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Massachusetts develops next solar incentive

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is designing a new solar incentive program to encourage the continued development of solar renewable energy generating sources by residential, commercial, governmental and…more

What's in a Name? A Quick Guide to Biologic Drug Names

We have previously reported on the complicated naming issues surrounding biosimilar products and how biological qualifiers, such as three or four-letter codes, should be added to distinguish between them. However, the naming of…more

White House Announces Release of Final Contractor Blacklisting Rules: Phased Implementation for Prime Contractors and Subcontractors

The long wait for the so-called “contractor blacklisting” rules is over. According to a fact sheet released by the White House, final regulations and guidance will be released on August 24, 2016 and published in the Federal Register on…more

Final EU Technical Standards on the Valuation of Derivatives for Bail-in Published

A Commission Delegated Regulation on the valuation of derivatives for the purpose of bailing-in derivative liabilities in the form of Regulatory Technical Standards was published in the Official Journal of the European Union..…more

NLRB Rules Student Employees Can Unionize

In a game-changing decision reversing clear legal precedent, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled by a 3-1 margin today that university students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities are…more

Court Rejects NEPA, Section 4(f) Challenges to Arizona South Mountain Freeway Project

In a decision of national importance to the transportation community, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona rejected National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) challenges and Section 4(f) challenges to the 22-mile South…more

Understanding SBA's New Government-Wide Small Business Mentor-Protege Program

OVERVIEW - Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program - Mechanics - Eligibility - Compliance Requirements - Application - All Small Business Joint Ventures - Other Important Rule Changes - Please see…more

IRS Proposes Regulations That Will Eliminate Most Valuation Discounts on Family-Owned Entities

On August 2, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations that would eliminate or limit the use of certain valuation discounts regularly applied when valuing interests in family-owned entities for gift and estate tax purposes. Please…more

Management Contracts & Private Business Use–IRS Releases Favorable Guidance

Coming as welcome news to those involved in the municipal bond market, Revenue Procedure 2016-44 provides helpful guidance for governmental issuers and 501(c)(3) borrowers entering into long-term contracts with private entities for the…more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Arbitration Provision Prohibiting Concerted Actions Violates the National Labor Relations Act and is Unenforceable

In Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP (hereinafter “Morris”), the Ninth Circuit held that an arbitration provision prohibiting the filing of concerted actions, signed as a condition of employment, violated the National Labor Relations Act…more

Look Out! Teen Drivers are Back on the Road in Force!

Woodland Hills car accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg has discovered what we already really know — Teen drivers are back on the road in force! Look out! As many families return from vacation and the school year gears up for most…more

E&C Training: Signs of Progress, But Challenges Remain

Ethics and compliance training is taking many positive strides, with companies focused on building ethical cultures and preventing crises before they happen. But there’s still a distance to go, as well, amid persistent budget…more

Agreement Prohibiting Solicitation of Employees by Former Employee may be Unenforceable

A recent decision from the Wisconsin Court of Appeals has raised serious questions regarding non-solicitation agreements that are often included as part of an employment agreement or severance agreement. A non-solicitation agreement…more

100 Days Until the New Overtime Rule Takes Effect: Is Your Company Ready?

On December 1, 2016, the annual cost of classifying most executive, administrative, or professional employees as “exempt” from the overtime rules more than doubles ($23,660 to $47,476). Is your company ready for this change?…more

DOL Settles Its Employees’ Wage Claims

It should not come as a surprise to readers of this blog that the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) likes to trumpet its successes in enforcing federal wage and hour laws. This month alone, the agency has issued several press releases…more

[Webinar] Proposed Elimination of Arbitration Clauses (Proposed Borrower Defense Rule Series) - September 7th, 12:00pm CST

The third webinar in our series will examine the proposed elimination of arbitration clauses in agreements between students and institutions. We will discuss the particulars of the proposal, to include the potential impact on past and…more

Warehouses and Delivery Centers in Massachusetts May Operate on Sundays and Holidays Following an Amendment to the Commonwealth’s Blue Laws

Seyfarth Synopsis: Recently, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a law amending the Commonwealth’s “blue laws.” The blue laws prohibit business activities on Sundays and holidays, unless the activity fits within a specific…more

Upcoming FTC Workshop Focuses on Evaluating and Testing Consumer Disclosures

The Federal Trade Commission has announced the full agenda for its upcoming September 15 workshop examining disclosures made to consumers in the course of making advertising claims and describing privacy practices. The “Putting…more

Is Your Will Up to Date? - Trusts and Estates Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

Once again, a celebrity dies, and people are shocked that he died without a will. Just this past April, after the death of the well-known artist Prince, we learned that he did not have a will, and controversy is swirling among those…more

NAIC Round-up: Selected Recent Developments At The National Association Of Insurance Commissioners

Life Policy Summaries/Narratives - An NAIC working group is considering how to revise provisions in its model regulations governing the content of the policy summary required in life insurance policy illustrations and the policy…more

English Law Schemes of Arrangement: Class Composition

Having received the sanction of antitrust regulators in Europe, the U.S., China and South Africa, the planned merger of brewing giants AB InBev and SABMiller was scrutinised this week by the High Court in London on a topic very…more

Five States Most Hostile To Arbitration (Blogiversary Listicle #2)

I am celebrating five years of blogging by publishing one “listicle” per day this week.  Yesterday, the topic was the five biggest surprises in arbitration law.  Today, it is the five states where I would not want to argue in favor of…more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.24.16

Apollo Global has settled its ongoing dispute with federal regulators, with the private equity firm agreeing to cough up $53 million to the SEC over an “array of [alleged] securities law violations”…more

IRS Proposes New Regulations That Will Significantly Limit the Use of Valuation Discounts on Transfers of Interests in Closely Held Entities to Family Members - Trusts and Estates Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

The proposed regulations disregard restrictions that have been used by valuation experts and acknowledged by the courts to reduce valuations. If you are an owner of a closely held entity, recently proposed Treasury Regulations may…more

[Webinar] Post-OSHA Citation: Contest Process, Settlement Goals and Strategy - September 7th, 1:00pm EDT

You just received a set of OSHA citations in the mail. What now? Should we accept the citations and pay the penalty? Should we participate in an Informal Settlement Conference with the OSHA Area Office? Should we contest the…more

BREAKING: FAR Council Publishes Final Rule On Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (“Blacklisting”) Executive Order

Today, the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council (“FAR Council”) published the final rule regarding the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (the “Order”), better known as the “blacklisting” rule…more

Hallmark 4- Risk Assessments

One cannot really say enough about risk assessments in the context of anti-corruption programs. Since at least 1999 the DOJ has said that risk assessments that measure the likelihood and severity of possible Foreign Corrupt Practices…more

NOTICE Act Scheduled to Take Effect This Fall

The Final Rule of the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implications for Care Eligibility Act of 2015 (Pub. L. 114-42) is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2016. Thereafter, hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals…more

SDNY Prosecutors Score First Post-Newman Insider Trading Conviction

On August 17, 2016, jurors in a New York federal court convicted Sean Stewart on criminal charges of conspiracy, securities fraud, and tender offer fraud after more than five days of deliberation. Stewart, a former investment banker…more

When It Absolutely, Positively Has to Be Indicted Overnight: How to Prevent Future Debacles Like the FedEx Prosecution

Against the backdrop of years of unprecedented monetary penalties imposed through DOJ civil settlements and deferred prosecution agreements with financial institutions embroiled in the 2008 financial meltdown, the DOJ came under…more

NLRB Rules That Graduate Students Are Employees

Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board (“the Board”) issued its long awaited decision in Columbia University. Not surprisingly, the Board, in a 3-1 decision, overturned 12 years of precedent by ruling that “student assistants”…more

Update in Janssen v. Celltrion: Parties Stipulate that Celltrion Will Not Sell Remicade Biosimilar Before October 3, 2016

In a stipulation filed yesterday in Janssen v. Celltrion, Celltrion has agreed not to sell its Remicade biosimilar in the U.S. for use by doctors or patients before October 3, 2016, and the parties have agreed to dismiss all claims and…more

SEC Charges Private Equity Advisers With Inadequate Disclosure

The Commission has brought a series of cases against private equity centered on undisclosed fees and conflicts of interest – key areas of interest during OCIE exams. The latest proceeding in this string of cases involves four private…more

NLRB Allows Private University Students to Unionize

The National Labor Board of Relations decision released on Aug. 23, 206, will have far-reaching consequences for private universities and colleges. The decision promises to be a potential source of litigation and headaches for college…more

A Primer on EB-5 and Key Issues in its Renewal

What is the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program? The EB-5 immigrant investment visa program provides a “fast track” to obtain permanent U.S. residency (a “green card”) to qualified foreign investors who satisfy specified…more

EEO-1 Reports: Time for Employers to Get in Formation

This is the time of year when employers with 100 or more employees and federal contractors with 50 or more employees must prepare and file their annual EEO-1 reports – documents that provide the government with details regarding…more

Consider Your Options for Charitable Giving - Trusts and Estates Update Volume 2016, Issue 1

There are many charitable giving options that are available to fit a donor’s specific goals. You do not have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffett to make a difference in the world now and after you are gone. Most of our clients are…more

Litigating with the Government: A Different Kind of Plaintiff

Effectively defending a client from an attack by the government requires an understanding of how the government’s priorities differ from those of a commercial litigant and then building your case around that…more

STOLI Policies Cancelled, Insurers Retain Premium

Two federal appellate courts have affirmed, on different grounds, the cancellation of large life insurance policies that were alleged to be stranger originated life insurance (STOLI), permitting the issuing insurers to retain the…more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ August 2016

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue includes: -…more

California: Making Arbitration Great Again

California’s resistance to the longstanding federal policy favoring arbitration frequently results in public expressions of frustration by the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. In over five years since the Supreme Court’s broad…more

California Supreme Court Salvages Precondemnation Entry Statute by Reforming to Include Right to Jury

It is not often that the California Supreme Court steps in to reform legislation that would otherwise be unconstitutional, but that’s what it did in Property Reserve, Inc. v. Superior Court (S.Ct. No. S217738), issued July 21, 2016…more

CFPB Revises Methodology Statement for Calculating Average Prime Offer Rates

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it has revised its methodology statement for calculating the average prime offer rates (APORs) under Regulations C and Z…more

Greater Flexibility in Challenging Pipeline Takings

The standards contained in the Uniform Condemnation Procedures Act allow greater flexibility to trial judges when evaluating the necessity of a pipeline taking than other takings. Since initially writing this post, as a result of…more

Streamlined Procedures for Authenticating Documents in Brazil

Brazil has become the 111th contracting state to the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (the "Convention"). The text of the Convention was approved by the Brazilian Federal…more

The NLRB Opens the Door to Union Organizing Among Teaching Assistants and Other Student Assistants at Private Colleges and Universities

In what will come as no surprise to even the most casual labor law observer, yesterday the National Labor Relations Board jettisoned established precedent and granted teaching assistants and other student assistants at private higher…more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: August 2016

Welcome to the August edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. The number of products subject to recalls this year is on pace to dwarf the number of recalled units in recent years. On the heels of the recent IKEA recall…more

Ninth Circuit Finds Arbitration Agreement That Required Employees to Bring Claims in “Separate Proceedings” Illegal Under the NLRA

On August 22, 2016, in Morris et al. v. Ernst & Young, LLP, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit followed the lead of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) and the U.S Court of Appeals for the Seventh…more

Hallmark 3 – Oversight, Autonomy and Resources

I. Autonomy - The DOJ has made clear over the years the importance of this hallmark. In the FCPA Guidance it states, “In appraising a compliance program, DOJ and SEC also consider whether a company has assigned respon­sibility…more

False Claims Act Cases: With No End In Sight, Why You Should Consider Litigating And How To Maximize Your Litigation Advantages

Over the past few years, the government’s emphasis on conducting fraud and abuse investigations – especially in the healthcare industry – has resulted in scores of settlements and billions of dollars paid to the government under the…more

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