Way back in 2008 I wrote a post immediately after one of my firm’s lawyers returned from a federal court hearing where the judge essentially said — near as I could tell without any basis in law — that service of an English language only complaint on our client was valid even though she did not speak a word of English and even though the Hague Convention rules on service of process for that particular country explicitly stated that the complaint needed to be translated into her native language. View Full Post
Our friends at Yigal Arnon & Co summarized two recent developments in Israeli Law: the first concerning the ILITA’s announcement nullifying database registration application fees and annual maintenance fees, the second on the New ILITA directive on Direct Mail and Direct Mail Services. View Full Post
Hardly a week goes by without an American or a European company contacting one of our China lawyers wanting to retain us to “stop the counterfeits” of their products online and offline. Far too often these people believe one of our IP lawyers can within 24 hours send out a “template” cease and desist letter
and within another 24 hours of that, the counterfeit sales will magically cease. View Full Post
The link between good planning and good health is unequivocal. The quality of the built and natural environment has a significant impact on health and wellbeing. Occupiers and developers are becoming more aware of how happy and healthy employees (and customers) drive profitability and there is now industry recognition that a building can affect how well we feel. View Full Post
A recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that employees who regularly work voluntary overtime beyond their contracted hours may now have those payments taken into account in calculating holiday pay.
Article 7 of the Working Time Directive (2003/88/EC) (WTD) provides that workers have the right to at least four weeks’ paid annual leave. View Full Post