Blank Rome LLP

Suspicious Minds: Lender's Failure to Investigate and Search For "Possible Dirt" Leads to Fraudulent Transfer Liability, but Not Equitable Subordination

In a decision that deserves the close attention of secured lenders, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a bank’s awareness of suspicious facts about the collateral pledged to secure its loan required bank…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Drones – Is the Maritime Industry Ready?

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or “drones” in common parlance, are not a part of the historical maritime vocabulary. At least not yet. While the term “drones” may conjure images from science fiction, the reality is that…more
| Government Contracting, Maritime Law, Transportation

New Jersey High Court Expands Reach of “Take-Home” Toxic Tort Claims

Action Item: Employers and premises owner of facilities in which employees or visitors might be exposed to alleged hazardous substances must be aware of a recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision in Schwartz v. Accuratus Corp.,…more
| Civil Procedure, Toxic Torts

Madden v. Midland Funding: Supreme Court Leaves Non-Bank Loan Assignees Exposed to State Usury Laws

On June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States (the “Court”) denied Midland Funding LLC’s petition for certiorari in Madden v. Midland Funding, thereby letting stand a ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Second…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Hosts National Compliance Outreach Seminar for Investment Companies and Investment Advisers In April 2016, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”), the…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear National Bank Act Preemption Case

Action Item: The United States Supreme Court declined to review a Second Circuit ruling that non-national bank assignees of debt are not entitled to preemption of state usury laws under the National Bank Act. The Supreme Court’s…more
| Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Finance & Banking

Non-GAAP Financial Measures – Agenda Item for Upcoming Audit Committee Meetings

On June 27, 2016, SEC Chair Mary Jo White delivered a speech, which focused, in part, on non-GAAP financial measures, which have become the new old “hot button” issue for the SEC. Chair White strongly urged companies to…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

New Proposed IRS Regulations Have Potential Broad Implications for Deferred Compensation and Severance Arrangements of Tax Exempt Organizations

Action Item: On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued long-awaited proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code that could significantly impact the deferred compensation and severance…more
| Business Organizations, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

An Overview of HB 2150, Preliminarily Approving Expanded Gaming in Pennsylvania

Action Item: The Pennsylvania legislature is poised to expand gaming significantly to include interactive gaming and fantasy sports, among other major changes. Be prepared for these developments which will create opportunities…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Elections & Politics

Updated Guidance on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015

Action Item: On June 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) jointly issued a notice announcing the availability of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015…more
| Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Final Rule On Inspection Of Towing Vessels Published After 12 Years In The Making

Action Item: The recently published Subchapter M Final Rule establishes a comprehensive safety system and inspection program for towing vessels. Stakeholders involved in the operation or ownership of towing vessels should…more
| Maritime Law, Transportation

Los Angeles Expands Sick Pay Obligations Beyond Current State Law Requirements

Action Item: On June 2, 2016, Mayor Garcetti signed Los Angeles’ new Minimum Wage Ordinance (“the Los Angeles Ordinance”), which effectively affords employees who work in the City of Los Angeles twice the amount of paid sick…more
| Labor & Employment Law

When Not to Rely: Non-Reliance Disclaimers after FdG

Action Item: To be effective in protecting a seller, acquisition agreements must contain a clear statement as to the disclaimer of reliance on extra-contractual representations and warranties and such disclaimer must come from…more
| Business Organizations, Mergers & Acquisitions

Mainbrace: June 2016 (No. 3)

As the July 1, 2016, effective date for the SOLAS Regulation VI/2 amendments quickly approaches, unanswered questions and difficulties complying with varied international and domestic implementations loom large. In an effort to…more
| Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Maritime Law, Transportation

The Use of Drones in the Construction Industry: Are You Prepared?

Action Item: Anyone in the construction industry who is using drones in their business (or allowing contractors to use drones on their property) must be aware of the applicable laws and regulations, and should also check on…more
| Construction Law, Transportation
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