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Guy A. Rasco Elected to Chair of LAWorld

Guy A. Rasco was elected to Chair of LAWorld at the Annual Conference held in Hong Kong in April 2014. Steve Ng has stepped down from his role as Chair after completing his two-year term.
Mr. Rasco intends to pursue his predecessors’ focus on business development, membership expansion, improving referral opportunities, and website awareness and visibility. “Our main goal is to increase the attractiveness of LAWorld members in the international legal community; improve networking skills and create better awareness and understanding of the strengths and business opportunities that exist within LAWorld member firms,” said Mr. Rasco.

About LAWorld

LAWorld is a non-exclusive international legal network of 55 independent mid-sized law firms covering most of the major commercial centers around the world, with more than 1350 lawyers across 90 cities. Its central purpose is to provide the clients of its members with instant access to quality legal advice anywhere in the world.
For a list of members and international legal updates, please visit www.laworld.com.

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Court Orders Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse, and Home Shopping Network to Stop Using “SOLINGEN” Certification Mark

DGRWW has won an important victory for our client, owner of the famous “SOLINGEN” certification mark found on the finest German cutlery.

Devine Goodman lawyers Guy Rasco and Lawrence Goodman joined with Mayback & Hoffman managing partner, Catherine Hoffman, to represent the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Wuppertal-Solingen-Remschied, the German trade association that owns and promotes the world-renowned certification mark. They secured a consent permanent injunction against defendants including Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and their respective companies to prevent them from using the mark in the future. Although Defendants did not admit liability, a Tampa federal judge issued the consent permanent injunction, prohibiting, the defendants – who included the Home Shopping Network and SED International Holdings Inc. – from, among other things, using the “SOLINGEN” certification mark without prior written authorization from the Chamber and selling or making any product that does not comply with the strict conditions of the SOLINGEN certification standards.

“This is a huge victory for our client,” said Hoffman, a Mayback & Hoffman founding partner. “Our client’s certification mark identifies only the highest quality products made in Solingen, Germany, and we will do whatever it takes to protect that reputation, which includes Solingen’s world-famous reputation as the ‘Cutlery Capital.’ We hope this settlement sends a strong message to anyone attempting to profit from improperly certifying products with the SOLINGEN mark.”

“Certification Marks, like trademarks, are a sign to consumers that they are getting what they paid for,” said Rasco. “This ruling lets consumers – and would-be infringers – know that courts will protect those marks.”

Only products made in Solingen, Germany, and which satisfy the strict requirements set forth in German law under the “Solingen Decree,” may bear the SOLINGEN mark. Despite these requirements, the Amended Complaint alleged that Stewart’s and Lagasee’s companies marketed a Lagasse product line that sold knives, made in China of inferior steel using the SOLINGEN mark through the Home Shopping Network. As part of the consent permanent injunction and a settlement agreement, the defendants admitted that the trademark is valid and enforceable and agreed to pay the German trade association an undisclosed sum.

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South Florida Legal Guide Recognizes Six Devine Goodman Attorneys and Firm to Top Law Firm Listing

Devine Goodman Rasco Watts-FitzGerald and Wells, P.A. proudly announces six lawyers from the firm were listed as 2014 “Top Lawyers” by the South Florida Legal Guide, the region’s primary legal services publication. In addition, the firm was recognized as a “Top Law Firm” for its commitment to excellence in the legal field.

Robert J. Becerra – Criminal Defense/Criminal Law
John W. Devine – Corporate and Business, Real Estate
Lawrence D. Goodman – Commercial and Business Litigation
Guy A. Rasco – Commercial and Business Litigation
Abigail Watts-FitzGerald – Corporate and Business, Securities
Diane Noller Wells – Corporate and Business Litigation

The South Florida Legal Guide continues to be recognized as an invaluable source of information for both the business and legal communities. The “Top Lawyers” list is a compilation of top attorneys across Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Top Lawyers are selected based on a peer nomination procedure. Lawyers chosen are well regarded in the legal profession, have many years of experience and have a distinguished record of achievement.

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Corporate Advisory: Bad Actor Disqualification from 506 Offerings

The SEC has adopted rules that disqualify felons and other bad actors from participating in securities offerings under the safe-harbor exemption provided by Rule 506 of Regulation D promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. As most private placements are done in reliance on Rule 506, issuers must exercise reasonable care in confirming they are satisfying their obligations under these new rules.

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Devine Goodman Attorneys Recognized as Florida Legal Elite

Florida Trend magazine’s 2013 Florida Legal Elite has recognized four Devine Goodman attorneys as among the most highly esteemed lawyers in Florida. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the top two percent of lawyers practicing within the state.

The following Devine Goodman attorneys were included in this year’s 10th anniversary edition:

  • John W. Devine – Real Estate
  • Lawrence D. Goodman – Commercial Litigation
  • Mark D. Hobson – Business Law
  • Guy A. Rasco – Commercial Litigation
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U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers® Name Devine Goodman Rasco Watts-FitzGerald & Wells One of the Nation’s “Best Law Firms”

U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers® released the 2012-13 “Best Law Firms” rankings in which Devine Goodman Rasco Watts-FitzGerald & Wells, P.A. received one national and three metropolitan rankings as follows:

National:

  • Banking and Finance Law -Tier 3 Ranking

Miami:

  • Banking and Finance Law – Tier 1 Ranking
  • Litigation – Bankruptcy – Tier 2 Ranking
  • Litigation – Banking & Finance – Tier 3 Ranking

U.S. News and Best Lawyers, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, have super mario joined to rank more than 10,000 firms in 118 practice areas in 170 metropolitan areas and 8 states. Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise.

About U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News has more than two decades of experience in providing the public with the most accurate and in-depth rankings of a wide range of institutions, including America’s best law schools, colleges, graduate schools, and hospitals.

About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers® is a well-respected peer-review publication in the legal gamf.net profession. For over a quarter century, the company has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. Best Lawyers® also publishes peer-reviewed listings of lawyers in nearly 70 other countries, covering many of the world’s major legal markets.

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Abigail Watts-FitzGerald and Diane Noller Wells Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 Edition

Abigail Watts-FitzGerald and Diane Noller Wells were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 edition. Abigail has been recognized in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions Law, while Diane Noller Wells in Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Banking & Finance, and Litigation – Bankruptcy.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 41,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.9 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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Devine Goodman Attorneys Recognized in the 2013 Edition of Florida Super Lawyers

Devine Goodman Rasco Watts-FitzGerald & Wells is pleased to announce that five of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2013 issue of Florida gamf.net Super Lawyers magazine, an honor that less than five percent of lawyers statewide are selected to receive each year.

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes super mario independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. For more information, visit www.superlawyers.com.

The following attorneys were listed in the 2013 edition of Florida Super Lawyers:

  • John W. Devine – Real Estate, Closely Held Business, Business/Corporate
  • Lawrence D. Goodman – Business Litigation, Closely Held Business, Class Action/Mass Torts
  • Robert J. Kuntz – Business Litigation
  • Guy A. Rasco – Business Litigation, General Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense
  • Diane Noller Wells – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Business/Corporate, Business Litigation
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South Florida Legal Guide Recognizes Four Devine Goodman Attorneys

Four attorneys have been included in the 2013 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyers” listing:

  • Robert J. Becerra – Criminal Defense/Criminal Law
  • John W. Devine – Corporate and Business, Real Estate
  • Abigail Watts-FitzGerald – Corporate and Business, Securities
  • Diane Noller Wells – Corporate and Business Litigation

The South Florida Legal Guide continues to be recognized as an invaluable source of information for both the business and legal communities. Top Lawyers are selected based on a peer nomination procedure. Lawyers chosen are well regarded in the legal profession, have many years of experience and have a distinguished record of achievement.