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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 14, 2015 – Though the fact that restaurants are vulnerable to lawsuits for fair labor violations has made some owners unhappy, many recognize that it levels the playing field for all workers, ultimately making the industry more ethical and fair. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the go-to legislation applicable to wages and hours paid in all states. It deals with four specific areas: standards for youth employment, overtime pay, record keeping and the Federal minimum wage, currently $7.25/hour. Most of the investigations launched by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDL) in restaurant […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2015 – The legal case against GTECH Corporation, the operator of the Texas Lottery, entered another phase on April 7 when the plaintiffs, who filed a lawsuit in December 2014, filed a second amended petition accusing the company of fraud. And now the plaintiffs, who were originally a group of 250 lottery players who alleged that GTECH duped them, has now grown to number nearly 1,000 lottery players. The lawsuit, which was filed in state district court in Austin on December 9, accuses GTECH of intentionally programming its lottery computers to treat winning […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2015 – Zamansky LLC announces that it is investigating the BlackGold Opportunity Fund LLC and BlackGold Opportunity Offshore Fund LLC (the “BlackGold Funds”), over large losses reported to investors. The BlackGold Funds are the $2 billion hedge funds managed by KKR-owned BlackGold Capital Management, Inc. The investigation concerns the April 2, 2015, report by Bloomberg News that auditors increased the losses reported to BlackGold Funds investors from 6% to 17%. The increase was the result of differences in the valuation of energy bonds held by the BlackGold Funds. These losses came weeks […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2015 – Zamansky LLC announces that it is investigating Lynn Tilton’s “Zohar” Loan Funds, the collateralized loan funds managed under the names Patriarch Partners, LLC, Patriarch Partners XIII, LLC, Patriarch Partners XIV LLC and Patriarch Partners XV, LLC (“Zohar Funds”). The investigation concerns the allegations against investment advisor Lynn Tilton and the Zohar Funds made by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). On March 25, 2015, the SEC filed an Administrative Proceeding alleging that Tilton issued misleading values of the Zohar Fund’s CLO holdings to inflate management fees charged to the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 31, 2015 – Legal practice managers’ average pay rose 18 percent in 2014. The latest industry-leading research findings on compensation and benefits trends in law firms was released today by the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA). The Enhanced Law Firm Compensation & Benefits Survey data shows that practice area administrator salaries increased by an average of 18 percent in 2014, with principal law firm administrators faring nearly as well with a 15.3 percent increase, and Paralegal Mangers a 12.6 percent increase. The 1,169 participants in the survey receive a discount on the final data, […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 10, 2015 – Bullying in the workplace may also involve sexual harassment. Stop it by contacting an experienced sexual harassment attorney. Abusive, bullying conduct may involve, but not be limited to: verbal and physical abuse, intimidation, threats, humiliation and sexual harassment. A National Bullying Institute survey shows 27 percent of workers are previous or current victims of bullying in the workplace. The survey also indicates that 70 percent of respondents believe bullying in the workplace is a real, ongoing issue. California is working towards enacting a law that mandates all employers with 50 or […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2015 – Notice is hereby given a class action lawsuit has been filed today, February 20, 2015, in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York by an investor individually and on behalf of all other investors who purchased or otherwise acquired common stock of Virtus Investment Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: VRTS) (“Virtus”) between May 28, 2013 and December 22, 2014 (the “Class Period”). The Class Action Complaint alleges that Virtus and certain of its officers and/or directors violated sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Virtus […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2015 – More than 400 Texas lottery players have joined a lawsuit alleging that Texas Lottery operator GTECH Corporation owes them millions in unpaid winnings. The controversy began last fall, when players of the now-discontinued Fun 5’s scratch-off game began to complain that lottery redemption computers were rejecting some winning tickets. Despite mounting player complaints, GTECH and lottery officials allowed the Fun 5’s game to continue for nearly two months. Two hundred and fifty players filed a lawsuit in December for $248 million in unpaid winnings. Now, attorneys for the plaintiffs have filed […]


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Tacoma, WA (Law Firm Newswire) January 1, 2015 – In an effort to help young people meet the ever-growing cost of obtaining an college education, the Dickson Law Group has created the Thomas L. Dickson $1000 College Scholarship. The scholarship is available to students who are currently enrolled in an institution of higher education or who have plans to attend a university or college next fall. The firm plans to offer the scholarship on an annual basis to the student who submits the highest quality video essay pertaining to the topic at hand. The video essay requires students to imagine […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2014 – Bigger Law Firm magazine’s newest issue provides attorneys and law firms with the latest inside information they need to stay on the cutting edge of online marketing and technology. As the tech landscape changes, BLF helps attorneys adapt their marketing strategies to stay ahead of the latest developments. In this issue, Brendan Conley examines digital signatures with the article, “Save Time by Signing Digitally.” In online commerce, click-through agreements have quickly become ubiquitous, but some legal documents still require a “blue-pen only” paper signature. In the many in-between areas, paper signatures […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2014 – A Texas restaurant company and its construction arm recently filed a breach of contract lawsuit against a licensee. Domco Inc., which operates El Tiempo restaurants in the Houston area, and MKWW Management Inc., an affiliated construction company, filed the lawsuit against Liquid Gold Hospitality Group LLC and five Liquid Gold managers. Liquid Gold entered into a contract to operate a number of new El Tiempo restaurants, but construction delays prevented the restaurants from opening on schedule. Domco alleges that Liquid Gold breached their license agreement. “License agreements are usually complex documents. […]


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Tacoma, WA., (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2014 – The Dickson Law Group is pleased to announce that founding partner Thomas Dickson has been asked by LexisNexis to serve as author, content editor, and editorial consultant on the publisher’s 2014 Practice Guide regarding Washington State real estate litigation. This request should come as no surprise to the legal community, as Tom has firmly established himself as a leading real estate lawyer within the state with over three decades of relevant experience. Additionally, Tom’s son and partner, Robert, will also be working with LexisNexis in the same capacity. LexisNexis is a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Featured in the latest issue of Bigger Law Firm (BLF) magazine is a series of seriously helpful articles to help a busy law firm grab hold of new and promising developments. Find out how a law firm can maximize its exposure by using LinkedIn’s newest and very powerful free blogging platform. Kerrie Spencer explores the useful long-form post and how it becomes a part of a law firm’s profile. Launched in early 2014, the new platform is an ideal way to help build authority in a legal niche, such as medical […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2014 – Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) today announced that through January 1, 2015, it will offer its CLM Flagship custom marketing plan to law firms for just $3500 a month. This offering saves law firms 30% or more on CLM’s premier legal marketing product. CLM’s Flagship is built to deliver large-scale growth in quality lead flow for law firms, using a radically new approach to digital marketing. “CLM knows that efficiency and growth are extremely important to law firms, and this special Flagship offer helps them achieve both,” says Jason Bland, CLM […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2014 – Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) has announced that until January 1, 2015, any law firm that signs up for a legal marketing plan with CLM will get a custom app for their law firm at no additional charge. CLM’s legal marketing plans help law firms grow by using innovative digital strategies to increase quality lead flow. Because so much of the digital world is now on mobile devices, CLM founder Jason Bland says that a mobile app can be a huge asset to firms who want to grow. “A mobile app […]


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Texas state district court judge Stephen Yelenosky has rejected a request for depositions in the ongoing controversy over the Fun 5’s scratch-off game by the Texas lottery. Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2014 – Lawyers for lottery watchdog Dawn Nettles sought to take the pre-suit deposition of representatives of the Texas Lottery Commission (TLC) and lottery operator GTECH Corporation. Nettles and hundreds of other Fun 5’s players hold tickets that they believe to be winning tickets based on language on the ticket, but that TLC says are losers. Nettles argued that TLC and GTECH should be forced to […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2014 – It does not require rocket science to follow existing California labor laws. SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.) is now facing two lawsuits over alleged labor law violations. One suit alleges that the company denied workers breaks and demanded that they work off the clock and through meal and rest breaks because of overloaded work schedules. Allegedly, none of the workers were paid for missed breaks or other off-the-clock work, told to round their hours worked to the nearest 15-minute increment (losing wages in the process), provided with tools needed to perform […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2014 – The Texas Lottery Commission announced its decision to end the Fun 5’s scratch-off game just five days after a Texas Lottery watchdog asked a Travis County Court for the right to depose the Commission over alleged problems with the game. The move to shut down the game is a major turning point in a controversy that has been gaining momentum. Since the game launched in early September, hundreds of lottery players have complained that official lottery computers had been programmed to deny prizes to some winning Fun 5’s tickets. The Texas […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2014 – Dawn Nettles has filed an official petition with the Travis County District Court in the growing controversy over the Texas Lottery Fun 5’s scratch-off ticket. “We’re just trying to get some basic answers,” said Richard LaGarde, an attorney for Ms. Nettles. “The public deserves to know who is responsible for this situation, and what will be done about it.” An increasing number of lottery players are expressing their anger over what they regard as deceptive language in the Fun 5’s rules. Language on the ticket suggests that the combination of a […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2014 – Two recent cases show that covenants not to compete must be carefully drafted in order to be enforced as written by Texas courts. “In order to be enforceable under Texas law, the limitations in noncompete agreements must be reasonable,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin non-compete agreement attorney. Jordan works extensively with non-competition agreements and who handles employment and business litigation. A Texas court recently refused to enforce a noncompete agreement because its geographic restriction was considered too broad.  In Morrell Masonry Supply v. Coddou, a plaster salesman was employed by […]


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