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Wilentz News & Announcements

  Please Help Us Help Our Community Affected by Hurricane Sandy
(Thursday, November 08, 2012)
  Please Help Us Help Our Community Affected by Hurricane Sandy

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  Wilentz Firm Receives Tier 1 National Ranking From Best Lawyers and US News & World Report On “Best Law Firms” 2013 List
(Monday, November 05, 2012)
  The law firm of Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer, P.A. ("Wilentz") is proud to announce it has received a Tier 1 National Ranking for Mass Tort/Class Actions - Plaintiffs by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® for the third year in a row. Additionally, Wilentz received Tier 1 Metropolitan Ranking in New York City for Mass Tort/Class Actions - Plaintiffs.

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  Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer Announces 5 New Fall Associates
(Tuesday, October 09, 2012)
  Woodbridge, NJ - Megan Bedell, Lisa Gora, Andrew Grous, Emily Phelan, and Matthew Skolnikhave become associated with the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. ("Wilentz").

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  Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer Announces New York Associate
(Friday, October 05, 2012)
  Andrew Groushas become associated with the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. ("Wilentz").  He will be located in the firm's New York office.

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  Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer Announces New Jersey Associates
(Friday, October 05, 2012)
  Megan Bedell and Lisa Gorahave become associated with the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. ("Wilentz").

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  Beth Hinsdale-Piller Selected 2012 Finalist
(Thursday, October 04, 2012)
 

Woodbridge, NJ - Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. congratulates shareholder Beth Hinsdale-Pilleron being selected as a 2012 New Jersey Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners finalist.   As featured in the October issue of New Jersey Monthly, The Leading Women Entrepreneurs Program was developed in 2011 for the purpose of acknowledging female business owners who exhibit outstanding performance in four areas: market potential, innovation, community involvement and advocacy for women.  For additional information, please visit: http://leadingwomenentrepreneurs.com.

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  Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer Announces New Philadelphia Associates
(Wednesday, October 03, 2012)
  Emily Phelan, and Matthew Skolnikhave become associated with the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. ("Wilentz").  They will be located in the firm's Philadelphia office.

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  Six Wilentz Attorneys Named Best Lawyers’’ 2013 “Lawyers of the Year”
(Tuesday, September 18, 2012)
  We are pleased to announce that Michael Barrett, Darren Gelber, Stuart Hoberman, Lawrence Jacobs, Lynne Kizis and Steven Tripp, all shareholders of the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer (“Wilentz”), have been selected as “Lawyers of the Year” for 2013 by Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

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  39 Wilentz Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2013 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®
(Friday, September 07, 2012)
  Thirty-nine Wilentz attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®-a preeminent guide to lawyers in the United States published by Woodward/White, Inc. 

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  Wilentz Named in Chambers USA
(Thursday, June 28, 2012)
  Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. announced that Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2012 has selected six firm attorneys and four practice areas for inclusion.

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  Eric Marcy Reappointed as Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital Chairman of the Board of Trustees
(Thursday, June 28, 2012)
  Eric John Marcy, a shareholder with the Woodbridge-based law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A., has been re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital for the 2012-2013 term.  Marcy previously served as Vice Chair 2004-2005 and Chair 2005-2012.

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  Joyce Yunckes Retiring After Half a Century of Service
(Thursday, May 31, 2012)
  Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. (“Wilentz”) announced the retirement of Joyce Yunckes after 53 years of loyal dedicated service as a legal secretary.

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  Frederic K. Becker To Be Honored By American Jewish Committee
(Tuesday, May 22, 2012)
  Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. is pleased to announce that Wilentz’ Chairman of the Board, Frederic Becker, will be honored by the Metro New Jersey region of AJC with its prestigious Judge Learned Hand Award on Thursday, June 7 at The Hilton at Short Hills.

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  Wilentz Attorneys Appointed Class Counsel in Certified Class Action Hayes v. Wal-Mart d/b/a Sam's Club
(Tuesday, April 10, 2012)
  On March 12, 2012, the Honorable Jerome B. Simandle, Chief U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey, entered and Order and Opinion in the matter of Hayes v. Wal-Mart d/b/a Sam's Club, 10-460 (JBS/JS) (D.N.J.), certifying the action as a class action and appointing Wilentz attorneys Daniel R. Lapinski, Victoria Hwang-Murphy and Keven H. Friedman Class Counsel.

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  49 Wilentz Attorneys Included on NJ Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars Lists 2012
(Wednesday, March 28, 2012)
 

Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. is pleased to announce that 37 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion on the 2012 New Jersey Super Lawyers® list and 12 of its attorneys were selected for inclusion on the 2012 Rising Stars list.

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  Wilentz Names New Shareholders And Counsel
(Wednesday, February 08, 2012)
  Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., one of New Jersey’s major law firms, is pleased to announce that four lawyers have been named shareholders and three lawyers have been named counsel.

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  Wilentz Attorney John Hogan Installed as Chairman
(Wednesday, December 07, 2011)
  We are pleased to announce that John Hogan, a shareholder with the firm, was installed on December 7th as Chairman of the Woodbridge Metro Chamber of Commerce, at the Chamber’s holiday luncheon.   He will be serving the Chamber for a two year term.

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  Wilentz Firm Named By Best Lawyers And US News & World Report On “Best Law Firms” 2011-2012 List
(Tuesday, November 01, 2011)
 

The law firm of Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer, P.A. is proud to announce it has been ranked nationally and locally through a joint effort of U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers’ and has been named on their 2011-2012 ‘Best Law Firms’ list.  For the second year in a row, the firm has received national first-tier ranking for its Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs practice.  The firm also has the most first-tier rankings in Woodbridge, with metropolitan first-tier rankings in 16 practice areas.

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  Wilentz Firm Supports Dreamers
(Wednesday, October 26, 2011)
  Woodbridge, NJ –Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer  is pleased to announce that Brett Harris and Gordon Golum, both shareholders of the firm, have received the Founder’s Award from the “I Have a Dream” Foundation® - Plainfield Project.

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  Four Wilentz Attorneys Named Best Lawyers' 2012 "Lawyers Of The Year"
(Tuesday, October 18, 2011)
  We are pleased to announce that Frederic Becker, David Gordon, Richard Lert and Michael Schaff, all shareholders of the firm, have been selected as “Lawyers of the Year” for 2012 by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. 

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  Thirty-four Wilentz Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2012 Edition of The Best Lawyers In America®
(Thursday, September 15, 2011)
  Thirty-four attorneys at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A., one of New Jersey’s major law firms, were selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®-a preeminent guide to lawyers in the United States published by Woodward/White, Inc.

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  Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer Mourns the Loss of its Partner Morris Brown
(Wednesday, August 10, 2011)
  We are deeply saddened to announce that Morris Brown, a shareholder with Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, passed away on August 10, 2011 in Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.  A renowned personal injury lawyer for 55 years, Mr. Brown joined the Wilentz firm in 1956 and became a partner in 1968.

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  Wilentz Sponsors 53rd Blood Drive
(Tuesday, July 19, 2011)
 

On Tuesday, July 19th, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer sponsored their 53rd blood drive.  A staunch supporter of community activities, Wilentz held its first blood drive on December 10, 1982, and has since sponsored a semi-annual drive each year.  

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  Darren Gelber Installed as Vice President of the ACDL-NJ
(Thursday, June 30, 2011)
  Darren Gelberhas been installed as Vice President of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey. 

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  Wilentz Shareholder, Eric Marcy, Reappointed as Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital Chairman of the Board of Trustees
(Tuesday, June 21, 2011)
  Woodbridge, NJ  – Eric John Marcy, a shareholder with the Woodbridge-based law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A., has been re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital for the 2011-2012 term.  Marcy previously served as Vice Chair 2004-2005 and Chair 2005-2010.

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  Daniel R. Lapinski Appointed Co-Lead Counsel In New Jersey Centralized DePuy Hip Implant Litigation
(Tuesday, May 10, 2011)
  Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer is pleased to announce that Daniel R. Lapinski has been named Co-Lead Counsel in the In re DePuy ASR Hip Implants Litigation(Case No. 293) by Judge Brian R. Martinotti, Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County Vicinage.  Presently, approximately seventy-five lawsuits have been filed in New Jersey against Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.  This litigation, which is expected to include hundreds of patients who had been fitted with a defective DePuy ASR hip implant, was centralized to Bergen County in April 2011 by Order of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.  As Co-Lead Counsel, Mr. Lapinskishall be a liaison between the Court, defense counsel and all Plaintiffs counsel, and is responsible for designating and selecting Plaintiffs’ counsel to serve on any sub-committee that may be formed.

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  Notice of Nationwide Class Certification Sent Out to Purchasers of Weight-Loss Supplement Akavar 20/50
(Monday, May 02, 2011)
  A nationwide notice program authorized by the United States District Court for the District of Utah began today in order to issue notices to purchasers of the weight-loss supplement Akävar 20/50 (“Akävar”).

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  47 Attorneys from Wilentz included on New Jersey Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars Lists 2011
(Wednesday, March 23, 2011)
  Woodbridge, NJ – Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. is pleased to announce that 34 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion on the 2011 New Jersey Super Lawyers® list and 13 of its attorneys were selected for inclusion on the 2011 Rising Stars list.

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  Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer Sponsors Blood Drive
(Wednesday, March 09, 2011)
  On Wednesday, March 9th, the Woodbridge-based law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer sponsored their 52nd blood drive.

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  Wyoming High Court Sides With Hospital In Case of Termination of Disruptive Surgeon
(Thursday, March 03, 2011)
  Disruptive physician behavior is a problem for hospitals, according to attorneys contacted by BNA, but a Feb. 24 decision by a state supreme court demonstrates courts’ willingness to uphold hospitals’ attempts to purge such behavior from their facilities (Guier v. Teton County Hospital District, Wyo., No. S-09-0259, 2/24/11).

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  Wilentz Names New Shareholders and Counsel
(Friday, February 11, 2011)
  Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., one of New Jersey’s major law firms, is pleased to announce that two lawyers have been named shareholders and four lawyers have been named counsel.

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  Julia López, Esq.
(Friday, October 01, 2010)
 

Julia López, Esq., appointed to the supreme court committee on minority concerns

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  New Biomarkers Discovered for Pancreatic Cancer and Mesothelioma
(Tuesday, September 28, 2010)
 

ScienceDaily (Sep. 28, 2010) — Using a novel aptamer-based proteomics array technology, researchers and collaborators have identified biomarkers and protein signatures that are hallmarks of cancer at an early stage for two of the most aggressive and deadly forms of cancer -- pancreatic and mesothelioma.

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  Trust and Estates
(Monday, September 20, 2010)
 

Trust and Estates

Before you start your journey down Inerstate 95, check in with Edwin Leavitt-Gruberger and our  Trusts and Estates Team  to help you assess your potential tax liabilities and develop your estate planning strategy.

DIE AND BE TAXED AGAIN - By Karin Price Mueller/Star Ledger

The federal estate-tax exemption increased over the past decade, meaning you were able to leave more money free of federal tax as the exemption went up each year. For 2010, the tax was completely repealed, making this year a great year to die, at least federally speaking. If there’s no action in Washington for 2011, a $1 million exemption will be resurrected. Read more 

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  Frederic K. Becker 50th anniversary at Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer, P.A.
(Thursday, September 16, 2010)
 

Congratulations to Frederic K. Becker on his 50th anniversary here at Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer. Mr. Becker, Chairman of the Board of Wilentz, started his career as a summer clerk in 1957 and in 1960, after graduating cum laude from Harvard Law School and completing a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Copenhagen he become a member of the firm. Since that time, he has served for many years on the firm’s Management Committee and is one of the Wilentz’s senior trial attorneys engaged in complex corporate and commercial litigation in the State and Federal Courts.

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  Charges dismissed against Hunterdon officials
(Thursday, August 26, 2010)
 

Charges are dismissed against Hunterdon officials after Attorney General found 'errors' in case

By: Jennifer Golson/The Star-Ledger, Featuring: Darren Gelber

See article online at: NJ.com

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  Todd Lehder awarded NJBiz "2010 40 Under 40"
(Friday, August 13, 2010)
 

Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. is pleased to announce that one of it’s lawyers, Todd Lehder, Esq. has been recognized by a state-wide business publication as one of their “2010 Forty Under 40.”

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  Keven Friedman is awarded New Jersey Law Journal "2010 40 Under 40"
(Friday, August 13, 2010)
 

Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. is pleased to announce that Keven Friedman has been named by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of their “2010 40 Under 40."

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  Visit our site dedicated to mesothelioma and asbestos injuries
(Thursday, July 01, 2010)
  To speak to one of our New Jersey or New York mesothelioma attorneys, visit our website dedicated to mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases and mesothelioma litigation at www.mesothelioma.org.

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  Asbestos Exposure - MOAA Magazine (July 2010)
(Thursday, July 01, 2010)
 

MOAA Magazine (July 2010) Enviromental or occupational exposure to asbestos can lead to specific medical problems. Rear Adm. Joyce Johnson, D.O., tells you how it happens - and what you should look out for.

Author: Rear Adm. Joyce Johnson, UPHS-Ret., D.O., M.A.

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  Mystery Unraveled: How Asbestos Causes Cancer - ScienceDaily (June 30, 2010)
(Wednesday, June 30, 2010)
 

ScienceDaily (June 30, 2010) More than 20 million people in the U.S., and many more worldwide, who have been exposed to asbestos are at risk of developing mesothelioma, a malignant cancer of the membranes that cover the lungs and abdomen that is resistant to current therapies. Moreover, asbestos exposure increases the risk of lung cancer among smokers. For the past 40 years researchers have tried to understand why asbestos causes cancer.

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  Municipal Court Judge Peter Locascio Vindicated of DWI Charge
(Wednesday, May 26, 2010)
 

On May 19, 2010, after a three-day trial in the Superior Court in Middlesex County, Peter A. Locascio, a sitting Municipal Court Judge in Monmouth County, was found not guilty of drunk driving, refusal to submit to a breath test and reckless driving.  He was convicted of improper passing, receiving a $52.00 fine. 

He was represented by James E. Trabilsy of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer and Peter O’Mara of O’Mara Law Office.

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  Wilentz Partner Darren M. Gelber's Representation of Hunterdon County Sheriff Covered in Recent Press Coverage
(Monday, May 17, 2010)
 

Wilentz partner Darren M. Gelber's representation of Hunterdon County Sheriff covered in recent press coverage.

By: Jennifer Golson/The Star-Ledger, Featuring: Darren Gelber

See article online at: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/05/hunterdon_county_sheriff_accus.html

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  Wilentz Attorney John Hogan Receives "Young Lawyer Award"
(Thursday, March 25, 2010)
  John E. Hogan, a shareholder with the Criminal Law Team of the Woodbridge-based law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. has been presented with the “Young Lawyer Award” by the Middlesex County Bar Association.

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  Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer Sponsors 50th Blood Drive
(Friday, March 19, 2010)
  On Friday, March 19th, the Woodbridge-based law firm of Wilentz, Golman & Spitzer will sponsor their 50th blood drive.

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  Warren Wilentz, Chairman of the Board
(Friday, March 19, 2010)
  It is with deep sadness that we mourn our Chairman of the Board, colleague and friend, Warren Wilentz.  In a distinguished legal career of more than five decades, Mr. Wilentz practiced law with the firm which his father founded 90 years ago.  He described his law practice as representing people from all walks of life, and corporations, both large and small.  Mr. Wilentz guided the firm's growth for many years and he will be deeply missed. 

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  Eric Marcy Reappointed as Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital Chairman of the Board of Trustees
(Wednesday, August 19, 2009)
 

Eric John Marcy has been re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital for the 2009-2010 term.  Marcy previously served as Vice Chair 2004-2005 and Chair 2005-2010.

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  Thirty-one Wilentz Partners Listed in 2010 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®
(Monday, August 10, 2009)
  Woodbridge, NJ – We are pleased to announce that 31 of the 67 shareholders at our firm, were recognized in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America,a preeminent guide to lawyers in the United States published by Woodward/White, Inc.

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  David Gordon Selected for the International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers 2009
(Monday, August 03, 2009)
  David Gordonis one of only two lawyers from New Jersey selected for The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers 2009.  Compiled by Who's Who Legal, the publication is a list of leading lawyers in their designated fields of practice.

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  Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer Attorney, John Hogan, Named To NJBIZ 2009 “Forty Under 40”
(Thursday, July 09, 2009)
  Woodbridge, NJ – We are pleased to announce that John Hogan, a shareholder with Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A., was named by NJBIZ as a member of the 2009 class of “Forty Under 40.”

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  Wilentz Shareholder to Receive Middlesex County Bar Association 2009 Lawyer Achievement Award
(Friday, May 15, 2009)
 

Woodbridge, NJ -  Darren M. Gelber, a shareholder and Certified Criminal Attorney at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A., will be presented with the 2009 Lawyer Achievement Award by the Middlesex County Bar Association at their Annual Installation of Officers & Trustees dinner on May 20, 2009. 

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