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KAPLAN LAW FIRM FOUNDER AND MANAGING ATTORNEY AUSTIN KAPLAN NAMED AUSTINITE OF THE YEAR

AUSTIN, TX–April 18, 2016 – At the Austin under 40 awards, Austin Kaplan received the award in the legal category and went on to receive prestigious recognition as “Austinite of the Year.”  Kaplan is the founder and managing attorney at Kaplan Law Firm, which focuses on employment and civil rights issues. He represents clients on a wide-range of matters including breach of employment contract, discrimination, wage and hour violations, marriage equality, and much more.

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KAPLAN LAW FIRM SECURES $219,500 COLLECTIVE ACTION SETTLEMENT FOR WORKERS’ UNPAID WAGES

AUSTIN, TX–April 4, 2016 – Kaplan Law Firm, PLLC and co-counsel Central Texas attorney Edmond Moreland recently settled a nationwide wage and hour collective action on behalf of 46 plaintiffs located across the country, including a plaintiff in Austin, TX.  The total maximum settlement value was $219,500, with $88,000 in attorneys’ fees and expenses, and a maximum amount of $131,500 available to be claimed by plaintiffs and the settlement class.

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AUSTIN ATTORNEY MR. AUSTIN H. KAPLAN HONORED BY TEXAS BAR FOUNDATION
Austin, TX–March 23, 2016 – Mr. Austin H. Kaplan with Kaplan Law Firm, PLLC has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of Mr. Kaplan’s contributions to the legal profession.

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COUPLE BELIEVED TO BE FIRST IN NATION TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION TO SECURE SAME-SEX SPOUSAL BENEFITS FROM A FAITH-BASED EMPLOYER AFTER SUPREME COURT’S RULING

Action affects up to 30,000 employees

Beaumont, TX–September 2, 2015 – Kaplan Law Firm, PLLC and O’Connell & Soifer LLP are pleased to announce that pursuant to legal action taken by their clients, CHRISTUS Health has agreed to change its health benefits plan so that coverage will now extend to all legally married couples, including same-sex couples.  CHRISTUS is a Catholic non-profit health system that includes more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, primarily in Texas and Louisiana.  This is believed to be the first time since the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision that a same-sex couple has taken legal action and secured healthcare benefits from a faith-based employer.

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HOOD COUNTY BELIEVED TO BE FIRST IN NATION TO PAY FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT FOR REFUSING TO ISSUE SAME SEX MARRIAGE LICENSES
Granbury, TX–August 17, 2015– O’Connell & Soifer LLP and Kaplan Law Firm PLLC are pleased to announce the settlement of their clients’ marriage equality lawsuit, James Cato and Jody Stapleton v. Katie Lang, in her official capacity as Hood County Clerk, No. 4:15-cv-491-A in the U.S. District Court, N.D. Texas, Ft. Worth Division.  Cato and Stapleton are believed to be the first same-sex couple whose challenge to a County Clerk for failure to issue a marriage license to them resulted in both the issuance of licenses and payment by the County of the attorneys’ fees incurred by the couple in fighting for their rights.  Hood County paid $43,872.10 to settle the case. 

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