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Nov 20, 2013, 14:57 ET from ProfNet

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  • The New York City Taxi Medallion Sale
  • Use of FIRREA to Prosecute Fraud


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Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD)
Paul Tobin
President and CEO
United Spinal Association & VetsFirst
"The Senate is preparing for a second hearing on CRPD, a crucial framework for global recognition of the rights of the millions of people living with disabilities worldwide. Ratification of the CRPD treaty would present the opportunity for a reaffirmation of ADA values and provide the forum to advance them worldwide."
Tobin is an expert advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, including disabled veterans.
Media Contact: Ahvi Spindell,

The New York City Taxi Medallion Sale
James Weisman
SVP and General Counsel
United Spinal Association
"The New York City taxi medallion sale that raised over $200 million instantly proves that the industry can accommodate passengers who use wheelchairs. The Mayor and the TLC had to be forced by people with disabilities to sell accessible taxi medallions but should take notice -- acknowledging the needs and rights of wheelchair users cost the city nothing, attracted medallion purchasers and will reduce the $700 million spent annually on Access-A-Ride and Medicaid transportation."
Weisman, who was at the negotiating table with Governor Cuomo for this plan, is available to discuss the New York City taxi medallion sale.
Media Contact: Ahvi Spindell,  

Use of FIRREA to Prosecute Fraud
Kevin DeVore
Criminal Defense Attorney
DeVore Law Office
"The Justice Department has recently invoked the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 to prosecute cases involving financial fraud. A byproduct of the savings-and-loan crisis of the late 1980s, FIRREA's broad scope as a civil action requires only a preponderance of the evidence -- rather than proof beyond a reasonable doubt -- to secure a guilty verdict. Judges so far have allowed prosecutors to go down this path, but a legal controversy is brewing about misapplication of the law in the wake of a FIRREA-related guilty verdict rendered against Bank of America for fraud in late October."
DeVore has earned a Thomson Reuters "Super Lawyers" distinction for 10 straight years. He is an MSBA Certified Criminal Law Specialist and is often consulted by Twin Cities media outlets for his viewpoints on criminal law, especially matters pertaining to fraud and white-collar crimes. His white-collar defense practice focuses on criminal and investigation matters arising from insurance, real estate and securities frauds, banking and finance, health care plans, embezzlement, money laundering and other economic crimes, qui tam actions and criminal anti-trust. He is located in St. Paul, Minn.
Media Contact: David Paul,



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