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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 3, 2015 – Pregnant women from other countries are attempting to give birth on U.S. soil to establish an anchor for eventual citizenship. This trend began quietly in East Asia and is proliferating at an alarming rate. Anyone born in the U.S. is automatically a U.S. citizen — period. It does not matter what the parents’ immigration status may or may not be. Taking advantage of this and entering the country in order to give birth to an “anchor baby” is a form of illegal immigration. Recently, a Taiwanese woman gave birth somewhere over […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2015 – Slowly, a ban on texting while driving is spreading across Texas. One city at a time, but it should soon be statewide. Yet another city has joined forces with Arlington and Austin in the battle to stop distracted driving. Sweetwater city administration banned texting while driving. Figures released by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) indicate over 100,000 accidents were caused by distracted driving in 2014. Over 400 of those collisions were fatal. According to the new offense, detailed in Section 19-111 of Sweetwater’s Code of Ordinances: “It is unlawful […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2015 – In a courtroom in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, over which Judge Harry Smail presides, state law is no longer in favor of grandparents who are trying to obtain the right to visit their grandchildren. According to the Grandparent’s Visitation Act, grandparents can contend that they receive partial custody of their grandchildren if the parents have been separated for a minimum of six months. Judge Smail states that a portion of the law is unconstitutional. Professor Harry Gruener of the University of Pittsburgh’s family law clinic states that Judge Smail has taken a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2015 – A new survey shows that a majority of U.S. citizens need help when it comes to Social Security decisions. Many people believe they are reasonably knowledgeable on the numerous options available for claiming benefits. Only one in five people rely on experts. The findings were released on Sept. 28 by AARP and the Financial Planning Association. They jointly surveyed 1,215 future Social Security beneficiaries aged between 45 and 64, as well as 1,279 certified financial planners. The results revealed almost half of individuals are only somewhat knowledgeable about issues such as […]


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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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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 2, 2015 – Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis must give up half her earnings to ex-husband Todd Thompson as the divorced couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement when they married in 2003. The couple’s divorce was finalized on Sept. 3 after 11 years of marriage. The net worth of De Laurentiis is estimated at around $20 million, while her fashion designer ex-husband is reportedly worth $15 million. When De Laurentiis, 44, first married Thompson, her career was still in its early stages. During their marriage, De Laurentiis opened a restaurant and hosted […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2015 – There are new child safety laws in New Jersey that parents must follow when driving their children. The rules became effective Sept. 1, and comply with recommendations set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). One of the requirements is that children below the age of two whose weight is less than 30 pounds must be securely fastened in a seat that faces toward the rear and has a five-point harness. Prior to the passage of the new law, parents had the option of placing their one-year-old child in the […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2015 – Entrapment is an affirmative criminal defense utilized in a situation where law enforcement induced someone to commit a crime that he or she would not have otherwise committed. An affirmative defense means the defendant must prove entrapment. When entrapment is used as a defense in a criminal case, it assumes that an ordinary citizen would have resisted the temptation to commit a specific crime but for having been provided with some incentive by police. In a number of U.S. jurisdictions, entrapment may be used as a defense against criminal liability. The […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2015 – A crime may be committed in self-defense. But what is the definition of self-defense? The right of self-defense is the right of an individual to use reasonable physical force in order to defend their own life or the lives of others. In certain situations, this includes the use of deadly force. When someone uses the defense of self-defense in court, it is often used for serious crimes when the person has inflicted harm upon another (assault and battery, homicide), but their actions were justified due to the need to protect themselves […]


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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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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2015 – Texas has a new drunk driving law that may affect first time DUI offenders by giving them the option to install an ignition interlock system in their vehicle. Even though it is an optional choice for those drivers, many feel it is still a step in the right direction to reduce drunk driving. Ignition interlock systems require the driver to blow into the device before they can start their vehicle. This new law also mandates that the convicted offender absorb the cost of the device and its installation. Those convicted of […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) Otober 7, 2015 – Immigration reform has many benefits for the country as a whole, including how it would positively affect worker’s wages. However, there is an argument that unskilled immigrants compete with unskilled American workers for jobs. Either way that argument is worked, the issue remains the same. Without immigration reform and the implementation of significant, substantial changes, no one benefits to any great degree and the country remains at a standstill with millions of undocumented immigrants living in the shadows. “This is, at best, a murky area as many American born workers do […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 6, 2015 – In some instances it may be assumed that once sued for discrimination, a business may implement changes that would bring any questionable practices into compliance with federal law. That was not the case with Rosebud Restaurants, which was recently sued for systemic sexual harassment and gender discrimination in their chain of restaurants. In the latest lawsuit filed against Rosebud Restaurants, two female workers allege in their statement of claim that they were continually subjected to being called obscene and sexist names, unwanted groping, humiliation and lack of promotion into leadership roles. […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2015 – Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase agree to change how they report debts discharged in bankruptcy. Many borrowers know the stress of being unable to pay one’s bills — the constant phone calls from collectors, the fear and uncertainty about the future. Those who turn to bankruptcy do so in the hopes that it will enable them to turn their lives around, and it does provide substantial relief. But their credit reports do not always tell the whole story. Bankruptcy attorney O. Reginald Osenton says inaccurately reported discharged debts on credit […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2015 – Recipients of Social Security disability could experience an automatic 19 percent cut in benefits as the disability trust fund is projected to run out of money by the end of next year. Eleven million Americans rely on disability benefits from Social Security, which turned 80 on Aug. 14. Disabled workers and their families receive an average monthly payment of $1,019, which adds up to $12,228 a year. A 19 percent cut would decrease average annual benefits to under $10,000. “A cut to benefits would be detrimental to the millions of disabled […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2015 – There was recently a family law case that arose in Michigan in which a family court judge directed three siblings to go to juvenile detention because they chose to visit their father, from whom they were alienated. The children’s parents divorced five years ago, and have since been engaged in a custody battle. Judge Lisa Gorcyca presided over the case, and on June 24th, she held that the children, who were ages nine to 15, were in contempt for having disobeyed her order to have a healthy relationship with their father. […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 22, 2015 – A new study has identified a shift in divorce trends, saying that people have the best chances of staying married if they wed between the ages of 25 and 32. The risk of divorce increases by five percent each year past the age of 32. University of Utah sociologist Nicholas Wolfinger examined data from the National Survey of Family Growth from 2006 to 2010 and found that the odds of divorce decline steadily from the teenage years into the late twenties. However, couples who delay marriage until they are in […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2015 – Can sexually dangerous inmates be held past their release date? Yes, they may be held indefinitely despite the end of a completed prison sentence. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, passed by President Bush in 2006, gave the government authority to hold sexually dangerous federal prisoners for an indefinite period of time. In United States v. Graydon Earl Comstock (https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/pdf/08-1224P.ZO), Comstock examined whether or not the federal government had the power to hold inmates indefinitely or if it had gone beyond the powers granted by the Constitution. The U.S. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2015 – Sexual harassment on the job does not just happen in larger businesses. It may happen in a small business environment with a limited number of employees. Small business owners need to be as aware of sexual harassment laws as those who run and manage larger corporations. Not knowing about the prevailing legal ramifications of not dealing with sexual harassment on the job can lead to a major legal headache down the road. “Federally speaking, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, usually referred to as Title VII, governs not […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2015 – Workers are entitled to Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits. If a manager denies those benefits, a court may hold them personally liable. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and FMLA allow workers to sue individuals for denying them benefits, and that includes HR directors and managers and the company CEO. The second important thing to note is that there are some state laws that also state that supervisors may be held personally liable for discrimination on the job. Personal liability is a frightening term when it comes to being […]


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