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MyPhillyLawyer Justice Scholarship Winner Is Amirah Syders

Adrian Moody Litigation Assistant at MyPhillyLawyer & Amirah Syders

Philadelphia, PA (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2019 - MyPhillyLawyer is pleased to announce that Amirah Syders is the recipient of the 2019 MyPhillyLawyer Justice Scholarship. The scholarship is $2,000 annually with the recipient receiving $2,000 each year, for a period of four years.

Amirah, a senior at Central High School of Philadelphia, applied for the scholarship and was successfully interviewed as the 2019 recipient. She obtained a 3.94 GPA in addition to extensively participating in a wide range of extracurricular events such as: Joi’s Back-to-School Donation Drive, the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition and school track and field.

Her track and field accomplishments are significant and showcase Amirah attaining the title of Public League Track and Field Champion on three occasions, 2018 District 12 Track and Field Champion and Central High School’s 4x100m record holder.

Syders also served in the position of Judicial Intern at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, interning with Joel Michel, Esq. Her responsibilities included organizing a Transition Case List for future clerks, observing courtroom proceedings, delivering documents to the Clerk’s office and creating Court Orders and Rule 16 Memorandums for the Honorable Judge Petrese B. Tucker.
Syders plans to attend Drexel University as a first-generation college student to prepare for law school with plans to become a civil rights attorney in Philadelphia. A first-generation college student is one who is the first in their family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor's degree.

MyPhillyLawyer looks forward to having Syders join them next summer as the first scholarship recipient summer intern. She will learn firsthand what legal advocacy is while at MyPhillyLawyer.

Contact information:
Dean Weitzman
Two Penn Center Plaza
1500 John F Kennedy Blvd #1410
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
Phone: 215.227.2727
Fax: 215.563.6617
Toll Free: 866.907.2231

New Jersey Woman Awarded 1.6 Million Dollars for Spinal Surgery Caused by Rear End Crash

Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2019 – A New Jersey woman has recently been awarded a $1.6 million jury verdict due to injuries she sustained in a rear end automobile accident. The collision occurred in 2013 when a negligent driver crashed into the rear of the plaintiff’s vehicle. Despite the relatively minor damage to the vehicles, the impact nonetheless caused the plaintiff significant injuries, requiring treatment for years and culminating in surgery to her cervical spine.

The plaintiff was represented by the attorneys at Petrillo & Goldberg Law, with offices throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Attorney Scott M. Goldberg, one of the partners at the firm and a certified civil trial attorney in New Jersey, was the lead attorney in the litigation. Attorney Goldberg stated, “Even what appear to be minor car accidents can still have a jarring impact on people inside the vehicle being struck. Our client was severely injured in her neck when she was struck hard from behind. She has suffered from these injuries for years. We took on the case to help her through this time and to get the compensation she deserved.”

After the crash, the plaintiff sought conservative, non-invasive treatment for over four years. This treatment included medications, physical restrictions on her movement and physical restrictions on her ability to work full time. It also included a significant amount of physical therapy as well as steroid injections in her cervical spine. When all of these treatment modalities did not work, her treating physicians suggested a cervical spine fusion where the damaged discs are removed from her cervical spine and the vertebrae are fused with bone, attempting to strengthen the area. After significant rehabilitation with physical therapy, the plaintiff recovered to the point where she could return to full time work without physical restrictions.

Attorney Goldberg stated that, “As with all our cases, this was a team effort. In the end we were gratified that the jury awarded such a tremendous verdict to our very deserving client.”

Ultimately, the plaintiff prevailed and was awarded $1.6 million to compensate her for the economic damages as well as the significant pain and suffering she endured. Attorney Goldberg wants the general public to understand that, “Even if the impact does not seem that significant, if you are injured in a car or truck crash, get treatment just in case your injuries are more serious than you realize.”

The attorneys and staff at Petrillo & Goldberg fight for their clients and win even difficult cases. They do not give up trying to make sure their injured clients are fully and fairly compensated for their injuries. Injured in a car or truck crash? Please contact the attorneys at Petrillo & Goldberg for a free consultation at (856) 486-4343.

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Philadelphia, PA 19103

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New York Governor Cuomo Signs New Red Flag Gun Control Law

New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2019 – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new gun protection law that enables authorities, school officials or family members to seek a court order that would temporarily seize the firearms of people considered to be a threat to themselves or others.

The bill is called the Red Flag Law, also known as the Extreme Risk Protection Order law. Cuomo was joined by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the bill signing on February 25 in New York City. The governor said he hoped the measure would limit school shootings by giving school officials the ability to ensure troubled students do not have access to guns. However, opponents of the law expressed concerns that it will make it all too easy for people to strip away owners’ guns.

“New York already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. While this new measure may be well-intended, the reality is that gun laws are not always straightforward,” commented Peter Brill, a New York criminal defense attorney with Brill Legal Group. “Gun owners should make sure they are aware of their legal rights and understand the unique rules that apply to gun ownership where they live.”

Under the Red Flag Law, law enforcement officers, household members or school personnel will be able to petition a judge to issue a temporary order of protection to prevent an individual from purchasing or possessing a gun if there is clear evidence that they will “engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to himself, herself, or others.”

Judges will evaluate different factors when determining whether a person’s behavior is a “red flag,” such as whether they have substance abuse problems or have a history of threatening violence. The law states that if the court issues a temporary Extreme Risk Protection Order, a hearing will be held within three to six days to decide if a final order is necessary.

If the court grants the final order, the gun owner will have to give up their weapons to law enforcement for a year and have their firearm licenses suspended during that period. The owner can appeal a court’s decision and also request a hearing to reconsider the case. The petitioner can request for the order’s renewal within 60 days of its expiration date.

The new law is expected to take effect later this year. It adds New York to around a dozen states that have enacted similar measures to prevent individuals with mental illnesses from accessing guns. Pelosi noted that the law was meant as a lifesaving measure rather than a form of stigmatization of those with mental illnesses.

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Man Takes Own Life While on Suicide Watch

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2019 - A man voluntarily sought help at the Centerstone facility in Bradenton, Florida. The center placed the man on suicide watch, which meant checkups every 15 minutes. A couple days later, he was found dead in a bathroom, at the facility.

The man's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging the hospital failed to follow its own suicide watch protocol and did not remove all objects that could have been used for self-harm. Surveillance at the facility offers proof that the man was given medication at 9:36 p.m. and no one checked on him until the next morning.

The local County Sheriff’s Office found a “clear failure” by the Centerstone staff member who was supposed to monitor the man, but did not call it a crime. The investigative report also suggested the cause of the incident was either the failure of the hospital to follow their own policies or staff laziness.

The mental health technician in question inferred that suicide watch checks were not done for all patients and when they came on shift they were given a verbal report on who to check and who could be left to sleep. The technician claimed they were told the man did not need continuous observation. The lawsuit alleges that, that information was at odds with written orders on the medical chart which stated “suicide continuous observation.”

If someone dies as the result of negligence by another, the victim’s survivors may sue for wrongful death. A wrongful death lawsuit typically seeks compensation for the survivors’ loss, such as funeral and burial expenses, loss of income, loss of benefits, survivor’s pain and suffering, child care, and in some cases punitive damages.

“Wrongful death cases are difficult for everyone involved, and in this instance, the family wants to make sure that they send a clear message with their lawsuit that this should never happen again to anyone else,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa wrongful death attorney with Joyce & Reyes, not involved in the case. Joyce & Reyes are well known and respected attorneys in Tampa, Florida.

To learn more about filing a wrongful death suit please visit the Joyce & Reyes website.

Joyce and Reyes Law Firm, P.A.
307 S Hyde Park Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
Call: 813.251.2007

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Defense of Dwelling Results in “Not Guilty” Verdict

Attorney Marc Lopez, Esq.

Indianapolis, IN (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2019 - An Indianapolis man was recently charged with two felony counts of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. The weapon in question had been a BB gun, and the only reason the defendant had brought it with him onto his front porch was because he’d observed a stranger reaching onto his property and laying hands on his dog.

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Once everyone’s respective identities and motivations were straightened out, the defendant realized his error and offered apologies, but this wasn’t enough for the Lawrence Police Department. The defendant was arrested and jailed for seven days. Even though the State adopted an aggressively confrontational posture, the defendant was cooperative, providing police with footage of the incident from his home security cameras. Despite his initial misunderstanding and subsequent cooperation, the State decided to come after the defendant with felony charges.

Following a day-long jury trial, justice was served, and the defendant—whose great crime had been rushing to protect his dog—was found NOT GUILTY on all counts. The defendant's attorney, Marc Lopez, in response to the verdict, stated, "Indiana recognizes a person’s right to defend themselves, their dwelling, and their property. Even where a mistake is involved, you can still claim self-defense as long as you reasonably believed it to be necessary."


Marc Lopez, Esq.
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Indianapolis, IN 46204
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USCIS Reminds Naturalization Applicants Controlled Substance Use a Bar to Naturalization

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Dallas immigration lawyers - Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C.

Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2019 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a guidance on April 19, 2019, advising lawful permanent residents that controlled substance use remains illegal under federal law and can negatively impact the outcome of a naturalization application. Violations of federal controlled substance laws, including for marijuana use or possession, are generally a basis for denying U.S. citizenship.

The new USCIS policy alert reminds naturalization applicants that they could be found to lack good moral character for participating in marijuana-related activities including possession, cultivation, manufacturing, dispensing or distribution. The rule applies even when the activity in question would not be an offense under the laws of the applicant’s state of residence such as Colorado or California.

Possession, use or distribution of marijuana is illegal under federal law under the Controlled Substances Act, which classifies marijuana as a Schedule I substance that is prohibited and has no accepted medical use.

“In an era of liberalization of state controlled substance laws legalizing the sale of marijuana in many states, federal law still punishes what state law now permits: the sale of medical and personal use marijuana,” said Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “Perhaps one day federal law will catch up with those states which have elected to decriminalize. Until then, lawful permanent residents who seek to naturalize are on notice that federal drug violations can be fatal to becoming a U.S. citizen.”

The USCIS policy alert highlights inconsistencies between state and federal laws regarding marijuana. A majority of states have legalized the drug in full or in part. There are currently 10 U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia, that have enacted laws permitting marijuana use for recreational purposes. About two-thirds of the states have legalized medical marijuana.

Demonstrating good moral character is a key requirement for establishing eligibility for U.S. citizenship through naturalization. USCIS will generally deny naturalization to applicants who have been convicted of violating federal or state laws related to controlled substances during a five-year period prior to filing to naturalize. No conviction is necessary to establish a violation under federal immigration laws. Simply admitting to engaging in marijuana-related activities could lead to a denial of naturalization.

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Wolper Law Firm, P.A. Investigates Brokerage Firm Buckman, Buckman & Reid For Unlawful Sales Practices

Wolper Law Firm P.A.

Fort Lauderdale, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2019 - Wolper Law Firm, P.A. announces that it is investigating brokerage firm Buckman, Buckman & Reid regarding its investment sales practices with retail customers.

Buckman, Buckman & Reid is a brokerage firm founded in 1988 by H. John Buckman and John Reid. It is based in New Jersey but has branch offices nationwide. Since becoming a registered broker-dealer and member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), Buckman, Buckman & Reid has had sixteen (16) regulatory disclosures reported on its permanent record maintained by the Central Registration Depository (“CRD”).

Among the regulatory events include the following:

* In April 2019, Buckman, Buckman & Reid entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent with FINRA and was ordered to pay a fine of $205,554, plus interest. The FINRA sanction related to “supervision of excessive trading and unsuitable concentration levels and supervision of registered representatives with disciplinary histories…”

* In July 2018, the Florida Office of Financial Regulation entered a cease and desist order after it “failed to have a schedule for the inspection of non-branch locations and criteria for the frequency of the inspections in the firm’s supervisory procedures."

* In November 2015, Buckman, Buckman & Reid entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent with FINRA and was ordered to pay a fine of $27,500. The FINRA sanction referenced that “the firm consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that…the firm executed portions of the customer orders at inferior prices."

* In January 2015, Buckman, Buckman & Reid entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent with FINRA and was ordered to pay a fine of $200,000. The FINRA sanction referenced that “the firm consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that it participated in the unlawful distributions of the shares of two issuers whose securities were not registered and were not subject to an applicable registration exemption.”

* In a recent arbitration filed by the Wolper Law Firm against Buckman, Buckman and Reid, it is alleged that its registered representative recommended the sale of a “low priced, thinly traded stock—CTX Virtual Trading Technologies (CTX).” The Buckman, Buckman and Reid Financial Advisor touted the CTX investment as an excellent growth opportunity with very little downside risk. When the price of CTX began to decline, it is alleged that the customer sought to sell CTX but Buckman, Buckman and Reid failed to facilitate the sale in accordance with the client’s instructions. The customer experienced substantial financial losses.

What Should I Do If I Experienced Investment Losses With Buckman, Buckman & Reid?

The sole purpose of this release is to investigate the sales practices of Buckman, Buckman & Reid. Current and former clients of Buckman, Buckman & Reid who have experienced investment loses due to misconduct on the part of the brokerage firm are encouraged to call the Wolper Law Firm at 800.931.8452 or contact us by email at The Wolper Law Firm represents investors nationwide in securities litigation and arbitration.

Matt Wolper, the Managing Principal of the Wolper Law Firm, is a trial lawyer who has handled hundreds of securities cases during his career involving a wide range of products, strategies and securities. Prior to representing investors, he was a partner with a national law firm, where he represented some of the largest banks and brokerage firms in the world in securities matters.

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Xenon Gas May Help Prevent Cognitive Damage in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases

Brooks Schuelke, Esq.
Schuelke Law PLLC

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2019 – Traumatic brain injury researchers are constantly searching for new ways to help treat brain damage. Yet another discovery may help TBI victims – Xenon gas, a human anesthetic with few side effects.

A new study has shown promising results for preventing cognitive damage after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). While the study involves mice, it may well have significant ramifications for humans. Xenon gas, an anesthetic drug, apparently prevents long-term cognitive impairment, protects against brain tissue degeneration and increases life expectancy in the wake of a TBI in mice.

In fact, almost two years after a TBI, the animals were still performing well, an indicator that the gas may improve the human survival rate and help cognitive decline in humans. According to the study, the gas stopped the loss of brain cells in the hippocampus and reduced brain inflammation. The hippocampus is a small, curved brain formation that forms new memories and is associated with learning and emotions. Due to the fact that the human brain is lateralized and symmetrical, it actually has two hippocampi.

Statistically, the leading cause of disability and death in those under the age of 45 is attributed to TBIs. When someone sustains a primary brain injury, it is often followed by a secondary injury leading to physical and mental disabilities. TBI survivors also tend to have a shorter life expectancy and a higher risk of other forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s.

What makes Xenon gas work? While there is no definitive answer to that question yet, it appears that animal studies have resulted in the gas protecting and restoring the brain in the wake of lack of blood flow to the brain and areas of TBIs. It is speculated that Xenon works by limiting the stimulation of glutamate receptors.

“In order to see if the working scientific theory is valid, researchers need to replicate the studies with Xenon gas in humans. If those investigations turn out to be successful, the world of medicine may have another alternative to help those with TBI cope and get well,” said Austin traumatic brain injury attorney, Brooks Schuelke. “If you have sustained a TBI, talk to me and find out what your legal options are to recover compensation.”

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    VA Expands Mental Health Coverage, Other-Than-Honorable Discharges Potentially Eligible

    Legal Help for Veterans is a law firm helping veterans get the benefits they deserve.

    Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2019 - A new law has expanded mental health coverage to other-than-honorably discharged veterans through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

    The VA has been accused of mishandling the implementation of the change and failing to effectively notify potentially eligible veterans. The new law is an expansion of a 2017 program which granted some other-than-honorable discharges access to acute mental health care services during a crisis. Eligible vets can now receive ongoing mental health care outside of a crisis situation. The VA had 180 days after the law went into effect in March 2018, but it did not do so until January 2019 when it sent letters to some veterans who were potentially eligible.

    “Veterans who have an other-than-honorable discharge from the military are particularly at risk for mental health issues and suicide,” says James G. Fausone, lead attorney at Legal Help for Veterans in Northville, Michigan. “They can face significant barriers to getting care.”

    An other-than-honorable discharge is issued when a service member is released from military service for misconduct. This leaves them unable to collect any VA benefits except in a few cases, such as when the misconduct was caused by PTSD or other service-related trauma. The new law will not entitle them to other VA healthcare or disability compensation.

    There are an estimated 500,000 veterans with an other-than-honorable discharge status and the VA estimates it has treated less than one percent of them in each of the last two years — 2,850 in 2018 and 940 in 2017. Seventy percent of this care was for mental health issues.

    Given the VA’s failure to effectively notify eligible vets of the new law, veterans may qualify for this coverage and not know it. It is important to check for eligibility.

    James G. Fausone is a military veteran with years of experience in the legal field.

    Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC
    41700 West Six Mile Road, Suite 101
    Northville, MI 48168
    Toll Free Phone: 800.693.4800

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    Grand Opening Sobo & Sobo Monticello Office

    Gary & Greg Sobo Cutting Ribbon at Monticello Opening

    Monticello, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2019 - On June 6, 2019, Sobo & Sobo held an opening ceremony to celebrate the law firm’s new Monticello location, at 533 Broadway, in the heart of Sullivan County.

    The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, in coordination with the Monticello Chamber of Commerce, organized a ribbon cutting for the event, with many of their members in attendance. Guests included members of the Sullivan County partnership, business owners, honorable judges, family, and friends.

    At the celebration, guests toured the new facility, mingled, and enjoyed a wonderful lunch courtesy of Orange County Bank & Trust. Their Senior VP Gregory Sousa shared, “We are happy to be a part of today’s celebration. Gary’s and Greg Sobo’s commitment to be members of the Monticello and greater Sullivan County community is terrific.”

    Gary Sobo shared that for him this is in fact a homecoming. In 1972 he was an attorney in Woodbridge not far from the Monticello office. The office is the renovated former home of prominent judge Lawrence H. Cooke.

    Judge Cooke was one of the most celebrated politicians and judges in Sullivan County history, rendering several judicial opinions that helped shape New York law including Beach v. Shanley. Judge Cooke wrote the court's opinion that the Shield Law permits a reporter who has been called before a grand jury to withhold the name of confidential sources without being subject to any sanction for criminal contempt.*

    Judge Cooke’s picture will hang on the wall of the Sobo & Sobo office, the home in which he lived until he passed away there on August 17, 2000 at the age of 86. Today, several landmarks in Sullivan County have been named after Judge Cooke, including the Lawrence H. Cooke Supreme Courthouse and a local cemetery.

    After thanking the attendees for the warm welcome, Attorney Gregory M. Sobo shared his thoughts on the day. “Sobo & Sobo is extremely proud to open an office in Monticello. It is even more exciting to do so in the building Judge Cooke called home. We are honored to continue in his tradition of legal excellence.”

    He went on to comment on Sobo & Sobo’s eight regional offices, adding, “Having served so many of the people of Sullivan County we felt it important to provide you with a more convenient location to make it even easier to receive the same exceptional legal representation as available in our other locations.”

    About Sobo & Sobo, LLP

    The Law Offices of Sobo & Sobo, one of the largest plaintiff’s personal injury firms in the country, is driven by a commitment to superior service and world-class representation. The firm has practiced in the region for over 50 years and includes over 45 attorneys. Sobo & Sobo’s specialty, and the basis of its winning reputation, is success in a wide variety of personal injury cases. The firm’s culture focuses on supporting and informing clients throughout the difficult process of litigation. It is well-known for the universal empathy and openness of its members. For more information, visit or call 1-855-GOT-SOBO.

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    Monticello, NY; Middletown, NY; New York, NY; Newburgh, NY; Pine Bush, NY; [Poughkeepsie, NY; Spring Valley, NY.


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    Marketing Director
    Sobo & Sobo, LLP.
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    Direct Line: (845) 666-0094