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Florida: Governor vows to never stop fighting for Florida’s families

Last week, on the first day back to work for lawmakers, Gov. Rick Scott gave his state of the state address in which he promised debates over bills and policies, and a new perspective, gained from the state’s heartbreaks. Despite the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, the governor asserted that “the future of our state is even greater than our past accomplishments…” He “resolved to build a society where any child, no matter where they are from, has the opportunity to live their dreams.”
Recognizing the heroism and sacrifice that he witnessed in Orlando, the governor underscored his commitment to public safety, and spotlighted his $6 million recommendation for counterterrorism efforts this year. Gov. Scott next highlighted the state’s booming economy, touting the fact that lawmakers have cut taxes 55 times, “saving families $6.5 billion.” Pledging to do more, he will be “fighting to cut taxes by $618 million to cut costs for small businesses, students, veterans, teachers and families.”
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RSS increases its presence with the aviation and aerospace industry

March 20, 2017 — With the recent arrival of Nicolas Drolet, lawyer and airline pilot with extensive flying experience and knowledge of the industry, RSS is more than ever an ideal advisor to Quebec’s aviation sector. Airlines, engine and parts suppliers, shippers, drone operators, insurers, financial institutions and others will find at RSS a team of experienced and dynamic legal advisors.

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Important Amendment to Thailand’s Anti-Corruption Act

Amendment 3 of Thailand’s Anti-Corruption Act, the Organic Act on Counter Corruption B.E. 2542 (1999) (the Act), came into effect on July 10, 2015. The amendment was influenced by the U.K. Anti-Bribery Act and by the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and its enforcement agencies. Under the Act, Thailand now complies with international standards for anti-corruption. The amended Act covers offenses and punishments relating to bribery amongst state officials in Thailand, foreign countries, and officials from international organizations. The National Anti-Corruption Commission can now investigate and file suits in Thailand and in foreign courts against Thai and foreign state officials, individuals in the private sector, and international organizations. A major objective of the amended Act is to compel Thai companies to draft and implement anti- corruption policies that will help prevent corrupt practices before they can happen.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Sandra Egan, Partner, organised a HOMS Solicitors celebration for International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8th March 2017.

HOMS Solicitors' Celebration of International Women's Day

HOMS Solicitors’ Celebration of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The global theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is #BeBoldforChange. Around the world, International Women’s Day can be an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity.

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New law: where does the new client fit in?

Amid the potential for new technologies to transform legal delivery, the most exciting change we are currently seeing is clients who expect more.

So much of the talk around innovation in legal services misses the one vital element of the whole equation. Technology is and will continue to play a huge role, but something bigger is happening: focus on the client.

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What happens if you are from the UK or own assets in the UK?

Beware of the dreaded inheritance tax and changes to it from April 2017!

Approximately 1.3 million Britons now live in Australia and Brexit may only increase this number! Many think that moving to Australia means they no longer need to worry about UK tax, but often they are not fully aware of the tax and in particular the inheritance tax (IHT), implications of moving here.  Similar issues can arise for Australians owning UK assets, which has become more attractive because of the exchange rate and individuals working abroad. With information sharing between tax authorities now the norm, it is no longer possible to ignore this.

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Lidings Wins Over RUR 20 mln. IP Infringement Case on Behalf of Major German Manufacturing Company in FAS

Lidings intellectual property practice’s experts have successfully represented a large German company, one of the world’s leaders in the industrial and FMCG sectors, in a case over infringement of its intellectual property rights by Russian competitor with claim over RUR 20 mln.

One of the Russian regional enterprises imitated trade dress, design elements and corporate colors of well-known adhesives, the intellectual property rights of which belong to the Lidings’ client. The counterfeit products manufactured by the competitor were sold in retail chains throughout the country.

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Third Circuit Holds Medical Residents May Bring Title IX Claims

In a decision with significant implications for private hospitals, on March 7, 2017 the Third Circuit held in Doe v. Mercy Catholic Medical Center that medical residents may bring private causes of action for sex discrimination under Title IX against private teaching hospitals operating residency programs, and are not limited to claims under Title VII.

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Even If A Trial Court Denies Your Injunction, If Your Request Is Well-Founded, Consider An Immediate Appeal

In non-compete matters, it is often said that trial judges dislike enjoining individuals and will go out of their way to avoid doing so. A recent decision by the Florida Court of Appeals, Allied Universal Corporation v. Jeffrey B. Given, may be a good example of such a situation – as well as an example of an employer that took an immediate appeal and got the relief it wanted.

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Latvia: New law encouraging volunteer workers

A new law regulating unpaid volunteer work has recently been adopted in Latvia. The law as originally drafted envisaged that only non-profit entities would be allowed to organize volunteer work, ie:

1. Non-profit associations and foundations (including trade unions).

2. State and municipal institutions (and political parties).

It has now been proposed that social enterprises (for-profit businesses with a social or environmental mission) be added to the list of organisations that are permitted to employ volunteers. The change is expected to come into force on 1 January 2018. Social enterprises should bear in mind that they will not be permitted to rely solely on volunteers – at least one member of staff must receive a salary.

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