Santa Clara County Judge Awards Nearly $1.6M in Interest and Costs Following an Almost $7M Verdict

Attorney Timothy McMahon

With $1.6M in interest and costs added by the court's post-trial order, the judgment now exceeds $8.5M, and interest continues to accrue at $60K/month.

SAN JOSE, CA, UNITED STATES, February 16, 2018 / — The San Jose, California personal injury law firm of Corsiglia McMahon & Allard has announced that a Santa Clara County judge has awarded an additional $1,600,000 in interest and costs on top of an almost $7,000,000 jury verdict, because the defense rejected a settlement offer in 2016 for an amount that was one-third of the jury's verdict. Interest of approximately $60,000 per month will continue to accrue until the judgment is satisfied. Attorney Timothy McMahon represented the injured plaintiff, 48-year-old Malte Selck, in Selck v. Tran, Santa Clara County Case No. 113CV246033. Mr. McMahon states that GEICO, the defendant’s insurer, that refused an earlier offer to settle for the policy limit of $100,000.00, is liable for the full amount of the judgment, including interests and costs. Mr. McMahon asserts that although GEICO had the right to settle or resolve the case at any point in the litigation process, it refused to pay its $100,000.00 policy limit when the limit was requested by Mr. Selck in writing early on, then rejected settlement offers on several occasions thereafter.

On January 29, 2018, GEICO's attorney sent Mr. McMahon a letter claiming that he and his firm had "disparaged" the insurance giant in making a public statement on Dec 7th 2017 about the verdict and trial result including a specific reference to the claim that GEICO was responsible for an additional $3,100,000.00 in prejudgment interest and costs. GEICO claimed that $3,100,000.00 had not been awarded and that it was not responsible for payment in any event. Mr. McMahon reports that, Plaintiff’s claim for pre-judgment interest and expert costs was actually $2,851,000.00 (not $3,100,000 as originally referenced) and subject to the court's ruling on a post-trial motion. According to Mr. McMahon, following the hearing on February 2, 2018, the court awarded almost $1,600,000.00 in interest and costs, with post-judgment interest accruing. He advises that since the date of the verdict, approximately $120,000.00 in additional interest has accrued.

Mr. McMahon reports that GEICO's attorney also stated that it was not a party to the litigation but thought the prior public statement about the verdict gave that impression. According to Mr. McMahon, "GEICO was not a defendant, however, GEICO was central to the defense of the litigation. GEICO is the defendant's auto insurance carrier, and as such, it both selected and paid for the defense attorneys, and paid all defense experts. In fact, the original defense attorney selected by GEICO was a GEICO employee." Mr. McMahon states that GEICO had the right to settle or resolve the case at any point in the litigation process, and that in 2016, when offers to settle exceeded the defendant’s policy limit, GEICO refused to provide independent counsel for the defendant, to advise her concerning potential exposure of personal assets. Moreover, according to plaintiff's counsel, it ignored Mr. McMahon’s February 25, 2016 written offer to pay for the defendant's consultation with an independent attorney to advise her concerning protection of her interests.

Timothy McMahon
Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire

ICT Investment in Insurance by Current & Upcoming Trends, 2022

ICT Investment in Insurance

PUNE, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA, February 16, 2018 / — ICT Investment in Insurance

Wiseguyreports.Com add “ICT Investment Trends in Insurance: Disruptions in the insurance technology domain nurture ICT investments” To Its Research Database.

"ICT Investment Trends in Insurance", report presents the findings from a survey of 177 insurers regarding their Information & Communications Technology (ICT) investment trends. The survey investigates how insurers currently allocate their ICT budgets across the core areas of enterprise ICT expenditure: hardware, software, IT services, communications, and consulting.

The report illustrates the core technologies that enterprises are investing in, including business intelligence, green IT & virtualization, IoT, and cloud computing. The survey also highlights the approach to purchasing technology adopted by media companies. The report focuses on insurance companies’ ICT expenditure trends for specific business areas and technologies, identifying the top three IT projects, and understanding the primary objectives of various systems components.

Request a Sample Report @


Top Companies mentioned













Amazon Web Services


Major Highlight of the report:

Allocation across the core elements of IT spend, including hardware, software, services, communications, and consulting.

Distribution of ICT money in areas such as the networks, applications, service desk, and data centers 
Which ICT functions insurers are interested in outsourcing.

 Insurers’ investment priorities based on their budget allocations across core technology categories such as business intelligence, green IT & virtualization, IoT, and cloud computing

Factors that are influencing insurers’ investments in each technology category 

How insurers’ IT budgets are currently allocated across various segments within a technology category

Insurers’ distribution of their ICT budget across various segments within a technology category 

Vendor satisfaction ratings for various core and advanced technology categories 

Insight into insurers’ preferred buying approaches

Business objectives that insurers are looking to achieve through their IT investment strategies 

Factors that are influencing insurers’ decisions to select an ICT provider.


– Cloud computing services are witnessing an increased interest from insurers primarily driven by the benefits of high scalability, flexibility, cost reduction, and reliable business continuity plans. 
– IoT has emerged as the next ground-breaking technology segment and insurers are inclined towards investing in this domain. 
– The report survey results reveal that insurers value ‘survival’ to be an important factor guiding their IT investment strategies, while ‘expertise in industry’ is their primary preference criterion for choosing ICT vendors.


For Detailed Reading Please visit @

About Us

Wise Guy Reports is part of the Wise Guy Consultants Pvt. Ltd. and offers premium progressive statistical surveying, market research reports, analysis & forecast data for industries and governments around the globe. Wise Guy Reports understand how essential statistical surveying information is for your organization or association. Therefore, we have associated with the top publishers and research firms all specialized in specific domains, ensuring you will receive the most reliable and up to date research data available.

Contact Us:


Partner Relations & Marketing Manager

Ph: +1-646-845-9349 (US)

Ph: +44 208 133 9349 (UK)

Norah Trent
+1 646 845 9349 / +44 208 133 9349
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire

Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Offers A US Navy Veteran in Louisiana With Mesothelioma Vital Tips to Ensure They Hire the Nation’s Most Skilled Attorneys for Better Compensation Results

Call us at 866-714-0303 so you have direct access to some of the nations most experienced fulltime mesothelioma attorneys, who have a track record of getting top compensation results for Navy Veterans”

— Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, February 16, 2018 / — The Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “Our number one goal is making certain a US Navy Veteran in Louisiana receives the very best possible financial compensation settlement if they have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. As we would like to discuss anytime with a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma in Louisiana or their family if they would call us at 800-714-0303-if you do not have the nation’s top mesothelioma attorneys-you will not get the best possible mesothelioma financial compensation settlement as we would like to explain and contrary to Internet ads a lawsuit is probably going to be required.” http://Louisiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

“There are no navy bases in Louisiana for US Navy ships. A US navy Veteran in Louisiana with mesothelioma was probably exposed to asbestos on a ship at a navy base or shipyard located in California, Virginia, Connecticut, Washington, Georgia, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Maine, South Carolina and or possibly Florida. The reason we place such a high priority on a US Navy Veteran hiring some of the nation’s most skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorneys to help them with their financial compensation claim is simple-the more qualified the attorney-typically the better the mesothelioma financial compensation for the US Navy Veteran or their family.

“If we had two incredibly important tips for a US Navy Veteran in Louisiana who has been recently diagnosed with mesothelioma they would be call us at 866-714-0303 so at a minimum you have direct access to some of the nations most experienced and capable fulltime mesothelioma attorneys, who have a track record of getting top compensation results for Navy Veterans with this rare cancer. Our other tip would be please do not hire a New Orleans car accident attorney for a mesothelioma compensation claim.” http://Louisiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center wants to emphasize there is a statewide initiative available to a diagnosed victim anywhere in Louisiana including communities such as New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Kenner, Bossier City, Monroe.

When it comes to treatment options for mesothelioma in Louisiana the Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center strongly encourages diagnosed victims to contact the following cancer treatment centers in Louisiana, and in Texas. Note: The MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas may be one of the most capable mesothelioma treatment centers in the world.

* Oshner Cancer Institute New Orleans;
* The MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas:

High-risk work groups for exposure to asbestos in Louisiana include Veterans of the US Navy, power plant workers, shipyard workers, oil refinery workers, chemical plant workers, public utility workers, factory workers, plumbers, electricians, insulators, auto mechanics, machinists, and construction workers. Typically, the exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s. http://Louisiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon.

Th Mesothelioma Victims Center is a national advocate 100% focused in on doing everything possible to ensure people with mesothelioma in every state receive the best possible financial compensation settlement. The group offers on the spot access to some of the nation's most skilled and experienced mesothelioma attorneys because to receive the very best possible financial compensation a diagnosed person must be represented by the most capable mesothelioma lawyers in the United States as they would like to discuss anytime at 800-714-0303. http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer:

Michael Thomas
Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire

Home Insurance Market 2018- Global Industry Analysis, By Key Players, Segmentation, Trends And Forecast By 2022

Home Insurance -Market Demand, Growth, Opportunities, Manufacturers, Analysis of Top Key Players and Forecast to 2022

PUNE, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA, February 16, 2018 / — Home Insurance Market 2018    


This report studies the global Home Insurance market, analyzes and researches the Home Insurance development status and forecast in United States, EU, Japan, China, India and Southeast Asia. This report focuses on the top players in global market, like 
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance 
Allstate Corp. 
Liberty Mutual 
Farmers Insurance Group of Companies 
USAA Insurance Group 
Travelers Companies Inc. 
Nationwide Mutual Group 
American Family Insurance Group 
Chubb Corp. 
Erie Insurance Group

Request for Sample Report@

Market segment by Regions/Countries, this report covers 
United States 
Southeast Asia

Market segment by Type, Home Insurance can be split into 

Market segment by Application, Home Insurance can be split into 
Personal Property 
Loss of use 
Personal Liability 
Medical Payments

Complete report details @

If you have any special requirements, please let us know and we will offer you the report as you want.

Table of Contents:

Global Home Insurance Market Size, Status and Forecast 2022 
1 Industry Overview of Home Insurance 
1.1 Home Insurance Market Overview 
1.1.1 Home Insurance Product Scope 
1.1.2 Market Status and Outlook 
1.2 Global Home Insurance Market Size and Analysis by Regions 
1.2.1 United States 
1.2.2 EU 
1.2.3 Japan 
1.2.4 China 
1.2.5 India 
1.2.6 Southeast Asia 
1.3 Home Insurance Market by Type 
1.3.1 HO1 
1.3.2 HO2 
1.3.3 HO3 
1.3.4 HO4? 
1.3.5 HO6 
1.4 Home Insurance Market by End Users/Application 
1.4.1 Dwelling 
1.4.2 Personal Property 
1.4.3 Loss of use 
1.4.4 Personal Liability 
1.4.5 Medical Payments

2 Global Home Insurance Competition Analysis by Players 
2.1 Home Insurance Market Size (Value) by Players (2016 and 2017) 
2.2 Competitive Status and Trend 
2.2.1 Market Concentration Rate 
2.2.2 Product/Service Differences 
2.2.3 New Entrants 
2.2.4 The Technology Trends in Future


3 Company (Top Players) Profiles 
3.1 State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance 
3.1.1 Company Profile 
3.1.2 Main Business/Business Overview 
3.1.3 Products, Services and Solutions 
3.1.4 Home Insurance Revenue (Value) (2012-2017) 
3.1.5 Recent Developments 
3.2 Allstate Corp. 
3.2.1 Company Profile 
3.2.2 Main Business/Business Overview 
3.2.3 Products, Services and Solutions 
3.2.4 Home Insurance Revenue (Value) (2012-2017) 
3.2.5 Recent Developments 
3.3 Liberty Mutual 
3.3.1 Company Profile 
3.3.2 Main Business/Business Overview 
3.3.3 Products, Services and Solutions 
3.3.4 Home Insurance Revenue (Value) (2012-2017) 
3.3.5 Recent Developments 
3.4 Farmers Insurance Group of Companies 
3.4.1 Company Profile 
3.4.2 Main Business/Business Overview 
3.4.3 Products, Services and Solutions 
3.4.4 Home Insurance Revenue (Value) (2012-2017) 
3.4.5 Recent Developments 
3.5 USAA Insurance Group 
3.5.1 Company Profile 
3.5.2 Main Business/Business Overview 
3.5.3 Products, Services and Solutions 
3.5.4 Home Insurance Revenue (Value) (2012-2017) 
3.5.5 Recent Developments 
3.6 Travelers Companies Inc. 
3.6.1 Company Profile 
3.6.2 Main Business/Business Overview 
3.6.3 Products, Services and Solutions 
3.6.4 Home Insurance Revenue (Value) (2012-2017) 
3.6.5 Recent Developments 
3.7 Nationwide Mutual Group 
3.7.1 Company Profile 
3.7.2 Main Business/Business Overview 
3.7.3 Products, Services and Solutions 
3.7.4 Home Insurance Revenue (Value) (2012-2017) 
3.7.5 Recent Developments 
3.8 American Family Insurance Group 
3.8.1 Company Profile 
3.8.2 Main Business/Business Overview 
3.8.3 Products, Services and Solutions 
3.8.4 Home Insurance Revenue (Value) (2012-2017) 
3.8.5 Recent Developments 
3.9 Chubb Corp. 
3.9.1 Company Profile 
3.9.2 Main Business/Business Overview 
3.9.3 Products, Services and Solutions 
3.9.4 Home Insurance Revenue (Value) (2012-2017) 
3.9.5 Recent Developments 
3.10 Erie Insurance Group 
3.10.1 Company Profile 
3.10.2 Main Business/Business Overview 
3.10.3 Products, Services and Solutions 
3.10.4 Home Insurance Revenue (Value) (2012-2017) 
3.10.5 Recent Developments


Norah Trent
WiseGuy Research Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
+1 646 845 9349 / +44 208 133 9349
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire

Discover the Benefits of Mercury Insurance Company’s New Program

extended car warranty

Mercury Mechanical Protection is available from autopom!

autopom!’s team of authorized Mercury agents can help cover drivers’ auto repair costs with a Mercury Mechanical Protection plan.

In my experience, the Mechanical Protection plans from Mercury represent the best value the industry has to offer to consumers.”

— Mike Jones, President and CEO of autopom!

LAKE FOREST, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, February 15, 2018 / — Mercury Mechanical Protection (commonly referred to as “Mercury extended warranty”) has helped drivers cover unexpected auto mechanical failures for over forty years. Now, autopom!, an authorized Mercury Mechanical Protection Program Provider, is offering Mercury’s brand-new program, Mercury Mechanical Protection, direct to consumers in most states nationwide.

Mercury Mechanical Protection from Mercury Insurance Group provides car & truck benefits during the manufacturer’s original warranty and beyond. If drivers need a repair, outside a factory vehicle warranty, they can take their vehicle to any licensed repair shop in the U.S or Canada. The program also offers 24-hour roadside assistance, rental vehicle assistance, and even trip interruption reimbursement if you break down away from home.

“These benefits and more are available to drivers backed by Mercury Mechanical Protection,” Mike Jones, president and CEO of autopom!, explains; “In my experience, the Mechanical Protection plans from Mercury represent the best value the industry has to offer to consumers.”

Mercury Mechanical Protection plans are a perfect fit for drivers, of new and pre-owned vehicles, seeking peace of mind from the high cost of unexpected auto repairs.

To learn more about the new Mercury Mechanical Protection and how it can help drivers obtain peace of mind for their vehicles, visit:

To request a quote, contact autopom!’s team of authorized Mercury providers: or call (800) 724-8141.

About autopom! autopom!, llc is a BBB accredited, A+ rated provider of vehicle protection plans for both new and used cars, as well as a licensed California agency. autopom! sells mechanical breakdown insurance in California and vehicle service contracts in most other states. When your original manufacturer warranty, extended auto warranty, or used car warranty is about to expire, autopom!’s team of licensed agents can help you find a protection plan guaranteed to protect your vehicle and your budget. Learn more about autopom! and request a free quote by calling 1.800.724.8141 or by visiting autopom! Insurance Services llc CA DOI Lic.#0I13220

Mike Jones
autopom!, llc
(800) 724-8141 ext. 4
email us here

autopom! for automotive peace of mind!

Source: EIN Presswire

Intermountain Precision Genomics Featured in Harvard Business School Case Study

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA, February 14, 2018 / — Leaders at Intermountain Precision Genomics are pleased to announce the Utah based genomics program has been featured in a Harvard Business School case study published by Harvard Business Review. The case study, “Intermountain Healthcare: Pursuing Precision Medicine” chronicles the four-year journey of Intermountain’s precision medicine program in its goal to provide cutting-edge care for cancer patients.

Presentation of the twenty-two page case study to Harvard MBA students at the Harvard Business School initially occurred in October 2017. The Precision Medicine Coalition hosted a precision medicine conference in November at Harvard Medical School where the case was presented to medical professionals in attendance. Subsequent discussion forums will continue to take place.

According to Lincoln Nadauld, MD, Ph. D., Executive Director of Intermountain Precision Genomics and Precision Medicine, “Historically, many healthcare innovations have arisen in large academic institutions. Intermountain Precision Genomics is an example of implementing medical discovery within a large integrated health network as opposed to a large academic medical center.” Nadauld adds, “Students and healthcare providers can learn from the successes and challenges associated with healthcare innovation. They can also debate the merits of healthcare systems trying to implement practice changing clinical programs. This case is significant because it is an example of the clinical implementation of precision medicine and how it can positively impact patients. It is also an example of how a large hospital system can embrace and enable healthcare innovation.”

Intermountain Healthcare is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare through high quality and sustainable costs. Intermountain Precision Genomics (IPG) is a service of Intermountain Healthcare. For more information about Intermountain Precision Genomics, please visit:, join the dialog on Facebook (Intermountain Cancer Centers) or follow @intermtncancer on Twitter.

Daron Cowley
Intermountain Healthcare
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire

Traaqr Co-Founders to speak on Lead Generation, Small Data, and Cross Channel Attribution At LeadsCon Las Vegas 2018

Traaqr Co-Founders Brian Handrigan & Jeff Linihan

Traaqr Co-Founders Brian Handrigan & Jeff Linihan

Traaqr Co-Founders lead session at LeadsCon Las Vegas Logo

We've all heard about how Big Data is changing marketing, but Small Data may have a bigger impact. Learn how Small Data is changing everything at LeadsCon 2018.

SAINT LOUIS, MO, USA, February 13, 2018 / — Traaqr (pronounced tracker) announced today that co-founders Brian Handrigan & Jeff Linihan have been invited to introduce digital and performance marketers to the powerful world of “Small Data” at the 2018 LeadsCon Las Vegas conference March 5-7. The pair will be presenting an interactive session titled “Small Data: The Key to Call Tracking and Cracking the Code of Offline Conversions,” which will cover Small Data and its role in call tracking, offline conversions and automated campaign optimization. While new to the LeadsCon ecosystem, the team (and Traaqr) were most recently recognized as a LendingTree Startup Innovation Spotlight Finalist at the LeadsCon Connect to Convert conference in August 2017. The complete session description is available here: Attached are speaker bios for Handrigan ( and Linihan (

The LeadsCon Las Vegas conference is known as “The World’s Leading Conference and Expo on Acquisition and Conversion Strategies” and boasts more than 3,000 leaders in performance
marketing & lead generation as its attendees, giving them a place to learn cutting edge trends, tactics and technologies as well as connecting them with industry leaders and peers in a collaborative environment.

Held at The Paris Las Vegas, the conference takes place from Monday, March 5 through Wednesday March 7, 2018. LeadsCon registration information can be found here:

Traaqr is the first closed-loop, fully automated online to offline attribution & conversion tracking platform offering revenue-based analytics and continuous optimization for performance-based marketers and companies. Ultimately, Traaqr empowers all online advertisers that convert sales offline to better understand the entire customer journey and apply that data to make more informed online advertising decisions by capturing unprecedented, actionable analytics from click to call to conversion. Traaqr is headquartered in Saint Louis, MO. For more information see

Nearly 3,000 people rely each year on LeadsCon Las Vegas for unparalleled insights and access to marketing leaders and to learn how to find, nurture and convert quality leads to grow their business. The event takes place March 5-7 in Las Vegas. Learn more at

Brian Handrigan
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire

Foundation Hosts February 20 Event on Georgia Teacher Pension Reform

Leonard Gilroy

Chuck Martin

Tackling testing times for teacher retirement benefits.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, February 13, 2018 / — In 2017, Georgia’s budget included $223 million for the Teacher Retirement System to improve its financial security. This year, Governor Nathan Deal’s FY 2019 budget includes another $361.7 million to prop up the pension fund for Georgia teachers.

Why is this happening? How much longer will Georgia taxpayers have to pump money into the TRS? More important, what assurances do Georgia teachers entering the profession have that their benefits will be there when they retire?

Find out more at “Pension Solvency and Public Education: The Case for Reforming Georgia Teacher Pensions,” an 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation at the Georgian Club on Tuesday, February 20.

Join the discussion with Leonard Gilroy, Senior Managing Director of the Pension Integrity Project at the Reason Foundation and Reason’s Director of Government Reform, and Georgia State Rep. Chuck Martin, Chairman of the Georgia House Budget & Fiscal Affairs Oversight Committee. The moderator is Kelly McCutchen, Senior Fellow and past president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

This Leadership Breakfast is open to the public but registration is required. The deadline to register is Friday, February 16; registration is $30. Register at Eventbrite here or send your check for $30 per attendee (memo: “Pension Event”) to Georgia Public Policy Foundation, 3200 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Suite 214, Atlanta, GA 30339.

Questions? Email or call Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050

Media who wish to attend must contact Benita Dodd.

About Leonard Gilroy: Leonard Gilroy is Senior Managing Director of the Pension Integrity Project at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. The Pension Integrity Project assists policymakers and other stakeholders in designing, analyzing and implementing public sector pension reforms. Gilroy is also the Director of Government Reform at Reason Foundation, researching privatization, public-private partnerships, infrastructure and urban policy issues. He has worked closely with legislators and elected officials in Georgia, Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia, California and several other states and local governments in efforts to design and implement market-based policy approaches, improve government performance, enhance accountability in government programs, and reduce government spending.

Gilroy is the editor of the Annual Privatization Report, which examines trends and chronicles the experiences of local, state, and federal governments in bringing competition to public services. His articles have been featured in numerous leading publications and he has appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business, CNBC, National Public Radio and other media outlets.

Prior to joining Reason, Gilroy was a senior planner at a Louisiana-based urban planning consulting firm. He also worked as a research assistant at the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research at Virginia Tech. Gilroy earned a B.A. and M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech.

About Chuck Martin: Representative Charles E. “Chuck” Martin is currently serving his fifth term in the Georgia House of Representatives. He represents the 47th District, which covers Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek and Greater North Fulton County.

Martin is the Chairman of the House Budget & Fiscal Affairs Oversight Committee. He also serves on the House Appropriations; Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications; Regulated Industries; Science & Technology, and Ways & Means committees.

In past sessions, he served as Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and was Chairman of Energy and Environment of the Southern Legislative Conference by his fellow legislators from across the Southern United States.

Martin was recognized by both the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) as “2007 Legislator of the Year;” by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia for Legislative Leadership; by the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs and the Georgia State Firefighters Association as “2008 Legislator of the Year;” by TAG as “2010 Legislator of the Year;” by the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) as the recipient of its national “Statesman Award” for his dedication to seniors across America; and by Georgia ALFA as “2010 Legislator of the Year” for his work on Georgia seniors’ rights.

Martin was a member of the Alpharetta City Council (1993-1995) before being elected mayor of Alpharetta until 2002, when he was elected to the Georgia General Assembly. He is a 1996 graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute, a member of the Regional Leadership Foundation, the Alpharetta Optimist Club and Lions Club

The native of Alpharetta is a graduate of Milton High School and earned his B.B.A. in Management Science at the University of Georgia before pursuing a career in information technology and real estate consulting. Martin is currently a director with Ryan, Inc.

About the Georgia Public Policy Foundation: The Foundation, established in 1991, is a nonprofit, independent, state-focused think tank that proposes market-oriented approaches to public policy to improve the lives of Georgians. The Think Tanks and Civil Society Program has ranked the Foundation as one of the the “Best Independent Think Tanks” in its 2017 Global Go-To Think Tank Index, released in February 2018.

Benita Dodd
Georgia Public Policy Foundation
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire

Rare Disease Day Legislative Event to Raise Awareness of Rare Diseases in Colorado

Colorado Rare Board Members and Junior Ambassadors connect with Rare Disease patients at Children’s Hospital in February 2018

Gracelyn, a Rare Disease Advocate, holds a sign for Rare Disease Day at an event at Children’s Hospital, February 2018

Lily, a 7 year old Colorado Rare and Some 1 Like You Ambassador sings in the Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital to promote awareness of Rare Disease Day.

On February 28th at 8:00 AM Colorado Rare will host Rare Disease Day at the State Capitol for legislators, policy makers, physicians, advocates and patients.

We may all have different rare disorders, but we share the profound need to be heard.”

— Tara Bohle, President of Colorado Rare 501(c)3

DENVER , COLORADO, UNITED STATES, February 13, 2018 / — More than a half a million people in Colorado are living with a Rare Disease. Colorado Rare, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, along with the National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD) will host a meeting for legislators, policy makers, physicians, advocates and patients to bring awareness to the needs of those living with Rare Disease in Colorado.

This event will take place on Wednesday, February 28th at 8:00 AM at the Colorado State Capitol in the Old Supreme Court Chamber and is open to the public.

Speakers include:

Former Miss USA Shawnae Jebbia living with a rare form of Meniere’s Disease & hearing loss

Youth Rare Disease Patient Advocates 7 year old Lily Spletzer & 14 year old Cailee Crossley

Dr. Tim Benke, Director of Research-Neurosciences Institute

Dr. Scott Demarest, Assistant Professor Neuroscience Institute

Rare Disease Patient Advocate Lori Wise

The event is sponsored by Senator Irene Aguilar, of Colorado Senate District 32. Senator Aguilar has supported many bills that ensure the rights to health care and other quality of life services for individuals and families living with Rare Disease.

While individual Rare Diseases have small patient populations, collectively the Rare Disease community is larger than the AIDS and Cancer communities combined. Despite its impact on so many families, the Rare Disease community has lacked a unified voice–less than half of Rare Diseases have organizations or foundations providing support or driving research. Colorado Rare is a united voice in Colorado to support and represent the needs and challenges of all individuals living with rare diseases and their families.

Rare Disease statistics:

There are approximately 7,000 different types of rare diseases and disorders

30 million people in the US are living with a rare disease – this is equal to 1 in 10 people

In the US, a condition is considered rare if it affects fewer than 200,000 people

80% of rare diseases are genetic in origin

Approximately 50% of the people affected by rare disease are children

30% of children with rare disease will not live to see their 5th birthday

Colorado Rare is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to be a united voice in Colorado to support and represent the needs and challenges of individuals living with rare diseases and their families.

Makayla Allison
Colorado Rare
303 579-0458
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire

Study Reports that Suicide Risk Assessments May Increase the Risk of Suicide

CCHR Florida

CCHR is holding an open house to bring attention to alarming suicide statistics and the apparent link to the reliance on suicide risk assessments.

Suicide risk assessment research suggests that not only do these assessments not help but may cause harm by increasing the risk of suicide.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, February 13, 2018 / — The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of Florida, a non-profit mental health watchdog that exposes human rights violations and is dedicated to the protection of children, is holding an open house this month at their center located at 109 N. Fort Harrison Avenue in downtown Clearwater to bring attention to alarming suicide statistics and the apparent connection between antidepressants and the reliance on suicide risk assessments.

Every 12 minutes in the U.S., someone’s life ends from suicide — an average of 44,965 people yearly — making it the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. In 2015 alone, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide deaths were more than double those due to homicides, which means for every murder reported in the news, there were at least 2 other deaths that occurred due to suicide.

In response to these alarming statistics, the Florida chapter of CCHR is hosting an open house at their center in Clearwater for the purpose of educating the general public on the connection between the use of antidepressants, the reliance on suicide risk assessments and death by suicide.

“Too often people rely on unproven suicide risk assessments as a catchall when dealing with a person experiencing a crisis and unfortunately the assessments just don’t work according to some experts,” stated Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida.

According to an article published under Mental Health in Scientific American in March of 2017, new research of the past 40 years of suicide risk assessment research suggests that not only do these assessments not help but may cause harm by increasing the risk of suicide.

This same article reports that:

* 95% of high-risk patients did not die by suicide
* 50% of the suicides came from the lower risk categories
* there has been no improvement in the accuracy of suicide risk assessments over the past 40 years
* no statistical way of identifying individuals with a high risk of suicide exists
* the four strongest suicide risk assessment factors (previous self-harm, physical health problems, male gender and suicidal intention) were so prevalent that they were of * no use in determining if someone is at risk for suicide
* the widespread use of suicide risk assessment diverts clinicians from real engagement with patients thereby potentially increasing the risks of suicide

Combined with ineffective suicide risk assessment, patients labeled with depression or suicidal ideation often receive prescriptions for dangerous psychotropic drugs laden, and even labeled, with side effects that encourage the exact symptoms they are marketed to treat. For example, Celexa, a common antidepressant, has more suicidal warnings attributed to it than any other side effect and is linked to a staggering 559 cases of documented suicide. Psychiatric patients who are prescribed these life-threatening psychiatric drugs not only receive no effective assessment or treatment, but they go home with pills that only exacerbate their mental health challenges.

“With 1 in 6 Americans currently taking psychotropic drugs — while suicides continue to rise — Americans need look no further than their medicine cabinets for major chemical contributors to the increased suicide statistics our country faces,” said Stein.

For more information on the open house, the truth about psychiatric drugs or alternative solutions including educational materials, please call CCHR Florida at 727-442-8820, or visit

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. It was L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, who brought the terror of psychiatric imprisonment to the notice of the world. In March 1969, he said, “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health.’” For more information visit,



Diane Stein
Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida
(727) 422-8820
email us here

CCHR PSA: Antidepressants and child suicides

Source: EIN Presswire