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Design Patents – Taking a Closer Look at These Valuable Assets

Intellectual property shareholder, Sarah Brooks, and associate, Salil Bali‘s article, “Design Patents – Taking a Closer Look at These Valuable Assets” was published in The Fall 2014 “New Matter” Intellectual Property Publication. More…

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Proposed Changes Impacting Charitable Giving

The government tabled a detailed Notice of Ways and Means Motion today to implement a number of changes announced in Budget 2014, as well as other measures. One of these changes will provide greater flexibility with respect to charitable gifts that are made in a will.

Currently, any charitable gifts in an individual’s will are deemed to have been made by the individual immediately before they died and the donation tax credits that arise from the charitable gift can be used in the deceased’s terminal tax return or the immediately prior tax return. It is not possible for any excess credits to be used by the estate to offset any income that may be earned by the estate.

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Comply, Offset or Pay: BC To Regulate LNG Export Facilities on CO2 Emissions

Today, the BC Government introduced new legislation aimed to help BC meet its greenhouse gas emission targets by imposing environmental standards on liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities operating within the province.

Under the Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act, natural gas cooling facilities must meet a benchmark of 0.16 carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) tonnes per tonne of LNG produced. Per the BC Government background statement,  leading global LNG facilities have emissions intensities between 0.18 and .027 tonnes of CO2e per tonne of LNG produced.

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Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners Law Firm has won a case for the editors-in-chief of the daily “Fakt” tabloid newspaper and its website Fakt.pl against the General Inspectorate for Road Transport

On 14 October 2014, the Court of Appeal in Warsaw dismissed an appeal in whole which was submitted by the General Inspectorate of Road Transport in a case brought against the editors-in-chief of the daily “Fakt” tabloid newspaper – G. Jankowski and R. Feluś, and the editors-in-chief of its accompanying website, fakt.pl – K. Sielicka and M. Wodziński, which recognized that the Judgment issued by the court of first instance corresponds with law.

The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal in whole which was submitted by GIRT, and demanded that the original Judgment issued by the Regional Court be overturned and that an order was made for the publication of a rectification to the information published in Fakt and on the fakt.pl. website in articles entitled: “They tell us to impose fines”, “Imposing fines as piecework” and “A secret order: the more fines imposed, the higher the salaries.”  More…

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ADC initiates new investigation into alleged dumping of steel reinforcing bar

The ADC has achieved the “ton” with the issue of ADN 2014/100 on Friday, 17 October 2014.

Click here to view the ADN.

The Investigation was initiated at the application of OneSteel. More…

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Court of Appeal – Proposed new regime for civil appeals and applications

On 9 September 2014, the Courts Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2014(Vic) (the Act) was assented and will come into effect on 10 November 2014.  The Act makes various amendments to the Supreme Court Act 1986 (Vic) and proposes a new regime for the Court of Appeal to hear civil appeals and applications.

The purpose of the Act is to further improve timeliness of the civil appeal process.  More…

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Clark Wilson acts for C. Fipke Holdings Ltd. to sell stake in Etaki Diamond Mine

Clark Wilson acted for renowned Canadian geologist Charles Fipke and C. Fipke Holdings Ltd. in connection with the sale of Fipke’s 10% stake in the Ekati diamond mine. Fipke’s interest was sold to existing joint venture partners Dominion Diamond Corporation and Dr. Stewart Blusson. Adam Dlin led Clark Wilson’s legal team comprised of Virgil Hlus, Aaron Singer and Areet Kaila. Learn more.
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Immigration Act – Landlord’s Obligations

There have been concerns for some time that rogue residential landlords are letting their properties to illegal immigrants, who then evade deportation. These properties are often unsafe with no sanitation. With that in mind, new statutory provisions have been implemented that will fine landlords up to £3,000 if they do not check their tenants’ immigration status. British citizens, EEA and Swiss nationals and anyone who has indefinite leave to remain are fine. For everyone else, the landlord will have to carry out checks. Visitors with a time-limited visa (e.g. guest workers) will be allowed to rent for the duration of their visa but the landlord will need to follow up to make sure that the visa has been renewed and file a report to the Home Office if it has not.  More…

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SFO faces fresh attempt at NCA merger

This article was previously published in The Times on 9 October 2014.

After failing in her attempts to overhaul the Serious Fraud Office three years ago in the face of staunch opposition from the former attorney general, Dominic Grieve QC, and Justice Minister, Kenneth Clarke, Theresa May is now considering reviving her plans to dismantle the much maligned organisation. The SFO has received its fair share of bad publicity ranging from the ill-conceived Tchenguiz investigation to alleged secret payments to exit staff. More…

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TWENTY-SIX DAVIS MALM ATTORNEYS LISTED IN 2014 MASSACHUSETTS SUPER LAWYERS AND RISING STARS

Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. is pleased to announce that 26 of its attorneys were named to the list of 2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. The results will be published in a supplement to the November 2014 issue of Boston magazine and in New England Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters.

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