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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Raymond Werner consulted for Investor’s Business Daily Article

Raymond Werner

In an article published on September 16, Managing Partner Raymond J. Werner was one of several executives that contributed to an article titled “Dreams Can Come True When You Tackle Specific Goals.” The article provides pieces of advice on how companies that have a focus on short-term goals can lead a team to success.

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Adam Fayne contributes to year-end financial checkup article

Adam Fayne

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Adam S. Fayne was quoted in a DepositAccounts.com article on September 8 regarding a financial “checkup.” In the article titled, “Get an Early Start on Your Year-End Financial Check Up,” Mr. Fayne offers his advice on what readers can do in order to get a head start on their taxes.

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Robert E. McKenzie provides tax notes on the Reform Act of 1998

Robert E. McKenzie

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Robert E. McKenzie provided his take on the IRS’ Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 (RRA ’98). The article titled, “15 Years After RRA ’98: Time to Re-restructure the IRS?” was published on August 12 on the website Tax Notes. Mr. McKenzie was one of many tax experts who contributed his “notes” to this article.

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David Newman contributes to Credit Union Times article

David Newman

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner David L. Newman offered his thoughts in a September 16 article titled, “Troll Wars: Patent Lawsuits Multiplying Against CUs,” published on the website Credit Union Times. The article talks about the rising number of credit unions that have been hit by lawsuits alleging patent infringement.

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