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SmithAmundsen Included on 2012 “BTI Client Service A-Team” List

December 27, 2011 – CHICAGO - The law firm of SmithAmundsen is pleased to announce its inclusion on the national “BTI Client Service A-Team 2012” list. This is a distinction reserved for law firms whose clients recognize them as unparalleled leaders in client service. This is the only law firm ranking based 100% on independent, unbiased feedback from clients. Firms nationwide are evaluated in seventeen categories including client

Actos Sales Predicted to Falter as Takeda Faces More Lawsuits

Nadrich & Cohen LLP reports that business analysts are predicting that Japanese drug-maker Takeda Pharmaceuticals will see a 50% drop in Actos sales as bladder cancer claims continue to mount. Los Angeles, CA, December 26, 2011 – In 2010, Type 2 diabetes drug Actos generated approximately $4.8 billion in revenues for its manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals. According to a recent report from Bloomberg, the company will most likely see a loss

New Study Questions Safety of Metal Hip Implants

Los Angeles, CA, December 26, 2011 – The makers of metal-on-metal hip implants may see a surge in injury lawsuits after a new study claims that the devices are less safe than their traditional counterparts. The study, which was sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is believed to be the most comprehensive body of research to date dedicated specifically to tracking failure rates among metal hip implant recipients.

Online Case Evaluations Available for Women Injured by Vaginal Mesh

Women who have suffered serious complications after receiving a transvaginal mesh implant may now find free legal help online. Los Angeles, CA, December 23, 2011 – In response to the growing number of lawsuits being filed against manufacturers of vaginal mesh devices, a prominent national law firm is now offering free online help to women who are concerned about potential side effects. Vaginal mesh was first approved the U.S. Food

Hip Implant Manufacturers Target of Congressional Probe

Nadrich & Cohen LLP reports that the federal government is attempting to implement new legislation that would require enhanced safety testing and tracking of hip implant devices. Los Angeles, CA, December 23, 2011 – In response to growing concerns over the safety and efficacy of metal-on-metal hip implants, members of the U.S. Senate have proposed a new law which would require companies that manufacture these devices to conduct additional safety

Midwest Introduces New IMAPS™ Body Armor Technology

CONTACT:  Tom McClure  Chief Executive Officer  701.782.3000 1/1/2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Midwest Introduces New IMAPS™ Body Armor Technology The Impact Mitigating Armor Panel System from Midwest Armor Hazelton, ND – Midwest today announced the official unveiling of their new Impact Mitigating Armor Panel System or IMAPS™ (patent pending). The technology, designed primarily for body armor, produces what the company believes will be the lightest NIJ 0101.06 Level III compliant armor plate in the world, at an incredible 4.4LBs.

German Local Trade Tax

All the companies in Germany are liable to pay not only corporate income tax, whose rate is nowadays about 15% of the annual profit of the company, but also trade tax (Gewerbesteuer), which is a tax of German characteristics. Why would we say that trade tax is of German characteristics? Because it is different from the corporate income tax, which is charged by the German Federal Government and it is difficult

Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly Face Actos Class Action Lawsuit in Canada

Los Angeles, CA, December 22, 2011 – A class action lawsuit was filed in an Ontario Superior Court against Japanese drug-maker Takeda Pharmaceuticals, alleging that the company knew its popular Type 2 diabetes drug Actos causes bladder cancer. The class action suit also names Eli Lilly as a defendant. According to court records, the lead plaintiff in the action is a Toronto woman who began taking Actos in 2002. The

Wright Conserve Hip Implant Lawsuit Plaintiff Seeks Consolidation of Cases

Los Angeles, CA, December 22, 2011 – One of the plaintiffs who filed a personal injury lawsuit against Wright Medical Technologies Inc. over a faulty hip implant is asking a federal judge to consolidate the cases for pretrial proceedings. If the U.S. Panel on Multidistrict Litigation grants the motion, the cases will be heading to trial in the Northern or Southern District Court of Georgia. Plaintiff Danny James claims that

Dallas Court Says Perot Jr. Companies Can’t Block Parking for Mavs, Stars Fans

DALLAS – A state district judge in Dallas has issued a temporary restraining order preventing four limited partnerships controlled by Ross Perot Jr. from locking out hundreds of fans from pre-paid parking spots at the American Airlines Center on the eve of one of the city’s biggest sports weekends. The order signed Dec. 21, 2011, by Judge Martin Lowy in Dallas’ 101st District Court was issued the day after the Perot-controlled

Safe Roads California – Gomez v Xerox Demonstrates the Need for Action

Los Angeles, California – United States - is a project of the Gomez family, in memory of Elvira Gomez, and the Roberts Law Firm, the Orange County personal injury attorneys that represented the family against Xerox. Gomez v Xerox highlighted a need for direct action to inform and protect the public against the sort of negligent entrustment that resulted in the death of Elvira Gomez, dedicated wife and beloved

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Volunteers In First Responders Wills Clinic At Bar Center

Attorney Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina helped with a wills clinic for first responders, including police, firefighters and EMS personnel on Saturday June 11th 2011 in Columbia SC at the South Carolina Bar Conference Center. The wills clinic was sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar. The goal of the wills clinic is to provide estate planning documents for

Gardere Partner Beverly Godbey Receives 2011 ADL Larry Schoenbrun Jurisprudence …

DALLAS – Beverly B. Godbey, a partner in the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Larry Schoenbrun Jurisprudence Award. A luncheon chaired by former Schoenbrun Award recipient Harriet Miers was held in Ms. Godbey’s honor on Dec. 16. The ADL's Larry Schoenbrun Jurisprudence Award is presented each year to civic-minded legal professionals who promote fair and equal justice for

Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Have Senate Seeking Increased Safety Measures

Los Angeles, CA, December 20, 2011 – Nadrich & Cohen LLP reports that the U.S. Senate has proposed a new piece of legislation aimed at reducing the number of consumers who suffer serious injuries caused by a defective medical device. The bill, which would require manufacturers to conduct ongoing safety studies of these devices after obtaining FDA approval, was drafted in part as a response to the growing number of

“Legal Services Act would change the way, legal services are offered in England …

Los Angeles, December 18, 2011 – “Legal Services Act will change the way in which the legal services are delivered in England and Wales and we are eagerly looking forward to play an important role in the new era”, says Priya. Priya Mukundhan, Founder and CEO, GILS was speaking in a webinar organized by KPO Consultants on December 14, 2011 focusing on “Implementation of the UK’s Legal Services Act of

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Helps With Wills Clinic For Heirs Property Preservation Ce …

Attorney Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina participated in a wills clinic for Center for Heirs' Property Preservation on Saturday May 21st 2011. The Clinic took place at the Greater Goodwill AME Church in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Attorney Evan Guthrie helped with the clinic by preparing wills and estate plans for homeowners to prevent their homes and property from becoming heirs property. Attorney

Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits May Be Centralized in West Virginia Court

A number of plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits against the makers of vaginal mesh implants are seeking to consolidate the cases in a federal court. The push for consolidation comes as the first bellweather trials in the mesh litigation are scheduled to begin in November 2012. The U.S. Panel on Multidistrict Litigation was presented with numerous motions to consolidate a number of cases filed against Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific and

Despite Bladder Cancer Lawsuits, Generic Actos May Hit Market Next Year

Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Type 2 diabetes drug Actos, may face stiff competition from generic competitors when the drug’s patent expires in August 2012. The Japanese drug-maker also faces trouble on another front in the form of thousands of lawsuits filed by Actos users who allege the drug caused them to develop bladder cancer. Takeda has previously settled lawsuits from a number of drug manufacturers which would allow the

Matthew J. Barnes Named to Long Island Business News’ “40 Under 40” List of Busi …

Attorney Matthew J. Barnes, one of the founding members of the boutique commercial litigation law firm Barnes & Barnes, P.C. in Melville, New York, has been named to the “40 Under 40” list by Long Island Business News. He will be recognized at the upcoming “40 Under 40” Awards, which will take place January 26, 2012 from 6-10 p.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Earlier this year, Mr. Barnes

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Gives Free Estate Planning Lesson At Summerville Library

Attorney Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina provided a free estate planning and probate court lesson at the Dorchester County Library in Summerville on Wednesday May 18th 2011. The lesson was provided in the library’s meeting room and lasted about an hour in duration. The class focused on the basics of estate planning including the importance of making a will or living trust, healthcare

Godwin Ronquillo Law Firm Named One of Dallas’ Top Workplaces

DALLAS – Godwin Ronquillo PC, a national trial and appellate firm with offices in Dallas and Houston, has been named one of the 2011 “Top 100 Places to Work” in the Dallas area by The Dallas Morning News. The firm was one of 40 companies selected in the “small business” category, which includes companies with fewer than 150 full-time employees. Godwin Ronquillo currently employs 120 attorneys, administrative staff, and professional and

Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles with Caroline Klebl

Announcing the 200 hour & 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Beverly Hills, California from June 2nd to June 29th, 2012. Immerse deeply in the Ashtanga Yoga practice in this Yoga Certification Intensive with Caroline Klebl. Beverly Hills, CA, December 14, 2011 - Caroline Klebl offers a comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training program to teachers, aspiring teachers and all levels of yoga practitioners. Her teacher training combines the high standards of practice,

Schools join the fight against early and forced marriage

On the day the UK government is focusing on tackling domestic abuse – including forced marriage – Plan is launching the first-ever national education resource dedicated to the issue. We are providing thousands of secondary schools with a ground-breaking animated film and learning plan: ‘The Right to Say No’. Schools have long shied away from discussing the issue – despite hundreds of girls in the UK going missing to be married

Netlaw Media continues to drive opportunity within the legal sector by registeri …

London’s Netlaw Media has once again shown that any business with vision, initiative and drive can rise above the financial situation which is continuing to weaken the European economy. In a year which saw reduced profits and ongoing redundancies at many law firms within the UK legal sector, Netlaw Media decided more needed to be done to assist the Legal sector and on the 1st July 2011, Netlaw Media’s networking and

Dallas Bar Association Elects 2012 Board of Directors: Attorney Paul K. Stafford …

The Dallas Bar Association, a 139-year-old professional, voluntary organization comprised of more than 10,000 lawyers in the DFW Metroplex, recently elected its 2012 Board of Directors. Leading the association in 2012 will be Paul K. Stafford, of the Stafford Law Firm, who specializes in complex commercial litigation, business litigation, labor & employment and insurance law. Mr. Stafford is a 1994 graduate of Texas Tech Law School. Other officers serving on

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Helps Provide Wills Clinic To First Responders in Charlest …

Attorney Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina volunteered to help provide members of the South Carolina Highway Patrol in the Charleston area with wills, living wills and healthcare power of attorney on Saturday May 18th 2011. The clinic was sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar to provide estate planning documents for first responders. The project is to recognize and

Excellect KPO Consultants LLC (KPOC) Welcomes Priya Mukundhan, CEO – Gryphon Int …

Los Angeles, December 8, 2011 – KPOC, top LPO consulting company, is pleased to welcome Priya Mukundhan, CEO, GILS as a key speaker in its upcoming webinar focused on Implementation of the UK’s Legal Services Act of 2007 and its impact on the LPO industry. The webinar will be an ultimate source for analyzing number of trends impacting the U.K. legal profession and meeting the needs of lawyers and LPOs.

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Speaks On Estate Planning To Audience at Summerville Libra …

Attorney Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina presented a talk on planning an estate and probate court on Wednesday June 15th 2011 at the Summerville Branch of the Dorchester County Library as part of an ongoing series of legal clinics. Attorney Guthrie spoke about how it is necessary to have an estate plan in place even if you think that you are not ready

SFL extends its Legal Services

Through its Legal Services, SFL supports its clients in responding to complex regulatory, legal and compliance challenges. The company has expanded these services to provide legal advice and opinions on EU regulatory and legal matters at all stages of the lifecycle of medicinal products and medical devices. “On the basis of our broad experience and understanding of the life sciences business and regulatory environment, we are optimally positioned to support our

Women Injured by Vaginal Mesh Urged to Seek Legal help

Los Angeles, CA, December 7, 2011 - As vaginal mesh injury lawsuits continue to mount, the law firm of Nadrich & Cohen LLP is encouraging all women who’ve suffered complications after receiving a mesh implant to seek legal assistance. The firm has created to provide information and resources for women across the country who have been injured by vaginal mesh. To date, approximately 600 lawsuits have been filed against

Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue to Mount as Attorneys Push for Consolidat …

With new Actos bladder cancer lawsuits being filed every day, the plaintiffs and their attorneys are urging for the consolidation of these cases. Some 3500 Actos lawsuits have been filed in state and federal courts across the country, including Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Ohio and California. The law firm of Nadrich & Cohen LLP is currently investigating claims from Actos users in all 50 states who claim they developed

Thompson & Knight Named Recommended Appellate and Litigation Firm

Texas (December 8, 2011) – The global law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP has been recognized as a “Highly Recommended Fifth Circuit Litigation Firm” in the first annual edition of Benchmark Appellate and as a “Recommended Local Litigation Firm” in Texas in the fifth annual edition of Benchmark Litigation. This year marks the Firm’s fifth consecutive recognition by Benchmark Litigation. Benchmark Appellate recognized Thompson & Knight for its expertise

Community Heroes, Rodney Peete Kick Off Allstate's National "Give Back Day" in H …

For the fourth consecutive year, Allstate Insurance Company is paying tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by encouraging individuals to volunteer in their communities on MLK Day 2012 (Jan. 16) through its Give Back Day program ( Former NFL quarterback and co-founder of the HollyRod Foundation Rodney Peete is helping launch the program along with four outstanding community heroes who are recognized as leading volunteers in their communities. Peete

Pearl Harbor Attack Documents 29,000 Pages on Free DVD-ROM

Los Angeles - BACM Research/ has announced that in honor of the 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack, it is making available a 28,960 page Pearl Harbor historical document collection archived on DVD-ROM for free. The free DVD-ROM and more in-depth information is available at The material includes Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Papers, United States - Japan Foreign Relations 1931 to 1941 Document Transcripts, Department of Defense MAGIC Background of Pearl

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Speaks To Law Class At Fort Dorchester High School

Attorney Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina spoke to students at Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston, SC as part of Law Education class that the school provides on Wednesday October 19th 2011. The Law Education class gives an introduction to the legal system and teaches students law that they can use in their everyday lives. Attorney Guthrie gave some background about his

Attorneys Troy Rosasco and Daniel J. Hansen Comment on Release of Final Forms to …

Troy Rosasco and Daniel J Hansen, Partners at Turley, Hansen & Partners, applauded the recent decision by the U.S Justice Department to release the final portion of the “Victim Compensation Fund Claim Form,” which was recently made available online for those who were sickened or physically injured as the result of being exposed to airborne toxins from the Ground Zero site after the September 11, 2001 attacks. This means that

Dallas Attorney Deborah Hankinson Named to American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

DALLAS – Noted appellate lawyer Deborah Hankinson, founder of Dallas-based Hankinson LLP, has been elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, an honor reserved for attorneys with a reputation for excellence in appellate work. The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers was established in 1990 to advance the standards and practices of appellate advocacy and to acknowledge outstanding appellate lawyers. Membership is based on nominations by existing fellows as well as

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Presents At Library About Estate Planning

Attorney Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina spoke to a group on the topic of estate planning and probate at the Dorchester County Library in Summerville SC on Wednesday July 20th 2011. Attorney Guthrie touched on the basics of estate planning and how probate court works. Mr. Guthrie talked about how important it is to have a will or living trust coupled with a

New Florida Sinkhole Insurance Law Raises More Questions Than It Answers, Says Y …

The new Florida law regulating property and casualty insurance raises more questions than it answers regarding sinkhole insurance coverage, according to lawyers at Yesner & Boss, PL. Signed into law May 17, 2011 by Governor Rick Scott, Senate Bill (SB) 408 cleared the path for substantial rate increases for sinkhole coverage in Florida. “To suggest that review of the approved bill is confusing is an understatement,” said Brian M. Hoag, who

Gardere Partner Richard Faulk Joins Hydraulic Fracturing Panel in Dallas

DALLAS – Partner Richard O. Faulk of the Houston office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP has been selected among a roster of esteemed panelists for the 2011 Gas Drilling Operations Conference in Dallas. Mr. Faulk is serving as a panel member for “Examining a Fracking Contamination Case or Injury,” which will focus on what a typical injury or contamination case looks like; legal theories, including alleged-negligence and nuisance; strategies for

New Actos Bladder Cancer Resource Center Offers Answers to Concerned Patients

Los Angeles, CA, December 6, 2011 -- Nadrich & Cohen LLP, a prominent national law firm, has established a new website geared towards helping Actos users who developed bladder cancer after taking the drug. Visitors to the new site,, can find the latest updates, news and information on the Actos bladder cancer litigation. The link between Actos and bladder cancer first came to light in September 2010, when the

Gardere Partner Cliff Risman Slated to Speak at 10th Annual Hospitality Law Conf …

HOUSTON – Cliff Risman, Chair of the Hospitality Team at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, will share his expertise on domestic and global hospitality matters at the 10th Annual Hospitality Law Conference in Houston on Feb. 8-10, 2012. Mr. Risman will collaborate with Anne Bertsch, Vice President and Senior Counsel at Marriott International, and Philip Gosch, Partner at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, for the Feb. 8 presentation “Operator Equity Contributions, Guaranties, Loans

Thompson & Knight Partner Named Treasurer of American College of Trial Lawyers

New York and Detroit (December 6, 2011) - The global law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Philip J. Kessler has been named Treasurer of the American College of Trial Lawyers (“the College”), widely considered to be the premier professional organization of the most respected courtroom lawyers in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Kessler is a distinguished trial lawyer with 38 years of experience and

New Vaginal Mesh Safety Recommendations Issued

National law firm Nadrich & Cohen LLP is endorsing new recommendations issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) regarding the use of transvaginal mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse in certain women. In a joint statement, the two organizations called for physicians to limit their use of vaginal mesh only to high-risk women for whom other treatment methods would not be

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Speaks At Pre-Law Event At College Of Charleston

Attorney Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina spoke to pre-law students at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC as part of the event From Undergraduate To Lawyer on October 20th 2011. The event was designed to give the students at College of Charleston that are interested in going to law school after they graduate practical advice from practicing attorneys. The From Undergraduate

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Teaches Estate Planning and Probate At Dorchester County L …

Attorney Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina taught a class on the subject of the basics of estate planning at the Dorchester County Library in Summerville SC on Wednesday August 17th 2011. Attorney Guthrie explained how estate planning affects everyone and how important it is to have an estate plan even if you think you do not need one yet. Mr. Guthrie talked about

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Helps With Chicora Elementary School Christmas Project

Attorney Evan Guthrie of the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina helped with the Chicora Elementary School Christmas Project. The project helps put together holiday packages for over four hundred students at Chicora Elementary School in North Charleston South Carolina. The packages included clothing, coats, toys, and school supplies. The Chicora Elementary School Christmas Project is in its thirteenth year of running and brings joy to the students

Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Expected to Top 10,000

Los Angeles, CA, December 2, 2011 --- The number of lawsuits stemming from Actos bladder cancer claims may reach more than 10,000, according to a Bloomberg report. In response, national law firm Nadrich & Cohen, LLP has launched a new Actos bladder cancer resource website to assist patients in filing their claims. Visitors to can read up on the link between Actos and bladder cancer, get the latest updates

Evan Guthrie Law Firm Celebrates First Year In Business

The Evan Guthrie Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina celebrated its first year in practice this week. It has been one year since the Evan Guthrie Law Firm opened. Attorney Evan Guthrie graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in May of 2010. Attorney Guthrie sat for the July 2010 South Carolina Bar Exam and passed in his first attempt. Mr. Guthrie was sworn in to the

Chicago Litigation Lawyer From Peck Bloom Helps Raise $50,000 Toward Research Fo …

CHICAGO, IL - Cameron DeGuerre, a Chicago litigation lawyer from Peck Bloom, LLC, recently helped the Chicago Northwestern Auxiliary Board raise $50,000 for research and therapies for stroke patients. The money was raised on October 21, 2011 at the event Chicago's Table. Guests dined on dishes and cocktails from Chicago's most famous restaurants and DJ Megan Taylor provided the entertainment. The proceeds will help Dr. Andrew M. Naidech, the medical director

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