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International Lawyers Network

The International Lawyers Network (ILN) is a leading association of 91 high-quality, full-service independent law firms.

Since 1988, the ILN has helped its members keep pace with today’s global economy, through access to the tremendous strength and depth of the combined expertise of 5,000 lawyers in 66 countries on six continents.

ILN member firms are among the most respected and most experienced counsel in their jurisdictions. Clients’ increasing need for reliable foreign counsel is well-met by the personalized, high-quality and cost-effective legal services provided by ILN member firms. Unique to the ILN are the strong personal and professional relationships among its members and their clients developed over the past 30 years. Far from a mere directory, the ILN is an affiliation of lawyers who gather on a regional and worldwide basis annually and work routinely with each other to address client requirements and needs.

Each of the ILN’s member firms is international in outlook and staffed by highly trained senior attorneys, who are experts in a broad range of practice areas. ILN members have demonstrated experience in working successfully with international companies. They are independent, mid-sized firms within their jurisdictions, and are committed to the focus of the International Lawyers Network, admitted to the Network only after a rigorous application process. The ILN provides clients with high-quality service from experienced local counsel who work in firms that maintain excellent reputations in their own countries. This means that clients have immediate access to attorneys who are native, both linguistically and culturally, to the country of interest.

The ILN’s international directory app is available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones. To access the app, click here or log on to ILNmobile.com from your smartphone. Request more information about ILN membership here.

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Congratulations to Our Nine Attorneys Named to Mountain States Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2021

Royal Oak, Mich., July 22, 2021 – Royal Oak, Mich.-based Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that nine of our attorneys have been named to Mountain States Super Lawyers® and Mountain States Rising Stars 2021. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. Mountain States Super Lawyers covers the states of Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. Only five percent of the attorneys in each state were named to the Super Lawyers list and two- and one-half percent to Rising Stars.

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New rules for medical devices registration in Eurasian Union

Eurasian Economic Commission adopted Recommendations No. 15 “On amendments to Rules for medical devices registration in Eurasian economic union” on 29 June 2021. The Rules were approved by Eurasian Economic Commission on 12 November 2018.

New Recommendations amended the rules for the registration of different medical devices. New rules shall be applied from 2 July 2021.

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Philippe Brassard Joins Our Business Law Group

July 22, 2021 — Philippe Brassard, who was officially called to the Bar yesterday, is joining RSS’s Business Law Group, within which he had already made his mark as an articling student. An alumnus of the University of Montréal, he has a passion for the business world that clients have come to appreciate.

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Delaware Set to Increase Minimum Wage to $15 by 2025

On July 19, 2021, Delaware Governor John Carney signed legislation that will gradually increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. This is a substantial increase from Delaware’s current minimum wage of $9.25 per hour. The minimum wage requirements apply to all employers who employ individuals in the state.

Following the examples set by neighboring Maryland and New Jersey, Delaware’s minimum wage increase will occur in phases. Effective January 1, 2022, the minimum wage will increase to $10.50 per hour. Thereafter, the minimum wage will increase annually on the following schedule:

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: A Deeper Dive into Rainmaking Tactics (Part 4 – Writing)

Join us for this week’s rainmaking recommendation from trainer and coach, Jaimie Field.

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In Rainmaking Recommendation #249, I explained that two of the best tactics you could use were public speaking and writing for showcasing your knowledge.  And while that Rainmaking Recommendation delved into public speaking, this one dives into writing.

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To hold a remote meeting will be easer

On July 1, 2021, Federal Law No. 225-FZ of 28.06.2021 “On Amendments to Part One of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation” (the Law) aimed at improving and increasing the effectiveness of holding remote meetings came into force.

The last year of the pandemic has revealed the urgent need for legislative consolidation and settlement of issues related to holding meetings remotely. The adoption of the Law unambiguously solves some of the accumulated problems.

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Video: Biden Seeks to Boost Competition, HERO Act Guidance, and Key Nominees Advance – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, we focus on President Biden’s recent push to limit non-compete agreements and finalize key labor and employment appointments.

Biden Executive Order Seeks to Boost Competition

President Biden has issued an expansive executive order, which aims to boost competition across the U.S. economy, lower prices for consumers, and increase pay for workers. The order encourages federal action to ban or limit non-compete agreements, reigniting a policy debate which raged at the end of the Obama administration over when and how non-competes can be enforced. Learn more.

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WHAT, IN THE NAME OF GOD, …?: Intellectual Property Rights In Holy Names, Sacred Words, & Other Aspects of Creation

The title of this piece tracks a common “phrase of exasperation used to emphasize a question or statement.”  If that be the case, and I think it is, then the subtitle implies the question this piece will address.  That question is “how have various countries’ intellectual property laws addressed efforts to copyright, trademark, or patent holy names, sacred words, or outputs of creation?”  The title, of course, also is a bit of play on words, as it asks the question more directly “what intellectual property rights are out there that people can acquire ‘in the name of God’?” That can mean rights to the name (or one of the names) itself.  It can also mean as the proxy or substitute holder of rights here on earth because no spiritual being will receive a copyright certificate, trademark registrations, or letters patent.  So a lot is implied in, or possible from, the title (as is often my intent on this blog).

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California Employers Will Need to Change How They Calculate Meal and Rest Period Premiums Following California Supreme Court Decision

California law generally requires employers to pay non-exempt employees a premium of one hour of pay for non-compliant meal and rest periods. Employers have typically paid such premiums by using the employees’ standard hourly rates. A new California Supreme Court decision requires employers to pay premiums at a higher rate when employees receive nondiscretionary compensation. This change in the law not only will require employers to adjust how they calculate meal and rest period premiums going forward, but it also exposes some of them to litigation for their past practices if they did not previously pay at the higher rates – despite the fact that, before this new decision, they had no reason to believe that premiums should be paid at those higher rates.

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DOJ’s Recent Telehealth Enforcement Action Highlights Increased Abuse of COVID-19 Waivers

On May 26, 2021, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a coordinated law enforcement action against 14 telehealth executives, physicians, marketers, and healthcare business owners for their alleged fraudulent COVID-19 related Medicare claims resulting in over $143 million in false billing.[1] This coordinated effort highlights the increased scrutiny telehealth providers are facing as rapid expansion efforts due to COVID-19 shape industry standards.

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