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Latest News

Pat Whalen interviewed by KC Business Journal on Firm Growth

Spencer Fane chairman, Pat Whalen, was recently interviewed by the Kansas City Business Journal about the firm’s continued growth and success.

Josh Dickinson Presents at Debt Buying Conference

Spencer Fane attorney Josh Dickinson recently conducted a presentation and participated in a panel discussion at the Receivables Management Association International (RMAI) 2019 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Crossroads Preparatory Academy students gain funding for musical instruments

Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce Crossroads Preparatory Academy as the recipient of the firm’s 2019 Charitable Giving Program grant.

Mike Patterson Provides Insight on USMCA Trade Deal

Spencer Fane attorney Mike Patterson recently published an article in Greater Phoenix In Business on the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Julie Roth Article on Risks of Pager Use Published in Journal of AHIMA

Spencer Fane attorney Julie Roth recently published an article in Journal of American Health Information Management Association on the potential privacy issues associated with pager use in hospitals.

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Latest Publications

Illinois: Land of 12 Million Biometric Privacy Regulators

The Supreme Court of Illinois recently held that every Illinois citizen has a private right of action to enforce violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) without alleging or showing actual harm. Businesses collecting, using and storing the biometric data of Illinois consumers take notice:  there are over 12 million regulators with the power to enforce this law against you. But don’t worry too much, the state’s high court promises that “Compliance should not be difficult.”

Texas Businesses Must Implement and Maintain Reasonable Cybersecurity Safeguards According to State Attorney General

Texas law requires businesses to implement and maintain reasonable cybersecurity, which they should do so with a written program for managing cyber risk and protecting sensitive customer information. This warning came from the state’s Attorney General following his office’s $1.5 Million settlement with Neiman Marcus over its 2013 data breach.

Cyber Hygiene Checklist

“[T]he relevant inquiry here is a cost-benefit analysis, that considers a number of relevant factors, including the probability and expected size of reasonably unavoidable harms to consumers given a certain level of cybersecurity and the costs to consumers that would arise from investment in stronger cybersecurity.”
– FTC v. Wyndham, (3rd Cir. Aug. 24, 2015)

Pennsylvania Employers Have a Duty to Safeguard Employees’ Data, Says High Court

Late last year, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled that employers have a legal duty to safeguard employee’s sensitive personal information stored on an internet-accessible computer system and that the state’s economic loss doctrine allowed the plaintiffs in Dittman to recover for purely monetary damages. 

Missouri Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Outlook – 2019 Legislative Update

The Missouri Housing Development Commission Board (“MHDC Board”) failed to authorize state low-income housing tax credits (“MO LIHTC”) in 2018 due in large part to the political position and maneuverings of former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.  The MHDC Board is composed of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Treasurer, Attorney General, and six commissioners appointed by the Governor.  For much of 2018 the MHDC Board lacked a quorum which led to the delay in issuing a Qualified Allocation Plan (“QAP”).  While current Missouri Governor Mike Parsons voted against not allocating MO LIHTC in 2018 he also acknowledged a position supporting reforms and has been consistent on that message though specifics have not been publicly provided.

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Latest Events

2019 Spencer Fane Employment Training Classes

Multiple classes offered throughout 2019 in Springfield, MO and Joplin, MO. Find the link to enroll and the full class descriptions below the class schedule.

John Watson to Give Presentation at CBA: Good Samaritan Cleanup of Abandoned Mines

John Watson will address the Environmental Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association on January 15, 2019 re: Good Samaritan projects for remediation of abandoned mining properties.  He will join Ty Churchwell of Trout Unlimited in an overview of statutory (including recently introduced federal legislation), regulatory, and technical requirements for abandoned mine cleanup projects in the United States.

Money Talk: Building Strong Skills to Give Your Employees a Great Start to 2019

COMPLIMENTARY PRESENTATION  |  Wednesday, January 9

Please join Paula Doughtery, Private Wealth Advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services; Deb Feder, Leadership Coach & Consultant at Feder Development and Elizabeth Wente, Partner at Spencer Fane LLP for a FREE presentation on The Cost Benefit of Proactive Management, Help Your Employees Know Their Financial Opportunities and The Cost of Miscommunication.

Please RSVP to rsvp@spencerfane.com

Josh Dickinson to Present at National Creditors Bar Association

Spencer Fane attorney Josh Dickinson will present at the National Creditors Bar Association (NCBA) Fall Litigation Boot Camp, discussing the rules of evidence in court.

Spencer Fane Attorneys to Discuss the Impact of Recent Court & Regulatory Developments on Your Business, at Upcoming “Enterprise University”

Spencer Fane attorneys Denise Delcore, Nate Orr, and Doug Weems will present at the upcoming Enterprise Bank and Trust’s “Enterprise University.”   At this free, three-hour course, they will guide you through the effect of recent court rulings and regulatory developments on your business. These changes will impact human resource policies, management best-practices, employment contracts, class action lawsuits, and customer discrimination.

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