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International Lawyers Network

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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JAEPA to commence on 15 January 2015

The stream of announcements continues from Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb with the latest announcement confirming that the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (“JAEPA“) will enter into force on January 15 2015.

This follows the exchange of Diplomatic Notes between Australia and Japan on 16 December 2014 confirming the completion of both countries’ domestic processes. More…

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Faldgruber ved beskatning af fri bil

Beskatning af fri bil er en efterhånden meget kendt beskatning. Beskatningen sker på objektivt grundlag og beregnes som en procentandel af bilens værdi. De første 300.000 kr. af en bils værdi medregnes med 25 %, mens en værdi ud over 300.000 kr. medregnes med 20 % i den skattepligtige personlige indkomst. Hertil kommer diverse tillæg.

På linje med visse andre aktiver er der for bilers vedkommende tale om en rådighedsbeskatning.

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RSS welcomes three new lawyers

December 16, 2014 — Three new lawyers recently joined RSS.

Benoît G. Bourgon, a very experienced litigator, has joined the insurance department, just like Gérald Kounadis, who was recently called to the Bar.

David Paradis, also a recent member of the Bar, will work with the litigation and labour groups.

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HOWARD & HOWARD ROUNDS OUT 2014 ON A HIGH NOTE; CONGRATULATES SEVEN NEW SHAREHOLDERS

Royal Oak, Michigan, December 16, 2014:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Joseph W. Barber, Seaton J. Curran, Steven W. Hays, Jane S. Hahn, Michael J. Minna, Brandon J. Wilson, and Jacob P. Woolbright have all become shareholders in the firm.

            Joseph W. Barber concentrates his practice in intellectual property matters and complex commercial litigation. He represents his clients in all aspects of their intellectual property protection and enforcement.

            Seaton J. Curran concentrates his practice on intellectual property. He has experience preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications with a focus on mechanical, electrical and computer technologies.  More…

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BREAKING NEWS! DRAFT REGULATIONS UNDER THE ESTATE ADMINISTRATION TAX ACT PUBLISHED

By Leonard Bosschart, LL.B.
On November 7, 2014, in the late afternoon, the Ministry of Finance (Ontario) quietly posted draft regulations under the Estate Administration Tax Act (Ontario) (the “Act”) entitled “Information Required under Section 4.1 of the Act”. The draft regulations are open for consultation and so are not yet in final form. Moreover the forms referred to in the draft regulations have not been released. These are, apparently, still being drafted by the Ministry. Section 4.1 of the Act makes it the duty of every estate representative who makes an application for an estate certificate to give to the Minister of Revenue such information about the deceased as may be prescribed by the Minister of Finance. The draft regulations published on November 7 set out the information that the estate representative will be required to provide the Minister of Revenue and the time frame for doing so. As the draft regulations are subject to comment and, hopefully, revision before they take effect, here are a couple of highlights:  More…

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Martin Côté obtains a favourable decision in a cultural enterprise financing case

December 16, 2014 — Martin Côté successfully represented the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) in a case where it was seeking the repayment of the interim financing of a film production. The film producer had obtained a bank loan guaranty from the SODEC which had arrived at term and was not renewed mainly due to important delays in the film production. Mr. Côté filed a suit on behalf of his client before the Superior Court and obtained a favourable decision.

On December 10, 2014, the Court of Appeal upheld that decision.

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Two for Tuesdays: What the Hashtag?

For today’s Two for Tuesdays, I’m cheating a little and giving you a preview of a post I’ve written as part of the 12 Days of Social Media, which the Legal Marketing Association‘s Social Media Shared Interest Group is putting together.  As a side note, our 12 Days posts are open to everyone (not just LMA members), and I encourage you to read through them – there are some great tips and tools in there! 

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NLRB’s Expedited Election Rules Favor Labor, Not Employers

In our new Act Now Advisory, “NLRB Adopts Expedited Election Rules, Effective April 15, 2015,” we report on the National Labor Relations Board’s new rules for representation elections. These rules will substantially shorten the time between the point when a union files a petition for a vote and the timing of the vote, severely limit the right of employers to litigate important issues before an election is held, and are expected to result in more union wins in representation votes. We include steps that employers may want to consider taking in advance of April 2015, in order to adapt to the new reality of ambush elections.

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David Austin interviewed by Global TV

David Austin was interviewed for the Global TV News Hour on Wednesday, December 10th. In the report by Keith Baldrey, David discusses how declining demand for LNG could be a problem for BC, and the psychology behind it.

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Combating Counterfeit Products Act Receives Royal Assent

On December 9,2014 Royal Assent was given to Bill C-8, the Combating Counterfeit Products Act. The intention of Bill C-8 is to give the government and holders of trade-marks and copyrights new mechanisms for enforcement, along with substantial remedies, in order to combat counterfeit and black-market goods. Before the introduction of Bill C-8, Canada had been criticized for not having meaningful policies to combat the global problem of counterfeit trafficking which flowed across Canadian borders.

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