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International Lawyers Network

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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Illinois Court Holds That Meal Credit Program Is Valid

Our colleague Jeffrey H. Ruzal recently wrote an article entitled “Illinois Court Holds That Meal Credit Program Is Valid,” which appears in the September 2014 issue of Hospitality Law.

Following is an excerpt:

Providing an employee meal program may be a nice gesture, but requires companies that do so to maintain proper records in case their meal plans are challenged.  An Illinois appellate court recently affirmed a circuit court’s dismissal of plaintiff restaurant worker’s class action claim that defendant restaurant employer took improper deductions from plaintiff’s wages to fund a meal credit program.

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Our Managing Partner launches his blog

Our Managing Partner James Speakman has officially launched his blog: www.cwilson.com/jamesspeakman. Read his first post about NAIOP Vancouver’s expert panel discussion on Vancouver real estate investment market trends.

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Week of September 15, 2014 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

It’s the end of another week here at the ILN, and it has been a BUSY one! I leave on Sunday, first for Budapest to visit with one of our member firms, and then on to Oslo for our European Regional Meeting! We’ve got some great blog posts coming up for you next week, including the latest edition of our General Counsel Corner, so make sure to stay tuned!

In the meantime, grab your coffee (I know I need more of that!) and take a look through this week’s top posts on ILNToday:

 

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New Laws Affecting California Employers: Anti-Harassment Protections for Unpaid Interns, Anti-Bullying Training for Managers, and Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

California has created additional protections for unpaid interns and created additional requirements for sexual harassment prevention training.  In addition, California has mandated a new requirement for most employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave.  This new sick-leave requirement will go into effect next summer on July 1, 2015. For a more detailed description of these changes, click here to review the Act Now Advisory written by our colleagues Jennifer L. Nutter and Marisa Ratinoff.

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NAIOP Panel Sets Out Current Investment Market Trends

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At a crowded NAIOP breakfast at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Thursday morning, members and guests listened to a panel of experts discuss Metro Vancouver real estate investment market trends. The informal discussion was led by the omnipresent Mark Renzoni, President and CEO of CBRE Limited. 

The panel, which included Jarvis Rouillard, Vice President – Investments, Triovest Realty Advisors; Steve Smith, Managing Director – Western Region, Manulife Real Estate; and Richard Weir, Vice President – Real Estate and Development, Bosa Developments, noted several trends over the past several quarters, not only in the Metro Vancouver market but also nationally:

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Another big week in Australia in the wonderful world of Dumping

As we end of another week of significant developments in the world of the Australian anti dumping and subsidies regime, I thought it would be useful to summarise some of those developments.

Statement of Essential Facts (SEF) issued on the Power Transformer Investigation

After the issue of a preliminary affirmative determination (PAD), the imposition of securities and the grant of four extensions to issue the SEF (a new record) the Anti-Dumping Commission (ADC) released SEF 219 yesterday.  Being involved in the Investigation, I can confirm that it is unbelievably complex involving exports from a number of countries and issues such as “when is an export an export” (day of contract or day of shipment), what are “like goods” and “just what is a distribution transformer?” More…

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Standard listings – current trends

Background

A couple of years ago we wrote about Standard listings on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange (LSE), principally in connection with cash shell or SPAC entities (‘Cash Shells and Standard Listings’). At that time there had been a limited number of such listings, following the deregulation of the UK Listing Authority’s listing regime in April 2010 to allow a broader range of companies (whether overseas or UK companies) to elect to join the Standard segment of the UKLA’s Official List and trade on the Main Market. More….

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New Criminal offence under Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 (19.9.2014)

It is now a criminal offence for an employer to request an employee or potential employee to obtain Garda clearance outlining that person’s criminal record.

The Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 permit individuals to make a data request to An Garda Síochána to obtain details of that person’s own criminal record. In the past, employers have requested employees or potential employees to obtain this Garda clearance and h…

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WILL THE LARGEST AGREEMENT IN THE WORLD BE ACHIEVED?

Swedish lawyer Jan E. Frydman analyzes the background for the on-going negotiations between the EU and the United States to create a transatlantic partnership on trade and investment (Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or “T-TIP”), focusing on the challenge of regulatory convergence.

The purpose of the T-TIP is to reduce or eliminate barriers to trade and investment between the two economies. The idea is by no means new. Already back in 1995, both sides started an effort towards a kind of free trade agreement between the EU and the United States (the New Transatlantic Marketplace, or “NTM”). The reason was as obvious then as it is now: more trade leads to more growth and more jobs, which of course both politicians and the business community on both sides of the Atlantic wished for. A dialogue between political leaders and the business community – the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue (”TABD”) – also started to identify the most important barriers to trade and investment and present annual recommendations to the European Commission and the United States Government. Removing unnecessary barriers sounded obvious, but unfortunately it was – and is – not so simple. More…

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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies Advisory: This Week in Washington — September 19, 2014

Thursday the Senate followed the House and voted to send President Obama a temporary spending bill—known as a Continuing Resolution (CR)—that was coupled with an authorization to arm and train Syrian rebels for combat against the Islamic State.

Senators then followed the House in leaving town so lawmakers could campaign for their seats ahead of the November election.

The Senate voted 78-22, with 12 Republicans and 10 members of the Democratic Caucus voting against the package.

The “no” votes on the bill included some of the chamber’s most liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans.

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