Supreme Court submissions to be available to the public (10.10.2013)

There has been a significant development in Supreme Court procedure. The Supreme Court has issued a Practice Direction to allow for parties’ written submissions in respect of appeals or any Supreme Court matter to be made available to any member of the public upon request. This applies to written submissions made on or after 7th October 2013 only. Prior to that no one had sight of submissions save for the Court, the parties and their legal team.<

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More women dissolve civil partnerships than men

Women seem more likely to dissolve their civil partnerships than men, if new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) are anything to go by.

The statistics, which do not cover Scotland (as these figures are not available yet), show that in 2012, 57% of all civil partnership dissolutions in England and Wales were to female couples (455 dissolutions) while the remaining 43% were to male couples (339 dissolutions). 

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DAVIS MALM HOSTS PROGRAM BY REV. DR. RAY HAMMOND AND BOSTON POLICE COMMISSIONER EDWARD DAVIS

Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. recently hosted a breakfast program at its office featuring Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond with guest speaker Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis. Community leaders attended this program, which focused on the 25-year mission of Rev. Dr. Hammond and his wife, Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond, to improve the lives of high and proven risk youth in the City of Boston. The program was moderated by Davis Malm partner George A. “Tony” Hewett and included remarks by Jamie Bush of Bush & Company. In response to growing gang violence, The Hammonds started Bethel AME Church in 1988 as a church community with the goal of addressing the issues through community involvement. By collaborating with the public school system, courts and prisons, local business communities, and law enforcement, Bethel AME has developed successful partnerships to help educate high risk youth and prepare them to lead healthy, productive lives.

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Multistate Tax Update — October 10, 2013

In recent years, state lawmakers have passed laws to expand (or in attempt to expand) their respective department of revenue’s authority to cause out-of-state or remote sellers to collect and remit sales taxes.  In some cases, these laws have been deemed to be unconstitutional, as the statute exceeded the guidelines articulated in the seminal case of Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, 504 U.S. 298 (1992).  In Quill, the U.S. Supreme Court held that it was unconstitutional under the dormant commerce clause of the Constitution for a state to require a retailer with no in-state physical presence to collect sales or use tax.

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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies Advisory: Primer on the Government Shutdown and the Debt Ceiling Debate

For the past few weeks much of the television and print news has been focused on the standoff in Washington, D.C. over two separate issues: funding the government and raising the nation’s debt ceiling. Given the significance of these two issues and the widespread confusion surrounding them, we put together the following primer to help make sense of the current situation.

In a shutdown, Congress withholds from some federal agencies some of the monies they need to fund their operations. A default, on the other hand, prevents the Treasury from issuing notes to pay for the debt incurred as a result of government services already authorized by Congress. In 2011, we faced a shutdown in April and later a default in August. In both cases, the calamity was averted at the last second when parties came together. This year, however, we are already a week into a government shutdown and the potential for a debt default now looms as early as next week.

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Mark Spognardi writes for Inside Counsel on harassment claims

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Mark Spognardi

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark A. Spognardi authored an article for Inside Counsel’s website that was published on September 30. The article titled, “Failure to complain insulates employers from harassment claims,” discuss two cases that demonstrate why employers should properly review and train employees on the harassment policies of their company.

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Judith Grubner to participate in Chicago-Kent College of Law IP symposium

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Judith Grubner

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago partner Judith L. Grubner has been invited to speak at the 4th annual Gastro IP event at the Chicago-Kent College of Law on November 7. The theme for this year’s event is Cuba, the Embargo, and Trademark law, all centering on intellectual property law and food issues.

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Lori Adelson contributes to article on reinstating employees after filing wrongful-termination claims

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Lori Adelson

Arnstein & Lehr Fort Lauderdale Partner Lori Adelson offered her advice to an October 2 Human Resource Executive Online article titled, “Navigating the Perils of Re-boarding.” The article focuses on the challenges that HR professionals are faced with when reinstating employees after filing a wrongful-termination claim.

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Mark Spognardi contributes to two HR publications

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Mark Spognardi

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark A. Spognardi was quoted in two articles that appeared on Thomson Reuter’s HR Compliance Bulletin and Employee Terminations Bulletin. The first article, “Social media harassment: Potential legal liability for your organization?” discusses harassment through social media and whether or not an employer is able to take action should an employee report harmful activity. To read the article in full, please click here.

The second article, “Three termination actions guaranteed to anger a jury,” discus three reasons a jury that hears a labor and employment case is more likely to be sympathetic towards the employee, rather than the employer. To read the article in full, please click here.

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ILN Today Post

Notice on Visas and Residence Permits for Foreign Highly Qualified Personnel

On 5 July 2013, General Office of the Central Organization Department, General Office of Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, General Office of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Office of Ministry of Public Security, Office of State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs jointly issued the Notice on Relevant Issues on Handling the Procedures for Visas and Residence Permits for Foreign Highly Qualified Personnel (“Notice”) to implement the Notice on Certain Issues in Facilitating the Provision of Visas and Residence Permits for Foreign Highly Qualified Personnel Coming to China, which took effect 28 September 2012. The Notice follows China’s recent push to attract foreign talent, including Chinese who studied and now live abroad, and aims to make it more convenient for employers to bring highly qualified foreigners to China. More…

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