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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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ALA and Nesso Strategies Announce the Managing Partner Executive Director Forum Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2014 – The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) announces a new interactive educational event, The Managing Partner/Executive Director Forum in Orlando, Florida on February 23-24 in partnership with Nesso Strategies. Designed to explore and develop leadership skills and experience, The Managing Partner/Executive Director Forum is a hands-on workshop that enables Managing Partners and Executive Directors to collaborate on shared leadership and management challenges. “Today, more than ever, the working relationship among the law firm executive team, lawyers plus executive administrators, is critical […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2014 – Texas law firm the Law Offices of Alex R. Hernandez Jr. PLLC adds attorney Luis Cuellar to its staff of attorneys as Of Counsel. Luis is a Victoria Texas native and will be handling the litigation department in the Victoria and Austin offices. Luis Cuellar is a graduate of St. Mary’s University and has lived in Austin for several years. Luis has extensive experience in family law matters and has tried cases in Austin, Bastrop, and Lockhart. Luis is bilingual. The Law Offices of Alex R. Hernandez Jr PLLC is a […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2014 – California law dictates all workers must be paid for overtime, but employers are frequently ignoring the mandate. “We’re seeing an increase in unpaid overtime and wage lawsuits,” reported Sacramento business attorney, Deborah Barron. “Companies in the unethical habit of violating the laws are not paying workers either overtime or their regular salary.” Interestingly enough, bigger companies seem to flout the law most often. A recent case between Walmart and Schneider Logistics ultimately ended in a $21 million settlement. The suit was launched in 2011, and it represented over 1,800 workers at […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2014 – In May, Duran v. U.S. Bank National Association came before California’s Supreme Court. The resulting ruling will provide guidance to other courts attempting to decide whether individual employee wage actions may remain certified or if they must be certified as class actions. Duran v. U.S. Bank National Association began as a complaint alleging that loan officers working for the bank were misclassified under California Labor Code § 1171 and deserved overtime pay for work they had done. The trial court certified this case as a class action suit according to evidence […]


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Sacramento, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2014 – Golden State’s Justice for Port Truck Drivers picketed at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports to protest being classified as independent contractors and not employees. “I see a large number of cases in my practice that involve misclassified workers and it seems to be a near epidemic. To avoid paying various benefits to employees, a company misclassifies their workers. Whatever the reasons used, it is illegal and denies workers the protection of state and federal laws and results in lower wages and no appreciable benefits,” outlines experienced Sacramento employment lawyer, […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2014 – Inventors can monetize their patented inventions by choosing one of two methods. One option allows an inventor to license the invention – that is, to sell the right to use or develop the invention for commercial purposes to another party. The second allows the inventor to manufacture and market the invention him- or herself. An inventor’s decision should be based both on the invention itself and on the inventor’s personality and interests. Los Angeles patent attorney Jim Dawson explained some of the differences between the two approaches. “Inventors who choose […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2014 – In Travis County, Texas, the publisher of Texas Monthly has filed suit against The New York Times Company after the Times hired the magazine’s former editor, Jake Silverstein, to become editor of The New York Times Magazine. The lawsuit alleges that the Times tortiously interfered with Silverstein’s three-year contract with Texas Monthly, which does not expire until February 2015. Silverstein is not named as a defendant. “In order to prove tortious interference, Texas Monthly will likely need to show that Silverstein had an enforceable contract with Texas Monthly and that the […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2014 – Zamansky LLC announces that it is investigating Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. (NasdaqGS: FRSH) (“Papa Murphy’s) over its disclosures to investors. Papa Murphy’s which is based in Vancouver, Washington owns, operates, and franchises Take ‘N’ Bake pizza stores. These are stores where customers purchase assembled pizzas to bake and serve at home. On June 9, 2014 Seeking Alpha published an article forecasting imminent declines in Papa Murphy’s EBITDA and a possible 80% decline in stock price, due to a request by franchisees for a moratorium on fees. The article reports that […]


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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2014 – After more than 13 years of efforts from lawmakers and patent officials, the United States is on the verge of becoming a member nation of the Hague Agreement. The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs, also known as the “Hague system,” allows for the registration of industrial designs in all participating nations with a single application and a single set of fees. Los Angeles patent attorney Pejman Yedidsion said he looked forward to the change. “The Hague Agreement has been working very well in its member nations […]


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Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2014 – The Association of Legal Administrators, an organization representing 9,000 professionals who lead the strategic business operations of law firms and law departments worldwide, has joined with several other legal business associations to call for a reconsideration of a Texas State Bar ethics decision that prohibits the use of certain titles for non-lawyer management positions. The Ethics Committee’s decision states a Texas firm may not use “officer” or “principal” in job titles for non-lawyer employees of the firm, arguing that doing so gives the impression of non-lawyers exerting control or influence over […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2014 – Zamansky LLC has filed a FINRA arbitration on behalf of an elderly investor against Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. (“Oppenheimer”) who claims that her accounts were churned by her financial advisor. The case is FINRA TN 1400862. The Statement of Claim in the arbitration alleges that the claimant, who is an 85 year-old investor, had her and her late husband’s accounts churned and excessively traded by their financial advisor at Oppenheimer. Although they needed to preserve their money, the Statement of Claim alleges that the Oppenheimer financial advisor concentrated their accounts […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2014 – Zamansky LLC announces that it is investigating independent broker-dealer firms for churning, unsuitable investments and other sales practice violations. According to Jacob Zamansky, stock fraud attorney for over 25 years, as the stock market has reached new highs, financial advisors have been under pressure to keep up. Our firm has seen incidents of churning by financial advisors and sales of riskier and more speculative investments than investors want, Zamansky states. Zamansky states that financial advisors at the smaller, independent brokerage firms may be in a position of trust where they […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 9, 2014 – Zamansky LLC announces that it is investigating Higher One Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ONE) for a possible shareholder derivative action. Higher One provides technology and payment service to the higher education industry and is based in New Haven, CT and incorporated in Delaware. The investigation concerns allegations of breaches of duties owed to shareholders by the officers and directors. On May 12, 2014, Higher One disclosed in its quarterly financial statement filing with the SEC that it is facing penalties from the Federal Reserve over alleged violations tied to its marketing […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2014 – Zamansky LLC announces that its investigation of the Campbell Strategic Allocation Fund, Campbell Global Trend Fund and other managed futures funds (“Campbell Funds”) in continuing. The Campbell Funds were sold to brokerage customers of the following firms which acted as selling agents: Prospera Financial Services, Inc. Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated Tricor Financial LLC LPL Financial Campbell Financial Services, Inc. Girard Securities, Inc. Polar Investment Counsel, Inc. The investigation concerns the potential conflicts of interest in the sales of the Campbell Funds by these brokerage firms to retail investors. According […]


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Wilmington, DE (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2014 – Morris James LLP is pleased to announce that Judge Charles H. Toliver, IV will join the firm in June, 2014, at the completion of his second 12-year term as Judge of the Delaware Superior Court. Judge Toliver was initially appointed to the bench in 1990 by Delaware Governor Michael N. Castle and reappointed in 2002 by Governor Thomas R. Carper. Judge Toliver will be a partner in the Litigation Practice and a member of the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Group. Judge Toliver’s practice will center upon civil, corporate and domestic relations […]


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BETHESDA, Md. (Law Firm Newswire) May 29, 2014 – Bluestone Law International (“BLI”) today announces that it has secured a significant post-judgment recovery in U.S. federal court in Chicago, on behalf of a leading international export credit insurer, through garnishment proceedings against a prominent third-party financial institution. After obtaining a judgment in September 2013, BLI led an aggressive and creative effort to have the judgment satisfied on behalf of its client. Through federal and Illinois post-judgment discovery and enforcement mechanisms, BLI was able to locate assets sufficient enough to cover the balance of the judgment and interest. After tracing, identifying […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2014 – Zamansky LLC announces that it has filed a FINRA arbitration for West Coast couple who claim to have suffered approximately $750,000 in losses from the UBS Willow Fund LLC (“UBS Willow Fund”). The FINRA arbitration is against UBS Financial Services Inc. (“UBS”) which sold the UBS Willow Fund to its brokerage customers. In 2013, the UBS Willow Fund finally liquidated after investors suffered 70% or more in losses. The Statements of Claim alleges that the UBS Willow Fund materially deviated from its disclosed strategy of investing in distressed debt, and […]


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Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 – At its Conference & Expo in Toronto this week, the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) inducted its board of directors for 2014-15. Leading the association and serving as President for 2014-15 is Paula Barnes of Burr & Forman in Nashville, Tennessee and Paul Farnsworth of Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP in Rochester, New York continuing his service as Past President of the Board. The Board includes the following individuals: President: Paula K. Barnes Burr & Forman, LLP Nashville, TN President-Elect: Teresa Walker Waller Lansden […]


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