Monthly Archives: July 2011

Social Media – What Are Mid-Sized Firms Doing?

Last week’s post covered the questions of what the panelists discussing social media are doing at their firms, and the challenges they’ve faced.  This week’s looks at their social media policies and the effect of the approval process in blogging. 

Social Media Policies

We next covered the question of social media policies, and whether firms are looking only at what their attorneys and staff are doing professionally, or also at their personal social networking habits.

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Corporate Risk and Insurance Update

Sparking a divide in defining ‘damage’ in business interruption claims?

Mainstream Aquaculture Pty Ltd v Calliden Insurance Ltd [2011] VSC 286

By Jessica Kinny and Ray Giblett of Gadens Lawyers, Sydney

The concept of ‘damage’ is fundamental to business interruption insurance because without it there is often no cover.  A broad approach to what constitutes ‘damage’ can therefore have a significant impact on the scope of such policies. read more


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Life Sciences Update

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill 

By Alexia Marinos of Gadens Lawyers, Sydney

On 22 June 2011, a Notice of Motion was given by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research , Senator Carr to introduce the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill (Bill) into the Senate.  read more


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TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE successfully defended Liviko and its CEO Janek Kalvi against an allegation of price fixing and infringement of the cartel prohibition

TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE successfully defended Liviko and its CEO Janek Kalvi against an allegation of price fixing and infringement of the cartel prohibition


Last Friday, ie on 1 July 2011, the Estonian Supreme Court delivered a judgment whereby it acquitted AS Liviko* and its CEO Janek Kalvi of the charges of price fixing and infringement of the cartel prohibition brought against them under § 400 of the Estonian Penal Code.

In a criminal indictment that was submitted to the court for adjudication at the end of 2009, Public Prosecutor’s Office accused Janek Kalvi and AS Liviko of having allegedly concluded an agreement with Igor Zavizion and OÜ Offex Group to fix the minimum retail price of a half-litre bottle of vodka at 59 kroons and 90 cents. AS Liviko and Janek Kalvi denied these charges of having ever entered into any agreement or having made any proposals to agree on the minimum price of a half-litre bottle of vodka throughout the criminal proceedings.

The Supreme Court eventually held that lower courts had based their judgments of conviction against Janek Kalvi and AS Liviko on assumptions, and not on evidence in support of the allegations, and failed to comply with a duty of thorough assessment of evidence and provide reasons for the judgment as well as to respect the principle of the presumption of innocence. Supreme Court thus acquitted Liviko and its CEO Janek Kalvi on all charges.

The defence team for Liviko and Janek Kalvi included Erki Kergandberg, head of TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE’s dispute resolution practice group, and Rene Frolov, head of the firm’s competition law practice in Estonia.

See an article by Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) HERE.
See a news bulletin by The Baltic Course HERE.

* Liviko AS, established in 1898, is a leading producer and wholesaler of alcoholic drinks in Estonia. In addition to a significant local presence it also exports a wide range of products to regional and global markets. Liviko has historically been strong in mostly high-quality strong spirits, but recently it has entered the market segment of low-alcohol beverages and also developed a strong import portfolio.

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Lawyer Tanel Küün joined TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE team

Tanel Küün graduated from the University of Tartu with an MA degree in law this spring and joined TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE’s M&A practice as a lawyer.

In the years 2009 and 2010, Tanel provided legal advice at the Students’ Law Office at the University of Tartu, and he has also practiced as a trainee at the law firms TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE and Luiga Mody Hääl Borenius and at the Harju County Court.

Welcome to our team!


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Arnstein & Lehr attorneys named 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Illinois Super Lawyers 2011

2011 Illinois Super Lawyers

The annual release of Illinois Super Lawyers included many Arnstein & Lehr attorneys. The list of attorneys honored for 2011 included 20 partners from Arnstein & Lehr’s Chicago office. They are: Bruce Balonick, Roy Bernstein, Barry Chatz, Thomas Conley, Mark Enright, Allan Goldberg, Joel Hurwitz, Norman Jeddeloh, Barry Katz, Arthur Klein, Samuel Levine, Robert E. McKenzie, Ronald Menaker, Mark Miller, Hal Morris, Edward Snyder, Paul Starkman, Michael Turoff, David Waxman and Raymond Werner.

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Arnstein & Lehr Florida attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers

Congratulations to those individuals named by Florida Super Lawyers from Arnstein & Lehr’s Florida offices who made their list for 2011. They include Robin Trupp from our Tampa office, Doug Kniskern and Franklin Zemel from our Fort Lauderdale office, and Marty Kalish and Jeff Shapiro from our Miami office. Florida Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

In addition, two Arnstein & Lehr attorneys were recognized as 2011 Florida Rising Stars. They include Jeffrey Backman from our Fort Lauderdale office and Rebecca Abrams from our Miami office.

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Partner Justin Weisberg hosts EJCDC construction subcommittee meeting

A meeting of the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC) construction subcommittee was held in our Chicago office on June 25 and hosted by Chicago Partner Justin Weisberg.  The EJCDC is a joint venture of four major organizations of professional engineers and contractors. Since 1975, EJCDC has developed and updated fair and objective standard documents that represent the latest and best thinking in contractual relations between all parties involved in engineering design and construction projects.  The purpose of the EJCDC construction subcommittee is to develop contract documents within a particular subject area or family of documents. Each subcommittee meets several times a year to develop and update contracts documents, ensuring that the documents reflect current business practices and legal decisions.

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McKenzies’ article on why IRS targets high-income taxpayers appears in June/July issue of Tax Magazine

Robert E. McKenzie

Robert A. McKenzie

For most taxpayers, whether businesses or individuals, the chances of an IRS examination are about 1%. For a taxpayer earning more than $1 million per year, the odds exceed 8%. The odds of examination can increase dramatically because of the information reported on or omitted from returns.  Chicago Partner Robert E. McKenzie’s and Associate Robert A. McKenzie’s article entitled Why the IRS Targets High-Income Taxpayers addresses this issue.  Their article appears in the current digital issue of Tax Magazine.   To read it, please click here.

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Barry Katz successfully closes 11 property finance portfolio worth more than $10 million

Barry R. Katz

Chicago Partner Barry Katz recently closed the refinance of an 11 property portfolio worth more than $10 million with a major Chicago bank. The refinance was the culmination of more than two years of work in which Barry first negotiated the forbearance by the bank of foreclosure on the properties and second negotiated a refinance of the loans so that the cash flow from the properties was able to support the debt service to keep the loans current.


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