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February 2011 Archives

Florida car accident takes life of blues musician Eddie Kirkland

The music industry is mourning the death of yet another legend. Eddie Kirkland, a famous blues musician, was killed this past weekend in a car accident. Florida Highway Patrol is still in the middle of an investigation to find out exactly what happened.

Law enforcement split on potential Florida immigration laws

Several anti-immigration bills have been proposed in Florida. State Representative William Snyder is proposing a bill that would require Florida law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of anyone under investigation. The bill would require local law enforcement to transfer illegal immigrants to a federal detention center for possible deportation/removal proceedings.

Florida man awarded damages in suit against tobacco company

In 2006, the Florida Supreme Court put an end to a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of smokers in Florida. It was filed against the tobacco industry and had resulted in a very large settlement that was thrown out by the Florida Supreme Court.

Florida Senator Rubio supports mandatory use of E-Verify

Last week, this blog reported the story of nine workers who allegedly are undocumented that were taken into custody at the Lake Nona VA Medical Center. Now U.S. Senator Mark Rubio (R-Fla) is urging all businesses to be more proactive in checking potential worker's employment eligibility.

Wrongful death claim filed against man for fatal Florida crash

A little over a year ago in Florida, a young man was on the road on his way home to spend some time with his family. But his life was cut short when another man, internationally known polo club owner John Goodman, ran into him at an intersection. Goodman had run a stop sign. The crash left the young man trapped in his vehicle underwater.

Wrongful death claim filed against man for fatal Florida crash

A little over a year ago in Florida, a young man was on the road on his way home to spend some time with his family. But his life was cut short when another man, internationally known polo club owner John Goodman, ran into him at an intersection. Goodman had run a stop sign. The crash left the young man trapped in his vehicle underwater.

Will EB-5 employment immigration program become permanent?

In 1993, U.S. employment immigration law began a pilot program that allows foreign investors to help finance U.S. development projects that create jobs. Many developers see the program as an important financing tool that can be a cheaper and easier alternative to private banks as a method of financing development projects.

Driver fails to yield at right-of-way, causes two-car accident

A car accident can lead to a number of consequences, for both the person who caused the accident as well as the accident victims. In some instances, people can suffer serious physical injuries as a result of a crash.

ICE raids Lake Nona VA Medical Center, nine may face deportation

Authorities reportedly conducted two separate raids at the new Lake Nona VA Medical center last Wednesday. According to officials, nine people were taken into custody after the second raid. The nine workers reportedly were placed in jail and will be processed for deportation/removal proceedings.

Pharmacist error could have caused injury to pregnant woman

Whenever someone suffers an injury at the hands of a negligent medical professional, the consequences can be far-reaching. There are the obvious immediate injuries that can result. But later on more health issues can surface, not to mention the amount of medical bills that can add up over time.

Arizona's Governor files countersuit in anti-immigration litigation

Arizona's stand on immigration issues is not necessarily news. It is well known that Arizona enacted a tough immigration law that has brought protests and a federal court challenge to the law. The Arizona law requires police officers in the state to determine the immigration status of individuals stopped for questioning. Citizens and lawmakers in many states have watched as the events transpire related to the Arizona immigration litigation. Many states, including Florida are debating their own anti-immigration laws in light of the Arizona law.

Are certain pool drain covers dangerous for consumers?

A previous post discussed whether alarms for swimming pools and hot tubs were effective to prevent drowning. Now, more concern has been raised over whether drain covers for swimming pools and hot tubs are failing to protect against the very danger they are meant to prevent.

Man suspected of Florida hit-and-run accident caught

It is no secret that some car accidents are deadly, especially when one vehicle is much larger than the other vehicle. Similarly, when a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the collision can mean serious injury and even death.

Chipotle restaurants face increased I-9 scrutiny

The Obama Administration has made it clear that it intends to increase its crackdown on employers who hire undocumented immigrants. A recent audit of Chipotle restaurants in a Midwestern state resulted in the company firing a massive number of employees. Following the mass-firing, protests erupted around the country, including here in Florida, over the "silent raids."

EB-5 program growing more popular with developers

The tough economy in the United States has reduced the availability of capital for funding many new construction projects. New construction can lead to jobs-in the construction industry during the project-and afterword as new businesses can be created. Florida employment immigration attorneys know that one source of funding for construction projects arises in a 20-year-old program under immigration law.

Young Florida drivers are the focus of a distracted driving law

Students from a Boca Raton high school were faced with a grim reality: car accidents are the leading cause of death for people under the age of 18. The students were in an assembly that was put on by a Florida Representative who is proposing new legislation that would make it illegal for minors to text and drive.

Government opens office to focus on I-9 compliance audits

The Obama administration has created an audit office in an effort to bolster a crackdown on employers who hire undocumented immigrants. The Employment Compliance Inspection Center reportedly will be staffed with personnel to audit I-9 employee files from companies that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has targeted for the audits.

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