By: F|G Marketing / Date: 26, May 2018

Paul Flannery Interviewed About Cyber Attacks and their Threats to Business

Paul was interviewed by Crain's Cleveland Business Magazine regarding the threat that cyberattacks pose to businesses, especially small and mid-size businesses. "A lot of these people should've never been victimized," Flannery said. "But the overwhelming theme among all the victims was that they had no idea this was out there." Read the full article here.

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 16, February 2018

Paul Flannery Interviewed by Fox 8 News Regarding Subpoenas Issued to Cuyahoga County Investigators

Paul was interviewed by Fox 8 News reporter Matt Wright regarding subpoenas issued to Cuyahoga County by county investigators. Read the full article here.

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 01, February 2018

Collin v. Comm’r of Soc. Sec., No. 17-3733 (KETHLEDGE, Sutton, Larsen).

Collin v. Comm’r of Soc. Sec., No. 17-3733 (KETHLEDGE, Sutton, Larsen). Plaintiff filed a petition for mandamus asking the district court to order the Commissioner of Social Security to pay a lump-sum payment to her for monies allegedly owed to her because the Commissioner had mistakenly stopped garnishing the pay of Plaintiff’s ex-husband. The district court granted the Commissioner’s motion to dismiss, finding that Plaintiff’s request was one for “money damages,” as to which the United States was immune from… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 31, January 2018

In re Black, No. 17-2147 (Guy, Daughtrey, Sutton) (PER CURIAM)

In re Black, No. 17-2147 (Guy, Daughtrey, Sutton) (PER CURIAM). Black was convicted on drug charges, and the district court sentenced him to an effective term of life in prison. Black sought relief under § 2255, and the district court denied the motion to vacate and refused to issue a certificate of appealability. Black then filed a motion under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b), seeking relief from the order denying his § 2255 motion. He argued, among other things,… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 29, January 2018

Biestek v. Comm’r of Soc. Sec., No. 17-1459 (COOK, Clay, White).

Biestek v. Comm’r of Soc. Sec., No. 17-1459 (COOK, Clay, White). Plaintiff argues that an Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration incorrectly found that he was not disabled for a period of time that he claimed he should be entitled to disability benefits. The district court rejected his claims, and he appealed. The Sixth Circuit affirmed. In evaluating Plaintiff’s appeal, the Court noted that the Sixth Circuit had not yet squarely addressed the extent to which vocational experts… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 26, January 2018

Smith v. Comm’r of Soc. Sec., No. 17-5809 (MERRITT, Griffin, Donald).

Smith v. Comm’r of Soc. Sec., No. 17-5809 (MERRITT, Griffin, Donald). When a Social Security Administration Administrative Law Judge issued an unfavorable decision on Plaintiff’s application for disability benefits, Plaintiff had sixty days to file an appeal. Plaintiff’s attorney claimed he timely mailed a request for review of the decision, but the Appeals Council did not receive the request until four months after the time for appeal had expired. When the Appeals Council denied the request for untimeliness, Plaintiff filed… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 24, January 2018

Christ Georgalis Receives Director's Award for Superior Performance in Criminal Matters

Chris was awarded one of the highest honors in the Department of Justice, the Director's Award for Superior Performance in Criminal Matters, for his work as lead prosecutor in the national security matter United States v. Terrence McNeil. This case involved novel issues related to McNeil's use of social media in support of a terrorist organization and it has served as a model for several successful prosecutions of national security threats since it was charged.

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 08, January 2018

Downs v. United States, No. 16-5368 (KETHLEDGE, Suhrheinrich, Griffin).

Downs v. United States, No. 16-5368 (KETHLEDGE, Suhrheinrich, Griffin). In 2010, Petitioner pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine. On August 2, 2010, the district court orally pronounced a sentence of ten years’ imprisonment for Petitioner, the mandatory-minimum sentence for that crime at the time, and entered its judgment on August 16, 2010. The day after the sentencing hearing, the President signed the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the mandatory-minimum for the crime Petitioner… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 04, January 2018

Stimmel v. Sessions, et al., No. 15-4196 (GRIFFIN, White, Boggs).

Stimmel v. Sessions, et al., No. 15-4196 (GRIFFIN, White, Boggs). The plaintiff challenged a federal firearm statute—18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9)—that prevents people who have been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from possessing firearms, arguing that the statute unconstitutionally burdens the plaintiff’s Second Amendment rights. The district court dismissed the plaintiff's complaint, and he appealed. The Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal, with the majority assuming, without deciding, that a domestic violence misdemeanant has Second Amendment rights to some degree, and then… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 04, January 2018

Allied Constr. Indus. v. City of Cincinnati, et al., Nos. 16-4248/4249 (BOGGS, Batchelder, Kathledge).

Allied Constr. Indus. v. City of Cincinnati, et al., Nos. 16-4248/4249 (BOGGS, Batchelder, Kathledge). The plaintiff challenged a Cincinnati ordinance—related to how the city is to select the “lowest and best bidder” on Department of Sewers projects—as preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”). The ordinance provisions (1) require each bidder to certify whether it provides or contributes to a healthcare plan and an employee pension or retirement program for its employees; (2) require each bidder… Read more