Monthly Archives: April 2019

2019 Federal Budget insight

With a forecast surplus for 2019-20, the first time in over a decade, of $7.1 billion, Josh Frydenberg’s 2019 Budget is a not too subtle election budget. Surplus is forecast into the future with government debt eliminated by 2029-30.

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Planning permits now required in Victoria for new power lines and sub-stations

From 15 March 2019, power companies and authorities will need planning approval to build new power lines and electrical sub-stations connecting large-scale electricity generation facilities to the Victorian energy network.

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Howard & Howard Expands Royal Oak Office; Welcomes Esshaki and Lee

Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that Eric S. Esshaki and Timothy D. Lee have joined the firm. They will both practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak office.

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Cleaver Fulton Rankin assists Lakeland Dairies in its merger with LacPatrick Dairies

Cleaver Fulton Rankin played an integral role in today’s merger between two major dairy processing co-operatives that operate on the island of Ireland – Lakeland Dairies and LacPatrick Dairies.

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Two Ways Marathon Training Can Prepare you for Business Development

The curse of the marathon runner – we’re either running, or we’re talking about running. Apologies to everyone around me who isn’t a runner who’s had to suffer through my running and running-adjacent conversations over the last several months.

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Federal Budget: our initial thoughts

Partners Anthony Bradica and Harry New share their initial thoughts about tonight’s Federal Budget.

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Statutory Dues are ‘Operational Debt’ under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (“Code”) is one of the most dynamic legislations in the recent times and is being interpreted by the courts to expand the ambit of the Code and also possibly provide maximum benefit to both financial and operational creditors whose dues are long outstanding. One of the recent changes was to include home buyers within the definition of ‘financial creditors’. The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (“NCLAT”) has now upheld the view that statutory dues are included within the definition of ‘operational debts’(though much to the despair of statutory authorities).

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No-Poach Clauses in Franchise Agreements: Four More Franchisors Agree to Drop Them and the DOJ Weighs In on Class Actions Alleging Antitrust Violations

On March 12, 2019, Dunkin’ Donuts, Arby’s, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and Little Caesars agreed to stop including “no-poach” clauses in their franchise agreements and no longer to enforce such clauses in existing agreements. A no-poach clause is an agreement between employers not to hire each other’s employees. The franchisors agreed to end this practice following an investigation by a coalition of attorneys general from 14 states into the use of no-poach clauses in fast food franchise agreements.[1] In a press release announcing the settlement, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh explained his concern “that no-poach provisions make it difficult for workers to improve their earning potential by moving from one job to another or seeking a higher-paying job at another franchise location, and that many workers are unaware they are subject to these no-poach provisions.”

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