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Expert Advice on Surviving the 2019 U.S. Importers Crisis

How to Lessen the Impact of the New Tariffs Recently, The U.S. raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of products from 10% to 25% with a threat to levy additional tariffs on an additional $325 billion worth of goods from China. These new tariffs follow a host of previous White House-imposed duties on various trading […]

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This Lawsuit Goes to 11: Fraud and the Economic Loss Rule

The “This is Spinal Tap” Lawsuit If you’ve never seen This is Spinal Tap, close your browser immediately and watch. The 1984 “mockumentary” about a fictitious British rock band touring America belongs on the Mount Rushmore of movie comedies. It birthed a new style of storytelling, and it is impossible to imagine The Office, Parks and […]

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Understanding the Language of the American Federal Legal System

Americans take great pride in saying that ours is a nation of laws, not people. But resting on this laurel is dangerous. Laws are written, enacted, interpreted, changed, and enforced (or not) by people. To safeguard our legal legacy, we need to have at least a basic understanding of the American federal legal system. Including, […]

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Don’t Go It Alone: The Best Advisor You Can Hire Is Worth Every Penny

The Best Advisor You Can Hire Would Hire Herself, Too The best advisor you can hire will be a clever and a creative problem solver who interacts with you with total integrity, honesty, and ethical conduct. The worst? Someone’s goal of growing richer and richer at your expense- and that’s one of the better scenarios. […]

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The New Reality of Federal Litigation

Federal courts in Chicago have adopted new rules that will profoundly change how civil lawsuits progress.

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Bankruptcy Litigation

Common Bankruptcy Litigation Scenarios — Venue Fights

In bankruptcy litigation, the venue can have a major influence on an outcome. Expert members of the Financial Poise Faculty—each a partner or managing director in the restructuring industry—discuss why venue fights occur and how practitioners should approach selecting venue or challenging venue in a bankruptcy case.

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The Real Story of an NFL Lawsuit

UPON FURTHER REVIEW: Real Story of an NFL Lawsuit

It was 4:00 AM when the police convoy rolled up on Country Crossing, a new electronic bingo house in Alabama. No fewer than 135 state police cars cascaded into the rural compound. In the aftermath, a group of NFL players—including big names like Ray Lewis and Fred Taylor—lost tens of millions of dollars.

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Can You Agree to Be Defrauded?

Can you agree to be defrauded? This may sound like an odd question. But, in this space showed before, the law of business fraud can lead us into some odd places. It is no spoiler to say that the answer is “yes.” You can actually agree to be defrauded. Many courts, including Illinois (where I practice), […]

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Episode 66 with Ed Lehman

Edward Lehman is founder and Managing Director of Lehman, Lee & Xu in Beijing and Shanghai and other locations in China as well as founder of Lehman, Lee & Xu Mongolia, in Ulaanbaatar. Our Chris Cahill and Mr. Lehman discussed important changes in Chinese legal and business practices over Lehman’s 28 years there. They also discussed President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption program, the use (and non-use) of the recently-enacted bankruptcy law, protection of intellectual property in China, and likely targets of Chinese investment in the West as currency controls are liberalized. You can learn more about Edward Lehman here.

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iDisclose Generates 80%-Final-Draft PPM for Under $5,000

iDisclose is a new web-based, do-it-yourself, automated PPM generator that is much more than a mere template. iDisclose operates much as TurboTax does: The way you answer one question opens up a customized set of drill-down follow-up questions, so the entire document is granularly customized for each issuer. It works for a range of securities, including preferred and common stock as well as convertible debt.

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