Monthly Archives: September 2012

New partners at TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE and new management of the firm’s Baltic operations

From September 2012, there are four new partners in the Riga office of TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE, and Mr Magnus Pousette, an internationally recognised lawyer, is in charge of the firm’s Baltic operations.

The new partners Ms Andra Rubene, Ms Inese Hazenfusa, Ms Agnese Hartpenga and Ms Linda Štrause have joined the current partners, founders of the Riga office Mr Ivars Grunte and Mr Gundars Cers. Ms Rubene is a renowned expert in M&A and competition law. Ms Hazenfusa is a skilled professional in in banking and finance law. Ms Hartpenga is a specialist in energy law and litigation, while Ms Štrause is a recognised expert in the field of public procurement and has advised a number of large infrastructure projects.  All new partners have been with the firm for more than 12 years. The law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE has now a total of 19 partners.

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fined CBS Radio Holdings, Inc. (CBS) $10,000 after concluding that CBS’ North Carolina radio station (WBAV-FM) twice posted erroneous information on the station’s website about a contest the station was running – even though the station’s on-air announcements had correctly stated the material terms of the contest.

WBAV-FM ran a “Carolina Cuties” contest where it invited listeners to submit pictures of their babies to be voted on by the public through the station’s website. A contestant complained to the FCC that the station had sent her an e-mail and had posted information on the station’s website that was false and misleading regarding the contest’s final voting deadline. The woman alleged that confusion resulting from this incorrect information had deterred public participation through voting and had unfairly compromised her child’s chances of winning.  More…

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Privacy issues have long been a concern to members of the mobile marketing industry. However, a number of recent developments have brought these issues to the forefront as regulators, lawmakers and consumers begin to pay closer attention to mobile environment.

A guide for mobile app developers just released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and ongoing negotiations on mobile privacy between the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and other industry stakeholders highlight the continuing need for mobile marketers to focus on consumer privacy issues.  More…

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Royal Oak, Michigan, September 25, 2012:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Ana M. Sarcheck has joined the firm.  She will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak Office.

Ms. Sarcheck concentrates her practice in intellectual property law, with a primary focus on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. She specializes in the chemical, mechanical, electrochemical, metallurgical, communications/networking-related, software-related, and biotechnological arts.  Ms. Sarcheck has prepared and/or prosecuted applications for inks, toners, fluid compositions, inkjet recording media, digital recording media, colorants (e.g., pigments), printing devices and systems, optical films and protective coatings, molecular electronics, microfluidic devices, thin film devices, displays, nanotechnology, batteries, electrolytic cells, hydrogen generation/fueling systems, shape memory polymers, carbon fibers and reinforced resins, thermoelectric materials, metal forming processes, software, telematics systems and processes, communications/networking systems, and business methods. She has represented clients in securing patent rights, evaluated patentability, invalidity, and potential infringements, and has managed the full patent application lifecycle. More…

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Mark A. Spognardi writes article for Inside Counsel on compliance with EEOC guidance when using arrest and conviction records

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Mark A. Spognardi

Mark A. Spognardi

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark A. Spognardi recently wrote an article, “6 tips for complying with EEOC guidance when using arrest and conviction records,” that discusses the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s April 2012 revision of the Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Right Act of 1964 (Guidance).

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Raymond J. Werner quoted in Crain’s Chicago Business on law firm management

Arnstein & Lehr Managing Partner Raymond J. Werner

Raymond J. Werner

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Managing Partner Raymond J. Werner was quoted in a September 17 article in Crain’s Chicago Business, titled “Game On for Big Law: Tight economy forces firms to be more strategic, judge lawyers’ value.” The article discusses the client pressure on law firm chiefs to cut costs and re-engineer law firm management, including metrics to judge the value of lawyers and assign them to the right positions. Mr. Werner comments that making lawyers into better businessmen is a constant challenge, and until they are with the firm, it is difficult to get a feel for who they really are.

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Jennifer Sarhaddi receives 20 Under 40 Honoree Award from Just the Beginning Foundation

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Jennifer Sarhaddi

Jennifer Sarhaddi

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Jennifer Sarhaddi was recently recognized at Just The Beginning Foundation’s “20 Under 40″ Awards Ceremony, held at Northwestern Law School’s Rubloff-Thorne Auditorium on September 20, as part of the organization’s 10th Biennial and 20th Anniversary Conference. The Honorable Ann Claire Williams (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit) presented the awards to the twenty attorneys selected for their efforts on behalf of the organization. ABA president and Chicago attorney Laurel Bellows highlighted the work of the honorees.

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Lori Adelson speaks on social media and e-discovery at Association of Litigation Support Professionals CLE dinner

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Lori Adelson

Lori Adelson

Arnstein & Lehr Fort Lauderdale Partner Lori Adelson spoke on September 20 at the Association of Litigation Support Professionals CLE dinner, held at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port Hotel. The event included a networking and cocktail hour, dinner, and Ms. Adelson’s presentation on social media and e-discovery.

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Harley Storrings quoted in on businesses using volunteers/interns

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Harley Storrings

Harley Storrings

Arnstein & Lehr Miami Partner Harley Storrings was quoted in a September 21 article on, titled “Using Volunteers, Interns to Save? It Could Cost You.” The article discusses the labor laws for hiring volunteers and interns, and the risks and back-pay penalties that will be faced by small businesses if they try to skirt the rules. Mr. Storrings is quoted extensively throughout the article and comments that the federal government is very strict as far as when someone crosses the line into being an employee; someone who is volunteering should be working primarily for their own benefit or a humanitarian reason as opposed to trying to benefit the employer.

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Proven Strategies to Avoid Landmines in Disclosure Schedules

In most purchase and sale transactions, the purchase agreement is accompanied by and incorporates disclosure schedules that include certain relevant information to the transaction. In the rush of negotiations, diligence, and transition planning, it is easy to overlook the importance of the disclosure schedules. However, these schedules are much more than a mere compilation of information meaningful only to the lawyers who drafted the corresponding provisions of the purchase agreement. In fact, the disclosure schedules are a vital part of any transaction, helping to inform the buyer of the nature of the asset(s) being acquired and to define or limit certain rights of the transaction parties. Failure to adequately prepare or review the disclosure schedules may have significant consequences for sellers and buyers. For instance, a seller that fails to provide adequate disclosures may jeopardize the closing or at least risk post-closing indemnification obligations. On the other hand, a buyer that has devoted only negligible resources to reviewing the disclosure schedules may find itself with unexpected liabilities post-closing and no recourse to seek indemnification.

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