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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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Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners wins a case for Ringier Axel Springer against Radosław Sikorski, the former Polish Foreign Affairs Minister and current Marshal of the Sejm

Rafal Zieba_portret wwwOn 25 March 2015 the Regional Court in Warsaw entirely dismissed the Statement of Claim submitted by Radosław Sikorski in a case brought against Ringier Axel Springer Polska (RASP), represented by Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners Law Firm.

Radosław Sikorski was represented by Roman Giertych, advocate. On the side of Radosław Sikorski, as an intervening party, the CHAI Foundation put itself forward to take part in the case, and was also represented by Roman Giertych. Anna Cichonska_portret

Radosław Sikorski brought a legal action against RASP for the comments of internet users which he alleged infringed his personal interests and were published on the internet portal fakt.pl below an article entitled: “Sikorski informed on anti-Semites through internet fora”. Radosław Sikorski took the position that the publisher of the internet portal was responsible for the breach of personal interests by the internet users in accordance with general principles resulting from the Polish Civil Code and Press Law. The claims raised by him, were as follows: removal of comments made by the internet users, publication of apologies on the following internet portals: fakt.pl, interia.pl, onet.pl, pb.pl, wp.pl, se.pl, gazeta.pl, wprost.pl, polityka.pl, tvn24.pl, zyciewarszawy.pl, dziennik.pl, polskatimes.pl, rp.pl, newsweek.pl as well as compensation in the amount of PLN 20,000. More…

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KLA Alert – Foreign Trade – March, 2015

Ordinances SECEX 16/2015 and 17/2015, published on March 23, 2015 in the Official Gazette, initiated 2 new investigations to assess the existence of dumping and potential injury to the domestic industry arising from such practice in the exports (i) of polyvinyl chloride canvas (PVC) coated with textile reinforcement on both sides originating from China and South Korea and classified under code 3921.90.19 of the HS, and (ii) unframed mirrors from China and Mexico classified under code 7009.91.00 of the HS.

Specifically in the exports of PVC canvas to Brazil, SECEX assessed absolute and relative dumping margins of US$ 1.72/kg and 110.97% in Chinese exports and US$ 1.32/kg and 67.7% in Korean exports. More…

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PUBLIC CONSULTATION NO. 18

The Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (“ANVISA”) published on March 11, 2015, the Public Consultation no. 18, initiating the term for comments and suggestions to the text of the RDC Resolution that shall establish provisions related to changes made related to the after-registration of drugs, cancellation of drugs’ registrations, amongst other provisions, all related to the review of RDC Resolution no. 48/2009. The term for contributions started on March, 18 and shall expire on April 17, 2015.

The full text of the proposed Resolution is available on Anvisa’s website and any suggestions must be sent through a specific form available on Anvisa’s website.

http://portal.anvisa.gov.br/wps/content/anvisa+portal/anvisa/regulacao+sanitaria/assuntos More…

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Communicating Conference Attendance Value: Preparation

As we lead up to the Legal Marketing Association‘s Annual Conference, the importance of communicating the value of attending any conference to those back in the office has been in the forefront of my mind. The LMA conference is always packed to the gills with scheduled events, because marketers have to be able to prove to the decision makers that there is value to be gotten from attending.

Even though the ILN has more opportunities for organic networking at our conferences, there is still a burden on our attendees to show their partners that this is not a boondoggle. 

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EB-5 program status – observations on China’s project activity

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Ronald Fieldstone

Ronald R. Fieldstone

Summary of Conference and Business to Beijing, China

As a follow-up to my recent March 2015 trip to China, I have several observations concerning the status of the EB-5 program and, in particular, the reaction in China with respect to same.

The good news is that the market in China still seems very robust, even with retrogression estimated to take place in May or June. There seems to be a tremendous demand for the EB-5 green card program, notwithstanding the fact that the Chinese nationals are also migrating to other countries around the world that have a much easier entry policy than the United States.

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How employers can avoid costly mistakes

With industry salaries in such a strong place, according to the 2015 PRWeek Salary Survey, it is important PR firms ensure their employment practices minimize potentially costly mistakes. To that end, there are two key areas of current concern: First, keeping the “independence” in the independent contractor relationship. Second, the federal law governing background checks.

How free are freelancers?

More than ever, firms face increased risks of misclassifying workers as independent contractors when the law regards them to be employees. A company’s misclassification of its contractors increases the likelihood of Department of Labor audits and individual or class action lawsuits by workers claiming they are entitled to overtime and other employee benefits, even though they were paid as an independent contractor. More…

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Profits Not a Criteria for Denying Tax Exemptions to Educational Institutions – Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of India has finally laid to rest doubts on availability of tax exemptions to charitable institutions under Section 10(23C) (iiiad) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (“IT Act, 1961”). In its recent judgement of March 16, 2015 in the matter of M/s. Queen’s Educational Society vs. Commissioner of Income Tax (Civil Appeal No.5167 of 2008), the Apex Court has set aside the judgement of the High Court of Uttarakhand, which had erroneously held that the exemptions granted under Section 10(23C) (iiiad) of the IT Act, 1961, would no longer be available to educational institutions making, “large profits”, even though it may plough such profits back into the purchase of assets for education. The net surplus of the educational institution of approximately Rs. 6.5 Lacs and Rs. 8 Lacs, for the financial years 2000-01 and 2001-02, was deemed enough by the High Court of Uttarakhand, to deny tax exemption under Section 10(23C) (iiiad) of the IT Act, 1961.

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RSS welcomes a new lawyer

March 25, 2015 — The firm is pleased to welcome Jordi Montblanch, who will focus his practice mainly on transportation and administrative law. Jordi was very recently called to the Quebec Bar, a few weeks after becoming a member of the Ontario Bar.

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Telemedicine, State Boards and the Supreme Court

Supreme CourtI have examined on this blog the various legal and regulatory issues implicated by telemedicine.  Many of those issues involve the practice of medicine and how state medical boards interpret state laws and regulations impacting telemedicine, and how those boards enforce those laws.  Believe it or not, a recent Supreme Court case may have an impact on how state boards do their business.

On February 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the North Carolina Dental Board (“Board”) was not insulated from federal antitrust liability under the so-called “state action” doctrine when it engaged in anticompetitive conduct to restrain non-dentists from performing teeth whitening services.  While the North Carolina case involved a dental board’s attempt to restrict activities of non-dentists, the Court’s opinion has broader implications for how states regulate and supervise professional boards—such as state medical boards.  Ultimately, the Supreme Court decision illustrates how an individual or entity, subject to perceived over-regulation by a professional board, might mount a defense by scrutinizing whether the board meets the “state action” requirements to be insulated from liability for anticompetitive regulatory actions.  Please click here to read the full EBG Client Alert.

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Amendments to Prospectus Exemptions and Additional Obligations for Issuers and Brokers

By Bernard Pinsky and Nafeesa Valli-Hasham

On May 5, 2015, changes to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions (“NI 45-106”) will come into force which will put additional responsibility on issuers and brokers to take “reasonable steps” to ensure investors who participate in a private placement and who represent themselves as accredited investor or friends and family are in fact eligible for those prospectus exemptions. In addition, the amendments include new documentation requirements for the accredited investor exemption and restrictions on the availability of the minimum amount exemption.

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