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Philadelphia, PA 19103-6998, United States

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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

Scanning The Post-Burlington Northern CERCLA Landscape

Since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. v. United States, 556 U.S. 599 (2009), holding that a party must “take intentional steps to dispose of a hazardous…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Toxic Torts

Disruptive Changes on the Horizon for Federal COTS Software Supply

Action Item: Firms making commercial off-the-shelf ("COTS") software sold to the federal government, or reselling COTS software to the federal government, should respond to the SBA’s recent proposed rule or risk a loss of market…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology, Government Contracting

SEC Proposes Rules for Hedging Disclosure

On February 9, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission, as required by Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Act, issued proposed rules requiring enhanced proxy disclosure of a company’s hedging policies for its directors, officers…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

MD&A Lessons Learned from Broadwind Energy

On February 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Broadwind Energy, Inc. (Broadwind), its former Chief Executive Officer and its Chief Financial Officer for accounting and disclosure violations that, as the SEC…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

$750,000,000 Missing Comma Comes Unhinged in BP’s Additional Insured Claim

Action Item: Courts must consider whether an insurance policy incorporates other documents and the extent thereof in evaluating the existence of additional insured coverage. Parties should evaluate the policy and underlying…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Insurance, Maritime Law

Philadelphia Adopts Paid Sick Leave Law

Action Item: On February 12, 2015, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law a paid sick leave bill for the City of Philadelphia. Affected employers should review the law closely because it includes specific requirements…more
| Labor & Employment Law

FCPA Opinion Emphasizes Need for Comprehensive Due Diligence Ahead of Foreign Acquisitions

Action Item: In November 2014, the United States Department of Justice issued an Attorney General Opinion with respect to the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade

Employer Concerns Regarding the Spread of Measles and Other Infectious Diseases

Action Item: Based on the rising number of issues related to highly communicable diseases like measles, mumps, flu, and Ebola, employers should be proactive rather than reactive in preparing and implementing an infectious…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Health

Federal Judge Strikes Class Allegations Pre-Certification and Discovery

Too many times a defendant is forced to foot the bill for costly discovery and motion practice before being able to successfully challenge class allegations. The recent decision in Bell v. Cheswick Generating Station, et al.,…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Toxic Torts

New Shanghai Free Trade Zone Policy: WFOEs Now Permitted to Provide E-Commerce Services

Action Item: The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China has announced that foreign investors may now hold 100 percent of the equity shares in e-commerce companies located in the…more
| Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Withdrawal of Whole Foods No-Action Letter Leaves a Hole in Proxy Access Proposal Defense

On January 16, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that, for the 2015 proxy season, the Division of Corporation Finance will not express any views as to whether a company may exclude a shareholder…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Case Settled! New Jersey Supreme Court Says No Time Limits to Spill Act Contribution Claims

Action Item: Defendants can no longer assert a statute of limitations defense to claims of contribution under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.11, et seq. (“Spill Act”)…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Toxic Torts, Real Estate - Commercial

Appointment Of Independent Directors On The Eve Of Bankruptcy: Why The Growing Trend?

In recent years, companies in financial distress have found “independent” directors to be useful to achieve protections for their board members. An independent director is a director – usually with no prior affiliation to the…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts

IRS Announces That More Than 50,000 Have Enrolled In OVDP; Amnesty Program To Remain Open Indefinitely

Yesterday, the Internal Revenue Service unveiled its latest statistics on participation in its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), an amnesty program for taxpayers with undisclosed foreign bank accounts that has…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation
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