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  • How one Birmingham attorney turned a career choice into a passion
    by Angel Coker on January 20, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    How one woman manages motherhood, teaching and mentoring, and leading a law firm. […]

  • Patti Payne's Cool Pads: Rocker and wealth manager Brian DiJulio's Kirkland lakefront estate lists for $3 million
    by Patti Payne on January 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Brian DiJulio’s estate is on the market listed for $2.98 million. He may sound familiar to you. It's the same Brian DiJulio you may know from the band Brian DiJulio and The Love Jacks, the hard-driving guitar-based rock band behind the album “Love Slows.” Or you may know DiJulio as a wealth manager and financial advisor. He owns Washington Asset Management in Bellevue, though he is slowing down and turning it over to his son and WAM President Bradley DiJulio. In fact DiJulio is now […]

  • Feds allege OP man faked veteran ownership to win $40M in contracts
    by James Dornbrook on January 18, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Troy Bechtel, of Overland Park, has been charged with two counts of major program fraud against the United States and two counts of lying to federal investigators. The charges stem from a Merriam construction company called United Medical Design Builders LLC, which was awarded about $40 million in contracts from the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program. The indictment alleges Bechtel ran the daily operations of the company, which was supposed to be controlled by an actual service-disabled […]

  • KC lawyer: How the shutdown is hurting businesses in foreign trade
    by James Dornbrook on January 18, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Businesses relying on exports and imports as part of their supply chain are starting to feel effects from the partial federal government shutdown. Beau Jackson, a trade and intellectual property partner at Husch Blackwell LLP in Kansas City, said the shutdown is affecting key entities for foreign trade, such as the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Here’s how Jackson said the shutdown is restricting […]

  • New legal mediation practice opens downtown, adds business owner as partner
    by Angel Coker on January 18, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    A new legal company has opened its doors downtown. We previously reported four mediators and arbitrators joined forces to open The Neutral Solution. The company, which brings together a community of Alabama-based mediators that provide affordable mediation services in diverse practice areas at locations across the state, opened its offices at 2129 First Ave. N. this week. A new partner and more than 20 mediators have joined the neutral community across the state. Mark Bond has joined partners […]

  • Rackspace competitor appoints former CEO to its board
    by Kristen Mosbrucker on January 18, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Taylor Rhodes, former CEO of Rackspace Hosting Inc., this week joined the board of directors of Liquid Web LLC, a cloud hosting company that competes with Rackspace. Rhodes left San Antonio for a new job in Chicago after resigning from Rackspace about six months after it was sold to private equity giant Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE: APO). He is the current CEO of SMS Assist LLC, a technology startup that sells property management software in the real estate industry. He said Liquid Web's […]

  • Legal expertise abounds at Milwaukee-area law firms: The List
    by Barb Zaferos on January 18, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Milwaukee-area law firms and the legal eagles who practice there, are seeing strong representation on The List in this week’s Milwaukee Business Journal. The number of lawyers working from offices in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Walworth, Washington, Ozaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties is the ranking criteria and while the print edition list features 26 law firms, the online version highlights 34 that submitted information for consideration, even some much smaller “boutique” firms. Foley & Lardner […]

  • St. Louis law firm wins $10.65 million settlement with Duke University
    by Greg Edwards on January 18, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    The St. Louis law firm of Schlichter Bogard & Denton, which has won millions of dollars nationally by challenging retirement plan fees, has won a settlement of $10.65 million against Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The settlement, reached Wednesday, covers two lawsuits, filed in August 2016 and August 2018, alleging breach of fiduciary duty. The settlement includes both financial compensation and non-monetary improvements to the plan going forward, the firm said. “It will enab […]

  • How one Bham attorney turned a career choice into a passion
    by Angel Coker on January 18, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    How one woman manages motherhood, teaching and mentoring, and leading a law firm […]

  • Legal roundup: Bradley adds two partners in Dallas office, Maynard adds three to Huntsville office, more
    by Angel Coker on January 18, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Editor's Note: Legal Roundup is the BBJ's weekly look at news and notes from the local legal scene. Send items to acoker@bizjournals.com. • Two health care lawyers have joined the health care practice group in the new Dallas office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Wendi Campbell Rogaliner and Scott Schardt have both joined the firm from Rogaliner Law Firm, a boutique health law firm Rogaliner founded 15 years ago. Rogaliner and Schardt focus their practices on a variety of regulatory and transactiona […]

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  • Cops Can't Force Phones Unlocked With Face and Fingerprints
    by Lisa M. Schaffer, Esq. on January 17, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    In a landmark ruling, a federal district court judge in Northern California ruled that police cannot force people to use biometrics to unlock their phones without a specific warrant. As technology advances, some are worried about their invasion of privacy, both civilly and criminally. Though this ruling has limited...... […]

  • 3 Popular Side Hustles That Are (Still) Illegal
    by Lisa M. Schaffer, Esq. on January 17, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    These days, everyone's talking about a side hustle, either doing one, fixin' to do one, or just daydreaming about the possibilities. Side hustles take up a lot of spare time, but can make you a lot of spare money too! If you're thinking about joining the gig economy, but...... […]

  • Domino's Pizza Ordered to Make Website Accessible
    by Lisa M. Schaffer, Esq. on January 17, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    The Ninth Circuit put in its order to Domino's, but it wasn't for pizza, or even chicken wings. It was to get its website and mobile app compliant with the American Disability Act so that the visually impaired could have full use of their site, including ordering and discounted...... […]

  • This Oreo Lawsuit Might Have Huge Implications for Cyber Insurance
    by Lisa M. Schaffer, Esq. on January 16, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Lawyers love to haggle over definitions, and insurance companies love to get out of paying out policies. So imagine the conversations brewing over the Oreo-NotPetya lawsuit.NotPetya is ransomeware that infected millions of computers in 2017, causing $10 billion dollars in damage to companies worldwide. Though the Russian government vehemently...... […]

  • What's a Violent Felony? Supreme Court Just Lowered the Standard
    by Lisa M. Schaffer, Esq. on January 16, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Repeated violent felonies can have dire consequences for some criminals. Many states, and the federal government, have three-strike type rules that require mandatory sentencing for certain convictions post-third-strike. Therefore, defendants can, and should, fight tooth-and-nail to keep convictions from coming under violent felony codes.But what is "violent"? According to...... […]

  • Consumer Protection Websites Are Down as Gov. Shutdown Continues
    by Lisa M. Schaffer, Esq. on January 16, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    As the old saying goes, "problems" roll downhill, and at the bottom of The Hill's federal shutdown are consumers. Numerous governmental entities, products, and services that protect consumer interests have been shuttered. None have mentioned any date of reopening soon, as the federal government shutdown now reaches the longest...... […]

  • Federal Judge Blocks Employers From Opting Out of Birth Control Coverage
    by Lisa M. Schaffer, Esq. on January 15, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    At the eleventh hour, one judge in Philadelphia blocked employers from opting out of providing birth control coverage to employees.The Trump Administration, specifically the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and Treasury, issued new federal laws in October 2018, allowing business and nonprofits to opt out...... […]

  • Chicago Airbnb Hosts Lack Standing in Class Action, Court Rules
    by Lisa M. Schaffer, Esq. on January 15, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    In 2016, the Chicago City Council passed a very lengthy ordinance that governs home-sharing agreements, placing certain requirements on the host and host-sharing platform. A group of individual Chicago residents and a home-sharing advocacy group joined together to file a class action lawsuit against the city, claiming this ordinance violated...... […]

  • When Is It Too Late to Sign Up for Obamacare?
    by Christopher Coble, Esq. on January 15, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    For those that don't already have health insurance through their employer, the Affordable Care Act provides a marketplace for insurance plans. Known more broadly as Obamacare, the ACA also requires everyone to have some health insurance plan while guaranteeing coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions. So, when do you need to...... […]

  • When Should You Call the Police Over Hate Mail?
    by Lisa M. Schaffer, Esq. on January 15, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    People can be downright nasty, especially in this age of social media. Though people have a First Amendment right to speak their minds, that right is limited. As the old saying goes, "Your right to swing your arms stops at my nose." If you are the recipient of hate...... […]

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