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July 22, 2015
As featured in numerous local, national and industry media, California-based craft brewer Firestone Walker announced late last week that the company would merge with Belgian brewer and Boulevard Brewing Co. owner Duvel Moortgat. Spencer Fane Partner Mike McCann represented Firestone in the deal and previously represented Boulevard in their deal with Duvel in October 2013.
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July 21, 2015
Spencer Fane Partner Paul Satterwhite was honored this past week by the Springfield Business Journal as part of the publication’s annual "Trusted Adviser" awards. Satterwhite was one of three selected for recognition in the lawyers category, which recognizes the city’s top legal advisers and honors those individuals who have made their life’s work supporting fellow members of the business community by providing professional expertise and exceptional service.
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July 17, 2015
Spencer Fane Partner Frank Neuner was quoted in Law360 this morning in an article covering the new guidance issued by the Department of Labor this week on how to determine whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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July 14, 2015
The Kansas City Business Journal reported on two rulings from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court this week, both of which featured a successful defense by Spencer Fane Partner Leslie Greathouse and Partner Loyd Gattis.
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July 1, 2015
Spencer Fane is pleased to announce the launch of its new brand identity and website, which are a reflection of a series of conversations with, and feedback from, the firm's key clients about the Spencer Fane culture and commitment to serving the business community.
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July 20, 2015
The Department of Labor recently released new guidance (Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1) on how it will decide whether a worker is properly classified as an employee or an independent contractor. Although the factors discussed in the Administrator’s Interpretation are not new, the DOL’s broad reading of the term “employee” under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the heightened focus on the “economic realities” of the business relationship between the worker and the purported employer indicate that wage and hour misclassification will be an enforcement priority for the DOL going forward.
July 20, 2015
On July 16, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a 3-2 decision finding that under Title VII, sex discrimination includes actions based on sexual orientation. The decision involved an appeal from a Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) dismissal of a sexual orientation discrimination complaint. The issue before the EEOC was whether a complaint alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation in violation of Title VII lies within the EEOC’s jurisdiction. Apparently buoyed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision on same sex marriage, the EEOC unequivocally answered that question with a resounding “Yes.”
July 13, 2015
Effective July 1, 2015, a Kansas bank can reduce its liability for fraudulent electronic fund transfers on a consumer account by revising its Reg E disclosures.
July 9, 2015
Thanks to a special transition rule, employers with 50 to 99 full-time employees (including full-time equivalents) are generally shielded from the Affordable Care Act’s “play-or-pay” penalties until January 1, 2016. Moreover, in a wrinkle that is easily overlooked, any such “mid-sized” employer that already sponsors a health plan operating on a non-calendar-year basis has even more time to comply with these rules.
July 6, 2015
If you review the terms and conditions given by many manufacturers in their invoices (including, probably, yours), you likely will find a provision that says something to the effect of “we agree to sell you this product if, and only if, you agree to each of these terms and conditions.”  It’s a common term, and there’s a good reason for it: it can counteract standard form language in the buyer’s purchase order that you don’t like.

Upcoming Events

August 27, 201512:00 - 02:00
Cyber security is an increasingly critical issue for all organizations. However, it remains poorly understood. Large financial firms, retailers, manufacturers and telecommunications are amongst the principal targets for organized criminals, cyber terrorists, activists, hackers, and others. An attack on an institution, with the concomitant loss of vital data, can be devastating to the firm’s reputation. The risks of attack and the ultimate consequences thereof seem to grow almost exponentially.