Cubaocho Art Museum, Inc. recibe financiación de parte del programa SVOG

Cubaocho Art Museum

Cubaocho Art Museum

Cubaocho Art Museum

Cubaocho Art Museum

Roberto Ramos

Roberto Ramos

Roberto y Yeney

Roberto y Yeney

Dr. Rafael Marrero

Dr. Rafael Marrero

Gracias a este subsidio federal, otorgado a pequeños negocios afectados por la pandemia de COVID-19, la reconocida firma podrá recuperarse y seguir adelante.

Este dinero ha llegado en un momento crítico. Aparte de ayudarnos a sobrevivir a la pandemia, también nos permitirá mejorar el negocio, darles trabajo a más empleados y salvar a varias familias.”

— Roberto Ramos, fundador/presidente de Cubaocho.

MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Cubaocho Art Museum, Inc. ─firma que cobija al emblemático Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center, de la Calle 8, en el famoso vecindario miamense de Little Havana─ acaba de obtener más de medio millón de dólares de parte del programa de Subvenciones para Operadores de Locales Cerrados (SVOG, por sus siglas en inglés).

«Este dinero ha llegado en un momento realmente crítico. Aparte de ayudarnos a sobrevivir a la pandemia, también nos permitirá mejorar el negocio, darles trabajo a más empleados ─principalmente, músicos, artistas─ y salvar a varias familias, ya que mucha gente depende de nosotros», dijo, entusiasmado, el presidente de la firma, Roberto Ramos.

Su esposa y vicepresidenta de la compañía, Yeney Fariñas-Ramos, por su parte, compartió el criterio de que la financiación «no pudo llegar en un mejor momento, justo cuando pensábamos que íbamos a perderlo todo. En realidad, no creímos que fuera a suceder, pero, evidentemente, hay un Dios mirando por nosotros y un team de expertos que son los mejores».

La ejecutiva se refiere a Rafael Marrero & Company, prestigiosa firma de gestión y consultoría empresarial, también afincada en la ciudad de Miami, que estuvo a cargo de tramitarles la financiación del SVOG de principio a fin.

«Estamos muy agradecidos con Marrero, y reconocemos la actitud tan linda y tan positiva de su equipo de especialistas. Es más: aunque no nos hubieran aprobado la ayuda, igual les hubiéramos agradecido por el excelente trabajo que han hecho con nosotros», recalcó Yeney.

En esa misma posición de gratitud se encuentra el fundador de Cubaocho, para quien Marrero es el salvador de la comunidad. «Realmente, Marrero salva a los negocios que más lo necesitan, a los empleados… En nuestro caso, ha ayudado a salvar a más de 20 familias, principalmente, familias de músicos, que son los que alivian el corazón», puntualizó.

Concedido por la Administración de Pequeñas Empresas (SBA, por sus siglas en inglés) a raíz del impacto del coronavirus, el SVOG brinda ayuda económica a los pequeños negocios del sector del entretenimiento en vivo que han resultado más perjudicados por la pandemia. Cubaocho, pilar del arte cubano del siglo XIX e inicios y mediados del siglo XX, fue uno de ellos.

Hasta la fecha, el programa ha otorgado $7,5 mil millones de dólares en subvenciones a más de 10,000 pequeñas empresas vinculadas con el mundo del espectáculo en directo. Según anunciara la SBA esta semana, más de dos tercios de los subsidios se han otorgado a negocios con menos de 10 empleados, cumpliendo así con el objetivo de darles prioridad a las firmas más pequeñas.

Acerca de Cubaocho Art Museum, Inc

Considerado por muchos como un sitio de obligada visita en la Pequeña Habana, este espacio de galería y reunión alberga una gran colección de arte cubano, una biblioteca de investigación y un bar-cafetería distinguido por su variada selección de rones. Asimismo, cuenta con una importante colección de revistas cubanas previas a 1959, entre ellas, “Carteles”, “Vanidades”, “Bohemia” y “El Fígaro”.

Quienes aman la cultura, en general, y el arte cubano, en particular, llegan allí para apreciar las obras expuestas, asistir a espectáculos en vivo y cubanísimas descargas, así como también para degustar los famosos puros y mojitos del lugar.

Acerca de Rafael Marrero & Company

Rafael Marrero & Company es una consultoría de gestión que asesora a emprendedores sobre cómo hacer negocios con el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos. Con el Dr. Rafael Marrero a la cabeza, la firma ha sido reconocida en dos ocasiones por la revista Inc. como una de las 500 empresas privadas de mayor crecimiento del país y como una de las 50 mejores compañías en términos de cultura empresarial.

En 2016, el Dr. Marrero recibió el máximo galardón otorgado a negocios minoritarios del país por parte del Concilio Nacional del Desarrollo para Empresas Minoritarias. En 2019, ganó el Premio Sunshine en la categoría de Small Business del año, que otorga la Cámara de Comercio Hispana del Sur de la Florida, y en ese mismo año, publicó el bestseller de Amazon La salsa secreta del Tío Sam, primer libro sobre contratación federal especialmente dedicado a la comunidad hispana.

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Barton Gilman Opens Philadelphia Office

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Patricia Hennessy, Kathleen Nagle, Christopher Barrett and Adam Alaa Attia expand Barton Gilman's education practice into Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland

PHILADELPHIA, PA, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Recently, Patricia A. Hennessy, Kathleen M. Nagle and Christopher A. Barrett have founded Barton Gilman’s Philadelphia office to serve the needs of public charter schools, private schools, and religious schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. Additionally, education attorney Adam Alaa Attia has joined the team.   

A nationally recognized charter schools advocate, Hennessy brings twenty years of experience in the representation of charter schools and cyber charter schools, charter management organizations and charter advocacy organizations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. Hennessy serves on the National Litigation Council for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and is a long-term member of the Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys as well as multiple city and state charter advocacy organizations. She also works extensively with private, boarding and religious schools on a wide range of legal issues. Hennessy is a board member of the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools and serves as Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee. She received a J.D. from Temple University School of Law, a B.A., cum laude, from Temple University, and is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland.   

Nagle focuses her practice on education law and commercial litigation, advising charter schools on all aspects of charter school operations to ensure compliance with federal and state laws, and administrative regulations. She also handles complex commercial litigation matters from the administrative level in state and federal courts. Additionally, Nagle’s experience in the white-collar criminal defense arena – including internal investigations, grand jury and federal courtrooms, are a valuable resource for organizations in the public arena.  She received a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, a B.A. from Villanova University, and is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

Barrett represents and advises K-12 schools, including charter schools and education support organizations.  He has years of experience serving as solicitor to public school boards of education and charter schools, providing daily counsel to school administrators, public boards of education and charter schools, litigating matters on behalf of his school clients before state courts and state and federal administrative agencies, and providing trainings and seminars to school board members, school administrators, and staff members. Additionally, Barrett provides representation to municipalities, police and fire departments, and government officials in labor and employment matters and complex civil litigation. He received a J.D. from Widener University School of Law, a B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University, and is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

Attia joins the firm from the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of General Counsel for the Department of Education where he served as Assistant Counsel. He represents schools in contract negotiations, procurement processes, and application drafting and renewal. Attia served on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Equity and Inclusion Task Force, the Pennsylvania Governor’s LGBTQ+ Work Group, and as a legal aid and translator for the Nationalities Service Center Immigrant and Refugee Service Organization. He received a J.D. from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, a B.A., cum laude, from Temple University, and is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania. 

“We are thrilled to have Pat, Kathy, Chris and Adam join the Barton Gilman family – expanding our geographic reach and further enhancing our ability to serve the legal needs of our education clients with experience and excellence,” said co-managing partner, Matthew R. Plain. 

About Barton Gilman 

Barton Gilman serves clients throughout the Northeast with offices in Boston, Providence, New York, and Philadelphia, offering legal services in a wide variety of matters, including education law, employment, premises liability and business litigation, as well as medical and other professional liability defense, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, family law, trusts and estates, criminal defense, corporate formation and intellectual property. The firm and its attorneys have received numerous awards and accolades, including Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms, Best Places to Work Rhode Island, Outstanding Philanthropic Business, the Common Good Award, and Super Lawyers. 

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U.S. House Appropriations Bill Signals Sea Change in Psychedelic, Cannabis Research

Bill directs NIH to undertake and fund research into psychedelic-assisted therapies and potential benefits of cannabis, could accelerate the pace of research

Interest in psychedelic substances as potential treatments continues to grow alongside the body of evidence supporting their safety and efficacy for challenging mental health conditions.”

— Ismail Lourido Ali, J.D.

UNITED STATES, July 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a consolidated appropriations package¹ funding the Department of Health and Human Services, among other agencies. The bill will next be sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee and, if passed and enacted, will mark a significant shift in Congressional support for research of psychoactive substances, a primary project of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (https://maps.org/) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (https://mapsbublicbenefit.com).

While the bill text does not expressly mention psychedelic research, the accompanying report² clearly states that Federal agencies should undertake research of psychedelic-assisted therapies, particularly in support of mental health for Veterans:

"Psychedelic Treatments.—Despite the recent Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report that showed there were no significant increases in the veteran suicide rate from 2017 and 2018, the Committee is concerned that over 17 veterans on average continue to commit suicide each day, which is a number that has remained persistent over the past decade. There have been many recent studies and clinical trials demonstrating the positive impact of alternative therapies, including psychedelics, for treatment resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder, particularly for veteran participants. In light of growing interest in this area, the Committee encourages NIH and other relevant Federal agencies to undertake, and where appropriate expand, research to evaluate the effectiveness of psychedelic therapies in treating PTSD, major depressive disorder, and other serious mental health conditions."

MAPS recently released the results of a Phase 3 clinical trial³ demonstrating that MDMA-assisted therapy may be a safe and efficacious treatment for PTSD. When considered alongside analyses that it may also be a highly cost-effective⁴ treatment with long-lasting benefits⁵, the treatment is positioned to quickly become a front-line response if approved.

In the United States, MAPS has sponsored 10 completed FDA-authorized clinical trials⁶ of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD and other conditions; MAPS PBC is currently administering another seven MAPS-sponsored trials⁷. Since 2013, the NIH has allocated more than $821 million⁸ to research for PTSD treatments, yet essentially all funding for breakthrough-designated⁹ MDMA studies has been provided by philanthropic donors¹⁰. If passed, H.R. 4502 could provide critical funding to advance research of this treatment and other promising psychedelic-assisted therapies.

Ismail Lourido Ali, J.D., MAPS’ Interim Director of Policy & Advocacy for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), notes, “Though Congress still needs significant education and demystification regarding psychedelics, interest in psychedelic substances as potential treatments for mental health disorders continues to grow alongside the body of evidence supporting their safety and efficacy for challenging mental health conditions. MAPS is encouraged that the issue of psychedelic care continues to cut through partisan lines, and we look forward to continuing to work with and educate Congress about psychedelic research, therapy, and the harms of the War on Drugs.”

An amendment to remove barriers to “any activity that promotes the legalization of any drug or other substance in Schedule I” of the Controlled Substances Act received a 60% increased share of support. Though the amendment failed, it gained 50 votes, for a total of 140 yes votes, as compared to a vote on the same amendment taken two years ago.

The bill and report language also contained moves to align Federal policy with state laws legalizing marijuana for medical or social use; increase funding for research into the potential benefits of marijuana, assessing impairment, and the impacts of legalization; and policies to protect cannabis users in matters of housing, employment.

¹ https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/4502
² https://www.congress.gov/117/crpt/hrpt96/CRPT-117hrpt96.pdf
³ https://maps.org/news/media/9122-maps-phase-3-trial-of-mdma-assisted-therapy-for-ptsd-achieves-successful-results-for-patients-with-severe-chronic-ptsd
https://maps.org/news/media/8363-press-release-study-mdma-assisted-psychotherapy-will-be-cost-effective-in-the-treatment-of-ptsd
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00213-020-05548-2
https://maps.org/research/mdma
https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=mdma+maps&Search=Apply&recrs=b&recrs=a&recrs=f&recrs=d&age_v=&gndr=&type=&rslt=
https://report.nih.gov/funding/categorical-spending#/
https://maps.org/news/media/6786-press-release-fda-grants-breakthrough-therapy-designation-for-mdma-assisted-psychotherapy-for-ptsd,-agrees-on-special-protocol-assessment-for-phase-3-trials
¹⁰ https://maps.org/news/media/8276-press-release-psychedelic-research-fundraising-campaign-attracts-$30-million-in-donations-in-6-months,-prepares-mdma-assisted-psychotherapy-for-fda-approval

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Texas Set To Arrest Migrants Who Cross The Border Illegally

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Queens immigration attorney Scott Messinger

At Governor’s behest, state has begun arresting illegal immigrants on charges of trespassing or criminal mischief. by Nadia El-Yaouti

Immigrants facing criminal charges in state court are still guaranteed the right to due process and other constitutional rights of the criminally accused.”

— Scott Messinger, Queens, NY Immigration Attorney

QUEENS, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Texas’ efforts on border security have ramped up as the state has begun arresting migrants for trespassing if they cross the border. This move is part of Gov. Abbott's latest border control efforts under what has been dubbed Operation Lone Star.

As part of the initiative, Abbott announced that the surge in migrant crossings was enough to set forth a disaster declaration. As part of this declaration, roughly 1,000 Texas Department of Public Safety Officers were sent to the border. They account for roughly a quarter of the state's police force. His declaration of disaster is an unusual one as such declarations are typically reserved for natural disasters including hurricanes and wildfires.

At a news conference held last month, Abbott explained of the border situation, “Our fellow Texans and our fellow Americans are being threatened every day.” He adds, “I’m talking to people in this region. Their lives and their properties and their families are being overrun.” Abbott’s calls to action echo Former President Trump’s stance at what he called a “border crisis.” Trump was also in attendance at the conference.

Following the surge of migrants at the border which has not let up as it normally would during the sweltering summer months, migrants have been facing criminal charges for illegally entering the country. This unconventional move to arrest migrants has drawn mixed reactions from both the community and county leaders.

Despite the governor calling the situation at the border cause for a disaster declaration, Democratic county judge of the Rio Grande Valley’s Hidalgo County, Richard Cortez, disagreed. Cortez explained, “We concluded we could not in good faith tell the people of our counties there is an emergency when there’s not an emergency.” Other officials in the Rio Grande Valley also pushed back and announced that they did not plan to participate in the disaster order.

Arrests of migrants began last week in Del Rio, a smaller-sized town that sits in the middle of the Texas – Mexico border. According to the Associated Press, sources have indicated that the empty Briscoe Unit, a state prison in Dilley, Texas, has been converted and will be used to house the migrants. The facility is reported to be able to house roughly 950 inmates.

According to Val Verde County Attorney David Martinez, migrants who are being arrested are single males. Martinez shared with reporters, “If John Doe is caught on my property and he has his wife and his children with him, chances are he’s not going to be arrested. That’s what’s been represented to me.”

The Val Verde County sheriff’s office shared that detainees will be taken to Briscoe where they will face trespassing and/or criminal mischief charges. Both charges bring with them anywhere between six months to up to a year in jail.

Immigration attorney Scott Messinger of Gladstein & Messinger P.C., explains that immigrants facing criminal charges in state court are still guaranteed the right to due process and other constitutional rights of the criminally accused, such as the right to counsel, the right to a speedy trial, etc. "Federal immigration proceedings," on the other hand, "are not criminal proceedings and do not guarantee the same rights," says Messinger. For instance, he points out that there is no right to counsel in immigration court. According to Messinger, immigrants detained by the state on trespassing charges arguably have more rights in state criminal proceedings than they would have if detained by federal immigration officials.

Last Monday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton shared with Fox News that Texas has been "forced into'' apprehending migrants who illegally enter the country. Paxton also criticized the Biden administration that the federal government had "no interest in doing the job."

Abbot emphasized his commitment to securing the border by sharing the following statement, "Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans."

Del Rio has seen the second-largest number of detainees at the border with over 150 apprehended this fiscal year alone. The Rio Grande Valley continues to be the state's largest apprehension zone of illegal migrants; however, they do not plan to join in on the arrest efforts.

Critics of Abbott’s move to arrest migrants have fired back calling the move a criminalization of immigration. If arrested migrants are convicted of the crime charged, they would have a trespassing or criminal mischief conviction on their record. Attorney Messinger explains that "if the conviction is for a crime that is considered a "crime involving moral turpitude" under the immigration law, it could make an immigrant inadmissible and prevent the issuance of a visa or require them to get a hardship waiver before a visa can be issued."

Once they are released from jail after having served their sentence, they are expected to be handed over to ICE, which would likely move to deport them. At that point, according to Messinger, immigrants who had fled their home country due to persecution or fear of persecution could claim fear of returning to their country of origin and seek asylum in the United States. After a year in asylum status, individuals can apply for a Green Card and permanent residence and eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. For some, at least, Texas' border crackdown might not be all that it is cracked up to be.

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California Legislature Asks: Is What You Smoke at Home Your Boss's Business?

California Lawmakers Consider Bill to Stop Employers from Discriminating Based on Marijuana Use. by Christopher Hazlehurst

Many employers create and implement policies which prohibit the use of marijuana during working hours.”

— Jon McGrath, California Employment Law Attorney

TUSTIN, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Untold Californians are currently basking in the rapidly expanding recreational marijuana industry. Pot has become so mainstream in California that dispensaries are offering home delivery and advertising on billboards. Yet some California employers are still, rightly or wrongly, against the practice. State agencies continue to drug-test prospective employees and disqualify those who turn up positive for marijuana. Many private companies, likewise, reject applicants based on marijuana usage. Cannabis advocates and employees around the state gripe that these sorts of restrictions limit their free agency outside the workplace, can be enforced arbitrarily to deny employment for more nefarious reasons, and may constitute disability discrimination. A bill recently introduced to the California legislature would put a stop to the practice entirely, rendering it illegal to “discriminate” against employees based on marijuana usage.

Assembly Bill 1256 is a relatively bare-bones bill that gets right to the point. The bill is intended to “prohibit an employer from discriminating against a person in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment because a drug screening test has found the person to have tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] in their urine.” The bill essentially removes marijuana usage as a reason for any adverse employment decision, whether that means refusing to hire a prospective employee, firing an employee, or otherwise subjecting them to penalties based on testing positive for THC.

AB 1256 gives employees who are discriminated against due to marijuana usage the right to sue the employer for damages, obtain injunctive relief, and even recover attorney fees and costs. Notably, the bill does not restrict these protections to disabled employees relying on medicinal marijuana as opposed to recreational users. AB 1256 broadly prohibits any employer from acting against any employee based on the presence of THC in their system.

When can employers test their employees for drugs under current law? As California employment law attorney Jon McGrath of Coast Employment Law explains, for most California employers, there are no requirements to test employees for drugs and alcohol. “Nevertheless,” he says, “many employers create and implement policies which prohibit the use of illegal drugs, alcohol, marijuana and/or certain abuses of prescription drugs during working hours.” Under such policies, according to McGrath, employers can lawfully test new employees as a condition of their employment as well as test more long-term employees if the employer possesses an objectively held “reasonable suspicion” that an employee is under the influence of such drugs and/or alcohol.
Although marijuana has been legalized in California, McGrath explains, employees can still be prohibited from being “high” while at work. “The issue with marijuana,” he says, “is that traces of the drug can remain in one’s system for a significant amount of time.” According to attorney McGrath, the Supreme Court has ruled that drug tests that show the presence of the drug, regardless of when it was used, are a lawful basis for excluding an applicant from employment. AB 1256 could change that.

AB 1256 does permit certain employers to continue drug testing, including for marijuana. Employers who are required to drug test for THC under federal law or regulations, or who would suffer a monetary or license-related loss for failing to test employees for THC, are exempt. The bill also exempts employers in construction and building trades from coverage. Under existing California law, employers are generally allowed to conduct “suspicionless” drug screening as a condition of employment, but they are not allowed to perform random drug testing except under certain, narrowly defined circumstances.

AB 1256 is not California’s first attempt to protect an employee’s right to toke up. In February 2018, a California assembly member introduced AB 2069, dubbed the “Medical Cannabis Worker Protections Act.” The Act would have amended the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to require employers to reasonably accommodate employees who relied upon medicinal marijuana to treat a disability. AB 2069 originally went bigger, prohibiting employment discrimination based on any positive drug test. Even as amended, the bill died. A similar bill prohibiting discrimination against medical marijuana usage, AB 2355, was introduced in 2020 and likewise never made it out of committee. Cannabis-inclined employees and activists hope that AB 1256 will be the one to finally get the support necessary to break through.

Attorney McGrath notes that under current law, FEHA does not protect the use of medical marijuana, and traces of the drug can provide a basis for excluding an applicant, even if taken for medicinal use. Other legally prescribed medications, on the other hand, can be used during work hours as long as they are not being abused and are being taken by the individual with the prescription. McGrath cautions employers to analyze the workplace safety issues which can arise as a result of employees taking certain medications.

For many around the state, the bill is a long time coming. Cannabis has been legal in California for five years now. Employers do not police employee’s private lives with regard to any other legal, recreational habits. While employers are free to punish employees whose performance suffers because of drug use, or who show up to work drunk or high, drug screening tests are not directly related to performance. As argued by Dale Gieringer, the Director of California NORML, urine and hair tests “don’t detect anything related to impairment.” NORML is a sponsor of the bill.

As attorney McGrath observes, “there has been an ongoing push to decriminalize marijuana in many states and on the federal level.” By maintaining strong drug and alcohol policies in the workplace while making it easier to enjoy a more readily accepted drug outside of working hours, AB 1256 appears to be a step in the right direction for decriminalization advocates.

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Further Allegations the EU's court in The Hague is Politically Motivated

EU's court in The Hague is accused of being politically motivated as defence counsel seeks recusal of President Ekaterina Trendafilova and Judge Charles Smith

The EU's Controversial Court in The Hague Attracts Further Criticism”

— Charles Simpson

LONDON, LONDON, UK, July 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — On 26 July 2021 defence counsel in the case of Nasim Haradinaj sought the recusal of the President and Vice President of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers.

The recusal of President Trendafilova from exercising any judicial, administrative or case-management decision-making function in the instant case, on the grounds that President Trendafilova’s statements at a confidential diplomatic briefing undermine her independent and impartial judicial decision-making and representation of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and seriously harm the proper administration of justice before the Specialist Chambers or the proper internal functioning of the Specialist Chambers and that President Trendafilova’s conduct may have caused harm to the standing of the Specialist Chambers.

Defence counsel averred the Defendants’ rights and interests are substantially affected by the presence of the President at the Specialist Chambers, in her representative capacity as well as in her judicial capacity. There is a risk of that abuse of authority, misrepresentations of Defendants and promoting the cause of another party continuing, if she is not recused or disqualified from any judicial, administrative or case-management function in the instant case.

The recusal of Vice President Smith on the grounds of Vice President Smith’s prior conduct in a high judicial office in the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (“EULEX”), including alleged demonstrated abuse of judicial authority and exercise of political pressure that undermines his judicial decision-making and risks seriously harming the proper administration of justice before the Specialist Chambers or the proper internal functioning of the Specialist Chambers and further that Vice President Smith’s conduct may have caused harm to the standing of the Specialist Chambers.

Defence counsel averred the Defendant’s rights and interests are substantially affected by the appointment of the Vice President as Presiding Judge on Trial Panel II. There is a risk of that abuse of authority by the Vice President continuing if he is not recused or disqualified from serving as Presiding Judge on Trial Panel II and from exercising any judicial, administration and case management function in the instant case. The Defence seeks the recusal or disqualification of the Vice President from all judicial, administration and case management function in the instant case on the basis that his prior conduct, as alleged, would cause any objective observer or bystander to apprehend, that there is an appearance of judicial bias or impropriety and a distinct lack of impartiality and independence, that cannot be restored.

The Kosovo Specialist Chambers has been mired in controversy since its creation. It is widely viewed in Kosovo as being an ethnic court.

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Jack Buchanan Las Vegas: How Courts Work and the Roles Played by Those Who Participate

Jack Buchanan Las Vegas sheds more light on how courts work

LAS VEGAS, NV, USA, July 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Jack Buchanan Las Vegas says one critical thing to note about the courts is the courtroom workgroup, referring to those working in the courtroom. Although several people make things happen in the courtroom, they cooperate, Jack Buchanan Las Vegas adds. Here are the courtroom work participants.

-Judge
-Prosecutor
-Defense, victims or witnesses, or defendants
-Law enforcement officers
-Court support staff 
-Corrections officers
-Public

The judge

According to Jack Buchanan Las Vegas, the word "judge" covers various duties, including justice from a local level to the highest court in the land; the Supreme Court justice. As Jack Buchanan Las Vegas clarifies, here are several things to know about the work of judges:

-They work hand in hand with the prosecutor, acting as a check and balance during a trial.
-Judges should be fair in dealing with the defendants and law enforcement.
-They make the final decision on passing a sentence or dismissing the court case.
-Judges also sign search warrants, set bail, tell litigants about charges, take pleas, preside at trials, rule on emotions, rule on plea bargains, and sentence the guilty.

Jack Buchanan Las Vegas says three ways of selecting judges are: election, merit selection or Missouri Bar Plan, and an executive appointment.

The prosecutor

Acting as a gatekeeper, the prosecutor decides which cases the system must handle or dismiss, according to Jack Buchanan Las Vegas. Other issues to consider are:

-The Department of Justice tops the federal prosecution ranking.
-Three Justice Department administrations are involved in prosecution during the criminal justice procedure:  the Department of Justice Criminal Division, the solicitor general's offices, and the attorneys in the U.S. federal courts.
-The chief prosecutor, the state attorney, and local prosecutors are the three main types of prosecutors in the state court administration.
-The state prosecutor represents the state in the courtroom-they're the key player.
-The prosecutor’s office may fall into special units, departments, and programs that focus on special issues in the local criminal justice system in big jurisdictions.
-State court practices are redistributed, letting state, local levels, and county or district get involved in the prosecution.

The defense attorney

As Jack Buchanan Las Vegas notes, the defense legal practitioner protects the accused's interests and ensures that the state lawyer has proved the charges beyond any doubt. He also explains that:

-Even though the defense lawyers should do their best to defend the accused as much as possible, they often develop a positive relationship with other group members.
-Each state has a way to help poor clients with defense. Any of these classes could assist them: contract systems, assigned counsel, and public defenders, Jack Buchanan Las Vegas says.

Pretrial release decision

Jack Buchanan Las Vegas further says that the pretrial release decision is critical in the criminal justice system. Furthermore, it means that:

-The justice system must ensure that the respondent will attend court sessions after securing their release through a cash bond, bail agent, property bond, and release on recognizance.
-If the accused is likely to threaten public safety and their chances of appearing are slim, they may not get bail, explains Jack Buchanan Las Vegas.

The President of Buchanan Defense Law and its sole practitioner for the firm, Jack Buchanan Las Vegas has been practicing criminal law since 2009 in the same state. Experienced, dedicated, and passionate about defending many people, he has helped individuals gain their freedom in Las Vegas.

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Fears Nachawati Trial Lawyers Challenge Bayer AG’s Latest Bid to Reduce Weed Killer Liabilities

Proposal would have chilling effect on pursuit of justice for more than 50,000 cancer victims nationwide

Bayer AG (OTCMKTS:BAYRY)

There are more than 50,000 cases nationwide that remain unresolved and would remain so if this company had its way.”

— Majed Nachawati

DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The latest legal maneuver designed to help Bayer AG (OTCMKTS: BAYRY) circumvent its legal responsibility to cancer victims exposed to the weed killer Roundup has drawn a swift rebuke from the trial lawyers of the Dallas-based Fears Nachawati Law Firm, who represent thousands of individuals who have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after exposure to Roundup.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, tasked with overseeing the entire Roundup multidistrict litigation (MDL), rejected a proposed class-action settlement in May that would have limited the ability of cancer victims exposed to Roundup to pursue lawsuits.

Despite Judge Chhabria’s ruling, Bayer AG again sought to limit its potential liabilities by entering into another purported class-action settlement, this time in federal district court in Delaware.

This week, in order to protect the victims of Roundup, Fears Nachawati filed a brief in support of the transfer of the Delaware class-action litigation into the MDL and asked for all future class-certification and settlement decisions to be made by the MDL judge.

“Judge Chhabria has consistently provided thoughtful leadership and direction throughout the course of this litigation. His rulings, including his recent denial of Bayer’s settlement proposal, have exposed the flaws and shortcomings of the company’s legal strategy,” Fears Nachawati co-founder Majed Nachawati said.

“There are more than 50,000 cases nationwide that remain unresolved and would remain so if this company had its way,” Mr. Nachawati continued. “This latest move is a transparently obvious attempt for Monsanto to subvert Judge Chhabria’s denial of the future class.”

The Dallas-based Fears Nachawati Law Firm represents individuals in mass-tort litigation, businesses and governmental entities in contingent litigation, and individual victims in complex personal injury litigation. The largest and most diverse products liability law firm in the nation, Fears Nachawati was ranked number one nationally in products liability filings in federal court over the past three years. For more information, visit https://www.fnlawfirm.com.   

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Ethicon Hit with TVT-O Lawsuit in East Texas by Martin Baughman, PLLC

Dr. Greg Vigna

Dr. Greg Vigna

Dr. Greg Vigna, national pharmaceutical injury attorney and practicing physician, comments on the vaginal mesh litigation by his law firm.

The risks of the transobturator sling far outweigh the perceived benefit given there are much safer designs and procedures available for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence.”

— Dr. Greg Vigna

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — “The Ethicon TVT-O continues to cause serious injuries acutely after implantation or become symptomatic years”…Greg Vigna, MD, JD

In July 2021, Ethicon, Inc. was hit with a lawsuit filed by a woman who sustained grievous ‘latent’ injuries caused by the implantation of the TVT-O device in June of 2008, a polypropylene sling, used for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence in the Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division, (No. 5:21-cv-00092).

Transobturator (TOT) slings and single-incision slings that insert into the obturator internus muscle are known to chronic pain syndromes that may occur acutely after shortly after implant, or ‘latent injuries’ that become symptomatic months to years later caused by perpetual inflammation and scarification.

Greg Vigna, MD, JD, national pharmaceutical injury attorney, practicing physician, and Certified Life Care Planner comments on the vaginal mesh litigation by his law firm:

“Boston Scientific, Coloplast, and Ethicon, as to this day they still have not warned physicians of the risk of pudendal and obturator neuralgia from a properly placed TOT device that was described by AUGS in 2020 as ‘extrapelvic pain’ in the AUGS-IUGA Joint Position Statement on the Management of Mesh-Related Complications for the FPMRS Specialist. The risks of the transobturator sling far outweigh the perceived benefit given there are much safer designs and procedures available for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. My firm will be litigating these cases for years to come or until the last polypropylene transvaginal mesh device is surgically removed.”

The Plaintiff is represented by Ben C. Martin and Laura Baughman of Martin Baughman, PLLC, and Greg Vigna, MD, JD. Ben Martin and Laura Baughman are national pharmaceutical injury attorneys in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Vigna is a California and Washington DC lawyer who focuses on catastrophic injuries and the neurological injuries caused by transvaginal mesh devices including pudendal neuralgia, obturator neuralgia, ilioinguinal neuralgia, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

The Vigna Law Group targets the below transobturator (TOT) slings and mini-slings that cause pudendal and obturator neuralgia:

Ethicon: TVT-O, Abbrevo
Boston Scientific: Obtryx, Solyx
Coloplast: Aris, Altis

The Vigna Law Group targets the below retropubic slings that cause ilioinguinal neuralgia, pudendal neuralgia, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome:

Ethicon: TVT, TVT-Exact
Boston Scientific: Advantage Fit, Lynx
Coloplast: Supris

Groin and Pelvic pain: Read about TOT complications including obturator and pudendal neuralgia and the treatments of obturator and pudendal neuralgia visit: https://vignalawgroup.com/ebooks/pelvic-mesh-pain/#page=59

Download and READ our Vaginal Mesh Pain eBook.
For articles, video resources, and information visit the Pudendal Neuralgia Educational Portal or https://tvm.lifecare123.com/.
Click here for information regarding sling-related complications.

Greg Vigna, MD, JD
Vigna Law Group
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Do Merchants Accept Crypto to Avoid Fund Recovery? TDA Advises Caution

here are some drawbacks to cryptocurrency, at least for consumers. Once a transaction has occurred on the blockchain, it is final

SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, July 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been rising in popularity. Now, bitcoin is a payment option for food chains, eCommerce stores, and payment platforms such as Paypal.

The wide adoption of cryptocurrencies may seem mutually beneficial for merchants and consumers. Cryptocurrencies are a digital form of currency with no physical equivalent. Holders can be paid, pay for items, and trade keeping all of their money in cryptocurrencies. All transactions occur on the blockchain which is encrypted, secure, and free from government regulation.

However, there are some drawbacks to cryptocurrency, at least for consumers. Once a transaction has occurred on the blockchain, it is final. Transactions are also anonymous and are identified by a code rather than a name. This means that chargebacks, in the sense that charges are reversed on credit cards, are not possible on the blockchain. This could lie behind the wide acceptance of cryptocurrency among merchants–to prevent consumer requests to reverse charges.

Trader Defense Advisory, a team of fund recovery experts, advises consumers to choose merchants with a selection of payment options, and avoid those that accept only cryptocurrencies.

Also, TDA recommends using cryptocurrencies for transactions with care, knowing that the blockchain prevents chargebacks, at least in the way that they occur with credit cards, and pose a particular challenge for fund recovery. Although getting your money back from a crypto transaction is possible, the process is more complex than fund recovery with credit cards.
Are Merchants Skirting the Issue of Chargebacks?
Most consumers feel they need some recourse if they are unsatisfied with a purchase and want their money back. Credit card chargebacks, for example, provide them with an easy way for merchants to return funds. In addition, the chargeback process involves the participation of an issuing bank, an acquiring bank, and if the case is unsolved, to a government consumer protection agency and ombudsman.

The chargeback process may seem complex, but it provides layers of protection for the consumer. However, merchants often complain that this process is abused and often is resolved in the customer’s favor. They may cite the unfortunate trend of “friendly fraud,” a new form of shoplifting in which the customer keeps the item but still goes through the chargeback process claiming they were not satisfied.

There are many ways merchants can avoid friendly fraud, such as demanding proof that the customer sent the item back. However, many merchants report that they feel pressured to settle a chargeback case on behalf of a client, who may write bad reviews or post negatively about the company on social media.

According to Juniper research, merchants reported they lost $17.5 billion in chargebacks in 2020. Many companies are encouraging bitcoin as a payment option to reduce the issue of chargebacks and to lock consumers into transactions.
Who Is Right? The Consumers or the Merchants?
Although there is no doubt that friendly fraud is a growing problem, it also causes honest consumers serious problems and makes legitimate claims seem suspect. There are a number of ways to prove a consumer is not fraudulent in their claims, and the issuing bank in the chargeback process asks for evidence from the consumer before making a decision.

Merchants’ complaints about the staggering losses from chargebacks do not take into account how many of these refunds were legitimate. It could be that, in the race to compete in a crowded eCommerce space, they may be making errors and sending items that do not work more often than they would like to admit.

Many merchants are trying to avoid chargebacks, even legitimate claims, by encouraging customers to use bitcoin with the full knowledge that fund recovery is difficult for them. TDA experts point out that the fact that cryptocurrencies are not regulated hurts the customer more than the merchant and provides them with no recourse except the goodwill of the merchant if they feel they have been mistreated.
There Is Hope for Fund Recovery Even with Crypto
Fortunately, TDA emphasizes that there is hope for fund recovery even from cryptocurrencies, although they warn that it is more challenging. In cases of cryptos scams, law enforcement can obtain a court order for crypto codes of fraudulent transactions. The key, however, is that it has to be a suspected fraud before a court order is given. Getting a crypto refund from a regular merchant can be more daunting.

This is the reason it is worthwhile to work with Trader Defense Advisory experts if you need a chargeback, a refund from a crypto transaction, or have lost money in a crypto scam or a forex trading scam.

About Trader Defense Advisory

Trader Defense Advisory offers all clients a free consultation to assess their cases and design a roadmap for pursuing their claims. The TDA team works tirelessly to advocate for clients and will fight back against Crypto and broker scams.

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