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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

April 1, 2015
At some point, as electronic communication becomes the norm – and as paper virtually disappears from the workplace – we will surely see a softening of the conditions imposed by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) on the electronic distribution of summary plan descriptions (“SPDs”). But a recent decision by a New York federal court confirms that we are not yet at that point.
General News
March 31, 2015
As reported by the Kansas City Business Journal, Spencer Fane is nearing completion of the $5.5 million renovation and expansion of its Kansas City headquarters located in the Commerce Bank building at 1000 Walnut St. Last April, the firm announced that it would recommit to its current office space, which resides in the heart of Downtown Kansas City, by signing a new 12-year lease.
General News
March 30, 2015
Spencer Fane Partner Andrew Brought was recently featured as a guest columnist on Midwest Real Estate News sharing his vast knowledge and insight on environmental site assessments. The article, titled “Top 10 things you need to know about Phase I Environmental Site Assessments,” outlines the role and common misconceptions of environmental site assessments in a property transaction.
General News
March 27, 2015
Former Colorado State Representative, Speaker of the Colorado House and Spencer Fane attorney Frank McNulty was featured in a recent issue of Law Week Colorado in an article that detailed his journey from public office and part-time lawyer to full time private practice.
General News
March 18, 2015
As reported by the Springfield News-Leader, Spencer Fane partner Shawn Whitney was appointed to the Ozarks Regional YMCA board of directors this past week. Whitney was one of four selected for the board and will play a pivotal role in the leadership and guidance of the organization as it continues to grow.
General News

Latest Publications

March 31, 2015
The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit recently held that a creditor holding a perfected security interest in accounts and payment intangibles did not have a perfected security interest in the proceeds of an insurance settlement.
Blogs
March 31, 2015
I previously have urged you to limit the remedies available under your express warranty (e.g. to repair or replacement), and to disclaim liability for incidental and consequential damages.  Here, we’ll discuss a common argument made by people who want to render your efforts meaningless.
Blogs
March 31, 2015
We previously provided an update on developments concerning the right of rescission granted under the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”). The United States Supreme Court recently issued a consumer-friendly decision regarding the rescission process.
Blogs
March 30, 2015
Spencer Fane Chairman Pat Whalen was featured as a guest author in this month’s issue of BankNews magazine providing insights and updates on the protocol for handling data breach notifications. The article, titled “When to Send a Data Breach Notification,” discusses the laws surrounding security breaches and the responsibility of companies to determine when notification of customers is both necessary and required by law.
Blogs
March 30, 2015
In a recent Midwest Real Estate News guest column, Spencer Fane Partner Andrew Brought shared his knowledge and insight on Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) with readers.
Blogs

Upcoming Events

April 14, 201510:00 - 11:00
An increasing number of qualified plan sponsors use IRS-preapproved (i.e., “prototype” or “volume submitter”) plan documents provided by a third-party service provider (such as the plan’s investment provider or recordkeeper). All employers who have adopted a pre-approved plan with a 2008 IRS opinion letter must restate their plans by adopting an updated (2014) version of the document by no later than April 30, 2016. As pre-approved plans become increasingly complex (with literally hundreds of plan design options to choose from), it is increasingly easy to make mistakes when restating them, even if the terms of the plan have not changed. The restatement process is also a good time to reconsider your plan design or add new features (such as automatic enrollment or a Roth conversion option).
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