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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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Two for Tuesdays: What NOT to do When Speaking with a Client

This week’s Two for Tuesdays suggestion comes straight from my friend, Nancy Myrland of Myrland Marketing – Strategic Social Media, who has two tips for what we should avoid doing when speaking with clients – and these are excellent ones. These are bad habits that we’ve all gotten into (not just with clients, but in general), and I’m certainly guilty myself! 

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Container detention fees an unlawful penalty?

There have been ongoing debates as to the quantum of container detention fees charged by shipping lines.  This has been a controversial issue, as many are of the view that the heavy fees imposed do not constitute a genuine pre-estimate of the damages expected to be suffered from the late return or non-return of a shipping container and are better considered as penalties and unenforceable.

This issue has been reawakened by a class action filed on 12 August 2014 against ANZ, Citibank and Westpac (“the New Class Action”).  The New Class Action follows on from a series of previous litigation concerning the enforceability of the quantum of certain bank fees.  More…

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HOWARD & HOWARD CONGRATULATES OUR BEST LAWYERS 2015

Royal Oak, Michigan, August 19, 2014:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that thirteen of our attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Over 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” More…

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Hessel, Zook, Miller and Veselich Named “Lawyers of the Year”

The law firm of Lewis Rice is pleased to announce Best Lawyers in America® has named St. Louis members John M. Hessel and Tom W. Zook and Kansas City members Charles F. Miller and Lisa A. Veselich among their “Lawyers of the Year” for 2015.

John Hessel has been named the St. Louis Litigation – Municipal Lawyer of the Year. He previously received the “Lawyer of the Year” award for municipal law in 2011 and 2013 and for first amendment litigation in 2014. Best Lawyers has included him in their annual list since 2009.

Tom Zook has been named the St. Louis Securities / Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year. He has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers since 2007.

Charles Miller has been named the Kansas City Real Estate Lawyer of the Year. Best Lawyers honored Mr. Miller with the same title in 2010 as well as the Kansas City Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year award in 2012. Mr. Miller has been listed in Best Lawyers since 1997.

Lisa Veselich has been named the Kansas City Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year. Best Lawyers awarded her the same “Lawyer of the Year” title in 2013. She has been included in their annual list since 2012. More…

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45 Lewis Rice Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers in America®

Lewis Rice is proud to announce 45 of its attorneys have been named to the 2015 Best Lawyers in America® annual list. The Firm is represented in 34 areas of law between the St. Louis and Kansas City offices. Lewis Rice also congratulates John Hessel, Charles Miller, Lisa Veselich and Tom Zook as being honored as Best Lawyers’ “Lawyers of the Year” for 2015. More…

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COURT RULES MUNICIPAL BY-LAWS FRUSTRATE REA

On August 14, 2014, in East Durham Wind, Inc. v. The Municipality of West Grey, 2014 ONSC 4669 (“East Durham”), Ontario’s Divisional Court found that the Municipality of West Grey’s entrance permit policy and oversize/overweight vehicle by-law (collectively referred to as “permitting by-laws”) frustrated, pursuant to section 14(2) of the Municipal Act, S.O. 2001, c.15 (“Municipal Act”), the purpose of East Durham Wind, Inc.’s Renewable Energy Approval (“REA”) issued for the construction of a 14 turbine wind farm. As a result, the Court ruled that the permitting by-laws must be held inoperable to the extent of their conflict with the REA pursuant to section 14(2) of the Municipal Act, S.O. 2001, c.15 (“Municipal Act”). More…

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What happens when a beneficiary is criminally responsible for the deceased’s death?

In the Fenotti Estate case, Chief Justice Hinkson considered a thought-provoking (and troubling) issue:  what occurs when a beneficiary of a deceased’s estate was criminally responsible for the deceased’s death?

In this case, the deceased did not leave a Will.  As a result, the deceased’s estate (the “Estate”) would pass on intestacy to the deceased’s four children.  However, one of the deceased’s children had pled guilty to the deceased’s murder.  The administrator of the Estate asked the Court for directions regarding the portion of the Estate that was supposed to pass to that child.

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1st Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Tax Refund In False Claims Act Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the district court’s decision allowing Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. (f/k/a National Medical Care, Inc.) to deduct $95 Million from a $385 Million dollar civil settlement under the False Claims Act (“FCA”).  Accordingly, the First Circuit affirmed the district court’s tax refund judgment in […]

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Building Relationship Equity *Must* Come First

On Friday, I received an email from someone I don’t know – like everyone, I get LOTS of these, but this one struck me. He must read my blog, because he mentions it in his note. He even manages to spell my name correctly.

However, the purpose for his email is to tell me about this blog post he wrote, to suggest that I use it as the subject matter of a blog post, and that I tweet out his link to my Twitter followers. In fact, he goes so far as to mention that his is a topic worthwhile of discussion by the entire legal blogosphere. Really?

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BMP Partner Elected To Membership of ABOTA

August 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HOUSTON – Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, L.L.P. is proud to announce that Scott Marrs, a trial lawyer in its Houston headquarters, has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA is an invitation-only organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Elected members are some of the nation’s most experienced and respected trial lawyers. Marrs has over 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer providing legal counseling in international, energy, intellectual property, and complex commercial matters, both domestically and internationally. He is also on the Board of the General Counsel Forum (Houston Chapter), serves on the Advisory Board for the Institute for Energy Law (IEL), has served as Chair and Vice Chair of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Business Litigation Committee, and was previously in the Legal, Natural Gas, and Land departments of a major energy company.

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/potmsearch/detail/submission/2998821/Scott_Marrs

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