Monthly Archives: June 2020

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Happy Juneteenth!

At the ILN, we are observing Juneteenth today, and using it as a day of reflection and learning. To that effect, we would like to share some resources with you, both for Juneteenth, and to amplify Black voices, and encourage you to join us in the work of anti-racism.

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FAQ: Main Street Business Lending Program

On June 15, 2020, the Federal Reserve announced that its Main Street Lending Program was open for lender registration. Once an eligible lender has registered to participate in the program, the eligible lender can begin making Main Street loans immediately. In addition, on June 8, 2020, the Federal Reserve announced certain changes to the Main Street Lending Program to increase participation by borrower and lenders. Read more…

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Production Industry Recommends Guidelines for Returning to Work

The entertainment industry took a major step forward amid the COVID-19 pandemic when the California Department of Public Health approved the resumption of entertainment content production beginning on June 12, 2020. The back-to-work announcement is based upon the guidelines submitted two weeks ago by a massive working group of entertainment industry interests, known as the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (Task Force), on how to safely return to physical production. Read more…

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Video: SCOTUS Decision on LGBTQ Employees, EEOC on Older Workers Returning to Work – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday: This week, we saw a landmark employment law decision and received clarifications on return-to-work issues involving older workers.

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Negotiation/Settlement of Lockdown Wages is a Way Forward Holds Supreme Court

Non-payment or substantial reduction of wages for the period the Indian industry was closed or operating at limited capacity due to COVID-19 despite the Central Government’s order to continue paying wages to workmen during the lockdown period has led to filing of several petitions before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.  In  the matter of Ficus Pax Private Ltd. & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Ors. [Writ Petition (C) Diary No. 10983 of 2020] (clubbed with various writ petitions), the Supreme Court has issued interim measures aimed at negotiating and settling the wages to be paid by employers to its employees for the lockdown period pursuant to the order dated March 29, 2020 (“MHA Wage Order”) issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (“MHA”) in exercise of its powers under Section 10(2)(l) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 (“DM Act”) and its subsequent withdrawal vide MHA’s order dated May 17, 2020 with effect from May 18, 2020. The settlement, if any, will be without prejudice to the rights of the employers/employees which is the subject of adjudication of the aforesaid petitions.

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A.& K. Metaxopoulos and Partners Law Firm in 2020 IAM Patent 1000 ranking tables!

We are most excited to announce that IAM Patent 1000 just released 2020 ranking tables and A.& K. Metaxopoulos and Partners Law Firm is included in “The World’s Leading Patent Professionals”.

IAM Patent 1000 also recommends Kriton Metaxopoulos, Managing Partner and Irini Daroussou, Partner as IP experts, recognizing their broad IP knowledge and expertise.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Virtual Networking Events for Lawyers – 8 Best Practices

In our current reality, many of us are finding ourselves in virtual networking situations (or just virtual business situations!). In this week’s Rainmaking Recommendations post, expert and trainer, Jaimie Field, has some best practices for us on how to make the most of these.

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Lately, I have been attending a lot of virtual networking events.  And while there are many platforms out there that can be used, Zoom seems to be the one used most often, so like using the words Google to mean search engine,  Kleenex to represent tissues, or Band-Aid to denote bandages, I am using Zoom to indicate all virtual networking platforms.

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DTC Pricing Disclosure Rule Invalidated

On Tuesday June 16th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a District Court decision that invalidated a Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) rule requiring pharmaceutical companies to include the wholesale prices of their drugs in direct to consumer TV advertising.  See Regulation to Require Drug Pricing Transparency, 84 Fed. Reg. 20732 (May 10, 2019) (the “Disclosure Rule”).  Ruling in favor of Merck & Co., Inc., Eli Lilly and Company and Amgen, Inc., the Appeals Court held that HHS lacked statutory authority to establish the Disclosure Rule.

The Court found that HHS “acted unreasonably in construing its authority to include the imposition of a sweeping disclosure requirement that is largely untethered to the actual administration of the Medicare or Medicaid programs.  Because there is no reasoned statutory basis for its far-flung reach and misaligned obligations, the disclosure rule is invalid and is hereby set aside.”

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China’s Multitrillion-dollar Opportunity: The world’s second-largest asset management market is opening up to international players

Introduction
The third decade of the 21st century has had a bumpy start. With a global pandemic, the fraying US-China relationship, Brexit, massive changes to the geo-political situation, market turmoil, a looming recession and various other uncertainties, the world is in a state of flux. Apart from staying calm and trying to distinguish truth from fiction, there is always an opportunity riding within a crisis. Read more…

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Supreme Court Rules that Federal Law Protects Gay and Transgender/Transitioning Employees from Workplace Discrimination

On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in a L.G.B.T. civil rights case that is important for employers to note, as it is likely to apply broadly to gender-based policies in the workplace.

In one of the three cases decided by the Supreme Court, it ruled in favor of Aimee Stephens, an employee who claimed that her former employer, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. (the Funeral Home), had fired her in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) when the Funeral Home prohibited her from representing herself, and dressing, as a woman while at work, as she transitioned from male to female. Read more…

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