law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 11

Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2013 – Divorce law recently became an issue in the Virginia governor’s race. Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, launched a television ad drawing attention to the fact that Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate, had supported a 2008 bill that would have placed restrictions on “no-fault” divorce in Virginia. Although the bill was not successful, the current back-and-forth between candidates on the issue has led to confusion. Prominent divorce attorney Lisa McDevitt clarifies the law on no-fault divorce in Virginia. “In the state of Virginia, a no-fault divorce is available to couples who […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2013 – A new report showed Florida had significantly fewer drug-related deaths in 2012 than in 2011. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi touted the report from Florida Medical Examiners at a press conference on a recent Tuesday. She attributed the drop in drug deaths to law enforcement’s “relentless effort” in cracking down on Florida’s “pill mills” – clinics run by doctors who over-prescribe narcotic painkillers. “The state’s public safety efforts are working,” said Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce. “Pill mills have been drastically reduced, arrests are down, and now, it is clear […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2013 – November 23, 2013 is National Adoption Day in the United States, and President Obama recently proclaimed November 2013 to be National Adoption Month. This year marks the 13th annual National Adoption Day, which is celebrated the Saturday before each Thanksgiving. The event is intended to raise awareness of the approximately 400,000 American children currently in foster care. According to the National Adoption Day Coalition, some 4,500 adoptions were finalized during the event in 2012, a figure they hope to match this year. “National Adoption Day is a terrific cause,” said Zephyrhills […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2013 – California recently passed a new bill intended to protect financially abused seniors. The bill, AB 381, was drafted to protect elders who had their finances manipulated by someone who had power of attorney over their estate. The bill allows the elders some financial recovery in the form of reimbursement of attorney’s fees and costs. The bill was signed into law earlier this year. “Michigan elders sometimes need protection from the people they most trusted, people who had access to their estate and general assets,” says Michigan elder law attorney Christopher […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2013 – One expects good care in nursing homes. The reality is often far different. “In this reported case of nursing home abuse, one of the caretakers told the police she gave all of her charges excellent care. The evidence said otherwise,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury attorney. When police with a search warrant raided the basement of an unlicensed nursing home in Marietta, Georgia they found plywood planking used for walls, sheets as ceilings, insects, rotting food, no bathing area and one toilet for six people. What law enforcement found […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2013 – New rules of the road recently went into effect in Texas. The changes are likely to result in more lawsuits. The changes, which went into effect September 1, 2013, are designed to make Texas roadways safer. “Examples of the new road rules include one law that mandates drivers change lanes to allow more room for construction workers and one that hikes fines for illegally passing a school bus while kids are disembarking,” outlined Brooks Schuelke, an Austin injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. Overall, the changes are minor, but their […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2013 – The Texas attorney general has moved to close several alleged unlicensed assisted living facilities, including one in Tarrant County. The state filed a lawsuit in Tarrant County civil court against a man and the nonprofit organization he founded after the man refused to allow state investigators with the Department of Aging and Disability Services into a Richland Hills home. The state won a temporary restraining order against the facility. “Our seniors deserve top-notch care at Texas assisted living facilities, and that is only possible when the facilities are properly licensed,” said […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2013 – Two Tampa teens were killed and another was seriously injured when the moped they were riding was struck on a recent Sunday. Cameron Maddox, 19, was driving his moped with two passengers aboard – Michael Garcia, 16, and Claudia Gelpi, 14. The trio were northbound on Dale Mabry Highway approaching Busch Boulevard at about 11:30 p.m. when a 2010 Hyundai Accent, driven by Amanda Angelica Diaz, 23, struck them from behind. “A number of risk factors were at play in this accident,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “It was […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 7 , 2013 – Just about a half million dollars was seized in a synthetic cannabis factory in Dunnellon. “Dunnellon is a quiet little place, complete with a doughnut shop on SW Highway 484. At least people thought it was a doughnut shop, until they witnessed what they felt were odd activities at the location. One individual was certain she saw K2, not the usual pastries,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. Local law enforcement took an interest after one neighbor alerted them to the possibility that the doughnut shop was now […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2013 – Littman Krooks LLP has been selected among the 2014 U.S.News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in the New York metropolitan area. The firm, with offices in New York, White Plains and Fishkill, received Tier 1 ranking in the area of Elder Law and Trusts & Estates Law. This prestigious ranking results from the firm’s combination of legal excellence and breadth of expertise. To be eligible for this distinction, a law firm must also have at least one lawyer included among the annual peer […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2013 – It is important to recognize warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. According to elder law attorney John Hale of The Hale Law Firm, learning about the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s may help a loved one receive a proper diagnosis that can assist in planning for their care. “If you observe signs of Alzheimer’s in an older loved one, it is important to reach out to your doctor so that the proper care can be administered,” said Hale. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common types of dementia, or cognitive deficits. […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2013 – While not a requirement for divorce, Florida couples have two options available for legal separations. Unlike some other states, Floridians who wish to divorce are not required first to undergo legal separation. But some couples who feel divorce is in their future may wish to take an interim step. Separation does not have to be a formal legal matter, of course, but as Tampa divorce lawyer Kristi McCart explains, there are two options for those who wish to have a trial separation with rules in place. “The first option is a […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2013 – The outcome of medical malpractice lawsuits may be affected by which hospital is being sued. “This well known reported case involved an operating room nurse that threw out a kidney about to be donated to a recipient. The transplant organ was thrown in the garbage as medical waste and the woman about to receive the organ from her brother, woke up without her new kidney. She did receive a transplant three months later in another state,” recounted Christopher Mellino, a medical malpractice lawyer in Cleveland, Ohio with Mellino Robenalt LLC. The […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2013 – “Post grant review” is a patent procedure created under the America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011. A post grant review is a process by which a person challenges one or more claims of an issued patent as being unpatentable. Together with inter-partes review, post grant reviews replace the pre-AIA claim challenge process known as inter-partes re-examination. “It is very important for our clients to understand what a post grant review entails, how to avoid it, and how to respond to it,” said Simi Valley patent lawyer Jim Dawson. “Any patent, […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2013 – A slowly-improving national economy and rising home prices may be related to another trend: a climbing divorce rate. Unemployment continues its modest but steady decline, and home prices are rising nationwide at rates not seen since the mid-2000s. Meanwhile, divorces are climbing to pre-recession rates as well. Zephyrhills family law attorney Marcie Baker says that is probably not a coincidence. “Home prices have a lot to do with divorce rates,” Baker said. “Say a couple have a lot of equity in their home. Getting divorced often means selling the home, which […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2013 – Quality of care is important in a skilled nursing facility. When evaluating the care your loved one receives in a nursing home, it is important to focus on the most significant issues rather than the little things, said a prominent elder law attorney. “When an elderly parent or other family member is a resident at a skilled nursing facility, of course you want to make sure that they are receiving top quality care,” said John Hale, of The Hale Law Firm. “The issues that matter in that regard are clinical care, […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2013 – Two recent announcements show U.S. government agencies will differ in how they implement a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. In June, 2013, the Court struck down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denied federal benefits to legally-married same-sex couples. As Virginia estate planning attorney Andrew Hook explained, that left those couples in a limbo between state and federal law. “In the eyes of the states in which they married, and other states recognizing same-sex marriages, those couples were legally wed,” Hook said. “But according to the federal […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2013 – The White House has announced that the same-sex spouses of military vets are now granted spousal benefits. The Supreme Court’s rejection of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) means that the spouses of vets can collect federal benefits, regardless of their gender. Prior to this ruling, both the Defense departments and Veterans Affairs only granted benefits to the heterosexual spouses of veterans. “There has long been a statutory requirement which states that spousal benefits must be determined through the law of the state where the couple resided during the marriage, or […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2013 – A tenured law professor was suspended in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. “The professor accused of sexually harassing several woman has filed a discrimination lawsuit against his employer,” indicated Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. The suspended professor, Vernon Traster, alleges the university breached their contract with him, committed age and sexual discrimination in his firing and acted in an inappropriate manner in firing him due to his high […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2013 – Racial discrimination has never been something that any nation is proud to proclaim exists within its borders. While the labor law in California attempts to find a delicate balance between the employer and the employee’s rights, much of this balancing act is undone by the unfortunate occurrence of discrimination in many forms. Also called racial prejudice, racial discrimination is something that people would like to think went out with the advent of the human rights movement. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case in many workplaces in California. “Although the […]


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