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Texas Attorney Tom Melsheimer Touts Civil Justice Improvements

Veteran courtroom lawyer offers recommendations for less expensive, faster trials DALLAS – Acclaimed Texas attorney Thomas M. Melsheimer is relying on his experiences in hundreds of courtroom trials to recommend improvements to the country’s civil justice system. Mr. Melsheimer, Managing Principal of the Dallas office of Fish & Richardson, and attorney Stephen D. Susman, founder of Houston’s Susman Godfrey L.L.P., offer their insights in an article appearing in the current edition of

London Borough Of Richmond Deploys New Videalert Digital CCTV Enforcement System

Videalert, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of civil traffic enforcement solutions, has announced the award of a major contract to supply the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames with a new digital CCTV system for the enforcement of parking, bus lane and other moving traffic offences. The first phase of the project will see the deployment of an attended enforcement system to upgrade a legacy parking and bus

Emergency rescue of restaurant bears in Kosovo

The law firm Franke & Partners ( negotiated a contract between the international charity organization “Four Paws”, the Kosovar Minister of the Environment and the City of Pristina, providing Four Paws with exclusive rights to maintain brown bear enclosures in Kosovo. Four Paws has built an enclosure for keeping 13 brown bears on an area of about 16 acres of forest land, which was leased from the city of Pristina

According to Age121, Workplace Flexibility is Important

Age121, which provides training courses to educate both new hires and current employees on industry standards, is speaking out on a new article that details the importance of flexibility within the workday. Research from HR recruitment firm Ortus states that flexible working is the best way to increase day-to-day productivity. The findings note that 96 percent of employees said that flexible workdays would boost their productivity. Fifty-nine percent explained that working

T&T's Story Launch on Food Not Bombs

Thrifting and Thriving recently completed an in-depth story called “Food Not Bombs Orlando Shares Food In Front Of City Hall." Since 1980, activist group Food Not Bombs (FNB), has been a controversial subject in the media for serving the hungry and protesting against war spending. After the passing of city ordinances across the country, FNB members have faced legal issues. The chapter of Orlando, Fla. was arrested in 2011 at

Building Inspectors Association of Nassau County Honors Sahn Ward Coschignano & …

The Building Inspectors Association of Nassau County (B.I.A.N.C.O.) has announced that Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC will receive the Industry Leadership Award at the organization’s annual meeting and installation dinner, which will take place March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Inn at New Hyde Park, located at 214 Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park. The Industry Leadership Award is presented to a company or business which is honored for

Texas Litigation Department of the Year Award Goes to Dallas’ Reese Gordon Marke …

DALLAS – Recent high-profile court victories won by Dallas’ Reese Gordon Marketos LLP have earned the commercial trial law firm the 2013 “Litigation Department of the Year” award presented by Texas Lawyer newspaper in the small firm category. “Reese Gordon Marketos, a firm less than three years old, won one of the nation’s largest verdicts so far this year, and got a summary judgment affirmed by the 5th U.S. Circuit

Bilzin Sumberg Receives Benchmark Litigation's National Award, "Antitrust Firm o …

Miami, FL – March 6, 2013 – Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP is pleased to announce that it was named Benchmark Litigation's 2013 "Antitrust Firm of the Year – South" in recognition of the firm's work on some of the most complex, high-stakes antitrust cases in the United States. Bilzin Sumberg was also a finalist for Benchmark Litigation's "Regional Impact Case of the Year", awarded to five cases across

Retroactive refund of capital gains taxes in Germany for free-float dividend pay …

In responses to a decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) of 20.10.2011, case number C-284/09, Germany has changed the tax treatments of dividends from investments (§ 20 Subs. 1. Nr. 1 Income Tax Act) of less than 10% (free- float), which are disbursed to corporations. For shareholders, who are subject to corporate taxation in the EU / EEC countries, a refund of German capital gains taxes on

Poland: Removal of bureaucratic hurdles in economic transactions

As of the beginning of 2013, a law on the removal of bureaucratic hurdles in economic transactions is in force in Poland, in particular with regard to tax law as well as the avoidance of payment gridlocks. On 01.01.2013, the act of 16.11.2012 on the removal of bureaucratic hurdles in economic transactions is in force. Based on that law, modifications on tax regulations with regard to leasing transactions were enforced.

Tax consequences for building in of bigger gasoline tanks by freight carrier

Fright carriages very often have bigger gasoline tanks built into their vehicles, which have a bigger capacity than the gasoline tanks installed by the manufacturer. Reason for this is usually that trucks are equipped by the main coachbuilder according to the individual needs of each haulier e.g. for transport of containers, cars or alike. But it can lead to problems, if the company gets gas in other European countries and

New version of yellow page cases in different appearance

In our newsletter July to September 2012 we informed you about the decision by the Bundesgerichtshof (German Supreme Court) with regard to the so called yellow page cases. Those were cases in which a company or a person maintained a yellow page list on the internet and in order to receive entries, it sent forms to traders, which were construed in a manner that on the left side of the

ECJ: A court of venue clause between a manufacturer and first time buyer does us …

By judgment of 07.02.2013 (File No. C-543/10) the ECJ held that within a series of contracts, which have been concluded between parties in different member states, a court of venue clause, which is part of the contract between the manufacturer and the purchaser of a good, is not effective towards further purchasers, unless the latter has authorized the clause. In the present case the question on the competence of a

2. Germany: Judgment of Landesarbeitsgericht Berlin-Brandenburg (Higher Labour C …

In its judgment of 09.01.2013 (case no. 15 Sa 1635/12), the 15. chamber of the Landesarbeitsgericht Berlin-Brandenburg ruled in a case, in which the company supplying temporary workers (lender) belonged to the same group as the borrower, that if a supply of temporary workers is permanent, this leads to an employment relationship between the borrower and the temporary workers. The supply of temporary workers requires a commission in accordance with

Keep an eye on brochure advertisement – information about advertiser

The regional court in Hamm clarified in its judgement of 30.10.2012, which became final, details about the advertising companies, which have to be given in advertising brochures. The information on the identity of an advertising company therefore comprises information on the company name, its legal form as registered in the commercial register and the address under which the advertising company can be summoned to court. In the present court case,

Putting research into pratice

A publication that provides concepts, examples and recommendations on how to transfer research findings into practical applications Without research, progress and innovation would grind to a halt. But how research findings are put into practice is a subject that must be investigated in detail in its own right. This was the focus of work carried out by Fraunhofer IAO, together with Fraunhofer ISI, the Heinz Nixdorf Institute at the University of

Gardere Victory Listed in The National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts of 2012

DALLAS – Longview Energy Co.’s $162 million verdict in a breach of fiduciary duty case has been listed by The National Law Journal as the 15th largest verdict of 2012 in the publication’s annual report on “Top Verdicts of the Year.” Longview Energy was represented by Craig B. Florence and Randy D. Gordon of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and Mikal Watts and Frank Guerra of Watts Guerra Craft LLP. The

Gardere Partner Celeste Yeager Delivering Presentation at FBA Labor & Employment …

DALLAS – Partner Celeste R. Yeager, Vice Chair of the Hospitality Industry Team at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, is slated to deliver an informative presentation at the 5th Bi-Annual Federal Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Conference. The event will be held May 2-3, 2013, at the Westin Hotel in New Orleans. Ms. Yeager will be co-presenting a program titled “Internal Investigations/HR Audits” at the May 3 session. The importance of

Dallas Bar Association Hosts Fan Drive

WHAT: The Dallas Bar Association’s Community Involvement Committee, is holding a fan drive to help “beat the heat” this summer for the poor, elderly and disabled in Dallas County. • In 2011, rising inside temperatures claimed 31 Dallas County lives and caused countless suffering among the poor, elderly, and disabled. • In each case, a fan or window unit would have helped make a life-changing difference. • Heat-related illnesses are preventable! The DBA’s Community Involvement Committee, led

Evan Guthrie Law Firm In Charleston, SC Awarded Star Of The Quarter By Young Law …

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina was awarded the Star of The Quarter award by the Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar in December of 2012. The Star of The Quarter recognizes young attorneys in the state of SC for their dedication and support to the South Carolina Bar in volunteer and community events. Attorney Evan Guthrie was specifically recognized for his

Back from the National Fatherhood & Families Conference, Jeffery Leving Hosts Ch …

Attorney and author Jeffery M. Leving is back for another episode of Chicago Counterpoint on CAN-TV/Ch.21, having recently returned from San Francisco, where he addressed the National Fatherhood & Families Conference on “Fathering Court,” a fatherhood education initiative that the Justice Department is likely to implement nationwide. This week, at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, March 5th, Leving will host guest Fred Truglio on the show. Viewers can call the studio

Daniel S. Cohan Joins Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC as Counsel

Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC has announced that Daniel S. Cohan has joined the firm as Counsel. Mr. Cohan concentrates his practice in the areas of estate and tax planning, probate law and estate administration, with a focus on private family foundations and complex trust arrangements. Prior to joining the firm, he was Estate Planning and Estates Counsel to Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP in East Meadow. A frequent lecturer

Charles Rutenberg Realty Broker/Owner Joe Moshé Says New Home Sales in January M …

Joe Moshé, Broker/Owner, Charles Rutenberg Realty, says the rise in new home sales during the month of January should spur home builders to construct new houses in order to satisfy demand. He also said this would, in turn, place more houses on the market and reverse the trend of higher home sale prices. The Commerce Department reported today that new home sales were up 16% last month to a seasonally

Two Hankinson LLP Attorneys Earn Board Certification in Civil Appellate Law

DALLAS – The Dallas-based appellate law boutique Hankinson LLP is proudly announcing that firm attorneys Ryan Clinton and Brett Kutnick have become Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. “There are tens of thousands of lawyers in Texas, but only 435 are Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law,” says Rick Thompson, managing partner of Hankinson LLP. “That makes Ryan and Brett part of a very

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Helps Holiday Gift Project For Elementary School In Charle …

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina helped with a holiday gift project for an elementary school in the Charleston, SC area on Friday December 7th 2012. The event makes sure that every student at Chicora Elementary has a gift for Christmas. Gift bags included coats, shoes, socks, toys, school supplies, books, and many more items. This is the second year in a row

Peck Bloom LLC, Chicago Estate Attorneys, Sponsors IIT Chicago-Kent Young Alumni …

CHICAGO, IL -- The elder law firm of Peck Bloom, LLC is again sponsoring an event at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. On February 23, the College will celebrate its 125th Anniversary with a gala event at Union Station. Peck Bloom is sponsoring an after-party hosted by the College's Young Alumni Council. The after-party will take place from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. at South Branch Tavern & Grill

Attorney Robert Reardon, Master Fathers’ Rights Strategist, on Chicago Counterpo …

This Tuesday, February 26th, on the legal talk show, Chicago Counterpoint, Chicago divorce attorney Robert Reardon will share his insights about fathers’ rights. James Hagler, an authority on the rights of military dads, will guest-host while Chicago Counterpoint host Jeffery M. Leving travels to San Francisco to present a lecture with Judge Milton Lee on “Fathering Court,” a groundbreaking fatherhood education program that is likely to be implemented nationwide by

Daniel H. Braff Named Partner at Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC

Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC, has announced that Daniel H. Braff, Counsel with the firm, has been named Partner. Mr. Braff concentrates his practice in zoning and land use planning, real estate, environmental and corporate law, with a particular emphasis on regulations governing the use and development of real property within the City of New York. Mr. Braff provides zoning analyses, counsels clients in connection with air rights transfers, advises on

LexisNexis India Announces the Appointment of Mohan Ramaswamy as Managing Direct …

DELHI, February 25, 2013 – LexisNexis® India (, a leading global provider of content and technology solutions, today announced the appointment of Mohan Ramaswamy as Managing Director, India for LexisNexis Legal & Professional. Mohan will be part of the Asia Leadership Team and will be based out of company’s India office in Gurgaon, Haryana. As head of the India business, Mohan is responsible for developing strategies to expand the adoption

Family Law Attorney Eileen Costello Joins McCurley Orsinger in Dallas

DALLAS – The Family Law firm of McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing, L.L.P., is proud to announce the addition of Eileen Costello as an associate in the firm’s Dallas office. “We are pleased to have Eileen join our firm,” says Mike McCurley, a name partner in the firm. “She brings a unique perspective and energy that will benefit the firm and our clients.” Ms. Costello’s practice focuses on all areas of

Overseas Filipinos To Be Tapped To Activate CFO Intervention Programs

A vast population of Overseas Filipinos (OFs) will be tapped to put into action 10 intervention programs being instituted by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) through the 2nd Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora on February 25-27, 2013 in Manila. After almost four decades of sustained and large‐scale migration, the Philippines has emerged as one of the major migrant‐sending countries in the world. The CFO 2011 Stock

Spencer Law Wins Take-Nothing Verdict in $500,000 Dallas Estate Dispute

DALLAS – Dallas-based Spencer Law, P.C., has won an important verdict for the estate of a deceased man from Garland, Texas, after jurors denied a woman’s assertion that she was the man’s common law wife, effectively rejecting her claim to half of his assets, which were valued at $500,000. Dallas estate litigation attorney Kevin Spencer, founder of Spencer Law, won the verdict on behalf of the estate of Eddie Paul Baxter

Family Law Attorney Porter Corrigan from McCurley Orsinger Named Rising Legal St …

DALLAS – Attorney R. Porter Corrigan II, an associate at the Family Law firm of McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing, L.L.P., has been selected among San Antonio’s legal “Rising Stars” by S.A. Scene Magazine. The listing recognizes San Antonio’s leading young attorneys who have been practicing law for less than 10 years. The complete “S.A. Law: Rising Stars” list appears in the February 2013 issue of S.A. Scene Magazine. “Porter

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Speaks To Law Education Class At Hanahan High School In SC

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina spoke to a high school law education class at Hanahan High School in Hanahan, SC on Wednesday November 14th 2012. The law education class teaches the fundamentals of everyday law to high school students that they can use in their real life. This was the second time that attorney Guthrie has spoke at Hanahan High. The first time

Jeffery Leving Addresses the National Fatherhood & Families Conference on Incarc …

On February 26th, 2013, nationally respected fathers’ rights attorney Jeffery M. Leving will address the National Fatherhood & Families Conference on the rights of incarcerated fathers. The conference is an annual event sponsored by the Fathers & Families Coalition of America, a national organization devoted to the needs of fathers and children. The conference, now in its 14th year, will be held in San Francisco over four days, with important figures

Federal Court Rules 2013 Now Available From Summit Legal Publishing

A comprehensive set of rules for practice in the federal courts, including the Federal Rules of Civil, Criminal, Appellate and Bankruptcy Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence, among other rules sets Federal Court Rules 2013 includes the full text of the Federal Rules of Civil, Criminal, Appellate and Bankruptcy Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, Code of Conduct for United States Judges and Published Advisory Opinions, Federal Tort Claims, Garnishment

Dallas Attorney Bill Chamblee Wins Take-Nothing Medical Negligence Verdict for L …

DALLAS – Dallas trial lawyer Bill Chamblee, co-founder of Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw & Anderson, P.C., has won an important take-nothing verdict in a medical negligence case filed against a Dallas gynecologist/oncologist who faced $825,000 in damages. In the lawsuit, a Dallas woman alleged that the gynecologist/oncologist injured her while performing a total abdominal hysterectomy. Mr. Chamblee successfully argued that the gynecologist/oncologist performed the procedures properly and exercised proper care in the

Hicks Thomas LLP Expands to Dallas with Addition of Jeffrey Goldfarb

DALLAS – The Houston-based law firm Hicks Thomas LLP is expanding to Dallas with the addition of Jeffrey Goldfarb, a noted commercial litigation lawyer and founder of Dallas’ Goldfarb LLP. “We see tremendous opportunity in expanding our litigation footprint to North Texas,” says John B. Thomas, a founding partner of Hicks Thomas. “Jeff Goldfarb is an exceptional talent and we are excited about the combination of our practices.” Mr. Goldfarb is a

AZA Attorneys Amir Alavi, Megan Bibb Featured in National Media Profile

HOUSTON – Two lawyers from the Houston litigation boutique Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C. are featured in extensive profiles about their legal careers and interests on the popular legal web site Firm partner Amir Alavi and associate Megan Bibb are profiled in the article “Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi and Mensing – Amir H. Alavi and Megan L. Bibb are Two Fearless Attorneys,” which is featured in LawCrossing’s “Law

How to Represent the Interests of Your Public Administration at the European Lev …

European Seminar, May 6 – 7 2013, Brussels In the course of advancing European consolidation, more and more important decisions that significantly influence Member States, European regions or third countries are made on the European level. In line with this trend, the representation of the interests of public administrations towards European institutions becomes increasingly professional and many countries and regions already benefit from strong strategic presence in Brussels. How to modulate

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Leads Estate Planning And Probate Class At St. Andrews Reg …

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina taught a class on the fundamentals of estate planning and probate at the St. Andrews Regional Library located in West Ashley in Charleston SC on Tuesday November 13, 2012. The class was free of charge and open to the public and covered the basics of planning an estate and navigating the probate court system. This was the second

Speakers from Google and McAfee added to speaking line up at ‘LawTech Futures 20 …

Netlaw Media & Charles Christian are proud to announce that Raj Samani (McAfee) and Matt McNeill (Google) have recently been confirmed to present at ‘LawTech Futures 2013 – The Future of Legal Technology’ at the QEII Conference Centre, London on the 30th April 2013. Raj Samani is an active member of the Information Security industry, through involvement with numerous initiatives to improve the awareness and application of security in business and

Attorney Art Kallow, Fighting for Grandparents’ Rights, Appears on Chicago Count …

This Tuesday, February 12th, nationally acclaimed fathers’ rights attorney Jeffery M. Leving interviews award-winning family law attorney Art Kallow at 7:30 PM (CST) on channel 21 CAN-TV’s Chicago Counterpoint. Viewers can call in with questions and comments at (312) 738-1060, or stream live at: Mr. Kallow and Mr. Leving will discuss the special legal challenges of grandparents who are trying to gain custody of their grandchildren. In an era in

Adur and Worthing Councils Save Money by Sharing Services

London, 7th February 2013 – Adur District and Worthing Borough Councils are delivering a better service to the tax payer, whilst generating significant savings through shared services. By amalgamating services employed across the two councils, and in particular creating one combined street naming and numbering (SNN) policy, they have reduced lengthy paperwork, are better able to collaborate with other council departments and have improved the methods by which the public can

Protecting Your Assets During Divorce

By Carl Michael McCurley McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing, L.L.P. During a divorce, both parties feel vulnerable about their future. Their chief concern is usually whether they will have enough assets after the divorce to live comfortably and provide for their children. This is a rational concern, given that many people are financially worse-off after divorce. That is why it is critical to invest time and energy early in the divorce process

Ohio Evidence Rules 2013, Courtroom Quick Reference, Available From Summit Legal …

With the release of Ohio Evidence Rules 2013, Courtroom Quick Reference, attorneys in Ohio have a convenient legal reference book that can be used in the courtroom, chambers, office or at home. This book contains the complete Ohio Rules of Evidence, current through January 1, 2013, the Federal Rules of Evidence, effective December 1, 2011, and the Traditional Federal Rules of Evidence, effective through November 30, 2011. Ohio Evidence Rules

Veteran Appellate Lawyer Stephanie Nelson Joins Dallas’ Hankinson LLP

DALLAS – Dallas-based appellate law firm Hankinson LLP is announcing the addition of veteran appellate attorney Stephanie Dooley Nelson. Ms. Nelson is the second attorney to join the firm this year, along with retired Justice Joseph Morris, formerly of the Dallas 5th District Court of Appeals, who joined as Of Counsel. “This is more great news for our firm and our clients,” says Hankinson LLP Managing Partner Rick Thompson. “Stephanie’s experience in

Employment Lawyer Javier Pérez Joins Kendall Law Group in Dallas

DALLAS – Employment law attorney Javier Perez has joined Dallas-based Kendall Law Group to expand the firm’s work for the Hispanic community in cases involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, unemployment benefit disputes, and unpaid wage and hour disputes. “Though the Hispanic community comprises about a third of Texas’s labor force, many Latinos still hesitate in seeking help when they haven’t been paid for their hard work, or if their employer is

Grassroot Diplomat Honours Six Politicians And Diplomats For Selfless Acts

LONDON, January 31, 2013 – The winners of the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards were announced a few days ago at a ceremony in London. Over 120 distinguished guests from embassies, political offices, universities and non-government organisations gathered to celebrate the achievements of outstanding diplomats and politicians representing the people’s interest at the highest level. Host and director of Grassroot Diplomat Talyn Rahman-Figueroa described the nominees as “worthy examples for

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Speaks To Students About Legal Issues At Trident Literacy …

Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina spoke to students at Trident Literacy Association’s TC Drayton Center in Charleston, SC about legal issues on Monday November 12th 2012. The Trident Literacy Association has a main goal of promoting literacy and education helping area citizens continue their education and receive training, and help students earn a high school diploma. Attorney Evan Guthrie was joined by attorney

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