attorney | Law Firm Newswire - Part 5

Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2015 – The California Labor Code mandates businesses pay proper overtime and provide meal and rest breaks. According to a recent class action lawsuit filed against Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of California, Inc., defendants allege they were neither paid overtime as required under the California Labor Code, nor were they accorded meal and rest breaks. If, as alleged, workers’ bonus pay did not get factored into the hourly rate, employees would get paid less for overtime work than entitled to by law. “The main issue in this case is overtime pay and […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2015 – In September, the Senate approved legislation that would allow disabled individuals to create special needs trusts for themselves. Known as the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, the bill corrects the assumption that all people with disabilities lack the mental capacity to create their own trusts. Under the current law, special needs trusts can only be established by a disabled individual’s legal guardian, parent, grandparent or a court, even if the beneficiary is mentally competent. Those who do not have a family member or guardian are forced to petition the court, […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2015 – Retirement planning can be a very challenging process for couples, and even more so for singles. Several Americans will enter their retirement years on their own for various reasons, such as the death of a spouse, divorce and different lifestyles. According to the 2013 U.S. Census, 54 percent of women and 27 percent of men age 65 or over were unmarried. Financial advisers claim that the retirement planning needs of singles can be extremely different from those of married couples, and that many singles are unprepared. A study by Rand […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2015 – Medicare Advantage plans are part of the Medicare program in which one is still entitled to the same rights and protections as if one had traditional Medicare. They are private plans that may offer more benefits than those accessible in traditional Medicare, and sometimes at no extra cost to beneficiaries. Medicare Advantage plans may be able to operate with more efficiency than the traditional program, purchasing additional benefits for a lower cost, and regulating care in such a way as to ensure that patients make use of medical services more […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2015 – A prominent Chicago personal injury law firm has announced the winner of a scholarship for accident survivors who are entering or enrolled in law school or college. Michelle Eikill of Jacksonville, Florida is the winner of the Briskman Briskman & Greenberg Accident Survivor Scholarship. “We established this scholarship to help people like Michelle,” said Paul Greenberg, an attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. The University of North Florida student wrote an essay describing her struggle to persevere after a life-changing car accident. In January, Eikill was driving home from work when […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2015 – An employment discrimination lawsuit has been filed against chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride. Carl R. Titus, a six-year employee of the company, filed a six-count lawsuit July 10 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division. The lawsuit alleges hostile work environment, color discrimination, race discrimination, disparate impact employment discrimination, disparate treatment employment discrimination, retaliation and failure to promote. The lawsuit cites the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act. “Racial discrimination in employment is prohibited by both U.S. and Texas law,” said Gregory D. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2015 – The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA) has recognized the exceptional performance of Illinois’ Family Law Attorney Michael Ian Bender as one of the state’s 10 “Best Family Law Attorneys” for client satisfaction in 2015. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOFLA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOFLA’s […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 10, 2015 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced on Aug. 24 that it has slashed its backlog of veterans’ claims for disability coverage by 84 percent from a high of more than 611,000 claims in 2013. VA officials have used a combination of paperless processing techniques, updated software systems and mandatory overtime by benefits department employees to reduce the numbers. Currently, around 98,500 of more than 362,000 pending claims in the Veterans Benefits Administration are awaiting processing. The average processing time for a case has dropped from 282 days to around 105 […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 9, 2015 – Parents of teenagers may worry more about alcohol, drugs or bullying, but the greatest threat to the safety of teens is the automobile. According to government statistics, 71 Florida teenagers were killed in car accidents last year. The National Safety Council said that the first year of driving and first thousand miles driven are the deadliest time in the life of a teenager. “Teenage drivers are inexperienced and may not have a proper understanding of the dangers they face when they are behind the wheel,” said Jason Chalik, a Florida car […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 3, 2015 – Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, has introduced a bill to expedite the payment of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to people who are terminally ill by eliminating the five-month waiting period. The legislation was proposed on Sept. 9 with the aim to reduce delays in processing payments for individuals who would not live long enough to receive benefits under the current law. With the new legislation, eligible individuals diagnosed to be terminally ill would begin receiving benefits in the first month of their diagnosis. “The revision to the law ensures that terminally ill […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2015 – The number of medical errors at hospitals run by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has increased over a four-year period, but the VA has conducted fewer investigations into what caused them. According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released on Aug. 28, the number of adverse events — the formal term for medical errors — at VA hospitals increased by seven percent between the fiscal years 2010 and 2014. The same period saw the root cause analysis (RCA) of adverse events drop by 18 percent, coinciding with a 14 […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2015 – Those who repeatedly file bankruptcy in an effort to stop foreclosure on their homes may find their tactics thwarted in Tampa, Florida. Tampa area bankruptcy judges found that some people were taking advantage of a taxed and overloaded bankruptcy system by filing bankruptcy again and again, each time bringing a stop to foreclosure proceedings. A procedure was put in place by which a judge can order anyone filing a third time to show cause why they should be allowed to proceed. O. Reginald Osenton said that while he supports efforts to […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2015 – In the first half of 2015, fatal car accidents have surged dramatically. According to the National Safety Council, traffic fatalities rose 14 percent in the first six months of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014. In 2014, 32,675 people died in car accidents, and the safety council said that if the current pace continues, the U.S. could exceed 40,000 traffic fatalities this year, for the first time in eight years. The increase in roadway deaths comes at a time when traffic safety has actually advanced considerably. Experts say that […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2015 – Michael Barrett, the director of the Missouri State Public Defender System, has written a letter to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon calling for a 25 percent increase in the state budget to adequately provide representation to poor clients. In his letter dated Aug. 7, Barrett asked for an additional $10 million for the 2015 fiscal budget. The office currently has a budget of $38.4 million. He threatened to file a lawsuit if his request was denied, claiming Nixon’s office has worsened the treatment of the poor in the criminal justice system. […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2015 – On Aug. 31, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the process of electronic payment of the $165 USCIS immigrant visa fee has been simplified. Payment of the immigrant visa fee is required for foreign nationals and is the concluding step to actually being able to receive a Permanent Resident Card, also known as a green card. It is typically paid after an immigrant receives his or her immigrant visa abroad and before boarding an aircraft to the United States. Until the recent changes, the immigrant was required to […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2015 – A woman has sued Lambert’s Cafe, a Missouri-based restaurant chain known as the “Home of Throwed Rolls,” after she claimed she was injured by a tossed dinner roll. Troy Tucker of St. Louis, Missouri, said she was hit by a roll while dining at the restaurant in September 2014, damaging her eye. The lawsuit filed on Aug. 11 states that Lambert’s Cafe should have known about the hazards involved in their signature practice of servers throwing dinner rolls across the dining area to customers. “If the restaurant is clearly advertised […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2015 – This case involved a mixture of allegations, from sexual harassment to work without pay. Being in a position of authority over another is not implied permission to abuse or harass them. This case saw the California Assembly agree to pay $110,000 to a former legislative employee who filed a lawsuit against Assemblyman Steve Fox (D-Palmdale), alleging unpaid wages and sexual harassment. The terms of the settlement include a clause that the Assembly does not admit to any of the worker’s allegations. “According to the statement of claim, Kristina Zahn was virtually […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2015 – When faced with the decision of whether to invest in a traditional or Roth 401(k) plan, many U.S. taxpayers find themselves weighing the advantages and disadvantages of each retirement option. A traditional 401(k) plan is offered by an employer to its employees. Such a plan represents the most typical type of defined contribution retirement plan. The employee decides the amount of the contribution he or she would like to make, and the employer deducts a percentage of the employee’s salary from his or her paycheck; the deducted amount is then […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2015 – A job change can be an opportunity to improve the state of one’s 401(k) plan, but it is important to avoid unnecessary fees and taxes during this process. With careful planning, many people are able to put their 401(k) into better mutual funds with lower costs after a job change. “A job change is a great time to research your investment options and decide which type of account is best for your particular situation,” said Andrew H. Hook, a Virginia financial planning attorney with Hook Law Center, with offices in […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2015 – Wrongful death lawsuits arising out of incidents of medical negligence or medical malpractice are often long trials, with the plaintiffs needing financial assistance to pay their bills. This case is one of many (over 300) enjoined in multi-district litigation (MDL) in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Tommy Julian began taking Xarelto in November 2012. His personal physician prescribed it to help him reduce his risk of having a stroke. Julian had non-valvular atrial fibrillation, a condition that increased the chances of suffering a stroke. “In this story, Tommy Julian was taking […]


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