Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: Getting to Know You: Using Google Alerts to Find/Know Your Clients

In today’s guest post, rainmaking expert and coach, Jaimie Field, talks about using Google alerts to learn more about your clients and prospects.

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Tamsin R. Kaplan Contributes Section to ILN Paper on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The chapter, “What US: Massachusetts Companies Need to Know,” provides an overview of current workplace sexual harassment law, legislative response to the recent increase in sexual harassment complaints, and guidance for employers to enforce compliance in the workplace.

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New Victorian transfer duty legislation to sting property professionals and fund managers

New legislation that is expected to take effect on 12 June could impose transfer duty on ‘economic entitlements’, such as income derived from property transactions. For instance, if a property fund buys a property after 12 June, the trustee/manager may have to pay additional duty on their acquisition fee. Most standard development agreements entered into from this date will also likely trigger a duty liability. Duty will often be charged on the entire value of the property and payable within 30 days of making the arrangement.

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Up in smoke – Relief for first-party property insurers

Mitchell Ogilvie Menswear Pty Ltd v Rapid Edge Pty Ltd [2019] QSC 136

Should a property insurer faced with a catastrophic loss, quickly quantify as best it can and pay the claim, and then look with confidence to recover this amount from the negligent party? Or can the negligent party challenge the reasonableness of that payout for lack of certainty, months or even years down the track?

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ILN Today Post

The Impact of China’s New Foreign Investment Law

On March 15, 2019, the Foreign Investment Law1 (the “Foreign Investment Law”) was adopted at the second session of the thirteenth National People’s Congress (the “NPC”) of the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC”)2 The Foreign Investment Law will take effect on January 1, 2020; and the PRC Sino-Foreign Equity Joint Venture Law3 (the “EJV Law”), the PRC Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise Law (the “WFOE Law”) and the PRC Sino-Foreign Cooperative Joint Venture Law 4 (the “CJV Law”) will be repealed.

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$102 Million Wage Statement Award Against Wal-Mart Will Likely Lead To More Wage Statement Class Actions In California

While it may be true that employees rarely even look at their wage statements, there is one group of persons who certainly do – plaintiffs’ lawyers.  Or, more precisely, California plaintiffs’ lawyers.

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Information on Filed Applications for Registration of Drugs has Become Publicly Available in Russia

Under the Federal Law “On drugs circulation” (Law), information on state registration of drugs in Russia shall be publicly available.

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On The Way To A Fairer VAT System

The European court of justice (ECJ) has declared in a recent case that with checking VAT transactions, the tax authority cannot ignore examining the full budgetary impact. Thus it is not acceptable for the authorities to deny the right of VAT deduction to a taxpayer without allowing the other taxpayer to accordingly reclaim the VAT that is paid. Furthermore, the court has also found it unacceptable for the tax authority to base a fine only on the amount of the VAT deducted unlawfully without examining the text shortfall actually caused. The ruling can be considered as another important step towards the creation of a fair VAT system.

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Tightened rules on the operation of drones

If you are a drone user, or if you’re planning to purchase one for recreaonal or professional purposes, you should pay aenon to new federal regulaons. Considering recent incidents such as the collision of a drone and a plane in its final approach at the Québec City airport, or sighngs of drones at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports, Transport Canada [TC] had no choice but to ghten the applicable rules. As of June 1, 2019, Canada followed the lead of numerous countries in adopng tougher requirements for drone operaon. The key words are safety and knowledge.

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Upcoming Anti-Harassment Training Deadlines Require Law Firms to Train Employees in 2019

The Time for Training Is Now

In the past year, New York City, New York State, California, and Delaware have implemented new laws requiring all employers—regardless of industry—to train their employees on certain aspects of sexual harassment and reporting procedures. As a result of the #MeToo movement and the renewed focus on sexual harassment, at least 22 state legislatures are considering changes for employers, including mandating anti-harassment training, broadening the definition of “harassment,” and limiting dispute resolution options.

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