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Cross-strait ECFA efforts to proceed as scheduled

Addressing concerns on whether policies toward mainland China would be adjusted after a subpar performance for the ruling party in recent local elections, Premier Wu Den-yih expressed on December 7 that the government will always follow policies in line with the principle of “putting Taiwan first for the benefit of the people.” As for the proposed economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) with mainland China, the pact will be pursued as

Grief Survivors Experience after Losing a Loved One to Wrongful Death

The most publicized wrongful deaths are homicides, but wrongful deaths that do not make headlines do occur. Many wrongful deaths are caused by accidents that may result in immediate death or may create such severe injuries that the victim later dies from complications related to those injuries. While the victim’s pain and suffering ends, it often continues for the family left to grieve for the loss of their spouse, parent,

Agren Blando and Wilson George team up to offer extended court reporting service …

For the past four decades Agren Blando Court Reporting and Video, Inc. has been Colorado's leading provider of court reporting service. Today, the company is proud to announce that as of December 1, 2009, they're partnering with Wilson George Court Reporters to offer extended legal video and court reporting services from Southern Wyoming, Ft. Collins, Greeley and Denver. "Pooling our personnel and technological resources will allow us to provide you,

McKool Smith Expanding National Bankruptcy Practice

Basil Umari joins firm in Houston HOUSTON – The national litigation firm of McKool Smith is announcing the continued expansion of the firm’s Houston office with the addition of bankruptcy litigator Basil A. Umari. Mr. Umari joins McKool Smith’s bankruptcy practice in Houston as a principal after previously practicing with Andrews Kurth. The firm’s bankruptcy practice was established in October 2009 and is led by noted bankruptcy specialist Hugh Ray. “McKool

Fourth round of Cross-Strait Talks in late December

The fourth round of talks between Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), and Chen Yunlin, chairman of mainland China’s Association for Relations across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS), are scheduled to start in late December in the central Taiwan city of Taichung. The two sides expect to sign four agreements on standards, inspection, measurement and certification; quarantine and inspections of agricultural products; double taxation avoidance; and fishery labor

Robert Allard, Law Firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard Named 2009 Trial Lawyer o …

For the second time in three years Robert Allard of the law firm Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard has been named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association. Allard has developed a reputation for taking tough cases where insurance companies offer little or no money to an injured victim and for providing aggressive representation which generates just compensation for his clients. In a case earlier this year,

Overland Park Attorney Provides Divorce Solutions That Ease Holiday Stress

The Law Office of Shea Stevens offers uncontested divorce services that minimize the impact of divorce on families, especially during the already stressful holiday time. Overland Park, KS – Financial strain and family obligations make the holiday season inherently stressful. And, families going through a typical divorce during the holidays can be prone to additional stress and sadness. In response to her clients’ needs for quick, minimum-impact divorce solutions, Shea Stevens

Montreal Immigration Lawyers Discuss Canadian Visa Services

Dery & Associates (Canadim) is an immigration law firm based in Montreal, Quebec. With the growing demand for immigration to Canada, the demand for law firms to provide full service solutions to their clients is at a peak. With the growing needs of the landed immigrant, Canadim discusses their solutions. “We have been in this industry for a long time and understand the importance for a newly landed immigrant to

KRCL Obtains Defense Verdict in Products Liability Case

On November 2, 2009, Michael Logan and Brian Stork of KRCL obtained a defense verdict for a national fitness equipment manufacturer/distributor. The eleven day jury trial in Dallas County State Court resulted in a verdict in excess of $2. 1 million against the two co-defendants (the gym and the personal trainer). The Plaintiff alleged that the product was defectively marketed based on a failure to warn of the

EU Funds 2010 - The 5th European Annual Symposium in Berlin – ERDF, ESF, CF, EAF …

How to deal with upcoming key challenges in EU Funding such as simplification, evaluation and financial control will be the topic of the 5th European Symposium EU Funds 2010 on the 22nd to 24th of March in Berlin, Germany. For the 5th time this event brings together 600 EU Funds experts from all over Europe. This unique European forum encourages an exchange of knowledge, experience and best practice between EU

Texas Environmental Attorney Headed To Denmark For United Nations Climate Change …

HOUSTON – Texas environmental attorney Richard O. Faulk, Chair of the Litigation Department at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, is headed to Denmark as one of the rare U.S. lawyers with an opportunity to experience the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Mr. Faulk is attending the conference as a credentialed journalist, supplying expert coverage for daily publications and periodicals. Central to the conference will be work on a new international

Gibson, McClure, Wallace & Daniels Earns Spot Among "Go-To Law Firms" for Americ …

DALLAS – The Dallas-based law firm Gibson, McClure, Wallace & Daniels, L.L.P., is featured among the top law firms for Fortune 500 companies in an upcoming survey to be published in Corporate Counsel magazine. The 2010 “Go-To Law Firm” listing will appear in the December edition of In-House Law Departments at the Top 500 Companies, which is distributed to in-house legal departments and law firms across the country. The firm is

SWIFT: Liberals oppose erosion of individual privacy rights

This Monday, the 30th of November, the Council of the European Union is set to decide on the controversial issue of giving the United States of America access to so called SWIFT banking data. This is an issue that has been under preparation for a couple of years and aims at enhancing the odds of tracking down and countering potential terrorists and terrorists acts through the coordination of this data

Dallas' Sayles Werbner Again Earns Selection As "Go-To Law Firm" for Fortune 500 …

DALLAS – The Dallas litigation firm of Sayles Werbner has earned its sixth consecutive selection as a “Go-To Law Firm” for the country’s top businesses based on a nationwide survey of in-house counsel at the nation’s leading corporations. The survey of corporate counsel at Fortune 500 companies across the United States appears in In-House Law Departments at the Top 500 Companies, an upcoming reference guide published by Corporate Counsel magazine. Sayles

LYMEC the programmatic force of ELDR

Last weekend, the European Liberal, Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR) assembled in Barcelona to hold its 30th Congress. The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) attended the Congress with ten delegates as well as having many active LYMEC members in the other party delegations active in Barcelona. Congress reelected Annemie Neyts (OpenVLD) as President of the ELDR Party for her third mandate. David Griffiths (LibDems) has been re-elected as Treasurer for the second

Taiwan begins building permanent housing for Morakot disaster victims at Da-ai P …

On November 15, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Da-ai permanent housing park situated in Kaohsiung County’s Yuemei Farm. Construction of the park area is being aided by the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation for victims of the August 8, 2009 floods. President Ma Ying-jeou, Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng and Kaohsiung County Magistrate Yang Chiu-hsing all attended the ceremony. President Ma in his remarks at the ceremony noted

How the Legal System Can Help Motorcycle Accident Victims

Motorcyclists are at a distinct disadvantage on the roadways because other drivers often do not see them. This has been the cause of many motorcycle accidents. Consequently, motorcyclists are more at risk of injury or death when an accident with a vehicle occurs. “When a motorcyclist is injured in an accident, the injuries are often quite severe,” said attorney Robert A. Brenner. Injuries may include brain trauma, spinal cord damage,

Thompson & Knight Attorneys Named Best Lawyers' 2010 Lawyers of the Year

Texas (November 18, 2009) – The global law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce The Best Lawyers in America® has named four of the Firm’s Partners as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of practice. The attorneys are: • Scott D. Deatherage, Dallas Environmental Lawyer of the Year • Gregory S.C. Huffman, Dallas Antitrust Lawyer of the Year • John H. Martin, Dallas Personal Injury Litigator of the

Aviation legislation: International rules and regulations at the click of a mous …

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH has expanded its range of air law publications to include the digital English-language compilation “Airlaw eBook”, which contains European and international legal instruments. The “Airlaw eBook” contains, for instance, the Chicago, the Warsaw and the Montreal Conventions, which are of major importance in aviation. The compilation also includes aviation-related European instruments, such as the EC Treaty, Conventions of the EU and the EC, Air Transport Agreements

Contingency-Fee Patent Cases Helping The Lanier Law Firm Fuel Growth in Palo Alt …

PALO ALTO, Calif. – The Lanier Law Firm, a national litigation firm, is continuing to expand the firm’s operations in Palo Alto, Calif., based on a unique, contingency-fee approach to intellectual property cases where clients pay no fees up front, and the firm gets paid only if it wins. Unlike many law firms that require clients to pay costly expenses and other charges while their cases are being prepared, The

Accident Lawyer Robert A. Brenner Aids the Victims of Truck Accidents

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) results from its 2007 study of large truck accidents showed that collisions between large trucks and vehicles accounted for 101,000 injuries and 4,808 deaths. The occupants of the trucks only accounted for 22 percent of those injured and 17 percent of those killed. Out of the trucks involved in accidents, trucks pulling a semi-trailer accounted for 62 percent of fatal crashes and 46


ROYAL OAK, Mich.—October 6, 2009…Detroit-area lawyer Andrew B. Wachler, a recognized leader in healthcare law topics such as Medicare appeals, Stark and fraud and abuse and HIPAA, was a featured speaker at the World Health Care Congress’ 4th Annual Hospital and Health System Financial Management Congress. The conference was held September 21 – 23, 2009, at the Ambassador East Hotel in Chicago, Ill. As a presenter on the “Building a RAC


ROYAL OAK, Mich.—October 12, 2009…Detroit-area lawyer Andrew B. Wachler, a recognized leader in healthcare law topics such as Medicare appeals, Stark and fraud and abuse and HIPAA, was a featured speaker at the 2009 National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) 28th Annual Meeting and Exposition. The conference was held October 10 – 14, 2009, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Wachler’s presentation, titled “RACs and

Peak Discovery to Sponsor The eDiscovery Institute’s Fundraiser

Peak Discovery, Inc., a supplier of document review and discovery services, is proud to announce its sponsorship of The eDiscovery Institute’s 5th Annual Pizza Party fundraiser at the Newseum in Washington DC, on November 12th, 2009. This highly anticipated evening elegantly combines an opportunity to mingle with leading eDiscovery jurists, lawyers and providers, with delicious pizza creations by Wolfgang Puck and a jazz set by one of San Francisco’s foremost - Adopting the Right Procedure for Estate Planning

Irvine, California, 5 November 2009 - Some experts in the field of estate planning differ from others by designing the plans for estate protection and maintenance with right perceptive. distinguishes from other estate planning experts by offering a strategically sound process of designing estate plans. Those served by Michael J. Wittick, the expert estate planning attorney having experience of more than 28 years, include individuals, couples and business

Atlanta Immigration Attorney Karen Weinstock selected by Peers to The Best Lawye …

Atlanta, GA Tuesday, October 29, 2009 – Karen Weinstock the managing attorney of the Atlanta Immigration Law Firm Siskind Susser has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America (2010) in the specialty of Immigration Law. Best Lawyers is one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For a quarter century, the publication has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions or

First City Bank Retirees Can Claim Class-Action Settlement Benefits

HOUSTON – As many as 2,400 former employees of the former First City Bancorporation may be eligible for cash payments as part of an estimated $6 million class-action lawsuit settlement that is being considered for final approval later this month in a Harris County state district court. The final approval hearing is scheduled for Thursday, November 12, before Judge Robert Schaffer of the 152nd Judicial District Court in Houston. Eligible members

McKool Smith's Hugh Ray III Featured as Panelist During National Conference of B …

LAS VEGAS – Noted bankruptcy attorney Hugh Ray III, a principal in the Houston office of McKool Smith, recently served among a select group of attorneys and academicians as a featured panelist during the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges in Las Vegas. This marks the 83rd year for the annual conference where the country’s leading bankruptcy attorneys and scholars gather with esteemed bankruptcy judges from across the United States to discuss

Italian Law Firm in Dubai Celebrates 10 Years of activity

Molinari Legal Consultancy is the first Italian owned, Italian legal consultancy in Dubai that is celebrating first ten years in business. (Dubai, October 25, 2009) -- At a time when record numbers of businesses are closing their doors, Molinari Legal Consultancy firm is proud to successfully celebrate 10 years in practice. Founded by Dr. Ottavia Molinari, the Legal Consultancy is the first Italian owned law firm duly licensed by the

Gardere Honored For Commitment To Diversity

DALLAS – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP was recognized by the J.L. Turner Legal Association Foundation for the firm’s commitment to diversity at the foundation’s 57th Anniversary Scholarship and Awards Gala on Saturday, October 24. Gardere was a Gold sponsor of the Scholarship and Awards Gala, which funds scholarships to minority law students who are from or are attending law school in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. “We’re always honored when Gardere is

The Lanier Law Firm Announces Addition of Appellate Attorney Jack L. White

HOUSTON – The Lanier Law Firm is announcing the continued expansion of the firm’s Houston office with the addition of appellate practitioner and former U.S. Supreme Court Clerk Jack L. White. A West Point graduate who served five years as an Army officer before graduating with honors from law school, Mr. White recently completed a prestigious term as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. In addition

Five Attorneys From Law Firm of Brecher Fishman Pasternack Walsh Tilker & Ziegle …

Attorneys from the New York Law Firm of Brecher Fishman Pasternack Walsh Tilker & Ziegler, P.C. have been named by New York Super Lawyers magazine as five of the top attorneys in New York State for 2009 for its work in worker's compensation and social security disability. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers, and five of only six total attorneys comprising the

Transactions Attorney Todd Meier Joins Shackelford, Melton & McKinley

DALLAS – The Dallas law firm of Shackelford, Melton & McKinley, LLP, is pleased to announce the addition of Todd Meier as Of Counsel. A former Assistant Dallas County District Attorney, Mr. Meier counsels clients in the technology, manufacturing, financial services, commodities and service industries on transactional and operational matters, as well as providing litigation expertise in courtroom trials. Mr. Meier joins Shackelford, Melton & McKinley after more than 10 years at

Valensi Rose Attorney Michael R. Morris Named A Top Los Angeles Tax Lawyer

Valensi Rose, PLC is pleased to announce that Michael R. Morris was named one of the top tax attorneys in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal as part of its published list of L.A.’s Top 100 Lawyers of 2009. “I’m honored to be selected as one of the top tax lawyers in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal,” said Mr. Morris. “I’m surprised and delighted by

Belgium Receives Digital Copies of ITS Documents

The National Archives of Belgium (Archives Générales du Royaume) in Brussels received data copies from the archives of the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen. Following Israel, the US, Poland and Luxembourg, Belgium is now also making use of the extensive documentary holdings on Nazi persecution. In accordance with the resolution by the International Commission responsible for overseeing the work of ITS, all eleven member states are entitled to


ROYAL OAK, Mich.—September 8, 2009…Detroit-area lawyer Andrew B. Wachler has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty of health care law. For more than a quarter of a century, Best Lawyers® has been regarded – by both the profession and the public – as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. For nearly 30 years,

T&K Ranked in 2010 Chambers Latin America

Texas (October 8, 2009) – The global law firm of Thompson & Knight is pleased to announce that the Firm and its Brazil and Mexico offices were recognized in the 2010 Chambers Latin America “Leaders in their Field” legal directory. Additionally, Alexandre R. Chequer, Miguel B. de Erice, Jorge A. de la Garza, Jorge G. De Presno-Arizpe, Evelyn Uliana Montellano, Antônio Bastos Sarmento, Eduardo Soares, Marco A. Sotomayor-Melo, and Ivan

Gonçalo Falcão Joins Thompson & Knight in Rio de Janeiro

The global law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP, through its affiliated office Tauil & Chequer Advogados, is pleased to announce that Gonçalo Falcão has joined the Firm’s Rio de Janeiro office as a Partner in the Tax Practice Group. Falcão focuses his practice on international tax matters, representing clients around the globe and particularly throughout Africa, including Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, and São Tomé & Príncipe. “We are

Thompson & Knight Guides Baseline Oil & Gas Through Pre-Pack Chapter 11 Process

Texas and New York – The global law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce the confirmation of a pre-packaged (“pre-pack”) Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan for Baseline Oil & Gas Corp. (“Baseline”). Baseline is one of the ten fastest pre-packs to be confirmed, with confirmation taking place in 28 days. Thompson & Knight also handled the Davis Petroleum Corp. Chapter 11 pre-pack in 2006, which

Thompson & Knight Foundation Announces Dallas ISD Arts Scholarship Program

DALLAS – To further celebrate the opening of the landmark AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Thompson & Knight Foundation has announced a commitment to fund $20,000 in academic scholarships to four senior students of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts. Individual scholarships in the amount of $5,000 will be awarded to a graduating senior from each of the

Second Circuit Ruling Revives Climate Change Lawsuits

HOUSTON – Climate change lawsuits have acquired a new and complex vitality as a result of a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, according to Houston attorney Richard O. Faulk, Chair of the Litigation Department at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. In its ruling, the court reversed the dismissal of public nuisance claims filed by various states, municipalities and private entities against operators of coal-fired power

Premier: Taiwan to seek admission to ICAO and world atmospheric measurement orga …

Responding to an interpellation by legislators on September 18 at the Legislative Yuan, Premier Wu Den-yih stated that Taiwan would seek admission to the International Civil Aviation Organization and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The government will ask Taiwan’s diplomatic partners to write letters to the member states of related institutions to help bring this about. The 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly opened on September

The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson Home to Five Texas Super Lawyers Honorees

DALLAS – Five attorneys from Dallas’ The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson again have earned spots on the Texas Super Lawyers listing of the top attorneys in the state based on the firm’s work for injured victims in personal injury litigation. In addition to firm founder Frank L. Branson, the other lawyers from The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson who earned selection the 2009 list include Debbie Dudley Branson,

Twelve from Kane Russell Coleman & Logan Named in Texas Super Lawyers® for 2009

DALLAS/HOUSTON, TX--Ronald G. Bankston, Kenneth W. Biermacher, Joseph M. Coleman, Joseph A. Friedman, Kenneth C. Johnston, Christopher C. Pappas, Raymond J. Kane, Arthur V. Lambert, Michael A. Logan, Kevin P. Riley, Gordon B. Russell and Amy Dunn Taylor were each named in Texas Super Lawyers® for 2009. Texas Super Lawyers is a comprehensive listing of outstanding lawyers in more than 50 areas of practice, and represents less than

Five Gruber Hurst Attorneys Honored in Texas Super Lawyers List

DALLAS – The Dallas litigation firm of Gruber Hurst Johansen & Hail LLP is pleased to announce that five firm attorneys are being honored among the state’s top legal counsel the 2009 Texas Super Lawyers listing. Once again, partners G. Michael Gruber, Brian N. Hail, Michael K. Hurst, Mark L. Johansen and Mark A. Shank are highlighted on the annual listing of the premier attorneys in Texas. Mr. Gruber, Mr.

Four From Dallas’ Sayles Werbner Highlighted Among Texas’ Top Lawyers

DALLAS – The Dallas trial law firm Sayles Werbner is pleased to announce that four of the firm’s partners once again have earned recognition among the state’s best attorneys in the annual Texas Super Lawyers listing. Richard A. Sayles and Mark S. Werbner, co-founders of the firm, and Sayles Werbner partners Eve L. Henson and William S. Snyder are highlighted in the 2009 Texas Super Lawyers listing. Mr. Sayles, Mr. Werbner

McKool Smith Attorneys Honored Among State's Best In Texas Super Lawyers

DALLAS – Thirteen attorneys from the Dallas, Austin and Marshall, Texas, offices of McKool Smith are honored in this year’s Texas Super Lawyers listing of the top attorneys in Texas. The prestigious list represents the top five percent of lawyers in Texas as identified in a rigorous screening process based on peer nominations, a blue-ribbon committee review and independent research by Texas Super Lawyers editors. Three McKool Smith attorneys are singled out

Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorney Linda Bond Featured Speaker for Big Bend SHRM …

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Linda Bond, a partner with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, will be the featured speaker at the Big Bend SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at the Ramada Inn on North Monroe Street. The luncheon’s topic is “Getting to Know Lilly Ledbetter,” regarding the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 is one of the

Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy Announces Take-Nothing Verdict In Mississippi …

LAUREL, Miss. – The Jackson, Miss.-based civil trial law firm of Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy LLP is announcing a take-nothing defense verdict in a Mississippi asbestos exposure lawsuit in favor of Houston-based Union Carbide Corporation and two other defendants, including ConocoPhillips Company and Montello, Inc. Plaintiff Bob K. Martin of Lumberton, Miss. filed suit against the companies in 2006 based on claims that his health

Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Attorney Jacey Kaps Receives Certification as a Circu …

MIAMI, FL – Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell attorney Jacey Kaps received confirmation as a Certified Circuit Court Mediator by the Supreme Court of Florida. Kaps is a partner in the firm’s Miami office. He focuses his practice in the areas of casualty defense, commercial litigation, construction and product liability. Much of his practice is dedicated to clients within the retail industry. A member of several professional

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