Island Council St. Maarten is talking bout TelEm again

The threat of the in New York established The Merritt Group with a lawsuit against TelEm Group of Companies was the most important subject in today’s Island Council meeting. Opposition party National Alliance (NA) requested the meeting.

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Isla's data more favourable than of the judge"s experts

The Isla uses meteorological information for their calculations, which lead to lower values and require fewer far-reached measures to comply with the sulphur dioxide standards, observed the Advisory Administrative Law Foundation (StAB-Stichting Advisering Bestuursrechtspraak) from The Hague in the so-called ‘expert report’, which was drawn up by order of the judge. This report was this morning at the forefront in the civil case of the Humanitarian Care foundation and inhabitants against the refinery.

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Top Fund Lawyer Sabine Altena strenghtens Curacao Fund Team Spigthoff

Sabine Altena joined Spigthoff and started working in the Curacao office as of March 2008. She is part of Spigthoff’s fund & regulatory team. This team further consists of Maike Bergervoet and Karel Frielink.

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Antilleans and Arubans may vote for euro parliament

Antillean- and Aruban Dutch citizens may vote for the European Parliament next year. The Lower House had a debate with state secretary Ank Bijleveld-Schouten (Kingdom Relations, CDA) this morning on the bill to give Antillean- and Aruban Dutch citizens voting rights for Europe. A vast majority in Parliament support this bill that will be voted on next week.

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EU proposes new partnership instead of LGO

The European Committee is going to propose a new partnership for the countries and territories overseas of EU-country members, including the Neth.Antilles and Aruba. When the LGO-decision expires on December 31, 2013, this partnership must partly or totally replace the current regulation. The Committee organizes from July 1 till October 17 inclusive an online reference on this subject.

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Member States to discuss oil prices and aviation

The severe increase in fuel prices and its effect on aviation. This is one of the subjects the Member of States will think about. This is the last week of meetings of parliament before the recess.

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Aruba collaborates with Caribbean Court

Aruba collaborated with the consensus statutory law for a joint court of justice for the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. Justice-minister Rudy Croes emphasizes that this is under the condition that there will be one judicial organization for the entire Kingdom on the long run. State secretary of Kingdom Relations, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten indicated yesterday that in a few weeks, there will be an accord on the assets of Plant NV.

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Three new attorneys

No less than three attorneys of the Curacao and Aruba-based law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne were sworn in at the Joint Court of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba this week.

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SEI a helping hand for environmental requirements Smoc

The dragging lawsuit, in which the foundation Clean Environment in Curacao (Smoc) is trying to force the government to make the Isla-refinery comply with the licence under the Nuisance Act, continues tomorrow. Question is whether the case is out of date now that the BC has recently signed the Social Economic Initiative (SEI), in which she commits herself to ‘force or bring’ the Isla to comply with the standards.

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Full pro bono rankings announced

This year, LATINLAWYER Magazine has launched pro bono rankings for firms in the region, to allow clients and competitors to compare firms' commitment to providing pro bono work.

LL published a ranking table of the top firms for pro bono commitment in the region, with the top 50 firms listed.

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New Lt. Governments Bonaire and Saba

Glen Thodé and Jonathan Johnson are the new lt. governments in Bonaire and Saba. The Minister Council for the Kingdom approved the nominations today. Thodé succeeds Herbert Domacassé, whose term of office runs out on October 24 and Johnson replaces Sidney Sorton effective July 2.

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The new New York?

Miami is getting an ever-bigger slice of Latin America’s legal work, agree the senior partners of six Florida-based international law firms.During a roundtable meeting with legal magazine LatinLawyer they discussed the developments and trends in the region.

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new location STvB Advocaten

As per june 2008 STvB Advocaten has moved its Curacao office to a new location.
The new address is : Johan van Walbeeckplein 11
Tel. nr. 4655055 (unchanged)

(June 11, 2008)

Judge Luis Alberto José de Lannoy remembered

Through several ceremonies on Curacao and St. Maarten members of the legal community and many others paid their last respects to Judge Luis Alberto José de Lannoy.
On St. Maarten a ceremony was held at the Philipsburg Court of first instance where Judge de Lannoy served for many years. The late Judge de Lannoy (57) died of cancer on May 26th 2008.

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NRC and NJB (het Nederlands Juristenblad) start blog on sentences

In March website NRC.nl started a weblog on legal sentences in cooperation with the Dutch magazine Nederlands Juristenblad.

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Dutch judgements on-line through Jure.nl

Judgements rendered by Dutch Courts are now open to the public through the website jure.nl.

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Advisory Board (Raad van Advies) of the Netherlands Antilles launches new website

The Advisory Board (Raad van Advies) of the Netherlands Antilles has launched a new website.

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HBN Law 70 years of law practice

Law firm HBN Law is celebrating 70 years of law practice.
The HBN Law Firm is the largest law firm in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. It is also the oldest law firm in the Netherlands Antilles, founded in 1938 by Mr. S.W. van der Meer. The name of the firm has changed several times through the years and has been changed in 2005 into HBN Law.

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Michiel Gorsira rejoins VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne

Michiel Gorsira has rejoined VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne as per May 1 2008, after a 10 year stay in the Netherlands. Until 1997 he was a partner of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne on Curacao. In the Netherlands Michiel Gorsira was a partner of Simmons & Simmons (previously named Trenité van Doorne), where he was head of the litigation department.

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Constitutional facts briefly stated

In this Dutch summary you can read about the constitutional developments in the Netherlands Antilles since 2000.

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