Monthly Archives: December 2013

Miguel Diaz de la Portilla interviewed for Telemundo Miami segment on the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act

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Miguel Diaz de la Portilla

Arnstein & Lehr Miami Partner Miguel Diaz de la Portilla was interviewed on November 19 for a segment on Telemundo Miami on the “Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act,” a measure he introduced in the name of Aaron Cohen, a triathlete killed in February 2012. Aaron was on his bike when a driver struck him and drove off. As Florida state senator representing District 40, Mr. Diaz de la Portilla recently introduced legislation to the Florida legislature which, if passed, would increase the penalties of hit-and-run drivers who cause serious bodily injuries.

Under current law, it is already a felony to leave the scene of a crash that involves death. In the Telemundo segment, Mr. Diaz de la Portilla states “If you hit a cyclist or a pedestrian and leave the scene of the accident, you will receive a minimum of three years behind bars if the the person is injured. If the individual is seriously injured you will be sentenced to seven years but if it results in the death of an individual the minimum is 10 years.”

To watch the complete interview, please click here.

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After Comcast v. Behrend: What’s Next?

How have courts interpreted, utilized and/or limited the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last term in Comcast v. Behrend? In a webinar presented by the International Association of Defense Counsel on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:00 EST, the  panel will examine Comcast and, more importantly, its progeny, to see whether it has been a game-changer, as the defense bar hoped, or if its effect has been more modest. The faculty will also offer practice pointers on how class action defense practitioners can best take advantage of Comcast-related precedent.

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Barry Katz co-presents lease agreement webinar

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Barry Katz

Chicago Partner Barry Katz was a co-presenter in a webinar on November 14 entitled “Commercial Leases: Avoiding Costly Mistakes in Drafting Build-Out, Repair, Casualty and insurance Provisions.” The webinar discussed best practices for landlords and tenants to draft commercial lease agreements regarding pre-commencement build-out of premises, functional maintenance and repairs, obligations following casualty losses, and critical risk allocation provisions of indemnity and insurance.

To learn more about the seminar, please click here.

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Maxima Legal: the Russian law firm Maxima Consulting & Law LLC will have completed its significant rebranding by December 2013

In August 2013, Maxima Consulting & Law LLC announced the intention to amend its corporate identity. After a period of intensive professional work on modernizing the company’s information policy the new name – “Maxima Legal” has appeared, as well as a new visual identity, reflected in the corporate symbols.

This decision reflects the management’s commitment to the strategy of modernising its corporate style and following positive European trends in the professional sphere: “We are going to keep on following the latest trends of the European legal advisory market. Here we consider not only our corporate standards and established professional traditions, but also some positive changes in world practice. In this way the company aspires to become completely understandable and clear not only for a Russian client but for a foreign one” – Maxim Avrashkov and Vladimir Kilinkarov, partners of Maxima Legal, explainMore…

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: The Mathematics of Time for Rainmaking

On this lovely Wednesday morning, we bring you another rainmaking recommendation from expert, Jaimie Field, Esq!

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Over the next few Rainmaking Recommendations and blogs on JaimieField.com, we will be talking about time – your time and your clients’ time.   These posts will be about client service & productivity management, rainmaking and legal marketing. 

However, all will deal with a theme of time.

One of the biggest excuses I hear about why attorneys are not performing Rainmaking Activities is because they “don’t have the time.”

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The Bankruptcy of Wärtsilä Marine Industries Inc. finally settled

Wärtsilä Marine Industries Inc. is one of the largest and most longstanding bankruptcies in the Nordic countries. The company was declared bankrupt in 1989. The last meeting of creditors was held on 27 November 2013.

Peltonen LMR’s Partner Jukka Peltonen acted as trustee of the bankruptcy estate of Wärtsilä Marine Industries Inc. More…

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Miia Roiko appointed as Associate

Miia Roiko, Master of Laws, has been appointed as Associate as of 18 November 2013. Miia practises mainly in the fields of banking and finance, with a special focus on advising clients on transactions related to capital markets, export finance and syndicated loans.

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Lefèvre Pelletier & associés, Avocats (LPA) advices the group Mieux Vivre in connection with the financing of its development in Europe in the “EHPAD” area

To finance its expansion in Europe in the field of nursing homes (“EHPAD” (Etablissements d’Hébergement pour Personnes Agées Dépendantes)), the group Mieux Vivre took out a loan of EUR 99 820 000 with a pool of banks composed of Société Générale, Caisse d’Epargne Aquitaine Poitou-Charentes, Caisse Régionale de Crédit Agricole Mutuel Centre-France and Caisse Régionale de Crédit Agricole Mutuel d’Aquitaine acting as arranger and agent. More…

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Apportionment of Loss: An exception to the general principle

Following an identity fraud, the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) means a lender is generally only able to recover part of its loss from third parties such as loan introducers who fail to properly perform their task. An exception to this general principle may arise where the lender has been indemnified for its loss.

Readers may recall our earlier article “Apportionment of loss following fraud on the lender” published in April 2013 (click here to read).  This article related to the decision of the Court of Appeal in Perpetual Trustee Company Limited v CTC Group Pty Limited (No 2).  More…

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NSW planning reforms set to tumble like a house of cards??

In a stunning turn of events, after two and a half years of work by the NSW Government to design and implement a new and improved planning approvals system for NSW, many in the property and development sectors followed events in Parliament last week with a mix of disbelief and dismay as the proposed planning legislation came under a surprise attack from an ‘unholy alliance’ of opposition political parties in the upper house, who managed to force through significant changes to the legislation, leaving Planning Minister Brad Hazzard with what he described as ‘bastardised’ and ‘vandalised’ legislation. There is now serious doubt as to whether the NSW government will choose to commence the legislation at all, or will instead wash its hands of it, and simply make do with the existing legislation, which dates back to 1979. More…

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