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Eleven McKool Smith Attorneys Honored Among Best in Texas

DALLAS - Eleven attorneys from the Dallas, Austin and Marshall, Texas, offices of McKool Smith have earned spots on the 2007 Texas Super Lawyers list, as determined by a statewide survey published in the October issue of Texas Monthly magazine. Two attorneys from the firm received special recognition, with firm founder Mike McKool Jr. being selected as one of the Top 100 lawyers in Texas, and Samuel F. Baxter earning the

Defendants in Rhode Island Lead Paint ‘Public Nuisance’ Case Argue Against State …

The defendants in the \"public nuisance” case filed against lead paint manufacturers in Rhode Island have issued a statement claiming that many factors in the State’s abatement plan render it infeasible and burdensome. Speaking on behalf of the defendants, counsel Scott Smith, an attorney at Hallenland Lewis Nilan & Johnson in Minneapolis, has issued the following statement on the issue: “Under this proposal, the Attorney General is seeking the astounding

Imperato Named as Grand Prior of Orden Bonaria for the US & Canada

London – (i1connect News) - Today it was announced that Daniel Imperato, a Knight of the Orden Bonaria, has been named as the Grand Prior of Orden Bonaria for the United States and Canada, his wife, Jan Deborah Imperato, was named Lady of Zenobia by the Orden Bonaria, Royal and Imperial House of Tadmur. Prince de Septimio-Bathzabbay of the House of Tadmur recently received the Imperato \'s

Leading Candidate Daniel Imperato Featured on Univision Website

Miami, FL 9/14/07 – Today the leading Independent Presidential Candidate announced that his profile was recently added to Univision\'s 2008 Presidential Election coverage. Imperato has appeared at many Hispanic events, and was recently featured in \"El Ultimo Café\", a Spanish language program that runs on West Palm Beach Channel 57, an affiliate of MTV 3. In addition, Imperato has been featured in Que Pasa Bulletin (Los Angeles), Washington Hispanic

Daniel Sheehan Recognized Among Texas’ Best Lawyers

DALLAS – For the fifth consecutive year, Daniel Sheehan has earned a spot on the prestigious Texas Super Lawyers listing. Mr. Sheehan, founder of Dallas’ Daniel Sheehan & Associates, LLP, is listed among the state’s top professional liability attorneys in the October 2007 issue of Texas Monthly magazine and Texas Super Lawyers magazine, a publication co-produced by the publishers of Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Media Inc. Earlier this year, approximately

$1 BILLION UNDER THE SOFA CUSHIONS? Report Proposes Revamped Funding Process fo …

TRENTON, N.J. -- A new report offers guidance to New Jersey officials developing the state's school funding formula, on where to find more revenue. It was written for state officials and the general public, and released by nonpartisan civic group Value New Jersey. The report, entitled "Principles: What Should We Expect in New Jersey's Next School Finance Formula?", says that funding practices have accelerated the cost increases for public schools.

48 Gardere Attorneys Named To Texas Super Lawyers List

DALLAS/HOUSTON/AUSTIN – A total of 48 partners from the Dallas, Houston and Austin offices of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP have earned selection to the 2007 Texas Super Lawyers list. Gardere has placed more than 45 attorneys on the list in each of the five years the list has been compiled by the publishers of Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Media Inc. With their selection to the 2007 list, 30

Four Stewart Stimmel LLP Attorneys Among Texas Super Lawyers

DALLAS – The health care law firm of Stewart Stimmel LLP is pleased to announce that four partners in the 14-attorney practice have been selected as 2007 Texas Super Lawyers by the publishers of Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Media Inc. Selected for this honor were James “Mac” Stewart and Linda Stimmel, both in the area of Health Care. Additionally, Charles Bell was honored for Medical Malpractice Defense and Vernon

Imperato Calls It Again: Poppy Productions Surges To New Highs Despite Calls for …

New York – September 4, 2007 - Last Week the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported that opium-poppy cultivation in Afghanistan increased \"dramatically\" in 2007. The annual survey estimates the increase in production of opium as more than one-third, confirming Afghanistan as the major world problem in narcotics terms. \"The really bad news is that we have an increase in the number of hectares [sown with opium poppy],

Imperato Calls It Again: Chinese Military Infiltrate Pentagon Network

Washington D.C. – September 6, 2007 - Just three months ago, according to American officials, the Chinese People\'s Liberation Army (PLA) hacked into the Pentagon Computer Network and reached a computer system serving the office of Robert Gates, the Secretary of Defense. The United States and its telecommunications infrastructure has long been thought of as secure and protected from outside invaders. However, with the global growth

Presidential Candidate to Support Ballot Access Reform in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City - September 6, 2007 – Today 2008 Independent Libertarian Presidential Candidate Daniel Imperato pledged his support to Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform Coalition and will be a keynote speaker at their rally on today in Oklahoma City. The coalition, which is comprised of the Green Party, Libertarian Party, Constitution Party, as well as independents are seeking to give more choices to Oklahomans by making it less

79 Thompson & Knight Attorneys Honored in The Best Lawyers in America® 2008

Texas (September 5, 2007) – The international law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to congratulate its 79 attorneys who were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2008 (Copyright 2007 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). Thompson & Knight is honored to have more attorneys listed in Best Lawyers than any other firm in Dallas, Texas, a total of 64. The Firm

Important information of Trabzonspor to the general public

Due to a newspaper article published on September, 02.09.2007, in which a person is maliciously offering \"Trabzonspor name rights\" for sale over the ebay-platform, juridical means are initiated. In this regard, ideal as well as material damage sentence complaints are raised further. We would like to draw the attention of the general public and of all possible prospective buyers to the fact that the only lawful and authorised representative of

Thompson & Knight Attorney Elected to Bar Association Chair Positions

Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce William M. Katz Jr. has been elected Chair of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Section of Antitrust Law’s Insurance Industry Committee and Chair-Elect of the State Bar of Texas Antitrust and Business Litigation Section for 2007-2008. The ABA Section of Antitrust Law’s Insurance Industry Committee focuses on antitrust issues of interest to members in the insurance, reinsurance, and insurance brokerage communities and their

Thompson & Knight Attorneys Secure Jury Verdict for Landlord in Breach of Lease …

Thompson & Knight attorneys recently secured a jury verdict in favor of 9555 West Belt L.P./Bayview USA Holdings LLC, the owner of an office building located at 9555 W. Sam Houston Parkway, in a dispute involving a tenant’s breach of a long-term lease. The defendants in the suit were Quality Infusion Care, Inc., a company which provides services for home health care, and its owners Jim and Linda Rutherford.

Shackelford, Melton & McKinley Adds New Partner

DALLAS – Shackelford, Melton & McKinley, LLP, is pleased to announce that Daryl K. Washington has joined the Dallas firm as a partner. Mr. Washington’s practice will focus on commercial and securities litigation, as well as sports and entertainment law. “We could not be more excited to have Daryl join our firm,” said John Shackelford, a founding partner of the firm. “He is an exceptional litigator, and he brings tremendous talent

A growing VCL plans to attend Drug Policy Alliance conference in New Orleans Dec …

This December a conference will be hosted in New Orleans by the Drug Policy Alliance. The VCL, who have spoken out against the current US drug prohibition policy on many occasions, plans to attend. There are many problems associated with this policy such as gang violence, more harmful and impure substances being sold, increased use of cheaper but stronger drugs and higher crime rates caused by addicted individuals.

Cesidian Root starts new country of Independent Long Island with .ILI Top-Level …

South Floral Park, NY, August 20, 2007 -- The President and Founder of the Cesidian Root, an alternative and intercontinental Internet, announced today that he has started the new country project of Independent Long Island (ILI). Independent Long Island (ILI) is the new name the President of the Cesidian Root has given to Long Island, and this new national entity is made up of the Brooklyn and Queens boroughs of New

Mariana Nicolesco, a great voice of our time, brings Europe to Romania

Celebrated soprano Mariana Nicolesco left her native country, Romania, in the 70’s, with a scholarship she won in a national contest to study voice at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome. Her superb dark voice, with an enormous extention and her solid musical background - she studied violin from age 6 to 18 - brought her immediately to general attention. Still in the Conservatory, she is the Page in Verdi’s Don

Results in from Recent Iowa(USA) Democratic Debate Poll

Honolulu, HI, USA…22 August 2007. HarmonyNet Media Group, an online and tangible world media company, announced today that there is an apparent shift in the US Presidential Debates results. As of the tm unofficial and ‘unscientific’ polling, Dennis Kucinich(D-OH), has moved out significantly in front of the previously favored leaders, Barack Obama(D-IL) and Hillary Clinton(D-NY). The online polls, following the live event in Des Moines, IA, shows that Kucinich,

Weitz & Luxenberg Welcomes Ambre Brandis to its Asbestos Litigation Department

Ambre Brandis has joined the ranks of Weitz & Luxenberg’s accomplished attorneys in the firm’s Asbestos Litigation department. No stranger to the law or asbestos, the New Jersey native honed her skills for four years at Shein Law Center, a boutique asbestos firm in Philadelphia, while working her way toward her JD degree at the Pierce Law School. During that time, Brandis was also a judicial clerk with Sandra Moss,

Thompson & Knight Attorney Named Chairman of Advisory Council and Conference

Texas (August 22, 2007) – The international law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to congratulate R Gordon Appleman on being named Chairman of The University of Texas (UT) College of Liberal Arts Foundation Advisory Council and Chairman of The University of Texas School of Law’s (UT Law) 55th Annual Taxation Conference. Appleman will begin his position as UT College of Liberal Arts Foundation Advisory Council Chairman on September

East Texas Jury Finds in Favor of USF Bestway In Federal Truck Accident Case

MARSHALL, Texas – A federal court jury in Marshall has ruled in favor of the USF Bestway Inc. trucking company in a lawsuit filed by a local woman who blamed the company for injuries she sustained following a 2005 accident. The jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, returned a unanimous take-nothing verdict this morning on behalf of the company in the lawsuit filed

HRRV Provides Life Experience to PowerPlayNYC Intern

NEW YORK (8/15/07) – Havkins, Rosenfeld, Ritzert & Varriale made a 14 year-old girl’s dream come true this week when she shadowed an attorney during in a one-week internship through PowerPlayNYC’s STARS program. HRRV attorney Carmen Nicolaou took time out of her busy schedule to mentor Devona Adjei Baffour, who will be attending the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York this fall on a full scholarship. “I am very proud

A Blind Eye Turned To Sources Of Lead Exposure?

The massive amount of attention being paid to the lead content in some of the nation’s most ubiquitous toys is long overdue, says Houston attorney Richard O. Faulk, Chair of the Litigation Department at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. “While the lead paint trials were in progress in Rhode Island, and while the proceedings in New Jersey, Missouri, Ohio and California have been pending, American children were at risk from an incredible

Settlement Reached in Mr. America Death

DALLAS – The family of former Mr. America Michael Scarcella has settled a lawsuit against Presbyterian Hospital of Plano Inc., following Mr. Scarcella’s death in 2003 after he was transferred from the hospital. Terms of the settlement are confidential. “It’s a small measure of consolation for Michael’s nine-year-old son, who will have to grow up without his dad,” says Jim Girards of The Girards Law Firm in Dallas, who represents the late

Thompson & Knight Attorneys Elected to State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charge Co …

Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce that Molly Steele and Scott P. Stolley have been elected to serve on Pattern Jury Charge Committees for the State Bar of Texas. Steele will serve on the Pattern Jury Charges – Oversight Committee, and Stolley will serve on the Pattern Jury Charges – Business, Consumer, and Employment Committee. The mission of the Pattern Jury Charges – Oversight Committee is to set

Thompson & Knight Gains Litigation Expert in Dallas

The international law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce Jackie Robinson has joined the Firm as a Partner in the Dallas office. He brings more than 20 years of legal experience to Thompson & Knight. Robinson focuses his practice on litigation and dispute resolution. He has practiced in state and federal courts and has tried more than 70 cases to verdict. Although the dominant

Thompson & Knight Attorney Receives Legal Services of New York City Pro Bono Ser …

Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to congratulate Ira L. Herman for receiving a Legal Services of New York City (LSNY) 2007 Pro Bono Service Award for his service on the Steering Committee for the New York City Bankruptcy Assistance Project (NYC BAP). The NYC BAP is a part of the LSNY network of legal services programs located throughout New York City. The awards were distributed at the

To the 16th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan

SIXTEEN YEARS: ALONG THE PATH OF PROFOUND CHANGES AND PROFOUND REFORMS This year the people of Uzbekistan are going to celebrate the 16th anniversary of Independence, the country’s most important holiday, with a special pride and inspiration. Undoubtedly, the traversed path - the path of independent development has been marked by epochal transformations, establishment of the statehood, the rebirth of the national self-consciousness. At the moment, Uzbekistan having stepped on the way

Daniel Imperato Announced as First Candidate for Upcoming Presidential Debate

Boulder, 8/8/07 CO – Today Imperato for President 2008, the official campaign committee for Daniel Imperato, announced that Daniel Imperato will be the first candidate for the upcoming multi-party presidential debates. With two major National Conventions, Colorado being a swing state, and home to one of the Presidential candidates, Colorado is the center of more attention for the upcoming 2008-election cycle than it has ever witnessed. This is the

On approving Statute on the family-type children’s houses

With an aim to ensure the protection of rights and interests of children left without a parental care, create for them the necessary conditions close to a family atmosphere, develop the family-type children’s houses as well as implement the Resolution of the President of Uzbekistan of January 23, 2007 №PP-573 “On the State program “Year of Social Protection” the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan approved the Statute

Oxford Vatican Scholar Asks Pope to Be First Woman Admitted to Vatican's All-Mal …

University Heights, Ohio - August 8, 2007, Serene Ecclesial Lady, Dna. Maria St. Catherine De Grace Sharpe, a lay member of the Roman Catholic Ecclesial Order of the Societ of Mary (Marist Order) and the Order of the Most Holy Trinity and an Oxford-trained pontifical ecclesiastical diplomatic scholar who has been quietly specializing in the study, research and analysis of Roman Catholic/Holy See/Vatican State pontifical ecclesiastical international and diplomatic affairs

Housing Slump: the Result of Poor Lending Practices, Economic Stagnation, or Lac …

Driving through any neighborhood shows an unavoidable truth: The country is in a housing slump. In fact, more than 1 million foreclosures are expected over the next six years according to a study by First American CoreLogic. Due to these foreclosures, an estimated $112 billion will be lost to lenders, investors and remaining equity. A primary reason industry analysts point to for the housing slump is a basic economic principle:

2008 Libertarian Presidential Candidate D. Imperato Invited To Speak at Libertar …

Dayton, OH – August 3, 2007 - Today, 2008 Presidential Candidate Daniel Imperato announced that he has been invited to speak at the Libertarian Region 3 Convention this weekend, August 3-5, 2007. In addition, Imperato For President 2008, the official campaign committee of Daniel Imperato, has sponsored the event. Imperato is schedule to deliver his address to the Region 3 delegates on Saturday evening at 8pm.

Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Attempt to Scuttle Public Nuisance Legislation

Ohio has officially joined the growing list of states which have rejected the latest “mass tort” experiment devised by ambitious public officials and the entrepreneurial plaintiffs\' bar. The Aug. 1 ruling “rebuffed the Governor and the Attorney General\'s attempt to flaunt the legislative prerogative and vindicated the General Assembly\'s decision to clarify the application of Ohio\'s product liability statue to public nuisance cases,” says Houston attorney Richard O. Faulk, Chair

Federal Electronics Honored with Raytheon 2007 Supplier Excellence Award

CRANSTON, R.I. – August 6, 2007 – Federal Electronics (, a leading provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS), has been selected as a recipient of the 2007 Supplier Excellence 3 Star Award from Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). Federal Electronics, a supplier to Raytheon IDS for the past 6 years, was honored with the award for the company’s exemplary performance and contribution to the success of Raytheon IDS and

Thompson & Knight Receives Greater Dallas Chamber Employer Excellence Award

Dallas (August 2, 2007) – The international law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce its selection as a recipient of the 2007 Greater Dallas Chamber Employer Excellence Award. The Firm is the only law firm to receive this award which honors Greater Dallas Chamber (GDC) companies recognized by the Dallas Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work.” Thompson & Knight has been named one

Transparency and Accountability Act proposed for Congressional Bill

For Presidential Candidate Orion Karl Daley, Transparency and Accountability in government goes far beyond a fashionable catch phrase for Election 2008 campaign promotion and politics. For Mr. Daley, Transparency and Accountability sets the measure for cost effective and efficient government for serving the people. This is what he proposed in the 2005 announcement for his Election 2008 Presidential Platform. He believes that Congress should have been working on this since

Independent LP Presidential Candidate Imperato to Have Broadcast This Wednesda …

West Palm Beach, FL – July 30, 2007 - Today, Imperato for President 2008, the official Presidential Campaign Committee for Daniel Imperato, announced that they will be holding their regular presidential live broadcast this Wednesday August 1, 2007 at 8pm EST. Daniel Imperato is currently an independent candidate for the office of President of United States of America, and is seeking the nomination from the Libertarian Party. During this broadcast, Imperato

Tashkent – the pearl of the Islamic civilization

On August 14-15 Tashkent and Samarkand will host an international conference for the mass media in connection with Tashkent's having been announced as the capital of Islamic culture in 2007. The conference is expected to be attended by around 100 foreign scientists, state and religious figures from over thirty countries. The National Press Center of Uzbekistan hosted a press-conference to focus on the preparations for and holding of the upcoming

Munck Butrus Adds Attorney to Intellectual Property Section

DALLAS – Munck Butrus, P.C., is pleased to announce that Coti J. Edwards has joined the firm’s Dallas office as an associate in the Intellectual Property Section. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Edwards served as in-house counsel for CMG Worldwide, Inc., where she managed the intellectual property rights of entertainment legends such as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Buddy Holly and Rosa Parks. She has had significant experience handling the unauthorized

Dallas’ Frank Branson Earns National Trial Lawyer Honor

CHICAGO – Frank Branson of Dallas’ The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson has been named as the 2007 recipient of the prestigious “Mel Award” from the Melvin Belli Society. The annual award is presented to an individual attorney who demonstrates exceptional creativity and innovation in the courtroom. Mr. Branson was presented with the award, which is inscribed with the passage “Advocate, teacher, giant in the trial bar,” during the

World Trade Center's ailing workers file suit for healthcare

Almost 10,000 of the workers who rushed out to assist in the rescue operations during the World Trade Center bombing and consequent burning last September 11, 2001 have filed a lawsuit against the Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg. According to the suit, the mayor has allegedly failed to provide the rescue workers with appropriate healthcare services to those who have fallen ill after the rescue operations. Bloomberg has

Warner Music not keen on take-over bid for EMI in Britain

The Warner Music Group Corp declared in a statement on Tuesday that they have decided not to make an offer for the acquisition of EMI Group PLC, known as their rival music company. However, they noted that they have secured the right to make such take-over bid later on. The Warner Music, which is based in New York, have reserved their right to be a part of a take-over

Louisiana Attorney Burton LeBlanc Elected to American Association for Justice's …

BATON ROUGE, La. – Attorney Burton LeBlanc, of counsel to Dallas’ Baron & Budd, P.C., and a name partner in Baton Rouge-based LeBlanc & Waddell, LLP, has been elected to the Executive Committee for the American Association for Justice. Mr. LeBlanc, who previously served on the AAJ’s Board of Governors, was selected to help lead the 52,000-member organization during the recent annual convention in Chicago July 14-18. "My practice is dedicated to

Tires subject to U.S. recall met safety standards - China

The inspectors of the Chinese government concluded that the tires manufactured by a Chinese company that had been subjected t a nationwide recall in the United States have officially met the U.S. safety standards on such products. The said officials have inspected the Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. and issued these following decisions after examining three tires in their government laboratory. These reports were indicated in the Oriental Morning Post, China

TBI Education for Army, commences

The United States Army had launched an education program that focuses on teaching a target of 1 million soldiers on traumatic brain injury or TBI. The education program is geared towards attaining a level of awareness on the symptoms of brain injuries and the PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. According to earlier statements by the federal and state governments, TBI and PTSDA are the two foremost signatures of the

Baron & Budd, P.C., Announces California Asbestos Settlement

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dallas law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., is announcing a total of $2.1 million in settlements on behalf of a San Francisco man and his wife against several manufacturers and distributors of asbestos-containing products, including San Ramon, Calif.-based Kaiser Gypsum Company Inc. and Pleasanton, Calif.-based Hanson Permanente Cement Inc. On July 17, Kaiser Gypsum and Hanson Permanente -- previously known as Kaiser Cement -- settled with

Presidential Candidate Publishs Election 2008 Platform, The New Deal

Presidential Candidate Orion Karl Daley has published his Election 2008 platform as a book. It is called 'The New Deal, an Election 2008 Primer'. OKD says "The people are owed more than just campaign lip service when the future of our nation is at stake.Voters are normally expected to trust their candidates. But today, voters should be able to verify what candidates really stand for and what they are actually going

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