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Real World - An Update from Dechert's London Finance and Real Estate Group July 2015: Liability for Empty Rates Where Property is Being Re-developed: Newbigin (Valuation Officer) v SJ & J Monk 2015

The Court of Appeal has ruled that rates will be payable unless a vacant building is beyond economic repair. Liability for empty rates for empty properties is governed by the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (LGFA 1988). If a…more

U.S. Senate Proposes Bill Requiring Warrants Prior To Use Of Drones By Federal Law Enforcement

Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Dean Heller (R-Nevada) have introduced a bill that would require a warrant prior to the use by any federal entity—including federal law enforcement—of a “mobile aerial-view device.” Such “mobile…more

California Amends Its Healthy Workplaces, Health Families Law

As previously reported, California’s Healthy Workplaces, Health Families Act of 2014 (California’s Sick Leave Law) took full effect on July 1, 2015, although some provisions were effective as of January 1, 2015. The new law generally…more

Check Up or Pay Up: I-9 Compliance Fines Hit CA Company

On July 8, 2015, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), issued a decision finding Hartmann Studios, Inc. “liable for 808 violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(a)(1)(B)”, namely hiring workers in the United States…more

Does One Wrong Equal No Rights? Connecticut Lets Its Surrogate Parents’ Contracts Lapse

Due to the State Department of Education’s failure to provide new contracts in a timely manner, Connecticut’s approximately 74 surrogate parents have found themselves in limbo. Surrogate parents are appointed by the State Department…more

[Video]FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 182-Kate Atkinson on the Miller Chevalier Summer 2015 FCPA Report

In this episode I visit with Kate Atkinson, a partner at Miller Chevalier. She discusses the firm's recent FCPA Summer Report, noting some trends she sees and where enforcement may be heading. We also visit about the DOJ trial against…more

Guest Post - Just the Fax, Ma’am

While Bexis is on vacation, here is a guest post to take up some of the slack. Our guest blogger today is Henry Pietrkowski, a partner in Reed Smith's Chicago office. This one's a little different. It's about the impace of a 1991…more

Duke of Brunswick rule strikes out for Internet lawsuits

If you publish something on the Internet, would it be fair if someone could sue you for it many years later? Of course not. Because of statutes of limitation, a claimant has only a limited time period after any occurrence in which…more

Companies Behaving Badly, Take Note

This December 2014 statement by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) underscores the risk that organizations face in matters involving alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Said in connection with an…more

D.C. Circuit Rules Small Bank has Standing to Challenge the Constitutionality of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Last week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a D.C. District Court decision dismissing a bank’s complaint challenging the constitutionality of the CFPB based on lack of standing. The district court had concluded that…more

2015 Amendments to Delaware Alternative Entity Acts

New amendments affect Delaware general partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. On July 24, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law several amendments to the…more

The Trait of Empathy in Compliance

Can you empathize with those who work for you, around you and those you report to? While many leaders, particularly those who might be labeled the ‘command and control’ type seem to think that empathy is a negative; I think that it is…more

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