Monthly Archives: November 2020

Black Lives Matter Movement Sparks Branding Changes

The tragic killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery this year, among others, have reinvigorated the Black Lives Matter movement, resulting in powerful nationwide conversations about racial injustice in the United States, with far-reaching ripple effects. Businesses across industries — such as sports, entertainment, consumer products and higher education — have reevaluated certain aspects of their legacy brands and have announced that they will discontinue the use of names, trademarks and logos with racist origins.

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Michigan COVID-19 Workplace Updates: Three Week “Pause” and Office-Based Enforcement

Michigan recently announced two COVID-19 developments that will impact employers and their workplaces.  Most recently, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued new restrictions for business operations in the state that are set to take effect on November 18 and last through December 8, 2020 (the “Three Week Pause Order”).  The Three Week Pause Order followed an announcement late last week by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) of a State Emphasis Program (SEP) focused on in-door activities and venues, including office settings.  The Three Week Pause Order and SEP announcements also include an important reminder to employers of the potential liabilities and penalties if they violate the State’s COVID-19 safety requirements.

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Slowdown in the DMV: District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia Tighten Business Restrictions as COVID-19 Cases Climb

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the nation, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia all recently have implemented additional mitigation measures that impact business operations.  Below is a summary of the key restrictions of which businesses within the DMV should be aware.

District of Columbia

The District of Columbia maintains a compilation of Phase Two Guidance to assist all businesses in reopening (or staying open) responsibly.  Recently, on November 6, 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order 2020-110, which modifies previous quarantine guidelines for visitors traveling to the District and for residents returning home.  This modified order will impact whether and when employees may return to work after traveling outside of the DMV.

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Overview of the DOJ 2020 Health Care Fraud Takedown

Our colleague Melissa L. Jampol of Epstein Becker Green has a new post on the Commercial Litigation Update blog that will be interest to our readers: “Opioids, Sober Homes and ‘Telefraud’: An Overview of the DOJ 2020 Healthcare Fraud Takedown.”

The following is an excerpt:

As we have previously reported, opioids have been a large focus of DOJ in the past few years in an attempt to stem the opioid epidemic through increased enforcement and this takedown is a continuation of those efforts. DOJ stated that the charges involved in the opioid-related takedown involved the submission of $800 million in false and fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, and private insurance companies for treatments that were allegedly medically unnecessary and often never provided. DOJ also continued the trend of charging medical professionals with the illegal distribution of opioids (or operating pill mills). Providers need to be mindful of safe opioid prescribing guidelines, develop and implement rigorous compliance programs, and keep up to date on ever shifting federal and state laws in this area.

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Video: Employers Navigate New Marijuana Laws – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  Voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota approved adult recreational marijuana use. Mississippi and South Dakota also legalized medicinal marijuana. Employers should review workplace drug and testing policies and be aware they may also need to provide reasonable accommodations for medical marijuana users going forward. Read more.

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Informal Chat with Justice Malcolm Rowe and Pierre E. Moreau

November 16, 2020 — This Friday, November 20, the Canadian Bar Association will be hosting via videoconference a discussion between the Honourable Malcolm Rowe, of the Supreme Court of Canada, and Pierre E. Moreau. Pierre is a veteran of these “fireside chats” with a judge of the Supreme Court or another appeals tribunal; we can therefore expect a lively discussion where several facets of Justice Rowe’s career and thoughts will be featured.

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Connolly Gallagher Congratulates Chip Connolly on Being Selected to the 2020 Irish Legal 100

Connolly Gallagher Managing partner, Arthur G. (“Chip”) Connolly, III has been named to the 2020 Irish Legal 100. In their 13th year, the Irish Legal 100 is honoring it’s largest class ever -209 honorees.

The Irish Legal 100, founded in 2008 in New York, is an annual compilation of the most distinguished legal professionals in the United States who share one common bond: pride in their Irish roots. The list includes attorneys, legal scholars and members of the judiciary who have distinguished themselves in their fields of endeavor. Members include United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Anthony Kennedy, Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor, CBS News correspondent Erin Moriarty and many more.

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New Faces at RSS (Behind Their Mask, Naturally!)

November 13, 2020 — RSS is pleased to announce that four new members recently joined our team:

  • We are especially pleased with the return of Laurence Gauthier, who practiced with us for 10 years before leaving temporarily in 2015. Laurence is a seasoned litigator and over the years she has represented entities in diverse areas. More particularly, she has acquired an expertise in insurance litigation with a sub-specialty in insurance coverage matters as well as professional liability, civil liability, product liability, construction, and latent defects. Laurence will be an asset to our vibrant insurance practice group.
  • Éliane Dufour-Fallon, also a litigator, is another recruit in our Insurance Law Practice Group. Since being called to the Bar in 2017, she has acquired experience in the numerous facets of civil liability. Her dynamic personality is a definite asset to the team.
  • Notary Adrien Tillet is now a member of our Estates, Wills and Trusts Group. In addition to holding a law degree and practicing as a notary for two years, his passion for history materialized as a degree in History from Université de Paris-Ouest.
  • Laurianne Falardeau, joins our paralegal team in the in the Insurance Law Practice Group with great enthusiasm. A paralegal since 2016, she brings to RSS some five years of expertise assistance in civil and commercial litigation matters.
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Excelling in our Quality Standard Audit

Congratulations and thank you to all our staff on the firm once again being awarded an exceptional score of 99%, a Gold Standard, in the Q9000 Legal Quality Standard audit.

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New Trademark Law aligns Greek regime with that of European Union

Introduction

In March 2020 – during the lockdown imposed by the government to combat the COVID-19 pandemic – Greece adopted a new Trademark Law (4679/2020), which replaced the previous Trademark Law (4072/2012). The purpose of adopting this new law was to implement the EU Trademarks Directive (2015/2436/EC) into Greek law.

By virtue of this new law, the Greek trademark regime is now largely similar to that of the European Union. The new Greek Trademark Law essentially follows EU Trademark Regulation (2017/1001), rendering the Greek legal system more familiar and friendly to foreign entities, many of which are already acquainted with the EU framework.

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