Monthly Archives: August 2016

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Shutts & Bowen Named Among “Best Places to Work in Central Florida” by Orlando Sentinel

On Friday, August 19, Shutts & Bowen’s Orlando office was named among the Top 10 Best Places to Work in Central Florida in the Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies 2016. James Willard, Managing Partner of the Orlando Office, accepted the award on behalf of Shutts & Bowen.

Shutts was placed in the Large Company category with other prestigious organizations such as Florida Hospital, Orlando Health and the Orlando Magic. Shutts also placed highest among all law firms in this category.

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Sixty Shutts & Bowen Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017

Shutts and Bowen is proud to announce that 60 lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2017. West Palm Beach partner Raymond Royce was also selected as Lawyer of the Year in the Real Estate Law category. Joining the Best Lawyers list for the first time is J. Gregory Humphries in the area of Corporate Law.

Following is a list of the attorneys named and the areas in which they are recognized:

Fort Lauderdale

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Shutts & Bowen Welcomes Five New Attorneys

Shutts & Bowen LLP is pleased to announce the addition of five new attorneys to the firm. These new hires bring a diverse range of legal experience to support our more than 30 practice areas.

Amanda B. Buffinton (Partner, Tampa) is a member of the Construction Litigation Practice Group. A Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney, Amanda is also Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar. She has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal court for matters involving construction disputes, professional liability claims, including the defense of design professionals, contract disputes and commercial lending and banking disputes.

 

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Sit, Fung, Kwong & Shum acting for Sun Hung Kai Properties

We are acting for Sun Hung Kai Properties in the sale of residential units in the “Lime Gala (形薈)” development. “Lime Gala (形薈)” provides a total of 650 residential units in which our firm is responsible for handling around 195 of them. The project is led by our partner Ms. Margaret Choi and assisted by Ms. Angela Wong (senior associate), Mr. William Chan (associate) and a team of experienced conveyancing clerks.

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Best Lawyers in America – All Lawyers Report

San Francisco, August 18, 2016: Shartsis Friese is proud to announce the following lawyers have been chosen by Best Lawyers in America for 2017.

BET-THE-COMPANY LITIGATION
San Francisco, CA
Arthur J. Shartsis
Joel Zeldin

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
San Francisco, CA
Robert E. Schaberg
Arthur J. Shartsis
Joel Zeldin

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The Impact of the EU Succession Regulation on Canadians

A commentary by Marilyn Piccini Roy, Ad. E., from our Business Law Group.

August 24, 2016 — Do you own assets in Europe — even mere joint ownership in an apartment? Are you likely to be transferred there by your employer for a few years? In either case, a new European Union Regulation could have sweeping impact on your estate, triggering the need to amend your will.

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Revisiting Dispute Resolution Mechanisms

It is important for the government to develop an efficient dispute resolution mechanism to prevent the slowdown of PPP projects.

The private sector brings with it the benefit of private funding of the projects and efficiency of operations. ‘Public-Private Partnership’ (PPP) has been a relatively flourishing model for infrastructure development in India. In PPP, the concession agreement is signed between two parties i.e., the authority and the private party, viz., concessionaire, where the private party is elected through the process of open competitive bidding.

PPP Article in Infrastructure 230816

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FTC maintains scrutiny over marketers’ use of online influencers

Continuing its increased scrutiny over online endorsements, last month the Federal Trade Commission settled with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment over claims that it failed to disclose that it paid various prominent YouTube influencers to promote the video game Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.

This high-profile settlement demonstrates that the FTC will continue to make this a priority with more enforcement actions expected. Marketers and public relations firms should pay close attention to the FTC’s recent guidance to ensure paid endorsers are making adequate disclosures and being properly monitored.

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What the NLRB’s Ruling That Graduate Teaching Assistants Are Employees, With the Rights to Organize and Bargain Collectively Means for Employers

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) has ruled that graduate teaching assistants, i.e. graduate students who provide instruction and assist faculty with research as part of their own post-graduate education are “employees” within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA or Act), and thus have the right to join unions and engage in collective bargaining with the universities and colleges where they study.

For those who follow the Board, the 3-1 decision in Columbia University in, 364 NLRB No. 90 (2016) should come as no surprise. This past January, following a Regional Director’s Decision dismissing the representation petition filed by Graduate Workers of Columbia-GWC, UAW, (UAW or Union) because she found that under Board law, the graduate teaching assistants and research assistants the union sought to represent, were not employees as that term has been defined under the Act, but rather were students.

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Second Circuit Narrows ‘Red Flag Knowledge’ Exception to DMCA’s Safe Harbor Protections for ISPs

A photo by Jeff Sheldon. unsplash.com/photos/eOLpJytrbsQIn a long-standing case brought against the video platform Vimeo by several music publishers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently set the bar high for copyright owners to succeed in their infringement claims against service providers based on allegations of “red flag knowledge.”

The Second Circuit, shedding some light on what is needed to establish red flag knowledge, rejected the publishers’ argument that Vimeo was not entitled to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) “safe harbor” protections for numerous videos on Vimeo’s platform that included their copyrighted music because the facts and circumstances made the infringements apparent.

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