Monthly Archives: January 2012

"How non-profit organizations can handle financial hardships and a difficult economic environment," S. Riley and Malloy interviewed by Smart Business

How non-profit organizations can handle financial hardships and a difficult economic environment

Shawn Riley and Sean Malloy  interviewed by Smart Business Magazine

If you serve on the board of a non-profit organization, you may be familiar with this scenario: revenue is down, donations are smaller and more tightly restricted, government assistance has become all but non-existent, and costs have continued to rise. While the near panic of 2008 and early 2009 is in the rear view mirror, the economy is far from fully recovered, and non-profit organizations are no better off than their for-profit brethren. 

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ILN Marketing Roundtable: What has been your greatest social media success?

This afternoon, we released the publication of our ILN Marketing Specialty Group’s Social Media Roundtable.  If you’d like to read the roundtable in full, you can find it here.  However, I thought it might be interesting to examine each of the questions and their responses through Zen, and invite our readers to contribute their own thoughts to the discussion!

The first question we posed was “What has been your greatest social media success?” 

Simone Fell: Our lawyers operate Megawatt (a Renewable Energy blog), The Legalist (a blog hosted on BC Business’s site and focused on employment issues), the Canadian Trademark law blog (IP issues) and BCBlawg (business and IP litigation, run by one of our associates). We are also starting up an Estates & Trusts blog within the next few weeks. The firm has LinkedIn, TwitterFacebook and Google Plus accounts. We still have a long way to go in building our social media presence, but a number of bloggers and journalists are connected to us through these vehicles and have approached us for commentary or republished our posts/tweets. Links to some of our blogs are featured as ‘resources’ on different industry sites. This has definitely raised the profile of certain individuals, increased the number of subscribers to our newsletters and improved SEO by driving traffic to our main website. 
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ILN Today Post

ILN Social Media Roundtable

The ILN is pleased to publish the latest roundtable from the ILN Marketing Specialty Group, focused on the topic of Social Media.  Marketers from around the world addressed questions surrounding their firms’ social media efforts, their greatest successes and challenges, and more.

Please click on the link to see the full roundtable.

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Tom Dougherty and Dan Young Co-Chair Lommen Abdo Business Law Group

Tom Dougherty and Dan Young have been appointed co-chairs of Lommen Abdo’s Business Law Group.  Lommen Abdo continues to expand its legal capabilities and expertise in the areas of closely held business, intellectual property, employment law, mergers and acquisitions, financing and securities, tax, real estate/land use and entertainment-related law in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  For more information, visit Lommen Abdo’s business practice online.  More…

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Anne Owings Ford was quoted in the January Crain’s Chicago Business article "Specialists look to Springfield after lawsuits fail."

Anne Owings Ford was quoted in the January Crain’s Chicago Business article “Specialists look to Springfield after lawsuits fail.”


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Data Privacy and Network Security Alert: 3 new state data breach notification statutes


As of January 1, 2012, California has amended its data privacy statute requiring significantly more information to be included in data breach notification letters to California residents. When an entity suffers a breach of personal information (PI), Section 1798.82 of the California Civil Code now requires that the notification shall:

  • Be made in the most expedient time possible, but without unreasonable delay
  • Be written in plain language
  • Include the name and contact information of the reporting person or business
  • Include a list of the types of personal information that were or are reasonably believed to have been the subject of a breach
  • Include the date of the breach (if known at the time of notification)
  • Indicate whether notification was delayed as a result of a law enforcement investigation
  • Include a general description of the breach incident
  • State the toll-free telephone numbers and addresses of the major credit reporting agencies if the breach exposed a Social Security number or a driver’s license or California identification card number
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Distinguished former federal prosecutor Bruce E. Reinhart joins the White Collar Crime Practice at McDonald Hopkins law firm

Cleveland, Ohio, (January 31, 2012) – Bruce E. Reinhart, a nationally recognized trial attorney and distinguished former federal prosecutor, has joined the West Palm Beach and Miami offices of McDonald Hopkins LLC as a Member in the business advisory and advocacy law firm’s White Collar Crime, Antitrust, and Securities Litigation Practice.  

            As both a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer, Reinhart has practiced throughout the United States, handling all aspects of federal criminal litigation and investigations. Reinhart has handled more than 100 federal grand jury investigations, such as complex financial crimes, health care fraud, tax fraud, violent crimes, narcotics, and public corruption. He has tried more than 50 cases in federal courts including numerous white collar crime cases. Reinhart’s extensive experience includes having served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida for more than 11 years, as senior policy advisor to the undersecretary for enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department, and as a trial attorney in the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

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Data Privacy and Network Security Alert: UCLA hospitals facing $16M class action for stolen patient information

The intervening criminal acts of burglars are unlikely to shield the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Health System from liability underCalifornia’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) for patient data breach.

The medical records of over 16,000 patients of the UCLA Health Systems were stolen from a former UCLA physician’s home in September 2011. The information was contained on an external hard drive taken by the burglars.   The patients were not notified until November 2011 of the incident. The patients’ medical records were encrypted, however, a piece of paper on which the password to access the records was written is also missing after the burglary.  Although Social Security numbers and financial information were not included on the hard drive, the stolen device did contain first and last names, addresses, birth dates, and medical record numbers and information.

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Data Privacy and Network Security Alert: Massachusetts judge says zip code is personal identification information

In a recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Judge William G. Young held that “a ZIP code can indeed be personal identification information” (PII).  The case of Tyler v. Michaels Stores, Inc., Civ. No. 11-10920-WGY (D. Mass. Jan. 6, 2012), involves a dispute between a shopper and a multi-state retail chain.  Tyler brought a suit against Michaels Stores for violation of Massachusetts General Laws, Ch. 93, § 105(a), claiming Michaels illegally requested customers’ ZIP codes when processing their credit card transactions.

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LMA Attendees – the Twitter Edition!

It’s that time of year again – the LMA Annual Conference is coming up in March! It’s a great opportunity to make new friends and renew relationships, so I thought I’d keep a list of those attending as I’m advised, as well as their Twitter names (so anyone interested in the conference who can’t attend can follow along). Also, don’t forget to follow #LMA12 for more information on the conference and during the sessions.

If you’d like to follow along with a twitter list, check out my list of LMA attendees!

Lindsay Griffiths (@lindsaygriffith)
Kate Lutes (@kklutes)
Laura Gutierrez (@lalaland999)
Jill Clark Rako (@JillRako)
Gina Rubel (@GinaRubel)
Laura Powers (@lppowers)
Gail Lamarche (@gaillamarche)
Heather Morse (@heather_morse)
Megan McKeon (@meganmckeon)

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