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Using Student Medical Records: Department of Education Issues New Guidance

When is it legal and proper for higher education institutions to use student medical records other than for a student's healthcare? In answering that question, institutions have to balance students' privacy interests, including…more
| Education, Health, Privacy

Protecting Your Brands in New Markets: Iran and Cuba

For companies based in the United States, doing business in Cuba and Iran is no longer a completely far-fetched notion. In Cuba, the relaxing of the embargo promises to make this island neighbor of the U.S. available for…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

DoD's New Cybersecurity and Cloud Standards and Reporting Requirements

The Department of Defense (DoD) released interim rules implementing provisions of the 2013 and 2015 National Defense Authorization Acts. The rules, released on Aug. 26, 2015, are effective immediately and establish the…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Military Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Government Contracting

DC Circuit Clarifies Public-Interest and News-Media Fee Waivers Under FOIA

A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a lower court ruling that imposed burdensome requirements on a fledgling nonprofit that prevented it from obtaining public-interest…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure

NLRB Decision on Student-Athlete Unionization a Win for Colleges, But Title IX Still in Play

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a unanimous decision on Aug. 17, 2015, dismissing a petition filed by Northwestern University scholarship football players seeking to unionize under the National Labor Relations…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Rights, Education, Labor & Employment Law

SEC Approves Final Rules for Pay Ratio Disclosure

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final "pay ratio" disclosure rules to implement Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) at an open meeting on…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

New Regulations Could Expand CEQA Review of Impacts to Common Birds - California Department of Fish & Wildlife Proposes Draft Nesting Birds and Birds of Prey Regulations

The California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) published draft regulations interpreting California laws that protect birds of prey, and the nests and eggs of birds generally. These draft regulations, released on Aug. 14,…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

OMB Issues Guidance on Government Contractors’ Cybersecurity Systems

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a draft guidance document on Aug. 11, 2015, titled “Improving Cybersecurity Protection in Federal Acquisitions” (the “OMB Guidance”). The OMB Guidance instructs agencies on…more
| Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Government Contracting

CFPB Affirms Its Authority to Serve Civil Investigative Demands - Companies That Transact Business with Financial Institutions Need to Be Aware of the Bureau's Robust Use of CIDs

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray rejected challenges to the CFPB's investigation powers and the Bureau's use of broadly worded civil investigative demands (CIDs). Director Cordray did so in a…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

FCA 60-Day Repayment Provision Runs from Discovery of Potential Overpayment

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued the first decision directly addressing when an overpayment is “identified” for purposes of starting the 60-day repayment clock under the federal False Claims…more
| Government Contracting, Health

DOJ Appoints Compliance Counsel to Provide Advice in FCPA Investigations

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is creating a new compliance counsel position in the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section to scrutinize the compliance programs of companies under investigation for possible Foreign Corrupt…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Health, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Hot Topics from the Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises Conference

On June 17, the Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises (AFHE) held a midyear conference in New York City. The agenda began with an interactive presentation titled "Understanding Conflicts of Interest and Current Events in the…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

SEC Proposes Executive Compensation Clawback Rules Pursuant to Dodd-Frank

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules on July 1, 2015, related to the design and implementation of clawback policies of listed issuers for the recovery of compensation erroneously awarded to the issuer’s…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Religious Institutions: August 2015

The decision by the United States Supreme Court on same-sex marriage has been greeted with praise and disdain by different corners of the country. The faith-based community has been especially outspoken. This is not surprising…more
| Constitutional Law, Education, Health

CPP Sets First National Standards Limiting Power Plants' Carbon Pollution

President Obama unveiled the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule on Aug. 3, 2015, which sets forth a historic and ambitious regulation for cutting greenhouse-gas pollution. The CPP establishes the first-ever national standards to…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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