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Los Angeles and Las Vegas Are the US Cities with The Most Searches for Court Records

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Los Angeles and Las Vegas are the cities where the most searches to a leading court records website originate from. Data taken from www.courtrecords.us.org shows that other areas which have seen the largest numbers of searches include Houston, New York, and Dallas.

CourtRecords.us.org, the leading court records and data site, has studied the site's data around searches and where they have come from to compile a list of the most searched cities in the US.

The Top 10 list in full is:
1. Los Angeles
2. Las Vegas
3. Houston
4. New York
5. Dallas
6. Chicago
7. Phoenix
8. Denver
9. Atlanta
10. Philadelphia

The Top 10 states which court records searches originate from are:
1. California
2. Florida
3. Texas
4. Ohio
5. Illinois
6. Arizona
7. Georgia
8. North Carolina
9. Pennsylvania
10. Michigan

Using Court Records is a great way to find out information on a variety of subjects. You can use them to search yourself to make sure that the correct information is in the public domain, to reconnect with friends you may have lost touch with, and to look up your neighbors if you have concerns about them.

CourtRecords.us.org is your place to go when you want court records. Whether it's federal court records you want or just general public court records, they are the experts at doing a court records search.

Whether you are trying to screen dates you meet online, keep tabs on who your children are hanging out with, or just curious about the people in your neighborhood, CourtRecords.us.org is your central place. Their records are constantly updated with new information. You can trust them to let you know what's going on with the people who want to be a part of your life.

For more information, please visit http://www.courtrecords.us.org/ or call customer support on 1-855-701-4138

DISCLAIMER: CourtRecords.us.org is not a government agency, nor are we a consumer reporting agency. You may only use the information we provide you in for entertainment and research only.

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MondoBrain Announces Settlement – Company severs all ties to Augustin Huret

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The shareholders of MondoBrain have brought to a successful close a derivative lawsuit against its former CEO. As a result of a mutual settlement agreement, Augustin Huret is no longer affiliated with the company and has no ownership stake. With these changes, the board of directors has been reconstituted to now include the company's major shareholders and is led by Jean Paul Inchauspe (Chairman).

Additionally, the shareholders have injected new capital into MondoBrain to support company growth as a key provider of transparent augmented AI solutions.

About MondoBrain:

MondoBrain is a NYC based AI startup in the field of data analytics. MondoBrain has applications across a variety of industry verticals where its artificial intelligence data mining platform uses a unique approach to identify the optimal configuration of variables that predicts and explains a given outcome. MondoBrain provides the business decision maker as well as data scientists with access to a powerful machine learning algorithm through an easy-to-use interface.

Rather than creating a model to predict future outcomes, MondoBrain provides decision-makers with prescriptive recommendations on how to achieve optimal results in different situations. This interface ingests data and answers questions of the form, "What combination of conditions provides the strongest hypothesis as to why a given outcome occurs?" and, "What specific actions can we take to create a high probability for the outcome we want, and a lower probability to get the undesirable outcome?"

Learn more at: https://mondobrain.com/

Media Contact:
Noreen Harrington, President
MondoBrain, Inc.
info@mondobrain.com

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Personal Injury Attorney Rachel Anthony Has Joined LeMaster & Ahmed PLLC Law Firm

THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- LeMaster & Ahmed PLLC has announced that Rachel Anthony, a personal injury attorney, has recently joined their Houston area office of LeMaster & Ahmed PLLC. The law firm focuses on personal injury cases and has offices in The Woodlands, Texas and Plano, Texas. Ms. Anthony's legal background includes catastrophic personal injury cases and commercial litigation. She is a 2007 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Texas Tech School of Law and a Briefing Attorney for the Honorable Jeffrey V. Brown during his tenure as a Justice at the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas.

"I am often asked 'What is a personal injury lawyer and how can one help me?' by people who have been injured but have no legal representation," states Ms. Anthony, "and that is a perfectly legitimate question. Our firm offers a free consultation to personal injury victims and I discuss their legal rights and their options for the future. Initially, many injured people are without legal counsel and are not happy with the personal injury settlement offer from an insurance company's attorney or adjuster. Many injured people don't know where to turn and are dismayed and overwhelmed by the insurance claims handling process. This is a critical point in time for the injured party - they need sound legal advice before signing any documents that would settle a personal injury lawsuit. They could easily make the mistake of agreeing to a compensation amount that is far less than what they deserve under the law."

Personal injury attorneys represent people who have been injured by the negligent, reckless, or careless acts of another individual or company. The injury can be physical, emotional, economic, and psychological. Pain and suffering is an important consideration that can increase compensation. There are other personal injury claim categories that are often compensated such as the cost of medical bills, the cost of physical therapy, and loss of income. The key is to obtain good legal advice from an attorney with experience in various personal injury cases. The attorneys and adjusters representing the negligent individual, the insurance company, or other liable company are seasoned experts and have considerable experience with personal injury negotiation tactics. Individuals who - without legal representation - attempt to negotiate with these experienced lawyers and adjusters often find themselves at a significant disadvantage.

"I joined the LeMaster & Ahmed PLLC law firm because of their experience in handling personal injury claims, whether they be through settlement or litigation, and the flexibility of working with a boutique legal team. Perhaps the most common mistake I have seen in this area of law is when an injured person agrees to a recorded conversation with an aggressive insurance company's attorney or adjuster. Yes, they are gathering information which is fine. But the attorney or adjuster is also very keen on seeing the injured person contradict himself or herself - a technique that could substantially reduce the final injury benefits and affect how the personal injury settlements are paid out. In such a scenario, the injured party should always be accompanied by his or her attorney," commented Ms. Anthony.

The lawyers of LeMaster & Ahmed PLLC, including Ms. Anthony, have extensive backgrounds negotiating both for and against insurance companies related to personal injury claims. All lawyers at the firm have spent nearly 40 years combined working directly for the insurers before joining LeMaster & Ahmed PLLC and focusing their practices on representing personal injury victims.

The law firm takes a team approach to each personal injury case in an effort to achieve maximum recovery for their clients. They treat their clients like family and they focus on making their clients whole after their injury.

LeMaster & Ahmed PLLC, Attorneys at Law, encourages anyone who has been injured to fight back. They deserve a fair and equitable settlement for their injuries, their pain and suffering, their physical rehabilitation, their loss of income, and the impact their injuries will have for the rest of their lives. Learn more at: https://www.lalawtx.com/

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The Expansion of The Law Offices of Victoria Broussard: Bringing Humanity and Unbiased Practices to Central Texas Courts

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Law Offices of Victoria Broussard​, a Houston-based law firm, today announced their return to Austin, and plans for expanding their practice across central Texas. The company launched in Austin in 2006 and relocated its office to Houston in 2014. Victoria Broussard, founder and CEO, took to the media this week to announce their return to Austin and plans to expand the offices. Full legal services are now available to residents of Austin, Houston, and the surrounding cities.

The Law Offices of Victoria Broussard is a privately owned business that has been established for 15 years. It opened its doors in 2006 in Austin, TX and moved its offices to Houston in 2014. Since Ms. Broussard's arrival in 1988, Austin has been her home base, and main focus when it comes to eliminating bias practices in the judicial system.

With the new expansion of staffing and service area, in Austin, Houston and surrounding cities, The Law Offices of Victoria Broussard is working to popularize bringing a transformative approach to the judicial system, incorporating authenticity and fairness with clients from all walks of life.

To learn more about the practice visit: https://www.broussardlegal.com/

About CEO/Founder Victoria Broussard:

Victoria Broussard is a graduate from the University of Texas and Thurgood Marshall School of Law and is widely known as a prolific speaker, author, and advocate for survivors of childhood sexual trauma and domestic violence. Along with her efforts to transform our society's handling of the legal system by keeping our shared humanity as the focus, Ms. Broussard is in the process of re-releasing her previously published book "i-Comfortable Victim." This book covers the story of her life told through a fictional lens, bringing a unique awareness to challenging topics such as childhood sexual trauma, domestic violence, and the immeasurable psychological damage these events cause and how to integrate the experience to ultimately achieve healing and wholeness.

A statement from Victoria Broussard: "The Law Offices of Victoria Broussard is thankful to establish and build their client base in both Austin and Houston as they continue to expand the team and create a narrative of thought leadership that aims to arrest biases and unfair treatment in the judicial system at all levels, while simultaneously elevating our collective consciousness."

Related link: https://www.broussardlegal.com/

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SECDEF Urged to Protect Troops from Sexual Assault Through Equity Boards

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Washington D.C., metropolitan-based law firm of Jordan Guydon, LLP, announced today a plan to reduce sexual assault and harassment in the military. "Our plan recommends that Secretary of Defense Austin update 75-year-old architecture," said managing partner Attorney Daryle A. Jordan, a former Army lawyer and veteran of the Gulf War.

Former Army lawyer Colonel Howard G. Cooley, USA (Ret.), recommends Secretary Austin empower Pentagon Boards for Correction of Military Records (BCMRs) to strongly prevent sexual assault and harassment before they occur; and promote fair adjudication of sexual harassment and assault claims by appointing an exponentially expanded pool of qualified civilian adjudicators.

Cooley and Jordan recommend Secretary Austin direct each Pentagon Service Secretary to establish a sub-BCMR entity designated as a BCMR Equity Panel (for Gender, Racial and Cultural Equity) - applying criteria to adjudicate sexual assault; sexual harassment; discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation; discrimination based on race, national origin, ethnicity, culture, and religion; and discrimination based on historical marginalization. Cooley and Jordan propose BCMR Equity Panels protect Servicemembers from sexually-based harassment, stalking, attempted attacks, offensive touching, or other harmful actions and consequences including depression, PTSD, fear, venereal disease, pregnancy, broken bones, retaliation and career damage.

Cooley notes, "Waiting for Servicemembers to be attacked before acting is not an option, as it would be unreasonable for the military to process 'red-tape' when 'vulnerable or marginalized' women and some other Servicemembers are under assault by lascivious superiors and co-workers in a culture of violence."

Cooley continues, "Thus, if a Servicemember is so pressured and the military's bureaucracy is unresponsive, the Service BCMR Equity Panel acts on behalf of the Secretary concerned as a 'safety valve,' upon contact by the victim; and prevents imminent harm such as by changing the records of Servicemembers to reflect reassignment and direct immediate compliance with that order, within 24-hours."

Cooley and Jordan recommend BCMR Equity Panels apply the standards and spirit of relevant laws and policies, including President Biden's Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government (January 20, 2021), and advance equity for all, including and especially the historically underserved and marginalized by or as follows:

* Designation by each Service of a BCMR Panel for Gender, Racial and Cultural Equity Issues (GRACE Panel), consisting of civilian legal, human relations, and other personnel appropriate for such duty, with the responsibility to ensure their decisions promote orderly personnel management.

* Elimination of preordained caps on the number of BCMR Board members, and appointment of globally based qualified members in accordance with the needs of Servicemembers, complexity of cases, and other considerations. The Equity Panel membership should be diverse and include members from the Senior Executive Service (SES). Appointments may be involuntary, temporary, extra-duty, part-time, full-time, voluntary or otherwise, at the direction or approval of the Secretary concerned.

* Designation in each Service of a highly trained BCMR Equity Panel, consisting of a standing civilian body of at least 600 members (200 panels) and reserve civilian body of at least 240 members (80 panels).

* Exercise broad authority to act on behalf of the Service Secretary, including transferring Applicants out of harm's way temporarily or permanently to prevent apparent, threshold, imminent or actual mental, physical or career injury, when it is determined DOD and Service protective procedures are inadequate. The Equity Panel's jurisdiction includes acts pertaining to an Applicant's superiors, colleagues, installation, or off-post sites reasonably related to the military.

* Report incidents to the Office of the Assistant Secretary (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) concerned for any appropriate disposition, consistent with existing laws.

* Consistent with the legislative history of the BCMR Statute, Board members shall personally review case materials, and decide each case through the exercise of independent and fair judgment based on a sound application of the legal, broadest equitable and remedial standards in a timely manner. Board members will not delegate decisional authority, in fact or appearance, to staff. Staff may conduct research, prepare administrative orders or draft Board decisions upon receiving explicit direction in writing from the chair of the panel or Board president or vice president. Staff, however, may not participate in the Board's adjudicational process regarding petitions.

* All commands shall cooperate with BCMR Equity Panels.

* This directive does not impact any Presidential, Congressional, judicial, DOD, Military Department or any other action that modifies/alters or declines to modify/alter case disposition under the UCMJ.

Jordan explains, "In 1945, as 16-million Servicemembers demobilized upon the end of WWII, a public angry over the military's mistreatment of many Servicemembers during the war demanded an immediate remedy from Congress, the sole body correcting military records since 1789." Jordan observes further, "In response, Congress materially changed the military records process to respond to public demands, and avoid potentially large numbers of post-WWII requests for correction of military records from clogging Congress' legislative focus on a possible WWIII with atomic implications and the restoration of the world economy." Thus, Cooley notes, "Congress delegated its authority to correct military records under the constitutional War Powers provision to Service Secretaries through newly established BCMRs, vesting in them more equitable power possessed by the U.S Supreme Court and federal courts, including the amazing ability to change facts in the record upon which to compel legal relief."

Commenting further, Jordan observes, "The touchstone of the BCMR process, however, is civilian employees appointed by their Service Secretaries exercise objective and independent review over personnel decisions by the military." Jordan observes, however, that, "By 1996, management consultant Booz Allen Hamilton's independent study advised DOD and Congress that the ABCMR functioned with a 'lack of independence' and an appearance as a mere 'rubber stamp' of the actual decisions by the staff."

Jordan states, "The ABCMR's failure of independent judgment was confirmed in 2016 by Attorney Sara Dareshori, then Human Rights Watch's Senior Counsel, who stamped the ABCMR with the momentous characterization as a nonresponsive 'graveyard' for marginalized female Servicemembers seeking vindication of their rights regarding sexual assault and retaliatory discharge through a process in which the ABCMR routinely and erroneously rejected their petitions in a mere 4 to 5-minute span without adequate review of the case materials."

Cooley further observes, "In 2018, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Review Boards (DASA) informed the Military Personnel Subcommittee of Congress' House Armed Services Committee (HASC) the ABCMR had a history of adjudicating many cases by focusing on eliminating its high case backlog in the thousands [nearly 14,000 at the time] at the expense of doing justice for Servicemembers petitioning for relief." Additionally, the DASA represented the ABCMR would correct its course; however, Cooley and Jordan who "do not question the DASA's good-faith, but question the time it will take to reverse that extensive institutional damage tantamount to the loss of decisional integrity."

CONTACTS:

HOWARD G. COOLEY | Colonel, USA (Ret.) | Of Counsel | DARYLE A. JORDAN | Managing Partner |

JORDANGUYDON LLP | Attorneys at Law | 10560 Main Street (Mosby Tower), Suite 310, Fairfax, VA 22030 | Desk: 703.865.8699 | Fax: 703.865.8729 | Email: hcooley@jordanguydonlaw.com

Website: http://jordanguydonlaw.com/

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Lincoln Law School of San Jose Launches New Website

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Lincoln Law School of San Jose is proud to announce that its newly designed website launched on January 25, 2021, after several months of working on its development. Their old site was perfectly functional, but this much-needed refresh will help students, potential students, faculty, and supporters to gain more from Lincoln's online presence.

Dean Laura Palazzolo had this to say about the new, easier to use site: "Lincoln Law School is a hidden gem for those seeking a high quality, affordable legal education. It is our hope that this new website will make it easier for people to find and take advantage of the extraordinary opportunities Lincoln has to offer."

In addition to the sleek new design, the site has moved from the old URL to LincolnLawSchool.edu. This new domain removes the geographical limitations associated with the old URL. Ideally, removing the locational reference will help draw in students from beyond the local area, with Lincoln's law-related courses reaching across the country and in time even around the world. The new URL has the added benefit of being smoother, more descriptive, and more memorable.

The new website design falls in line with Lincoln's mission to make legal education more accessible. It is faster and easier to navigate. The upgrades will help site visitors find the information they need more quickly and offer ample opportunity to get in touch with admissions staff in case other questions arise.

With all that's going on in the world leading to a heavier reliance on online resources, it was a perfect time to ensure that Lincoln's website visitors have the best possible user experience. Associate Dean Nick F. Forooghi had this to say about the new site: "Our new website and URL offer not only a great new look and feel but superior functionality and technology to provide forward-looking remote services to all our constituents; including our students, faculty, alumni and new visitors and applicants."

The new site was designed by Lincoln's marketing department, answering to Associate Dean Nick F. Forooghi, in collaboration with consulting firm Solid Vision Consulting, LLC and marketing firm Solutionarian.

The new website and URL simply provides a better, more modern web presence to support Lincoln Law School of San Jose's continued commitment to providing an affordable, accessible law education that emphasizes real-world applications.

About Lincoln Law School of San Jose:

Lincoln Law School of San Jose's mission is to make legal education affordable, and accessible to adults whose personal commitments or full-time careers might otherwise preclude them from pursuing a graduate-level degree. Lincoln's professors are working lawyers and judges who provide Lincoln students with hands-on, real-world experience. Learn more: https://www.lincolnlawschool.edu/

Lincoln graduates go on to become valuable contributors to the San Jose community as members of the judiciary, lawyers, and public servants. Lincoln welcomes students of all ages from all walks of life who are ready to use their Lincoln education to make the world a better place. Last fall, Lincoln Law celebrated its 100-year anniversary.

Related link: https://www.lincolnlawsj.edu/

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NJWeedman Responds to New Jersey Governor’s Request for Dismissal in Ed Forchion vs. Phil Murphy Cannabis Case

TRENTON, N.J. -- Veteran marijuana activist Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion put New Jersey under the cannabis microscope late last year when he challenged the state's newly passed marijuana legalization laws with a lawsuit directed at Governor Phil Murphy (Case 3:20-cv-16582-PGS-TJB FORCHION v. MURPHY at: http://njweedman.com/Federal_Cannabis_lawsuit.pdf ).

In response to the governor's recently filed request for the lawsuit's dismissal (http://www.njweedman.com/Federal_Cannabis_Lawsuit_Murphy_REPLY.pdf) , Forchion's attorney, John Vincent Saykanic, Esq. has filed a 78-page complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief (http://www.njweedman.com/Federal_Cannabis_Lawsuit_Njweedman_Response.pdf). Governor Murphy, represented by the Attorney General of New Jersey Gurbir S. Grewal, requested the dismissal claiming in defense that he has not officially signed the state's pending Regulated Cannabis Act. Peter G. Sheridan, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey has elected to hear oral arguments on February 17, 2021.

Forchion has accused the state of baiting New Jersey citizens into voting for the legalization of a corporate, Caucasian run cannabis industry, under the guise of legalizing marijuana. Forchion notes that under the current developing legislation, marijuana would still be illegal and in fact, criminalized, in underserved communities. Boldly fighting for inclusion and equality for marginalized vendors who are being excluded in the legalization marketplace, Forchion's arguments champion what he defines as the "existing underground marketeers that currently provide 90% of the marijuana consumed in the state."

"I'm demanding small businesses like myself, which ironically are the backs the current industry is built upon, be granted concessions that are due to us based on the well documented history of our marijuana related prosecution across this country. Now, corporations and state politicians are attempting to write us out of this multibillion-dollar industry, and my lawsuit documents and challenges the complicity of these efforts," expresses Forchion. "Considering that Governor Murphy has not yet signed the Regulated Cannabis Act that I am contesting, will he further delay signing it while this case proceeds? And if so, where does that leave the thousands of citizens who voted for legalization?"

Forchion, a cannabis cult figure, has rallied for fair representation and legalization for over three decades now. In 2016, his lawyer, Attorney Saykanic, filed Forchion's case challenging the state of New Jersey before the United States Supreme Court regarding pertinent issues pertaining to reefer, racial discrimination and religion.

"I have always believed in Forchion's legal battles. Since his first arrest in 1997 to his current Citizen Dispensary located across the street for Trenton City Hall, Forchion has never backed down from the systemic racial discrepancies inherit in the structuring of the cannabis legalization industry. This lawsuit may redefine how legalization will ultimately play out in New Jersey. Forchion is controversial yes, but his insight, arguments, and academic understanding of the languaging of law are proving to stand the test of time. Many of us are just now beginning to fully realize the impact of concerns he has espoused for decades now," notes Attorney Saykanic.

In his lawsuit, filed in November 2020, Forchion sought to have the "Court declare unconstitutional and invalid the application and implementation of the 'Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Marijuana.'" Forchion asserted that the Regulated Cannabis Act, as the amendment is referred to in the lawsuit, "deprives him of equal protection and due process under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution as it subjects him to selective prosecution."

Forchion also noted that the state unfairly allows Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA) dispensaries to possess large amounts of marijuana in violation of federal law while prosecuting individuals such as himself. Forchion has had numerous marijuana related prosecutions brought against him by the State of New Jersey, including a pending matter.

Forchion further proposed that voters were duped into believing that they were voting to legalize marijuana, while unwittingly sanctioning a cannabis industry which only grants legalization to a majority of Caucasian owned corporate entities while criminalizing many individuals of color, who in effect will not be granted similar access to grow, sale and distribute. Comparing the pending legislation to the 1990's cocaine vs. crack dilemma, Forchion cites how the State is subtly creating a distinction between illegal "marijuana" supplied by vendors like him, versus state 'regulated cannabis' sold by majority Caucasian owned and operated corporations.

New Jersey's cannabis legislature has come under increasingly mounting criticism with the state publicly criticized for attempting to push through a corporatized cannabis culture with not enough regard for the constituents that voted it through. The state seemingly hangs in yet further limbo as the Governor may now delay full legislative passage per Forchion's unprecedented filing. News of longtime New Jersey resident, Rohan Marley, and son of reggae legend Bob Marley, entering the market with his Lightshade retail site offers inspiring signs of hope, however.

In the past, Forchion has been vehemently retaliated against by the State of New Jersey. In 2002, he was jailed for advocating the legalization of marijuana. Forchion was held at the Burlington County Jail for over five months when United States District Court Federal Judge Joseph E. Irenas, U.S.D.J., hearing his civil rights suit, agreed that the state had violated Forchion's First Amendment right to advocate marijuana's legalization and ordered him to be released.

In 2016, Forchion and his partner, Debi Madaio, had their restaurant, NJWeedman's Joint, raided by Mercer County law enforcement authorities on marijuana dealing charges. Forchion was held without bail for 447 days due to the retaliatory charge of witness tampering. He was acquitted by a jury and all charges were dismissed with no convictions.

Media, legislature, politicians and cannabis activists and supporters worldwide are taking close heed of this case as it maneuvers the smoky realms of legalization. Find out more about Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion at https://linktr.ee/NJWeedman .

MEDIA CONTACT
Makeda Smith
Jazzmyne Public Relations
makeda@jazzmynepr.com
323-380-8819

PHOTO LINK for media: https://www.Send2Press.com/300dpi/21-0203s2p-nj-weedman-300dpi.jpg

CAPTION: Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion (first image) is fighting for inclusion and equality for marginalized vendors who are being excluded in the cannabis legalization marketplace. Forchion champions for the existing underground suppliers that currently provide 90% of the marijuana consumed in his state. Second image, left to right: Governor Phil Murphy; Senator Nicholas P. Scutari; Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion, the 'elephant in the room'; Scott Rudder, former Republican state legislator; and Senator Stephen M. Sweeney. Graphic art by Clemente "Sketch" Aused Jr./ @pleaseb_thechange

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Business, Free News Articles, Legal and Law, Patent and Trademark

Bug-A-Salt Files Patent Infringement Suit Against Dillard’s Inc.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Skell, Inc., dba Bug-A-Salt, has filed suit against the department store chain Dillard's and its distributor, William E. Connor & Associates, for infringing on Skell's 2013 patent for a "bug killing gun," according to Bug-A-Salt's attorney, Liat Cohen.

The complaint was filed in United States District Court of Delaware, case 1:20-CV-01567-UNA.

In the suit, Loren Maggiore, the inventor of Bug-A-Salt, defines his invention as, "A 'gun' that uses table salt as particulate projectiles to stun or kill insects, particularly flies."

The patented Bug-A-Salt gun, which is safe around children and pets, has been on the market since 2013. More than three million Bug-A-Salt units have been sold; revenue from several versions of the product have resulted in sales in excess of $100 million.

In December 2019, Skell management became aware that Dillard's was offering for sale a near-identical Chinese-manufactured product it called "Salt War Gun." That same month, Skell sent a cease-and-desist letter to Dillard's, demanding they stop selling the counterfeit item. Dillard's responded they would do so, and later confirmed that the "Salt War Gun" had been removed from all of its stores. Subsequent investigation showed the patent-infringing product was still available at Dillard's in Florida and other Dillard's stores.

According to an article in the Jan. 26 issue of Barron's magazine, Dillard's was the second-most shorted small-cap stock on the Russell 2000 index, behind GameStop.

Little Rock, Arkansas-headquartered Dillard's has more than 300 locations in 29 US states.

"I first came up with this crazy idea more than 30 years ago, and never dreamt it would become the international success that it has," Maggiore says. "With Dillard's acknowledging our patent but not terminating its sales of its knock-off product, this is a case of the typical small entrepreneur fighting against the corporate giant refusing to do the right thing," he says.

To contact Liat Cohen, Esquire, regarding this suit, call (818) 579-9996 or email her at https://liatlaw.com/.

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Denial of Coverage for Gender-Affirming Care Declared Unlawful

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- TransFamily Support Services (transfamilysos.org) today announced a milestone victory in the organization's mission to build a world where all genders are accepted and treated equally. After calling on the California Department of Insurance to remove unjust barriers for accessing gender reassignment surgery, the department's General Counsel has just declared that health insurance companies may no longer deny coverage for patient's based solely on their age.

In an Opinion Letter issued on December 30, state-operated health insurers were ordered to ease policy limits on male chest reconstruction surgery for female-to-male patients undergoing gender-affirming care for gender dysphoria.

"The world is gaining an understanding around gender identity and learning the importance of treatment for those seeking it," says TransFamily Support Services Founder, Kathie Moehlig. "Trans youth have the highest rates of attempted suicide, 50 percent more than their adolescent peers. To deny care sole based on age puts trans youth's mental well-being at risk."

Moehlig has dedicated her efforts for nearly a decade to ensure that transgender and gender non-conforming youth throughout the country feel supported at all stages of their transition process.

"The issuance of this letter by the California Department of Insurance is a critical move toward improving the lives of youth suffering with gender dysphoria," adds Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD, Medical Director from the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and medical advisor to TransFamily Support and Services. Both Moehlig and Olson-Kennedy - along with all who support the issuance - acknowledge that the refusal of coverage violates state gender non-discrimination laws and regulations, and other coverage and nondiscrimination standards. "Determination of medical necessity being attached to a chronologic age undermines the complex decision making of youth, their families and their care teams," continues Olson-Kennedy. "The work of TransFamily Support Services and the reiteration of the protected services by California Department of Insurance will reduce barriers to accessing gender-affirming services for transgender youth, and offer this vulnerable group of young people an improved opportunity to live authentically."

A recent Cedars Sinai study found that gender dysphoria manifests in early childhood and can persist for years before patients undergo counseling and treatment - oftentimes resulting in a poor quality of life for transgender people throughout their lifetime. The study found that 73% of transgender women and 78% of transgender men surveyed first experienced gender dysphoria by age 7.

Taking the well-being of youth into account, the California Department of Insurance will now mandate that health insurance companies consider a patient's specific clinical situation, holistically, in determining medical necessity and coverage for the treatment of gender dysphoria.

"There is no magical age for [gender-affirming surgery]," says Moehlig, who reiterates that this essential medical care can be carried out at earlier ages, determined by a case-by-case basis. "The importance of our work lies in the outcome of our youth feeling affirmed, emotionally healthy, and the world seeing them for who they genuinely are."

About TransFamily Support Services

TransFamily Support Services works toward building a world where all genders are accepted and treated equally, and they strive to save lives by shaping a gender-affirming and accepting community at large. They guide transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming youth - and their families - through the gender transitioning process to foster the most positive experience possible. They provide family coaching, assistance with healthcare and insurance issues, help to navigate the legal system, and support at schools, support groups for parents and youth as well as mentorship programs. TransFamily Support services also conducts training for healthcare facilities and workplaces. All services are provided at no fee to youth and families.

To learn more visit: https://www.transfamilysos.org/

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kathie Moehlig, Executive Director
858-382-9156
kathie@transfamilysos.org

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Ed ‘NJWeedman’ Forchion Wages His Own War on Drugs – Sues the State of New Jersey Over ‘Bait and Switch’ Cannabis Regulation Laws

TRENTON, N.J. -- The 'war on drugs' has just taken a wicked left turn. On Friday, November 20, 2020, one of marijuana's staunchest supporters, Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion held an online press conference at his NJWeedman's Joint location, contesting New Jersey's recent legalization of cannabis. Forchion announced his federal lawsuit against New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, accusing the state of baiting New Jersey citizens into voting for the legalization of a corporate, Caucasian run cannabis industry, under the guise of legalizing marijuana.

Forchion notes that under the current developing legislation, marijuana will still be illegal and in fact, criminalized, in underserved communities.

View Case 3:20-cv-16582-PGS-TJB FORCHION v. MURPHY at: http://njweedman.com/Federal_Cannabis_lawsuit.pdf.

In a 40 plus page document, filed at the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Forchion seeks to have the "Court declare unconstitutional and invalid the application and implementation of the 'Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Marijuana.'" Forchion asserts that the Regulated Cannabis Act, as the amendment is referred to in the lawsuit, "deprives him of equal protection and due process under the United States Constitution and subjects him to selective prosecution."

Forchion notes that the state unfairly allows Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA) dispensaries to possess large amounts of marijuana in violation of federal law while prosecuting individuals such as himself. Forchion, a long-time marijuana activist, has had numerous marijuana related prosecutions brought against him by the State of New Jersey, including a pending matter.

In addition, Forchion proposes that voters were duped into believing that they were voting to legalize marijuana, while unwittingly sanctioning a cannabis industry which only grants legalization to a majority of Caucasian owned corporate entities while criminalizing individuals of color, who in effect will not be granted similar market access.

"This new Caucasian corporate cannabis industry is a sham," apprizes Forchion. "Politicians are in cahoots with corporations to take over and control what is now a multi-billion-dollar industry while excluding the existing marijuana market. We are witnessing systematic discrimination. Only 'regulated cannabis' which is defined as the pot sold by dealers licensed by a new bureaucracy called the Cannabis Regulatory Commission will be allowed in the marketplace. But individuals possessing and selling marijuana - such as myself, will still be in violation of the law. The community that paved the road for legalization and paid the price with incarceration and felonies, are being locked out of the 'new' industry and will continue to be locked up."

"It's the cocaine vs. crack dilemma all over again," explains Forchion, "similar to the war on drugs when prison sentences were handed down to people of color for using crack cocaine, while individuals, who were most notably white, were hardly prosecuted for using powder cocaine. Our State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is on record stating that the new amendment does not authorize 'unregulated marijuana.' New Jersey is subtly creating a distinction between 'marijuana' for the masses versus state 'regulated cannabis' for the establishment," cites Forchion.

New Jersey has come under mounting criticism since the recent passing of legalization. Politicians, community activists and the media have taken the state to task for attempting to push through a corporatized cannabis culture that doesn't seem to best serve its constituents. Headlines have drawn attention to the state's blatant interest in profits over compassion. In fact, lawmakers' first attempt at enabling legislation has been halted amid growing criticism. The number of licenses set aside for Black and Latino communities in the bill has been widely criticized and advocates have demanded more opportunities be extended for people with criminal records for low-level drug convictions.

Forchion, whose lawsuit positions him squarely amid the ongoing conflict, is no newcomer to battle. At cited in his lawsuit, he has been vehemently retaliated against in the past by the State of New Jersey. In 2002, he was jailed for advocating the legalization of marijuana. Forchion was held at the Burlington County Jail from August 19, 2002 until late January 2003 when United States District Court Federal Judge Joseph E. Irenas, U.S.D.J., hearing his civil rights suit, agreed that the state had violated Forchion's First Amendment right to advocate marijuana's legalization and ordered him released.

In 2016, Forchion and his partner, Debi Madaio, had their restaurant raided by Mercer County law enforcement authorities on marijuana dealing charges. Forchion was held without bail for over 400 days due to the retaliatory charge of witness tampering. He was acquitted by a jury and all charges were dismissed with no convictions.

Sign the NJWeedman's Joint Change.org petition at https://www.change.org/p/phil-murphy-demand-gov-phil-murphy-grant-njweedman-s-joint-a-recreational-cannabis-license.

Follow Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion across all social media at @NJWeedman and at https://www.njweedman.com/.

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