John A. Anderson of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. Speaking on Live Webinar Regarding MSSP Changes

TROY, Mich. – June 17: Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that partner in the Business Practice and Health Care groups John A. Anderson is a speaker for a CLE Live Webinar assembled by The Knowledge Group titled: Navigating the CMS Quality Payment Program and Pathways to Success Sweeping MSSP Changes.

Covered in the webinar are key topics such as MSSP program changes; MSSP and the new QPP rule; managing opportunities and risk issues; recent compliance trends, developments and updates; and best compliance practices.

The webinar was presented live on Thursday, March 28 and can be accessed here for the Knowledge Group members. The PowerPoint presentation can be accessed here for non-members. For more information on The Knowledge Group as a whole, please visit The Knowledge Group’s website.

John A. Anderson represents physicians, group practices, ancillary providers, Accountable Care Organizations, clinical labs and hospitals, among others. Mr. Anderson has been recognized for excellence in health care law by dBusiness Magazine, Best Lawyers in America, Leading Lawyers and Super Lawyers.

United States Begins Broad Tariff Action on Thousands of Chinese Imported Goods

United States Begins Broad Tariff Action on Thousands of Chinese Imported Goods
By James Rayis

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) April 2019 notice of a third round of additional tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods (List 3 goods) imported from China went into effect today increasing rates from 10 percent to 25 percent. This follows a July 2018 imposition of Section 301 tariffs (List 1) and an August 2018 second round of Section 301 tariffs imposed on different import sectors (List 2). The Federal Register Notice for List 3 item tariff increases was published September 21, 2018 by USTR. The April announcement followed a formal Section 301 investigation into acts, policies, and practices of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.

China retaliated after the announcement with its own announcement to impose tariffs on 128 U.S.-origin goods ranging from dried fruit to stainless steel pipes to be hit with an additional 15% duty while items including pork and aluminum scrap will have an additional 25% hike.

The USTR notice amends the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. to provide that the tariff increase for List 3 goods will be effective with respect to goods (a) entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on May 10, 2019, and (b) exported to the U.S. on or after May 10, 2019.

According to the notice, the President elected to increase the additional tariff on List 3 goods due to a lack of progress since March in negotiations toward a bilateral trade agreement and because “China has chosen to retreat from specific commitments agreed to in earlier rounds.” The reference is to China’s decision not to implement the commitments into law but to instead implement them through regulatory and administrative actions, which seems to have raised questions of enforceability for the USTR.

The USTR made no mention of the May 5, 2019 announcement by the President that the administration would impose 25 percent duties on all remaining U.S. imports from China (“List 4”). These additional duties would effectively cover the entirety of U.S. imports from China, possibly including a large amount of raw materials, including steel and aluminum products currently excluded from List 1 duties but subject to additional duties under Section 232. Section 232 allows tariffs for national security issues as opposed to Section 301 response rates.

List 3 covers 5,745 tariff items including raw materials, construction machinery, agricultural equipment, electronics, medical devices, and consumer goods. Already, however, about 300 items were removed from the list by the USTR. The exclusions are for smart watches, Bluetooth devices, certain chemicals used manufactured goods, textiles, agricultural products, and safety items such as bicycle helmets, car seats, and playpens.

USTR also states that it will publish a separate notice describing a process by which interested persons may request the exclusion of specific products from the additional tariff on List 3 goods, including procedures for submitting requests and opposition to requests. While it is unclear when this process may get underway, importers of List 3 goods can start preparing now to file exclusion requests for their products.

Please contact James Rayis from the International Trade practice of Giamarco, Mullins & Horton to consider exclusions requests on your imported goods to mitigate the tariff burden or to discuss how to plan for goods imported from China to protect your interests.

Nina M. Abboud Joins Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

We are pleased to welcome Nina M. Abboud to the firm.

Nina is an associate attorney in our Business Litigation Group. Her practice focuses in the areas of insurance defense and coverage; product liability; employment litigation; shareholder, member, and partnership disputes; and commercial litigation matters.

Nina received her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Nina received numerous academic awards while in law school, including the Dean’s List and Book Awards for earning the highest grade in Trial Practice and Small Firm Law Firm Program. Nina graduated with honors from the University of Michigan – Dearborn, with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

Nina M. Abboud

Bruce Haffey Presenting at MICPA Business Management & Corporate Leadership Forum

GMH Law Senior Attorney Bruce Haffey to Present at MICPA Event Tuesday, February 19, 2019

LIVONIA, Mich. — Feb. 6: Giamarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that senior business and tax lawyer, Bruce Haffey, will present at the Business Management & Corporate Leadership Forum’s Nite Owl Session at 5:10 PM on Tuesday, February 19, at the Laurel Manor in Livonia, MI.

Haffey’s session is titled: Working the Kinks Out of Working Capital, and is scheduled to run to 6:00 PM. The Nite Owl session will conclude the MICPA Business Management & Corporate Leadership Forum, an all-day, annual event hosted by The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants for industry professionals in accounting and financial leadership.

Haffey’s seminar is free for MICPA members, and $55 for non-members. Interested parties may register for the event here. The session will take place at Laurel Manor, which is located 39000 Schoolcraft Rd in Livonia, MI. For more information on the Business Management & Corporate Leadership Forum as a whole, please visit MICPA’s website.

Bruce Haffey represents privately-held business clients in a number of industries throughout the life cycles of their businesses. He has been recognized by numerous professional organizations and publications, including The New York Times’ Top Attorneys in Michigan.

Samir A. Mouawad Joins Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

We are pleased to welcome Samir A. Mouawad to the firm.

Mr. Mouawad joins as an associate in our Business Practice Group. His practice focuses in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions, business formation, general corporate law, cannabis law, and trademark and copyright. Mr. Mouawad works with companies varying in size from large corporations to small business owners.

Samir A. Mouawad

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. received the Best Law Firm designation for 15 practice areas in 2019

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is proud to announce our firm has received the Best Law Firm designation for 15 practice areas in 2019. Every year, Best Lawyers and U.S. News join to evaluate and rank the best law firms in the nation, offering referring lawyers and clients a definitive, trustworthy list of the attorneys and firms with the most experience and success in each region and practice area.

The Best Law Firms list offers a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession, and surveys nearly 87,000 leading lawyers nationwide before assigning rankings. Achieving a ranking is a special distinction that speaks to a firm’s expertise, experience, and overall success. We are honored to have received 15 regional rankings for excellence in the following practice areas:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Education Law
  • Family Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Labor Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Family Law Mediation
  • Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Real Estate Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law

The 12th largest law firm in Michigan, Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is a full-service law firm with over 60 attorneys. We are proud to offer our clients the highest quality legal representation in a diverse range of capabilities and specialties.

Victoria Lehman has been named an Equity Partner at Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

We are pleased to announce that Victoria S. Lehman has been named an Equity Partner at Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

Tori has been with the firm since 2014. Since that time, her years of hard work have made significant contributions to the firm and our clients. Tori serves as trial counsel for the defense of hospitals and healthcare providers in medical malpractice litigation, premises liability and general negligence claims. Her practice focuses primarily on the defense of healthcare providers and health systems in all facets of litigation, from initial investigation through trial. She has significant experience managing high exposure claims, with a strong emphasis on pre-suit resolution and alternative dispute resolution.

We are excited to welcome Tori as a new Equity Partner, and look forward to her continued commitment to providing our clients with quality legal representation.

Victoria S. Lehman

Ryan L. Perry has been named an Equity Partner at Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

We are pleased to announce that Ryan L. Perry has been named an Equity Partner at Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

Ryan has been with the firm since 1996. He has been a fervent and talented advocate for his clients for many years. Ryan’s area of specialization is commercial litigation, business and employment law. He assists businesses and business owners in all areas of commercial litigation and arbitration including breach of contract, shareholder disputes, non-competition issues, collection actions and wrongful discharge.

We are very happy to welcome Ryan as an Equity Partner.

Ryan L. Perry

John A. Anderson has been named an Equity Partner at Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

We are pleased to announce that John A. Anderson has been named an Equity Partner at Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

John joined the firm in 2008. John has considerable experience in business transactional and litigation matters, with an emphasis on banking and health care law and the full spectrum of health care provider issues including compliance matters, fraud & abuse, third-party audits, billing & reimbursement, entity formation, contract negotiations, physician self-referral/Stark, Anti-kickback, licensing and litigation.

We are happy to welcome John as a new Equity Partner.

John A. Anderson

Alexander Lebedinski has been named an Equity Partner at Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is proud to announce Alexander Lebedinski has been named an Equity Partner. He has been with the firm since 2003. Alex concentrates his practice in the areas of Health Care Law and Business Transactions. Over the years, Mr. Lebedinski has presented on numerous health care law issues to practicing physicians, medical residents, and practice administrators. In addition to health care law, Mr. Lebedinski has also represented clients in a variety of business transactions, as well as in the areas of corporate and immigration law.

Alexander Lebedinski