KJK Managing Partner Jon Pinney Recognized in Cleveland Magazine’s 2024 ‘Cleveland 500’ List
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by KJK
1d ago
KJK is pleased to share that Managing Partner Jon Pinney has again been named to Cleveland Magazine’s Cleveland 500 list. Pinney was recognized as a leader in the law category in the list, which honors civic leaders, forward-thinking innovators, idea generators and visionaries helping to shape the city of Cleveland. As KJK’s Managing Partner, Jon leads the firm’s experienced team of attorneys and staff in serving a wide array of clients including privately held businesses, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and high net-worth families. Jon also has extensive experience in real estate deve ..read more
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Supreme Court Returns Title VII to Its Roots and Lowers the Standard to Prove Discrimination
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by Maribeth Meluch
1d ago
Overview of Title VII Protections Title VII makes it unlawful to discriminate against employees on the basis of their gender, race, national origin, color or religion. Nowhere does it provide an express definition of discrimination or establish a standard a plaintiff must meet to establish a violation. That void has been left to the courts to fill and adopt a standard for measuring the harm necessary to prove an act of discrimination. Generally, that has taken the form of having to establish an “adverse employment action” or “tangible employment act” with the definitions of those terms often v ..read more
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The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Tax Law: Opportunities, Risks, and Best Practices
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by Demetrius J. Robinson
2d ago
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been making waves across various industries, and tax law is no exception. Using AI in tax law can bring significant benefits, including analyzing data quickly, identifying patterns, and identifying recent law changes. However, as valuable and beneficial as AI may be to a business, it still has limitations and poses significant risks. Opportunities With the Use of AI One of the most significant benefits of using AI in tax law is its ability to identify potential tax savings opportunities. AI algorithms can analyze vast amounts of data quickly and accurately, ide ..read more
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Unpacking Fair Use: A Legal Battle Between Sculptors and Photographers in the NFL
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by Robert Zulandt
1w ago
Earlier this year, a rare case of copyright infringement was brought against the National Football League (NFL) and the Detroit Lions over a statue of Hall of Fame player Barry Sanders. The case, filed in January in New York federal court by photographer Allen Kee, claims that the defendants violated his copyright by using his photo of Sanders in action during a 1995 game as the model for the pose in the statue.  The case explores the intersection of the “fair use” doctrine for both sculptors and photographers. The “Fair Use” Doctrine “Fair use” is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom o ..read more
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Legal Separation: What is it and Why Does it Matter?
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by Janet Stewart Scalley
1w ago
Before terminating a marriage, many married couples elect to physically separate. In this context, physical separation often includes moving out of a shared residence, winding up joint bank and debt accounts, and deciding how certain financial responsibilities will be allocated until the marriage is, ultimately, terminated. Misconceptions Surrounding Legal Separation In many instances, it is not uncommon for spouses who have physically separated to also believe that they are “legally separated”. Nor is it uncommon for spouses who have physically separated to believe that, as a result of their ..read more
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The SEC Cracks Down on “AI Washing”
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by Christopher J. Hubbert
1w ago
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sent clear signals that it will pursue companies for “AI washing” — touting the use of artificial intelligence in ways that are false or misleading. The SEC has imposed fines on two investment advisors for AI washing, and Gurbir S. Grewal, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, has publicly warned of the risks that AI washing poses. Enforcement Actions Against Delphia (USA) Inc. In a March 18, 2024 order, the SEC found that Delphia (USA) Inc., a former registered investment adviser, had made numerous false and misleading statements regar ..read more
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KJK Partners Susan Stone & Kristina Supler Offer Their Insight on IEPs and 504 Plans in AUTISM ADVOCATE Parenting Magazine
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by KJK
2w ago
KJK Partners Susan Stone and Kristina Supler, Co-Chairs of KJK’s Student and Athlete Defense Practice Group, have authored an article for AUTISM ADVOCATE Parenting Magazine, discussing the intricacies of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Plans for families with children requiring additional support..  “Education plays a central role in shaping a child’s growth and development. For an autistic child, this process usually involves acquiring either an Individualized Education Plan [IEP) or a 504 Plan. It is important for parents to understand what these plans are, how their chil ..read more
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Income Disclosure in Divorce: Support Calculations & Discovery
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by Carly Boyd
2w ago
In divorce proceedings, both parties are obligated to transparently disclose their assets, debts, and income. Although the law mandates truthful reporting of earnings to the court, some individuals choose to deceive by underreporting their income sources, aiming to evade financial responsibilities such as settlements or support payments. The Guardian ad Litem’s final recommendation and report, issued before the final hearing, can play a pivotal role in resolving disputes and ensuring fair outcomes. Determining Support Payments When determining child support and spousal support, the Court looks ..read more
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FTC’s Final Rule on Non-Compete Clauses: Implications & Considerations
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by Emily Vaisa
3w ago
FTC Rule Bans Non-Compete Clauses for Non-Senior Employees Non-compete clauses have long been a contentious issue in employment agreements, with concerns raised about their potential to stifle competition and limit employee mobility. On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a final rule addressing some of these concerns. The final rule is set to go into effect 120 days after Federal Register publication. In this article, we will address the key provisions of the FTC’s final rule, what it means for employers, executives, and non-executive employees, and potential legal ..read more
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Unlocking Tax Savings: Family Limited Partnerships in Estate Planning
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by Susan L. Friedman
3w ago
As Trump era estate tax cuts are likely coming to an end in 2025, wealthy business owners are increasingly utilizing Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs) to significantly save the family taxes when they are gone. Understanding Family Limited Partnerships An FLP is a business holding company owned by two or more family members. Family members buy shares of the business and profit in proportion to the number of shares they own, which is outlined in the operating agreement. Types of Partners in FLPs Family Limited Partnerships consist of two distinct partner roles: General partners and Limited part ..read more
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