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Harrell & Harrell Launches New Website

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Harrell & Harrell, a longtime Jacksonville law firm specializing in personal injury, wrongful death and product liability cases this week launched its new website at The improved site offers multiple new features including personal and professional profiles of Harrell & Harrell’s 17 personal injury lawyers. Jacksonville-based Harrell and Harrell’s new website also features a myriad of client resources including a 10-part article series that details

Weitz & Luxenberg Mesothelioma Lawyers win $461,000 Settlement in Asbestos Lung …

The mesothelioma law firm Weitz & Luxenberg recently obtained settlements currently totaling $461,000 for a Navy veteran suffering from asbestos-related lung cancer. The man had enlisted in the Navy in 1957 and served as a boilerman aboard the USS Lake Chaplain, an aircraft carrier. In 1960, the ship underwent a complete boiler room overhaul that required the removal of asbestos-containing wrapping that insulated the aircraft carrier's heating and plumbing systems. The

Attorney Andrew Weinstein Awarded The Bronze Eagle Award By The Florida Justice …

CORAL SPRINGS, FL. – Attorney Andrew Weinstein, founding partner of the Coral Springs-based Weinstein Law Firm ( was awarded the Bronze EAGLE Award by the Florida Justice Association at its Annual Convention recently held in Miami, Florida. “I feel honored to have received this award,” said Andrew Weinstein. “FJA is constantly evolving to stay at the forefront of Florida politics and preserve Florida’s civil justice system. As EAGLE members we work

Orange County Estate Planning Lawyer Darlynn Morgan of Morgan Law Group named a …

Newport Beach, CA – February 2010– Orange County Estate Planning Lawyer, Darlynn Morgan, was recently listed as one of the Top attorneys in Southern California by Orange Coast magazine and Law & Politics. Super Lawyers identified the top five percent of the lawyers in Southern California based on a survey and research conducted by Law & Politics. “I am honored to have received this recognition. Southern California and Orange County

Legal Transcription for Businesses

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LYMEC: Stop data retention now

Already the second Constitutional Court of an EU Member State has ruled the implementation of the data retention directive (directive 2006/24/EC) and the subsequent general storage of citizens' communication data as unconstitutional: first the Romanian Constitutional Court (Curtea Constituţională a României), and now on Tuesday the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht). LYMEC President Aloys Rigaut reacted to the news: “We can only warmly welcome such judgement! This is yet another blow

Potential mesothelioma vaccine demonstrated to be safe in research study

The American Thoracic Society has reported that researchers have demonstrated the safety of a potential vaccine against mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer that is almost always caused by exposure to the deadly mineral asbestos. The vaccine infuses a patient's nerve cell fibers with the tumor and triggers an immune system response to mesothelioma. Findings of the study were published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The

"Aigner plans to set up a censorship agency.": Internet entrepreneur Peter Debik …

Outline: The operator of the city history and building photo community "" attacks the plans of consumer rights minister Ilse Aigner (CSU), stating that the arguments cited in her case for censoring the internet are fabricated. Main Text: Berlin, March 2, 2010. The federal consumer rights minister Ilse Aigner (CSU) is fighting Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft. The building photo service Google Streetview is Aigner’s arch enemy. Streetview shows buildings and streets

Taber Estes Thorne & Carr Adds Litigator Katie Anand

DALLAS -- The Dallas-based law firm of Taber Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC is pleased to announce that Katherine M. Anand has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Ms. Anand’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and dispute resolution, representing clients before state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Her litigation experience includes cases involving breach of contract, negligence, fraud and misrepresentation, oil and gas disputes, intellectual

Amy Fehn Presents on "Medicaid Integrity" Program at HFMA Winter Meeting

ROYAL OAK, Mich.—January 29, 2010 – Amy Fehn, an attorney with Wachler & Associates, P.C., gave a presentation on the Medicaid Integrity Program, the first federal program to perform audits of Medicaid providers, Jan. 29, 2010, at the Healthcare Financial Management Association Winter Meeting in Johnston, Iowa. She presented information regarding the structure of the program including: (1) Information on the Medicaid Integrity Contractor (MIC) for the state of Iowa;

Andrew Wachler Presents At National Hospice Work Groups Quality Improvement Foru …

ROYAL OAK, Mich.—November 5, 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 National Hospice Work Group’s (NHWG) Quality Improvement Forum. The forum was held October 23, 2009, in Chicago, Ill. Wachler’s presentation, titled “Current Legal Issues for Hospices,” addressed hospice legal issues, including the Fraud Enforcement & Recovery Act of

Ubuntu Now and The South Africa Project team up with TVEP

DENVER (Feb. 24, 2010) – Ubuntu Now, a nonprofit organization whose current efforts are focused in South Africa, will partner with the Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Program (TVEP). TVEP raises awareness for social issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in South Africa by building a supportive, educational, and healing environment for the victims of rape, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence and child abuse. “TVEP's foundation and aspirations align perfectly with our own. We are delighted to

Andrew B. Wachler Presents on "The New Audits Landscape" at Washington, D.C. AHL …

ROYAL OAK, Mich.—January 21, 2010 – Andrew B. Wachler delivered a presentation titled, The New Audits Landscape: MICs, MACs and RACs (Medicaid Integrity Contractors, Medicare Administrative Contractors and Recovery Audit Contractors), at the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) conference on Legal Issues Affecting Academic Medical Centers and Other Teaching Institutions Jan. 21-22 in Washington, DC. The presentation included: Discussion of the roles of the various contractors and the types of

Dallas Law Firm Taber Estes Thorne & Carr No Longer an ‘All Girls Club’

DALLAS – At most law firms, new associates try to blend in without calling attention to themselves. But the newest addition is destined to stand out at Dallas’ Taber Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC, one of the few women-owned law firms in Texas. True to its commitment to diversity, the two-year-old firm recently welcomed Kevin Muenster as an associate. “We know that great lawyers come in all different shapes, sizes, genders,

Weinstein Law Firm Managing Partner Andrew Weinstein Attains AV Rating From Mart …

Coral Springs, FL. – The Weinstein Law Firm is pleased to announce that Managing Partner, Andrew Weinstein recently attained an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. An AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell is the highest an attorney can receive. In addition, Andrew has received a score of 10 from Avvo, which is the highest rating an attorney can achieve from this lawyer rating service. “I am honored to have received the

Corporate and Securities Attorney David A. Wood Joins Shackelford, Melton & McKi …

DALLAS – The Dallas law firm of Shackelford, Melton & McKinley, LLP, is pleased to announce the addition of corporate and securities attorney David A. Wood as Of Counsel in the firm’s Corporate Group. Mr. Wood joins the firm with an extensive background representing corporate clients, investment firms and entrepreneurs in transactions including private placements, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, federal and state securities law compliance and reporting, and

Critical Infrastructure Protection - Latest Requirements for: Energy, Transport, …

The seminar shows successful ways of applying the rules of European Commission’s Directive on European Critical Infrastructure Protection and of designing a proper action plan. The event, held by the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law, is taking place 15th to 16th March, in Berlin, Germany. In the last years new international threats have emerged, making it necessary to add a European dimension to national Security Protection in order to

Jackson Walker Elects 5 New Partners

Jackson Walker L.L.P. announces the election of 5 attorneys to the firm’s partnership. From the Austin office Tara M. Allen, Chris B. Pepper and Elise F. Green were named partners. From the Fort Worth office Ginger M. Webber was promoted to partner as well as James E. McCutcheon from the San Antonio office. Tara M. Allen, Austin, is a partner in the Corporate & Securities practice group. Her practice includes mergers and

Brecher Fishman Attorney Edgar Romano's tenure as President of WILG comes to a c …

At the recent WILG (Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group) Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, Brecher Fishman Pasternack Walsh Tilker & Ziegler, P.C. attorney Edgar Romano was honored as his tenure as President of WILG came to a close. Among those expressing their congratulations were Members of Congress, including Ohio Representative Mary Jo Kilroy, Governor of New York David A. Paterson and Vice President of the United States Joseph Biden.

Reconstruction continues six months after Morakot

Reconstruction continues six months after Morakot The Executive Yuan on February 8, 2010 held a press conference on “Rebuilding Homes in New Hope,” exactly six months after Typhoon Morakot struck Taiwan. The typhoon brought devastating floods that claimed 677 lives, damaged 1,652 houses, and caused incalculable economic losses to the island. At the press conference, Premier Wu Den-yih announced that the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation had already completed constructing

Kubasta Moderates AIPLA Panel Discussion on "Acquired Patents as Litigation Tool …

Dallas, Texas, February 9, 2009 – Kelly Kubasta, partner at Klemchuk Kubasta LLP, moderated a panel discussion at the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Mid-Winter Institute on January 29, 2010. The conference, which was held in La Quinta, California, was focused on identifying opportunities and preserving value in a recovering world economy. In particular, the attorneys in attendance discussed techniques for providing their clients with both effective and

Jackson Walker Announces New Managing Partners

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce that Wade Cooper has been named Managing Partner of the firm. The firm is also pleased to announce that Matt Dow, David Moran and Susan Halsey have been named the new City Managing Partners in Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth, respectively. Mr. Cooper succeeds Mike Wilson, who has served as Managing Partner since 1992. The change is the culmination of three years of succession

Dallas Attorney Mark Werbner Honored as a Texas Trial Legend

DALLAS – Dallas attorney Mark Werbner, co-founder of the trial law firm Sayles Werbner, recently was honored along with an elite group of Dallas/Fort Worth-area attorneys recognized by the Dallas Bar Association as “Texas Trial Legends” based on their illustrious legal careers. Werbner was one of eight trial lawyers recognized by the Dallas Bar Association’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section at a luncheon held on Feb. 2, 2010, at the Belo

Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2010 BTI Client Service All Stars

DALLAS - Jackson Walker partners Carl Butzer and Jay Rutherford were recently chosen for the BTI Client Service All Stars 2010. BTI Client Service All Stars is an elite group of 165 attorneys recognized as delivering the absolute best in client service. Attorneys named to the list are nominated solely and exclusively by clients in BTI’s independent study. BTI conducts more than 250 individual interviews annually with corporate counsel at the

Peak Discovery Appoints John Thacher as National Director of Project Management

Peak Discovery, Inc., a supplier of document review and eDiscovery services, today announced that John Thacher has joined the company as National Director of Project Management. John’s experience brings a comprehensive set of skills and an in depth understanding of the document review and project management process. Prior to joining Peak, John was Director of Project Management at DeNovo Legal, and before he was an Assistant Professor of Management, at

Jackson Walker Welcomes Two New Attorneys to the Houston Office

Jackson Walker welcomes new partners Amy Baird & Tré Fischer to the firm’s Houston office. Amy L. Baird represents clients in the energy industry. She does complex commercial and mass toxic tort litigation for those clients, along with regulatory, transactional and project acquisition work for clients in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. In addition to energy litigation matters, Ms. Baird also handles general contract and complex commercial litigation

Habitat Young Visionary Award 2010 Runner-up BITS Pilani Finance student Aayush …

For the founder of NBC David Sarnoff, the word ‘visionary’ meant a capacity to see into tomorrow and make it work.” Starting from 2004, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi has been engaging with the youth, who are successor generation and form the largest component of our population, through the Habitat Young Visionary Award competition. For more details click This award carries a fully funded summer programme at Cambridge University and

Digitisation of Correspondence Underway

The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen has commenced work on the most elaborate sub-project involved in the digitalisation of its case correspondence. Around three million files of correspondence between the tracing service, public authorities and the victims of national socialist persecution as well as their family members are to be digitised over the next few years. “Together with the original documents from the Nazi era, the correspondence cases

Taber Estes Thorne & Carr Expands Dallas Office Space to Accommodate Growth

DALLAS - A few weeks shy of their second anniversary, attorneys with the Dallas-based law firm of Taber Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC found the perfect way to celebrate by moving into a new home and more than doubling their total office space. The new accommodations are needed to handle the continued growth since the women-owned law firm first opened its doors in February 2008. Based on Taber Estes Thorne &

Taiwan earns international respect for relief efforts in Haiti

After a devastating earthquake struck Haiti on January 12 and caused severe loss of life and property on the Caribbean island, Taiwan’s official and private organizations immediately joined in disaster relief efforts. To date, five relief and medical teams from Taiwan have already been dispatched to Haiti. The ROC government has also donated US$5 million in aid, and set up a special donation account that has received over US$300,000 in

Legislature passes Cultural and Creative Industry Development Act

The Cultural and Creative Industry Development Act was approved by the Legislative Yuan on January 7, 2010, seven years after its inception. It offers tax incentives for enterprises purchasing original products or services from local cultural and creative businesses, donating to students or disadvantaged groups, providing assistance in holding cultural and creative activities in remote areas, or investing in related research and development or talent cultivation. Under the new act,

Digitisation of Post-War Era Documents Now Complete

The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen has now finished digitising its documents from the post-war era concerning displaced persons and emigration after the end of World War II. “This part of the ITS archives has hardly been explored so far,” said Udo Jost, Head of the Archive Division. “It offers excellent insights into life after survival, as well as the wave of migration which resulted from the war.” Releases Updated Website with Enhanced Patent Community rings in 2010 with a new user interface that connects the global Patent Community, the world's most dynamic patent search website has added new features and an improved and cleaner user interface. Users can conduct simple or advanced patent searches, obtain PDF copies of any one of our twelve million patents, and find inventors, patent attorneys, and patent owners, while adding six new features including: member to member

McKool Smith Recognized Among Top Six U.S. Intellectual Property Law Firms for 2 …

DALLAS – The law firm of McKool Smith has been selected as one of six “Intellectual Property Firms of the Year” for 2009 by the editors of Law 360, one of the nation’s leading publishers of legal news and information. According to Law 360, McKool Smith’s selection to the prestigious list of top IP law firms was a result of the firm’s wins in four significant IP cases during 2009, including

Woodruff Joins Gardere's Houston Office

HOUSTON – Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP welcomes John T. Woodruff as a partner in the Tax Practice Group in the Houston office. Mr. Woodruff had previously been with the firm from 2004 to 2008, then joined the international corporate services tax practice at KPMG LLP. Mr. Woodruff now returns to Gardere, and his practice will emphasize International Tax and Transfer Pricing. He has also had extensive experience structuring acquisitions, dispositions, public offerings,

Twitter page to Liu Xiaobo and the charter 08

Liu Xiaobo has signed as one of 10,000 Chinese the charter 08, a call to more democracy and human rights in China. In Christmas 2009 Liu Xiaobo was condemned to 11 years of custody. At a time in which Chinese authorities believe the attention of the democratic world is lower than commonly. For this reason a Twitter page was opened on the 1st of Christmas Day: / charta08 The charter

McKool Smith: Appeals Court Upholds Patent Infringement Verdict Against Microsof …

DALLAS – McKool Smith is announcing that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today upheld a $290 million verdict and permanent injunction against Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) in a Texas patent infringement case won by Toronto-based technology provider i4i Inc. In its ruling today, the Federal Circuit affirmed the May 20, 2009 jury verdict of $200 million for Microsoft’s willful infringement of an i4i patent covering

Human rights act takes effect in Taiwan

On December 12, President Ma Ying-jeou attended the opening ceremony of the Taiwan Human Rights Memorial Park in Taipei City’s Jingmei. On the occasion, the president announced that the Act Governing the Execution of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights had become effective two days prior. Passed in March and signed in May, the Act gives these covenants

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

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

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