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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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Kidnapping victim sues University of Rochester (access required)

A former University of Rochester student who was kidnapped and tortured in 2015 has filed a federal lawsuit against the school claiming officials failed to take actions that might have prevented the crime. Nicholas Kollias and Ani Okeke Ewo were ...

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RIT settles discrimination suit (access required)

Rochester Institute of Technology has settled a discrimination lawsuit filed by two African-American women in 2012. RIT made a monetary payment to the women, but details of the settlement were not disclosed, said attorney Prathima Reddy, who represented the plaintiffs. ...

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‘Lawyer for the little guy’ (access required)

Look closely into almost any major social justice issue facing the Rochester community during the past four decades and one name will pop up again and again — Bryan D. Hetherington. As he approaches retirement in the fall, the Empire ...

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Third 5LINX defendant pleads guilty (access required)

A third and final defendant in the 5LINX fraud case has pleaded guilty. On Monday, Jason Guck, 43, of Victor, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and filing a false tax return before U.S. District Court Judge David G. ...

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Freedom Village loses unpaid wages appeal (access required)

Freedom Village USA, the Yates County facility for troubled youths, has lost an appeal of a state Labor Department claim that the organization owes more than $1.5 million in unpaid wages. The state Board of Industrial Appeals on June 6 ...

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Hard work can overcome bias in legal industry

This article was featured in RBJ’s Path to Excellence magazine published June 22, 2018. Jacqueline Phipps Polito, a partner at Littler Mendelson PC, was inspired to become a lawyer by the attorney who helped her family after they were involved ...

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5LINX defendant considering plea offer (access required)

Another defendant in the 5 LINX fraud case is considering a plea agreement offered by federal prosecutors. Jeb Tyler, a former 5 LINX vice president, is scheduled to be in U.S. District Court on Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate David G. ...

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John G. Roman named CIO at Bonadio Group (access required)

John G. Roman Jr. has been named CIO of the Bonadio Group. Roman will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of IT services including management, operations, security and strategic planning. Roman Roman’s experience includes more than a decade at Nixon Peabody’s Rochester ...

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ACT Rochester leader Ann Johnson takes an analytical approach (access required)

Ann Johnson’s experience has shown her there are two factors crucial to getting others to make a decision. For Johnson, a position built on a foundation of solid data, coupled with persistence, is key to change. “Throughout my career I’ve ...

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UR sued over retirement plan fees (access required)

A federal class-action lawsuit has been filed against the University of Rochester on behalf of more than 36,000 employees claiming they paid millions of dollars too much in fees for their retirement plan. The Pittsburgh law firm of Carlson Lynch ...

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Most businesses would be wise to include an attorney on the team (access required)

Most people are probably capable of changing the oil in their car or replacing the spark plugs, but they might be hard-pressed to replace the transmission or overhaul the engine. Likewise, many business owners can handle simple permit applications or ...

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