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Queen's speech paves the way for Brexit

by Hogan Lovells on

The Queen's Speech has set out the UK Government's intended legislative programme for the next two years – and its focus is Brexit. While there is little to no new detail, there are some further hints of how the...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 5

The Senate’s health care reform bill was released today, and we will report on that separately. In the meantime, below are key health care reform developments from the week of June 12th....more

Biofuel Mandates Escape Current EPA Scrutiny

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a regulatory program administered by EPA that requires petroleum-based transportation fuel sold in the U.S. to contain a minimum volume of various categories of biofuels. The program’s...more

Clarifying the status of Gainful Employment and Borrower Defense to Repayment

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

During the second term of the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Education promulgated several complex regulatory packages. Among the most significant and controversial were the Gainful Employment (“GE”) rule,...more

Safe harbour and ipso facto reform in Australia

by DLA Piper on

Long-awaited law reform to bring Australia's insolvency regime into step with many of its trading counterparts is slated to be enacted in the second half of 2017. The text of the law is currently before parliament for debate....more

Do Read the Fine Print – California’s Recent Budget Makes a Number of Labor and Employment Policy Changes

by Fisher Phillips on

Last week, (by their constitutional June 15 deadline) the California Legislature passed and sent to the Governor a $184.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-18. Most of the media attention focused on tobacco tax...more

China Relaxes Some Restrictions on Foreign Investment in China's Pilot Free Trade Zones

by WilmerHale on

The General Office of China's State Council posted on June 16 the Special Measures on the Administration of Entry by Foreign Investment in Pilot Free Trade Zones (Negative List) (2017 edition) (Guobanfa [2017] No. 51, dated...more

Force majeure and the Qatar crisis: implications for UAE businesses

by Dentons on

On 5 June 2017, the UAE announced that it would be severing all diplomatic ties with Qatar. In separate announcements, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt also severed ties with Qatar, with other countries in the region following...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. President Trump announced his intended nominee for Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed updates to its...more

Consultation on personalised robo-advice

by DLA Piper on

As you will be aware from our previous updates on robo-advice, personalised financial advice in New Zealand must be given by a human being. This is limiting the development of robo-advice models in the New Zealand market and...more

Hong Kong Permits Third Party Funding of Arbitration

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Hong Kong approved last week the awaited Arbitration and Mediation Legislation (Third Party Funding) (Amendment) Bill 2016 to permit third party funding of arbitration, as well as supporting court, emergency arbitration and...more

Bikers Who Love that 'Wind-in-My-Hair' Feeling Still Hoping for Legislative Relief

by PretiFlaherty on

When I was 18 and a freshman at Northeastern, my sister-in-law, Sue, was a recent graduate of the Mt. Auburn Hospital school of nursing (Cambridge) and working as an operating room nurse at that hospital. One day she asked...more

Office of Civil Rights Field Instructions Signal Shift in Approach

by Barley Snyder on

It was revealed last week that Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Candice E. Jackson, issued instructions to OCR regional directors on June 6, 2017, addressing the processing of complaints in...more

Bipartisan Group of Senators Releases Principles for Federal Autonomous Vehicle Laws

by Buchalter on

Last week, U.S. Senators John Thune (R-SD), Gary Peters (D-Mich), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla) released a framework for autonomous vehicle legislation based on these six principles...more

On My Bookshelf: Sisters, the Lives of America's Suffragists

by Baker Donelson on

Against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential election that pitted Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump, it was fascinating for our BakerReads group to spend some time with a book tracing the personal histories of five of the...more

CBO/JCT/CMS Release Analyses of House-Passed AHCA; Senate Timeline Remains Unclear

by Baker Donelson on

On May 24, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released much-anticipated analysis of the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). Overall, CBO projected that the AHCA would reduce...more

DSM Watch: EU online content services Portability Regulation will become law in its current form: Council adoption 8 June 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

DSM Watch has been tracking this, the first legislative proposal published by the Commission under the Digital Single Market strategy banner, since back in December 2015.  The Commission’s aim was to allow consumers who pay...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: From the Capitol to the Courtroom

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Following the adjournment of the 2017 regular session and a short special session, the Legislature passed and presented to Governor Dayton a comprehensive and balanced budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, including nine...more

Trump Administration Discusses The Future Of Drones

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

With the Trump Administration’s focus on jobs and building the economy, it makes perfect sense that it would explore opportunities in one of the fastest growing industries right now: drones. In what may be the first direct...more

Trump’s Cuba Policy Reverses Course Set By Obama

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Simpler and less expensive travel to Cuba by Americans is apparently short-lived, as more difficult and costly travel to the island nation appears forthcoming. In a recent speech in Miami outlining his policies on Cuban...more

Treasury Department Issues FAQ on Impact of Cuba Policy Shift

by Baker Donelson on

On June 16, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a press release answering 12 "Frequently Asked Questions" ahead of President Trump's announcement of a revised U.S. policy...more

UK: Government sets out in the Queen's Speech measures for protecting insurance customers

by Hogan Lovells on

The government has today set out the details of its legislative programme for the next two years in the Queen’s Speech.  One of the issues to be addressed in this parliamentary session will be tackling the “compensation...more

Iran and Russia Sanctions Pass US Senate

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, the U.S. Senate acted to pass both new Iran and Russia sanctions by large bipartisan margins. The House of Representatives has not yet acted on either piece of legislation. We anticipate that Congress will...more

The Scambler Case: Tax Law in Plain English?

A recent decision of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) (UT) in Scambler and another v HMRC [2017] UKUT 1 (TCC) considers the question of when it is appropriate to look back to earlier versions of tax legislation...more

Obama to Trump: Before and After on Cuba

by Hogan Lovells on

On Friday, 16 June 2017, President Trump made his first major foray into U.S. - Cuban relations since assuming office. While it was a radical departure in tone from his predecessor, the changes he announced appear to leave...more

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