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Faraci Lange celebrates 50 years (access required)

As he marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Faraci Lange Attorneys, co-founder Angelo Faraci explained that his focus on personal injury cases was borne out of necessity, rather than any carefully planned career decision. Since graduating from Albany ...

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Harris Beach PLLC names new managing partner (access required)

Heidi Schult Gregory, leader of the health care industry team at Harris Beach PLLC, is the firm’s new managing partner for the Rochester office. She replaces Phillip G. Spellane, who was managing partner for four years. Spellane now will continue ...

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In Optimax, Mandina and Plympton formed a winning team

Optimax Systems Inc. President Michael Mandina and CEO Rick Plympton lead the nation’s largest prototype optics manufacturer. They supply precision optical components, such as semi-conductors, aerospace, and medical instruments for the military and industry in the United States and overseas. ...

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Astacio removed from city bench (access required)

The New York State Court of Appeals has removed Rochester City Court Judge Leticia D. Astacio from the bench. The state Commission on Judicial Conduct, in April, recommended her removal for six charges of misconduct and Astacio appealed to the ...

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Kent Gardner, chief economist at the Center for Governmental Research

Gardner discusses the history and operation of CGR and his take on some current local and national issues. Subscribe to our podcast for free! Get the latest episodes of the RBJ BizCast instantly when you subscribe for free using Google Play or Stitcher! ...

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Rami Katz a master at helping businesses begin (access required)

When Rami Katz came to Rochester in 2001 to get an MBA, he never dreamed he would still be here almost 18 years later. But the chief operating office of Excell Partners Inc., a venture capital fund affiliated with the ...

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To stay competitive, law firms maintain technological edge (access required)

Now that the legal marketplace has spent at least a decade in the digital age, the next challenge is to keep pace with the evolving technical landscape. E-discovery and sophisticated presentation tools and software have become commonplace in many courtrooms ...

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HairZoo files for bankruptcy (access required)

HairZoo, the styling salon business that operates 10 locations in the Rochester area, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and plans to close at three locations in the next 30 to 60 days. The company started in 1975 by Gary ...

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Smash It Sports accused of trademark infringement (access required)

A national sporting goods retailer based in Chili is being sued by high-end eyewear maker Oakley Inc. for allegedly selling counterfeit Oakley products. “Products bearing the Oakley marks were obtained from defendant and have been examined and confirmed counterfeit by ...

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Beauty pageant defendants deny lawsuit claims (access required)

The defendants in a lawsuit over control of several beauty pageants say a federal complaint filed Monday is baseless. In a statement emailed Friday, defendants Stephanie Williams, Crown Garland and Cosmos International Pageants wrote that: “The allegations in the complaint ...

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Beauty pageant operator sues to regain control (access required)

A Rochester woman who operates several beauty pageants is suing a Virginia company for trademark infringement and numerous other claims. Rochester-based Mrs. United States National Pageant Inc. filed the suit Monday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of ...

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Orleans County farm operation sued by employees (access required)

A group of migrant farmworkers has filed a class-action lawsuit against an Orleans County company claiming they were underpaid and forced to live in deplorable conditions. The named plaintiffs include: Armando Cardenas and Jose F. Cardenas, from St. Joseph County, ...

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Arline Santiago named Hispanic Business Person of the Year (access required)

The Rochester Hispanic Business Association (RHBA), a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, has named Arline Santiago its 2018 Hispanic Business Person of the Year. Santiago is senior vice president, general counsel, and legal director at ESL Federal Credit Union. ...

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Morgan Management fraud case involves millions of pieces of evidence (access required)

Federal prosecutors handling a fraud case involving Morgan Management employees and business associates got more time to share evidence with the defense, but not as much time as they requested. After a discussion in court on Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge ...

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