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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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Lawyers: What Makes You Worth Talking About?

Lawyers know better than most people that words matter – after all, who knows better than a contract lawyer that a nuanced clause can make or break a deal?

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Hall & Wilcox advises Powerwrap Limited on $17.4 million IPO and ASX listing

Leading Australian law firm Hall & Wilcox has advised Powerwrap Limited, one of Australia’s leading wealth management and administration platforms, on its successful initial public offer of securities and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.

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Still Standing?: The Sometimes Rocky World Of Public Art

What distinguishes public art is the unique association of how it is made, where it is, and what it means.” The Association for Public Art

To many, the names “Rocky Balboa” and the “Italian Stallion” are as universal and front of mind as the names “Chuck Wepner” and the “Bayonne Bleeder” are regional and tucked into (or have already fallen out of or never made it into) the recesses of memory.  But this writer is not most people.  Though aspiring to be a child of the universe, I am at heart still a ten-year-old kid from Bayonne, New Jersey, at the south end of Hudson County who (in 1975) thought a guy from our neighborhood was about to pull off the greatest upset in sports history (at least in the pre-Miracle-on-Ice/before-Jimmy-V era).

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Hall & Wilcox advises Arena REIT on $55 million equity raising

Leading Australian law firm Hall & Wilcox is pleased to have advised Arena REIT on its recently announced capital raising to assist it in funding a number of acquisitions and maintain balance sheet capacity for future growth opportunities. Arena is an ASX300 listed property group that owns, manages and develops social infrastructure properties across Australia.

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Defendant successfully relies on statutory defences to defeat rider’s claim for fall from ‘spooked’ horse

On 28 September 2012, the plaintiff, Kerrie Menz (plaintiff), was riding her horse (‘Sonny’) in a warm-up area of the Wagga Wagga Showground (showground). A group of children nearby made contact with a metal sign on the fence, which caused a loud noise. This noise startled another horse ‘Banjo’, which in turn spooked Sonny. Sonny faltered and fell onto his right side while the plaintiff was still in the saddle.

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Talking Tax – Issue 157

Decision in Paule & Ors v FCT appealed

The taxpayers in Paule & Ors v FCT [2019] FCA 394 have appealed to the Full Federal Court.

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NLRB General Counsel Concludes That Drivers Using the Uber App Are Independent Contractors, Not Employees

The Division of Advice of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”), in an Advice Memorandum, dated April 16, 2019 (“Advice Memo”),[1] has concluded that “drivers providing personal transportation services” using Uber Technologies Inc.’s “app-based ride-share platforms” were independent contractors and not employees, as the drivers had alleged in a series of unfair labor practice charges filed in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Based on the Division of Advice’s analysis of the relationship between Uber and the drivers, the General Counsel’s office directed that the Regional Directors in San Francisco, Chicago, and Brooklyn dismiss the charges.

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WA Governor Signs Salary History Ban – Effective 7/28/19

As we wrote last month, the state of Washington passed legislation barring most inquiries into salary history by employers, as well as requiring employers to divulge salary bands for posted jobs.  On May 9, 2019, the governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, signed the bill, confirming the law statewide.  The law will take effect on July 28, 2019, and prior to that date, Washington employers should plan to amend any employment applications and hiring practices to conform to the new law.

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City of St. Louis Considering Ordinance to Regulate Medical Marijuana

In response to the enactment of Amendment 2 to the Missouri Constitution, which allows marijuana to be used for medical purposes, the government of the City of St. Louis is considering an ordinance to regulate it. Board Bill No. 2, pertaining to the regulation of medical marijuana facilities in the City, was introduced on May 3, 2019 for a first reading before the Board of Aldermen. The proposed ordinance anticipates the August 3 deadline for the state to begin accepting license applications from medical marijuana facilities. Several other Missouri cities have passed medical marijuana ordinances, and many more cities might well follow.

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McDonald Hopkins IP litigators obtain significant win by invalidating four patents and receiving judgements of no infringement and no misappropriation

Two members of McDonald Hopkins intellectual property litigation team, Dave Cupar and Matt Cavanagh, won a significant judgment in a patent and trade secret case in favor of their client, Horizon Global Americas Inc., ending an eight-year legal battle between Horizon and a former business partner, Let’s Go Aero, Inc. (“LGA”) over intellectual property rights to hitch-mounted bike racks and automobile accessories. Horizon Global Americas Inc. is a subsidiary of Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of branded towing and trailering equipment.

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