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Blog: FAA Task Force Recommends Registration of Drones Over 0.55 Pounds

The FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force has released its recommendations for registration of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The task force has proposed a registration process with three key...more

SEC Settles Charges with Private Equity Firm and Four Executives for Failure to Disclose Conflicts of Interest

The SEC recently reached a settlement with New York-based private equity firm, Fenway Partners, LLC, and four executives related to charges that Fenway Partners and several of its executives (“Respondents”) failed to disclose...more

NDGA Judge Halts Another SEC Admin Proceeding

Atlanta federal Judge Leigh Martin May enjoined the SEC from proceeding in yet another administrative enforcement action Tuesday. Ironridge Global IV, Ltd. v. SEC, No. 1:15-CV-2512 (USDC NDGA Nov. 17, 2015)....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.18.15

The Journal reports that Federal prosecutors are “actively pursuing” criminal cases against executives from RBS and JPMorgan for the toxic securities sold in the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis. If filed, the charges...more

Food Litigation Newsletter

THIS NEWSLETTER AIMS to keep those in the food industry up to speed on developments in food labeling and nutritional content litigation. RECENT SIGNIFICANT RULINGS - Motion to Dismiss Granted in Part, Denied in Part...more

National security clampdown on foreign deals

Countries around the world have been increasingly focusing on national security reviews of foreign direct investments into their markets. The three countries where national security reviews can potentially have a...more

FDA Seeks Suggestions Regarding “Natural” Food Labeling, but Will It Act?

Surprising nearly everyone, FDA has reopened a long dormant discussion regarding the meaning of the term “natural” in the labeling of food. Today’s Federal Register contains a notice from FDA that the agency has officially...more

The Dos and Don’ts of an SEC Examination

The regulatory environment for SEC-registered advisers has become more complex as the result of a more aggressive and interconnected Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The connecting hub within the SEC is the Office of...more

SEC Announces Further Enforcement Actions in the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) announced enforcement actions against 22 municipal underwriters on September 30, 2015, as part of its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative...more

Regulatory Concerns for the Sale of Extended Warranties to Commercial Purchasers

Products sold to commercial purchasers typically include a standard manufacturer’s warranty. Should the manufacturer’s distributor sell an extended warranty at the time of purchase, is that extended warranty considered...more

Federal Circuit Limits International Trade Commission’s Reach Over Digital Transmissions

On Nov. 10, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued a fractured opinion holding that the ITC does not have jurisdiction over digital transmissions since they are not “articles” within the meaning of 19 U.S.C. § 1337. Please...more

FDA Seeks Comments on Use of “Natural” in Food Labeling

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will accept public information and comment on the term “natural” in the labeling of food products, including foods that are...more

FDIC Vice Chairman Elected as President of the International Association of Deposit Insurers

On October 30, the FDIC announced that Vice Chairman Thomas Hoenig will serve as the President of the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI) and as Chairman of its Executive Council for a two-year term. The IADI...more

CFPB Orders Auto Finance Company to Pay Over Three Million for Alleged Unfair Debt Collection Practices

On October 28, the CFPB filed an administrative order against an Ohio-based auto lender specializing in extending credit to servicemembers. The CFPB alleged that the company violated the CFPA by engaging in unfair, abusive,...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC’s apparent preference for administrative proceedings as a venue for its enforcement actions continues to draw criticism. H.R. 3798 is now pending in the House of Representatives. The bill is tilted the “Due Process...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: October 2015

Labor and Employment - Plaintiff Wage and Hour Lawsuits Continue to Climb - Wage and hour litigation has become what some call the new "workplace revolution." Data from the Federal Judicial Center indicates that...more

White House Announces Nominations for SEC Commissioner

On October 20, the White House announced two intended nominations for Daniel Gallagher’s replacement as SEC Commissioner, Hester Maria Pierce and Lisa M. Fairfax. Currently, Ms. Pierce is a Senior Research Fellow and Director...more

You Can Check Out Anytime You Want, But You Can Never Leave: FDA Import Detentions and Recommendations to Minimize Delays

In The Eagles’ song, “Hotel California,” Don Henley sings, “You can check out anytime you want, but you can never leave.” Life science companies can try to import all they want, but that doesn’t mean the products will make it...more

ATF Explosives Compliance Inspection Enforcement Facts and Figures

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has posted its Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 enforcement Facts and Figures. During FY 2014 the Bureau conducted 4,006 explosives compliance inspections. Of those,...more

Overreaching or Underreaching? Comments on the CMS Proposed Rule on Arbitration Agreement in Long Term Care Facilities

During the 90-day public comment period on the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule entitled “Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities” which closed October 14, 2015, CMS received nearly...more

China’s Reform on Administration of Foreign Debts – What to Expect

On 14 September 2015, the PRC National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) promulgated the Circular on Promoting Reform on the Administration of Filing and Registration of Foreign Debt Issued by Enterprises. The...more

OIG Hospital Compliance Audits: Is Your Number Up? Are You Ready?

In its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2012, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it would begin reviews of Medicare payments to hospitals to determine compliance...more

European Commission adopts first two decisions in EU tax probe in push for corporate tax reform

On 21 October, the European Commission (“EC”) adopted its first decisions in its investigation into Member States’ tax rulings. The investigation, which began in June 2013, has also targeted tax rulings given to Apple and...more

The European Commission’s New Pandora’s Box – Reopening Final Tax Rulings as a Form of “State Aid”

In Short - The European Commission (Commission) has adopted a decision on 21 October 2015 on the tax rulings – also referred to as “comfort letters” – granted by Luxembourg to Fiat Finance and Trade (FFT) and by The...more

HUD Publishes Withdrawal of Proposed Rule Limiting FHA Insurance Claim Period

On October 16, HUD’s FHA published a notice of partial withdrawal of its July 6 proposed rule to limit the time frame in which FHA-approved lenders must file insurance claims for benefits. The July 6 proposal would have...more

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