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International Lawyers Network Shortlisted for The Lawyer’s Law Firm Network of the Year Award

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The International Lawyers Network has been shortlisted as Global Network of the Year by The Lawyer.” The winners of this category will be announced at The Lawyer European Awards 2016 at the Hilton London Bankside Hotel in London, England on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

This is the first time the category for Global Network of the Year has been included for consideration in the awards. In evaluating submissions, judges looked for evidence of strategic vision, with particular focus on cross-border initiatives, consistent excellence in the delivery of legal services and outstanding talent management.

“We are honored to have the International Lawyers Network shortlisted as Global Network of the Year,” said Lindsay Griffiths, Director of Global Relationship Management. “We pride ourselves on innovative marketing strategies and dedication to fostering relationships among our members. We believe this helps set us apart from other worldwide legal networks.”

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DOL Releases New Poster and Employer’s Guide to FMLA

Retailers should note that the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“DOL”) has just released a new Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) poster and The Employer’s Guide to The Family and Medical Leave Act (“Guide”).

New FMLA Poster

The FMLA requires covered employers to display a copy of the General FMLA Notice prominently in a conspicuous place. The new poster is more reader-friendly and better organized than the previous one. The font is larger and the poster contains a QR code that will connect the reader directly to the DOL homepage. According to the DOL, however, the February 2013 version of the FMLA poster can continue to be used to fulfill the FMLA’s posting requirement.

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Former Workers Violated Ex-Employer’s Trade Secret Rights – Employment Law This Week

Peter Steinmeyer, co-editor of this blog, is featured in the top story on Employment Law This Week.

As the story explains, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has upheld a ruling that a group of workers at a fastener company used confidential drawings from the company to design, manufacture, and sell competing parts for their new business venture. On appeal, the former workers argued that they were “filling a gap” for customers, not competing with the original company. But the Sixth Circuit found that this argument ignored undisputed evidence in the case.

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Should You Be Wary of the Overzealous Use of Trade Secret Claims?

High-stakes trade secret cases are typically aggressively prosecuted. But plaintiffs (and their attorneys) who prosecute these claims face substantial risks if the evidence does not support the contention that a trade secret has been misappropriated. Even a plaintiff who may have initiated a misappropriation action in good faith risks attorneys’ fees and malicious prosecution liability by continuing to prosecute the matter after it learns that the case is not substantiated.

Section 4 of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act authorizes a court to award costs and attorneys’ fees if the court determines that a claim for misappropriation is made in bad faith, and most jurisdictions include this provision. For example, California Civil Code § 3426.4 provides that “[i]f a claim of misappropriation is made in bad faith, a motion to terminate an injunction is made or resisted in bad faith, or willful and malicious misappropriation exists, the court may award reasonable attorney’s fees and costs to the prevailing party.”

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Nye skærpede krav til købere af betalingsrettigheder

På baggrund af nye EU-regler har NaturErhvervstyrelsen med virkning fra 2016 skærpet kravene til købere af betalingsrettigheder, som nu skal være ”aktiv landbruger”.

Den 1. januar 2016 trådte ny bekendtgørelse om direkte støtte til landbrugere på baggrund af nye EU-regler i kraft.

I europæisk sammenhæng har der været firmaer uden tilknytning til landbruget, der tjente penge på betalingsrettigheder. For at bevare formålet med støtten, fandt man det nødvendigt at skærpe kravene til købere af betalingsrettigheder. I den nye bekendtgørelse fremgår det, at betalingsrettigheder kun kan overdrages til en ”aktiv landbruger”, der er berettiget til at modtage støtte. Det indebærer krav om udøvelse af mindst én landbrugsaktivitet. 

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Prince – Dying Without A Will?

The recent passing of music legend Prince serves as yet another reminder to get your estate plan in place.  As reported in the press, Prince’s sister has filed papers with the Court alleging that her brother died without a will.  Dying without a will in place is called “intestate.”  You can find my summary of Indiana’s intestate laws, here and here.  The intestate laws act as a default estate plan, and very likely may not include all of your intentions.

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Mind the ‘gender pay’ gap

Mandatory gender pay reporting has been on the agenda for employment lawyers for some time. Originally foreshadowed in the Equality Act 2010, finally draft regulations are now entering the consultation phase and UK employers are gearing up for their introduction later this year.

In general employers are bound to be concerned. 2015 statistical information released by the Office of National Statistics shows that the gender gap is still at 9.4% for full-time employees on a national level.   A sector by sector analysis shows that jobs which are traditionally perceived as attracting a greater proportion of females, such as nursing and midwifery professionals, have the narrowest gender pay gap (at -0.2%), but that occupations where women are generally under-represented, such as financial services managers and directors, typically have a much higher gender pay gap (at 34.9%).

 

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Cessie- en verpandingsverbod in een contract

Wie een vordering heeft op een ander uit een met die ander afgesloten overeenkomst, kan die vordering in principe overdragen of verpanden. Omdat juristen vinden dat zij bezig zijn met het recht zoals dat door de Romeinen is uitgevonden, noemen zij overdragen “cederen” en de overdracht “cessie”. Om de een of andere reden noemen ze verpanding wel “verpanding”.

Het is echter mogelijk (zegt de wet) in het contract waaruit de vordering ontstaat te bepalen dat die vordering niet overdraagbaar is (voor de fijnproever: artikel 3:83 lid 2 BW) en niet kan worden verpand. In 2003 had de Hoge Raad uitgemaakt dat als partijen A en B een dergelijke afspraak hebben gemaakt er geen sprake is van een contractueel verbod, maar van een onmogelijkheid. Het is niet alleen dat A zijn vordering niet aan C mag overdragen, hij kan het ook niet, evenmin als hij een blok beton van 1000 kilo in zijn eentje van het huis van B naar dat van C kan slepen.

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Law360 names attorneys who moved up firm ranks in Q1

Law360 listed attorneys by firm who have been promoted during the first quarter of 2016. Included in the list for Beirne, Maynard & Parsons are Scott R. Davis in the Houston office, Robert M. Rosen in the Dallas office and Thomas Louis Colletta, Jr.  in the New Orleans office, who were all promoted to partner earlier this year.

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Sixth Circuit Affirms $3.7 Million Award And Permanent Injunction In Trade Secret/Breach Of Duty Of Loyalty Case

In Nedschroef Detroit Corp. et al. v. Bemas Enterprises et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed an award of nearly $3.7  million in damages against two individuals found to have engaged in misconduct related to the operation of a business which competed with their employer.

Nedschroef Detroit Corporation (“Nedschroef”) services and provides replacement parts for fastener machines made by an affiliate in Europe.  Without Nedschroef’s knowledge, two of its employees formed a business – under their wives’ names – to do exactly what Nedschroef did.

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Week of April 25, 2016 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupIt’s a bit hard to believe that we’re already at the end of April, but it’s true! May is here on Sunday, and with it comes (hopefully) some sunnier weather after the grey week we’ve had and also our annual meeting of our Intellectual Property Group at the International Trademark Association’s Annual Conference, which I look forward to every year. Before we get to that, though, look for our IP bloggers right here in the roundup, along with other legal content from around the Network (see what I did there?):

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