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Southeast State & Local Tax: Important Developments - November/December 2014

The Williams Mullen Southeast State and Local Tax (SESALT) team is pleased to provide you with a comprehensive recap of important tax developments around the Southeast....more

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing

Application Submission Scheduled for Mid-December Through Mid-January - The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to approve the California Advanced Services Fund Public Housing Broadband Grant Guidelines...more

More Seismic Rumbling in Louisiana

In Olympia Minerals et al v. HS Resources, et al, the Louisiana Supreme Court addressed a decision we discussed in a February entry by affirming in part, reversing in part, amending in part and remanding (because why do one...more

HUD Notice Has Potential To Encourage Broad PHA Renewable Energy Rollout

In an effort to support President Obama's July 2013 Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued Notice PIH-2014-18 (HA). The notice offers guidance on federal incentives for...more

What is Happening Now in the Market for EB-5 Financing for Hotel, Multi-Family and Mixed Use Real Estate Developments

Competition for EB-5 Financing is Strong. Demand for EB-5 financing among U.S. real estate developers is at record high levels, and demand for high quality EB-5 investments in China remains strong. Marketing agents in...more

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update: May 2014

This is a brief update on recent Pennsylvania tax developments. For more information on any of these developments, contact one of the authors or the Reed Smith State Tax attorney with whom you usually work....more

Banking & Financial Services E - Note - May 2014

In This Issue: - Fed Regulator Calls for End of Banks' Self-Grading of Risk - Regulator Won't Act on Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - Community Bankers Support Tiered Banking Regulatory System -...more

Judge Denied Bank of America’s Motion to Dismiss $850M Mortgage Fraud Case

Last week, Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina denied Bank of America’s motion to dismiss the Security and Exchange Commission’s claims against it in SEC v....more

Beyond Real Estate: Publicly Traded Homebuilders (And Other Public Companies) Must be Aware of Cybersecurity and Data Breach...

Generally speaking, publicly traded homebuilders and other public companies must disclose material information in their SEC filings. “Information is considered material if there is a substantial likelihood that a reasonable...more

Claims Directed to Real Estate Appraisal Techniques Not Patent-Eligible - Interthinx, Inc., v. Corelogic Solutions, LLC

Addressing the issue of whether claims directed to real estate appraisal techniques were patent-eligible, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board), in a Covered Business Method (CBM) post-grant review, determined the claims...more

Two Very Good Reasons To Visit The Department’s Website

When I joined the Department of Corporations, it had no website. I remember reviewing possible designs for a site. Now, it seems hard to imagine that there was a time when state agencies didn’t have websites. Today, the...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - May 3, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - CREDIT CARDS - E-COMMERCE - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY -...more

Virginia Financial Institutions - April 2013

In This Issue: - Virginia General Assembly Concludes 2013 Session – Highlights and Considerations for Financial Institutions - Cyber Fraud: Lawsuit by Local Community Bank Demonstrates Need for Vigilance...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - February 15, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - Excerpt from Privacy/Data...more

Banking And Financial Services E-Note - January 24, 2013

In This Issue: - Fed Governor Seeks to Regulate Banks Beyond Dodd-Frank - Small Banks Worry of "Walmartization" from Dodd-Frank Act - FDIC Passes Appraisal Standards for Higher-Risk Mortgages - Community Banks...more

Mortgage Banking Update - January 10, 2013

In This Issue: - Ohio Enacts the Nation's First Transitional MLO Licensing Law for Out-of-State MLOs - Noted Data Security and Privacy Attorney Amy Mushahwar Joins Ballard Spahr - Information Security...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - December 2012

In This Issue: - Accounting Rule Would Force Banks to Take Loan Write-Downs - End of TAG Program Has Community Banks Concerned - New Mortgage Rules Protect Banks from Homeowner Lawsuits - Obama Signs Bills...more

MLS Copyright Lawsuits a Sign of Things to Come?

Christopher Barnett, Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, says if MLS does form a contemplated industry group and is successful in enforcing intellectual property rights against third parties who make it available to others without...more

Weekly Brief: Hurricane Sandy, GC Donations, Tweeting Fake News [Video]

Nov. 1 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the week's most important legal news. Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast of the United States and legal issues are beginning to emerge. Also, General...more

Washington Insight - May 2012

In This Issue: - An Insider’s View - More on Campaign Subplots - The Congressional Calendar - So Much To Do, So Little Time – - Heading Towards a Debt Ceiling Standoff, Part II - Paul Volcker Testifies on His...more

Manhattan Federal Judge Denies UBS’s Motion to Dismiss FHFA Suit

On May 4, the Honorable Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York denied UBS Americas Inc.’s (“UBS”) motion to dismiss the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (“FHFA”) complaint against it for violations of the Securities...more

Massachusetts AGO Stresses the Importance of Encryption

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office ("AGO") has entered into an Assurance of Discontinuance (the "Settlement") with a Massachusetts company after allegations that the company failed to adequately protect personal...more

Massachusetts Attorney General Data Breach Investigation Results in $15,000 Settlement with Property Management Firm

Last October, a Maloney Properties, Inc. (“MPI”) company laptop was stolen containing unencrypted personal information, including social security numbers, for over 600 Massachusetts residents. Shortly after the incident, MPI...more

Electronic Signatures Gaining Acceptance and Popularity In Residential Real Estate Transactions

Electronic signature technology has been quickly gaining steam throughout the U.S. real estate community, and has now arrived in earnest in my home state of Massachusetts. Electronic signature software lets you send legally...more

New York Law Permits Electronic Recording of Real Property Conveyances

On Friday, September 23, 2011, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law Senate Bill 2373A and Assembly Bill 6870A. The bill authorizes the electronic recording (“e-recording”) of instruments affecting real property in...more

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