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Finance ministry shortlists global law firms to represent India in arbitration

New Delhi: The finance ministry has short-listed as many as 12 international law firms, including Amold & Porter LLP and Volterra Fietta, to represent India in international arbitrations or disputes.

The short-listing has been done on the basis of technical bids of these firms and a final decision will be taken only after the financial bids of these law firms are analyzed by the department of economic affairs.

The other legal firms who have made it to the list include Cabinet Joubin Bret, Dubai-based Clyde & Co, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, DLA Piper France LLP, Fietta International Law, Foley Hoag LLP, J Cameron Mowatt Law Corporation, Lalive, Switzerland, Paris-based Mayer Brown, and Omnia Strategy LLP.

The selected legal firms will represent India in arbitrations or disputes under bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and/or investment chapters of free trade agreement/comprehensive economic partnership agreements/comprehensive economic cooperation agreements.

In January, the finance ministry had decided to empanel international law firms to represent India in disputes, including arbitrations, under its investment and trade agreements. The scope of work for the law firms will include assessing and advising the government on legal issues related to arbitration proceedings under Indian BITs and prepare a strategy for representing India.

BITs allow settling disputes between an investor and the host government as well as between two governments. Global MNCs like Cairn Energy and Vodafone have invoked BIT and served arbitration notice to India over tax disputes. While the tax demand on Cairn Energy is Rs10,247 crore, that on Vodafone is Rs14,200 crore.

First Published: Tue, Nov 01 2016. 09 24 PM IST

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Leitner, Williams, Dooley And Napolitan, PLLC Ranked In 2017 "Best Law Firms"

Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC has been ranked in the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list regionally in 7 practice areas. 

“Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise,” officials said.

The 2017 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 74 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan-based practice areas. One “Law Firm of the Year” is named in each of the 74 nationally ranked practice areas. 

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. “Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity,” officials said.

Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC received the following rankings in the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”: 

Metropolitan Tier 1 Chattanooga Construction Law Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Metropolitan Tier 2 Chattanooga Mediation

Metropolitan Tier 3 Nashville Litigation – Labor & Employment

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Baker urges probe of law firms donations to Democrats

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BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker and Republican Party officials on Monday encouraged government officials to investigate a report that a politically wired law firm reimbursed partners for political contributions to Democrats, saying it “raises a number of serious issues.”

“Well, I certainly hope this issue gets investigated,” Baker said. He said, “I hope that the parties that are involved in regulating campaign finance at the state and federal level take a look at it.”

The governor’s call came as Democrats around the country, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and eight U.S. Senate candidates, said they would return at least $200,000 in donations connected to the firm, and Hillary Clinton said she would donate contributions from the firm to the U.S. Treasury, the Boston Globe reported Monday.

Joan Meschino, a Democrat running to succeed former Rep. Garrett Bradley of Hingham, also refunded $3,000 in contributions to her campaign from the law firm called into question in a Globe Spotlight Team report on Sunday. The returned donations were made by five attorneys from Thornton Law Firm, including a $500 donation made this month by Bradley, a partner at the firm whose endorsement Meschino has been touting in her campaign.

According to the Boston Globe, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and eight U.S.


Senate candidates said they would return at least $200,000 in donations connected to the firm after the Spotlight Team report, and Hillary Clinton said she would donate contributions from the firm to the U.S. Treasury.

Bradley, a Democrat and former senior member in House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s leadership team, abruptly announced his resignation this summer after qualifying to appear on the fall ballot. Bradley said he was stepping down to take on a bigger role at Thornton.

Bradley over the years has made large campaign contributions to politicians from outside Massachusetts. The Spotlight report described a “payback system” in which the firm’s attorneys received bonuses from their firm that matched the size of their large political donations.

A Thornton spokesman said its donation reimbursement program was reviewed by outside lawyers and complied with laws, according to the Globe, which quoted campaign finance experts who said raised concerns about “straw donors” and said the practice can conceal the real source of contributions, enable unnamed sources of the funds to exceed contribution limits, or run up against state laws that ban donations to state candidates by corporations or partnerships.

Thornton attorney David McMorris of Cohasset donated $550 to Meschino’s campaign this year, and Republican state representative candidate Kristen Arute on Sunday night called on Meschino also to return to those donations, which were not among the initial refunded donations listed on campaign finance records. A Meschino aide said Monday that those donations had also been returned.

“Joan’s campaign committee will be returning all contributions from that law firm. After reading the Globe story, Joan proactively contacted the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance to inform them of her decision to do so,” Meschino spokesman Adam Webster said in an email.

Bradley was the special guest at Meschino’s general election campaign kickoff on Oct. 4 and Meschino last week touted Bradley’s endorsement of her campaign in a mailing to voters in the House district. She was not available for an interview about the firm’s method of handling donations or whether she felt an investigation was warranted. “What we read in the story raised concerns, and that’s why Joan’s campaign committee refunded all campaign contributions from that law firm,” Webster said in an email.

In her statement Sunday night, Arute said, “Not only did our former State Representative appear to play a key role in this potentially illegal scheme to circumvent donation limits and hide sources of donations, but the current Democrat candidate has taken funds from employees of the same firm.”

According to the Globe, Thornton hired former federal prosecutor Brian Kelly to respond to their inquiries and he said the bonuses should not have been called bonuses and that an accountant deducted the payments from the attorneys’ equity, or ownership in the firm.

Bradley made $340,535 in donations between 2010 and 2014 and received $339,000 in bonuses over that period, according to the Globe. The newspaper said his June 27 resignation announcement came after it started asking questions about his law firm’s business practices. The Globe’s report on Sunday was written by staffer Andrea Estes and Viveca Novak, editorial director of the Center for Responsive Politics.

Politico reported Monday that New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, former Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, Rep. Patrick Murphy of Florida and others said they will return monies donated by Thornton attorneys. A Hassan spokesman said “we had no idea about the practices inside this firm, and we assume that as the Globe reported, none of the other Republican or Democratic candidates who received contributions knew either.” According to Politico, a Murphy spokesman said the Globe investigation “has revealed troubling details about these donations.”

The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance on Monday urged the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance to investigate Thornton Associates, saying the Globe had exposed an “audacious reimbursement scheme.”

“The Bradley scheme boldly circumvents the reimbursement and corporate prohibition,” fiscal alliance chief Paul Craney said in a statement. “Contributions received by candidates and organizations regulated by OCPF would, in fact, be tainted. Such contributions by Bradley and his associates must be returned as part of restitution, as the monies constitute an unfair advantage.”

After an event announcing infrastructure grants to rural communities, Baker told reporters, “I think it’s incumbent on anybody who’s running for office to do everything they can to have an organization that complies with the rules.”

The governor, a Republican who has amassed millions in his campaign war chest for a likely 2018 re-election bid, deferred to the politicians who accepted donations from Thornton on whether to keep them or give them back.

“I think people have to make their own decisions up with respect to that. I think there’s no doubt that a lot of the folks who may have gotten contributions from that firm probably have no idea how the inner-workings of any of those organizations actually work, but it’s now obviously become a public record as it was in the paper yesterday and I think people need to make their own call with respect to that,” Baker said.

Releasing a long list of Democrats, including many in the Legislature, who received donations from the firm, the Massachusetts Republican Party said that no state Republican has received any contributions from Thornton.

“It’s troubling to see that so many Massachusetts Democrats have taken donations from a firm that ran a potentially illegal fundraising scheme designed to circumvent campaign finance rules,” said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. “Regulators at OCPF and the FEC must immediately investigate this Democrat fundraising scheme and the candidates who participated in it, to ensure the integrity of our campaign finance system.”

Highlighting donations from the firm to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the state Republican party noted the Cambridge Democrat’s long record of criticizing the role of corporate dollars in campaign financing. According to Warren’s office, the senator believes the matter should be reviewed by authorities and if it’s determined the donations were impermissible she will give the money back.

A Thornton Law Firm officials said Monday afternoon that officials there were in a meeting. A message left by the News Service was not returned.

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Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP was Selected as a Best Law…

Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP is proud to announce their selection as a 2017 “Best Law Firms.”

Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) November 01, 2016

Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP is proud to announce that it has been named a Metropolitan Tier 1 Best Law Firm in the 2017 Edition of U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers© in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.

Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. A Tier 1 ranking, the highest honor awarded, is the result of a rigorous evaluation process based on a combination of client feedback, peer review from lawyers in the same practice area at other firms, and an overall firm evaluation, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

To be eligible for a Best Law Firm ranking, a firm must have at least one lawyer included in The Best Lawyers in America, reflecting just 5%of practicing attorneys in the U.S. In 2017, 5 Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP attorneys – Peter H. Weinberger, Dennis R. Lansdowne, William Hawal, Peter J. Brodhead, and Nicholas A. DiCello – were selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers and recognized for their work in the areas of Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Litigation. In addition, Peter H. Weinberger was named a 2017 Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs.

About Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP

Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP has a national reputation for representing individuals and businesses in some of the most significant and complex single-plaintiff and mass-tort litigation cases in the United States. Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP attorneys handle a broad range of personal injury, dangerous products, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and civil rights cases. The firm litigates individual and class action consumer fraud matters and its seasoned business litigation group can be a powerful partner in contract disputes between business and in commercial litigation. The firm’s defective pharmaceutical products and medical devices practice includes extensive involvement in multidistrict and coordinated state court litigation. For more information on Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP and its distinguished attorneys, call (216) 600-0114 or visit the firm’s website at

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China considers amending law to boost small, medium-sized firms

China’s top legislature is considering amending a 2003 law that supports small and medium-sized businesses, according to a statement released Monday.

The revised draft was submitted to legislators for its first reading at the bimonthly session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, which began Monday and will run until Nov. 7.

According to the statement, released by the NPC Financial and Economic Affairs Committee, the law has helped boost growth in the small and medium-sized business sector.

By the end of 2015, the majority of the country’s 21.9 million registered enterprises were small and medium-sized businesses, according to government data. In industry, for example, small and medium-sized businesses accounted for about 99.6 percent of all firms.

However, the statement pointed out that the current law is not specific about supporting policies and not easy to implement.

In order to create a better legal environment for small and medium-sized firms, especially small and micro-businesses, to grow, the current law should be revised, it said.

Small and medium-sized businesses, most of which lag behind in technology and with risk management, have felt the pinch from downward pressure in the economy in recent years, according to the statement.

It added that increased production costs and contracted profits were threatening the survival and development of such businesses.


According to an online survey conducted by the group which drafted the revision in 2014, about 43 percent of respondents said they had difficulties in financing.

A report produced by the group said small and micro-sized firms found it difficult to get loans because most of them lacked mortgages that were recognized by banks.

Even if they could obtain loans, procedures were complicated and time-consuming, according to the report.

Meanwhile, many small and medium-sized firms were troubled by employment issues, including difficulties in recruiting skilled workers and rising labor costs.

In addition, multiple taxes and fees, and disturbances from government authorities, including various examinations and meetings, were also among factors hindering such businesses, the report said.

According to the report, a total of 18 departments are collecting fees from small and medium-sized firms. In one case, a firm in Guangdong Province said it had to pay about 6 million yuan (about 886,000 U.S. dollars) in taxes and fees each year, while its net profit only stood at 1 million.


Defining the boosting of growth in small and medium-sized firms as a long-term development strategy, the revised draft aims to realize equal rights, rules and opportunities for all firms.

“The nation will proactively support small and medium-sized firms, especially small and micro-businesses, ” it said, adding that efforts would be made to help them grow in a healthy way.

The draft offers favored tax policies to lower the burden on small and micro-businesses.

It also aims to stimulate financial institutions to work effectively and fairly for such businesses.

An array of measures are laid out in the draft, including expanding the scale of financing for small and micro-businesses and providing financial services catering to such businesses.

The draft states that the value of products bought from small and medium-sized firms should account for at least 30 percent of the total annual government procurement budget.

Efforts should be made to improve procedural transparency and efficiency when small and medium-sized firms seek to protect their rights, according to the draft.

It also allows small and medium-sized firms to claim compensation for delays in payments from large enterprises.

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COBA Union Heads and Others Accused of Fiduciary Misconduct and Racketeering in Platinum Partners Investment Scheme – Says Lawsuit Filed by Newman Ferrara and Seelig Law

NEW YORK, Oct 31, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) —
Newman Ferrara LLP (
and Seelig Law Offices, LLC (
announced today that the firms filed a lawsuit on behalf of active and
retired correction officers against the Correction Officers Benevolent
Association (COBA) Executive Board, its indicted former President Norman
Seabrook and others in the United States District Court for the Southern
District of New York.

According to the complaint, styled as a derivative lawsuit on behalf of
certain COBA benefit plans, Seabrook and other plan fiduciaries breached
their duty to properly oversee and manage the plans for the benefit of
COBA’s members which resulted in the loss of tens of millions of dollars
of plan assets. In addition, the complaint charges that Seabrook, who
has been indicted for taking kick-backs, conspired with others,
including the principals of the now-disgraced hedge fund Platinum
Partners, to invest millions of COBA’s assets in what appears to be a
Ponzi scheme run by Platinum Partners. The complaint charges defendants
with violations of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt
Organizations Act (RICO) as well as various state law claims.

Newman Ferrara partner Jeffrey Norton said of the lawsuit, “it is both
ironic and shameful that while 9000 COBA correction officers dedicate
their lives to maintaining order within the City’s jails, Seabrook and
those were entrusted to protect the membership’s benefits
criminally-conspired to misuse and enrich themselves with union funds.”

Attorney Phil Seelig, who himself was former president of COBA for 14
years, stated that, “the union’s Executive Board turned a deaf ear, a
blind eye, and remained mute to the reckless conduct of Seabrook so they
could continue to enjoy the gifts and other benefits of being in
Seabrook’s trusted camp.” Seelig added, “we intend to claw back the
millions of dollars believed lost and return the money to the hard
working officers that were victims of a corrupt union leadership.”

Those seeking a copy of the complaint or more information about this
case may contact attorneys Phil Seelig at (212) 766-0600, or Jeffrey
Norton at (212) 619-5400.

Newman Ferrara maintains a diverse New York practice with attorneys
specializing in complex commercial and multi-party litigation with an
emphasis on securities and shareholder litigation, consumer protection,
civil rights, and real estate. For more information, please visit the
firm website at

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clients with an array of services, including Social Security disability,
disability pensions, civil service matters, discrimination matters,
personal injury, and employment law. For more information, please visit
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Adviser to Tim Farron arrested over 'links to firms receiving payouts from Rolls Royce'

  • Sudhir Choudhrie, 67, and his son Bhanu arrested over alleged links to firms that received secret payouts from engineering giant Rolls Royce
  • Investigation revealed Rolls-Royce hired agents to help land contracts
  • Mr Choudhrie collected a business award from Theresa May in 2013

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Sudhir Choudhrie, pictured at the Asian Business Awards 2013, has been arrested with his son over alleged links to firms that received secret payouts

Sudhir Choudhrie, pictured at the Asian Business Awards 2013, has been arrested with his son over alleged links to firms that received secret payouts

An Indian billionaire who has donated more than £1.6million to the Liberal Democrats was last night at the centre of a Rolls-Royce corruption scandal.

Sudhir Choudhrie, 67 – an adviser to Lib Dem leader Tim Farron – and his son Bhanu were arrested over their alleged links to firms that received secret payouts from the engineering giant.

Mr Choudhrie, an arms dealer who collected a business award from Theresa May in 2013, was also on an Indian government blacklist of people suspected of corruption, it emerged.

A joint BBC and Guardian investigation revealed Rolls-Royce hired a network of agents to help it land lucrative contracts in at least 12 different countries.

Sometimes they used bribes and they may have benefited from the use of illicit payments to boost profits for years, it was claimed. The network of agents is now the focus of large-scale investigations by anti-corruption agencies in the UK and the US.

Rolls-Royce, which makes engines for fighter jets and commercial airliners, was sucked into a multinational corruption scandal in 2012. It became the subject of a bribery probe by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). The ongoing investigation concerns ‘intermediaries’, middlemen who help seal business deals when a company has a limited local presence.

Rolls-Royce hired law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which launched an internal investigation, ending with information being passed to the SFO.

Sudhir Choudhrie (left) with former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg MP (centre) and Kalpesh Solanki (right) at the GG2 Leadership Awards in 2013 held at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel London

Sudhir Choudhrie (left) with former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg MP (centre) and Kalpesh Solanki (right) at the GG2 Leadership Awards in 2013 held at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel London

The internal probe is understood to have unearthed the evidence of corruption in a number of countries. The fresh evidence shows the firm made secret payments of around £10million to an unregistered Indian agent. The money included a suspicious payment of cash that may have helped Rolls-Royce win a major contract for engines on Hawk aircraft.

Rolls-Royce paid money to companies linked to Mr Choudhrie, it was claimed. It is illegal to pay secret middlemen to win defence contracts in India.

Mr Choudhrie, who lives in London, and his son were arrested and questioned by the SFO over the bribery allegations in 2014. Both denied wrongdoing and were released without charge. Mr Choudhrie is also on an Indian government blacklist of people suspected of ‘corrupt or irregular practice’. It warns Indian civil servants and government ministers to take extra care when dealing with such ‘unscrupulous persons’.

Mr Choudhrie’s lawyers told the BBC he ‘has never paid bribes to government officials or acted as an illegal middleman in defence deals’. They said he has ‘no knowledge of the contents’ of the list.

He is an adviser on India to Mr Farron, and his family has donated more than £1.6million to the party. His family foundation owns more than 600 rare works by artists including Picasso, Renoir and Andy Warhol.

The joint investigation also found evidence of a suspicious payment made in cash. It involves Bhanu Choudhrie, who accompanied an arms executive called Peter Ginger to Switzerland in 2007. During the trip, it has been suggested that Mr Ginger made a cash payment amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds into a secret bank account. It was apparently opened in the name of ‘Portsmouth’ and bank documents showed a balance of more than one million Swiss francs.

Mr Choudhrie is an adviser to Lib Dem leader Tim Farron (pictured)

Mr Choudhrie is an adviser to Lib Dem leader Tim Farron (pictured)

Mr Ginger was a key negotiator on the sale of Hawk aircraft to the Indian government.

All of the planes had Rolls-Royce engines and the deal was worth around £400million to the company.

Bhanu Choudhrie’s lawyers told the BBC he has never been paid to secure deals for Rolls-Royce in India, including the sale of Hawk jets.

‘Mr Choudhrie has never paid any bribe to Mr Ginger or anyone else,’ his lawyers said. ‘Mr Choudhrie has no knowledge of what bank accounts have been set up or operated by Mr Ginger or what sums (if any) he has deposited in them in cash.’

Mr Ginger said he has never acted for Rolls-Royce or had any financial dealings with them. He says he has ‘never taken nor paid any bribes’.

A Rolls-Royce spokesman said: ‘We have made it clear that Rolls-Royce will not tolerate business misconduct or inappropriate behaviour of any kind.

‘Concerns about bribery and corruption involving intermediaries remain subject to investigation by the SFO and other authorities. We are fully co-operating with the authorities and we cannot comment on ongoing investigations.’ 

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IMPORTANT SHAREOLDER ALERT: Lundin Law PC Announces Securities Class Action Lawsuit against Xerox Corporation and Encourages Investors with Losses to Contact the Firm

Oct 31, 2016 (ACCESSWIRE via COMTEX) — LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / October 31, 2016 / Lundin Law PC, a shareholder rights firms, announces a class action lawsuit has been filed against Xerox Corporation (“Xerox” or the “Company”)

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concerning possible violations of federal securities laws. Investors who purchased or otherwise acquired shares between April 23, 2012 and October 23, 2015 (the “Class Period”), are encouraged to contact the firm before the December 23, 2016 lead plaintiff motion deadline.

To participate in this class action lawsuit, click here. You can also call Brian Lundin, Esquire, of Lundin Law PC, at 888-713-1033, or e-mail him at

No class has been certified in the above action. Until a class is certified, you are not considered represented by an attorney. You may also choose to do nothing and be an absent class member.

According to the Complaint, Xerox repeatedly touted its new software product, Health Enterprise, as an important growth area for the Company, which would operate at low cost and high profit margin. The Company’s statements pertaining to the profitability and growth prospects of the Health Enterprise business were materially false and misleading because Xerox failed to disclose: that the Company’s existing Health Enterprise projects were experiencing major delays and cost overruns; that Xerox would be unable to deliver Health Enterprise implementations at sustainable profits; and that as a result of the above, the Company’s statements about its business, operations, and prospects lacked a reasonable basis.

On October 26, 2015, Xerox released its third quarter 2015 financial results which were disappointing due to costs associated with the implementation of Health Enterprise and the termination of Health Enterprise contracts with two state agencies.

Lundin Law PC was founded by Brian Lundin, a securities litigator based in Los Angeles dedicated to upholding shareholders’ rights.

This press release may be considered Attorney Advertising in some jurisdictions under the applicable law and ethical rules.


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