Monthly Archives: April 2011

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International Lawyers Network Welcomes New Member in New York, Davis & Gilbert LLP

New York (April 20, 2011) – On Tuesday, the International Lawyers Network announced that Davis & Gilbert LLP has joined the Network as a representative for New York. Founded more than a century ago, Davis & Gilbert LLP is a full service law firm of more than 110 lawyers based in one office in New York City that represents a broad range of clients, including numerous service sector companies whose key assets are people and their ideas. The industries in which their clients operate include such dynamic fields as marketing communications, new media, publishing, fashion, retail, hospitality and financial services. Their attorneys work with their clients on virtually every type of legal issue, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, financings, tax, litigation, labor and employment, executive benefits and compensation, intellectual property, new media, real estate, tax, wealth management and estate planning.

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Public Service Announcements for Candidates for Elected Office

Read a new blog entry regarding public service announcements made by candidates for elected office.

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The lawyers tennis tournament organised by TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE

On 16 April 2011 the Second lawyers tennis tournament for doubles took place in the tennis courts “Jaunmārupe”. The organiser of the tournament – law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE would like to  thank all the participants for the honest and uncompromising competition and J. Kumsārs for the awards.

Please be reminded that the tennis tournament for singles  – ladies and gentlemen for the 15th time will take place on 10 June 2011 in the tennis courts “Rīgas satiksme” in Mežaparks, Ezermalas iela 30.

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Ivars Grunte has been elected as a member of the board for Latvian Council of Sworn Advocates

Sworn advocate Ivars Grunte, partner of law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE for the seventh time has been elected member of the Board of the Latvian Collegium of Sworn Advocates with a decision of 8 April 2011 taken by the general meeting of sworn advocates.

The Latvian Collegium of Sworn Advocates as the independent professional organisation of the sworn advocates of Latvia unites all sworn advocates practising in Latvia. The Board is the executive institution of the Collegium of Sworn Advocates, which leads the work of the collegium.

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TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE lawyers shortlisted for the Finance Monthly Law Awards 2011

Ms. Eugenija Sutkienė, managing partner of the Lithuanian office, Vilius Bernatonis, partner and head of Banking and finance practice group, and Agnese Hartpenga, senior associate, have been shortlisted for the Finance Monthly Law Awards 2011 in Banking (E. Sutkienė), Arbitration (V. Bernatonis) and Public Procurement (A. Hartpenga) categories.

The Finance Monthly Law Awards celebrates the companies who consistently deliver excellence within the legal profession. Organised by the Finance Monthly magazine, it is one of the most recognisable awards supplements published today with a truly global reach.


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Diving into the Federal Issuances Implementing the Medicare Shared Savings Program: A Summary of Topic Areas On Which Government Agencies Specifically Requested Public Comments

by Ross K. Friedberg, Shawn M. Gilman, and Lesley R. Yeung

On March 31, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, and the Internal Revenue Service released four separate issuances providing the public with the opportunity to comment on the creation of accountable care organizations eligible for participation in the voluntary Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”). This alert sets forth a listing of each of the places in which the government agencies specifically request comments from the public. Even those organizations that ultimately may decide not to participate in the MSSP should still take advantage of this unique opportunity to provide these agencies with comments and help shape the modifications being proposed to the Medicare program.

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Andis Pauniņš on civil cases in Latvia, "Lietišķā Diena"

Andis Paunins, associate of “Tark Grunte Sutkiene” discusses in the weekly newspaper “Lietišķā Diena” litigation in different towns of Latvia, as well as confirms that court proceedings is an accepted and legal way to resolve disputes.

Click here to read the publication (available in Latvian language).


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Lidings named one of the TOP 15 M&A legal advisers in Russia in Q1 2011

Lidings has become one of two national firms that have been included in the Q1 2011 league table of legal advisers to M&A in Russia and has been ranked 13th by value and 14th by total number of accomplished deals.

The research has been conducted by an independent Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) intelligence service – Mergermarket with analysts and journalists in 62 countries of North and South America, Europe, Asian-Pacific region, Middle East and Africa.

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The California Computer Professional Exemption–Are You Getting It Right?

Recently, a client asked us to outline the criteria for the computer professional exemption under the California wage and hour law. We thought that we would share our analysis with you. Given the steady increase in litigation, especially class actions, over the issue of whether an employee is “exempt” or “non-exempt” from overtime it is critical that employers determine if they are properly applying the computer professional exemption to employees who work in non-management, computer-related jobs.  Under California law, the employer bears the burden of proving that an exemption to the overtime and minimum wage rules apply—establishing exempt status is an “affirmative defense” in wage and hour litigation.  The “computer professional” exemption applies to employees who meet both of the following tests: (1) the “duties” test, and (2) the “compensation” test.

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Key Takeaways from LMA? ILN Marketers Speak – Morgan Leigh Horvitz

What was your key takeaway from the LMA Annual Conference?

Morgan: The first was to spend some time looking at our website on mobile devices, and trying to make our mobile site user-friendly and re-design it to help people who are looking for specific information while on-the-go.

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