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Chambers USA Expands Rankings for Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC

Dallas, TX--Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business has expanded its recognition of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC in its 2010 rankings. In addition to its Commercial Litigation practice, Chambers has added KRCL's Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice. Chambers has also recognized additional KRCL attorneys as leaders in commercial litigation, bankruptcy, real estate and employment. Adding the Firm's Bankruptcy and Restructuring group to the rankings, Chambers' research determined that: The

DSS leading ICE 8 NG9-1-1 Recording and Logging Interoperability Tests

Southfield, MI – DSS Corporation (, having successfully completed NG9-1-1 interoperability testing with 17 other vendors at NENA’s second Industry Collaboration Event (ICE 2), is now preparing to test its Equature® NG9-1-1 recording solution in ICE 8 – an event that is focused specifically on Recording and Logging interfaces. The tests will begin on June 7, 2010, and span a period of 7 months, with a new phase of tests

McKool Smith Earns Midsize Hot List Honor for Second Year in a Row

DALLAS – The law firm of McKool Smith has earned its second consecutive selection to the Midsize Hot List, a compilation of the top law firms in the U.S. with 50-150 attorneys. The exclusive annual list published by The National Law Journal includes only 20 firms from across the nation, and McKool Smith is one of only two firms to earn selection for the second year in a row. “There are many,

Kimberley Neeson Nominated for RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Award

Toronto, ON (Canada) – For the second consecutive year, Kimberley Neeson, President of Neeson & Associates Court Reporting and Captioning Inc., has been nominated to the prestigious RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards in the category of The Bell Trailblazer Award. This year’s nomination is made even more special by the fact that Bell Canada itself asked Ms. Neeson if they could put her forward as a contender in this


CORAL SPRINGS, FL. - The Weinstein Law Firm is pleased to announce that the members of the Florida Justice Association have re-elected attorney and managing partner Andrew Weinstein to its Board of Directors. The FJA is the premier trial lawyer organization in the state of Florida. As a member of the board, Mr. Weinstein will assist in setting policy for the organization, act as an advocate for pertinent issues with

Millions of Seniors Prevented from a Better Quality of Life Due to Fear of Chang …

In the current economic climate, seniors may still be postponing selecting or moving to long term care (whether in-home or in a residence). Although the housing crisis has placed senior housing options out of reach for many, alternatives such as home health services, assisted living, or even affordable retirement community options go unnoticed. A leading issue compounding or even superceding affordability are concerns many seniors have with moving to an

Jackson Walker Partner Chip Babcock Named to “25 Greatest Texas Lawyers”

DALLAS – Jackson Walker partner Charles L. “Chip” Babcock was selected as one of Texas Lawyer’s “25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter-Century” in a special 25th anniversary issue of the publication. The list honors practicing Texas attorneys who have made outstanding contributions within the 25 years that Texas Lawyer has been published. The profile on Mr. Babcock describes him as “a successful First Amendment lawyer who has racked

Four McKool Smith Principals Named to Lawdragon 500

DALLAS – McKool Smith co-founder Mike McKool and firm principals Samuel F. Baxter, Douglas Cawley and Robert A. Cote each have been named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America list. Mr. McKool, Mr. Baxter, Mr. Cote and Mr. Cawley handle intellectual property litigation and complex commercial litigation on behalf of both plaintiff and defense clients. The Lawdragon 500 list is the result of a research effort conducted by Lawdragon’s editorial

The Lanier Law Firm Investigating 401(k) Retirement Plan for BP Employees

NEW YORK – The Lanier Law Firm is investigating possible legal claims related to a 401(k) retirement plan for U.S. employees of energy giant BP (NYSE: BP). The law firm believes there are potential violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) by those in charge of BP’s retirement plan, which is known as the BP Employee Savings Plan (“ESP”). The Lanier Law Firm has maintained a prominent

Alliance of Legal Document Assistant Professionals Announces New President, Elec …

Non-Profit Association Promotes Professional Integrity and Consumer Protection in the Delivery of Non-Attorney, Self-Help Legal Services SACRAMENTO, CA—June 24, 2010: The Alliance of Legal Document Assistant Professionals (ALDAP), a non-profit organization established in 2007 to serve the legal document assistant (LDA) and paralegal professions, has elected its new Board of Directors for the 2010-2012 term. The Board will focus on boosting awareness of the non-attorney alternatives to access the judicial system,

Jackson Walker Welcomes David Seidler

FORT WORTH – Jackson Walker is pleased to welcome partner David Seidler to the firm’s Fort Worth office. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, insurance defense, and alternate dispute resolution. Since 1992, Mr. Seidler has conducted more than 1,900 mediations of federal and state court cases involving every conceivable type of dispute. He is an immediate past Board Member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and a Founding Board Member and

Jackson Walker Welcomes Tracey Wallace

DALLAS – Jackson Walker is pleased to welcome partner Tracey Wallace to the firm’s Dallas office. Ms. Wallace joins the firm’s Labor and Employment group. Her practice focuses on the defense and trial of complex employment cases in federal and state courts. She represents a broad range of state, national and international clients in the full spectrum of employment and discrimination related matters. She has also drafted manuals and policies for

Veteran Passed Away from Mesothelioma Cancer

It has been reported that a U.S. Army veteran passed away at the age of 64 from the asbestos cancer, malignant mesothelioma. He retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after 25 years of service. Prior to his military career, he worked at a steel company. It is likely that his mesothelioma was caused by asbestos exposure that he encountered at the steel company and during military service. Malignant mesothelioma

Thompson & Knight Ranked Among Top Firms in the Nation by Chambers USA

Texas (June 17, 2010) – The global law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is proud to announce its recognition among the top 10 firms in the United States for the Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional) category in the legal directory Chambers USA 2010. The directory mentions the “extensive and high-quality oil & gas transactional practice” of the Firm and notes: “Its expertise spans exploration and production, development, upstream,

Harold Cameron, Chief of Helping People,Consumer/Corporate Advocate and Life Coa …

Starting Monday June 28th Harold Cameron, Chief of Helping People, Consumer/Corporate Advocate and Life Coach of HaroldSays, will be back on BlogTalkRadio again broadcasting his own live talk radio show. He is going to host the, "HaroldSays" Radio Show which will be broadcast live Monday-Friday, (except national holidays), from 12 PM to 1 PM EST. "HaroldSays" is a positive based Internet radio talk show where he and his guests will

Mesothelioma Patient and Wife Awarded $4.5M in Asbestos Exposure Case

PHILADELPHIA - June 16, 2010 - A Philadelphia court has awarded more than $4.5 million to a mesothelioma plaintiff and his wife of 57 years. Few mesothelioma plaintiffs live long enough to hear a final verdict in their cases, making the outcome of this reverse bifurcated trial especially significant. Waters & Kraus, LLP, and the Shein Law Center, LTD, served as plaintiff's counsel for former U.S. Navy engineman John Koeberle.

H Texas Magazine Selects 14 Gardere Attorneys For Top Lawyers List

HOUSTON – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is proud to announce that 14 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to H Texas magazine’s 2010 Houston’s Top Lawyers list. The list will be published in the magazine’s June issue. Gardere attorneys on the peer-selected list are: trial partners Michael P. Cash, Jeffrey S. Davis, Amy Catherine Dinn, Thomas A. Hagemann, Marla Thompson Poirot, Peter Scaff, Samantha Trahan and T. Michael Wall; labor

Attorney Andrew Weinstein a Featured Speaker at the Florida Personal Injury Prot …

CORAL SPRINGS, FL. - Founding partner Andrew Weinstein of the Coral Springs-based Weinstein Law Firm ( recently spoke at the Florida Personal Injury Protection Litigation Seminar, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Dania Beach. The one-day seminar provided attorneys as well as insurance claims adjusters with an update and analysis of Florida Personal Injury Protection (PIP) law, along with a discussion on how recent changes in the statute have affected

Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys Young and Young Launch New Website

Indianapolis, IN June 15, 2010 --- Young and Young one of the leading consumer personal injury law firms in Indianapolis, has announced the launch of its new consumer-friendly personal injury website this week— The new website is designed to help Indiana citizens learn about personal injuries, automobile and motorcycle accidents, construction site injuries, medical malpractice, and social security disability claims process, and understand the rights and protections

Three Lash & Goldberg Attorneys Honored For Inclusion In Florida Super Lawyers 2 …

MIAMI, FL -- June 14, 2010 – Miami-based law firm Lash & Goldberg LLP announced today that partners Alan D. Lash and Martin B. Goldberg have been recognized again for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers, a distinction conferred on only five percent of the attorneys throughout the state. In addition, senior associate Laurie E. Stern has been chosen for the second year as a Super Lawyers Rising Star.

President Ma calls on mainland China to not block Taiwan from signing FTAs

Government Information Office Republic of China (Taiwan) June 9, 2010 One day after Ma Chaoxu, a spokesman for mainland China’s foreign ministry, voiced Beijing’s opposition to Taiwan signing official agreements with other countries, President Ma Ying-jeou said during an interview with the BBC on June 2 that Taiwan and mainland China are both members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and that under WTO rules, both have the right to sign free trade

French audiovisual authorities ban broadcasts of Al-Aqsa TV

Brussels, 10 June 2010 -- The European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) and the Coalition Against Terrorist Media (CATM) wholeheartedly applaud the decision by France’s High Audiovisual Council (CSA) ordering Eutelsat to desist immediately from broadcasting Al-Aqsa TV’s violent and hate-filled television programmes that incite hatred on grounds of race, sex, religion or nationality. This decision comes immediately after the European Commission issued a formal warning to France to ban broadcasts

Gardere Partner Stephen Moll Named Editor-In-Chief of LexisNexis Texas Annotated …

HOUSTON – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP partner Stephen Moll has been named Editor-in-Chief of the LexisNexis Texas Annotated Insurance Code. Mr. Moll, a partner in the firm’s Trial section, has been a contributing editor to the publication for three years. The Texas Annotated Insurance Code contains the complete insurance laws of Texas, featuring case annotations and expert commentary. As Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Moll will oversee the work of approximately 20 experienced insurance

Bilzin Sumberg Partner Michael N. Kreitzer Appointed As Chairman Of The 2010 Wol …

(Miami, FL) June 09, 2010– Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP announced today that Litigation Group Chair and partner, Michael N. Kreitzer, was appointed as the new Chairman of The Wolfsonian-FIU Advisory Board. As Chairman of its Advisory Board, Mr. Kreitzer will be responsible for helping shape the Board agenda to ensure ongoing sustainability and growth of the museum. The Wolfsonian–FIU is a museum and research center,

EFD Praises European Commission’s Warning to France on Al-Aqsa TV

Brussels, 09 June 2010 -- The European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) and the Coalition Against Terrorist Media (CATM) today praised the European Commission for issuing a formal warning to France requesting its High Audiovisual Council (CSA) to enforce European audiovisual legislation and to cease broadcasting Al-Aqsa TV. The French Foreign Ministry said that the “European Commission has recorded repeated violations of European legislation resulting from the content of programmes of

Asbestos Cancer Mesothelioma can Result from Secondary Asbestos Exposure

Many people are aware that working with asbestos containing products can lead to asbestos exposure which in turn can lead to asbestos cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Fewer people are aware however that asbestos exposure can occur through secondary exposure. Secondary asbestos exposure occurs when a person is exposed to asbestos from another person who had direct contact with asbestos. The person who has been secondarily exposed can

Gardere’s Gray Appointed Editor-In-Chief Of The Houston Lawyer

HOUSTON – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Partner John S. Gray was recently appointed by the Houston Bar Association as Editor-in-Chief of The Houston Lawyer for the 2010-2011 bar year. Mr. Gray was one of the Gardere Wynne Sewell lawyers recognized in December 2009 by the Burton Awards, a non-profit program run in association with the Library of Congress, when Gardere was named as one of the top 20 law firms for

Asbestos being removed from Summerlin Road in Lee County, Florida

On May 18, 2010, a project to clean up asbestos-laden fill material from Summerlin Road was begun. The source of the asbestos is currently unknown. The discovery of asbestos delayed the clean up project by six months. The delay has been attributed to difficulties in determining the exact location and amount of asbestos. Work site asbestos removal is necessary to prevent asbestos exposure to workers. Asbestos exposure can lead to asbestos

Jesse Adam Markos Joins Wachler & Associates, P.C.

Royal Oak, Mich. - Jesse Adam Markos has joined Wachler & Associates, P.C. as an associate. Wachler & ASsociates Managing Partner Andrew B. Wachler made the announcement. Markos received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 2008 where he served as an Assistant and Associate Editor for the Wayne Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif, an honor society for

Consumers Ask California Appellate Court to Reconsider Cipro Anticompetitive Rev …

Cipro users forced to overpay for medications because Bayer and Barr Laboratories agreed to keep generic equivalent from marketplace, filing states SAN DIEGO – Attorneys representing plaintiffs who overpaid for the antibiotic Cipro are asking a California appellate court to reverse a lower court ruling that set aside antitrust claims against Bayer Corporation. The case involves the agreement Bayer made with generic competitors to prevent competition and to maintain Cipro

Governor Gary Herbert to Keynote Provo College's Commencement Ceremony

(Provo, Utah) - May 13, 2010 – Provo College, providing degree, certification and diploma programs in Utah, announced today that Governor Gary Herbert will give the commencement address to 167 upcoming graduates and their families on Saturday, May 22nd. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Provo Tabernacle in Provo, Utah. Utah State Governor Herbert will give the commencement address. Gordon Peters, Campus President, will confer the degrees.

Amy K. Fehn Named Partner at Wachler & Associates, P.C.

Royal Oak, Mich. - March 12, 2010 - Amy K. Fehn has been named partner at Wachler & Associates, P.C. Wachler & Associates' Managing Partner Andrew B. Wachler made the announcement. Fehn frequently writes and speaks nationally on various health law issues, including HIPAA, the Medicare RAC program, the Medicaid Integrity Program, and other regulatory matters. She and the principal of the firm, Andrew Wachler, recently co-authored articles on the

Andrew B. Wachler Presents "RAC Preparation & Successful Appeals" at Health Care …

Royal Oak, Mich. - April 21, 2010 - Andrew B. Wachler co-presented a presentation on preparation for Recovery Audit Contractor audits and appeals at the Health Care Compliance Association's 14th Annual Compliance Institute in Dallas with Susan Emanuel, System RAC Coordinator, Catholic Healthcare West, Phoenix, AZ. The program addressed: (1) Recent developments and emerging issues related to RACs and other government audits; (2) The Medicare appeals process and successful appeal

Michael Logan Named One of Dallas' Top Business Attorneys

Dallas, TX -- Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC announced today that one of its founding Shareholders, Michael Logan, has been recognized by Dallas Business Journal as one of the top 15 business defense lawyers in the North Texas area. The 2010 edition of the "The Defenders" was published on May 14, 2010. Mr. Logan is a veteran trial attorney with more than 25 years experience and is the head of

EPA Accuses Florida City of Violating Asbestos Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has informed the officials of Marco Island, a city in southwest Florida that it violated six asbestos-related regulations in the course of reconstructing a roadway in 2006. Asbestos is a dangerous mineral that can lead to the development of cancers such as lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma. Asbestos fibers can remain suspended in air for long periods and are not visible to the human

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog Attorney to Serve as NC Bar Association Section Counse …

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog Attorney to Serve as NC Bar Association Section Counsel Nick Valaoras Elected to a Three-year Term CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 6, 2010) — Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (, a corporate and civil defense litigation firm, announces that attorney Nick Valaoras of the Charlotte office was recently elected to serve a three-year term as Section Counsel by the Workers' Compensation division of the North Carolina Bar Association. The

New Post-Conflict Reconstruction Certificate Program Approved at Syracuse Univer …

Syracuse, NY – A new certificate of advanced study (C.A.S.) in Post-Conflict Reconstruction (PCR), to be offered by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the College of Law of Syracuse University, was approved this week by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). The certificate program, open to all graduate students enrolled at Syracuse University, is a pathbreaking interdisciplinary initiative designed to bridge complex fields of

Michael R. Bloomberg to receive the 2010 Henry A. Kissinger Prize at the America …

Berlin (May 4, 2010) – Michael R. Bloomberg will be the 2010 recipient of the annual Henry A. Kissinger Prize. The award ceremony will take place at the American Academy in Berlin on May 11, 2010. Michael R. Bloomberg receives the annual Henry A. Kissinger Prize for his extraordinary contributions to meeting the challenges of globalization, whether as an innovator in the financial information industry, Mayor of New York City,

Sabadell United Keymorada Invitational Fly-Spin Tournament Brings Together Flori …

Miami, FL – Each May, fishing enthusiasts descend on the Florida Keys with rods and reels to cast their lines for charity at the Sabadell United Keymorada Invitational Fly-Spin Tournament, benefiting the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Co-founders Mitchell E. Widom and his brother, Glenn L. Widom, attorneys at the law firms of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP and Glenn L. Widom PA, respectively, will

Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Attorney Robert Fitzsimmons Appointed to National Chin …

MIAMI – Robert Fitzpatrick, a partner with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, has been appointed to serve as the lead counsel for installers involved in multidistrict Chinese drywall litigation by Judge Eldon Fallon of the United States District Court Eastern District of Louisiana. In this role, Fitzsimmons work with Phillilp A. Wittmann, the appointed homebuilders liaison counsel, to address the important complex issues facing affected drywall installers from across the nation.

Sayles Werbner’s Aimee Williams Named One of “The Best Women Lawyers in Dallas 2 …

DALLAS – Litigation attorney Aimee Williams of Dallas’ Sayles Werbner has earned selection to D Magazine’s listing of the top women attorneys in Dallas/Fort Worth. Ms. Williams appears in the publication’s May issue among the list of “The Best Women Lawyers in Dallas 2010.” “Aimee is an incredible attorney with more courtroom experience than a lot of other lawyers, men or women,” says Mark Werbner, co-founder of Sayles Werbner. “We are very

Donaukurier Publisher supports Abolition of Freedom of Communication

Introduction: Georg Schäff, the publisher of the Donaukurier newspaper, in a page-long interview of his own publication expresses his thoughts about Google Streetview. He argues that Google generally has problems with the constitutional system in Germany, but at the same time demands the abolishment of freedom of communication through actions undertaken by his paper. Body: Berlin, April 16, 2010. The weekend edition of April 3 and 4 of the regional newspaper Donaukurier,

Rubin Joins Gardere As Houston Corporate Partner

HOUSTON – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP announced today that Steven D. Rubin has joined the firm as a partner in the Houston office. Mr. Rubin, who joins the Corporate Practice Group, represents private equity clients, handling mergers and acquisitions and securities transactions. His clients include those in the energy, healthcare, telecom and financial services industries. He also has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, particularly for Mexican issuers. Mr. Rubin joins Gardere

President touts Taiwan’s Achievements in Harvard Videoconference

President Ma Ying-jeou took part in a videoconference hosted by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University on April 6, 2010 and delivered a speech entitled “The Quest for Modernity.” In his remarks, the president noted that a truly modern society should seek not only wealth and power but also the foundations of freedom and democracy. He shared that Taiwan has built all three of these pillars. In the

Mesothelioma Clinical Trials at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Require P …

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City is presently seeking people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma to participate in at least three clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of drugs designed to treat mesothelioma. People who are interested in participating in the clinical trials will be evaluated by the Sloan-Kettering research team to determine eligibility for participation. One trial involves the use of the investigational drug CBP 501.

Gardere Awards McCleary Scholarship to SMU’s Rebekah Bailey

DALLAS – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is proud to announce that it has awarded the Donald C. McCleary Gardere Leadership Scholarship to Rebekah Bailey, a second-year law student at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. The scholarship is awarded annually to a second-year SMU law student who has demonstrated leadership qualities consistent with the values embraced by Mr. McCleary, a former Gardere managing partner. Ms. Bailey is in the top

EU: Consequences of court orders securing the debtor`s assets in insolvency proc …

In the scope of insolvency proceedings, based on the regulation (EC) no. 1364/2000 of 29th May 2000, the district court in Augsburg secured the assets of the debtor by a stay order, prohibiting any creditor to commence enforcement measures and suspending already initiated enforcement measures (except foreclosures into real estate). Insolvency proceedings had been opened over a company with its registered seat in Poland, but whose Center of Main Interest

Former Telephone Technicians are at Risk of Developing Asbestos-Related Lung Can …

In a case still pending against other asbestos manufacturers, asbestos attorneys Weitz & Luxenberg mailed the first settlement check of a six figure sum to the surviving family members of a New York City telephone technician who died January 17, 2010, of asbestos-related lung cancer. During the 1970s, as a telephone technician for a New York-based phone company, he installed communication systems in dozens of commercial buildings, including the Pan Am

EFD Sends Letter to France’s High Audiovisual Council (CSA)

Brussels, 29 March 2010 -- The European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) and the Coalition Against Terrorist Media (CATM) call on France’s audiovisual authority to immediately enforce French and European law against Eutelsat for broadcasting Al-Aqsa TV. In a letter sent to Mr Michel Boyon, Chairman of the High Audiovisual Council or Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA), EFD noted that Eutelsat has failed to comply with the formal warning of 3

EU/CISG: Formal requirements on the conclusion of agreements on international ve …

In day-to-day business relationship, the parties involved in many cases only determine the essential contractual requirements, such as price, quantity delivered, etc. The question which law shall be applicable, the competent court in case of legal disputes and other provisions, that should be agreed upon contractually, are left out, since the parties very often do not have time in order to negotiate such questions extensively. For this reason many companies

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