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‘Operation Choke Point’ under Fire

"Operation Choke Point," the coordinated multiagency federal effort to choke off banking services to alleged fraudsters (according to its defenders) or politically unpopular industries (according to its detractors), has come...more

Municipal Law and Finance: Personal Property Tax Reform

Personal Property Tax Reform Background - Grand Rapids city leaders in cooperation with leaders from Ottawa and Kent Counties, Wyoming, and the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council worked with the Lieutenant Governor’s...more

Third Circuit Rejects New Jersey's Effort to Sanction Sports Wagering

Tony Soprano’s business is safe, for now — the Third Circuit recently invalidated New Jersey’s attempt to legalize sports wagering because it violated a federal law that prohibits most states from licensing such activities....more

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and What It Means to You

On Jan. 2, 2013, President Obama signed the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” (the “Act”) which was passed by the House and Senate the previous day to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.” The Act prevents many of the tax...more

President Signs ATM Disclosure Bill And CFPB Privilege Bill

On December 20, President Obama signed two bills impacting bank supervision and compliance. These bills were sent to the President after the Senate approved both measures on December 11. The first, H.R.4014, amends the...more

House Committee on Oversight and Reform: CFPB a Threat to Credit Access

On December 14, 2012, the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs issued a scathing staff report entitled:...more

New Nevada Bill Would Allow for Interstate Gaming Compacts

A bill has been introduced in the Nevada General Assembly, on behalf of the state’s State Gaming Control Board, that would allow for the state governor to enter into interstate gaming compacts with other states. This...more

President signs ATM fee sticker bill and CFPB privilege waiver bill

On December 20, 2012, President Obama signed into law (1) the bill amending the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (H.R. 4367) to eliminate the ATM fee sticker requirement, and (2) the bill amending the Federal Deposit Insurance...more

A Christmas Wish: Fix Dodd-Frank (Just a Little)

The election’s over and elections matter we’re told, albeit most of the denizens of Washington seem to have remained in their seats. The fiscal cliff awaits. We wait, with various levels of trepidation, for a workable...more

N.J. Again Passes Online-Poker Bill; Decision Now in Governor’s Hands

New Jersey could soon become the third state to legalize online gaming within its borders. Its State Senate on December 20, 2012, voted 33-3 to legalize online poker in the state. The General Assembly had previously approved...more

Will Your Indemnity Clauses be Unenforceable on January 1, 2013?

Amendments to California’s construction indemnity statutes will go into effect on January 1, 2013. Your commercial construction contracts may need to be modified or other strategies may need to be implemented or your...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - December 2012

In This Issue: - 01 U.S.-China Trade Concerns Highlighted In Report To Congress - 02 Congressional Committee Finds Huawei And ZTE To Be Threats To National Security - 03 Administration Announces Manufacturing...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy News - November 2012

In This Issue: - Proposal 3 Rejected by Voters - Patriot Solar Development Efforts Shine - Reducing Total Lifetime System Costs for Solar Panels - Sierra Club Ready to Sue on Alleged Air Quality Violations -...more

Consumer Prices, Nominal Retail Trade, Real Retail Trade (Italy, 2001-2012)

Tra il Gennaio 2001 e il Settembre 2012, sono poste a confronto le seguenti tre serie: 1) Commercio al dettaglio a valori nominali; 2)Prezzi al consumo (indice armonizzato Europa, HICP); 3) Commercio al dettaglio in...more

Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations Impose New Restrictions on U.S. Business in Iran

As we reported last month, the Obama administration continues to display a commitment to increasingly tough sanctions against Iran and its trading partners. Over the past few weeks, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office...more

The San Francisco Proposition E Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance: A Mixed Bag for Investment Fund Managers

On November 6, 2012, San Francisco residents approved Proposition E (the “Gross Receipts Tax Ordinance”) instituting a new gross receipts tax to replace the City’s 1.5% payroll tax. The new gross receipts tax is phased in...more

Legal Alert: Congress Approves Legislation Expanding Federal Whistleblower Protection Act

Executive Summary: On November 14, 2012, the Senate passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) of 2012. The House previously approved the Act, and President Obama is expected to sign it into law. The Act...more

Don't Fear The Reefer: Legalization of Marijuana To Have Little Effect on WA Employers

On November 6, 2012, Washington became a national trailblazer when voters approved a state initiative legalizing the recreational use of marijuana (Colorado passed a similar law the same day). As of December 6, 2012, it will...more

Four More Years – The Enforcement Outlook

The election is over. Whew!! Washington, D.C. is slowly getting back to “normal.” The question now is what changes, if any, will occur in the enforcement arena....more

Gaming Legal News - November 8, 2012 • Volume 5, Number 24: The Aftermath Of The U.S. 2012 Election: Is Federal I-Poker...

The final verse has been written for the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. That verse reads simply as a surprising status quo from the last two years: Barack Obama retains his job in the White House and Congress remains...more

Also Returning to Washington: The Threat of a Cybersecurity Executive Order

Cybersecurity may seem like a bipartisan issue, but partisan rancor in an election year doomed early efforts to pass cybersecurity legislation. ...more

Initiative to Label Genetically Modified Foods Fails in California

Yesterday, California voters rejected Proposition 37, the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act by 53 percent to 47 percent. The voter initiative would have required labeling of most foods with genetically...more

Initiative to Label Genetically Modified Foods Fails in California

Yesterday, California voters rejected Proposition 37, the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act by 53 percent to 47 percent. The voter initiative would have required labeling of most foods with genetically...more

Full speed ahead at the CFPB

With President Obama’s reelection and control of the Senate remaining firmly in control of the Democrats, the CFPB’s hand has strengthened. I had been saying all along that even if Mitt Romney became President, it was...more

The Government on Combatting Human Trafficking: "We REALLY, REALLY Mean It"

Since 2005, federal contractors have been on notice that the Government has “zero tolerance” for any federal contractor found to be complicit in aiding human trafficking. For the past seven years, however, that “zero...more

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