Amanda C. Blunt

Amanda C. Blunt

Venable LLP

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Business News Digest – August 2014

In this issue: - Draft Forms Released for the Affordable Care Act's Health Coverage Reporting Requirements - FINRA Targets Broker-Dealer Order Routing and Execution Quality of Customer Orders - Potential...more

8/12/2014 - Affordable Care Act Banks CFPB Compliance Discrimination Enforcement Enforcement Actions Executive Orders FDA Federal Contractors FINRA First Sale Doctrine Healthcare Healthcare Reform LGBT Reporting Requirements Sexual Orientation Discrimination Subsidies Tax Credits

Potential West Coast Port Labor Disruptions Loom Large for Importers and Exporters, Including Those of FDA-Regulated Products

On July 1st, the contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) officially expired, increasing the potential of a work stoppage and cargo disruption at West...more

7/8/2014 - Contract Negotiations Customs and Border Protection Exports Imports Longshoremen Negotiations Unions

Business News Digest – March 2014

In this issue: - Cybersecurity: Coming Soon to a Government Contract Near You - Recent National Defense Authorization Act Presents Opportunities for Small Business Contractors - Iran Sanctions Deal Does...more

3/10/2014 - BIS Copyright Cybersecurity Export Controls Exports Facebook FDA Federal Contractors Food Safety GINA Iran Iran Sanctions NDAA Nutrition Facts Labels Privacy Laws Small Business Trade Secrets

BIS Proposes First Rewrite of Routed Export Rules in Over a Decade

On February 6, 2014, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a Proposed Rule announcing its intent to clarify the responsibilities of parties involved in "routed exports." Delegation of...more

2/13/2014 - BIS Export Controls Exports

Iran Sanctions Deal Does Not Alleviate Current U.S. Economic Sanctions: "Iran Is Not Open for Business"

U.S. sanctions involving Iran have been a forefront topic recently, with some continuing confusion as to the current state of the sanctions' provisions for most U.S. businesses. On January 20, 2014, the P5 + 1 Agreement (or...more

2/7/2014 - Foreign Policy Iran Iran Sanctions

Business News Digest – January 2014

In this issue: - Advertising Law News & Analysis - December 6, 2013 Edition - December 12, 2013 Edition - California Court Continues Ascertainability Trend, Denies Class Certification in Chipotle...more

1/8/2014 - Affordable Care Act Ascertainable Class Cafeteria Plans CFPB Chipotle Grill Class Action Class Certification Enforcement Food Labeling FSA Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Healthcare Reform HSA IRS TCPA US v Windsor

International Trade Alert - Enforcing the New Export Control Regime

Venable’s International Trade and Customs Practice Group is publishing a five-part series of Client Alerts to highlight the changes surrounding the ECR (Export Control Reform). Below is Part V of the series. - Part I:...more

1/3/2014 - Export Controls Exports ITAR ITC

Business News Digest – November 2013

In this issue: - Banking Committee Focuses on Private-Label Mortgage-Backed Securities Market - SEC Requests Public Comment on OFR Study of Risks in the Asset Management Industry - Broken Windows and...more

11/6/2013 - Advertising Asset Management Compliance Crowdfunding Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Enforcement Internet JOBS Act Mary Jo White Mortgage-Backed Securities Mortgages Native Advertising NIST SEC

Rolling Out a New Export Control Regime During a Government Shutdown

Venable’s International Trade and Customs Practice Group is publishing a five-part series of Client Alerts to highlight the changes surrounding the ECR (Export Control Reform). Below is Part IV of the series. - Part I:...more

10/18/2013 - EAR Export Controls Government Shutdown ITAR

Business News Digest – October 2013

In this issue: - NIST Holds Fourth Workshop on Cybersecurity Framework - NIST Releases Draft Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework in Advance of Dallas Workshop - SEC Issues Risk Alert on Short...more

10/4/2013 - Banks Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Executive Compensation Financial Regulatory Reform NIST Pay Ratio SCORE Act SEC Security Clearance Short Sales Social Media Transparency User-Generated Content

Closing Time: The Government Shutdown's Impact on Key Trade Agencies

With no Cinderella story last night, as of October 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM, the Federal Government is officially shut down. As a result, all “non-essential” federal workers will be furloughed and federal agencies cannot continue...more

10/2/2013 - Customs and Border Protection Department of State Essential Employees FDA Furloughs Government Shutdown OFAC U.S. Commerce Department

October 15th Export Control Reform Changes Are Around the Corner: Take Time Now to Understand the Impact on Your Existing Licenses...

On October 15, 2013, two Final Rules ushering in the “initial implementation” of the Export Control Reform (ECR), by the Departments of State and Commerce, will take effect. The Final Rules transfer jurisdiction of many...more

9/16/2013 - Export Controls General Authorization ITAR Licenses New Legislation

Foreign NVOCCs Must Renew Registration with FMC by October 17

The Federal Maritime Commission issued a new rule earlier this year that, effective July 19, registered, foreign-based NVOCCs may take advantage of Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRAs), in lieu of published rates in their...more

9/11/2013 - Exemptions Federal Maritime Commission Negotiated Rate Agreements NVOCCs Registration Shipping

Business News Digest – September 2013

In this issue: - What to Expect When You're Selling Your Company – Indemnification - Association Membership and Program Restrictions and the Antitrust Laws: Don’t Stumble Out of the Gate - CFPB: July...more

9/9/2013 - Antitrust Provisions Attorney Disbarrment Brand CFPB China Dietary Supplements Discipline Enforcement Actions FDA Federal Funding Federal Grants Food Labeling Food Safety Non-Profits Nutritional Supplements Sales SEC Supply Chain

Advertising News & Analysis - August 22, 2013

In this issue: - Register Now and Join Us at ERA D2C Convention - Patent Troll’s Gift Card Suits Come Up Short - Cooperation Drives Positive Developments in Bilateral Brand Protection - FTC Sees...more

8/26/2013 - Brand Enforcement ERA FTC Marketing Patent Trolls

New Efforts in Bilateral Brand Protection

The U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement was only published two months ago, but there are already encouraging signs of progress on the global brand protection front between the U.S. and China. On...more

8/19/2013 - Bilateral Agreements Brand China Customs and Border Protection Enforcement Infringement

Business News Digest – August 2013

In this issue: - SEC Allows Public Advertising of Private Securities Offerings - What Your Nonprofit Needs to Do about HIPAA – Now - The 2013 Draft MDE General Permit for Stormwater Associated with...more

8/8/2013 - Advertising CFPB Colleges Compliance Construction Site HIPAA Iran IRS JOBS Act New Regulations Non-Profits Nonbank Firms Private Placements Proposed Regulation Rule 506 Offerings SEC Storm Water Universities

Business News Digest – July 2013

In this issue: - CFPB's Office of Enforcement Issues a Bulletin - Court Rules Government Cannot Make "Extortionate Demands" on Persons Seeking Land-Use Permits - DOD Issues Proposed Regulations on the...more

7/22/2013 - CFPB Counterfeiting DOD Iran Sanctions Land Developers Permits

DC Court Strikes SEC Rule Requiring Extractive Industries’ Reporting of Payments to Foreign Governments

On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule requiring oil, gas and mining companies to report payments in excess of $100,000 to...more

7/5/2013 - Anti-Corruption Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Minerals Oil & Gas Resource Extraction SEC

Executive Order Targets New Sectors of Iranian Economy for Sanctions: Are You Prepared to Comply?

Effective July 1, 2013, President Obama's Executive Order 13645 implements certain provisions of the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 20121 (IFCA) and expands the Iranian sanctions regime to new sectors of Iran’s...more

6/18/2013 - Barack Obama Executive Orders IFCA Iran Sanctions OFAC

FMC Publishes Proposed OTI Rules, Seeks Public Comment

On May 31, 2013, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rule regarding Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTI) in the Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 32,946 (Federal Maritime Commission...more

6/5/2013 - Federal Maritime Commission Licenses NVOCCs Ocean Transportation System Proposed Regulation Public Comment

Business News Digest – May 2013

In this issue: - Does the SEC Like Social Media? Understanding the Application of Regulation FD to Social Media - NIST Holds First Workshop on Executive Order Cybersecurity Framework - Jumpstart Our...more

5/21/2013 - Cybersecurity Energy Efficiency EPA JOBS Act NIST Permits Public Disclosure Regulation FD SEC Social Media Vessels

FMC Approves Proposed Rewrite of OTI Regulations

Today, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted 3-2 to move forward with reforming the Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTI) rules, regulating U.S.- and foreign-based non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCC)...more

5/16/2013 - Federal Maritime Commission NVOCCs Ocean Transportation System Proposed Regulation Rulemaking Process TWIC

Obama Nominates Key 2nd Term Trade Positions

Yesterday, President Obama put forth nominations for two posts critical to the trade community - U.S. Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce - rounding out personnel announcements made this week that include the...more

5/6/2013 - Barack Obama Nominations Secretary of Commerce USTR

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