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NTSB Issues Recommendations for Eliminating Substance-Impaired Driving

Each year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) releases a list of their top ten advocacy and legislative priorities for increasing transportation safety in the United States. They call it their “Most Wanted” list, and for 2014, one of the items is the elimination of substance-impaired driving. According to the NTSB, 90 percent of all transportation-related deaths occur in motor vehicle... 

Will Lowering the Legal Drinking Limit in Texas Make a Difference?

As a state, Texas has one of the highest rates of recorded drinking and driving. For years, law enforcement and the Texas justice system have been trying to do something to reduce the numbers. This year, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) intends to lobby for more frequent sobriety checkpoints and to force any individual convicted of a DWI offense to use an ignition interlock. Last year, the National... 

Visa Bulletin For April 2014

Visa Bulletin For April 2014 Number 67 Volume IX Washington, D.C A. STATUTORY NUMBERS 1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during April.  Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants... 

Group Seeks to Reduce Diagnosis Errors

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine is seeking to reduce diagnosis errors that lead to delayed or inappropriate treatments. Diagnosis errors are some of the most common of medical malpractice instances. Dr. Mark Graber is the founder and president of the society. He has stated that the group is pushing the Institute of Medicine to issue a comprehensive report on diagnosis errors to bring the... 

Friendship Circle: The Great Bike Giveaway 2014

The Great Bike Giveaway: Friendship Circle is partnering with adaptive bike companies and donors to give away adaptive bikes to children with special needs. Just about every child you’ll ever meet would like to have his or her own bicycle to ride around their neighborhood. For many children with special needs and their parents it’s not always so simple. Friendship Circle of Michigan in... 

Litigation Funding Makes the Difference

Scenario 1: Michael was seriously injured in an auto accident and filed a lawsuit against the negligent driver. His injuries left him unable to return to work, but he savings to tap into to pay the bills. Unfortunately, the money ran out within six months. Unable to obtain a bank loan, he felt forced to settle for less than he deserved in order to maintain his credit and keep his home. Scenario... 

Southwestern Electric Responds to Wrongful Death Suit

Southwestern Electric Cooperative has denied allegations brought against it in a wrongful death lawsuit. Nancy Mechochko filed the lawsuit, claiming that her husband, Gregory Mechochko, was in contact with a concrete mixer as he was working on January 23, 2013, when an uninsulated power line collapsed and touched the concrete mixer. The man died on February 12. The power line, which was the property... 

Medical Device Maker Seeks $2 Million from Competitors in Noncompete Lawsuits

Smith & Nephew (S&N), a medical device maker, has filed lawsuits against two competing companies in Texas federal court, seeking $1 million from each company on allegations that they poached sales personnel who were bound by covenants not to compete. The lawsuits were filed against Central Texas Orthopedic Products Inc., an Austin-based distributor for Biomet Inc., and Exact Surgical Inc.,... 

Supreme Court Bans 3 Municipal Ordinances Aimed at Controlling Illegal Immigration

On March 3, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court denied writs of certiorari in two (2) municipal ordinance cases designed to limit the presence of persons in their city without legal status in the United States.  In the first case, the City of Farmers Branch, Texas sought to implement an ordinance requiring a city license of anyone seeking to rent an apartment.  The high court let stand a Fifth Circuit decision... 

A New Way to Erase the PTSD Stigma for Vets?

Jim Fausone Veteran Disability Lawyer Former President George W. Bush offered an interesting take on erasing the stigma that comes along with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for military veterans: drop the “D” in PTSD. At a summit convened on veterans’ issues, the former President said that the condition has been mislabeled a “disorder” and that simply calling it “post-traumatic stress”... 
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