Immigration Alert: August 2010

Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, Which Includes Targeted Visa Fee Hikes, Becomes Law

Customs and Border Protection Announces Interim Final Rule Increasing ESTA Fee

Department of Homeland Security Amends Rules Governing Electronic Signature/Storage of Forms I-9

State Department Issues Final Rule Regarding J-1 Trainees and Interns

August 13, 2010, H-1B Cap Count

Smartsoft Agrees to Pay $1 Million to Settle H-1B Visa Allegations with Department of Labor

DOS Issues September 2010 Visa Bulletin

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Third Circuit Case Explores Nooks and Crannies of Trade Secret Misappropriation Under Pennsylvania Law

A July 27, 2010 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc. v. Botticella, No. 10-1510, upheld an injunction preventing a senior executive from commencing employment at Hostess Brands, Inc., a bakery rival to the plaintiff Bimbo. The decision is notable in that the Court enjoined Mr. Botticella’s employment, in the absence of any non-competition agreement, on the basis that there was a “substantial likelihood,” but not an “inevitability,” that Mr. Botticella would disclose or use Bimbo’s trade secrets in the course of his planned employment at Hostess.

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Societies of Limited Responsibilities and Individual Enterprises of Limited Responsibilities

Societies of Limited Responsibilities

The societies of Limited Responsibilities are those formed by two or more persons by contributions of all partners, who don’t respond personally of the social debts. It is our personal believe that this will be the most commonly used form of company.
Particular Characteristics
  • Number of partners: minimum two (2) and maximum of fifty (50)
  • Social denomination: a fantasy name can be used or a trade name that will have to be preceded or followed by the words “Society of Limited Responsibilities” or the initials “SRL”. If this indication is omitted the partners will be jointly responsible in front of third parties.
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RSS celebrates its 90th birthday

Much ink has flowed since April 20, 1921, when the two founders of RSS began their partnership.  Since then, RSS has continued to grow and to evolve to serve the best interests of its clients.  In 90 years, the firm has grown from two to over eighty legal professionals. Today, more than 160 people work at RSS daily. Together, they have all contributed to what RSS has become today, a firm with a renowned reputation in the local, national and international community.

RSS is proud to celebrate 90 years of existence and would like to take this opportunity to thank its clients and employees for their loyalty.  Despite the tremendous growth and the many changes experienced by RSS, what it takes to build and maintain the RSS Team never changes; to name just a few of these components, professionalism, dedication, attention given and goodwill.

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It’s employee’s week at RSS

This year, from April 28 to May 6, RSS will highlight several activities and gifts in appreciation of its employees.  As usual, RSS will begin Employees’ Week with a “5 à 7″ cocktail and a ceremony that honors and acknowledges the contribution of our dedicated support staff  and  colleagues who have devoted 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 , 30, even 35 years or more of service.  Other surprises will follow throughout the week.  Only the best for our employees who demonstrate every day their dedication to the prosperity of the firm and its clients.  We can never say, or do enough, to let them know how much we are proud and appreciative of them.

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RSS’ motto: helping others

Since its inception a year ago in June 2010, the Robinson Sheppard Shapiro Foundation and RSS, through donations from its employees and RSS itself, has supported so far more than forty regional organizations and redistributed in excess of $55,000.00.  We are proud to be able to give back to the community and to those in need.

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A well deserved acknowledgement

Charles E. Flam, Managing Partner and Senior Attorney in both civil and corporate litigation at RSS, was selected for fellowship, in March, 2011, in the New York-based Litigation Counsel of America.  Me Flam became the 7th Quebec attorney to be recognized by this distinguished honorary society, and is one of only 59 Canadian attorneys who have been inducted as Fellows.   Fellows are invited for membership following a thorough review of their career, reputation and ethical values.  We are honored to have Me Flam, who is recognized amongst the best litigators across America, as part of both our management and legal teams.

To learn more about Me Charles E. Flam and the services he offers, please consult his profile.

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A team striving for perfection

RSS is proud to celebrate the accomplishment of one of its Partners, Martin Lord, who has recently obtained a “Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées (D.É.S.S.)” from the University of Montreal in North American Common Law. Me Lord, a Partner and Attorney at RSS since 1992, is an experienced tax professional who continually strives to update his knowledge in his specialized field so as to better serve his clients.

To learn more about Me Martin Lord and the services he offers, please consult his profile.

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Appointment of a partner

It is with pleasure that we announce the appointment of Me Émilie Germain-Villeneuve as a Partner of RSS.  Me Germain-Villeneuve started her career with RSS as a student in 2001 and as an attorney in Insurance Law in 2003.  She also serves on the Recruitment Committee of Students and Interns.

It is an honor to have Me Germain-Villeneuve within the RSS Team.

To learn more about Me Émilie Germain-Villeneuve and the services she offers, please consult her profile.

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RSS salutes the involvement of our attorneys

Congratulations to Me France Dulude, a Partner in our Insurance Department, on her appointment as President of the Insurance and Civil Litigation Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

To learn more about Me France Dudule and the services she offers, please consult her profile.

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