EXCLUSIVESkokie, Illinois-based Hallmark Data Systems, a circulation fulfillment provider, has been sold to EBSCO, the world’s largest full-service subscription agency. The deal closed yesterday, says Ray Miller, Hallmark’s chairman.The Jordan, Edmiston Group represented Hallmark in the deal.Tinicum Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, is the seller, and has owned Hallmark since 2003 when it purchased the company from SourceLink. Tinicum also owned Palm Coast Data before selling it to Allied Capital in 2005, which then sold it to Kable Media services in January 2007 for $92 million. “I feel grateful for what Tinicum did, which was to be a great owner and find us a really good fit,” says Miller, who describes the purchase as a change of ownership.Hallmark, which is 40 years old and services over 400 titles, is number-one in b-to-b publishing market share, says Miller.EBSCO, a print and electronic subscription manager and information services provider, has partnerships with over 79,000 publishers.According to Miller, Hallmark will remain in its Skokie headquarters.
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The Appellate Division of Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed for eight weeks the High Court order that stayed for three months the contractual appointment of ASSM Zahirul Haque as secretary to Law and Justice Division of law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry.Appellate Division chamber judge Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order.Attorney general Mahbubey Alam said with the SC order there will be no bar for Zahirul Haque to perform his duties for the next eight weeks.Earlier in the morning, HC bench of justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan stayed for three months the contractual appointment of ASSM Zahirul Haque.The court passed the order after hearing of a writ petition filed by the Supreme Court lawyer Md Ashraf-Uz-Zaman challenging the legality of the contractual appointment of judicial officer Zahirul as law secretary without consulting with the Supreme Court.Lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali stood for petitioner while attorney general Mahbubey Alam stood for the state.Zahirul Haque, who took charge as the law and justice secretary in February 2015, was scheduled to retire on 7 August.The government on 6 August appointed him to the same post on a two-year contract.Zahirul had been serving as the law secretary for the past three years.He had served for five years as deputy secretary and joint secretary, being additional district judge.