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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

Supreme Court Rules Written Notice Is Sufficient to Rescind under TILA

Action Item: In light of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Jesinoski, lenders should be aware that written notice provided by the borrower, within three years of the loan consummation, is sufficient to exercise…more
| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

2015 Estate and Tax Planning

Blank Rome’s annual estate planning newsletter discusses certain concepts and techniques that we hope may be of interest to our clients and friends…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Mistakes and Regrets: UCC Filing Error Terminates Security Interest

Action Item: When a secured loan is being paid off, lenders routinely authorize the borrower’s counsel to prepare and file UCC termination statements releasing the lender’s security interest in the borrower’s property…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

River Road: A Cautionary Tale for Chapter 11 Financial Advisors

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently handed down an opinion, In re River Road Hotel Partners LLC, 2014 WL 5488259 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2014), dealing with the issue of a financial…more
| Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

The Third Circuit Distinguishes Between Types of Class Actions for Purposes of Its Ascertainability Analysis

Action Item: Shelton is the latest in a recent line of cases from the Third Circuit demonstrating that application of the ascertainability requirement in class action litigation continues to evolve…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

EPA Promulgates Robust Emission Control Area Enforcement Policy

Action Item: Violators of Emission Control Area requirements face hefty penalties under the Environmental Protection Agency’s new penalty policy. Owners and operators of vessels operating in the North American and U.S. Caribbean…more
| Environmental Law, International Law & Trade, Maritime Law, Transportation

Major Changes to Cuban Assets Control and Export Regulations Create New Opportunities for Trade

Action Item: On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and the U.S. Department of Commerce amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Maritime Law, Transportation

Mainbrace - January 2015 No. 1

In this issue: - A Sea Change Sweeps over Congress: A Look Back and a Look Ahead - Shipping & International Trade Law (Second Edition 2015) - Congress Passes Coast Guard Bill in Waning Hours of 113th…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, International Law & Trade, Maritime Law, Transportation

IRS Updates Streamlined Certification Forms; Narrative Explanation Is Mandatory

The Internal Revenue Service has recently updated the certification forms required to be filed by taxpayers seeking to avail themselves of the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures. The streamlined program was significantly…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

New York Adopts More Stringent Debt Collection Regulations

Action Item: In advance of the 2015 effective dates, debt collectors that operate in New York should review their current policies and take necessary steps to comply with new state regulations that provide consumer protections…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Seafarers’ Access to Marine Facilities

Action Item: Owners, operators, and other interested parties related to the operation of marine terminals should review and comment on a Coast Guard Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) addressing new requirements to implement…more
| Maritime Law, Transportation

Midconstruction Refinancing: A Plunge Into The Void?

Construction loans typically do not get refinanced before a project is completed. A construction loan is short-term in nature and both the lender and its customer expect that they will stay on the project until the project is…more
| Construction Law, Finance & Banking, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

Commerce Department Issues New Guidance on Technical Crude Export Issues

Action Item: New policy guidance in the form of “Frequently Asked Questions” was published by the Commerce Department on December 20, 2014, with regard to crude oil export controls. Stakeholders interested in crude oil exports…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade, Maritime Law

FATCA Update: More Guidance, IGAs, Forms Announced by Treasury and IRS

1. The United States announced the signing of two more Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) to implement FATCA. The latest IGAs were signed by the Netherlands and Curacao, and are dated December 18 and 16, respectively. Both…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation
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