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MIKE SEIDEL Supplying Credibility in the Niche Market of Public Utilities

What do real estate developers do about water and sewer service when they build a subdivision in an unincorporated area?

They often contact Utilities, Inc. and, ultimately, W. Michael Seidel in the Chicago office of Howard and Howard.

Seidel, longtime attorney with the firm of DeFrees and Fiske, which later merged with Howard and Howard, is the expert in northern Illinois for a niche business with national aspirations. More…

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Jason Gonzalez Joins Shutts & Bowen’s Tallahassee Office

Shutts & Bowen is pleased to announce that Jason Gonzalez, a 17-year veteran of the courtroom and Florida’s Capitol, has joined the firm’s Tallahassee office as a partner.

Mr. Gonzalez’s extensive experience in litigation and government affairs includes past service as General Counsel to the Florida Governor, General Counsel to the Republican Party of Florida and Gubernatorial Appointee to the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission.  More…

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Ny SKI-rammeaftale om IT-drift

Der er tale om et genudbud af rammeaftale 02.22 om IT-drift. I forhold til den gamle SKI 02.22 er ydelsesområderne udvidede, og omfatter bl.a. cloud services. Den ny aftale er opdelt i to delaftaler: Delaftale 1 – Cloud drift og Delaftale 2 – Standard drift.

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Don Sihota to present on business succession on January 23

In the next 10 years, it is estimated that more than 75% of business owners in BC will retire. If you’re a business owner over 50, a business succession plan is essential. On January 23, Clark Wilson’s Don Sihota will be presenting a seminar on how to get the best price and negotiate the best terms when you sell your business. For full details and to register, download the seminar brochure.

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Benjamin A. Lipman Receives 2014 Legal Champion Award

We are proud to announce Lewis Rice member Benjamin A. Lipman will be honored on January 24th by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as a 2014 Legal Champion. Mr. Lipman is receiving the award for his work to provide public access to previously secret attorney disciplinary hearings.

A recent change in rules by the Missouri Supreme Court said attorney disciplinary hearings should be presumed open except in limited circumstances. The government in this case sought to conduct the entire proceedings in secret, and the hearing panel overseeing the proceedings refused to allow Mr. Lipman’s client to attend. Mr. Lipman then filed a petition in the Missouri Supreme Court, arguing the public had a right to attend these proceedings; in a rare move, the Supreme Court granted the petition, but the fight continued. The government argued even if the entirety of the proceedings should not be closed to the public, select portions should be. With the Supreme Court’s mandate, though, Mr. Lipman was able to convince the hearing panel that there was no legitimate basis to close any portion of the proceedings. More…

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NY High Court Opts Not To Expand Liability For Health Data Confidentiality Breach

The New York Court of Appeals ruling that came down last week in Doe v. Guthrie Clinic , 2014 NY Slip Op 00138 (Court of Appeals 1/9/14), should prove helpful in evaluating the liability of medical corporations in cases involving the disclosure of confidential patient information where the breach of confidentiality is unrelated to the patient’s treatment. In Guthrie Clinic, a nurse at the clinic treating the plaintiff for sexually transmitted disease recognized the plaintiff as the boyfriend of her sister-in-law, prompting the nurse to send her sister-in-law a series of text messages concerning the boyfriend’s medical condition (i.e. his STD).  The ruling came in response to the certification of a question to the New York Court of Appeals from the Second Circuit, which had earlier disposed of other of plaintiff’s claims. 

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Top 5 Issues for Financial Services Employers in 2014

My colleague Jason Kaufman and I put together “Five Hot Topics for Financial Services Industry Employers” in this month’s Take 5 newsletter.  Below is an excerpt:

The economy may be improving, but challenges remain for employers in the financial services industry. From ever-increasing whistleblower claims to new diversity and inclusion regulations and recent IRS determinations affecting bonus payments, financial services industry employers will have to navigate a number of new developments and potential pitfalls in 2014. Here are five issues to keep an eye on in the new year. …

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Intellectual Property Advisory

Happy New Year!
Thank you for taking the time to read this Howard & Howard Intellectual Property Advisory. We are pleased to provide our clients and friends with periodic updates on issues, industry developments, and changes in the law to help you address the challenges facing businesses. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact any of the H&H Intellectual Property Attorneys More…

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Two for Tuesdays – LinkedIn

We’re kicking off a new feature today here on Zen – Two for Tuesdays! I’ve given myself the assignment of sticking to an editorial calendar for the blog this year (everyone get excited!) and one of the regular posts I’d like to contribute is this one, which will cover two quick tips that you can implement today on a range of subjects.

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GST and Leases – ATO issues interim guidance

As reported during November 2013 the Full Federal Court decision in the case of MBI Properties Pty Limited v Commissioner of Taxation [2013] FCAFC 112 created uncertainty regarding the GST treatment of property that is sold subject to an ongoing lease. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has issued an Interim Decision Impact Statement to provide guidance on the interim treatment pending a final resolution of the matter.

As expected, the Commissioner of Taxation filed an application for special leave to appeal to the High Court on 15 November 2013. As yet, no decision on this application has been made. More…

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