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Court Orders that Benefits Be Paid to Policyholder in Persistent Vegetative State
Lisa Kantor, Esq.
Kantor & Kantor
"The decision in the case of Ana Martinez v. The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows Employee Benefit Trust Employee Welfare Plan highlights the importance of holding insurers accountable for providing benefits to policyholders. It is unfortunate, but it is often true that insurers need to be ordered by the court to follow their own contractual obligations. Not only is this a victory for Ana Martinez and her son, but it is also a victory for Medi-Cal and therefore California taxpayers, who are not responsible for paying for medical treatment that Beverly Hills Hotel is responsible for."
Kantor, who is the founder of Kantor & Kantor, is available to speak about insurance denials as well as the verdict of this case. Kantor represents people denied health benefits for treatment of both physical and mental illnesses. Most recently, Kantor has focused her efforts litigating denials of medically necessary treatment for eating disorders. Kantor & Kantor is the only law firm in the country with a distinct eating disorder practice staffed with lawyers and other professionals experienced in the specific needs of people who have been denied benefits for residential care for eating disorder treatment.
Media Contact: Rachel Teicher,

Data Security Tune ups Needed
Stephen Stein
Thompson & Knight in Dallas
"State and federal agencies are increasing enforcement actions against businesses that fail to properly protect their customer's personal information. The increased scrutiny has resulted in millions of dollars in fines and costly security upgrades during the past year. New Federal Trade Commission chair Edith Ramirez has indicated that data privacy and protection are top priorities for the agency, and will continue to be enforcement targets. The FTC and state attorneys general are pushing companies to be more diligent in protecting sensitive consumer information, establishing strict privacy policies and making sure that their business practices and employees follow those standards. Compliance is the best risk management tool to avoid the costs of an enforcement action and potential civil penalties, so companies should regularly audit their privacy and data handling practices."
Media Contact: Barry Pound, 

Fracking Debate in Britain
Andrew Derman
Thompson & Knight in Dallas
"The potential use of hydraulic fracturing to tap into underground energy reserves in Great Britain has prompted controversy across the island nation, with Prime Minister David Cameron emerging as an outspoken advocate of the technology in the face of public protests. In light of this, it is important to note that fracking has been used and regulated in the U.S. for more than 60 years. More than half the wells drilled today in North America benefit from some form of hydraulic fracturing, which has given birth to an energy revolution in allowing oil and gas to be produced from tight rock formations. Numerous regulatory rules and contracts have been developed to accommodate the characteristics of such unconventional oil and gas plays, and I would expect similar restrictions would address many of the concerns in Britain as well."
Media Contact: Barry Pound, 

Asset Forfeiture on the Rise
Lawrence Brown
Head of the Asset Forfeiture Group
Brown, PC, in Dallas
"More than ever, authorities are attempting to seize financial assets in white collar, tax and criminal prosecutions, often using overreaching legal arguments to quickly take assets from accused businesses and individuals. Asset forfeiture task forces are now working in all major U.S. metropolitan areas and attempting to seize assets in every possible case. These cases require aggressive, sophisticated representation, and that knows the law and knows how the other side thinks."
Media Contact: Robert Tharp,

Understanding Medicaid in New York
Ronald Fatoullah, Esq.
New York Elder Law, Trusts & Estates Attorney
Ronald Fatoullah & Associates
"Often, people confuse 'Medicaid' with 'Medicare.' It is a common occurrence. Who is eligible? What are the requirements? How do you apply?"
Fatoullah, founder of Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, is available to explain the differences between Medicaid and Medicare and the steps required to apply for Medicaid in New York. He has been selected as one of New York's "Best Lawyers" in the fields of elder law, trusts and estates for seven consecutive years. He also serves on the executive committee of the Elder Law Section of the NYS Bar Association.
Media Contact: Carol Schell,



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