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VA Suicide Hotline Sends Desperate Veterans Straight to Voicemail

Jim Fausone Veteran Advocate With each tragic story of a suicide, the same question is asked: “why didn’t they talk to someone or seek out help?” As a society, we want to believe that there is always someone out there to talk to; always an outstretched hand just waiting for you to take hold. Well, it turns out this notion is not true for our military veterans. A congressional hearing on VA appropriations... 

Lompe v. Sunridge Partners – Apartment Injury Liability

Apartment injury caused by a defect or dangerous condition on site can be compensable under Florida’s premises liability laws. Property owners and property managers owe a duty to those who enter lawfully to make sure the site is reasonably safe. The level of responsibility depends on a number of factors, including the type of venue and the role of the person entering (i.e., business invitee vs.... 

New York man sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison for child pornography

A New York man was sentenced March 21 to 262 months — almost 22 years — in federal prison for receiving and distributing child pornography. Prosecutors said that the man, Kenneth Burghardt, was released from prison on similar charges just seven months ago. Court documents show that Burghardt served 87 months in prison previously, after he pleaded guilty to charges of attempted receipt of child... 

GAO testimony on improvements for the EB-5 program

In February 2016, a House committee heard testimony on needed improvements to the EB-5 immigrant investor program. Rebecca Gambler, a Director of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Homeland Security and Justice Team, testified before the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on the Judiciary on actions which USCIS has taken and plans it has to take to improve the assessment... 

Bankruptcy can be a good thing

When businesses declare bankruptcy, sometimes they come back better than ever. That’s what executives at retail giant Sports Authority are hoping they can achieve. Like many businesses focused on brick-and-mortar stores, the chain has struggled in recent years as consumers have shifted toward online shopping. The company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, giving it a period of time... 

Learn the facts about passive index funds

When making investment decisions, people often consider whether they should use an active or passive strategy. Passive investing attempts to duplicate the returns of the market as a whole. This strategy does not involve the selection of securities by a portfolio manager. Without a portfolio manager to track the way an index performs, the cost of using a passive strategy is extremely low. It has also... 

Perry v. Asphalt & Concrete Services, Inc. – $530K Accident Verdict Reversed for Insurance Mention

A common question juries may have in car accident lawsuits is, “How much insurance coverage is there?”  However, under current rules of civil procedure, injury victims, at-fault drivers, witnesses and lawyers are not allowed to discuss the issue of insurance. The only way such information may be allowed is if it has some direct bearing on the cause of the accident or the extent of one’s... 

Roberts v. T.H.E. Insurance – Hot Air Balloon Injury

There is a certain romanticism involved in a hot air balloon ride. The view from the air can be peaceful, thrilling and awe-inspiring. It can also be quite dangerous, especially if the operators are not properly trained or fail to abide by basic safety rules. In these situations, when hot air balloon operators are facing litigation for personal injury or wrongful death, operators will often fall back... 

RETIREMENT ACCOUNT TRUSTS – PART 1

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA Introduction The United States Supreme Court in a 9-0 unanimous ruling held that an inherited IRA is not protected in bankruptcy under federal law.[1] Heidi Heffron-Clark inherited an IRA from her mother in 2001 and filed for bankruptcy nine years later. The court held that the IRA was not shielded from her creditors, because the funds were not earmarked exclusively... 

USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap For Fiscal Year 2017 in 7 Days

On April 7, 2016, USCIS announced that it had received more H-1B petitions that the statutory annual limit for H-1B employer filings for Fiscal Year 2017. Federal law permits a maximum of 65,0000 first time H-1B petitions, and an additional 20,000 first time U.S. earned advanced degree holder H-1B petitions each fiscal year.  Each federal fiscal year begins on October 1 and employers can file H-1B... 
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