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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

July 1, 2015
The Wickford Group, a leading consulting and training company serving law firms and in-house legal departments, selected Pat Whalen, Chairman of Spencer Fane, as its subject in the latest edition of Insights.
July 1, 2015
Spencer Fane was featured in last Friday’s print edition of the St. Louis Business Journal for the firm’s recent growth and unique business model, which has contributed to its success. The article, titled “Spencer Fane adds partners, boosts revenue to $57 million,” noted the firm’s 6.3 percent increase in revenue in 2014 and detailed how its structure has played a critical role in the health of the business.
June 25, 2015
The Supreme Court announced today that it has upheld Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) subsidies for insurance purchased on federally-facilitated exchanges. By a 6 to 3 vote, the Court concluded that the statute allows for subsidies on any exchange created under the ACA.
June 17, 2015
Spencer Fane Partner Ron Fano recently authored an article in the June 12th edition of Bloomberg BNA’s Corporate Law & Accountability Report this past week, offering advice on the prevention of discrimination lawsuits, which can be both costly and damaging to a company’s reputation.
General News
June 8, 2015

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Spencer Fane is pleased to announce that Sherry Dreisewerd has joined the firm in its St. Louis office as Partner in the Financial Services Group.

General News

Latest Publications

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.
Blogs
July 1, 2015
There is almost never such a thing as a magic word anymore.  In medieval England, people would recite things three times to get magical protection (“third time’s the charm”).  Similarly, in the earliest days of the law, parties would write contracts “under seal” that protected them, regardless of whether the contract was otherwise valid.  That is what a magic word does; it protects you just by being there.  Today, the law hates magic words; courts constantly dig into the hidden meaning behind material terms and the intent and understanding of the parties who use them.  Because there is almost never such a thing as a magic word these days, when one does occur business owners would do well to take note.
Blogs
July 1, 2015
A patent issued under the U.S. Patent Laws has a finite life, which is 20 years from the date of filing.  A strategy to monetize a patent through licensing must take into consideration that finite life span because after the 20 year patent term, the underlying invention falls into the public domain.  A patent holder may not continue to receive license royalties after the patent’s expiration, as long ago decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in Brulotte v. Thys Co., 379 U. S. 29 (1964).
Blogs
July 1, 2015
On June 29, 2015, the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency, holding that EPA unreasonably interpreted a provision of the Clean Air Act regarding the regulation of power plants under the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) (also referred to as the Utility MACT).
Blogs
July 1, 2015
Responding to a call by President Obama last year, the U.S. Department of Labor this week issued a proposal to update the regulations governing which employees qualify for the “white collar” exemptions to federal minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. Currently those exemptions – for executive, administrative and professional employees – require the workers to meet job duties-related tests and receive a salary of at least $455 per week, or $23,660 annually. Certain computer and outside sales employees are also exempted.
Blogs

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.
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