Blank Rome LLP

Pennsylvania Legislation Introduced to Authorize Online Gaming

On February 26, 2015, Pennsylvania State Representative John Payne, chairman of the Gaming Oversight Committee, and several other sponsors introduced HB 649, a bill that would amend the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Elections & Politics

SEC Enforcement Division Outlines Focus for 2015

Action Item: Companies and individuals should continue to be mindful that the Enforcement Division will aggressively pursue securities fraud violations and will be increasing its personnel and technology resources to accomplish…more
| Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Securities Law

Not Saved By The Bell: Dismissing Classes Prediscovery

Two billion dollars. That is what the top legal counsel at nearly 350 companies spent on the defense of class actions in 2014. In addition to the cost of outside counsel, on average, companies dedicate six in-house individuals…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Personal Injury, Consumer Protection

Fourth Circuit Continues Trend toward Narrowing Scope of CERCLA Arranger Liability

Action Item: With federal courts moving toward limiting arranger liability under CERCLA, companies that sell new or used products containing hazardous substances should heed the guidance of those courts and take certain…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Toxic Torts

National Labor Relations Board Issues Guidance on Employee Handbook Provisions

Action Item: Recent guidance provided by the National Labor Relations Board is a valuable reminder that employers should carefully review their employee handbooks and other policies to ensure compliance with the National Labor…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Court Decisions Halt Momentum on Local Oil and Gas Regulations

Action Item: Oil and gas operators should be aware that courts recently have been paring back on the power of local municipalities to regulate their operations…more
| Conflict of Laws, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Mainbrace: March 2015 No. 2

In this issue: - A Note from the Editor - Congress and Administration Take Cautious Approach to Crude Exports as Oil Prices Fall - Meet Blank Rome—Fairfield Sentry: Comity, Seller’s Remorse, and Chapter…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Maritime Law, Transportation

New York Proposes Tough New Anti-Money Laundering and Cybersecurity Measures on Financial Services Companies

Action Item: Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of Financial Services for New York State, one of the country’s most aggressive regulators, is seeking to increase regulatory pressures on the financial services industry, beyond…more
| Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

SEC FCPA Enforcement Action against Goodyear and Investigation of Mondelez International Provide Valuable Lessons for U.S. Companies Seeking to Acquire Foreign Entities

Action Item: The Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement action against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and its investigation of Mondelez International provide key lessons to U.S. companies seeking to acquire foreign…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

IRS Issues Further Revisions to Form 8938 Instructions

As part of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) passed by Congress in 2010, individual taxpayers are now required to report “specified foreign financial assets” on an information reporting form entitled Form 8938,…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Is SEC Regulation of Political Spending Dead?

It is unlikely that it is dead, but it certainly is on life support. But, I believe that board oversight, and disclosure, of corporate political expenditures will continue to increase. In 2011, the Committee of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Yates v. United States: Supreme Court Reins in Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s “Anti-Shredding” Provision

Action Item: The Supreme Court’s decision in Yates v. United States will significantly impact how in-house counsel, outside counsel, and compliance officers alike should advise their clients with respect to evidence preservation…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law

FAA Proposes Rules for Small Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems or Drones

Action Item: As a step towards integrating commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) flights into U.S. airspace, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”)…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Transportation

FinCEN issues $1.5 million Penalty against Pennsylvania Bank for AML Violations

On February 26, 2015, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued an assessment of a civil money penalty totaling $1,500,000 against First National Community Bank (“FNCB”), which is located…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking

Pennsylvania Legislation Introduced to Authorize Online Poker

Action Item: On February 26, 2015, Pennsylvania State Representative John Payne and several other sponsors introduced legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act to authorize online or…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Elections & Politics
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