Monthly Archives: June 2013

Ohio Statehouse Update: This Week in Ohio — June 21, 2013

On June 20, 2013, with just over a week until the governor must sign the state’s two year spending plan, the Ohio House and Senate leadership announced significant tax changes for inclusion in the biennial budget. The plan includes a 50 percent small business tax cut on the first $250,000 in net business income and phases in a 10 percent personal income tax cut over the next three years.

In order to offset the revenue loss resulting from the cuts, the proposal would increase the state sales tax from 5.5 percent to 5.75 percent beginning January 1, 2014. Additionally, the plan includes the following proposals:

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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies Advisory: This Week in Washington — June 21, 2013

The prospects for immigration reform in the Senate got a big boost this week when negotiators led by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) reached an agreement this week with “Gang of Eight” members on a border security provision that should result in the bill drawing greater Republican support.

Border security has been the flashpoint in recent weeks for comprehensive immigration reform. Efforts by conservative immigration reform opponents, like Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), to add provisions that would require border security benchmarks be met before any pathway to citizenship, were defeated. Instead of a border security benchmark, the Corker-Hoeven agreement calls for $30 billion in new border security funding, something being referred to as a “border surge.”

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David Newman co-authors ABA article about damage experts in patent litigation

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney David Newman

David Newman

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Attorney David Newman co-authored an article, “New ADR Process Facilitates call for Refined use of Damages Experts in Patent Litigation,” that was published in the May 2013 American Bar Association Intellectual Property Newsletter. In the article, Mr. Newman and his co-authors, Bruce W. Burton and Scott Weingust, propose earlier use of damages experts as part of the alternative dispute resolution process.  The article states, “We suggest judges and litigants carefully consider the pros and cons of early use of damages experts in ADR proceedings amongst their other litigation and settlement options.”

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Understanding authority levels – applied to RFPs and tenders

By Roy Nieuwenburg

In a recent article titled “Understanding authority levels” that appeared in the Journal of Commerce (June 17, 2013 issue), Stephen Bauld (a procurement consultant and regular contributor) writes:

“Often I am asked about the rules around authority levels. Every corporation, whether political or commercial in nature, must identify those persons who have the authority to contract on its behalf and to specify the extent of the authority of each of those persons.”

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News flash: Illinois Pollution Control Board finally adopts vapor intrusion rules

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Matthew E. Cohn

Matthew E. Cohn

By Attorney Matthew E. Cohn, Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Up until recently, Illinois’ Tiered Approach to Corrective Action Objectives (“TACO”) standards have focused on three exposure scenarios for residential or industrial/commercial property uses: incidental ingestion of contaminated soil, outdoor inhalation of chemical vapors and contaminated soil particulate matter, and the ingestion of contaminated groundwater. For the third exposure scenario, the TACO rules provide both a groundwater quality standard and a soil component of groundwater standard, which is a soil standard based on the ability of contaminants to leach from soil and contaminate the underlying groundwater.

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Ad Dollars Go Social

The way we get our news is changing.  Every morning and throughout the day people around the world log on to Twitter to find out what is making headlines, new key developments on topics of interest, and what is “trending” – literally and figuratively.  And Twitter is not the only social media network being utilized to gather news and check for updates.  Facebook’s “Timeline” offers users the ability to share news articles within their network. Many social media users will check various social media sites more often than they may like to admit, looking for news or articles posted by “friends.”

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Supreme Court Restricts Random Drug and Alcohol Testing of Unionized Employees

Irving Pulp & Paper Limited operates a craft paper mill in Saint John, New Brunswick. In the 15 year period between 1991 and 2006, Irving had no formal policy with respect to alcohol and drug use at the mill. In 2006, it unilaterally adopted a “Policy On Alcohol And Other Drug Use” under the management rights clause of the collective agreement with its workers’ union  (Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 30) but without any negotiations with the union. The policy imposed drug or alcohol testing for employees holding positions designated by Irving as “safety sensitive”.

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David Waxman, Andrea Cox speak at Medmarc Medical Device Seminar

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David Waxman

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Andrea Cox

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner David S. Waxman and Miami Partner Andrea Cox presented at the 26th Annual Seminar on Medical Device Claims, sponsored by Medmarc on June 13-14, 2013, at The Grand Del Mar Resort in Del Mar, California. Their presentation was titled “Joint Product Liability and Medical Malpractice Claims.”  Medmarc is a provider of insurance solutions for manufacturers and distributors of medical technology and life sciences products. Mr. Waxman and Ms. Cox are both members of Arnstein & Lehr’s Drug & Medical Device Liability Group.

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Robin Trupp authors article on trainer responsibility for Horse Sport International

Arnstein & Lehr Tampa Partner Robin S. Trupp authored an article for Horse Sport International that was published in the June 2013 edition of the publication.  Mr. Trupp discusses the important responsibilities an equestrian trainer takes on when instructing clients, particularly in matters relating to property owners and safety.

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Lawyer Kristina Promet joins TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE team

From June, Kristina Promet started practicing as a lawyer at the Tallinn office of the law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE. She graduated from the University of Tartu with a B.A. in law this June and will continue her studies at the Master’s level next autumn. Before joining TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE, Kristina has interned with the Legal Department of the Government Office, microfinance company BIGBANK, and Tartu County Court.

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