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HIPAA and $15 Million in 2016

For years, many questioned whether the HIPAA privacy and security rules would be enforced. The agency responsible for enforcement, Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR), promised it would enforce the rules, but just…more

ABA and CBA seek revisions to generic clearance process

The American Bankers Association and the Consumer Bankers Association (the Associations) have sent a letter to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) (part of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)) urging OIRA to…more

"In the Name of the Environment" Update - 13,946 Housing Units – and 200-bed Homeless Shelter – Targeted by Recent CEQA Lawsuits Filed in Los Angeles Region

Holland & Knight's West Coast Land Use and Environment Practice Group has provided an update to its "In the Name of the Environment" report, detailing California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuits that targeted housing projects…more

Form 1095-C and I-9 Compliance: How to handle "mismatches"

Employers complying with the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) by filing Form 1095-C increasingly face another question: Are they in compliance with their I-9 obligations? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers with 50 or…more

"White Collar" Exemption Changes:  Keep Calm And Carry On

Recent Congressional initiatives have targeted the impending increases in the U.S. Labor Department's dollar-amount thresholds for most of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's so-called "white collar" exemptions. There is of…more

House Appropriations Committee OK’s Spending Bill that Prohibits Enforcement of Controversial DOL and NLRB Regulations and Policies

On July 14th, the House Appropriations Committee approved a $161.6 billion draft Labor, Health, and Human Service bill that contains several provisions that would prevent the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and the National Labor…more

A Fragile Shield? Managing the Risks of EU-U.S. Data Transfer

Following European Commission adoption of the Privacy Shield on July 12, 2016, and with Privacy Shield self-certification poised to open for business organizations on August 1, 2016 as a replacement for the invalidated EU-U.S. Safe…more

Luxembourg introduces a simplified private limited liability company to drive business creation

Bill of Law n°6777 (the Bill of Law or the New Law) which establishes a new simplified type of private limited liability company (“société à responsabilité limitée simplifiée”, “S.à r.l.-S”) or “company for 1 Euro” was voted on by the…more

Call for Input on the Post-Implementation Review of the FCA’s Crowdfunding Rules

The Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) published a post-implementation review of its crowdfunding rules on 8 July 2016 (the “Paper”). The Paper is a “call for input” to invite readers to engage with the review, to offer feedback…more

Article 29 Working Party Issues Statement Following Adoption of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On July 26, 2016, the body of European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs)—the "Article 29 Working Party" (WP29)—issued a statement commending the improvements made to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield). Although the WP29…more

The Next Generation

Almost by definition, a family-owned business consists of multiple generations of owners and operators. The different generations may have different visions for the business, but they are usually all aligned on wanting what is in the…more

Defend Trade Secrets Act — Implications for Private Funds

On May 11, 2016, the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) became law. The DTSA provides trade-secret protections on the federal level that are similar to those available through the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA) adopted (with…more

ESMA Updates Q&A on Application of UCITS Directive

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an updated version of its Q&A paper on the application of the Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) Directive (2009/65/EC) as most…more

Federal Circuit Holds Claims to Cell Freezing Methods to Be Patent-Eligible

On July 5, 2016, the Federal Circuit held that claims reciting methods for cryopreserving hepatocytes in U.S. Patent No. 7,604,929 ("the '929 patent") are eligible for patenting. The decision vacated a lower court's holding that the…more

CMS Hosts Call on Potential Future Changes to Open Payments/Sunshine Act Reporting Requirements (Aug. 2)

On August 2, 2016, CMS is hosting a Special Open Door Forum Call on potential future changes to Open Payments/Physician Payments Sunshine Act requirements for reporting payments and transfers of value made by drug and device…more

Be Prepared: Civil Penalties to Rise Starting August 1

Effective August 1, OSHA, EPA and the Department of the Interior, among other federal agencies, are all raising the ranges of civil penalties assessed under their respective programs. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment…more

Blog: Interchange Fees Regulation: UK High Court refers Amex v HM Treasury to CJEU for preliminary ruling

The UK’s High Court has asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for a preliminary ruling on the interpretation of the Interchange Fees Regulation (IFR), which caps credit and debit card interchange fees. The referral…more

ICSID Tribunal: State Imposed Tobacco Control Measures Do Not Violate Investment Treaty Obligations

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) tribunal recently released its decision in Philip Morris v. Uruguay, holding that tobacco control regulations implemented by a state to protect public health do not…more

CMS Issues Final Rule on Overhaul of Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Test Payment System

On June 17, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a final rule (the “Final Rule”) that makes significant changes to Medicare reimbursement for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests (“CDLTs”). Implementing the…more

Over There, Over Here: What Now on Brexit?

We now know what shockwaves feel like … David Cameron has resigned as prime minister of the United Kingdom; sterling has fallen 10% and is slowly picking itself up off the canvas; the U.K. is still in Europe but, barring a dramatic…more

Brexit: Energy market and energy policy issues

Many EU and UK energy policies are closely aligned. In many respects, the UK has taken the lead in shaping EU energy policy, with its focus on open and transparent markets, energy security, low carbon energy sources, energy efficiency…more

Sex, Lies and Defamation

On Monday, July 25, 2016, the Ninth Circuit emphasized the continuing viability of defamation claims in cyberspace, notwithstanding a culture saturated in images and "anything goes," by permitting a defamation claim by an on-line porn…more

CFPB Proposals Would Restrict Use of Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Financial Services Contracts

In May 2016, the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed, and requested public comments on, a new rule intended to limit the use of mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses in agreements governing a wide range of…more

Five Trending Challenges Facing Employers in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Industry

Employers in the technology, media, and telecommunications industry continue to face numerous workplace management and compliance challenges under changing laws. From evolving mandates regarding benefits and momentum toward portable…more

Despite Adoption of EU-US Privacy Shield, Uncertainties Remain

You may recall our previous posts about the drafting and negotiation of the EU-US Privacy Shield, the law designed to implement a data sharing agreement that sets specific privacy standards for companies sharing information between the…more

Amgen DJ to Compel Patent Dance Dismissed

On July 22, 2016, the Hon. Stanley R. Chesler of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed Amgen’s complaint against Sandoz seeking declaratory judgment to enforce the “patent dance” provisions of the…more

New IRS notification process announced for 501(c)(4) nonprofits

Earlier this month, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released its long-awaited temporary regulatory framework implementing the new statutory notification requirements placed on 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations by the Protecting…more

CARULLCA Amendment Purporting To Eliminate Surprise May Do The Opposite

Readers will know that I’m no fan of California’s Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (aka CARULLCA). As originally enacted, the law was rife with technical errors. As the legislature continues to tinker with the CARULLCA…more

Despite Adoption of EU-US Privacy Shield, Uncertainties Remain

You may recall our previous posts about the drafting and negotiation of the EU-US Privacy Shield, the law designed to implement a data sharing agreement that sets specific privacy standards for companies sharing information between the…more

EBA Publishes Interim Report on MREL

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has published an interim report on the minimum requirement for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL). Under the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (2014/59/EU) (BRRD) the EBA is required to…more

FinCEN Adopts New Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) has adopted new anti-money laundering (“AML”) regulations that impose additional customer due diligence requirements on certain financial institutions (the “CDD…more

Court Distinguishes Between Claims For Relief And Affirmative Defenses In Denying Rehearing Of Order Compelling Arbitration

On May 11, 2016 we reported on a dispute between certain captive insurance administrative service providers (Capstone) against various defendants concerning the rights to certain intellectual property related to a captive insurance…more

Reversing Precedent, NLRB Drops Consent Requirement for Mixed Bargaining Unit of Temporary and Regular Employees

On July 11, the NLRB continued the expansion of joint-employer liability set forth in Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 NLRB No. 186 (Aug. 27, 2015) by eliminating the requirement that a union receive the consent of both the employer and…more

It Is Not Just About the Money

Early intervention by property owner counsel can sometimes result in convincing condemning authorities to alter either their project or the rights sought to prevent catastrophic consequences to the owner and massive just compensation…more

Solving the High Cost of Litigation, Valorem Style

Litigation costs too much. Why? Because it is overburdened with process and tolerated but unnecessary excess.  And who benefits from the focus on process and needless discovery and motion practice? Lawyers.  Who designs the processes…more

CFPB corrects (and extends) comment deadline for payday loan RFI

The CFPB is publishing a notice in tomorrow’s Federal Register to correct the comment deadline for its payday loan Request for Information (RFI). The corrected deadline will be November 7, 2016. The RFI seeks feedback regarding…more

Bethesda Downtown Plan is First of its Kind

The Montgomery County Planning Board has approved—and will now send to the County Council for review—the Bethesda Downtown Plan, a potentially groundbreaking master plan that integrates the zoning and financing of public amenities in a…more

[Video]The Latest with the FCC's Open Internet Order

Attorneys Chris Savage, Peter Karanjia, and Dan Reing discuss the history and rationale of the Open Internet Order and the motivation and implications of the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision. The FCC’s assumption affirms that…more

A Trial Attorney’s “Google” Responsibilities

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media services store the personal and professional information of millions of users. To the enterprising trial attorney, that’s millions of tweets, posts, photos, ‘likes’, pins, checked-ins…more

LATAM/LAN FCPA Enforcement Action: Part II – Some Observations

Yesterday I reviewed the underlying facts of the long running Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) matter involving the LATAM Airlines Group S.A. (LATAM). The resolution involved criminal charges detailed in an Information resolved via…more

Seventh Circuit: Insurer Has Duty To Defend West Virginia’s Suit Against Drug Distributor Seeking To Recover Amounts Expended By The State Caring For Drug-Addicted Citizens

Based on the policy language before it, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently found that an insurer has a duty to defend a pharmaceutical distributor in a lawsuit brought by West Virginia’s attorney general…more

Building a Company Culture of Trust

The messaging behind the need for companies to implement robust compliance programs continues to suffer from a narrow conception of the overall compliance function. It is easy to get lost in the weeds on compliance programs and focus…more

Investing in Real Estate: Where Do You Start?

Investment in real estate, whether residential or commercial, is a great vehicle for building wealth. For many people, however, the most difficult part of building a portfolio of real estate investment is knowing just where to begin…more

Employee Embezzlement: 4 Tell-Tale Signs

Having started as a bookkeeper and worked his way (fifteen years later) to become controller of the Bunz in the Oven family owned business, Swendoll Hugh felt underpaid and under-appreciated by Bertha Bunz and her highly successful…more

Nondisclosure Agreement Is Not Retroactive To Earlier Communications

Robinson, J. Plaintiff’s motion to dismiss count III of counterclaim is granted. Count III alleges breach of a nondisclosure agreement…more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 4: Getting Paid

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line, “Good news…more

Uniform Approach Proposed to Protect Employee and Student Online Login Information

State legislatures are increasingly legislating in the area of employee and student online privacy. Privacy practitioners should be aware that there is now a proposed uniform law for the states to consider enacting. At its recent…more

Treasury Removes a Reporting Trap for Section 83(b) Elections

Taxpayers who receive property as payment for performing services are generally taxable on the value of the property received in the year of receipt. Section 83 may allow such taxation to be deferred when the property received is…more

3, 2, 1, blastoff! OFCCP Final Rule on sex discrimination is about to take effect

The OFCCP’s Final Rule on sex discrimination will take effect August 15. Are you ready? On June 14, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued its Final Rule on sex discrimination. These new substantive regulations…more

When a "Golden Share Veto" is Trumped by Federal Public Policy

Last month, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware was faced with a frequently-contested issue: whether a debtor’s bankruptcy petition was filed pursuant to proper corporate authority under state law. In In re…more

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