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Industry 4.0 – from procurement challenge to opportunity

For decades, modern methods of construction, including off-site, have been seen as the future of the industry. Yet, perhaps because of the stigma of low quality construction from the 1940s and 1950s when the focus was on quantity rather than quality, that vision was never really embraced. Now there are signs that industry is making the leap towards use of advanced technology in construction in what has been named the ‘fourth industrial revolution’.

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Cleaver Fulton Rankin expands expert team with new appointments and promotions

Leading commercial law firm, Cleaver Fulton Rankin has appointed new specialists and made a number of promotions to add to its expert and specialist teams.

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Davis & Gilbert is proud to welcome Jordan M. Thompson to the firm’s Advertising Practice Group!

Jordan M. Thompson is an associate in the Advertising, Marketing & Promotions and Intellectual Property Practice Groups of Davis & Gilbert. She has experience drafting and negotiating a variety of agreements, including for celebrity talent and influencer endorsements and speaking engagements, corporate sponsorships, vendor services, and IP licenses.

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New Legislation Introduced in Illinois Seeks Transparency in Asbestos Litigation

On November 7, 2018, Illinois State Senator Jason A. Barickman introduced S.B. (Senate Bill) 3643. This legislation is aimed at creating more transparency in asbestos litigation in the state by stipulating that at the outset of litigation, defendants would be given access to claim forms that plaintiffs have submitted to trust funds that bankrupt companies have established in order to compensate victims of asbestos exposure. Similar legislation has been passed in 15 states and comes after documents uncovered during an asbestos defendant’s 2014 bankruptcy proceeding showed a discrepancy between the exposure allegations alleged in forms submitted to these trusts and exposure testimony in separate civil lawsuits against solvent companies.

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Fladgate acts for Zouk Capital and 83North on $50m funding for workable technology

Leading UK law firm Fladgate has advised private equity firms Zouk Capital and 83North in relation to their participation in a $50M Series C round of funding in relation to Workable Technology Limited.

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Not too good to be true? New bill could give ESOPs a boost

“It’s such a good deal that it won’t last for long”, cried hundreds of business owners in response to the suggestions of setting up an ESOP. However, a bill recently adopted by the Parliament suggests that if a company uses this type of employee benefits scheme for its intended purpose, they should be able to count on it in the long term as well.

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Lidings Launches Series of Tests on Legal Regulation of Life Sciences Sector

Lidings, the leading legal advisor in Russia providing legal support to large national and international companies operating in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare sector in Russia and CIS, launces a series of specialized tests on the legislative regulation of the sector.

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Hoofdelijke aansprakelijkheid van bestuurder: is een stichting een vennootschap?

Kort geleden heeft het Hof Arnhem-Leeuwarden een uitspraak gedaan over de vraag of de bestuurder van een stichting hoofdelijke aansprakelijk is voor huurtermijnen die de stichting niet betaald heeft. Interessant hierbij is vooral dat het Hof voor het antwoord op deze vraag de stichting gelijk heeft gesteld aan de BV en de NV.

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No presumption of lessor’s liability in case of fire

In 9192-2401 Québec inc. (Fabricaon Pro-Fab) c. Villeneuve (Immeubles Jolika), 2018 QCCA 1143, the Court of Appeal underlined that in a claim by a lessee against a lessor, in virtue of arcle 1854 CCQ, the lessee must prove that the damages were caused by either a defect, a default or a failure of the leased property.

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Top Five Takeaways from MedPAC’s Meeting on Medicare Issues and Policy Developments – November 2018

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (“MedPAC”) held its monthly public meetings in Washington, D.C., on November 1-2, 2018. The purpose of this and other MedPAC public meetings is for the commissioners to analyze existing challenges and issues within the Medicare program and to provide future policy recommendations to Congress. MedPAC issues these recommendations in two annual reports, one in March and another in June. These meetings offer a comprehensive perspective on the current state of Medicare as well as future outlooks for the program.

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