Monthly Archives: June 2013

Joe Ourth quoted in Crain’s Chicago Business article

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Joe Ourth

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Joe R. Ourth was quoted in a June 11 article for Crain’s Chicago Business regarding one of our clients. We are representing two medical care facilities in opposing a proposed new hospital. The project was defeated in March, but the applicant automatically receives a second chance. Joe made new arguments in opposition material filed recently.

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Planning for the Unexpected

James Gandolfini’s sudden death has flooded social media with effusive commentary on his acting abilities and, of course, his role as Mafia boss Tony Soprano.  The article that caught my eye, however, was this one from a lawyer in South Carolina.   While the laws in British Columbia differ from those in South Carolina, the comments on the importance of planning for your death are applicable.  Remember that estate planning is not simply having a Will (although that is a critical component).  It also includes:

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William Anaya garners attention for articles on new fracking regulations in Illinois

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William Anaya

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Parnter William J. Anaya has gained local and statewide coverage for his writing on new legislation passed in Illinois regarding “fracking.” The Illinois Senate recently passed regulations on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which is a process that involves drilling a well to seek to recover buried energy in the form of natural gas or oil. This process is designed to support the interests of the oil and gas industry and to provide for responsible stewardship of the environment. Mr. Anaya’s articles outline what the new regulations entail, as well as what the potential legal challenges might be.

To read each article, please click on the links below:

“Fracking Regulations Passed in Springfield,” Chicago Tribune, May 31, 2013

“Guest Commentary: Fracking is here to stay in Illinois, Indiana,” The Times of Northwest Indiana, June 23, 2013

“Fracking law has safeguards,” The Southern Illinoisan, June 23, 2013

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Labor and Employment attorneys present seminar on the nuts and bolts of employment law

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Charles Pautsch

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Mark Spognardi

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Jason Tremblay

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partners Charles Pautsch, Mark Spognardi, and Jason Tremblay presented “Nuts and Bolts of Employment Law for Busy Executives, Managers and Front-Line Supervisors” on June 18 in the Chicago office, June 19 in Schaumburg, and June 20 in the Milwaukee office. The seminar had collectively over 40 attendees. Topics included the basics of labor and employment laws in Illinois, reasonable accommodation of disabilities and religion, effective documentation and discipline, and enforcing/obeying harassment policies and principles of law.

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Jason Tremblay presents to IllinoisCPA Society regarding common employment law mistakes

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Jason Tremblay

On June 18, Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner E. Jason Tremblay presented a seminar to an audience of 45 CPAs affiliated with the Illinois CPA Society – North Shore Chapter. The seminar was entitled “Common Employment Law Mistakes for Illinois Businesses: What Are They and How to Avoid Them.” Mr. Tremblay spoke about issues relevant to Illinois employers, including the issues of minimum wage and overtime, the independent contractor, correctly classifying employees, and protecting trade secrets. Additionally, he provided strategies to help Illinois employers protect their assets and avoid employment related ligation.

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Robert E. McKenzie makes the rounds on the lecture circuit

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Robert E. McKenzie

This June has been a busy one on the lecture circuit for Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Robert E. McKenzie. On June 1, Mr. McKenzie made presentations on IRS representation before the California Society of Enrolled Agents in Reno, Nevada. On June 4, he presented a webinar for U Tax Agents on IRS Fresh Start Initiatives. On June 6, Mr. McKenzie spoke at the Chicago Kent College of Law Not For Profit Conference on IRS enforcement of offshore reporting rules. He also presented programs on IRS representation to the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers in San Diego. On June 12, he spoke at a program on ethics before CPA’s at William Blair. On June 14, Mr. McKenzie made a full day presentation on IRS representation topics before the Illinois Society of Enrolled Agents in Bollingbrook, Illinois. On June 18, he participated in a webinar for the National Society of Accountants on the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty. Coming up, Mr. McKenzie is speaking on representation topics before the Northern New England Society of Enrolled Agents in Mt. Washington, New Hampshire.

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Charles Pautsch quoted in International Business Times article

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Charles Pautsch

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Charles W. Pautsch was quoted in a June 21 article titled “Another Scandal At Cincinnati IRS Office, Targeting Democrats This Time,” for the International Business Times. The article discusses a series of email exchanges between employees from the Cincinnati IRS office in 2008 regarding national politics. The discussion of such matters is a violation of the Hatch Act, which aims to keep political activity out of federal, state and local government workplaces. Mr. Pautsch offers a legal perspective on the repercussions of what the employees face.

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What Kind of Client Experience Are You Creating at Your Firm?

On Monday, I presented a short recap about the Zappos session at LMA’s Annual Conference to my local LMA city group.  So they’ve definitely been on my mind this week, particularly after a customer service experience I had with another company.

We’ve talked before about how bad client service experiences can have a negative impact – and a lot of that is common sense. But what about lukewarm client experiences? 

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Intellectual Property Alert: Reverse-payment patent settlements

Imagine this scenario: after years of research, development and testing, Company A wins FDA approval for a new – and patented – drug product, and takes the drug to market. Company B seeks FDA approval to market a generic version of Company A’s drug, and, as it is required to do, Company B certifies to the FDA it believes its generic product does not infringe Company A’s patents, or alternatively, that the claims of those patents are invalid. And as it is required to do based on Company B’s filings at the FDA, Company A files suit for patent infringement. But instead of engaging in the costly – and risky – battle over the patent infringement and validity issues, Companies A and B settle the lawsuit, with Company B agreeing to keep its generic drug off the market until Company A’s patents expire in exchange for payment of millions of dollars from Company A.

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Energy Alert: Mega brands invest in solar energy

We have seen significant growth in the implementation of solar energy. In just the last three months, major companies with large footprints have announced new solar projects. Walmart indicated in March that it would install solar power arrays on the top of a dozen stores in Ohio. According to reports, these solar arrays represent a tenth of all the solar currently installed in the state of Ohio. In May, Verizon announced its expansions of solar initiatives saying it would invest $100 million on solar and fuel cell projects at 19 of its facilities in seven states. In June, Walgreens announced it would build more than 200 new solar installations at its drugstores throughout six states, bringing the total solar installations at its stores to 350. Mega brands like Apple, IKEA and Toyota have also announced solar expansion in recent months.

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