For decades, modern methods of construction, including off-site, have been seen as the future of the industry. Yet, perhaps because of the stigma of low quality construction from the 1940s and 1950s when the focus was on quantity rather than quality, that vision was never really embraced. Now there are signs that industry is making the leap towards use of advanced technology in construction in what has been named the ‘fourth industrial revolution’.
Monthly Archives: November 2018
Leading commercial law firm, Cleaver Fulton Rankin has appointed new specialists and made a number of promotions to add to its expert and specialist teams.
For various reasons, those who regularly transact and trade in cryptocurrency will often use exchanges that are based offshore. Importantly, these exchanges will rarely quote the value of cryptocurrency in Australian dollars.
Jordan M. Thompson is an associate in the Advertising, Marketing & Promotions and Intellectual Property Practice Groups of Davis & Gilbert. She has experience drafting and negotiating a variety of agreements, including for celebrity talent and influencer endorsements and speaking engagements, corporate sponsorships, vendor services, and IP licenses.
On November 7, 2018, Illinois State Senator Jason A. Barickman introduced S.B. (Senate Bill) 3643. This legislation is aimed at creating more transparency in asbestos litigation in the state by stipulating that at the outset of litigation, defendants would be given access to claim forms that plaintiffs have submitted to trust funds that bankrupt companies have established in order to compensate victims of asbestos exposure. Similar legislation has been passed in 15 states and comes after documents uncovered during an asbestos defendant’s 2014 bankruptcy proceeding showed a discrepancy between the exposure allegations alleged in forms submitted to these trusts and exposure testimony in separate civil lawsuits against solvent companies.
Effective January 1, 2019 Delaware Imposes Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training and Creates New Spin on Existing Protections
The Delaware Discrimination in Employment Act has always provided a cause of action for sexual harassment under the umbrella of sex discrimination. However, new Delaware law, effective January 1, 2019, expressly addresses Delaware’s take on sexual harassment. In many ways, the new law is redundant with existing legal rights and responsibilities, thus simply creating a new section of the law to bring the same claim. In other ways, the new law at least arguably is different. In still other ways, the new law creates new obligations and new claims, which certainly require attention and action by employers.
It’s no secret that the legal market is a challenging place to be today.
Mergers, non-law firm players, clients continuing to take work in-house, increasing investment in technology, changing demands from different generations…the list goes on.
On November 6, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit handed down a decision that impacts employers across all industries, including the financial services industry. In a “win” for employers, the Tenth Circuit ruled that “…the False Claims Act’s anti-retaliation provision unambiguously excludes relief for retaliatory acts which occur after the employee has left employment.” Potts v. Center for Excellence in Higher Education, Inc., No. 17-1143 (10th Cir. Nov. 6, 2018).
The largest 100 aged care service providers in Australia will have very recently received initial correspondence from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (Commission) inviting early submissions.
Funds and financial products
ASIC extends relief for non-cash payment facilities
On 16 November, ASIC has amended the ASIC Corporations (Non-cash Payment Facilities) Instrument 2016/211 to remove an expiry date that would have seen the instrument ceasing to operate in March 2019.