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July 2017

International Arbitration

International Arbitration Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution. It is the private, out of court determination of a dispute, by an independent third party. An arbitration hearing may involve the use of an individual arbitrator or a tribunal. A tribunal may consist of any number of arbitrators though some legal systems insist on an odd number (trying to avoid a tie). ...

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International Inheritance Law – American/US citizens and US residents inheriting in Germany

International Inheritance Law American/US citizens and US residents inheriting in Germany We are often contacted by American clients who have been notified that they are – or maybe- heirs to an estate in Germany. Regularly, this causes confusion and the need for local German legal advice. Urban Thier & Federer can through its Munich office act on behalf of such clients and ensure an efficient communication with the American client, in particular advising such clients of the particular differences between the German and the US probate regime. ...

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Estate Proceedings in Florida and the United States with a Special Focus on Non-US Residents

Estate Proceedings in Florida and the United States with a Special Focus on Non-US Residents US ESTATE PROCEEDINGS – US ANCILLARY PROBATE – US PROBATE Have you inherited in the United States of America but you are residing outside of the USA? Perhaps you are residing in Germany or the United Kingdom? Have you inherited from a deceased family member who owned assets in the USA? Are you residing outside of the USA and just received notice that you are a potential heir of a deceased person in the USA? Would you like to know what steps to take now? The attorneys...

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Products Liability in the US – Vehicles

HELPING GERMAN VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS NAVIGATE THROUGH UNITED STATES PRODUCT LIABILITY LAW Germany exports many different types of cars and other vehicles to the United States every year. German manufacturers in general take special care to know both the industry standards and the governmental standards in order to comply with them. Unfortunately, sometimes this is not easily achieved or defects manifest themselves in the vehicle and then the manufacturer could face a products liability claim in the US. At a time like this the German manufacturer may need a law firm in the United States that is knowledgeable and experienced...

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Aviation Products Liability and Drones

Aviation Products Liability and Drones Aircraft and spacecraft is a multi-billion dollar industry in Germany. With the increased use of drones across the globe this industry is expanding very quickly to include drone production and new laws to comply with regarding their use. The German Aviation Act has been amended and now classifies drones as aircraft....

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The impact of United States Product Liability Law on German parts and equipment

The impact of United States Product Liability Law on German parts and equipment Germany exports many different types of parts and equipment to the United States totaling over $24 billion dollars per year, according to www.worldsrichestcountries.com. When such products contain defects, the manufacturer, distributor and even the retailer could face a products liability claim. Once a claim is made, it is important for the manufacturer to retain counsel and to assert certain defenses to protect itself from liability and damages. A manufacturer should retain experienced counsel to help defend it properly. ...

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Why now is a great time to file a PERM case for skilled workers!

Why now is a great time to file a PERM case for skilled workers! In our last blog post, “Looking to Hire a Foreign National for a Permanent Position? Consider “PERM” as an Option”, we provided a general overview of the “PERM” process. What we did not mention to employers is that NOW is the perfect time to file a PERM case for someone whose skills you need....

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“Stellar” argument wins on appeal

"STELLAR" ARGUMENT WINS ON APPEAL The Circuit Court of Volusias County, Appellate Division, has ruled in favor of Stellar Recovery, Inc. (Stellar), represented by Attorney Ernest H. “Skip” Kohlmyer, III of Urban Thier & Federer, P.A. This ruling in Stellar Recovery, Inc. v. Gustavo D. Canete, in the Circuit Court, Seventh Judicial Circuit in and for Volusia County, Florida, Appellate Division, Case No.: 2015-10012 APCC, established important precedent in the debt collection industry....

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Attorney Kohlmyer wins federal debt collection case by excluding subrogation debt collection activities under the FCCPA

Attorney Kohlmyer wins federal debt collection case by excluding subrogation debt collection activities und the FCCPA The case of Schaefer v. Seattle Service Bureau, Inc. d/b/a National Service Bureau’s et al, 2015 WL 9031511 (M.D. Fla. 2015) presented an issue of first impression within the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Attorney Ernest H. Kohlmyer, III of Urban, Their & Federer, P.A. representing Defendant, Seattle Service Bureau d/b/a National Service Bureau (NSB) obtained an order dismissing the Plaintiff’s class action allegations by arguing that the collection attempts of a subrogation debt obligation was not subject to the...

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