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Raymond Werner consulted for Investor’s Business Daily Article

Raymond Werner

In an article published on September 16, Managing Partner Raymond J. Werner was one of several executives that contributed to an article titled “Dreams Can Come True When You Tackle Specific Goals.” The article provides pieces of advice on how companies that have a focus on short-term goals can lead a team to success.

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Adam Fayne contributes to year-end financial checkup article

Adam Fayne

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Adam S. Fayne was quoted in a DepositAccounts.com article on September 8 regarding a financial “checkup.” In the article titled, “Get an Early Start on Your Year-End Financial Check Up,” Mr. Fayne offers his advice on what readers can do in order to get a head start on their taxes.

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Robert E. McKenzie provides tax notes on the Reform Act of 1998

Robert E. McKenzie

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Robert E. McKenzie provided his take on the IRS’ Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 (RRA ’98). The article titled, “15 Years After RRA ’98: Time to Re-restructure the IRS?” was published on August 12 on the website Tax Notes. Mr. McKenzie was one of many tax experts who contributed his “notes” to this article.

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David Newman contributes to Credit Union Times article

David Newman

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner David L. Newman offered his thoughts in a September 16 article titled, “Troll Wars: Patent Lawsuits Multiplying Against CUs,” published on the website Credit Union Times. The article talks about the rising number of credit unions that have been hit by lawsuits alleging patent infringement.

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Robert E. McKenzie quoted in articles on Beanie Baby creator’s tax evasion case

Robert E. McKenzie

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Robert E. McKenzie contributed to two articles regarding a recent tax evasion case featuring a prominent Chicago-area figure. Both articles discuss how billionaire Beanie Baby creator Ty Warner faces up to five years in prison and a $53.5 million penalty for tax evasion. Warner was charged with using a secret Swiss bank account to avoid taxes in the United States. In the first article published in the Chicago Tribune titled, “Beanie Babies founder Ty Warner charged with tax evasion,” Mr. McKenzie discusses the potential penalties Warner faces and the increase of crackdowns by the IRS on offshore bank accounts.

In the second article published on Forbes’ website titled, “In Reversal, IRS Gives Amnesty To Owners of Secret Israeli Bank Accounts,” Mr. McKenzie discusses additional actions being taken by the IRS to prevent tax evasion.

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Joseph Scharnak addresses Chicago bedbug infestation

Joseph Scharnak

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Joseph W. Scharnak’s article titled, “City Council bites back at residential bed bug infestations” was published in the September 17 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. In the article, Mr. Scharnak discusses amendments to the Chicago Municipal Code that were passed in June and take effect in December. With an increase in issues with bedbugs, this new ordinance aims to place additional responsibility on landlords and condominium associations to provide professional pest management services whenever there is a suspected infestation.

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Miguel Diaz de la Portilla offers his insight into South Florida economic growth

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Miguel Diaz de la Portilla

Arnstein & Lehr Miami Partner Miguel Diaz de la Portilla recently was quoted in a September 18 article in the Sun Sentinel about the growth of the economy in South Florida. The article titled, “[South Florida] economy growing quickly” discusses that in 2012, South Florida’s economy grew 3.5 percent, which topped other metropolitan areas in the state of Florida. Mr. Diaz de la Portilla provides his take on why the economy has grown so quickly.

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Hand Over The Cash Or The Hard Drive Gets It!

In January 2013, GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”) filed a complaint in New York state court alleging that its e-discovery vendor, Discovery Works Legal Inc., was “holding hostage over 20 terabytes of GSK’s most sensitive and confidential data, and threatened to withhold and destroy the data” unless GSK paid a ransom of more than $80,000. GSK is the second largest pharmaceutical company in the world by revenue, employing over 100,000 people in 117 countries. How could a mere  e-discovery vendor hold GSK’s data hostage?

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FMLA Certifications: What Do With an Incomplete or Insufficient Certification

By Anna A. Cohen         

A common complaint from retail employers is that employees requesting FMLA leave often submit Certifications from health care providers that are incomplete (one or more of the entries are blank) or insufficient (the information provided is vague, ambiguous, or non-responsive).  Employers are not required to automatically grant a leave of absence upon receipt of a deficient Certification.  Rather, there are several things an employer can do to ensure that it is granting leave for a qualifying reason and for an appropriate duration.  

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ISBA Conference – Fracking in Illinois: Facts and Myths Explained

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Matthew E. Cohn

Matthew E. Cohn

Arnstein & Lehr attorney William J. Anaya

William J. Anaya

Matthew Cohn and William Anaya recently spoke and moderated at the Illinois State Bar Association’s CLE Conference titled Fracking in Illinois: Facts and Myths Explained. The event was held in Springfield on September 17, 2013. Over 65 attorneys and environmental professional listened to speakers that included attorneys, geologists, and engineers. Representatives of organizations involved in the development and implementation of Illinois’ Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act spoke and attended. Included among the speakers were officials from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Office of the Attorney General, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, as well as representatives from the Illinois Oil and Gas Association and the Illinois Farm Bureau. The conference covered the following topics:

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