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CEQA Judicial Outcomes: Fifteen Years of Reported California Appellate and Supreme Court Decisions

This report analyzes all published opinions from 1997 through 2012 litigated to the California Court of Appeal or the California Supreme Court concerning the analytical validity of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) or…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

Stormwater Alert: Maryland Fee Program No Longer Mandatory

In April 2015, the Maryland General Assembly enacted a law – known as SB 863 – that substantially amended legislation enacted in 2012 requiring each of the 10 most populous jurisdictions in Maryland to establish an annual…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Taxation

MACRA, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Reform Bill, Signed into Law - CMS Quality Reporting Programs and Value-Based Payments Will Be Significantly Impacted

The Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act, or MACRA, was signed into law on April 16, 2015. The law replaces the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula with statutorily prescribed…more
| Elections & Politics, Health

Boeing Kickback Case Underscores Critical Importance of Compliance Programs - Government Contractors Must Be Proactive in Detecting and Addressing Potential Abuse

In the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy." When the hero of the day is a company's compliance program, it's almost a surefire bet that that a tragedy is being written. But at the same…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Military Law, Transportation, Government Contracting

FAA Streamlines Section 333 Exemption Process for Commercial UAS Operations - Summary Grant Process Increases Approved Applications Based on Previous Exemption Similarities

In response to pressure from Congress and the high demand for exemptions to use unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for commercial purposes, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has streamlined its processes for granting Section…more
| Administrative Law, Agriculture, Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Privacy, Transportation

Corte Constitucional Establece Lineamientos en el Proceso Disciplinario Laboral - Sentencia de la Corte Constitucional define los pasos obligatorios que deben cumplir los empleadores al momento de imponer una sanción disciplinaria o dar por terminado el contrato de trabajo con justa causa

La Corte Constitucional, mediante sentencia C – 593 de 2014, estableció los lineamentos para el desarrollo del proceso disciplinario laboral de los trabajadores. Sobre el particular, la Corte afirmó que el procedimiento…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of EU 261 Claims - Direct Claims Under EU 261 Are Only Actionable in EU Member States

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Volodarskiy v. Delta Airlines, Inc. follows numerous District Court opinions holding that EU 261 does not provide a right of action enforceable outside the EU…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Conflict of Laws, International Law & Trade, Transportation

IRS Issues Guidance on Tribal General Welfare Exclusion and Safe Harbors - Notice 2015-34 Provides Instruction on the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act's Effect on Prior IRS Guidance

On April 16, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") released Notice 2015-34, its first guidance on general welfare since President Obama signed the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act (the "Act") into law in September 2014…more
| Elections & Politics, Indigenous Peoples, Taxation

FinCEN's New Geographic Targeting Order Focuses on Miami-Based Businesses - Financial Institutions Are Impacted by the GTO

On April 21, 2015 – after months of speculation by those in the Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering compliance community – the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) in…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Entire In-House Legal Department Disqualified Following Lateral Hire - A Closer Look at Dynamic 3D Geosolutions, LLC v. Schlumberger Ltd.

This court opinion demonstrates that in-house legal departments can and will be treated the same as traditional law firms when it comes to imputation of conflicts and the resulting potential for disqualification. Although…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Law Practice Products & Services

Impuesto a la Riqueza – Nuevas Obligaciones Formales a Cargo de Inversionistas Extranjeros - Las nuevas actualizaciones pueden afectar significativamente a quienes deben declarar impuesto a la riqueza

Los inversionistas extranjeros en Colombia pueden resultar afectados por las nuevas obligaciones formales del impuesto a la riqueza que pueden requerir presentar una declaración. Los inversionistas extranjeros que al 1 de…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Cyber Legislation on the Move: Data Breach Bill Passes Out of Committee

As an extension of our forecast of upcoming cyber-related legislation, on April 15, the House Energy & Commerce Committee approved the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015 (H.R. 1770), adopting three amendments that…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Conflict of Laws, Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Cybersecurity in the Construction Industry - What Construction Executives Should Be Doing Now to Prepare for the Inevitable

Cybersecurity is everywhere in the news today because hackers have been very successful in exploiting human weaknesses across a broad array of industries. Our construction industry appears to be tempted to brush off these early…more
| Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

U.S. Sentencing Commission Approves Major Changes to Fraud Guidelines - The Updates Could Significantly Affect White Collar Criminal Defendants

On April 9, 2015, the United States Sentencing Commission voted to approve changes to §2B1.1 of the sentencing guidelines. The changes will take effect on Nov. 1, 2015, unless Congress objects. If they go into effect, these…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law

India Achieves Reinstatement of International Aviation Safety Assessment Category 1 Rating

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced last week its finding that India’s civil aviation authority complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards, resulting in the restoration of…more
| International Law & Trade, Transportation
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