Mendelson Endorsed for Broward County School Board District 6

 

Brother of Slain Parkland Shooting Hero Aaron Feis Endorses Dr. Richard Mendelson for Broward County School Board

Broward County School Board District 6 candidate Dr. Richard Mendelson today received the endorsement of Ray Feis, brother of high school coach Aaron Feis, who was slain while protecting students during the Parkland shooting. Dr. Mendelson has pledged to improve the educational environment for students and teachers.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (PRWEB) May 11, 2018

Just weeks after announcing his campaign to serve District 6 on the Broward County School Board, Dr. Richard Mendelson today received the endorsement of his candidacy by Ray Feis, brother of the late high school coach Aaron Feis. Coach Feis died heroically after using his own body to shield students during the mass shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in which 17 were killed and many more injured.

"Richard has always been a passionate advocate for our local schools and was a close friend of my brother Aaron,” said Ray Feis. “I'm proud to endorse Richard’s candidacy for the Broward School Board because I know he will be a champion for positive change in our community. I strongly support his pledged commitment to working for fair pay for our teachers, requiring more accountability in the school district, and making changes in public school safety to better protect our schools, students, teachers and administrators.”

“Our family, and many others in this community, suffered terribly as a result of the Parkland shooting but I will not allow Aaron’s death to be in vain. Richard is well equipped to be the catalyst of critical changes we need in the Broward School District. As a life-long educator and former teacher for 13 years at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, there is nobody more qualified to serve as a Broward County School Board Member and leader in our community than Richard Mendelson” said Feis.

For his part, Mendelson said today that he was “honored to have the support of Ray Feis, and I pledge as a member of the Broward County School Board to tirelessly create a safe, fulfilling educational environment for our students and teachers as well as implement aggressive policies and procedures to require accountability at all levels of the school district.”

He added: “As a second-generation Broward County Public School educator and a graduate of the Broward School system, I have deep roots in this District and in this community. In the tragic Parkland attack, I lost a close friend in Aaron Feis, who was like a brother to me. I feel compelled to step forward and utilize my knowledge and experience as an educator and an expert in industrial and organizational psychology to facilitate the necessary critical changes to our school system at every level.”

“The time has come to aggressively revamp our district operations, administration, finance and culture. I am eager to be part of this process and to work with the other School Board members to effect these changes as quickly as possible” said Mendelson.

For more information on School Board Candidate Richard A. Mendelson, Ph.D., please visit: http://www.mendelsonbcps6.com/.

Lerman Law Firm Announces Creation of Trust Fund for Daughter of Parkland Hero Aaron Feis

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

 On behalf of the family of the late Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Coach Aaron Feis, the Lerman Law Firm is pleased to announce the creation of the Arielle Feis Irrevocable Trust Fund to provide for Feis' beloved daughter.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (PRWEB) MARCH 14, 2018

The Lerman Law Firm (Cathy Jackson Lerman, P.A.) is pleased to announce, on behalf of the mother and siblings of the late Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Coach Aaron Feis, the creation of the Arielle Feis Irrevocable Trust Fund. This trust fund has been set up to accept donations in honor of Aaron Feis and to continue his legacy by assuring that the needs of his young daughter Arielle Feis are met.

On February 14, 2018, Coach Feis shielded students from harm at the high school in Parkland, Florida during a mass shooting by a former student, which took 17 lives including Feis', and injured many others. Coach Feis has been widely lauded as a hero for his courageous actions. The Feis family wishes to express their gratitude for the outpouring of love and support from people all over the country as a result of Aaron's death.

"It is truly a privilege to assist the Feis family in protecting and supporting Aaron's precious daughter," said attorney Cathy Lerman. "Our country, our state and our community have lost a great leader and a great man. Aaron lived his life the same way he died - protecting and serving our community. My heart breaks for this family and the families of all of the victims of this senseless shooting."

Donations in Coach Aaron Feis' honor can be made payable to the "Arielle Feis Irrevocable Trust Fund," care of J.P. Morgan Chase, and sent to: J.P. Morgan Chase, Attn: JPMS LOCKBOX 21002, Arielle Feis Irrevocable Trust Fund,4 Chase Metrotech Center, 7th floor East Brooklyn, NY 11245.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:13

LERMAN LAW FIRM ANNOUNCES INVESTIGATION OF HAWK SYSTEMS, INC. AND ITS SUBSIDIARY AND AFFILIATE COMPANIES

 

Investor Alert: Lerman Law Firm Announces Investigation of Hawk Systems, Inc. and Subsidiary and Affiliate Companies  

Companies Being Investigated Include Hawk Systems, Inc., Hawk Biometric Technologies, Inc., Hawk Biometrics of Canada, Inc., Fist Enterprises, LLC, Auto Secure, Inc., Auto Secure USA, Inc., and Secure Start USA, LLC

February 14, 2018 11:58 ET | Source: Lerman Law Firm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On the heels of a detailed exposé in the New York Daily News by reporter Larry McShane entitled “Wall Street trader, NFL players hit hard by ‘untouchable’ $4M mob-linked scheme” about the fraudulent schemes of penny stock company HAWK SYSTEMS, INC (“HAWK”), trading under the symbol HWSY, the Lerman Law Firm (Cathy Jackson Lerman, P.A.), has initiated an investigation into the activities of HAWK and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies. All companies are headquartered in Palm Beach County, Florida and include: Hawk Biometric Technologies, Inc., Hawk Biometrics of Canada, Inc., FIST Enterprises, LLC, Auto Secure, Inc., Auto Secure USA, Inc. and Secure Start USA, LLC.

The Lerman Law Firm is investigating information published in the New York Daily News’ article surrounding a biometric fingerprint identification device patent that HAWK purportedly owned, which was allegedly nothing but a scam to entice unwitting investors, including the elderly, into investing their hard-earned money and even life savings in HAWK. McShane’s article states that “there was no production, no product, no patent” and that HAWK had losses of $22 million and while only reporting an alleged $5570 in sales. Investor proceeds were said to have gone to pay for the lavish lifestyles of top HAWK executives and not into HAWK to actually produce a saleable product.

This article has raised vital questions as to why HAWK is still trading and how the alleged scam is continuing through the Hawk-affiliated companies. The Lerman Law Firm is investigating whether other investors have fallen victim to the same “patent” scam through these companies.

“One of the elderly HAWK victims stated that the principals behind HAWK, who perpetrated the initial scam, are ‘untouchable.’ That is a sad, but not surprising, statement about law enforcement and regulatory agencies in Florida,” stated Cathy Lerman, principal of the Lerman Law Firm. “We intend to get to the truth about the operation of these companies and help any other victims/investors obtain justice. No one is or should be above the law.”

If you are an investor in one or more of the named companies, wish to provide information to assist the Lerman Law Firm in its investigation, or are a potential whistleblower, please contact Cathy Lerman at clerman@lermanfirm.com  or (954) 332-1143.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Colin Kaepernick-Warriors for Justice?

My favorite quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”  Dr. King led a civil rights movement emphasizing nonviolent protests to draw attention to the plight of African-American citizens and the atrocities committed against them due to racial discrimination.

I wonder what Dr. King would say about Colin Kaepernick and his NFL brethren who "took a knee" during NFL games. What many saw as a disrespectful gesture by Colin and others towards our country, our military and our flag could easily also have been interpreted as Colin's nonviolent gesture to draw attention to the plight of African-Americans who have wrongfully suffered and died at the hands of law enforcement who were steeped in racism and hate. Colin has stated that he did not mean any disrespect to the country, our military or our flag, the "take a knee" was his way, on a national stage, to draw attention to the plight of his African-American brothers and sisters who suffered at the hands of racial discrimination and who lacked a voice. I believe him.  

What I found more troubling than Colin's "taking a knee" was the outpouring of hate, violence and racial tension caused by those who were offended by Colin's actions.  What Colin actually proved, albeit unintentionally, is that racism is alive and well in this country.  I have to admit I was shocked at the horrific, racially- motivated statements of hate and threats on You Tube videos, press statements, tweets and news coverage of protests by white Americans against blacks and those who support them-particularly those who supported Colin.

Now I have been a lawyer in Florida for over 30 years.  I am not naive and I am not blind. I know racial discrimination still exists in this country in law enforcement, both internally and externally, in business and even in law.  I also know that corruption exists in law enforcement agencies across the U.S., some in my own backyard and that this corruption aids those who use the badge as a shield against being held accountable. 

I agree with Dr. King-racial discrimination, sexual harassment and discrimination, corruption, and violation of civil rights hurts all of us- not just those who are the victims. So I would answer my own question above with a resounding YES!  I do believe that Dr. King and Colin are warriors for justice.  And so am I and many of my fellow lawyers who fight for equality and against corruption.

Lest you think my views are myopic I need to disclose something else.  I come from a family of law enforcement officers, some of which also served in the military.  I know what it is like to watch your spouse leave for work and not know if they will come home safely.  I know the long hours, thankless work, and stressful conditions under which the majority of men and women of law enforcement in this country go out every day and keep the rest of us safe -while putting their lives on the line.  I admire and respect them. 

However just like there are bad lawyers- there are also bad cops. No profession is immune from members with a lack of integrity or ethics. What Dr. King and Colin seek is what we all should want-equality as well as justice and accountability for all.  

So on this day honoring Dr. King and his tireless efforts to do just that, I ask all Americans to take a second look before they judge a nonviolent protester and their motivation.  Don't assume anything.  STOP, LOOK and LISTEN to one another and let's all work together to stop the hateful racial rhetoric, expose corruption and wrongdoing in government at whatever level it exists, and work together as color-blind "Warriors for Justice."   Cathy Lerman, The Lerman Law Firm, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

LERMAN FIRM ANNOUNCES INVESTIGATION OF KURT BARTON PONZI SCHEME

The Lerman Law Firm (Cathy Jackson Lerman, P.A.) announced today an investigation of the Kurt Barton Triton Financial Ponzi Scheme.  The Lerman Law Firm is investigating the use of IRA accounts through Equity Trust Company in Ohio to make investments in this Ponzi Scheme which had over 300 victims.  Witnesses or victims of the Ponzi scheme who have information on the use of these IRAs to invest in the Kurt Barton Triton Financial Ponzi Scheme are asked to contact attorney Cathy Lerman at clerman@lermanfirm.com. 

The Lerman Law Firm is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Cathy Lerman, principal of the Lerman Law Firm, is a recognized legal expert in the investigation and exposure of Ponzi schemes and other fraudulent investment schemes.  Ms. Lerman has been responsible for exposing numerous Ponzi schemes nationwide involving thousands of victims and has worked with prosecutors across the country to apprehend and obtain convictions against these fraudsters.  The Lerman Law Firm remains available to assist victims of Ponzi schemes and fraudulent investment schemes nationwide.

LERMAN FIRM ANNOUNCES INVESTIGATION OF CORNETT-BEYER PONZI SCHEME

The Lerman Law Firm (Cathy Jackson Lerman, P.A.) announced today an investigation of the Chris Cornett- Heidi Byer Forex Ponzi Scheme.  The Lerman Law Firm is investigating the use of IRA accounts through Equity Trust Company in Ohio to make investments in this Ponzi Scheme which had over 100 victims.  Witnesses or victims of the Ponzi scheme who have information on the use of these IRAs to invest in the Forex Ponzi Scheme are asked to contact attorney Cathy Lerman at clerman@lermanfirm.com

The Lerman Law Firm is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Cathy Lerman, principal of the Lerman Law Firm, is a recognized legal expert in the investigation and exposure of Ponzi schemes and other fraudulent investment schemes.  Ms. Lerman has been responsible for exposing numerous Ponzi schemes nationwide involving thousands of victims and has worked with prosecutors across the country to apprehend and obtain convictions against these fraudsters.  The Lerman Law Firm remains available to assist victims of Ponzi schemes and fraudulent investment schemes nationwide.

INVESTOR ALERT-LERMAN LAW FIRM ANNOUNCES INVESTIGATION OF HAWK SYSTEMS, INC. AND HAWK BIOMETRIC TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

 

March 20, 2017 10:00 ET | Source: Lerman Law Firm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the wake of a detailed news report by Jeff Ostrowski of The Palm Beach Post titled “NFL Players Stung By Losses in West Palm Beach Company,” concerning penny stock company Hawk Systems, Inc. (“Hawk Systems”), trading under the symbol HWSY, the Lerman Law Firm (Cathy Jackson Lerman, P.A.), has initiated an investigation into the activities of Hawk Systems and its subsidiary, Hawk Biometric Technologies, Inc. (“Hawk Biometric”). 

The Lerman Law Firm is investigating claims that NFL players who became investors in Hawk were used to “bait” the elderly to invest in the company. In addition, the Lerman Law Firm has learned that some investors may have unknowingly purchased shares of stock in Hawk Systems or Hawk Biometric, which were never authorized, and were illegally issued and sold.

According to a press release issued by Mark Spanakos, who is the named Plaintiff in a shareholder derivative suit filed against Hawk Systems and others in Palm Beach County, millions of shares of Hawk stock are still trading.  Yet Hawk never made a profit and incurred millions of dollars in net losses.   

“What is probably most shocking is that no one in the state of Florida, including the Attorney General Pam Bondi, law enforcement, the SEC, the IRS or the FBI has to date done anything to help these investors/victims.  We need to find out what happened to the millions of dollars of investor money, and determine if Hawk Systems or Hawk Biometric stock was illegally sold, or if elderly investors were illegally targeted,” stated Cathy Lerman, principal of the Lerman Law Firm.

If you currently own stock in Hawk Systems or Hawk Biometric and wish to obtain additional information about the investigation or wish to provide information to assist in the Lerman firm’s investigation, please contact Cathy Lerman via email at clerman@lermanfirm.com or by telephone at (954) 332-1143.

 

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David Byles-An Example of What Everyone in the Automotive Industry Should Be

I don't often write positive, personal columns on this blog.  As a Consumer Protection attorney, I have plenty of bad stories and warnings to fill these pages.  However, sometimes you meet someone that you know is making a positive difference in the world and you just have to say something.

So this column is about David Byles, an automotive sales representative with Autonation in Pompano Beach, Florida.  David's integrity, concern for his clients and his dedication are exemplary.  I had the pleasure of working with David recently and I decided he needed some recognition for all of his hard work.  Since I always blast the bad guys, it is time to give the good guys some credit!

There are not many people in the automotive industry that I consider exemplary or exceptional but David is one of them.  If you need a vehicle, call David Byles. If he can't help you, he will find someone who will. You will not be sorry and you will have the best sales experience of your life. David can be reached at 954-644-4832.*   

 

*Please note this Blog Post is being published simply as a courtesy to Florida consumers.. We do not and will not accept any gratuities or fees arising from the purchase of vehicles from Mr. Byles.

All the Best, Cathy

CONSUMER PROTECTION WARNING ON ILOVEKICKBOXING.COM

FLORIDA CONSUMERS ARE WARNED THAT THEY MAY NOT RECEIVE ADEQUATE OR FULL DISCLOSURE ON THE DANGERS AND POTENTIAL INJURIES ASSOCIATED WITH ILOVEKICKBOXING.COM.  THERE ARE SUBSTANTIAL INJURIES THAT MAY RESULT FROM ENGAGING IN STRENUOUS PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES WITHOUT PROPER PRE-TRAINING INSTRUCTION OR PROPER PRE-EXERCISE WARMUPS.  ILOVEKICKBOXING.COM DOES NOT PROVIDE WARNINGS, INSTRUCTIONS OR CONSUMER AWARENESS PRECAUTIONS FOR THOSE WHO MAY CHOOSE TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR KICKBOXING ACTIVITIES.  SEVERE INJURIES MAY RESULT.  CONSUMERS WHO ARE INJURED AT A ILOVEKICKBOXINGFACILITY ARE ENCOURAGED TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE CONSUMER PROTECTION ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THEIR STATE AND REQUEST AN INVESTIGATION INTO THEIR ACTIVITIES.  CONSUMERS WHO HAVE BEEN INJURED AT A ILOVEKICKBOXING.COM FACILITY SHOULD CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY TO ASSIST THEM IN OBTAINING COMPENSATION FOR THEIR INJURIES AND MEDICAL BILLS.

LERMAN LAW FIRM ISSUES NATIONWIDE FRAUD ALERT FOR FLORIDA ELDERS AND RESIDENTS

Are you thinking about moving to Florida? 

Are your Grandma and Grandpa thinking about moving to Florida?

THINK AGAIN.

 

Hidden behind the façade of sun-kissed coastlines, palm trees, and thousands of “beautiful people” with great tans is a dirty little secret.  What seniors, both those already in Florida and those considering a move to the Sunshine State, should be aware of is already known to local regulators and state law enforcement.  That dirty little secret is going to be the subject of several blog posts by the Lerman Law Firm.

 

The Lerman Law Firm will speak openly and honestly about the many dangers that threaten our citizens, especially senior citizens who are targeted by scammers. We will also discuss why nothing is being done about it.

 

Fraudsters, organized crime bosses and multiple convicted felons from other states and countries flock to Florida. Why? Why is Florida the fraud capital of the United States?  The answer is simple: because criminals know that there is a state wide systemic failure by law enforcement and regulators to investigate and prosecute fraudsters who financially exploit the elderly and Florida residents. 

 

Often, these criminals set up shop in Florida, open up fake businesses or buy OTC publicly traded shell corporations and start to jumpstart their schemes by looking for new investors, who should more accurately be referred to as prey. 

 

Local and state law enforcement and regulators provide few resources to investigate or prosecute these criminals.  In fact, many times law enforcement will refuse to even take a report from a victim of elderly exploitation case or a victim of a  Ponzi scheme.  All too often, these schemes to defraud are completely blown off by law enforcement, which makes the ridiculous claim that these are a “a civil matter,” and thus purportedly outside of the scope of criminal investigations. 

 

However, law enforcement and regulators ignore the fact that there are multiple criminal statutes on the books in Florida that make exploiting the elderly, running organized schemes to defraud, orchestrating Ponzi schemes, selling fake investments, and laundering money all felonies.  A felony is a major crime?  So why is so little attention given to such a big problem? What would motivate law enforcement or regulators to ignore certain crimes and victims?  Why are some victims of crime protected while others are ignored? Why would police officers, prosecutors, the attorney general and others protect criminals? These are all important questions which we will explore.

 

Every citizen in Florida and every person who has family members in this state should be asking these same questions.  I can assure you that the answers may surprise you--and may even scare you. Stay tuned……

 

CONSUMER PROTECTION INVESTIGATION AND WARNING PERFORMANCE PLUS CORAL SPRINGS, FLORIDA

CONSUMERS ARE ADVISED THAT THIS CAR REPAIR SHOP HAS CHANGED OWNERSHIP AND CONSUMERS NEED TO BE AWARE OF POTENTIAL UNFAIR AND DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICES SUCH AS ADVISING OF UNNEEDED REPAIRS, PERFORMING REPAIRS INCOMPETENTLY, ADVISING ERRONEOUSLY THAT THOROUGH CHECKS OF THE VEHICLE HAVE BEEN DONE AND REPAIRS ALLEGED TO BE NEEDED ARE NOT NECESSARY. CONSUMERS ARE ADVISED TO CONTACT THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU OR THE FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL TO SEEK REDRESS FOR UNFAIR AND DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICES. CONSUMERS ARE URGED TO VERIFY THAT THE REPRESENTATIONS BY PERFORMANCE PLUS THAT REPAIRS HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN MADE OR ARE NECESSARY AND THAT THEIR VEHICLES ARE SAFE TO DRIVE AFTER HAVING BEEN SERVICED BY PERFORMANCE PLUS OF CORAL SPRINGS ARE ACTUALLY TRUE.  PLEASE CONTACT CATHY LERMAN, ESQ. AT CLERMAN@LERMANFIRM.COM IF YOU NEED FURTHER ASSISTANCE WITH FILING COMPLAINTS WITH REGULATORY AGENCIES AGAINST PERFORMANCE PLUS OF CORAL SPRINGS. STAY SAFE!!!!!!!

FDA APPROVES ETEPLIRSEN FOR PATIENTS WITH DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY

We want to share with you the video of the late Ricky Tsang who passed away recently after suffering with Ducenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) for over 30 years.  This is a You Tube video that Ricky did to Janet Woodcock, FDA director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, concerning accelerated approval for Eteplirsen, a new drug that treats DMD, after the FDA Advisory Committee voted not to accelerate approval. 

While this video is heartbreaking, it is also an education about rare diseases and how rare disease patients suffer.  Ricky discusses the devastation caused by DMD which causes its victims to progressively lose their muscular abilities and results in life-threatening heart and respiratory conditions. Most DMD patients die in their 20's or 30's.   Here is a link to Ricky's video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUjJEHmkEUg

Etepliren is made by Sarepta Therapeutics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Lerman Law Firm is proud to join with thousands of rare disease patients and advocates in aggressively promoting both the use of orphan drugs and the plight of rare disease patients who need those drugs NOW.  By working with Congress, the NIH, the FDA, and the pharma and biotech industry, we can accelerate the time to market of life-saving and life-changing drugs such as Eteplirsen. 

Candace Lerman, who is the Lerman Law Firm's Director of Advocacy for rare disease patients and our liaison with the biotech and pharma industry, is also a rare disease patient who used an Orphan drug to put her disease into remission.  While Candace still has multiple other health issues, her experience has convinced us that all patients deserve that opportunity.  For more information about Candace Lerman and our legislative advocacy on behalf of rare disease patients and the promotion of Orphan drugs see her blog at RareCandace.com.

We thank Director Woodcock for her accelerated approval of Eteplirsen and we look forward to similar approvals for other Orphan drugs in the pipeline.

ERIN ANDREWS PREVAILS-ALL WOMEN NEED TO REJOICE

In what could only be called the worst case of invasion of privacy ever, Erin Andrews persevered through an onerous trial to become victorious with the jury finding her peeping Tom and his accomplice, Marriott Hotels, liable.  Now I am 100% behind Erin but I think there is a larger lesson here for other women who are in Erin's shoes-FIGHT BACK!!!!!!!!!

No one, woman, man or child, should be spied upon, ridiculed, become a public spectacle or used for the unlawful. disgusting interest of their spectator and his audience.  Let this be a lesson to the corporate giants of America-you are not immune from liability for your own wrongdoing or the turning of a blind eye towards the illegal conduct of of your customers.

GO ERIN-THANK YOU FOR STANDING UP FOR YOURSELF AND ALL OTHER WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN ABUSED AND EXPLOITED!  TODAY, JUSTICE SPOKE!