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Asean Today – Regional Legal and Business News – June 2017

ASEAN Economic Community News

Regional Economic Outlook
The ASEAN Secretariat reports that ASEAN in 2017 will continue to see strong economic growth that should match its 4.8% growth in 2016. The Secretariat attributes the growth to the strengthening of private consumption and private investment in the region. In 2018, they expect domestic demand growth to be driven by 1) consumption, backed by stable labor market conditions and wage growth, and 2) demand, backed by public spending on infrastructure projects and fiscal stimulus. Downside risks include potential disruptions due to global trade policy adjustments and changes in monetary policies.

ASEAN Power Grid
At the ASEAN Ministers of Energy meeting in September, Thailand, Laos, and Malaysia plan on signing a tripartite electricity-trading agreement which could initiate the start of the ASEAN Power Grid. The agreement covers the sale of 100 megawatts of electricity generated in Laos and transferred to Malaysia using Thailand’s transmission system. The planned ASEAN Power Grid will be a secure, reliable integrated electricity infrastructure that will help stimulate regional economic growth and development.

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Hall & Wilcox finalist at Hunter Diversity Awards

Leading business law firm Hall & Wilcox is pleased to be named as a finalist for the Workplace Flexibility Champion Award at the 2017 Hunter Diversity Awards.

The Workplace Flexibility Champion Award recognises an organisation that is putting into practice initiatives that allow all employees the opportunity to prosper and succeed through flexible work practices.

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Arnstein & Lehr Partner Gary Brown Talks Construction Law

Arnstein & Lehr Fort Lauderdale Partner Gary L. Brown presented an informational webinar titled, “Construction Law: Ultimate Bootcamp.” The topics discussed were Key Contract Terms, Managing Risk, Design Deficiencies, Changes and Delays, and Remedies for Non-Payment.

The webinar was co-sponsored and hosted by the Palm Beach County Bar Association live on June 27, 2017, but the recorded version can be viewed here.

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New Urban Regulatory Framework: Relevant Changes and Inclusions in the Legislative Order

The presidential sanction puts an end to the numerous discussions that took place from the edition of MP 759/2016, on 12/22/2016, throughout the legislative process of its conversion into law. Undoubtedly, such discussions were justified by the innovations brought by the MP through valuable mechanisms designed for land regularization independent of the economic situation of its final recipient, and by the need to improve its provisions.

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EU GDPR: not so sweet concept of freely given consent

Article by Mindaugas Civilka and Minvydas Balčiūnas 

Consent is arguably among the most direct grounds to collect and process one’s personal data. EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) defines consent as “freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject’s agreement to the processing of personal data relating to him or her, such as by a written statement, including by electronic means, or an oral statement”.

Free will

The compatibility of one’s consent with the inherently “free will” is represented by cohesion of external forms of personal behaviour with the mental will-forming factors (goals, fears, other motives). Sometimes this connection is feeble, especially when the person does not care much about the value of his personal information, or in other cases he does care about privacy, but has no other choice but to give-away his personal information (e.g. if it is the only way to receive some sort of service).

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Is Collaborative Law right for Your Family?

When a spouse files for divorce in court there are various paths the divorce process can follow.  The case can be litigated in court where neither party knows what the outcome will be and they leave their fate in the judge’s hands.  The parties can choose mediation and work with a mediator who listens to both spouses and attempts to reach settlement in one or two sessions, or;  the parties can choose to resolve their various issues using the Collaborative Law process.  In the Collaborative Law process the fate of the family is in the hands of those who know the family the best – the parents/spouses.

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Collaborative Law gaining traction in Indiana

The first Collaborative Law training in Indiana  occurred 10 years ago.  The presenters were Stu Webb, the Father of Collaborative Law, and Ron Ousky.  Though Stu started developing the practice of Collaborative Law in the 1980’s and the practice is worldwide, it is only now coming of age in Indiana now.  Indiana attorneys, mental health experts and financial professionals have all been trained in the practice of collaborative law.  It is a paradigm shift for litigators and in my estimation it is the best method of dissolving a marriage.  Many practitioners think of Collaborative Law as a form of ADR and those practitioners who are mediators seem to latch onto this method.  We know that the vast majority of cases that go to mediation are settled, but this method surpasses mediation in client satisfaction and meeting the interests of the parties. 

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Can Trademarks Violate Free Speech?

Suppose that you want to register a trademark that identifies a source of goods or services for your business.  What if the trademark may be scandalous or disparage a particular group of people?  Should you register your trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office?  Can you obtain a registration from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office?  The answer is YES!

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Landmark Supreme Court Judgment on Costs – Sheehan (minor) v Corr

On 15th June 2017, the Supreme Court gave a decision in the case of Isabelle Sheehan (a minor) v David Corr which has been described by the Law Society as a “landmark decision on legal costs”.

The matter arose on foot of a medical negligence action in which the costs were taxed by the Taxing Master, with the general instructions fee being the main item of contention. Same had been claimed in the sum of €485,000.00 and after an initial ruling in 2012 and a further ruling in 2014 on foot of objections raised, the instructions fee was assessed at €276,000.00.

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UK beneficial ownership registers: now it’s your turn, trustees

On 26 June 2017, the UK Government introduced a beneficial ownership register for trusts for the first time, in response to its need to comply with the EU’s 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive.  Which trusts will be affected and what will trustees have to do?

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