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Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2017 #3

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - “Industry Experts Advise GovCon Firms to Prepare for Possible Gov Shutdown.” ExecutiveGov, August 16, 2017. Retrieved from executivegov.com - An ExecutiveGov article from August 16, 2017 analyzes...more

UPenn Study Finds that GOP Plan to Cut Immigration Will Lower America’s GDP

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School shows that the Republican plan to cut immigration in half will reduce the U.S. per capita gross domestic product by .7 percent over the next ten years, and by 2...more

Lease-Leaseback Battle Continues as First District Court of Appeals Sides with Contractor and School District

Earlier, we wrote about Davis v. Fresno United School District (2015) 237 Cal.App.4th 261, a Fifth District California Court of Appeals decision that sent shock waves through the school construction industry and raised...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Wells Fargo has reportedly uncovered another trove of unauthorized accounts, according to a regulatory filing on Friday. The bank also disclosed a CFPB investigation over potential harm to customers over its practice of...more

ALERT: Interim CT Legislative Update

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

The Connecticut General Assembly enacted a number of laws during its regular session that will impact Connecticut schools and public-sector employers. Among other things, bills have been enacted that...more

Pennsylvania Court Provides Commercial Property Owners With Defense to Tax Assessment Appeals

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 5, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision confirming that all real estate in a taxing district is a single class (i.e., not subject to sub-classifications based on property type, such as...more

Why “one and done” FCPA due-diligence is not enough

In part II of my interview with Joe Spinelli, Senior Managing Director, Kroll, we continue to explore findings of the Kroll-Ethisphere 2017 Anti-Bribery and Corruption Benchmarking Report. In this interview, Joe shares: *...more

The Spearin Doctrine Revisited: Penzel Construction v. Jackson R-2 School District

In a recent Missouri appellate decision, the court recognized and reaffirmed the Spearin Doctrine which provides that an owner impliedly warrants the adequacy of plans and specifications it provides to a contractor. In Penzel...more

State Budget Wrap-Up: Extensive Public Policy And Funding Changes - What You Need To Know

by Roetzel & Andress on

Just before the midnight deadline on Friday, Governor John R. Kasich signed the state’s two-year operating budget into law. The Governor first released his budget proposal in January 2017 and the Legislature has spent the...more

FCPA Compliance Challenges & New Lines of Defense

In part one of a two part interview, Joe Spinelli, Senior Managing Director, Kroll, addresses the recent Kroll-Ethisphere Anti-Bribery and Corruption Benchmarking Report. In this interview Joe focuses on: *The need and...more

FCPA Compliance Training That's About the 'What Happens' at the Front-lines

Building on an impactful internal program developed and produced with Mastercard, this anti-bribery training film depicts real-world events that ultimately led to my pleading guilty to FCPA offenses. Keith Slotter, former...more

Dept. of Education postpones effective date of arbitration ban and other provisions of “borrower defense” rule, announces intent...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the Dept. of Education announced that it is postponing “until further notice” the July 1, 2017 effective date of various provisions of the “borrower defense” final rule...more

U.S. States, Cities, & Corporations Unite to Uphold Paris Climate Accord

On June 1st, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord, sparking serious concern about the future of global efforts to mitigate climate change. In response,...more

Student Loan Servicing Regulations: 50 State Guide on Laws and Legislation – First Edition

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Preface - The following summary of current state law and pending legislation regarding student loan servicing as of June 1, 2017, is designed to serve as a tool to assist in understanding the breadth of state regulations...more

SB 496 – New California Law Affecting Indemnification Duties for Design Professionals

SB 496, approved by Governor Jerry Brown on April 28, 2017, amends California Civil Code Section 2782.8 to apply to all design service contracts entered into by design professionals on or after January 1, 2018. The amendment...more

OCC Publishes New “Retail Lending” Booklet

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency published a “Retail Lending” booklet, a new addition to the Safety and Soundness Asset Quality category of the Comptroller’s Handbook, which discusses the risks...more

CFPB Monthly Report Highlights Consumer Complaint Increases in Mortgage and Credit Card Products

The CFPB issued its monthly report on consumer complaints this week. The report is a high level snapshot of trends in consumer complaints. The Report provides a summary of the volume of complaints by product category, by...more

VIE Validity Still Unsure - It may be premature to conclude that the decision of China’s Supreme People’s Court in last year’s...

A 2016 judgment (the “Judgment”) made by the Supreme People’s Court of China (the “Supreme Court”) was believed by some scholars and practitioners to confirm judicial recognition of the VIE structure. We believe the Supreme...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - March 2017 #2

by Dentons on

The General Assembly listed through a brief period of calm last week, a resetting of sorts after the drama of Crossover Day. Most of the legislation that advanced, either in committee or on the floor, did so on broad...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - March, 2017 #2

by Brooks Pierce on

This week the pace quickens within the House and Senate policy committees while the Appropriations committees received presentations on Governor Cooper's proposed budget recommendations. Regulatory Reform (HB131) -...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Legislation Continues to Move as First Committee Deadline Nears

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Today marks the first committee deadline in the legislative session. By midnight tonight, bills must be approved by policy committees in the House or the Senate. Next Friday is the second committee deadline, by which all...more

Court Upholds Dismissal of Employee Based on Refusal to Submit to Reasonable Suspicion Drug Test

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The highest court in West Virginia recently affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit in which an employee challenged the decision to terminate her employment after she refused to submit to a reasonable suspicion drug test. Layne...more

Utah employee had no constitutional right to continued employment

by Kirton McConkie PC on

Public employees who have a right to continued employ­ment enjoy constitutional due-process protections that run-of-the-mill at-will employees do not. How can a public employer know if one of its employees enjoys...more

Court Allows Retired President to Pursue Claim of Contract for Lifetime Pay and Benefits Against University

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On February 7, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky ordered that the former President of the University of the Cumberlands, Dr. James Taylor, may proceed on his claims that the University failed...more

PTAB Finds Sovereign Immunity Applies to IPRs for State Universities

by Winstead PC on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) dismissed three inter partes review (IPR) proceedings involving the University of Florida based on sovereign immunity. As background, the University of Florida Research Foundation...more

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