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New ASA guidelines for Social Media Influencers – will a “#ad” continue to do the trick?

Avid social media users will be well-acquainted by now with the concept of influencer marketing, which has evolved alongside the rise of mobile technology and social media and into an increasingly popular advertising tool. Influencer marketing involves the engagement by brands of individuals (usually celebrities or industry experts) with large followings on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to advertise or recommend products. Depending on the influencer/amount of followers, it has been reported that charges per post can reach up to £500,000, and this has fast become an extremely lucrative industry.

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Fladgate LLP achieves across the board rankings in Legal 500 for 2018

Fladgate LLP is delighted to have achieved strong rankings in the recently launched 2019 edition of the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal Profession. The firm achieved 25 rankings, with 61 lawyers attaining 98 individual recommendations.

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Howard & Howard’s Alex Leonowicz Named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly ‘Up & Coming Lawyers’ Class of 2018

Royal Oak, Michigan, November 6, 2018: Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Alex Leonowicz has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly ‘Up & Coming­­ Lawyers Class of 2018. The 30 Honorees were selected by a committee based on criteria including those who have established a name for themselves in the legal community, go above and beyond, and display the ambition, drive, determination and accomplishments that set them apart among their peers — in their first 10 or fewer years of practice.

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CMS Expands ASC Services

On November 2, 2018 CMS announced the finalization of the 2019 OPPS and ASC payment rules which were initially proposed in July of 2018.[1] [2] While the final document will not be officially published until November 21st, an Inspection Copy is available for the public to review on the Federal Register website. These new payment rules in many ways expand the range of services that CMS will reimburse when performed at Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs), most notably, by including certain cardiac catheterization procedures on the approved list, and by lowering the threshold that determines allowable device intensive procedures.

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Massachusetts Employers Must Complete New Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure Form by November 30

Massachusetts employers with six or more employees are required to annually submit the new Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (“HIRD”) form, regardless of whether they offer health insurance to their employees or not. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) recently issued guidance on the new HIRD reporting requirements. An individual is considered to be an employee if the employer has included such individual in the quarterly wage report to the Department of Unemployment Assistance during the past 12 months. The new HIRD form only consists of a single employer form, which only needs to be completed once annually. The old HIRD form consisted of an employer form and an employee form, which required separate forms completed and signed by each employee who declined to enroll in employer-sponsored insurance (“ESI”) or the Employer’s Section 125 Cafeteria Plan to pay for health insurance.

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U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Names Shutts & Bowen to Best Law Firms List

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the ninth consecutive year, collaboratively announced the release of the “Best Law Firms” rankings. Shutts & Bowen was named to the 2019 list.

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Staat en fiscus zijn voor Faillissementswet een pot nat

Voor een succesvolle faillissementsaanvraag moet sprake zijn van meerdere schuldeisers. De Minister van SZW voert daarom in zijn verzoekschrift tot faillietverklaring van X, naast zijn eigen vordering, een vordering van de Belastingdienst op. Maar zijn de Staat en de fiscus wel twee verschillende schuldeisers? De Hoge Raad heeft recentelijk bepaald dat dat niet het geval is.

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High Court Decision on Dwelling House Relief

It is important to frame a will in the appropriate manner to ensure dwelling house relief can be availed of, especially where beneficiaries are to inherit a mixed asset estate, comprising a number of residential properties.

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The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act: President Trump Signs Sweeping Opioid Law

On October 24, 2018, President Trump signed sweeping bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid epidemic. The Substance Use–Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act, or the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (“H.R. 6” or “the Law”), aims to “reduce access to the supply of opioids by expanding access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services.”[1] Congress has already appropriated $8.5 billion to implement this “landmark legislation” in 2018 and 2019.

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Ever-Greening of Loans and Bad Debts – RBI’S Stand and its Implications

The Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”) has time and again, in its directions, reports and Master Circulars, reiterated that banks should not indulge in ever-greening of its loans. RBI strongly frowns upon the practice of ever-greening of bad debts where banks so as to avoid classifying their accounts as non-performing assets (NPAs) (which requires higher provisioning and ultimately affects the profitability of banks), extend more loans to debt-ridden companies to repay their old loans with such banks, much to the detriment of the interest of the stakeholders and general public interest.

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