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Friday, January 29, 2010

Reinhard von Hennigs met Ambassador Scharioth

Der deutsche Botschafter Dr. Klaus Scharioth
war zu Besuch in Atlanta und es ergab sich ein Gespräch mit Reinhard von Hennigs.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

1990 or 2010: The Immigration question with the Advance Parole document

One may think the whole Y2K hype is done and over no. But ...

In Germany the ATM Machines stopped working January 1, 2010 (well, some ATM card did not process the new year)

In the USA Immigration does not seem to have entered the new year. They were printing and mailing documents with the date 01/05/1990 ... this month!

This error by processing Advance Parole documents (the so called "Form I-512") earlier this year created much concern. U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS) announced today that it will reissue these in response to documents that were mailed to applicants with an incorrect issue date of January 5, 1990 (instead of 2010). All affected documents have been identified and USCIS will automatically reissue documents to individuals who have received a document with the incorrect issue date.

see: with what to do if you got one of these - or call/email us!
Reinhard von Hennigs
law @ bdhlaw . net
+1 (704) 333 5230

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Apple vs. Fujitsu: the new iPad battle

The hype goes on... but from a legal point of view: there are other issued then the question: how will this new toy look like.

There is the the Copyright and the Trademark issue:

1. A company called Slate Computing registered for the iPad trademark in Canada in July. Similar trademark filings were made in Europe and Hong Kong in the same month. Whoever this Slate Computing company is, one may speculate: is it a front company for Apple?

2. However in the US another company owns the iPad trademark for handheld computing: Fujitsu.

What is the next step?Read more details.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Registration Begins for Temporary Protected Status to Haiti

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that eligible Haitian nationals in the United States may begin the application process for Temporary Protected Status. Details and procedures for applying for TPS are provided in the Federal Register notice published today.

On Jan. 15, 2010, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano designated TPS for eligible Haitian nationals as a result of the catastrophic earthquake that occurred in Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010.

The TPS designation for Haiti is effective January 21, 2010 and will remain in effect through July 22, 2011. The designation means that eligible Haitian nationals will not be removed from the United States and will also be eligible to apply to work in the United States. The 180-day registration period for eligible Haitian nationals to apply for TPS begins today and will end on July 20, 2010.

The designation applies only to those Haitians who resided in the United States on or before Jan. 12, 2010; TPS will not be granted to Haitian nationals who entered the United States after Jan. 12, 2010.

Haiti joins El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, and Sudan as countries currently designated for TPS.

If you are qualified for this status and need help, please contact us. We may assist you free of charge (pro bono).

Reinhard von Hennigs

law @ bdhlaw . net

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Immigrants from Haiti: Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Here may be some hope for persons from Haiti living in the USA. US Immigration (USCIS) may grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the United States.

The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. Eligible individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country may also be granted TPS.

However at this time Haiti is not on this list, but there is political discussion about adding Haiti as a country.

If you know politicians please contact them in the interest of humanity to convince USCIS to add Haiti. If you are from Haiti in the USA and are interested in help, please contact our law firm and we will attempt to help you free of charge as a pro bono client.

God bless!
Reinhard von Hennigs

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Auch die Johanniter helfen in Haiti.
Wenn Sie dort eine Spende taetigen wollen, dann folgen Sie bitte diesem Link.

Reinhard von Hennigs

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Earthquake in Haiti

As we have learned yesterday, a tremendous earthquake rocked the Haitian capital and outlying areas, demolishing numerous government buildings and hospitals. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and day-to-day life was already treacherous enough without the added catastrophe of a serious earthquake.

One of the best sources of information about the disaster and the relief groups that need your support can be found at The Lede, a blog on the New York Times website :

Below are the links to several charities that have been operating in Haiti, more aid organizations can also be found at

Text “HAITI” to “90999″ to make a $10 donation.
2025 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
(800) REDCROSS (733-2767)

226 Causeway St., 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-2206
(800) 77-OXFAM (776-9326)

Haiti Earthquake Relief
P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, Wash. 98063-9716
(888) 511-6548

333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001-5004
(888) 392-0392

The law firm of Byrne Davis and Hicks PC does not certify the charities’ fund allocations or administrative costs. More information about giving, for this and other causes, is available online from the GuideStar database on nonprofit agencies.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Trial Delayed due to Urgent Matter: Football

This is one of the most amusing court documents I've seen in a while.

A few weeks ago in Jefferson County, Alabama, the Defense attorneys for Energen Corp. requested a continuance from the Court in order to reschedule their trial date which had been calendared several months ago for January 4, 2010.

Why the sudden urgent need to change the trial date?

According to his official Motion to the Court, Defense Attorney Jon Terry noted the following circumstances:

1. One of the great college football teams in this State (The University of Alabama) has reached the National Championship Game; the last time such achievement occurred was 17 years ago.

2. Most of the attorneys representing all of the Defendants have tickets and reservations to be in Pasadena, California on January 6, 2010 - and the travel dates would conflict with the current trial schedule.

3. Many of the witnesses who would be testifying at trial also have tickets to attend the game in California.

4. Members of the jury would likely be distracted due to the game, and could be prejudiced by the distraction "caused by such a major event of such significant importance to so many people in this State."

So was the Motion to Continue granted? You bet it was.

I wonder if the same result would happen in the German courts if Germany makes it to the finals of the World Cup?

(Case No. 68-CV-2005-000927.00 in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, AL - titled: Mary Traywick, as Executor vs. Energen Corporation Et. Al.)