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May 2011 Archives

Florida doctor used unapproved procedure on cancer patient

When a patient is told that the medical condition they have is serious, panic can set in. Often patients seek the help of medical specialists, doctors who are known in the profession to have expertise in a particular area of medicine. So when a doctor suggests a procedure, patients often are under the impression that the doctor can in fact perform the procedure.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds state employment immigration law

The United States Supreme Court handed down a ruling Thursday in a challenge to a law penalizing businesses that hire undocumented workers. Miami employment immigration attorneys have been watching the litigation challenging an Arizona immigration law that threatens state business licenses for companies that hire undocumented workers.

Proposed changes to EB-5 program unveiled

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced new proposed rules regarding the EB-5 visa program that seek to shorten the process for some EB-5 applicants. The new rules propose three changes in the way the agency processes Regional Center filings. The EB-5 visa program proposed changes were announced last week as the agency seeks public comments on the rule changes until June 17, 2011.

Woman injured on cruise ship is awarded settlement

Cruise ships are intended to be a one-stop vacation for passengers. There are a number of exciting activities to do and places to see. But for some individuals, cruises are not the relaxing vacation they may have hoped for.

Feds may investigate Secure Communities program, next year

This blog reported earlier this month that members of Congress have sought an investigation of the Secure Communities program from the Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General. On May 10, acting Inspector Charles K. Edwards reportedly responded that he plans to review the program to "determine the extent to which ICE uses the program to identify and remove dangerous criminal aliens from the United States."

Car accidents can happen, even while backing out of driveway

It can happen in an instant. A car accident is often unanticipated and can cause serious injuries to those involved. Motor vehicle accidents can occur on highways or on back roads. Regardless, the collision between two vehicles can lead to significant consequences and repercussions.

Florida man files wrongful death lawsuit against estranged wife

The story became national news: a military officer who was in the Middle East at the time was informed that his wife had killed their two children and attempted suicide in their Florida home. She had previously been diagnosed with manic depression but had recently been doing well.

Computer glitch invalidates U.S. visa lottery

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have a number of opportunities for foreign nationals to seek visas or residency in the United States. Various employment based visas, family preferences-such as fiancée visas and visas for close relatives of U. citizens-and options for families of permanent residents of the United States exist, to name a few of the programs available.

New Florida bill changes the rules for product liability lawsuits

Ten years ago, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that evidence of the primary cause of a car accident cannot be used in a product liability case. But now the Florida House has passed a bill that would overturn that ruling.

Sonic restaurants in South Florida to be financed with EB-5 visas

The Sonic restaurant chain is expanding in Florida. A development firm has the rights to develop the franchise in South Florida. The developer hopes to open as many as 50 locations in Miami-Dade and Broward over the course of the next four years. The restaurants are expected to create roughly 65 new jobs each.

DREAM Act reintroduced in Congress

Speaking Tuesday, President Obama presented his plan for immigration reform. The President called on Congress to pass the DREAM Act. President Obama says "we should stop punishing innocent young people for the actions of their parents." Wednesday, Florida Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen along with two other Representatives introduced a measure in the U.S. House. A similar measure was introduced in the Senate Wednesday.

Immigration bill passes Senate, time is short for the House

It is down to the last day for the current session in Tallahassee. After heated debate throughout the session the Florida Senate Tuesday voted down an amendment that would have required all Florida businesses to participate in the federal employment verification program known as E-Verify, or risk fines if a worker was found to be an undocumented immigrant.

Federal lawmakers seek investigation of Secure Communities

A U.S. Congresswoman has called on the Department of Homeland Security to launch an investigation into potential "misconduct, including possible violations of criminal law," by immigration officials. The Congresswoman says federal immigration officials misled local governments across the country and members of Congress about how the Department of Homeland Security was to implement the Secure Communities program.

Family in a fatal Florida auto accident loses a sister

When a car accident occurs, the results can be devastating. The physical injuries that can result can permanently impact a car accident victim. If the crash was fatal, the family and friends of the victim are forced to deal with their loss for the rest of their lives.

Hospital faces potential lawsuit after wrong site surgery

It is devastating to find out that a doctor makes a mistake when performing a surgical procedure. When patients seek medical treatment, they trust the doctors and nurses to provide a certain level of care. But despite safety procedures to protect against surgical errors, mistakes still happen.

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