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Canadian government vs. Ottawa think tank - a battle of bias

Classic case of they said, they said - Last year, the Canada Revenue Agency began auditing an Ottawa-based think tank, accusing the company of being “biased and one-sided.” Now, more than 400 academics are demanding...more

Fee-Shifting Bylaw Developments In The Courts

Those expecting that the Delaware court, in a case involving Hemispherx, would soon address the as-applied validity of a fee-shifting bylaw may be disappointed. (As discussed in this post and this Cooley Alert, the Delaware...more

Fourth Circuit Issues Reminder to Plan Proponents: Evidentiary Support is Required for Non-Debtor Releases

While a minority of circuits, such as the Ninth Circuit (see, e.g., In re Lowenschuss, 67 F.3d 1394 (9th Cir. 1995), have reasoned that bankruptcy courts lack the authority to approve non-debtor releases based on the language...more

Key Reforms of the Russian Civil Code for Legal Entities

The changes address corporate governance, liability, and other issues. Russia continues to pursue a series of reforms to modernise its civil and commercial laws and improve the business environment. Recent amendments...more

Ten Ways to Energize Research Organization Collaborations

Energizing Research Organization Collaborations Research collaborations that extend across organization — universities, hospitals, independent research institutes, national labs, companies, etc.— require a certain amount of...more

Charitable Planning with S Corporation Stock—Making It Work

Since 1998, charities have been able to own S corporation stock (“S stock”). However, the ownership of S stock by an exempt organization may result in either an unexpected tax burden or a liability rather than an asset for...more

Charitable Solicitation Requirements are Changing in Maine

On August 1, 2014, the State of Maine will eliminate its requirement under the Charitable Solicitations Act that all fundraising consultants, known as “professional fundraising counsel,” must be licensed by the Maine...more

Watch Out Stealth Lobbyists

The oft discussed and long-anticipated unregistered federal lobbyist investigation may be occurring as we speak. The recently released 2014 first quarter report of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) disclosed that one...more

New Law Nullifies Property Tax Exemption for Buildings Sold by Nonprofits

What happens to a property tax exemption when a nonprofit sells its building to an entity that will use it for a non-exempt purpose? As of July 1, 2014, and extending through 2015, the new owner will owe property tax on the...more

Surviving the AG Conversion Process: Tips for Nonprofit Hospitals

Any manager of a nonprofit health facility involved in a sale, merger or other affiliation knows that undergoing such complicated transactions can become a major distraction from the day-to-day task of running the facility. A...more

The Clock is Ticking on the SEC’s MCDC Initiative - Limited Self Reporting Window Closes September 9, 2014

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has announced its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (the “MCDC Initiative”) for municipal issuers, conduit borrowers, other obligated persons...more

Reminder: September 9th Effective Deadline for Issuers and Underwriters to Participate in SEC’s Municipalities Continuing...

If your organization has participated in a municipal bond or other municipal security financing in the past five years, you should be aware of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Municipalities Continuing...more

Enhancements to Florida's Solicitation of Funds Law Now Effective

In response to the Tampa Bay Times investigative story, "America's Worst Charities," Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam worked with the Florida Legislature to enact material enhancements to Florida's...more

Bishop Gassis v. Corkery, C.A. No. 8868-VCG (Del. Ch. May 28, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this post-trial decision in a proceeding pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 225, the Court of Chancery held that the board of the Sudan Relief Fund, Inc. (the “Fund”), a charitable corporation, validly removed the plaintiff as a...more

Impact of the New Hong Kong Companies Ordinance on Charitable Institutions

The new Hong Kong Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) (New CO) came into effect on March 3, 2014. The impact of this new law on registered charitable institutions incorporated as Hong Kong companies limited by guarantee (CLGs) is...more

Assessing the Impact of the New Hong Kong Companies Ordinance on Charitable Institutions

The new Hong Kong Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) (New CO) came into effect on March 3, 2014, with the aim to enhance corporate governance, ensure better regulation, facilitate business and modernize the law. As the New CO...more

Should Freelancers Take Code of Ethics Training Too?

I read this article on Fortune yesterday, titled “Why Freelancers Need a Code of Ethics.” We focus so much on companies and larger organizations that it never occurred to me that the freelance industry would be thinking about...more

Massachusetts Sues Fannie and Freddie for Blocking Home Buybacks

Earlier this month, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley initiated an action against Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Finance Agency for allegedly illegally impeding non-profit foreclosure buyback...more

The For-Profit Entity's Guide to Doing Business with Nonprofit Organizations

30-SECOND SUMMARY It may seem logical for certain for-profit organizations to enter into business arrangements with nonprofits. Although both parties can certainly benefit from such an arrangement, the nonprofit must be...more

Senate Bill No. 35: An Act Concerning Notice of Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Affiliations of Group Medical Practices

At the end of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2014 Regular Session, "An Act Concerning Notice of Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Affiliations of Group Medical Practices" (the "Act") was passed and is awaiting the...more

New York Court Strikes Down Regulations Limiting Executive Compensation and Administrative Expenses

A New York court has held that the State’s regulatory limits on executive compensation and administrative expenses for entities that receive state funds unconstitutionally exceed proper regulatory authority. The regulations,...more

Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act

In This Issue: - Introduction - Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Legislation - Effective Date - Types of Public Benefit Corporations - Establishment of a Public Benefit Corporation - Name -...more

Proposed Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Legislation

A bill has been introduced to bring public benefit corporations to Minnesota. The public benefit corporation is a relatively recent legal innovation that occupies a hybrid position between a traditional corporation and a...more

Proposed Tax Code Overhaul Introduced with the Tax Reform Act of 2014

On February 26, 2014, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp released draft (the "Discussion Draft”) that would substantially reform the current U.S. Tax Code (the “Code”). The Discussion Draft contains numerous...more

Solving Hunger By Updating Corporate Policies, Ethics Training

Company policies are living documents. They change in response to events in the environment, changes in your company’s risk profile, its incident history, or even its worldview. We spend a lot of time trying to ensure...more

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