Monthly Archives: July 2013

Documents for use in British Columbia courts must be written in English

In 1731 the English Parliament passed a statute that required proceedings in the courts of England to be conducted in English. The act was entitled: An Act that all Proceedings in Courts of Justice within that part of Great Britain called England, and in the Court of Exchequer in Scotland, shall be in the English Language, 1731, 4 Geo. II, c.26 (the “1731 Act”). Over 100 years later, on November 19, 1858,  the 1731 Act was received into the law of the province of British Columbia and has not been modified since.  It remains in force in British Columbia pursuant to the requirements of the British Columbia Law and Equity Act (1996).

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Electronic Wills: The Way of the Future?

A judge in Ohio recently ruled that a will written and signed on a tablet computer was a valid will, as discussed on the American Bar Association Journal website here. The case involved a man named Javier Castro, who needed a blood transfusion in order to survive his illness, but refused due to his religious beliefs. While in hospital, Javier discussed preparing a will with his two brothers. Since they had no pen or paper to do so, they decided to write the will on one of their Samsung Galaxy tablets. Javier signed the will on the tablet. The judge found that Javier’s will met the legal definition of a will in Ohio.

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Federal Court hands down Hewlett-Packard decision – fined $3 million for misleading consumers and retailers

On 5 July 2013 the Federal Court handed down a decision which resulted in Hewlett-Packard Australia Pty Limited (HPA) being fined $3 million for misleading consumers and retailers about their rights under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) in relation to HPA computer products.

The decision is particularly relevant to suppliers of consumer products who provide an express warranty in relation to their products. More…

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Changing or Revoking a Will

It is not only important for you to make a Will, but it is equally important
to keep your Will up to date.

You made your Will, time has passed and you have acquired additional assets, you want to change the executor, trustee or a beneficiary named in your Will for whatever reason; or maybe you fell in love and were married or fell out of love and divorced. How does this affect your Will? Life changes do affect your Will and according to the Wills Act Chapter 115 of the Statute Laws of The Bahamas, a Will may be changed and/or revoked by one of the following situations as long as the Will maker (testator) has the mental capacity to make a Will. More…

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Lauren Henry Cowles joins McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies as Legislative Director

Cleveland, Ohio (July 29, 2013) – Lauren Henry Cowles has joined McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies (MHGS), a Washington-based subsidiary of McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm. McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies, which provides strategic counsel at the federal government level, is led by former Congressman Steven LaTourette.

In her position as Legislative Director, Cowles advances client priorities by developing and implementing strategies to address federal needs before Members of Congress and Federal Agencies, coordinating efforts to address policy concerns with relevant stakeholder and interest groups, and providing analysis of legislation pending before Congress.

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Domestic Violence Leave Law: New Jersey Enacts the SAFE Act

By Laura A. Stutz

Earlier we posted about the increase in domestic violence and the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which was extended in February 2013, and expanded to provide coverage to both male and female victims of various types of domestic violence.  (See With Domestic Violence Increasing, What Should Employers Do?”)  A growing number of states have followed the federal lead and undertaken steps to protect domestic violence victims.  On July 17, 2013, New Jersey joined those states and enacted the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (S-2177) (“SAFE Act”) to protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault (as defined by N.J.S.A. 2C:25-19 and N.J.S.A. 30:4-27.6) from employment discrimination. 

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PSBJ Article on HIPAA Interviews OMW Attorney David Schoolcraft

The Puget Sound Business Journal issued an article today on HIPAA and the impact on business associates.  The article interviewed Ogden Murphy Wallace Attorney David Schoolcraft because of his expertise in healthcare privacy law and health information technology.  The article focuses on the impact HIPAA has on health IT start-ups and their relationships with HIPAA […]

For more information please visit www.omwhealthlaw.com or click on the headline above.

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Q&A With Beirne Maynard’s Scott Marrs

Law360, New York (July 25, 2013, 12:42 PM ET) — Scott Marrs, a partner with Beirne Maynard & Parsons LLP’s Houston office, has experience in litigation and legal counseling in intellectual property, energy, commercial, product liability and international matters and arbitrations. He is also an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, is on
the advisory board for the Institute for Energy Law and was previously in the legal, natural gas and land departments of a major energy company. More…

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Parental divorce is linked to raised inflammation

People who experience parental divorce during childhood have higher levels of an inflammatory marker in the blood which is known to predict future health, according to new research from University College London (UCL).

The study found that children who experienced the breakdown in their parent’s relationship before the age of 16, regardless of whether their parents were married or not, had 16% higher levels of C-reactive protein at age 44.

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Week of July 22, 2013 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

It’s a beautiful day here in the northeast, and I have some great posts lined up for you next week! But today, we’ve got our usual Friday roundup ahead for you:

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