Monthly Archives: December 2011

James A. Chatz quoted in article on Harrisburg’s appointed receiver

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney James A. Chatz

James A. Chatz

Of Counsel Attorney James A. Chatz was quoted in a December 2 article in The Bond Buyer titled “Harrisburg’s Appointed Receiver Appears Before Judge.” The article discusses David Unkovic, who appeared before a Commonwealth Court judge on Thursday as part of his confirmation process. His appointment by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett as the receiver for Harrisburg has come under fire because of his ties to major creditors in the city’s financial crisis. The city of Harrisburg recently filed a petition for bankruptcy, which was rejected by a federal judge.

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Judith L. Grubner writes article for The Intellectual Property Strategist on domain names

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Judith L. Grubner

Judith L. Grubner

Chicago Partner Judith L. Grubner has written an article titled “Re-registration of Current Domain Name By New Owner Not ACPA ‘Registration’” that appeared in the December 2011 issue of The Intellectual Property Strategist. In the article, Ms. Grubner discusses the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (“ACPA”) and the Ninth Circuit’s decision regarding registration of domain names. The Ninth Circuit has held that the ACPA  does not apply to domain names containing a third-party trademark if the domain name was originally registered prior to the first use or registration of the trademark, even if the domain name owner transfers the name to a third party after the trademark registration date.

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Phillip M. Hudson quoted in Miami Herald article on American Airline bankruptcy

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Phillip M. Hudson

Phillip M. Hudson

Miami Partner Phillip M. Hudson was quoted in a November 29 article in The Miami Herald titled “American Airlines’ Chapter 11 raising anxiety across South Florida”. The article discusses the debt owed by the airline to its creditors and includes Mr. Hudson’s comments regarding the repayment of the debt.

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San Francisco Minimum Wage To Exceed $10 Effective January 1, 2012

By Michael Kun

On January 1, 2012, the minimum wage for employees working in San Francisco will rise to $10.24 per hour.

This is, to our knowledge, the first time the minimum wage in any U.S. city has ever exceeded $10 per hour.

Employers with employees in San Francisco will need to make sure that they make appropriate adjustments to their payroll systems and practices to account for the increase.

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Lidings’ partner elected to the disciplinary board of Russian-Turkish Businessmen Association

Partner and Head of Turkish Desk at Lidings Ugur Boyacioglu has been elected a member of the disciplinary board of the largest business network of the two countries – the Russian-Turkish Businessmen Association (RTIB).

Since 2007 Ugur Boyacioglu has headed Lidings Turkish Desk, a unique subdivision at Lidings dedicated to providing specialist legal advice to Turkish businesses and supporting their operations in Russia. Shortly after his joining the partnership in 2011 Mr. Boyacioglu’s work and his invaluable contribution to the development of Turkish business in Russia received high praise of RTIB’s management council which allowed him to become a member of its disciplinary board at the latest elections.

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Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Enforcing Non-Compete Agreements

On December 1, 2011, the Illinois Supreme Court issued its opinion in Reliable Fire Equipment Company v. Arredondo, et al., which resolved several years of confusion over the appropriate standard for enforcing non-compete agreements in Illinois.

The Confusion

For years, Illinois courts consistently explained that they would only enforce a non-compete agreement if: it was no more restrictive than necessary to protect an employer’s legitimate business interests; enforcement would not impose an undue burden on the employee; and enforcement would not injure the public. As a result, substantial case law focused on what would, and what would not, constitute a legitimate business interest sufficient to support the enforcement of a non-compete agreement.

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RSS Donates Close to a Quarter of a Million Dollars to Law Faculties

Montreal 30 November 2011 — Montreal law firm Robinson Sheppard Shapiro LLP (RSS) donated today more than $230,000 to the Law Faculties of McGill University and Université de Montreal. The donations were made as part of the celebration of the firm’s 90th anniversary and are in keeping with RSS’s legacy of community commitment.

«Giving back to our community has always been at the heart of our firm’s culture. Our founders instilled in us the highest principles of community service’ noted Charles Flam, the Managing Partner and CEO of RSS. «This donation is an indication of the appreciation we have for our university education, which allowed us access to a professional life filled with joy and personal satisfaction. This is a testimonial of our confidence in the quality of the legal education provided by two great educational institutions,» he added.

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HHS Announces First Insurance Premium Rate Review Determinations: Implications for Insurance Carriers and Future Rate Reviews

by Jesse M. Caplan and Serra J. Schlanger

On November 21, 2011, the Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight, in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”), announced its determination that a health insurance premium rate increase of 11.58 percent in the small group market in Pennsylvania represented an “unreasonable” rate increase, while an 11.10 percent increase in the individual market in Montana did not. These long-awaited determinations represent the first application of CMS’s rate review regulations under federal health reform.

This Implementing Health and Insurance Reform alert discusses these first federal rate review determinations, and their implications for insurance carriers and future insurance premium rate reviews. It also provides a link to Epstein Becker Green’s interactive National Health Insurance Rate Review Scorecard, which offers insurance carriers, lawyers, and other stakeholders an up-to-date resource on federal and state health insurance rate review programs, standards, and initiatives.

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ILN Today Post


Facebook’s settlement of Federal Trade Commission (FTC) allegations that it misrepresented its privacy practices to consumers resolves numerous complaints over Facebook’s privacy practices and may be viewed as a model for how interactive companies in the United States should handle consumer privacy issues.

The settlement, which is open for comment until December 30, stems from an FTC investigation following complaints filed with the FTC over Facebook’s privacy practices.

Under the settlement, Facebook is required to take a number of specific remedial steps over the next 20 years, as discussed below.

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What are you Thankful For?

During this holiday season, we can easily get caught up in the hustle and bustle of trying to find the right gift, baking as many cookies as possible, and saying yes to every party invitation we receive.  But recently, I’ve seen a lot of posts about gratitude and how to spend the holiday season helping others, and that reminds me of what I like best about Christmas (which is what I celebrate; for you, it may be something else!) – slowing down and thinking about what I’m really thankful for as this year winds up.

Of course, there are many things in my personal life that I’m thankful for – the birth of my newest niece, and becoming her godmother, getting to spend so much time with my nieces that the oldest one gives me hugs for no reason, welcoming a new puppy into my home, which had the extra effect of calming my older dog’s anxiety, having a roof over my head, food in my home, and a job to go to every day. 

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