Monday, March 31, 2008

DSM Desotech Inc. Files Antitrust and Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against 3D Systems Corporation

In response to recent speculation in the stereolithography (“SL”) industry, DSM Desotech Inc. (“Desotech”) confirms that on March 14, 2008, it filed a lawsuit against 3D Systems (“3DS”) in federal court in Chicago.

Elgin, Illinois, USA (Vocus/PRWEB ) March 31, 2008 -- In response to recent speculation in the stereolithography (“SL”) industry, DSM Desotech Inc. (“Desotech”) confirms that on March 14, 2008, it filed a lawsuit against 3D Systems (“3DS”) in federal court in Chicago. The lawsuit is in response to what Desotech believes is repeated anticompetitive conduct by 3DS in the market for large-frame SL machines – particularly, 3DS’s Viper™ Pro SLA® System (“Viper Pro”) – and the resin used in those machines, as well as 3DS’s infringement of Desotech’s intellectual property.

In the lawsuit, Desotech alleges that 3DS’s conduct has violated federal and state antitrust laws, state deceptive trade practice law, tortiously interfered with Desotech’s prospective business relations, and infringed several of Desotech’s patents. Broadly speaking, Desotech alleges, among other things, that 3DS is improperly conditioning the sale and maintenance of its large-frame SL machines on the purchase of 3DS’s own resin for use in those machines, despite the fact that customers would prefer to purchase Desotech’s SOMOS® resins for use in their large-frame SL machines. Desotech also believes that 3DS has infringed two patents owned by Desotech through 3DS’s sale of the Viper Pro, SLA® 7000, and SLA® 5000 Systems. The Complaint containing the specific charges is publicly available and was filed on March 14, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, No. 08 C 1531.

Desotech’s two primary goals by bringing this lawsuit are to preserve fair and robust competition in the market for resin used in large-frame SL machines and to protect its intellectual property rights. Desotech wants to ensure that customers continue to have a choice as to resin suppliers for their large-frame SL machines and that innovation is rewarded in the SL industry through the protection of intellectual property rights.

About DSM Desotech
DSM Desotech ( is a world leader in the development of high performance UV-curable materials. For the telecommunications industry, Desotech is the leading global supplier of UV-curable coatings, inks and matrix materials for the production of glass optical fiber and optical cable.

In the rapid prototyping industry, DSM Desotech’s Somos® group is a leading innovator of UV-curable stereolithography resins. In 2007, DSM Desotech launched its UVention™ group, which is dedicated to the formulation of custom UV/EB curable coatings for a wide variety of industries having challenging substrates and coating performance requirements.

About DSM Somos®
DSM Somos ( is an unincorporated subsidiary of DSM Desotech and one of the world’s leading material suppliers to the rapid prototyping industry, providing stereolithography liquids used for the creation of three-dimensional models and prototypes directly from digital data. Somos’ patented ProtoFunctional® materials are used by a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical and telecommunications. More information about DSM Somos can be found at

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contribute to the quality of life. DSM’s products and services are used globally in a wide range of
markets and applications, supporting a healthier, more sustainable and more enjoyable way of
life. End markets include human and animal nutrition and health, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive, coatings and paint, electrics and electronics, life protection and housing. DSM has annual sales of almost EUR 8.8 billion and employs some 23,000 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations on five continents. DSM is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information:

For more information:

Geri Gashkoff
General Counsel
DSM Desotech Inc.
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The Nobel Foundation Serves Cease and Desist Letter to Nobel Watch Co.

Nobel Watch Co. is a US company that specializes in the manufacture and distribution of Swiss-made steel and gold timepieces, and has built its 15-year business and reputation on the slogan “I didn’t get the Nobel Prize … But I got the NOBEL® watch.”

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New York, NY (PRWEB) March 31, 2008 -- The Nobel Watch Co., a brand that has built its 15-year business and reputation on the slogan, “I didn’t get the Nobel Prize … But I got the NOBEL® watch” – has been served a letter of warning by the Nobel Foundation, based in Stockholm, Sweden. The Nobel Foundation manages the assets made available through the will of Alfred Nobel. The foundation awards the Nobel Prize in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature and Peace.

The Nobel Foundation has warned the Nobel Watch Co. to “Cease and Desist” in its use of the wording “Nobel Prize” in its slogan now and in the future.

Since the inception of Nobel Watch Co., the catchy slogan has been in use without any issue. The Nobel Watch Co. has retained the prestigious law firm of Ostrolenk, Faber, Gerb & Soffen, LLP, to defend this action.

Nobel Watch Co.’s CEO, Iszy Genuth, said, regarding this unexpected major event, that Nobel Watch Co., on advice of its legal counsel, will continue to use the slogan “I didn’t get the Nobel Prize... But I got the NOBEL® watch” as it has in the past.

Nobel Watch Co. is a US company that specializes in the manufacture and distribution of Swiss-made steel and gold timepieces retailing from $295 to $15,000. The brand uses scratch-resistant sapphire crystals and covers its watches with a two-year buckle-to-buckle service warranty. The Nobel team offers its customers the best possible value, quality and service.

Nobel has created watches with the “Law & Order” logo imprinted on the dial for the cast members of the NBC TV show. Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt were honored by the watch brand for their performance in the series, and thereafter, the entire cast received a watch. Nobel Watch Co. has presented many others with its timepieces, including the New York Yankees coaches, President Bill Clinton and Mario Cuomo.

For more information, contact Nobel International Corporation, 32 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, 212-785-2040; 1-800-NOBEL-95, or email us at

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IMS ExpertServices™ Awarded Top 500 Inc. Ranking

Inc. Magazine has recognized IMS Expert Services ( as one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the Southeast. (PRWeb Mar 31, 2008)

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Law Firm Marketing Ignorance Rampant With Attorneys

Solo and small firm attorneys are the most ignorant. Darwin's rule of survival of the fittest will cull the litter in a brutal fashion if this ignorance continues. Is there a solution? (PRWeb Mar 31, 2008)

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LegalView Expands Baxter Heparin Information Portal to Include Information on an Additional Heparin Recall

LegalView updated its Baxter Heparin information portal to add information on the most recent recall of the blood-thinning drug. Heparin, which is used to control blood during surgical procedures, was recently discovered to have a Heparin-like contaminant that sickened many and caused at least 19 deaths. (PRWeb Mar 31, 2008)

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LegalView Reports About the Government's Rejection of a Monetary Request to Clean up An Asbestos-Tainted Site

LegalView updated its mesothelioma blog to include news of the government denying federal funds to an area in Arkansas that was left tainted with asbestos after nearly 150 World War II structures were destroyed in a fire. The government rejected the requests from the town of Chaffee Crossing where citizens are currently at risk of contracting mesothelioma cancer. (PRWeb Mar 31, 2008)

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Silhouette™ for Oracle E-Business Suite Financials Applications Offered

Silhouette™, an enterprise class data scrambling tool created for Oracle Human Resources and Payroll Applications, is now available for Oracle Payables and Oracle Receivables. Silhouette™ now protects sensitive financial information, such as bank account numbers and credit card data, from unauthorized access in all non-production databases. Internal audits have discovered that once the production data is cloned to create new environments it leaves the company at risk of a security breach. Many corporations' Governance Risk and Compliance programs mandate protection of this confidential data as it helps to adhere to PCI, GLBA, and other data privacy regulations. (PRWeb Mar 31, 2008)

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Cyveillance Reports Large Enterprises Plagued by More Than 5,000 Suspicious Domain Registrations Each Year

Cyveillance Launches New Automated Domain Management Solution to Address Rise in Domain Name Churn (PRWeb Mar 31, 2008)

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ID Theft Expert Brian Lapidus of Kroll's Fraud Solutions Highlights the Warning Signs of Tax-Related Fraud

ID theft expert Brian Lapidus, chief operating officer of Kroll's Fraud Solutions, highlights the warning signs of tax-related fraud and offers some important advice for those consumers who suspect that their tax information has been compromised.

Nashville, Tenn., (PRWEB) March 31, 2008 -- Let's face it. No one likes finding out that they owe money in taxes. But for some Americans, tax payments will be the least of their worries this year, when they learn that someone else has already filed taxes in their name. Typically driven by the desire to obtain a fraudulent refund or the need to prove eligibility for employment, this form of identity theft has become increasingly more common in recent years and can result in serious consequences for the victim, including the:

  • Delay or denial of funds.
  • Assessment of new tax debts based on income reflected on the fraudulent filer's return.
  • Loss of entitlements, such as unemployment and disability benefits.
  • Need to prove one's identity to the IRS year after year.

Below ID theft expert Brian Lapidus, chief operating officer of Kroll's Fraud Solutions, highlights the warning signs of tax-related fraud and offers some important advice for those consumers who suspect that their tax information has been compromised. At Kroll, Lapidus oversees a highly-skilled team that includes veteran licensed investigators who meet regularly with IRS agents to stay apprised of emergent tax fraud issues - bolstering the team's specialized work supporting breach victims and restoring individuals' compromised identities to pre-theft status.

Signs You May be a Victim of Tax-Related Fraud

1.) You are unable to file your return electronically, because a prior return included your SSN.
Take Action:

  • Submit your return by paper and include proof of SSN ownership (i.e., a registered letter from the Social Security Administration)

2.) You have received a W2 or 1099 form from a company with whom you have never been employed nor had a financial relationship.
Take action:
  • Contact the company in question by phone, with a follow-up letter, to request a corrected W2 or 1099, maintaining call notes and copies of all related documentation. If receipt of document was not due to an error by reporting company, file a police report.
  • Maintain records until you receive a notice from the IRS.

3.) You received a notice from the IRS advising you of unclaimed wages or income.
Take action:
  • Contact the assigned IRS agent listed on the notification. He/she will work with you to ensure that you are not held liable for any fraud-related or errant wages/earnings.
  • If you do not notify the IRS of a dispute, the IRS will assume the reporting is accurate. As a result, the wages/income will be processed and the IRS will send you a bill. Continued failure to notify the IRS can result in wage garnishment or tax levies.
  • Follow all instructions and provide all information or documentation to the assigned IRS agent, as requested.

NOTE: If you have been contacted by the IRS (upon receipt of a notice), but have not received timely or satisfactory assistance, you may be eligible for assistance from the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS). Call (877) 777-4778 for more information.

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Performance Canvas lets Business People Rock Their World by Accessing Hidden Corporate Data

Performance Canvas by DSPanel uses familiar consumer IT technology to help Business People create competitive advantages by configuring the access to hidden business data for their real business needs - without altering the infrastructure of the company. Business People work together optimizing every process using easy-to-use, yet very advanced BI tools, while remaining in their Business Context. With unprecedented ease and use of Web 2.0 concepts such as predictable permalinks, advanced search, tagging and mobile technology enables Business People to be the new BI Experts.

Los Altos, CA (PRWEB) March 31, 2008 -- With a mission of creating the place Where Business meets BI DSPanel once again shows how web technology can change what Business Intelligence means to Business People throughout the organization. DSP Performance Canvas product is created not to change the fundamental design of Business Intelligence chosen by each organization, but to augment it and create sustainable competitive advantage by letting Business People collaborate and add knowledge optimizing key organizational processes.

Changing the role of BI experts and professionals, DSP Performance Canvas 2007 will let these scarce and valuable organizational resources focus on enabling the BI infrastructure augmented by the Performance Canvas usability boost. This changes the role of previous static dashboards and scorecards into collaborative documents ever changing with organizational needs, without scarce resources limiting the organizational flexibility.

"Business Process Performance really stems from the people within the processes. We want these people to contribute to their own tools," says Jan Morath, CEO of DSPanel. "Since 1999 we've been creating dashboards and scorecards that were deployed almost like software applications within our customer organizations. The time has come to change that. With Performance Canvas the dashboards and scorecards really turn into BI documents. And they will be created and changed like documents adapting to the high pace changes of business realities."

Featuring technologies such as zero-footprint native AJAX Web 2.0 interface, integration with Microsoft SharePoint and automated publishing and mobile dashboards and scorecards for berries and smart phones, DSP Performance Canvas 2007 also sports searching for Business Intelligence data using standard search interfaces such as Microsoft Enterprise Search or Google OneBox.

"As we've shown this product to business people within different organizations we've seen them really redefine what Business Analytics means in a practical day-to-day sense," says Mikael Hägglöf, VP Sales for DSPanel. "Analysis seems to have been perceived as more or less advanced pivot tables by most business people. When they see Performance Canvas the change is instant. Collaboration and change is key in enabling the people ready business."

DSP Performance Canvas includes the Performance Canvas Application Server featuring the Canvas Designer, the Canvas Explorer and Microsoft SharePoint Connector as well as Samples and On-Line Training. It gives provides immediate business value on top of the Microsoft BI Platform featuring advanced support for communication, collaboration and actions. The software works with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and the Microsoft Office productivity suite including Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Excel.

For further information please visit DSPanel

Notes to Editors:

About DSPanel:
DSPanel is a global Microsoft ISV Partner specializing in delivering in-context advanced performance dashboard and scorecard technology for ordinary business users, using everyday business terminology, on top of the Microsoft BI platform. DSPanel's products, Performance Canvas and Portal Edition, are used to create BI Web Parts for presenting information from a Data Warehouse within Microsoft Office SharePoint Server or Windows SharePoint Services. The products are sold through reselling partners worldwide and through OEM deals as part of integrated BI Solutions. The company focuses heavily on end user driven innovation, along with superior performance and software flexibility, thus providing a competitive edge to our Customers and Partner in real time decision making and action.

DSPanel is a Microsoft global Gold Certified ISV Partner. DSP Clients include Lending Tree, Recall, V&S Group (Absolut Vodka), Bosch Rexroth, 3GIS, First National Bank and Allgon.

For further press and photography contact Jan Morath, CEO at DSPanel, phone +46 (768) 866 468
Decision Support Panel International
Fax +46 (8) 5560 5686

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Notary Public Business Adds Live Scan Electronic Fingerprinting to Its Services

California-based A NOTARY AT YOUR SERVICE has entered the electronic, inkless fingerprinting business. In view of current homeland security, more employers are requiring pre-employment background checks that include fingerprinting.The electronic process is fast, with submission of fingerprints transmitted directly to the California Department of Justice and the FBI. Results from these scanned fingerprints take a much shorter time period than in the past. (PRWeb Mar 30, 2008)

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Servient Forms New Computer Forensics Division -- Leading Computer Forensic Professionals to Head New Division

Servient Inc., a provider of market leading electronic discovery services, forms new computer forensics division. Leading computer forensics professionals will lead the new division's business strategy and operations. The convergence of electronic discovery and computer forensics in the market lead Servient to this strategic decision.

Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 30, 2008 -- Servient Inc. announced today the formation of a computer forensics division to be known as Servient Forensics. Servient also announced the appointment of two seasoned computer forensics professionals to lead the new division's strategies and operations. Erica Garrison, CFE, EnCe, will serve as Senior Director of Electronic Discovery and Computer Forensics Services and Brian Larsen, EnCe, will serve as Director of Computer Forensics. The convergence of electronic discovery and computer forensics in the market lead Servient to this strategic decision.

"Electronic discovery and computer forensic disciplines are quickly consolidating," commented Servient's CEO, Ian Wilson. "In many recent engagements we have seen increasing requests for forensic collection and analysis in matters that were once considered straight electronic discovery projects, and cases that start with forensic analysis requests often evolve into high-volume electronic discovery matters. The increasing sophistication of litigators in the discovery of electronic evidence has resulted in an escalating demand for advanced, reliable solutions," Wilson continued, "and Servient Forensics rounds out Servient's market-leading offering."

Garrison brings significant computer forensics experience to Servient having directed numerous computer forensics and large electronic discovery projects, as well as fraud investigations. Garrison is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is a Certified Fraud Examiner and holds a computer forensics certification. She is a past president and current board member of the Houston, Texas chapter of the High Technology Investigation Association. "I have worked with Servient on many cases in the past and I am thrilled to join Servient. The Discovery Compass, Servient's online review system, is clearly the leading offering in the market and presents a powerful platform for us to deliver computer forensic projects in a market-changing way," Garrison noted.

Larsen will be responsible for the operations of Servient Forensics. He has extensive experience in forensic acquisition and analysis as well as large-scale enterprise collection for electronic discovery matters. Larsen was formerly with Guidance Software where he managed multiple enterprise scale electronic discovery collections. Larsen holds a computer forensics certification and is currently an officer in the Houston, Texas chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association.
"We are delighted to have Erica and Brian join our team, and are excited about the market potential of a new computer forensic solution that integrates first-class forensic analysis with advanced online review technology," concluded Wilson.

About Servient
Servient Inc. provides leading electronic discovery technology solutions to Fortune 1000 corporations, government agencies and leading law firms. Servient's technology suite, including NetHold, Centric Search and Discovery Compass, covers the preservation, collection, review, analysis and production of electronic evidence. Servient is headquartered in Houston, Texas and has offices in Boston, Mass., Washington, D.C, Richmond, Va., and Pune, India. For more information about Servient, please visit

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Becky Rolland named as one of 15 Top Paralegal Experts in America

Becky Rolland, a paralegal at Frilot, L.L.C. was named as one of the experts in Carole A. Bruno's book Lessons From The Top Paralegal Experts: The 15 Most Successful Paralegals In America and What You Can Learn From Them (2008 Cengage Learning). (PRWeb Mar 29, 2008)

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NYC FLSA Lawyers Welcome New York Overtime Pay Law Associate Attorney David M. Nieporent to their Law Firm

The New York City Law Offices of Samuel and Stein, a New York Employment Law Firm specializing in FLSA, Fair Labor and Standards Act and New York Overtime Pay Legal Matters announce that Attorney David M. Nieporent has joined the firm. (PRWeb Mar 29, 2008)

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AFA Announces Partnership with Lease Loan Reimbursement Program (LLRP)

The AFA is proud to announce its partnership with the Lease Loan Reimbursement Program (LLRP). This automobile membership program is designed for all consumers leasing or purchasing a car, or truck, who also have a financial obligation to pay over an agreed term.

(PRWEB) March 29, 2008 -- The AFA is proud to announce its partnership with the Lease Loan Reimbursement Program (LLRP). This automobile membership program is designed for all consumers leasing or purchasing a car, or truck, and has a financial obligation to pay over an agreed term.

LLRP was developed to help automobile owners cope with some of the practical problems that follow when there is damage to their vehicle. LLRP helps ease the stress of problems by reimbursing your monthly car payment during those problematic and stressful times. You can collect this benefit up to six times or $25,000, which ever comes first, over the entire term of your Lease/Loan.

Benefits of membership include full reimbursement of the monthly financial obligation when the vehicle is out of the Care, Custody, or Control for most reasons, including all of the following:

  • If the vehicle is stolen
  • Involved in an accident ( Regardless of fault or driver)
  • Vandalism
  • Warranty Repair
  • Totaled Vehicle
LLRP will provide all the necessary assistance from the beginning to end by utilizing their nationwide representation of expert parts and auto repair networks.

As an LLRP Motor Club member, reimbursements will also include any satellite radio monthly expense.

  • Concierge Service- assistance to ensure consumer satisfaction with regard to repair and returned on a timely basis.
  • Financial Services - LLRP Motor Club has a In-House registered financial consultant that will provide free consultation with regard to the current market place, investments, and business planning strategies
  • Car Rental Discounts - Avis - Budget - Hertz
  • Priceless Vacations - Discount Packages
LLRP (Lease/Loan Reimbursement Program) is a Limited Liability Corporation. It is purchased mostly through New and Used Automobile Dealerships Nationwide. It is an exclusive motor club program that combines roadside service along with full reimbursement of your monthly car payment when your vehicle is out of services, and the reason that occurs every 5 seconds, an automobile accident under your care, custody and control, for most any reason, including the obvious.

LLRP is different than all the rest, why? Because it offers protection to you, rather than the car, that perhaps you will never fully own. With offices in New York and Florida, the program is fully underwritten by a Top Rated A- Insurance Company. The cost is pennies a day, for a program with benefits that are exclusive to the automobile buying and leasing market.

Become a member today - Go to and complete a simple form. A few pennies a day, a few minutes of your time, and you will be another proud member of our exclusive Motor Club family.

About the Lease Loan Reimbursement Program (LLRP):
The Motor Club is a joint venture between Lovetere and Associates LLC and West Point Underwriters LLC. For more information about the LLRP, please visit their Web site:

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El Paso Bankruptcy and Probate Law Firm Adds Partner

Attorneys Matt Watson and Omar Maynez have teamed up to establish a law firm with a unique package of services. By focusing on two main fields of law- El Paso probate and El Paso bankruptcy law, they serve their Texas community with two highly developed skill sets. If you've ever wondered what an El Paso foreclosure attorney and an El Paso trusts lawyer have in common, it is this: a genuine desire to serve the community where they practice.

El Paso, TX (PRWEB) March 29, 2008 -- Attorneys Matt Watson and Omar Maynez have teamed up to establish a law firm with a unique package of services. By focusing on two main fields of law- El Paso probate and El Paso bankruptcy law, they serve their Texas community with two highly developed skill sets. If you've ever wondered what an El Paso bankruptcy lawyer and an El Paso probate attorney have in common, it is this: a genuine desire to serve the community where they practice.

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Omar Maynez is joining Matt Watson, bringing his background in bankruptcy law, family law, immigration law, criminal defense and civil litigation to the table. When combined with Watson's focus on estate planning and probate, as well as family law and consumer bankruptcy, a comprehensive firm was created- ready and able to deal with each client's financial needs, with an special interest in assisting the aging population.

Greedy, profit-driven lawyers abound, it is important to remember that there are still good attorneys out there who are willing to fight for the rights of individuals. Watson & Maynez, P.C. is doing just that- representing individuals who face bankruptcy alone, never the creditors seeking to collect. While most desire for probate- the process of handling the estate of the deceased- to go smoothly, Maynez's civil litigation experience ensures that should worse come to worst, this firm is ready to provide a strong advocate for the client.

Watson & Maynez, P.C. provides its community with professional El Paso bankruptcy chapter 7 & chapter 13 and El Paso probate needs. A federally designated debt relief agency, they work with people facing bankruptcy, foreclosure and repossession. In their estate planning and El Paso trusts and wills work, they are willing to fight hard for their clients who face even the most sensitive matters. These highly skilled attorneys have formed an alliance that can handle your financial needs in a far more comprehensive manner than either could have achieved alone.

For more information, contact Watson and Maynez at 915-532-7526
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Friday, March 28, 2008

Financial Authors Scott Burns and Laurence J. Kotlikoff Propose Strong Steps to End the Practice of ''Insider Rating'': New Federal Financial Authority Would Rate the Quality of Securities in the Same Way the FDA Rat

DALLAS (Business Wire EON/PRWEB ) March 28, 2008 -- Scott Burns, chief investment strategist for AssetBuilder and one of Americas best-read financial columnists, and Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Boston University economics professor and author, recommend in a column to be published Sunday that the U.S. government establish a Federal Financial Authority to rate securities effectively placing warning labels on high-risk investments.

Burns and Kotlikoff lay much of the blame for the subprime mortgage crisis at the feet of credit rating agencies such as Moodys and Standard & Poor's, which granted asset-backed securities higher ratings than they deserved. The authors say the agencies, whose fees are paid by borrowers, acted in their own self-interest in a practice they call insider rating.

News Image The credit crisis has lots of fathers. But the See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil practice of the rating companies has the closest-matching DNA. Like Enron's accountants, the rating agencies knew where their bread was buttered. Now we have trillions of dollars of securities that no one is willing to touch, Burns and Kotlikoff write in a Universal Press Syndicate column to be published March 30 by newspapers nationwide.

We need to put an end to insider rating. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke should call for the establishment of an FFA -- a Federal Financial Authority.

The Federal Financial Authority: An FDA for Financial Securities

Among its responsibilities, the FFA would rate the quality of financial securities similarly to how the FDA is mandated to regulate food and drugs, Burns and Kotlikoff said.

[The FFA] would place warning labels on subprime mortgages and securities derived from them. The FFA would also rate the safety of investment banks, insurance companies, hedge funds and commercial banks, the authors propose.

Wall Street risk-taking has put all of us on a knife edge between asset collapse and rampant inflation The first step toward a long-term solution is to establish the Federal Financial Authority and restore the credibility of our rating system.

About Burns and Kotlikoff

Scott Burns and Laurence J. Kotlikoff are authors of the soon-to-be-published Spend Til the End: The Revolutionary Guide to Raising Your Living Standard Today and When You Retire (Simon & Schuster, June 2008) and of The Coming Generational Storm: What You Need to Know About Americas Economic Future (MIT Press, 2004).

Burns is a newspaper columnist and author who has covered personal finance and investments for nearly 40 years. Today, he is one of the five most widely read personal finance writers in the country, according to The Dallas Morning News. In 2006, he co-founded AssetBuilder, a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), where he serves as chief investment strategist.

Kotlikoff is a professor of economics at Boston University, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was a senior economist for the Presidents Council of Economic Advisers during the administration of President Reagan.

About AssetBuilder

AssetBuilder offers weary investors a science-based alternative to the unnecessary costs, risks and complexity of traditional Wall Street firms. With fees that rank among the lowest in the financial services industry, AssetBuilder provides customers a menu of pre-constructed, risk-managed portfolios that make choosing and implementing a personal investment strategy simpler than ever. Co-founded by personal finance writer Scott Burns, AssetBuilders portfolios are an extension of Burns widely praised Couch Potato methodology. Based in Dallas, AssetBuilder is a Registered Investment Advisor. For more information, visit the companys Web site at

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Sickness Absence Management is Crucial for Employers

A recent report showed that sickness absence is costing the British economy over £100bn a year, and managers would be wise to ensure their sickness absence management policies are properly documented and up to date. (PRWeb Mar 28, 2008)

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Miami Construction Crane Accident Could Also Be Due To Laws Favoring Contactors and Developers Just Like NYC

Laws May Not Protect construction Workers Or Possibly Nearby Residents As [New York City Construction Accident Lawyer] David Perecman Explains (PRWeb Mar 28, 2008)

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BigHand Replaces Winscribe as Connect2Law's Preferred Digital Dictation System

BigHand has today announced that it has been selected as the preferred Digital Dictation provider for Connect2Law; the UK law firm referrals and support network. BigHand's 'Best of Breed' award winning system BigHand3, has replaced Winscribe as the recommended digital dictation workflow system for Connect2Law's member firms. Connect2Law cites BigHand's investment in product development, unparalleled law firm experience and market leading profile as key factors in the switch. (PRWeb Mar 28, 2008)

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Lucas Group's Nancy Neal Places President at International Environmental Management in Atlanta, GA

Lucas Group, an executive search firm, recently placed Andrew Goldstrom as President at International Environmental Management (IEM) headquartered in Atlanta, GA. IEM is a subsidiary of Oakleaf Waste Management. (PRWeb Mar 28, 2008)

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More Music From the Newest British Invasion to Hit America

North Hudson Music celebrates their #1 Single in the UK with British musical artist, Estelle's "American Boy" featuring the one, the only, and undeniable "Kanye West" guesting. (PRWeb Mar 28, 2008)

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Berkshire Certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise. Recognized for Commitment to Fostering Diversity

Recognized for commitment to fostering diversity.

Columbia, MD (PRWEB) March 28, 2008 -- Berkshire Associates Inc., a progressive human resources consulting and software development firm specializing in affirmative action, compensation and applicant tracking, received national re-certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by WBENC is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51 percent owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women. By including women-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations, and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs.

Berkshire’s President and Founder, Dawn S. Hyde was pleased with the re-certification stating, “It’s an honor to have Berkshire recognized by WBENC as a strong diversity-driven, woman-owned company, and I look forward to keeping up the hard work in the years ahead.”

Berkshire specializes in customized diversity training for companies of all sizes. To find out more visit

About Berkshire
Since 1983, Berkshire Associates Inc. has provided thousands of companies with tailored software and service solutions to overcome their human resources challenges. Using a forward-thinking approach, we provide strategic and operational consultation in areas such as applicant tracking, workforce planning, compensation management, professional training, and affirmative action.

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for the more than 700 US companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC’s certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs.

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Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants Offers Consumers & Businesses A Way To Stop Getting Ripped Off With Global Counterfeiting

A year ago Americas Watchdog created the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants as a way to combat global counterfeiting & at the same time, as a way to protect consumers and businesses. Counterfeit goods spanning pharmaceuticals, entertainment, software, fashion, spare parts to even cigarettes reaps hundreds of billions of dollars per year. According to the group, "health, safety and global commerce are all at risk". The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants says, "the only way to curb global counterfeiting is to go after the bigger players by making it much harder to distribute their knock offs to consumers, who think they are getting a deal".

(PRWEB) March 28, 2008 -- Nearly a year ago Americas Watchdog formed the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants as a way to curb global counterfeiting, in order to insure consumers were getting the genuine product, and to protect big and small businesses from having their products stolen by crooks. Out of safety concerns, and or concerns over theft of intellectual property/ the actual manufacturers product, the group has indicated that it will go to war to protect a trade marked or a manufacturers protected product. One example of the groups efforts has been to advise global consumers not to purchase pharmaceuticals over the Internet unless the product can be verified as real. The global counterfeiting of drugs costs pharmaceutical companies and their shareholders $100 billion per year. According to the group,"this is not acceptable". The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting web site is located at

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Aside from legitimate drug companies losing $100 billion dollars a year to counterfeiting, the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants have discovered the following:

  • Airplane & automotive parts are being counterfeited in China, India, and elsewhere, and are being sold as the real deal. Who would want to fly on an airplane, or drive in a car/truck that had sub standard replacement parts? Automotive or Airplane parts makers are welcome to contact the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants anytime in order to discover if their products are being counterfeited.
  • After a year long investigation the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants have identified numerous web sites offering free down loads of current movies, video games or music CD's. If a film studio, video game maker or record label has an interest in identifying these sites and shutting them down, they are welcome to contact the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants anytime. The group estimates," the free downloads of movie, games and music compact discs is costing the global entertainment industries billions each year".
  • Global software or computer program piracy or counterfeiting is completely out of control. The Global Piracy & counterfeiting consultants has the ability to track down software pirates or counterfeiters and work with the actual manufacturer to shut them down.
  • As already mentioned pharmaceutical or drug counterfeiting is a $100 billion per year global business and growing. Either the actual manufacturers do not care, or their anti counterfeiting initiatives are totally ineffective. Counterfeit pharmaceuticals or drugs are costing each drug maker millions or billions of dollars per year, consumers are at extreme risk from counterfeit drugs (especially those purchased on the Internet) and because of inaction on the part of major drug companies, counterfeit drugs have but the shareholders of large pharmaceutical companies at risk because of the enormous liability created when large companies do not protect their brand. Add to the fact that organized crime is deeply involved in counterfeiting drugs because it is so lucrative & you have a recipe for a global consumer & shareholder disaster. If drug companies are serious about consumer, shareholder and brand protection the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants can make instant contributions to identifying the biggest counterfeiters. "Rather than getting a four hour erection, what happens if a consumer gets a instant heart attack, from a counterfeit ED type drug"?
  • medical device/product manufacturers are also having their products counterfeited at historic levels. Counterfeiting is costing most medical device makers millions each year & consumers are being put at risk by poorly made knock off medical devices/products. If a medical device/product manufacturer is serious about brand protection, they are welcome to contact the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants anytime at 866-714-6466.
  • Cigarette makers are also being taken to the cleaners by organized crime counterfeiting their products. The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants estimate that 200,000,000,000 counterfeit cigarettes are made each year in China alone. That is enough cigarettes to give every man, woman and child in Canada 300 packs of free cigarettes per year.
If any type of manufacturer of spare parts, any type of movie, music recording, video game maker, any type of software company, any type of pharmaceutical company, any type of medical device/medical products manufacturer, or tobacco products maker is serious about brand protection, and making it harder for counterfeiters to sell their product, they should contact the Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants anytime at 866-714-6466 or visit their web site at . Counterfeiting will not stop without efforts to make it much more difficult to counterfeit. Why should businesses just hand over market share to organized crime without an effort to confront the problem? The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants as part of its investigations will go to the source counterfeiting country to establish all the needed proof for legal or diplomatic action.

The Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants was created as a way to protect consumers and business at the same time. The group encourages law firms representing any type of business with potential counterfeiting/piracy issues to share this press release with their clients.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

New Jersey Federal Court Grants Class Action Status Against Two Prisons To Stop Strip Searches

Novel Civil Rights Decision for New Jersey (PRWeb Mar 27, 2008)

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Esquire Innovations Releases iScrub Version 5.0

iScrub 5.0 for metadata management released. Metadata management tool to address electronic discovery and law firm security concerns. (PRWeb Mar 27, 2008)

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Best Legal Web Site Trends Detailed in New Report from the Web Marketing Association

Updated Web Marketing Association' Internet Standards Assessment Report Includes Historical Data Derived from a Decade of Hosting Internet Award Competition, WebAwards, and Provides Best Practices for Legal Web Design (PRWeb Mar 27, 2008)

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Secure Talent Now Offers SPECS Technology to Clients

High-tech compliance software complemented by expert review.

San Francisco, Calif. (PRWEB) March 27, 2008 -- Now, clients of Secure Talent, a 1099 compliance and payrolling firm, can benefit from a user-friendly, automated compliance process through its Service Provider Evaluation and Classification System (SPECS). SPECS provides a powerful framework for ensuring proper independent contractor classification, e-timekeeping for payrolled workers, and audit file and Statement of Work (SOW) maintenance for qualified 1099 workers.

What makes Secure Talent’s approach unique is the combination of "high-tech and high-touch service," says Teresa Creech, vice president of business development at Secure Talent. "While many compliance service providers offer classification technology, most are void of additional expert scrutiny that is vital to making sound recommendations,” she adds.

At Secure Talent, experienced compliance specialists review SPECS results in order to ensure the client’s workforce is in absolute compliance. Secure Talent then presents the report with supporting explanation and visibility into each step of the process, giving them an "unparalleled look at a population that can often be difficult to track and manage," says Creech.

After initial evaluation of a client’s independent contractor usage, SPECS becomes an ongoing component of the client’s operations by scheduling, tracking and sending reminders of time-sensitive processes; offering activity management from a personalized dashboard; generating reports for analysis; providing robust document management for constructing a sound audit file; managing time entry and approval for payrolled workers; and delivering technology that integrates into a user’s existing applications.

"Our focus on the customer experience has resulted in the development of technology and service protocols that simplify and streamline processes, expand relationships and build loyalty," says Jeff Phelps, founder and president of Secure Talent.

Secure Talent’s SPECS technology is available as a benefit to partnership with Secure Talent at no extra charge. Those interested in learning more about SPECS should contact Teresa Creech at (415) 248-2572.

Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., Secure Talent, Inc. offers nationwide 1099 compliance and complete payroll services. Its parent company, Eplica, Inc., is a provider of "back office" services for staffing companies across the United States. For more information about Secure Talent, please visit For more information about Eplica, please visit

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State and Local Governments Propose Bills Covering Sick Leave

While current policies vary from state to state, the Benefits USA 2007/2008 survey of more than 5,400 benefit plans found employers offer exempt workers 8.4 sick days on average and non-exempt 7.6.

Kansas City, KS (PRWEB) March 27, 2008 -- Time off policies in the United States continue to evolve as some states and cities are exploring mandatory paid sick leave. While current policies vary from state to state, the Benefits USA 2007/2008 survey of more than 5,400 benefit plans found employers offer exempt workers 8.4 sick days on average and non-exempt 7.6.

In the last month, Washington D.C. joined San Francisco by becoming the second U.S. municipality to mandate paid sick leave. The D.C. law has a number of exemptions including workers who have been at their jobs for less than a year and those who have worked less than 1,000 hours total for their current employer. Businesses are also not required to provide paid leave to waiters and bartenders.

States across the U.S. are also exploring mandatory paid sick leave. Some of these include Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina, Minnesota, Colorado, Wyoming, California and Alaska. In California, a bill was recently introduced which would guarantee paid sick days for all employees. It would allow workers to accrue at least one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked and is modeled after the San Francisco law.

"In particular, small organizations should be aware of pending sick day legislation for their cities and states," said Amy Kaminski, manager of marketing programs for Compdata Surveys. "While most large companies have sick day policies in place, smaller organizations are less likely to, as they are often more vulnerable to unplanned absences. "

The Benefits USA 2007/2008 results showed 57.2 percent of organizations allow workers to carryover sick days. Of those, 70 percent place a cap on the number of days which can be carried over. In addition to time off for personal illness, 16.7 percent of organizations grant leave for family illness with an average maximum of 43.7 days.

About the Survey
Benefits USA 2007/2008 analyzes national and regional data on benefits eligibility and administration policies with detailed information on benefit plans, premiums and provisions. Information was collected from more than 5,400 benefit plans covering almost 6 million employees across the country.

Compdata Surveys is the nation’s leading compensation and benefits survey data provider. Data is collected annually from thousands of organizations across the country. Compdata Surveys has been providing accurate, reliable data at affordable prices to organizations since 1988. For further information about the compensation and benefits surveys, contact Lane Odle at (800) 300-9570 or lodle(at)

For more information, contact:
Lane Odle
Communications Specialist
(800) 300-9570

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Studio S Photography Responds to Reality of Digital Marketplace by Offering All New Clients Images with Copyright Releases

In recognition of the trends of the digital era, Nashville photographer Kevin Sommers of announces that all consumer and commercial clients will be provided a DVD of high quality color corrected images with a written copyright release following the shoot.

Nashville, Tennessee (PRWEB) March 27, 2008 -- In recognition of the trends of the digital era, Nashville photographer Kevin Sommers of announces that all consumer and commercial clients will be provided a DVD of high quality color corrected images with a written copyright release following the shoot. The copyright release grants clients the freedom to legally reproduce the images at will wherever or whenever for personal reproduction or commercial promotional purposes. Studio S acknowledges that most everyone now owns a scanner. Studio S would rather grant the client the ability to legally distribute the high quality original rather than have its work distributed as a poor quality scanned duplicate.

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The copyright free DVD also frees the client from traditional "package print deals". The client can either order prints from Studio S ala carte or the client is free to order prints from any vendor the client chooses courtesy of the copyright release. This is a major departure from the established pricing structure of most studios which rely heavily on the entrenched package pricing structure. Most clients now have access to the same processing labs as the professionals and are aware that some of the price differentials between wholesale and some retail charges. Studio S prefers to charge a reasonable creative fee up front for its services.

Studio S operates out of a refurbished historic 1910 bank building near Nashville, Tennessee in Kingston Springs, Tennessee. Mr. Sommers' 90 acre scenic farm complete with a horse stable, a lake with a fountain, and miles of black board fence is only 2 miles away for outdoor private location shots and is considered an extension of the studio.

Mr. Sommers frequently travels internationally to bring a world view to his work. He provides portraits and portfolios for families, seniors, models, musicians and commercial clients. An overview of the studio's work may be found at


Kevin Sommers, Photographer
Studio S Photographer
615.952.9882 (studio)
615.498.5697 (cell)
615.952.5621 (fax)

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National Disability Lawyers Utilize SEO to Launch New Social Security Disability Website

Berry and Associates has hired TwentySix2 Marketing to provide search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) services for The site helps disability claimants seeking information about (SSDI and SSI disability) benefits and offers information for those that suffer from bipolar disorder, breast cancer, congestive heart failure (CHF), cardiac obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Crohns disease, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic depression, diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, retinopathy, kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, MS (multiple sclerosis), Parkinson's disease, and schizophrenia . (PRWeb Mar 27, 2008)

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Ethisphere Institute and Forbes Magazine Present "Driving Profit Through Ethical Leadership" Conference

Conference Concludes with Announcement of 2nd Annual "World's Most Ethical Companies"

New York (PRWEB) March 26, 2008 -- The Ethisphere Institute and Forbes Magazine are pleased to announce their joint-conference, "Driving Profit through Ethical Leadership." The conference, which will take place on Tuesday, June 3rd at the Rainbow Room in New York City, will highlight ethical leadership and recognize Ethisphere Magazine's 2008 World's Most Ethical honorees.

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"Time and again it has been proven that companies with strong and exceptional ethical leaders typically outperform their competitors," said Alex Brigham, executive director of the Ethisphere Institute. "Companies are creating cultures that encourage ethical behavior from the tone at the top, in addition to looking for opportunities to instill ethical values and practices at every level of the business, including suppliers, customers and partners."    

Dave Steiner, CEO of Waste Management, who was also named on the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics 2007 list by the institute, will deliver the keynote address during the lunchtime session, and Steve Forbes, Chairman and CEO of Forbes and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine will be addressing the attendees at the dinner reception.

Leaders from 2007 World's Most Ethical companies, Google and PepsiCo will offer attendees valuable insight on their businesses' ethical practices in the many panels and discussion groups planned for the day-long conference. Alan Boeckmann, CEO of Fluor, along with other notable CEOs, will speak on the roundtable, "Leading by Example: The CEO as the Ethical Role Model," providing valuable insights from his work on World Economic Forum Partnering Against Corruption.

The panels, which will be moderated by Forbes editors, include:

  • Leading by Example: The CEO as an Ethical Role Model
  • Human Capital and the Value in Values-Based Leadership
  • Going Green and Supply Chain Sustainability
  • Preparing for Compliance Catastrophes
  • Measuring the Return on Your Investment in Ethics
  • The View from Investors
  • Global Ethics and Legal Challenges
  • Looking Ahead: The Future of Ethical Leadership

Ethisphere Institute is now accepting nominations for the 2008 World's Most Ethical Companies, which will be revealed at the Driving Profit through Ethical Leadership dinner reception. To nominate a company, visit

For more information or to register for the Driving Profit through Ethical Leadership conference, visit

About Forbes Media
Forbes Media was formed in August 2006 as a result of an investment in Forbes by Elevation Partners, in which the private equity firm became a minority shareholder in a newly formed company, encompassing Forbes magazine, and other media properties. reaches in excess of 20 million people monthly. Forbes is the publisher of Forbes, the nation's leading business magazine--which celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2007--and its international edition, Forbes Asia, which together reach a worldwide audience of nearly five million readers. is the company's Internet business, which is the homepage for the world's business leaders and the #1 business site on the Web. The company also publishes ForbesLife and ForbesLife Executive Woman. Forbes' local-language editions include: Forbes Nihonban, Forbes Korea, Forbes China, Forbes Russia, Forbes Arabia, Forbes Israel, Forbes Poland and Forbes Turkey.

About Ethisphere Institute
The research-based Ethisphere Institute and associated membership group, the Ethisphere Council, are supported by more than 100 institutions and corporations, including Thomson West, the Practising Law Institute, the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Global Reporting Initiative, Corpedia, Deutsche Telekom, Time Warner, Avaya and Kraft. The Institute is dedicated to the research, creation, and sharing of best practices in ethics, compliance, and corporate governance among its membership companies. It also focuses on the development and advancement of individuals on its membership council through increased efficiency, innovation, tools, mentoring, advice, and unique career opportunities. Ethisphere Magazine is the quarterly publication of the Institute. More information on membership can be found at

The Ethisphere Institute publishes the globally-recognized annual World Most Ethical Companies Ranking™ as well as the Government Contractor Ethics Program Ranking™ and the upcoming Global Anti-Corruption Quotient.

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New Weblog (“Blog”),, Aims to Raise Awareness of Deadly Form of Lung Cancer

Current statistics show 2,000-3,000 people are diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma in the U.S. each year, and 10,000 Americans die from all asbestos-related diseases, according to statistics compiled by the Environmental Working Group.

Montgomery, Ala. (PRWEB) March 26, 2008 -- Current statistics show 2,000-3,000 people are diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma in the U.S. each year, and 10,000 Americans die from all asbestos-related diseases, according to statistics compiled by the Environmental Working Group. Mesothelioma was not tracked as a specific cause of death by federal health officials until 1999, so actual totals for mesothelioma may be much higher.

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It is the primary goal of to raise awareness in the public about mesothelioma and related asbestos diseases, to provide a forum for those affected by mesothelioma, and to create a network of information and resources expanding hope for a cure. is a public awareness and community outreach effort of Beasley, Allen, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.    

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer affecting the mesothelium, or the protective lining around our internal organs. It most commonly affects the linings of the lungs, abdomen and heart. Unfortunately, many symptoms of mesothelioma (shortness of breath, severe cough, chest pain) do not appear for 20 or more years, making it difficult to diagnose early. For this reason, the cancer is often diagnosed in the later stages, making it difficult for proper treatment and survival.

Mesothelioma is most strongly associated with exposure to asbestos. There are two main types – pleural, the more common form, which affects the lining of the chest; and peritoneal, affecting the lining of the abdominal cavity.

Lung cancer kills more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined, and 92 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer die from the disease. However, lung cancer research receives only a tiny percentage of potential or available funding.

“In talking with people affected by mesothelioma, we found that there was a real lack of information out there,” said Scott Thomas, Director of Internet Services for Beasley Allen. “People are looking for information about the disease, its diagnosis and treatment, but beyond that they’re looking for a support network. They want to hear from other people that are going through what they are, and they want to find out what they can do to make a difference – in their treatment, in bringing this illness to the forefront for research and maybe, one day, a cure.”

Contact: Wendi Lewis
334-495-1308 / 334-221-3595 cell

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Dawn Corrigan Welcomed to IMS ExpertServices™ Marketing Team

Noted author and poet, Dawn Corrigan, has agreed to join the IMS ExpertServices™ marketing team. (PRWeb Mar 26, 2008)

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Worldwide ERC Awards GMS Designation to Michele Longley of Pro-Link GLOBAL Visa & Immigration Services

Worldwide ERC®, the workforce mobility association, recently announced that Michele Longley, Business Development Manager with Pro-Link GLOBAL Visa & Immigration Services of Bradenton, FL U.S.A. has earned the Global Mobility Specialist (GMS TM) designation after successfully completing the GMS ™ series of courses and exams. (PRWeb Mar 26, 2008)

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General Patent Licenses ACT Patents to Bristol ID and Plastek Cards

General Patent Corporation International (GPCI), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm headquartered in Suffern, New York, announced today that it has recently licensed the patents of its client, Advanced Card Technologies LLC (ACT), to Bristol ID Technologies of Lima, NY and Plastek Cards, Inc. of Fort Wayne, IN. GPCI represented ACT in these transactions. (PRWeb Mar 26, 2008)

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