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Richard B. Walsh, Jr. Named 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers

September 05, 2017
Lewis Rice is proud to announce The Best Lawyers in America® named Richard B. Walsh, Jr. “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Antitrust for 2018 in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Best Lawyers has included him in its annual list each year since 2008 for Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property, in addition to Litigation – Antitrust. Rick previously received the “Lawyer of the Year” award for Litigation – Antitrust in 2016.

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Ninth Circuit Rejects DOL’s “80/20 Rule” On Sidework And Tipped Employees Continue Reading…

Earlier today, the Ninth Circuit issued its opinion in cases involving the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) “80/20 Rule” regarding what is commonly referred to as “sidework” in the restaurant industry.  Agreeing with the arguments made by our new colleague Paul DeCamp, among others, the Ninth Circuit issued a decidedly employer-friendly decision.  In so doing, it disagreed with the Eighth Circuit, potentially setting the issue up for resolution by the United States Supreme Court.

As those in the restaurant industry are aware, restaurant workers and other tipped employees often perform a mix of activities in the course of carrying out their jobs.  Some tasks, such as taking a customers’ orders or delivering their food, may contribute directly to generating tips.  Other tasks, such as clearing tables, rolling silverware, and refilling salt and pepper shakers—activity generally known in the industry as “sidework”— arguably generate tips indirectly.

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Three finalists for Hall & Wilcox at the Women in Law Awards

Hall & Wilcox is pleased to be named finalists at this year’s Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.

Now in its sixth consecutive year, the Women in Law Awards recognises individual excellence in law, from the profession’s most senior ranks to its rising stars.

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Mother awarded damages for nervous shock from Bankstown Hospital tragedy


Ms Sorbello gave birth at the Bankstown Hospital to a son, Joseph, in 2008. Joseph suffered severe injury as the result of oxygen deprivation during his birth and as a result, he is profoundly disabled, has a significantly shortened life expectancy and requires lifetime care.

Proceedings were brought in negligence on behalf of Joseph against the South Western Sydney Local Health Network, which settled on confidential terms.

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DOL Withdraws Overtime Rule Appeal Continue Reading…

On September 5, 2017, the Department of Labor filed with the Fifth Circuit an unopposed motion asking the court to dismiss its appeal of the nationwide preliminary injunction ruling issued last November by a Judge Amos Mazzant in the Eastern District of Texas.  The motion states that DOL’s appeal is moot in light of Judge Mazzant’s entry of final judgment on August 31, 2017.  Barring any unusual further developments, we anticipate that the Fifth Circuit will dismiss the appeal promptly.

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Changes to Washington’s Pregnancy and Leave Laws

Accommodation of Pregnant Employees Effective July 23, 2017, employers in Washington State with 15 or more employees must provide specific reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees.  Undue hardship is not an excuse for some of the accommodations, including: Providing more frequent, longer, or flexible restroom breaks Modifying a no food or drink policy Providing seating or […]

The post Changes to Washington’s Pregnancy and Leave Laws appeared first on OMW Health Law.

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Hall & Wilcox wins at the Australian Law Awards

Hall & Wilcox is delighted that Tony Macvean was named Managing Partner of the Year at the 2017 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards.

The Australian Law Awards recognises excellence in law, legal professionals and law firms.

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Community go-karting event becomes a costly legal battle for organisers

The plaintiff attended a conference presented by the first defendant (a church) in WA. The organisers decided to provide a go-karting activity in the parking lot. Numerous males and three females completed the track without any issues. The plaintiff had driven five or six laps without incident. On her second attempt, she lost control of the kart and slammed her right foot down hitting the accelerator instead of the brake, resulting in the kart rocketing into a tree. The plaintiff almost severed her right foot. Unfortunately, her leg had to be amputated below the knee.

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Procedure for information disclosure to companies’ shareholders has changed

On July 30, 2017 the Federal law No. 233-FZ dated 29.07.2017 “On amendments to the Federal law “On joint stock companies” and article 50 of the Federal law “On limited liability companies” (hereinafter — “233-FZ”) entered into force, that amended the procedure for providing information by joint stock companies and limited liability companies to the owners of their shares.

In joint stock companies the following information is now available only to shareholders owning at least 1 % of the shares:

  1. information about major transactions and interested party transactions;
  2. minutes of the board of directors meetings;
  3. appraisers’ reports on property valuation in respect of which major transactions and interested party transactions took place.
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Build Relationship Equity First

Raise your hand if you’ve received an overly friendly email from a stranger, asking you for a favor.

Everyone? I thought so.

Why do these bug us so much? Aside from the fact that we’re busy enough trying to do our own work, balanced with some personal time, and fitting in helping out people we actually know, the reason is that when a stranger asks us for a favor they’re doing so without having any relationship equity. 

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