The Lexington-based law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl has been named as the No. 1 law firm in the nation for mining law by The Best Lawyers in America, a well-known referral guide to the legal profession. Best Lawyers rankings are based on peer-review surveys of more than 16,000 attorneys who vote on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties.
According to statistics released by the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors, median sales prices for existing homes in the third quarter of the year were up an average of 2.5 percent – compared to drops of 8 and 9.5 percent reported by the National Association of Realtors for July and August. Existing Bluegrass area sales rose 1.34 percent in September, compared to NAR reports of 11 to 15 percent declines in July and August.
Ceradyne Inc. has been awarded a $2.37 billion contract from the U.S. Army to produce personal ceramic armor plates. Ceradyne President David Reed said the five-year contract is the largest body armor contract ever received by the company, which operates manufacturing facilities in Lexington and Irvine, Calif.
The University of Kentucky College of Public Health has announced plans to establish a Center of Excellence for public health workforce research and policy. “We at the university are interested in fostering growth and interest in public health workforce research and policy to assure the public health system has a competent workforce to meet the needs of communities,” said Cynthia Lamberth, co-principal investigator. “The establishment of a Center of Excellence in Lexington will support a national effort to evaluate public health workforce issues.”
Lexington-based Bluegrass Energy Inc. has acquired proven reserves of approximately 500,000Bbls of oil and approximately 1 Bcf of natural gas in Eastern Kentucky for $759,000 plus 350,000 shares of restricted stock. “We believe there are some real values that can be secured at this time based on local and world economic events,” Bluegrass Energy President Leslie Schaefer said. “In the case of one of the properties, it is located on the eastern edge of the largest known producing oil field in the eastern United States, the Big Sinking oil field. The Big Sinking Field is classified as a ‘giant’ according to the United States Geological Society and to date has produced in excess of 120 million barrels of oil.”