Lewis Rice is proud to announce that The Best Lawyers in America® has named Lewis Rice member John M. Hessel as “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – First Amendment for 2020 in the St. Louis metropolitan area. This is the seventh time in the past 10 years that John has received the “Lawyer of the Year” award. He previously received the “Lawyer of the Year” award for Municipal Law in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016 and for Litigation – First Amendment in 2014 and 2018. Best Lawyers has also included him in its annual list every year since 2009 for Commercial Litigation, Municipal Law, Litigation – Municipal, and Litigation – First Amendment.
Monthly Archives: September 2019
Bill Griffin‘s article, “Tax Traps for Foreign Real Estate Investors,” was published in the September issue of SumNews. The article identifies some of the most common areas where nonresident foreign investors may need specialized tax advice to avoid costly mistakes.
Department of Family and Medical Leave Provides Further Guidance on the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act
On October 1, 2019, the payroll tax for the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFML) will go into effect, following a three-month delay to give employers more time to prepare for the rollout of the program and for the newly created Department of Family and Medical Leave (the Department) to provide further guidance on the law. Two points on which the Department provided further guidance are discussed below.
Susan Gross Sholinsky of Epstein Becker Green and Jennifer Smuts of Connolly Gallagher LLP are both involved in 2020 Women on Boards, a campaign to increase the percentage of women on U.S. Boards of Directors to 20% or greater by the year 2020. Both women are co-chairs of their respective cities and have planned the National Conversation on Board Diversity events for later this year. 2019’s National Conversation is taking places in almost 40 cities, including Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Tampa, Washington, D.C. and Wilmington. During this event, thousands of C-Suite and senior executives will discuss the topic “Now Is the Time: How Can We Held Each Other and Seek Allies to Find a Corporate Board Seat?”
IBC proceedings maintainable against a company whose name has been struck off by the Registrar of Companies
The Hon’ble National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (“NCLAT”) has held that the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (“CIRP”) can be initiated against a company whose name has been struck off by the Registrar of Companies (“ROC”) on an application filed under section 7 or section 9 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (“IBC”) by any creditor or workman of such company.
Interoperability and patient access to data has been pushed to the forefront as a primary concern for the health industry. This is largely due to proposed rules published this spring by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that seek to advance interoperability and support the access, exchange, and use of electronic health information. In August 2019, the ONC held its third annual National Coordinator for Health IT Interoperability Forum in Washington DC. The event brings together the Health IT technology community, developers, policymakers, and staff to promote the goal of interoperability. One of this year’s keynote speakers was the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Principal Deputy Commissioner, Amy Abernethy, M.D. Ph.D.
California Supreme Court Holds That Employees Cannot Recover Allegedly Unpaid Wages in Lawsuits Brought Under PAGA
We have frequently written about California’s Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”), a unique statute that allows private individuals to file suit seeking “civil penalties” on behalf of themselves and other “aggrieved employees.”
Corporate responsibility and social impact for law firms: Growing Client Engagement and Expectations
This fall, ILN members will have the good fortune to participate in a webinar with Pamela Cone, founder and CEO of Amity Advisory. Pam is speaking on the global movement behind corporate social responsibility and sustainability for law firms, and why firms should care, and in advance of that, I’ll be sharing some guest posts with you that may aid in your own efforts. Here is the second in our series.
Funds and financial products
Treasury releases draft Design and Distribution Obligations Regulations
On 12 September, Treasury released for public consultation exposure draft regulations to support the Treasury Laws Amendment (Design and Distribution Obligations and Product Intervention Powers) Act 2019 (‘Act’) and an exposure draft explanatory statement.
Leading Australian law firm Hall & Wilcox is pleased to have advised German company Sto Group on its acquisition of Unitex, an Australian manufacturer and distributor of building products for residential and commercial architectural products.