Maryland Attorney Mike Slocumb Comments on Google Privacy Class Action Lawsuit and NSA Surveillance Case

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) June 13, 2013

Baltimore, Maryland personal injury lawyer Mike Slocumb today said his law firm is handling a class action lawsuit that has privacy issues similar to the ones being raised in the story involving the National Security Administration and its collection of online content.

Slocumb said his client, Matthew C. Knowles of Maryland, was interviewed by CBS News on June 11, 2013. Knowles is named as a plaintiff in a Google privacy class action lawsuit (Knowles v. Google, Inc., case number 5:2013cv01601) filed April 9, 2013, in California Northern District Court. The lawsuit was originally filed in the District of Maryland.

In the complaint, Knowles alleges that Googles practice of intercepting emails sent to Maryland residents with Google Gmail accounts amounts to an invasion of privacy and is in violation of the Maryland Wiretap Act.

Knowles alleges in the complaint that the search engine giant routinely intercepts messages sent by non-Gmail subscribers to Gmail accounts without their knowledge or consent. The lawsuit alleges that Google uses the information it gathers to create a targeted advertisement directed at the non-Gmail subscriber.

There are parallels between our clients case and the case involving the government surveillance of private citizens, said Slocumb, a personal injury lawyer with an office in Baltimore. Search engine companies are monitoring private emails, and the National Security Agency is collecting domestic telephone data. The governments actions came to light after a former employee of a government contractor blew the whistle. In the case were handling, our client is helping to shine a light on what these search engine companies are doing. Its offensive and in some cases illegal when somebody intercepts communications that parties have a right to believe is sensitive, privileged and confidential.

Edward Snowden, a former employee of a government contractor who admitted leaking secret government documents about the controversial surveillance programs, may soon be facing charges, according report published on June 11, 2013, and titled Feds prepping charges against Edward Snowden: Sources.

Slocumb said some other states have privacy laws similar to Marylands. He said other lawsuits have been filed against Google and Yahoo in California, alleging that the companies violated the California Invasion of Privacy Act. The 12 states with laws stating that both parties must consent to being wiretapped or recorded include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington and Illinois.

Slocumb said people who live in any of the above-mentioned states may be entitled to be a part of a class action lawsuit. As personal injury lawyers, we believe in protecting the rights of people who have suffered losses, whether its in an accident or its through the reckless action of a large corporation. In the case involving Google, we believe the search engine company is intercepting emails and using the content without the senders permission. We believe our class action lawsuit is not just about any one person. Its about protecting the rights of everyone. Its about sending a message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.

About the Mike Slocumb Law Firm

The Mike Slocumb Law Firm helps people who have been harmed through the negligent actions of other individuals or companies pursue compensation. The firm, which can be founded online at, handles class action lawsuits as well as car accident claims, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, nursing home negligence and more. With offices throughout the country, the law firm works for clients on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay nothing if you dont win. For more information about what joining the Google privacy class action lawsuit, call 1-800-HURTLINE or complete the online contact form.

The Baltimore office for the Mike Slocumb Law Firm is located at 111 S. Calvert Street, Suite 2700, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202.

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Latest Installment of Federal Appeals Lawyer Stephen N. Preziosis U.S.S.G. Awareness Campaign Looks at Pepper v. United States 131 S. Ct. 1229

New York, New York (PRWEB) May 30, 2013

Federal appeals lawyer Stephen N. Preziosi is focusing Pepper v. United States 131 S. Ct. 1229 in his latest look at key cases that have shaped and influenced current United States Sentencing Guidelines (U.S.S.G.). In the case, the Supreme Court affirmed that District Court may, at resentencing, take into consideration evidence of a defendants rehabilitation for the purposes of granting a sentence that is a downward departure from the Guidelines range.

In 2003, the defendant and petitioner Pepper pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. The Government, in light of what it deemed as Peppers significant help in the case, called for a 15% downward departure from the applicable United States Sentencing Guidelines range. The District Court, however, sentenced Pepper to a 75% downward departure — an amount that provoked the Government to file an appeal.

At Peppers resentencing hearing in 2006, he was in the process of serving his term of supervised release. He had also undergone successful drug rehabilitation, enrolled in college, and was working part-time. In light of these positive factors, the District Court resentenced Pepper to a 40% downward departure from the bottom of the Guidelines range, plus an additional 59% downward departure given his post-conviction rehabilitation. As a result, his sentence was reduced to 24 months, with the trial judge stating that there was no practical purpose in sending Pepper back to prison.

Prostate Cancer Treatment Known as Focal Therapy Can Help Minimize Risk and Complications

Miami, Florida (PRWEB) May 29, 2013

Bert Vorstman MD, MS, FAAP, FRACS, FACS is a leading specialist in the management of localized prostate cancer employing minimally invasive and focal therapy techniques as well as active surveillance monitoring. He has posted his latest blog entitled, Focal Treatment of Early Prostate Cancer on his Uro Health Blog site.

Focal therapy of localized prostate cancer is a very attractive treatment option since it has the potential for curing a man while minimizing risk and complications. Focal treatment results are in sharp contrast to the current whole gland treatments with options such as the high-risk, irreversible radical surgery/robotic prostatectomy where there are very significant risks and no significant lives saved, said Dr Bert Vorstman, a Coral Springs Florida urologist with over 30 years of experience in the management of localized prostate cancer. Dr Vorstman cautioned however, Most prostate cancers are classed as favorable-risk Gleason 6 (3+3) prostate cancers and most of these may not need any treatment at all. The majority of men with localized favorable-risk Gleason 3+3 prostate cancer will outlive their cancer as it has a very long natural history and this type of prostate cancer tends not to progress. Except for men with high-risk prostate cancer which demands treatment, most men with Gleason 3+3 prostate cancers should simply undergo active surveillance through periodic monitoring.

Dr Vorstmans passion is the empowerment of men and their wives/partners about prostate cancer, management options and health choices. He is an outspoken patient advocate and a critic of overdiagnosis and overtreatment of favorable-risk Gleason 3+3 prostate cancers. His powerful messages and insights about prostate cancer reach many people through his website and blog,

To review Dr Vorstmans complete works on localized prostate cancer treatment and management go to or contact Dr Bert Vorstman at 877 783 4438 or, bvorstmanmd(at)gmail(dot)com

Relationship Coach Jo Ann Simmons New Relationship System Proven to Help Single Women Find True Love!

Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) May 23, 2013

Certified Relationship Coach Jo Ann Simmons spent twenty years after her divorce looking for the love of her life. Her failures were frustrating and heartbreaking. Like her current clients, she wanted more joy and a loving partner to share it with. After ultimately marrying her soul mate, Simmons put together a ten-step program based on her personal experience as well as her twenty-five year background as a professional counselor.

Now Simmons has launched Ten Step to Attracting Your Most Wonderful Love Relationship as an eCourse for single women.

With this guidance single women can now prevent unnecessary heartache and correct dating mistakes quickly and easily, says Simmons. It took me twenty years of trial and error to put together this unique system aimed at attracting a long-term committed relationship. Its a simple-to-follow home study course. But believe me, it really works!

Simmons says many single people get into dating without being prepared. They end up feeling frustrated or moving into complicated relationships that dont work because theyre unaware of the right way to approach dating. As a Certified Relationship Coach, her goal is to simplify the process of finding true love for single men and women who want an extraordinary life.

Through coaching Simmons guides single women and men on how to avoid relationship heart ache and meet their ideal love-match without struggle. She says relationship coaching is about empowering singles to discover their unique passions to unlock their own inner brilliance. Often, when these aspects come together, there are simple answers revealed to ensure successful dating.

Simmons clients decide what they want to work on. She then encourages the client to envision what an extraordinary life looks like, feels like, and would be like to live. The top priority for a Relationship Coach is to mirror back to the client their deepest desires. The next step is to encourage, mentor, and celebrate their successes. When a client stumbles, as anyone does from time to time, the coach is there to give them a helping hand and lift them back up.

When singles visit Simmons website,, they find several options available to them. She offers One-on-One Coaching, Group Coaching, Presentations, Dating Tips, and more. She also provides a bonus complimentary 30-minute coaching session offered to single women and men who want to clarify their dating goals. She has a great track record for helping clients find their ideal partner because Simmons found her own soul mate using the same tactics that she now teaches.

Through my proprietary coaching process singles discover how to align body, mind and spirit to bring in their ideal partner. My clients usually cant believe how simple it is once they get started, notes Simmons.


Jo Ann Simmons Coaching is based in Orlando, Florida. Singles who visit her website can sign up for her weekly Golden Dating Tips free of charge. Simmons meets with clients by telephone, Skype or in person. For more information on Simmons’ coaching services and new her eCourse, visit or contact her at: soulmatecoach(dot)media(at)gmail(dot)com.

“About 3 years ago I found myself single, looking for the right man, and looking for love. I went on several dates. I learned a lot about myself along with what I didn’t want in a relationship. Then my mom gave me Jo Ann’s book, Let True Love Find You. It gave me a whole new perspective on relationships and how to form long lasting love. I am grateful to say that I am now in the longest relationship I have ever been in and happier than I have ever been! Thank you Jo Ann for helping me on my journey to true love!” Sasha Morello

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