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Do I Need to Disclose my Assets on Divorce?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The short answer is yes. Each of the parties to a divorce are under a duty to provide full, frank and clear disclosure of their financial circumstances. However, there are some circumstances where parties can, rightly or wrongly, get around this rule...

Family Resources on Divorce
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

It is not uncommon to find parents continuing to pay an allowance to their children into adulthood, and in some cases this support continues post-marriage and can include payment of school fees or other financial provision being paid on a regular basis...

Bankruptcy Moratorium Expiration: The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation Clarifies a Number of Key Issues
ALRUD Law Firm, January 2021

On January 7th 2021, the bankruptcy moratorium, which had been in effect since April last year, expired. The main conditions of the bankruptcy moratorium were described earlier in details: in newsletters “Moratorium on bankruptcy proceedings”and 'Russian bankruptcy moratorium extended until January, 2021”...

Intellectual Property, Certainty and The New How: IP Fixed
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

David Hume, the 18th century Scottish philosopher, argued that we cannot be certain the sun will rise tomorrow.  Over the past nine-months David Hume has never seemed more right. It has been a tough period, professionally and personally for people from all walks of life, and for businesses from nearly every sector. But, while there has been adversity, there have been many rays of sunlight and causes for optimism...

California Proposes Significant Change to Limit Use of Short-Form Proposition 65 Warning For Consumer Products
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2021

Article PDFJust when businesses thought they had figured out their Proposition 65 compliance strategies, the State of California, through the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), has proposed a substantial change that will drastically limit the use of the short-form safe harbor warning first authorized in 2018...

Ohio Court: Injured Workers Cannot Reject Valid Light-Duty Offers Made in Good Faith
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

In the state of Ohio, a light-duty job offer is a strategic way to either bring an injured worker back to the workforce or bar temporary total compensation, should the injured worker reject a valid offer. Either way, it can aid employers in eliminating, minimizing, and/or stopping temporary total disability compensation from being paid in a claim...

Winding-Up a Company: It Now Takes More to Wind-Up a Company, in the Same Amount of Time
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

BackgroundSection 466(1)(a) of the Companies Act 2016 (“CA 2016”) provides that a company is deemed unable to pay its debts if it is indebted in a sum exceeding an amount prescribed and neglects to pay the sums stipulated in the notice of demand within 21 days of being served with the said notice.Through the issuance of the Prescription of Amount of Indebtedness of Company published on 26 January 2017 (“2017 Threshold Order”), this amount was fixed at RM10,000...

Covid-19: Further Relief for Contractual Parties through an Extension of Part II of the Covid-19 Act
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

BackgroundOn 23 October 2020, the Malaysian government gazetted the Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Act 2020 (“Covid-19 Act”). This Act, as evident from its name, is meant to provide temporary measures to ease the impact of Covid-19 on various sectors and industries in Malaysia. Areas addressed by the Covid-19 Act include inability to perform contracts, insolvency and limitation periods...

2021 Predictions: What’s on the Horizon for Construction?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The outlook for the year ahead is uncertain with the effects of post-Brexit rules to contend with and COVID-19 continuing to restrict the way we live and work. We look at what the year may have in store for the construction industry. COVID-19 There is no doubt that the pandemic has caused challenges for the construction industry and is likely to have a significant impact into 2021...

Is the COVID-19 Vaccination in a Child’s Best Interest?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

If parents cannot agree whether their children should be vaccinated, they can make an application under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 to ask a judge to determine the issue. In M v H (Private Law Vaccination) [2020],  the mother objected to the parties' two children aged six-years-old and four-years-old  being given routine childhood vaccines in accordance with the NHS vaccination schedule...

Capacity and Lockdown Part 3.0
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The Court of Protection is a specialist Court, focussing solely on supporting vulnerable individuals. This past year has acutely highlighted the needs of those most vulnerable in our society and their dependency on others to help manage their affairs. The Court has had to adjust its practices in order to ensure that help and solutions are found for those lacking capacity with minimal delay...

Kuantan Port Consortium Sdn Bhd v MT HE XIE HAO v Chem-Specialties Sdn Bhd (Suit No. WA-27NCC-77-10/2019)
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

In an admiralty action, can an intervener, not being the proper defendant, apply to set aside a warrant of arrest of a vessel on non-traditional grounds. The traditional grounds of setting aside warrant of arrest are, inter alia: in excess or lack of jurisdiction...

Significant Changes Proposed for Nationwide Permitting
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

2020 was a year of unprecedented circumstances and change, and more change is coming in 2021—this time, in the form of significant modifications to the nationwide permitting program. On September 15, 2020, the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published a notice of proposed rulemaking to reissue and modify nationwide permits (NWPs), ahead of the usual five-year reauthorization schedule for the current 2017 NWPs...

Proof by Sampling in Construction Cases
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

How does one resolve a dispute involving thousands of individual items where it is impractical to deal separately with each one? A recent decision in the Technology and Construction Court provides some guidance - but raises further questions. The case is Standard Life Assurance Limited v Gleeds (UK)(a firm) and Others (December 2020, TCC). Standard Life had engaged Costain as its main contractor for the development of a large residential and retail development in Berkshire...

Finding Teeth in Massachusetts' Prompt Payment Act
Verrill, January 2021

In Tocci v. IRIV Partners, LLC, Boston Harbor Industrial Development LLC and Hudson Insurance Co. (November 19, 2020, Sup. Ct. 19-405), the Massachusetts Superior Court granted summary judgment on a contractor’s breach of contract claim based on Massachusetts’ Prompt Payment Act, M. G. L. c. 149 § 29E (the “Prompt Pay Act” or “Act”)...

The Tax System to the Rescue of Print Media
Lavery Lawyers, January 2021

Canadian newspapers' loss of advertising revenues to the hands of internet giants over the past several years has jeopardized the very existence of many such newspapers. In 2018, our governments announced several advantageous tax measures in order to ensure the survival of independent print media...

Court of Appeal Holds Business Rates Payable Despite Property Guardian Scheme
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision by the Upper Tribunal and confirmed that a property guardianship scheme did not mitigate liability for business rates. Background Property guardians are individuals who temporarily live in empty property at reduced rents, ostensibly to protect it from damage and squatters. Typically, they are students, key workers or young professionals looking for cheap living space...

When is a Change more than a Change?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

Sometimes a claimant realises that it has made a mistake. Its case may be pleaded incorrectly, elements of its claim may be unsustainable or stronger claims could be available to it. With permission, amendments can be made but when do these changes become something more than a simple amendment? R G Carter In the recent case of R. G...

IRS Reverses Position on Deductibility of Paycheck Protection Program Loan Expenses
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2021

Key Points The CARES Act provides that PPP loans may be forgiven without causing the borrower to incur cancellation of debt income, but did not address whether business expenses could be deducted if paid for by PPP loan proceeds. On April 30, 2020, the IRS published Notice 2020-32 clarifying that taxpayers whose PPP loans were forgiven could not deduct business expenses covered by such loan proceeds...

Power to the Contract
TSMP Law Corporation, January 2021

A recent court of appeal decision has definitively clarified the test for assessing the enforceability of liquidated damages clauses in Singapore. Contracting parties intending to incorporate liquidated damages clauses must be mindful of the type of damages that may be recovered in the event of default, especially when exercising a contractual right to terminate the contract...

New Payroll Tax Credit Available in 2021 for Public Colleges, Universities and Governmental Healthcare Entities – Q&A
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2021

Key Points Effective January 1, 2021, public colleges, universities, and governmental entities whose primary purpose is providing medical or hospital care are eligible for the employee retention and rehiring tax credit. The amount of the credit is equal to 70 percent of up to $10,000 in eligible wages per employee per quarter for the first two quarters of 2021. The tax credit is claimed as an offset to employment taxes otherwise payable by the employer...

Year in Review: Dispute Resolution
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2021

To avoid a complete halt in critical functions in society, the government proposed a new law, the Corona Law, which provided the government with the authority to give regulations that were contradictory to statutory law. The most prominent feature on the field of litigation was the court’s new ability to decide that an oral hearing should be held by the use of videoconference. Furthermore, the Supreme Court also showed their ability to adapt quickly to the new situation...

FTC Settles Enforcement Actions Against CBD Companies: The Writing Was On The Wall
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

For several years, pursuant to the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act and Federal Trade Commission Act,[i]  the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have issued joint warning letters to CBD companies alleging labeling claims they made are false or misleading. According to the agencies, the claims being made by these CBD companies include assertions that their CBD products will treat or cure serious health conditions...

Tax Highlights of Malaysia’s Budget 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

In this article, Yeoh Yu Xian sets out the key highlights from Malaysia’s 2021 budget. INTRODUCTION On 6 November 2020, the Malaysian Minister of Finance, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, unveiled the Malaysian Budget 2021 (“Budget”). This Budget’s allocation of RM 322.5 billion is the largest on record for the country1...

Orchard Circle Sdn Bhd v Pentadbir Tanah Daerah Hulu Langat: Section 8 of the Land Acquisition Act 1960
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

A case note by Rajasingam Gothandapani and Lynnette Tan Hui Ling. INTRODUCTION It is trite that a declaration in Form D under section 8(1) of the Land Acquisition Act 1960 (“LAA”) lapses and becomes ineffective by effluxion of time if no award is made within two years from the date of its publication in the Gazette...

 

 

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