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Africa Update - February 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the…more

CW02: How to Stop Debt Collectors from Calling Your Family, Friends, and Co-Workers

The job of a debt collector is to make you give them money. Debt collectors understand that if they can make you uncomfortable enough, whether it be through fear, embarrassment, or simply annoy unceasingly, that you will be more…more

IRS Private Letter Ruling Provides Tax Planning Opportunities for Healthcare Companies

The IRS recently issued PLR 201451009, providing that a management services company and two professional corporations (PCs) were members of the same affiliated group under Section 1504(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”), and thus…more

OTC Derivatives Trading and Clearing Rules Move Closer to Implementation

Canada’s securities regulators have taken two additional steps towards implementing a comprehensive regulatory framework for over-the-counter derivatives (OTC Derivatives) and satisfying Canada’s G20 commitments in respect of mandatory…more

District Court Denies Motion to Lift Stay Pending Inter Partes Review Even Where Plaintiff Agreed to Not Pursue Claims That Were Subject to Review

Barco filed a patent infringement action in September 2011 against Defendants Eizo Nanao Corporation and Eizo Nanao Technologies, Inc. ("Eizo"), alleging that Eizo infringed various claims in U.S. Patent No. 7,639,849 (the '849…more

CMS Releases 2016 Draft Call Letter

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) released its 2016 Advance Rate Notice and draft Call Letter (2016 Call Letter) for the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Part D programs. The 2016 Call Letter outlines proposed…more

California's Patients' Rights Statute Limits Statutory Damages to a Maximum of $500, Not $500 Per Violation

In Lemaire v. Covenant Care California, LLC, 2015 WL 340677, the Second District Court of Appeal held that while patients may sue nursing facilities under California Health & Safety Code §1430(b) for violation of federal and state…more

Medicare RAC Program Improvements Delayed Until 2016 - Shorts on Long Term Care February 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had planned to award new contracts to companies that act as Medicare’s recovery audit contractors (now referred to as recovery auditors) (RAs) for operation of the Medicare recovery…more

Summary Judgment Denied On “Fair Use” Defense In 9/11 Photograph Case

On February 10, 2015, the Southern District of New York denied Fox News’ motion for summary judgment in a copyright lawsuit involving the posting of a copyrighted image on its Facebook page. North Jersey Media Group, Inc. v. Jeanine…more

The District of Columbia Council Passes Its Own Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act

The Council of the District of Columbia passed the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act (WTPAA) of 2014 which then mayor Vincent C. Gray signed in September 2014. Pursuant to the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, this legislation is…more

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Holders Seeking Permanent Residence

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced earlier this week that, pursuant to a published regulation effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility…more

The Electronic Communications Code - Some Basics

The Electronic Communications Code (“Code”) provides statutory rights to telecommunications operators to install and maintain electrical communications apparatus in, over or under land. The principle of the Code is that no person…more

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