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Mujiba Salaam Parker Makes Plans To Be The Next Mayor of Camden, NJ

CAMDEN, NJ -- Camden, New Jersey mayoral candidate Mujiba Salaam Parker recently announced that her commitment to the well being of the city is positioning her as a strong contender in the upcoming Camden election. For more than 10 years, Parker has had a vested interest in revitalizing the City of Camden. Through her work with the Camden Empowerment Zone Corporation in 1998, Parker successfully managed housing and economic development

Gardere’s Ortiz-Prieto Honored by Dallas Business Journal

DALLAS – Attorney Alejandro Ortiz-Prieto, a partner in the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, was selected by the Dallas Business Journal as one of its 2009 Minority Business Leaders. The award recognizes the area's top minority business owners, minority corporate executives, and advocates of minority businesses. Mr. Ortiz-Prieto was selected as one of 15 Dallas-area business people to receive the Minority Corporate Executive Award. “There is no one more deserving

A Site To Connect Tampa Bay Locals to Top Defense Attorneys

Attorney Bjorn Brunvand announces the redesign of his law firm’s new website, The site is expected to reach out to thousands in need of an experienced criminal defense lawyer in the Tampa Bay and Clearwater (Florida) areas. The new site provides lawyer profiles and legal information in the areas of DUI and drunk driving, felony drug charges, government fraud, and white-collar crime. “We wanted a web presence that would educate our

Gardere’s Lowenbert to Lead Dallas County Historical Commission

DALLAS – Attorney Michael Lowenberg, general counsel at the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, has been selected to a two-year term as chairman of the Dallas County Historical Commission. The Dallas County Historical Commission ( is a volunteer board appointed by the Dallas County Commissioners Court to advise the Court on matters pertaining to historical preservation, and to initiate and conduct programs and activities to assist in the

Continental Airlines Hit with Negligence Lawsuit Over Fiery Denver Crash

Plane crash attorney Frank L. Branson says airline’s standard of care was lacking in crash HOUSTON – Attorneys with The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson in Dallas have filed a lawsuit against Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL), charging that the airline’s negligence played a role in a December 2008 plane crash at Denver International Airport that injured 38 passengers. The lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of Houston resident Julie Kuehn stems from the

Gingrich Productions Premieres Ronald Reagan Documentary on Former President's B …

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s birthday, Gingrich Productions will debut its latest documentary, Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny, tonight at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Produced in association with Citizens United Productions and Peace River Company LLC, Rendezvous with Destiny is a groundbreaking film that documents the life and legacy of the 40th President of the United States. Through never-before-seen interviews with former heads

Haynes and Boone Enters California Market Through Addition of MacPherson, Kwok, …

DALLAS/SAN JOSE/IRVINE – As part of its long-term growth strategy, Haynes and Boone, LLP is pleased to announce its addition of the 27 attorneys and professionals at MacPherson, Kwok, Chen & Heid, LLP, a leading intellectual property law firm with offices in San Jose and Orange County, Calif. With this addition, Haynes and Boone has almost 550 attorneys in 12 offices worldwide and becomes one of the few large

Transfer of Guantanamo Bay Prisoners to State Prisons Could Lead to Repeat of 9/ …

Coral Springs, FL/January 27, 2009 – CellAntenna Corporation announces that it is urging Congress and the Obama Administration not to transfer prisoners, currently being held in Guantanamo Bay suspected of terrorist ties, until Congress provides direction to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow cell phone jamming by state and local law enforcement particularly in state prisons. Currently, law enforcement identifies illegal cell phones being smuggled to inmates in

China Expert to Discuss U.S.-China Relations and Personal Experiences (Middletow …

EVENT TIME/DATE: 4:30 p.m. Jan. 29, 2009 (Middletown, CT) This year marks the 30th anniversary of The United States establishing an embassy in China, and Wesleyan Professor Vera Schwarcz was one of only seven invited western scholars to visit the country in 1979. Schwarcz, professor and chair, East Asian Studies, professor of history, and director of the Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, arrived in China as a PhD student on

Republic Day 2009: Freedom Team releases website and brochure

On the important occasion of the Republic Day, the Freedom Team of India has released its new website ( and an eight page brochure. The Team, established in 2008, aims to provide a forum for policy, strategy, and leadership development. It aims to find at least 1500 outstanding leaders in India to contest elections in the coming years under the banner of freedom and world-best policy. The forty leaders and observers

Country Music Artist Billy Craig releases song Let's just be American

Country Music Artist Billy Craig has written and produced the song “Let’s Just Be American.” The day after the presidential election, Billy wrote a song that had kept him lying awake. He took it into the studio, gave it a go, and it’s turned into a very special song, perfect for these times. “This song is very important to America right now. Given the current situation of the

Securities Fraud Law Firm Zwerling, Schachter & Zwerling Representing Madoff Fra …

Attorney Robert S. Schachter says Bank Medici and Bank Austria Implicated in Madoff Fallout NEW YORK – An international probe by the law firm Zwerling, Schachter & Zwerling is focusing on whether major Austrian banks used financial funds in Europe to fraudulently funnel billions into Bernard L. Madoff’s bogus investment enterprises, resulting in billions in losses for European parties. The New York-based law firm already is working with nearly a dozen individuals,


Strasbourg, 16 January 2009: Today, in a letter addressed to United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon the European Roma and Travellers Forum expressed its indignation at the decision to exclude the Roma Holocaust from the commemoration ceremony. Mr. Kawczynski, president of the European Roma and Travellers Forum said this decision did not honor the United Nations, which should be at the forefront in respecting the memory of persecuted populations.

Study: Fluoridation Benefits Doubtful

Achieving cavity-free status has little to do with fluoride intake, reports a study in the Fall 2008 Journal of Public Health Dentistry. The ongoing Iowa Fluoride Study (IFS) begun in 1992, follows a cohort of children from birth. Researchers measure fluoride use and ingestion, count cavities and document fluorosis – white spotted, yellow and/or brown stained teeth – the outward sign of fluoride over-ingestion. IFS researchers report, "The benefits

Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Selected as U.S. Legal Counsel By Global Semiconductor …

DALLAS – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Gardere) announces they have been selected as U.S. legal counsel for the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), an organization focused on accelerating the growth of the global semiconductor industry. Gardere offers GSA a full range of legal services including antitrust, trademarks and international activities. GSA conducted an exhaustive search of legal firms around the country before selecting Gardere as its counsel. They chose Gardere based on its

Cruelties to Indonesian Parrots

Thousands of parrots from the tropical wilderness of Papua and North Maluku are caught to supply domestic and international illegal wildlife trade every year. In their latest report released in 2008 entitled “PIRATED PARROTS”, the Indonesian wildlife protection NGO, ProFauna Indonesia, revealed evidence on the smuggling of wild caught parrots to the Philippines during their investigation. Meanwhile, the centre of domestic parrot trade is in Surabaya, where wild

EMI Share Schemes could be key to retaining top talent

Norfolk UK, December 29, 2008 - Whilst the credit crunch continues to squeeze corporate purse strings tighter, there is a glimmer of hope for businesses looking to attract or retain top talent without having to invest in expensive incentives or bonuses, according to lawyers at Net Lawman, who are advising small business to consider the advantages of adopting Enterprise Management Incentive share schemes (EMI’s). EMIs are tax advantaged share options for

IIMSAM Goodwill Ambassador gets Man of the Year 2008 Award in Jordan

Doha (December 28, 2008): The Director of the regional office and Goodwill Ambassador of the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina against Malnutrition (IIMSAM), a Permanent Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, Dr. Naseer Shahir Homoud has been honoured with the prestigious ‘Man of the Year award for Business and Humanitarian Endeavours- 2008’ of the Jordan. He was felicitated recently in a glittering ceremony organized at

Slovakia to join the Eurozone on January 1st

The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) welcomes the introduction of the common currency in Slovakia. On January 1st 2009, the country will join the ranks of currently 15 member states that use the Euro. "Start-up packages" containing the EUR equivalent of 500 Sk (16.60 €) are already sold at all post offices and local commercial banks since December 1st. LYMEC President Aloys Rigaut states: "On New Year, five million Slovaks will join

Gardere’s Spaniol Elected To Literacy Board

DALLAS – Attorney Andrew Spaniol, an associate in the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, has been elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors for Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT). Founded in 1961 by the local chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, LIFT is now one of the largest and most respected adult literacy education programs in the United States. In the past year, LIFT

Wildgen, Partners in Law, Double Award

Luxembourg, 12 December 2008 – Wildgen, one of the best known law firms in Luxembourg, is proud to announce that it was awarded “Best Capital Markets Team of the year - Luxembourg” and “Luxembourg Corporate Law Firm of the year”. The first award was given by “European CEO”, international magazine dedicated to European leaders and managers, within the framework of its European Legal Awards and the second one by ACQ, a

Personal Injury Attorney Drexler Chosen as Trial Competition Judge

Los Angeles, California (November 13, 2008) – For the fourth consecutive year, Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney, David Drexler has served as a court judge in the prestigious National Civil Trial Competition presented by both Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and Greene Broillett & Wheeler LLP. This high-level legal competition attracts law students from top law schools around the country like Harvard and Yale to compete in mock trials


Event to Bring Visibility to GLBT Citizens ATLANTA, Dec. 11--The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) community will be joined by friends, families, and allies to support equality at a protest scheduled for this Saturday. At 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 13th, 2008, members of the community are planning to gather in a "moving protest" along the corners of Peachtree St. and Lenox Rd., near two busy shopping centers

Gardere’s Risman Inducted Into ISHC

DALLAS – Noted hospitality industry attorney Clifford J. (Cliff) Risman, a partner in the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, has been inducted into the prestigious International Society of Hospitality Consultants. Mr. Risman, whose clients include many of the premier names in the global hospitality industry, was inducted into ISHC during the group’s recent Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The ISHC is an invitation-only professional society of the leading consultants

DVB-T available in almost all of Germany

MEDIA BROADCAST completes the upgrade to digital terrestrial television. Bonn, December 10, 2008 – MEDIA BROADCAST upgraded its terrestrial TV transmitter networks in Germany to DVB-T (digital video broadcasting terrestrial) within 5 years between 2003 and 2008. The company thereby completed the digitization process two years earlier than determined by the German federal government. As of the end of 2008, more than 90 percent of the population, i.e., 74 million

GodwinRonquillo Boosts Litigation Practice With Addition of Harris; Long Promote …

DALLAS – GodwinRonquillo PC is proud to announce the addition of commercial litigation attorney Craig A. Harris as a Shareholder of the firm. Mr. Harris is a respected trial attorney with more than 20 years experience handling cases in Texas state courts and federal jurisdictions, as well as appeals before the Supreme Court of Texas, various Texas appellate courts, and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

CellAntenna to Hold “Cell Phone” Jamming Demonstration at Travis State Jail on D …

Coral Springs, FL/December 9, 2008 – CellAntenna Corporation announces that it has been invited by the Texas State Representative Jerry Madden (R-Plano) to hold a presentation of its “cell-jamming” device that could be used to jam illegal cell phone use by inmates at the Travis State Jail in Austin, Texas on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 10 AM CST. This demonstration follows CellAntenna’s successful demonstration of its “cell-jamming” device

Gibson, McClure, Wallace & Daniels Name Partner Recognized Among Country’s Top A …

DALLAS – Attorney Ruth Ann Daniels, a name partner at Gibson, McClure, Wallace & Daniels, L.L.P., is highlighted among the top labor & employment attorneys in the country in the latest Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition. Ms. Daniels previously has been recognized as one of Texas' top attorneys, earning a spot on the Texas Super Lawyers list for five consecutive years. Selections for the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition listing

Leading Domestic Relations Firm Opens New Office in Tampa, FL

Cordell & Cordell, P.C., one of the nation’s leading domestic relations law firms for men, has announced today the opening of their 18th office in Tampa, Florida. Cordell & Cordell, P.C. has pledged an ongoing goal of expanding their practice across the United States. With their newest office in Tampa, as well as the recent opening of their Pittsburgh location, divorcing dads now have a greater ability to gain the

Thompson & Knight Continues to Expand IP Practice

Rio de Janeiro – The global law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP, through its affiliated office Tauil & Chequer Advogados, is pleased to announce the continued expansion of its Intellectual Property (“IP”) Practice Group with the addition of Associate Marcelle Franco Espíndola in the Firm’s Rio de Janeiro office. Espíndola joins Evelyn Uliana Montellano in Brazil to strengthen Thompson & Knight’s thriving and rapidly expanding IP practice

Campaigners welcome new Forced Marriage legislation

The introduction of new legislation to protect victims of forced marriages has been welcomed by charities campaigning to eradicate the practice. Under the new laws individuals and the Police can apply for a Forced Marriage Protection Order which prevents families from seizing passports or intimidating victims into travelling abroad. In addition, the Order could force families to reveal a missing victim’s whereabouts to Police. Kelly Kaur, who runs the Throughcare Housing


The British International Freight Association (BIFA) – - believes that taken overall, the moves announced in this week’s Pre Budget Report (PBR) seem to be giving to its members with one hand, but taking back more with the other. As such, the PBR is nothing more than a curate’s egg, says Director General, Peter Quantrill. “Partly good and partly bad, but quite probably entirely spoiled. “The bad bits are effectively

CellAntenna and South Carolina Department of Corrections Hold Successful “Cell P …

Coral Springs, FL/November 24, 2008 – CellAntenna Corporation and the South Carolina Department of Corrections held a successful “cell phone” jamming demonstration on Friday, November 21, 2008 at the Lieber Correctional Institution outside of Charleston, South Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Corrections and correction’s facilities nationally are confronted with a growing threat to the safety and security of the public and corrections’ staff – unauthorized use of cell

CKPT Expands its Local Counsel Practice for Patent and IP cases in Texas

Cash Klemchuk Powers Taylor LLP (CKPT) is pleased to announce a development within the intellectual property practice. Fresh on the heels of a favorable outcome in the Northern District of Texas, the practice group has expanded its offerings to include service as local counsel for out-of-state parties involved in IP litigation. Intellectual property trial attorney, Darin M. Klemchuk will chair this practice and will be joined by

Is the self-regulation of engineering in Canada doomed?

Toronto, November 22, 2008 - The Council for Access to the Profession of Engineering will hold its Second Annual Engineering Knowledge Conference and Annual General Meeting titled "Can self-regulation of the engineering profession in Canada survive the 21st century?" tomorrow at 9:00 am at Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto. This potentially provocative conference will focus the attention of academics, policy makers, regulators and engineers on the evolution of regulation

Cowles & Thompson’s Jim Chester Elected to Housing Crisis Center Board of Direct …

DALLAS – Attorney J.F. (Jim) Chester, a shareholder at Cowles & Thompson PC, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Housing Crisis Center of Dallas. Founded in 1978, HCC is a Texas non-profit corporation whose mission is to prevent homelessness and stabilize the elderly, the disabled, veterans and families in decent, affordable, permanent housing, and to empower them to be able to solve future housing problems. “The

Jury Awards $16.5 Million in Fentanyl Death Case

DiCosolo family lawyer Jim Orr says Duragesic patch was known to have problems CHICAGO – A jury in Chicago has found two Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries liable in the death of a Cicero, Ill., woman who died while using a Duragesic® patch, and ordered the companies to pay her family $16,560,000. The verdict in the case involving 38-year-old Janice DiCosolo, a mother of three, was delivered in Judge Thomas Flanagan’s courtroom

Marty Rose Again Recognized Among America's Top Lawyers

DALLAS – For the third consecutive year, courtroom veteran Marty Rose of Dallas’ Rose•Walker, L.L.P., has earned a spot among the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. Mr. Rose is included in the prestigious listing based on his work in high-stakes litigation in courtrooms across the country. During his legal career spanning more than 30 years, he has helped clients resolve litigation in 47 different states as well as in Europe,

Nine From McKool Smith Recognized On Best Lawyers in America Listing

DALLAS – The national commercial litigation and intellectual property law firm of McKool Smith is home to nine attorneys who have earned spots on the prestigious listing of The Best Lawyers in America. The McKool Smith principals recognized on the 2008 Best Lawyers list and the areas of practice where are honored include: Sam Baxter - Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Law Jeffrey A. Carter - Intellectual Property Law Douglas Cawley - Intellectual

Gibson, McClure, Wallace & Daniels Recognized Among Go-To Law Firms for Technolo …

DALLAS – More and more technology companies are calling on the Dallas trial law firm of Gibson, McClure, Wallace & Daniels, L.L.P, according to the results of a recent survey. The firm is included among the Go-To Law Firms for Technology in Incisive Media’s survey of in-house counsel at the world’s largest technology companies. To develop the Go-To listing, Incisive Media – parent company for the former American Lawyer Media –

Florida Woman Sues Over Injuries Caused by Yamaha Rhino Utility ATV

OCALA, Fla.– A Florida woman has filed a lawsuit against Cypress, Calif.-based Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, over injuries she sustained when the Yamaha Rhino utility ATV she was riding in rolled over and trapped her underneath. The suit was filed in the Circuit Court for the Fifth Judicial Circuit in Marion County, Fla. Rachel Jollimore, 38, of Ocala, Fla., was riding in a Yamaha Rhino on July 7, 2007, in

Gardere Adds Managing Director of International Tax and Transfer Pricing

DALLAS – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is proud to welcome Hiroaki Furuya as Managing Director of the firm’s growing International Tax and Transfer Pricing Specialty Practice Group. Mr. Furuya was a founding member of the Tokyo transfer pricing practice at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and helped initiate the first bilateral Advance Pricing Agreement between Japan and Germany. “Our International Tax and Transfer Pricing group has seen a significant increase in interest

Fluoride and Organized Dentistry: Big Losers this Election Day

Fifty-three cities rejected fluoridation in referenda held in four states on November 4, 2008, according to the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Lobbied by the Nebraska Dental Association and supported by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Nebraska legislature passed a law in April 2008, over the Governor’s veto, to require all Nebraska cities with populations over 1,000 to add fluoride chemicals into water supplies unless cities opt-out by 2010.

Bigmouthmedia reveal Scottish universities not connecting students to real world

Bigmouthmedia has revealed that the majority of recent Scottish university graduates feel that higher education should do more to connect students to opportunities in emerging industries and that universities are failing to adequately prepare leavers for life in the real world. According to a wrap up of 2008 graduate intelligence, harvested by bigmouthmedia ( ) from a series of recruitment events, the majority of Scotland’s class of 2008 believed that the

Intellectual property attorney, Darin M. Klemchuk obtains voluntary dismissal in …

Cash Klemchuk Powers Taylor LLP is pleased to announce the voluntary dismissal earned by attorney Darin M. Klemchuk. On October 24, 2008, Mr. Klemchuk, obtained a voluntary dismissal by Santander Consumer USA, Inc. in response to the defendants' motion to dismiss the lawsuit for lack of personal jurisdiction and venue. One of the allegations was that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division,

The Lanier Law Firm Announces Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Nintendo Over …

TYLER, Texas – Attorney W. Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm is announcing a patent infringement lawsuit filed against Kyoto, Japan-based video game giant Nintendo Co. Ltd. and its U.S. subsidiary on behalf of a small Ohio technology company based on claims that Nintendo infringed the company’s patented technology to produce the popular Wii video game. The lawsuit, Motiva, LLC v. Nintendo Co., LTD, et al., No. 6:08-cv-429, was filed

Business and Society - A Millennium Challenge Seminar at BITS Pilani Rajasthan

Considering the importance of CSR in current context, Birla Institute of Technology and Science – BITS Pilani Rajasthan which is one among the top ranking universities in India today organized a Seminar during 7-8 November 2008 on “Dynamics of Transformative Cooperation in Business and Society: A Millennium Challenge”. The Seminar was inaugurated on Friday 07 November 2008 by Prof LK Maheshwari, Vice Chancellor BITS Pilani and the key note address

Wives Behind the Badge Receives Non-Profit Status

Orange, CA – Two years after launching an online support group for police wives, Wives Behind the Badge (WBTB) announced today it has successfully completed the process of establishing itself as a charitable nonprofit organization and has received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS. The organization was established in 2006 by a group of police wives to provide much needed resources, emotional support, and essential benefits to police families, law

San Pedro Theatre Director Featured in DramaBiz Magazine

The October/November Issue of DramaBiz Magazine features a cover story about the producing artistic director of The Relevant Stage Theatre Company, Ray Buffer and the cultural environment in Downtown San Pedro at Warner Grand Theatre. DramaBiz Magazine is published by Enlighten Entertainment LLC which was founded in 1998 for one reason and one reason only—helping entertainment entities be successful in their business. Perhaps it was born of the love of the

UWLA Presents Los Angeles Attorney David Drexler for Honored Speaker Series

Los Angeles, California, November 2008 – The University of West Los Angeles School of Law (UWLA) has engaged Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney David Drexler to be the featured speaker at the November meeting of the Law School’s Honored Speaker Series on November 1, 2008 in West Los Angeles. Drexler’s topic, “P.I. Solo Practice 101: How To Start A successful Personal Injury Practice” will address the challenges of establishing

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