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San Diego Attorney Awarded Top Honors for Groundbreaking Work in Civil Rights Case Against Orange County Social Services Agency

San Diego (PRWEB) November 7, 2007

On November 2, 2007, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association awarded a San Diego attorney top honors in electing him as the “Top Gun – Trial Attorney of The Year” in the area of civil rights. The award was based on the 4.9 million dollar jury verdict obtained by Deanna Fogarty-Hardwick, against Orange County, its Social Services Agency, and two of its social workers Marcia Vreeken and Helen Dwojak earlier this year in a lawsuit alleging violations of her Constitutional right to familial association.

This case (Fogarty-Hardwick v. County of Orange, et al.; Superior Court of California, County of Orange; Case No. 01CC02379; Trial before Hon. Ronald L. Bauer, Dept. CX103) was brought by Deanna Fogarty against the County of Orange, Marcia Vreeken, Elaine Wilkins, and their supervisor Helen Dwojak to recover damages arising from Defendants alleged falsification of evidence, perjury, and suppression of exculpatory evidence during a juvenile dependency action back in February of 2000. On March 23, 2007 after over six years of litigation and a seven week trial, an Orange County Jury found against Orange County, social worker Marcia Vreeken, and social worker supervisor Helen Dwojak and awarded monetary damages of $ 4.9 million. A third social worker, Elaine Wilkins was found not liable.

In addition to seeking damages, Ms. Fogarty also sought to enjoin the Orange County Social Services Agency from continuing its allegedly unlawful practice of making allegations of wrong doing against parents in dependency proceedings without supporting evidence. On May 14, 2007 Orange County Superior Court Judge, Ronald Bauer (Dept. CX-103) issued an injunction against the Orange County Social Services Agency requiring the agency to obtain “reasonable and articulable evidence” prior to initiating dependency proceedings alleging abuse, neglect, or abandonment of a child.

In accepting the “Top Gun” award Shawn A. McMillan said: “Ms. Fogarty should not have had to step outside her community to find an attorney to represent her. Trial attorneys are a pretty elite group, and as officers of the court we have taken an oath, and it is our duty, to protect and defend the Constitution, and the rights arising therefrom. These cases are important cases and should be brought and tried. We’ve proven that they can be won, now its your job to carry the ball the rest of the way, to accept these types of cases, and force a change in the system.”

For additional information, contact:

Shawn A. McMillan, Esq.

THE LAW OFFICES OF SHAWN A. McMILLAN, A.P.C.

4955 Via Lapiz

San Diego, California 92122

Telephone: (858) 646-0069

Facsimile: (206) 600-4582

Website: http://www.mcmillan-law.com

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SAFE & Sound: DC Musicians Raise Awareness and Support for Local Domestic Violence Agency

Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 1, 2008

On Thursday, October 9, 2008, Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE), Inc., invites you to join our staff, volunteers, and friends at The Rock and Roll Hotel for SAFE & Sound, a benefit concert featuring the music of Laura Burhenn (formerly of Georgie James), Olivia & The Housemates, Lode Runner, and The Spiritual Machine (formerly KOKO). These incredibly talented local musicians are generously donating their time to perform at this event, so that all proceeds go to support SAFE’s critical work of supporting domestic violence victims in the Washington, DC community. Tickets for SAFE & Sound are $ 10, and can be purchased at the door or in advance through The Rock and Roll Hotel website.

SAFE is a nonprofit organization that provides services to domestic violence survivors in the DC metro area who are dealing with the courts or the police to obtain protection from abuse. SAFE provided court-based services through 5,737 client contacts in 2007 through their work out of DC Superior Court’s two Domestic Violence Intake Centers, and also provided after-hours crisis support to 647 survivors who contacted the Metropolitan Police Department for assistance.

Domestic violence rates in Washington, DC are shockingly high for such a small jurisdiction. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) received 31,304 domestic-related crime calls in 2007–one every 17 minutes–an increase of 7.3% from 29,179 calls in 2007. In the same year, 4,811 clients visited DC’s two Domestic Violence Intake Centers (DVICs)–an average of 19 clients each day. This number shows an increase of 2.4% from 4,696 clients in 2006. And perhaps most shocking of all, domestic/family violence homicides, not including child abuse, accounted for 6% of all murders in the District of Columbia (14% of all female murders and 3% of all male murders) from 2002 to 2004, in cases where homicide motives can be established.

These figures make it clear that there is so much more work to be done to ensure that everyone in our community has the support and resources they need to live a life free of fear and violence. Your support can help make this happen.

And it all starts with one concert.

About Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE), Inc.

Founded in 1997 as a program of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, SAFE separated from the Coalition and incorporated as an independent organization in October 2006. SAFE serves over 6,000 survivors of domestic violence each year and provides a 24-hour continuum of court- and police-based services through its two direct service programs. More information about SAFE is available at http://www.dcsafe.org.

About the bands

Laura Burhenn is formerly one half of the band Georgie James, begun in 2005 with John Davis, drummer from the defunct DC trio Q And Not U. In January of 2007, Laura released their first single (“Need Your Needs”) on her pet label, Laboratory Records. The duo released their debut LP, “Places,” on Saddle Creek Records in September of 2007. The pair recently separated to focus on their solo careers. Laura has achieved great renown within the local and national musical scene for her lyrical, lilting, yet commanding singing voice and her enchanting piano accompaniment. For more information, visit http://lauraburhenn.com.

Olivia & The Housemates came together in the spring of 2005 when a group of friends–Edward Donohue (guitar), Kristin Forbes (bass, vocals), Randy Scope (drums), and Dan Swenson (trumpet, organ, vocals)–agreed to help Olivia (vocals, guitar) put together some songs she had been working on. Naming the group was easy: most of the musicians already were housemates. Since then, this group has been making a splash with their infectious, upbeat, folk-pop-rock sound, incorporating trumpets, hand clapping, and Olivia’s own earnest, sweetly soulful voice. For more information, visit http://www.oliviamancini.com.

Lode Runner is not superhuman, and does not have abilities that are far beyond those of any normal group of individuals. Wielding analogue synthesizers, striking guitar chords and syncopated electronic rhythms, they inebriate a mode of consciousness waiting to wake up from that long rest of elevator sound ringing from the city. Four individuals burn down that city and then construct monuments architected in a basement. Their live show is one to enjoy! For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/loderunnerband.

The Spiritual Machine (formerly KOKO) has been described as “2/3 straight, 100% awesome.” A guitar/synth/drums trio, the Machine whips up frenzied, sharp dance-rock peppered with elements of funk and post-punk. Their one and only goal: get the crowd moving. More information about the Spiritual Machine is available at http://www.myspace.com/thespiritualmachine.

About the venue

The Rock and Roll Hotel–not actually a hotel–is a concert hall and bar in Northeast DC’s hip H Street Corridor that hosts an impressive variety of local and not-so-local artists from all ends of the music spectrum. Housed in a renovated former morgue, the Hotel features fashionably distressed mismatched furniture in its upstairs lounge area, winged guitars dangling from the ceiling, and deliciously Victorian oversized gilt mirrors lining both floors. The Hotel opened in August 2006 and quickly established itself as a favored venue of local music lovers, whether enjoying a show in the first floor stage area or lingering over cocktails in the comfortable second floor bar. For more information, visit The Rock and Roll Hotel website at http://www.rockandrollhoteldc.com.

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Housekeeper and Domestic Staff Recruitment Agency Marshall Harber Taps Internet to Enhance Client Services

(PRWEB) October 30, 2008 –

Domestic staff recruitment agency Marshall Harber recently launched http://www.householdstaffonline.com, connecting housekeepers, cooks, maids, and other registered and qualified household staff directly with clients. Their innovative online interface virtually eliminates costly agency fees.

A well-established UK domestic staff agency Marshall Harber created their new website as an alternative to sourcing household staff and to combat the financial hardship that many are feeling as the credit crunch takes its economic toll on society. By giving their clients direct access to household staff candidates, Marshall Harber hopes to improve the methods and channels by which clients can locate and select trained household staff, and do so at an affordable price.

Clients now have complete access to a database of housekeepers, chauffeurs, chefs, cooks, personal assistants, security, maids, nannies, butlers, estate managers, gardeners, and much more at their fingertips.

Different than traditional job boards and websites where users can enter their own details and unverified credentials, all Marshall Harber candidates are sourced through their traditional parent recruitment agency. Clients are able to locate qualified staff candidates who posses relevant skills and experience.

The user-friendly website allows clients to view all CVs before being required to pay; however, a relatively small payment is required before making direct contact with an unlimited number of database staff members. Text messages sent directly to candidatesÂ’ phones helps ensure anonymity for all parties and also protects candidates from having to post sensitive information on the website. Text messages are managed and sent through the website and contain only details of how candidates may contact the client to discuss the position.

By adding this online component to their top-rate staffing services, Marshall Harber is able to place the tools available to its trained recruitment consultants direct into the hands of clients who prefer a more hands-on approach to selecting domestic help. This means that the same high calibre staff can now be sourced for a fraction of the normal staff recruitment agency fee.

To ensure that every candidate found on the website database has relevant skills and experience, all CVs are reviewed by a Marshall Harber consultant. Users can then easily search through the categories to locate candidates who match their specific domestic household needs.

The remarkably easy to use website makes searching for housekeepers and other domestic staff members a breeze. From the novice to the experienced internet user, http://www.householdstaffonline.com has been designed with the user in mind. The candidate database is updated daily with new staff profiles after being vetted by the experienced Marshall Harber staff through their London office in Kensington.

For help in identifying housekeepers, chefs, nannies, personal assistants, and any other domestic household staff, please contact professional staff recruitment agency Marshall Harber at http://www.marshallharber.com . For more information on their newly launched web interface, please visit http://www.householdstaffonline.com

Media contact:

Alex Facta

alex @ marshallharber.com

+44 207 938 2200

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Don Singleton a prominent Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney has chosen Click Ready Marketing an Atlanta SEO Agency to provide web marketing services.


Alpharetta, GA (Vocus) August 11, 2010

Don Singleton handles and serves clients throughout Georgia. Mr. Singleton has earned a reputation for being a thorough and creative lawyer that fights hard for his clients. Personal injury is an umbrella term that can cover many different kinds of injuries. This is why the internet is the best place for him to advertise. Click Ready Marketing has experience in assisting law firms by increasing their web presence and focusing their on-line message. This Georgia SEO company understands the value of Mr. Singletons offering and how he can positively affect (as much as possible) the outcomes of injury victims lives.

Don Singleton, as an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer has had many interesting cases involving horrific personal injuries, dog bite injuries, and even unusual cases such as man bites child. Mr. Singleton says; when the stakes are high, his firm is who to call. Here are just a few of the cases his legal team can handle if the need arises:

Massachusetts Ross Insurance Agency, Inc. Gives a Few Tips on How to Run a Successful Small Business


Holyoke, Massachusetts (PRWEB) June 22, 2011

Ross Insurance Agency, Inc., locally based in Holyoke, MA, is the perfect poster child for a thriving small business and has created some tips for others like them. These helpful guidelines were compiled in order to help create an environment for success. It is certainly possible for anyone to start or run a small business as long as they have a positive attitude and a tireless work ethic.

1. Write a business plan.

This includes any sort of plan, as long as it is on paper so the idea is not lost. Typically a small business is started from a passion and grows into wanting to make that passion into a profession. However, no matter how enthusiastic one is about the small business, it won’t be successful unless a plan is in place for how everything will be started and ultimately run. A business plan is essential because it allows for experimentation with the strategy for the business on paper before anything becomes more concrete.

2. Create a stable foundation, which is done through hiring the right people.

Don’t just hire the first person that comes along with the basic qualifications needed. Look for someone with motivation, creativity, and the right kind of personality to make it in the industry and fits in with the business mission. Then, a solid team will form to accomplish the goals set by the business,

3. Keep an edge over the competition.

There are many ways to gain a competitive edge, such as having a better product, a more efficient manufacturing or distribution process, a more convenient location, better customer service, or a better understanding of the changing marketplace. The best way to remain on top is to stay proactive. For example, Ross Insurance Agency, Inc. has taken on a proactive role in the community by utilizing social media. From Facebook to Twitter, the agency has established a following of loyal customers and community members in order create a successful business and environment for all.

4. Most importantly, protect your business.

This is where Ross Insurance comes in. Having a small business is worthwhile, but exposes the owner to liability for business debts and judgments. Creditors and judgment holders can come after the owners’ personal assets, like savings accounts and homes, once the business’ money is depleted. Business is unpredictable, but buying business insurance doesnt have to be. The agencys Massachusetts small business insurance plan matches the specific needs of the client and fits the budget. Their business insurance solutions strategically help to reduce the financial impact of unexpected losses like natural disasters, lawsuits, employee injuries, and more.

Ross Insurance encourages anyone who wants to start a business to love what they are doing and be passionate about the people they are serving. Need further advice and ideas? The agency also encourages entrepreneurs to check out the U.S. Small Business Administration for helpful tips regarding starting and managing a business. Through hard work, networking and a positive attitude, anyone can run a successful small business!

About Ross Insurance Agency, Inc:

Proudly located in Holyoke Massachusetts, Ross Insurance Agency is dedicated to serving the insurance needs of local individuals, families and businesses. Since 1925, Ross has been committed to fostering a positive reputation for their agency; striving to emerge as a leading coverage provider, above all other Massachusetts insurance companies. Ross specializes in providing superior Auto, Home, Business, Group and Life Insurance to residents across the state; in addition to various specialty insurance solutions.

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Agency Workers Regulations Come Into Force

(PRWEB UK) 1 October 2011

On 1 October 2011, the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 come into effect. These Regulations provide for agency workers to be put on the same basic terms as the permanent employees of their hirer after a qualifying period of 12 weeks.

Gareth Kervin, Partner at Kervin & Barnes Solicitors (Mayfair, London) says: These regulations are a significant change for anyone taking on temporary workers.

He added: They are likely to make temporary agency workers a less attractive option for employers.

The Regulations were published earlier this year but it is likely that their effect will still come as a surprise to many. Employers need to be aware that they cannot contract out of these obligations protecting agency workers.

An agency worker is defined as someone working under a contract of employment with a temporary work agency, who is assigned to a hirer to work temporarily under that hirers supervision and direction (i.e. a temp sent by an agency to a company).

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 apply to employment businesses and not employment agencies. The term employment business refers to an organisation that supplies workers to hirers for temporary work; whereas employment agency refers to an organisation that finds permanent employment for individuals.

The Regulations will not apply to those who are employed directly by the end user/hirer. Nor will they apply to the genuinely self-employed or those employed on a managed service contract. Agency workers with employment arrangements via intermediaries or umbrella companies will, however, come under the Regulations.

Gareth Kervin, Partner at Kervin & Barnes Solicitors (Mayfair, London) pointed out: direct employment of those who previously were agency workers is one way in which employers are likely to mitigate the impact of the Regulations.

The Regulations provide for Day 1 rights for agency workers including the right to be informed of vacancies within the hirers organisation and access to on-site facilities such as a canteen, gym or child-care facilities.

More importantly, following a period of 12 weeks, temporary workers will be entitled to equal treatment in relation to the same basic terms including: pay, certain bonuses, rest breaks and annual leave.

The equal treatment of agency workers is in comparison to those directly recruited by the end user and the agency workers comparator can be either an employee or a worker. There is a 12 week qualification period before the right to equal treatment kicks in. However, this period is measured in weeks and not hours or days. For example, an agency worker taken on for a half day every Friday would be entitled to the same basic terms as a direct recruit after 12 weeks.

The period of continuity is broken when there is a break or six weeks or more (during or between assignments in the same job) or the agency worker commences a new or substantially different role.

Gareth Kervin, Partner at Kervin & Barnes Solicitors outlined: certified sickness absence and annual leave both pause the period of service.

In the case of maternity leave, an agency workers continuity will continue to accrue for the intended duration of the placement or its likely duration if none was specified. Employers are not required to pay maternity leave benefits to an agency worker but the worker will have the right to time off for ante-natal appointments and the same health and safety duties as apply to permanent staff.

Gareth Kervin, Partner at Kervin & Barnes Solicitors outlined: Liability under the Agency Worker Regulations lies with the temporary work agency. However, if an agency can show that they have taken reasonable steps to obtain the relevant information from the hirer then liability will lie with the hirer.

He added: It is solely the end users responsibility to provide the Day 1 rights.

Another way in which employers and agencies are seeking to avoid the impact of the Regulations is for the recruitment agency to take the worker on permanently. This is known as the Swedish derogation. Gareth Kervin, Partner at Kervin & Barnes Solicitors said: this method would allow agencies to reduce the impact of the Regulations on themselves and the end users. He added agency workers, however, would be left in a position where they were not protected by the new Regulations as they could be placed on minimal terms between their assignments.

For advice relating to agency workers or advice on any other employment related issues, contact Kervin & Barnes Solicitors on +44 (0)203 178 5361, or visit the Kervin & Barnes website: http://www.kervinandbarnes.co.uk.

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Phone: +44 (0)203 178 5361

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Kervin & Barnes Solicitors are a niche employment law firm located in Mayfair, London.

The lawyers at Kervin & Barnes Solicitors have practised successfully at some of the Citys largest law firms and financial institutions.

Kervin & Barnes partner-led and commercially driven service concentrates on the unique requirements of each client. In-house experience and legal expertise have provided the foundation for value-added, long-term business partnerships with some of the worlds largest organisations, including global financial institutions, retailers and transport companies.

Kervin & Barnes clients include: Danone, Elizabeth Arden & P&O Ferrymasters.

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The Harper Agency Goes Above and Beyond Its Communitys North Carolina Business Insurance Needs with Daycare Coverage


Burlington, NC (PRWEB) November 14, 2011

The locally based insurance experts at The Harper Agency know that there is no one-size-fits-all policy when it comes to business insurance in North Carolina. Each company has its own unique insurance needs, especially those that are relied upon to care for their clients children. Many parents spend weeks looking for reputable and qualified daycare centers in which to enroll their kids. As businesses that deal with very sensitive matters like childcare, daycare providers must be prepared to protect their establishment and themselves with proper insurance.

Few local agencies offer North Carolina business insurance that is tailored specifically to the needs of daycare providers, but The Harper Agency is one of them. The agencys team of experts has experience assisting everyone from childcare providers who run small, home-based businesses, to those who manage larger centers.

With daycare insurance, local childcare services can be covered for:


Alienation of Affection Claims
Child Abuse Claims
Contractual Liability
Defense Coverage
Field Trips of Off-Premises Activities
Incidental Malpractice
Non-owned Auto Liability
Transportation Coverage

Daycare providers have unique insurance needs because they are entrusted with the care of their communitys children. The team at The Harper Agency is sensitive to the fact that some local businesses will require a higher level of North Carolina business insurance coverage, which is why it offers policies tailored to the unique needs of companies ranging from those that provide childcare services to religious institutions.

About The Harper Agency:

For over 60 years The Harper Agency has been proudly writing North Carolina insurance policies for its North Carolina neighbors. As a family owned and operated Burlington insurance company, The Harper Agency is focused on providing only top quality service to all of its customers. As a true testament to the agencys commitment to providing superior insurance solutions and service, The Harper Agency is proud of the fact that their first customer in 1949 needed auto insurance for a 1937 Chevy and this same client is still a satisfied customer to this day.

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Social Media Agency fishbat responds to the Growing Issue of Social Media Predators in Indonesia as Facebook Cracks Down on Illegal Activity

Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) November 03, 2012

On November 3rd, social media agency fishbat responds to an article published by Stuff.co.nz which reports that human trafficking and sexual predators have found a new hunting ground in social media. fishbat comments on the predators behavior as an irresponsible use of social media.

According to Stuff.co.nz, So far this year, 27 of the 129 children reported missing to Indonesia’s National Commission for Child Protection are believed to have been abducted after meeting their captors on Facebook, said the group’s chairman, Arist Merdeka Sirait. One of those befriended on the social media site has been found dead.

Stuff.co.nz reported that In the month since the Depok girl was found near a bus terminal September 30, there have been at least seven reports of young girls in Indonesia being abducted by people they met on Facebook. Although no solid data exists, police and aid groups that work on trafficking issues say it seems to be a particularly big problem in the Southeast Asian archipelago.

Social media was meant to bring people together. Unfortunately, Facebook has corrupted individuals using this platform for their own agendas. It is up to the user to protect themselves from suspected dangers when using social media, comments Sida Li, fishbat VP of Internal Operations.

The article states that Facebook says its investigators regularly review content on the site and work with authorities, including Interpol, to combat illegal activity. It also has employees around the world tasked with cracking down on people who attempt to use the site for human trafficking.

fishbat applauds Facebook for standing up to this irresponsible use of social media, comments Li. Facebook protects its users and that says a lot to marketing firms everywhere.

fishbat, Inc. is a full service social media agency. With social media management, search engine optimization (SEO), web design, and public relations, fishbat strives as a marketing company to raise awareness when it comes to your brand and strengthen your corporate image.

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Accounts Receivable Collection Agency, Rapid Recovery Solutions, Comments On CNN Money Article Revealing Shocking Threats To Collect Debts

Bohemia, N.Y. (PRWEB) February 09, 2013

On February 9, John Monderine, CEO of Rapid Recovery Solution, comments on an article published by CNN Money, which lists some of the recent unprofessional ways collectors are going after debtors.

According to the article published by CNN Money, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act forbids collectors from threatening debtors by using violence, explicit language, continuous calling, inflating a debt and posing as lawyers. The laws also state that a collector cant tell debtors they will arrest them or take money from paychecks unless ordered by a court.

The article lists a plethora of ways debt collectors have illegally tried to satisfy a debt, including threats to take away children, posing as a law firm, promising to hurt pets or even digging up dead bodies.

A collection agency was fined over $ 700,000 last month after one of its collectors attempted to collect outstanding funeral debts, the article said. The collector threatened to dig up the graves of the debtors children and hang them on a tree or leave them outside the debtors door.

John Monderine, CEO of accounts receivable collection agency Rapid Recovery Solution, said harassing and threatening debtors will not speed up the collection process. Insulting them and threatening them is just going to push them away and force them to take legal action against you, he said. While the main objective is to satisfy a debt, collectors need to realize its better to assist the debtor than attack them or back them into a corner. Offer them solutions to how they can pay the debt.

Another recent tactic was threatening to take a debtors kids away by calling Child Protective Services, the article said. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) banned a debt collector from using tactics like threatening to arrest or put a debtor in jail. The article said the collector told consumers that when they go to jail, police or child protective services would take their minor children into government custody.

Monderine said the FTC had every right to take legal actions against those collectors. As collectors, we have legal responsibilities and laws to abide by, he said. No matter how frustrating some debtors might be, we cant make our own exceptions to the laws. Its a violation of debt collection practices, as well as invasion of privacy.

Founded in 2006, Rapid Recovery Solution, Inc. is headquartered at the highest point of beautiful Long Island. Rapid Recovery Collection Agency is committed to recovering your funds. We believe that every debtor has the ability to pay if motivated correctly. We DO NOT alienate the debtors; we attempt to align with them and offer a number of ways to resolve not only your debt but also all their debts.

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ChoicePoint’s VitalChek Signs Applicant Authentication Agreement with 100th Government Agency

Brentwood, TN (PRWEB) January 4, 2008

VitalChek Network Inc. (vitalchek.com), a ChoicePoint (NYSE: CPS) company and America’s leading source for government-issued birth certificates and other vital records, has signed its 100th government agreement with the Larimer County Health Department in Fort Collins, Colo., to provide ChoicePoint’s ProCheck and ProID knowledge-based authentication products. The products will assist in efforts to reduce identity theft for birth certificate or other vital record requests. In addition, Larimer County also will use express certificate services offered through VitalChek.

“ProCheck and ProID helps to ensure that your personal information is protected,” said Billy Burn, VitalChek vice president of sales. “Customers may safely and conveniently order vital records online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

“We have been increasing the requirements for identification to protect our customers from identity theft,” said Ron Hyman, state registrar of vital events for the State of Colorado. “Some of our customers are in situations where they have lost documents due to fire and storms and need to re-establish their identities, and VitalChek allows them to do that.”

VitalChek’s state-of-the-art applicant verification methods make it safe and convenient to order official copies of vital documents, including birth and death certificates, and marriage and divorce records via the Internet. The ProCheck service verifies the actual existence of a person trying to place an order and helps spot fraudulent identities, while ProID generates an interactive verification quiz that ensures that the person placing an order is whom they claim to be.

Larimer County is the 100th government agency to use VitalChek authentication services. Other agencies using VitalChek authentication services include Virginia Vital Records, New Mexico Vital Records, Colorado Department of Health and Cook County Vital Records, which provides birth certificates for the city of Chicago.

VitalChek Network Inc., a ChoicePoint Company, is America’s first online remote ordering service for life’s important documents. For almost 20 years, VitalChek has provided an affordable, easy and reliable way to obtain official government vital records as an official service provider for more than 600 government agencies throughout the United States and U.S. Territories, safely delivering millions of important documents every year. VitalChek is the preferred source for online birth certificates for congressional offices, passport acceptance agencies, travel agencies, major airlines and cruise lines, post offices, school administrators, tour operators, department of defense and military recruiters, sports organizations, hospitals, public health agencies and courts and social services agencies. Additional information is available at vitalchek.com.

About ChoicePoint:

ChoicePoint (NYSE: CPS) provides businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations with technology, software, information and marketing services to help manage economic and physical risks as well as identify business opportunities. Consumers have free access to the reports we create at ChoiceTrust.com. Learn what we do to protect consumer privacy by visiting PrivacyatChoicePoint.com and, for more information on our company, go to ChoicePoint.com.

ChoicePoint, ProCheck and ProID are registered trademarks of ChoicePoint Asset Company.

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