Monthly Archives: September 2015

Is Your Health Care Facility Prepared for the Next Pandemic Disease? Failure to Prepare Could Lead to OSHA Liability

shutterstock_ebolaThe Ebola outbreak of October 2014 and the infection of health care workers treating infected patients in the United States  dominated the headlines and frightened the nation.  One year later, training and preparation for the next Ebola is fragmented and some nurses feel unprepared for the next pandemic disease.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) designated a system of 55 hospitals nationwide to manage suspected Ebola cases, but all hospitals have the potential to encounter a patient infected with Ebola or other pandemic disease, just as Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital discovered last year when a patient infected with Ebola presented to its emergency department.  Subsequently, two of the hospital’s nurses contracted Ebola while attempting to provide lifesaving care to this patient.  OSHA did not penalize the hospital because it was one of the first facilities to provide care to a patient infected with the virus.  But it is entirely possible that OSHA could issue citations to hospitals that remain unprepared to safely respond to pandemic diseases now that a year has passed and engineering and administrative controls effective in reducing the spread of infectious diseases are now much more commonly known. 

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Howard & Howard expands Las Vegas office

Royal Oak, Michigan, September 29, 2015:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Mark J. Gardberg has joined the firm.  He will practice out of the firms Las Vegas Office.

Mr. Gardberg concentrates his practice in corporate and transactional business matters, primarily in mergers and acquisitions, real estate deals, debt- and equity-financings, and asset sales. He has also represented clients in corporate and litigation matters, including a variety of federal licensing, immigration, and employment law matters.
Mr. Gardberg has handled simple and complex transactional matters all over the world, including deals stateside in Southern and Northern Nevada, Florida, and New York, and deals overseas in Great Britain, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Ukraine, Hungary, Croatia, Macedonia, and the United Arab Emirates.  His clients include Fortune 500 companies, national and international banks, real estate developers, construction companies, established and start-up technology companies, manufacturers, and private and state charter schools. He also previously spent five years in Geneva, Switzerland overseeing a mass-claims compensation program reimbursing claimants for World War II-era property losses.

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“Ask the Expert”- Free employment law seminar

After a (literal) pregnant pause, we are delighted to confirm our popular “Ask the Expert” employment law seminar will return on Thursday 22nd October 2015: we would be delighted if you could join us! As always, the seminar will be jointly hosted with Syme Drummond, recruitment specialists.

As it’s been a while since our last seminar, there are a wealth of issues and developments which we can discuss. As always, we would hope to shape the topics covered to meet your particular concerns, interests and queries. If there are any particular legal matters or questions you would like us to cover, please get in touch by email ( or on Twitter (@MSLLP_EmpLaw). 

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“Steve LaTourette says Boehner tired of fighting the party’s far right wing,” Steve LaTourette quoted in WKSU story

A former northeast Ohio lawmaker says gridlock in Congress is likely to get worse after the surprise resignation of House Speaker John Boehner.

Steve LaTourette says the ultra-conservative branch of the Republican Party will likely be emboldened by Boehner’s departure. 

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Court of Appeal Finds Judicial Bias in Bizarre Child Custody Case

In a recent decision (Clayson-Martin v. Martin, 20015 ONCA 596), the Court of Appeal for Ontario overturned a family trial judge’s decision on the basis of a reasonable apprehension of bias.
The case involved a custody and access dispute over children aged 10 and 7.  At trial, the judge granted the wife sole custody of the children.  The wife appealed that decision because it provided for the children to have generous access to the husband.  The wife submitted that access should have been terminated because the husband tried to kill her.  The case garnered some notoriety in the news because of the alleged attempted murder.  The couple separated as a result of an incident which occurred while they were on vacation in Jamaica.  Each party alleged that at the end of the vacation, while they were on a deserted road from which the husband had wanted to photograph their hotel, the other attacked with a knife. 
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EU Succession Regulation

One of the European Union’s core ideals is the free movement of people and goods.  For many years the different succession laws that exist in the European Union have been a barrier to this idea.    To counteract this the Succession Regulation (EU) No 650/2012) (“Brussels IV”) was adopted on 4 July 2012, although implementation was delayed until 17 August 2015.

The Irish, Danish and UK Governments exercised their right not to opt in to the Brussels IV as there was the possibility there it would introduce a power to claw back lifetime gifts into non-forced heirship jurisdictions, such as the UK.  This power already exists in forced heirship jurisdictions. It was felt that this would introduce uncertainty and complexity in the UK.

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Intellectual Property attorney Tamara A. Head joins the Chicago office of McDonald Hopkins

CHICAGO (September 28, 2015) – Tamara A. Head has joined the Intellectual Property department as an associate at McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm.

Head is based in the firm’s Chicago office. She joins a national team of more than 30 intellectual property attorneys and professionals. Head comes to McDonald Hopkins after nine years with a boutique firm that specializes in domestic and international trademark law.  

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Why the House Will Miss John Boehner – He was a friend to many—even his enemies | By Steve LaTourette | Politico Magazine

When I was younger, the sound of “last call” at the bar was always a little sad. So it was on Friday, as the bar owner’s son from Ohio announced his last call and resignation. 

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ILN Corporate Specialty Group Launches Second ‘Establishing a Business Entity: An International Guide’

iStock_000000865752MediumI’m thrilled to announce that the second edition of our Corporate Group’s “Establishing a Business Entity: An International Guide” is being released today!

This collaborative electronic guide offers a summary of key corporate law principles in 25 countries across the globe, serving as a quick, practical reference for those establishing an entity in these jurisdictions.  This latest edition now includes 25 countries, an expansion of the 18 featured in our original publication. We’ve added chapters in seven additional countries, including the Baltics, Eastern Europe, the UK and Asia. The ILN looks forward to the regular revision and growth of this comprehensive guide to make sure we are providing the most up-to-date information for our firms and their clients. 

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Week of September 21, 2015 on ILNToday – A Roundup!

roundupWe’re getting to the end of September, and you know what that means – Quarter 4 starts next week! Are you ready to head into the final quarter of the year with a bang, and really nail all of the goals that you set out for 2015?

Use next week to review your 2015 plans and see where you are, and we’ll talk about taking stock in a post or two. But first, let’s look at this week’s top posts from ILNToday! 

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