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Land Port of Entry Nonimmigrants Can Make an Advance, Online Application

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has made its Form I-94, Arrival and Departure Record, available online for travelers prior to their arrival at a land port of entry. This document is to be completed by foreign nationals entering the United States with nonimmigrant visas. Travelers entering the United States by land may now save time by paying the $6 I-94 application fee and entering their biographical... 

Lawsuits Pending Against Trucker and Trucking Companies In Chain-Reaction Crash That Killed Four

An Indiana truck driver charged in a 2014 crash that killed five people pleaded guilty to five counts of reckless homicide and one count of falsifying his driving log. He faces six to 28 years in prison, but prosecutors have agreed to seek no more than a 15-year sentence. On July 21, 2014, the truck driver entered a construction zone where traffic had slowed to 3 – 5 miles per hour. The trucker,... 

Texas drill pipe supplier files lawsuit against company alleging breach of contract

A breach of contract lawsuit was filed by a Houston, Texas drill pipe supplier against a North Dakota company. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Aug. 31 by Vallourec Drilling Products USA Inc. (Vallourec) against B.J.’s Drill Stem Testing, Inc. d/b/a Drill Tech LLC (Drill Tech). According to the lawsuit, Drill Tech purchased 60 joints of 4-inch heavyweight... 

Family gets $3.3 million in Northwestern drug overdose lawsuit

The family of a man who died after being given a drug overdose was awarded $3.3 million in a medical malpractice case against Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Plaintiff Kathryn Howe-Vandelinder filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court in July 2012. She alleged the negligence of doctors in administering the medication led to her husband’s kidney failure and eventual death. Michael Vandelinder,... 

VA watchdog uncovers errors in benefit payments to housebound veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) watchdog revealed the agency withheld nearly $110 million in benefit payments from thousands of housebound veterans. The VA’s Office of Inspector General released the new findings after reviewing the VA’s benefits program for disabled veterans who are unable to leave home without assistance due to injury or illness. As of March 2015, around 186,000 veterans... 

Veteran’s Health Data Now Added to Hospital Compare

Hospital Compare is a website that provides information on how well hospitals provide recommended care to their patients. It is used to help consumers make informed decisions about where they choose to receive health care based on performance measures related to certain conditions. Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the addition of Veterans Health Administration... 

What President-Elect Trump and the Republican Party have in Store for You: Estate, Gift and Generation Skipping Transfer Taxes

Well, one of the more painful election cycles I have ever experienced is, thankfully, over. Now that the American people have finally cast their votes and elected Donald Trump to the White House and a Republican-controlled Congress, it is natural to wonder what changes, if any, you can expect. Certainly, a lot of promises have been made. And, of course, until the actual change in power takes place... 

Lawsuit Funding Let’s Plaintiffs Begin Taking Immediate Control Of Their Finances!

The litigation process is often quite complex. Plaintiffs wait years for a settlement, and often financial relief. A financially desperate plaintiff is not in a favorable position regarding settlement negotiations; this person will often settle for too little, too soon. For those needing short –term financial assistance, lawsuit funding is a valuable solution. Lawsuit funding is a cash advance in... 

Anderson v. Hilton Hotels Corp. – Premises Liability Plaintiff Wins Attorney Fees on Top of $1.7M Damage Award

A man who suffered severe personal injuries when he was attacked by a gunman in a Florida hotel parking lot successfully sued the hotel, the hotel management company, the hotel investment firm and the hotel security provider for $1.7 million. That verdict came after he extended several pre-trial settlement offers to each of the various defendants – which collectively totaled $1.7 million. The... 

Patchett v. Lee – Collateral Source Rule Weighed

Florida’s collateral source rule, as established in F.S. 768.76, prevents defendants in personal injury lawsuits from presenting evidence that would show a plaintiff received coverage for the injury at issue from a collateral source – such as a health insurance company or workers’ compensation insurance. The thinking goes that defendants shouldn’t catch a break on their liability... 
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