A Decade of Advertising Week

In 2004 – the inaugural year of the industry’s biggest event, Advertising Week – Facebook was launched as a social networking site open only to Harvard students.  Now ten years old, Advertising Week – like social media – has seen many changes and, more importantly, has shaped critical conversations driving change in the advertising industry in the past decade.  Advertising Week now has its very own app, not to mention too many hashtags to count.  With dialogue and events on the most important topics in the industry, featuring many of the industry’s biggest innovators, movers, and shakers, Advertising Week is the most important week of the year for everyone on Madison Ave and beyond.

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Ontario Court Stays Action to Enforce $17.2 Billion Ecuadorian Judgment against Chevron Corporation

From 1964 to 1992, Texaco Inc., its subsidiaries and various partners engaged in oil extraction activities in the Lago Agrio region of Ecuador’s Amazon Basin. The next year, various plaintiffs filed suit in the Southern District of New York against Texaco alleging a variety of environmental, health and other tort claims related to Texaco’s extraction activities. The District Court dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims, in part because it believed that “the case had everything to do with Ecuador, and nothing to do with the United States”.
The United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit disagreed. It required Texaco to make a commitment to submit to the jurisdiction of the Ecuadorian Courts. After several more years of “legal wrangling”, Texaco accepted the conditions established by the Appeal Court but reserved its right to contest the validity of a judgment rendered by a court in Ecuador.
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Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners law firm has advised Barclays Bank

Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners law firm has advised Barclays Bank PLC as to Polish aspects of financing share acquisitions in XLogics Sp. o.o. and XLogics GmbH, IT companies in the logistics sector. The law firm has also advised MetaPack Limited as to the share acquisition itself and as to the structuring of MetaPack Limited investments in Poland.

Piotr Gałuszyński, head of the Banking Department in the law firm, was supported by Szymon Gałkowski, Klaudia Szmańska and Maciej Mikołajczyk, and managed the team that advised Barclays Bank PLC and MetaPack LimitedMore…

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Measures to tackle domestic violence

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has appointed a specialist lead prosecutor to strengthen its response to cases of domestic abuse.

As Procurator Fiscal for Domestic Abuse, Anne Marie Hicks will co-ordinate the prosecution service’s response to domestic abuse cases from across Scotland.

“Domestic abuse affects communities across Scotland, and can be deeply distressing and damaging for victims and their families,” commented Anne Marie Hicks.

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Metrosag afgøres af særligt nævn

Det betyder, at ud over sagkyndige nævnsmedlemmer skal også nævnets læge medlemmer, dvs. to højesteretsdommere samt en række politisk udpegede nævnsmedlemmer, deltage i sagens afgørelse. Det sker for at sikre, at sagens overordnede, samfundsmæssige aspekter også tilgodeses.

Det er første gang, at Natur- og Miljøklagenævnet nedsætter et kombinationsnævn bestående af både læge og sagkyndige medlemmer, en mulighed der kun kan anvendes i meget få tilfælde i ekstraordinære sager.

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DAVIS MALM RECEIVES 2013 PRESIDENT’S AWARD FROM MASSACHUSETTS BAR FOUNDATION

Davis Malm proudly received the Massachusetts Bar Foundation 2013 President’s Award on September 26 at the Eastern Massachusetts grantee reception held at the Massachusetts Bar Association in Boston. This distinct honor is given annually by the Board of Trustees to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and the legal community by increasing access of legal services for low-income citizens of the Commonwealth. Davis Malm has been a generous and longstanding Foundation supporter and was the first firm to sign on to the program launched in 2010 encouraging law firms to become involved with the Foundation and its mission.

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Health Insurance Alert for All Employers, Even Those That Do Not Offer Health Insurance

Important deadlines and requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other statutes are just around the corner for U.S. employers, including small employers not required to sponsor health insurance. Here is a quick summary, with a special focus on Massachusetts employers:

SEPTEMBER 30: DEADLINE FOR ALL EMPLOYERSTO PROVIDE A NEW EMPLOYEE NOTICE
September 30, 2013 is the deadline to provide a new notice to current employees (including parttimers). New employees must receive it within 14 days of starting work. Every employer covered by federal wage and hours laws must comply. That includes virtually all U.S. employers, with minor exceptions. 

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Multistate Tax Update — September 26, 2013

More and more states have been issuing guidance regarding how same-sex marriages will be treated for state income tax purposes in the wake of both the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor and Revenue Ruling 2013-17 issued by the IRS. In United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on grounds that the federal interpretation of “marriage” and “spouse” applying only to heterosexual unions is unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Revenue Ruling 2013-17 holds in part that a marriage of same-sex individuals that was validly entered into in a state whose law authorizes the marriage of two individuals of the same sex, shall be recognized for federal tax purposes, even if the married couple is domiciled in a state that does not recognize the validity of same-sex marriages.

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Special Immigration Alert: The Immigration Ripple Effect of a Government Shutdown

The looming prospect of a Government shutdown will have a significant impact on the immigration process. Activities of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be largely unaffected because it is funded by the fees it collects. The shutdown, however, may affect the ability of applicants to secure the government information required to respond to Requests for Evidence. The shutdown also will affect the activities of other agencies, specifically the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. State Department (DOS), in the following ways:

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Ground Handling Agreements – A Presentation

During the 2013 World Airport Lawyers Association meeting held in Montreal earlier this month, Santiago Mejia-Ortiz of Grupo Solianza Legal Team presented on Ground Handling Agreements to over 100 participants from more than 35 countries. To see his presentation, please click here.

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