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Four Trends in Master Limited Partnership M&A in 2014

MLP merger and acquisition activity can take a number of different forms to unlock value for sponsors and unitholders. Background - In the first half of 2014, master limited partnership (MLP) mergers and acquisitions…more

A Recent Reminder of the Sovereign Acts Doctrine

The sovereign acts doctrine provides that the federal government, when sued as a contractor, cannot be held liable for an obstruction to the performance of the particular contract resulting from its public and general acts as a…more

Cliff Notes from the Joint OCR/NIST HIPAA Security Conference

As a service to our readers, we have distilled last week’s joint HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and National Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST) conference, “Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA…more

China Update - September 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Doing Business in China - U.S-China Relations - Energy & Environmental - Food Safety - Health Care - Trade - Excerpt from Doing Business in China: The U.S.-China…more

SEC Insider Trading Cases as Administrative Proceedings – A New Trend?

Traditionally, the SEC has brought insider trading cases as civil injunctive actions. The recent emphasis on administrative proceedings, however, appears to be changing that. Earlier this week the agency brought an insider trading…more

Georgia Court of Appeals rules franchisees can assert claims for relief under Georgia’s tort statute for violating the FTC Franchise Rule

The Georgia Court of Appeals recently upheld a judgment entered on a jury verdict against a franchisor for violating the Federal Trade Commission’s Franchise Rule, 16 CFR Parts 436 and 437 (the FTC Rule), finding that the FTC Rule…more

CFTC Issues Exemptive Relief Related to JOBS Act Amendments to Regulation D

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (Division) of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on September 9, 2014 issued a letter granting exemptive relief from provisions in CFTC Regulations 4.7(b) and…more

CFTC Finalizes Exception for Swaps with Utility Special Entities

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) last week released a final rule excluding certain electricity and natural gas swaps with governmental agencies and municipalities from the lower de minimis threshold for swaps with…more

Viewpoint: Analysis of New Framework for Transportation Impact Under CEQA

Viewpoint: Analysis of New Framework for Transportation Impact Under CEQA - On August 6, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released a preliminary discussion draft of amendments to the California Environmental…more

When Can a Debt Collector Contact My Employer or Family?

A common tactic used by debt collectors is to contact your friends, family or to call you at work. The debt collectors fully understand that this humiliates you and puts you in fear of losing your job. And because you want to avoid…more

SID is Coming, But Who Will Be Ready to Greet Him?

Congress directed the CFPB to enact a rule that would combine mandatory mortgage-related Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) consumer disclosures into one “single integrated disclosure” (SID)…more

CMS Refuses to Count Family Practice Residents Who Train in Family Practice Settings

Last Friday Eastern Maine Medical Center sued Health & Human Services over the way CMS counted the number of residents in its graduate medical education program. According to the complaint, CMS refuses to count some of the hospital’s…more

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Intellectual property issues have never been more complex or challenging than they are right now. The passage of the American Invents Act adds to the challenge. The pace of innovation, too, has…

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