Monthly Archives: July 2015

ILN Today Post

HOWARD & HOWARD CONGRATULATES REGINA (GINA) GOYETTE STAUDACHER’S SELECTION TO MICHIGAN LAWYERS WEEKLY “WOMEN IN THE LAW” CLASS OF 2015

Staudacher-PhotoRoyal Oak, Michigan, July 30, 2015:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Regina (Gina) Goyette Staudacher was selected to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Women in the Law” Class of 2015. The Women in the Law awards program salutes 30 high-achieving, women lawyers in Michigan and their accomplishments. These women have a commitment to excellence in the practice of law, are inspiring and accomplished leaders in the profession, serve as mentors to other women and contribute significant time and effort to volunteerism and/or pro bono. The nominators’ names and selection committee are kept confidential. The Class of 2015 will be honored at a special luncheon on Sept. 10 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy. The class will choose the 2015 “Woman of the Year” in a secret ballot. The result will be announced at the luncheon. More…

Read full article
ILN Today Post

ICMS on imaginary discounts

In the article “ICMS on imaginary discounts”, published by the Brazilian newspaper, Valor Econômico, on July 22nd of 2014, KLA tax associate Luiz Carlos de Andrade Júnior addresses the levy of the ICMS on “discounts” applied on the sales of mobiles.  More…

Read full article

Washington Court Dismisses Challenge to NLRB’s Ambush Election Rules

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Wednesday issued a 72 page opinion (PDF) rejecting each of the arguments raised by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation and other business groups and found that the Amended Election Rules adopted by the National Labor Relations Board in December 2014, which took effect in April 2015, in an action that argued that the Board had exceeded its authority, violated the Administrative Procedures Act and that the Amended Rules were unconstitutional.

This is the second district court decision to reject such challenges to the Amended Election Rules. In April, Judge Robert L. Pitman of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas rejected a similar challenge brought by the Associated Home Builders of Texas and the National Federation of Independent Businessmen.

Read full article

Teaming Agreements (Michelle Kantor)

This joint SAME and SMPS training workshop is all about the “How-to” in federal contracting for professional services and contractors in the Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Consulting, Design and Construction industry seeking to do business with the Federal Government.

The Workshop is followed by our Monthly Membership Luncheon where we’ll have updates for real projects upcoming from the Air Force and Army Corps of Engineers.

Read full article

Multistate Tax Update — July 30, 2015

Many states are holding sales tax holidays to give consumers a tax break on back-to-school clothing and other purchases.

Some are limiting the list of tax-exempt items to clothing, footwear, and accessories, while others have expanded the offering to items other than back-to-school goods. For example, Virginia’s sales tax holiday also exempts hurricane and emergency preparedness items, Energy Star and WaterSense items. Mississippi offers a Second Amendment sales tax holiday on firearms during the weekend after its back-to-school tax holiday.

Read full article

A&E Federal Projects Source Selection Workshop (Michelle Kantor)

This joint SAME and SMPS training workshop is all about the “How-to” in federal contracting for professional services and contractors in the Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Consulting, Design and Construction industry seeking to do business with the Federal Government.

Michelle Kantor will be presenting from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. on teaming agreements.

Read full article

Working Like a Dog – Qualifying As A Service Animal For ADA Purposes

Service DogThe United States Department of Justice recently released technical guidelines aimed at cur”tail”ing proliferating efforts purporting to expand the meaning of “service animal” under the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Under the ADA, public accommodations (e.g. restaurants, hotels, retail establishments, theaters, and concert halls) must permit the use of service animals by disabled individuals. These technical guidelines take aim at increasing claims that a variety of animals (e.g. a pig) are service animals because they provide emotional support or comfort to the disabled individual. As this technical guideline makes clear, a service animal must not only be a dog, but it must be working like one as well.

Read full article

“The Donald” Trump – Avoids Trade-mark Licensor Liability in Canada

Image Credit: © Imdan | Dreamstime.com - Donald Trump, Youre Fired! Photo

I spent years at my office watching the gradual construction of the 70-story mixed-use TRUMP TOWER complex in downtown Toronto, Canada.  It is now a Toronto landmark and a place for the lawyers and bankers in the financial district to wine and dine clients.  Trump, two of his affiliated companies (Affiliates) plus the licensed developer have been sued (Singh v. Trump).  The plaintiffs were attempting to hold Donald Trump (the presidential candidate!) liable for alleged misrepresentations by the developer of the attributes of certain hotel condominium units in the Trump Tower complex.  The developer was licensed by one of Mr. Trump’s Affiliates to use Mr. Trump’s name and trade-marks for the Trump Tower complex.

Read full article
ILN Today Post

IEEE further restricts patent rights

Earlier this year, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) revised its policy on the use of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) further restricting the patent rights of patent holders.

The IEEE policy changes restrict the negotiating ability of patent holders in establishing a reasonable and nondiscriminatory (RAND) rate and remove an important lever by severely restricting the ability of patent holders to obtain an injunction against a knowing infringer. More…

Read full article
ILN Today Post

Suzanne Labrit Certified as Specialist in Appellate Law

Shutts & Bowen LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Suzanne Labrit has been certified as a specialist by the Florida Bar in Appellate Law. Certification, which is a voluntary program, is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience within an area of law, and professionalism and ethics in practice. To obtain this Board Certification, Ms. Labrit was required to demonstrate substantial involvement in the area of appellate law, pass a written examination, and satisfy an extensive background peer review assessment. Out of Florida’s more than 98,000 lawyers, only 175 are Board Certified in Appellate Law. More…

Read full article