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We Really Mean It This Time: Recently Enacted FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 Mandates

On June 13, Congress passed the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, and President Obama signed the bill into law on June 30, nearly 50 years after the original Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) was first enacted. The new law was...more

Massachusetts Governor Supports Noncompete Reform, But Not Abolition

According to The Boston Globe, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has publicly voiced his support for some restrictions on noncompete agreements, but he does not want to abolish them entirely. Specifically, Governor Baker...more

Political campaigns face copyright and robocall liabilities

Though it seems to come as a surprise to many of them, politicians — even presidential candidates — have to live with the same intellectual property and communications laws that bedevil the rest of us....more

North American Leaders Announce Energy Plan

On June 29, 2016, the North American Climate, Energy, and Environment Partnership was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama, and President Enrique Peña Nieto at the North American Leaders Summit...more

The European Commission Formally Adopts the Privacy Shield

The Privacy Shield heightens the level of scrutiny and the burden on organizations that voluntarily self-certify. On October 6, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidated the European Commission’s (the...more

Cybersecurity News & Notes – July 2016 #4

In Case You Missed It: U.S. Major party platforms address cybersecurity. The two major parties have released their 2016 election platforms, both of which include cybersecurity planks. The Republican platform’s perspective...more

Liquor Control Board Weighs in on Alcohol Law Changes in Pennsylvania

Of particular interest to Pennsylvania residents and those doing business in the Commonwealth is the focus on expanding the location and availability of alcohol beyond traditional licensees. A month after Act 39 of 2016...more

President Obama to sign Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act of 2016

On July 19, 2016, bill H.R. 3700, more commonly known as the Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act of 2016 (“HOTMA”), was presented to President Obama for signature after being unanimously approved by the U.S....more

One Year Anniversary of U.S.-Cuba Diplomatic Relations

On July 20, 2016, the United States and Cuba marked the first anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between both countries. Key events from the preceding year include: - The re-opening of the U.S....more

Pennsylvania Amends IRA Provisions of Unclaimed Property Law and Adds Due Diligence Requirements

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed HB 1605 on July 13, 2016, and it was approved by Governor Tom Wolf on the same day. Contained within this omnibus finance bill are two sections that significantly amend Pennsylvania’s...more

President Obama’s ACA Prescription

President Obama recently published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA, discussing his signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The President considers ACA’s...more

Insurers Challenge Retroactive Application of New Florida Law that Requires Comparison of Names of Accounts to Death Master File

Amendments to the Florida Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act in 2016 made significant changes to unclaimed property presumptions and insurance company obligations. See § 717.107, Fla. Stat. (2016) (the Act). Among other...more

By Sasso's Ingeniously Simple 3-Point Index, Hillary Edges Out Trump

For my money, John Sasso has produced the best analytical framework for understanding who will become the next President of the United States. “Demographics and regional electoral factors do matter in the general...more

Ariana Grande’s online antics result in job loss at the White House

Newly leaked e-mails reveal that pop sensation Ariana Grande lost a gig performing at the White House based on a video circulated online last year. The surveillance footage taken at a California doughnut shop showed Grande...more

Australian insolvency law reforms aim to increase business restructuring opportunities

The Australian government is working to significantly reform Australia’s current insolvency laws by mid-2017. The reforms are intended to achieve greater likelihood of business preservation by introducing the flexibility...more

Changes to North Carolina's HB2 Restore Employee Right File a Discrimination Suit in State Court

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law House Bill 169 on July 18, 2016. The new law restores a North Carolina employee’s right to file a wrongful termination claim in North Carolina state court based on certain...more

Broken Dreams - How Tax Non-Compliance Can Destroy the American Dream of Undocumented Immigrants - Part 1

Overview - The U.S. Presidential Elections have shifted into overdrive with both the Republican and Democratic holding their conventions over the next two weeks to select Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as their...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2016 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Small Business Mentor-Protégé Programs - The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) is amending its regulations to implement provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, and the...more

The Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act (Part 1) — Pathway to “Receiver Sales” of Real Estate Security?

“Uniform” laws seem to be all the rage these days. A group called the Uniform Law Commission (aka National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws) does the drafting, and the goal is to come up with a...more

What Does The Loss Of “Green Chemistry” Provision From Amended TSCA Mean For Biochemicals?

On July 15, 2016, Environmental Leader published "What Does the Loss of 'Green Chemistry' Provision from Amended TSCA Mean for Biochemicals?," featuring comments by Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner of Biobased and Renewable...more

Las P3 y el riesgo político: ¿por qué las P3 de Miami-Dade pueden resistir el clima político?

En un año electoral, los inversores prestan mucha atención a los entornos políticos de las jurisdicciones que buscan el desarrollo de las asociaciones entre los sectores público y privado (“P3” o “PPP”). La inversión en el...more

From The Sunshine State To The Green State: An Overview Of Medical Marijuana Laws In Florida

In Florida, the controversial fight for expanded use of medical cannabis has been led by groups of impassioned advocates who were narrowly defeated on the 2014 State ballot initiative. However, in light of Florida’s recent...more

Renovating the Past, Constructing the Future: H.R. 5530

This is the fourth installment in a series examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016 and approved by the full House of Representatives on July 11, 2016....more

Democratic Senators want stronger payday loan rule

A group of 27 Democratic Senators joined by Independent Senator Bernie Sanders have sent a letter to Director Cordray urging the CFPB to “strengthen” its proposed payday loan rule. The Senators take aim at the proposal’s...more

Utah votes to let authorities disable drones near wildfires

This week, in Salt Lake City, lawmakers approved a bill that would allow Utah authorities (i.e., firefighters or law enforcement) to disable and down drones if they are being flown too close to wildfires. Governor Gary...more

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