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English Court Decision: Canary Wharf Finance II Plc v Deutsche Trustee Company Limited et al.

If you read one thing... - In a very recent decision, the English High Court has provided clear support for the enforceability of a make-whole provision providing compensation to the holders of long-term fixed-rate…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

EEOC to Collect Pay Data from Large Companies

If you read one thing... - The EEOC has announced a proposal to start collecting employee compensation information from companies with 100 or more employees, and is seeking comments, which are due by April 1, 2016. …more
| Labor & Employment Law

The President’s FY 2017 Budget Contains Substantial Funding for Cybersecurity

The president’s FY 2017 budget, released today, includes cybersecurity as a national priority. The budget would invest $19 billion in overall federal resources for cybersecurity that are intended to support a broad-based…more
| Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Campaigns Push on to New Hampshire

If you read one thing... - The field of candidates has narrowed following the conclusion of the Iowa caucuses; however, there is no clear front-runner for either party. - Republicans continue to spar over flat…more
| Elections & Politics, Taxation

Supreme Court Halts Clean Power Plan Implementation Pending Judicial Review

Taking what many are calling an unprecedented step, the Supreme Court yesterday, in a 5-4 “party line” vote, granted a stay of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP), halting the compliance…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

EEOC to Collect Pay Data from Large Firms - Hedge Up - A Heads-Up on Employment Issues Confronting the Hedge Fund Industry

If you read one thing... - The EEOC has announced plans to collect employee compensation information from firms with 100 or more employees. - The EEOC’s announcement is just the latest regulatory development…more
| Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

Foreign Films Take a TRIP to France

Tax Rebate Changes - In 2016, France increased its efforts to attract foreign films by loosening language restrictions and increasing the amount of tax rebates available for films that are shot in France. In the past,…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Business Organizations, International Law & Trade, Taxation

IP Newsflash - February 2016 #2

SUPREME COURT CASES - Post-Complaint Events or Transactions Cannot Cure Prudential Standing Defects - The U.S. Supreme Court denied Alps South’s writ to review the Federal Circuit’s decision that the company lacked…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Enforcement Action Possible Against Those Who Rely on Safe Harbor to Transfer Information from the EU to the United States

Wednesday, February 3, brought additional developments pertaining to the transfer of personal data from the EU to the U.S. consistent with EU privacy law. Just one day prior, we reported on the announcement by the EU and U.S. of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade, Privacy

Midstream Contract Acreage Dedications at Risk

If you read one thing... - On Tuesday, Judge Shelley Chapman, the Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Judge in the Sabine Oil & Gas chapter 11 cases, noted she was “inclined” to permit the rejection of certain…more
| Bankruptcy, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking

Kansas Tax Authority Confirms Only a Utility may Sell Power in Kansas

In its first opinion letter of the year, the Kansas Department of Revenue (DOR) confirmed that under Kansas law only a utility can sell power to a residential customer. The text of the letter references the request as being made…more
| Energy & Utilities, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Red Notice Newsletter - January 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Convicted Printing Company Ordered to Pay £2.2 Million - On January 8, 2016, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that Smith & Ouzman Ltd, a U.K. security printing company, was ordered…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade, Real Estate - Commercial

IP Newsflash - February 2016

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Strikes Down Award of Attorneys’ Fees - In a decision that rejects a recent trend of district courts’ willingness to award attorneys’ fees since the Supreme Court’s 2014 Octane…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Defining Diversity

In 1970, Helen Reddy secured a record contract. Then, she changed music and helped to shape and define the women’s movement in the ’70s by recording 10 new songs, one of which was the iconic and enduring “I Am Woman,” which she…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

IRS Provides New Guidance on Midyear Changes to Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans

If you read one thing... - The IRS has issued new guidance on midyear changes to a safe harbor plan under Code Sections 401(k) and 401(m) that addresses the requirement that plan provisions generally must remain in…more
| Business Organizations, Labor & Employment Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Taxation
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