FL | Law Firm Newswire - Part 6

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2014 – Many Americans feel Obamacare is built on lies, resulting in a fiasco. Now, the need to push through immigration reform has taken on a note of desperation. “It’s interesting to note that many Americans feel they got ‘had’ when it comes to Obamacare. And now, it seems the Democrats are pushing immigration reform to happen soon. Now the President says it’s time to allow immigrants to fulfill their dreams, for Republicans to do the right thing. Really? If anyone else gets the sense this is a shell game, or diversionary tactic, […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 15, 2014 – Online mugshots may suggest to viewers that the person is guilty. This is not necessarily the case. “Everyone who may be charged with a crime in the United States is innocent until proven guilty. There are a number of important statutes that uphold that right. Just because a person has been arrested and photographed and charged, does not automatically mean they are guilty. This is the reason for defense attorneys,” explains Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. Defense attorneys represent the other side of the coin, because it could well […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 28, 2014 – In recent weeks, New York social security fraud allegations have overshadowed the struggles of legitimate disability claimants. On January 14, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee turned its attention to allegations that a group of retired firefighters, police officers and other individuals in New York City fraudulently secured almost $400 million in Social Security disability benefits. One hundred and six people, almost all of whom are retired city police officers and firefighters, have been accused of feigning disability. The accused participants were allegedly coached on methods to fake their conditions […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2014 – The driver of a tractor-trailer involved in a fatal auto accident has a driving history detailing over two dozen infractions during the past decade. Wayne Damari Waldon, 30, has 27 infractions on his driving record. Just two of those, both non-moving violations, applied to his commercial driver’s license. Driving with a suspended license and speeding are among his personal violations. “In Florida, your driving history, no matter how bad, cannot disqualify you from obtaining a commercial driver’s license,” explains Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “You need only pass a written […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2014 – Domestic violence is more common than most people think. It is the bad side of an intimate relationship gone wrong. “A relatively well known former major league baseball player, Wladimir Balentien, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery and felony false imprisonment as a result of a dispute with his about to be ex-wife,” outlines Lakeland criminal defense lawyer, Thomas Grajek, who is not involved in the case. The couple had been married for approximately six years and the 29-year-old Balentien, who once played for the Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2014 – Florida was listed among the “Worst States” for highway safety laws by a Washington, D.C. safety advocacy group. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS) recently published the list, which summarizes a number of traffic safety laws, including those governing seat belts, helmets for motorcycle riders and text messaging. “Each year, thousands of Florida families suffer a death or serious injury on our highways,” said Tampa auto accident attorney Robert Joyce. “Fatalities have been on the decline in recent years, and last year’s partial text messaging ban is an improvement. But […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2014 – Medicare is preparing to crack down on “pill mill” doctors and others who improperly prescribe drugs. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released a proposed rule that, for the first time, would allow regulators to ban doctors who write harmful or fraudulent prescriptions from participating in Medicare. “In Florida, we have seen the substantial impact that common-sense reforms have on pill mills,” said Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce. “In 2011, we implemented strict new controls on dangerous narcotic painkillers. Most doctors cannot dispense these drugs from their offices, […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2014 – Advocates are hailing a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Florida as an important step forward for gay rights in the state. A Florida woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner filed a lawsuit when the birth mother left the state with the child without informing the plaintiff after the couple ended their relationship. The two had planned to raise the child together. The state’s highest court ruled by a vote of 4-3 that the egg donor had parental rights, and it ordered a lower court to arrange […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2014 – The January/February issue of Bigger Law Firm, a magazine for attorneys, guides its readers to new tech solutions for challenges as old as the law itself. From new features on familiar platforms — including Facebook’s updated Insights analytics, expanded use for Bing Local and the best new NAS solutions — to entirely new innovations in e-discovery and presentation, BLF helps your firm to simplify, update and grow. Today, diverse local listings are more important for law firms than ever — especially now that Apple’s Siri has paired up with Microsoft’s Bing […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2014 – The parents of a woman killed by an allegedly drunk driver are suing the driver and the nightclub where he worked. In the early morning hours of September 2, 2013, Christopher Patrick Weed left Shephard’s Beach Resort in Clearwater, Florida after finishing his shift as a “bar back.” According to the lawsuit, he had consumed “numerous” alcoholic beverages over the several hours previous. At about 6 a.m., on Clearwater Memorial Causeway, Weed struck and killed Rob Lemon, 25, and his girlfriend, Hilary Michalak, 27, who were riding a tandem bicycle. Tampa […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2014 – A recent survey shows parents who divorce may be largely unaware of the impact the split has on their children. Netmums.com, a parenting website based in the U.K., conducted a survey of 1,000 parents and 100 children who have gone through a divorce. The survey showed a wide gap between the number of kids who had trouble coping with the divorce or who blamed themselves and the number of parents who understood that their children had these feelings. Zephyrhills divorce attorney Marcie Baker said the survey should serve as a wake-up […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 3, 2014 – The City of Tampa, Florida, will pay $165,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from an arrest in 2010. Jacob P. Cowie, 30, filed the suit against four Tampa police officers after sustaining injuries while being arrested following the Krewe of Sant’Yago Knight Parade in Ybor City. Cowie was charged with disorderly conduct, but those charges were later dropped. “When someone alleges excessive force against law enforcement officers, it often means a long and difficult legal battle,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce, who is not involved in the case. “Law […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2014 – In the Tampa region and across several states, preliminary figures for traffic deaths in 2013 are the lowest in decades. According to a preliminary report from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the number of fatal crashes in Hillsborough County in 2013 (through December 25) dropped nearly 25 percent from 2012. Estimates in New Jersey, Ohio and other states show traffic deaths at the lowest levels recorded since at least the 1940s. “The continuing decline in fatal auto accidents is very encouraging,” said Zephyrhills personal injury attorney Robert Alston. “Many factors are […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2014 – A Miami-Dade County jury awarded $15 million to the parents of a victim of a drunk-driving crash. More than two years after Carlos Lacayo allegedly killed five pedestrians while driving drunk, his whereabouts remain unknown. But on December 12, 2013, a civil jury awarded a large sum in a wrongful death suit brought by the family of victim Emerson Kastenholz. “It is good to see a jury take such a strong stand against the defendant’s alleged actions,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce, who is not involved in the case. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2013 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) accidentally posted tens of thousands of Social Security numbers online, prompting identity theft concerns. The numbers released were those of individuals who donated money to several political tax-exempt organizations. Political transparency requires non-profit organizations dubbed “527s” (for Section 527 of the tax code which gives those groups a tax-exempt status) to report to the IRS their contributors. Donors to 527s are required to be listed publicly, but their Social Security numbers are not supposed to be included. The IRS posted names and the Social Security numbers […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2013 – Federal health officials announced they will suspend Medicare and Medicaid payments to a troubled Tampa nursing home. When the payments cease, the home, Lakeshore Villas, will become the second pediatric nursing home in Florida to close in 2013 amid allegations that the state is “warehousing” disabled children in nursing homes, in the words of federal officials who investigated claims of children living in relative isolation with little activity or stimulation. “All residents of nursing homes need and deserve attention and activities,” stated Tampa nursing home abuse lawyer Robert Joyce. “And that […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 14 , 2013 – If this kind of bust can happen in Idaho, it can also happen in Florida. “Child pornography is, to most people, an abominable offense, worthy of locking someone up for years and throwing away the key. While that reaction is understandable, we should remember that just because someone was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography or transporting child pornography, that they may not have committed that specific crime, or just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 7 , 2013 – This unusual case points out quite graphically why those charged with a crime should never be automatically presumed to be guilty. “In every criminal case, there is always two sides to every story. Often the police draw conclusions about what that story may be, based on the evidence. Fact is that the evidence does not always tell the true story. This case is a clear example of that,” outlined Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. A 27-year-old man from Oviedo, Florida was cited with a felony hit-and-run, involving the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2013 – Florida seniors are reporting that their Social Security accounts have been accessed by identity thieves. A new scam hitting numerous seniors in Florida is leveraging the latest online changes in Social Security access. Seniors who have been contacted for personal information by someone who claims to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) are right to be suspicious, elder advocates say. “Seniors have reported receiving calls asking for personal information, and have also been getting mailed confirmation that they have established an online Social Security account when, in fact, they had […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 12 , 2013 – A 65-year-old Florida man was arrested for exposing himself in a Boca Raton bookstore. “This is a somewhat odd case, as the man’s behavior was certainly questionable. He was caught masturbating in the nearby presence of a 12-year-old girl and her mother while they were reading a book in the children’s section,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. Witnesses say the child did not see the man fondling himself, and another customer stopped him and contacted store employees. Two male customers chased him down and handed him over […]


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