Construction injury nets $5M settlement in WNY By the time attorneys Michael Flynn and Scott Orndoff were hired for a nearly 6-year-old case in which a worker was injured in a local construction site accident, the case was close to dismissal.
They approached it late last year with some trepidation because the Massachusetts-based law firm of Flynn Wirkus Young would have to scramble to keep it alive, according to Orndoff, who works in the Buffalo office.
Not only did they prevent the dismissal, they helped the plaintiff win a $5.3 million settlement…
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:05:00 +0000 Brown, Garner cases raise questions Buffalo attorney Barry Covert uses a dry-erase board in his office at Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria to jot things down and piece together complicated aspects of cases for clients and colleagues.
As he laid out the scene from the recent decisions of grand juries in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island that cleared police officers in the deaths of unarmed men, he had a hard time making sense of what he says are the "disappointing" processes involved.
Prosecutors typically present the case and then ask…
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Outgoing 43North exec sees success despite short stay Andrew Pulkrabek's time in Buffalo will span little more than a year.
But in that time, the outgoing executive director of 43North said the organization created an important symbol of Buffalo's rebirth.
"We developed a very unique entrepreneurial proposition that allowed Buffalo to go out and tell its own unapologetic story about this community and its place within entrepreneurship and innovation," said Pulkrabek, who will leave Jan. 5 to establish Mirus Global.
Mirus will establish accelerator…
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:04:00 +0000 GUEST COLUMN: Free speech in the workplace Over the past few weeks, the news has been dominated by stories of protest over the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York City — both African-American males who were killed in confrontations with law enforcement. These-high profile cases have prompted professional athletes in the NFL and the NBA to make public gestures of support of the protests.
Most recently, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers wore a black shirt during warmups that stated "I Can't Breathe,"…
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:00:00 +0000 GUEST COLUMN: Divorce - It’s business, not personal There is a simple reason why many people going through a divorce are unhappy with how the "system" works. They want it to be something that it is not, akin to insisting that the round peg goes into the square hole.
• "She cheated on me, so make her pay for it."
• "He had nothing to do with the success of my business. He was a lazy good-for-nothing, just stayed home, babysat our kids and spent my hard-earned dollars on garbage while I worked 50-60 hours a week. Why should he share in the fruits…
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:55:00 +0000 As Dec. 31 approaches, community development corporations scramble for donations As 2014 draws to a close, community development corporations statewide are in the final throes of an ambitious fundraising effort as they conclude the first year of a six-year tax credit program.
With this new so-called community investment tax credit program, which runs from 2014 until 2019, donors to nonprofit community development corporations (or CDC's, as they are known) receive a standard federal tax deduction for a charitable contribution. The new twist is that donors also receive a state…
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:06:44 +0000 State health insurance enrollment increases though numbers still low The number of people who have purchased health insurance has nearly doubled from the week before, but only 14 percent of those with expiring coverage have purchased health insurance.
According to the latest data, published by the Health Connector on Friday, almost 100,000 people have enrolled in MassHealth. Another 15,791 people have purchased subsidized or non-subsidized health insurance through the website.
The numbers are nearly double than a week ago, when only 64,158 people were enrolled in…
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:05:13 +0000 Dov Charney, 2016 and 'Unbroken' are on the minds of our women to watch this week Paula Schneider: Talk about a baptism by fire: Schneider was appointed CEO of American Apparel last week after the retailer fired its embattled founder, Dov Charney. But rather than break out the champagne to ring in a new era at the company, 30 executives called for the board to reconsider firing Charney.
Now Charney is plotting his return and a potential purchase of the company. Schneider hasn't addressed any of these issues publicly yet, but it's not the best start to a new job. And if Charney…
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