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IRS Finalizes Regulations Under Section 501(r)

On December 29, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations under Section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code clarifying certain requirements applicable to charitable tax-exempt hospitals…more
| Health, Taxation, Nonprofit Law

Your Printing Paper Could Get A Lot More Expensive

For your information, on January 21, 2015, a petition was filed asking the U.S. government to investigate whether uncoated paper produced in Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia, and Portugal is being unfairly dumped, and whether…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

You Still Can’t Violate the FDCPA by Complying With It…

In Gomez v. Oxford Law, 3:14-cv-00477, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 345, * 3 (M.D. Pa. Jan. 5, 2014), Ninouska Gomez filed suit under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (the “FDCPA”) after receiving a message from Oxford Law, which…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

OFAC and BIS Release Amendments to Cuban Embargo Regulations

Further to certain policy changes announced by the President on December 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has published amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

New Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Thresholds

This week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the new notification thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act). This antitrust law requires parties to certain kinds of transactions to…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

DOL Investigations: A Shift in Focus

The Issue: During a recent Department of Labor (“DOL”) investigation for a local California employer, we experienced an increased focus by the DOL on plan expenses. While this isn’t necessarily surprising given the increased…more
| Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law, Insurance

Exempt vs. Non-Exempt: Have You Properly Classified Your Employees?

The Issue: Which employees are exempt from overtime laws? The Solution: Exempt employees are those whose job compensation and duties meet the federal and state requirements for overtime exemption…more
| Labor & Employment Law

District of Connecticut Blocks Pick-Off Attempt (Twice)

In Mey v. Frontier Communs. Corp., No. 3:13-1191-MPS, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161675 (D. Conn. Nov. 18, 2014), Plaintiff Diana Mey alleged that she received two calls to her cell phone from Frontier’s automatic telephone dialing…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection

Pending TCPA Petitions (Grouped by Primary Subject Matter)

As 2015 begins, we thought that providing a roundup of and the links to pending FCC TCPA petitions might be useful. The list includes most pending petitions filed since the FCC’s revised TCPA rules came into effect, with the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Health

Avon Settles FCPA Charges

On December 17, 2014, Avon Products, Inc. (“Avon”) resolved Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations being conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Cybersecurity Litigation Monthly Newsletter

Symantec Corporation, the data security software provider, filed a motion to quash the plaintiffs’ third-party subpoena in the consolidated class action over Target Corporation’s massive customer data breach in late 2013…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Personal Injury, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

USPTO Publishes New Guidelines for Patent-Eligible Subject Matter: Naturally Derived Subject Matter

On December 16, 2014, the USPTO published the 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility. in the Federal Register, replacing the previous Guidelines issued in March 2014 (“March Guidelines”). The March…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

9 Health Care Legal Issues to Follow in 2015

Cost sharing, consumerism, price transparency, patient engagement, value-based purchasing, affiliations, consolidation, access, community partnerships, narrow networks, cost containment, post-acute care, talent stewardship—this…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Elections & Politics, Privacy, Health, Taxation

Buy High, Sell Low, and Restrict Competition: The Allegations Underlying the Government’s Case Against DaVita and the Implications of the Settlement

On October 22, DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., one of the nation’s largest dialysis companies, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Total Renal Care, Inc. (collectively, “DaVita”), agreed to pay $389 Million to settle allegations…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Health, Government Contracting

San Francisco’s Retail Workers Bill of Rights Has Passed: Are you ready?

Operative July 3, 2015, companies located in San Francisco who are “Formula Retail Establishments” must comply with additional wage and hour requirements under the Retail Workers Bill of Rights (a combination of two ordinances,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law
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