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Robert E. McKenzie contributes to article on innocent spouse tax relief claims

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Robert E. McKenzie

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Robert E. McKenzie offered his thoughts to a September 10 article for Blomberg’s BNA. The article, “BNA Snapshot: Innocent Spouse Relief Cases in U.S. Tax Court” give taxpayers insight on contesting innocent spouse tax relief claims in the U.S. Tax Court. Mr. McKenzie also recently spoke at a webinar on this issue.

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Barry Katz quoted in Law360 article on appetite of institutional investors

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Barry Katz

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Barry R. Katz contributed to a September 11 article titled, “Appetite For Real Estate Debt Grows As Returns Justify Risk.” The article discusses a spike in the “appetite” of institutional investors to invest in real estate debt held by private funds. Mr. Katz talks about bank involvement with this issue.

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Mark Spognardi authors article for InsideCounsel

Mark Spognardi

In his article published September 16 on Inside Counsel’s website, Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark A. Spognardi followed up on his predictions from a previous Inside Counsel article that the new members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) members would be facing challenges immediately after their appointments. In the article titled, “Labor: NLRB Specialty Healthcare bargaining unit standard withstands employer challenge,” Mr. Spognardi discusses a recent case, Kindred Nursing Centers East, LP dba Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Mobile v NLRB is being challenged on the definitions of certain terms that are of importance in this case.

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Administration Rejects Labor’s ObamaCare Demands

by: Adam C. Abrahms, Kara M. Maciel, Adam C. Solander, and Steven M. Swirsky

On September 13, 2013, the Obama Administration rejected the union movement’s intense lobbying efforts to seek a waiver, so that their members would be able to receive tax subsidies in the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) Marketplaces for those of their members who will be offered “affordable coverage” from their employers.

Beginning January 1, 2015, the ACA requires that large employers offer affordable health coverage that provides minimum value to their “full-time employees” (those working 30 hours or more per week) or pay a penalty. If an employee is not offered health insurance, or if the coverage offered does not meet the definition of “affordable” or does not provide minimum value, the employee may go to the Marketplace (formerly known as the Exchanges) to purchase coverage. In such cases, certain employees may receive a tax credit or premium subsidy in the Marketplace to help defray the cost of obtaining health coverage.

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Second Chance for Lawyer Ordered to Pay Costs Personally?

Rule 57.07 of Ontario’s Rules of Civil Procedure gives the court (including a Master of the court) discretion to award costs of a proceeding against a lawyer and to require the lawyer to pay the costs personally. Specifically, the rule provides that where a lawyer for a party has caused costs to be incurred without reasonable cause or to be wasted by undue delay, negligence or other default, the court may make an order, (a) disallowing costs between the lawyer and the client or directing the lawyer to repay the client money paid in respect of costs; (b) directing the lawyer to reimburse the client for any costs that the client has been ordered to pay to another party; and (c) requiring the lawyer personally to pay the costs of any party.   Such an order may be made by the court on its own initiative or on the motion of any party to the proceeding but the court has no discretion to make such an order unless the lawyer is given a reasonable opportunity to make representations to the court. 
In the case of Haider Humza Inc. v. Rafiq [2012] ONSC 6161, Master Dash of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ordered the plaintiff’s lawyer, Murray Teitel, to personally pay the defendant’s lawyer costs in the sum of $3,000 for conduct which Master Dash defined as “sharp practice”.  Master Dash held, among other findings, as follows: 
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Mark Spognardi authors article for InsideCounsel

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Mark Spognardi

In his article published September 16 on InsideCounsel’s website, Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark A. Spognardi followed up on his predictions from a previous InsideCounsel article that the new member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) members would be facing challenges immediately after their appointments. In the article titled, “Labor: NLRB Specialty Healthcare bargaining unit standard withstands employer challenge,” Mr. Spognardi discusses a recent case, Kindred Nursing Centers East, LP dba Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Mobile v NLRB, in which the NLRB is being challenged on the definitions of certain terms that are of importance in this case.

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Oct. 2: Webinar on Workplace Violence and Active Shooter Scenarios – Protecting Your Employees

We’d like to recommend an upcoming complimentary webinar, “Addressing and Responding to Workplace Violence and Active Shooter Scenarios to Protect Your Employees” (Oct. 2, 2:00 p.m. EDT), by our Epstein Becker Green colleagues Kara M. Maciel, Susan Gross Sholinsky, and Christopher M. Locke, with Daniel Hess and Lynne Cripe of The KonTerra Group, an employee assistance program provider that regularly counsels employees undergoing stressful life events that can lead to violence. 

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Oct. 2: Webinar on Workplace Violence and Active Shooter Scenarios – Protecting Your Employees

We’d like to recommend an upcoming complimentary webinar, “Addressing and Responding to Workplace Violence and Active Shooter Scenarios to Protect Your Employees” (Oct. 2, 2:00 p.m. EDT), by our Epstein Becker Green colleagues Kara M. Maciel, Susan Gross Sholinsky, and Christopher M. Locke, with Daniel Hess and Lynne Cripe of The KonTerra Group, an employee assistance program provider that regularly counsels employees undergoing stressful life events that can lead to violence.

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Robert E. McKenzie authors article for Forbes on IRS penalties

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Robert E. McKenzie

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Robert E. McKenzie authored a September 1 article for Forbes’ website titled, “Reducing IRS Penalties.” The article discusses with readers the millions of penalties they face as taxpayers from the IRS. Mr. McKenzie provides advice on your rights, if subjected to penalties, and how to dispute them.

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Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article focuses on issues James Durkin faces as new Illinois GOP House leader

James Durkin

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner and newly elected Illinois GOP House leader James B. Durkin was interviewed by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin on September 10. The article titled, “For Durkin, it’s time to balance policy, politics” discusses with Mr. Durkin about balancing politics and policy, his support for the race for governor and his thoughts on a proposal to limit the term of legislators.

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