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CFPB approves FHLMC/FNMA revised uniform residential loan application; collection of HMDA ethnicity and race information in 2017

In a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the CFPB announced that it has given its “official approval” to a revised and redesigned Uniform Residential Loan Application (2016 URLA) and to the collection of expanded Home…more

FDA to Redefine “Healthy”

The term “healthy” as commonly used is quite subjective—meaning different things to different types of consumers. Culturally, there are sometimes fast-changing trends about what is healthy—foods rejected by consumers a few years ago…more

Public-Private Partnerships Can Power the Green Economy

At the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton expressed a desire for the United States to become the “clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” Donald Trump responded that he, too, believes in all forms of energy, but that the…more

Congress Overturns Presidential Veto on FSIA, Authorizing Suits Against Saudi Arabia for September 11

The U.S. Congress overturned a veto by President Obama allowing families of the victims of September 11 to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts. While the U.S. domestic politics will be debated elsewhere (like everything else this election…more

Dig a Little Deeper: The Importance of Beneficial Ownership

Companies interact with a large number of entities in the outside world – customers, third party intermediaries and vendors and suppliers to name the most significant ones. These relationships are the lifeblood of a company…more

The Changing Meaning of Healthy: FDA Seeks Public Input About Healthy Foods

In the 1990s, food had to be low in fat in order to be considered healthy. Those were the days of Snack-Wells cookies and fat-free salad dressings. How times have changed. Now health professionals consider many higher-fat foods such as…more

Is Chinese Investment in the U.S. Film and Entertainment Industry the Next Area of CFIUS Scrutiny?

U.S. lawmakers recently submitted a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) raising concerns about increased Chinese investments in the U.S. film and entertainment industry and questioning whether the Committee on Foreign…more

EPA Advances Climate Goals by Expanding Refrigerant Regulations

On September 26, 2016, EPA released a Final Rule updating the Agency’s Refrigerant Management Program... ..The Final Rule is scheduled to become effective January 1, 2017 and, for the first time, expands the requirements of Clean…more

Diallo’s Of Houston Sued by EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Nightclub and Party Venue Illegally Fired Disabled Employee After Making an Unlawful Medical Inquiry Based on HIV Hearsay - HOUSTON - Diallo's, a Houston-area nightclub and party venue, violated federal anti-discrimination laws…more

US Citizenship Renunciation Procedures in Canada

The US constitution protects a US citizen from automatic loss of citizenship. Expatriation can only occur through the voluntary, intentional commission of an expatriating act that is stipulated by statute. A person who committed such…more

FERC’s Maxim Settlement Shows Continued Focus on ISO and RTO Bidding Conduct

On September 26, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) issued an order1 approving a Stipulation and Consent Agreement between its Office of Enforcement (“Enforcement”) and Maxim Power Corp. (and…more

NLRB Releases Advice Memorandum Affirming Misclassification Constitutes Unfair Labor Practice

At the end August, the National Labor Relations Board released an advice memorandum, originally drafted in December 2015, concluding that a group of drivers who worked for a drayage company called Pacific 9 Transportation were…more

What Covered Health Care Entities Need to Do to Prepare for Looming ACA Section 1557 Deadlines

As our colleagues reported earlier this month, on May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a final rule titled “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities” (“Final Rule”) implementing the…more

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Releases Guidance for Licensees Looking to Sell Wine-to-Go

Recently, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board released the “Licensee Guide for Wine-to-Go Sales” that can be found here. The guide provides information on licensing and permits, product selection, assortment/demand planning, pricing…more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues New Decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth Case

On September 28, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated decision in the Robinson Township v. Commonwealth case, in which petitioners challenged numerous provisions of Act 13 of 2012, 58 Pa. Con. Stat. §§ 3201…more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: Second Circuit Confirms Limited Nature of General Personal Jurisdiction

Following the Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman, several opinions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit confirm the limited circumstances in which courts may exercise general personal…more

California Clamps Down On Surprise Out-Of-Network Bills

On September 23, 2016, Governor Brown signed AB 72, California’s surprise out-of-network law. The bill protects patients who seek care at an in-network facility from balance billing by individual health care providers who are out of…more

New Developments, New Fees

Orlando Residential Developments Face Park Impact Fees Effective March 1, 2017, Park Impact Fees will be assessed on new residential developments throughout the City of Orlando. The fees are as follows..…more

Will Corp Fin “Evolve” On Exclusion Of Proxy Access Proposals Under Rule 14a-8(I)(10)?

Until yesterday, there were five no-action requests regarding proxy access proposals from the McRitchie/Chevedden group awaiting responses from Corp Fin as to whether the proposals could be excluded on the basis that they had been…more

FLSA Overtime Rule: With All These Efforts To Block It, Can Employers Relax?

Last week, two lawsuits were filed in federal court in Texas seeking to block the Final Rule on white-collar exemptions to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which was issued in May. Meanwhile, legislation that…more

Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces: What Are Contractors Required to Disclose?

Continuing our series of Alerts on the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule, this Alert address what form of violations must be disclosed. The Final Rule provides three broad categories of decisions for violations of 14…more

Uber Announces Use of Facial Recognition Technology for Passenger Safety

In an attempt to reduce fraud and boost passenger safety, Uber is implementing facial recognition technology beginning on September 30. Before starting a driving session, Uber drivers will now be asked to take a photo of themselves…more

Minnesota Adds Several Nanomaterials to List of Chemicals of High Concern

On September 13, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced the availability of an updated list of chemicals of high concern. Chemicals added to the list of chemicals of high concern include silicon carbide whiskers…more

Luxo Shuts the Lights Out on Disney’s and Pixar’s Merchandising of Luxo Jr.

It is no secret; the Disney Corporation is a marketing and merchandising powerhouse. It has achieved that reputation by capitalizing on almost every marketing and merchandising opportunity that comes its way. If you have kids, the odds…more

Blog: GAO Criticizes HHS In Health Information Cybersecurity Report

On Monday, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a report (the “Report”) criticizing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) security and privacy guidance and oversight in protecting electronic…more

BREAKING: DOL Releases Final Rule On Paid Sick Leave For Employees Of Federal Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on September 29, 2016 its Final Rule implementing Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. We are reviewing the Final Rule and will publish an Affirmative…more

EEOC Issues Final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues

On August 25, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued its final “Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues.” Along with the final guidance, the EEOC issued a Q&A publication and a Small Business Fact…more

Comparison of Clinton and Trump Tax Proposals

As the 2016 Presidential Election approaches the Democratic and Republican candidates and their staff are busy refining and promoting their respective economic and tax reform proposals. While neither candidate is proposing a real…more

Bridging the Week - September 2016 #3

Advantage Futures LLC, Joseph Guinan, its majority owner and chief executive officer, and William Steele, who until May 2016 was Advantage’s chief risk officer, settled charges brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission…more

EEOC to Collect Summary Pay Data

First Collection Will Be in March 2018 - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced that starting March 2018, it will collect summary employee pay data from certain employers. The new data…more

NLRB Reaffirms Alan Ritchey Doctrine with New Make-Whole Twist

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Board reaffirmed, prospectively, the Alan Ritchey doctrine requiring employers to bargain over discretionary discipline issued to newly organized employees pre-first contract and mandated prospective make-whole…more

ADOR Proposes Substantial Rule Change For Partnerships

The ADOR has proposed a number of amendments to its rule governing the filing of partnership tax returns, Form 65. The new rule, as proposed, inserts language conforming with Alabama’s recently enacted “factor presence nexus” statute…more

Function Claim Language Shows That Claims are Directed to Abstract Idea, Not a Concrete Technical Innovation

In Affinity Labs of Texas v. Amazon.com, Inc., [2015-2080] (September 23, 2016) the Federal Circuit affirmed judgment on the pleadings that U.S. Patent No. 8,688,085 on a System and Method to Communicate Targeted Information was…more

Bankruptcy Procedure in the Context of Turnover and Preference Law

In the course of collections activities, a creditor can become singularly focused on aggressively pursuing enforcement of a debt by levying against the debtor’s property or by demanding and receiving payment from the debtor. However…more

California Targets Surprise Medical Bills, Follows on the Heels of New York and Florida

Governor Brown approved a new law last Friday that limits patient exposure to so-called surprise medical bills. AB 72 caps the cost-sharing obligations of patients who unexpectedly receive care from non-contracted providers during or…more

U.S. Senators Want Answers: Yahoo’s Unacceptable Delay In Data Breach Announcement

The aftermath of Yahoo’s data breach has raised a number of questions from customers, law enforcement, and most recently six U.S. Senators. Yesterday, Senators Patrick Leahy, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal, Ron…more

New Delaware Unclaimed Property Decision Further Complicates Landscape

Another federal judge slams Delaware’s unclaimed property audit methodology but rejects the holder’s reliance on the priority rules as a defense to the audit demands. See Marathon Petroleum Corp. et al. v. Cook et al., No…more

Ledcor: Taming Sattva’s Wild Horse of Contractual Interpretation for Standard Form Contracts

The Supreme Court of Canada’s unanimous decision of Sattva v. Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp., 2014 SCC 53 opened the barn door and let loose a wild horse in terms of the scope and the availability of the use of the surrounding…more

Restitution Claims Resolved in New York and Cologne, New Case Filed Against Germany

Word came this week of two resolutions of claims to Nazi-looted art in museums in New York and Cologne, and a new Nazi-looted claim against Germany filed in Washington. Barely a month after the Neue Galerie (of Austrian and German…more

International Comity is Alive and Well: Second Circuit Defers to China’s Interpretation of Its Own Laws in Vacating Multimillion-Dollar Antitrust Judgment

Last week, the Second Circuit affirmed that U.S. courts should, and indeed must, defer to a foreign government’s interpretation of its own laws. That should hardly be a controversial proposition, but up until now, lower courts have…more

FERC Seeks Comment On Potential Modifications To Its Market Power Analyses

On September 22, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comment on whether and, if so, how FERC might modify or enhance its methods for identifying and assessing market power in…more

Summary Judgment Horror Story For Stephen King’s Literary Agent

While many breach of contract cases are resolved by motions to dismiss or summary judgment, a recent decision from the Appellate Division, First Department, Kramer v. Greene, (1st Dep’t Aug. 11, 2016), has shown that when it comes to…more

Legislation To Delay Overtime Rule Passed By The House Of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday voted 246 to 177, largely along party lines, in favor of legislation which would delay the rule’s effective date by six months, from December 1, 2016, to June 1, 2017. Prior to the…more

Substance over form? Defining the modern employment relationship

The British Columbia Supreme Court recently applied the “modern approach” to determining whether an employment relationship exists at law in TCF Ventures Corp. v The Cambie Malone’s Corporation, 2016 BCSC 1521…more

House Passes Bill to Delay Effective Date of Overtime Rule Change

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to delay the effective date of the new overtime rule by six months (from December 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017)…more

Fifth District Appellate Court Reverses Defense Verdict, Remands for New Trial on Issue of Damages

Larry Claro v. Shirley Ann DeLong, 2016 IL App (5th) 150557 (August 31, 2016). The Fifth District Appellate Court recently reversed a St. Clair County jury verdict in favor of the defendant and remanded the case to the trial court…more

California Prevailing Wage Law Expanded to Cover Private Projects

PREVAILING WAGE LAW is California's "other" minimum wage. It requires workers to be paid union wages on publicly funded construction projects. But in recent years, the law in California has EXPANDED well beyond its initial purpose…more

EU Legislation Amending Indicators used in the Methodology for the Identification of Global Systemically Important Institutions

A Commission Delegated Regulation amending the Regulatory Technical Standards specifying the methodology for the identification by national regulators of global systemically important institutions and the definition of subcategories of…more

The Fed Revisits CCAR and Proposes CCAR Relief for Large Noncomplex Firms

One of the notable financial regulatory tools that resulted from the post-financial crisis prudential regulations is stress testing. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”) has the authority to…more

Oktoberfest Musings

Fall is very nearly upon us, and it is even starting to feel a little bit like it here in our nation’s capital. Advertising is underway for local Oktoberfest celebrations, promising good German beer, music, (and, of course, dirndls and…more

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