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Spencer Fane’s Insights contain a wealth of information on our firm, our attorneys and our recent activities, as well as upcoming events. If you need further information please contact the marketing department.

Latest News

September 4, 2015
The Command and General Staff College Foundation (GCSCF), a non-profit educational foundation that provides resources and support to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in the development of tomorrow’s military leaders, has recognized Spencer Fane and Mike Hockley as long-time supporters of the Foundation.
General News
September 3, 2015
Spencer Fane Partner Glenn Robbins was featured as a guest author in Law360 this past week, offering his insights on the Brulotte rule, which restricts patent holders from receiving license royalties following a patent’s expiration.
General News
September 2, 2015
More than seventy five friends and family gathered to honor Spencer Fane retired partner Tom Grimshaw Saturday night at the Community College of Denver, and to celebrate his nearly 60 years of service to the legal profession, the state of Colorado, and the Colorado Community College System.
General News
August 26, 2015
The new Spencer Fane office in Springfield is featured in the September issue of 417 Magazine. The article focuses on the design of the office, and mentions that it “looks more like a creative business space than a law firm, but that was exactly the company’s goal.”
General News
August 26, 2015
Apex Business Advisors, a consulting firm that helps business owners with mergers, acquisitions, and sales of businesses, recently interviewed Spencer Fane Partner Dave Seitter about the leading causes of partnership disputes and how to avoid them.
General News

Latest Publications

September 2, 2015
The United States District Court for the Southern District of California recently issued an order denying class certification to a nationwide putative class of consumers against The CBE Group, Inc. (“CBE”), which alleged that CBE made over 500 million calls[1] to these consumers’ cell phones without their prior express consent in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227, et seq. (“TCPA”).  Blair, et al. v. The CBE Group, Inc., No. 3:13-cv-00134-MMA-WVG (S.D. Cal. August 26, 2015).


[1] The TCPA provides for statutory damages of $500 ($1,500 if willful) per call found to be a violation of the statute. 
Blogs
September 1, 2015
On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) issued its opinion in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. d/b/a BFI Newby Island Recyclery, and FRP-II, LLC d/b/a Leadpoint Business Services, and Sanitary Truck Drivers and Helpers Local 350, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 362 NLRB No. 186 (August 27, 2015), which overturned longstanding precedent regarding the standard for determining if a joint employer relationship exists.  
Blogs
August 28, 2015
Target-date funds have become increasingly popular with 401(k) plan investors in recent years. A target-date fund (“TDF”) is typically a mutual fund that contains a mix of underlying investments and that automatically adjusts the asset allocation (stocks, bonds, and cash equivalents) within the fund’s portfolio according to a selected “target date” such as retirement. As a participant approaches the "target date," the fund moves its allocation to more conservative investments (e.g., bonds and cash) and away from riskier investments (e.g., equities).
Blogs
August 27, 2015
One thing that telemarketers and other companies that communicate with their customers by calling their customer’s cellphones crave is clarity under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. § 227.  The Sixth Circuit recently shed some light on the meaning of “prior express consent” under the TCPA in connection with calls by a creditor to its debtor’s cellphone in the case of Hill v. Homeward Residential, Inc., No. 14-4168 (6th Cir. August 21, 2015).
Blogs
August 26, 2015
In the case of Davidson v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., No. 14-14200 (August 21, 2015), the Eleventh Circuit had occasion to decide whether a bank that collects on defaulted debt it acquired from another bank is a “debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1692-1692p.
Blogs

Upcoming Events

September 11, 201507:30 - 11:30
Join Spencer Fane's Employee Benefits Practice Group for a free, half-day seminar. Agenda topics are Data Dilemmas: Cyber-Security Issues for Benefit Plans, Who’s in Charge of Your Retirement Plan? Lessons in ERISA Governance and Risk Avoidance Techniques, and Health Care Reform: What's the Latest from Washington?
Seminar
October 1, 201501:30 - 04:30
This event is hosted by accounting provider CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (MHM) and law firm Spencer Fane. Together, they invite you to join them for an afternoon seminar focused on the accounting and legal challenges companies in the A/E/C industry may encounter when faced with transition and next generation planning
Seminar
October 15, 201503:45 - 05:00
This course will focus on approaches to environmental due diligence for mergers and acquisitions including Phase I environmental site assessments, compliance audits and business risk evaluations.