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

Devine Goodman 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 Devine Goodman Attorneys and Firm to Top Law Firm Listing

Devine Goodman proudly announces that three partners 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.

John W. Devine – Corporate and Business, Real Estate
Lawrence D. Goodman – Commercial and Business Litigation
Guy A. Rasco – Commercial 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 three 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
  • Guy A. Rasco – Commercial Litigation
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U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers® Name Devine Goodman 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 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, havejoined 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 legalprofession. 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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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.

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“South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers” Recognizes Devine Goodman Attorneys in the 2012 Edition

This annual publication from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell recognizes John W. Devine and Robert J. Kuntz in the area of “Business & Commercial” law, and Lawrence D. Goodman and Guy A. Rasco in “Commercial Litigation,”  in its list of South Florida’s Top Rated Attorneys. The list is limited to lawyers who have been rated by their peers to be “AV Preeminent” – the highest Peer Review Rating available from Martindale-Hubbell.

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Devine Goodman Attorneys Recognized in the 2012 Edition of Florida Super Lawyers

Devine Goodman Rasco & Wells is pleased to announce that all four of its shareholders have been recognized in the 2012 issue of Florida Super Lawyers magazine. Each year, only five percent of the lawyers in Florida receive this honor. Additionally, Lawrence D. Goodman was ranked by the magazine within its lists of the “Top 100 Miami Florida Super Lawyer.”

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

The Devine Goodman lawyers included on this list are:

  • John W. Devine – Real Estate
  • Lawrence D. Goodman – Business Litigation
  • Guy A. Rasco – Business Litigation
  • Diane Noller Wells – Bankruptcy & Debtor/Creditor Rights