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BZSE Lawyers Berty Veen-Brom Eric Jansen Rik Bergman Pieter Soons Jelmer Snow Joeri Essed Camiel Koster Roeland Zwanikken Karel Frielink Gert Bergman Jaap Maris Manon Eijgenraam Rogier Wouters
Independence and integrity are paramount to the ten lawyers of BZSE. They operate and litigate in an open, transparent and independent manner in order to represent the best interests of their clients. This has provided the lawyers of the office with a strong reputation, notably among local and international corporate clients ... read more
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The 1% license fee
blogentry
1512668426
Administrative
Pieter Soons
Thursday, December 07, 2017

The 1% license fee

The 1% license fee

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1509539934
Is it legal to attach conditions to an offer for financial aid?
blogentry
1509539934
Uncategorized
Roeland Zwanikken
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Is it legal to attach conditions to an offer for financial aid?

Is it legal to attach conditions to an offer for financial aid?

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Do wreck removal permits have a legal basis?
blogentry
1509539590
Uncategorized
Newspapers
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Do wreck removal permits have a legal basis?

Letter to the Editor published in the Daily Herald.

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Uncategorized
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New Partners familiar faces
blogentry
1484667302
Uncategorized
Peter Marc Aarsen
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Partners familiar faces

As from January 1, 2017, both Camiel Koster and Pieter Soons are partners in the BZSE partnership.

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Sick Employees: To Pay or Not To Pay, That's the Question
blogentry
1463599966
Civil
Camiel Koster
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sick Employees: To Pay or Not To Pay, That's the Question

In our employment law practice, clients often ask us for how long they have to continue paying employees' salaries when they are out ill. Unfortunately, there is no straight answer, unless it is explicitly stipulated in the employment agreement or Collective Labor Agreement. Here is why.

By Camiel Koster
Filed under: Civil
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1456845836
Same-sex Marriage on Sint Maarten?
blogentry
1456845836
Civil
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Same-sex Marriage on Sint Maarten?

In Sint Maarten almost anything goes, but a same-sex marriage? Caught between the United States and Europe where same-sex marriages gain recognition or are flat-out recognized and its own more conservative and traditional way of life, Sint Maarten still has not made up its mind.

By
Filed under: Civil
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Litigating Against the Government for Free?
blogentry
1455022871
Administrative
Camiel Koster
Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Litigating Against the Government for Free?

On March 10, 2015, the Court of First Instance of Sint Maarten rendered an interesting judgment in a case between one of our clients against the Minister of Justice, concerning a so-called “verklaring van rechtswege” (i.e. a residence permit for Dutch and US citizens: “The Permit”).

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Contracting With the Government: At Times a Tricky Affair - potential pitfalls
blogentry
1450903865
Civil
Roeland Zwanikken
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Contracting With the Government: At Times a Tricky Affair - potential pitfalls

“A man, a man, a word, a word” is a well-known saying in Dutch. In essence it means that men (and women) of honor keep their word and comply with their commitments even in the absence of (extensive) written agreements. However, the Government does not always act in accordance with this saying.

By Roeland Zwanikken
Filed under: Civil
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Director's Liability in Case of Bankruptcy
blogentry
1448994932
Civil
Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Director's Liability in Case of Bankruptcy

There are several reasons forming a limited liability company is more advantageous to doing business as a sole proprietorship. A limited liability company can ensure the continuity of the company and protect from personal liability.

By
Filed under: Civil
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1446833809
Ms. Annet Bulder New Lawyer At BZSE Attorneys at Law
blogentry
1446833809
Uncategorized
Roeland Zwanikken
Friday, November 06, 2015

Ms. Annet Bulder New Lawyer At BZSE Attorneys at Law

On Friday November 6, 2015 BZSE Attorneys at Law | Tax Lawyers employee Ms. Annet Bulder took the oath as lawyer of the Sint Maarten bar in a special ceremony at the courthouse.

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Tax Opposition
blogentry
1441803098
Tax
Gert Bergman
Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Tax Opposition

The Government, the Minister of Finance always needs money. The Tax Receiver collects and has been given privileges to do so since the government does it for us all, right? So, when the Tax Receiver starts to collect, he can hardly be stopped. Fortunately the law provides a reprieve.

By Gert Bergman
Filed under: Tax
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PRESCRIPTIVE RIGHTS OF PROPERTY RIGHTS (REAL ESTATE) as from 2000
blogentry
1441400458
Civil
Jelmer Snow
Friday, September 04, 2015

PRESCRIPTIVE RIGHTS OF PROPERTY RIGHTS (REAL ESTATE) as from 2000

What is the status of your right where it concerns property rights in Sint Maarten in 2015? The introduction of Article 106 A in January 2012 might have controversial consequences.

By Jelmer Snow
Filed under: Civil
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Couterpart Policy (Part II)
blogentry
1439485513
Administrative
Camiel Koster
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Couterpart Policy (Part II)

On January 22, 2015, we posted an opinion about the Counterpart policy [Link]. Afterwards, the Minister of Public Health, Social Affairs and Labor published a Counterpart Guideline in the National Gazette on April 2, 2015.

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Directors’ Liability: A topic with sex appeal!
blogentry
1436458549
Civil
Roeland Zwanikken
Thursday, July 09, 2015

Directors’ Liability: A topic with sex appeal!

Yes Director’s liability has sex appeal, because the possibility to hold a managing director of a limited liability company (normally an N.V. or a B.V.) personally liable, have and always will trigger great interest from players in the corporate field, particularly managing directors and creditors

By Roeland Zwanikken
Filed under: Civil
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St. Maarten Rent Committee decisions since 10-10-10 deemed invalid/voidable
blogentry
1435261267
Civil
Joeri Essed
Thursday, June 25, 2015

St. Maarten Rent Committee decisions since 10-10-10 deemed invalid/voidable

On April 13, 2015 the Court in First Instance of Sint Maarten, in its capacity of appellate court for decisions taken by the Rent Committee, passed a judgment that may very well have great implications for all decisions taken to date by compositions of the Rent Committee in which one or more of the

By Joeri Essed
Filed under: Civil
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Speaking of Everything; Bankruptcy
blogentry
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Uncategorized
Roeland Zwanikken
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Speaking of Everything; Bankruptcy

Taking you back in time with this Oral's interview with Roeland Zwanikken, speaking about bankruptcy this #ThrowBackThursday :
YouTube video 'Speaking of Everything' interview

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Speaking of Everything: Mediation
blogentry
1434640705
Civil
Rik Bergman
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Speaking of Everything: Mediation

Watch Rik Bergman speaking with Oral Gibbes about mediation on YouTube:
YouTube video 'Speaking of Everything' interview

By Rik Bergman
Filed under: Civil
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Departure Policy
blogentry
1432828596
Corp. Governance
Pieter Soons
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Departure Policy

After elections, the outgoing Government stays in place until a new Government is formed to ensure the continuity of governance. This outgoing cabinet should, based on unwritten constitutional law, only take the role as caretaker, and thus avoid any controversial decisions.

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New Tax legislation on its way
blogentry
1432736932
Tax
Gert Bergman
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New Tax legislation on its way

New tax legislation of Sint Maarten should be implemented as soon as possible, since the legislation is practically ready for submission to parliament. That is the opinion of the president of the Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten and Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba,

By Gert Bergman
Filed under: Tax
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Mediation cartoon
blogentry
1433960504
Civil
Newspapers
Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mediation cartoon

Bron : The Daily Herald, Saturday April 25, 2015

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Civil
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Rik Bergman now certified mediator
blogentry
1429643362
Uncategorized
Newspapers
Monday, April 20, 2015

Rik Bergman now certified mediator

The Daily Herald- Monday April 20, 2015. CAY HILL--Rik Bergman, attorney and partner with BZSE Attorneys-at-Law, is now the country's first and only certified mediator who is going to structurally integrate mediation into his law practice on St. Maarten.

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Uncategorized
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The end of the “Temporary” employment agreement for a fixed term
blogentry
1426795442
Civil
Thursday, March 19, 2015

The end of the “Temporary” employment agreement for a fixed term

Under Dutch (and Sint Maarten) law it is possible to offer employees a maximum of three employment contracts for a definite term. The fourth contract is, automatically and by law, considered an employment agreement for an indefinite period,

By
Filed under: Civil
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Counterpart policy
blogentry
1421939474
Administrative
Camiel Koster
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Counterpart policy

Recently, the debate about the implementation of the “counterpart policy” has reemerged. Prime Minister Gumbs referred to it in his 2015 New Year’s speech, and MP De Weever focused on this policy in his campaign.

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BZSE wil be opening a new office in Curaçao
blogentry
1419948315
Uncategorized
Rik Bergman
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

BZSE wil be opening a new office in Curaçao

As of January 1st, 2015 BZSE will be able to serve your interests to the maximum in St. Maarten and also in Curaçao

By Rik Bergman
Filed under: Uncategorized
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Harbour fails to halt construction of Dock Maarten ultra-yacht pier
blogentry
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Uncategorized
Newspapers
Saturday, December 06, 2014

Harbour fails to halt construction of Dock Maarten ultra-yacht pier

DAILY HERALD, SATURDAY, 06 DECEMBER 2014.

~ Files for appeal against permit ~

POINTE BLANCHE--St. Maarten Harbour Holding Company (SHHC) NV has failed in its efforts to put a halt to plans of Dock Maarten NV to construct a marina with a pier to accommodate ultra- and giga-yachts

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Uncategorized
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DOCK YOU
blogentry
1418144086
Uncategorized
Newspapers
Saturday, November 29, 2014

DOCK YOU

TODAY Newspaper, Opinions & Comments: 11/29/14
The conflict between the Sint Maarten Harbour Holding Company and Dock Maarten can¬not come as a surprise to anybody. In the past, parliamentarians have even wondered where the seat of government really is - at Clem Labega Square or in Pointe Blanche.

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Uncategorized
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Harbor Holding takes Dock Maarten to court:
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Uncategorized
Newspapers
Saturday, November 29, 2014

Harbor Holding takes Dock Maarten to court:

“Wolf in sheep’s clothing” wants to stop breakwater-construction
TODAY Newspaper: 11/29/14

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Uncategorized
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Mediation – new area of specialization for BZSE
blogentry
1416853688
Uncategorized
Rik Bergman
Monday, November 24, 2014

Mediation – new area of specialization for BZSE

Now that Rik Bergman has completed his training at the Lime Tree Institute for Mediation in The Netherlands, BZSE is able to offer the services of a fully certified mediator to our clients. Mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution method which has proven its reliability.

By Rik Bergman
Filed under: Uncategorized
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Eric Jansen sworn in as an attorney
blogentry
1416853591
Uncategorized
Newspapers
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Eric Jansen sworn in as an attorney

PHILIPSBURG - Last Friday Eric Jansen of BZSE Attorneys at Law & Tax Lawyers has been sworn in as an attorney at the Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Uncategorized
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Overstap van de week: Karel Frielink
blogentry
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Uncategorized
Joeri Essed
Monday, November 10, 2014

Overstap van de week: Karel Frielink

Mr. magazine, jaargang 10
vrijdag 7 November 2014 door redactie Mr.

Het artikel is afkomstig van: http://www.mr-online.nl/mrs-van-de-week/overstapmr-van-de-week/24925-overstap-van-de-week-karel-frielink

By Joeri Essed
Filed under: Uncategorized
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Changing the people or changing the system?
blogentry
1412369253
Civil
Roeland Zwanikken
Friday, October 03, 2014

Changing the people or changing the system?

An opinion letter addressing the question whether there is solution for the objectionable national sport of ship jumping or ‘flip-flopping’ by MP’s, once they are elected..

By Roeland Zwanikken
Filed under: Civil
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Enforcing court decisions against government
blogentry
1411148898
Civil
Roeland Zwanikken
Friday, September 19, 2014

Enforcing court decisions against government

Sometimes enforcing a court decision against government is a frustrating experience, however, on July 4, 2014 justice was served when the court of first instance delivered an interesting judgment...

By Roeland Zwanikken
Filed under: Civil
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Judicial errors, who is liable in case of unlawful administration of justice?
blogentry
1400013057
Civil
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Judicial errors, who is liable in case of unlawful administration of justice?

Imagine, your business is declared bankrupt by error of the Court, while actually another company should have been declared bankrupt. Understandably, your damages will be enormous. Now what to do?

By
Filed under: Civil
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BZSE launches ultra-user-friendly website!
blogentry
1393261291
Uncategorized
Newspapers
Monday, February 24, 2014

BZSE launches ultra-user-friendly website!

BELAIR, St. Maarten, BZSE Attorneys at Law | Tax Lawyers, St. Maarten’s largest law firm, has officially launched its new ultra-user-friendly website www.bzselaw.com. The website was unveiled first for the firm’s staff and can now be seen by the public at large on the worldwide web.

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Uncategorized
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Don't Kill the Corporate Governance Council
blogentry
1384285001
Corp. Governance
Roeland Zwanikken
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Don't Kill the Corporate Governance Council

If it is up to Sint Maarten Government the Corporate Governance Council will die a slow and silent death. Within soon (November 16, 2013 to be exact) the term for which the five members of the Corporate Governance Council were appointed will expire.

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LEE: Corruption Hampers Good Governance
blogentry
1384284888
Uncategorized
Roeland Zwanikken
Friday, June 21, 2013

LEE: Corruption Hampers Good Governance

PHILIPSBURG--President of the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA) Emil Lee pressed home, on Thursday night, the dangers of corruption to good governance on St. Maarten, during his speech at the General Meeting of the SHTA. The topic of the night was good "Good Governance and Elector

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Consult the electorate, take away the power from swingers
blogentry
1383050308
Corp. Governance
Joeri Essed
Monday, May 13, 2013

Consult the electorate, take away the power from swingers

Dear Editor, Sint Maarten is about to get its 3rd government, based on the election results of less than three years ago. This does not feel right or “democratic.” ...

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Hospital tells minister to stop interfering, stop public slander
blogentry
1382993805
Uncategorized
Newspapers
Friday, September 07, 2012

Hospital tells minister to stop interfering, stop public slander

CAY HILL--Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever was told on Thursday to stop interfering in the affairs of St. Maarten Medical Center ...

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Uncategorized
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Going back in time: from liberalization toward protectionism again?
blogentry
1383047288
Civil
Roeland Zwanikken
Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Going back in time: from liberalization toward protectionism again?

Dear Editor, From newspaper articles printed in the Today and The Daily Herald on Tuesday and last week, it follows that Minister Meyers, responsible for telecommunication matters, is unwilling to grant a landing permit for an optic fibre cable to the Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland RCN ...

By Roeland Zwanikken
Filed under: Civil
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7-Eleven loses appeal in 10-year fight with 7 Alive
blogentry
1383047456
Civil
Newspapers
Friday, February 24, 2012

7-Eleven loses appeal in 10-year fight with 7 Alive

SIMPSON BAY--It appears that 7 Alive Grocery in Simpson Bay finally may be able to say that its 10-year legal battle with mega retail chain 7-Eleven Inc. is over ...

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Civil
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Corporate Governance and bad habits
blogentry
1383047838
Corp. Governance
Newspapers
Friday, December 23, 2011

Corporate Governance and bad habits

According to Leroy de Weever (DP), he doesn't need a Corporate Governance Council to come tell him how to do his job. He wants to disband the Corporate Governance Council as soon as possible.

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Corp. Governance
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Governor envisions country as 'centre of excellence in region
blogentry
1382993150
Corp. Governance
Newspapers
Friday, January 07, 2011

Governor envisions country as 'centre of excellence in region

LITTLE BAY--“A centre for excellence” is how Governor Eugene Holiday envisions St. Maarten as it moves into its second year as country within the Dutch Kingdom ...

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Corp. Governance
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Parliament should withdraw or severely amend law on prosecution of politicians
blogentry
1383047614
Corp. Governance
Roeland Zwanikken
Friday, January 07, 2011

Parliament should withdraw or severely amend law on prosecution of politicians

Dear Editor, In The Daily Herald of December 29, 2010, Mr. Dennis Richardson reacted to the legal opinion of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Bar Association of St. Maarten (hereinafter: “The Committee”) ...

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Politici staan niet boven burgers
blogentry
1382991810
Civil
Newspapers
Monday, December 27, 2010

Politici staan niet boven burgers

Met het implementeren van artikel 123 in de Sint Maartense Staatsregeling en de daarmee verbonden ‘Landsverordening vervolging politieke gezagdragers’, wordt een ongelijke behandeling bewerkstelligd tussen politici en ‘gewone mensen’ ...

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Civil
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Show us we did not get old Wine in new Bottles
blogentry
1383050337
Corp. Governance
Rik Bergman
Friday, October 22, 2010

Show us we did not get old Wine in new Bottles

Were our ministers checked for conflict of interest?
Dear Editor, In your edition of Tuesday, October 19, an article appeared with the heading “Ministers not checked on conflicts of interest.” We were informed that the Intelligence Service ...

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Plea for institutionalisation of a general auditor's office
blogentry
1382991398
Civil
Roeland Zwanikken
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Plea for institutionalisation of a general auditor's office

To me, the upcoming elections look more like a popularity contest or idol competition than anything else. Most popular politicians (probably rightfully) assume that huge (photo shopped) billboards, a degree of excellence in “rhetoric” and “great promises or gifts” are key to winning this ...

By Roeland Zwanikken
Filed under: Civil
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Judge orders immediate reopening Seaman's Club
blogentry
1382991975
Civil
Newspapers
Saturday, October 17, 2009

Judge orders immediate reopening Seaman's Club

The owner of the former location had decided to cancel the lease after the brothel had been operating there since 1965 ...

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Civil
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Fight corruption by ensuring strict compliance with statutory terms
blogentry
1382992347
Uncategorized
Newspapers
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Fight corruption by ensuring strict compliance with statutory terms

Recently, a lot of controversial stories have been published in local newspapers that are someway related to the performance / proper functioning of VROM / ROB ...

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Uncategorized
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Raising the standards of the Bar Association
blogentry
1382991462
Uncategorized
Newspapers
Saturday, April 23, 2005

Raising the standards of the Bar Association

Education, information dissemination and ethics are just some of the issues vying to take centre stage with the second year/term board of the Bar Association of St. Maarten. Board members: Dean of the Bar Association Roeland Zwanikken, Vice Dean Rik Bergman, Treasurer Richard F. Gibson Jr. ...

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Uncategorized
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TelEm Loses appeal case, owes ECC over NAF. 6M
blogentry
1382990794
Civil
Newspapers
Wednesday, November 17, 2004

TelEm Loses appeal case, owes ECC over NAF. 6M

PHILIPSBURG--Court proceedings concerning a NAf. 20 million claim local telephone company TelEm said it had against East Caribbean Cellular (ECC) ended on a costly note for the plaintiff late last month ...

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Civil
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1062273290
Twenty million TelEm claim on ECC all but evaporates in Cour
blogentry
1382990161
Corp. Governance
Newspapers
Saturday, August 30, 2003

Twenty million TelEm claim on ECC all but evaporates in Cour

A claim of well over NAf. 20 million local telephone company TelEm says to have on East Caribbean Cellular (ECC) was virtually declared null and void by the Joint Court of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, ruling in appeal on Tuesday this week. In the unlikely event that TelEm can come up with ...

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Corp. Governance
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The Excitement of Seeing Justice Triumph
blogentry
1382989838
Uncategorized
Newspapers
Saturday, March 01, 2003

The Excitement of Seeing Justice Triumph

St. Maarten’s youngest law office, Zwanikken & Snow, officially opened its doors on Friday with the cutting of a ribbon followed by a well-attended reception. Although Roeland Zwanikken started the office on October 1, 2002, and Jelmer Snow joined him on February 1, 2003, ...

Source: Newspapers
Filed under: Uncategorized
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