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According to Scott Cole, within days of being hit with a class action lawsuit for failing to offer meal and rest breaks to its California workforce, Guitar Center fired the man who pioneered the lawsuit and allowed its workers to parade the named plaintiff’s final paycheck around the workplace. In immediate reaction to these events, the plaintiff’s attorneys at Scott Cole & Associates amended the Complaint today to allege a wrongful termination and invasion of privacy claim.

“If Guitar Center thinks it can send a message to its workers that standing up for their rights will cost them, this new wrongful termination claim sends a stronger message right back,” says Scott Cole, the principal lawyer on the case. “Firing our client was a big mistake.”

The lawsuit is entitled Pellanda v. Guitar Center, Inc.

Oakland-based Scott Cole & Associates, APC is one of California’s premiere class action law firms and is devoted to representing individuals in employment and consumer rights litigation. For more information about our practice and cases, visit or call (510) 891-9800.

Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed against SinoTech Energy Limited (“SinoTech” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:CTE - News) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of a class consisting of all persons who purchased American Depository Shares (“ADSs”) of SinoTech pursuant and/or traceable to the Company’s Registration Statement and Prospectus issued in connection with the Company’s initial public offering (the “IPO”) on November 3, 2010, including open-market purchasers of SinoTech ADSs between November 3, 2010 and August 16, 2011, inclusive (the “Class Period”).

The Complaint charges SinoTech, certain of the Company’s current and former executive officers and directors, and the underwriters of its IPO with violations of the Securities Act of 1933. SinoTech provides enhanced oil recovery services to oil companies in the People's Republic of China. The Complaint alleges that certain representations made in the Company’s Registration Statement and Prospectus issued in connection with the IPO were materially inaccurate. Specifically, the Complaint alleges that the Company’s reported sales and revenues were materially inaccurate, because the nature, size and scope of the Company’s business was materially exaggerated.

On August 16, 2011, a research report was published on the Internet questioning SinoTech’s previously issued financial statements and future prospects. The report alleged that: (1) SinoTech’s sole import agent, accounting for over $100 million worth of oil drilling equipment orders, appears to be an empty shell company with no sign of operation, a limited import history and negligible revenue base; (2) the Company’s only chemical supplier is an empty shell company, with little or no revenues; (3) the Company’s five largest subcontracting customers, which provide the vast majority of SinoTech’s revenues, appear to be shell companies with unverifiable operations with minimal revenues; (4) the financial statements SinoTech issued in the United States are inconsistent with similar filings the Company made in China; and (5) the Company has engaged in undisclosed related-party transactions.

On this news, ADSs of SinoTech declined more than 40%, to close on August 16, 2011, at $2.35 per share. Thereafter, NASDAQ halted trading of the Company’s stock.

No class has yet been certified in the above action. Until a class is certified, you are not represented by counsel unless you retain one. If you purchased ADSs of SinoTech between November 3, 2010 and August 16, 2011, you have certain rights, and have until October 18, 2011, to move for lead plaintiff status. To be a member of the class you need not take any action at this time, and you may retain counsel of your choice.

If you wish to discuss this action or have any questions concerning this Notice or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Howard G. Smith, Esquire, of Law Offices of Howard G. Smith, 3070 Bristol Pike, Suite 112, Bensalem, Pennsylvania 19020, by telephone at (215)638-4847, Toll-Free at (888)638-4847, by email to or visit our website at

Law firm Ballard Spahr LLP says that Mark Stewart, who helped the firm open six new offices, has been named its chair.

The law firm — its headquarters are in Philadelphia — said Stewart became chair on Friday, succeeding Arthur Makadon who took the position in 2002. He is returning to active practice with the firm.

Stewart joined the firm as a summer associate in 1981.

Ballard Spahr has more than 475 lawyers in 13 offices across the U.S. and offers litigatition, business and finance, real estate, intellectual propery and public finance services.

Attorneys George Zelma and David Berlin are experienced trial lawyers and advocates serving the needs of families and children in New York State.

Our firm is involved in cutting edge issues including production of documentary films to educate mainstream students about the needs of special education peers.

We are unique in that we bring the point of view of the disabled child/student to the IEP process in advocating for the appropriate services to meet each student’s individual educational and emotional needs. We represent families at Impartial Hearings to State Review Office and Federal Court.

We also represent students at Suspension Hearings and Manifestation Reviews and Hearings. Our attorneys and advocates are knowledgeable, in presenting facts related to neuroscience and neuropsychological evaluations. We work with students with all ranges of I.D.E.A. and Section 504 classifications and disabilities.

Practice Areas
- Special Education
- Criminal Defense
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The Law Offices of George Zelma and David Berlin
888 Seventh Avenue, 45th Floor
New York, NY 10106

Telephone:  212-247-4650 and 212-769-4422
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Phillips Lytle plans move to Donovan

  Law Firm News  -   POSTED: 2011/05/18 16:51

Law firm Phillips Lytle LLP confirmed Tuesday it has selected the former Donovan State Office Building as its lead choice for relocating, with Benderson Development Co. as the developer and the firm occupying about half of the building.

David McNamara, the firm's managing partner, said Benderson will be submitting an "adaptive re-use" proposal to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. to convert the aging, vacant building at 125 Main St. into the law firm's new headquarters.

The plan comes in response to a request for proposals for Donovan issued by the harbor panel May 2. Responses are due by 4 p.m. June 30, with the preferred developer to be designated by July 18. The project must be completed by Jan. 1, 2014.

Eric Recoon, Benderson's vice president of leasing and development for the Northeast, confirmed the developer's plans but said he couldn't put a dollar value on it at this time.

The law firm Holland & Hart recently added 29 attorneys to its Salt Lake City office.

The expansion expand the firm's natural resources and litigation practices, and brings the number of its Salt Lake attorneys to more than 80, according to the firm's press release.

"We have found that Salt Lake City is a very solid center for business — we strongly believe in its future," said John Husband, chairman of the firm's management committee.

The firms' natural resources practice includes oil and gas, water, and climate change law.

The firm employees over 900, including 400 attorneys, in 15 offices throughout the West and an office in Washington, D.C.

Los Angeles personal injury law firm, Grayson and Grayson has recently launched their new website, ( In practice for the past 30 years, the personal injury law firm was founded by the father-son duo of Saul Grayson and Mark Grayson in 1984. Grayson and Grayson law firm is qualified to handle personal injury cases coming under their expertise areas - motorvehicle accidents, premises liability, wrongful death and medical/ hospital malpractice or negligence.

The new website, designed by CueBlocks Technologies also offers Free Case Evaluation feature, which can be availed by filling out the Free Case Evaluation form at Apart from this, the newly designed website for the Grayson and Grayson personal injury law firm provides information on different practice areas and guides victims of personal injury in taking the right legal course. Prospective clients can easily contact Los Angeles personal injury attorneys via the website and gain insight into the law firm’s profile and track record.

At the launch of the Grayson and Grayson law firm website, Mark said, “Our website is designed to provide information, help and quick delivery of services to our loyal clients and reach prospective clients seeking legal assistance particularly in the field of personal injury. The website is easily navigable and provides extensive information on personal injury instances as a result of motorvehicle accidents, premises liability accidents, wrongful deaths and/ or medical malpractices.”

Both Saul and Mark Grayson have been presenting injury victims as Los Angeles personal injury attorneys for more than 30 years. The LA personal injury law firm boasts of a strong client loyalty with some client associations going back to 50 years.

The newly launched website also features testimonials of clients who were represented by Grayson and Grayson personal injury lawyers. The design of the website is expandable and will regularly feature new updates and developments in the Los Angeles personal injury law firm. A personal injury blog is also included in the website design which offers information related to the personal injury law, news of the Los Angeles personal injury law firm – Grayson and Grayson - and information on different areas of practice.

Mark further explained, “For any law firm to break the conventional advertising mold of word-of-mouth and family references, internet marketing is the way. Lasting client loyalties are always cherished and building new ones is much more important with this world going virtual. You just can’t be left behind. Plus the convenience and ease of reach that websites provide to prospective clients is matchless.”

The Grayson and Grayson personal injury law firm website has been designed by the creative digital agency and eCommerce solutions provider, CueBlocks Technologies. It can be viewed at:

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