Monthly Archives: March 2017

ILN Today Post

Equal employment opportunity rights of disabled persons

As a constant reminder to our staff and also as information available to clients with actual or intended activities within the territory of the Republic of Panama, we refer to the most important aspects of the latest reforms in our legislation concerning equal opportunities and considerations for disabled persons.  The reforms and new provisions enacted under Law 15 of the 31st of May, 2016 should always be kept in mind and under strict compliance.

 

Read More

Read full article
ILN Today Post

Three Shutts Attorneys Recognized by DBR for Professional Excellence

The Daily Business Review recently recognized three Shutts & Bowen attorneys for their achievements in the legal profession. Partners Bowman Brown, Daniel Barsky and Daniel Benavides will be honored at the publication’s Professional Excellence awards event to be held on May 24 at the Rusty Pelican Miami.

Read More

Read full article

Oh, Where Cases Like That Will Go: HOW A CEASE AND DESIST LETTER STOPPED THE PLAY BUT STARTED THE SUIT

tamarcus-brown-131431Lombardo et al v. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., case number 1:16-cv-09974, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, is an interesting case for intellectual property practitioners, especially those involved in copyright matters and curious as to how the parody/fair use discussion started in my last post for ILN IP Insider continues to play out.

Read full article

Supreme Court Rules That Former NLRB Acting General Counsel Served in Violation of Federal Law

On March 21, 2017, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the National Labor Relations Board’s former Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon served in violation of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 3345, et seq. (“FVRA”) when he continued in that position after President Barack Obama nominated him for a full term as General Counsel.

By a 6 to 2 vote, the Justices affirmed an August 2015 decision by the D.C. Circuit, which found that Solomon improperly served as Acting General Counsel during the almost three-year period between January 2011 and late 2013 while his nomination for confirmation as  the Board’s General Counsel languished in the Republican-controlled Senate.  Ultimately, Obama withdrew Solomon’s nomination and put forward Richard F. Griffin, Jr., who was eventually confirmed on October 29, 2013.

Read full article

Fair go mate – Why funding of CLCs should be increased, not decreased

Community Legal Centres (CLCs) are independent, not-for-profit community organisations providing equitable and accessible legal services. They support those in our community who are disadvantaged socially, economically or culturally, and often provide their only access to legal services. In doing do CLCs correct societal imbalance and give support and a voice to those who otherwise would not have it.

Read full article

IP Court has clarified that the use of a “plot generating object” in a movie may constitute copyright infringement

In mid-February, the Russian Intellectual Property Court issued an interesting decision, in which it indicated when filmmakers have to obtain a copyright owner’s consent for use of a movie prop.

Under the auspices of the case, Pan Press Publisher filed a lawsuit against Ren-TV TV Channel and AN-film Production Company claiming that its book cover design was illegally used in an episode of a comic TV series.

Read full article
ILN Today Post

Tax treaties in Russia: 2016 updates

Russia has a quite extensive network of tax treaties, with the vast majority of tax treaties being conventions for elimination of double taxation with respect to taxes on income and on capital and the prevention of tax evasion and avoidance ( here and after – double tax treaties). As of January, 1 2017 Russia has 82 double tax treaties in force.

In 2016 Russia has strengthened its tax cooperation with Asian countries and made steps towards automatic exchange of information.

Read More

Read full article
ILN Today Post

What will the tax authorities learn?

Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information among tax authorities worldwide applies to 2016 data 

Today, 108 jurisdictions, including many tax havens (the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Seychelles, etc.), participate in the automatic exchange of financial account information. The sharing of data on capital gains, account balances, income from the sale of financial instruments and data on the beneficial owners of passive entities (for the year 2016 already) will aid in the effective verification of income tax returns and improve tax transparency. Consequently, tax authorities will no longer have to rely only on spontaneous exchanges of data or journalists revealing secret information and causing scandals the likes of the Panama Papers. 

Read full article
ILN Today Post

Decrease of the corporate income tax rate to 28%

The standard corporate income tax rate fixed at 33.33% will progressively be decreased to 28%.

In 2017, only the SMEs which have less than 250 employees, and less than EUR 50 million turnover or balance sheet of under EUR 43 million benefit from the 28% on their profit first EUR 75,000 of taxable income.

Read full article

3 Ways to Find the Right Network for Your Law Firm

rawpixel-com-196464Recently, I had the opportunity to write a piece for JD Supra’s Perspectives, on 5 Ways a Law Firm Network Can Make Your Firm More Successful. Sure, I’m a little bit biased, but here’s how I feel:

Over the last decade, we’ve seen a titanic shift in the legal industry, and one thing I know for sure is that we’ve all got to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Change, innovation, disruption – it’s all here to stay, and how it shakes out will be different for each law firm and law firm client.

What we do know is that the client is king – they always were, but now they know it too. And that means clients expect their firms to get creative about ways and means to provide value. This can be accomplished in a myriad of ways, depending on your strategy, goals, and clients, but a piece of that puzzle is the law firm network.”

Read full article