Monthly Archives: February 2021

UK Supreme Court Gives Uber Drivers Five Star Rating (and Workers’ Benefits and Entitlements)

On February 19, 2021, in a landmark decision that may have lasting effects on the gig economy, the United Kingdom Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Uber drivers are workers and are not self-employed contractors, and, as such, are entitled to certain rights, including minimum wage, holiday pay and rest breaks, among other benefits and protections.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: How to become an Authority: Expertise

Join us for this week’s rainmaking recommendation from trainer and coach, Jaimie Field.

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In Rainmaking Recommendation #230, I discussed why you need to become an authority in your practice area and niche.

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The Quebec Court of Appeal Confirms the Application of the Short Time Limitations of the Cities and Towns Act to Long Tail Environmental Claims and Neighborhood Disturbances

By Eloïse Robichaud, from our Insurance Law Practice Group

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February 25, 2021 — On December 15, 2020, the Quebec Court of Appeal issued an important judgment concerning the short six-month time limitation period of s. 586 of the Cities and Towns Act [CTA] in Ville de Brossard c. Belmamoun, 2020 QCCA 1718.

In August 2013, Plaintiffs Mohamed Belmamoun and Gaétan L’Heureux filed a Motion for authorization to institute a class action against the City of Brossard, alleging that the development of a commercial district located on its territory caused neighbourhood annoyances and/or the unlawful infringement of their rights (right to environmental quality and the peaceful enjoyment of property guaranteed by the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms), due to the excessive flow of traffic circulating on a residential boulevard. The action was authorized in 2017 by the Court of Appeal.

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EXP for eSports

EXP for eSports
Authors: Antonello Corrado, Giancarlo Cherubini A growing industry In today’s in depth analysis we will…
Antonello Corrado
Giancarlo Cherubini

The term eSport, short for electronic sport, is used to identify a competitive and organized game mode, which usually involves individual players or teams who compete through the use of video games on online platforms.

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Video: Wage and Hour Enforcement Under President Biden – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesdayThis week on our special podcast series, Employers and the New Administration, we look at how the Biden administration’s approach to wage and hour issues will impact employers. Special podcast episodes air every other #WorkforceWednesday.

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has already adopted the Biden administration’s commitment to enforcement, its movement against arbitration agreements, and a fresh view on worker classification. What other wage and hour developments can employers expect under President Biden?

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Chambers Global 2021 – Lidings Top-Ranked Intellectual Property Law Firm in Russia

Chambers and Partners Global has announced the results of its annual research of the leading legal advisors around the world. Lidings’ is recommended among the top legal advisors in intellectual property in Russia.

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ILN Today Post

New distinctions just announced for A.& K. Metaxopoulos and Partners Law Firm

►  Kriton Metaxopoulos, our Managing Partner has been listed in Chambers Global 2021 Edition as a leading individual for his expertise in Dispute Resolution.

Chambers states “Widely recognised in the market for his expertise in IP disputes, Kriton Metaxopoulos also handles criminal and corporate litigation.”, “He has great skills and knowledge”.

You may find full results HERE.

►  Media Law International (MLI) in its special guide to the Global Leaders in Media Law Practice for 2021 confirmed our firm’s leading position and role by ranking us as Tier 1 firm.

Specifically, MLI is stating for us: A.& K. Metaxopoulos & Partners has a high profile reputation and corresponding client base. The media team is described by clients as “extremely professional and always delivers on objectives without exception”.”

The MLI in its chapter has also endorsed our Managing Partner’s evaluation of the developments related to major IP issues in Greece. You may find full chapter HERE.

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Legitimate Source Defense in Patent Infringement Cases

Article 70 of the PRC Patent Law (the Patent Law) provides for a defense (the Legitimate Channel Defense) that a business operator (Purchaser) which purchases infringing products for its own use or for resale during its business operation will not be liable for compensating the patent owner if it procures the products from legitimate channels and does not know that the products were manufactured without an authorization by the patent owner.  The Legitimate Channel Defense protects good faith Purchasers (the bona fide Purchasers) from being claimed for damages for using or selling patent infringing products, thus safeguards transactional safeties. Read more…

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SCOTUS Today: Court Declines Resolving Circuit Split on What Constitutes a “False” Claim, but Will Consider Legality of Trump Abortion Gag Rule

Our colleagues Stuart Gerson and Daniel Fundakowski of Epstein Becker Green have a new post on SCOTUS Today that will be of interest to our readers: “Court Declines Resolving Circuit Split on What Constitutes a ‘False’ Claim, but Will Consider Legality of Trump Abortion Gag Rule.”

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Time Is Money: A Quick Wage-Hour Tip on … Complying With The Salary Basis Requirement For Exempt Employees

A sometimes-overlooked requirement for classifying an employee as exempt from overtime is that, with limited exceptions, the employee must be paid on a “salary basis.” [1] Indeed, when employers fail to pay their exempt employees on a salary basis, they may be subject to lawsuits alleging exempt misclassification. As such, properly paying employees on a salary basis is critical to classifying employees as exempt.

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