Monthly Archives: April 2011

Using Client Feedback to Create Truly Meaningful Client Experiences and Deliver Greater Value

After lunch, I headed to “Using Client Feedback to Create Truly Meaningful Client Experiences and Deliver Greater Value” – a session that proved to have some fabulous tips. The panel was moderated by Julie Meyers of Burns White and featured Ronna Cross, from Patton Boggs, James Perkins of Procopio, Cory Hargreaves & Savitch, Jennifer Skiver, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, and Tara Weintritt of Miles and Stockbridge.

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TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE shortlisted for Baltic Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE shortlisted for Baltic Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

12.04.2011

TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE has been shortlisted for Baltic Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year Award by the International Tax Review magazine as a part of it’s European Tax Awards 2011. The awards will go to the firms that demonstrate examples of the most innovative client work in Europe in 2010. Shortlists were compiled based on the submissions and research done by the International tax Review journalists, and the winners will be chosen after a poll of international tax executives.

The winners announcements and Award ceremony will take place in London on May 18.

For more than 20 years, International Tax Review is providing comprehensive international news, opinions, guides to innovative deals, surveys, international updates and interviews with leading tax directors and officials from around the world for corporate tax directors, policymakers and practitioners.

 

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U.S Supreme Court Weighs In on Materiality of Reports of Adverse Effects of Over the Counter Drug That Were Not Statistically Significant

On March 22, 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision which is likely to have serious repercussions for companies in the bio/pharma tech space.  In MATRIXX INITIATIVES, INC., ET AL. v. SIRACUSANO ET AL., the Court rejected Matrixx argument that reports regarding the adverse effect of Zicam, its leading revenue generating product, were not statistically significant and therefore not material.

Noting that the analysis of materiality under the securities laws in fact specific, the Court appears to have relied heavily on two factors:

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Partner Robert E. McKenzie offers tips on talking to the IRS at MarketWatch.com

Robert E. McKenzie

Chicago Partner  Robert E. McKenzie was interviewed for an April 8 MarketWatch.com article entitled “7 tips for how to talk so the IRS will listen.” The article outlines guidelines for taxpayers meeting one-on-one with an IRS agent as a result of an audit or a large tax bill. To read the complete article, click here.

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David Sugar to conduct condo, co-op association seminar

David Sugar

Chicago Partner David Sugar will lead a discussion on how condominium and cooperative board members and residents can protect their community association. The seminar will be held on May 3 at First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chicago. Topics will include board and homeowner disputes, protecting the board and association from litigation, how to respond when the board or association is sued, delinquent payment issues and foreclosures. The free event is sponsored by The Building Group, a Chicago-based firm that manages residential, office, retail and industrial properties, as part of its ongoing First Tuesdays educational series.

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Paul Starkman offers Business Insurance Magazine his thoughts on how the Supreme Court is likely to rule on the huge Wal-Mart gender discrimination class action lawsuit

Paul E. Starkman

Chicago Partner Paul Starkman provided his thoughts in an April 4 Business Insurance article, “Supreme Court expected to overturn Wal-Mart ruling” on a recent 9th Circuit appeals court decision that approved a massive class action lawsuit alleging gender discrimination by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. To read the article in full, please click here.

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Thomas White article on annuities in 401(k) plans appears in May issue of Benefits magazine

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Thomas M. White 

Thomas M. White

Benefits Magazine article Tom White May 2011Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Thomas White‘s article “Annuities in 401(k) Plans: What a Plan Sponsor Should Keep in Mind” was published in the May issue of Benefits Magazine. Benefits Magazine is a monthly magazine of the International Foundation, a nonprofit, impartial educational association for those who work with employee benefit and compensation plans. The magazine addresses benefit issues affecting multiemployer, single employer and public employee plan representatives. Health care, retirement and other related trends are addressed. Redesigned to capture more cases studies and profiles of those shaping the industry, it also includes Legal & Legislative Reporter.

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Thomas White offers his perspective in a Benefitspro.com article on the growing public pension crisis

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Thomas M. White

Thomas M. White

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Thomas White provided his thoughts on the growing public pension crisis in an online article that appeared April 7 at Benefitspro.com. The article, “Pensions Under Fire,” examines the crisis public employees, government officials, and taxpayers are facing as a result of increasingly difficult municipal budget concerns at the local and state level and the difficulty these municipalities are having in funding their defined benefit plans.

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Effectively Leveraging Social Media as a Business Development & Marketing Tool – An LMA Recap

You may not be surprised to learn that during the 2011 Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference, I attended the session on Effectively Leveraging Social Media as a Business Development & Marketing Tool. And it was definitely a valuable session.  

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British Columbia’s IPP Supply (with updated map)

According to information released today from BC Hydro, as of April 1, 2011, BC Hydro has 68 electricity purchase agreements (EPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) [ie, non-BC Hydro] whose projects are delivering power to BC Hydro.

The projects are located all over British Columbia and generate 12,524 GWh annually of mostly clean electrictiy. This represents 3,183 MWs of capacity and comes from the following fuel sources:

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