U.S. Senate confirms Bell as federal judge in N.C.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Kenneth Bell on Wednesday as a federal judge for the Western District of N.C.

Bell was recommended for the judgeship in April 2018 by North Carolina’s Republican U.S. senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis. The Trump administration then nominated Bell.

Bell is a partner in the McGuireWoods law firm’s Charlotte office and spent 18 years as a federal prosecutor.

He has served since August 2012 as the receiver for defunct Ponzi scheme ZeekRewards.com.

As a prosecutor, Bell had trial responsibility for more than 200 criminal cases and was counsel of record in more than 100 cases before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A federal judge approved Tuesday that Matthew Orso, Matthew Orso, a member of McGuireWoods, as temporary receiver for ZeekRewards.com pending Bell’s approval as a federal judge.

Orso has served as Bell’s counsel in the ZeekRewards case and been responsible for the quarterly legal updates.

Richard Craver

Coalition protests social media tobacco campaigns

A coalition of 125 public health and other organizations from 48 countries said Wednesday they have asked Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat to immediately end the promotion of tobacco products on their platforms, including prohibiting the use of social media influencers.

The coalition sent a letter to the chief executives of the social media company expressing their concerns about the social media campaigns by Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco Plc, Imperial Brands and Japan Tobacco International.

The groups urge the social media companies to strictly enforce their existing policies prohibiting paid advertising for tobacco products on their platforms, to extend these policies to prohibit the use of paid influencers to promote tobacco products, and to ensure that the policies will include all tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

Richard Craver

Sunbrella debuts

HQ site

The textile manufacturer Sunbrella opened headquarters operations Monday in a former Glen Raven plant in Alamance County.

The plant, which was opened in 1901, recently went through a major renovation project.

The building now features office space and open common areas for the 120 employees.

Richard Craver

Surrey Bancorp board declares 10-cent dividend

The board of directors of Surrey Bancorp declared Wednesday a quarterly cash dividend of 10 cents per share on its common stock.

The dividend is payable July 8 to shareholders registered as of June 21.

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