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International Lawyers Network Shortlisted as Global Network of the Year by “The Lawyer” for Second Year

ILN_640The International Lawyers Network has been shortlisted as Global Network of the Year by “The Lawyer” for a second year in a row.

The winners of this category will be announced at The Lawyer European Awards 2017 at a ceremony at Grange St. Paul in London, England on Thursday, March 16, 2017. This is only the second year the category for Global Network of the Year has been included for consideration in the awards.

Judges in this category examine evidence of strategic vision, with particular focus on cross-border initiatives, consistent excellence in the delivery of legal services and outstanding talent management, in evaluating the submissions.

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Shutts attorney closes largest land deal in Daytona, inks landmark Margaritaville licensing agreement

Rafael Aguilar, a partner at ShRafael A. Aguilar - Miamiutts and Bowen’s Miami office, recently closed on a multi-year land purchase negotiation and a related franchise agreement that will bring thousands of new homes to the Daytona Beach area, developed by Minto Communities under the Margaritaville brand.

Aguilar closed the $27.2 million deal on behalf of developer Minto Communities, which purchased 1,581 acres from Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. Minto plans on building the first Margaritaville-branded active adult community of up to 3,400 homes on the north side of LPGA Boulevard, just west of Interstate 95 in Daytona Beach.

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Howard & Howard expands commercial litigation practice

Royal Oak, Michigan, February 21, 2017: Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Jason M. Schneider has joined the firm. He will practice out of the firms Royal Oak office.

Mr. Schneider focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts. He has broad experience at the trial and appellate levels in areas such as commercial contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code, product liability, condemnation, and patent infringement. Before entering private practice, he gained invaluable experience by serving as a law clerk for The Honorable Jean C. Hamilton, a United States District Judge in the Eastern District of Missouri, and as an intern for The Honorable Charles E. Rendlen, a United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Eastern District of Missouri.

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WA Insurance update – Issue 3


Workplace injuries

Pre-existing injury at work found not compensable
Court confirms burden of proof and test for causation in workers’ compensation
Solicitor’s failure to identify correct defendant denies plaintiff’s claim
Strict termination notification requirement confirmed
High Court confirms ‘but for’ test for causation
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EB-5 Investment Funds – Standards and Guidelines for Redeployment


Prepared by:
Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP
Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP

The EB-5 investment community is now facing a new challenge, as many of the more seasoned EB-5 investment projects begin to mature and the original investment capital is returned by the project owner to the new commercial enterprise. USCIS has clearly stated its policy that EB-5 investment capital is required to remain “at risk” in the new commercial enterprise until each EB-5 investor’s I-829 petition is adjudicated. However, USCIS has provided no guidance on what requirements that new investment is required to meet, other than that it must meet the definition of “at risk.”

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Epstein Becker Green to Participate in the 2017 National Club Conference in New York

Epstein Becker Green is pleased to be participating in the National Club Association’s 2017 National Club Conference at the New York Athletic Club on May 22-24, 2017.

Jeffrey H. Ruzal, Member of the firm and leader of Epstein Becker Green’s Hospitality industry service team is featured in the afternoon General Session on May 22, 2017 and will discuss misclassification of club staff.

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Contributi ai progetti di internazionalizzazione della Regione Lazio

Dal 14 febbraio le Piccole e Medie imprese del Lazio potranno presentare telematicamente le richieste per i contributi stanziati dalla Regione Lazio per il sostegno dei processi di internazionalizzazione.

Sono stati presentati, infatti, il 3 febbraio 2017, i Bandi Internazionalizzazione per le PMI attraverso i quali, con lo stanziamento di 5 miloni di Euro, la Regione Lazio intende anche quest’anno contribuire ai progetti di internazionalizzazione delle piccole e medie imprese (singolarmente o in Aggregazione Temporanea) rappresentative dei principali comparti e settori regionali.

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Associate BD Training: It’s Never Too Soon to Start

Robin IoriThe ILN is extremely fortunate to have not only a lot of talented lawyers, but a number of other talented professionals as well. Included in that group are the hardworking marketing professionals at our member firms across the world. This year, I wanted to highlight some of their expertise in a series of guest posts here on Zen. Our first one comes from Director of Marketing with the ILN’s Illinois member, Arnstein & Lehr, Robin Iori. In today’s post, Robin is addressing the topic of business development training for associates, and this is a timely one for many law firms in the market. One of the hottest trends that came out of the submissions from this year’s crop of Your Honor Awards was an increased focus on young lawyers, and that bears out with what I’ve seen and heard in my daily engagement with firms as well. So as Robin says, when it comes to business development training for your associates, it’s never too soon to start.

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Rumor and Drama at Retailer Creates Jury Question

In January, a New York federal district court denied a retailer’s bid to dismiss a former regional manager’s lawsuit alleging that workplace rumors spread by three female co-workers that she showed her breasts to the company’s CEO by wearing a revealing blouse without a bra and that her subsequent termination shortly after she complained about the gossip constituted hostile work environment sex discrimination and retaliatory discharge. Baez v. Anne Fontaine USA, Inc., No. 14-cv-56621 (KBF), 2017 U.S. LEXIS 1630 (S.D.N.Y. Jan . 5, 2017).

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VAT imposition on the provision of services in electronic form by foreign IT-organizations starting from 2017

The Federal law № 244-FZ “On amending parts one and two of the Tax code of the Russian Federation” (hereinafter – the Law) came into force on 01 January 2017. The Law provides that starting from this date provision of services in electronic form by foreign IT-organizations to Russian individuals and legal entities in Russia is subject to VAT taxation.

Under clause 1 art. 174.2 of the Russian Tax code as amended by the Law the following services are subject to the payment of VAT inter alia:
  • granting of rights to use computer programs (including computer games), databases via the Internet;
  • provision of advertising services on the Internet;
  • services on placing offers for purchase (disposal) of goods (works, services), property rights on the Internet;
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Russian Ministry of Health adopted new Administrative Regulations concerning state registration of medical drugs

On 04 February 2017 Order of the Russian Ministry of Health No. 725н dated 21 September 2016 “On adoption of the Administrative Regulations of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation on providing public service on state registration of medical drugs” (hereinafter – the “Administrative Regulations”)1  became effective.
The updated Administrative Regulations amend the structure, sequence of administrative procedures as well as timelines and order of their performance, inter alia the Administrative Regulations:
  • Supplement the range of applicants for rendering public services on medical drug registration (hereinafter – the “Service”) by including companies acting on their own behalf or on behalf of other legal entities and submitting medical drug for state registration. Previously, only medical drug developers or their attorneys could apply for the registration;
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