• June 1, 2017 News Employment Alerts
    Employment Law

    In 2016, the City of Chicago and Cook County passed separate, although nearly identical, earned sick leave ordinances. Both laws go into effect starting on July 1, 2017. Below are some of the most important parts of the ordinances:

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  • June 1, 2017 News IP Alerts
    Intellectual Property

    Websites invite users to post content for many reasons. It allows customers and clients to feel connected to the website. It provides a forum for user comments and discussion. The problem with providing an interactive environment arises when a user posts someone else’s copyrighted content. It could be a portion of a creative work, a drawing or a photograph. It could even be a link to material appearing elsewhere on the Internet. The post then becomes the basis for a copyright infringement claim against the owner of the website as well as the person who posted the content without authorization.

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  • June 1, 2017 News

    We owe a huge thank-you to all of the firm’s clients, friends and referral sources for helping us to continue to receive accolades in our profession, year after year.

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  • June 1, 2017 News

    The practice of law, as a whole, is changing – and so are the roles of women within the legal sector. And while it’s no secret that the legal industry is traditionally known for its resistance to change, women are excelling at adapting to these shifts. By taking on far greater leadership roles and driving change within law firms and corporate legal departments, women are shaking up the status quo in today's competitive marketplace.

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  • May 24, 2017 Events
    Webinar
    Corporate Law & Governance

    The federal tax code is more than 2,500 pages long, and it doesn’t even cover state and local taxes that a business must deal with. Suffice it to say, this webinar will not make you an expert tax attorney. It is, rather, designed to provide you with a tour of the landscape. Topics include: the basic differences, from a tax perspective, between S-corps, C-corps, and limited liability companies (LLCs); basic tax issues when buying/selling a business; the basics of sales and use taxes; the basics of employment taxes; “estimated taxes” (which is an issue for the sole proprietor, partner, S corporation shareholder, and/or a self-employed individual); tax incentives; and the basic tax issues involved in closing a business.

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  • April 13, 2017 News

    Dr. David Dao, the United Airlines passenger who was removed from an airplane seat on United Airlines Sunday, is undergoing treatment in a Chicago hospital for his injuries.

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  • April 1, 2017 Newsletters
    • From Our Managing Partner
    • A guide for all new business owners
    • Ensure compliance with labor laws – old and new
    • How to avoid copyright infringement
    • Leading Lawyers list names twenty GCT attorneys
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  • January 16, 2017 News
    Corporate Law & Governance

    Unclaimed property refers to accounts and other intangible property held by corporations, financial institutions, and other entities (“holders”) that have gone dormant for a period of time. The unclaimed property laws are intended to protect the owners of the property. Common types of unclaimed property include bank accounts, uncashed dividend checks, customer deposits, accounts payable, credit balances, refund checks, and gift cards.

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  • January 16, 2017 News

    The firm is excited to welcome our newest associate, Neil P. Johnson. Neil began his legal career with Golan Christie Taglia as a law clerk, while still a student at Chicago-Kent College of Law. He returned to the firm after graduation and was just recently admitted as a member of the Illinois bar. Neil earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Indiana University and was the Associate Editor of the Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property during law school. His practice at the firm will focus on business litigation and intellectual property

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  • January 16, 2017 News

    Golan Christie Taglia partner Barbara Yong was presented with The Turnaround Management Association’s (TMA) Chicago/Midwest Chapter’s prestigious Outstanding Service Award at their annual Executive Speaker’s Forum on November 21st at the Radisson Blu Hotel. The annual event, which draws high profile speakers every year, featured correspondent Lara Logan and former Speaker of the House John Boehner. Over 600 TMA members and guests – including some of Golan Christie Taglia’s other partners – attended the event. Congratulations, Barb!

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  • January 16, 2017 News Employment Alerts
    Intellectual Property

    The new year brings several new laws and requirements in Illinois and across the country. Effective January 1, 2017, the Illinois “Freedom to Work” Act bans non-compete agreements between employers and their low wage employees. This Act defines low wage employees as those whose hourly wages are less than $13.00.

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  • January 16, 2017 News IP Alerts

    Innovative custom software has become the instrument for success in today’s economy. Software developers and the software they create come in all shapes and sizes. The developer could be a family friend or relative. The developer could be solicited from Craigslist. Businesses could simply be enticed by the developer’s website that offers a range of software development services. Once the developer is hired, the type of software can be configured in various ways. The software can stand alone. Or it can be an add-on or customization of existing platforms such as Salesforce.com or Magenta.

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  • January 16, 2017 News IP Alerts

    We’re proud to announce that “IP News for Business” – the blog written by Golan Christie Taglia partner Beverly A. Berneman – was chosen as one of the ABA Journal’s BLAWG 100, honoring the 100 best legal blogs.

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  • January 16, 2017 Newsletters
    • From Our Managing Partner
    • Unclaimed Property
    • Welcome Neil Johnson
    • Barbara Yong Receives TMA’s Outstanding Service Award
    • New Employment Laws for 2017
    • "Work-For-Hire” Doctrine as Protection for your Software
    • Beverly Berneman’s Blog Makes ABA Journal’s Top 100 List
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  • January 11, 2017 Events
    Webcast
    Corporate Law & Governance

    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 Law & Governance

    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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