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TOM KEENAN SUMMITTED 4 MOUNTAINS IN 6 MONTHS!

 

May, 2014 - Mount Nevis Peak, 3,232 Feet

 

August, 2014 - Mount Huron, CO - 14,010 feet

 

September, 2014, Mount Kinsman, NH - 4,357 feet

 

October, 2014 Mount Madison via the Hawker Ridge Trail, NH - 5,367 feet

 

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2014 PERKIOMEN CREEK SOJOURN

For the 7th year in a row, KEENAN, CICCITTO & ASSOCIATES will be sponsoring the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy's PERKIOMEN CREEK SOJOURN!  This year's sojourn will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 9:00am until approximately 3:30pm.  The trip will begin at Red Fox Park which is located across the street from the Conservancy's Headquarters at 1 Skippack Pike in Schwenksville and will end at Hoy Park on Arcola Road in Lower Providence Township.  All canoers and kayakers from beginners to the most experienced are invited to participate as we explore the Perkiomen and enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Registration is now open! Cliock here for more info and registration form Sojourn Registration and forward it to the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy.

 

 

CONSUMER PROTECTION

AGAINST HARASSING DEBT COLLECTORS

Keenan, Ciccitto & Associates represents consumers who have been harassed and/or sued by debt collectors, including banks, credit card companies, and debt buyers such as Cavalry Portfolio Services, LLC (or its affiliates Cavalry SPV I, SPV II and SPV IV) and American Credit & Collections, Inc.

Frequently, debt collectors violate state and federal law by harassing and threatening consumers, misrepresenting the amount of a debt or the steps that will be taken to collect a debt, refusing to verify a debt upon request, debiting consumers' bank accounts without authorization, and filing suit beyond the statute of limitations.

Keenan, Ciccitto & Associates can help to stop debt collector harassment, defend against lawsuits filed by debt collectors, and in appropriate cases, sue debt collectors for violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, and other statutes.  In order to have the best chance of success, we recommend that consumers contact us as soon as possible after harassment occurs or a lawsuit is filed.

 

 

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ALEX'S LEMONADE STAND

KCA hosted an Alex's Lemonade Stand again this year at the Collegeville Fire Company's Annual Car Show.  We enjoyed a gorgeous sunny day and received $542 in donations for children affected by cancer.  We are so grateful to everyone who came by and contributed and helped make our stand a success!!

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WARNING TO ALL BUSINESS OWNERS

Right now business corporation owners all over Pennsylvania are receiving official looking green envelopes from “Corporate Records Service” calling for “Annual Minutes Requirement Statement” and a payment of $125. Be warned — this is NOT an official government mailing, this is NOT the PA Department of State, and you are NOT required to send this private company your corporate information and credit card information. Consult your attorney before doing anything.

 

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KEENAN CICCITTO DEFENDS COMCAST AND VERIZON CUSTOMERS

IN NEW ROUND OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT CASES

Keenan, Ciccitto & Associates is representing local internet customers who have recently received notices of subpoena from their internet service providers (Comcast and Verizon) as part of lawsuits alleging copyright infringement.

An adult film company, Malibu Media, LLC has filed multiple mass copyright infringement lawsuits in the federal court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, as well as nearly identical lawsuits in other states.  The lawsuits claim that internet users downloaded their copyrighted adult films using a computer program called BitTorrent.  The lawsuits demand actual damages, injunctive relief, and statutory damages of $150,000.00 from the unnamed John Doe defendants, currently identified only by their IP addresses.  Malibu Media, LLC has served subpoenas in an attempt to force internet service providers such as Comcast and Verizon to reveal the names, addresses and phone numbers of the customers who were assigned the IP addresses allegedly used to download the copyrighted material.

Some of the cases filed by Malibu Media, LLC in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania include Malibu Media LLC v. John Does 1-15, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Case no. 2:12-cv-00664); Malibu Media LLC v. John Does 1-17, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Case no. 2:12-cv-00665); Malibu Media LLC v. John Does 1-10, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Case no. 2:12-cv-00666); Malibu Media LLC v. John Does 1-11, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Case no. 2:12-cv-00667); Malibu Media LLC v. John Does 1-22, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Case no. 2:12-cv-00668); Malibu Media LLC v. John Does 1-30, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, (Case No. 2:12-cv-03953-RB); Malibu Media LLC v. John Does 1-35, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, (Case No.5:12-cv-03959-JS).

Keenan, Ciccitto & Associates is prepared to defend its clients at trial if necessary, and has already identified several applicable defenses- for example that some of the works are not actually copyrighted, that the plaintiff willfully made it works available for download, that any copyright infringement that occurred was not willful, or that the infringement was committed by someone other than the Comcast or Verizon customer (such as a family member, a household guest who used the home’s wireless internet connection, or a neighbor or stranger who either accessed a home’s unsecured wireless connection or hacked into a secure wireless connection).  Keenan, Ciccitto & Associates recommends that anyone who get a notice of subpoena from their internet service provider should immediately contact an attorney for advice.

 

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KEENAN, CICCITTO & ASSOCIATES

TO HOST ALEX’S LEMONADE STAND

TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER

AUGUST 12, 2012

 

In an effort to join the battle against childhood cancer, the Collegeville law firm of Keenan, Ciccitto & Associates will host an Alex’s Lemonade Stand on Sunday, August 12, 2012, from 10:00am to 5:00pm (rain date August 19thin the front lawn of their offices at 376 East Main Street, Collegeville, PA. The attorneys and staff of the firm were inspired to get involved with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation after seeing a local news story on Alexandra “Alex” Scott.  After finding out how easy it was to get involved, they decided to hold a lemonade stand of their own.

Keenan, Ciccitto & Associates will be hosting Alex’s Lemonade Stand for the second year in a row during the Collegeville Fire Company’s 13th Annual Car Show on August 12, 2012.  The car show draws thousands of visitors to Main Street each year.  The lemonade stand will be held in the front lawn of the office and will be providing ice cold lemonade as well as some delicious home baked goodies!  The attorneys and staff from the firm will be there from 10:00am to 5:00pm serving up lemonade and all proceeds will benefit the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.  The firm enjoys participating in this event to continue Alex’s mission of raising money to find a cure for childhood cancer.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $55 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 250 research projects nationally.

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LYNN FLEISHER - ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR

We are very proud to announce that Lynn Fleisher has received the Rotarian of the Year Award for her dedication and service to the Collegeville Rotary!  This award is given each year to the Rotarian who has best exemplified the service principles upon which the club is based.

               

 

For the full story, please click here for the Perkiomen Valley Patch article.

 

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Citizens Empowered by “Right to Know Law”

Passed on February 14, 2008, the Pennsylvania “Right to Know Law” made it easier than ever for Pennsylvanians to learn more about how their state and local governments and agencies operate and spend citizens’ tax dollars.  The Law applies to all requests for records made after December 31, 2008 and operates under the assumption that most government records should be public.  The Pennsylvania legislature passed the Law to enable more effective scrutiny of public officials’ use of public funds. 

Under the Law, an agency is required to provide public records in response to an appropriate request.  Of particular note is that an agency may not consider a citizen’s motivations in requesting access to public records.  In other words, an agency may not deny access to public records if, for some reason, the agency believes the requester lacks a “legitimate” purpose for viewing the records.  This provides Pennsylvanians substantial power in examining the use of public finds and holding public officials accountable.

Under the Law, a record in the possession of a state or local agency is presumed to be public unless it is either protected by a particular statute, protected by a privilege, or exempt under some other judicial order.  The burden, however, is on the agency to prove that the record is protected in some way.  Pennsylvanians also have access to legislative records under similar terms.  So if you are interested in learning how your state and local officials use your tax dollars, make an appropriate records request using the form available on the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records website.

 

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THE FIRM PHOTO SHOOT SEPTEMBER, 2011

In Front - Rowan Keenan and Thomas M. Keenan

In Back, Left to Right - Louise M. Petrillo, Thomas Pivnicny, Carole Krell, Susan Padworny,

Sherri X. Russo, Damien D. Brewster, Coleen Duncan

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