Chambliss, Bahner and Stophel Attorneys Receive Special Honor
Three attorneys with Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., have been honored as Client Service All-Stars by BTI Consulting Group in its 13th annual review of outstanding lawyers recommended by the nation’s leading corporations. William P. Aiken, Richard W. Bethea and William H. Pickering are among an exclusive group of 330 attorneys recognized for providing exceptional service and value to their clients. Only one other Tennessee attorney was named as an All-Star by BTI.
Aiken, Bethea and Pickering were also part of a select group named by BTI as Client Service MVPs—lawyers who have received All-Star recognition for two or more consecutive years. Pickering was honored as a 4-Year MVP and was one of only three attorneys in the nation to be named as an All-Star for four consecutive years. Aiken was one of only 12 attorneys honored as a 3-Year MVP, and Bethea was recognized as a 2-Year MVP.
“A recognition like this, based exclusively on client nominations, is truly an honor,” said Dana Perry, president and managing shareholder of Chambliss. “We strive every day to act as partners with our clients and to provide the best value and service possible. This distinguishing acknowledgement is a pat on the back for the entire Chambliss team and an exceptional honor for these three attorneys.”
Aiken was recognized by BTI for his work in commercial contracts and business transactions. His practice also includes corporate and securities law and mergers and acquisitions for clients in several business and manufacturing sectors. Aiken is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions and has been honored by that publication as the Chattanooga Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year.
Bethea was recognized for his work in product liability defense. He focuses his practice on the trial of complex business cases, with particular emphasis on product liability defense, manufacturers' risk prevention, patent infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and commercial and consumer finance claims. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Product Liability Litigation and other complex litigation.
Pickering was recognized for his work in labor and employment law. He serves as labor counsel for some of the Chattanooga area's largest manufacturers and has been lead counsel in complex business and employment litigation in several states. Pickering is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment Law and Labor and Employment Litigation.
The BTI Client Service All-Stars List is the only continuous, independently researched benchmark study of client expectations and needs in the legal industry. Attorneys are selected for their exceptional commitment to client service, including the lawyer’s focus on the client’s needs, innovation, understanding of the client’s business, exceptional legal skills, outsized value and outstanding results. With self-nominations forbidden, the only way to be honored as an All-Star is to be nominated by a client in an unprompted manner. BTI conducted nearly 300 individual interviews with corporate counsel at Fortune 1000 companies and other major corporations in more than 15 industries to develop this year’s All-Star list.
This announcement comes only weeks after Chambliss’ recognition for stellar customer service on BTI’s Client Service A-Team for the fourth consecutive year.
To learn more about The BTI Client Service All-Stars, visit www.bticlientserviceallstars.com.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014 as a big burst in consumer spending was offset by weakness in other areas.
The Commerce Department says the overall economy grew at a 2.6 percent rate in the October-December period, down from sizzling gains of 4.6 percent in the second quarter and 5 percent in the third quarter.
Consumers did their part in the fourth quarter, pushing up spending by fastest rate in nearly nine years. But businesses investment, trade and government spending weakened.
For the year, the economy grew at a moderate rate of 2.4 percent. But economists believe 2015 could be a breakout year for growth, with consumer spending boosted by strong employment gains and falling gas prices. Many expect growth above 3 percent this year.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wages and benefits rose at the fastest pace in six years last year, a sign strong job gains could be forcing companies to pay a bit more for workers.
The Labor Department says the employment cost index, which measures pay and benefits, rose 2.2 percent in 2014, up from 2 percent the previous year. That's the biggest gain since 2008. It's also ahead of inflation, which rose 1.3 percent.
Yet the increase is still sluggish by historical standards. In a healthy economy, the index usually rises at about a 3.5 percent pace.
The Federal Reserve is closing watching wages as it considers when to raise the short-term interest rate it controls. Fed Chair Janet Yellen considers rising wages a key sign that the job market is nearing full health.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumers are more confident than they've been since January 2004.
The University of Michigan says that its index of consumer sentiment rose to 98.1 in January from 93.6 last month.
Consumers say the prospects for the U.S. economy are the strongest in a decade, and half of consumers expect the expansion to keep going another five years.
The Michigan survey was the latest evidence that strong job growth and tumbling oil prices have lifted consumers' spirits. The Conference Board on Tuesday reported that its consumer confidence index climbed to the highest level since August 2007. And the Commerce Department reported Friday that consumer spending rose from October through December at the fastest pace in nearly nine years.
DALLAS (AP) -- Pilots at American Airlines and US Airways have approved a single labor contract. That's a step toward combining workforces at the two carriers, which merged in December 2013.
The multiyear deal gives pilots a 23 percent pay raise retroactive to Dec. 2.
The pilots' union said Friday that the contract was approved 66 percent to 34 percent, with 95 percent of eligible pilots casting a vote.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A jury of six men and six women is continuing deliberations in a case alleging a 1996 Toyota Camry had a design defect that caused a fatal crash.
Jurors received the case late Wednesday afternoon and deliberated all day Thursday without reaching a verdict. They returned to a federal courthouse in Minneapolis on Friday to keep working.
The jurors must decide whether Toyota's design of the 1996 Camry had a defect that was unreasonably dangerous. If they find there was a defect, they must decide if it directly caused injuries to those hurt or killed when Koua Fong Lee crashed into another car in 2006.
Lee spent 2 1/2 years in prison before being released after reports suggested some Toyota cars had sudden acceleration problems.
BERLIN (AP) -- German automaker BMW says it has fixed a security flaw that made 2.2 million of its vehicles vulnerable to break-ins.
The company says the problem affected BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce models equipped with its ConnectedDrive technology, which allows drivers to access certain car functions with a smartphone.
German automobile club ADAC, which discovered the flaw last summer, says hackers could have used a fake cellphone base station to intercept network traffic from the car and lower the windows or open the doors. There are no reports such a break-in ever took place.
BMW spokeswoman Silke Brigl said Friday that hackers wouldn't have been able to start or stop the engine.
Brigl said the problem has been fixed with an automatic update and customers don't need to take any action.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court says many advertising claims for POM Wonderful juice were deceptive in asserting that it curbs the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction and is clinically proven to work.
In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upholds the conclusion that many of POM's ads made misleading or false claims. The conclusion was reached by the Federal Trade Commission.
The ads appeared in national publications, on Internet sites, bus stops, billboards, newsletters and on tags attached to the products.
POM Wonderful LLC produces a number of pomegranate-based products.
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia deputy sports minister Yuri Nagornykh says his country's economic crisis is forcing athletes to scale back their training plans for next year's Olympics in Brazil.
Training camps abroad can be crucial in acclimatizing athletes for Rio de Janeiro's tropical conditions, but they are rapidly becoming unaffordable after the ruble lost almost half of its value against the U.S. dollar in the last 12 months.
Nagornykh tells Russian agency R-Sport that, with the ruble's value low and the Sports Ministry's budget facing cuts, athletes should stay in Russia rather than train abroad "in order to spend less of the currency reserves."
Officials will select priority sports and athletes for scarce funding, Nagornykh said.
The measures affect athletes for the Rio Olympics, and the 2018 Winter Olympics, he added.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio State University is cashing in after the Buckeyes' national championship victory.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the university expects a $3 million increase this year in royalties from licensed merchandise sales as fans continue to buy national championship gear and keepsakes.
Retailers say the team's special story has helped boost sales. The Buckeyes, who defied naysayers in their 42-20 victory over the University of Oregon, earned the final playoff spot after losing two starting quarterbacks to injuries.
Licensing officials also attribute increased sales to the fact Ohio State hadn't won a championship since 2002.
More than half of each dollar that comes into the school's licensing office goes to academic affairs. The athletics department, alumni association and student life program also receive portions of the revenue.
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