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You Can Believe It’s Not Butter: NY Judges Dismiss “Butter” Class Actions

Two federal judges in New York City have dismissed putative consumer class actions alleging deceptive marketing in connection with snacks and baked goods. The judges held that a reasonable consumer would understand that the products’ use of “butter” in their names, when viewed in context of the packaging as a whole, did not mean the products contained no other fats or oils. The courts therefore held that the plaintiffs had no claims under New York’s deceptive trade practices or false advertising statutes based on the foods’ containing vegetable oils or other shortening. Read more…

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Bar of Quebec’s Continuing Education Activities: RSS Is Once More at the Forefront

December 3, 2021 — The Bar of Quebec is presenting today, in person and via the Web, a new edition of its annual continuing education activity on recent developments in insurance.

Once more, RSS is a major collaborator:

  • Laurence Gauthier will be copresenting on the status of Quebec law when there is a plurality of insurers (“L’état du droit québécois en présence de pluralité d’assurances”);
  • Katherine Delage, in addition to acting as chair of the activity, as she has been doing for several years now, will be joining Nick Krnjevic to speak on COVID-19 and business interruption losses: coverage issues in times of pandemic (“COVID-19 et pertes d’interruption d’affaires : la couverture d’assurance en temps de pandémie”);
  • Hugues Duguay will explain the insurance issues behind SNC Lavalin c. Deguise.
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Courts Grant Preliminary Injunctions Placing CMS Interim Final Rule on Hold

As we previously reported, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) interim final rule (“the Rule”) requiring full COVID-19 vaccination for staff and others at Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers (i.e., the “vaccine mandate”) has been challenged in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri (“the Missouri Court”) and the Western District of Louisiana, Monroe Division (“the Louisiana Court”).  As of the date of this writing, both Courts have granted preliminary injunctions placing the Rule on hold.

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CMS Interim Final Rule Stayed

As we previously reported, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) interim final rule (“the Rule”) requiring full COVID-19 vaccination for staff and others at Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers (i.e., the “vaccine mandate”) has been challenged in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri (“the Missouri Court”) and the Western District of Louisiana, Monroe Division (“the Louisiana Court”).  As of the date of this writing, both Courts have granted preliminary injunctions placing the Rule on hold.

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Sharon Druker and Herbert Pinchuk Featured by the International Lawyers Network

December 1, 2021 — RSS is the Quebec member of the International Lawyers Network, an association of 91 full-service law firms with over 5,000 lawyers in 67 countries. Our ties were recently evidenced by two publications:

  • For the second year in a row, Sharon G. Druker, Ad. E., wrote the chapter on the Quebec regime in Buying and Selling Real Estate, a guide on the purchase and sale of real estate in some 30 jurisdictions. The guide can be downloaded at no cost by clicking here. Sharon is also coauthor since 2015 of the chapter on Canada in the annual edition of Establishing a Business Entity, from the same association. It can be downloaded by clicking here, also at no cost.
  • As our firm celebrates its 100th anniversary, Herbert Z. Pinchuk, Head of our Business Law Group, wrote RSS, A Century-Young Firm, in which he presents the origins of the firm and its unique personnality.
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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Eddie Powell | Fladgate LLP

Eddie Powell is a partner with Fladgate LLP, a firm focused on partnerships with its clients and a member of the International Lawyers Network. In this episode, Lindsay and Eddie focus on the firm’s accelerated agility, the relevance of armadillo racing to relationship building, and the ways in which the pandemic has emphasized the importance of mental health in the legal profession.

You can listen to the podcast here, or we’ve provided a transcript of the highlights below.

Lindsay: Hello and welcome to the Law Firm Intelligence podcast. I’m your host, Lindsay Griffiths, Executive Director of the International Lawyers Network. Joining us this week is Eddie Powell from Fladgate in London. Eddie, thank you for joining us. We’re really happy to have you with us. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself and your firm and what’s going on at the moment?

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Time Is Money: A Quick Wage-Hour Tip on … Independent Contractor Classification

Misclassifying workers as independent contractors rather than employees is a costly mistake.  Among the many issues arising from misclassification is potential liability under federal and state minimum wage and overtime laws.  As the laws continue to change and develop, so do the risks to contracting entities.

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ILN Releases 6th Edition of Real Estate Publication, Offering a Summary of Key Real Estate Law Principles in 31 Countries

“Unwrap” the latest edition of the ILN Real Estate Group’s Guide for Buying & Selling Real Estate!

The International Lawyers Network’s Real Estate Specialty Group is excited to announce the sixth release of its real estate publication, “Buying & Selling Real Estate: An International Guide.” This collaborative electronic guide offers a summary of key real estate law principles in 31 countries across the globe, serving as a quick, practical reference for those buying and selling real estate in these jurisdictions.

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Unpacking Averages: Popular Ways to Combine Device Functionality

This month, we’re going to look at a visualization that uses network techniques. Visualizing a network is a matter of nodes and edges. If the network were Facebook, the nodes would be people, and the edges would be the relationships between those people. Instead of people, we are going to look at specific device functionalities as defined by the product codes. And instead of relationships, we are going to look at when device functionalities (i.e., product codes) are used together in a marketed device as evidenced by a 510(k) submission.

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Related to cryptocurrency? You will not be allowed to participate in organized securities trading in Russia

The Central Bank of Russia did another “shot” at the rights of cryptocurrency holders on July 19, 2021. The Bank issued an Information Letter No. IN-06-59 / 52 “On certain types of financial instruments” on this day.

Now Russian and foreign issuers, if their securities payments depend on:

  • digital currency rates;
  • prices for foreign digital rights;
  • prices for digital rights that can be accepted as means of payment; or
  • prices of contracts related to the transfer of digital rights,

will not be admitted to organized securities trading.

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