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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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Week of September 28, 2015 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupIt’s now the beginning of October, and that means it’s time to get out your business development plans and give them the final once over for the last quarter of the year. I did so at the beginning of the week, so I’m not asking you to do anything I haven’t already done myself. So after you read through this week’s top posts from ILNToday, grab your plan and your calendar, and organize the remainder of your biz dev goals and activities for 2015!

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Volkswagen Set Aside Commercial Litigation Funds

Volkswagen has set aside at least £5 billion in an attempt to deal with any legal action that occurs as a result of the emissions scandal. The company could face collective action from shareholders and customers who purchased diesel cars with ‘defeat devices’.

Potential Litigation in European Market

Just under 500,000 cars are expected to be recalled after devices that told the car when it was being tested for emissions and when to reduce said emissions. The defeat devices, which were discovered in the American market has seen shares fall in the company by over 30%, however, it is unclear if the European market had the same devices attached, potentially creating a loophole regarding litigation.

Although the company has set aside funds, Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has warned that the violations since 2008 may run into 8 billion in fines alone.

A first class action against the Volkswagen Group was filed in San Francisco, with experts warning that further claims will likely follow in Germany and the UK. One of the top investors in Volkswagen in Europe said: “If we can with some certainty establish that we, as investors, were misled by the company, and that has affected our returns, then I cannot rule out that we would seek compensation from the company.”

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Launching collective claims in Britain is tougher than in the United States, with claimants being with a common interest to be automatically grouped together even if they did not opt in together. Opt-out class action lawsuits are being introduced on October 1. However, a case against VW in the UK could be painstakingly long.

If you require advice regarding commercial litigationcontact us today by getting in touch with our team of expert solicitors.

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CMS Progress Note Template for Home Health Patients: Comments due by October 13

In January 2015, CMS announced that it was considering developing voluntary clinical templates to help physicians adequately document their encounters with Medicare patients who receive home health services.[1] CMS initially proposed a sample paper template progress note and suggested clinical template elements for an electronic progress note. CMS hosted three Special Open Door Forums to solicit feedback on the proposed templates from physicians, home health agencies, and other interested stakeholders to provide feedback on the proposed templates. 

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Data, data, data

by Riccardo Abeti 

Every day people, enterprises, government organizations try to disentangle themselves from the increasing amounts of data.

Everybody needs everybody’s data, often “beforehand”, “because we could always use them”.

In this field, there are however certain subjects with precise strategies of data raising, created to have a precise thermometer for these phenomena and for its users, as “consumers”, “voters”, “clients” and so on.

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IHT Same Day Additions – where are we now?

Does using multiple trusts save Inheritance Tax (IHT) still, or has IHT planning with multiple trusts been effectively abolished?  When the second Finance Act of 2015 comes into force later on this autumn, we will finally have the answer.
Those with enough spare memory to remember shelved legislation will recall that this time last year, we were enthusiastically discussing the finer details of the proposed Settlement Nil Rate Band, being the creation of the third consultation on changing the IHT taxation of trusts.  This measure provided that the IHT nil rate band was to be shared between all trusts that a settlor had created in their lifetime.  This was rejected in the Autumn Statement 2014, in favour of a targeted anti-avoidance provision against the use of multiple trusts to mitigate IHT periodic charges. 
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Multistate Tax update — October 1, 2015

The Ohio Department of Taxation (ODOT) recently issued Information Release IT 2015-02, which discusses how ODOT imposes Ohio personal income tax on resident and nonresident individuals, for taxable years ending after March 23, 2015. The release addresses who is subject to Ohio personal income tax, residency, and related details. 

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Data privacy and cybersecurity attorney Dominic A. Paluzzi elected Member at McDonald Hopkins

DETROIT (October 1, 2015) – Dominic A. Paluzzi, an attorney in the national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity practice at McDonald Hopkins, has been elected to the firm’s membership.

Based in Detroit, Paluzzi works with a national team of 21 data privacy and cybersecurity attorneys and has counseled clients through more than 425 data breaches and privacy incidents in a multitude of industries. A frequent speaker and writer on data privacy law, Paluzzi has conducted some 165 breach response workshops for clients. His expertise includes advising clients regarding data privacy and cybersecurity risks on both a national and international basis, including proactive compliance, incident response strategies and management, and defense of regulatory enforcement actions and single-plaintiff and class action litigation. 

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Aerospace Industry Updates & Opportunities (Mary Edquist)

McDonald Hopkins attorney Mary Edquist will be a speaker at the City of Mentor’s International Trade Initiative “Aerospace Industry Updates & Opportunities,” on Oct. 1. 

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20mph Speed Limit to Tackle Road Traffic Accidents in Glasgow

Glasgow is to follow Edinburgh in introducing 20mph zones in certain areas in an attempt to reduce the number of road traffic accidents and protect vulnerable road users.

The news comes after the A77 through Maybole became the first road to have a 20mph speed limit, with the speed limit introduced due to a large number of trucks on the road. Some zones in Glasgow’s city centre will become 20mph zones with the city following Edinburgh’s lead on bringing in such a speed limit. 

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Nice-ly done: CIPO now accepting voluntary classification of goods and services

Following our post from July 2015, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”) is now accepting trade-mark applications filed with goods and services classified using the Nice Classification system.  As part of this process, CIPO has also updated the online Canadian trade-marks database, such that “Nice classification” is now a possible search field.  In addition, the Canadian Goods and Services Manual has been updated to allow users to search for specific terms within all 45 Nice classes, and to cut-and-paste or import text containing a list of goods and services for proposed classification by the database

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