Monthly Archives: October 2012

Justin L. Weisberg instructs BIM course on contract negotiation and risk allocation

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Justin L. Weisberg

Justin Weisberg

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Justin L. Weisberg instructed a Building Information Modeling course on October 26, sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of America. The course, titled “BIM Contract Negotiation and Risk Allocation,” examined BIM and contract terminology to determine best practices for integrating BIM into project contracts, and will discuss issues such as standard of care, intellectual property rights, and insurance and surety bonding coverage are discussed to help participants successfully prepare for BIM implementation. The full-day course took place at Carpenters Training Center in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

For more information regarding the course, click here.

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When should a trust for a child vest?

There are some decisions in estate planning that almost all parents agree on. For example, “Do you want most of your estate to benefit your children after both parents die?” Most parents will answer that question with a yes. “For your younger children, do you want their share of the estate held in a protective trust?” That’s another yes.

The next question is a more challenging one. “At what age do you want the child’s share held in trust be paid out to him or her without restrictions?”

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Vulnerable senior fights back

Stella Wasiuk is a prime example of what can happen when vulnerable and isolated seniors become involved with predatory “caregivers”.

Ms. Wasiuk met Pauline Reid in January 2009 at a rehabilitation centre following knee surgery. Ms. Wasiuk was concerned that she would end up in a nursing home. Ms. Reid offered to look after her and the senior moved in with Ms. Reid.

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The European Investment Bank, to support and finance small businesses in Provence Alpes Côtes d’Azur (France)

The European Investment Fund (EIF), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the European Investment Bank, entered into a Funding Agreement with the French State and the Region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur for the purpose of setting up a holding fund and defining the conditions under which certain EU structural funds will be invested by the EIF acting on account of the JEREMIE Holding Fund in the Region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. More…

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NLRB Acting General Counsel Addresses Emerging Labor Issues

2012 has been a year of turmult and shocking developments and 2013  looks to be no different.  From at-will agreements to Facebook firings to employer property rights and employee access and more, the NLRB has kept employers on their toes.  Stay sure footed by getting an update straight from Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon and Management Memo Editor Steven Swirsky in a 75 Minute Webinar presented by the Practical Law Company discussing:

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Week of October 22, 2012 on ILNToday – A Roundup

Things are getting exciting around here on the east coast, with Hurricane Sandy heading our way and scheduled to meet up with a tropical storm to become what weather forecasters are referring to as “Frankenstorm.” I’m hoping to avoid evacuation here on the coast, but I am all stocked up on supplies – best of luck to anyone in the storm’s path early next week!

In the meantime, we’ve had some great content this week, and see a lot of interest in some of the articles! So without further ado, here are this week’s top posts from ILNToday:

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LinkedIn and “Recommending” – A refresher on potential liability

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Jesse Dill

Jesse R. Dill

Lately I’ve noticed a lot of people are taking greater advantage of LinkedIn’s “recommending” feature. With this tool, a user can request that another user comment on that individual’s professional performance, skill, reputation, and the like. Not only is this feature available, but LinkedIn actually suggests you request a recommendation to complete your profile. Unlike traditional letters of recommendation, making a request is quick and easy as it only takes a few clicks to send. Once complete, the recommendation is made public and brought to the attention of individuals who are “connected” to the LinkedIn user receiving the recommendation.

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Hurricane Sandy is About to Blow Our Way: Wage & Hour Implications for Employers

By:  Kara M. Maciel

Hurricane Sandy is approaching this weekend, so employers along the East Coast should refresh themselves on the wage and hour issues arising from the possibility of missed work days in the wake of the storm.

A few brief points that all employers should be mindful of under the FLSA:

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The Confidentiality Of Mediation In New York May Not Be Assured

New York mediator, Richard S. Weil, poses the question in his New York Law Journal article, dated October 25, 2012, “Is Mediation Confidential in New York?”

As Mr. Weil observes, confidentiality is a critical element in a mediation. Confidentiality allows participants to speak frankly without fear that their statements and admissions will be used against them if the case goes to trial. However, mediation may not always be confidential in New York and prudent measures may be appropriate in certain instances to assure the confidentiality of a mediation proceeding. There is no state statute that assures confidentiality.

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Don’t forget about your trade marks!

You’ve done it. You’ve successfully registered your UK or European Community Trade Mark (CTM) and then…you forget about it? After all the heartbreak of registering your CTM you must remember to use it! This is particularly an issue in the event that a third party seeks to register a trade mark which is similar or identical to your own trade mark. Under the Community Trade Mark Regulation (CTMR), an owner of a CTM must within a period of five years following registration “put the CTM to genuine use in the Community in connection with the goods or services in respect of which it is registered” otherwise the mark may be revoked on the grounds of non use. Similar rules apply for UK National Registries. More…

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