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The 45th Presidency is Underway: An Inauguration Update

In a celebration of our democracy, the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, took the oath of office at noon today with his hand on two Bibles: Lincoln's and his own. President Trump's inaugural address largely revolved…more

OFAC Issues New General License to Significantly Lift Sudan Sanctions

On January 13, 2017, President Obama made sweeping changes to the Sudan sanctions program, removing the majority of the sanctions in place against this war-torn nation. The final decision will be in the hands of President-elect Donald…more

French Finance Act for 2017 and Amending Finance Act for 2016: the Most Important Changes Affecting Businesses

The French Finance Act for 2017 and Amending Finance Act for 2016 were enacted on December 30, 2016 (the “Acts”). The Acts introduce a progressive reduction of the corporate income tax rate (28% instead of 33.1/3%). The Acts also made…more

CFPB and Two States File Suit Against Student Loan Company Navient

The CFPB announced on Wednesday that it had filed a lawsuit against Navient Corporation, formerly part of Sallie Mae, and two of its subsidiaries for alleged “systematic” failures in student loan servicing. The complaint alleges claims…more

"Revised HSR Thresholds Announced"

On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the revised thresholds for determining whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust…more

The DBO As Religious Regulator

In December last, the Department of Business Oversight published the 2016 Commissioner’s Report on the Offer or Sale of Securities by Permit under Corporations Code Section 25113. This report, which is required by California…more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: January 2017

Welcome to the January edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. December was a relatively quiet month for the CPSC, but major changes are most likely in store for 2017. If tradition holds true, Chairman Elliot Kaye, a…more

Fair Opportunity Complaints on Task and Delivery Orders

Last week, the General Services Administration (“GSA”) issued a final rule amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (“GSAR”) to clarify that the ordering-agency task and delivery order ombudsman has…more

FTC Announces Changes to Hart-Scott-Rodino Filing Thresholds

On Jan. 19, the Federal Trade Commission announced revised thresholds for premerger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act). These thresholds determine whether companies are required to notify federal…more

Hit and Run Accidents in Canoga Park

Hit and run accidents are all too common in the San Fernando Valley, and Canoga Park is no exception. Sadly, many victims of hit and run accidents do not report their injuries or property damage to their insurance company, as they are…more

Predominance? Class Defendant Must Introduce Evidence that Individualized Issues Predominate

Takeaway: To prevail on the predominance issue, an evidentiary showing is required. Defense counsel should prove – either through declaration or deposition testimony – that a particular defense (such as consent under the TCPA) applies…more

European Securities and Markets Authority Opines on the Scope of Product Intervention Powers

The European Securities and Market Authority published an Opinion on the scope of the product intervention powers under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation. The Opinion focuses on the impact of the exclusion for fund…more

2017 California Estate and Tax Planning Newsletter

Blank Rome’s annual estate and tax planning newsletter addresses estate planning concepts and techniques that should be considered in 2017 by our clients and friends. Transfer Taxes. The major changes made in 2010 in the law…more

From Israel to Canada: New Tax Treaty to Help Structure Investments

On December 21, 2016, the new Canada–Israel tax treaty entered into force. The new treaty was signed on September 21, 2016 in New York, and replaces the existing treaty that dates from 1975. For most purposes, the provisions of the new…more

Rolls-Royce Global Enforcement Action: Part IV – What Does it all Mean?

Today I conclude my series on the Rolls-Royce global anti-corruption enforcement action by taking a look what it all means going forward. The resolution is more than simply the stunning fines and penalties of £671 million (more than…more

Riverboat Review: New IRS Ruling on Floating Casinos

In PLR 201628009, the IRS determined that a dockside casino barge and a moored riverboat constituted “real estate assets” for purposes of the REIT qualification test. The taxpayer requesting the ruling owned, operated, and…more

Expect Pro-Business, Pro-Employer Changes Under Trump Administration

When Donald Trump won the presidential election in November, management-side labor and employment lawyers everywhere scrambled to figure out what the changing administration would mean for our nation's employers and our clients. It…more

DOJ Files Lawsuit Against National Bank Alleging Mortgage Discrimination

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO) filed a lawsuit against a national bank, alleging that the bank had engaged in a years-long practice of racial discrimination in providing…more

What Will The Proposed New York Cybersecurity Requirements For Financial Institutions Really Make Companies Do?

In early September 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) proposed a set of data security regulations (the “Proposal”) that would govern financial institutions, banks, and insurance companies subject to the…more

Check the Drama at the Door, Part II: A 10-Point Checklist for Avoiding and Resolving Workplace Conflict

This article is the second part in a two-part series addressing managerial best practices for conflict prevention and resolution. Part one offered the first half of a 10-point checklist that also identified potential “triggering”…more

New Federal Law Protects Consumers’ Right to Post Negative Online Reviews

In the digital age, online reviews of a business are often the first place consumers turn to in order to gather information about a business, such as a restaurant, retail store or even a professional service provider. It is well known…more

Annual HSR Threshold Adjustments Announced

FTC adjusts the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act size thresholds, inter alia, to raise the minimum size for reportable acquisitions to $80.8 million. On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission announced new jurisdictional thresholds…more

Humira® UK Patent Trial Began Monday

Samsung Bioepis, Biogen, and Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics are seeking to invalidate some of AbbVie’s patents related to Humira® (adalimumab) before the UK High Court of Justice. The patents at issue relate to methods of treatment…more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – January, 2017 #3

Dear Legal Mailbag: As a high school administrator, I have to do those bullying investigations from time to time. As required by the law, I recently informed a rather over-involved parent that I had started investigating a…more

Family Business Report Highlights Successful Northwest Family Businesses

You may have thought the big story for Friday, January 20, 2017 was the inauguration of our forty-fifth president. But for those of us in the family business community in the Pacific Northwest, the Puget Sound Business Journal gave us…more

Don't "Be Like Mike": The Importance of Registering Your Trademark in China

For companies that manufacture or sell their products in China, it is critical to register your trademarks with the Chinese trademark office as soon as practical. Unlike the United States, China is a first-to-file jurisdiction. This…more

CFPB Files Lawsuit Against Largest U.S. Student Loan Servicer Over Deceptive Practices

On January 18, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against a servicer of private and federal student loans…more

MSHA Publishes the New Workplace Examination Final Rule

On January 23, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will publish in the Federal Register a Final Rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines, amending 30 C.F.R. § 56.18002 (Surface) and § 57.18002…more

EPA Publishes New TSCA Framework Rules

The revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted in June 2016. TSCA requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize several “framework” rules by June 2017. Recently, EPA published three of these proposed…more

Is There a Doctor in the House?

Healthcare Options Following the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act and the Eventual Repeal of Obamacare - Overview - The presidential inauguration has come and gone. The House and Senate are already clearing the way for…more

Trump Administration issues regulatory freeze; application to CFPB uncertain

On Inauguration Day, Reince Priebus, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, issued a “Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies” with the subject line “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” that directs the…more

An Increased Cooperation in Enforcement Activity: The Italian Competition Authority and the Italian Medicines Agency Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

On 19 January 2017, the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) and the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) signed a memorandum of understanding in order to increase enforcement in the pharmaceutical sector by strengthening their…more

Aw, Tartar Sauce! Is the Krusty Krab Restaurant Trademark A CopyBob DittoPants?

With some cases, you just shake your head. In this case, a restaurant purveyor thought it would be okay to open a restaurant by the name of the “Krusty Krab.” For those of you who have no reason to have been watching cartoons for the…more

China: New Measures for Deregulating and Promoting Foreign Direct Investment

On January 12, 2017, the State Council issued the Circular concerning Measures on Expanding the Opening Up and the Active Utilization of Foreign Investment (the Circular). The Circular sets out the government’s policies and outlines…more

Details of Trump’s Regulatory Freeze

Reince Priebus, President Trump’s Chief of Staff, issued a memo ordering an immediate regulatory freeze. The memo was addressed to heads of executive departments and agencies. According to the memo..…more

Supreme Court Agrees to Review NLRB Position on Class Action Arbitration Waivers

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted review of a case that should decide whether employers can include class and collective action waivers in mandatory arbitration agreements signed with individual employees. Under mandatory…more

Pitfalls Of Judges, Lawyers, And Experts Citing Wikipedia

Our weekly search for new drug/medical device cases for 1/13/17 turned up something unusual – not of particular substantive significance, but unusual. Two of the opinions included citations to Wikipedia. Wikipedia? You mean the…more

A New Year, A New Form I-9

On November 14, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a new Form I-9 (Rev. 11/14/2016 N) to replace the prior form which expired on March 31, 2016. Beginning January 22, 2017, employers must…more

The First ACA Shoe Drops

Only hours into the new administration, steps were taken to eliminate, or at the very least minimize the impact of, the Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). In his first Executive Order, President Trump affirmed his…more

CMS Releases Final Rule Updating Home Health Agency Conditions of Participation­

CMS issued a final rule, which was published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017, intended to modernize the home health agency Conditions of Participation (CoPs). The rule, which goes into effect on July 13, 2017, seeks to…more

NIST Releases Update to Cybersecurity Framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued an update to its Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, which includes information relating to managing supply chain risks, measuring…more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - January 2017 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump EPA pick: still 'some debate' over human role in climate change - The Guardian - Jan 18 - During a combative Senate confirmation hearing this week, Scott Pruitt, Donald…more

New Administration Orders Freeze of Pending Regulations, Takes Aim at the Affordable Care Act

One of the first acts of the new Administration on Inauguration Day was to issue a memorandum putting the brakes—at least temporarily—on federal regulations that have not yet taken effect, and to release an executive order authorizing…more

DHS Designates Election Infrastructure As “Critical” Amid Cybersecurity Concerns

In a January 6, 2017 statement, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced that election infrastructure in the United States has been designated “critical” and worthy of the Department of Homeland Security’s (“DHS”)…more

Description of the Small Business Investment Company Program Participation by Unleveraged Funds

A Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) is a privately owned and operated company that makes long-term investments in American small businesses and is licensed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA)…more

A Tale of Two Cakes: Can Copyright Law Protect this Cake Design?

Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes, one of our hometown heroes in Baltimore, a.k.a. the Ace of Cakes, created a striking cake for President Obama’s 2012 inauguration. The cake design caught the eye of the incoming presidential…more

Important Banking Development From California Courts

Courts in California delivered some important banking developments in two recent decisions, with a federal court finding a charge for failing to replenish an overdrawn account constituted interest while the state's highest court dealt…more

FERC electric storage policy statement

U.S. energy regulators have issued a policy statement addressing how electric storage resources may provide services at a mix of cost-based and market-based rates. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's January 19, 2017 policy…more

The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2017

A Moving Target: The Not So Final Overtime Rule - On November 22, 2016, a federal judge for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing…more

Health and Welfare Grab Bag of End of Administration Changes

21st Century Cures Act Impacts Employers with 50 or More Employees - Employers with 50 or more employees need to watch developments under the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures”) because in addition to the establishment of the small…more

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