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April 2017

Peter A. Hessler, Esq. was featured in a book recently published, entitled, Top Lawyers: The Secrets To Their Success by Worldwide Publishing (2017). Mr. Hessler’s article begins with how he knew that he wanted to be a lawyer at the age of 13 and he pursued a legal career because he viewed it (and still does) as a noble profession.

Lesley A. Weigand, Esq. and Rachel E. Lyons, Esq. recently obtained a complete dismissal with prejudice for clients in the Summit County Common Pleas Court who were sued for violations of the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act, Breach of Contract, Fraud and Misrepresentation.

On March 6, 2017 Robert W. McIntyre, Esq. attended the Board of Director’s meeting of the Independent Distributor’s Association, an international trade association of over 400 members engaged in the manufacture and distribution of industrial and commercial parts for heavy equipment. The Board meeting was held in conjunction with ConExpo/ConAgg 2017 in Las Vegas. Attorney McIntyre is General Counsel to the Association, and Wegman Law is proud to represent the Association as well as many of its members from around the world.

Wegman attorneys Robert W. McIntyre and David A. Resser favorably resolved a patent infringement case on behalf of the firm’s client in a matter involving multiple patents for diesel engine pistons. The defendant was an international manufacturer and distributor of OEM and aftermarket engine parts and was represented by a Washington DC multi-national firm.

February 2017

Richard T. Coyne was awarded the prestigious Workers Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to the work of Trial Attorneys of America. In addition, Attorney Coyne recently addressed the American Society for Quality.  The subject matter was “Best Practices: When an Accusatory Finger is Pointed at a Manufacturer’s Design and Quality Assurance Team.”

Jason A. Worgull and David A. Resser recently presented a program entitled “International Intellectual Property Protection and Strategies” at a Continuing Legal Education program sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

Robert W. McIntyre and Jay R. Carson successfully represented a local machine tool technology company in a matter involving the theft of the client’s trade secrets by a multi-national competitor. Shortly after suit was filed, the competitor agreed to not only destroy and never otherwise use any information it may have obtained by questionable means, but also agreed to pay all of our client’s legal fees and expenses.

Wegman Hessler & Vanderburg was recently recognized in Crain’s Cleveland Business as one of the thirty largest law firms in Northeast Ohio.

Aaron A. Hessler recently joined the firm as an associate in the Litigation Department.  Aaron graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law on May 13, 2016, successfully sat for the Ohio State Bar Exam in July 2016, and was sworn in to the Ohio State Bar on November 7, 2016.

Jessica L. MacKeigan has joined the firm as an associate in the Litigation Department. Jessica is a 2010 graduate of the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Before entering private practice, Jessica was a Judicial Law Clerk and Staff Attorney in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

We are pleased to welcome the following employees to the Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg team:

  • Lesley Newman – Receptionist
  • Karen Gerard – Paralegal in the Estate Planning Department
  • Alisa Adams – Paralegal in the Litigation Support Group.

We are proud to announce that our employees raised over $800 during a Veteran’s Day fundraiser for the benefit of Homes for Our Troops”.

November 2016
Angela Lavin has been named a Fellow for The Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society and represents less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected and invited after being evaluated for effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation.

Tanja Holecek recently presented a program entitled “Breaking up is Hard to Do…Introduction to Domestic Relations Practice” at a Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) program sponsored by the Ohio State Bar Association.

Lesley Weigand will present a Probate Boot Camp seminar at a CLE program sponsored by the National Business Institute. The focus of the seminar will include probating estates that include a business.

Christopher Holecek has been recertified as a member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Robert McIntyre and David Resser successfully represented an international manufacturer and distributor of diesel engine parts in a multi-state patent infringement litigation. This representation involved the filing of a federal lawsuit seeking the invalidation of patents asserted by a billion dollar multi-national company against the firm’s client and resulted in a settlement that permitted the firm’s client the unrestricted use of the alleged patented technology as well as the release of all claims by the patent holder.

Wegman Law employees raised $523 which was matched by the firm and approximately 15 boxes of food and supplies benefitting the Parma Hunger Center in their annual food drive.

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Articles

Using Social Media In Employment Screening: Striking it Rich or Striking a Landmine?
by Aaron A. Hessler, published April 2017
In 2009, a would-be employee at Cisco shared the following on his Twitter account: “Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.” In response to his tweet, a “channel partner advocate” for Cisco Alert, tweeted “Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.” As the foregoing example illustrates, social media profiles can be great sources of information for employers. (read more)

When A Data Breach Becomes Your Burden
by Aaron A. Hessler, published February 2017
While the media often focus coverage on cyber-attacks upon large companies, cyber-criminals do not solely target big businesses. In 2015, almost 50% of the reported or discovered cyber-attacks were targeted at businesses with less than 250 employees. Cyber-criminals view small business as relatively easy targets compared to large companies who have begun to significantly improve their cybersecurity defenses and response procedures. (read more)

Penny Wise or Pound Foolish?
by Lesley A. Weigand, published, November 2016
When it comes to estate planning for your business, many owners think “Oh, my family knows what to do when I die” or “I just want something simple.” When questioned further, it almost always turns out that the initial response is a result of the fear of a large legal bill or fear of the unknown. However, as certain as death and taxes is the certainty that if left unaddressed, the transfer of business ownership will always cost more both monetarily and in terms of stress for those you love.  (read more)

Proposed Privacy Shield Framework Releases
by Charles A. Hayes, published August 2016
As was discussed in a previous article, the European Union Data Protection Directive (EUDPD) is one of the most stringent data protection laws in the world. It generally prohibits EU residents’ personal data from being transferred to a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA).  For the past 15 years, US companies with EEA operations were permitted to transfer personal data from the EEA to the US by self-certifying under the EU-US Safe Harbor Framework.  (read more)

U.S. Department of Labor Changes The Overtime Pay Regulations
by David R. Knowles, published August 2016
On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its final rules changing the current overtime pay regulations.  Effective December 1, 2016, the new DOL rule updates the minimum salary level that Executive, Administrative and Professional employees must be paid to be exempt from the time and one-half overtime pay requirement. (read more)

Collaboration is a Key Component To Addressing Cybersecurity Concerns
by Angela M. Lavin, published March 2016
There is no dispute that more and more large and small organizations are experiencing data breaches. According to a report issued by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) in June 2015, 74% of small businesses reported that they had suffered security breaches. 90% of large businesses responding to the same survey reported suffering a breach. (read more)

Business Identity Theft and the IRS
by Lesley A. Weigand, published March 2016
The incidents of tax related identity theft are rising exponentially. In 2013, 2.9 million incidents of tax related identity theft occurred, compared to 1.8 million in 2012. From 2011-October 2014, the IRS stopped 19 million suspicious returns and protected over $63 billion in fraudulent refunds. In 2015, the IRS called together major players in the tax industry—tax return preparers, software providers, state tax agencies, payroll providers and financial institutions—for a Security Summit to increase the cooperation in place to fight a common enemy—the identity thieves. Tax preparers are critical players in this partnership, and, because of the taxpayer information they store, increasingly a target for data theft. (read more)

Uncertainty Surrounds EUPDPD Compliance Following Safe Harbor Invalidation
by Charles A. Hayes, published March 2016
The European Union Data Protection Directive (EUDPD) is one of the most stringent data protection laws in the world. The EUDPD prohibits EU residents’ personal data from being transferred to a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA), unless the country has put adequate data protection measures in place. Personal Data under the EUDPD is defined very broadly to include, “any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person”. Failure to comply with the EUDPD can expose organizations to fines or orders to suspend data flows. (read more)

Anti-Trust Compliance: The Developing Landscape of Vertical Pricing Agreements
by Jack P. Mills, published December 2015
Vertical resale price maintenance is the practice in which the supplier of a product and its downstream dealer or distributor agree on the price at which the dealer or distributor may resell the products to its customers. Minimum RPM agreements prohibit a reseller from pricing a product below a certain price. Conversely, maximum RPM agreements ensure that resale prices remain at or below a certain level. (read more)

Protecting Against Fraud in Your Business
by Robert W. McIntyre, published September 2015
When business professionals think about how to protect their companies from fraud, they may focus on the dangers of cyber-breaches, shady suppliers, or similar threats from outside actors. Yet, a common and often overlooked source of fraud comes from within (not outside) the company, and NO business is immune to it. (read more)

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Newsletters

The WHV Legal Press: Spring 2017

  • Using Social Media In Employment Screening: Striking it Rich or Striking a Landmine?

The WHV Legal Press: Winter 2016

  • When A Data Breach Becomes Your Burden

The WHV Legal Press: Fall 2016

  • Penny Wise or Pound Foolish?

The WHV Legal Press: Summer 2016

  • U.S. Department of Labor Changes the Overtime Pay Regulations
  • Proposed Privacy Shield Framework Released
  • Client Spotlight: PTE Golf

The WHV Legal Press: Spring 2016

  • Collaboration is a Key Component to Addressing Cybersecurity Concerns
  • Business Identity Theft and the IRS
  • Uncertainty Surrounds EUPDPD Compliance Following Safe Harbor Invalidation

The WHV Legal Press: Winter 2015

  • Anti-Trust Compliance: The Developing Landscape of Vertical Pricing Agreements

The WHV Legal Press: Summer 2015

  • Protection Against Fraud in Your Business
  • Collaborative Divorce

The WHV Legal Press: Fall 2012

  • Energy Efficiency — Good for the Environment and the Bottom Line
  • Updates to Corporate Law Dissolution and Creditors’ Rights

The WHV Legal Press: Summer 2012

  • CAN-SPAM — Watch When Sending That E-Mail

The WHV Legal Press: Spring 2012

  • Doing Business With A Partner
  • Ohio’s General Tax Amnesty Program

The WHV Legal Press: Winter 2012

Funding a Start-Up Business with Retirement Assets

The WHV Legal Press: Fall 2011

  • Patent System Receives Long Overdue Reforms
  • Guardianship of Adults

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