Monthly Archives: December 2017

NLRB Reverses Key Rulings on Joint-Employer Status and Handbooks, Rules & Policies – More Changes Coming

Our colleague Steven M. Swirsky at Epstein Becker Green has a post on the Management Memo blog that will be of interest to our readers: “NLRB Reverses Key Rulings: Returns to Pre-Obama Board Test for Deciding Joint-Employer Status and for Determining Whether Handbooks, Rules and Policies Violate the NLRA – Assessment of 2014 Expedited Election Rules and Future Changes Also Announced.”

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ILN Firm of the Month – TGS Baltic, Estonia, Latvia, & Lithuania!

The ILN is proud to announce our latest firm of the month, TGS Baltic, Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania!

TGS Baltic is a top-tier commercial law firm with offices in all the Baltic countries. Their mission is not only to be the best legal experts in their region, but to use their expertise, experience and skills to support the business of their clients. They believe lawyers should not only be experts in the law, but that the real added value for their clients comes from their ability to help them succeed in their business objectives.

 Full descriptions of TGS Baltic’s services, expertise, and lawyer profiles are available on their ILN profile.

TGS Baltic – Estonia


Martin Tamme
Email: Martin.Tamme@tgsbaltic.com
Telephone: +372 503 5380
Practice Groups: M&A and Corporate, Finance & Capital Markets, Litigation & Arbitration, Regulatory & Competition, Real Estate and Tax


Sander Kärson
Email: sander.karson@tgsbaltic.com
Telephone: +372 515 1115
Practice Groups: Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Corporate Law, Employment, Healthcare & Life science, Commercial Law

TGS Baltic – Latvia


Ivars Grunte
Email: ivars.grunte@tgsbaltic.com
Telephone: +371 678 89999
Practice Groups: Commercial arbitration; governmental inquiries, debt collection; International contracts; cargo damages


Andra Rubene
Email: andra.rubene@tgsbaltic.com
Telephone: +371 2 9127289
Practice Groups: Mergers and Acquisitions, Taxation, Capital Markets and Derivatives, Corporate and Commercial, Competition, Employment and Immigration Law, Maritime and Transportation, Insolvency and Restructuring, Private Funds, Pharmaceutical and Medicine Law, Banking and Finance, Trademarks, IP, IT and Telecom

TGS Baltic – Lithuania


Eugenija Sutkienė
Email: eugenija.sutkiene@tgsbaltic.com
Telephone: +370 5 251 4444
Practice Groups: Mergers & Acquisitions, Development & Regulatory, Infrastructure & PPP, Real Estate Transactions, Corporate Law, Healthcare & Life science, Public Sector & Constitutional Law

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ILN Today Post

Specific performance of an agreement to sell of an immovable property

The law with respect to specific performance of a contract is well established in India. The grant of relief of specific performance is a discretionary and equitable relief. The courts are therefore not bound to always grant the relief of specific performance merely because it is lawful to do so, but are required to apply their discretion in a sound and reasonable manner to meet the ends of justice.

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The insured’s access to the insurer’s records and litigation privilege

By Chantal Noël, from our Insurance Law Practice Group.

December 14, 2017 — In a recent decision (Fiset-Trudeau c. Compagnie mutuelle d’assurances Wawanesa, 2017 QCCS 5071), Madam Justice Florence Lucas held that an insurer’s notes and records, as prepared by its representatives, were subject to the litigation privilege and that, accordingly, the insurer could not be compelled to disclose them.

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Pro bono work – vital for marriage equality and the challenges that remain

The process was long and unorthodox but amendments to the Marriage Act to allow same-sex marriage in Australia have recognised the fundamental human right to equality before the law and the right to be free from discrimination for LGBTIQ+ people.

Pro bono legal work has provided vital assistance in helping to achieve this change. As outlined by the Australian Pro Bono Law Centre lawyers have assisted LGBTIQ+ people to realise their rights not only in relation to marriage but to be free from discrimination and equal before the law.

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ILN Announces Second Edition of “Buying & Selling Real Estate: An International Guide”

The ILN’s Real Estate Group is delighted to announce today the release of the second (and updated) edition of their guide, “Buying & Selling Real Estate: An International Guide.” This collaborative electronic guide offers a summary of key real estate law principles in 18 countries across the globe, serving as a quick, practical reference for those establishing an entity in these jurisdictions. In 2017, we have added seven new jurisdictions, which includes Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, India, the Netherlands, and Michigan. The group continues to work collaboratively to update the guide with the latest figures and regulations for their countries, and we’re really excited to provide this valuable resource for firms and companies with multinational business needs.

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Robert J. Munnelly, Jr. Re-Elected to Northeast Energy and Commerce Association Board of Directors

Robert J. Munnelly, Jr., a shareholder in the regulatory and administrative law area at Davis Malm, has been re-elected to the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association, Inc. (NECA) Board of Directors for 2018. As a NECA director, Mr. Munnelly will continue to help advance the association’s mission through new member outreach and by educating the Board and its 1,250 person membership on commercial and regulatory developments in the competitive retail electric and gas markets across New England. Mr. Munnelly has been actively involved in NECA since 2001 and will continue to serve as Co-Chair of the NECA’s Retail Markets Committee, a position he has held since 2014.

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Downsize your home to upsize your superannuation

The Government has recently announced superannuation measures to address the housing affordability crisis.

The cornerstone of this scheme is that it will allow people aged 65 and over to make additional non-concessional (post-tax) contributions of up to $300,000 from the proceeds of selling their home.

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5 Ways to Make Your Holiday Cards Stand Out

The first day of Hanukkah is upon us, so if you haven’t gotten your holiday cards out yet (like me), you’re too late. I’m just kidding.

But in all seriousness, while some firms and lawyers are still using paper cards, others have gone the electronic route, and still others (like the ILN, actually) have opted out of holiday cards entirely, you may be wondering what the point is, and how to stand out.

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Information Blocking in the 21st Century Cures Act

The 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures Act”) was enacted in December of 2016.  Among other things, the Cures Act includes provisions to encourage the interoperability of electronic health records. Specifically, the Cures Act provides for civil penalties for those who engage in “information blocking”.  The Cures Act defines “information blocking” broadly as a “practice that . . . is likely to interfere with, prevent, or materially discourage access, exchange or use of electronic health information” if that practice is known by a developer, exchange, network, or provider as being likely to “interfere with, prevent, or materially discourage the access, exchange, or use of electronic health information”.  42 U.S.C. §300jj-52(a).  The penalty for vendors is up to $1 million “per violation”.

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