Monthly Archives: January 2013

ILN Today Post

Changes to directors’ and managers’ liability for environmental offences in NSW

In good news for directors and managers in NSW (Executives), from 11 January 2013 the laws governing the personal liability of Executives for environmental offences by a corporation have changed. The new regime remains highly complex but its practical effect should be that government authorities such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be less likely to prosecute Executives personally for environmental offences committed by their corporations. However personal liability of Executives for environmental offences does remain possible, so Executives should continue to be cautions and diligent in this area. More…

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Oil and Gas Alert: The rising tide of produced water

With the escalation of oil and gas production in the Utica and Marcellus shale plays, there is a growing awareness, and some concern, about the quantity of fresh water that must be used to enable production. Enormous volumes of water must be injected to depths often exceeding one mile to free up and produce valued hydrocarbons. But ironically, water already existing at those depths may eventually prove to be a matter of greater concern.

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David S. Waxman and daughter appear in Chicago Tribune

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney David S. Waxman

David Waxman

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner David S. Waxman was featured in the Chicago Tribune for visiting the Illinois float with his daughter, Katia, on Sunday, January 20, before Monday’s Obama inauguration parade. The Illinois float was one among eight that appeared in this year’s inauguration parade and served to honor the state as First Lady Obama’s native land.

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Susan E. Trench quoted in Daily Business Review on Morningside condo project

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Susan E. Trench

Susan Trench

Arnstein & Lehr Miami Partner Susan E. Trench was quoted in a Daily Business Review article, titled “Morningside condo project approved by city.” The article discusses a decade-long battle between neighbors about an eight-story residential building north of downtown Miami. Ms. Trench comments on the Class II special permit that now gives the developer the right to build the 63-unit project, and that the contract he has to buy the development site is contingent on obtaining the necessary approvals to start construction.

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George P. Apostolides serves as panelist at recent Chicago Bar Association bankruptcy seminar

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney George P. Apostolides

George Apostolides

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner George P. Apostolides recently served as a panelist at the Chicago Bar Association Bankruptcy & Reorganization Committees seminar entitled “Hidden Liens and Disappearing Assets.” The seminar was held Wednesday, January 16, at the CBA.

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Robert A. McKenzie quoted in Chicago Tribune article on Boeing aircraft problems

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Robert A. McKenzie

Robert McKenzie

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Robert A. McKenzie was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article, titled “Boeing might have to pay up as airlines adjust to Dreamliner’s grounding.” The article discusses the financial and legal aspects of the problems Boeing has been facing as a result of the grounding of some of their aircrafts. Mr. McKenzie comments that new planes often have warranties, similar to those of new cars bought by consumers; however it’s unclear whether the FAA’s grounding of the planes could affect such a warranty clause.

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Combating the Internal Politics – How to Sell Social Media to Your Lawyers

The Legal Marketing Association‘s Social Media Special Interest Group is at it again – this afternoon, they brought members an excellent webinar focused on combating internal politics – how to sell social media to your lawyers.

Featured on the panel were moderator and LMA SIG leader, Gail Lamarche, of Henderson Franklin, an employment law attorney and social media maven from her firm, Suzanne Boy, and legal marketing expert, Jill Rako with Ohio-based Bricker & Eckler.

Since these webinars are an LMA member benefit, I’m not going to delve as deeply into the recap as I traditionally would, but I do want to hit the highlights! 

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A&L’s newly named Committee on Diversity & Inclusion hosts its launching in Chicago office

On Friday, January 18, Arnstein’s Chicago office hosted a reception for the launching of the newly named Committee on Diversity & Inclusion. The reception was an opportunity to speak with committee members about the committee’s new mission statement, goals for the upcoming year and the 2013 charities that will be sponsored by the firm’s monthly “denim days.” Guests received a number of promotional gifts and also enjoyed delicious cupcakes made by Chicago Receptionist Seanette Thompson and Office Administrator Donna Johnson (visit their company’s website, www.shonnadonna.com).

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CMS APPROVES 106 NEW ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS

On January 10, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that it selected 106 new Accountable Care Organizations (“ACO’s”) to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum blogged about the aim of ACO’s and described them as having the potential to improve the US health […]

For more information please visit www.omwhealthlaw.com or click on the headline above.

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Amendments in the Federal Law on circulation of drugs

On 25 December 2012 Federal Law No.262-FZ “On amendments to the Federal Law on circulation of drugs” (hereinafter – the “Law”) was signed by the President of Russia.

The Law is aimed at prevention of non-medical use of drugs by persons abusing narcotic and psychotropic substances.

This Law has governed at statutory level the order of dispensing and inventory of drugs for medical use that are not treated as narcotic or psychotropic substances – drugs inventory accounting. Before the similar order was stipulated in regulations– Ministry of Health and Social Development Decree dated 14 December 2005 No. 785 “On order of dispensing the drugs” (hereinafter – the “Decree No. 785”). More…

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