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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 EXPANDS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PRACTICE

Tejani-PhotoNewRoyal Oak, Michigan, May 28, 2015: Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Jason P. Tejani has joined the firm. He will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak Office.

Mr. Tejani concentrates his practice in intellectual property law with a focus on preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications in the chemical arts. In addition, he counsels clients regarding validity, non-infringement, and freedom-to-operate. Mr. Tejani has legal and technical experience with a diverse array of material technologies, including polyurethanes, silicones, elastomers, and thermoplastics. He also has legal and technical experience in various biotechnologies, including pharmaceutical design, molecular genetics, and cellular biology.   More…

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Congratulations to Pat Williams and BCICAC

Congratulations to Pat Williams and the rest of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC) team on being named in Canadian Lawyer’s Top 10 Arbitration Chambers. BCICAC is a non-profit organization committed to providing “competent, consistent and fiscally responsible alternative dispute resolution services,” explains Pat. Kudos to BCICAC!

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Complimentary June 25th Webinar: Hi-Tech Compliance in the Digital Age

Epstein Becker Green will host a complimentary webinar, “Hi-Tech Compliance in the Digital Age” on June 25th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (EDT) presented by Epstein Becker Green attorneys Michelle Capezza, Nathaniel M. Glasser, Adam C. Solander, and Joshua A. Stein.

Below is a description of the webinar:

All employers face unique challenges in having to comply with both overarching and targeted labor and employment, employee benefits, and civil rights laws and regulations that greatly impact their workplace and business model.  As employers — including those operating in the technology, media, and telecommunications industry — you need to understand the rapidly evolving developments in federal and state laws and regulations and determine whether they require you to take actions today to minimize your company’s legal exposure.

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Government Rule Out No Fault Dismissals

The Government has announced that, despite rumours to the contrary, it is not intending to reconsider the recommendation of the Beechcroft report on employment law, as was published in 2012, that employers should be able to dismiss employees without cause, on a “no fault” basis.

The report suggested that small firms be able to dismiss people without any reason, in return for some settlement or compensation agreement. This proposal was not advanced when the report was initially published, but following the Conservative party being elected as a majority government in this month’s general election, stories began to circulate that the idea was under fresh consideration.

However, this has now been dismissed by new Business Secretary Sajid Javid.

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New CGT rules for non residents: what to do now

This is the first UK tax year in which non UK residents will be subject to Non Resident UK Capital Gains Tax (NRCGT) when disposing of their UK residential property to anyone other than their spouse/civil partner or to charity.  Non resident trustees and personal representatives pay NRCGT at 28% on taxable gains and individuals pay 18% or 28%, depending on their taxable UK income and other UK gains in the tax year in which the gain arises.  If non resident companies are not subject to Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings – CGT (ATED-CGT), which always takes precedence, they pay NRCGT at 20% instead.  Only closely held companies are affected by NRCGT.
Also, only gains accruing since 6 April 2015 are taxable.  There are options as to how the gain can be calculated.  The default method is just to calculate the actual taxable gain accruing since 6 April 2015 and pay NRCGT on that.  Alternatively, a straight-line time apportionment can be used.  For example, if a property was bought in June 2010 and sold in June 2025, the total number of months of ownership is 180, of which 122 come after 6 April 2015.  The NRCGT is calculated by multiplying the taxable gain over the entire period of ownership by 122/180, or 67.77%.  Either way, for a residential property bought before 6 April 2015, you must know what the property was worth as at 6 April 2015 to work out which calculation basis is most favourable to you. 
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Multistate Tax Update — May 28, 2015

Washington: Gov. Inslee proposes controversial—and perhaps unconstitutional—seven percent tax on some capital gains

By law, the governor of Washington is required to propose a biennial budget in December, the month before the legislature convenes in regular session. With his state facing an “enormous budget challenge,” Gov. Jay Robert Inslee proposed a $39 billion budget plan hoping to spur the state’s slow but steady recovery from the worst recession since World War II.

Gov. Inslee’s proposal incorporates tax and revenue changes that are projected to raise about $1.4 billion during the 2015-17 biennium. A controversial component, which is expected to raise $798 million in fiscal year 2017, is a new seven percent capital gains tax on the sale of stocks, bonds, and other assets. This tax would apply to earnings above $25,000 for individuals and $50,000 for joint filers, starting in the second year of the biennium. Because it taxes investment income, it would have the greatest impact on Washington’s wealthiest taxpayers by increasing their effective state tax rates. The proposal exempts capital gains earned on retirement accounts, homes, farms, and forestry.

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HOWARD & HOWARD EXPANDS ROYAL OAK OFFICE; WELCOMES VINCENT C. ILAGAN

Ilagan-PhotoRoyal Oak, Michigan, May 27, 2015: Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Vincent C. Ilagan has joined the firm. He will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak Office.

Mr. Ilagan offers over 14 years of diversified experience representing domestic and international clients in various intellectual property matters.  While he handles all aspects of intellectual property to help clients grow their businesses, his practice is mainly focused on procuring patents, conducting due diligence reviews and providing litigation support in a broad range of mechanical engineering technologies.  More…

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Alberta Court of Appeal Explores Boundary Between Faulty Workmanship and Resulting Damage

By Carmen Tham and R. Glen Boswall

In the recent case of Ledcor Construction Limited v. Northbridge Indemnity Insurance Company, the Alberta Court of Appeal was asked to decide whether an “All Risks” property insurance policy covered damage caused by one trade contractor improperly cleaning windows provided by another trade.  In particular, the issue was whether the window damage was excluded as “poor workmanship” or covered as “resulting damage.”

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Many Leave Families with No Inheritance Due to Wills

Millions of Britons could face a legal dilemma due to their loved ones not leaving a will according to research carried out by Macmillan Cancer Support.

According to their report, six out of ten stated that they had lost a loved one to find that they had not written a will with no clear indication of how the estate should be divided. A fifth of all respondents to the survey found that such issues led to a family dispute.

The most common reason for those not leaving a will was due to never getting around to do so, with one in three admitting that they promised something in their will but never granted it. Such actions, along with never having a will in place is one of the most common reasons for family disputes.

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A “Mixed Bag” from SCOTUS – Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter

In a unanimous decision announced this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter, 2015 BL 163948, U.S., No. 12-1497, 5/26/15, ruled that the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (“WSLA”) applied only to criminal charges and not underlying civil claims in times of war. Thus, the WSLA – which suspends the statute of limitations when the offense is committed against the Government – cannot be used to extend the statute of limitations in cases such as those brought under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). This ruling reversed a decision of the Fourth Circuit which had previously held that WSLA applied to both criminal and civil claims.

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