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Supreme Court Special Master Recommends Denial of Florida Water Rights Complaint Against Georgia

Florida and Georgia have been fighting for decades about flows in the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River Basin (ACF Basin) that provide drinking water for the City of Atlanta, as well as water for agriculture in…more
| Agriculture, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Paid Family and Medical Leave for D.C. Employees To Become Law

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser on Feb. 15, 2017, declined to veto the controversial Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016. Although she declined to veto the measure, Bowser returned the bill unsigned to the…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

¿Qué Significa la Entrada en Vigor del Acuerdo de Facilitación del Comercio de la OMC?

El Acuerdo sobre Facilitación del Comercio (AFC) entró oficialmente en vigor el 22 de febrero de 2017, después de alcanzar el umbral de 110 miembros de la Organización Mundial del Comercio (OMC), o dos tercios de su membresía…more
| International Law & Trade, Taxation

WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement Enters into Force and What It Means

The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) officially went into effect Feb. 22, 2017, after reaching the World Trade Organization (WTO) members' ratification threshold of 110, or two-thirds of the WTO membership. The TFA is now part…more
| International Law & Trade, Taxation

Florida Supreme Court Rejects More Rigorous Expert Testimony Standard

The federal court system and 36 states have adopted the so-called Daubert standard in place of the Frye standard when it comes to qualifying expert witnesses under the rules of evidence. In 2013, the Florida Legislature amended…more
| Civil Procedure, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Supreme Court of California Set to Decide Documentary Transfer Tax Case

The Supreme Court of California is slated to review a 2014 decision by the California Court of Appeal for the Second District, which held in 926 North Ardmore Avenue, LLC v. County of Los Angeles that a change in ownership of an…more
| Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

West Coast Real Estate Update: February 2017 #2

Jury Trial Waiver Undone by a Fundamental California Policy - It is common for commercial contracts to contain a choice of law provision. Some commercial contracts may even contain a clause that waives the right to seek a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Immigration Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential

Mexico Energy Regulatory Commission Waives Mandatory Open Season for NG Ducts

Under Mexico's Hydrocarbons Law, permit holders for natural gas (NG) ducts are required to have a mandatory open season for expansions, extensions or the development of new systems. This provision keeps competition in NG markets…more
| Energy & Utilities

Mexico Hydrocarbons Commission Issues Criteria for Approving Farmouts of E&P Contracts

According to Mexico's Hydrocarbons Law, the National Hydrocarbons Commission, or Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH), has the authority to previously approve alliances or associations that assign corporate control or…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

Mexico Ministry of Energy Revises Dates for CENACE's Operation of Wholesale Power Market

The main objective of Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013 was to open activities of the Power Market to private investors. Mexico's Ministry of Energy, or Secretaría de Energía (SENER), is in charge of reorganizing the Federal…more
| Energy & Utilities

DOL Issues New Guidance on Plan Fiduciaries' Proxy Voting Policies

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) published Interpretive Bulletin (IB) 2016-1 on Dec. 29, 2016, relating to the exercise of shareholder rights and written statements of investment policy, including proxy…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Avoiding Disputes Over How to Resolve Disputes

In Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. v. Westinghouse Electric Company LLC and WSW Acquisition Co., LLC, C.A. No. 12585-VCL (decided Dec. 5, 2016), the Delaware Chancery Court was required to interpret purchase price dispute…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions

Will President Trump's Regulation Cuts Reduce Ongoing Disclosure for Bond-Financed Projects?

President Donald Trump on Feb. 3, 2017, signed an executive order entitled "Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System," which directed the Treasury Secretary to consult with financial regulators,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

West Coast Real Estate Update: February 2017

Los Angeles, Seattle Top List of Best Markets for Multifamily Investment - Marcus & Millichap's 2017 National Multifamily Index (NMI) ranks Los Angeles and Seattle first and second, respectively, among 46 major domestic…more
| Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Transportation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Florida Supreme Court: Federal PSQIA Does Not Pre-empt State's Constitution

In Charles v. Southern Baptist Hospital of Florida, Inc., published on Jan. 31, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court held that the federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA) is not and was never intended to be a…more
| Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Health
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