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Service Dogs: What to Do if Your Service Dog is Denied Public Access

Individuals with disabilities who have service dogs should be prepared with knowledge of the law when they enter business establishments. If a dispute occurs over access to the business, then individuals will need to assert their legal rights in a clear and calm manner. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits privately owned businesses that serve the public from discriminating against... 

April is Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month is being observed in April 2014. This is an excellent time to recognize the important role that financial literacy plays in individual economic security and the financial health of the nation. Many Americans are not well-informed about important financial issues that affect their everyday lives. Schools, parents, government agencies and financial institutions and advisers... 

Scooter Accident Plaintiffs Can Benefit from Litigation Funding

Scooter accidents are often caused by irregularities in roadways, but they may also occur as a result of an automobile. Due to its size, scooter may not be seen in a rear view or side of a vehicle. Driver distractions may also lead to an accident. In any event, scooter accidents can cause life-threatening physical injuries or death that can lead to unforeseeable medical expenses, funeral expenses,... 

Vietnam veteran wins twelve million dollars in medical malpractice settlement

A Vietnam veteran and Chicago-area resident will receive a $12 million settlement from the federal government in a medical malpractice case. John Johnson is a Vietnam combat veteran who served in the Army from 1970 to 1971. In 2007, Johnson was admitted to Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital in Hines, Illinois for oral surgery. After he was put under anesthesia, Johnson went into cardiac... 

Wall Street Journal Features Gilfix & La Poll

When the Wall Street Journal recently reported on problems faced by older investors, Michael Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll Associates was prominently featured. The article examined issues that we all must be aware of as we age: some retirees, even when dementia is not an issue, have trouble identifying riskier investments or warning signs, and financial scammers often take advantage of this. The Wall... 

Thomas Begley Jr. to Be Honored For Service to the Disabled

Begley Law Group’s Tom Begley Jr. will be one of two people honored during the 25th anniversary celebration of Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of New Jersey. A founding member of the Begley Law Group and the Special Needs Alliance, Begley will be presented with the PLAN NJ Legal Champion Award for a 40-year career devoted to the disabled and elderly.  The ceremony will be held June 5 at 6... 

Nigerian Oil Company Sues Rivals in Texas State Court, Alleging Tortious Interference

A Nigerian oil company has filed a lawsuit in Texas state court, claiming that competing companies spread false information to derail a $1 billion lease offer the company made to Chevron. Brittania-U Nigeria Ltd. said that after its bids had been accepted by Chevron, Belema Oil Producing Ltd., Amni International Petroleum Development Co. Ltd. and principals of those companies told executives from Chevron... 

Veterans going through VA appeals process wait an average of over 900 days

  Kristina Derro, Esq. The Department of Veterans Affairs’s (VA) “appeals resolution time” shot up to 923 days in fiscal year 2013 – that’s up 37% from 675 in the previous year, according to the department’s annual performance report. The appeals resolution time is the average time it takes for a denied claim to work through the VA’s appeals process. That means veterans are waiting... 

Lakeland teacher arrested for allegedly having sex with her student. Female teacher charged with six (6) counts of "Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors" in violation of 794.05, a 2nd degree felony.

Yesterday, a female Polk County teacher was arrested for allegedly having sex with her 17 year old student.  The teacher, Jennifer Fichter, is an English teacher at Central Florida Aerospace Academy. The arrest allegedly stemmed from text messages the teen’s mother found on her son’s phone.  The mother then allegedly asked the teacher to come to her home to talk about the relationship.... 

Leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death arrest was made in recent Tampa accident. This is a 1st degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison!

On Friday a fatal hit and run accident occurred in Tampa.  All police reports refer to “accidents” as “crashes” to inflate the public and eventually jury’s attitude in these tragic cases.  While there are cases where someone leaves on purpose, many times the driver is in shock and scared and leaves the scene, not because they are drunk and afraid of getting caught and... 
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