SmithAmundsen LLC

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150 North Michigan Avenue
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Chicago, IL 60601, United States
Phone: 312.894.3200
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  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Missouri
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Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Should You Consider Patenting Your Inventions?

Have you ever invented something but weren’t sure whether to patent it? Most of us have! You don’t have to be an engineer, hold a master’s degree, or own a business to find an instance where a specific product would make life…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

A Hint Of Change: NLRB Allows Employer To Defend Blanket Prohibition On Use Of Cameras/Video Recording Devices

Recently, there has been much discussion about the composition of the five-member board in Washington, D.C., including President Trump’s appointment of Philip Miscimarra as National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman, and the…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Whiskey For My Men, Beer For My (Service) Horse – A Business Owner’s Primer On Service Animals And The ADA

A guy and his horse walk into a bar… This could be the start of a funny joke, or the beginning of an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaint that can cost your business thousands of dollars in defense costs and…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts

Responding To And Preparing For Pending Legislation

As the Trump administration looks to unburden employers through the rollback of employment-related regulations and Executive Orders, one of the likely results will be an increase in state and local employment legislation and…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Is Your Company Ready For The Chicago And Cook County Sick Leave Ordinances Effective July 1, 2017?

The July 1st effective date of the Cook County and Chicago Sick Leave Ordinances is quickly approaching and employers must review their paid time off, sick and vacation policies now to ensure compliance with the new ordinances…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Clarifies That Limited Appellate Review Applies To EEOC Subpoena Enforcement

The Supreme Court’s recent McLane Company v. EEOC decision addresses the constraints placed on appellate review of actions to enforce or quash broadly written Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) subpoenas. The case…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

There are No Simple Million Dollar Cases

It seems like every week I run across a case in the legal news where a company is pursuing what seems like a very weak case. These are not small cases or small companies and presumably the decision to pursue these cases is being…more
 /  Civil Procedure

Discharge In Bankruptcy Without Reaffirmation Is Not A Shield And A Sword

Many borrowers use bankruptcy as a shield against a lender’s foreclosure action. Some also try to use bankruptcy as a sword to bring up defenses that stem from the mortgage contract to defeat a foreclosure. A recent second…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

It’s Internship Time!

It’s that time of the year when college students will come knocking looking for a job or an internship. Depending on the nature of an organization’s business, an unpaid intern might be a great idea…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Before You Acquire That Business, Understand the NLRB’s Successor Bar Doctrine

When a change of ownership occurs for a business that employs individuals who are represented by an incumbent union, the new owner must be aware of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) successor bar doctrine. It used to…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Colorado District Court Issues Landmark Decision Holding that the Fair Housing Act Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

In a recent landmark decision, Colorado District Court Judge Raymond Moore ruled that the Federal Fair Housing Act’s prohibition against housing discrimination includes discrimination against LGBT people. The decision was issued…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Real Estate - Residential

Smelly Trademarks: Requirements for Registering Nontraditional Marks

On February 14, 2017, Hasbro filed a U.S. trademark application for its “non-visual Play-Doh scent” trademark for use with toy modeling compounds (U.S. Application Serial Number 87/335,817). Hasbro describes its signature scent…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

NLRB Decision Reminds Employers to Tread Cautiously Amidst Union Push

On April 13, 2017 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) set aside a vote defeating a union organizing campaign and ordered a new election because the workforce could have perceived management’s statements as impermissible…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Department of Labor Announce Further Measures to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Tighten Rules

While the H-1B petitions submitted for the lottery this cap season were still in transit to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), both the USCIS and the Department of Labor (DOL) announced several measures aimed…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

OSHA Violations Lead to Criminal Indictments and $1,475,000.00 Proposed Penalties

An OSHA investigation concluded on April 11, 2017 found that Atlantic Drain Service Company, Inc. failed to train its employees to recognize and avoid cave-in and collapse hazards, and failed to provide basic safeguards against…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law
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