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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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Heb ik een verplichting tot het stellen van zekerheid?

Zekerheid stellen voor verplichtingen die je bent aangegaan zou bijvoorbeeld kunnen bestaan uit het verpanden van bepaalde goederen of banksaldi. Nergens in de wet is bepaald dat een schuldenaar op eerste verzoek van zijn schuldeiser zekerheid moet stellen voor het nakomen van zijn verplichtingen. Hoewel de wet daartoe dus niet verplicht, kan het wel zo zijn dat partijen in een overeenkomst een dergelijke verplichting hebben neergelegd.

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US citizens – President Trump’s tax reform US estate and gift tax

Since our article US citizen – who me? Beware the dreaded US estate and gift tax was published, we have seen President Trump sign the ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ into law on 22 December 2017 and we are still seeing Australian senators who are not sure about their citizenship. In the last few days, the High Court ruled Labor senator Katy Gallagher was ineligible to sit in parliament which also triggered four more members of parliament resigning.

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Supreme Court Gives Employers “Epic” Win: Upholding Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements and Rejecting Obama NLRB

In Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis  (a companion case to NLRB v. Murphy Oil USA and Ernst & Young v. Morris), the U.S. Supreme Court finally and decisively put to rest the Obama-era NLRB’s aggressive contention that the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) prevented class action waiver in employees arbitration agreements, finding such waivers are both protected by the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and not prohibited by the NLRA. In its 5-4 decision, the Court explained that the NLRB’s interpretation of the FAA was not entitled to deference because it is not the agency charged by Congress with the interpretation and enforcement of that statute.

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Delivering a Tremendous Victory to Employers Facing Wage-Hour Class Actions, U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

More than 7 months after hearing oral argument on an issue that will affect countless employers across the country – whether employers may implement arbitration agreements with class action waivers — the United States Supreme Court has issued what is bound to be considered a landmark decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis (a companion case to National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris), approving the use of such agreements.

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New Jersey Seeks To Limit Use of Non-Competes

On May 10, 2018, the New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee advanced Assembly Bill A1769, a bill that seeks to provide stricter requirements for the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

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Federal and commercial payor medical record requests are important – Don’t dismiss them!

It is becoming more and more common for providers to receive what appear to be innocuous medical records requests from both federal and commercial payors. These requests are typically based on data analytics available to the payor that identify the provider as an outlier in some respect. Payors use the analytics to look for potential overpayment issues. Unfortunately, most providers do not understand the significance of these requests and the impact that an incomplete response can have on a future potential overpayment demand and/or possible imposition of a payment suspension by Medicare or a commercial payor.

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Talking Tax – Issue 119

ATO updates

Still waiting for guidance

The ATO has updated its online guidance on ‘Assessing the Risk: Allocation of profits within professional firms guidelines’ and ‘Everett Assignments’ (Guidelines), following the initial suspension of the Guidelines in December 2017.

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Compensation for dependants

On 1 November 2017, the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Amendment Bill 2017 was introduced into the Legislative Assembly.

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What a wreck: Attempted rejection of implied franchise leads to dismissal of bankruptcy cases

This spring, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware found that the bankruptcy case of Rent-a-Wreck, the car rental business, could be dismissed for bad faith because of its long and ongoing dispute with one of its franchisees. (See In re Rent-A-Wreck of America, Inc., 2018 BL 48230 (Bankr. D. Del. 17-11492)) The case serves as a cautionary tale for franchisors that are in some type of financial distress due to particularly contentious disputes with their franchisees; bankruptcy cannot be used as a tool to simply discard a particularly problematic franchisee.

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SCC – Careless Garage Not Liable For Injury to Teenager

Rankin (Rankin’s Garage & Sales) v. J.J. 2018 SCC 19 (Rankin)
The Supreme Court of Canada recently held (7-2) that the owners of a commercial garage did not owe a duty of care to a boy who was seriously injured after he and a friend stole a car from the garage even though the garage was negligent in allowing the car to be stolen.
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