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What You Need To Know About Towing Reimbursement from Insurance

Rockland County & Bergen County divorce lawyer Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a co-founding partner at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman. When not practicing family law in NY & NJ, Mr. Goldhamer maintains a busy schedule with supporting charities, giving lectures, and appearing on radio & TV. Paul was named a “Super Lawyer” by Superlawyers.com in 2014.

From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.:

If you have a towing benefit from your credit card company, it usually is limited to a 10 mile tow. If you are off road by more than 10 feet (not from skidding) most credit card companies will not cover any portion of the tow.

If you call for a tow truck, most tows are covered by your automobile insurance policy. If a tow company uses their winch to pull you out, the charge will be higher.

The reimbursement from your insurance company will also be higher as a result of the fact that the tow truck needed to use a winch. But you must tell them; make sure it is written on the tow bill.

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Marriott, Starwood Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit Investigation

hotel signDid you stay at one of the following Starwood Hotels between 2014 and Nov. 30, 2018 and receive an email from Marriott or Starwood informing you that you have been affected by the data breach?

  • W Hotels
  • Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
  • Regis
  • Element Hotels
  • Westin Hotels & Resorts
  • Tribute Portfolio
  • Design Hotels
  • Aloft Hotels
  • Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts
  • The Luxury Collection
  • Starwood branded timeshare properties
  • Four Points by Sheraton

On Friday November 30, 2018 Marriott International admitted in a statement that its system for guest reservations at Starwood Hotels had been hacked, possibly exposing the personal information of up to 500 million hotel guests at its Starwood hotels and properties. The breach is massive—starting in 2014 and ending only in September of 2018.

This information may include:

  • Names
  • Email Addresses
  • Phone Numbers
  • Passport Numbers
  • Date of Birth
  • Arrival Information
  • Payment Card numbers

If you booked a reservation at one of the Starwood Hotels listed above between 2014 and 2018, and received an email from Marriott or Starwood that you have been affected by the breach, you may qualify to join this Starwood data breach class action lawsuit investigation.

If you have been affected or want more information on this matter, contact: GARY S. GRAIFMAN, ESQ. at KANTROWITZ, GOLDHAMER & GRAIFMAN, TOLL FREE AT (888) 752-5018 or via Email at GGRAIFMAN@KGGLAW.COM

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Child Support and the 2018 Tax Law: What Changes?

Rockland County divorce attorney Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a co-founder of the New York & New Jersey law firm of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman. Mr. Goldhamer was chosen as a “Super Lawyer” in 2014 by Superlawyers.com for his work in estate law and matrimonial law. He also maintains a packed schedule of charity work, teaching and guest appearances on radio and TV.

From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.:

Child support has always been nondeductible and remains so. But, clients must look closely at the tax benefits of different assets & how they affect the deal. Couples should weigh receiving the marital home as verse taking a portion of a spouse’s retirement plan. Often, the parent who has custody of the children wants the house. But, the tax changes adversely affect New York & New Jersey divorcing couples, because the deduction for high state and local taxes has been capped. This may make the family home less valuable in the long run. Spouses who get the retirement account will not be able to draw down on it until age 59½. But, they will have created a stronger retirement future. By not taking the house, you can avoid property taxes. This must be studied on a case by case basis.

Paying for a child’s education is also important. Given the changes in the tax laws, 529 college savings plans can be used for private school. They were limited to postsecondary and college education.

But, will there be enough money to pay for college? 529 plans require special thoughts. Who gets credit for the 529 as a college contribution? Does it cause a credit against Child Support? The new tax law is complex and the negotiation on the college contribution are challenging.

At KGG, we have been helping families plan their futures for 4 ½ decades.

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Bergen County Heroes of the Month: CBHCare

The law office of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman is proud to support Community Heroes of the Month, Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

CBHCare’s mission is to provide behavioral health care to the Bergen community.

This much needed community service treats individuals and families in the Bergen community for such issues as:

  • Parent-child conflicts
  • Substance abuse
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and phobia
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Marital conflict and divorce
  • School phobias
  • Attention-deficit disorders
  • Unresolved grief
  • Work-related conflict and stress
  • Sexual trauma and dysfunction
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual orientation issues
  • Stress of single-parenting and step-parenting
  • Childhood behavioral and interpersonal problems

They are committed to accessible health care services that are delivered in a cost-effective manner, with respect and dignity regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, illness or age.

Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., is the leader in behavioral health care services for New Jersey and Bergen County. They provide compassionate and professional services to nearly 4,000 children, adults and seniors every year.

Peter Scerbo, CBHCare’s Executive Director, and his team were kind enough to take time out of their busy schedule to meet with us at their headquarters in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Founded in 1969 in response to the critical need for counseling services in the community, CBHCare is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the highest quality behavioral healthcare services to the people of New Jersey.

How can you help?

CBHCare is always looking for great people to join their cause!

Click here to find out more about volunteer opportunities. You can also help their cause by donating here.

KGG Law Firm Proudly Supports Local Charities

KGG Law Firm has been helping Bergen County residents with legal matters since 1975. Our wide-ranging expertise includes personal injury law, family law and divorce, class action litigation, employment law, estate planning, and real estate. While there are plenty of New Jersey law firms you can choose to represent your best interests, we are one that puts our money where our mouth is. We proudly support local causes like Habitat for Humanity and Ramapo-Bergen Animal Shelter to make our community a better place to live. Contact us for a free case review.

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Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. Announces Investigation of India Globalization Capital, INC. (NYSE AMERICAN: IGC)

wall street stock marketNEW YORK, Oct. 30, 2018 — Kantrowitz Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C., a firm with a nationwide consumer fraud and securities fraud class action practice, has been following the events concerning India Globalization Capital, Inc. (“IGC” or the “Company”) for a number of months and is now actively investigating potential securities fraud claims on behalf of shareholders of IGC resulting from allegations that IGC and/or its executives issued materially misleading business information to the investing public.  The NYSE American LLC has announced on October 30, 2018 that “the staff of NYSE Regulation has determined to commence proceedings to delist the common stock of India Globalization Capital, Inc. — ticker symbol IGC —from the Exchange. Trading in the Company’s common stock on the NYSE American will be suspended immediately.”

If you purchased India Globalization securities and would like to discuss your legal rights and options, please contact GARY S. GRAIFMAN, ESQ. at Kantrowitz Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. toll free at (888) 752-5018 or ggraifman@kgglaw.com.

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Thank You & It’s Not Too Late to Donate to Bike MS NYC!

bike ms nycNew Jersey & New York divorce attorney Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a proud co-founder of the law firm of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, established in 1975. In addition to being a highly-respected practitioner of matrimonial law in NY & NJ, Mr. Goldhamer keeps busy with charity efforts, teaching, media appearances and more. In 2014, Paul received the prestigious honor of being named a “Super Lawyer” by Superlawyers.com.

From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.:

Dear Friends, Clients & Fellow Fighters of MS:

A big thank you to all of you who helped me raise more than $20,000! I will be the 6th largest fundraiser in metropolitan NY, thanks to you!

The rally was on Oct. 21st. (See pictures!). 3000 riders raised $1.8M. I truly appreciate your support.

It is not too late: Your tax-deductible contribution will help create life-changing programs for people living with MS.

To make a donation online, below:
http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/NYNBikeEvents?px=13657273&pg=personal&fr_id=29981

To send a donation, mail to:
National MS Society – NYC – Southern NY Chapter
Attn. Bike MS NYC
733 Third Ave, Third Floor
New York, NY 10017-3204

Please continue your help! Until next year:
Thank you!

bike ms nyc

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BikeMS: Last Easy Chance to Donate Before Rally on October 21!

paul goldhamer bike msNY & NJ family law attorney Paul Goldhamer, Esq. helped establish Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, with offices in Rockland County and Bergen County, in 1975. In addition to practicing divorce and estate law, Mr. Goldhamer maintains a full slate of charity work and lectures at universities, civic organizations and high schools. Mr. Goldhamer was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Superlawyers.com in 2014 .

From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.:

Dear Friends, Clients & Fellow Fighters of MS:

If you already contributed to my 2018 BikeMS ride: A big thank you! Last year I was the 3rd highest fundraiser in the NY Metro area (see picture above).

The rally is on Oct. 21st. Mile by mile, dollar by dollar, Bike MS provides funding to ensure people affected by MS can live their best lives.

I truly appreciate your support. Your tax-deductible contribution will help create life-changing programs for people living with MS.

To make a donation online, click below:
http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/NYNBikeEvents?px=13657273&pg=personal&fr_id=29981

To send a donation, mail to:

National MS Society – NYC – Southern NY Chapter
Attn. Bike MS NYC
733 Third Ave, Third Floor
New York, NY 10017-3204

Please help! Thank you,

Paul

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Bergen County Heroes of the Month

Parent Project The law office of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman is proud to support Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy! Their mission is to end Duchenne muscular dystrophy which is a genetic disorder characterized by the progressive loss of muscle. Duchenne affects approximately 1 out of every 5,000 live male births. About 20,000 children are diagnosed with Duchenne globally each year.

Parent Project MD works to accelerate research, raise their voices in Washington, demand optimal care for all young men, and educate the global community. Their family-centered approach is at the heart of everything they do.

Kimberly Galberaith, COO, and her team were kind enough to take time out of their busy schedule to meet with us at their headquarters in Hackensack, New Jersey. PPMD was established in 1994 and has since invested more than $50 million into Duchenne research. Their contributions over the years have led to advancements inspiring an additional $500 million investment in research from the federal government!

Since 1994, the average lifespan of people with Duchenne has increased from late teens/early-20s to mid-20s /early-30s. This incredible leap is not because of any drug interventions or treatments. It is because PPMD has pushed to advance care.

How can you help?

Parent Project MDPPMD is always looking for great people to join their cause!

Click here to find out more about ways to get involved.

PPMD holds fundraising events all throughout the country such as TCS New York City Marathon on November 4th. Click here for a complete list of events.

You can also join the fight to end Duchenne by donating here. For additional questions, please reach out to info@parentprojectmd.org.

KGG Law Firm Proudly Supports Local Charities

KGG Law Firm has been helping Bergen County residents with legal matters since 1975. Our wide-ranging expertise includes personal injury law, family law and divorce, class action litigation, employment law, estate planning, and real estate. While there are plenty of New Jersey law firms you can choose to represent your best interests, we are one that puts our money where our mouth is. We proudly support local causes like Habitat for Humanity and Ramapo-Bergen Animal Shelter to make our community a better place to live. Contact us for a free case review.

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Help Paul Goldhamer of KGG Fight Multiple Sclerosis!

NJ & NY family lawyer Paul Goldhamer, Esq. is a founding partner at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman. In addition to practicing divorce and estate law, Mr. Goldhamer keeps busy with lectures, teaching, and TV & radio appearances. He is proud to have helped pioneer free legal seminars for the public in the Tri-State area. Mr. Goldhamer was cited as a “Super Lawyer” in 2014 by Superlawyers.com.

From Paul Goldhamer, Esq.:

Dear Friends, Clients & Fellow Fighters of MS:

As you may know, I am again riding in the 2018 BikeMS rally on Oct. 21, 2018. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, disabling disease that disrupts the flow of information between the brain and body. MS is different for everyone, and that makes it all the more challenging.

Mile by mile, dollar by dollar, Bike MS provides needed funding to ensure people affected by MS can live their best lives. I truly appreciate your support. Your tax-deductible contribution will help create life-changing programs for people living with MS.

If you already contributed this year: Thank you!

To make a donation online, click below:
http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/NYNBikeEvents?px=13657273&pg=personal&fr_id=29981

To send a donation, mail to:
National MS Society – NYC – Southern NY Chapter
Attn. Bike MS NYC
733 Third Ave, Third Floor
New York, NY 10017-3204

All checks should be payable to:

NYC-Southern NY Chapter of the National MS Society

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Class Action Lawsuit Forms Against Sinclair Broadcasting

Sinclair Broadcasting TV Stations Under InvestigationIf you have invested in Sinclair Broadcasting shares between February 22nd, 2017 and July 19th, 2018, you may be entitled to compensation if a newly forming class action lawsuit proves successful. The complaint charges the company with violating federal securities laws and failing to disclose important information to investors. If you have lost $100,000 or more due to Sinclair Broadcasting’s actions, you have until October 9th, 2018 to become part of the legal action pending in the States District Court for the District of Maryland.

What Happened to Sinclair Broadcasting?

Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcasting was not just denied a $3.9 billion merger that would’ve linked over 200 stations across the country. Now, in what Variety Magazine called “a spectacular crash and burn,” Tribune filed a $1 billion lawsuit, accusing Sinclair of breaching its obligations to get the deal cleared by federal regulators. The Justice Department is reviewing actions taken by Sinclair, Tribune, and other broadcast groups for potential antitrust violations.

According to Tribune, Sinclair “engaged in belligerent and unnecessarily protracted negotiations with DOJ and the FCC over regulatory requirements.” Further, they contend that Sinclair “rejected clear paths to regulatory approval” and “found, threatened, insulted, and misled regulators” to retain control over stations they were obligated to sell. The lawsuit claims selling stations in 10 problematic markets would  have enabled the deal to go through, but instead, Sinclair “invited litigation” over divestitures and “went so far as to threaten to file its own lawsuit against the DOJ.”

The Merger Had Critics On Both Sides of Political Spectrum

The Sinclair merger may have been doomed from the start, with left-leaning opponents worried Sinclair would have served as a mouthpiece for President Trump to make his way into local newscasts while those on the right such as Newsmax figurehead Chris Ruddy fearing the concentration of ownership “posed serious risks for diverse and balanced news in America’s heartland.” The American Cable Association said the failed merger is great news for consumers who would’ve paid higher rates for television. However, the collapse wasn’t good news for everyone.

Why Does A Failed Merger Matter to Citizens?

Sinclair Broadcast Group shares took an 11.8% nose-dive after FCC Chairman Aijt Pai expressed concerns about the merger. Similarly, Tribune Media shares fell as much as 18%. These sharp declines resulted in losses of more than $100,000 for some shareholders.

The complaint alleges that the Defendants:

  • Made false and/or misleading statements and omitted material facts
  • Failed to disclose important information about the company’s operations and proposed merger
  • Attempted to openly defy the FCC’s broadcast ownership rules
  • Failed to disclose that the merger was not in compliance with FCC rules and regulations
  • Proposed divestitures that were sham transactions in violation with federal securities laws
  • Did not use their best efforts to overcome obstacles to regulatory approval

Get Help Filing a Claim

Contact Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. to speak to an experienced attorney in New York and New Jersey. We have over four decades of experience with class action lawsuits. We’re big enough to do it all, and small enough to care! With a class action lawsuit, you can expect a representative party (the “lead plaintiff”) to act on behalf of all class members in establishing a compelling argument in favor of compensation for all affected parties. If the litigation is successful, all members of the party can be eligible to receive a portion of the compensation package.

Additional Resources on the Class Action Against Sinclair Broadcasting:

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