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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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Social Media: How to Maximise Consumer Engagement without Breaching the Law

When it comes to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, companies need to manage consumer interactions carefully to contain legal risk.

We explored the issues at our seminar in Melbourne last week on Social Media: How to Maximise Consumer Engagement without Breaching the Law.  The seminar was attended by more than 110 people from a range of industries including FMCG, property management, sports, and advertising and marketing.

Below is a summary of key points from each of the presenters at the seminar.  If you missed it, we will also be presenting the seminar in Sydney on 30 November 2015 – let us know if you’d like to attend.

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OSHA Fines Are on the Rise: Extended Interview from Employment Law This Week

As our regular readers know, I was recently interviewed on our firm’s new video program, Employment Law This Week.  The show has now released “bonus footage” from that episode – see below!

In the interview, I elaborate on my recent post, “Employers Beware: OSHA Fines Are on the Rise for the First Time in Twenty-Five Years.”

Thanks for watching – I’d love to know if you have any questions. (And what you think about these videos!) 

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The U.S. Department of Justice Does Business No Favors By Significantly Delaying Website Accessibility Regulations Until 2018

Joshua A. Stein

Frustrating news has emerged from Washington D.C. as the recently-published federal government’s Fall Semiannual Regulatory Agenda revealed that the long-anticipated U.S. Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) for regulations governing website accessibility for places of public accommodation under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“Title III”) would not be issued in the Spring of 2016 as most recently anticipated and would instead be delayed until fiscal year 2018.  DOJ now intends to issue a NPRM governing website accessibility for state and local governments under Title II of the ADA in early 2016 and then hopes that that process will create the necessary infrastructure to develop and promulgate similar regulations for entities governed by Title III

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Pamela E. Barker Joins Lewis Rice

Lewis Rice LLC is pleased to announce that Pamela E. Barker has joined the Firm as a Member in the Environmental, Chemical & Toxic Tort Practice Group. Pam has practiced environmental law for more than 25 years, and she is a national leader of the bar in this area, currently serving as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.

Pam’s practice has focused on assisting clients with the environmental aspects of real estate and corporate transactions, and with regulatory compliance. She has experience in real estate development (including environmental due diligence, land acquisition, construction contracts and leasing) and in negotiating the environmental terms of merger and acquisition agreements. Pam has managed the legal aspects of brownfield projects, dealt with federal and state agencies on compliance and enforcement issues, and assisted clients in managing environmental litigation.

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Whistleblower Case Withdrawn from High Court Review – Employment Law This Week

Employment Law This Week – Epstein Becker Green’s new video program – features an interview with attorney John Fullerton, a founding contributor to this blog.

Mr. Fullerton discusses the lack of clarity on what constitutes a whistleblower. Marketing firm Neo@Ogilvy has decided not to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that would have tested the definition of a whistleblower under the Dodd-Frank Act. At issue is whether an employee can be eligible for anti-retaliation protection under the Dodd-Frank Act even if he or she does not provide information of corporate wrongdoing directly to the SEC. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit says “no,” but the Second Circuit disagrees.

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Bad Leaver Pays The Price

A former California State judge in an arbitration awarded nearly $1.7 million to an employer against its former employee based primarily on his acts taken going out the door.  His joking email with a co-worker after recruiting three others, characterizing their resignations as “Three bullets to the back of the head” of his employer, was clearly shooting himself in the foot in the eyes of the arbitrator.  The Award is interesting for many reasons – – the interplay between fiduciary duties and non-solicitation of employees provisions, the allowable damages when such a fiduciary duty is breached by co-worker solicitation, and the overriding difference of treatment of bad leavers versus good leavers. 

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Ny udbudslov vedtaget

Den 19. november 2015 blev ”den nye udbudslov” vedtaget i folketinget. Loven træder i kraft den 1. januar 2016 og finder kun anvendelse på udbud, der er iværksat efter den 1. januar 2016. 

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Ontario Courts Refuse to Stay Action Against Nigerian Defendants

The Court of Appeal for Ontario released its decision in James Bay Resources Limited v. Mak Mera Nigeria Limited, 2015 ONCA 781  this week.  This is an appeal by Nigerian appellants who had lost a motion to stay an action brought by James Bay Resources Limited (“James Bay Resources”) on the ground that the Ontario courts lacked “jurisdiction simpliciter” and Ontario was not the convenient forum for the determination of the dispute between the parties. 
James Bay Resources entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the appellant, Adewale Olorunsola (“Sola”) on March 3, 2011.  The MOU was negotiated and signed in Ontario.  It set out an arrangement between the parties with respect to the acquisition of Nigerian oil and gas assets. 
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Sending personal data to US companies: Safe Harbor shenanigans

Executive summary

  • UK businesses which transfer to or share with US companies any databases containing personal data have to comply with rules set out in the Data Protection Act to ensure that the transfer or sharing protects the individuals’ privacy rights.
  • One way of doing this was a voluntary scheme set up by the US Department of Commerce called “Safe Harbor”. The EU’s highest court has now ruled that Safe Harbor is not fit for purpose and cannot be used.
  • Transfers/sharing which relied on Safe Harbor therefore breach the DPA and, after 31 January 2016, further transfers risk enforcement action, including fines.
  • Other compliance methods can be used instead, but these need to be put in place quickly to stay within the law.

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Week of November 16, 2015 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupIt’s hard to believe that there are only six more weeks in 2015. That means things are quite the whirlwind around here at the ILN – I’m busily planning for 2016 and trying to distill all of those ideas into a cohesive document, getting ready for my final business trip of the year, and will be wrapping up the year with some review posts here at Zen too. We’ve got some exciting ideas for next year for Zen too, so stay tuned!

Let’s look at the roundup of top posts from this week on ILNToday!

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