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 Apple Still Has Bite With Patent Victory And New iPhones  

Exceeding Expectations

Samsung Blocked From Offering 
Certain Phones For Sale In The US


NYC Apple Store  

With a ruling in its favor at the International Trade Commission (ITC), Apple has emerged as the most recent victor in the ongoing, multi-front Apple vs. Samsung patent war that includes dozens of pending patent infringement lawsuits around the world.  


On top of this victory, Apple's release of two new iPhone models has already resulted in nearly double the sales of previous releases, according to the  New York Times Bits technology blog. Apple said on Monday it sold nine million new iPhones over the first weekend that the phones, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, went on sale. 


Recently, there has been an increasing trend of companies bringing their patent infringement concerns before the ITC because it has proven to be more amenable to banning the sale of infringing products, as compared with the more traditional federal courts.


To be sure, Samsung will be hard at work to release software updates to work around the Apple patents. But even if a workaround is not found, Samsung may be let off the hook if President Obama decides to issue another rare veto and overturn this ITC product ban order as well.

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Strauss Troy Attorney Kevin Sprecher
Kevin Sprecher leads Strauss Troy's Intellectual Property practice. His work emphasizes all aspects of intellectual property law including U.S. and international patent prosecution, portfolio management and counseling, as well as licensing, internet issues, brand development, U.S. and international trademark prosecution and portfolio management, regulatory compliance, antitrust, trade secrets, due diligence and general corporate law.


Contact Kevin at 513.629.9422 or
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Employers Are Ultimately Responsible For Safe Hiring
When tragedy strikes, we all ask why? In the recent case of the Navy Yard shooting, many are asking, "why did the background screening of Aaron Alexis tragically fail?"

"I don't think the background check failed; I think the process failed," Jason Morris, president of background-screening provider EmployeeScreenIQ, stated in a recent Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Safety & Security article.

According to the article, employers need to understand their legal responsibilities for a safe workplace and make improvements as necessary. Employers must also ensure that workers hired by a third party are safe and qualified. Companies may not always be 100 percent sure that a thorough background check is being done on their contractors or temporary workers.

Key Steps For HR Include:
  • Requiring service providers and independent contractors to undergo the same background-screening process that the company's employees go through
  • Requiring staffing firms to use a background-screening company that is acceptable to the employer  

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it is continuing and increasing its Enhanced Enforcement Inspection Program. These inspections will look closely at whether employees may be exposed to workplace violence and whether the employer has established a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program. 



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Strauss Troy Attorney John Fischer
Strauss Troy Attorney John Fischer

For more than 30 years, John Fischer has been engaged full-time in the private practice of management-side labor & employment law and litigation on a sophisticated level. He has substantial experience as lead attorney representing employers in all aspects of labor & employment law on a regional and national basis. John is a Board Certified Specialist in Labor & Employment Law.


Contact John at 513.629.9455 or

 When Are Unpaid Internships
Legal & Right?


Learn How Both Organization
& Student Can Benefit


Internships are great avenues toward a career -- they give you experience, training and an impressive block of text on your resume. Are these benefits really worth free labor from the student's perspective, and is the free labor legal? Here's what you need to know. 


According to the  Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), there are six different circumstances under which individuals who participate in "for-profit" private sector internships or training programs will not be compensated. These include whether or not the internship experience "is for the benefit of the intern" and if the internship "is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment."


Unpaid internships are legal under these standards, but at least one group is working to fight this: The Fair Pay Campaign. Co-founded by Mikey Franklin, this organization is working for legislation that would require payment for internships.

Although internship programs have existed for years and provide important opportunities for both employers and interns, in recent years, the Wage & Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has begun to look more carefully at internships to determine whether, in the eyes of the DOL, particular interns must be paid, and otherwise treated as employees. 

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Strauss Troy Attorney John Fischer
Strauss Troy Attorney John Fischer


For more than 30 years, John Fischer has been engaged full-time in the private practice of management-side labor & employment law and litigation on a sophisticated level. He has substantial experience as lead attorney representing employers in all aspects of labor & employment law on a regional and national basis. John is a Board Certified Specialist in Labor & Employment Law.   


If you need counsel on how to structure your organization's internship programs:  


Contact John at 513.629.9455 or

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As of September 16, 2013, employers must treat lawfully married same sex couples as married for purposes of withholding and benefits. 
  • Individuals may amend their open tax returns (generally 2010 through 2012) to change their filing status if validly married during that year.
  • Individuals may file for a refund of any taxes paid on "imputed income" of health coverage for their spouses.  
  • Employers may not recoup over-withheld income taxes, but in some cases may apply to receive a refund for the employer portion of withholding for social security.   

On August 29, 2013, the US Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued a ruling that answers many questions raised when the Supreme Court issued its decision in United States v. Windsor finding Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.


The Windsor case invalidated the designation of marriage as only between a man and a woman, but left unresolved the effect on many aspects of federal law.


Revenue Ruling 2013-17 resolves the status of couples validly married under state law for federal tax purposes: they are considered married no matter where they reside.


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Strauss Troy Attorney Claudia Allen
Strauss Troy Attorney
Claudia Allen

Claudia Allen's practice is concentrated in the areas of employee benefits, qualified retirement plans and employment law. She is a frequent lecturer and author of many articles in areas of qualified retirement plans, deferred compensation, employment law and other employee benefits.

For guidance on aligning your employee benefits programs with current state and federal regulations: 

Contact Claudia at 513.629.9462 or
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Celebrating its 60th anniversary of serving the Greater Cincinnati | Northern Kentucky community, Strauss Troy has stood apart from the competition since 1953 by providing the highest-quality legal services in the most personalized, prompt and economical manner possible. As a full-service law firm, Strauss Troy has diverse expertise and a history of proven success. No matter what issue you face, the firm has the right professionals, working together as a team, to get you
the answers you need quickly and affordably.

Strauss Troy is recognized as a leading law firm in the Greater Cincinnati | Northern Kentucky region and is a Martindale-Hubbell Top Ranked Law Firm™ in Fortune Magazine. The firm is recognized as a U.S. News & World Report "Best Law Firm", and many of its attorneys are honored as peer-rated Martindale-Hubbell AV� Preeminent™ Attorneys, Best Lawyers� in America, Super Lawyers� and Rising Stars. The firm is also listed as a top law firm by the Cincinnati Business Courier and LEAD Magazine.  

Attorneys On The Move
Strauss Troy Attorney Bill Williamson Bill Williamson, a shareholder at Strauss Troy Co., LPA, has earned a place in the 33rd U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship presented by the United States Golf Association (USGA). The tournament takes place October 5-10, 2013 in Birmingham, Alabama. It is the 8th USGA event he has qualified for. The tournament starts Oct. 5 with first round stroke play qualifying, and it ends Oct.10 with a 36-hole championship match. The winner of the tournament will receive an exemption to the Masters next April.


Bill's law practice focuses on real estate law, corporate law and entity formation, estate planning, probate and general business law. He counsels businesses in a full-range of matters, including entity selection and formation, finance, capital structure and general contractual matters. Bill was named a 2012 Ohio Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine�.






Ten Strauss Troy attorneys have been named among 
The Best Lawyers In America. Based solely on peer review, being selected by Best Lawyers� is a significant honor. For more than 30 years,
Best Lawyers� lists have been regarded worldwide as the most trustworthy, unbiased source for legal referrals.


Shareholder Pete Smith received the unique distinction of being  named 2014 "Lawyer of the  
Year" for Project Finance Law in the Cincinnati area.

Best Lawyers� honors one attorney per practice area in each community as "Lawyer of the Year." These honorees received notably high voting averages for their competence, their reliability and their professional manner.   


"Year after year, a large group of our attorneys are named Best Lawyers�," said Strauss Troy President Jim Heldman. "It speaks volumes about our attorneys that their peers regard them so highly." 


Strauss Troy's 2014
Best Lawyers in America�


Strauss Troy Attorney Tony Barlow 


Real Estate Law  





Strauss Troy Attorney Mark Berliant  
Mark Berliant

Tax Law  


Strauss Troy Attorney Marty Butler   


Real Estate Law 






Strauss Troy Attorney Dan Demmerle


Dan Demmerle


Banking & Finance Law

Project Finance Law

Real Estate Law 




Strauss Troy Attorney Marshall Dosker  

Marshall Dosker


Tax Law






Strauss Troy Attorney Andy Giannellla  

Andy Giannella


Real Estate Law






Strauss Troy Attorney Tom Rink  

Tom Rink


Tax Law






Strauss Troy Attorney Pete Smith   

Pete Smith


Project Finance Law -  

2014 Cincinnati "Lawyer of the Year"

Real Estate Law




Strauss Troy Attorney Guy Taft   

Guy Taft


Appellate Practice

Commercial Litigation





Strauss Troy Rick Wayne   

Rick Wayne


Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions-Plaintiffs  




Strauss Troy Attorney Ann Gerwin
Shows Off A Beautiful Basket Which Sends A Girl To Schoo

Fountain Square | Tuesdays

May - September 

11:00 - 2:00

Strauss Troy is proud to bring Market on the Square to the community each year as a way to give back, support and engage with our downtown neighbors. Strauss Troy Chairman Bill Strauss said it best: "Fountain Square is downtown's living room."  
Thank you to everyone who joined us, and to our market vendors.
Strauss Troy's Make A Difference Team Sends Eight Inner City Youth
To YMCA Camp Ernst

 Strauss Troy MAD Team Members Donna Chamberlain And Tina Roberts With ICYO Campers

For more than a decade, Strauss Troy has sponsored children from Cincinnati's Inner City Youth Opportunities (ICYO) to attend summer camp at YMCA Camp Ernst in Burlington, KY. This year, the firm's MAD Team helped eight children escape the violence of the inner city to enjoy a week of fun and nature and make friends with other campers from all areas of Ohio and Kentucky. 

Barb Rathbun, office manager at Camp Ernst thanked the MAD Team: "We are so proud to partner with you. I know the campers benefit greatly from being here, and I hope that you can share with your team how much I feel blessed each day they are here. I get a glimpse of them here and there, and hear stories from the staff. There is laughter, there are friendships, there are plates of food that on Monday are piled high at each meal and then by Wednesday or Thursday, not so much, as they understand that there is always enough food to go around, and always another snack or meal before they even feel hunger again. We are so blessed to see your gift at work every day with these children." 

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