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Milestone Anniversary Celebrations for a Madurai Golden Couple

The highest happiness on earth is marriage and even though the order may vary for any given year, a wedding anniversary is invariably the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. In America, couples celebrating Golden Jubilee of their wedding anniversary may be lucky to get greetings from the President of USA and similarly in countries like Canada, Australia etc. In UK the Queen from the Buckingham palace may be

Fifteen Rumberger Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers: Seven Named as Rising S …

ORLANDO, FL -- Fifteen attorneys from Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell have been named to Florida Super Lawyers 2009 and seven lawyers were named Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a comprehensive guide to the top 5 percent of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and categorized by city and practice area. Through peer nominations and independent research by Law & Politics magazine, attorneys are asked

Forever Barred - $5 Million Claim in Damages – Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Litigat …

MIAMI, FL -- A litigation team led by Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell partner Gregory Palmer, obtained final summary judgment for CentiMark Corporation in Pacific Ins. Co., Ltd., et al. v. CentiMark Corp., previously pending in the Complex Business Litigation Court in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida. The Court sided with CentiMark and held that all counts of the Plaintiff’s three-count Complaint were untimely, forever barring the Plaintiff’s claims against CentiMark

Thompson & Knight Attorneys Elected to State Bar Tax Section Leadership

Texas – The global law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce Tyree Collier has been elected Chair, Mary A. McNulty has been elected Secretary, and Alyson Outenreath has been elected a Council Member of the Tax Section of the State Bar of Texas. They began serving their terms in office on Friday, June 26, 2009. Collier, McNulty, and Outenreath are Partners in the Tax Practice Group

Thompson & Knight Names New Managing Partner

DALLAS – The global law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce that Jeffrey A. Zlotky has been named Managing Partner of the Firm. In addition to his new duties, Mr. Zlotky will continue to serve clients and maintain his individual practice in the area of corporate law. Mr. Zlotky began his professional career at Thompson & Knight in 1985, immediately after graduating from the University of Texas

The Clearman Law Firm Announces Federal Lawsuit Against Stream Energy, Executive …

HOUSTON – Attorneys from Houston's The Clearman Law Firm are announcing a federal class action lawsuit filed yesterday under the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act against Dallas-based Stream Gas & Electric, Ltd., Ignite Holdings, Ltd., their related companies and several affiliated individuals. A retail electricity and gas provider in Texas and Georgia, Stream has grown in only three years to become the 29th largest private company in the Dallas/Fort Worth area

Dallas Divorce Attorney Mike McCurley Recognized Among Country’s Top 100 Lawyers …

DALLAS – Divorce lawyer and Family Law specialist Mike McCurley, a founder and name partner in the Dallas-based law firm McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing, L.L.P., has earned a spot among the country’s Top 100 Attorneys in Worth magazine. The Top 100 ranking appears in the November 2008 issue of Worth, and the full list is available at Mr. McCurley is the only Dallas attorney to be featured, and

Dallas Divorce Lawyers at McCurley Orsinger Recognized Among City’s Best

DALLAS – Dallas divorce attorneys Mike McCurley, Richard Orsinger and Mary Jo McCurley, name partners in the Family Law firm of McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing, L.L.P., each have earned spots on D Magazine’s listing of the “Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas 2009.” This marks Mr. McCurley’s sixth consecutive selection among D Magazine’s top lawyers. It is the first selection for Mr. Orsinger and second for Ms. McCurley. “This is a

Sixth Asean Leadership Forum: Asean Urged to Boost Domestic Spending

With export markets in crisis, Asean should turn its focus to investing at home, using the huge reserves available, a Thai speaker told the audience at the Sixth Asean Leadership Forum held here Friday. Narongchai Akrasansee, chairman of the board of directors of Export-Import Bank of Thailand and former minister of Commerce, blamed heavy reliance on the strength of the US currency and the financial market for part of the economic

Independence Party of America Chairman Frank MacKay on the New York State Reform …

ISLANDIA, NY - "The surprising events of recent days have left many New Yorkers wondering if our legislature in Albany has decayed into complete and meaningless chaos. The chaos may be real, but the current drive toward a more democratic coalition government represents the best hope we have for reforming the draconian Senate rules of the past. The reforms are necessary regardless of who initiated them, and many more are needed. Whether

Kenneth W. Biermacher is Honored by the Texas Bar Foundation

DALLAS, Texas – KRCL congratulates Kenneth W. Biermacher on being elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation, the largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the country. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the State of Texas. Selection as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation is restricted to

McKool Smith Principals Highlighted Among Best Lawyers in Dallas

DALLAS – McKool Smith co-founder Mike McKool and firm principal Robert M. Manley have earned spots on D Magazine’s 2009 listing of the “Best Business Lawyers in Dallas.” To compile the “Best Business Lawyers” list, D Magazine editors solicited nominations from attorneys across the city. A blue-ribbon panel of attorneys worked with D Magazine’s staff to create the final list, which highlights 226 of Dallas’ top lawyers who devote most of

Gardere’s Bayer Given Alumni Service Award By Bowdoin Alumni Council

DALLAS – Attorney Mark Bayer, a partner in the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, was given the 2009 Alumni Service Award by the Bowdoin College Alumni Council. Mr. Bayer, Bowdoin class of 1979, received the award in recognition of his record of volunteer service to the college. He was President of the Alumni Council, has chaired the Executive Committee, Minority Committee and Nominations Committee, and has also served

McKool Smith Principals Earn Selection to Prestigious Chambers USA Listing

DALLAS -- The national law firm of McKool Smith is pleased to announce that six firm principals are recognized among the nation’s top lawyers in the 2009 edition of Chambers USA. In addition to the individual attorney honors, McKool Smith is ranked among the country’s top intellectual property law firms. The latest guide to the leading U.S. lawyers and law firms also ranks McKool Smith as one of the top commercial

David Thrasher Receives President's Award by Houston Bar Association

HOUSTON, TX -- KRCL is proud to announce that David Thrasher has been named a recipient of the President’s Award by the Houston Bar Association. Mr. Thrasher earned this award for his outstanding work as co-chair of the Special Olympics Committee. Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC is a full service law firm formed in 1992. KRCL has 75 attorneys with offices in Dallas and Houston, Texas. KRCL

Dallas Attorneys Dick Sayles, Mark Werbner Honored Among City’s Best Lawyers

DALLAS – Noted Dallas attorneys Richard Sayles and Mark Werbner, co-founders of the Dallas trial law firm Sayles Werbner, have been recognized by D Magazine in “The Best Business Lawyers in Dallas.” To compile the listing of the city’s top attorneys for businesses, D Magazine editors conducted a citywide poll asking Dallas lawyers to nominate their peers whose work they most admire. A blue-ribbon panel of lawyers then joined the magazine’s

Joseph A. Friedman is Honored by the Texas Bar Foundation

DALLAS, TX – KRCL congratulates Joseph A. Friedman on being elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation, the largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the country. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the State of Texas. Selection as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation is restricted to

Eight Gardere Attorneys Selected Among ‘The Best Business Lawyers In Dallas’

DALLAS – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP is proud to announce that eight of the firm’s attorneys have earned selection to the D Magazine “The Best Business Lawyers in Dallas” listing. The list of the city’s most accomplished business attorneys is included in the June 2009 edition of D Magazine. The Gardere attorneys and the practice areas for which they were honored are: • W. Robert Dyer Jr., Commercial Real Estate; • Kevin

San Antonio Associate from McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing Recognize …

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — For the second consecutive year, San Antonio divorce lawyer Amber Liddell Alwais has earned a spot on the annual Texas Rising Stars listing. Ms. Alwais is an associate in the San Antonio office of the Family Law firm McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing, L.L.P. “We’re extremely proud to see Amber receive this honor two years in a row,” says Richard R. Orsinger, a name partner in the

Gardere Earns Chambers USA Recognition Among Leading Business Lawyers In Texas

DALLAS/HOUSTON/AUSTIN – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP has been recognized among the top law firms in Texas, earning high rankings in Chambers USA’s prestigious annual survey of the U.S. legal industry. Gardere has earned rankings among Texas’ top business law firms in 10 of the practice areas highlighted in the Chambers USA Guide: America's Leading Business Lawyers 2009 survey. The firm has been recognized for its work on behalf of clients in

Micronationalism becomes protoscience

When Cesidio Tallini began theorising about the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Worlds, people didn't take his work seriously, including many micronationalists. The academic world was already abandoning the Official World trinity of First, Second, and Third Worlds as some kind of Cold War relict. After a few years, however, many began to accept Tallini's theories as a little more than speculation or convenient convention. Somehow, somewhere, the theories made sense. In reality,

Gardere Partner Appointed to Texas Access to Justice Commission

DALLAS – Beverly Godbey, a partner in the Dallas office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, has been appointed to the Texas Access to Justice Commission. Ms. Godbey, a prominent litigator and a member of Gardere’s trial practice group, has been practicing law for more than 25 years and is best known for her expertise in insurance litigation. In addition to her legal work, she is also committed to public service and

Status of Human Rights, Juvenile Justice and Freedom of the Press in India

Indian Media remembers Lippmann quote that there can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil but forgets Section 21 of Juvenile Justice Act which is inspired by the UNCRC. The Juvenile Justice Act [JJ Act] inspired by nothing less than the UNCRC - United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is a marvellous law. It has a specific provision that

McKool Smith Adds Five Litigators in Growing New York Office

DALLAS – The national law firm of McKool Smith is announcing the addition of five experienced attorneys in the firm’s expanding New York office. Firm associates Eric P. Berger, Virginia Iglesia, John F. Petrsoric, Katherine B. Thornburgh and Benjamin J. Warlick join a deep bench of proven trial counsel at McKool Smith, providing representation for some of the world’s most successful individuals and businesses in complex commercial matters, intellectual property disputes

$4.5M Awarded to Family of Kansas City Ceiling Tile Installer in Asbestos-Exposu …

LIBERTY, Mo. - June 5, 2009 - A Clay County jury has found three corporations liable for the death of a construction worker who worked with their asbestos-containing products more than three decades ago. The jury awarded $4.5 million to the wife and adult children of Robert Wagner, agreeing that his death was the direct result of lethal exposure to the asbestos contained in products manufactured and distrubted by Conwed

Brian Fisher Joins Kane Russell Coleman & Logan

DALLAS/HOUSTON, Texas – Kane Russell Coleman & Logan is pleased to announce the addition of a new attorney. Brian J. Fisher joined KRCL as an associate on May 6, 2009, and practices in the litigation section of the Dallas office. His scope of practice involves personal injury claims, premises liability, products liability, auto and trucking liability, and commercial and business disputes. Mr. Fisher is a 2001 graduate

AseanAffairs Breaks the News of Latest Attempts to Revive Kra Canal

The push to reactivate the Kra Canal Project - the multi-billion-dollar venture to redraw the maritime map of Southeast Asia - is quietly regaining momentum, says Swarup Roy, CEO and founder of TIME International Management Enterprise, publishers of AseanAffairs magazine. The Bangkok-based, English language bi-monthly, claims that it is the first to report on the latest attempts to reactivate the long-dormant project that has been shrugged off as a pipe-dream. Entitled,

Baratunde Thurston's honored at Living Liberally Annual …

May 28, 2009, Boston, MA –, the rising black political blog, will be honored at the Living Liberally Annual Celebration in New York, which takes place on May 30th, 2009 at the DCTV Firehouse on 87 Lafayette between 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm and is hosted by Air America's Sam Seder. Described as “a black bourgeoisie perspective on U.S. politics,” Jack & Jill Politics has contributed to the national political

Dallas Attorney Matt Yarbrough Highlighted Among Dallas’ Top Corporate Defenders …

DALLAS — Business attorney Matt Yarbrough, founder of The Yarbrough Law Group and Yarbrough Strategic Advisors in Dallas, once again has earned a spot among North Texas’ top business defense attorneys. Mr. Yarbrough is one of 15 attorneys profiled in “The Defenders,” a special section published in the May 22 edition of the Dallas Business Journal. To compile “The Defenders” listing, Dallas Business Journal editors solicited nominations from across Dallas/Fort Worth

Joseph M. Coleman Listed in Texas Best Lawyers for 2009

KRCL congratulates Joe Coleman on being selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2009, a highly respected peer-review publication in the legal profession for attorneys all across the country. Mr. Coleman is a founding director of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC in the Dallas office and chairs the Insolvency & Creditor Rights Section. Texas Best Lawyers®, a guide of the top

Rose•Walker Partner Profiled in Dallas Business Journal

DALLAS – Michael D. Richardson, a partner in Dallas’ Rose•Walker, L.L.P., is featured in the May 22 edition of the Dallas Business Journal as one of North Texas’ top business defense attorneys. Mr. Richardson is one of only 15 attorneys named to the Dallas Business Journal’s prestigious 2009 listing of “The Defenders.” He will be profiled in a special section highlighting those 15 lawyers that North Texas businesses and executives turn

Dallas Attorney Dan Sheehan Leads Another Successful Texas Irish American Cup Ch …

DALLAS – Dallas attorney Daniel Sheehan, chairman of the 12th Annual Texas Irish American Cup Challenge, is pleased to announce that this year’s golf tournament and auction raised nearly $150,000 for local and international charities. The May 18, 2009, golf tournament featured 22 golfers from Ireland and 108 from the U.S., all teeing off to support the American Ireland Fund. The AIF supports programs of peace, reconciliation, arts, culture, education and

KRCL Obtains Defense Verdict in Catastrophic Trucking Accident

On April 29, 2009, Zach Mayer and Aaron Speer of KRCL obtained a defense verdict for a national trucking company in defending a catastrophic brain injury case. The Plaintiffs alleged that the driver was negligent in his operation of a tractor and two trailer units while acting in the course and scope of his employment. Furthermore, the Plaintiffs alleged negligent hiring, training and supervision against the carrier.

Frank Branson Highlighted Among Texas’ Best Lawyers

DALLAS – Noted Dallas personal injury attorney Frank L. Branson, founder of The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, has earned a spot among the state’s top attorneys in the 2009 edition of Texas’ Best Lawyers. The Texas’ Best Lawyers listing comes from the annual Best Lawyers in America guide. The 2009 edition marks the 23rd consecutive year that Mr. Branson has been included in the prestigious listing of the country’s

Trial Attorney Don Swaim Joins Rose•Walker

DALLAS – The Dallas trial law firm Rose•Walker, L.L.P., is proud to announce the addition of experienced trial attorney Don Swaim, who will join the firm’s aviation practice as a partner. In addition to his work in aviation law, Mr. Swaim also will focus on products liability, premises liability and personal injury claims. “Don is a veteran trial lawyer with dozens of favorable jury verdicts to his name,” says Rose•Walker

Thompson & Knight Top Texas Firm on Diversity Scorecard

Thompson & Knight LLP is the top Texas-based law firm for diversity according to the Minority Law Journal’s 2009 Diversity Scorecard. The Firm ranked 53 out of 210 firms, climbing more than 30 spots since last year’s rankings. “It is such an honor to receive recognition of our diversity efforts,” said Nichole Dotson-Olajuwon, Chief Diversity Officer. “Thompson & Knight knows the value of diversity and will continue to

Debate on the future of ITS is well underway

During its two-day annual meeting in London, the UK-chaired International Commission for the International Tracing Service (ITS) dealt with the question of the future organisational structure and administration of the ITS. Past humanitarian work done by the Tracing Service, the clarification of the fates of victims of the Nazi regime and the reunification of families, is to be continued as long as there is a need for such expressed by

Bataan Gears Up for Asia-wide LGU Forum

Balanga City, Philippines - The Provincial Government of Bataan has started to prepare for its hosting of the 2009 Forum of the PEMSEA Network of Local Governments for Sustainable Coastal Development (PNLG), an association of local governments in the East Asian region implementing ICM programs. The forum will be held in November as part of the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2009. The hosting of the PNLG Forum is one of

Former Philippine President to Open the East Asian Seas Congress 2009

Quezon City - PEMSEA has announced today that former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos will deliver the opening keynote address during East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2009 to be held in Manila, Philippines on 23-27 November. The former statesman was a keynote speaker and Honorary Advisor of the Congress in 2003 where he urged the participants "to work together on issues concerning natural resources, especially water, to ensure a better

Intellectual Property Attorney John Pinkerton Joins Rose•Walker

DALLAS – The Dallas trial law firm Rose•Walker, L.L.P., is proud to announce the addition of accomplished intellectual property attorney John Pinkerton as a partner. Mr. Pinkerton’s intellectual property practice focuses on patent litigation, patent and technology license agreements, and opinions of counsel on issues of patent infringement, validity and enforceability. His expertise also includes cases involving trademark and copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation, as well as trademark registrations and trademark

Remembering the moment

Like many other real countries, Independent Long Island also possesses something akin to an Overseas Territory, and its territory is called the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA). The UMMOA is a multi-oceanic archipelago governed by a kind of federation of Fourth, Fifth and Sixth World nations, and the world’s first supermicronation. The UMMOA’s 11 insular possessions have no indigenous population, an inhabitable area of 13.3 square miles (34.3 square kilometres), and

Vu Joins Gardere as Banking Partner

HOUSTON –- Hoang Quan Vu has joined the Houston office of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP as a partner in its Banking section. Mr. Vu has represented lenders, issuers, borrowers, sponsors and purchasers on more than $15 billion dollars in transactions, including leveraged lending; project finance; oil, gas, energy and alternative energy financing; first lien/second lien finance; asset-based and receivables lending; restructurings and workouts; and other commercial financing. His representations include


HOUSTON – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP announces that Michael Cash and Wade Howard, two highly regarded commercial litigators, have joined Gardere's Houston office as partners in the firm's litigation group. They are joined by Senior Attorney Robert Montoya. The three attorneys have decades of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation, including class actions and employment, personal injury and toxic tort litigation. They have tried dozens of

Federal Court Dismisses Major Portion of Dallas County Election Case

DALLAS – A federal court has dismissed part of a lawsuit that the Texas Democratic Party brought against Dallas County over the use of an electronic voting machine called iVotronic. In the Texas House District 105 race last fall, Republican Linda Harper-Brown defeated the Democratic challenger Robert Romano by 19 votes, which allowed Republicans to maintain a 76-74 majority among Texas House members. The Texas Democratic Party later

Waters & Kraus and the Shein Law Center Win 3 of 3 Plaintiff's Verdicts in Navy …

PHILADELPHIA — April 22, 2009 — A Philadelphia jury has awarded $14 million to three plaintiffs in separate product liability cases involving occupational exposure to asbestos. The jury found that the plaintiffs’ lethal diagnoses of malignant pleural mesothelioma were attributable to their career tenures in the U.S. Navy as well as at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. The cases — Hirschberg vs. Alfa Laval, Inc.; Mattison vs. Alfa Laval, Inc.; and


HOUSTON – - Richard O. Faulk and John S. Gray, co-chairs of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP’s Public Policy Litigation practice, will receive the Distinguished Law Firm award at the 10th annual Burton Awards, to be held June 15 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The two attorneys, partners in Gardere’s Houston office, will be recognized for writing “Alchemy in the Courtroom? The Transmutation of Public Nuisance Litigation,” which was

Fish & Richardson’s Coggins, Mateja Ranked Among ‘Best Lawyers in Dallas’

DALLAS – Paul E. Coggins and Bill Mateja, principals in the White Collar, Government and Securities Litigation Section of the national law firm of Fish & Richardson P.C., have earned recognition among the “Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas 2009” in D Magazine. The 2009 “Best Lawyers” list honors 94 of the top lawyers in Dallas who represent individuals. To compile the listing, D Magazine editors solicited nominations from attorneys throughout North

McCurley Orsinger Partners Among Dallas’ Best Lawyers

DALLAS – Mike McCurley, Richard Orsinger and Mary Jo McCurley, name partners in the Family Law firm of McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing, L.L.P., each have earned spots on D Magazine’s listing of the “Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas 2009.” This marks Mr. McCurley’s sixth consecutive selection among D Magazine’s top lawyers. It is the first selection for Mr. Orsinger and second for Ms. McCurley. “This is a recognition I’ve always

Charla Aldous Highlighted Among Dallas’ Best Lawyers

DALLAS – Noted Dallas attorney Charla Aldous, founder of the Aldous Law Firm, has earned a spot on D Magazine’s listing of the “Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas 2009.” Ms. Aldous has been selected by her peers as one of the best personal injury attorneys in the city. To compile the “Best Lawyers” list, D Magazine editors solicited nominations from attorneys across the city. A hand-picked panel of attorneys worked with the

America: land of the unfree, home of the knave

According to Independent Long Island’s Historian James Alcock (he is also our High Commissioner to Canada), when the British Parliament passed the Statute of Westminster in 1931, which elevated Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland from colonies to autonomous dominions within the British Commonwealth (not fully independent because their people were still British Subjects), it also gave them the right to secede from the British Commonwealth. They could

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