Monthly Archives: March 2018
On March 19, 2018, Health Canada unveiled its proposed regulations under the Cannabis Act applicable to the packaging and labelling of recreational cannabis following a 60-day public consultation period. Noticeably, the approach being taken by Health Canada towards cannabis bears a strong resemblance to its approach towards tobacco, a move which is expected to upset licensed producers that are seeking to differentiate themselves from one another in any way they can in a hyper-competitive industry. The general population’s message to Health Canada was that its approach needs to prioritize the health and safety of Canadians, and in particular, restrict youth access to cannabis. Health Canada’s proposed regulations also address the regulation of micro-cultivators and micro-processors, with the goals of facilitating the participation of small-scale growers and processors in the legal cannabis industry and eliminating the underground black market.
Cities are the future, and future cities will be smart. Urbanisation is one of the continuing trends of the twenty first century. In 1800, just 2% of the world’s population was urbanised. In 2008, that figure passed 50%. If current growth trends continue, 65-75% of the world’s population will live in urban centres by 2050. Almost all of this 15-25% projected growth will take place in the developing world.
MIAMI– McDonald Hopkins, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, welcomes litigator Christine M. Dimitriou to the Miami office as an associate.
Starting at the top is essential, but you need the right mix of people within your firm to really be successufl. Disney calls this “cast excellence.” The corporate culture at Disney is, by design, well-defined, clear to all, and goal-oriented. It can seem challenging to implement this at a law firm, but I’ve seen it done (take a look at our member firm in Australia, Hall & Wilcox, with their emphasis on Smarter Law). Jeff Williford of the Disney Institute challenged firms to think about their corporate culture, and whether the existing culture is what they want – internal branding is important, as is communicating your culture up front and early.
Until closing, parties to a merger, acquisition, or similar transaction must remain independent competitors. Failure to do so is known as “gun jumping” and can be a simultaneous violation of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act”) and Section 1 of the Sherman Act.
Leading independent business law firm, Hall & Wilcox, has boosted its Sydney employment practice by appointing partner Fay Calderone and senior associate Clare Kerley.
On March 13, 2018, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed bill HB 1298, the Washington Fair Chance Act (“Act”), which prohibits employers from asking job applicants about arrests or convictions until after the employer has determined that the applicant is “otherwise qualified” for the job. The Act goes into effect on June 7, 2018.
Leading independent business law firm, Hall & Wilcox, has advised the owner and operator of Victoria’s electricity transmission network, AusNet Services, on its leading role in Victoria’s $35 million Battery Energy Storage System to be based in Ballarat (regional Victoria).