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Department of Defense Rolls Out a New Retirement Plan

The Department of Defense has unveiled a new retirement plan that will go into effect on January 1, 2018. The new “blended” plan will not impact a majority of the currently enlisted members, but will present a complex financial decision for mid-career service members with less than 12 years of service. The new plan is specifically limited to service members who “opt-in” to the new plan before... 

Vandals destroy graves of Michigan veterans over Memorial Day Weekend

Fourteen headstones at a historic cemetery in Flat Rock, Michigan, were destroyed on the eve of Memorial Day weekend. Some of the graves belonged to veterans of wars in the early to mid-1800s. The cemetery was the original burial site of Revolutionary War veteran Michael Vreeland and his descendants who served in the military. Vreeland was also the founder of Flat Rock, located south of Detroit. Flat... 

Listeria Laced Salad Allegedly Kills Ohio Woman

When you grocery shop, you expect your food to be safe, especially when it is bagged and looks fresh and appealing. The salad that 79-year-old Ellen DiStefano consumed one night killed her. It was contaminated with Listeria bacteria which invaded her body putting her into a coma. Dole’s Springfield, Ohio plant was identified as the source of the Listeria tainted salads. The plant was shuttered for... 

Speed May Have Been A Factor In Long Island Expressway Crash That Killed Five

Police are investigating whether speed was a factor in a multi-vehicle crash on a major Long Island roadway that killed five people. A 26-year-old man was driving a Subaru Outback eastbound on the expressway when he apparently lost control of the vehicle and crossed the grassy median. The Outback went airborne and struck two westbound vehicles, a BMW and a Honda. the driver of the Honda was also pronounced... 

Safeco Ins. Co. v. Fridman – Proving Wage Loss Damages After Car Accident

When proving damages following a Miami car accident, mere speculation will not be accepted by the courts. One needs to prove in concrete terms: How much plaintiff earned before the crash; How much plaintiff earned after the crash; Whether crash-related injuries and treatment resulted in time away from work; Whether crash-related injuries and treatment will result in future time away from work or an... 

When Natural Disasters happen

The Government works with deadlines. Unlike State Court where lawyers can argue that they are not ready and reset the date of their hearing, we attorneys working with federal agencies have to such leverage. We are given an audit notice by the Department of Labor, and we have to answer in 20 days. No matter if your mother dies, or you have a tragedy. Unlike State court lawyers, we also cannot take holidays,... 

Veterans may benefit from mental health treatment

Nearly one-third of veterans who experience trauma are at a higher risk for depression, substance abuse or suicide even though they do not meet all the criteria for a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis. The findings of a Yale study highlight the need for doctors to be vigilant when assessing and treating PTSD symptoms in veterans who have suffered trauma. PTSD symptoms consist of negative... 

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Claims Edible Marijuana Overdose Caused Husband to Shoot His Wife

The potency of medical marijuana and its effects on the individual ingesting it are in question in this wrongful death lawsuit. This lawsuit deals with an edible marijuana manufacturer in Colorado who sold 50-year-old Richard Kirk a ten-pack of chewy Karma Kandy Orange Ginger candies, each containing 10 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). According to law enforcement personnel, Mr. Kirk had eaten... 

In re Estate of Woody v. Big Horn County – State Supreme Court Reverses Rejection of Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The wrongful death lawsuit of a man who died from numerous injuries he suffered following a high-speed police chase in Montana has been revived by the state supreme court there, which reversed a lower court’s decision to dismiss the action. The case of In re Estate of Woody v. Big Horn County, stems from the December 2011 death of 21-year-old Kenneth “Kenny” Woody IV. He was a passenger... 

Representative of Governor Meets With Lottery Petitioner

The Petition Denise Deckard’s parents purchased a Fun ‘s lottery ticket from the Texas Lottery Commission.  They believed they had won a substantial cash prize based on the clear language of the ticket’s instructions.  However, when they attempted to cash the ticket they were informed that they were not winners. Denise felt this was fundamentally unfair.  She started a petition... 
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