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citysocializer Signs First Major Media Publisher for New Social Discovery Platfo …

London, United Kingdom (8th July, 2013) - The company behind social and people discovery network, citysocializer, has signed their first major media publisher-MPG, Europe's leading publisher for the gay community-to their new partner platform; as a result, they are launching 'Socializer' services for the Gay Times and DIVA brands. Acting in response to the increasing number of media and commercial brands seeking to extend their proposition, reach and campaigns offline and

The Legal 500 Latin America Recognizes Gardere’s Mexico City Practice

MEXICO CITY - Gardere, Arena y Asociados S.C. has been recommended in six areas of practice by The Legal 500 Latin America in its 2013 directory. Noting the Firm’s cross-border reputation, the publication recognized the Mexico City office in the areas of competition and antitrust, corporate and mergers & acquisitions, real estate, tax and insurance matters. The Gardere Corporate team received recognition both in the areas of competition and antitrust, and

11th Texas Super Lawyers Honor for Steven C. Laird Follows $11.7 Million in Sett …

FORT WORTH, Texas – Fresh off obtaining a combined $11.7 million in settlements for two clients, Fort Worth trial lawyer Steven C. Laird has received his 11th consecutive Texas Super Lawyers honor. The 2013 Texas Super Lawyers listing identifies Mr. Laird as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Texas, a designation he has received since 2005. He is the only personal injury attorney in Tarrant County to obtain the

Trade Secret Theft Case Nets 5-Year Prison Term for North Texas Exec

DALLAS – A civil trade secret theft case initiated by Dallas attorney Matthew Yarbrough has resulted in a five-year federal prison term for a former North Texas CEO following his conviction for computer hacking. Michael Musacchio, 62, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison on Sept. 5 by U.S. District Court Judge Jorge A. Solis of Dallas. Mr. Musacchio was convicted of hacking the computer system maintained by his

Six from McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing Selected Among Top 100 Atto …

DALLAS – Already one of the most respected and honored law firms in Texas, the noted Family Law boutique McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing, L.L.P., is now home to more of the state’s Top 100 attorneys than any other law firm, according to the publishers of Texas Super Lawyers. Firm partners Mike McCurley, Richard Orsinger, Mary Jo McCurley, Keith Nelson, Scott Downing and Brad LaMorgese all earned recognition among Texas’

Dallas Attorney Barry Sorrels Earns 2013 Texas Super Lawyers Honors for Work in …

Sorrels named to list of top attorneys in Texas for 11th straight year DALLAS – High-profile attorney Barry Sorrels of Dallas’ Sorrels, Udashen & Anton once again has earned a spot on the annual Texas Super Lawyers list of the state’s top attorneys based on his work defending clients in criminal matters and white-collar cases. The 2013 edition marks Mr. Sorrels’ 11th consecutive selection to the prestigious listing. A veteran of more

Trial Lawyer John H. Kim Named Among Top 100 Attorneys in Houston

HOUSTON – Houston trial lawyer John H. Kim, founder of The Kim Law Firm, has earned selection to the 2013 list of the state’s top attorneys in the annual Texas Super Lawyers list. Mr. Kim, who has been named among the top Texas lawyers since the list was first published in 2003, also is included again in the list of the Top 100 lawyers in Houston based on his work for

Texas Super Lawyers Recognizes 45 Gardere Attorneys

AUSTIN/DALLAS/HOUSTON - Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce that 45 Firm attorneys representing 16 practice areas have been named to the 2013 Texas Super Lawyers list published by Thomson Reuters. The Texas Super Lawyers list appears in the October 2013 issue of Texas Monthly, as well as the standalone Texas Super Lawyers magazine. Selections are based on peer nominations solicited from more than 70,000 attorneys across the state. An

Chandler Law Firm - Brown & Associates

Bankruptcy Financial relief from bankruptcy has been a part of our economy since the beginning of time. The purpose of bankruptcy is to obtain a fresh start or a reset if you will on your financial burdens relieving the everyday pressures of creditor calls and their harassing letters, lawsuits and possible judgments, garnishments and bank account levies. Our job is to help you understand the bankruptcy process and determine if bankruptcy is

Ambassador of South Sudan to the United Nations, Dr. Francis M. Deng, Comes to A …

On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Dr. Francis M. Deng will deliver the talk, “Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities in Africa: The Case of the Two Sudans” as part of the Ambassador Lecture Series. Dr. Deng currently serves as South Sudan’s ambassador to the United Nations. This event, co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the International Leadership Coordinating Committee, will take place at 11:00 a.m. in the Ruth

Corporate Relocation Press Release

KOLLAR & ASSOCIATES INC. is pleased to announce that we have relocated to THE TORONTO STAR BUILDING, at 1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5E 1W7. Please be advised that since June 30, 2013, we no longer act in the capacity of an Independent Contactor to the Law Offices of Susan Jane von Achten of S. J. von Achten Corporation (trading as Equity Court Law Chambers), located at


Las Vegas, NV (September 3, 2013)—Jerry Doyle, host of the 4th largest syndicated talk show in America, “The Jerry Doyle Show”, has announced the launch of his newest media endeavor,—a solution-based news destination dedicated to putting cutting-edge news, resources, and answers in the hands of the public. Doyle, a former actor, voiceover artist, Wall Street trader and pilot, credits his varied background with instilling in him the obvious and growing

Gardere Welcomes Attorney Christina Wisdom to the Firm’s Austin Office

AUSTIN, Texas - Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Christina T. Wisdom as of counsel in the Government Affairs Practice Group in the Firm’s Austin office. With more than 10 years of legislative and regulatory leadership, Ms. Wisdom will focus her practice on environmental and energy matters. Ms. Wisdom joins the Firm from the Texas Chemical Council, where she has served as the vice president and

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Supreme Court Affirms $6M Verdict for Gardere Client Lennar Corp.

HOUSTON - The Supreme Court of Texas has ruled in favor of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP client Lennar Corp. in a closely watched insurance dispute by affirming an earlier judgment of more than $6 million for Lennar, effectively ending 12 years of related litigation. The case, Lennar Corp. v. Markel American Insurance Co., No. 11-0394, involved property damage to homes built with a synthetic stucco material known as EIFS that trapped

DC, Maryland, and Virginia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer to Appear on Nationally Tel …

Washington, D.C., August 23, 2013 — The Cochran Firm, DC today announces the that nursing home abuse and neglect attorney W. Charles Meltmar will appear this Sunday (August 25) at 12 p.m. eastern on Ring of Fire, a nationally syndicated talk radio and television program hosted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Mike Papantonio, and Sam Seder. Meltmar will discuss his recent $1.45 million trial victory in a nursing home

Leventhal & Klein Urges City Council to Override Mayor Bloomberg’s Veto on Bills …

Jason Leventhal, Partner, Leventhal and Klein, LLP, says the New York City Council should override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the Council’s bills calling for the prohibition of the New York Police Department’s practice of “stop-and-frisk” and the establishment of an Inspector General to oversee the NYPD. Mr. Leventhal says the practice unjustly targets minorities and the police department needs more oversight to see how the officers do their jobs. The

Four from Dallas’ Gruber Hurst Named to The Best Lawyers in America for 2014

DALLAS – Four attorneys from the Dallas law firm Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP have earned recognition in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the preeminent listing of the nation’s top attorneys. Firm partners Michael Gruber, Michael K. Hurst, Anthony Magee and Mark Shank are honored for their work in a range of civil litigation matters. Mr. Gruber, recognized in the Commercial Litigation practice area, has represented clients

Six from Texas’ McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing Honored by The Best …

DALLAS and SAN ANTONIO – The Family Law firm McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing, L.L.P., is proud to announce that six of its partners have earned recognition in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Partners Carl Michael McCurley and Richard Orsinger have been named among the leading Family Law attorneys in the country every year since 1987. Mr. Orsinger has earned additional recognition for his work in

Fosterly Announces #Govfest, an Event Connecting Leading Government Innovators A …

SE Washington, DC ( openpr ) August 19, 2013 - Fosterly announced today that it has opened registration for #GovFest, an event aimed at bridging the gap between government and the private sector. Bringing together many of the area's leading entrepreneurs and government innovators, #GovFest is a chance for those in the public and private sectors to come together for a night of education, conversation, networking and fun. It will

Akshaya Patra Mid Day Meal program Provides Food for Children Education in India

Akshaya Patra’s mid day meal programme provides food for children education, covering over 9,000 schools in nine states in India every day. Akshaya Patra’s distribution of free meals to government schools was initially an initiative undertaken to feed hungry children, but had a much deeper impact. The agony of an empty stomach, day after day, leaves no option for a child but to turn to child labor as a last resort

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Speaks At St. Johns High School Career Symposium On Johns …

Attorney Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina spoke at the Career Symposium at St. Johns High School on Johns Island in Charleston, SC on Thursday March 28th 2013. Mr. Guthrie represented the legal profession and spoke to students that were pre selected as having a potential interest in a law career. Attorney Guthrie spoke to three groups of students for about a half hour

Dallas Insurance Attorney Don Martinson Earns Best Lawyers Recognition

DALLAS – The Dallas law firm Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, P.C., is pleased to announce that accomplished attorney Don Martinson has earned selection in The Best Lawyers in America for 2014 based on his work in insurance law. Mr. Martinson, a firm director, focuses his practice on insurance coverage disputes involving commercial construction defects, mass tort and related products liability litigation, health care liability litigation, bad faith litigation,

Gardere Partner Kimberly Yelkin to Receive Transformative Leadership Award

AUSTIN, Texas - Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce that the Firm’s Austin Office Executive Partner Kimberly A. Yelkin will be a co-recipient of the “Sharing the Power Award” as part of InsideCounsel magazine's 2nd Annual Transformative Leadership Awards West program. The prestigious award is presented jointly to a female general counsel and a female law firm partner who have collaborated to increase the economic empowerment of one or

Founders of Dallas’ Lidji Dorey & Hooper Honored Among Nation’s Top Attorneys …

DALLAS – Accomplished attorneys Brian Lidji and Michael Dorey, the founders of Dallas’ Lidji Dorey & Hooper, have earned recognition in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a leading guide to the nation’s top lawyers. Mr. Lidji earned his eighth selection to Best Lawyers in 2014 based on his work in corporate law. He regularly assists clients in mergers and acquisitions, in addition to work in corporate governance

Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2014

Fisher & Phillips Denver partners, Todd Fredrickson and Darin Mackender, were named to The Best Lawyers in America 2014 for their work in labor & employment law. Fredrickson was also named “Lawyer of the Year”in the category of Employment Law-Management. Denver, CO, August 16, 2013 -- National labor & employment law firm, Fisher & Phillips LLP, announced today that Denver partners Todd Fredrickson and Darin Mackender have been selected by their

Fifty-Six Gardere Attorneys Named to 2014 Best Lawyers Listing

AUSTIN/DALLAS/HOUSTON – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is pleased to announce that 56 of the Firm’s attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014, published by Woodward/White Inc., including four attorneys who have earned the designation of Lawyers of the Year. Gardere attorneys named Lawyers of the Year in Dallas include Partners Kenneth R. Glaser for his work in Patent Law and Larry L.

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

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

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

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

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