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  • Who Has to Pay Attorney Fees in Divorce?

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Online Reviews – Is Anyone Really Who They Claim to Be?  Daniel W. Draz, M.S.,CFE  Principal  Fraud Solutions  Recently, New York Attorney General Schneiderman announced an agreement with 19 companies to stop writing fake online reviews and pay more than $350,000 in fines resulting from 'Operation Clean Turf,' a year-long undercover investigation into reputation management industry, astroturfing and false endorsements. Says Draz: "Using the 80-20 fraud rule, with 20 percent being known and 80 percent being unknown, the reality is that this business practice is far more prevalent and widespread than even this settlement implies and goes to the heart of Web-based business, e-commerce, social media apps and online profiles where anyone can easily pretend to be anyone, or anything, online. As the ad says, 'Where'd you hear that?' 'On the Internet!' While most online terms of service agreements specifically prevent the creation of false profiles, the reality is that many people (and companies) still do it and the practice is widespread today. Combine fake online and social media profiles with review writing and the ability to hype various products, services, companies or stocks and you have a significant false advertising network to deceive consumers -- all of which falls under the general fraud or business statutes for every state in the country concerning misrepresentation or deceptive business practices, in addition to the obvious issue of conducting business unethically." Draz is the principal of Fraud Solutions, a global fraud consulting firm located outside Chicago. He is a recognized leader in the fraud profession, providing innovative enterprise anti-fraud risk management strategies, insightful observations, fraud training and thought leadership to clients. He has extensive corporate fraud management (prevention, detection, investigation, risk, ethics, audit, compliance and legal) experience across a number of different industry verticals and works with companies to improve their enterprise fraud risk management efforts and reduce major fraud losses. Additionally, he is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), has a master's in economic crime management, and is an adjunct professor at four colleges, where he teaches a variety of fraud, white-collar crime and financial crime classes for industry professionals.  Website:  Expert Contact: Daniel W. Draz,

Seniors Hit by Steep IRS Penalties for Innocent Oversights Made With IRAs Ronald Fatoullah, Esq.  New York Elder Law Attorney  Ronald Fatoullah & Associates  "Congressman Steve Israel (D- Huntington) called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as they increase their enforcement of Individual Retirement Account (IRA) contribution or withdrawal errors, to reassess the steep penalties that taxpayers face for innocent mistakes. Because of the IRS's new crackdown policy, many senior citizens, who are unaware of errors they are committing when it comes to managing their IRAs, could be facing steep financial penalties that they can't afford." Fatoullah, Esq., founder of Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, has been advising New Yorkers about the legal and financial challenges of aging for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section of the NYS Bar Association, selected as a "SuperLawyer", voted one of New York's "Best Lawyers" in the fields of elder law and trusts and estates for seven consecutive years, and most recently honored by the NYS Bar Association for his advocacy, persistence and drafting of the New York Adult Protective Guardianship Act. He has offices in Manhattan, Queens, Long Island and Brooklyn. Website:   Media Contact: Carol Schell,

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dr. Michael Coppola Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs/Chief Compliance Officer NovaSom, Inc. "Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is estimated to affect 43 million Americans, yet 85 percent are unaware they have it. Because sleep apnea can have dangerous effects and can be controlled by a variety of different treatment options, I've made it my goal to have anyone who suspects themselves or their partner/spouse of having sleep apnea, to get tested. Home sleep testing is one way that we can make diagnosis easier and more affordable, dramatically reducing time to therapy." An expert on all things sleep-related, Dr. Coppola is available for stories related to sleep, sleep apnea, etc. He is currently the executive vice president of medical affairs at NovaSom, creators of AccuSom, an FDA-cleared home sleep test which allows consumers to test for sleep apnea in the comfort of their own beds. He is able to provide statistics related to OSA and a variety of demographics as well as the co-morbidities associated with the condition (stroke, heart attacks, weight gain, etc.). He is the past president and chief medical officer of the American Sleep Apnea Association, a patient advocacy group, and is board certified in internal medicine, critical care and sleep medicine. He recently became an associate clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Website:    Video: Media Contact: Alyson Kuritz,

Who Has to Pay Attorney Fees in Divorce? Brad LaMorgese Family Law Attorney McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing, L.L.P. "Among the many laws that went into effect on Sept. 1 in Texas is an addition to the Texas Family Code stating that courts *may * award legal fees and expenses to be paid by one of the parties in a divorce. Courts typically have included legal fees as 'necessaries' that are part of one spouse's requirement to support the other while the divorce is pending. But the Supreme Court of Texas' May 2013 ruling in Tedder v. Aldrich declared that such fees aren't considered 'necessaries.' This new law was intended to address that finding and give courts permission to award fees. We're glad the legislature and Gov. Perry addressed the availability of legal fees in divorce, but the courts still have a lot of discretion to order – or *not* order – legal fees to be paid. Unless a premarital agreement says otherwise, legal fees should be considered 'necessary.'" Media Contact: Amy Hunt, 

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