MLB faces federal lawsuit for transferring All-Star Recreation; leisure lawyer begins singing profession at 92

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Afternoon Briefs: MLB faces federal lawsuit over relocation of All-Star game; Entertainment lawyer starts singing at the age of 92

Atlanta Business Group is suing MLB for moving All-Star Game

Job Creators Network, a conservative small business organization, is suing Major League Baseball for moving the All-Star game out of Atlanta in July. In a 21-page complaint filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York City, Job Creators Network is calling for the game to be returned to the Georgia capital, $ 100 million in damages to local and state small businesses and $ 1 billion in punitive damages. The group cited events that caused the league’s decision, including the signing of a new electoral law by Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp March. (The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Fox business, Newsweek,, May 31st complaint)

Entertainment attorney in Los Angeles starts singing career at age 92

Bert Fields, a 92-year-old Los Angeles lawyer who has represented the Beatles, Tom Cruise, Madonna and other famous artists, has officially started his singing career. On May 14th the Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger partner debuted his own interpretation of “Back in the saddle“on Youtube. When asked why he chose the Gene Autry song, Fields said:” Somehow the lyrics and the music got me. ” Hollywood reporter)

SCOTUS rejects Johnson & Johnson appeal over $ 2 billion surcharge in baby powder case

The U.S. Supreme Court has dismissed Johnson & Johnson’s appeal on $ 2.12 billion in damages to women who alleged their ovarian cancer was caused by asbestos in the company’s baby powder. Last year, the Missouri Court of Appeals overturned Johnson & Johnson’s challenge to the 22 plaintiffs’ claims for damages and punitive damages, whose claims were in litigation, but reduced their total from the $ 4.69 billion originally decided by a jury . The company had argued that the amalgamation of different baby powder-related claims and the size of the jury’s compensation claim violated due process rights. ((Reuters, Forbes, June 1st assignment)

Attorney suspended for 90 days after making false claims about the judge

On Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court Disciplinary Committee suspended attorney Harold K. Widdison of Sioux City, Iowa, for 90 days for his conduct during his post-divorce litigation and managing escrow accounts. The board alleged ethical violations arising from various events during the litigation, including an amending case in which Widdison falsely alleged that a judge had told the parties that “she had some form of brain tumor and that the court’s decision would take a long time becomes”. . ”The board also alleged that Widdison had repeated the false claims. “While we all in the judiciary must be prepared for fair and unfair criticism, the unfounded attacks by an Iowa attorney on a judicial officer in this case are incomprehensible,” the board wrote in its statement. (The Lawyer blog, May 28th opinion)

ART BEAT: Stone Mountain Refrain to supply digital Singing Valentines | Leisure

Around this time last year, Stone Mountain Chorus barbershop quartets planned to deliver their annual Singing Valentines to homes, offices, schools, and hospitals across Atlanta. This was a Valentine’s Day tradition with a history going back decades.

Little did they know during their Valentine’s Day rounds that a brewing pandemic would change everything.

As the storm clouds of seizure and disease troubled the world, the singers of the Stone Mountain Chorus watched art organizations close their doors and postpone events.

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The vocal group’s last personal indoor rehearsal took place on March 10, 2020. Unknown to the Georgia group participants, an event across the country halted their activities as well as that of many other choirs.

On the same day, a local choir in Mount Vernon, Washington, held a rehearsal that would become known as the “Super Spreader” event. The majority of the members of this choir have been infected with COVID-19. This event sent shock waves across the country, closing church and recreational chant groups from one side of the country to the other.

Stone Mountain Chorus then interrupted the regular rehearsals, switched to mostly virtual rehearsals and luckily avoided a similar event.

Almost a year has passed and Valentine’s Day comes on its usual date. Hearts will still yearn to show affection for loved ones, especially after the past 12 months.

Robert Siegel, President of the Stone Mountain Chorus, has an announcement that will lift the spirits of anyone looking to send a message of love to loved ones. The annual Singing Valentines take place in a virtual format.

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“On Sunday, February 14th, 2021, Valentine’s Day will roll around again. We know that it is still unsafe for our quartets to deliver personally, ”said Siegel.

A solution to save tradition comes from another arts organization. Marietta’s Big Chicken Chorus found itself in a similar situation and sought to partner with Stone Mountain Chorus to deliver personalized virtual singing Valentines.

“The partnership goes without saying, as our director Ben McDaniel is the singer in the Big Chicken Chorus and is currently their interim director,” said Siegel.

The Virtual Singing Valentine consists of a video with two traditional Valentines songs. “Heart of My Heart” and “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” are performed by the quartet and choir, with a background of photos of members of both choirs and their loved ones. A personalized photo and a message are attached at the end of the video.

“It’s not the same as being there,” said Siegel. “But the element of surprise can remain and it is always the thought that counts.”

Personalized Singing Valentine’s Day can be ordered from either the Stone Mountain Chorus website ( or the Big Chicken Chorus website (, or by calling (404) 482-3006.

Part of the proceeds will go to FOCUS & Fragile Kids, an organization that is dedicated to supporting children with disabilities and their families.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant who specializes in the arts. Email to hcalmes @