January 2015 | Given the economic downturn of recent years, professionals fees and cost have been a driving factor in conducting the acquisition of distressed assets. A majority of these transactions take place pursuant to section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. However, out-of-court alternatives such as Receiverships, Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors, and Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code have gained momentum to bankruptcy as expeditious and cost-efficient alternatives. In this week’s Polsinelli Podcast, Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Co-Chairs Jim Bird and Chris Ward discuss this issue and an upcoming webinar.
January 2015 | Congratulations to our colleague Martin Frost whose book “The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis” was released in January. Frost, a former Democratic Congressman from Texas, along with former Republican Congressman Tom Davis and Journalist Richard Cohen co-authored the book which explores our current political climate. Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter both endorsed the book and the forward is written by David Eisenhower, Pulitzer Finalist and the grandson of President Dwight Eisenhower. He writes “Put plainly, this is the most significant political book I have read in a decade or longer."
November 4, 2014 | As the Ebola epidemic continues to grow in West Africa, hospitals across the U.S. are putting protocols in place to prepare themselves in the event that an Ebola patient is admitted to their facility. We’ve already seen examples of successful containment and treatment. As fear over Ebola reaches a fever pitch in the US media, hospitals will be on the front line not only in treating the virus, but also in reassuring their patients and the public.
Polsinelli’s David Cade is a shareholder in Polsinelli’s Health Care and Public Policy Practices and previously served as Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
October 31, 2014 | Recent enforcement actions and changes in health care payment systems highlight the importance of properly structured hospital/physician compensation arrangements.
In this week's Polsinelli Podcast, Health Care Shareholder Bruce Johnson discusses a number of important cases and settlements over the last year that highlight the importance of appropriate compensation methods. Bruce is a member of the firm's Health Care Practice.
September 22, 2014 | Private arbitrations have become a major commercial enterprise in part because they appear to present a desirable alternative to traditional litigation. Experience demonstrates that pursuing resolution of insurance disputes through private arbitration can be frustrating, expensive and inherently unfair. In this week's Polsinelli Podcast, Insurance Recovery Attorney Richard Giller explores the issue of protecting policyholders from arbitration bias. Richard draws upon nearly 30 years of experience to craft litigation strategies for complex commercial dispute.
September 15, 2014 | You're an employer with a successful business that caters to the public. One day an employee walks in with attire that is making the rest of your employees uncomfortable. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has recently updated guidelines concerning employee attire protected by religious beliefs. In this week's Polsinelli Podcast, Employment Attorney Steve Fox explains the changes and what employers need to know about the new guidelines.
August 25, 2014 | Recently, The Wall Street Journal reported on how states are offering businesses tax credits in an effort to spur economic growth and create jobs. That's due to the fact that federal tax credits expired at the end of last year. What are the realities of state versus federal tax credits and how do they really work in 2014? Polsinelli's Chase Simmons explores the topic in this week's Polsinelli Podcast.
August 18, 2014 | During its recently concluded 2013 term, the U.S. Supreme Court issued six decisions impacting employers Which decisions could affect your business interests? In this week's Polsinelli Podcast, labor and employment attorney Teeka Harrison explores the issue.
July 28, 2014 | It should be no surprise that one out of four car crashes involve a driver using a cell phone according to The National Safety Council. Not only can distracted driving negatively impact road safety overall, cell phone use by employees while driving can also impact potential employer liability exposure for any resulting accidents.
In this week's Polsinelli Podcast, Shareholder Jay Dade talks explains what employers need to know about distracted driving issues in the workplace. Jay defends management in employment law matters and is part of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice.
July 21, 2014 | If you own a business, there is a strong likelihood you will one day get sued. If you run a large business, you could face a class action lawsuit from a large group of people who claim to all have a similar set of circumstances against your business. In fact, a study* in 2013 found more than half of all large businesses will face a class action lawsuit claim.
Joining us to talk about class action claims is Polsinelli trial attorney Mark Olthoff. Mark has extensive experience with class actions in defense of consumer oriented claims from California to New York.
*BTI Premium Practices Forecast 2014.