Monthly Archives: September 2012

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Complex amendments are introduced to the existing Fundamentals of the Legislation on Notarial System

On 18 September 2012 the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted in the third reading the bill No. 632210-5 “On Amendments to Fundamentals of the Legislation on Notarial System and Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation” (the “Bill”). The Bill aims to govern the issues of creating of Unified Information System of Notariate (UISN).

Complex alterations are suggested by the Bill to the existing Fundamentals of the Legislation on Notarial System, the Federal Law “On Pledge”, the Civil Code of the Russian Federation. Pursuant to the Bill, the UISN should represent an automated informational system operated and owned by the Federal Chamber of Notaries Public. The purpose of the UISN is automation processes of gathering and processing of information on notary activities and securing the circulation of such information. More…

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The latest amendment to the Act on the Management of State Treasury Property – a declaration of war for foreigners managing multi-hectare farms in Poland?

The Act on the Management of State Treasury Property, which came into force on 3 December 2011, includes, i.a., the promotion of small- and medium-size farms. At this point the question arises whether it will work to the disadvantage of large agricultural producers, who have been more and more active in the Polish countryside recently.

So far a number of the largest farms, in whole or in a significant part, are located on land leased from the Agricultural Property Agency of Poland (APA). A significant number of these farms are run by foreigners (mostly people from Germany and the Netherlands but also from Great Britain, Belgium and other, usually European countries) who, in their home countries, did not have a chance to obtain such vast areas of land for such a small price. Thus, those people made the decision to move to Poland permanently. The lease of land from the APA was, and is, their only option due to the transitional period, provided by the Accession Treaty, which postpones the full opening of the market for agricultural land until 2016. Until 2016, the purchase of land from the APA by inhabitants of European Union countries depends on the consent of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration of Poland (MIAA). More…

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The Hotels Encouragement Act

Are you seeking to establish a new hotel, residential club or owner occupied rental home in The Bahamas? Or are you the owner of an existing hotel, residential club or owner occupied rental home and would like to remodel, refurnish re-equip or extend same? Or are you thinking about investing your money in a new or existing restaurant or shop in a hotel or in a tourist area which sells goods to tourist? All of the above sounds so wonderful and lovely. But wait!!!! Hold on!!!! One more thought involved. How will I afford same? What about all the cost and expenses involved in same? More…

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Through ILN Member Gadens Lawyers, Fisher Jeffries Works Successfully with Clark Wilson

Our latest success story comes from Fisher Jeffries, a law firm affiliated with the ILN’s Australian member, Gadens Lawyers, who enjoyed a fruitful referral relationship with the ILN’s Clark Wilson LLP.

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In August 2012, Fisher Jeffries, a South Australian law firm affiliated with the major Australian national firm Gadens Lawyers, received urgent instructions from two major Australian banks in relation to the provision of additional financial accommodation under an existing club facility agreement to a listed Australian corporate borrower group (Borrower Group).

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McDonald Hopkins law firm awarded the NAACP Civil Rights Champion Award

Cleveland, Ohio (September 27, 2012) – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has honored attorney Jeffrey Pollock, a member of McDonald Hopkins law firm, with the Civil Rights Champion Award for his work on a post-desegregation settlement monitoring case against the Dayton City School District Board of Education.

This Civil Rights Champion Award is an award the NAACP provides to firms and attorneys who have provided outstanding pro bono assistance to the organization. Beth I. Gillin, an associate attorney with McDonald Hopkins, also provided legal assistance to the NAACP. Pollock, who co-chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, has tried numerous corporate and personal injury cases in state and federal courts and has represented businesses in many arbitrations throughout his more than 36 year career. Gillin is an associate in the Litigation Department and focuses her practice on all aspects of commercial and business litigation. 

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McDonald Hopkins law firm awarded the NAACP Civil Rights Champion Award

Cleveland, Ohio (September 27, 2012) – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has honored attorney Jeffrey Pollock, a member of McDonald Hopkins law firm, with the Civil Rights Champion Award for his work on a post-desegregation settlement monitoring case against the Dayton City School District Board of Education.

This Civil Rights Champion Award is an award the NAACP provides to firms and attorneys who have provided outstanding pro bono assistance to the organization. Beth I. Gillin, an associate attorney with McDonald Hopkins, also provided legal assistance to the NAACP. Pollock, who co-chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, has tried numerous corporate and personal injury cases in state and federal courts and has represented businesses in many arbitrations throughout his more than 36 year career. Gillin is an associate in the Litigation Department and focuses her practice on all aspects of commercial and business litigation. 

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New partners at TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE and new management of the firm’s Baltic operations

From September 2012, there are four new partners in the Riga office of TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE, and Mr Magnus Pousette, an internationally recognised lawyer, is in charge of the firm’s Baltic operations.

The new partners Ms Andra Rubene, Ms Inese Hazenfusa, Ms Agnese Hartpenga and Ms Linda Štrause have joined the current partners, founders of the Riga office Mr Ivars Grunte and Mr Gundars Cers. Ms Rubene is a renowned expert in M&A and competition law. Ms Hazenfusa is a skilled professional in in banking and finance law. Ms Hartpenga is a specialist in energy law and litigation, while Ms Štrause is a recognised expert in the field of public procurement and has advised a number of large infrastructure projects.  All new partners have been with the firm for more than 12 years. The law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE has now a total of 19 partners.

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THE EXCLUSION FOR GROSS NEGLIGENCE IN A FINANCIAL PLANNER PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE POLICY IS INOPPERATIVE BECAUSE CONTRARY TO PUBLIC POLICY, AND THE REAFFIRMATION BY THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF THE LAW IN QUEBEC REGARDING THE NOTION OF CONCURRENT CAUSES

In the ruling Souscripteurs du Lloyd’s c. Alimentation Denis & Mario Guillemette inc., rendered on August 2, 2012, the Court of Appeal ordered a financial planner’s liability insurance carrier to indemnify the former’s client.

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Hon. Arthur L. Janura, Jr. and Hal R. Morris to speak at IML annual conference in Chicago

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Arthur Janura

Hon. Arthur L. Janura, Jr.

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Hal R. Morris

Hal R. Morris

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partners Hon. Arthur L. Janura, Jr. and Hal R. Morris will be speaking at the 99th Annual Conference of the Illinois Municipal League, to be held October 18 – 20 at the Hilton Chicago hotel. Their talk, titled “PSEBA Reform,” will be at 1:30 PM on October 20.

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David L. Newman writes article for Thompson Reuters News & Insight on Samsung’s suit against Apple

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney David L. Newman

David L. Newman

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner David L. Newman wrote an article for the September 17 issue of Thompson Reuters News & Insight, titled “Apple v. Samsung: Proof of copying in the hands of a sophisticated jury results in large damages for the patent owner.” The article discusses Apple’s award of $1.049 billion in its patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung on August 24. Mr. Newman writes that the jury was swayed by evidence that Samsung had copied Apple’s iPhone models, which led to a jury verdict that six Apple patents had been infringed.

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