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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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New Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave Launches Website, Issues First Round of Guidance

The brand-new Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (“DFML”) has launched its webpage and issued the first set of guidance for both employers and employees. The DFML was created to help facilitate the implementation of Massachusetts’ new Paid Family and Medical Leave programs (“PFML”). The deadline for employers to start making contributions toward the PFML programs is July 1, 2019, and employees may begin receiving benefits beginning on January 1, 2021.

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Commercial Bankruptcy in the United States – Impacts on Litigators & Transactional Lawyers

Commercial bankruptcy in the United States is a tool to conduct and continue big business.  Because its effects reach into other practice areas, there are opportunities for non-bankruptcy members to provide value to their clients by calling on the expertise of ILN commercial bankruptcy practitioners.

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Do Makers of Children’s Connected Toys Need a Time-Out to Comply with COPPA?

Ask a parent about their biggest concern when it comes to having their young children log too much screen time on tablets or smart phones, and you’re likely to hear answers ranging from poor academic performance to simply not getting outside more to blow off steam.

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Davis Malm Adds Kevin J. Milton to its Business Law and Banking and Credit Practices

The Boston law firm of Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. announces that Kevin J. Milton has joined the firm as an associate in the Business Law and Banking and Credit areas. Mr. Milton assists with general corporate law and finance matters, including corporate formation, commercial transactions, private equity, and corporate governance. Prior to joining Davis Malm, Mr. Milton held internship positions at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Office of the General Counsel; United States Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division; Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office; and several private practice firms in Boston.

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Ontario Court of Appeal Declines to Clarify When Judges Can Impose Fines Below Statutory Minimum

In a decision released on December 7, 2018, the Ontario Court of Appeal missed an opportunity to provide lower courts with guidance  regarding the circumstances in which they could depart from imposing statutory minimum fines required by provincial regulatory statutes.  Section 59(2) of the Provincial Offences Act (“POA”)  gives the court discretion to impose something less than the minimum where “exceptional circumstances” make it “unduly oppressive” or “not in the interests of justice” to do so.   However, the Court of Appeal ruled that the provincial offence regime is better served by leaving the requirements for departure from minimum fines and sentences intentionally vague.  In fact, the Court may have even muddied the waters by appearing to say that “exceptional” means “unusual” and then failing to define the term unusual.

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Act Now Advisory: New York Wage Deduction Rules

On December 7, 2018, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law an amendment to New York Labor Law (“NYLL”) Section 193 (“NY Wage Deduction Law”) extending the NY Wage Deduction Law, which had expired on November 6, 2018, until November 6, 2020.

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RSS succeeds in having a $55-million liability claim dismissed before the Supreme Court

A corporation of which you are a shareholder claims to have sustained important damages which, in your view, were caused by the fault of professionals. These damages and losses caused the corporation’s bankruptcy. Can you, as shareholder, sue the professionals to claim compensation for the corporation’s damages?

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Can Trademarks Be Primarily Geographically Descriptive?

Suppose that you want to register a trademark that identifies a source of goods or services for your business.  What if the trademark describes a geographical area such as eastern?  Should you register your trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office?  Can you obtain a registration from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office?  The answer is YES! if the mark is not primarily geographically descriptive.

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What Austrian Companies Need to Know

What constitutes sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is a behavior towards another human being where the abuser harms the dignity of the victim and creates an intimidating, hostile or humiliating working environment. The victim feels shock, horror, fear, revulsion, indignation, anger or shame. Sexual harassment can appear in all forms of verbal abuse, as well as physical actions. Whereas physical actions are always forbidden, verbal or also nonverbal abuses are not punished if they don’t happen at the workplace. Ordering someone to harass someone is a form of sexual harassment as well as discriminating someone because of their sexual orientation or sex in general.

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Corporate trustees and ipso facto reforms

The Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Act 2017 (Cth) (Act) introduced new laws which operate to stay the enforcement of ipso facto clauses that are triggered upon a company suffering an insolvency event. These new laws come to effect for contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2018.

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