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Howard & Howard Welcomes New Intellectual Property Associate

ROYAL OAK, Mich., June 23, 2021 – Howard & Howard is pleased to welcome Daniel A. Balavitch. He began his career with Howard & Howard in 2016 as an intern in Howard & Howard’s Intellectual Property Intern Program. He will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak, Michigan office.

“I add value to our clients through growth of global patent protection and defensive freedom-to-operate analyses.” –Daniel A. Balavitch

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Cal/OSHA Has Approved Revisions to the Emergency Temporary Standards Related to COVID-19 Which Are Now in Effect

As we previously reported, on June 9, 2021, the California Occupational Safety and Health (“Cal/OSHA”) Standards Board (“the Board”) withdrew its prior proposed revisions to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s (Cal/OSHA) COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (“ETS”), effectively returning to the original ETS approved in November 2020.  A week later, however, on June 17, 2021, the Board approved revisions to the ETS (“Revised ETS”) which, among other things, align with current guidance from the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) with respect to physical distancing and the use of face coverings for vaccinated individuals.

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What to Know about the Amendment to the Illinois Freedom to Work Act

The Illinois Legislature recently passed a bipartisan bill, available here, that seeks to significantly amend the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (820 ILCS § 90) and impose restrictions on the use of non-competition and non-solicitation (employee and customer) restrictive covenants for Illinois employees. The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Pritzker, and would take effect on January 1, 2022. The bill is not retroactive and only applies to restrictive covenants entered into after January 1, 2022.

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THE ULTIMATE BENEFICIAL OWNER IN THE SCOPE OF COMBATING MONEY LAUNDERING AND TERRORIST FINANCING

Summary:
The regime of Law no. 83/2017, of 18 August has strengthened the rules and obligations aimed at preventing the use of the financial system and of specially designated activities and professions for the purposes of money laundering and terrorist financing, imposing on the obliged entities several obligations, namely of reporting and identification.

Nowadays, one of the most complex legal issues arising from the above-mentioned obligations is related to the identification of the Ultimate Beneficial Owners of legal persons. In fact, in order to mitigate the difficulties inherent to this identification, it is extremely important to analyse and know the criteria established by law, essential for a correct interpretation and application of the regime. Read more…

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SCOTUS Favors Narrower Reading of CFAA “So” It Does Not Cover Misuse of Authorized Access

A significant opinion concerning computer security was one of those the United States Supreme Court (“SCOTUS”) issued during its end-of-term flurry this year.  Employers and others who permit computer access to sensitive information for business or other defined purposes may want to take note. Spoiler alert:  the opinion undercuts use of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (“CFAA”), 18 U.S.C. §1030 et seq., to obtain federal jurisdiction in employer-employee disputes. (As a practical matter, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 had already filled the gap for many circumstances).

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Homeowner Insurance Policy: The Importance of Living in the Insured Dwelling

By Stéphanie Beauchamp, from our Insurance Law Practice Group

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June 17, 2021 — The Superior Court recently rendered an interesting decision in Dang c. Industrielle-Alliance, assurance auto et habitation inc., 2021 QCCS 1408, emphasizing the importance for the insured to give a thorough declaration of the risk to the insurer. In this case, the plaintiff was asking her insurer for an indemnity following a fire that had damaged her house. The Superior Court rendered a judgment in favor of the insurer, who argued that the homeowner insurance policy compelled the insured to remain in the house to benefit from the coverage.

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New York Reaches 70 Percent: What Does That Mean for NY Employers?

On June 15, 2021, New York State celebrated reaching 70 percent of its adult population having received at least one vaccination dose. As a result, the State lifted most of its New York Forward industry-specific COVID-19 guidelines—including social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and gathering contact information for tracing—making them optional for most employers. The State has archived its industry-specific reopening guidance, which employers may, but are not required to, continue to follow[1].

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Maxima Legal announces Maxim Ali`s appointment as a partner

Maxima Legal announces that Head of IP/IT Practice Maxim Ali has become a new firm`s partner. In his new role, Maxim will continue to work on the development the practice, which has turned into one of the company’s fastest-growing areas in last few years.

“Maxim joined Maxima Legal in 2017, and headed the practice in early 2018. The results he has managed to achieve in just a few years are really impressive. Today IP/IT specialists are confidently taking on new tasks for the Russian legal practice, thanks to which Maxima Legal has the widest experience in supporting complex projects, from PPP in the IT sphere to technological products like blockchain. I am confident that the new position will help Maxim and the whole team reach an even higher, qualitatively different level”, said Maxim Avrashkov, Managing Partner at Maxima Legal.

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Maxima Legal has strengthened its team and expanded its tax practice expertise with administrative law issues

Nikita Deynega, an expert in Russian and international taxation as well as customs and antimonopoly regulation, has joined Maxima Legal. As a Senior associate, Nikita led the firm’s tax practice, which started also cover a wide range of administrative law matters.

Nikita has more than 12 years’ experience in the legal sphere. Prior to joining Maxima Legal, Nikita worked at Gazprom Neft PJSC. As in-house lawyer Nikita specialised in tax, customs and antitrust disputes resolutions. A positive economic effect of disputes settled by Nikita was over than 20 billion RUB.  The lawyer also provided consulting support to the company’s in-house legal service clients, including top finance executives.

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LexCounsel wins Indian Law Firm Award 2021 for Education

We are pleased to inform you that LexCounsel has won the annual Indian Law Firm Award 2021 in the practice area of ‘Education’.

The awards were announced by India Business Law Journal (“IBLJ”), a Hong Kong based Vantage Asia publication. Details are available at Indian Law Firm Awards 2021 | India Business Law Journal

The Firm has been selected based on the rigorous research of the IBLJ’s team after receiving nominations and reference checks from the clients of the Firm.

In the recent past, the Firm has been honoured with many prestigious awards including the following:

• ‘Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year’ at the BW Legal World-Global Legal Summit

    and Legal Leaders Award-2020 by the Business World Group;

• ‘Private Equity Law Firm of the Year’ at the BW Legal World-Global Legal Summit and Legal Leaders Award-2020;

• ‘Corporate & Commercial’ in the Indian Law Firm Awards announced by India Business Law Journal’s 2020;

•“Best Life Science & Healthcare Law Firm – India” in the 2020 edition of the APAC Legal Awards; and many more.

These are huge milestones for the Firm, encouraging our team members to continue providing responsive and effective legal support to our clients across the world.

We are grateful to all our clients and well-wishers for their continued support and trust in us.

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