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Arnstein & Lehr Tampa partners write chapters for book on Florida creditor relations and debt collection

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Robin S. Trupp

Robin Trupp

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Patrick Ayers

Patrick Ayers

Arnstein & Lehr Tampa Partners Robin S. Trupp and Patrick Ayers authored chapters in the recently published book by The Florida Bar entitled “Creditors’ and Debtors’ Practice in Florida.”  This fourth edition discusses creditor relations and debt collection in Florida, including such topics as foreclosure and bankruptcy.  Mr. Trupp wrote the chapter entitled “Discovery in Aid of Execution” and Mr. Ayers the chapter entitled “Judicial Lien Enforcement.”

The book may be purchased online here.

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David L. Newman authors article in Intellectual Property Magazine on Lululemon design patent lawsuit

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney David L. Newman

David Newman

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner David L. Newman published an article in the November issue of Intellectual Property Magazine, titled “Lululemon takes Calvin Klein to the mat.” The article discusses Lululemon’s lawsuit accusing Calvin Klein of infringing three design patents relating to its yoga pants that have a layered waistband appearance. The focus of the lawsuit against Calvin Klein, Mr. Newman writes, rests on the ornamentality and novelty of the waistband portion. Mr. Newman explains that unlike a utility patent, a design patent focuses on the ornamental features of a product and not its functional or utilitarian aspects. He comments that prominent firms are relying more frequently on design patents to protect their valuable IP.

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Thomas F. McGuire serves as seminar panelist discussing mistakes that can kill a business

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Thomas F. McGuire

Thomas McGuire

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Thomas F. McGuire served as a panelist during a November luncheon presentation entitled “Avoiding the 6 Mistakes that can Destroy our Business and your Future” presented by Great Lakes Financial Partners. It was held at One O’Hare Centre-Conference Center in Rosemont, Illinois. As a panelist, Mr. McGuire provided his thoughts on the mistakes business owners consistently make that cause businesses to fail.

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Neville M. Leslie presents on US immigration issues in London

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Neville M. Leslie

Neville Leslie

Arnstein & Lehr Miami Partner Neville M. Leslie recently spoke at an Immigration into America seminar in Hammersmith, London, England. The seminar included presentations on key aspects of immigration to the US and was delivered by subject matter specialists on their respective fields of expertise. Mr. Leslie spoke on the immigration issues EB-5, E-2 and L-1. Immigration into America is a UK based company that provides a complete selection of US immigration services.

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Employers can avoid holiday party liabilities ~ as a ’tis the season rhyme

Twas the employer’s holiday party, getting all away from the house
Employees were stirring, excited to be out
The company took many precautions with care
To avoid claims of liability after the celebratory affair

Tables were lined with food and employees were well fed
So none of the eggnog would go too far to their head
Exempt managers were assigned to put on the cap
Of anyone who took too many trips to the tap

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David Sugar and Joseph W. Scharnak write article for Common Interest magazine on condo boards

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney David Sugar

David Sugar

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Joseph W. Scharnak

Joseph Scharnak

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner David Sugar and Associate Joseph W. Scharnak have written an article for the fall 2012 issue of Common Interest, the official quarterly publication of the Illinois Chapter of CAI (Community Associations Institute). The article, titled “Survivor: Condo Association Edition,” describes the steps homeowners associations may take to lawfully remove a board member from office. The article playfully uses the reality TV show “Survivor” as an analogy to show how a “tribe” (homeowners association) may occasionally need to “vote off” (remove) a “rogue” board member.

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Judith L. Grubner publishes article in The Intellectual Property Strategist on trademark licensees in bankruptcy court

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Judith L. Grubner

Judith Grubner

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Judith L. Grubner published an article in the November issue of The Intellectual Property Strategist titled “Seventh Circuit Protects Trademark Licensees in Bankruptcy Court.” The article discusses Section 365(a) of the Bankruptcy Code, which allows a bankruptcy trustee to reject the executory portion of contracts made with the debtor, and the conflict between the Circuits caused by the recent Seventh Circuit decision in Sunbeam Products, Inc. v. Chicago American Manufacturing, LLC, rejecting the Fourth Circuit’s position that when a trustee rejects an executory trademark license, the licensee loses all rights to use the licensed trademarks. The 7th Circuit concluded that rejection of a trademark license was similar to rejection of a lease, which does not end the tenant’s right to possession of the premises.

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Mark A. Spognardi and Jesse R. Dill write article for Inside Counsel on workplace situations that involve domestic violence

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Mark A. Spognardi

Mark Spognardi

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Jesse R. Dill

Jesse Dill

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark A. Spognardi and Milwaukee Associate Jesse R. Dill have co-authored an article for Inside Counsel, titled “Labor: Wisconsin shootings remind employers to address domestic violence in the workplace.” The article discusses the fatal shooting of a Milwaukee employee by her husband at the wife’s place of employment on October 21, and the necessity for employers to prepare themselves for situations involving domestic violence in the workplace. Mr. Spognardi and Mr. Dill discuss the various rights of employees who are victims of domestic violence, as well as the liability an employer may face if there is a hostile work environment. Mr. Spognardi and Mr. Dill comment that to prevent claims of discrimination for discharging an employee, the employer should implement and enforce a zero-tolerance policy that applies to acts of violence. Also employers should become knowledgeable on state and federal employment laws to navigate any employer requirements and help keep employees safe.

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Wisconsin’s deer hunting season is upon us

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Jesse R. Dill

Jesse R. Dill

Citizens of Wisconsin and many surrounding areas are very familiar with our state’s long tradition of deer hunting in November. Here, it is often a rite of passage for parents to take their kids out for a few days off in the woods. In the weeks leading up to hunting season, many also spend their every waking moment away from work preparing stands and land for the week of gun season. This year, Wisconsin’s gun season is from November 17, 2012 through November 25, 2012.

Employers with a workforce population that participates in deer hunting season know this can be a complicated time of year. Below are a few thoughts to keep in mind as you deal with the various issues that might come up this time of year.

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Samuel H. Levine presents at ATG Legal Education program as part of the Harold I. Levine Real Estate Institute

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Samuel H. Levine

Samuel Levine

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Samuel H. Levine presented a case law and legislative update on November 14, as part of the Harold I. Levine Real Estate Institute sponsored by our firm’s client, Attorneys Title Guaranty Fund. Harold Levine, Mr. Levine’s father, was a member of the firm and gave back to the legal community through speaking, writing and pro bono work. He also advocated on behalf of attorneys to be active participants in real estate transactions. Each fall, Attorneys Title puts on a full day CLE in his honor.

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