Monthly Archives: July 2011

McDonald Hopkins was featured in "Fighting to save fees," by Crain’s Chicago Business

McDonald Hopkins was featured in the July 2011 article, “Fighting to save fees,” published by Crain’s Chicago Business.

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Draft: Healthcare Litigation Alert: McDonald Hopkins files federal lawsuit challenging constitutionality of Illinois statute

Hospital-based pathology groups and physicians in Illinois filed a federal lawsuit on June 24, 2011, seeking to invalidate, on constitutional grounds, Illinois legislation designed to shift the burden of absorbing certain patient-related costs from insurers to practitioners of only a few specifically-enumerated medical specialties.

The Statute: Illinois Public Act 96-1523

Illinois Public Act 96-1523, took effect June 1, 2011. It amended portions of the Illinois Insurance Act (changing 215 ILCS 5/356z.3 and adding 215 ILCS 5/356z.3a) in such a way as to fundamentally alter the relationships between certain physicians, their patients, and third-party payors such as insurers.

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Inspiration and risk management

At the risk of being disowned by my History of Art student daughter, I have to admit that installation art doesn’t engage me much.  The lawyer in me kicks in and I start thinking about what could go wrong.

For example, earlier this year, said daughter led me through The Forked Forest Path by Olafur Eliason at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.  For those unfamiliar with the work, it consists of an area of tall and dense bushes, all dead and very dry (it dates from 1998), through which you walk in a maze of paths in semi-darkness.  I soon began to fear that some bored child on a school trip might think it a great place to mess around with a cigarette lighter!

Then of course we had Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds at Tate Modern.  From originally inviting visitors to interact with the massive area of hand painted stone seeds, the stage was reached where they could only be accessed in white overalls and breathing apparatus (OK, I’m exaggerating slightly) in view of the potential health hazard from the dust.

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Ask Friday! The Business Development Books Edition

Recently, when I was seeking out Ask Friday! questions, Cordell Parvin suggested that I answer the question of “What would you recommend busy lawyers be reading on business development and what will they get from it?”

Nothing immediately popped into my mind, and Cordell was nice enough to share his list with me, as well as what’s on his Kindle. Then, coincidentally, the same question appeared on the Legal Marketing Association’s listserv.  Those who responded were gracious enough to be included in my post, so without further ado, here is the recommended reading straight from legal marketers and business development coaches!

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ILN Today Post

Not for Profits Update

What will the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission look like? Final report on NFP Regulator released

By Jon Cheung and Kimberley Vancuylenberg of Gadens Lawyers, Sydney

In the Federal Budget delivered on 10 May 2011, several announcements were made that will affect the charity and not-for-profit sector. read more

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Delay of Stage 2 of Meaningful Use

ONC agrees to a delay in the Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements.

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News and Press Releases 2011-07-07 16:00:00

Senior corporate, finance and real estate lawyer joins Lidings

Lidings, the leading independent Russian law firm, dedicated to advising foreign companies on all aspects of Russian law has announced joining of Sergey Patrakeev as Senior Associate in Real Estate, Corporate and Finance Practice Groups.

Prior to joining Lidings Mr. Patrakeev worked at international law firms including Clifford Chance, Pavia e Ansaldo, Beiten Burkhardt, CMS Hasche Sigle and has worked as a lawyer at one of the largest mobile operator company in Russia «Megafon».

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How Not To Be A "Horrible Boss": A defense litigator’s perspective

The dark comedy “Horrible Bosses” opens nationwide this weekend.  The film’s trailer highlights Colin Farrell’s character directing a subordinate to “trim the fat” by firing all “the fat people.”  The other two bosses – played by Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey – are equally despicable.

This may make for good cinema, but employment defense attorneys rarely see such blatant expressions of bad intent.  Most supervisors are well aware that it is illegal to discriminate against employees based on protected characteristics (which in some states include weight).  Nonetheless, communication problems that occur every day make employment defense attorneys cringe.

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Jeff Bove is Elected to Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Board of Governors

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Jeff Bove is Elected to Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Board of Governors

Wilmington, DE – Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP is pleased to announce that partner Jeff Bove has been elected to the Board of Governors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association for a three-year term.

“We are very proud that Jeff has been selected to help guide and shape the FCBA,” said Chip Connolly, the Firm’s managing partner. “We fully support the FCBA’s mission, and have long supported its programs as a Sustaining Leader.”

Jeffrey B. Bove is a Partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. He has been a member of the firm’s Management Committee since 1993, he is the former managing partner of the firm and he is the Practice Leader of the Intellectual Property Group. He represents clients in a variety of areas including technology licensing, patent misuse evaluations, patent litigation and complex commercial litigation. Jeff has over 30 years of litigation experience and has served as lead counsel in numerous cases covering a variety of subjects. He is listed in over 125 reported opinions, including 11 appeals before the Federal Circuit. Jeff also frequently provides local counsel services for out of state clients in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.

The Federal Circuit Bar Association is a national organization for the bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit located in Washington D.C. The Association was organized to unite the different groups who practice within the legal community of the Federal Circuit. It seeks to strengthen and serve the Court through its Committees. The Association offers a forum for common concerns and dialogue between bar and court, government counsel and private practitioner, litigator, and corporate counsel. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has exclusive jurisdiction over all patent appeals from the United States District Courts.

About Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz

Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP is a national intellectual property and business law firm based in Wilmington, Del. with offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Connolly Bove was recognized in the National Law Journal’s Mid-Sized Hot List and by Chambers USA as being a top IP firm in Delaware. The firm has high rankings as one of the top 25 U.S. law firms for patent litigation by Corporate Counsel and is among the top 50 U.S. trademark firms listed in IP Today.

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Tallinn Law School at Tallinn University of Technology and TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE start cooperation

Tallinn Law School at Tallinn University of Technology and TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE start cooperation


Tallinn Law School at Tallinn University of Technology and the law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE launched cooperation in order to offer law students more practical training opportunities. The students of Tallinn University of Technology will have a chance to undergo practical training in the law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE and to participate in the business law student camp organised jointly by TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE and the leading Nordic law firm Hannes Snellman. Already now a number of lawyers working for TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE give lectures and seminars to the students of Tallinn Law School.

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