Monthly Archives: August 2014

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Clarification on time limits to bring building actions in Victoria

A recent Victorian Court of Appeal decision in Brirek Industries Pty Ltd v McKenzie Consulting Group Pty Ltd has held that owners can now sue their builder up to 10 years after a certificate of occupancy being issued.

This decision clarifies two seemingly conflicting limitation periods prescribed in the Building Act 1993 (Vic) (Building Act) and the Limitations of Actions Act 1958(Vic) (LAA) as well as conflicting decisions between the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the County Court. More…

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Massachusetts Legislature Fails to Pass Any Proposed Bills on Non-Compete or Trade Secret Law

For years, I have been writing about the continuing efforts of legislators and others to reform the Massachusetts trade secret and non-compete law (see, e.g., my previous blog posts here and here). In this legislative session, Governor Patrick surprised many by submitting a bill that would, with some exceptions, make non-competes unenforceable in Massachusetts (much like the law in California), in an effort to encourage spin-offs, primarily in the high tech area, to compete more effectively with competitors in other states. There was also an effort for Massachusetts to adapt the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”), a federal law adopted by 48 other states. (Only New York and Massachusetts have not adopted the UTSA). There were also “compromise” bills that sought to codify the non-compete law in Massachusetts in many ways, including: a) banning the use of non-competes for non-exempt workers; b) requiring advance notice and consideration for those who are required to sign a non-compete after starting employment; and c) creating presumptions addressing the reasonableness of the duration of the non-compete obligation and the scope of the activities that would be prohibited.

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Massachusetts Law Requires Employers to Provide Leave to Victims of Domestic Violence

On August 8, 2014, the Governor of Massachusetts signed into law An Act Relative to Domestic Violence (the “ARDV”). The ARDV requires all employers with 50 or more employees to provide up to 15 days of unpaid leave in any 12-month period to employees impacted by domestic violence. Covered employers must notify employees of their rights.

An employee may be eligible for ARDV leave if the employee or a family member is a victim of abusive behavior, including domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and kidnapping. ARDV leave must be directly related to the abuse, such as for purposes of seeking medical attention, counselling, or legal assistance; obtaining a protective order from a court; or attending a child custody proceeding. The Act provides details as to notice and documentation requirements. More…

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Who Is Who Legal 2014: Lidings Among Top Advisors to Big Pharma in Russia

Leading international legal directory Who is Who Legal 2014 named Lidings’ Partner Andrey Zelenin the best lawyer in the sphere of Life Sciences in Russia. This has become the third year in a row for Zelenin, who heads the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare practice at the firm, to receive the title.

Who is Who Legal annually determines leading lawyers from more than 100 countries in 32 practice areas. As of 2012 Andrey Zelenin has been the only expert in Russia recommended in the area of Life Sciences which includes pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare industry. Based on the results of its 2014 research the directory highlights Zelenin’s skills in two areas of expertise – patent litigation and product liability defense.

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Week of August 18, 2014 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

We’re here at Friday again already AND it’s almost September.  So who is getting ready to review their plans for this year to see where they’re at for the fall?

Before you head out for the weekend, take a look at this week’s top posts!

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London’s soaring retail property fortunes

This article is taken from the latest edition of Fladgate’s Fashion Update. Please email the marketing team on marketing@fladgate.com to be added to the mailing list for future updates.

It is fair to say that the UK high street has taken a bit of a battering over the past few years. It has been reported that one in six shops across the UK lies empty. A number of household names have vanished and demand for the resulting vacant premises has been low. More…

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CJEU Advocate General Opinion on Obesity as a Ground of Discrimination

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has recently considered the issue of whether or not European equality law protects people from discrimination on the grounds of their weight. In the Case C-354/13 Karsten Kaltoft v Kommunernes Landsforening, acting on behalf of the Municipality of Billund, a Danish child minder argued he had been the victim of unlawful discrimination after he was allegedly fired for being overweight. His employers argued that Mr Kaltoft, who weighed around 160kg, was unable to perform basic tasks which were expected in his job, such as tying the laces of the children in his care.

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Data Privacy and Cybersecurity: Board members beware: The SEC is watching

Data breaches have increased dramatically. In fact, according to a 2014 Internet security threat report published by Symantec, data breaches increased in 2013 by 62 percent. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Securities and Exchange (SEC) Commissioner, Luis A. Aguilar, recently addressed what boards of directors can, and should do, to ensure that their organizations are addressing cyber risks. Aguilar detailed the alarming rate at which companies are experiencing cybersecurity issues at a recent “Cyber Risk and Boardroom” conference.

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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies: This Week in Washington — August 22, 2014

Some House Republicans—hopeful their party will take over the Senate majority—are now privately hedging on whether they should go along in September with passage of a continuing resolution (CR) that would expire in December, rather than some later date in 2015. If pushed into next year, the GOP then might control both chambers and Democrats would have less leverage in passing a new budget bill.

The House is scheduled to return to session on Sept. 8 for 10 days of legislative work next month and two days in October, when they then break for good until after the election. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has said senators will be in session through Sept. 23, but will also be working on the weekends.

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State of the Creative Series: Interview with the Chief Creative Officer at R/GA

 

So far in the “State of the Creative” series, we’ve heard from Chief Creative Officer’s at: Ogilvy & Mather North America, Weber Shandwick, GREY, and 360i. This week we continue to examine what it means to be a creative in today’s world…

 

 

I sat down with Nick Law, Chief Creative Officer at R/GA, to discuss the state of the creative today.

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