RSHC in the news

    • February 2018

    Joseph Q. McCoy, Editorial Profile in Leading Lawyers

    Joseph Q. McCoy decided to try his hand at something brand new at RSHC and bring a complementary practice to an outstanding group of lawyers. Not afraid to go where few others have gone, he embraced the opportunity because he wanted to make a difference and influence outcomes.
    Full story: Joseph Q. McCoy, Editorial Profile in Leading Lawyers
    • February 2018

    Dave Resnicoff Published Article, De-Risking Executives From Personal Liability For Compliance Failures

    RSHC Partner Dave Resnicoff published the recent brief article, “De-Risking Executives From Personal Liability For Compliance Failures,” in the January-March 2018 Issue of Risk & Compliance Magazine. Executives have never been at higher personal risk for compliance failures. Compliance efforts typically focus on reducing the risk of corporate liability. But often there is little attention paid to reducing the risk of individual executive liability. Dave suggests several practical, common sense steps in-house counsel and compliance personnel can recommend to their executive teams to reduce their own risk, and at the same reduce risk to their organizations.
    Full story: Dave Resnicoff Published Article, De-Risking Executives From Personal Liability For Compliance Failures
    • January 2018

    California Joins Other States Banning Inquiries Into Salary History

    2017 brought a flurry of new laws limiting employers’ ability to request or consider salary history, with California joining the fray at the new year. Employers across the country are revisiting their interview and application practices in certain cities and states, or even nationwide given this new trend.
    Full story: California Joins Other States Banning Inquiries Into Salary History
    • January 2018

    Supreme Court Limits Post-Sale Patent Rights

    On May 30, 2017, the Supreme Court struck another in a series of blows to patent owners this term and significantly broadened the doctrine of patent “exhaustion,” which bars a patentee from asserting patent rights over an article after an authorized sale of the article. The decision reversed longstanding Federal Circuit precedent permitting patent infringement actions if (1) a sale was subject to clearly communicated, lawful restrictions on post-sale use or resale; or (2) a sale was made overseas. The Supreme Court voided these safe harbors, finding them to be sales that exhausted patent rights, reasoning “patent exhaustion is uniform and automatic.” Slip Op. at 13. The Supreme Court’s decision not only has immediate ramifications for patent licensing and enforcement actions, but also is likely to have a cascading effect on worldwide supply chains, pricing and product availability in some countries.
    Full story: Supreme Court Limits Post-Sale Patent Rights
    • December 2017

    Patricia Brown Holmes – Chicago Attorney, Special Prosecutor, Cancer Survivor – A Fighter, ABA Journal Feature December 2017

    In the last 30 years, Patricia Brown Holmes has lived a professional career that most attorneys never come close to experiencing. From youngest African-American woman serving as an associate judge in 1999 to special prosecutor in the Laquan McDonald case in 2017, she assesses the circumstances quickly and accurately and then takes appropriate action – skills that also helped her survive cancer.
    Full story: Patricia Brown Holmes – Chicago Attorney, Special Prosecutor, Cancer Survivor – A Fighter, ABA Journal Feature December 2017
    • May 2017

    ISBA Bench & Bar Article, Rule 502: Something Illinois litigants can learn from federal courts

    The May 2017 Illinois State Bar Association Bench & Bar newsletter featured an article on Illinois Rule of Evidence 502 by RSHC attorneys Eli Litoff, Kelly Warner and Ed Casmere.
    Full story: ISBA Bench & Bar Article, Rule 502: Something Illinois litigants can learn from federal courts
    • May 2017

    Chicago Lawyer Article, Technology vs. The Billable Hour

    RSHC partner, Ron Safer, shared his thoughts with Chicago Lawyer about the vital importance of new billing models, technology efficiencies, and achieving goals that respect and respond to the client’s definition of success.
    Full story: Chicago Lawyer Article, Technology vs. The Billable Hour
    • April 2017

    Best Lawyers Cover Story, Benefits and Mechanics of Diverse Partner Integration

    Patricia Brown Holmes and Leslie D. Davis, RSHC partners, co-authored the cover story for the Best Lawyers “Women in the Law” Spring Business Edition 2017. While lateral transitions are generally beneficial for both the attorney and the new law firm, firms are now charged with finding more effective ways to quickly integrate lateral attorneys, particularly as those attorneys become more diverse. In order to remain competitive, law firms must work to address the barriers that have inhibited the successful integration of diverse lateral attorneys.
    Full story: Best Lawyers Cover Story, Benefits and Mechanics of Diverse Partner Integration
    • March 2017

    Are the Days of E.D. Texas Waning?

    On March 27, 2017, the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding an issue that has long plagued defendants in patent cases: are the venue rules applied by the Federal Circuit at odds with the patent statute and Supreme Court precedent? TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, LLC, No.16-341.
    Full story: Are the Days of E.D. Texas Waning?
    • March 2017

    Supreme Court Abolishes Laches Defense in Patent Cases

    SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products, Case No. 15-927 (March 21, 2017)
    Full story: Supreme Court Abolishes Laches Defense in Patent Cases
    • September 2016

    Federal Circuit Clarifies the Boundaries of the Elusive “Abstract Idea” in Section 101 Challenges

    Affinity Labs of Texas, LLC v. DirecTV, LLC et al. (Fed. Cir. 2016)
    Full story: Federal Circuit Clarifies the Boundaries of the Elusive “Abstract Idea” in Section 101 Challenges
    • September 2016

    Federal Circuit Offers Further Ammunition to Section 101

    Full story: Federal Circuit Offers Further Ammunition to Section 101