Monthly Archives: May 2011

Senior Corporate and Litigation Lawyer joins Lidings

Senior сorporate and litigation lawyer joins Lidings

Lidings, the leading independent Russian law firm, dedicated to advising foreign companies on all aspects of Russian law announces joining of Alexey Chantsev as Senior Associate in Litigation & Arbitration,  Corporate and Real Estate & Construction Practice Groups.

Prior to joining Lidings Mr. Chantsev took position of the leading legal counsel at the major diamond mining company in Russia «ALROSA» and headed the reform department at the largest Russian energy company OJSC «Yakutskenergo», and worked at the Russian law company «Alimirzoev and Trofimov»

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Attorney Keren L. Weiss Joins the Chicago Office of McDonald Hopkins Law Firm

Keren L. Weiss has joined the Chicago office of McDonald Hopkins LLC as an Associate in the firm’s Business Department.

Weiss advises businesses, business owners and investors across a wide variety of industries. She has considerable experience in a broad range of transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions; divestitures; restructurings; public and private securities issuances and filings; and private equity investments. Weiss’s corporate experience also includes drafting, analyzing and negotiating an extensive array of licensing, partnership and sales agreements. Further, Weiss provides general corporate counseling to clients and assists on matters involving corporate governance.

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CANADA: A brief look at the nature of the Federation, the Administration of Justice and the Judicial System

CANADA: A brief look at the nature of the Federation, the Administration of Justice and the Judicial System
Robinson Sheppard Shapiro LLP, Montreal
by Charles E. Flam

Canada, a Federal Constitutional Monarchy

Canada is a federal state comprised of ten provinces and three largely self-governing territories, but is also a constitutional monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of Canada and Canada’s Head of State. The Governor General, appointed upon the advice of Canada’s Prime Minister, is the representative of the Queen in Canada and also is the nation’s commander-in-chief. ALieutenant-Governor, also appointed upon the advice of Canada’s Prime Minister, represents the Queen in each province.

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Addressing Challenges and Implementing Turnaround Strategies in Financially Distressed Hospitals – Rick Cooper

Richard S. Cooper, Esq
McDonald Hopkins LLC

Frederick (Ted) Woodrell
QHR Intensive Resources

Webinar Summary (Actions for Providers):
This webinar addresses the key challenges facing financially distressed hospitals today and provides solutions for implementing successful turnaround strategies. The program will address the following:

  • Industry distress trends and projections
  • Causes and stages of distress
  • Operational, financial and legal “red flags” of distress
  • Key challenges faced by distressed facilities
  • Strategies and tactics that distressed facilities can deploy
  • Chapter 11—when should it be used, advantages and disadvantages, factors contributing to a successful emergence

After This Webinar You Will Be Able To:

  • Describe the financial environment for similarly sized hospitals
  • Identify contributing factors to financial distress
  • Determine your organization’s status
  • Describe the elements needed to create an effective plan for implementing corrective turnaround actions

Tools and Takeaways:
Actions and strategies financially distressed hospitals can utilize to effectively identify their distress risk factors and status.

Recommended For:
CEOs, COOs, CFOs, accounting directors, and finance executives at small to mid-sized hospitals in financial distress

HFMA Members: Free
Non-Members: $99

Click here for more information.

Click here to register.


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Employee Benefits Alert: Supreme Court decision sheds new light on ERISA claims

The Supreme Court’s recent holding clarifies that terms in the Summary Plan Description are not enforceable under ERISA as provisions of the plan
On May 16, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in CIGNA Corp. v. Amara, #09-804, U.S. Supreme Court (May 16, 2011). The Supreme Court held that the terms of a Summary Plan Description (SPD) or a Summary of Material Modifications (SMM) issued by the administrator of a qualified retirement plan and improperly describing the terms of the plan could not be enforced under ERISA as though it were part of the plan. The suit was initiated by a group of current and former CIGNA employees who had participated in a traditional defined benefit plan prior to January 1, 1998, when CIGNA amended the plan to become a cash balance plan. The plaintiffs, seeking class certification, argued that CIGNA failed to provide certain required notices and disclosures to its participants required under ERISA.
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California Meal Period Rules Are Still Unsettled

By Betsy Johnson

California employers have been waiting since October 2008 for the California Supreme Court to issue it decisions in Brinker Restaurant v. Superior Court (review granted Oct. 22, 2008 and Brinkley v. Public Storage (review granted Jan. 14, 2009) on the issue of whether California law requires employers to ensure that non-exempt employees take meal periods or to merely make meal periods available to these employees.  While these cases are pending, the California appellate courts issued rulings going both ways on this issue.  Recently, the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District Court, issued positive decision for employers and held that employers are not required to force employees to take meal periods:  “It is an employer’s obligation to ensure that its employees are free from its control for thirty minutes, not to ensure that employees do anything particular during that time.”  Lamps Plus Overtime Cases (CA2/8 B220954 5/10/11).

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Ronald and Vanessa Cohn appear in ABA Journal’s Lawyers Giving Back section

Ronald Cohn

Vanessa Cohn

Tampa Partner’s Ronald Cohn and Vanessa Cohn appear in the Lawyers Giving Back section of the upcoming June edition of the ABA Journal. Mr. & Mrs. Cohn were highlighted as a result of their recent donation of nine iPad’s to the Tampa Preparatory School’s English Department. The Lawyers Giving Back section showcases lawyers from across the country who serve their communities through pro bono and public service activities. To view their photo included on page four of the section, please click here.

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Partners Raymond Werner and Jeffrey Shapiro quoted in South Florida Business Journal Book of Law article

Raymond J. Werner

Raymond J. Werner

Jeffrey B. Shapiro

Arnstein & Lehr’s Managing Partner, Raymond Werner, and Florida Managing Partner, Jeffrey  Shapiro, were interviewed for the article “Lawyers looking for lateral moves in demand” that appears in the 2011 South Florida Business Journal’s Book of Law. The article addresses the trend of South Florida law firms looking to lateral partner transfers rather than entry-level attorneys. The Book of Law features South Florida’s 200 largest law firms and lawyers who hold key positions within the legal community. South Florida Business Journal covers the top legal trends affecting businesses in South Florida, including major changes within law firms and new practice areas.

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ILN Today Post

Destination India

To learn more about doing business in India, please see the attached Destination India – 2010.

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International Lawyers Network Welcomes New Member in Boston, Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C.

On Friday, the International Lawyers Network announced that Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. has joined the Network as a representative for Boston.

Davis Malm is a premier full-service New England firm providing sophisticated, cost-effective legal representation to local, regional, national, and international public and private businesses, institutions, and individuals in a wide spectrum of business sectors and legal matters. Since its founding in 1979, lawyers at Davis Malm have practiced at the top level of the profession delivering successful results to clients through direct partner involvement, responsive client service, and practical and creative problem solving.

Ninety percent of eligible Davis Malm lawyers are Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated, the highest bestowed rating.

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