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Paul Glassman Top Muncipal Law Attorney

Stradling bankruptcy and reorganization shareholder Paul R. Glassman has been named Top Municipal Law Attorney by The Daily Journal.

Mr. Glassman practices out of Stradling’s Santa Monica office. His most recent notable case is the City of San Bernardino’s bankruptcy proceedings.

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HOMS sponsor Women’s Rights Conference (26.11.2013)

HOMS were delighted to sponsor the Women’s Right Conference at the University of Limerick, on November 25th 2013, held by the University of Limerick Student Law Society. The conference was to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The conference was also organised with the assistance of the Centre for Criminal Justice.

The full day conference addressed issues such as work-life balance, reform of rape law…

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Barry Katz contributes to Law360 on 2014 U.S. retail space

Arnstein & Lehr

Barry Katz

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Barry Katz recently offered his thoughts to a November 20 Law360 article titled, “Retail Space Will be Harder to Find In 2014, CBRE Says.” The article discusses how real estate for the U.S. retail sector is expected to be scarce in 2014, taking into account the availability rate for neighborhood and community shopping centers decreasing.

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Lidings to represent Inchcape in Russia

Inchcape Russia has chosen Lidings to be its official legal adviser in Russia. Lidings will advise the leading auto retailer on corporate law matters, ensure protection of the company’s assets in its investment projects and represent Inchcape in dispute resolution.

“Inchcape’s success formula is based on the cornerstones of the company’s unique business model,” says Sergey Aksenov, managing partner at Lidings. “In this context we can see quite a few similarities to our own strategy. An innovative approach to service package development and commitment to anticipation of customer demand are the common denominators of our business philosophies. In offering key companies of the automotive sector comprehensive legal support in the Russian market Lidings undertakes to put in place a sound legal platform for their successful growth and development. I am confident that our cooperation with Inchcape will benefit both parties.”

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Rare Complete Dismissal Of Non-Compete Case At Pleading Stage

There are three important “take-aways” from New York Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Ramos’ recent decision in Greystone Funding Corporation v. Kutner: (1) termination “without cause” is not a per se prohibition of enforcement of a non-compete unless the language of the contract as in this case so provides; (2) conclusory allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference and unfair competition are inadequate and will be dismissed unless supported by facts on each element of proof; and (3) customer and prospect identity and impressions about them are sufficiently sensitive to warrant cause for sealing of a record under 22 NYCRR § 216.1.

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Bell-Curve Rankings In at Yahoo

By Nancy L. Gunzenhauser and Jeffrey M. Landes

It’s performance review season…meaning reports of various performance review systems are making headlines for employers. In a recent survey by OnForce, former technology employees turned-independent contractors stated that performance reviews were one of the least missed aspects of working as employees, only behind commuting. Performance reviews come in various types, with some causing more controversy than others. One of the most controversial types of performance review systems is the bell-curve (aka “forced” or “stacked”) ranking.

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Free Webinar: “Railcar Fall Protection Enforcement – What OSHA Requires from Grain Elevator Operators”

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3 PM (Eastern) / 2 PM (Central), Eric J. Conn, Head of the national OSHA Practice Group at Epstein Becker & Green will conduct a free webinar focused on OSHA’s enforcement landscape as it relates to work on top of rolling stock (specifically railcars) at grain elevator facilities.  This is the second in a series of OSHA law related webinars for the grain industry in conjunction with Grain Journal.

Whether it’s prepping cars down track away from the elevator, helping to guide a load out spout into a railcar, or allowing state or federal grain inspectors access to railcars for stowage inspections and sampling, there are numerous work activities that require employees to stand and walk between the tops of railcars.  With potentially miles of track where work may need to be done on top of the railcars, there often is no feasible way to provide anchor points to which employees can tie off fall protection over the tracks.

To make matters worse, OSHA’s requirements regarding Railcar Fall Protection, however, are among the most confusing and inconsistently enforced.  So what does the law require and how is OSHA treating this issue from an enforcement standpoint?  Get the answers to these questions and more during this webinar.  The webinar will:

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Intellectual Property Alert: U.S. Patent Office is reducing (some) fees

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is reducing fees that applicants must pay in order for their applications to issue as patents. Large entities currently pay $2,080 after receiving a notice of allowance for an application to issue as a patent. That fee includes the issue fee of $1,780 and a publication fee of $300. Effective January 1, 2014, the issue fees will be reduced and the publication fee will be eliminated. The new fees will be:

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Larry Yen takes part in BC Jobs and Trade Mission in Asia

Clark Wilson’s Larry Yen will be joining Premier Christy Clark on the BC Jobs and Trade Mission in Asia. The delegation, which includes First Nations leaders, representatives from private-sector companies and members of educational institutions, will visit China, Korea and Japan over the next two weeks. One of the key objectives of the trip is to strengthen ties with Asian energy companies, focusing on the advancement of liquefied natural gas development. Larry’s BCLTV interview on the Mission, conducted in Mandarin and Cantonese, can be viewed here.

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Ashley Forte comments on “click-through” tax law

Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Chicago Associate Ashley Forte was quoted in a November 14 Westlaw Journal Computer & Internet article titled, “Illinois ‘click-through’ tax law unconstitutional, state high court rules.” The article discusses an Illinois statute that requires out-of-state retailers to collect taxes on sales referred to them by in-state web publishers.

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