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5 things to know: Including Nina Pham to sue hospital in Ebola case, and who will replace Warren Buffett?



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Nina Pham says she’s going to sue Texas Health Presbyterian because of invasion of her privacy and other issues.




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Lance Murray
Digital Content Producer- Dallas Business Journal

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Nina Pham, the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for a Liberian man who died from the disease, intends to file suit on Monday against the hospital. In an interview Sunday with the Dallas Morning News, Pham said she’s will file suit claiming the hospital’s lack of proper equipment and training, and violations of her right to privacy made her “a symbol of corporate neglect — a casualty of a hospital system’s failure to prepare for a known and impending medical crisis.” She told the newspaper that’s she has had lasting side effects, even though she is considered Ebola free. A Texas Health Resources spokesman declined to address Pham’s allegations when contacted by the Morning News, but he did tell the newspaper that Pham and the hospital could resolve the issues through “constructive dialogue.” You can read the full Morning News report here.

Who will replace Warren Buffett? Is this a clue?

The guessing game of who will succeed Warren Buffett as chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has been a constant source of fodder for business speculation. A letter from Vice Chairman Charles Munger to shareholders may have given a clue. Munger said that reinsurance head Ajit Jain and energy chief Greg Abel would be worthy successors, according to media reports. Matthew Rose, executive chairman of Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway, has been one of the names mentioned as a possible successor for years. The guessing games goes on.

Lance Murray edits and writes for the DBJ’s website and can be reached at 214-706-7106. Subscribe to our email newsletters.



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Attorneys hit high notes at Sportsmen’s Tavern



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Attorneys from Phillips Lytle perform as the Klezmergers during a 30-minute set of gypsy-styled classical tunes.








James Fink
Buffalo Business First Reporter- Buffalo Business First

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For a few hours his past Saturday afternoon a large contingent of Buffalo’s legal community focused not on torts and depositions and turned their attention to the Beatles, Eagles and Bruce Springsteen.

And, it was for a good case.

The Sportsmen’s Tavern on Amherst Street was transformed into the epicenter of the legal community as nearly 40 lawyers took the stage — spread among seven groups — for the fourth annual “Lawyers for the Arts” fundraiser. The event, which packed the Sportsmen, benefited “Give for Greatness,” an initiative of the Arts Services Initiative of WNY, that provides funding for regional cultural groups.

For the lawyers-turned-musicians, it was a chance to put legal precedents aside and channel their inner Paul McCartney or Jackson Browne.

There was State Supreme Court Justice Frederick Marshall leading the Jazz Jammers while blasting out more than a few notes on the trombone.

And, there Bouvier’s George Collins, pounding away on the drums with Methane while singing Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”

Or, four Phillips Lytle attorneys anchoring the Klezmergers during a 30-minute set of gypsy-styled classical tunes.

The afternoon was less about musical talent and more about bonding and raising money for a good cause.

James Fink covers real estate, commercial development and government



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Bartow man pleads guilty to participating in Puerto Rican ID trafficking ring



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Pam Huff
Director of News Operations- Tampa Bay Business Journal

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The U.S. Department of Justice said a Polk County man pleaded guilty Friday for having a role in a large-scale identity trafficking ring related to Puerto Rican U.S. citizens.

Rey David Bravo-Aguirre, 43, participated in a scheme to sell identities of those citizens to foreign nationals and allow them to enter or stay in the U.S. illegally. Fourteen individuals to-date have been charged for their roles in this ID trafficking ring, and four have pleaded guilty, the DOJ said.

Bravo-Aguirre pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit ID fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit alien smuggling for financial gain and one count of transferring and possessing means of ID of another person in relation to a felony, the DOJ said.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 3 before U.S. District Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez of the District of Puerto Rico.

Bravo-Aguirre operated as a broker of Puerto Rican identities and corresponding documents out of Bartow, according to the plea agreement. He admitted to providing Social Security cards and birth certificates to his customers. He received documents from other members of the ring out of the Caguas area of Puerto Rico.

Pam Huff is Director of News Operations for the Tampa Bay Business Journal.




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Seattle real estate developer Ted Schroth charged in poisoning of 123 poplar trees



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Seattle developer Ted Schroth, principal of GTS Development, has been accused of trying to poison more than 100 trees on Lake Chelan. Schroth was photographed last month before police accused him of trying to kill the trees that block views from a development that Schroth is building.




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Marc Stiles
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Authorities are charging Seattle real estate developer Ted Schroth for allegedly trying to kill trees that block views from a large resort he’s building in Lake Chelan, Chelan County Deputy Prosecutor Gene Pearce said Friday.

The Wenatchee World reported(subscription required) that Schroth was arrested Wednesday. He is accused of pouring salt around the base of 123 poplars on a property that another Seattle-area real estate developer, Mark McNaugton of Lynnwood, has an interest in. The property that the trees are on, called Whiskey Ranch, is next to Schroth’s 63-acre development, The Lookout at Lake Chelan.

“I believe the intent of [Schroth] was to poison the poplar trees to improve the view from his development, The Lookout,” states a police report by Chelan County Deputy Sheriff Rob Huddleston.

Based on store videos and a receipt of a cash transaction at the Chelan Wal-Mart, Huddleston alleges that Schroth bought 81 bags of salt. The deputy said his investigation also showed that a house cleaner allegedly found salt residue in Schroth’s house at The Lookout.

Huddleston recommended that Schroth be charged with first-degree malicious mischief. Pearce said he will file that charge against Schroth. An employee at the Chelan County Clerk’s Office said Schroth’s arraignment is scheduled for March 11.

Schroth leads a company called GTS Development. In Seattle, GTS has done projects on Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, including Trace Lofts condos and the redevelopment of the old Odd Fellows Hall at 915 E. Pine St.

The Lookout is on Lake Chelan’s north shore about a mile from downtown Chelan. In 2013, Schroth and co-developer Casey Roloff said The Lookout would take up to 10 years to build and ultimately have a maximum of 300 residences around a central park.

Marc Stiles covers commercial real estate and government for the Puget Sound Business Journal.



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Johnson & Johnson’s shared services search comes amid a cost-cutting move



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Margie Manning
Print Editor- Tampa Bay Business Journal

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The search for a North American headquarters for a shared services operation by Johnson Johnson Services comes amid a $1 billion cost-cutting initiative by its parent company, Johnson Johnson Inc. (NYSE: JNJ).

The company is confident it can make that massive cut over three years by taking a fresh look at how it performs support functions, such as IT, finance and human resources, and bringing standardization and commonality across the business systems shared service environment, Dominic Caruso, vice president of finance and chief financial officer, said in a conference call on Jan. 20.

For many years, the health care giant has been “extremely decentralized” and doesn’t want to lose accountability and responsibility, said Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO.

“But we also realized that operating a $75 billion global company is different than operating a much smaller one and that making sure we’ve got the right standards and systems in place in areas such as quality, supply chain and finance is essential,” Gorsky told analysts.

Hillsborough County and Tampa have emerged as leaders in “shared services,” housing facilities for companies ranging from Coca-Cola Refreshments to Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

The JJ Services subsidiary is scouting several sites in Hillsborough County and other locations in other states for a shared services HQ, according to Rick Homans, CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp.

An email request for comment to Johnson Johnson media contacts was pending return.

Hillsborough commissioners are being asked to provide up to $2.1 million in incentives, which would be combined with $7 million in state incentives.

Margie Manning is Print Editor of the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She also covers the Money beat.




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7-year prison sentence for Dewhurst campaign consultant



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In all, Barfield was ordered to serve 87 months in prison – seven years and three months. Barfield was also ordered to pay $2.5 million into a settlement trust. Once released, he was also ordered to serve three years probation.




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Kenneth “Buddy” Barfield was sentenced Thursday to more than seven years behind bars for stealing roughly $2.5 million from Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s 2012 senatorial campaign.

Barfield, a political consultant and member of Dewhurst’s 2012 campaign staff, had pleaded guilty to charges in October 2014 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane. He was convicted of one count of wire fraud, one count of making a false tax return and one count of embezzlement of federal campaign funds.

In all, Barfield was ordered to serve 87 months in prison – seven years and three months. Barfield was also ordered to pay $2.5 million into a settlement trust. Once released, he was also ordered to serve three years probation.

“The victim in this case, a campaign fund, was out of the ordinary. But the crime, a brazen theft, was straightforward. Barfield stole a lot of money. The Court’s sentence properly holds him responsible for his misdeeds,” said Acting United States Attorney Richard Durbin, Jr. in a statement.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas, Barfield admitted to the scheme to steal the funds to use for personal expenses such as his home mortgage, school tuition for his children and personal investments, among others.

Prosecutors said Barfield admitted that he reported no income on his 2008 tax return, when he had roughly $582,000 in income, as well as admitting that he submitted fraudulent campaign expenditure reports to the Federal Elections Commission.

Prosecutors said Barfield owes the IRS more than $427,00 in back taxes.



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Fast Pitch contest aims to bolster local nonprofits



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Brandon Brown
Reporter- Phoenix Business Journal

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Social Venture Partners Arizona is allowing nine local startup nonprofits to compete for funding in an event judged by a number of business and nonprofit community leaders.

The Fast Pitch event is described as an “American Idol”-style competition that gives each nonprofit three minutes to pitch its idea to the panel of judges. Based on the pitches, the judges then will decide who wins $53,000 from Social Venture Partners.

“We are thrilled that each year our Valley’s nonprofit organizations continue to do amazing, innovative work to make our communities better places to live,” said Terri Wogan, executive director of Social Venture Partners Arizona. “We are happy that this event will help these groups expand their reach so they can help more people.”

Phoenix’s First Lady Nicole Stanton said she has been a fan of Social Venture Partners for a long time and she is excited be one of the competition’s judges.

“Nonprofits fill the void between the private sector and the public sector,” Stanton said.

Before this final competition, the nonprofits have have been involved in a two-month-long training and mentoring program designed to sharpen the organizations’ social impacts and business models, and to train them to tell their stories in a powerful way.

Here are the nonprofits competing in the FastPitch event and its founder:

  • Angels on Patrol – Jacqui MacConnell
  • Be A Leader Foundation – Gary Trujillo
  • Neighbors Who Care – Eric Ehst
  • New Way Academy – Abbey Ross
  • One Step Beyond, Inc. – Madison Rogers
  • Phoenix Community Toolbank – Jana Smith
  • Playworks Arizona – Valencia Winfrey
  • SOUNDS Academy – Kirk Johnson
  • FitStart Kids – ASU Student winner


Brandon covers retail, restaurants, hospitality/tourism as well aviation, small business and nonprofits.




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