Monthly Archives: October 2012

ILN Today Post

India: Oil & Gas News

Governmental and Regulatory Updates

1. Competition Commission of India (gCCIh) to investigate against oil marketing companies for suspected cartelisation The CCI may soon ask its investigation wing to carry out a detailed investigation into the alleged cartel]like behaviour of oil marketing companies increasing and decreasing prices of petrol in unison. After carrying out an initial enquiry on the matter, the CCI found that ‘there was no valid reason why Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum were increasing and decreasing price of petrol in unison. More…

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New planning laws in NSW to facilitate property development

In what can only be described as both a stunning and welcome move to spark up the property, development and construction industries in NSW, the state government has introduced legislation into parliament which expressly seeks to ‘remove impediments to the supply of housing’ and to ‘facilitate permissible development’.

In particular, it seeks to reduce the role of development control plans (DCPs) in the development assessment process, by mandating that they be ‘given less weight and significance’ than local environmental plans (LEPs) and be ‘applied flexibly’ so as not to prevent good development from proceeding. More…

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COURT FINDS PRESS RELEASE WAS A “COMMERCIAL USE” IN RIGHT OF PUBLICITY CASE

A federal district court in California has refused to overturn a jury verdict in favor of General Charles Yeager on his statutory right of publicity claim against AT&T Mobility LLC, rejecting AT&T’s argument that a press release in which Yeager’s name was used could not be characterized as an advertisement under the California law.

BACKGROUND
The case arose when AT&T, then doing business as Cingular Wireless LLC, issued a press release on PRNewswire.com that mentioned Yeager. Specifically, the release stated, among other things, that: More…

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Executive compensation and regulatory compliance

Arnstein & Lehr attorney Charles Pautsch

Charles W. Pautsch

Financier Worldwide Roundtable Discussion, Executive Compensation and Regulatory Compliance

Arnstein & Lehr Partner Charles Pautsch recently participated in Financier Worldwide’s roundtable on executive compensation and regulatory compliance. Financier Worldwide indicates that the financial crisis put a spotlight on executive pay. Emerging reforms have companies making efforts to link pay to performance. However, measuring performance can be complex; the difficulty is compounded by a lack of regulatory clarity.

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Blogging: Greater Returns with Less Effort – A LexBlog Webinar

Despite being a long-time blogger and follower of Kevin O’Keefe on social media, I always learn something new when I attend one of his webinars.  Today, I was able to participate in “Blogging: Greater Returns with Less Effort,” which was excellent and I’d like to share my recap with you. A full recording of the webinar will be available in the coming days on LexBlog’s YouTube channel.

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Business breakfast: Individual activity or employment contracts – assessment of taxation risks

On 24 October 2012, TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE organised business breakfast for its clients on the subject “Individual activity or employment contracts – assessment of taxation risks”. The purpose of the presentation was to discuss essential difference between individual activity and activity under an employment contract, most common mistakes, due to which individual activity may be recognised as labour relations by the tax administrator. The speakers presented information about main taxation risks related to purchase of services from individuals engaged in individual activity.

Reports were read by tax consultants Loreta Antanaitienė and Dainius Daugirda.

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Road traffic accidents and casualties in Scotland

Transport Scotland has recently published details on the number of reported road accident and casualty statistics in Scotland during 2011.

The headline figures show that there were:

  • 186 deaths on Scotland’s roads in 2011 – 11% fewer than in 2010 (208), 47% fewer than 2001 (348) and the lowest figure since records began;
  • 1,875 reported seriously injured in 2011 – 5% fewer than in 2010 (1,968), 45% fewer than 2001 (3,410) and the lowest number since records began;
  • 12,770 reported casualties in total in 2011 – 4% fewer than in 2010 (13,338) and a 36% reduction on 2001 (19,911).
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TWENTY-ONE DAVIS MALM ATTORNEYS LISTED IN 2012 MASSACHUSETTS SUPER LAWYERS AND RISING STARS

Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. is pleased to announce that twenty-one of its attorneys were selected for inclusion in the list of 2012Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Further distinctions were given to Paul L. Feldman, named to the list of Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers; Laurence M. Johnson, named to the lists of Top 100 New England and Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers; Marjorie Suisman, named to the list of Top 50 Women Massachusetts Super Lawyers; and Michael D. Weisman, named to the lists of Top 100 New England and Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers.

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TWENTY-ONE DAVIS MALM ATTORNEYS LISTED IN 2012 MASSACHUSETTS SUPER LAWYERS and Rising Stars

Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. is pleased to announce that twenty-one of its attorneys were selected for inclusion in the list of 2012 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-­phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. The results are published in a supplement to the November 2012 issue of Boston magazine and in New England Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters.

The following Davis Malm lawyers were listed in the respective practice areas:

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"Man accused of dumping cyanide, causing deadly fish kill in Rocky River, may not be competent to stand trial," Richard Blake quoted in article

McDonald Hopkins attorney, Richard Blake was featured in The Cleveland Plain Dealer article “Man accused of dumping cyanide, causing deadly fish kill in Rocky River, may not be competent to stand trial.”

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/10/attorney_says_man_accused_of_d.html#incart_river_default

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