Sports Direct International plc will acquire 60% of Sportland Group

The UK’s leading sports retailer Sports Direct International announced yesterday that it had entered into an agreement for acquiring a 60 per cent majority stake in Sportland International Group.

“With the experience and financial support of Sports Direct we will be able to continue expanding our product mix, bring in more innovation and strengthen our position in the Baltics,” one of the co-founders of Sportland International Group, Are Altraja, said.

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Sheriff court ‘overhaul’ needed

Sheriff courts could buckle under the strain of a flood of personal injury cases unless safeguards are introduced, lawyers have warned.

According to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), a combination of court closures and Government plans to move thousands of cases from the Court of Session will cause delays and pressure in the sheriff courts unless there is significant improvement and investment in court staff, technology and procedures.

The warning came in APIL’s response to the Government’s consultation on the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill which has just closed.

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"Certification Matters," Today’s Chicago Woman, Michelle Kantor

Michelle Kantor was featured in the Today’s Chicago Woman article, “Certification Matters.”

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"Certification Matters," Today’s Chicago Woman, Michelle Kantor

Michelle Kantor was featured in the Today’s Chicago Woman article, “Certification Matters.”

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Economics of the Hypothetical Negotiation: Implications of Recent IP Decisions (David Movius)

David Movius will be a panelist for West LegalEdcenter’s upcoming webinar “Economics of the Hypothetical Negotiation: Implications of Recent IP Decisions.”

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Multistate Tax Update — May 30, 2013

A Texas Court of Appeals has determined that a hospitality company’s purchases of hotel consumables, such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, shower caps, pens, and notepads (the “hotel consumables”), that were placed in the hotel room for the use of its guests, were entitled to the sale-for-resale exemption for Texas sales and use tax (DTWC Corp. v. Combs, Texas Court of Appeals, Third District, Austin, No. 03-10-008-CV, April 11, 2013). This ruling reverses the Comptroller’s long-held position that such hotel consumables are not resold to guests, but are instead used by the taxpayer and subject to sales tax. Based on this case, taxpayers purchasing hotel consumables should consider whether it would be beneficial to file a refund claim if they previously paid sales tax on such purchases.

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Illinois Governor to Sign “Fracking” Law

Arnstein & Lehr Attorneys William J. Anaya and Matthew E. Cohn, Environmental Practice Group


Illinois Governor to Sign “Fracking” Law

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Randall Sidlosca quoted in Daily Business Review article

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Randall Sidlosca

Arnstein & Lehr Miami Partner Randall L. Sidlosca was quoted in an article published on May 28, 2013 for the Daily Business Review titled, “Focus Latin America: Latin American Developers Turn To Florida Attorneys For Help.” In the article, Mr. Sidlosca notes how he can provide a “one-stop shop” for individuals who want to transition their families to the United States. In addition to providing legal guidance, he provides clients with advice and information on the city of Miami.

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John Ropiequet publishes article for Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report

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John Ropiequet

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner John L. Ropiequet has published an article in the Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report entitled, “Fair Lending Litigation and the Impact of Wal-mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes.” The article discusses the historical development of litigation by private litigants which has alleged racial discrimination by lenders in both mortgages and auto finance, and how the Supreme Court’s decision in Dukes in 2011 seemingly has put an end to major fair lending class action cases, but how enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have continued unabated despite that ruling, which called into question the statistical evidentiary basis for both private class actions and government enforcement activities.

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Partners publish article for Practical law Company

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Barry Katz

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Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partners Barry R. Katz (pictured left) and Robert J. Taylor (pictured right) authored the article “Managing Commercial Real Estate Leases: Illinois” for the Practical Law Company. The article is a technical Q&A guide to Illinois state laws and customs on managing real estate leases in Illinois.

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