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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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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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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2015 – Backers say the bill is a step toward freedom but opponents worry it would increase fatalities and injuries. The Missouri House of Representatives approved a bill on April 13 that would repeal the state’s universal helmet law that requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet. The measure, HB 523, which passed the lower chamber of the Legislature in a 97-57 vote, would permit motorcyclists who are at least 21 years of age to ride their vehicles while not wearing a helmet. Supporters of the bill, sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison, […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2015 – Measure seeks to address high court rulings that Missouri’s state law was unconstitutional. The Missouri Senate on April 15 approved a bill that would establish more lenient sentencing standards for minors convicted of first-degree murder than the current requirement of life in prison. The measure seeks to reform the sentencing requirements in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling that found them unconstitutional as well as a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2012 that found mandatory life sentences for minors to be unconstitutional. Under Senate Bill 200, which is […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2015 – O’Fallon in Metro St. Louis wants to make high-speed Highway K a more mixed-use thoroughfare. The city of O’Fallon, Missouri, began having a dialogue with citizens of the community in an open house on April 15 over how to make Highway K, one of St. Charles County’s busiest commercial streets, into a thoroughfare that is more hospitable to bicyclists and pedestrians. If some of the ideas the city is considering are approved, O’Fallon would join other municipalities across the nation that have embraced mixed-use traffic arteries. For many residents of […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2014 – It does not require rocket science to follow existing California labor laws. SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.) is now facing two lawsuits over alleged labor law violations. One suit alleges that the company denied workers breaks and demanded that they work off the clock and through meal and rest breaks because of overloaded work schedules. Allegedly, none of the workers were paid for missed breaks or other off-the-clock work, told to round their hours worked to the nearest 15-minute increment (losing wages in the process), provided with tools needed to perform […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2014 – Non-compete agreements are not always well-received in court. If a non-compete agreement is thrown out, a person may not have to comply with it. “Non-compete agreements are quite popular with employers, but a person bound by one may not have to comply with it. Most non-compete agreements state that an employee may not compete with an employer’s business for a designated time period after leaving the job, They may restrict who you work for, where your future job may be located and even the industry in which you work. Sometimes, it’s […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2014 – In May 2012, the parents of a baby girl born February 2010 filed a medical malpractice against Spectrum Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “The Gort family alleged that air was introduced into their child’s IV line during a jaundice exchange transfusion,” explained Daren Monroe, a Litigation Funding Corporation representative. The air in the IV line caused loss of oxygen and blood to the brain. The toddler subsequently sustained a severe brain injury. The hospital admitted there was negligence involved in this case and that it was responsible […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2014 – President Obama intended to take executive action on immigration reform, but he ultimately decided not to move forward. Was that a good move? “This was one of the biggest open-ended questions of the legislative year. Wasting time speculating on whether or not he intended to tackle immigration reform on his own is just that: a waste of time. Unfortunately, either way, the immigration system is unlikely to improve immediately,” commented Miami immigration attorney Larry Rifkin. Politicians and advocacy groups speculated that any last-minute moves may have backfired with the Congressional majorities […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2014 – Illinois state troopers are cracking down on motorists using cellphones in an effort to curb distracted driving, a major cause of car accidents. Statistics from the Illinois State Police show that distracted driving citations in the first half of 2014 increased by 193 percent compared to the same period last year. The crackdown comes after a statewide ban on the use of cellphones went into effect in January. Prior to that, texting while driving was already prohibited statewide, and Chicago and several other municipalities had banned cellphone use entirely while driving. […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2014 – A doctor misdiagnosed a serious sinus condition as an allergy reaction. The misdiagnosis resulted in extensive surgery. “The plaintiff in this case, Shannon Jones, went to the hospital to see a doctor about her swollen left eye and the increasing sense of pressure she felt on the left side of her head,” said Litigation Funding representative Daren Monroe. “At her first visit to the hospital, she told the doctor that she did not have allergies.” After the doctor examined Jones, she was diagnosed with angioedema and sent home with a prescription […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2014 – A recent wrongful death case in New Jersey revealed that impaired driving does not always involve driving while under the influence of alcohol. “Daniel Everett, the professional truck driver involved, was driving while impaired, but not because he was drunk. His erratic blood sugar levels made him drive in a similarly erratic manner. His 80,000-pound truck pushed a car off the road into a lake, and its driver drowned,” outlined Austin injury lawyer, Bobby Lee.  Everett was also involved in two other accidents earlier that day. The truck driver first rear-ended […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 20, 2014 – A recent federal court ruling in Texas stated that a man arrested numerous times for taking video footage of the police has both the right to file a lawsuit against the force and the right to photograph or film them in the first place. “The ruling could impact drivers arrested for DUI,” said Austin personal injury attorney Brooks Schuelke, who is not involved with the case. “Filming police in public has been a touchy issue for years. This particular case may change how the police handle DUIs.” Law enforcement prefers not […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2014 – High-speed police chases almost always cause serious collateral damage. This Texas case is a prime example. “This collision took place in League City and killed six. Three of the dead were part of a larger family, and so two young teens were left without a mother, father and brother,” recalled Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney not involved in the case.  A suspected drunk driver rammed the family’s Honda Accord head-on while traveling at close to 100 mph. The driver and passenger fleeing police were killed along with a relative […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2014 – The law has had difficulty dealing with sexting as a crime. Technology is moving faster than the speed of light. For now, sexting is grouped with child pornography laws. “The usual definition of sexting is the electronic transmission of sexually graphic/explicit images and/or text. Teens under the age of majority are often involved, though adults sext as well. The most important point to understand is that sexting is extremely and seriously illegal if the images sent are those of children. The crime carries harsh legal ramifications,” said criminal defense attorney Thomas […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2014 – On Tuesday, October 21 at 6:00 p.m., Begley Law Group is hosting a generational asset preservation seminar at their offices in Moorestown, New Jersey. Designed for those who wish to pass their financial legacy to future family generations, this free seminar will present key planning steps that enable them to preserve their assets. “We know that people work hard their entire lives and want to pass some of that financial legacy on to their children and grandchildren,” said Thomas Begley Jr., a partner at Begley Law Group and a leading elder […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2014 – A new rule affects veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who left military service with a less-than-honorable discharge. On September 3, the Defense Department announced a new set of guidelines that could impact thousands of veterans with PTSD. These guidelines will provide benefits to many veterans with PTSD who were hitherto barred from receiving them because of a less-than-honorable discharge.  The DOD’s new policy represents the latest step in an evolving attitude toward PTSD. The condition was first recognized as a disorder with specific symptoms in 1980. “The Defense Department’s announcement […]


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