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No More Excuses: HHS Issues New HIPAA Tool for Small Businesses

Three U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) agencies, the Office for the National Coordinator for Health IT (“ONC”), in conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) and the Office of the General Counsel…more

| Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

IRS Issues Windsor Guidance for Qualified Retirement Plans

On April 4, 2014, the IRS released Notice 2014-19, providing guidance on the application of United States v. Windsor to qualified retirement plans. The Notice is the third significant piece of guidance issued by the IRS on the…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Family Law,...

One Step Away: European Parliament Approves New Clinical Trials Regulation

On April 2, 2014, the European Parliament approved the new clinical trials regulation (the “Regulation”) for the European Union (“EU”), with 594 votes in favor, 17 opposed and 13 abstentions. The European Parliament approved the…more

| Administrative Law, Health, International Law & Trade, Science,...

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - April 2014

In this issue: - News from the Courts - News from the Regulators - Tax News - Notable Pending Deals - Contributors - Excerpt from News from the Courts: Delaware Court of Chancery…more

| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions,...

China Introduces Major Changes to Medical Device Regulations

On March 31, 2014, China’s State Council released the amended Regulations on the Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices (the “Regulations”), effective as of June 1, 2014. A series of implementing rules are expected to…more

| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

China Tightens Supervision and Enforcement in the Medical Device Sector

On March 13, 2014, the China Food and Drug Administration (the “CFDA”) announced an action plan titled “Rectifications of Five Common Types of Noncompliance Concerning Medical Devices” (the “Five Rectifications Campaign”). A…more

| Health, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Supreme Court Will Decide Deadline for Prospectus Class Actions

Last Monday the Supreme Court decided to hear Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi v. IndyMac MBS, Inc. (No. 13-640) to resolve when investors can rely on pending class actions to litigate claims of false or…more

| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Securities Law

Recent Developments and Trends for Exempt Organizations

2013 was something of a lost year for the Exempt Organizations (EO) Division of the IRS. In the spring, the Division was embroiled in a controversy involving the targeting of conservative advocacy groups that led to the…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Education, Taxation, Nonprofit Law

Supreme Court Reconsiders Fraud on the Market

The Supreme Court heard oral argument last week in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., a case that asks the Court to overrule or sharply limit the “fraud on the market” theory adopted by the Court 25 years ago in Basic…more

| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Securities Law

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