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Litigation

Litigation is an inevitable reality for many businesses. Mandelbaum Barrett PC has the experience and depth to navigate early settlement when appropriate and engage aggressive trial strategies when needed.  Our extensive team of litigators works hard to achieve favorable outcomes without the need for costly and protracted litigation but stands ready to aggressively advocate for our clients through the trial process if necessary.

Strategically Assembled Litigation Team

The Mandelbaum Barrett PC Litigation Group is comprised of over 30 trial-tested and seasoned commercial litigators, including former federal and state prosecutors. We pride ourselves on courtroom savvy but prioritize, when appropriate, avoiding litigation through counseling, strategic planning, and pre-litigation negotiation. Our litigation experience extends to federal and state trial-level courts, appellate courts, administrative agencies, as well as alternative dispute resolution forums such as arbitration and mediation.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

In situations where the courtroom may not be the most efficient venue for dispute resolution, Mandelbaum Barrett PC recognizes the value of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Our ADR Team, is composed of former Superior Court Judges and federal and state prosecutors who partner with businesses to minimize costs, expedite settlements, arbitrate when necessary, and mitigate negative publicity. We manage the ADR process meticulously, from forum selection to negotiation.

Bid Protest Litigation

Given the intricacies of contracts subject to bidding and the fierce competition in the procurement marketplace, bid protests have become a common event in the Northeast region. Whether you’re a protester or an intervenor, our Mandelbaum Barrett PC Bid Protest Litigation team is well-equipped to defend challenged bids. Our deep understanding of federal, state, and local procurement processes enables us to represent contractors, suppliers, manufacturers, and others effectively. While every case is unique, we have defended many government entities, having secured judgments in favor of clients, and preventing unlawful contract awards.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Sophisticated litigants recognize the need for swift and efficient dispute resolution, whether it’s a high-stakes complex litigation matter or a straightforward contract action. Our commercial litigators excel at seamlessly integrating our clients into our legal teams and serving as business advisors throughout the process. In addition to strong trial experience, our objective is to resolve the dispute in a way that is integral to our clients’ success. Our experience covers a wide range of areas, including bankruptcy, contract disputes, IP litigation, employment matters, securities, and more.

Construction & Surety Litigation

Contractors and sureties require experienced legal counsel to navigate complex challenges that can impact their business and finances. The Mandelbaum Barrett PC Construction Litigation team combines the strengths of our nationally recognized practices in construction, surety, and litigation. We represent sureties in various matters, including bond claims, prevailing wage claims, and bankruptcy issues. Our team also assists developers, contractors, and suppliers in contract disputes, delay claims, and payment issues.

Director & Officer Liability

Directors and Officers facing claims of mismanagement need experienced counsel to protect their interests and reputations. Mandelbaum Barrett PC’s D&O Liability team understands the importance of minimizing legal exposure and discreetly resolving disputes. While we aim for early resolutions, our team of former Federal Prosecutors and seasoned litigators is prepared to manage matters that may lead to civil litigation or government enforcement actions.

Professional Liability

When clients seek to recover losses due to alleged lawyer misconduct, Mandelbaum Barrett PC offers legal malpractice prosecution and defense experience in New York and New Jersey. We focus on understanding the underlying subject matter and applicable law, ensuring a comprehensive outcome.

Ethics Defense and Counseling

Being the subject of an ethics grievance or formal ethics complaint has considerable significance for an attorney. Mandelbaum Barrett PC has experience in all phases of the attorney disciplinary system in New Jersey. We represent individuals charged with violations of the Rules of Professional Responsibility and provide ethics counsel to law firms and companies. Our lawyers also offer written ethics opinions when necessary.

Internal Investigations

Our Corporate Compliance, Internal Investigations & Monitoring team is well-versed in conducting comprehensive and impartial corporate internal investigations. Whether your business faces allegations of misconduct, claims of employment violations, regulatory violations, or ethical breaches, our experienced attorneys are committed to uncovering the facts and ensuring compliance with the law. We work closely with corporate entities, boards of directors, and special committees to delve into investigative matters with precision. Our comprehensive approach includes whistleblower allegations, conflicts of interest, and regulatory compliance issues. We go beyond identifying problems; we also assist in developing remedial action plans and crafting ethics and compliance policies and procedures. Trust Mandelbaum Barrett PC to guide you through the complexities of corporate internal investigations and help your organization emerge stronger and more ethically sound.

Securities Litigation & Enforcement

Financial services companies operating in today’s complex regulatory environment require knowledgeable legal counsel to handle litigation and regulatory matters. The Mandelbaum Barrett PC Securities Litigation & Enforcement and Defense team advises a broad range of financial institutions on regulatory investigations, internal investigations, and enforcement of restrictive covenants. As part of a full service law firm, our team have access to diverse resources across the firm, including white-collar criminal defense, employment law, bankruptcy, and tax.

Connect with Our Team and Stay Informed

We encourage you to meet our dedicated team of attorneys who are ready to assist you with your legal needs. Whether you’re seeking counsel on litigation strategies, corporate compliance, or internal investigations, we have the depth and experience you require. Additionally, we invite you to explore our website’s resources to browse recent videos and stay updated with the latest news from our Litigation Department.

Arthur D. Grossman (Co- Chair) – agrossman@mblawfirm.com | 973-243-7925

Michael A. Saffer (Co-Chair) – msaffer@mblawfirm.com | 973-243-7929

Steven I. Adler (Co-Chair) – sadler@mblawfirm.com | 973-243-7930

Alex Keoskey, Esq. Provided Insights to Part B News Article Titled “Hit with a Subpoena? Court Order? Know the Difference, Respond Accordingly”

March 5, 2024

Alex J. Keoskey, Esq., a Healthcare and Litigation Partner at Mandelbaum Barrett PC, provided insights in a recent Part B News article published on March 4th, highlighting the distinctions between subpoenas and court orders. Read the full article here.

Mandelbaum Barrett PC named to 2024 Best Law Firms

November 9, 2023

Mandelbaum Barrett PC is thrilled to announce that once again we have been recognized by Best Lawyers on their “2024 Best Law Firms®” list! This recognition highlights the ongoing excellence of our dedicated team of attorneys, underscoring our unwavering commitment to providing top-notch legal services and ensuring client satisfaction. We take pride in the fact that 16 of our practice […]

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Earns Prestigious Inc. 2023 Power Partner Award for Excellence in Legal Services

November 7, 2023

We are thrilled to announce that Mandelbaum Barrett PC has been honored with the prestigious title of Inc.’s 2023 Power Partner! This recognition reflects our unwavering dedication to delivering exceptional legal services and our relentless commitment to offering comprehensive support to our valued clients. We understand that our success is intrinsically tied to yours, and we are honored to stand by your side on your journey to success.

Litigation Partners Visit the Martin Luther King Justice Building in Newark

October 12, 2023

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Litigation Partners Raj Gadhok and Lawrence Weiner recently visited the Martin Luther King Justice Building in Newark. This 150,000-square-foot structure, dedicated to MLK’s legacy, houses 11 state-of-the-art courtrooms and several county offices. At its entrance, a bronze statue of King stands, echoing his timeless message. Our attorneys joined members of the bar, General Equity Judges, Court Staff, and Administration for a productive Meet and Greet, exchanging ideas and insights. Many thanks to the Essex County Bar Association for hosting this event.

Alex Keoskey, Esq. spotlighted in Primerus Weekly

August 28, 2023

“One thing that is true anywhere you go is that taking orders is absolutely essential before you can give any orders,” he says. “Knowing what it’s like to be in the mud before you order people into the mud, that’s part of the military creed. I think it’s part of my civilian creed as well.” […]

Michael Saffer received 2023 NJ Icons Award from NJBiz

August 16, 2023

The NJ ICON Awards, presented by NJBIZ, recognize New Jersey business leaders over the age of 60 for their notable successes and demonstration of strong leadership both within and outside of their chosen field. Winners are individuals who have spent decades establishing and maintaining a substantial presence in the New Jersey business community and are […]

Mandelbaum Barrett PC welcomes new Partner, Chris Zona, Esq.

July 17, 2023

Mandelbaum Barrett PC welcomes Chris Zona as a Partner in our Litigation, Healthcare Litigation, and White Collar and Criminal Defense Practice Groups. His practice will focus on all facets of litigation, defense and dispute resolution, investigations, and crisis management. Chris is a veteran litigator and a seasoned trial attorney and has spent time as an […]

Joel MacMull on ABC News 7 New York: 303 Creative vs. Elenis

July 5, 2023

In an exclusive interview for ABC News 7, Joel MacMull shared his insights on the recent Supreme Court ruling, 303 Creative vs. Elenis. The ruling pertained to a Christian designer’s objection to creating wedding websites for same-sex couples.

Partners Raj Gadhok and Brian Block Successfully Defend Client in Federal Court False Claims Act Lawsuit

March 20, 2023

The Firm congratulates our partner, Raj Gadhok, on securing a unanimous jury verdict for the plaintiff on counts of fraud, abuse of process, malicious prosecution and related civil claims following a six-day trial before the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris Vicinage. The case involved a long-running dispute between family members, heirs to a multi-million dollar estate, and Mr. Gadhok obtained a compensation damages award, as well as a substantial punitive damages award, for his client. The court also granted Mr. Gadhok permission to submit an application for all legal fees and costs incurred by his client in the case which application is pending before the court at this time.

Alex Keoskey, Esq. was a Recent Guest on “Latte with a Lawyer” Podcast

December 1, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Healthcare Litigation Partner, Alex Keoskey, Esq. was a recent guest on EmotionTrac’s “Latte with a Lawyer” Podcast. In the episode, Alex discusses his professional background and practice which focuses on healthcare litigation and complex regulatory compliance issues for the firm’s healthcare and litigation groups. Alex regularly litigates matters in state and federal […]

Partner Brian Block Scores Big Appellate Victory for Caldwell and Taxpayers Across New Jersey

November 11, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC litigation partner Brian Block prevailed on appeal on behalf of our client, the Borough of Caldwell. In a published decision, the Appellate Division reversed the trial court and granted summary judgment to the Borough. The plaintiff was a former borough administrator who sued the Borough after he was removed, to recover over $100,000 in severance […]

Michael A. Saffer, Esq., of Mandelbaum Barrett PC Named Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Kessler Foundation

June 17, 2022

Roseland, N.J.(May 17, 2022) – Mandelbaum Barrett PC has announced that Partner Michael A. Saffer, Esq., has been named Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Kessler Foundation. Saffer has been a member of Kessler Foundation’s Board of Trustees for four years and most recently served as Chair of the Foundation’s Research Committee for two years.  Kessler Foundation researchers […]

Michael Saffer interviewed by New Jersey Law Journal regarding the biggest trends in Commercial Litigation

January 26, 2022

The likely continuing growth of the global and American economy in 2022 means that more business will be conducted and more acquisitions and consolidations of businesses will occur, according to Michael Saffer, Esq. of co-chair of Commercial and Corporate Litigation at Mandelbaum Barrett PC. Mr. Saffer was recently interviewed by the New Jersey Law Journal regarding the biggest trends in Commercial Litigation.

Michael Saffer Featured in Patch Article on His More Than $8M Settlements in the Past 12 Months

March 5, 2021

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Achieves $1.9 Million Settlement in National Overtime Class Action Against Major Telecommunications Company

October 26, 2020

Mandelbaum Barrett PC, PC announces that, after six years of litigation in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, it settled a nationwide overtime collective and a New York Rule 23 class action brought against a major telecommunications company.

Lawrence C. Weiner Co-authored a Chapter in NJICLE ‘s "Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey" Book

August 22, 2019

Congratulations to Lawrence C. Weiner, Member of the Firm's Commercial and Corporate Litigation Group, who recently co-authored a chapter in NJICLE ‘s "Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey" on "Brokerage Agreements and Related Considerations.

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Named to NJBIZ's 2019 Best Places to Work

March 4, 2019

We are excited and honored to announce that we have been named to NJBIZ's 2019 Best Places to Work! Whether through scholarship programs for our employees to continue their education, recognition events, health and wellness initiatives or fun team building activities, we pride ourselves on providing the best possible culture and environment for our employees.

Michael Bevacqua and Brian Block Co-authored Article for NJLJ Entitled "Insureds' Misrepresentations in Coverage Litigation Do Not Count"

February 28, 2019

Michael Bevacqua, Co-Chair of the Firm's Banking Litigation and Consumer Finance Defense Practice and Brian Block, an Associate in the group, co-authored an article for the New Jersey Law Journal entitled "Insureds' Misrepresentations in Coverage Litigation Do Not Count."

Michael Saffer Published an Article in ROI-NJ on Minimizing Attorneys' Fees and Costs

August 27, 2018

Michael Saffer, Co-Chair of Mandelbaum Barrett PC's Litigation Practice talks about minimizing litigation attorneys' fees and costs in an informative article for ROI-NJ. Check out what Michael has to say about ways companies and individuals can vigorously pursue and defend litigation while keeping costs down.

Michael Saffer Authors NJBiz Triple play on "3 Things to Consider When Deciding Whether to Litigate"

October 1, 2017

Michael Saffer, Member and Co-Chair of the Firm's Commercial and Corporate Litigation Practice Group was featured in an NJBiz Tripe Play yesterday on "3 Things to Consider When Deciding Whether to Litigate." Check out what Michael has to say on this important issue.

Read Associate Brian Block’s Just Published Law Review Article in the Seton Hall Circuit Review Concerning Collecting Attorney’s Fees Under the Lanham Act

February 21, 2016

The co-authored article surveys whether and how federal circuit and district courts are applying Supreme Court’s decision in Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc. (2014), which set the standard for attorneys’ fee-shifting in the Patent Act, to attorneys’ fee applications under the

Restricting Employer Access to Employee Social Media

April 11, 2024

In their recent piece for the New York Law Journal, Joshua Bauchner and Jed Weiss of Mandelbaum Barrett PC dive into the complexities surrounding a fresh New York Statute aimed at curtailing employer intrusion into employee social media and introducing notification mandates. This legal development arises from alarming accounts of employers soliciting social media credentials, such as usernames and passwords, from job seekers, effectively making it a prerequisite for employment and, in certain cases, leading to employee dismissal.

The Latest in the Fight Against NJM

April 9, 2024

In their article for New Jersey Automotive Alliance, Bauchner & Peyzner detail a class action lawsuit by three auto body shops against New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance. The shops accuse NJM of defamatory practices and unfair steering of customers, citing violations of AICRA regulations. This legal battle underscores broader concerns about market fairness and ethical business conduct.

The Continuing Saga of NIL in the NCAA

March 28, 2024

The NCAA landscape resembles the “wild west” of NIL litigation, with new challenges emerging monthly. Recent highlights include a federal judge’s injunction against the NCAA’s recruiting ban and the Dartmouth men’s basketball team’s 13-2 vote to unionize. Change is swift, leaving NCAA and athletes navigating uncharted terrain.

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Partners Spotlighted in New York Journal of Law for Insights on Landmark Social Media Privacy Legislation

February 27, 2024

On September 14, 2023, Governor Kathy Hochul signed Senate Bill S2518A into law, introducing significant changes to New York’s Labor Law with the addition of Section 201-i, set to take effect on March 12, 2024. This legislation prohibits employers from requiring job applicants or employees to provide access to their private, personal social media accounts. Aimed at protecting individual privacy and preventing discriminatory hiring practices, the law outlines specific prohibitions, including the demand for usernames, passwords, or other authentication means for personal social media accounts, while also detailing exceptions for business-related accounts and devices financed by the employer.

Credibility Is Key to Every Successful Trial

February 23, 2024

Prior to the civil fraud trial, Trump’s credibility suffered from sexual assault lawsuits. Despite his denial, juries awarded significant damages. In the New York Attorney General’s case, Judge Engoron labeled Trump a pathological fraudster. Independent monitors were appointed due to Trump’s lack of remorse. Michael Cohen’s testimony, despite his past, was deemed credible.

Game Changing Analytics: A Legal Perspective on NBA’s Data Battles

January 24, 2024

Chris Zona, Partner in Litigation, and John Burns, Associate in Labor and Employment at Mandelbaum Barrett PC, delve into a compelling legal case involving the use of analytics in the NBA. This case, focusing on a dispute between the New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors, highlights the increasing importance of statistical analysis in sports strategies and the legal complexities it introduces.

Success in Litigation: Key Traits and Strategies

November 22, 2023

If you’re contemplating a career in litigation or seeking to enhance your skills as a legal practitioner, this video titled “What Makes a Good Litigator?” by Steve Adler, Co-Chair of the Healthcare Litigation, Litigation, and Employment Practice Groups at Mandelbaum Barrett PC, is a must-watch. In a fast-paced legal landscape, it’s imperative to possess specific traits and strategies to excel in the field.

Maximizing Real Estate Potential

November 7, 2023

In the intricate world of real estate investments, the significance of having a trusted legal team can’t be overstated. Marlene Arabia, Associate in the Litigation practice group at Mandelbaum Barrett, sheds light on the critical role of both transactional and litigation attorneys in this arena.

Property Management Law Services

September 18, 2023

Discover Premier Property Management Legal Solutions in New Jersey With a robust team of over 100 esteemed attorneys, Mandelbaum Barrett PC has carved a prominent niche in the New Jersey legal landscape. Our strength is derived from a diverse set of specializations that cater to the multifaceted needs of our clients. While we’re renowned for […]

Trusted Legal Solutions for Property Managers

August 21, 2023

Empower Your Operations with Mandelbaum Barrett PC In the intricate world of property management, every detail matters, especially the legal ones. We understand that as property managers, you need a reliable legal partner who can seamlessly weave through the web of landlord-tenant relationships and ensure your operations remain compliant at all levels. At Mandelbaum Barrett […]

Partners Raj Gadhok and Brent Pohlman Secure Major Victory for Client in Whistleblower Case Under New Jersey’s CEPA

July 24, 2023

Partners Raj Gadhok and Brent Pohlman achieved a significant victory for their client, the Director of Sales for an international produce supplier, in a New Jersey federal district court case involving alleged whistleblower violations under New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA). After dismissing the initial CEPA claims, the court also dismissed the amended complaint, […]

Commercial and Corporate Litigation Practice Partner Lawrence Weiner Speaks on Brokerage Law Issues at Lee & Associates

July 14, 2023

Lawrence Weiner’s recent talk at Lee & Associates highlighted important aspects of real estate brokerage law all salespersons should be familiar with and abide by. Lawrence gave specific examples how salespersons can implement best practices to insure they are in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations to protect their and their clients’ interests […]

Does The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Trigger The Force Majeure Clause In Your Contract?

March 23, 2020

Hopefully, it is not the “…end of the world as we know it…” as R.E.M. sang, but we are surely in uncharted waters. Indeed, as Governor Murphy has said: “It is not time for business as usual.” On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, a pandemic that […]

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Specific Performance Triumph: Lawrence Weiner Secures $1 Million Property Purchase for Client in Pandemic Lease Dispute

December 19, 2023

In a legal case shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent surge in property values, Partner Lawrence Weiner achieved success in a dispute related to a pre-pandemic lease agreement. The lease initially granted our client the option to buy a property for $1 million. However, complications arose when the landlord contested our client’s purchase […]

Mandelbaum Barrett PC named to 2024 Best Law Firms

November 9, 2023

Mandelbaum Barrett PC is thrilled to announce that once again we have been recognized by Best Lawyers on their “2024 Best Law Firms®” list! This recognition highlights the ongoing excellence of our dedicated team of attorneys, underscoring our unwavering commitment to providing top-notch legal services and ensuring client satisfaction. We take pride in the fact that 16 of our practice […]

Partners Raj Gadhok and Brian Block Successfully Defend Client in Federal Court False Claims Act Lawsuit

March 20, 2023

The Firm congratulates our partner, Raj Gadhok, on securing a unanimous jury verdict for the plaintiff on counts of fraud, abuse of process, malicious prosecution and related civil claims following a six-day trial before the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris Vicinage. The case involved a long-running dispute between family members, heirs to a multi-million dollar estate, and Mr. Gadhok obtained a compensation damages award, as well as a substantial punitive damages award, for his client. The court also granted Mr. Gadhok permission to submit an application for all legal fees and costs incurred by his client in the case which application is pending before the court at this time.

Partner Brian Block Scores Big Appellate Victory for Caldwell and Taxpayers Across New Jersey

November 11, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC litigation partner Brian Block prevailed on appeal on behalf of our client, the Borough of Caldwell. In a published decision, the Appellate Division reversed the trial court and granted summary judgment to the Borough. The plaintiff was a former borough administrator who sued the Borough after he was removed, to recover over $100,000 in severance […]

Appellate Division Victory by Commercial and Corporate Litigation Partners Brian Block and Michael Bevacqua

February 14, 2022

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Commercial and Corporate Litigation partners Brian Block and Michael Bevacqua prevailed on appeal on behalf of our clients in a complex insurance dispute against an insurance company. The Appellate Division vacated summary judgment and several discovery orders that the trial court had entered in favor of the insurance company and remanded to the trial court.

Mandelbaum Barrett PC Secures $340,000 Arbitration Award for Wholesale Bakery Client

April 23, 2021

Steven Adler and Lauren Topelsohn secured a $340,000 AAA arbitration award for wholesale bakery client.

Arla Cahill Receives Great Result for Client in a Case Involving a Corporate Officer Being Held Personally Liable for Past Company's Debts

March 5, 2019

On March 5, 2019, Mandelbaum Barrett PC Member Arla D. Cahill successfully defeated a plaintiff's motion for summary judgment and prevailed on a cross-motion for summary judgment that dismissed a complaint for $125,000 entirely and with prejudice in favor of the firm's client. The complaint sought to hold the client, a corporate officer, personally liable for the alleged debt of a defunct New Jersey corporation based on an unsigned credit agreement containing a joint and several liability provision that plaintiff sought to enforce under Utah law. The court rejected plaintiff's argument that use of a corporate credit card constituted an agreement by the officer to be personally liable for the company's charges. The court also found no evidence that the proffered credit agreement was the original agreement issued for the company's account or any other evidence justifying personal liability. Applying New Jersey law, the court found that, unlike Utah law, unsigned personal guarantees and unilateral, inconspicuous "bill stuffer" amendments to material terms of credit agreements are unenforceable. Because this was the second time this plaintiff filed suit against the corporate officer, the court also found that the suit was barred by New Jersey's entire controversy doctrine.

Gadhok Obtains Unanimous Jury Verdict for Plaintiff

January 4, 2019

The Firm congratulates our partner, Raj Gadhok, on securing a unanimous jury verdict for the plaintiff on counts of fraud, abuse of process, malicious prosecution and related civil claims following a six-day trial before the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris Vicinage. The case involved a long-running dispute between family members, heirs to a multi-million dollar estate, and Mr. Gadhok obtained a compensation damages award, as well as a substantial punitive damages award, for his client. The court also granted Mr. Gadhok permission to submit an application for all legal fees and costs incurred by his client in the case which application is pending before the court at this time.

Cheryl Burstein Wins Major Victory in Environmental Litigation Brought By The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

August 22, 2016

Cheryl Burstein, a partner in the firm's commercial litigation department, with assistance from partner Stuart Gold, recently obtained a major victory for one of Mandelbaum Barrett PC's contractor clients in an environmental lawsuit brought by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection ("NJDEP"). The NJDEP sought

Member Cheryl Burstein Successfully Defends Appeal of Judgment

April 3, 2016

Cheryl Burstein successfully defended an appeal of a judgment granting possession of commercial space where the former tenant argued that the special civil part lacked both personal jurisdiction over the defendant and subject matter jurisdiction. The appellate division rejected the former tenant’s arguments of improper

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