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Acquiring Rights of Way by Prescription
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2018

In Scots law, it is possible to acquire certain rights to land – access, for instance – simply by the passage of time. This process is known as “prescription” and is outlined in the Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973. There are two forms of prescription: positive and negative. Negative prescription extinguishes certain rights after a period of time...

“No Rehire” Language in Settlement Agreement Found Unlawful Where Not Narrowly Tailored
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, October 2018

When negotiating a settlement agreement in an employment dispute, “no rehire” language is often a standard term. This language typically bars the litigating employee from seeking re-employment with the former employer. However, in California, at least one “no rehire” provision was invalidated because it was not narrowly tailored to the employer at issue. In Golden v. California Emergency Physicians Medical Group (“CEP”), CEP terminated Dr...

Daesang V. NutraSweet Reaffirms NY's Pro-Arbitration Attitude
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, October 2018

Earlier this year, in a widely followed arbitration case, a unanimous panel of the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, concluded that the New York County, Commercial Division, erred when it partially vacated an arbitration award on the ground that the arbitrators manifestly disregarded the law. As a result, the Appellate Division confirmed the arbitration award...

New Licensing Rules by the Israeli Innovation Authority for Multinational Corporations
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., October 2018

At the beginning of September, the Israeli Innovation Authority, a division of the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry and the successor to the Office of Chief Scientist “IIA”, issued new rules “New Rules”. The “New Rules” regarded the licensing of know-how developed and obtained by Israeli companies that received grants from the IIA “Funded Companies”, to multinational corporations...

Five Issues Commonly Encountered In Commercial Building Leases In Indonesia
Makarim & Taira S., October 2018

With an estimated economic growth of 5.1% – 5.2% for 20181, economicactivities in Indonesia are expected to show a strong improvement. One ofthe indications of strong economic activities is the growing need for officespace for businesses. It is expected that office space in Jakarta will increaseby another 1.5 million square meters in 2018 – 20202 from 6 million squaremeters at the end of 20173...

New Type of Worker Recognised in the Amended Employment Rights Act
ENSafrica, October 2018

Recent amendments to Mauritius’ Employment Rights Act (“ERA”) have brought about regulation into an area of employment law that many foreign jurisdictions have struggled to deal with: the gig economy, which has so far been characterised by short term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent contracts and the accompanying benefits...

Ohio Supreme Court: Faulty Work by a Subcontractor is not an "Occurrence" Requiring Coverage Under a Commercial General Liability Insurance Policy
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2018

The Ohio Supreme Court yesterday reversed the decision of a lower court of appeals and held that a general contractor is not entitled to insurance coverage for property damage arising out of its subcontractor’s faulty work, even when the general contractor purchased a CGL insurance policy with a rider pertaining to coverage related to a subcontractor’s faulty work...

Whats Going on in the World of Privacy?
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2018

Aftershocks from the arrival of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are still being felt around the world as countries are faced with the question of whether their own privacy laws are up to scratch. While changes to our privacy framework are still to be finalised, we are keeping a watchful eye on the goings-on overseas that may directly impact New Zealand or could appear on our own Government’s privacy agenda. We watch this space...

Ohio Supreme Court: Faulty Work by a Subcontractor is not an “Occurrence” Requiring Coverage Under a Commercial General Liability Insurance Policy
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2018

The Ohio Supreme Court yesterday reversed the decision of a lower court of appeals and held that a general contractor is not entitled to insurance coverage for property damage arising out of its subcontractor’s faulty work, even when the general contractor purchased a CGL insurance policy with a rider pertaining to coverage related to a subcontractor’s faulty work...

FDA and DEA Approve CBD-Based Epilepsy Medication
Waller, October 2018

Late last month,  the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a final order placing FDA-approved drugs that contain cannabidiol (CBD) derived from cannabis and no more than 0.1 percent tetrahydrocannabinols in Schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA). Schedule V of the CSA includes drugs such as Robitussin and Lyrica...

Employers Should be Aware of New Forms for Background Check Compliance
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2018

Due to recent federal regulation, employers must follow new disclosure procedures before performing background checks. Effective September 21, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued updated model disclosure forms mandated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The new forms may be accessed here. The last time the CFPB provided a model disclosure form for use by employers performing background checks was 2012...

Africa Tax in Brief
ENSafrica, October 2018

Africa tax in brief DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Amendment of Mining Regulation published   Decree No. 18/024, amending the Mining Regulation, was published in the Official Gazette on 12 June 2018...

The Global Sulfur Cap 2020 - Is the Industry Prepared?
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, October 2018

On 1 January 2020, the maximum allowable sulfur content of marine fuels will be drastically reduced from the current 3.50% to 0.5% m/m. 2020 is rapidly approaching, but is the shipping industry really prepared? In this article, we provide an overview of the regulations and the main alternatives for compliance that shipowners and operators are faced with. Introduction On 1 January 2020, the maximum allowable sulfur content of marine fuels will be drastically reduced from the current 3.50% to 0...

Fair Inconsistency in Imposing Sanctions on Striking Employees
ENSafrica, October 2018

  Striking is a fundamental right enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution. However, section 36 of the Constitution accepts that a fundamental right can be limited. Sections 64 and 65 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (the “LRA”) contain these limitations for strikes. Section 64 requires certain procedures to be followed prior to a strike taking place for it to be “protected”...

California Passes Law Requiring Public Companies to Include Women on Boards
Waller, October 2018

Gov. Jerry Brown signed California Senate Bill 826 into law, which requires publicly held companies whose principal executive offices are located in California to have a minimum of one woman on their boards of directors by the end of 2019. Thereafter, women’s representation will have to increase based on the law, with what will be codified as Section 301...

Impact of China's Investment on the South African Tax Base
ENSafrica, October 2018

Impact of China’s investment on the South African tax base The news that China has committed to invest approximately R200-billion in South Africa was greeted with much fanfare throughout the country. Approximately ZAR33-billion of this will constitute a loan to Eskom, which is particularly good news given the funding requirements of the entity. A loan will also be advanced to Transnet in the amount of ZAR4-billion...

Insuring Instability: Is There Coverage for the Cost of the Trade War?
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2018

A new round of U.S. tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports became effective on September 24, 2018.1 The 10 percent tax on Chinese consumer products is only the latest escalation in an ever-widening trade war between the United States and its global trading partners. While it appears that, subject to Congressional approval, trade disputes between the U.S...

Patent Landscaping: The Road to Success
ENSafrica, October 2018

Patent landscaping: the road to success Patent landscaping analysis, or patent mapping, involves the electronic search and analysis of the vast amount of available online published patent data in order to extract meaningful and valuable technical, business and legal information...

Selling CBD Products is Illegal, Board of Pharmacy Clarifies
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2018

In response to questions regarding the legality of Cannabidiol (CBD) oil products, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy (Board) announced that only licensed and operating Medical Marijuana Control Program dispensaries may sell CBD oil products. In June, the Board announced the award of 56 provisional medical marijuana dispensary licenses. All of those provisional licensees will have six months to comply with operational requirements in order to obtain a certification of operation (COO)...

Punitive Proposed Amendment to South Africa’s Transfer Pricing Provisions
ENSafrica, October 2018

Punitive proposed amendment to South Africa’s transfer pricing provisions Transfer pricing is a self-assessment mechanism that aims to ensure that taxpayers identify all potential cross-border transactions, operations, schemes, agreements or understandings that have been entered into between connected persons (referred to as “potentially affected transactions”), to ensure that all such potentially affected transactions have been concluded and implemented on an arm&rsqu

Three Strategic Considerations for Bank Boards About Fintech Charters
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2018

As seen in Bank Director  Strategic planning is one of the most important roles of a financial institution’s board of directors. Since the 2008 financial crisis, financial institution boards have dealt with the emergence of fintechs as a primary consideration in developing their strategic plans...

The 2018 Mining Charter
ENSafrica, October 2018

The 2018 Mining Charter by thenatural resourcesdepartment On 27 September 2018, the South African Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe (the “Minister”), published the Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, 2018 (the “2018 Mining Charter”). It is indicated that “implementation guidelines” are to be published in the near future...

Cryptocurrencies Offerings, Exchanges and Payments in France: Towards a Mix of Hard and Soft Law
Jeantet, October 2018

France has taken steps to set up a dedicated frame for cryptocurrency transactions aiming at conciliating legal certainty, market integrity and innovation. Capitalizing on best market practices, a recent bill defines an optional visa regime for ICOs, while a report commissioned by the French government sets forth principles of minimum regulations. Taxwise, the French Administrative Supreme Court has just ruled in favour of investors in Bitcoins...

The Decriminalisation of Private Cannabis Possession and Use and the Workplace
ENSafrica, October 2018

The decriminalisation of private cannabis possession and use and the workplace In the recent decision in the consolidated matter ofMinister of Justice and Constitutional Development and Others v Prince; National Director of Public Prosecutions and Others v Rubin; National Director of Public Prosecutions and Others v Acton and Others(the “cannabis judgment”), the Constitutional Court considered whether it should confirm the decision of the High Court which declared various pr

From Digital to Physical: New Considerations for Retail Leasing with the Rise of E-Commerce into Physical Spaces
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, October 2018

The rise of e-commerce and the struggle many brick-and-mortar retail stores face is nothing new.  Customers are increasingly choosing to shop for clothes, furniture and even groceries from the convenience of their own homes. More recently, however, this shift in the way consumers shop has given rise to new types of retail stores – small showrooms and “pop-up shops...

WTF®: A Trade Mark Perspective on Millennial Gibberish
ENSafrica, October 2018

WTF®: a trade mark perspective on millennial gibberish bySamera Naidoo ICYMI, Proctor & Gamble ("P&G") recently applied to register a whole lot of text/SMS talk abbreviations as trade marks. It caused a real storm and the mainstream press absolutely loved it! FOMOalert! DWAI, I’ll bring you up to speed...what happened here was that P&G applied to register some really unlikely trade marks including WTF, LOL, FML, NBD...

Three Boston Hospitals Pay Close to $1 Million in HIPAA Settlements for Disclosing Personal Health Information to Film Crews
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2018

On September 20, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced settlements with three Boston hospitals for disclosing Protected Health Information (PHI) to ABC News documentary filmcrews.[i] In total, the hospitals paid OCR $999,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule...

Feeling the Heat: the Draft Climate Change Bill, 2018
ENSafrica, October 2018

Feeling the heat: the draft Climate Change Bill, 2018 Earlier this year, the South African Minister of Environmental Affairs (the “Minister”) published the draft Climate Change Bill, 2018 for public comment. Since then, the Department of Environmental Affairs (“DEA”) has undertaken a road show across the country to solicit comments to the Bill and held further bilateral meetings with stakeholders earlier this year...

Best Practices for a Successful Negotiation or Mediation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2018

A key ­­­quality for a successful attorney, leader of an organization, claims professional or human resource professional requires effective negotiation skills to resolve conflict and disputes. Negotiating over 1,000 such disputes as an attorney and mediator has been a tremendous education on how to successfully resolve disputes and conflict...

Who’s Interested in Primark?
ENSafrica, October 2018

Who’s interested in Primark? Is it simply those South Africans who can afford to travel to the UK, only to find that, thanks to the weakness of the rand, the only shop they can afford is ... Primark? The recent Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) decision in the matterTruworths Ltd v Primark Holdingspertaining to well-known trade marks is of significance...

Ensure the Parties are Open to Negotiate or Mediate the Dispute
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2018

Not all matters will be appropriate for mediation. There are situations in which mediation is likely to fail: When parties let their egos control. When there is a misunderstanding of the facts. When there is a misunderstanding of the law. There is no incentive for settlement. When parties do not respect the process...

The Big Five Amendments Proposed by the Companies Amendment Bill, 2018
ENSafrica, October 2018

  The Companies Amendment Bill, 2018 (the "Bill") was released for public comment by the Minister of Trade and Industry on 21 September 2018. The Bill, if introduced in its current form, proposes a number of changes to the Companies Act, 2008. This snapshot review deals with only our “big five” amendments. 1...

Pick the Right Mediator and Agree on the Role of the Mediator
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2018

Help your Mediator to help you and your client The relationship between the mediator and the parties must be clearly defined and be based in trust. Before a mediator is selected to host mediation, the parties should agree on what type of mediation they would like to engage in and who is the best mediator for that goal...

Brexit, and The Importance of Being (GI) Earnest
ENSafrica, October 2018

  Many South Africans, I suspect, find Brexit both boring and incomprehensible. All that endless talk of customs unions, free trade agreements, hard borders, borders in the Irish Sea..! But one really interesting thing that has emerged from the endless news stories is just how important intellectual property (“IP”) is in all of this...

Insist on Using Objective and Legitimate Criteria
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2018

Define the terms of fair Approaching mediation or negotiations requires that the parties agree on what criteria to use to determine what is a fair agreement. Determining these criteria before engaging in negotiations will help parties to articulate the basis for their positions. It can also help to ease tensions and rationalize the process. The criteria must be objective, legitimate and practical. Complicated formulas or unreasonable positions will complicate the discussion...

South African Mine Health and Safety Act - Amended Regulations Relating to Explosives and Competent Persons for Explosives Published
ENSafrica, October 2018

Earlier this year, the Minister of Mineral Resources (the “minister”) published a notice amending Chapter 4 of the regulations relating to explosives, binding in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996. The regulations will come into effect at the end of the 2018 year...

Separate the Person from the Problem
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2018

Work with the People to Solve the Problem When approaching mediation, parties need to work together to tackle the problem, not each other. The goal is to be soft on the people and hard on the problem. Failing to interact with the other party sensitively, can be catastrophic to building or maintaining a working relationship. Knowing the other side personally helps to build cordiality. Find ways to meet them informally before the negotiation, arrive early to chat or linger afterwards...

Is the Singing of Offensive Songs a Dismissible Offence?
ENSafrica, October 2018

Is the singing of offensive songs a dismissible offence? The South African Constitutional Court recently handed down judgment inDuncanmec Proprietary Limited v Gaylard N.O & Othersin which it considered whether the singing of struggle songs, containing words that could be construed as offensive, warranted dismissal...

Focus on Interests, Not Positions Interests
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2018

Stay focused on the interest, not on your position.  Define the problem; you decide on your position. For every interest there usually exist several possible satisfying solutions to adequately address those interests. Remember that behind opposed positions lie shared and often compatible interests...

The New Rwandan Labour Code: A Mixed Bag of Pro-Employer and Pro-Employee Changes
ENSafrica, October 2018

The New Rwandan Labour Code: a mixed bag of pro-employer and pro-employee changes   Effective from 6 September 2018, Rwanda’s New Labour Code (law n° 66/2018 of 30/08/2018 regulating labour in Rwanda) repealedlaw n° 13/2009 of 27/05/2009 regulating labour in Rwanda(the “Repealed Labour Code”), which has been in force for over nine years. This article gives an overview of the key changes introduced by the New Labour Code...

Acknowledge Conflicting Interests and Work to Understanding your Interests and their Interests
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2018

In order to accomplish this important task, the following are steps to follow: A. Make a list of other sides’ interest. It will help your remember them and stimulate ideas for how to meet such needs B. Communicate your interests when they are in conflict. Help the other side to see just how important and legitimate your interests are. Be specific and objective. Convince them they would feel the same in your shoes and recognize how you might feel in their shoes...

Existing Regulation on Data Protection in Panama
Morgan & Morgan, October 2018

In the framework of a globalized world and social networks that are established as a measure of possible interest of economic, social and political groups, data protection regulations become more relevant...

Make it Easy for the Other Person to Say Yes with a Win-Win Agreement
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2018

We often hear it said that neither party is happy with a settlement.  If parties strive for a win-win approach, it is possible for both to find the settlement to be a win.  To do this, give them a stake in the outcome by making sure they participate in the process.  Remember an Agreement is easier if both sides feel they contributed to the solution...

Dubai Relaxes Rules on Filing Appeals Before the Court of Cassation
Afridi & Angell, September 2018

Earlier this year, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, issued Decree No. 28 of 2018 concerning the Acceptance of the Civil Petitions before Dubai Courts (the Decree). The Decree was issued by His Highness to address the procedures in filing appeals to the Court of Cassation. The Court of Cassation is the highest court in Dubai. Article No. 173 of Federal Law No...

Be Flexible in your Solutions and Options for Resolutions
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2018

To achieve this step in the process, set aside time to create a wide range of solutions that advance shared interest.  This can be done before and during your negotiation or mediation. There are 4 major obstacles which inhibit consideration of options: Premature judgment Hinders imagination and possibilities...

The Challenge of Getting International Talent into the Life Science Sector in Scotland Continues
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2018

Scotland is currently home to one of the largest life science clusters in Europe, with more than 700 organisations based here employing some 37,000 people. With 15 universities producing highly skilled graduates; the NHS as a massive single source of patient data; and world leading research centres in life sciences, Scotland attracts some of the brightest international scientists and life science businesses...

Know Your Limits and How to Protect Yourself
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2018

It often happens that one party appears to have greater bargaining power than the other.  They may be bigger, have more money, have a history of fighting and you may feel overwhelmed.    How to handle an imbalance in power in negotiations is an important consideration in taking control and working toward a resolution.  Factors to evaluate are: Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement (BANTA)...

New Pay Ratio Reporting Requirements on the Horizon
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2018

In its green paper on corporate governance reform, the Government sought views on measures designed to address "a widespread perception that executive pay has become increasingly disconnected from both the pay of ordinary working people and the underlying long-term performance of companies"...

Artificial Intelligence At The Lawyer's Service: Is The Dawn Of The Robot Lawyer Upon Us?
Lavery Lawyers, September 2018

Over the past few months, our Legal Lab on Artificial Intelligence (L3AI) team has tested a number of legal solutions that incorporate AI to a greater or lesser extent. According to the authors Remus and Levy1, most of these tools will have a moderate potential impact on the legal practice. Among the solutions tested by the members of our laboratory, certain functionalities in particular drew our attention...

Cabin Fever: Return of the Hut
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2018

Not-for-profit Reforesting Scotland’s "Thousand Huts" campaign has spearheaded the regrowth of the hutting community, previously almost entirely eradicated by increasingly strict building regulations. The new Building (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 sets out the framework for ecologically sustainable hut development. What is a Hut? A hut must be a single storey building used as recreational accommodation...

 

 

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