law firm | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2016 – An African American man filed a lawsuit against his employer, Bay Bridge contractor Adams & Smith, Inc., for racial discrimination and retaliation just a little over a week after the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The complaint cited incidents in which a foreman lowered a hangman’s noose in front of plaintiff James H. Brown and a co-worker told him to wear a rope around his neck. Attorney Bryan McCormack of McCormack and Erlich, a San Francisco, California-based employment law firm, is representing Brown. McCormack commented, “It is shocking and disturbing […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 10, 2016 – In 2015, 51 pedestrians died in car accidents in Hillsborough County, the most since the state began keeping records in 1998, and a 50 percent increase from the 2014 total of 34 pedestrian fatalities. “Our roads are very dangerous for pedestrians, and the problem is getting worse,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa, Florida, car accident attorney with the law firm of Joyce & Reyes. “Whether the cause is poorly-designed roadways or the negligence of drivers, pedestrians are in danger, and we need to take action to protect them.” The neighborhoods advocacy […]


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New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2016 – An Olympic skiing champion accused of domestic violence against her father says she will demand a jury trial, citing self-defense. Picabo Street, 44, was arrested on December 23, 2015, after she called 911 during an altercation with her father, Roland Street, 76. She was charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor domestic violence in the presence of a child. “The outcome of a jury trial will likely hinge on eyewitness testimony,” said attorney Peter Brill, of Brill Legal Group, who is not involved in the case. “Neither Street nor her father are […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 5, 2016 – Police departments are increasingly using computer software to instantly assess a suspect’s perceived “threat score.” The Washington Post reported on the Fresno Police Department’s use of several cutting-edge technologies to fight crime. Among the most controversial is new software called Beware. As police respond to calls, Beware searches public data for the names of residents of the address in question. The program scours arrest reports, commercial databases and social media postings, then scores the individual or address on a color-coded threat scale: red, yellow or green. Criminal defense attorney Peter […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 26, 2016 – Zamansky LLC announces an investigation into potential claims by investors who were customers of brokerage firms for sales practice violations of certain structured products. The investigation concerns the Credit Suisse X-Links and Velocity Shares Exchange Traded Notes which are issued by Credit Suisse Group A.G., ADR (NYSE:CS), and the JP Morgan Strategic Volatility Index and Double Short Leverage Note linked to the JP Morgan US Treasury Note Futures Tracker. “These types of notes are commonly known as structured products and they use embedded derivatives to enhance returns and track an […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2016 – Young drivers and senior drivers are the age groups that are involved in the most car accidents, in Florida and throughout the United States, according to national statistics. Drivers age 16 to 29 have the highest rate of car accidents per miles driven. This may be unsurprising, as young drivers are inexperienced and may be more reckless. However, fatal crash rates also increase significantly for drivers age 70 to 74 and hit a peak for drivers 85 and older. That crash rate is of particular concern because the number of senior […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2016 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Florida state court against Lyft by the widow of a car crash victim, claiming that the ride-sharing company failed to provide adequate training to the driver involved in the accident. Loinier Perez was killed on Oct. 31 while riding his motorcycle, when he was struck by a Lyft driver carrying two passengers. The Lyft driver allegedly made an improper left turn. Poliana Perez, the widow of the victim, filed the wrongful death lawsuit. “When someone is killed as the result of someone else’s […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 15, 2015 – Florida has a high rate of car accidents, and a new report indicates that two of the 10 deadliest interstate highways in the U.S. are located in the Sunshine State. The report, published by Vox, used information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to determine the stretches of highway that have the highest rate of deadly accidents. The report found that two Florida highways, Interstate 295 in Jacksonville and Interstate 4 stretching from Tampa to Daytona Beach, were among the deadliest in the country. “Unfortunately, our state sees more […]


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Coral Gables, Weston, Dayton Beach, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 2, 2015 – Brill & Rinaldi, The Law Firm, announced Friday that managing partner David Brill was recently nominated as a finalist for the 11th annual Most Effective Lawyers award by the Daily Business Review in the practice area of medical malpractice. The Daily Business Review is South Florida’s oldest and most influential legal and business publication. As the official court newspaper by the chief judges of the county and circuit courts throughout the region, the selection as a finalist for Most Effective Lawyer is recognized by attorneys, judges and […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2015 – A Florida man pleaded guilty to federal drug charges for helping to operate pill mills. Gerald Wiseberg of Boca Raton, Florida, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute drugs including oxycodone. The plea agreement stated that Wiseberg owned and operated Total Care Medical Center, a pain management clinic in Deerfield Beach, Florida, in 2010 and 2011. Wiseberg was not a medical doctor, but he established the clinic’s operating procedures, according to the plea agreement. Wiseberg later opened another pain management clinic in Maryland. “When unscrupulous doctors and other wrongdoers take advantage of […]


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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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Fort Lauderdale, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2015 – Brian C. Karsen, Esq., a partner at Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A., is announcing his participation as one of the board members of the recent start-up, Patriot Placements, a new 501(c) (3) organization focused on helping military veterans and their spouses obtain valuable opportunities for career placement and support. With a clear emphasis on serving the military community, the non-profit seeks to give back to veterans and their families by giving them the critical tools they need to prosper in today’s workforce. “Our initiative with Patriot Placements will play […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2015 – Hit and run car accidents in Florida have been increasing over the past two years, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). FHP reported that there were 80,000 hit and run crashes in Florida in 2014, an increase of 7 percent from 2013, which also saw an increase from 2012. Hit and run crashes involving fatalities jumped 23 percent from 2013 to 2014. Almost half of 2014’s hit and run fatalities were pedestrians, an increase of 17 percent from 2013. Overall, a quarter of all accidents are hit and run crashes. […]


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Fort Lauderdale, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2015 – Veteran business aviation attorneys Stewart H. Lapayowker and Scott Burgess announced the formation of Lapayowker Burgess LLP. The combined firm will continue to focus on serving the legal needs of the business aviation community. “Scott and I have a unique, shared experience in business aviation law and have worked together on common clients and on the opposite sides of complex business aviation transactions for years,” said Lapayowker. “Merging the two successful practices made perfect sense. Combining our experience in cross-border aviation transactions and aviation-related litigation with Stewart’s existing national and […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2015 – A California state law called Assembly Bill 1825, which was enacted in 2004, mandates that employers in California with over 50 employees provide training on sexual harassment prevention to all supervisors every two years. The law was passed in response to accusations of groping that were alleged against former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the time of the 2003 recall campaign. It was Schwarzenegger who signed the bill into law. Although lawmakers in Sacramento are required to take such training every two years, it is unclear whether local elected officials are receiving […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2015 – The Florida Supreme Court recently upheld a $4.5 million verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit based on premises liability. The state high court upheld the verdict for the families of two siblings who were shot to death in their apartment, finding the building owner liable for negligence for failure to repair a security gate. “The death of a loved one is even more tragic when it could have been prevented,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa wrongful death attorney with the law firm of Joyce & Reyes, who was not involved in […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 4, 2015 – Traffic fatalities in Florida are higher than the national average, and the Florida Highway Patrol is taking action to reduce them. Each quarter, the Florida Highway Patrol coordinates with state and local police to increase police presence on sections of Interstate 75 with the goal of reducing fatalities to zero during a period of several days. The effort, dubbed “Staying Alive on I-75,” involves five other states and has had some success, and a similar campaign called “Safe 95” is now being conducted along the east coast. “Far too many Floridians […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2015 – On July 15, the 4th District Court of Appeal in a 2-1 ruling upheld the 2012 limit on attorneys’ fees for the representation of a child who suffered a serious birth injury in a hospital in Southwest Florida. In 1997, Aaron Edwards was afflicted with brain injuries when he was born and, as a result, became severely disabled. In 2007, a jury determined that employees at Lee Memorial caused Edwards’ injuries. The appeals court stated that it was “sympathetic” to the contentions made by the law firm that represented the family […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2015 – Mathematician John F. Nash, who inspired “A Beautiful Mind,” and his spouse, were ejected from a vehicle in a fatal accident. New Jersey State Police over the Memorial Day weekend released their preliminary findings in connection with the May 23 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that claimed the lives of famed mathematician John F. Nash Jr. and his wife. While the deadly crash of the taxi that Nash and his wife were riding is still under investigation, the police say that the couple were not wearing their seatbelts when they […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2015 – Measures would update Social Security Administration’s (SSA) “grid rules” for calculating applicant eligibility. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced a trio of bills on May 6 that would change the SSA’s “grid rules,” which are the standards the agency employs to determine an applicant’s eligibility for benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Hatch’s measures would also simplify the benefit process and establish standards for medical evaluation that would be similar to those that Medicare uses. Hatch, who is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said that the SSDI […]


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