Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed works with Habitat for Humanity

first_img November 15, 2008 Regular News ATTORNEYS FROM LOWNDES, DROSDICK, DOSTER, KANTOR & REED in Orlando, in collaboration with Ferrell Wealth Management, took part in the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Team Build on Saturday, October 18. Among the participants were firm attorneys Matt Brenner, Quino Martinez, Jamie Walson, and Kim Hosley. Brenner is a member of the Habitat board of directors. Martinez is the current vice president and also serves as a member of the Habitat board of directors. Hosley is a member of the Family Selection Committee and Walson was the co-chair of the recent “Who Will Build It” breakfast fundraiser which raised approximately $75, 000 for the Habitat Orlando affiliate. Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed works with Habitat for Humanitylast_img

Studying The Science Behind Child Prodigies

first_imgNPR: Matt Haimovitz is 42 and a world-renowned cellist. He rushed into the classical music scene at age 10 after Itzhak Perlman, the famed violinist, heard him play.“By the time I was 12, 13 years old I was on the road playing with Israel Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and some of the great orchestras. So it was pretty meteoric,” Haimovitz says. “I grew up with a lot of classical music in the household. My mother is a pianist and took me to many concerts.”But nothing in his family history explains where Haimovitz got his extraordinary talent. And that’s typical, Ellen Winner, a psychology professor at Boston College who has studied prodigies, tells NPR’s David Greene.“People are fascinated by these children because they don’t understand where it came from. You will see parents who say, ‘I wasn’t like this; my husband wasn’t like this.’ It seems to sometimes just come out of the blue,” Winner says.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Personalized computer feedback can mitigate problem gambling behaviors

first_imgShare on Facebook Pinterest Email LinkedIn Sharecenter_img Share on Twitter More than 1.6 million college-aged adults meet the criteria for problem gambling. This can lead to difficulties at work, school or home, and with relationships, personal finances, and mental and physical health. Counseling for problem gamblers can be expensive and time consuming; a new study from the University of Missouri has found that college-aged adults who were diagnosed as problem gamblers significantly changed their behaviors after receiving personalized feedback from computers.“We don’t want to replace the one-on-one counseling work that is being done. This is another tool that could be very useful for gamblers who might not be interested in seeking personal counseling services, for counselors who are looking to supplement what they offer, or for college wellness centers who want to mitigate risky behavior before it gets worse,” said Matt Martens, professor of counseling psychology in the College of Education. “Typically, younger problem gamblers are not interested in seeking help. While their behavior might not be at a significant risk level yet, this tool would allow them to receive an assessment without talking directly to a counselor.”In the study, Martens identified 333 college-aged adults and, after determining the level of gambling for each individual, gave them one of three interventions. One group was provided with standard information about the effects of problem gambling; the second group was not provided with any information; the third group answered survey questions and was provided with individualized feedback from a computer based on their answers. Martens followed up with each group three months after the initial intervention and found that those who received the personalized feedback generated by the computer assessment tool experienced a significant decline in problem gambling behavior compared to the other two groups. Prior to the intervention, Martens asked study participants to describe their current gambling behaviors, which included how many times they gambled each week or month, how much money was wagered, how much money was lost, and what problems they experienced based on their gambling. Participants also were asked about the types of gambling games they played, including slot machines and games of skill such as golf or bowling. They also reported on how often they purchased lottery tickets, played cards for money, or wagered money on sports games.“At-risk gambling rates are particularly high in the college-age population, and these problem gamblers may not recognize that they are experiencing problems,” Martens said. “They may think that they are gambling at the same rate as their peers, when that’s really not the case. That’s where these types of programs can help because individuals receive an unbiased, personalized assessment that shows them the social norms of their gambling activity and how they compare.”Martens said this type of intervention could be used most effectively on college campuses at health centers or as a part of comprehensive wellness programs targeting students. Targeting those individuals who might be at a greater risk could help prevent them from developing behaviors that would have negative effects on the rest of their lives.Martens said that further research should be conducted to determine if this intervention is more effective with certain types of gambling behaviors, such as those individuals who only bet on games of skill compared to those who bet on games of chance.The study, “The Efficacy of a Personalized Feedback-Only Intervention for at-Risk College Gamblers,” will be published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Funding for the study was provided by the National Center for Responsible Gaming.last_img read more

Dengue vaccine may drop hospital risk in older kids but not younger

first_imgLong-term follow-up results in three large phase 2 and 3 trials suggest that an experimental dengue vaccine, CYD-TDV, lowers dengue-related hospitalization risk in older children but may increase the risk in younger ones, according to a report today in the New England Journal of Medicine.The report covers two phase 3 trials, one (CYD14) conducted in five countries in the Asia Pacific region and the other (CYD15) involving five Latin American countries. In addition, it includes children ages 4 through 11 years from a single-center phase 2b study (CYD23) in Thailand. The children all received three doses of the Sanofi Pasteur vaccine, at baseline, 6 months and 12 months. The vaccine covers all four dengue serotypes.The authors said the pooled efficacy for preventing symptomatic dengue infection in the first 25 months of the two international trials was 60.3% for all ages (95% confidence interval [CI], 55.7% to 64.5%), but efficacy was higher in children 9 years and older (65.6%) than in younger children (44.6%).Hospitalization data dissectedIn the new study, the researchers report the incidence of hospitalization for dengue in the third year of the international trials and years 3 and 4 of the Thai trial. They used hospitalization as a surrogate marker for disease severity to evaluate whether vaccinees have a predisposition to more severe illness.For the three trials combined, 65 of 22,177 participants in the vaccine group and 39 of 11,089 participants in the control group were hospitalized for severe dengue. For vaccinees, the overall relative risk of hospitalization was 0.84 (95% CI, 0.56 to 1.24), but the risk for those younger than 9 years was 1.58 (95% CI, 0.83 to 3.02), versus 0.50 (95% CI, 0.29 to 0.86) for those 9 and older.The team also found that during year 3, hospitalization for severe dengue, as defined by an independent monitoring committee, occurred in 18 of 22,177 participants in the vaccine group and 6 of 11,089 in the control group. All of the children recovered.Chance findings in younger set?In an accompanying editorial, Cameron P. Simmons, PhD, of the University of Melbourne writes that it is unknown whether the higher hospitalization rate in the younger children reflects a higher incidence of symptomatic infection in that group, because the surveillance was hospital-based only. He observed that the increased risk of hospitalization was most pronounced in children 2 to 5 years old.Simmons said the results could be chance findings. Alternatively, he wrote, they may suggest that the vaccine generates only transient immunity in some young children with no previous dengue exposure, with subsequent waning of antibodies predisposing them to infection that leads to hospitalization. The study authors note that a person’s second dengue infection can result in more severe illness than the first one.”A critical question,” Simmons wrote, “is whether the elevated risk of hospitalization for dengue that was observed in young recipients of CYD-TDV is a short-term or long-term phenomenon; potentially, booster doses of vaccine might be used to break the disease-risk profile.”See also: Jul 27 N Engl J Med reportJul 27 N Engl J Med editorialRelated Jan 9 CIDRAP News itemlast_img read more

News Scan for Jan 04, 2018

first_imgLA County reports first sexually transmitted Zika caseHealth officials in Los Angeles County today announced the area’s first sexually transmitted Zika case, which involves a male resident who traveled to Mexico and had Zika symptoms in early November and his female partner, who did not travel.In a statement today, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) said the woman had Zika symptoms that began after the man returned to Los Angeles County. The country routinely tests mosquitoes that can carry Zika virus. No cases transmitted by local mosquitoes have been reported in the county. Since 2015, 122 Zika cases have been reported in Los Angeles County, of which 121 were imported.Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, MD, MPH, the county’s interim health officer, said in the statement, “This case is a reminder to take precautions during sex or avoid sex if you or your partner have traveled to an area with risk of Zika.” The LACDPH said Zika transmission is still occurring in Mexico, other parts of Latin America, and other regions.Jan 4 LACDPH press release Philippines fines Sanofi over DengvaxiaToday the Philippines health secretary announced the country has fined the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur $2,000 and suspended use of the company’s Dengvaxia dengue vaccine.Health Secretary Francisco Duque cited violations on product registration and marketing of the controversial dengue vaccine, which has been linked to severe dengue infections in children.Last month, Sanofi said Dengvaxia should not be used in people without evidence of a prior dengue infection, as the vaccine may make subsequent infections with the flavivirus more severe. Since then, the Philippines has been mired in a public health crisis, as more than 700,000 school-age children have already received at least one dose of the trivalent vaccine.According to Reuters, the Filipino government spent 3.5 billion pesos ($70.2 million) for the Dengvaxia public immunization program in 2016 to reduce the 200,000 dengue cases reported in that country annually.Jan 3 Reuters story WHO prequalifies first typhoid vaccineThe World Health Organization (WHO) has prequalified the first conjugate vaccine for typhoid, Bharat Biotech’s Typbar-TCV, allowing United Nations (UN) agencies to procure and use it.In October, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization, which advises the WHO, said typhoid conjugate vaccines (TCVs) should be used for children over 6 months of age in typhoid-endemic countries. TCVs are long-lasting vaccines that can be incorporated into standard childhood immunization programs.SAGE also called for the introduction of TCVs in countries with the highest burden of typhoid disease or evidence of antibiotic resistance to Salmonella enterica serotypeTyphi, the bacterium that causes the disease. The WHO said use of the vaccine should reduce the use of antibiotics for treatment of presumed typhoid fever and limit antibiotic resistance in Salmonella Typhi.Typhoid can be a deadly infection transmitted by contaminated food and water. Globally, the WHO said there are between 11 million and 20 million cases and between about 128,000 and 161,000 typhoid deaths annually.Jan 3 WHO statement Trusting ‘complementary’ practitioners linked to poor vaccine uptakeA new survey of Australian parents shows that those who do not vaccinate their children are more likely to trust non-mainstream sources of medical information and advice, including complementary medicine (CM) practitioners.The results of the survey were published yesterday in Vaccine. A total of 429 parents of children ages 6 or older participated in the online survey. Approximately 12.9% of participants reported taking their children to a complimentary medical practitioner, including chiropractor or herbalist, in the previous 12 months. Children were much less likely to be vaccinated if their parents had been influenced by a complementary medicine practitioner (odds ratio [OR], 0.03) or had visited a CM-practitioner (OR, 0.09) in the previous year. In contrast, children were much more likely to have been vaccinated if they had visited a pediatrician within the previous year (OR, 5.01).The fast majority of parents in the study, 93.5%, reported that their child’s immunizations were up to date, and more than 78% said they followed advice on vaccines from pediatricians.”Concerns about pharmaceutical medicine safety and post-modern beliefs (e.g., rejection of authority) can be associated with CM use,” the authors concluded. “These beliefs may translate to vaccine-hesitancy, and parents may trust advice from a CM-practitioner about vaccination if they value this form of health care more broadly.”Jan 3 Vaccine study  Real-time C diff notification reduces time to effective therapy, study findsImplementation of a real-time notification system to alert a pharmacist-led antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in patients reduced the time to effective antimicrobial therapy, a team of pharmacists reported yesterday in the American Journal of Infection Control.The single-center, retrospective cohort study was conducted at a 433-bed tertiary medical center in Lexington, Kentucky, and consisted of two arms: patients treated for CDI prior to implementation of a real-time notification system for CDI, and those treated post-implementation. The system notified the pharmacist-led ASP team via a secure listserv when toxigenic strains of C difficile were detected in the microbiologic laboratory. The pharmacists then notified the patient’s healthcare provider to ensure that effective antimicrobial therapy and contact precautions were initiated.The primary outcome of the study was time to initiation of effective antimicrobial therapy. Secondary outcomes included time to enter an order of effective antimicrobial therapy in the electronic medical record and time to initiate contact precautions.The total number of patients in the study was 66: 44 in the pre-implementation cohort and 22 in the post-implementation cohort. Comparison of the two study arms showed that the median time from CDI detection to initiation of effective antimicrobial therapy fell from 5.75 hours in the pre-implementation patients to 2.05 hours post-implementation. The notification system also resulted in a shorter time from CDI detection to order entry of effective antimicrobial therapy—0.6 hours compared with 3 hours. In addition, median time to contact precautions dropped from 4.8 hours to 9 minutes.The authors of the study say further research is needed to investigate the clinical impact of these outcomes on hospital length-of-stay, mortality, incidence of CDI, and total costs.Jan 3 Am J Infect Control abstractlast_img read more

Truck-Lite Announces Executive Appointments

first_imgFALCONER, NY — Truck-Lite, a producer of lighting, wiring harnesses, mirrors, turn signal switches and safety accessories for the heavy duty truck, trailer and commercial vehicle industries, has announced several executive appointments this week. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Tim Walker, formerly senior vice president of worldwide sales for Truck-Lite, has been named executive vice president, sales, for Europe and Asia. In this role, Walker will be responsible for coordinating sales activities of Truck-Lite’s operations in Birmingham, England; Flexible Lamps in Harlow, England; and FER in Eisenach, Germany. In addition, he will drive new sales initiatives for Truck-Lite throughout Asia, with special emphasis on commercial vehicle market opportunities in China and Japan. Walker began his career with Truck-Lite in 1979, and advanced to the position of vice president, sales and marketing in 1984. He has since taken on many roles for Truck-Lite and has been active in many key industry associations including, TMC, CFS, HDDC, TWNA and CVSN. He is a member of the Heavy Duty Business Forum, the Overseas Automotive Council and a past chairman of the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association. Walker is a graduate of Northwestern University and of the American Graduate School of International Management, Thunderbird. Truck-Lite also announced today John Howells has been named vice president of sales the Americas. Howells began his career with Truck-Lite in 1995 as a regional sales manager in the Chicago area. He has since taken on the roles of OE sales manager for both truck and trailer markets, area sales director and more recently held the position of national sales director focusing on Truck-Lite’s aftermarket sales and national fleet activities. In this new role, Howells will be responsible for OE, aftermarket and fleet activities, coordinating customer driven sales efforts for all of North America, South America and Canada. Advertisement Howells graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor of business administration degree with magna cum laude honors. Howells has been active in many key industry associations including, TMC, CFS, HDDC and CVSN. He will report directly to Brian Kupchella, president of Truck-Lite, and will reside in the Western New York area close to Truck-Lite headquarters. In addition, Daniel McCann has joined Truck-Lite’s Sales Team as its new national sales director for North America. McCann has more than 30 years experience in global sales and marketing of products similar to Truck-Lite for the commercial vehicle industry. McCann will be adding value to sales activities directed towards the U.S. and Canada and will reside near Truck-Lite’s headquarters. McCann has been active in many key industry associations including Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, Transportation Safety Equipment Institute and the Council of Fleet Specialists. He will report directly to John Howells.last_img read more

Praxair starts-up Tennessee ASU

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Germany: Lars Rytter Named COO at REpower

first_imgAs of 1 August, Lars Rytter has taken over as Chief Operating Officer at REpower. In his new role, Rytter will be able to make an important contribution to REpower’s programme for the future.With this programme, the Company’s plans include realizing significant savings in the areas of purchasing, production and manufacturing. The Dane is no stranger to REpower; he was responsible for the areas of production, purchasing and logistics at REpower in his role as Chief Supply Chain Officer from 1 April 2008 until 30 September 2010. Andreas Nauen, CEO of REpower Systems SE, said: “Lars Rytter knows our company well and has started as COO without needing any induction time. In his previous roles he successfully realigned purchasing activities.”The REpower Executive Board will be completed on 12 August: Russell Stoddart will start as CTO. From 2009 until 2012 the Brit was responsible for global engineering at Vestas Wind Systems. Russell Stoddart joins REpower from BorgWarner, the international automotive company based in North Carolina, USA, where he was Vice President – Engineering and Sales. Tulsi Tanti, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, said: “I am extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Russell Stoddart as the new Chief Technology Officer of REpower. His experience and engineering pedigree speak for themselves and I know that he will make a significant contribution at REpower. We are also delighted to welcome Lars Rytter back to the Company as Chief Operating Officer. These appointments further enhance our strong Executive Board team, and we wish them luck in their new roles.”The new Management Board of REpower Systems GmbH has also been set up: Hendrik Böschen succeeds Kyriakos Kosmidis, who left the company on 31 July 2013. In November 2011, Hendrik Böschen took up the position of Head of Sales for Poland, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic at REpower Systems GmbH. Kai Froböse remains Commercial Managing Director of REpower Systems GmbH. Kai Froböse is responsible for Project Management, Service, Finance & Controlling. Hendrik Böschen will oversee Sales and Lifecycle Engineering. CEO Andreas Nauen said: “We are pleased that, with the reinforcement taken from our own ranks, we are ensuring a more intensive market focus for the countries of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland and the Czech Republic.”[mappress]Press release, August 19, 2013; Image: repowerlast_img read more


first_img Nicholas Vineall QC (instructed by Wikborg Rein LLP) for the claimant; Christopher Hancock QC and Malcolm Jarvis (instructed by Akin Gump LLP) for the defendants. In August 1995, P 36, a semi-submersible oil production platform (the vessel) was delivered to her owners. However, the owners were unable to employ the vessel and they accordingly allowed a company, Maritima, to negotiate a sale to a third party. Much of Maritima’s work was undertaken for the first defendant, ‘Petrobras’, the Brazilian state petroleum company. Negotiations began in 1996 between the parties with a view to creating a scheme to upgrade the vessel and deploy it in the South Marlim oil field, off the coast of Brazil. The specification which was finally submitted (the South Marlim GTS) was subsequently amended. The amendments were set out in a document called ‘Annex X’. The South Marlim GTS was a generic specification applicable to all Petrobras production platforms to be used in South Marlim. At meetings between Maritima and Petrobras in July 1996, a possible deviation for gas compression was discussed. In the event, a modified gas compression system was approved (the compression deviation) (see [40] of the judgment). A memorandum of agreement (the MOA) was signed in November 1996 between Maritima and Petrobras. The agreement contemplated that Maritima would acquire the vessel with a view to upgrading it and transferring title to the second defendant, ‘Brasoil’, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petrobras, under a 12-year bareboat charter with a purchase option at the end of the period. Brasoil would in turn make the vessel available for use by Petrobras under a bareboat charter. Towards the end of 1996, however, a very large new oilfield, subsequently known as the Roncador field, was discovered. Petrobras wished to bring the new field into production before the Brazilian state monopoly was ended and thus a new proposal emerged to put the vessel into service at Roncador. It transpired that substantial changes would need to be made to the design of the upgraded platform for use at Roncador owing to the different conditions there. The financing of the project involved a number of different bodies and a complex contractual structure. Essentially, the parties comprised Maritima and the first claimant, Petromec, its contracting party, on the one hand; and Petrobras and Brasoil on the other. In August 1998, the parties entered into a supervision agreement. Clause 12.1 of that agreement provided that: ‘In consideration of Petromec’s agreement to upgrade the Vessel in accordance with the Amended Specification Brasoil agrees to pay to Petromec an amount equal to the reasonable extra cost (if any) to Petromec of Upgrading the Vessel in accordance with the Amended Specification over and above the cost that Petromec might reasonably have incurred in Upgrading the Vessel in accordance with the Original Specification.’ Discussions continued as to the funding for the additional costs generated by the Roncandor variation. In the event, the vessel was released to Petrobras to leave its berth in the St Lawrence river and be dry towed to Brazil. Petromec issued proceedings to recover the balance of the amount which it claimed was due in respect of the additional costs generated by the Roncador project pursuant to clause 12.1 of the supervision agreement. Brasoil and Petrobras made a claim for damages for delay in the completion of the upgrade. It was agreed that the compression deviation represented the finally agreed Annex X deviation in respect of the compression system for the purpose of clause 12.1 of the supervision agreement. The court ordered the trial of preliminary issues, including the legal effect of the MOA. On 2 February 2004, the court made rulings on the preliminary issues (see [2004] All ER (D) 10 (Feb)). Amongst the rulings made was that ‘cost’ in clause 12.1 of the supervision agreement did not include a profit element but conferred an entitlement on Petromec to recover not only the direct costs but also the whole of the additional costs, including financing costs, incurred as a result of the change in the nature of the project. That ruling was upheld by the Court of Appeal on 15 July 2005 (see [2005] All ER (D) 209 (Jul)). On 16 June, Petromec’s claim that statements made by Petrobras during an attempt to agree a global payment approach to the notional South Marlim costs had been made fraudulently were dismissed (see [2006] All ER (D) 184 (Jun)). Further preliminary issues arose arising out of Petromec’s revised particulars of claim formulated in the light of the various judgments. The preliminary issues included first, the meaning and effect of the provision in Appendix B of the supervision agreement in relation to how the cost that Petromec might reasonably have incurred in upgrading the vessel was to be assessed with regard to the gas compression system (see [18] of the judgment). That issue raised the further question as to whether any further costs that would arise out of Petrobras’ compression systems’ specification, such as additional deck space and gas processing equipment, were allocated by the compression deviation to Petrobras’ account rather than to Petromec’s account. Secondly, whether Petromec was expected to install a spider deck similar to that installed for Roncador or could Petromec have utilised ‘risers’ (conduits that moved the fluids and services vertically between a floating production facility projecting above the sea surface and the sea-bed) (see [66] of the judgment). The court ruled: (1) It was well established that in construing any contractual provision, the object of the court was to give effect to what the contracting parties had intended. To ascertain the intention of the parties the court had to read the terms of the contract as a whole, giving the words used their natural and ordinary meaning in the context of the agreement, the parties’ relationship and all the relevant facts surrounding the transaction so far as known to the parties. To ascertain the parties’ intentions the court did not inquire into the parties’ subjective states of mind but made an objective judgment based on the materials already identified (see [47] of the judgment). The question posed in the first issue was one of contractual construction. In the instant case, the compression deviation was intended to operate as a cost allocation provision. The meaning and effect of the compression deviation when construed against the relevant background was that, apart from Petromec having to supply the existing compressor and one new 2,000,000 m3/d gas compression train, the whole of the cost of acquiring, installing and accommodating such further compression systems, including additional deck space and processing equipment, as might be specified by Petrobras to meet its compression requirement of 6 million m3/d, was for Petrobras’ account (see [46], [59], [60] of the judgment). Investors Compensation Scheme Ltd v West Bromwich Building Society [1999] All ER (D) 23 applied; BCCI SA (in liquidation) v Ali [2006] All ER (D) 153 (Jul) applied. (2) In the instant case, Petromec could not reasonably have had to install a spider deck, the same as or similar to that installed for Roncador. Instead, Petromec could reasonably have used the central caisson for the attachment of 52 risers with the remaining 46 being wet-attached to the pontoons (see [99] of the judgment). Petromec Inc v Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. Petrobras and another company: Queen’s Bench Division, Commercial Court (Mr Justice Field): 17 November 2011 Construction – Contractual term – Commercial senselast_img read more

Ex-client pursued for £1,800 costs years after halting RTA claim

first_imgA former client of a collapsed firm who discontinued a personal injury claim five years ago has described how he has been threatened with court action if he does not repay costs.Postal worker Kelvin Tate acted as a litigation friend for his daughter in the RTA claim, but opted to discontinue because he did not feel anyone was sufficiently injured to make it worth pursuing.Some five years on, with his representatives JC & A Solicitors having entered administration, he was sent a demand by a costs recovery outfit asking for a £1,800 payment. As reported by the Gazette, Vertill Ltd has been instructed by JCA administrators Leonard Curtis to claw back money from ex-clients who had signed conditional fee agreements but had not proceeded with the claim.Vertill says Tate signed the CFA in March 2015 and discontinued the claim in June 2015, leaving him liable to pay JCA’s basic charges and disbursements. The company has threatened Tate with court proceedings if he does not pay.A bill of costs produced by JCA shows the firm, based in Southport, charged hourly rates of £250 for litigation executives and costs draftsmen. It billed £125 for a litigation executive to send five letters; £275 for a litigation executive to prepare documents; and £500 for a costs draftsman to prepare the bill of costs. Total profit costs were set at £1,225 from the low-value claim. Kelvin Tate acted as a litigation friend for his daughter in the RTA claimTate says he felt ‘trapped’ into pursuing the claim after being contacted by a claims management company which then passed on his details to JCA.After signing the CFA, he chose to discontinue the claim because he felt it was unmeritorious.Tate told the Gazette: ‘I had totally forgotten about it since then until an email appeared earlier this year. I couldn’t even remember the incident at first and thought it was a scam.’Vertill has told him that if payment is not forthcoming later this month then it will begin court action to recover it, inclusive of court costs and interest. The company has offered to halve the debt if he pays in full, with a smaller reduction if he enters a payment plan. Tate claims that numerous correspondence since asking for clarifications has been ignored.Some 3,000 requests for costs payment were made to ex-clients by JCA in the months leading up to its administration, with around 800 agreeing to pay. A number of complaints were lodged with the SRA, although there is no suggestion JCA acted improperly.Since the administration, Vertill has recovered around £38,000 in wasted costs from discontinued claims.In a statement, Vertill said: ‘Any law firm, or administrator of a law firm, that has engaged a client under a CFA is legitimately entitled to seek to recover it costs and disbursements where the client has breached the terms of the CFA and as a result the claim is unable to proceed.  ‘A bill of costs can only be raised where there has been a breach of the terms of the CFA by the client. It is done so in accordance with the terms of the CFA and is subject to limitation rules.‘An administrator is duty bound to obtain good value for the assets of a company for the benefit of its creditors. For the avoidance of doubt a bill of costs is only raised where there has been a breach of the terms of the CFA by the client.’ Comments on this article have now been closed.last_img read more