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The International Lawyers Network (ILN) is a leading association of 91 high-quality, full-service independent law firms.

Since 1988, the ILN has helped its members keep pace with today’s global economy, through access to the tremendous strength and depth of the combined expertise of 5,000 lawyers in 67 countries on six continents.

ILN member firms are among the most respected and most experienced counsel in their jurisdictions. Clients’ increasing need for reliable foreign counsel is well-met by the personalized, high-quality and cost-effective legal services provided by ILN member firms. Unique to the ILN are the strong personal and professional relationships among its members and their clients developed over the past 26 years. Far from a mere directory, the ILN is an affiliation of lawyers who gather on a regional and worldwide basis annually and work routinely with each other to address client requirements and needs.

Each of the ILN’s member firms is international in outlook and staffed by highly trained senior attorneys, who are experts in a broad range of practice areas. ILN members have demonstrated experience in working successfully with international companies. They are independent, mid-sized firms within their jurisdictions, and are committed to the focus of the International Lawyers Network, admitted to the Network only after a rigorous application process. The ILN provides clients with high-quality service from experienced local counsel who work in firms that maintain excellent reputations in their own countries. This means that clients have immediate access to attorneys who are native, both linguistically and culturally, to the country of interest.

The ILN’s international directory app is available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones. To access the app, click here or log on to ILNmobile.com from your smartphone.

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HOWARD & HOWARD CONGRATULATES REGINA (GINA) GOYETTE STAUDACHER’S SELECTION TO MICHIGAN LAWYERS WEEKLY “WOMEN IN THE LAW” CLASS OF 2015

Staudacher-PhotoRoyal Oak, Michigan, July 30, 2015:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Regina (Gina) Goyette Staudacher was selected to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Women in the Law” Class of 2015. The Women in the Law awards program salutes 30 high-achieving, women lawyers in Michigan and their accomplishments. These women have a commitment to excellence in the practice of law, are inspiring and accomplished leaders in the profession, serve as mentors to other women and contribute significant time and effort to volunteerism and/or pro bono. The nominators’ names and selection committee are kept confidential. The Class of 2015 will be honored at a special luncheon on Sept. 10 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy. The class will choose the 2015 “Woman of the Year” in a secret ballot. The result will be announced at the luncheon. More…

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ICMS on imaginary discounts

In the article “ICMS on imaginary discounts”, published by the Brazilian newspaper, Valor Econômico, on July 22nd of 2014, KLA tax associate Luiz Carlos de Andrade Júnior addresses the levy of the ICMS on “discounts” applied on the sales of mobiles.  More…

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Washington Court Dismisses Challenge to NLRB’s Ambush Election Rules

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Wednesday issued a 72 page opinion (PDF) rejecting each of the arguments raised by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation and other business groups and found that the Amended Election Rules adopted by the National Labor Relations Board in December 2014, which took effect in April 2015, in an action that argued that the Board had exceeded its authority, violated the Administrative Procedures Act and that the Amended Rules were unconstitutional.

This is the second district court decision to reject such challenges to the Amended Election Rules. In April, Judge Robert L. Pitman of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas rejected a similar challenge brought by the Associated Home Builders of Texas and the National Federation of Independent Businessmen.

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A&E Federal Projects Source Selection Workshop (Michelle Kantor)

This joint SAME and SMPS training workshop is all about the “How-to” in federal contracting for professional services and contractors in the Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Consulting, Design and Construction industry seeking to do business with the Federal Government.

Michelle Kantor will be presenting from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. on teaming agreements.

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Working Like a Dog – Qualifying As A Service Animal For ADA Purposes

Service DogThe United States Department of Justice recently released technical guidelines aimed at cur”tail”ing proliferating efforts purporting to expand the meaning of “service animal” under the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Under the ADA, public accommodations (e.g. restaurants, hotels, retail establishments, theaters, and concert halls) must permit the use of service animals by disabled individuals. These technical guidelines take aim at increasing claims that a variety of animals (e.g. a pig) are service animals because they provide emotional support or comfort to the disabled individual. As this technical guideline makes clear, a service animal must not only be a dog, but it must be working like one as well.

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“The Donald” Trump – Avoids Trade-mark Licensor Liability in Canada

Image Credit: © Imdan | Dreamstime.com - Donald Trump, Youre Fired! Photo

I spent years at my office watching the gradual construction of the 70-story mixed-use TRUMP TOWER complex in downtown Toronto, Canada.  It is now a Toronto landmark and a place for the lawyers and bankers in the financial district to wine and dine clients.  Trump, two of his affiliated companies (Affiliates) plus the licensed developer have been sued (Singh v. Trump).  The plaintiffs were attempting to hold Donald Trump (the presidential candidate!) liable for alleged misrepresentations by the developer of the attributes of certain hotel condominium units in the Trump Tower complex.  The developer was licensed by one of Mr. Trump’s Affiliates to use Mr. Trump’s name and trade-marks for the Trump Tower complex.

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IEEE further restricts patent rights

Earlier this year, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) revised its policy on the use of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) further restricting the patent rights of patent holders.

The IEEE policy changes restrict the negotiating ability of patent holders in establishing a reasonable and nondiscriminatory (RAND) rate and remove an important lever by severely restricting the ability of patent holders to obtain an injunction against a knowing infringer. More…

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Suzanne Labrit Certified as Specialist in Appellate Law

Shutts & Bowen LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Suzanne Labrit has been certified as a specialist by the Florida Bar in Appellate Law. Certification, which is a voluntary program, is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience within an area of law, and professionalism and ethics in practice. To obtain this Board Certification, Ms. Labrit was required to demonstrate substantial involvement in the area of appellate law, pass a written examination, and satisfy an extensive background peer review assessment. Out of Florida’s more than 98,000 lawyers, only 175 are Board Certified in Appellate Law. More…

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Maxine Long and Ed O’Sheehan Earn Public Guardian Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award

Shutts & Bowen attorneys Maxine Long and Edward O’Sheehan were honored this weekend with the Office of the Public Guardian Pro Bono Attorney of the YearAward. After reviewing the nominations, the Statewide Public Guardianship Office and the Foundation for Indigent Guardianship (FIG) announced the winners during the Florida State Guardianship Conference FIG reception on July 25, 2015.

According to the nomination by Barry University’s Office of the Public Guardian, Ms. Long and Mr. O’Sheehan have provided pro bono legal services to the OPG office for over 15 years. They each have volunteered about 150 hours of representation and counsel to the OPG, representing the best interests of the wards in guardianship, abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, and foreclosure cases.  More…

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Fifteen Shartsis Friese Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2015

Shartsis Friese LLP announced today that fifteen attorneys have been named “Super Lawyers” for Northern California in 2015. The attorneys chosen are:

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