Legal Updates

Idaho District Court First to Unwind a Physician Practice Deal

Court finds: “Integrated care—and risk-based contracting—do notrequire a large number of physicians”


On January 24, 2014, in Federal Trade Commission v. St. Luke’s Health System, Ltd. & Saltzer Medical Group, P.A.,[1] the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho found that the acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group (“Saltzer”) by St. Luke’s Health System (“St. Luke’s”) violated the Clayton Act and the Idaho Competition Act. The court permanently enjoined the consummated acquisition and ordered it to be unwound. This case represents the first time that a federal court has decided a case against a physician practice acquisition.

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Marketers Predict Trends to Watch in 2014: Insights from LPGA Chief Marketing Officer, Jon Podany

Continuing with predictions on what the rest of 2014 will hold, I turn to Jon Podany, Chief Marketing Officer for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), to get his thoughts.

The Way The Industry Sees It

2014 Predictions within the Sports Industry and How They Have the Potential to Affect Marketing and Advertising, with LPGA’s Chief Marketing Officer, Jon Podany.

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Surviving the Post-Holiday Blues: An Overview of Federal and State WARN Acts

By: Lisa M. Watanabe

The recent holiday shopping season was not so merry and bright for a number of U.S. retailers due to price discounts, stagnant wage growth and low consumer spending.  The disappointing results have prompted several retailers to close their stores and announce layoffs.  Employers considering such an action should familiarize themselves with the federal Worker Adjustment and Retaining Notification (WARN) Act and related state laws that require employers to provide notice in advance of any closings or layoffs.  The following is a brief overview of those requirements:

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Delusion, fraud, coercion, threat and unfavorable circumstances in the SCC practice

On 14 January 2014, the Presidium of the Russian Supreme Commercial Court (hereinafter – SCC) published the Informational letter dated 10 December 2013 No. 162 on Review of case law on implementation of articles 178 and 179 of the Civil Code by commercial courts.

The SCC clarifies provisions of Art. 178, 179 of the Civil Code and sets out case law on implementation of the articles both before and after adoption of the respective amendments to the Civil Code (effective as of 1 September 2013).

1.A technical mistake which has entailed conclusion of a contract at the value of 2 rubles, instead of 2 million rubles, constitutes essential delusion and constitutes a ground for recognition of the contract as null and void upon the claim of the victim. More…

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Free Webinar: Preparing for and Managing an OSHA Inspection at a Grain Handling Facility

On Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3 PM (Eastern) / 2 PM (Central), Eric J. Conn, Head of the national OSHA Practice Group at Epstein Becker & Green will conduct a free webinar about preparing for and managing an OSHA inspection at a grain handling facility.  This is the third OSHA law briefing in a series of webinars for the grain industry in conjunction with the Grain Journal.

OSHA has increased enforcement to levels never seen before, from huge increases in the numbers of inspections, civil penalties, and citations characterized as “willful” or “repeat,” to more criminal referrals.  OSHA has also introduced more aggressive strategies during inspections, creating a minefield for employers across all industries.  The grain industry in particular, however, has been under a unique level of scrutiny.  The consequences of an employer in the grain industry being caught unprepared for an OSHA inspection, therefore, are more dire now than ever.

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Having property work done – understanding the basics

Private Wealth law is my specialism but even I have to admit that tax and wills are not the be-all and end-all!  We have an enduring love affair with bricks and mortar here in the UK, so for this blog I have invited Gillian Birkby, a partner in our construction practice, to give us some quick tips of interest to anyone about to embark on a construction project. 
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Multistate Tax Update — January 30, 2014

It is almost time for the time-honored American tradition of the Super Bowl. No matter your interest, whether it is the game itself, the office “Super Bowl square” pool, the commercials, or the legacies of various players, the Super Bowl is an American institution. What stimulating topic will you add to the many debates of the evening?

Here is one we believe will spark debate—the fundamental fairness of state “jock taxes.”

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McDonald Hopkins 2014 Business Outlook Survey Report

Modest improvement amidst a cloud of frustration

“2014 is the great unknown.”

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What Employees May Now Expect While Expecting: Reasonable Accommodation of Pregnancy

Maxine NeuhauserSince enactment of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, it has been illegal for most employers to discriminate against women because of pregnancy.  Employers have, however, generally been excused from providing reasonable accommodation to pregnant employees, unless the women’s condition qualifies as a disability under federal or state law. Thus, although a woman having a normal pregnancy may, for example, be advised by her doctors to avoid heavy lifting, for the most part, employers have not been required to adjust an employee’s job duties to accommodate the restriction.  The trend—and the law—however, is changing. 

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Long-term investment account – hole in the net

The purpose of the personal income tax is to make Hungarian tax residents liable to tax on all their personal income irrespective of where the income is sourced and in which form it is realized. The personal income tax laws, therefore, create a net around the individuals and any item of income can only get through the net if it has been taxed. More…

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