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Kentucky Supreme Court upholds $80m punitive damages award against Grant Thornton in Yung suit

In a landmark decision, the Kentucky Supreme Court has affirmed a trial court’s award of approximately $80,000,000 in punitive damages to the plaintiffs in a case against Grant Thornton LLP. William Yung The plaintiffs, William J. Yung, Martha A. Yung, and the 1994 William J. Yung Family Trust, participated in a tax shelter marketed by Grant Thornton, that would purportedly allow funds held in the...

Jane Doe Revealed: Her name is SiennaMarisa Brown and she has a story to share about a painful journey

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor SiennaMarisa Brown was full of high hopes when she chose Northern Kentucky University over a dozen other colleges. NKU offered a full tuition scholarship, an “opportunity” scholarship for top minority students. She was eager for the opportunity. The bi-racial daughter of loving parents, one Latino, the other Black, she is an exceptional student whose parents stressed...

Judge’s order in Doe vs. NKU: Court tells university to turn over all documents about sexual assaults

Judge William Bertlesman, who has already sanctioned NKU’s legal counsel, has now ordered the university to turn over all documents and education records relating to “any allegations of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, rape, and/or unwanted advances” that occurred “on campus and in offsite living quarters in the last seven years.” This latest ruling in the Jane Doe vs....

Kevin Murphy: Cancer nurses play key role
helping families cope with loved one’s cancer

I have spoken a great deal to what I call cancer nurses—those professionals who care for cancer patients every day. Their job is so difficult, because every morning, when they park their car and walk into the hospital, they know the emotions they will face in and around those patient rooms.   The cancer patient is usually the easy one to deal with. Yes they are afraid, and sick. But usually...

Kevin Murphy: Retreat offers a ‘Weekend
of Hope’ for cancer survivors, their families

I received a phone call this week from a woman who is coordinating, with others, the 14th annual Stowe Weekend of Hope in Stowe, Vt. It is a celebration of life and learning for cancer survivors and those who love them. And here is what is fascinating about it—they expect over 1,200 people. And it is free.   The Stowe Weekend of Hope offers a healthy, inspirational retreat weekend for cancer...

Kevin Murphy: ‘Toxic emotions’ can wreck relationships both during and after cancer

I met Jennifer when I went to her place of employment to ship books to Ireland and needed advice on how to get them there. I was happy to have such a kind and energetic person helping me navigate the options to make sure those books got to the Irish Cancer Society on time. One box was open, needing a good tape job.   She saw the title of the book, and with a smile, wanted to know some details...

2013 Review: A salute to our faithful, interesting stable of regular columnists

KyForward is celebrating its third end-of-year review with you, happy that we can revisit an abundance of rich, deep content by writers who share their experiences and expertise on a regular basis. These fine writers have helped us accomplish one of our primary goals when KyForward was created – to provide a forum for a variety of voices on a wide and deep range of subjects that inform and entertain...

Kevin Murphy: Reach out to those in need, give support for courage, strength to prevail

I work in a law firm that has its main office in Cincinnati and a satellite office in Kentucky. We are small here in number, and as a result, we get to know our co-workers on a personal level.   It is a shame how little time we spend getting to know each other at the workplace generally. Yes, there is gossip, but I’m not talking about that nasty stuff. I am talking about sharing in each...

Kevin Murphy: What I learned from Big Mike — and my daughter — about the power of love

Surviving Cancer After Surviving Cancer had just reached the bookstores, and I was asked to speak at a cancer survivors’ dinner in a very small rural county in Kentucky. It would be my first speech after the book was published, and like the West Virginia gathering, I was nervous. Very nervous, because I was not familiar with speaking about something so personal.   My fear? Becoming emotional...

Kevin Murphy: Surviving cancer journey led to unique message of medicine, miracles, love

This is the second in a series by lawyer-author Kevin Murphy about his journey to survival and his book, Surviving Cancer after Surviving Cancer.   I was invited to speak to a cancer survivor’s luncheon in West Virginia before my book was even published. A doctor there agreed to read what was then an unpublished manuscript, which led to the invitation to speak.   There were five speakers...

Kevin Murphy: Listening to an inner voice and choosing to share meaningful lessons

Kevin Murphy is a Northern Kentucky lawyer and author. His book, Surviving Cancer After Surviving Cancer, is a different kind of cancer-survivor book. Kevin did not have cancer. His wife did. She survived. The marriage didn’t. As Dr. Bernie Siegel says in the foreword to Kevin’s raw, emotional book, “learn to kill with kindness, torment with tenderness, love yourself, your body...

2012 Review: People are the heart and soul
of a community; celebrating with stories

Reflecting the traditions, culture and flavor of a place means telling the stories of people in all walks of life — real people who are Our Neighbors, run Our Businesses, reflect our values, engage in the community, provide services and leadership, do good works — and make things work. KyForward has told many of these stories throughout 2012, so many it was difficult to choose just one.   Look...