Monthly Archives: August 2012

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Lommen Abdo’s 2012 Super Lawyers

Phil Cole (Business Litigation/Professional Liability), president of Lommen Abdo, and Bob King (Personal Injury), chair of our PI practice group, and Kay Nord Hunt (Appellate), chair of our Appellate Section, are listed in Minnesota’s Top 100 Super Lawyers®, as determined in conjunction with the Super Lawyer selection process conducted by Minnesota Super Lawyers.  Ms. Hunt is also listed in the Top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers.

Others on the Super Lawyers list include Bob Abdo (Business/Corporate); Roger Stageberg (Securities & Corporate Finance); Keith Broady (Business Litigation); Ken Abdo (Entertainment & Sports); Stephen Rathke (Personal Injury); Barry O’Neil (Professional Liability); Stacey DeKalb (Employment & Labor); Reid Lindquist (Personal Injury); Bob Donnelly (Entertainment & Sports); and Tom Jacobson (General Litigation).

Our Rising Stars are Valerie Sims (Professional Liability), Lee Hutton (Entertainment & Sports), Jeff O’Brien (Real Estate), Kate Westad (Personal Injury), Bryan Feldhaus (Professional Liability) and Brett Clark (Professional Liability).

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SCOTUS Decision on the PPACA – Implications for Healthcare Industry Sectors Part II

In our final post of the series, we’ll cover the implications of the SCOTUS decision on health care industry sectors, including providers and service providers.

Providers – Hospitals

Lynn suggested that the panelists start with the hospital industry first. Mark said that he thinks this is a segmented analysis also. For those systems that have already resolved to take steps to deal with value-based purchasing and accountable care environments with their governmental and commercial customers, the SCOTUS decision is likely to be seen as affirming the activities of their boards to date and their initial efforts. For individual hospitals that have not yet designed a strategic plan with value-based purchasing and other accountable-based assumptions baked into that plan, the decision is likely to propel them to get to work in designing such a plan. 

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Lidings bolsters banking and finance practice with the new hire from Norton Rose

Lidings law firm expands the capabilities of its banking and finance practice with the hiring of Dmitry Gravin, a recognised practitioner in the field and former counsel at Norton Rose’s Moscow office.

In the last two decades Dmitry Gravin was involved in a wide range of Russian financings and cross border projects including syndicated and bilateral lending, structured and secured lending, trade and export finance, project finance and PPP, real estate and construction finance, restructuring, debt recovery and insolvency, M&A and regulatory matters in banking sector, hard and soft commodities financings. Dmitry Gravin regularly acted for major European export credit agencies such as SACE, Hermes, COFAS, ECGD in relation to their projects in Russia. His extensive experience includes sovereign, banking and corporate debt restructuring in the areas of international finance and investment, he advised on various international debt and equity capital markets, corporate M&A and private equity transactions, as well as general corporate finance. His experience also covers energy, mining and minerals, and he is recommended as an expert in the field of transportation including ship finance, rolling stock and aircraft financing including finance and operating leases, export credit financings, securitisation and pre-delivery payment financings.

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Arnstein & Lehr taps Diamond, Gesas and Pautsch to lead practice groups

Michael L. Gesas

Arnstein & Lehr LLP recently announced leadership changes within the firm’s practice groups for Labor and Employment, Litigation and Real Estate.

Michael L. Gesas has been named chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. A partner in the firm’s Chicago office, Mr. Gesas focuses on bankruptcy law in Illinois and Chapter 11 representation in the State of Delaware. He represents creditors and commercial debtors in corporate and business reorganizations. The group is experienced in handling arbitration, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

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SCOTUS Decision on the PPACA – Implications for Healthcare Industry Sectors Part I

Yesterday, we talked about the impact of the election on the PPACA, as well as the implications of the PPACA for employers. Today, we’ll delve into the implications for healthcare industry sectors with our final post in the series.

Lynn kicked it off by saying that before we go into each sector individually, she wanted to make an introductory comment. There are people who have asked why did the stock market reach bullish about healthcare stocks following the decision, but then not bullish about it, and whether anything can be read into this. Lynn said that whenever she reads these kinds of articles, she has to laugh, because each company is in their own relationship with entitlement programs and private health insurance, and they have different starting points and are in different states. 

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V. Bernatonis, Counsel of the State: in the arbitration proceedings Gazprom has failed to suspend the investigation of the activities of Lietuvos Dujos

TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE partner Vilius Bernatonis, representing Lithuania in the Arbitration Court in Stockholm, comments on the judgement concerning the right of Lithuania to start an investigation of the activities of Lietuvos Dujos, which was not in breach of the Shareholders’ Agreement, says portal

“One of the fundamental demands by Gazprom was to acknowledge that the State’s actions in initiating an investigation of the activities of Lietuvos Dujos were illegal and infringed the Shareholders’ Agreement. The Russian concern demanded that Lithuania be obliged to stop the investigation of the company’s activities. However, the arbitration has not imposed such an obligation”, V. Bernatonis told BNS.

The full text of the article (in Lithuanian) is available here.

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Barriers to change

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is calling on the government to redesign crash barriers to make them more motorcycle-friendly. While crash barriers have saved the lives of thousands of drivers, hitting a crash barrier is a factor in 8 – 16% of rider deaths.

When they hit a crash barrier, riders are 15 times more likely to be killed than car occupants. In a crash, barrier support posts can worsen injuries by five times.

Most UK crash barriers are designed to protect car drivers and passengers when a car hits a barrier; it will redirect a car away from a hazard and slow it down over a short distance. The car, seat belts and air bags help to minimise injury. For motorcyclists, hitting a crash barrier can mean serious injury or even death as the rider’s body takes the full impact.

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