Monthly Archives: March 2017

Brands Find Influencers Beautiful

Influencers – from bloggers, vloggers (video bloggers), YouTube stars and Instagram personalities – are truly the stars of social media, and brands are eager to harness their power and reach.

Millennials are estimated at having a purchasing power of $1.3 trillion, according to Social Media Week, and as social media continues to gain speed as one of millennials most coveted forms of currency, brands are taking notice. In order to best communicate with this growing demographic – whose attention span lasts a total of 8 seconds as reported by TIME Magazine – brands are heavily leaning on social media.

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California Court of Appeal Reverses Previous Decision and Affirms the Use of Second Meal Period Waivers for Healthcare Employers

Kevin SullivanA little more than two years ago, we wrote about how a California Court of Appeal’s decision exposed healthcare employers to litigation if they relied upon IWC Wage Order 5 for meal period waivers. That decision was Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center (“Gerard I”), where the Court of Appeal concluded that IWC Wage Order 5 was partially invalid to the extent it authorized second meal period waivers on shifts over 12 hours. Much has happened since then.

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How to manage UK probate fee increases

Currently most applications made by solicitors for a UK grant of representation for a deceased’s estate incur a flat fee of £155 payable to the Probate Registry.  However, perhaps within a little over two months’ time, a grant could cost as much as £20,000!  How did we get here and, more importantly, what can be done about it?

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Insurable Interest – Issue 42


Motley Crewe

Air crash machination

Gloss on Athanasopoulos

The law of unintended consequences

Dot your i’s and cross your herbal t’s

Working for the Man – TNT v Christie revisited

Jet-skiers rescued by section 54

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ILN Today Post

Francois Henriquez published in the Credit Union Times: Alternative Capital vs. the Tax Exemption: A False Choice

Francois Henriquez, MiamiIn the March 1, 2017 issue of the Credit Union Times, Francois Henriquez discusses the recent NCUA notice of proposed rulemaking on alternative forms of capital for federally-insured credit unions.

Francois suggests that credit unions have little to fear about the structure of potential alternative capital instruments adversely affecting their federal and state income tax exemption as long as they continue their commitment of “operating for mutual purposes.” He also predicts alternative capital for credit unions should become a reality this time around.

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International Women’s Day – An Ode to Mentors

suhyeon-choi-104926On this International Women’s Day, we reached out to some strong, smart women we know – the in-house counsel in our LinkedIn group – and asked them to say a few words about the mentors that they credit with helping them with their professional advancement. We’re all made better by the passion, guidance, and helping hands of those who have come before us, and my favorite thing about mentorship is that it inspires each of us to reach out to the next person who can use our advice or guidance. We give back because we have been given to so freely.

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Now register Trademark as ‘Well Known’​

In a significant development to improve India’s intellectual property regime, rules for registering trademarks have been simplified. This is a step in the right direction as it would boost the ease of doing business.

Now you can register trade mark as “Well Known” and Save potential litigation cost. The registration fee of Rs 1 lakh is insignificant if compared to the savings in potential litigation costs.

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How to Avoid Having Your Patent Interpreted as a Covered Business Method (CBM) Patent

martin-ceralde-40407Suppose that you have an invention disclosure that uses computers and the Internet to carry out transactions that could include financial transactions? When you draft your patent application, is there anything that you can do to avoid having your patent application and resulting issued patent from being interpreted as a covered business method patent?  The answer is YES!

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International Women’s Day: The Quebec Bar highlights Sharon Druker’s involvement

March 8, 2017 — As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Sharon G. Druker is taking part today in Les avocates à la conquête des domaines plus masculins: défis et solutions, an activity hosted by the Bar of Quebec for International Women’s Day. The Bar highlights this involvement with a special insert in the March edition of its Journal.

Our firm is proud of its involvement in women’s issues, with initiatives such as RSS au féminin or the recent presence of some of our lawyers at Soupe pour Elles.

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A lesson on employees and criminal records

In a report late last year the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) concluded that an IT company, Data#3, discriminated against an employee when it dismissed him on the basis of his criminal record (which related to dealing drugs).1

While the AHRC can only make non-binding recommendations, its report may be relied upon by employees in future unfair dismissal or equal opportunity claims to demonstrate that a dismissal was unfair or that discrimination occurred.

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