Yew Grove Admitted to Stock Exchange

Congratulations to Yew Grove, a newly incorporated Irish Real Estate Investment Trust, that acquired the issued share capital of Yew Tree Investment Fund, which was admitted to trading to both the Alternative Investment Management, LLC of London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) and the Euronext Enterprise Securities Market of the Irish Stock Exchange on Friday.

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The Generally Prevailing Website Accessibility Guidelines Have Been Refreshed – It’s Time to Officially Welcome WCAG 2.1

After nearly ten years, on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, the World Wide Web Consortium (the “W3C”), the private organization focused on enhancing online user experiences, published the long awaited update to its Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (“WCAG 2.0”), known as the WCAG 2.1.  Those who have been following along with website accessibility’s ever-evolving legal landscape are well aware that, despite not having been formally adopted by regulators for the vast majority of the private sector, compliance with WCAG 2.0 at Levels A and AA has become the de facto baseline for government regulators, courts, advocacy groups, and private plaintiffs when discussing what it means to have an accessible website.

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Ecuadorian Villagers Barred From Enforcing Massive Environmental Judgment Against Chevron Canada

This is my ninth instalment about this case.  It probably won’t be my last.

In the latest chapter of Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation, 2018 ONCA 472, the Court of Appeal for Ontario rejected arguments by the Ecuadorian villagers who are seeking to enforce a US$9.5 billion judgment against Chevron Corporation in Ontario.  The villagers argued that the Execution Act (“Act”) permitted execution on Chevron Canada’s shares and assets to satisfy the Ecuadorian judgment.  Secondly, they argued that the court should pierce the corporate veil between Chevron Canada and Chevron Corporation in order to render Chevron Canada’s shares and assets “exigible” i.e. – subject to seizure and sale to satisfy the judgment.

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Vermont Enacts Sweeping Sexual Harassment Prevention Law

On May 30, 2018, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed bill H.707, titled “An Act Relating to the Prevention of Sexual Harassment” (the “Act”). Effect on July 1, 2018, the Act provides expansive protections for employees and prospective employees, as well as some groundbreaking employer obligations and potential penalties for violations of the law.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Enforces State Ban the Box Law for First Time, Fining Three Businesses and Issuing Warnings to 17 Others

Massachusetts is one of many states which have adopted legislation, commonly known as a “ban the box” law, prohibiting public and private employers from requesting criminal record information in a prospective employee’s “initial written employment application” and limiting the type and scope of questions an employer may ask a candidate following receipt of an “initial written employment application.” Yesterday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that her office has settled with four businesses and issued warning letters to 17 others for violations of Massachusetts’s ban the box law, marking the first enforcement efforts by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

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Representation and Warranty Insurance in Health Care Transactions: A Useful Tool in a Sellers’ Market

The pace of health care transactions is robust, purchase price multiples are increasing, and many health care businesses are taking advantage of a sellers’ market.  Recently, our clients have increasingly turned to representation and warranty (“R&W”) insurance, finding a market more amenable to the nuances of health care deals than in the past. In the right deal, R&W insurance can limit risk to both seller and buyer and increase value to a seller by allowing for “walk-away” or “naked” deals.  R&W insurance may also be used as a tool by a buyer to increase the attractiveness of its offer in a competitive environment.

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ILN Today Post

International Lawyers Network Elects New Board Members

(PRLEAP.COM) New York (June 7, 2018) – The International Lawyers Network, a global network of more than 5,000 lawyers, announced today that they welcomed three new Directors to their Board. Elections were held during the Network’s Annual Conference in Toronto earlier this month.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: You Don’t Need to Take Every Client

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainmaking expert and trainer, Jaimie Field, is bringing us a post today, and the title might make you a bit uncomfortable. But she’s speaking the truth. Read on to find out why.

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Clarifications on resolution of non-use disputes against bankrupt trademark holders

On March 21, 2018, the Russian Supreme Court published its Decision in case No. A55 5711/2014, which may have a dramatic impact on resolution of trademark non-use disputes.

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You Won’t Get Anywhere Without Relationship Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve talked a lot in recent posts about the idea of “relationship equity” and I’d like to revisit it again today – it particularly struck me as a friend of mine recently accepted a job offer and when she announced the company she was working for, suddenly people were coming out of the woodwork to ask her for favors and help. Many of those people aren’t connections she’s regularly in touch with – in other words, they have no relationship equity with her. It reminded me of another story.

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