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Eagle of Justice
April 18, 2011 -- Legal Bisnow
This online publication covering the legal profession profiles Elizabeth Holtzman and examines her career -- as Brooklyn District Attorney, New York City Comptroller, and four-term member of Congress -- and her current events as co-chair of our government relations practice. This item notes that she has been a leading activist on issues relating to the deportation of Nazis and is lobbying for legislation that would allow women with genetic diseases, such as breast cancer, to have access to genetic testing without the risk of infringing on patents.
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Structuring Your Lease to Cover Retirement
April 21, 2010 -- Medical Office Today
Neil Shapiro says medical office leases should be signed under the name of the medical practice -- not the individual doctors -- to minimize the doctors' liability in this article about how to prepare for a doctor's retirement from a practice.
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Pot & The Workplace
April 20, 2010 -- CNBC's Power Lunch
Carol Goodman tells a national cable audience that even in states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, workers can be dismissed if they use marijuana -- or even have traces of it in their bloodstreams -- contrary to their employers' policies. She cautions employers, however, to consider whether the marijuana has been prescribed for conditions that might quality as disabilities under various federal and state laws.
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When Do You Need a Real Estate Attorney? This is one specialist to have on your team.
April 14, 2010 -- Medical Office Today
Neil Shapiro, who represents doctors and medical practices as well as property owners looking to lease space to them, is quoted in this weekly e-newsletter. He opines that smaller medical practices and those without commercial real estate experience or professional management should call on commercial real estate attorneys early in the process of leasing or buying space, expanding the practice or anything else that would involve real estate.
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Marijuana In the Workplace
March 19, 2010 -- CNBC's Power Lunch
In a live network appearance, "Marijuana In the Workplace," Carol Goodman analyzes what workplace issues businesses must consider if they are in a state that has decriminalized marijuana and any of their employees have prescriptions for medicinal marijuana.
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Medical office condos take a hit from real estate slide
February 15, 2010 -- American Medical News
Neil Shapiro says that based on market conditions, doctors and medical groups that own medical office condominiums should wait to sell them if they are financially able to do so. This story notes that Neil is the chair of Herrick's health care practice group.
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Auction of Queens hospital sites stirs up controversy
November 4, 200 -- Crain's New York Business.com
A federal bankruptcy court is unlikely to entertain objections from a developer who bid unsuccessfully on two Queens hospitals that are in Chapter 11, Joshua Angel says. Bankruptcy courts tend to be more sensitive to criticism from creditors than from spurned bidders, he adds.
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Sunwest's distress is boon to some: Restructuring effort may bring more than $15 million in fees for lawyers, business consultants
April 13, 2009 -- Oregon Statesman Journal
Secured creditors, such as banks, dislike the uncertainty of Chapter 11 filings and lack the patience to wait for a protracted turnaround. Stephen Selbst tells Oregon's largest newspaper, which is reporting on that state's largest bankruptcy. Further, Selbst says, creditors resent the increasingly high professional fees, viewing it as money properly due them.
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A Nice, Staid Corner of Real Estate: Medical Offices
January 28, 2009 -- New York Times
Neil Shapiro, who heads our health care finance practice and routinely represents buyers and sellers of medical office buildings, says the sales-investment market for that product is far healthier than for other kinds of commercial real estate. Investors, lenders, developers and tenants perceive healthy leverage in medical office buildings, which results in better deal flow in that market, he says.
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Wyeth admits to racial comment but wants lawsuit tossed
November 12, 2008 -- The Journal News
Carol Goodman notes here that courts generally do not find that a single offensive comment meets the standard for a hostile work environment. She is quoted as saying that for plaintiffs to prevail in discrimination suits, they generally must show that the company's actions interfered with their job performance.
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Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
2008 -- Chambers USA
Herrick’s Real Estate Practice Group is recognized by Chambers USA for its “full range of development issues, from negotiating construction agreements through to sales and acquisitions,” as well as being active in real estate litigation, leasing and finance.
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Dobi Medical to Exit Next Week
March 12, 2008 -- The Deal.com
Josh Angel is quoted as debtor counsel in a bankruptcy matter.
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Vioxx Pact Vindicates Merck Legal Strategy
November 9, 2007 -- Reuters
Susan Dwyer is quoted on how Merck's nearly-$5 million settlement of all Vioxx-related claims vindicated the company's strategy of trying all litigation. Early litigation successes convinced plaintiffs' attorneys to accept the amount, which was far less than the company's aggregate exposure.
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Biovail Puts Short-Seller Fight Under Spotlight in the Media
March 25, 2006 -- The Wall Street Journal
Howard Elisofon is quoted in an article that analyzes litigation issues that arise when a company sues various funds for allegedly spreading rumors about the company and selling its shares short.