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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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McDonald Hopkins ranked among nation’s “Best Law Firms” in 2020 by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

McDonald Hopkins LLC has been selected for inclusion in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. READ MORE

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CMS extends Medicare payments for care management

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued a final rule which continues the trend of encouraging care management activities by making it easier and more financially attractive to furnish chronic care management, transitional care management and remote physiologic monitoring services for Medicare patients. READ MORE

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Compliancy Experts Discuss Latest Anti-corruption Regulations at ACCN Conference in Beijing

The 13th Anti-Corruption Compliance in China Summit 2019 (ACCN), hosted by Duxes, took place at the Crowne Plaza Chaoyang U-Town in Beijing from November 13-14. ACCN 2019 attracted business leaders and legal experts from around the country to exchange ideas on the latest approaches, best practices and interpretation of staying on the correct side of the law when setting up a compliancy scheme or running a business in the country.

ACCN 2019 included speakers from the highest-profile compliancy analysts and academic institutions, including policymakers and representatives from the State Administration for Market Supervision, TRACE International, Ernst & Young, China University of Political Science and Law, Covington & Burling LLP, the Center for Business Ethics & Compliance and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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Howard & Howard Ranked Among Nation’s 2020 ‘Best Law Firms’ by U.S. News—Best Lawyers®

ROYAL OAK, Mich., November 15, 2019—Howard & Howard has been named to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list in the following areas:

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Department of State Proposes Amending ITAR Definitions, Creating Encryption Carve-Out

In a recently published Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,[1] the Department of State proposes an amendment to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) provisions defining activities that are not exports, re-exports, or retransfers. Such activities that will not be exports, re-exports, or retransfers under the proposed definition include (1) launching items into space, (2) providing technical data to U.S. persons within the United States or within a single country abroad, and (3) moving defense articles between U.S. states, possessions, and territories. Importantly, the proposed revisions will allow for the electronic storage and transmission of unclassified technical data through foreign communications infrastructure without requiring ITAR licensing when the technical data is sufficiently secured to prevent access by foreign persons. The proposed amendments also include the creation of a definition for “access information” and the revision of the “release” definition to include the improper provision of access information to foreign persons.

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Howard & Howard Donates $12,500 to YMCA of Southern Nevada’s Annual “Strong Kids” Campaign

LAS VEGAS, NV, November 19, 2019 – Royal Oak, Mich.-based Howard & Howard has donated $12,500 to the YMCA of Southern Nevada’s annual “Strong Kids” Campaign. The funds raised provide scholarships for memberships and programming to underprivileged youth and families.

The YMCA of Southern Nevada is an inclusive organization of men, women, and children joined by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility in Southern Nevada.

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NLRB Adds New Three-Part Test to Standard for Evaluating Appropriateness of Bargaining Units

One of the matters of significance to employers and unions under the National Labor Relations Act that became a point of contention under the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) during the Obama Administration was the movement to allow representation elections in what were commonly referred to as “micro-units,” which many believed made it easier for unions to score victories and gain bargaining rights. The Board’s recent decision in Boeing Co. and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers provides important guidance for employers regarding how the Board will assess the appropriateness of proposed bargaining units going forward, and is evidence of the NLRB’s repudiation of Specialty Healthcare.

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Time Is Money: A Quick Wage-Hour Tip on…State Salary Thresholds for Certain Exempt Employees

After a false start three years ago, the federal Department of Labor (“DOL”) will finally be rolling out an increased minimum salary threshold for employees qualifying under the “white collar” exemptions. The increase in the salary threshold for professional, administrative, and executive exemptions (making up the “white collar” exemptions) under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) will become effective on January 1, 2020.

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The Eastern District of New York Provides Businesses an Early Holiday Gift in Strictly Construing Standing Requirements in ADA Title III Case

For businesses growing weary of the seemingly perpetual wave of serial ADA claims (e.g., website accessibility; gift card accessibility), thanks to recent a decision issued by a federal judge in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of New York (“EDNY”), some may believe that “Christmas came early.”  Last week, EBG achieved an impressive victory, obtaining a complete dismissal of a serial plaintiff’s class action complaint in the case Castillo v. The John Gore Organization.

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Preparing for Non-Compete Litigation – Practice Note Update

Thomson Reuters Practical Law has released the 2019 update to “Preparing for Non-Compete Litigation,” a Practice Note I co-authored with Zachary Jackson.

See below to download the full Note – following is an excerpt:

Non-compete litigation is typically fast-paced and expensive. An employer must act quickly when it suspects that an employee or former employee is violating a non-compete agreement (also referred to as a non-competition agreement or non-compete). It is critical to confirm that there is sufficient factual and legal support before initiating legal action. Filing a complaint for monetary damages or a request for an injunction can backfire if an employer is not prepared with sufficient evidence to support its request. This Note discusses the steps an employer can take to best position itself for successful enforcement of a non-compete and the strategic considerations involved with initiating non-compete litigation. In particular, it discusses:

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