David Austin appears on the CKNW Energy Show

David Austin was featured on CKNW AM 980’s Energy Show (see April 19th at 7pm), a program that explores today’s changing energy landscape. Along with the President of Highnet Energy Inc., David Clark-Wilson (not affiliated with Clark Wilson LLP) and the Co-Founder of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association, Alison Thompson, David discussed geothermal energy and energy performance improvement.

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Defendant Property Insurer Need Not Pay Claim Before Issuing Third Party Notice Against Those Responsible for Damage

By Jennifer R. Loeb

A recent BC Supreme Court decision in The Owners, Strata Plan 4249 v. Travelers Insurance Company of Canada confirms that an insurer defending itself in a first party policy lawsuit is entitled to issue third party notices for subrogation against those responsible for the loss.

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How We Buy What You Sell – and How That’s Changing – A Recap

I’m still recovering from the whirlwind that was #LMA15 – it’s always a festival of education, networking, mentorship, relationship-building, thought leadership, and having amazing, thought-provoking conversations about our industry and where its headed. And I love every minute of it.

But one of my favorite parts, as you know, is the general counsel panel.  This year’s panel was focused on “How we buy what you sell – and how that’s changing.” I had the pleasure of speaking with two of the three panelists in advance of the session, Joe Otterstetter of 3M and Virginia Sanzone of CareFusion, and their comments during the session were very much in line with our conversations. 

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April 23 Complimentary Webinar Concerning EEOC Wellness Regulations

To register for this complimentary webinar, please click here.

I’d like to recommend an upcoming complimentary webinar, “EEOC Wellness Regulations – What Do They Mean for Employer-Sponsored Programs? (April 23, 2015, 12:00 p.m. EDT) presented by my Epstein Becker Green colleagues Frank C. Morris, Jr. and Adam C. Solander.

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A full-sized penalty for a half-baked campaign

In its decision handed down last Friday, the Federal Court of Australia has ordered Coles Supermarkets Australia (Coles) to pay pecuniary penalties in the sum of $2.5million in an action brought against it by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The case is significant because, despite the fact that there was no evidence that consumers had suffered any significant harm, the penalty imposed by the Court was at the higher end of the scale. More…

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APRA comments on residential mortgage lending

APRA has released APG223, which provides useful commentary on the use of brokers by ADIs and other aspects of residential mortgage lending.

Lending secured by mortgages over residential property constitutes the largest credit exposure in the Australian banking system, and for many ADIs, represents over half their total credit exposures.  This concentration of exposure warrants ADIs paying particular attention to residential mortgage lending practices.

APRA’s Prudential Practice Guides (PPGs) provide guidance on APRA’s view of sound practice in particular areas, but do not themselves create enforceable requirements. PPGs for Authorised Deposit Taking Institutions are called APGs. More…

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Mr. Takashi Koyama authored an article concerning the investment treaty arbitration case of Achmea B.V. v. The Slovak Republic, UNCITRAL, Award on Jurisdiction, Arbitrability and Suspension, 26 October, 2010, that appeared in the ‘JCA Journal’.

April 10, 2015 – Mr. Takashi Koyama authored an article in the ‘JCA Journal’ (Vol. 62, No. 4, April 2015) titled “The Existence of a “Dispute” and the Prima Facie Test for a Tribunal to Have Jurisdiction” (Achmea B.V. v. The Slovak Republic, UNCITRAL, PCA Case No. 2008-13 (formerly Eureko B.V. v. The Slovak Republic), Award on Jurisdiction, Arbitrability and Suspension, 26 October, 2010. (in ‘JCA Journal’, Vol. 62, No. 4, April 2015). More…

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EEOC Issues Proposed Wellness Program Amendments to ADA Regulations

My colleagues Frank C. Morris, Jr., Adam C. Solander, and August Emil Huelle co-authored a Health Care and Life Sciences Client Alert concerning the EEOC’s proposed amendments to its ADA regulations and it is a topic of interest to many of our readers.

Following is an excerpt:

On April 16, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released its highly anticipated proposed regulations (to be published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2015, for notice and comment) setting forth the EEOC’s interpretation of the term “voluntary” as to the disability-related inquiries and medical examination provisions of the American with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Under the ADA, employers are generally barred from making disability-related inquiries to employees or requiring employees to undergo medical examinations. There is an exception to this prohibition, however, for disability-related inquiries and medical examinations that are “voluntary.”

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Week of April 13, 2015 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

It’s hard to believe another week has gone by, and it’s really hard to believe that another LMA conference has come and gone. We have some great memories and takeaways that I’ll be sharing over the coming days, but first, let’s look at this week’s top posts from ILNToday!

 

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Permitted development rights – further changes from 15 April

The last few years have seen a shake-up of permitted development rights by the coalition government aimed at introducing greater flexibility into the planning system and promoting growth.

By way of a general reminder, permitted development rights are a national grant of planning permission which allows certain building works or changes of use without the need for a planning application. Permitted development rights are generally subject to national conditions and limitations (for example limits on height, size or location etc.).  More…

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