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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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OSHA Means Business in Targeting the Health Care and Nursing Care Industries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently intensified its scrutiny of the health care and nursing care industries. On June 25, 2015, the agency announced a new enforcement initiative targeting inpatient health care and nursing care facilities. But this increased scrutiny of the health care and nursing care industries does not end there—OSHA is spreading its enforcement reach to other types of health care entities. 

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Week of August 24, 2015 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupWho is ready for September to start next week? This girl sure is! We’ve got our European Regional Meeting in Glasgow coming up in less than two weeks, and I’m looking forward to seeing all of our delegates, some of whom may be in kilts (one can hope).

But first, we have two roundups to go! 

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Opposing a tenant’s 1954 Act lease renewal – Part 3

This is the third in a series of articles looking at the grounds a landlord can use to oppose a tenant’s lease renewal where the lease is protected by the terms of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. In this article we are going to be looking at the grounds of opposition contained in sections 30(1)(d) and 30(1)(e). These are both referred to as “non-fault” grounds, where the landlord is not relying on the default of the tenant but on a ground given within the statute which, if proven, entitles the landlord to possession and disentitles the tenant to a new lease. If a landlord is successful in opposing a lease renewal relying on either of these grounds then a new lease will not be granted to the tenant. However, if the landlord is successful when relying on section 30(1)(e) statutory compensation is payable to the tenant. We will see in the next quarter’s article that statutory compensation is also payable to a tenant if a landlord successfully relies on the grounds in section 30(1)(f) and section 30(1)(g). More…

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HRSA Issues Proposed “Omnibus Guidance”

The Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) issued a notice proposing guidance under the 340B Drug Pricing Program.  The proposed Omnibus Guidance was issued in pre-publication format and is available online at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2015-21246.pdf.  The notice is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on August 28, 2015 and will be available at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/08/28/2015-21246/guidance-340b-drug-pricing-program-omnibus

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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies Advisory: This Week in Washington — August 28, 2015

Editors Note: With Congress out of session for the August recess, we present an abbreviated “This Week in Washington.”

Senate to take aim at medical device tax

There is bipartisan support for repeal of the medical device tax. Although the House passed its repeal bill in June, hurdles still remain to get the bill across the finish line in the Senate.

When Congress returns in September it appears that the Senate will finally take a stab at it, but it is unclear exactly when a bill will move, with aides saying only that it will happen “before the end of the year.”

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Thomas C. Erb Named “Lawyer of the Year” for Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Chairman of Lewis Rice, Tom advises both public and private companies on mergers, asset and stock acquisitions and sales, consolidations, reorganizations, recapitalizations, and similar transactions. He has counseled both buyers and sellers in M&A transactions spanning numerous industries including agriculture, manufacturing, technology, banking, consumer goods, and service industries. Tom has extensive experience assisting companies acquiring assets in distressed situations, and he works closely with our restructuring and workout group in such transactions. Best Lawyers has included him in its annual list since 2007. More…

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Networking SUCKS. Now what?

Ahhhhhhh!!My mom hates the word “sucks,” but I’m using it in my title for effect – “what, Lindsay thinks networking sucks?”

Sure, sometimes. And I’m sure everyone else does too. Who doesn’t get fed up with all of the things we’re “supposed” to be doing every once in a while? 

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An Estate Planning Reminder for Parents with Minor Children

I just tweeted an article by a Boston financial planner, Dee Lee, who discusses the importance of parents with minor children getting their estate plans in place.  I strongly feel that setting up an estate plan with protections for minor children is just as important as the other aspects of parenting for which we take so much care and concern.  I have written about this here and here.   Just like finding the right pediatrician, car seat, and child care, an estate plan is an essential protection for your children.  This writer said it so well, that I am posting here some highlights — and  a good reminder — from her article:

“Experts estimate that less than 35% of individuals have wills. This is one thing people procrastinate about, especially parents with young children. 

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NLRB Elections Now 40% Quicker – Median of 23 Days From Filing

Evidence continues to mount as to how much more quickly representation elections are being held since the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB” or “Board”) Amended Representation Election Rules that took effect on April 14, 2015. The Wall Street Journal has crunched the data and reports today that the median number of days between the filing of a representation petition and the day on which employees vote has fallen to 23 days in uncontested elections where the employer and union stipulated to the terms for the vote, and 25 days in the 20 contested cases in which the election was directed by the Board after a hearing.  In comparison, during the Board’s 2014 fiscal year, the last full year before the new rules took effect, the median time was 38 days for all elections and 59 days in contested elections.

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Part 2: FTC Updates its Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Endorsement Guides

As I mentioned last week, I will be continuing to discuss the FTC’s updated answers to its FAQs. This week, Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Partner Allison Fitzpatrick and I will focus on influencers and ambassadors, celebrity endorsements, and social media and promotions. Stay tuned for our last post in the series on online reviews, employee endorsements, monitoring. 

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