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CFPB representatives to be featured at 22nd Annual PLI Consumer Financial Services Institute

The 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, will take place on March 27-28, 2017 in New York City (and by live webcast and groupcast in Atlanta; Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and…more

Out-of-Court Restructuring Transactions: What’s Old Is New Again after Marblegate

Second Circuit’s reversal of controversial restructuring decision may boost confidence among distressed bond issuers. The recent decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Marblegate has provided some…more

HSR and Interlocking Directorate Thresholds Announced for 2017

On 19 January 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the annual jurisdictional adjustments for premerger notification filings made pursuant to Section 7A of the Clayton Act, known as the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust…more

CFPB Settles RESPA Claims with Mortgage Servicer for $20 Million

On January 23, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order with a mortgage servicer, resolving allegations that the servicer violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)…more

Four Things Compliance Practitioner Should Know About the Eurasian Economic Union

Four Things Compliance Practitioner Should Know About the Eurasian Economic Union - An effective Compliance risk management at emerging markets for any business significantly depends on timeous observation of changes in local…more

REMINDER: New I-9 Form Now Required

The new version of the I-9 form is now required for all hires as of January 22, 2017. The form may be completed online, printed, and signed, or it may be printed and completed manually…more

Spotlight Turns on Corporate Responsibility in Italy as Italian Parliament Reviews New Draft Law Proposals

As corporate responsibility and business integrity become increasingly important to global commercial businesses, Italy has responded domestically with a review of two key laws which may significantly impact Italian…more

Illinois Court Addresses Contractual "Pay-If-Paid" Provisions - Appellate Ruling: Strict Standard is Required for Forfeiture of Construction Payments Under Clause

The Illinois First District Appellate Court recently addressed the longstanding principle in A.A. Conte Inc. v. Campbell-Lowrie-Lautermilch Corp., 132 Ill. App. 3d 325 (1st Dist. 1985), of barring payments by general contractors to…more

Data Breach Class Action Reinstated Against Horizon Healthcare Services Inc.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has vacated a district court's dismissal of a data breach class action filed against Horizon Healthcare Services Inc., in the wake of the 2013 theft of two computer laptops containing…more

France tightens grip on industry payments to HCPs (again)

On 19 January 2017, major modifications were adopted in France to the regulations on interactions between the industry and healthcare professionals (and other stakeholders). These new regulations, a.k.a. "anti-benefits regulations"…more

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari In Three Class Arbitration Waiver Cases Amidst Developing Federal Circuit Split

The Supreme Court will hear argument on whether arbitration provisions in employment agreements which waive class actions are a violation of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). The three cases are as follows..…more

DOT To Add Synthetic Opioids To Its Drug Testing Panel

Today the U.S. Department of Transportation published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register in which it proposes to amend its drug testing program regulation to add four synthetic opioids (hydrocodone, hydromorphone…more

[Audio]A Valuable Discussion About Property Values

Just about half of all American homes have cut the cord and rely only on wireless phones. Clearly, people see value in living near a cell phone tower. So how should you respond when you face opposition claiming that your proposed…more

Trump Withdraws From the TPP

As previously posted, President Trump has stated that he planned to issue a notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is a proposed trade agreement between several pacific countries concerning…more

Meeting Your Competitors – Think Before You Speak!

On 19 December 2016 the Competition and Markets Authority (‘CMA’) issued two competition law infringement decisions in its galvanised steel tanks investigation. Cylindrical galvanised steel tanks store water in large buildings and…more

2017 SEC Exam Priorities

The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations recently released its 2017 Exam Priorities. This Client Alert summarizes the 2017 Exam Priorities and provides instructions on how to obtain Reed Smith’s new 2017 “CCO Key…more

Update #2: Relief Extended For “Opt-Out” Payments for Health Coverage

The IRS has extended the relief available to employers who offer an “opt-out” payment to employees who decline company medical coverage. This means that for 2017, such payments, whether conditional or unconditional, will not have to be…more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Police Department's Social Media Policy on First Amendment Grounds

Most of the recent legal controversy over employer enforcement of social media policies has involved employees’ concerted activity rights under the National Labor Relations Act. However, a recent case from the Fourth Circuit Court of…more

2016 CFTC Year-in-Review and a Look Forward

In 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) continued to pursue high-profile enforcement cases and to test its new enforcement authority under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act…more

MACRA Participation Simplified

2017 kicked off CMS’ payment reform, MACRA, a new law that fundamentally changes how Medicare pays physicians and other clinicians who participate in the program. There’s been a lot of buzz around MACRA and the impact it will have on…more

The Replacements: Understanding the GOP's Leading Health Care Plans

With the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) looking imminent, Faegre Baker Daniels and Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting have created a one-page resource identifying and assessing the six leading replacement plans making the rounds…more

CFPB Secures $8.8 Million Consent Order Against Mortgage Servicer

On January 23, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order with a mortgage servicer, resolving alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the Fair Credit…more

Texas OIG Turns Over New Leaf: MCOs Must Turn Attention to SIUs

More active SIUs may mean more scrutiny of Medicaid providers - The Texas Office of Inspector General (OIG) has just completed its first full year of reforms under a new Inspector General. 2017 may reveal whether these reforms…more

Texas Legislative Outlook

It’s that time again – the 85th Texas Legislature is underway in Austin, and a number of bills could affect civil litigation in state courts. Below are a few bills that trial lawyers may want to follow…more

What to Expect in Environmental Regulation for 2017

The inauguration of President Donald J. Trump on Jan. 20 began a period of change expected to include the rollback of programs, withdrawal of regulations, and changes to policy that will affect all aspects of environmental regulation…more

Connecticut Supreme Court Reminds Us of Life Beyond Federal Tax Reform

While recent federal tax reform initiatives and commentary have garnered most tax-related headlines, including in the area of taxation of executive compensation, the Supreme Court of Connecticut in Allen v. Comm’r of Revenue Services…more

Third Circuit Finds Older Workers Can Sue for Age Bias Even if Comparators Are 40-Plus

On January 10, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that “sub-group” disparate-impact claims are cognizable under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Karlo v. Pittsburg Glass Works, LLC, 2017…more

Donald Trump and Shipping: What to Expect

The election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States took many by surprise. Of additional import to the industry, the Republican Party has maintained control of the House of Representatives and the Senate, meaning that…more

IP, IT and mass communications. Major Russian legislation changes for 2016

We would like to present the overview of the most important legislation changes in IP, IT and mass communications for 2016…more

Challenging New York City Real Property Taxes: Tentative Assessments and Initiation of the Tax Cert Process

New York City faces a continuing decline in state and federal funding and increased property taxes continue to be a reliable revenue stream to fund local services. Every January 15th, the NYC Department of Finance (DOF) sends to each…more

Amendments to Alberta's Municipal Government Act Likely to Reduce Time and Cost of Property Tax Review Process

As of January 1, 2017, amendments to the Municipal Government Act, R.S.A. 2000 c. M 26 (MGA), came into force, changing how property owners can seek court review of Assessment Review Board decisions in Alberta…more

Can A Company Violate Chapter 75 Simply By Investigating Potential Trademark Infringement?

When a company investigates potential trademark infringement, what tactics can the company use without the investigation running afoul of North Carolina’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act? The Fourth Circuit Court of…more

President Trump Takes First Step Toward Dismantling Affordable Care Act - For Employers, It’s Business As Usual…For Now

Shortly after being sworn in on Friday, President Trump signed an executive order which appears to begin to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), following through on one of his primary campaign promises. However, the executive order…more

Blog: #Brexit: Supreme Court decision

As anticipated, the Supreme Court has upheld the High Court’s judgment by ruling (albeit on an 8 to 3 majority) that an Act of Parliament before UK government ministers can lawfully trigger the Article 50 notice procedure for leaving…more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of January 16th

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency of the…more

Supreme Court to Decide Whether SEC Claims for Disgorgement Are Subject to Any Statute of Limitations

The Supreme Court recently granted certiorari to review whether civil enforcement claims brought by the SEC for the remedy of disgorgement are subject to any statute of limitations, or whether instead the SEC can effectively pursue…more

SEC Announces 2017 Examination Priorities

On January 12, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission released the 2017 examination priorities for its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. The categories of interest “include electronic investment advice, money…more

PTAB Finds MRI Machine Claims Patent-Ineligible Under Alice

On December 29, 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a decision rejecting most claims of an application for an MRI machine patent, finding the claims directed toward an abstract idea and therefore patent-ineligible…more

Delaware Supreme Court Implies Duty Of Disclosure For Limited Partnership Conflicts Provision

Agreements for publicly-traded limited partnerships often disclaim any fiduciary duties and provide safe harbors for transactions involving a conflict for the controller. The safe harbor provisions frequently contain minimal…more

President Trump Administration Freezes New Regulations

Soon after Donald Trump officially became the forty-fifth president of the United States, Reince Priebus, the President’s Chief of Staff, issued a memorandum freezing all pending regulations. This memorandum is similar to the…more

Health Alert (Australia) January 23, 2017

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth. Federal Court 13 January 2017 - Selia v Commonwealth of Australia [2017] FCA 7 - ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - Judicial Review -…more

Pennsylvania Issues Grower/Processor and Dispensary Permit Applications for Medical Marijuana Program

On January 17, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (“DOH”) released grower/processor and dispensary permit applications (“Applications”), which can be found on Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program website. DOH will accept…more

OSHA Releases “Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs”

Last week OSHA announced the release of its “Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliations Programs.” The publication is “intended to assist employers in creating workplaces that are free of retaliation … This document is advisory in…more

Hey Guys, Let’s Sue a Financial Institution! Our Government at Play

This is all about the difficulty of taking the punch bowl away from a roaring good party. Over the past several weeks a number of major banks folded under enormous pressure from the US DOJ to settle fraud claims resulting from the sale…more

Trump Quickies: Regulatory Freeze, “Listening Session” With Unions, Puzder Status

We’ll try to keep you up to date with the latest labor and employment law news from the Trump Administration via a series of mini-posts as news develops. According to Politico‘s Morning Shift, “President Trump ordered executive…more

A New Year and a New Administration: Five Employment, Labor & Workforce Management Issues That Employers Should Monitor

President Donald J. Trump has given few details regarding his administration’s plans for new policies; however, employers can expect several areas to be impacted based on his campaign platform. In this issue of Take 5, we examine…more

U.S. Issues General License Authorizing Trade and Financial Dealings with Sudan

On Jan. 13, 2017, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13761 (the Executive Order) authorizing the lifting of portions of the United States’ trade and financial sanctions on Sudan. The action is the result of engagement…more

Application of the concept of the person beneficially entitled to (beneficial owner of) income

Dentons’ Russia Tax practice would like to remind that, starting from 1 January 2017, the procedure for confirming entitlement to tax benefits under relevant double tax treaties when paying income to foreign companies from the Russian…more

Third Circuit Affirms Private Damages Immunity Under Shipping Act for Ocean Common Carriers

Holland & Knight alerted the maritime community in November 2016 that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit appeared likely to affirm the dismissal of private antitrust claims brought against roll-on, roll-off carriers for…more

Biosimilars: What to Expect in 2017

2016 was a record year for the development of biologics in the United States. Below, we summarize a few key biosimilar developments to keep an eye on in 2017. SCOTUS Review of Amgen v. Sandoz - In 2016, Amgen, Apotex, and…more

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