Howard & Howard congratulates 10 attorneys named to Mountain States Super Lawyers and Rising Starts 2016

Royal Oak, Michigan, June 22, 2016:  Ten of Howard & Howards attorneys were recently named to the 2016 Mountain States Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of the Thomson Reuters, Legal division based in Eagan, MN.  Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check. Mountain States Super Lawyers covers the states of Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Only five percent of the lawyers in each of these states are named to Super Lawyers.

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Nuthin’ but a Leaf Thang – Toronto Maple Leafs take issue with Snoop Dogg’s trade-mark application for LEAFS BY SNOOP Logo

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Partnership (“MLSE”), the parent company of the National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs, has requested an extension of time to oppose a U.S. trade-mark application filed by one Calvin Broadus – better known as Snoop Dogg (“Snoop”) – for a logo featuring the words LEAFS BY SNOOP on a leaf-shaped background.

MLSE is the owner of numerous trade-mark applications and registrations in Canada and the U.S. for different iterations of the Toronto Maple Leafs logo, for use with a variety of clothing and souvenir related goods.

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RSS supports the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie

June 21, 2016 — La Boucle, a fundraising activity associated with the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie, was taking place last Saturday. A group of participants rode their bicycles on a 130-kilometre route to raise funds while demonstrating the healthy lifestyle promoted by the Grand défi.

Pierre Bazinet, Jean-François Bilodeau, Benoît Chartier and Vincent Olivier Perreault were among the cyclists who made this event a success.

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Cities of Santa Monica, Pasadena, and San Diego Pass New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Laws

Kevin Sullivan

The cities of Santa Monica, Pasadena, and San Diego have each recently passed ordinances increasing the minimum wage effective July 1, 2016. And two of them have passed ordinances providing for paid sick leave beyond that required by California state law.

Santa Monica

The City of Santa Monica has passed a new ordinance providing for a city-wide minimum wage of $10.50 beginning July 1, 2016, $12.00 beginning July 1, 2017, and $13.25 beginning July 1, 2018, $14.25 beginning July 1, 2019, $15.00 beginning July 1, 2020 for most businesses with 26 or more employees. There is a one-year lag for most businesses with 25 or fewer employees – i.e., the $10.50 minimum wage begins July 1, 2017.

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NLRB Scraps Rule on Mixed-Guard Unit Recognition – Employment Law This Week

Featured on Employment Law This Week: The NLRB reverses its mixed-guard unit recognition rule. If a union represents both security guards and other employee groups, then an employer’s decision to recognize the union is voluntary. Before this decision, employers could also withdraw their recognition if no collective bargaining agreement was reached.  Now, employers must continue to recognize the union unless and until the employees vote to decertify it in an NLRB election.

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The Focus of Equal Pay Laws Is Redefined

Several states have recently passed laws (California, Maryland,[1] and New York) or have bills currently pending in their state legislatures (California,[2] Colorado, Massachusetts, and New Jersey) [3] seeking to eliminate pay differentials on the basis of sex (and, in some cases, other protected categories) (collectively, “Equal Pay Laws”).

Among other provisions, most of the Equal Pay Laws contain four components. They aim to (i) strengthen current equal pay standards, (ii) create pay transparency rules, (iii) expand equal pay protections beyond gender, and (iv) redefine the geographic reach of existing equal pay laws.

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Intestancy in Panamanian Law: Procedure before the Courts of Justice

Any person who at the time of his/her demise leaves certain rights and obligations that are part of their patrimony and are susceptible to be transferred, by a will or without a will. Article 628 of the Civil Code patrio defines inheritance as a transfers the assets and liability rights that conforms the inheritance of a deceased person to the surviving person, to whom the Law or the testator summons to receive it. The heir will be considered the person who succeeds as universal heir and legatee the person who inherits a specific asset.

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“Brexit” – Implications for Employment Law

With the referendum on the UK’s EU membership only days away, there has been much discussion of the effect a “Brexit” could have in numerous areas. Here, we look at the possible implications leaving the EU could have for employment law.

A significant amount of UK employment law comes from the EU, including discrimination laws, laws on the transfer of undertakings (TUPE), rights to family leave and the Working Time Regulations, which provide for holidays and rest breaks.

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LexUpdate: Changes in FDI Policy

In steps to further liberalise and simplify the foreign direct investment (“FDI”) regime in India and with the objective of providing major impetus to employment and job creation in India, the Government of India has announced sweeping changes to the FDI policy. It is stated that most of the sectors would now be under the automatic approval route except for a small negative list. The last 2 years have witnessed major FDI policy reforms in a number of sectors including in defence, insurance, broadcasting, single brand retail trading, manufacturing, civil aviation and asset reconstruction companies. Changes now introduced include increase in sectoral caps, bringing more activities under automatic route and easing of conditionalities for foreign investment. Brief details of the changes are as follows:

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Voldgiftskendelse var gyldig og kunne ikke efterprøves

Domstolene er som et helt klart udgangspunkt afskåret fra at efterprøve en voldgiftskendelse. Dette udgangspunkt har Højesteret bekræftet i en dom afsagt den 28. januar 2016.

Der var mellem en dansk og en udenlandsk virksomhed indgået en distributionsaftale med en voldgiftsklausul. I forbindelse med aftalens ophør opstod uenigheder mellem parterne om forståelsen af aftalen, herunder om aftalen indeholdt bestemmelse om eksklusivitet, og som følge heraf blev der anlagt en voldgiftssag ved Voldgiftsinstituttet.

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