On January 28, Davis Malm’s attorneys joined over 600 Massachusetts attorneys for the 17th Annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid. The Davis Malm contingent was led by James E. Gallagher and Daniel T. Janis and included Lucas Burke, Sam A. Davis, Marjorie Suisman, Samuel B. Moskowitz and Craig D. Levey.
Monthly Archives: February 2016
So you’re planning on applying for an articling position at RSS? You would like to know what a summer with us is like? Here are the ten most important things you need to know:
Last week, the Senate version of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (S. 1890) was passed with bipartisan support by the Senate Judiciary Committee. As we have previously discussed on this blog, the bill is aimed at addressing alleged inadequacies in U.S. law through the creation of a federal private right of action for trade secret misappropriation. The legislation would also provide injunctions to preserve evidence and prevent disclosure, and damages to account for economic harm to plaintiffs whose trade secrets are stolen.
Happy Friday from a very snowy south Jersey, where I am one happy camper. Other grouchy people may not like winter, but I love the snow, which we’ve seen very little of this year (minus our big blizzard, of course), so I’m quite pleased to see some of the fluffy stuff again before I’m sure it will warm up and melt once more. And I say that despite being solely responsible for the shoveling around here.
This weekend is, of course, also about the Superbowl, or for those of us without a team in the fight, the Superbowl commercials. You know what that means – next week starts my annual recap of the good, the bad and the ugly of this year’s crop of commercials, and just as with every other year, I haven’t cheated and watched any sneak peeks. So I can’t wait for the new ad debuts! (I know, I’m a terribly nerdy legal marketer, and I heartily embrace that)
India has become the fastest growing Start-Up base worldwide and stands third in the global Start-Ups ecosystem as per NASSCOM Start-Up Ecosystem Report 2015. With more Start-Up ventures taking shape, the ecosystem for establishing a successful a Start-Up is not only competitive but also tough to survive. In this scenario, novelty and innovation plays a pivotal role in attracting potential clients and investors. Inventions and creativity generates valuable intellectual property such as symbols, designs, content, marks, patents and images which can be protected under various legislations inter alia, Indian Copyright Act, 1957, Trade Mark Act, 1999, The Patents Act, 1970 and Designs Act, 2000. Consequently, proper implementation and enforcement of IP rights by a Start-Up is imperative. IP protection not only provides security against third-party infringements but also enhances the valuation and attractiveness of a Start-Up to investors.
Since 2008, it has (subject to limited exceptions) been compulsory to supply an energy performance certificate (EPC) for any property, commercial or residential, being let or sold. Most clients will now be familiar with the grading that EPCs confer on a property, an “A” rating being the most energy efficient and a “G” rating the least efficient. It would be fair to say that EPCs have, until recently, had little effect on the property market. However, we are now starting to see some tenants and buyers either threatening to pull out of transactions because the property has a low EPC rating, requiring the landlord or seller to carry out works to improve the energy rating, or seeking to chip the price. As you will see when you read on, we expect this practice to become more widespread over the coming years.
The taxation of residential property in the UK has changed almost beyond recognition over the past few years. What were once tried and tested structures are in many cases no longer suitable.
The tax consequences in any given situation are now liable to depend not only on the type of structure used but also the manner in which the property will be used and the buyer’s existing property ownership.
Important construction law changes are being introduced in some Asia Pacific countries which those involved in construction projects in the region must be aware of. The changes in certain common law jurisdictions provide additional entitlements to certain suppliers within a legislative framework.
In August 2015, the Hong Kong Development Bureau’s consultation closed on the proposed introduction of security of payment legislation in Hong Kong. The changes are intended to alleviate payment problems in the construction supply chain and include measures prohibiting pay when paid clauses. It is also proposed to introduce a statutory entitlement to payment periods between applications and payments, but not exceeding 60 calendar days for interim periods or 120 days for final payments.
ASEAN Economic Community News
The ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), a Southeast Asian version of the International Monetary Fund, is expected to be upgraded to an official international organization in mid-2016. AMRO was formed by the 10 ASEAN member states together with Japan, China, and South Korea in 2011 as an independent regional surveillance unit to monitor and analyze regional economies and support Chiang Mai Initiative (CMI) decision-making. One of its main tasks will be to issue recommendations to invoke the CMI for members to jointly supply hard currency in the event of a currency crisis.
External Risks Slow Growth
A major global bank believes that external risks will continue to slow economic growth in ASEAN. The bank says that negative growth factors for the region include the commodity price plunge, global demand slowdown, currency fluctuations, poor implementation of investment plans, and restructuring and macro-prudential measures. However, the bank says that GDP growth in the Philippines and Vietnam should remain high in 2016.
A Student’s Perspective – The perfect interview : the elevator, the lobby, the boardroom and the exit
Have you ever wondered when an interview really begins? Well I am of the philosophy that once you press that elevator button, your journey commences. At RSS, that elevator ride, 20 seconds flat, leads you to the 46th floor where you will be warmly welcomed into a black marble lobby with a peripheral view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Montréal. At this very moment, you have to be less focused on what is around you and more focused on your plan de match.
What would happen if you met an interviewer or a colleague of the interviewer(s) in that very elevator? Ironically enough, would you be capable of making an “elevator pitch” ? The clock is ticking, you have 20 seconds…