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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.

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The boom in natural gas liquids described in a recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy means good news for states in Appalachia and the Northeast.

The boom in natural gas liquids described in a recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy means good news for states in Appalachia and the Northeast where natural gas production is expected to continue to expand by 200 percent over a 10-year period through 2023.

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Wayfair update: States begin imposing economic nexus rules as Congress mulls federal legislation

Effective Oct. 1, 2018, economic nexus rules take effect for remote sellers in 11 states, including Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin. That means that remote sellers must begin collecting sales tax in these states if they meet the state’s economic nexus threshold, whether they have a physical presence in the state or not.

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Tesla embroiled in SEC dispute over Elon Musk’s recent tweets

Despite provisionally agreeing to settle an ongoing dispute with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) centering on a tweet speculating that Tesla may be taken private, Elon Musk has continued to jeopardize settlement discussions by taunting the SEC on Twitter. Given that the terms of any settlement are subject to judicial review, Musk’s Twitter usage has risked exposing Tesla and Musk, personally, to additional monetary liability and further mandates to change Tesla’s corporate structure to limit Musk’s control over the company.

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Ontario Judge Considers Systemic Anti-Black Racism As A Sentencing Principle

Earlier this year, a Toronto jury found Kevin Morris (“Morris”), a 26 year old black man, guilty of several gun-related charges including possession of an unauthorized firearm, possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition and carrying a concealed weapon.  The jury acquitted Morris of assaulting a police officer with intent to resist arrest. Morris was sentenced to 15 months in jail.  Predictably, there was an outcry in some media and corners of the criminal justice community that the sentence was too lenient and “soft on crime”.  On September 11, 2018, several months after Morris’s conviction, Justice Shaun Nakatsuru, the trial judge, released his written reasons for the sentence, including why he spared Morris from serving time in a federal penitentiary.   The reasons run twenty-one pages in length.  At the end of the reasons, Justice Nakatsuru attached as an appendix a report entitled “Expert Report on Crime, Criminal Justice and the Experience of Black Canadians in Toronto,” written by three social scientists.  The appended report, also runs 21 pages in length, excluding another 10 pages of footnotes.
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Liability to account for future profits: an expansion of the available remedies for knowing assistance?

In its recent decision in Ancient Order of Foresters in Victoria Friendly Society Limited v Lifeplan Australia Friendly Society Limited [2018] HCA 43, the High Court has highlighted the expansive remedies that can be ordered against a party who is found to have knowingly assisted in a breach of fiduciary or statutory duty, including ordering an account of anticipated future profits not yet (and potentially not ever) derived. This decision serves as a warning to those who knowingly assist employees, directors or officers and other fiduciaries to breach their duties that the financial liability of such conduct may far outweigh the actual benefits received.

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Talking Tax – Issue 137

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Pub’s gamble pays off: gaming machine entitlements deemed revenue expenditure

A humble Daylesford hotel is the latest battleground in the age-old capital v revenue tax battle.

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Howard & Howard Welcomes Ryan O’Malley

Royal Oak, Michigan, October 11, 2018:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Ryan T. O’Malley has joined the firm. He will practice out of the firm’s Las Vegas, Nevada office.

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Music Modernization Act Overhauls Music Licensing and Royalty Payments

Songs and musical works have been protected under the intellectual property laws of the United States since the 1830s, and third parties who wish to use or perform songs written by others must first get permission from the songwriter to do so. However, sound recordings did not enjoy federal copyright protection until 1972, resulting in older songs being subject to a patchwork of state copyright laws governing recordings, and new song recordings being treated differently under the law than the songs themselves.

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Preserving causes of action in Sixth Circuit: In re Mountain Glacier

One important aspect of a chapter 11 case, whether the plan for the case is to reorganize and emerge from bankruptcy or to liquidate, is the preservation of pre-petition claims for prosecution after the plan is confirmed. If a claim is not properly preserved and transferred in the chapter 11 plan, the debtor risks losing the claim post-confirmation. The defendant may defend any such claim by asserting the claim is barred pursuant to res judicata or the debtor lacks standing to pursue the claim.

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Court Finds ACLA Claims Precluded, CMS PAMA Rules Stand

The American Clinical Laboratory Association (“ACLA”) challenged the final rules promulgated by the Department for Health and Human Services (“HHS”) pertaining to how the Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (“CLFS”) payment rates are established for laboratory services (Am. Clinical Lab. Ass’n v. Azar, No. 17-2645 ABJ, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161639, 2018 WL 4539681 (D.D.C. Sept. 21, 2018)). The U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia granted HHS’ motion for summary judgment to dismiss the complaint after concluding that the court lacked subject matter jurisdiction to hear the case. This is a significant set-back for the laboratory industry that has been fighting against the reductions in Medicare reimbursement under the new payment methodology, but it is not the end of the road.

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