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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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New Bills introduced – food labelling, more AD reform and the beginning of the end for Customs as we know it

Yesterday (27 February 2015) was a big day in Federal Parliament for the Trade and Customs industry yesterday.  No, nothing to do with leadership challenges but all to do with action at the border regulating trade and trading regulators.

Food labelling

In response to the outcry following issues with frozen berries from China which now includes border “holds” on food from certain producers and new requirements to identify producers of that food, the Greens and Independent Senator Nick Xenophon had introduced a new Bill proposing to amend food labelling legislation to further require identification of the origin of imported food.  The presumption would be that consumers would then be in a better position to make an informed decision on whether to purchase goods depending on the origin of those goods.  However as the controversy has increased, the Ministers responsible for such issues in the Federal Government announced that they were undertaking their own review of the laws and would submit a proposal to Cabinet for new laws in March. More…

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CDM 2015 – Implications for developers

This article was first published in the 21 February 2015 issue of Estates Gazette.

Executive summary

The CDM regulations govern the management of health and safety during both the design and construction phases of a project. Currently the CDM coordinator assists the developer in its role as client under the regulations, to carry out its health and safety duties. On replacing CDM 2007 with CDM 2015, the CDM coordinator functions will be phased out. The revised regulations do not provide for a replacement: a new role, that of principal designer, will cover some but not all of these functions. Developers have more duties under the new regulations. More…

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Companions to formal meetings

An employee has asked to be accompanied to a grievance meeting by a disruptive colleague. Can we refuse?

Not without breaching the ACAS Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures (ACAS Code).

The Employment Relations Act 1999 confirms that employees are entitled to be accompanied to certain formal meetings by a work colleague, a trade union representative or an official employed by a trade union. Employees are not, therefore, permitted to be accompanied to meetings by a family member or friend – which is a common request faced by employers. However, the question raised above has previously proved more of a grey area for practitioners. More…

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THE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY – PART II

Common Limited Liability Companies for Foreign Investment in ASEAN 

The coming ASEAN Economic Community continues to attract global attention as a popular business and investment destination. However, in today’s marketplace, it’s difficult to stay current with all the information available, and for the potential investor, the amount of relevant data is staggering. One of Dej-Udom & Associates’ strengths is its ability to serve as an international legal and business resource for investors interested in Southeast Asia. Our ongoing series of reports and articles allows the firm to pass on significant information about the region. A limited liability company is a preferred business structure for foreign investors in ASEAN countries; and in Part II of this article, our Corporate Department summarizes the process for incorporating a limited company in five ASEAN countries – Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. More…

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ILN IP Insider Blog to Tackle Latest Global Intellectual Property Trends

I could not be more excited to announce that today, the Intellectual Property Specialty group of the International Lawyers Network is launching their first collaborative blog (indeed the ILN’s first collaborative blog period!) – ILN IP Insider!

It’s been a labor of love with myself and our dedicated IP lawyers from around the world, to put together this resource for the latest in global intellectual property trends. 

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NAD Recommends Changes to Online Travel Agency’s Search Engine Marketing Claims

UntitledThe Council of Better Business Bureau’s National Advertising Division (NAD) has recommended that, as a result of a complaint filed by Expedia, two online travel sites change several aspects of their search engine marketing (SEM) to avoid misleading consumers.  While SEM is a common and long-standing practice, the NAD’s decision emphasizes that there are still emerging issues that companies engaged in this type of marketing should observe.

Expedia’s Challenges

Expedia filed a challenge with the NAD alleging that the SEM practices of Fareportal Inc., the operator of travel sites CheapOair.com and OneTravel.com, were misleading.

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Veronica Franco speaks at Buildex Vancouver’s PAMA Sessions

Today, Veronica Franco spoke at the Buildex Vancouver PAMA Sessions. BUILDEX Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest tradeshow and conference for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management industries.

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Carmen Tham presents at CBA Law Series on 2014’s insurance developments

This morning, Carmen Tham presented at a Canadian Bar Association Law Series on insurance developments. The webinar included other key speakers and offered attendees great value through perspectives from all over Canada.

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DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants

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Robert S. Groban, Jr. and the Immigration Law Group of Epstein Becker Green recently issued an alert that will be of interest to technology, media, and telecommunications employers.

On February 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule that extends eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status. H-4 spouses who fit the eligibility criteria will be able to apply for employment authorization starting on May 26, 2015.

Read the full Client Alert here.

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HOWARD & HOWARD EXPANDS LAS VEGAS OFFICE

Buntin-PhotoRoyal Oak, Michigan, February 26, 2015:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Stephanie S. Buntin has joined the firm.  She will practice out of the firm’s Las Vegas Office.

Ms. Buntin concentrates her practice on intellectual property. She focuses on domestic and foreign patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, as well as trademark clearance, policing and enforcement.

Ms. Buntin received her B.A. from Vassar College in 2008 and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – William S. Boyd School of Law in 2011. She is a member of the American and Clark County Bar Associations as well as the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada. Ms. Buntin is licensed to practice in the State of Nevada as well as before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. More…

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