Monthly Archives: September 2011

Hal Morris continues involvement with law review journal Seventh Circuit Review

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Hal Morris

Hal R. Morris

Chicago Partner Hal R. Morris, an Adjunct Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law and Chicago partner, is the founder and sponsor for the Seventh Circuit Review, a law review journal. The journal is now available online at www.kentlaw.edu/7cr. The journal analyzes recent decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dealing with civil procedure, constitutional law, foreign law, and Fourth Amendment law.

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Regulation & Compliance Update

KFS Regulations made and PPS commencement delayed

By Jon Denovan of Gadens Lawyers, Sydney

The Regulations for Home Loan Key Fact Sheets (KFS) were made on 1 September 2011.  Home loan lenders will generally need to provide KFSs from 1 January 2012.  In other news, it appears likely that the Personal Property Security Regime is likely to be postponed until 1 March 2012.  read more…

 

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West v. Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Please follow the link to read about the Court of Appeals’ recent Public Records Act decision, which discusses the obligation to respond to a public records request within five business days.

For more information please visit www.omwmunilaw.com.

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Competition and Consumer Law Update

Competition and consumer news

By Merridy Woodroffe of Gadens Lawyers, Sydney

A week of interesting court decisions under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (CCA).

  • Cartel whistleblower immunity does not necessarily confer anonymity
  • Narrow market definition stymies ACCC’s attempt to thwart Metcash bid for Franklins.  read more

 

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Who’s Who Legal 2011 nominated 4 TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE lawyers among leading public procurement lawyers in the Baltics

Partners Dr. Lina DarulienėJonas Pilkauskas and senior associate Aurimas Pauliukevičius of the Vilnius office and senior associate Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff of the Tallinn office were highlighted by The International Who´s Who of Public Procurement Lawyers 2011 publication as leading public procurement law experts in the Baltics. Nominees were selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. The research revealed 347 experts in 49 jurisdictions who can truly be considered leaders in the field.

Who’s Who Legal is the official research partner of the International Bar Association.

 

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Ohio Statehouse Update: Week in review — September 2, 2011

1.  Third Frontier Advisory Board discusses focus group findingsThe Ohio Third Frontier Commission and Commission’s Advisory Board met Monday and reviewed the final report from the technology/industry focus group, which outlined recommendations for targeting emerging industries in Ohio. According to the group, these areas include:

  • Advanced materials
  • Business software and enterprise computing
  • Energy storage
  • Fuel cells
  • Health information technology
  • Medical technology
  • Propulsion power management
  • Sensing and automation technologies
  • Situational awareness and surveillance systems
  • Solar photovoltaics
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Robert E. McKenzie addresses in the Wall Street Journal those emerging before IRS deadline to enter special amnesty program

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Robert E. McKenzie

Robert E. McKenzie

Chicago Partner Robert E. McKenzie was interviewed for an August 19 Wall Street Journal article on the wave of people with undeclared accounts emerging in advance of the IRS’ August 31 deadline to enter a special amnesty program. He notes in the article that he received seven calls in one day from taxpayers asking about the IRS amnesty program. One was an American citizen who has lived and worked abroad for 20 years without filing U.S. tax returns.

To read the complete article with Mr. McKenzie’s comments, please click here.

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Justin Weisberg to speak at the Construction Institute’s 3rd Annual National Young Executive

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Justin L. Weisberg

Justin L. Weisberg

Chicago Partner Justin Weisberg is a scheduled speaker at the Construction Institute’s 3rd Annual National Young Executive Forum to be held Saturday, September 17, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mr. Weisberg will provide an interactive problem-solving session that will explore major decisions made on widely publicized engineering failures including the Kansas City Hyatt, the Tropicana Hotel, and the I-35 bridge collapse in Minnesota. His presentation will include an open discussion about best practices of engineering including shop drawing review, construction phase field obligations and post-construction inspections.

The Construction Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan association of the American Society of Civil Engineers working to improve the construction industry by sharing experiences and knowledge, advancing relationships, and developing business leaders.

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Art Janura to speak at 2011 Illinois Municipal Conference

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Arthur L. Janura

Arthur L. Janura

Hoffman Estates Partner Arthur Janura is scheduled to speak at this year’s Illinois Municipal Conference. His topic is entitled “The Rising Cost of PSEBA Benefits: What Can Be Done?” The conference is planned for September 15-17 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago.

The Illinois Municipal League works for the benefit of municipalities. The governing board is comprised of Mayors and Village Presidents. It provides a formal voice for Illinois municipalities in matters involving common interests, particularly legislative issues.

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Judge tosses class action alleging Joel Rothman’s clients’ diet drink doesn’t deliver on advertised health benefits

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Joel B. Rothman

Joel B. Rothman

A California judge on Wednesday dismissed a class action lawsuit against West Palm Beach Partner Joel Rothman’s fitness drink client that touts in its advertising health benefits that include the ability to burn more calories, raise metabolism and provide lasting energy. The judge ruled that because the lead plaintiff did not chart his daily caloric intake while using the fitness drink, it would be impossible to determine if the diet drink burned up to 100 calories, as it claimed, each time he consumed it. As such, the judge granted Mr. Rothman’s client motion for summary judgment and dismissed three claims brought under the California Legal Remedies Act and the state’s business and professions code for false and misleading advertising. Assisting Mr. Rothman with the lawsuit was Miami Associate Harley Storrings.

Law360 reported on the judges ruling in its August 10 edition. To read the article, please click here.

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