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Amicus Attorney Named as Leading Solution in Survey Conducted by National Law Journal

Annual ‘Best Of’ Survey Polls Legal Community on Best Legal Service Providers

/EINPresswire.com/ — TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – August 15, 2016) – Amicus Attorney, a subsidiary of Abacus Data Systems, Inc., the premier provider of fully managed legal technology solutions, announced today that Amicus Attorney and Amicus Cloud were named as winners in the 2016 National Law Journal “Best of the Midwest Survey.”

Legal professionals in Chicago, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City and St. Louis were asked by The National Law Journal to rank the top companies providing professional services and products essential to the success of their law practices. Votes were tabulated in over sixty categories in order to compile this definitive and comprehensive guide to the Midwest’s most popular legal products and services.

Amicus Attorney was voted in the top three for Best Matter Management Software and Docketing & Calendar Software and Amicus Cloud was voted for Best Practice Management System in the Cloud.

“We are committed to making the lives of legal professionals easier and the practice of law more profitable through software solutions,” said Chris Cardinal, Executive Vice President, Software Engineering, Abacus Data Systems. “It is an honor to be recognized and have our products endorsed by our users and we greatly appreciate their support.”

The award winners in each category are published in the August 15th issue of The National Law Journal, a trusted source dedicated to delivering comprehensive news, trends and court decisions to in-house counsel, law firm attorneys and other top executives in the legal profession.

About Amicus Attorney
Amicus Attorney is practice management software that works the way lawyers do. It’s an easy, lawyer-friendly solution that serves as the hub of a law practice. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Toronto, Amicus is a subsidiary of Abacus Data Systems. Tens of thousands of law firms worldwide use Amicus Attorney. The company’s numerous achievements are recognized through the success of its customers and through its alliances with key strategic partners. As a measure of this phenomenal success, Amicus Attorney has won more than 30 prominent industry awards, has been endorsed by major law societies and has been recognized by independent surveys as one of the most widely used practice management software in the USA.

For more information call 800-472-2289 or visit amicusattorney.com.

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Trial Attorney Cristina D. Hernandez Joins The Long Law Group Heading Up Its New Litigation Practice

/EINPresswire.com/ — PASADENA, CA — (Marketwired) — 08/15/16 — Toni Long, principal at The Long Law Group, PC, today announced that Cristina D. Hernandez has joined the firm as a partner to head up its new Litigation Practice Group. Cristina brings to the firm over 20 years of business and employment litigation experience representing corporations in complex business disputes, including internal investigations, securities matters, class actions, employment arbitrations, and partner disputes. She has practiced law throughout the nation including in Massachusetts and Wisconsin.

Founded in 2009, The Long Law Group is a woman and minority-owned law firm representing clients, nationwide, from startups to family-owned businesses to middle-market companies. The Long Law Group effectively represents clients in many areas of legal practice, including corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, sports and entertainment, employment, and business litigation.

Cristina has received numerous honors throughout her career, including being named the Latina Attorney of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association in 2009 and serving as the President of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association that same year. She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Securities Litigation and Commercial Litigation each year since 2012. Cristina earned her law degree from Harvard where she served as Editor in Chief for the Harvard Latino Law Review. She also graduated cum laude from Harvard with a Bachelors’ degree in U.S. History.

“Cristina is a great fit for The Long Law Group,” says Founding Partner Toni Long, “because she shares our firm’s vision of how best to represent our clients and always putting the clients’ interests first. While she has vast trial experience, Cristina also has a reputation for effectively resolving conflicts without litigation, which is the mark of a great client advocate. As the head of our Litigation Practice Group, she will help the firm expand into new territory. With Cristina’s added knowledge and experience, we look forward to the unique value she brings to our firm and our clients.”

Known as a trial attorney who has a track record for success, Cristina served as lead counsel for Bucyrus International in a $7.6 billion transaction with Caterpillar Inc., successfully defeating several motions in federal court to enjoin the shareholder vote brought by putative class representatives. Prior to joining The Long Law Group, she managed a successful law practice in Los Angeles. She also continues to work in the vital area of business diversity and inclusion for a leading national consulting group.

“In today’s business climate,” states Cristina, “where companies are always seeking to improve and advance business strategies, promoting diversity and inclusion in employment areas offers not only a unique opportunity to attract qualified candidates, but can strengthen a company’s footprint and open new doors in serving their existing client base.

“In joining The Long Law Group, I have forged a relationship with a firm that I believe in, as Toni and her team share the same vision of what it means to be a great lawyer: that a true advocate learns her clients’ business, gives advice that preserves and advances clients’ business goals and then acts proactively and ethically in advising them.”

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ADA Lawsuits With Late Night Fries on the Side — A Growing Phenomenon in Illinois

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2016 – Chicago is becoming a hot bed of legal activity for plaintiffs filing lawsuits invoking the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One example is a possible class action lawsuit against McDonald’s Corp. alleging that a whole class of blind individuals are precluded from having a late night meal at the burger chain.

The most recent ADA lawsuit, a potential class action case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against McDonald’s Corp. by a Louisiana plaintiff alleging that the company policy bars the blind from eating in the restaurant later in the evening.

According to documents filed in the case, McDonald’s remains open for late-night customers, but during early morning and later evening hours only the drive-through is open. Pedestrians are not allowed to use the drive-through. This means people who don’t drive are not able to purchase food during these hours, a circumstance the plaintiff describes as a restriction of service to blind customers.

Filing in Illinois has slowly become a common way to get what many consider to be fair and equitable consideration of such cases. It is also a good choice for media coverage of such issues because Chicago ranks as the third-largest media market in the United States.

ADA cases of this kind are shaping up to be a busy industry, and it appears more suits of this nature are pending filing. There are approximately 94 lawsuits dealing with similar issues in Northern Illinois and 77 of those cases involve eight plaintiffs and a lone attorney.

“If such cases are successful, the results could be interesting,” said Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment attorney. “A favorable decision could mean other franchise chains are sued, thus creating interesting case law.” Of further interest is the fact that it is not certain whether the ADA covers situations such as drive-through access so these multiple cases may result in varied judicial responses to address the situation.

Is suing McDonald’s going to result in some form of accommodation for blind customers? The answer may come about in the form of a court judgment, or it may not if the court chooses not to hear the case.

For now, it is McDonald’s, the corporation, being sued and not each individual franchisee — which would be another interesting development should that become a viable legal route to pursue to address this issue in the future, despite the fact that local McDonald’s owners have no control over procedures and policies. There is a possible first time for everything to change and for the law to catch up to those changes.

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Immigrant Children Face Severe Conditions on Entering U.S. Including Rape, Intimidation, Death Threats

Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2016 – Unaccompanied Central American children face horrendous travails when crossing the U.S. border.

Many of the children who attempt to come to the United States and make it across the border are running for their lives. Running from drug cartels, gangs and various situations that make it highly unsafe for them to continue living in their exceedingly dangerous home countries, often El Salvador, Honduras or Guatemala.

Young male and female children are used as mules to distribute illegal products. If they refuse, they may face death threats or be raped. Gangs recruit many of their members from local schoolyards. There is no safe place or protection for the children. They are faced with the daunting task of leaving home and somehow getting into the United States, long considered a haven of safety.

However, although the United States is the beacon that shines in the night for these frightened youngsters, those that win their deportation cases live in paralyzing fear that the seemingly omnipotent gangs are going to track them down and murder them.

According to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) study conducted in 2014, children from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala perceived the risks of going it on their own to be far more preferable than staying at home — a conclusion that demonstrates how desperate child immigrants are to leave the strife and violence in their homelands.

While the conditions at home are worth fleeing to stay safe, what the children contend with when they are making their journey and when they arrive in the United States is horrific — rape, torture, abuse, and starvation. Virtually 60 percent of these youngest immigrations have potential claims for relief from deportation, a revelation that captured the nation’s attention in 2014 when the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees took stock of the situation. What has been done to date?

The legal system is twisted and frightening. These children need legal assistance to deal with family courts, immigration courts, state juvenile courts and the asylum office. They are not entitled to free legal help and are between a rock and a hard place when DHS attorneys push to have them deported — back to the dangerous conditions that they fled, hoping for a safe haven. Without a lawyer, the Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse says that 9 out of 10 kids are deported. With an attorney they are five times more likely to obtain protection.

The American Dream or possible death on deportation? “It seems like a simple enough choice to assist these littlest refugees. However, the humanity in this disturbing scenario seems to be missing,” said respected Houston immigration lawyer, Annie Banerjee. “It’s time to halt the rocket docket and take a long hard look at how these children are being treated. That may be difficult to accomplish, as it appears that anti-immigrant sentiments are once again being stirred up by political controversy. Immigration reform is about children as well. This is a humanitarian crisis, not the opportunity to jeopardize children’s lives.”

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METLIFE VARIABLE ANNUITY ALERT — Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes, P.A. Announces Investigation of MetLife Securities Misconduct in Light of $25 Million in Fines and Restitution Imposed By FINRA

/EIN News/ — NEW YORK, Aug. 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes, P.A., www.nasd-law.com, announces investigation of MetLife Securities Inc. (“MetLife”)  misconduct in light of $20 million in fines and $5 million in restitution imposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), for violations related to variable annuity replacement transactions. According to the Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, (FINRA No. 2014040870001), the fines and restitutions were due to FINRA’s findings that MetLife had made “negligent material misrepresentations and omissions on variable annuity (“VA”) replacement applications for tens of thousands of customers.”

FINRA commented that these misrepresentations “made the replacement [variable annuity] appear more beneficial to the customer, even though the recommended VAs were typically more expensive than customers’ existing VAs.” In addition, FINRA reported that during the time period of 2009-2014, MetLife made material misrepresentations and omissions in 72% of the 35,500 replacement applications the firm approved for variable annuities, examples of which included but were not limited to:

  • “MetLife informed customers that their existing variable annuity was more expensive than the recommended replacement, when in fact, the current one was less expensive;
     
  • MetLife failed to disclose to customers that the proposed replacement would reduce or eliminate important features in their existing variable annuity, such as accrued death benefits, guaranteed income benefits, and a guaranteed fixed interest account rider; and
     
  • MetLife understated the value of customers’ existing death benefits in disclosures mandated by Reg. 60.”

According to securities attorney Lawrence L. Klayman, “Our investigation is focused on MetLife sales practices that resulted in the replacement of existing variable annuities which led to a significant loss of benefits due to the reliance upon misrepresentations, conflicts of interest and a failure to supervise.”  K&T’s investigation is related to investments in MetLife variable annuities, including:

  • MetLife Access VA;
  • MetLife Access Select VA;
  • MetLife Accumulation VA;
  • MetLife Asset Builder VA;
  • MetLife Flexible Premium Deferred VA;
  • MetLife Investors VA;
  • MetLife Investors Custom Select VA; and
  • MetLife Investors COVA VA.

Current and former customers of MetLife who have information relating to the manner in which MetLife represented these financial products are encouraged to contact Lawrence L. Klayman, Esq. or Raymond Gentile, Esq. of Klayman & Toskes at (888) 997-9956, or visit our website at www.nasd-law.com.

About Klayman & Toskes, P.A.
K&T is a leading national securities law firm which practices exclusively in the field of securities arbitration and litigation, on behalf of retail and institutional investors throughout the world in large and complex securities matters. The firm represents high net-worth, ultra-high-net-worth, and institutional investors, such as non-profit organizations, unions, public and multi-employer pension funds. K&T has office locations in California, Florida, New York and Puerto Rico.

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                    Lawrence L. Klayman, Esq.
                    Raymond Gentile, Esq.
                    (888)-997-9956
                    www.nasd-law.com

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Pomerantz Law Firm Announces the Filing of a Class Action against Orbital ATK, Inc. and Certain Officers – OA

NEW YORK, Aug. 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Orbital ATK, Inc. (“Orbital” or the “Company”) (NYSE:OA) and certain of its officers. The class action, filed in United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, and docketed under 16-cv-01031, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons or entities who purchased or otherwise acquired Orbital securities between June 1, 2015 and August 9, 2016 inclusive (the “Class Period”). This class action seeks to recover damages against Defendants for alleged violations of the federal securities laws under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). 

If you are a shareholder who purchased Orbital securities during the Class Period, you have until October 11, 2016 to ask the Court to appoint you as Lead Plaintiff for the class. A copy of the Complaint can be obtained at www.pomerantzlaw.com. To discuss this action, contact Robert S. Willoughby at rswilloughby@pomlaw.com or 888.476.6529 (or 888.4-POMLAW), toll free, ext. 9980. Those who inquire by e-mail are encouraged to include their mailing address, telephone number, and number of shares purchased.

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Orbital develops and produces aerospace, defense, and aviation-related products for the U.S. Government, allied nations, prime contractors, and other customers in the United States and internationally.  The Company was formed through a February 2015 merger between Orbital Sciences Corporation and Alliant Techsystems Inc.  In September 2012, Orbital entered into a $2.3 billion long-term contract (the “Contract”) with the U.S. Army to manufacture and supply small caliber ammunition at the U.S. Army’s Lake City Army Ammunition Plant.

The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects. Specifically, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (i) Orbital lacked effective control over financial reporting; (ii) as a result, the Company failed to record an anticipated loss on the Contract after the loss became evident in 2015, as required by generally accepted accounting principles; and (iii) as a result of the foregoing, Orbital’s public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.

On August 10, 2016, pre-market, Orbital announced that the Company would miss its Securities and Exchange Commission Form 10-Q filing deadline for its most recent quarter and that “the Company’s previously issued financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 (“fiscal 2015”), the nine-month transition period ended December 31, 2015 (“2015 transition period”), the quarters in fiscal 2015 and the 2015 transition period, and the quarter ended April 3, 2016 … should no longer be relied upon” as a results of misstatements relating primarily to the Contract. The Company advised investors that “[a]fter considering the misstatements … the Company believes that the Contract will result in a net loss over its 10-year term.” The Company further stated these issues “indicate the existence of one or more material weaknesses in its internal control over financial reporting.”

On this news, Orbital’s share price fell $17.98, or 20.25%, to close at $70.79 on August 10, 2016.

The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Florida, and Los Angeles, is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 80 years later, the Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class members. See www.pomerantzlaw.com

CONTACT:
                    Robert S. Willoughby
                    Pomerantz LLP
                    rswilloughby@pomlaw.com

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Pomerantz Law Firm Reminds Groupon, Inc. Investors of Claims Filing Deadline For $45 Million Class Settlement– GRPN

NEW YORK, Aug. 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pomerantz LLP reminds all investors who purchased shares in Groupon’s initial public offering, on or between November 4, 2011 and March 30, 2012, that the Court has established a claims filing deadline of August 26, 2016.  Claims forms, class notice, and other important documents are available on the settlement website, www.grouponsecuritieslitigation.com.  

The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Florida, and Los Angeles, is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 80 years later, the Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class members. See www.pomerantzlaw.com

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                    Robert S. Willoughby
                    Pomerantz LLP
                    rswilloughby@pomlaw.com

SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Reminds Shareholders with Losses on their Investment in CytRx Corporation of Class Action Lawsuit and Upcoming Deadline – CYTR

NEW YORK, Aug. 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed against CytRx Corporation (“CytRx” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:CYTR) and certain of its officers.   The class action, filed in United States District Court Central District of California, and docketed under 16-cv-05666, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons or entities who purchased or otherwise acquired CytRx securities between November 18, 2014 and July 11, 2016, inclusive (the “Class Period”).  This class action seeks to recover damages against Defendants for alleged violations of the federal securities laws under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). 

If you are a shareholder who purchased CytRx securities during the Class Period, you have until September 23, 2016 to ask the Court to appoint you as Lead Plaintiff for the class. A copy of the Complaint can be obtained at www.pomerantzlaw.com. To discuss this action, contact Robert S. Willoughby at rswilloughby@pomlaw.com or 888.476.6529 (or 888.4-POMLAW), toll free, ext. 9980. Those who inquire by e-mail are encouraged to include their mailing address, telephone number, and number of shares purchased. 

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CytRx is a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology. One of the Company’s primary trial drugs is aldoxorubicin.

The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company’s business, operational and compliance policies. Specifically, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose: (1) that the clinical hold placed on the Phase 3 trial of aldoxorubicin for soft tissue sarcomas (“STS”) would prevent sufficient follow-up for patients involved in the study; (2) that, as a result, nearly half of all patients would be censored (excluded) from the progression free survival evaluation; (3) that, in response, CytRx would likely conduct a second analysis; (4) that, as such, the results of the trial could be materially affected and/or approval of aldoxorubicin for STS could be delayed; and (5) that, as a result of the foregoing, Defendants’ statements about CytRx’s business, operations, and prospects, were false and misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis.

On July 11, 2016, CytRx issued a press release announcing the results of the Company’s Phase 3 clinical trial of aldoxorubicin compared to investigator’s choice therapy in patients with relapsed or refractory STS.  Therein, the Company disclosed that “the study did not show a significant difference between aldoxorubicin and investigator’s choice therapy for [progression free survival] . . . .” Moreover, CytRx disclosed that a partial clinical hold in November 2014 led to insufficient follow-up for nearly two-thirds of patients who entered the Phase 3 study after the hold was resolved and enrollment resumed. As a result, nearly half of all patients were censored (excluded) from the progression free survival evaluation. Finally, CytRx announced that it “expects to conduct a second analysis, which will include longer patient follow-up and allow for greater maturation of all endpoints.”

On this news, CytRx’s stock price fell $1.50 per share, or 59.7%, to close at $1.01 per share on July 12, 2016, on unusually heavy trading volume. The Company’s stock price continued to decline over the next two trading days, falling 10%, to close at $0.90 per share on July 14, 2016.

The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Florida, and Los Angeles, is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 80 years later, the Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class members. See www.pomerantzlaw.com

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CONTACT:
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                    Pomerantz LLP
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Tim Norman Responds to Lawsuit from Robbie Montgomery

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Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2016 – Last week Robbie Montgomery of “Welcome to Sweetie Pies” fame filed a lawsuit with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis), Sweetie Pie’s Restaurant, Inc. v. James T. Norman, Sweetie Pies Hollywood, LLC, and Sweetie Pies Kitchen, LLC, against her son Tim Norman, also from “Welcome to Sweetie Pies.”

Mrs.Robbie is claiming that Tim misappropriated her accounts and funds in connection with his management of their restaurant on Manchester Ave in St. Louis, their hometown. It was stated in court documents that Tim used funds to open three Sweetie Pies restaurants and is also violating Sweetie Pie’s trademarks.

In response to the lawsuit Tim has said “In this turn of events, unfortunately, outsiders appear to be misguiding and manipulating my mother to sell our family business. It’s complicated, to say the least, as we have joint interest in various facets of the Sweetie Pies brand. I have to stay true to our brand and our business and I truly hope this disagreement can be settled between my mother and me.” Sweetie Pies and family are both very important to Tim and he only wants the best for his mother adding, “I have always, and will always, want what is best for my mother, our family, and our people. This is the risk of doing business with loved ones and I am hopeful for swift resolution.”

Tim’s lawyer, Mary Ann L. Wymore Greensfelder of Hemker & Gale, P.C. released a statement about the matter saying: “The allegations leveled by Robbie Montgomery against her son, Tim Norman, are both meritless and disappointing. Tim has worked tirelessly alongside his mother to help build the Sweetie Pie’s brand. While we strongly encouraged Ms. Montgomery’s attorneys to work with us to attempt to resolve this family dispute pre-litigation, they refused to do so. We will now defend this lawsuit vigorously and are confident that Tim will be vindicated. Additionally we are investigating where this fictitious and false claim of disappearing money was generated and will take appropriate action against the instigator.”

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