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When filing for a divorce, finding fault is not always necessary

If there was ever an appropriate circumstance, divorce proceedings would seem a prime candidate for an exercise in finger-pointing. However, legally speaking, there are situations in which spouses parting ways should seek what is known as a no-fault divorce. Traditionally, some sort of misconduct has formed the grounds for a divorce. But modern divorce laws do not mandate that “fault” grounds be... 

Sexually Dangerous Convicts Can be Held Indefinitely

The government now has more power and discretion in holding sexually dangerous convicts. At one time, once a sexually dangerous inmate served a full sentence, he or she was released. The U.S. Supreme Court has now indicated this may no longer be the case when it comes to sexually dangerous convicts. How is a convict classified as being sexually dangerous? There are two conditions that an inmate must... 

Florida pill mill conspirator sentenced

A man who pleaded guilty to oxycodone-related crimes was sentenced in federal court to a prison sentence of eight years and six months. At the December 2014 sentencing, Krystopher Adrian Legg apologized for his actions. In 2012, he pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone and offered testimony in related trials. As part of a larger operation, Legg transported people from... 

Study supports doctor-led approach to end-of-life care planning

The end of a person’s life is a time of intense transition and difficult choices. Although nothing can fully prepare an individual or a family for the gravity of the decisions that need to be made, end-of-life care planning can help ensure that a dying individual’s wishes about his or her care are followed. Traditionally, family conversations have led this process. Relatively few Americans... 

Potential Human Migration Caused by Climate Change Pressures International Conference Attendees

Climate change represents a slew of looming global crises: the destruction of ecosystems, extinction of species and rising sea levels, just to begin. And a warmer planet can also be expected to cause upheavals in human settlements that will lead to mass migrations from heavily impacted countries and thus, often, immigration into countries less adversely impacted. Migration induced by weather phenomena... 

Illinois Teen Driving Deaths Decline

Illinois teen driving deaths have declined, and officials say it is because of more stringent regulations for teen driver’s licenses. Seven years ago, Illinois put a more restrictive program of graduated driver’s licenses in place for teenagers. Teen driving deaths have dropped five percent since then. According to the office of the Illinois Secretary of State, the restrictions have improved... 

Chesapeake Faces Department of Justice Investigation and Ongoing Lawsuits Over Royalty Payments

Chesapeake Energy, facing multiple lawsuits from landowners over claims of underpaid royalties, has revealed that the company has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Department of Justice and several states over its alleged wrongdoing. State attorneys and federal prosecutors have demanded that Chesapeake produce documents, give testimony and provide information relating to the alleged underpayments. Separately,... 

New study calls the benefits of Texas medical malpractice reform into question

Texas tort reform is again in the news, thanks in part to the recent Ebola crisis. Legal news analysts have been assessing the case of Thomas Eric Duncan, the deceased Dallas Ebola patient. Texas Presbyterian Hospital has admitted that Duncan should have been tested for Ebola upon his first visit to the emergency room, but ER staff mistakenly turned him away. However, most legal analysts agree that... 

What Should I Do After My Divorce Is Final? (PODCAST)

Welcome to The Maggio Law Firm’s PODCAST about what you should do after your divorce case has been finalized in California and the United States. Gerald A. Maggio is an experienced Orange County divorce and family law attorney and family law attorney located in Irvine, California, serving the Orange County and Riverside areas. Mr. Maggio assists clients with legal issues including divorce,... 

Michigan Veteran Implores Legislators to Act on Blocked Veteran Suicide Bill

In early December, the Clay Hunt SAV Act was unanimously passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is designed to mobilize resources to address the current crisis in veteran suicides. But less than a week later, a sole U.S. senator, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, placed a hold on the bill, stopping further progress of the bill until after the beginning of the new session of Congress in 2015. Veterans... 
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