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International Lawyers Network Shortlisted as Global Network of the Year by “The Lawyer” for Second Year

ILN_640The International Lawyers Network has been shortlisted as Global Network of the Year by “The Lawyer” for a second year in a row.

The winners of this category will be announced at The Lawyer European Awards 2017 at a ceremony at Grange St. Paul in London, England on Thursday, March 16, 2017. This is only the second year the category for Global Network of the Year has been included for consideration in the awards.

Judges in this category examine evidence of strategic vision, with particular focus on cross-border initiatives, consistent excellence in the delivery of legal services and outstanding talent management, in evaluating the submissions.

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Week of January 16, 2017 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupIt’s been a busy week here at the ILN, and we’re still very excited about our inclusion in The Lawyer’s shortlist for Global Law Firm Network of the Year! Our members have been busy too, producing some excellent and important content that we’ve showcased on ILNToday. Check out the roundup here:

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Liability of directors for debt of the company in India and the Czech Republic

  1. Introduction.

1.1          Under common law rules and equitable principles, director’s duties are largely derived from the law of agency and trusts. Under the law of agency, duties of skill, care and diligence are imposed on directors. On the other hand, law of trusts imposes fiduciary duties on directors. Accordingly, directors are the trustees of the company’s money and property, and also act as agents in the transaction which they enter into on behalf of the company. 

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International Lawyers Network Shortlisted as Global Network of the Year by “The Lawyer” for Second Year

ILNWe’re pretty thrilled around here after hearing late last week the very exciting news that the ILN was shortlisted for the second year in a row for Global Network of the Year by The Lawyer. This is only the second year the category has been included for consideration the awards.

Judges in this category examine evidence of strategic vision, with particular focus on cross-border initiatives, consistent excellence in the delivery of legal services and outstanding talent management, in evaluating the submissions. We’re incredibly proud that the strong relationships that we have with our members (and among our members!) provide us with the support that allow us to develop innovative marketing strategies that make such honors possible. 

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The Supreme Court of Russia confirmed the possibility of non-recovery clauses in debts restructuring deals

The Judicial board on economic disputes of the Supreme Court delivered ruling on the case № 305-ЭС16-12298, which has resolved the question of the validity of an agreement on recovery refusal.

According to the facts of the case, the overdue debt restructuring agreement regarding of debt on a contractor agreement (“Agreement”) was sign between the parties of partially performed construction contract.

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Supreme Court Set To Resolve Class Action Waiver Dispute

Supreme Court Set To Resolve Class Action Waiver DisputeOn January 13, 2017, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to hear three cases involving the enforceability of arbitration agreements that contain class action waivers.

Whether such agreements are enforceable has been a hotly contested issue for several years now, particularly in cases involving wage-hour disputes.

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Sudanese sanctions sailing into the sunset

Effective today, January 17, 2017, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has announced the conditional lifting of 20 years of U.S. sanctions against Sudan.1 This action is occurring in connection with an Executive Order issued by President Barack Obama on January 13, 2017, “Recognizing Positive Actions by the Government of Sudan and Providing for the Revocation of Certain Sudan-Related Sanctions,” as a result of what the administration has deemed “sustained progress” by the Government of Sudan on a variety of fronts, including: a marked reduction in offensive military activity; a pledge to maintain a cessation of hostilities in conflict areas in Sudan; steps toward improving humanitarian access throughout Sudan; and cooperation with the United States on counterterrorism and addressing regional conflicts.2

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Final rule allows more sharing of substance abuse treatment information

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a final rule that will allow more flexibility for sharing patient records relating to substance use disorders.

The final rule amends Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 2 (Part 2 Regulations), which governs the confidentiality of substance use disorder records and sets forth more stringent privacy protections than the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The Part 2 Regulations had not been substantively amended since 1987 and therefore did not reflect changes in health care such as the use of electronic health records and integrated care models involving the sharing of information to coordinate care. SAMHSA stated its goal with this final rule is to ensure patients with substance use disorders can benefit from new integrated health care models without fear of putting themselves at risk.

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Industrial Design Protection in Canada: Changes Before the Office January, 2017

a4gptwtaajw-stephen-di-donatoIndustrial design registrations under the Industrial Design Act (the “Act”) are similar to design patents in the US.  They protect the features of a product that are visually appealing and not purely utilitarian. They can consist of a shape, configuration or composition of pattern or color, or combination of pattern and color in three-dimensional form, such as the design of a table or the shape of a computer monitor.

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) published six new practice notices on  January 13, 2017 regarding the industrial design registration process under the Act. Each notice came into effect immediately and affects both pending and future design applications. According to CIPO, the changes will improve client service, reduce administration and modernize Canadian practices in order to align those practices with international standards. These changes may also impact registrable subject matter (see below).

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Stakeholder Agendas in the Washington Transition: 5 Takeaways for Converting Ideas into Technically Effective Proposals

As the transition in Washington moves into high gear this month, it’s not just the new Administration and Congress that are putting in place plans for policy and legislation; stakeholders are busy creating agendas, too.

Many stakeholder agendas will seek to affect how government addresses such prominent health care issues as the Affordable Care Act, Medicare entitlements, fraud-and-abuse policies, FDA user fees, and drug pricing. There will be a myriad of stakeholder ideas, cutting a variety of directions, all framed with an eye to the new political terrain.

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