Monthly Archives: January 2015

Interplay Between Inside Legal Departments & Law Firms

After hearing about some of the trends inside legal departments during the first part of Viewabill‘s webinar last week, the moderator opened it up to all of the panelists for their thoughts. Since panelists included both those inside legal departments, and those in law firms, it was a fascinating look at the push and pull of their relationships. 

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Defending your Company from Activist Shareholders – March 10, 2015

We invite you to attend a roundtable discussion led by Stewart L. Muglich of Clark Wilson LLP and David Salmon of Laurel Hill Advisory Group. Our speakers will provide you with valuable information on how to defend your company from activist shareholders.

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Proxy Advisor Glass Lewis Publishes Canadian Proxy Voting Policy for 2015

By Bernard Pinsky

Proxy advisory firm Glass, Lewis & Co. (“Glass Lewis”) recently released its Canadian proxy voting policy for the 2015 proxy season. Glass Lewis’ policies are influential in that many institutional investors will follow their advice and vote for or against an issuer’s shareholder resolutions based on Glass Lewis’ policies.

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TSX Venture Exchange Introduces New Electronic Private Placement Filing Procedure

By Nafeesa Valli-Hasham

The TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”) has introduced a new online filing portal, called V-File, for private placement submissions. Although paper filings for private placement submissions are still accepted by the TSXV, the intention is that in due course only electronic submissions will be accepted.

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ILN Today Post


Boston, MA, January 20, 2015 — The Boston law firm of Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. announced that Lawrence J. Casey joined the firm as a shareholder in the Business Law, Employment, and Litigation areas. Mr. Casey has over 30 years of experience successfully litigating complex employment-related matters on behalf of executives, professionals, and employers in trials in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and agency hearings. He has also argued appeals before the First Circuit Court of Appeals, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and Massachusetts Appeals Court. Mr. Casey is an elected fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. More…

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Catherine Du Pont profiled in the bulletin of the Montreal Association of Insurance Women

January 20, 2015 — Catherine Du Pont is profiled in the January 2015 issue of the bulletin of the Montreal Association of Insurance Women. The Association was founded over 50 years ago, to foster the development of skills and the cooperation among its members.

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Client Alert – Preparing For California’s New Paid Sick Leave Law by Stradling

AB 1522, titled the Healthy Workplaces,Healthy Families Act of 2014, requires thatvirtually all California employers provide aminimum amount of paid sick leave to theiremployees. The new law also containsrequirements for the accrual and use of paidsick leave. Employers with existing sick leaveor PTO policies should make sure the policiescomply with the minimum requirements of thenew law. Companies who do not provide paidsick leave will have to implement a compliant policy. This Alert provides an overview of therequirements of new paid sick leave law. More…

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New restrictions on deduction from wages claims

The Deduction from Wages (Limitation) Regulations 2014 came into force on the 8th January 2015. These have been introduced by the Government to limit the impact on businesses of claims for backdated holiday pay, particularly significant claims which may arise as a result of recent decisions that payments such as overtime and commission must be included in the calculation of holiday pay (see previous blogs for further information).

The regulations make two key changes: the introduction of a two year limit on all deductions from wages claims, and amending the Working Time Regulations to clarify that they do not confer a contractual right to annual leave.

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Sotheby’s wins The Cardsharps case

We now have the keenly awaited High Court judgment in The Cardsharps case. 
This was a negligence claim against Sotheby’s who had advised a Mr Lancelot Thwaytes in 2006 that his painting of The Cardsharps was a copy of Caravaggio’s painting of that name, currently in the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Sotheby’s described Mr Thwaytes’ painting as being by a “Follower of Caravaggio” and, as a result, that was the basis on which it was auctioned by them, selling for £42,000.
The lady who bought it did so on behalf of her friend Sir Denis Mahon, who was described by the judge as “a lifelong Caravaggio scholar of great renown”.  In November 2007, at a party to celebrate his 97thbirthday, Sir Denis announced to the world that after cleaning, restoration, extensive investigations, and input from other experts, it was clear that the painting was a replica painted by Caravaggio himself, and therefore worth many millions of pounds.  Needless to say, Mr Thwaytes was rather miffed to hear this.  He brought a claim against Sotheby’s for damages for negligence.  Rather than claiming and having to prove that Sir Denis had been right and Sotheby’s had got it wrong, which Sotheby’s and some experts still do not accept, the claim was that Sotheby’s failed to spot that the painting had “Caravaggio potential”.
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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies Advisory: State of the Union Primer

Tonight, President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address. Here is a quick look at what the key components of the speech are expected to be:

Tax Reform

The president is proposing tax code changes that would raise $320 billion in revenue from wealthy Americans and businesses, while cutting middle class taxes by $175 billion. The plan would eliminate the so-called “trust-fund loophole,” taxing inheritances of high-income Americans. President Obama is also proposing to raise the capital-gains tax to 28 percent from 23.8 percent for those making over $500,000 a year and impose a new fee on big banks. For families, the changes would include a $500 credit for working parents; increased child and education tax credits; and new retirement savings incentives.

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