U.S. Department of Homeland Security claims that the fee increase is necessary to improve agency efficiency and to recover operating costs amid budget shortfalls. Earlier this year, USCIS sought to furlough over 13,000 employees […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2020 – From minor sports to professional players, many athletes cling to the misconception that a head injury is no big deal. Contrary to this idea, serious head injuries and trauma, or TBIs, frequently develop into severe health problems and other complications. Even a mild traumatic brain injury, needs more than two weeks of recovery. A TBI could take up to 28 days or longer to heal. The brain is a complex organ, and if it sustains an injury, it needs time to heal properly. Athletes who ignore head injuries and TBI symptoms […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2020 – Caring for the nation’s veterans is one of the country’s most undeniable duties. After serving their country, a veteran deserves to know that they will be cared for, should the need arise. Most often, however, it is family members who step up to care for wounded, injured or ill veterans. Indeed, according to the Veterans Administration (VA) Secretary, Robert Wilkie, “caregivers charged with caring for our nation’s Veterans face new challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic” in that they have become increasingly isolated and cannot obtain reliable, outside help. To help caregivers, […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) September 22, 2020 – Art dealer Inigo Philbrick was ordered to be held in a Manhattan correctional facility without bail during a July 14 telephone hearing in connection to his indictment on aggravated identity theft and wire fraud charges by a grand jury in the Southern District Court of New York. Philbrick was accused of running a fraud scheme that cost investors an estimated $25 million or more. U.S. authorities arrested him on the South Pacific island of Vanuatu in June. During the hearing Assistant U.S. Attorney Cecilia Vogel argued against granting bail and claimed […]


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Denville, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 22, 2020 – John McAleavey, despite suffering a serious spinal cord injury in 1992, has been coaching basketball and lifting up the community for over 20 years. He recently launched his motivational podcast that focuses on the disabled community. The podcast is meant for anyone looking to be inspired, as guests like doctors, therapists and others who share new developments or breakthroughs, talk about their personal stories of struggle and triumph. In John’s words, “I hope that by talking, sharing, commiserating and laughing, we will fully understand that no one is alone. Think of […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2020 – The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that it had pledged another $400 million to help veterans affected by or at risk for homelessness. This money is in addition to the $200 million earmarked for housing homeless veterans and testing them for COVID-19 in April. The CARES Act provided the agency with nearly $20 billion total in emergency funding for COVID-19 response.    “Before the pandemic veterans were an extremely vulnerable population to homelessness,” said James G. Fausone, lead attorney at Legal Help for Veterans. “That problem has now been deeply […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) Septermber 16, 2020 – The Social Security Administration provides Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to workers who, due to a disability, can no longer perform the requirements of their position. However, the application process for Social Security disability benefits is not always straightforward, and may require an applicant to negotiate a number of hurdles successfully. Perhaps the most challenging aspect of the process is dealing with the testimony of the Vocational Expert (VE). A VE is an expert witness called by the Social Security Administration (SSA) during a disability appeal hearing. A VE is […]


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Miami Beach, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2020 – Matthew McElligott, a partner at VCM Law Group is a primary attorney in the prominent Black Art Censorship lawsuit against the city of Miami Beach. Along with the ACLU of Florida and the ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter, Attorney McElligott is fighting for the rights of Rodney Jackson, the artist whose First Amendment rights were violated when the city forced his mural portraying the killing of Raymond Herisse by police in 2019 to be removed from an important exhibit. Art curators Octavia Yearwood and Jared McGriff are also plaintiffs […]


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Ridgewood, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2020 – NPZ Law Group is a premier legal practice dedicated to advising individuals, families and businesses on US immigration law throughout the nation. On August 2, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a financial rule raising certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). USCIS fees are being adjusted by a weighted average of 20 percent to cover operational costs. Because USCIS is funded primarily through fees, not revenue, DHS claims the adjustment is necessary to prevent a $1 billion shortfall. In particular, […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2020 – A new federal initiative was recently launched to reduce suicide rates and raise awareness of mental health issues during quarantine, especially for veterans. The program, called REACH, urges Americans to reach out to others to reduce the isolation and stress associated with the coronavirus pandemic.   REACH will utilize digital ad campaigns to share the message that help is available and suicide is preventable. The effort will last for two years and cost an estimated $53 million. It hopes to normalize mental health and calls on businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2020 – Employees at several California McDonald’s restaurants in Los Angeles, San Jose and Monterey Park have filed complaints against the company for allegedly failing to keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The workers accuse McDonald’s of mishandling its response to the virus and placing them in imminent danger. Legal notice was filed with the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency and CAL/OSHA on May 19th and the restaurants were given 33 days to respond by taking appropriate corrective action. A similar complaint was filed against a McDonald’s in Monterey Park […]


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Denville, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2020 – Trooper Richard Tabor shared how he rose up out of the projects in Elizabeth, and proudly served our country by joining the U.S. Army, and becoming a New Jersey State Trooper. He also discussed how his calling by God to serve others prompted him to start “New Life Direction,” an initiative helping to empower local youth by providing them with enriching programs and helping build trust between law enforcement and the community. Their motto: “Believe. Achieve. Inspire.” He is truly inspirational and a great role model. New Life Direction is a […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2020 – New York launched several new initiatives in response to a statewide rise in reports of domestic violence incidents. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on April 24 announced a text program and confidential online service to make it easier for isolated domestic violence survivors to get help. Domestic violence reports to the state’s hotline went up by 30 percent in April compared to the same period last year. Calls surged 18 percent from February to March. State police also noted a 15 percent increase in the number of domestic violence incident calls in […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 13, 2020 – The COVID-19 virus has been making its way across the globe. Recently the virus has reached Tyson Foods Meat Packing Plant in Amarillo, Texas. As a result of COVID-19 circulating in the plant, and an on-the-job injury accident, an 8-year employee died. Her husband, four children and a representative of her estate filed a lawsuit on May 15, 2020, against Tyson Foods. Even though Amarillo issued a shelter in place order on April 1, 2020, the woman continued to work at the plant.  Subsequently, she slipped and fell, injuring both knees, […]


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Denville, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 8, 2020 – For over 20 years, Elissa Montanti’s incredible organization, The Global Medical Relief Fund, has been providing medical treatment, transportation, lodging and rehabilitation in the United States for amputee and severely injured children from around the world. Elissa, has been featured on 60-Minutes and CNN Heroes, partners with Shriners Hospitals for Children https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/shc, and others, to provide surgery or prosthetics for free. The Global Medical Relief Fund (GMRF) helps children who are missing or have lost the use of limbs or eyes, or have been severely burned, or injured due to war, […]


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