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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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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs.
The milestone represents a dramatic turnaround in sentiment since Apple's shares reached its previous split-adjusted peak of $100.72 in September 2012. The shares peaked at $100.77 Wednesday morning, giving it a market value of roughly $600 billion -- more than any other publicly held company.
Apple's stock fell to a split-adjusted $55.01 in April 2013 to wipe out about $300 billion in shareholder wealth amid worries that the Cupertino, California, company had run out of ideas without Jobs as its mastermind.
Those concerns have faded amid high hopes for an iPhone with a bigger screen.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Target has slashed its annual profit outlook as the retailer continues to reel from a massive data breach, a disappointing expansion in Canada and sluggish sales in the U.S.
The nation's third-largest retailer also said Wednesday that its second-quarter earnings dropped 61.7 percent.
The Minneapolis-based company says it earned $234 million, or 37 cents per share, in the quarter that ended Aug. 2, compared with earnings of $611 million, or 95 cents per share, a year earlier.
Revenue rose 1.7 percent to $17.4 billion, slightly above the $17.38 billion estimate from FactSet.
Excluding expenses related to the breach, the company earned 78 cents per share, which was in line with Target's reduced estimate issued earlier in the month.
Analysts had expected 79 cents per share, according to FactSet.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Lowe's second-quarter net income increased 10 percent, bolstered by improving weather.
The home improvement company's performance beat analysts' expectations, but the Mooresville, North Carolina, company lowered its full-year revenue outlook slightly, citing its year-to-date sales and prior assumptions for the second half.
Lowe's Cos. earned $1.04 billion, or $1.04 per share, for the three months ended Aug. 1. A year earlier it earned $941 million, or 88 cents per share.
Analysts expected $1.02 per share.
Revenue rose 6 percent to $16.6 billion from $15.71 billion, topping Wall Street's $16.57 billion forecast.
Sales at stores open at least a year, a key indicator of a retailer's health, climbed 4.4 percent.
Lowe's now anticipates full-year revenue rising about 4.5 percent. Its prior outlook was for an approximately 5 percent increase.
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B&N and Samsung introduce co-branded tablet
NEW YORK (AP) -- Barnes & Noble and Samsung on Wednesday unveiled a new co-branded tablet called the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook that will replace B&N's own Nook tablets.
The 7-inch tablet will sell for $179 after a $20 instant rebate, the same entry price of the non-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.
The move had been expected, since Barnes & Noble said in June it would team up with Samsung to develop Nook tablets that would be available in August.
For the first time, the Nook will have a front- and rear-facing camera. It comes with more than $200 in content from the Nook Store, including books, TV shows and magazines. However, apps are limited to Nook apps rather than the full suite of Android apps available on Google Play.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Warren Buffett's company has agreed to an $896,000 penalty for failing to tell regulators about a December 2013 investment in wallboard maker USG Corp.
The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that Berkshire Hathaway Inc. should have notified the Justice Department before it converted $325 million of senior USG notes it held into 21.4 million shares of the company.
Because Berkshire was already a significant USG shareholder, antitrust laws required it to notify regulators because of the size of the deal.
Regulators say Berkshire made a similar mistake six months earlier when it acquired securities in Symetra Financial Corp.
Berkshire officials did not immediately respond to questions about the settlement Wednesday.
Besides investments, Berkshire owns more than 80 subsidiaries in a variety of industries, including insurance, utilities, railroads, retail and manufacturing.
BUCKLAND, Mass. (AP) -- The nation's oldest cutlery manufacturer has filed for bankruptcy after 177 years of making knives and other kitchen tools.
The Recorder of Greenfield reports that Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month, which protects the company from creditors as it reorganizes.
The business has also put its 18-acre factory complex up for sale.
According to federal bankruptcy court in Springfield, the company filed for bankruptcy protection as a result of two multimillion dollar loans it could not repay. The company owes $1 million on a U.S. Small Business Administration loan and more than $2 million to the small business corporation in New York.
Founded in 1837, the company has been owned by James Ross Anderson since 1998.
HOUSE GOP-BUSINESS GROUP
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is stepping in to help an establishment-preferred Republican in a bruising three-way Arizona primary in one of the most competitive House districts in the country.
The powerful business group is putting hundreds of thousands of dollars behind a television ad for state House Speaker Andy Tobin, who has struggled to raise money. His two rivals -- businessman and rancher Gary Kiehne and state lawmaker Adam Kwasman -- are already on the air with TV ads.
The primary is Tuesday but early voting began July 31.
The Chamber ad, which begins airing on Thursday, focuses on Tobin, calling him a "rock solid conservative," and the Democratic incumbent, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.
The commercial makes no mention of the two other Republican candidates.
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