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BCSC Orders Executor to make an Interim Distribution

In Reznik v. Matty, for the first time, the British Columbia Supreme Court ordered that an executor must make an interim distribution of estate funds (as opposed to gifts of real property). The Court also ordered costs of the proceeding against the executor personally.

Three residuary beneficiaries of the estate of Phillip Matty (the “Estate”) asked the Court to compel the executor (who was also the fourth residuary beneficiary) to make an interim distribution. In reaching his decision to accede to the beneficiaries’ request, Funt J. emphasized the following facts:

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"Emergency contraceptive’s curious path to OTC," Ned Milenkovich for Drug Topics

Ned Milenkovich wrote the article “Emergency contraceptive’s curious path to OTC,” for the August 2013 edition of Drug Topics.

Click here to read the article.http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drug-topics/news/emergency-contraceptive-s-curious-path-otc

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Dialogues on Diversity (Richik Sarkar)

McDonald Hopkins attorney Richik Sarkar will be a speaker at The Commission on Economic Inclusion and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s upcoming speaker series for senior leadership, “Dialogues on Diversity.”

When:
Thursday, August 15, 2013
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Multistate Tax Update — August 15, 2013

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal recently signed into law the Louisiana Tax Delinquency Amnesty Act of 2013 (the Act), which requires the Louisiana Department of Revenue to establish the tax delinquency amnesty program. The current year’s amnesty program runs from September 23, 2013 through November 22, 2013. Louisiana’s amnesty program is more expansive in terms of scope than various amnesty programs conducted in other states. For instance, it is far easier and more concise to describe the types of taxes excluded from the amnesty program – motor fuel taxes and penalties for failure to submit information reports that are not based on an underpayment of tax – than those that are included. 

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John Ropiquet moderated panel at annual ABA meeting

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John Ropiequet

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner John L. Ropiequet moderated a panel discussion at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco on August 10 entitled “Things My Ethics Professor Didn’t Tell Me: Top Ethical Pitfalls for the Social Media Age.” The panelists used entertaining hypotheticals derived from real-world scenarios to illustrate specific ethical pitfalls associated with lawyers, law firms, and judges using social media, including hypotheticals that focused on concerns that are unique to the role of in-house counsel.

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David Newman featured in blog post for Westlaw

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David Newman

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner David L. Newman was featured in an August 9 blog post titled, “The framers’ vision of the Patent & Copyright clause: Q&A with David L. Newman of Arnstein & Lehr.” The post served as follow up to a contribution David made to a previous Westlaw article regarding the intentions the framers of the U.S. Constitution had when writing Patent and Copyright Clause. Mr. Newman also discusses his thoughts on a Wired magazine article and the possibility of an ADR or small-claims court for patent cases.

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William Anaya receives certificate of publication

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William Anaya

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner William J. Anaya was recently awarded a certificate of publication from the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) for his contribution as general editor and author for the 2013 Supplement to Commercial Real Estate. Mr. Anaya also currently serves as vice chair of IICLE.

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Joshua Atlas, Samuel Levine contribute to ISBA’s newsletter

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Joshua Atlas

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Samuel Levine

Arnstein & Lehr West Palm Beach Partner Joshua M. Atlas and Chicago Partner Samuel H. Levine recently wrote articles for the August edition of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Commercial Banking, Collections & Bankruptcy Law newsletter. Mr. Atlas’ article, “Subcontractor rights under the Miller Act: A case study” discusses how the Miller Act came into play in the case Capital Computer Group, LLC v. The Gray Insurance Company. Mr. Levine’s article, “Protecting contractor rights in bankruptcy” discusses the bankruptcy issues that are most often encountered in a construction setting.

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Bob Butters contributes to article in Chicago Lawyer on cloud computing

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Robert Butters

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Robert D. Butters contributes to article in Chicago Lawyer on cloud computing for Chicago Lawyer magazine. The article, “Demystifying the Cloud” was published in the August issue. Cloud computing is a virtual file cabinet that a person may access at any time, from anywhere. The main concern many law firms have with utilizing cloud computing is client privacy. Mr. Butters offers his thoughts regarding the issue and other issues with cloud computing.

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Shutts & Bowen Attorneys Selected as Florida Trend’s Legal Elite

Shutts & Bowen is pleased to announce that six attorneys have been selected byFlorida Trend as Florida’s Legal Elite. Legal Elite are considered the top attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers. During the voting process, lawyers are asked to name attorneys whom they hold in high regard or would recommend to others. The results represent fewer than 2% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida. Below are the Shutts & Bowen attorneys recognized. More…

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