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January 1, 2004 Disciplinary Actions

first_img January 1, 2004 Regular News January 1, 2004 Disciplinary Actions The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders suspended 14 attorneys, reprimanded five, disbarred two, and accepted the resignation of two attorneys.The following lawyers are disciplined: Maldrick Elaine Bright, P.O. Box 3513, Milton, suspended by emergency order from practicing law in Florida until further court action, effective 30 days following an October 29 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1997) A review of Bright’s trust accounts revealed she misused and misappropriated client funds. (Case no. SC03-1847) Lois Charlyne Chatham, 517 Skyview Ave., Clearwater, disbarred effective immediately following an October 23 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1988) Among several Bar violations, Chatham failed to provide competent representation to a client; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client, and did not keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter; failed to make reasonable efforts to expedite litigation consistent with the interests of the client; violated rules regulating trust accounts; and did not respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel. (Case no. SC02-2720) Mark Charles Dabold, 5401 S. Kirkman Road, Ste. 310, Orlando, suspended from the practice of law in Florida for 91 days, effective immediately following an October 7 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1985) Dabold failed to comply with the conditions set forth in an August 22, 2002, court order placing him on suspension for 20 days, which required him to contact The Florida Bar’s Law Office Management Advisory Service (LOMAS) and undergo an office procedures and record-keeping analysis within 60 days. (Case no. SC03-728) Hugo Enrique Dorta, 1221 Brickell Ave., Miami, suspended by emergency order from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective immediately following an October 27 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1990) An investigation into Dorta’s trust account revealed he misused and misappropriated trust account funds. (Case no. SC03-1456) Marilyn Elizabeth Hafling, 11740 Currie Lane, Largo, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings with leave to seek readmission after five years, effective retroactive to January 3, following an October 9 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1992) Hafling allegedly failed to act with diligence and promptness in representing a client and allegedly failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter. She also did not respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel. (Case no. SC03-1227) Franklin Leroy Hileman II, 8464 S.W. 181st Terrace, Miami, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings with leave to seek readmission after five years, effective immediately following an October 9 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1987) Hileman was under investigation for allegations involving a returned trust account check, misuse of client funds, and failure to account for trust account funds. (Case no. SC03-997) John Alden James, Jr., 68 Main St., Andover, MA, reprimanded for professional misconduct, following an October 23 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1977) James violated rules involving declining or terminating representation; he failed to provide competent representation to a client and failed to act with reasonable diligence in representing his client in Massachusetts. (Case no. SC02-2300) Mark Heinz Januschewski, 639 E. Ocean Ave., Ste. 404, Boynton Beach, reprimanded for professional misconduct and further placed on probation for one year, following an October 23 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1998) Januschewski permitted a disbarred attorney, under his supervision, to have direct contact with clients; failed to file quarterly sworn information reports with The Florida Bar regarding the duties and performance of the disbarred attorney; and accepted responsibility for conduct on the part of the disbarred attorney that was in violation of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. (Case no. SC03-1279) Lijyasu Mahomet Kandekore, 160 N.W. 176th St., Ste. 302-4, Miami, permanently disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following an October 9 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1992) Kandekore continued to practice law in Florida after being disbarred by a previous court order. (Case no. SC00-2611) Robert A. Love, P.O. Box 55426, St. Petersburg, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 10 days, and as a condition of suspension, he will undergo an office procedures and record-keeping analysis under the direction of the Law Office Management Assistance Service (LOMAS) of The Florida Bar, effective 30 days following an October 2 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1979) Love failed to keep his client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and did not respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel. (Case no. SC03-925) Lazaro Jesus Mur, 720 S. Sapodilla Ave., West Palm Beach, reprimanded for professional misconduct, following an October 9 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1985) The return of a trust account check, and subsequent review into Mur’s bank records indicated that he was not in compliance with technical trust accounting rules and procedures. (Case no. SC03-1533) Jeffrey Alan Norkin, 8751 W. Broward Blvd., Ste. 307, Plantation, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a September 24 court order. Furthermore, Norkin is ordered to attend 30 hours of continuing legal education within 120 days, as approved by The Florida Bar. ( Admitted to practice: 1993) Norkin was disciplined by a federal jurisdiction; disrupted the courtroom during trial; and engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case no. SC02-854) Todd Norman Ostergard, 1512 W. Flagler St., Miami, suspended from practicing law for 90 days and must enter into a contract with Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., effective 30 days following an October 16 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1992) Ostergard committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer. (Case no. SC03-1688) Guillermo Enrique Pena, 1101 Brickell Ave., Miami, suspended by emergency order from practicing law in Florida until further court order, effective 30 days following a September 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1991) An audit of Pena’s trust accounts revealed that he misused and misappropriated funds. (Case no. SC03-1455) Jeffrey Craig Perlman, 28 W. Flagler St., Ste. 1011, Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida for three years until his civil rights have been restored, effective 30 days following an October 14 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1992) Perlman was convicted of two counts of issuing worthless checks, a felony, and was placed on probation for one year. (Case no. SC03-1195) Larry Eugene Rogers, 9237 S.W. 136th St., Miami, reprimanded for professional misconduct, following an October 9 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1971) Rogers failed to respond to correspondence and inquiries made by a client; and failed to properly provide diligent and prompt legal representation on the behalf of a client. (Case no. SC03-1607) Fabrianna Dilibero Schmidt, 1951 N.W. 39th Place, Gainesville, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following an October 3 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 2002) Schmidt was convicted of conspiracy to possess and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, consisting of Methylenedioxymethampheta-mine (MDMA) and more than five grams of cocaine, which are felonies, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison, to be followed by supervised release for five years. (Case no. SC03-1663) Jack Schrold, 5338 N.W. 117th Ave., Coral Springs, suspended from practicing law in Florida, following an October 24 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1993) Schrold was convicted of knowledge of the commission of conspiracy and wire fraud, a felony, and sentenced to two years probation. (Case no. SC03-1822) Felipe Sotolongo, 2777 S. Congress Ave., Palm Springs, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective retroactive to March 7, following an October 9 court order. Sotolongo is further placed on probation for three years and must enter into a contract with Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. ( Admitted to practice: 1978) Sotolongo failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; failed to keep his client reasonably informed about the status of a matter; did not take steps to protect his client’s interest upon termination of representation; and committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on a lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer. (Case no. SC02-853) Robert Leon Tankel, 1022 Main St., Ste. D, Dunedin, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 15 days, effective 30 days following a September 18 court order. Upon reinstatement, Tankel will be placed on probation for 18 months. ( Admitted to practice: 1982) Among several Bar violations, Tankel made a false statement of material fact or law to a third person while representing a client and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. (Case no. SC02-1120) Warren R. Trazenfield, 3225 Aviation Ave., Ste. 600, Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 10 days, effective 30 following a September 11 court order. Trazenfield will further be placed on probation for one year. ( Admitted to practice: 1981). Trazenfield engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case no. SC00-2571) Christopher Karl Ulinski, 1650 W. Market St., Ste. 23, Akron, OH, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following an October 28 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1994) Ulinski was convicted in Ohio of one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud, a felony. Ulinski was ordered to make restitution and was sentenced to two years probation, home confinement and electronic monitoring for six months. (Case no. SC03-1832) Gary H. Untracht, 401 Penns Way, Basking Ridge, N.J., suspended from practicing law in Florida for two years, effective retroactive to September 23, 2002, following an October 2 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1977) Untracht was disbarred in New Jersey after a random audit revealed misappropriation of trust account funds. (Case no. SC03-495) Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline.last_img read more

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Minister threatens to revoke licenses of ‘price gouging’ mask manufacturers

first_imgThe minister’s threat targets mask manufacturers that withhold the goods from distribution or produce low-quality masks for selling at marked-up prices to profiteer from the global emergency.Countries around the world are seeing an inordinately high demand for face masks that has led to skyrocketing prices following fears of a global pandemic of COVID-19.Read also: Kimia Farma puts in place mask and hand sanitizer rationing to ensure availabilityPanic buying over the past two days has caused a surge in the price of face masks, both online and offline. A box of masks is now selling for Rp 300,000 (US$21) on average – a whopping 15-fold increase (1,500 percent) from the usual Rp 20,000 per box. The government has bared its fangs at manufacturers, threatening to revoke the licenses of any that attempt to restrict distribution with an intent to cause artificial scarcity and hike the price of face masks. It is taking the measure in a bid to control prices as the supply of face masks in the country plummets amid unusually high demand during the global coronavirus outbreak.Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said on Thursday that the government would follow a three-step process in taking action against any manufacturers that attempt any unfair trade practices: a warning, followed by a sanction, and finally license revocation.”We will have to revoke their business licenses […] if they violate the trade and health laws,” Agus said, adding that while a portion of masks would be confiscated from the errant manufacturer’s stock as evidence, the rest would be distributed to fulfill domestic demand. “We urge [mask producers] to increase production and fulfill domestic needs first,” Agus said. “We are calling on producers not to export [masks].”Meanwhile, National Police Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) chief Insp. Gen. Listryo Sigit Prabowo said on Thursday that the department had made 30 arrests in 17 separate cases for allegedly hoarding masks and hand sanitizers.Bareskrim had also confiscated 822 boxes containing 61,550 masks and 138 boxes of hand sanitizers.The chief said that the Bareskrim team uncovered three of the alleged hoarding cases through Polda Metro Jaya (Jakarta metropolitan police), as well as two cases each in West Java and South Sulawesi and one case each in Central Java and the Riau Islands to total nine cases. They had also uncovered four other cases of alleged disinformation or hoaxes.”We will continue to monitor [the situation] alongside the Trade Ministry to ensure the availability of masks and basic needs,” Listyo said, adding that similar unethical business practices could violate the 2014 law on trade.Article 107 of the law prohibits any practice that intentionally withholds a certain volume of critical or basic goods over a certain period of time during times of scarcity.Read also: Police seize 350 boxes of face masks during raid on suspected hoarder in West JakartaAt a press conference on Monday, National Consumer Protection Agency (BPKN) chairman Ardiansyah Parman pointed out that violators of the law could face up to five years in prison or be fined a maximum Rp 50 billion (US$ 3.53 million).”Don’t try to [exploit] opportunities when the public is experiencing difficulty,” he said. “Empathize with them instead.”Topics :last_img read more