• January 11, 2017 Events
    Webcast
    Corporate

    Rita Garry, hosted by The Knowledge Group on January 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET. The webcast is entitled, “Crowdfunding Rules & Regulation in 2017: What Every Attorney Should Know”.

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  • November 21, 2016 Events
    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago
    Reorganization & Bankruptcy

    Barbara Yong will be honored with the Outstanding Service Award at the Chicago/Midwest Chapter Turnaround Management Association’s Executive Speaker Forum on November 21, 2016 from 5-10pm at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago.

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  • October 7, 2016 News
    Employee Benefits and ERISA

    Significant new rules and regulations have been recently proposed for retirement plans, deferred compensation plans and group health plans. Here is a snapshot of the good news and the bad news:

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  • October 7, 2016 News
    Corporate

    Limited liability companies (“LLC”) have been a popular type of business entity due to the tax benefits that limited liability offered to owners and ease of governance. The Illinois LLC Act (805 ILCS 180) governs the organization and operations of LLCs in Illinois. Recently, Illinois House Bill HB 4361 (the “Bill”), which has been six (6) years in the making by the Institute of Illinois Business Law, was signed into law and significantly revises the Illinois LLC Act.

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  • October 7, 2016 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    To address gender pay inequality (on average, women are paid 79 cents for every dollar a man earns), Massachusetts has recently passed one of the stricter laws in the country in an attempt to correct this. Under this recently enacted law, which goes into effect in July 2018, employers will be prohibited from asking job candidates about their salary history until after extending a formal offer of employment.

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  • October 7, 2016 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    In August, a federal jury in Washington, D.C. awarded a former Chipotle Mexican Grill employee $550,000 after finding that she was fired from her job because she was pregnant. The verdict is remarkable for a low-wage earning employee and is intended to send a message to other employers.

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  • October 7, 2016 News IP Alerts
    Intellectual Property

    Intellectual Property (“IP”) protection serves two sets of interested parties. First, the owners of the IP protect their investment in the creative parts of their businesses. Second, the users of the products and services can be confident that the protected IP fulfills their expectations. However, an underground market exists for IP goods and services. The underground market operates in both the business to business (“B2B”) and business to consumer (“B2C”) world. The following discussion identifies these markets and the potential liability for sellers and buyers in the underground market.

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  • October 7, 2016 News
    Estate Planning & Taxation

    In our Summer 2016 newsletter, Jonathan D. Morton’s article (“What Happens To My Digital Assets When I Die?”) stated that the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (UFADAA) had not yet been adopted by Illinois. On August, 13, 2016, the act was finally signed into law and is now effective with regard to all existing estate planning documents.

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  • October 7, 2016 Newsletters
    • From Our Managing Partner
    • Updates to Group Benefit Plans
    • Extensive Changes to Illinois LLC Act
    • New Laws Prohibit Employers From Asking Applicants About Salary History
    • Jury Awards Employee $550,000 In Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit
    • When It’s Too Good To Be True: The Underground Market For Intellectual Property
    • UPDATE: UFADAA Becomes Law
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  • October 4, 2016 Publications
    16 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 153 (2016)
    Intellectual Property
  • August 9, 2016 News

    It is hard enough to run any business, but family businesses are uniquely challenging. Everyone knows how complicated family relationships are and anyone who has sat at a Thanksgiving table has seen those complications play out in the most awkward ways possible. Now imagine that the livelihoods of everyone at that table, including the livelihoods of future generations, and, in most cases, the family legacy, hinge on that crowd making sound business decisions.

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  • August 9, 2016 News
    Estate Planning & Taxation

    The proliferation of digital assets raises new questions about how to plan for the transfer of those assets. Law typically trails technology, and in the case of digital assets, the law is woefully behind. In Illinois, for example, there is no law opining on the transfer of digital assets, which are governed by complex “Terms of Service Agreements” that nobody reads. Thus, the question exists: what happens with my digital assets when I die?

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  • August 9, 2016 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    A recent Seventh Circuit Court decision may impact the enforceability of arbitration provisions in your employment agreements.

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  • August 9, 2016 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    Chicago recently passed an Ordinance requiring all employers with employees working in Chicago to provide those employees with paid sick leave. Chicago is only the most recent city to have passed such an Ordinance, following twenty-six (26) other cities including New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. In addition, five (5) states – California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Vermont – have laws requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.

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  • August 9, 2016 News IP Alerts
    Intellectual Property

    On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) into law. The DTSA marks long-awaited federal recognition of trade secrets as valuable Intellectual Property. Here’s a summary of what you should know about it.

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  • August 9, 2016 News

    In June, Leading Lawyers, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Company, named the following Golan

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  • August 9, 2016 Newsletters
    • From Our Managing Partner
    • Tips For Family-run Businesses
    • What Happens To My Digital Assets When I Die?
    • 7th Circuit Decision Outlaws Class Action Waivers In Employment Contracts
    • Chicago Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
    • Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Becomes Law
    • Golan & Christie Attorneys Once Again Receive Peer Recognition
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  • July 18, 2016 Events
    The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, NY
    Corporate

    North American Theatre Engineering Architecture Conference

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  • May 31, 2016 News

    At a White House event on January 29, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced a proposed revision to the Employer Information Report (EEO-1). Under the proposed rule, certain employers will be required to report pay rate data. The proposed rule—announced on the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act—aims to assist the agency in identifying discriminatory pay practices and promoting equal pay practices.

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  • May 31, 2016 News

    Effective January 1, 2016, certain business and establishments are required to post a new notice in connection with human trafficking and slavery prevention. Affected businesses must post the notice in a conspicuous place near its public entrance or in clear view of the public and employees on its premises. If a business fails to post the new notice, it is subject to a $500 penalty for a first time offense and $1,000 for each future offense.

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  • May 31, 2016 News

    Jonathan D. Morton’s practice focuses on trusts and estate planning, probate, tax controversy and planning, and general corporate and organizational matters. Mr. Morton is licensed to practice law in the states of Illinois and Florida, and before the Internal Revenue Service in Tax Court. Mr. Morton currently serves as the Illinois State Bar Association Federal Tax Section Council liaison to the Internal Revenue Service. Mr. Morton obtained his undergraduate degree in business from the University of Illinois in 2007, and his law degree from Loyola University Chicago in 2013, where he also obtained his certificate in taxation law. During law school he participated in Loyola’s federal income tax clinic and on the school’s moot court team where he was awarded runner-up best brief at

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  • May 31, 2016 News

    Golan & Christie partner, David M. Saltiel, was named Best Lawyers' 2016 Entertainment Law - Motion

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  • May 31, 2016 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    As On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published the long-awaited changes to the overtime rules which dramatically increase the minimum salary that an employee must receive in order to be “exempt” from overtime pay, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These new rules apply to all employers, regardless of how many employees work at the company.

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  • May 31, 2016 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    In 2014, Illinois passed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act (the “Act”), which permits individuals who are suffering from certain debilitating medical conditions to use prescribed marijuana to alleviate their symptoms. The Act does not require employers to permit employee use of marijuana in the workplace, even when the employee has been lawfully prescribed medical marijuana. A qualifying patient is not permitted to be impaired at work, and an employer who has a good faith belief that a qualifying patient is impaired while working, or has used or possessed cannabis at work, may take disciplinary action, consistent with company policy. Employers are still permitted to enforce zero-tolerance drug policies, even though an employee may be legally prescribed medical marijuana. In other words, an employer is free to fire anyone who tests positive for marijuana, even without the slightest suggestion that the person came to work in an impaired condition. A positive test without signs of impairment is possible because marijuana remains in a person’s system for days, or for regular, long-term users, even weeks after the individual has smoked marijuana.

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  • May 31, 2016 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    Illinois’s Firearm Concealed Carry Act (FCCA), which overturned the ban on concealed weapons, has created new potential liabilities and risks for Illinois employers.

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