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Androvett NewsWire: May 3, 2012: Wal-Mart Bribery | Siri Lawsuit | Winning Tradition
 
May 3, 2012 11:21 am

Execs Under Investigation Need Own Lawyer
The growing body of laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Dodd-Frank Act mean that the chances of an American executive becoming the target of a criminal investigation are growing. "Whether it's baksheesh in the Middle East or mordida in Mexico, bribery is unfortunately part of the cost of doing business in many parts of the world," says Joe Ahmad, an executive employment lawyer at Houston's Ahmad Zavitsanos Anaipakos Alavi & Mensing. "The Wal-Mart bribery saga is just one example. It also illustrates why executives need to be ready to hire their own criminal defense lawyer the minute there's a whiff of an investigation." Executives should hire their own counsel and not rely on their employer's, Ahmad says, because the employer's interests and the executives are often at odds. For more information, contact Amy Hunt at 800-559-4534 or amy@androvett.com.

Patent Suit Filed Over Siri, Google Voice
Brighton, Colo.-based Potter Voice Technologies LLC has filed a federal patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, Google, Microsoft and other major technology companies over a 14-year-old patent covering the voice command technology now being used in Apple's Siri and similar products. Potter is represented by Christopher Banys and Daniel Beddell from The Lanier Law Firm's Palo Alto, Calif. office. "Siri and Google Voice Actions make electronics much more useful, but those products would never have been possible if not for the technology embodied in Potter's patent," says Banys. "These companies have collected a fortune using Potter's technology." The lawsuit, filed April 25 in federal court in Denver, includes claims against a group of 15 defendant companies accused of infringing Potter's U.S. Patent No. 5,729,659, which was issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on March 17, 1998. For more information, contact Alan Bentrup at 800-559-4534 or alan@androvett.com

Gardere Continues Burton Award Tradition
For the sixth time in the 12-year history of the honor, an attorney from Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP has been selected to receive a Burton Award for Legal Achievement. Houston partners Richard O. Faulk and John S. Gray will receive the 2012 Distinguished Legal Writing Award in June during the Burton Awards Program and Gala for their paper "Public Nuisance at the Crossroads: Policing the Intersection Between Statutory Primacy and Common Law." This is the third Burton Award for Faulk and the second for Gray, who are co-chairs of both the firm's Climate Change Task Force and the Public Policy Litigation Team. The other previous recipients include Gardere's Randy D. Gordon, Thomas A. Hagemann and James J. Sentner Jr. The firm also received a Record of Distinction Award in 2005 for having one of its partners honored for three consecutive years. For more information, contact Rhonda Reddick at 800-559-4534 or rhonda@androvett.com.

Dallas Attorney Shonn Brown Joins Gruber Hurst
Acclaimed Dallas attorney Shonn Brown, one of the city's leading African-American lawyers, has joined the litigation firm of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank as a Partner. She has built a distinguished 15-year legal career, representing business clients in commercial disputes involving trade secrets, class actions, contracts, intellectual property, board governance, product liability and personal injury claims. Brown joins Gruber Hurst from the Dallas office of Locke Lord LLP. "Being at a strategic, focused firm will allow me to spend more direct time preparing for trial and representing my clients at the courthouse, which I find most fulfilling," she says. "While it's a difficult decision, I think it's likely the number of attorneys moving from large firms to boutiques and solo practices is a trend that's likely to continue." Brown is a Dallas Bar Association officer and serves as a director of numerous civic and professional organizations. For more information, contact Barry Pound at 800-559-4534 or barry@androvett.com.


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