Most involved in the construction industry will at some point have encountered insolvency. Institutionally tight margins and weighted risk-sharing regrettably have pushed and will continue to push companies, particularly on the contracting side, to the wall. Insolvency during live construction projects can be particularly problematic because replacement contractors need to be procured to complete the insolvent company’s works without causing delay to the project programme. This inevitably increases cost.
August 2, 2018 — Four new lawyers have joined RSS over the past few weeks:
- Stéphanie Beaudoin, a litigator with close to 20 years’ experience, who will be in our Saint-Jérôme office;
- Béatrice Lalande, the newest member in our Family Law Practice Group;
- Sébastien Patry, a litigator, who will assist his colleague Stéphanie in Saint-Jérôme; and
- Éloïse Robichaud, who will be handling research and drafting activities for the litigators in our Insurance Law Practice Group.
The expiration date for the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) model Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) notice and medical certification forms has once again been extended. The new expiration date is now August 31, 2018. Expiration dates are located at the top right corner of the model FMLA forms.
Suppose that you have an invention disclosure for a design of an article that you want to protect. When you review the invention disclosure, you notice that the inventor has only supplied photographs of the design and not any line drawings of the design. Can you file the design patent application with the photographs? The answer is YES! if that is the only practicable medium for illustrating the design for the article.
The International Lawyers Network (ILN) is a leading association of 91 high-quality, full-service independent law firms.
Since 1988, the ILN has helped its members keep pace with today’s global economy, through access to the tremendous strength and depth of the combined expertise of 5,000 lawyers in 66 countries on six continents.
ILN member firms are among the most respected and most experienced counsel in their jurisdictions. Clients’ increasing need for reliable foreign counsel is well-met by the personalized, high-quality and cost-effective legal services provided by ILN member firms. Unique to the ILN are the strong personal and professional relationships among its members and their clients developed over the past 30 years. Far from a mere directory, the ILN is an affiliation of lawyers who gather on a regional and worldwide basis annually and work routinely with each other to address client requirements and needs.
Each of the ILN’s member firms is international in outlook and staffed by highly trained senior attorneys, who are experts in a broad range of practice areas. ILN members have demonstrated experience in working successfully with international companies. They are independent, mid-sized firms within their jurisdictions, and are committed to the focus of the International Lawyers Network, admitted to the Network only after a rigorous application process. The ILN provides clients with high-quality service from experienced local counsel who work in firms that maintain excellent reputations in their own countries. This means that clients have immediate access to attorneys who are native, both linguistically and culturally, to the country of interest.
There’s a battle brewing in Michigan…and this time it isn’t over college football.
In May 2018, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission issued a statement re-interpreting the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, the state civil rights law, to cover discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The interpretative statement, which does not have the force and effect of law, provides that discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity are forms of discrimination based on sex. The MCRC issued the interpretative state knowing the state’s Attorney General disagreed with that position.
On July 11, 2018, the California Supreme Court accepted the Ninth Circuit’s request to answer several questions of California law relating to wage statements and payments of wages to certain classes of employees.
We’ve been discussing the NEED for change a lot lately, and while many of us may understand the urgency, and have even begun undertaking some steps to effectuate change within our firms and organizations, others may be asking what it actually means to be a leader of change.
California Supreme Court’s Clarification of De Minimis Doctrine Leaves Many Questions Unanswered – and Does Little to Ease Plaintiffs’ Path to Class Certification Continue Reading…
On July 26, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Troester v. Starbucks Corporation, ostensibly clarifying the application of the widely adopted de minimis doctrine to California’s wage-hour laws. But while the Court rejected the application of the de minimis rule under the facts presented to it, the Court did not reject the doctrine outright. Instead, it left many questions unanswered.
By Chantal Noël, from our Insurance Law Practice Group.
July 30, 2018 — In Grandmaître c. Lacombe (2016 QCCS 2216), the Superior Court held that a self-builder who sold an immovable was not a professional seller and consequently could invoke a clause excluding the legal warranty against hidden defects. The Court of Appeal recently affirmed this decision in Grandmaître c. Lacombe (2018 QCCA 651).