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Spencer Fane Athletic Director Salary Database Cited in Multiple Publications

The Kansas City Star and Lawrence Journal-World recently cited research conducted by Spencer Fane attorneys Roger Denny and Bob Lattinville in multiple articles discussing Jeff Long’s agreement to serve as athletic director at the University of Kansas.

Spencer Fane Now Accepting Arts Applicants for Charitable Giving Program in Kansas City

The Spencer Fane Charitable Giving Program in Kansas City was created to provide significant support to select local nonprofit arts organizations through a $50,000 donation to each over the course of three years. The program was designed as a rotation so that one new recipient will enter the program each year with another exiting upon completion of its three-year cycle. Our primary goal for the program is to encourage long-standing relationships with nonprofit organizations and provide employees with additional opportunities to become involved with the firm’s causes.

Spencer Fane Welcomes Preston Enoch to Dallas office

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce the hiring of Preston Enoch as an associate in the firm’s Litigation practice group.

Commercial Property Tax Appeals Have Resulted in Substantial Savings

With the skyrocketing cost of real estate in Colorado in the past few years, many commercial property owners have seen large increases in property value assessments, resulting in similarly large increases in property taxes.

Pat McInerney Publishes Guidepost Document for Internal Investigations

Spencer Fane White Collar and Government Investigations partner Pat McInerney was recently published by Thomson Reuters Practical Law, which featured McInerney’s “Standard Document” for internal investigations policy and practice.

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Latest Publications

Colorado Orders Safety Fixes at Orphaned Oil and Gas Wells

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, Governor Hickenlooper of Colorado issued an Executive Order directing the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission (COGCC) to act to “plug, remediate, and reclaim” orphaned oil and gas wells and sites.  Of the over 50,000 oil and gas wells in the state, the COGCC is currently tracking 262 orphaned wells and 373 associated well sites that require remediation and reclamation. 

DOL Rescinds Persuader Rule

On July 17, 2018, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) officially abandoned the “Persuader Rule” by filing a notice of rescission in the Federal Register. The rescission is expected to become effective on or about August 17, 2018 (i.e. 30 days after the rescission notice is published in the Federal Register). This rescission gives employers and certain legal service providers more certainty as to whether their business dealings are subject to the reporting requirements of the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (“LMRDA”).

The Data Breach Tide is Shifting Toward Proactive Security Obligations

When an organization faces a security incident, it is thrown into a complicated analysis of forty-seven state breach notification laws.  With the laws based on the residence of the affected consumer, consideration must be given to the variances in the definition of a breach that triggers notification; the content, timing, and manner of notification; additional regulatory, credit agency, or media communications; and potential litigation or enforcement.  Thus, the states in which an organization provides goods or services and collects personal information can have a significant impact on obligations following a security incident.

U.S. Will Produce More Crude Oil Than Any Other Country in 2019, According to EIA

The U.S. is projected to produce more crude oil than any other nation, including Saudi Arabia and Russia.  The July 10, 2018 forecast from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that, in 2019, U.S. crude oil production will grow to 11.8 million barrels a day.

New Colorado Consumer Data Privacy Law Impacts Governmental Entities

On May 29, 2018, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 18-1128 (the “Consumer Privacy Law”) which expanded protections of consumer data and placed additional requirements on covered and governmental entities that maintain, own, or license personal identifiable information.  The Consumer Privacy Law’s new requirements will take effect on September 1, 2018.

The Consumer Privacy Law has unique requirements for covered entities and governmental entities.  A general discussion of how the law impacts governmental entities follows.

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Latest Events

Stacy Harper to Speak at AAPC Annual Education Conference

Spencer Fane attorney Stacy Harper will present at the Annual Education Conference for the Kansas City Chapter of the AAPC (AAPC of Kansas City) on alternative payment models (APM).  AAPC is a national organization that provides education and professional certification to over 175,000 members world-wide in twenty-eight certifications across the business side of healthcare.

Eva Merrell to Present at NALA Paralegal Conference

Spencer Fane paralegal Eva Merrell will present at the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) 2018 Conference and Expo educating attendees studying for the Certified Paralegal (CP) Exam on real estate law.

Julie Roth and Andy Ramirez to Provide Guidance on Hospital Compliance: Multiple Dates

Spencer Fane attorneys Julie Roth and Andy Ramirez will present at the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) Regional Trustee Seminars on compliance in the health care industry.

Holden to Join FDCC Panel Discussion of Workplace Harassment, Discrimination Issues

Spencer Fane attorney Helen Holden will present as part of a panel of speakers during the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Midwest Regional Corporate Counsel CLE Presentation.

Sue Willman to Join American Planning Association Panel Discussion

Spencer Fane attorney Sue Willman will present as part of a panel of speakers during an American Planning Association (APA) webinar on the legal issues and personal liabilities that municipal planners most commonly face.

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