Legal News | Law Firm Newswire - Part 8

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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Denville, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 1, 2020 – Linda Graziano created the Canvas of Hope to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Their mission is to sell 10,000 Canvas of Hope books over a 10-week period to help more than 1.2 million Americans living with blood cancers. Linda, who lost her beloved brother, Eddie, to brain cancer is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for people impacted by these diseases. She was nominated to participate in the 2020 Man & Woman of the Year competition for LLS, to support blood cancer research by individual in communities […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2020 – Last Friday, a dredging vessel named the Waymon L Boyd, caught fire after it struck a submerged pipeline. The ship was owned by Houston-based marine construction contractor Orion Marine Group. According to a recent news source, the pipeline, which was carrying natural gas, exploded as the vessel made contact. The ship immediately caught fire, seriously injuring several crew members on board and killing several others.     The initial collision between the vessel and the pipeline occurred on Friday morning, around 8 a.m. By Friday afternoon, the fire was contained. However, the […]


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Denville, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2020 – Paul Profeta, a successful real-estate entrepreneur spoke about his Profeta Urban Investment Foundation. Its mission is “to build a world-class, research-driven, teaching and practitioner-oriented urban entrepreneurship and economic development program to transform the economy of Newark, and other urban centers; create wealth in urban communities; and be a model for all urban universities.” The Profeta Urban Investment Foundation was created to help launch or to expand minority businesses in Newark by providing encouragement, expertise and interest-free funds to minority-owned businesses desiring to start or expand in Newark. Paul says, “Our mission […]


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Charleston, SC (Law Firm Newswire) August 24, 2020 – The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act provides injured workers with a way to obtain compensation after suffering serious injuries in a workplace accident. Employees who are injured while performing some tasks within their scope of employment may qualify for compensation under the Act. Compensation may include amounts for medical expenses, missed work and permanent disability that a worker suffered due to a workplace accident.  In July of this year, a man who was paralyzed from the waist down after suffering a severe injury while at work obtained a $3.2 million settlement […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2020 – At least three people have been accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Michigan Treasury in an elaborate scheme. The suspects fraudulently collected survivor’s benefits and unclaimed money from these entities for at least six years. A Westland, Michigan woman named Melissa Flores and an unnamed coconspirator allegedly used aliases and fraudulent documents, such as birth certificates, to prove that they were the rightful heirs of veterans who had died and then collected money under these false pretenses. They had either manufactured […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2020 – The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it had reached a significant milestone in its Legacy Appeals Resolution Plan (LARP). The LARP addressed appeals that the VA received before implementing the Appeals Modernization Act of 2017 (AMA). In early 2019, VA instituted a new claims process under the AMA. The process provided veterans with multiple avenues to address their appeals. However, issues arose because VA had a backlog of claims that they received before the implementation of AMA. VA provided Veterans with the ability to opt into the AMA […]


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Denville, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) August 18, 2020 – Russ Holden, PGA Member for over 35 years, founded Caddy For A Cure, which allows members of the public to caddy for a PGA TOUR player, with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to charities. Russ is a remarkable man, making a difference in many lives. It is an exciting opportunity to let the public inside a PGA TOUR venue and caddy for a player. It is an incredible opportunity to caddy for some of the top players in the world on some of the best golf courses in the […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2020 – Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood mogul and convicted rapist, was sentenced to 23 years in New York state prison for the sexual abuse of multiple women after a trial that attracted intense media coverage and public intertest. Accusations of sexual assault and harassment have long been associated with Weinstein, but he successfully dodged them for decades. More than 80 women in countries all over the world have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual crimes, assault and rape. Their horrific stories of the abuse committed by the Miramax cofounder reignited the #MeToo […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 14, 2020 – Earlier this year, the state’s high court issued a written opinion in a complex Texas business dispute case revolving around whether a Texas court could hear the dispute between the businesses. The case involves business law principles, contract-interpretation issues, as well as jurisdictional matters.  The factual background giving rise to the case is rather complicated. However, to summarize, two businesses entered into an agreement for the provision of healthcare services and products. The agreement involved two distinct contracts that were executed on the same day. When the deal between the two […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2020 – Twelve Michigan counties have secured and distributed emergency aid through the state’s new County Veteran Service Fund Emergency Relief (CVSF-ER) program. Nearly $1.1 million has been paid to Michigan veterans to date with more counties waiting for approval for funds. This emergency funding was created in response to both the COVID-19 pandemic and the flooding that affected central Michigan in May. The money may be used by veterans for home and car repairs, medical expenses and other urgent costs. “Michigan is home to more than 550,000 veterans and their families,” said […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2020 – After several months of limited operations, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) announced that over 100 VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) reinstated in-person services. Shortly after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the VA and VHA changed their operating procedures and began limiting in-person services at VAMCs across the United States. The VAMC created two “zones” for inpatient care, standard and COVID-19, and ceased the majority of outpatient operations, opting instead for telehealth services. The VA and VHA changed their procedures and designed a […]


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Denville, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2020 – In this episode of the Todd Leonard Show, Chris Russo of Superhero Events, discusses how this organization provides innovative ways to raise funds for national and local charities and schools via the events they put on. Superhero Events has helped many local community organizations, including Meals on Wheels, the Community Soup Kitchen, Jersey Battered Women’s Services and The Seeing Eye. Click HERE to listen to the podcast. Superhero Events was launched as the result of a donation they made to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is how they came […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 10, 2018 – A new Los Angeles ordinance was approved on March 27, 2020 that will require companies with 500 or more employees with two weeks of additional paid sick leave. The ordinance supplements federal bill H.R. 6201, known as the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which requires paid sick leave for companies with fewer than 500 employees. This sick leave is in addition to what employers already must provide and can be used for a number of COVID-19-related reasons. Los Angeles city sick leave laws already mandate twice as much sick […]


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Denville, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) August 4, 2020 – It is the first responders and other essential personnel who are present during life’s emergencies and who work non-stop to keep everyone safe. During the COVID-19 pandemic they need as much support as we can give them to help them do their jobs. To listen to the podcast, click HERE. Chris Mazzarella of Parsippany helped set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to feed first responders and to also help sustain local small businesses, such as take-out and restaurants. The donations are used to buy meals for first responders from […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2020 – Millions of Americans rely on Social Security as their main source of income. However, over the past few months, the federal government has spent billions of dollars in economic stimulus to help combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many share the concern that this massive increase in spending will jeopardize the Social Security system which, by all accounts, was already in danger. Saving the Social Security System for future generations will be an enormous challenge. Currently, lawmakers’ concern is focused on overcoming the effects of the pandemic, however, once the […]


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Denville, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 28, 2020 – This show, featuring Melissa Spiotta of Morris Township, tells the story of how Serve it Forward, a way to say thanks to the Morristown Medical Center front line staff, became a reality. Listen to the podcast HERE. Thanks to Ms. Spiotta’s background, she was able to help head up a project named Serve it Forward, a program that thanks frontline workers in the COVID-19 battle, while also helping local restaurants stay in business. Using Serve it Forward, people can buy gift cards from local restaurants for donation to hospital workers such […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2020 – Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can take months, or even years, under normal circumstances. Of course, the country is not currently operating under normal circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of March 17, 2020, all Social Security Administration (SSA) offices are closed with no current re-opening date set. While the SSA continues to provide “critical services” during the pandemic, there have been reports of 90-minute wait times to speak with a representative over the phone. Applying for SSDI benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic raises many challenges for […]


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