On March 6, Davis Malm attorney Christopher J. Marino served as a judge for the 2013-2014 Boston Regional National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC). The event, hosted by the American Bar Association Law Student Division, emphasized the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Students participated in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court, which included writing a brief and arguing the case before a mock court. This year’s competition focused on labor law, and competitors examined the difference between “use” and “access” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and whether a law student intern qualifies as an “employee” under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Monthly Archives: February 2014
Since Congress last reformed the Internal Revenue Code in 1986, there have been more than 20,000 statutory changes to the tax code. Many economists argue that as global commerce gets more sophisticated and competitive, the tax code is getting more burdensome and harmful to economic growth. Democrats and Republicans alike have called for comprehensive tax reform to reduce marginal tax rates and close unnecessary tax loopholes to better address our nation’s priorities.
On October 28, 2013, in Promutuel du Lac au fjord vs. Gagné Construction et Rénovation Gagné et Fils), the Superior Court rendered an interesting ruling with respect to the insurer’s duty to defend and to indemnify regarding a CGL policy in the context of unfinished construction work.
In the legal industry, we’re in the business of relationships. It’s the nature of being service providers. So this week’s tips are brought to you in the spirit of encouraging additional connections and reaffirming the relationships that you have with those connections, whether they be clients or potential clients, referral sources, or other influencers and amplifiers.
There seems to be general agreement that some or even many middle income workers do not save enough for retirement. These are the people who do not have a workplace pension, and have not saved sufficiently in tax-deferred programs. At this time employers and employers contribute 9.9% of income up to the YMPE, 4.5% each. The maximum benefit at age 65 is just over $1,000 per month, although the average CPP monthly payment is a little under $600. It is true that this income, together with the OAS monthly payments of $550 and GIS is barely enough for a single person to live on and would certainly result in a substantial decreased standard of living for middle income people. More…
DIVISIONAL COURT SETS ASIDE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW TRIBUNAL DECISION TO REVOKE OSTRANDER POINT RENEWABLE ENERGY APPROVAL
On July 3, 2013, Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal (“Tribunal”) revoked the Renewable Energy Approval (“REA”) that had been issued by Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment for the construction of a 22.5 MW wind energy project known as Ostrander Point. The Tribunal’s decision was based on its finding that engaging in Ostrander Point in accordance with its REA would cause serious and irreversible harm to Blanding’s Turtle, a threatened species in Ontario. More…
According to a press release issued on GlobeNewswire, Biocept, Inc., an oncology diagnostics company focused on improving individual patient treatment, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 1,900,000 shares of its common stock offered at a price to the public of $10.00 per share. The gross proceeds to Biocept from the initial public offering are expected to be $19,000,000, before underwriting discounts and commissions and other offering expenses. Biocept has granted the representative of the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to 285,000 additional shares of common stock to cover over-allotments, if any. The shares are expected to begin trading on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “BIOC” on February 5, 2014 and the offering is expected to close on February 10, 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. Read the complete press release here. The Biocept IPO team was led by Stradling Shareholders Michael Brown, Hayden Trubitt and Michael Lawhead. More…
In 2006 and extended in December 2013, CMS issued Stark and Anti-Kickback exceptions/safe harbors permitting EHR technology donation arrangements between hospitals (and other organizations) and physician groups. This exception permitted hospitals to aid physician groups, who may be referral sources, in acquiring and implementing EHR and other health information technology. Originally, hospitals had a seven-year […]
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OSHA Forecast – 5 Important OSHA Issues to Monitor in 2014 (#4 – New Judges to Decide OSHA Disputes)
By the national OSHA Practice Group at Epstein Becker & Green
As we closed the book on 2013 — a truly remarkable year of OSHA enforcement and regulatory activity — we look to the future, and think about what to expect from OSHA in 2014. Over the next 5 weeks, we will roll out what we believe are the 5 most significant OSHA developments to monitor in 2014.
If you are interested in how accurate our past predictions have been, take a look at these articles from December 2011 forecasting five OSHA developments for 2012 and from December 2012 predicting three developments from OSHA in 2013.
SKÆRPELSER FOR VIRKSOMHEDERNE
Den nye Forbrugeraftalelov medfører en række ændringer, der må ses som skærpelser over for virksomhederne. Loven kan ikke fraviges ved aftale til skade for forbrugeren. De væsentligste skærpelser i forhold til den nuværende lov er beskrevet nedenfor.