Monthly Archives: January 2013

Kemiflora sold its paints and coatings business to Teknos Group

Risto VahimetsMarit Savi

On 25 January 2013, AS Kemiflora sold to Teknos Group Oy the sole share of its subsidiary Kemiflora Kaubandus OÜ to which AS Kemiflora recently transferred its entire paints and coatings business. Finalizing of the transaction is still subject to approval by Estonian Competition Authority. Teknos is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of industrial coatings with a strong position in retail and architectural coatings. AS Kemiflora has been involved in Estonia’s paints and coatings industry for over two decades, and has for a long time been the most important importer of coatings for Teknos.

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Under the terms of a settlement agreement signed earlier this month, Dr. Nicholas L. DePace should receive approximately $2,400,000 as his portion of a settlement of the qui tam False Claims Act lawsuit he filed in 2008.  In addition, defendant Cooper Health System agreed to pay $430,000 to the law firm that represented Dr. DePace in the […]

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Immigration Alert: January 2013

H-1B Nonimmigrant Season Opens on April 1, 2013, for Fiscal Year 2014

Report Finds Immigration Laws Frustrate the Admission of Critical Health Care Professionals

Senators Offer “Bipartisan” Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

HHS Issues Proposed Regulation Implementing ACA

DOJ Settles Worksite Enforcement Claim Against Oregon Homecare Provider

Immigration Legislation Expands in Georgia and Tennessee in 2013

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Loan variations and responsible lending

If a variation to a loan contract is documented by a new credit contract instead of a variation agreement, the responsible lending provisions will be triggered.

Everybody knows that the responsible lending obligations are triggered when a loan is varied by increasing the principal sum, but it may come as a surprise that other loan variations can also trigger responsible lending obligations.

The responsible lending obligations (making enquiries about the borrower’s requirements and objectives, enquiring about and verifying the borrower’s financial position and making a credit assessment) are triggered when a credit assistant suggests or arranges for a borrower to enter into a specific credit contract or specific finance lease.  More…

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Singhania & Co: Oil & Gas News


  1. Gas producers to be allowed to charge market rates: 12th Five Year Plan
  2. Government to float Oil India’s INR 2,500‐crore issue by January 15, 2013
  3. Oil ministry to allow Cairn India to further explore Rajasthan oilfields
  4. The Rangarajan panel suggests a Complex gas pricing formula
  5. Rangarajan panel proposes real‐time audit for USD 1 billion oil blocks
  6. DGH rejects RIL’s proposal to do single test in 3 discoveries in KG‐D6 block
  7. Rangarajan panel: No need for CAG audit of RIL’s CBM blocks
  8. Government bars oil PSUs from setting up self‐funded petrol pumps
  9. Oil Ministry directs Reliance Industries to drill more wells
  10. Calcutta High Court rejects international arbitration plea for TCG
  11. RIL’s plea for consent order in ‘insider trading’ case rejected More…
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Nauris Grigals comments on the possible extension of the notary function, „Dienas Bizness”

Nauris Grigals

In the 23 January 2013 edition of newspaper “Dienas Bizness”, Nauris Grigals, Attorney at Law of TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE elaborated on the expansion of functions of notary public.

He points out that the allocation of additional features to notaries may be considered only if the efficiency and quality of those functions are ensured and/or other institutions are relieved from their workload. The attorney is convinced that such an extension cannot become an ultimate goal.

The attorney believes that notaries could be given the power to issue directly enforceable deeds in certain categories of cases, for example, the undisputed compulsory execution cases (in particular liabilities which are based on a notary deed) and family law (in matters of alimentation recovery based on the minimum amount of maintenance set by the state).

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

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The court decided that information about ZUS was true.

Information about ZUS (Social Insurance Institution) included in articles by titled “ZUS is going skiing” and “ZUS gives gift coupons to its staff” were true. On 18th January 2013 the Warsaw Court of Appeal changed the statement of the Warsaw Regional Court and dismissed in its entirety the complaint of ZUS against the publisher of Fakt – Ringier Axel Springer Polska sp. z o.o. relating to the  protection of  personal interests.

The Court of Appeal recognized that the appeal of the defendant (Fakt) was reasonable, in contrary to the incorrect opinion of the Regional Court,  because there was neither any untrue information nor any suggestions in the articles. In justification the Court of Appeal pointed out, inter alia, that there was a shocking juxtaposition in the articles (i.e. on one hand the issue of pension reform, and on the other hand the issue of financing holidays from ZUS’s funds and giving gift coupons to ZUS’ employees. The cost of coupons is covered by taxpayers from their salaries.). The Court stated that it is the role of the press to initiate discussions, to compare information and leave the readers to form their own opinion of the information.  More…

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Local insurer’s innovative approach recognized by The Globe and Mail

Clark Wilson LLP client Square One Insurance Services Inc. was featured in a Globe and Mail case study on January 25, 2013. The article highlights Square One’s success in shifting from direct mail marketing to more cost-effective online channels. Their website and online quote application system, which have been nominated for an technology award, resulted in a significant reduction in acquisition cost per insurance policy, as well as savings in labour. The company plans to expand its market to serve customers across Canada.

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World Trademark Review 1000 nominated Toomas Taube as a leading trademark practitioner

2013 edition of the World Trademark Review (WTR 1000) – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, features TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE partner Toomas Taube as one of Estonian leading practitioner in the trademark area.

WTR 1000 edition marks that IP department head Toomas Taube is a ‘sophisticated litigator who is extremely well versed and experienced in trademark infringement scenarios’.

According to the edition, TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE IP team’s ‘superb client service and in-depth understanding of trademark matters are its chief attractions.’ 

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February 1st – An Important OSHA Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Deadline

By Amanda R. Strainis-Walker and Eric J. Conn

February 1st is an important annual OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping deadline for all U.S. employers, except for those with only ten or fewer employees or who operate in enumerated low hazard industries such as retail, service, finance, insurance or real estate (see the exempted industries at Appendix A to Subpart B of Part 1904).  Specifically, by February 1st every year, employers are required by OSHA’s Recordkeeping regulations to:

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