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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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What does the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council Dealing with in 2016?

There aren’t a lot of rules on the Internet. The World Wide Web is a wild west environment where the standard rules regarding sales tax, privacy, and decorum don’t apply. All of which makes it seem like a strange place for self-regulation. And yet, that’s the mission of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council, the industry body that regulates advertising not only on traditional media such as print, TV, and radio, but also online.

Given how quickly advertising has expanded on Internet sites and social media, that’s not just a tricky job—it’s a very big one. This year, the Commissioner of the Federal Trade Association delivered a keynote at a summit hosted by one of ASRC’s constituent organizations (the Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation … Continue Reading

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Wage Fixing and No Poaching Agreements: New Antitrust Guidance Threatens Criminal Prosecution

Our colleague Daniel J. Green, an Associate at Epstein Becker Green, has a post on the Trade Secrets & Noncompete Blog that will be of interest to many of our readers in the technology industry: “Aggressive New Antitrust Guidance for Human Resources Professionals Threatens Criminal Prosecution for Certain Unlawful Wage Fixing and No Poaching Agreements”

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Aggressive New Antitrust Guidance for Human Resources Professionals Threatens Criminal Prosecution for Certain Unlawful Wage Fixing and No Poaching Agreements

Following up on a string of civil enforcement actions and employee antitrust suits, regarding no-poaching agreements in the technology industry, on October 20, 2016 the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued Antitrust Guidance for Human Resources Professionals (the “Guidance”). The Guidance outlines an aggressive policy to investigate and punish employers, and individual human resources employees who enter into unlawful agreements concerning employee recruitment or retention.

The Guidance focuses on three types of antitrust violations:

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    Doesn’t travel well

    There are issues that frequently arise when devising and implementing an estate plan involving assets in both a civil-law jurisdiction, such as Quebec, and a North American common-law jurisdiction like Ontario or Florida.

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    Another one bites the dust – ACT employer successfully defends claim green coffee bean dust caused injury

    In Lean v Cosmorex Coffee Pty Limited [2016] ACTSC 309 the ACT Supreme Court found that while Cosmorex, the defendant employer, had breached provisions of the Dangerous Substances Act 2004 (ACT) (Act) and, as a result, also breached its duty of care at common law to the plaintiff, causation was not established.

    The case revolved around exposure to green coffee bean dust which has long been recognised scientifically as a potential occupational irritant. The evidence at trial was that this was not widespread knowledge within the coffee industry in Australia. As it can be classified as a dangerous substance under the Act, entities and employers which handle green coffee bean dust must comply with the obligation to implement management systems as specified in the Act.


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    Hall & Wilcox to open its doors in Brisbane

    Leading independent business law firm Hall & Wilcox is opening a Brisbane office in early November 2016 with the appointment of partners Drew Castley and Paul Baxter, special counsel Sean Sullivan and team.

    Hall & Wilcox now have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane.

    Drew has over 20 years’ experience as an insurance and commercial litigation lawyer. His area of focus in insurance claims is the defence of professional negligence claims and medical malpractice. He advises on risk management for professional service firms. His commercial dispute practice includes shareholder, partnership and joint venture disputes.

    Paul’s practice is focused on personal injury and property liability claims under common law and statutory schemes as well as marine and transport industry litigation. Paul also specialises in indemnity disputes, fraud claims, statutory prosecution defence and recoveries.

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    Law Firm of the Future: It’s About the People

    The law firm of the future continues to be a hot topic of discussion, not just here on Zen, but among lawyers around the world. Both at our recent ILN European Regional Conference and the Association of International Law Firm Network’s (AILFN) Inaugural Summit, the questions of “what comes next?” and “how do we prepare for it?” were on the tips of everyone’s tongues.

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    Bernie Madoff’s Frauds Continue To Reverberate Years Later

    Seven years after Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison for frauds worth an estimated US$65 billion, the legal shockwaves from his disgraced empire continues to reverberate.  In a case that was recently decided by the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, the court determined how the remaining value of a Cayman “feeder fund”, once part of the Madoff empire and now in official liquidation, should be distributed among its investors.


    In this case, Herald and Primeo were open-ended investment funds.  They both placed funds for investment with a Madoff-related entity called BLMIS. 


    In 2007, Primeo assigned the credit of its account with BLMIS to Herald in return for subscribing for shares in Herald. 
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    Final Rule on ACA Issued by OSHA – Employment Law This Week

    Featured on Employment Law This Week: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule for handling retaliation under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

    The ACA prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for receiving Marketplace financial assistance when purchasing health insurance through an Exchange. The ACA also protects employees from retaliation for raising concerns regarding conduct that they believe violates the consumer protections and health insurance reforms in the ACA. OSHA’s new final rule establishes procedures and timelines for handling these complaints.  The ACA’s whistleblower provision provides for a private right of action in a U.S. district court if agencies like OSHA do not issue a final decision within certain time limits.

    Watch the segment below:

    The post Final Rule on ACA Issued by OSHA – Employment Law This Week appeared first on OSHA Law Update.

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    Telehealth Innovation in Texas: Has Texas Gotten A Bad Rap?

    Much of the recent media scrutiny may suggest that Texas has gotten a bad rap when it comes to telehealth. But have recent reports painted an incorrect or unfair picture of telehealth innovation in Texas? The TexLa Telehealth Resource Center (“TexLa TRC”) certainly thinks so.

    Recent media attention focused on Texas telehealth innovation suggests Texas is behind the telehealth curve. In a recent report, the Texas Business Association said, “Texas lags behind other states in establishing a supportive regulatory environment for the expansion of these services,” while the American Telemedicine Association ranked Texas as one of the worst states for provision of telehealth services in its May 2015 and January 2016 [1] state report cards.

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