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A Boost for Business: Time to Reaffirm or Secure Terrorism Insurance

On January 12, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 26, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TRIPRA of 2015), providing a federal backstop for insurance against risks of terrorism. TRIPRA...more

Softening of Cuba Sanctions Opens the Way for Some Travel and Trade

As part of a broader, ongoing effort to forge closer relations with Cuba, the Obama administration has enacted a new set of regulations intended to facilitate certain forms of authorized travel to Cuba. The regulations, which...more

Data Breach Legislative Debate Begins Today at the House Energy & Commerce Committee

On Tuesday, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing entitled "What are the Elements of Sound Data Breach Legislation?" This hearing was the first of the new Congress to...more

ERISA Section 4062(e) Significantly Reformed Effective December 16, 2014

On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, which contains provisions that significantly reform ERISA Section 4062(e). The new law is meant to ensure that...more

The battle over 4062(e) 'facility closure' liability

Employers who sponsor defined benefit plans, or who are involved in a corporate transaction involving defined benefit plans, should be aware of developments in Washington concerning Section 4062(e) of ERISA. The Pension...more

Victims Of Corporate Fraud Compensation Fund

In the waning days of the 2001-2002 legislative session, then Assemblymember Kevin Shelley gutted and amended AB 55. As introduced, AB 55 would have amended the Elections Code. Instead, AB 55 became the vehicle for the...more

Potential roadmap to US tax reform: key points in the Hatch Report

As the work of the new Congress gets under way , there is general agreement that business tax reform is one of a handful of issues that may be achievable in the closing two years of the Obama Administration, and, in fact,...more

"Disclosure of Political Contributions in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island"

The following describes the reporting requirements under Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island laws, which require certain corporate entities to file reports regarding their business relationships with state...more

Cuba Regulations Change – Round 1

In today’s Federal Register, both the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published the first revisions to the U.S.’ Cuba economic sanctions. As expected, those changes...more

Treasury and Commerce loosen Cuba embargo

In implementation of the policy changes announced by President Barack Obama on December 17, 2014, the US Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31...more

The Obama Administration Revises the Cuba Sanctions Regulations to Expand Trade Opportunities While Certain Law Makers Question...

On January 15, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) released important updates to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”). The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry...more

House Financial Services Committee approves oversight plan; Committee chair gets new subpoena authority

The House Financial Services Committee voted unanimously today to approve the Committee’s oversight plan for the 114th Congress. The plan provides that the Committee intends to continue its close examination of the...more

First Salvo by New Congress To Roll Back Dodd-Frank

The House of Representatives recently passed, by a vote of 271-154, legislation that includes a delay in the implementation of the Volcker Rule until 2019. The proposed change would add two years to the maximum extension...more

President Calls on Congress to Pass Cybersecurity, Data Breach Bills; Congress Begins Action on the Issue

In his sixth State of the Union Address to Congress, President Obama again called on Congress to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity laws and enact a federal standard for data security and breach notification. Speaking...more

SOTU mentions housing!

President Obama’s State of the Union address touched briefly on housing issues. With a focus on “middle class economics”, it was inevitable that we would hear about homeownership rather than rental housing. He mentioned lower...more

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Obama Administration Announces Regulatory Amendments to U.S. Cuba Sanctions

On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 515 (“CACR”), and the U.S. Department of Commerce amended the Export Administration...more

Four Key Voices in Washington’s Housing Finance Reform Debate

The 113th Congress adjourned on Dec. 16, 2014. Among its legislative shortcomings, including the last-minute failure to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (‘‘TRIA’’), was the inability to produce any meaningful reform to...more

Partial Relaxation of Cuban Sanctions: New Regulations Issued

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce have released new regulations that loosen restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba....more

Easing the Cuban Embargo: Automotive Industry Unlikely to Realize Any Immediate Benefit

The president’s recent announcement of plans to ease the 54-year old embargo of Cuba engendered great excitement and anticipation on the part of U.S. companies eager to do business in Cuba. However, although these proposed...more

New York Attorney General Proposes Stiffer Data Security and Breach Notification Laws

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has proposed legislation that would make the state’s data security law the strongest in the country and require “unprecedented safeguards” for personal data....more

Congress Speeds Non-Resident Licensing for Insurance Producers

In yet one more assertion of federal power to regulate insurance – which states have long controlled – President Obama signed legislation on Jan. 12 that will dramatically speed the licensing of insurance agents and brokers...more

"OFAC and BIS Implement Changes in Cuba Policy"

Since the 1960s, the United States has maintained an embargo on Cuba that in many respects is the most comprehensive set of economic and trade restrictions on any country. On January 16, 2015, amendments to regulations issued...more

House Takes Action to Delay Volcker Rule

On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would further delay the full implementation of the Volcker Rule – a highly controversial rule introduced under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that...more

House Passes Bill to Ease Volcker Rule and other Regulatory Requirements

The U.S. House of Representatives on January 14, 2015, voted (271-154) to pass H.R. 37, the “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.” If enacted, the bill, among other things, would extend the Volcker...more

What Will the "New Chapter" in U.S.-Cuba Relations Entail?

On January 15, both the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published final rules implementing President Obama's initial reforms....more

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