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Who’s Who Legal 2011 nominated 4 TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE lawyers among leading public procurement lawyers in the Baltics

Partners Dr. Lina DarulienėJonas Pilkauskas and senior associate Aurimas Pauliukevičius of the Vilnius office and senior associate Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff of the Tallinn office were highlighted by The International Who´s Who of Public Procurement Lawyers 2011 publication as leading public procurement law experts in the Baltics. Nominees were selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. The research revealed 347 experts in 49 jurisdictions who can truly be considered leaders in the field.

Who’s Who Legal is the official research partner of the International Bar Association.


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Ohio Statehouse Update: Week in review — September 2, 2011

1.  Third Frontier Advisory Board discusses focus group findingsThe Ohio Third Frontier Commission and Commission’s Advisory Board met Monday and reviewed the final report from the technology/industry focus group, which outlined recommendations for targeting emerging industries in Ohio. According to the group, these areas include:

  • Advanced materials
  • Business software and enterprise computing
  • Energy storage
  • Fuel cells
  • Health information technology
  • Medical technology
  • Propulsion power management
  • Sensing and automation technologies
  • Situational awareness and surveillance systems
  • Solar photovoltaics
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Robert E. McKenzie addresses in the Wall Street Journal those emerging before IRS deadline to enter special amnesty program

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Robert E. McKenzie

Robert E. McKenzie

Chicago Partner Robert E. McKenzie was interviewed for an August 19 Wall Street Journal article on the wave of people with undeclared accounts emerging in advance of the IRS’ August 31 deadline to enter a special amnesty program. He notes in the article that he received seven calls in one day from taxpayers asking about the IRS amnesty program. One was an American citizen who has lived and worked abroad for 20 years without filing U.S. tax returns.

To read the complete article with Mr. McKenzie’s comments, please click here.

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Justin Weisberg to speak at the Construction Institute’s 3rd Annual National Young Executive

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Justin L. Weisberg

Justin L. Weisberg

Chicago Partner Justin Weisberg is a scheduled speaker at the Construction Institute’s 3rd Annual National Young Executive Forum to be held Saturday, September 17, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mr. Weisberg will provide an interactive problem-solving session that will explore major decisions made on widely publicized engineering failures including the Kansas City Hyatt, the Tropicana Hotel, and the I-35 bridge collapse in Minnesota. His presentation will include an open discussion about best practices of engineering including shop drawing review, construction phase field obligations and post-construction inspections.

The Construction Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan association of the American Society of Civil Engineers working to improve the construction industry by sharing experiences and knowledge, advancing relationships, and developing business leaders.

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Art Janura to speak at 2011 Illinois Municipal Conference

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Arthur L. Janura

Arthur L. Janura

Hoffman Estates Partner Arthur Janura is scheduled to speak at this year’s Illinois Municipal Conference. His topic is entitled “The Rising Cost of PSEBA Benefits: What Can Be Done?” The conference is planned for September 15-17 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago.

The Illinois Municipal League works for the benefit of municipalities. The governing board is comprised of Mayors and Village Presidents. It provides a formal voice for Illinois municipalities in matters involving common interests, particularly legislative issues.

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Judge tosses class action alleging Joel Rothman’s clients’ diet drink doesn’t deliver on advertised health benefits

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Joel B. Rothman

Joel B. Rothman

A California judge on Wednesday dismissed a class action lawsuit against West Palm Beach Partner Joel Rothman’s fitness drink client that touts in its advertising health benefits that include the ability to burn more calories, raise metabolism and provide lasting energy. The judge ruled that because the lead plaintiff did not chart his daily caloric intake while using the fitness drink, it would be impossible to determine if the diet drink burned up to 100 calories, as it claimed, each time he consumed it. As such, the judge granted Mr. Rothman’s client motion for summary judgment and dismissed three claims brought under the California Legal Remedies Act and the state’s business and professions code for false and misleading advertising. Assisting Mr. Rothman with the lawsuit was Miami Associate Harley Storrings.

Law360 reported on the judges ruling in its August 10 edition. To read the article, please click here.

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LinkedIn Tutorials – Companies

We’re nearing the very end of our series on LinkedIn tutorials – so please let me know if you have any questions that you think haven’t been addressed, and I’ll answer them in our last LinkedIn post next week!

Today, we’re going to talk about the Company feature on LinkedIn.  There are a few different ways you can use this:

  • Create and edit your own company page.
  • Follow other company’s pages.

Today, we’re going to focus on how to follow other company’s pages, and tomorrow we’ll look at creating and editing your own company page. 

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LinkedIn Tutorials – Answers

Another one of LinkedIn’s features is their “Answers” section.  This is a place where you can share business knowledge with others on LinkedIn – you can ask your question to get fast, accurate answers from your network and other experts, showcase your knowledge by answering questions, and stay up on the latest information in your industry.

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Just post it: NLRB requiring that employers provide notice of employee rights

As if there weren’t already enough postings required for workplaces, the NLRB has now joined the party.  On August 25, 2011, the NLRB issued a final rule that requires employers to inform employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act.  Employers have until November 14, 2011 to post the required notice.

Who Must Post What?

The rule applies to the majority of employers covered by the Act, regardless of whether the employer has any union employees.  As the NLRB noted previously, the rule is designed to capture the “great majority” of small businesses in the United States.

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Intellectual Property Update

Louboutin sees red: signature red sole shoes not protected against copyright and trade mark infringement

By Alexia Marinos of Gadens Lawyers, Sydney

Nowadays, it seems common to see women of all ages strutting around the city with red soled shoes.  For some people, seeing red soled shoes means nothing.  However,  the fashion savvy  will be quick to recognise  that the owner has probably paid a small fortune for their shoes, produced by exclusive French designer, Christian Louboutin.             read more


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