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Yet Another Florida Court Rejects Unpopular Decision on Statute of Limitations for Mortgage Foreclosure, But This Time it’s Another DCA

With its decision up on re-hearing, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal may be rethinking its decision in Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas v. Beauvais, No. 3D14-575, 2014 WL 7156961 (Fla. 3d DCA Dec. 17, 2014). In…more

Appeals, Bank of America, Citibank, Consumer Lenders, Deutsche Bank

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Banking & Financial Services E -Note - March 2015

In This issue: - 6 Things You Need to Know Before Filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - Don’t Get Left in the Dark: Pre-eviction Noticing Requirements Following Sunset on the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act -…more

Banks, CFPB, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Consumer Financial Contracts

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Corporate & Tax E-Note - December 2014

In this issue: - SEC Crowdfunding Rules Delayed Until October 2015 - Mega M&A Experiencing One of Biggest Booms in History - Some Small Business Owners Say Tax Break Extension Not Enough - 2014…more

Banking Sector, Banks, Corporate Taxes, Crowdfunding, FASB

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Tax Changes Included in the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015

The recently enacted Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (the "Act") contains a number of tax provisions affecting businesses and individuals which have not been widely reported. The Act adds a requirement for claiming…more

Education Tax Credits, IRC, IRS, Tax Deductions, Tax Penalties

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Health Care E-Note - December 2014

In This Issue: - Cybersecurity Breaches Have Costly Impact on Health Care Industry - Many Patients Being Asked to Pre-Pay for Procedures - Health Care Providers Given Active Shooter Emergency Guidance - U.S…more

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Construction E-Note - September 2014

In This Issue: - Arbitration Panel Misconstrues Contractor Licensing Law: Court Allows Decision to Stand - Expect New Sports Stadiums - as Long as They Make Money for the State - OSHA Proposes New Injury and…more

Arbitration, Construction Industry, Construction Workers, Licensing Rules, OSHA

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Servicer Foreclosing in Own Name Must Establish Standing and Ratification by Real Party in Interest

In Russell v. Aurora Loan Services, LLC, 40 Fla. L. Weekly D967a (Fla. 2d DCA Apr. 24, 2015), Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal added to the emerging line of case law regarding the proof required to establish standing in…more

Appeals, Assignees, Foreclosure, Loan Documentation, Mortgage Servicers

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Tax Changes Included in the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015

The recently enacted Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (the "Act") contains a number of tax provisions affecting businesses and individuals which have not been widely reported. The Act adds a requirement for claiming…more

Education Tax Credits, IRC, IRS, Tax Deductions, Tax Penalties

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Testimony on Prior Plaintiff’s Possession of Original Note at Inception May Fail When Contravened By Pleadings & Without Other Evidentiary Support

In David L. Ham, Jr. v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, 1D14-4024 (Fla. 1st DCA May 12, 2015), the First District Court of Appeals (“First DCA”) reversed the trial court’s Final Judgment of Foreclosure in favor of Nationstar for…more

Final Judgment, Financial Institutions, Foreclosure, Mortgage Lenders, Mortgage Loan Originators

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Banking & Financial Services E - Note - May 30, 2013

In This Issue: - New Suits Filed as Credit Card Swipe Fee Settlement Deadline Looms - Sec. Lew Tells Senate Committee of Plans to Accelerate Dodd-Frank - New Mortgage Rule to Block Access to Credit, Witnesses Warn…more

Background Checks, CFPB, Credit Cards, Credit Unions, Dodd-Frank

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Banking & Financial Services E -Note - March 2015

In This issue: - 6 Things You Need to Know Before Filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - Don’t Get Left in the Dark: Pre-eviction Noticing Requirements Following Sunset on the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act -…more

Banks, CFPB, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Consumer Financial Contracts

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Health Care E-Note - September 2014

In This Issue: - Doctors, Insurers Critical of Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - Health Spending Expected to Increase Modestly Over Next Decade - U.S. Hospitals Have Highest Administrative Costs…more

Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Hackers

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Construction E-Note - June 27, 2014

In This Issue: - Mississippi Legislature Expands State’s Lien Law to Protect Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Materialmen - The Alabama Supreme Court Broadens the Definition of “Occurrence” in a General Contractor’s…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Contractors, Employer Liability Issues, Federal Contractors, HIPAA

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - January 31, 2014

In This Issue: - DOJ Weighs Action Against Banks Over Payday Lending Business - More Regulatory Scrutiny Causing Banks to Pass on LBOs - Officials to Issue New Rules on Banks Holding Marijuana Funds - Fed…more

ATMs, Banks, CFPB, Commodities, Compliance

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Labor & Employment E-Note - February 14, 2014

In This Issue: - High Court Rules Steel Workers Need Not be Paid for Changing Clothes - NLRB Proposes Rules to Streamline Unionization Voting Process - Obama Administration Delays Another Health Insurance…more

Affordable Care Act, Employer Mandates, FLSA, Healthcare, NLRA

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Hold that Friend Request: Legal Traps in a Post-Facebook Work Environment

Many well-meaning managers engage with employees on social media websites, and doing so provides a host of benefits: stronger relationships between employees and management; a sense of collegiality; instant updates on employees'…more

ALJ, Employees, Employment Discrimination, Employment Policies, Facebook

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Banking & Financial Service E-Note - January 2015

In this issue: - Denial of Plan Confirmation & Finality - Supreme Court's Resolution of Circuit Split May Apply to Chapter 11 - Third DCA Issues Opinion Defining When and How Acceleration Occurs and Addressing…more

Accelerated Payments, Banking Sector, Banks, CFPB, Chapter 11

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Labor & Employment E- Note - March 21, 2014

In This Issue: - High Court Mulls if Amazon Must Pay for Worker Security Checks - Silicon Valley Class-Action Accuses Executives of Hiring Collusion - EEOC Issues New Guidelines for Religious Bias as Complaints…more

Amazon, Class Action, Confessions, Conspiracies, EEOC

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Lessons of the Deutsche Bank Story

Deutsche Bank, a German lender agreed to plead guilty and pay $2.5 billion to settle with regulators in the United States and the United Kingdom in connection with criminal charges that it rigged and manipulated the London…more

Banks, Chief Compliance Officers, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Prosecution, Deutsche Bank

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Labor & Employment E-Note - October 2014

In this Issue: - High Court Considers If Workers Waiting in Line Should Get Paid - Some States Putting Minimum Wage Battle on Ballot - U.S. Labor Department Promoting Paid Maternity Leave - EEOC…more

Amazon, Delivery Drivers, DOL, EEOC, Employee Definition

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Corporate E-Note - June 2015

In this Issue: - IRS Issues Guidance on Portability: The IRS recently issued final regulations that provide guidance on the federal estate and gift tax applicable exclusion amount, in general, as well as the…more

Board of Directors, Corporate Taxes, E-Commerce, Employer Liability Issues, Estate Tax

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Corporate E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - State Regulatory Boards Are Open to Antitrust Liability, Says the Supreme Court - USPTO Issues Patent Eligibility Guidelines…So Now What? - Bond Financing: The Best-Kept Secret For Central…more

Antitrust Provisions, Bond Financing, Corporate Taxes, Crowdfunding, Cyber Insurance

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FINRA Rule 2040 Goes Into Effect

On August 24, 2015, FINRA Rule 2040 concerning payments to unregistered persons went into effect. The rule, approved by the SEC in January 2015, is aligned with § 15(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Generally, FINRA…more

Broker-Dealer, Compensation Agreements, Compliance, Financial Markets, Financial Sector

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Labor & Employment E-Note - June 2015

In This Issue: - Debruge and Childs Alabama Law Survey on Employee Privacy Laws Published to Practical Law - "WTF", Under the NLRB, Employers Should "Cut the Crap?" - Tom Brady, Deflategate, and Florida…more

Continuing Education, Deflategate, Employee Benefits, Employee Privacy Rights, ESOP

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Construction E-Note - March 28, 2013

In This Issue: - The Emperor’s New Economic Loss Rule - The Architect's Role in the Construction Project - USCIS Introduces New Form I-9 - Considering Construction Delivery Methods on Public Works - The Other…more

Architects, Economic Loss Doctrine, Fiscal Cliff, I-9, Public Projects

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Labor & Employment E-Note - June 2015

In This Issue: - Debruge and Childs Alabama Law Survey on Employee Privacy Laws Published to Practical Law - "WTF", Under the NLRB, Employers Should "Cut the Crap?" - Tom Brady, Deflategate, and Florida…more

Continuing Education, Deflategate, Employee Benefits, Employee Privacy Rights, ESOP

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Construction E-Note - March 2015

In This E-Note: - What Should Parties Do With Unusually Severe Weather on a Construction Project? - Excerpt from What Should Parties Do With Unusually Severe Weather on a Construction Project?: Rain. Snow…more

Construction Industry, Contractors, General Contractors, LEED Certified, Nursing Homes

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SEC’s Proposed Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently proposed rules under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and related regulations that would require certain funds, including Exchange-Traded Funds, to provide additional…more

Exchange-Traded Products, Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Proposed Regulation, Reporting Requirements, SEC

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Banking and Financial Services E- Note - December 2014

In This Issue: - Congress Move to Roll Back Bank 'Push-Out' Regulation Meets Anger - NCUA Calls for Retailers to Cover Data Breach Costs - Regulators Propose 8 Biggest Banks Increase Capital…more

Banking Sector, Banks, Capital Requirements, CFPB, Data Breach

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Alabama’s New Non-Compete Statute: Are You Ready For New Year’s Day?

Those involved in drafting, negotiating, or litigating covenants-not-to-compete in Alabama have long known that Alabama’s statute books seldom provide ready answers on this particular topic. The text of current Alabama Code §…more

Contract Drafting, New Legislation, Non-Compete Agreements, Non-Solicitation Agreements, Restrictive Covenants

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Employee Relations, Title VII, and the Confederate Battle Flag

Many workplaces situated below the Mason-Dixon line will employ both those who feel the Confederate flag is a vital part of their heritage and self-expression, and also those who see the Confederate flag as a symbol of racism,…more

Employment Discrimination, Harassment, Hostile Environment, National Origin Discrimination, Religious Accommodation

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Tax Changes Included in the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015

The recently enacted Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (the "Act") contains a number of tax provisions affecting businesses and individuals which have not been widely reported. The Act adds a requirement for claiming…more

Education Tax Credits, IRC, IRS, Tax Deductions, Tax Penalties

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - Insuring Against Data Breaches - Plaintiff in Foreclosure Action Snared by Evidence of Damages, Attorneys' Fees & Costs - Dodd-Frank Act Update April 2015 Edition - Bond Financing:…more

Attorney's Fees, Basel Committee, Bond Financing, Community Banks, Cyber Insurance

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Food Quality : Seed, The Ultimate Weapon

Commentary on how use of biotechnology and genetic engineering in agriculture impacts the global food supply — all from control of the lowly seed - Over the past 30 years, the seed industry has experienced considerable…more

Biotechnology, Food Supply, Genetically Engineered Seed, Patents

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Obama Announces Clean Power Plan, Fights to Follow

On August 3, 2015, President Obama announced the finalization of the long-awaited Clean Power Plan, a policy primarily intended to further the commitment to combatting global warming. The Plan focuses on the electric power…more

Carbon Emissions, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Coal Industry, Environmental Policies

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Labor & Employment E-Note - March 2015

In This E-Note: - Expanding Eligibility: Is Your FMLA Policy Ripe for Misinterpretation? - New Year’s Resolution Continued: The Multi-State Non-Compete Agreement - The Corporate Board: The False Claims Act…more

DOL, False Claims Act, Final Rules, FMLA, Non-Compete Agreements

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Health Care E-Note - February 2015

In This Issue: - HIPAA Privacy During Emergency Situations - Probationary Medicaid RCOs – How Do Physicians Respond Without Subjecting Themselves to Potential Criminal And Civil Liability? - Big Data…more

Anthem Blue Cross, Big Data, Ebola, EHR, Email

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DOL Will Require Overtime for Employees Who Earn Less Than $50,000

In a much-anticipated move, on June 30, 2015, the Department of Labor issued a proposed rule requiring a weekly salary of at least $970.00, or $50,440.00 annually, for employees to be exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act's…more

Compliance, DOL, FLSA, Minimum Salary, NPRM

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - March 27, 2014

In This Issue: - SEC Considers New Funding Rules for Shadow Banking System - Judge Backs FTC Authority to Pursue Payday Lenders - Regulator Estimates Volcker Rule Could Cost Banks Up to $4.3B - Appeals Court…more

Banks, CFPB, Cyber Attacks, Debit Cards, Debt Collection

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Banking & Financial Services E - Note - May 2014

In This Issue: - Fed Regulator Calls for End of Banks' Self-Grading of Risk - Regulator Won't Act on Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - Community Bankers Support Tiered Banking Regulatory System - Banks…more

Banks, Community Banks, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Fannie Mae

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Eleventh Circuit: Entity Collecting Debt Acquired After Default Is Not Necessarily “Debt Collector” Under FDCPA

In Davidson v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., a case closely followed by the financial services industry and handled by Burr & Forman, LLP, the Eleventh Circuit held that an entity collecting a debt that was acquired after…more

Capital One, Debt Collection, Debt Collectors, FDCPA, Financial Sector

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Construction E-Note - September 2014

In This Issue: - Arbitration Panel Misconstrues Contractor Licensing Law: Court Allows Decision to Stand - Expect New Sports Stadiums - as Long as They Make Money for the State - OSHA Proposes New Injury and…more

Arbitration, Construction Industry, Construction Workers, Licensing Rules, OSHA

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Lack Of Coverage Under Financial Institution Bond For “Fraudulently Procured” Versus “Counterfeit” Stock Certificates Pledged As Collateral

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion in Bank of Brewton v. The Travelers Companies, Inc., 777 F.3d 1339 (11th Cir. February 9, 2015), addressing whether, under Alabama law, a duly authorized stock…more

Appeals, Financial Institutions, Policy Exclusions, Share Certificates, Travelers

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 25, 2013

In This Issue: - Regulators Could Step in with Tougher Rules as Bank Profits Rise - Bill Would Force Study of Basel III Impact on Bank Capital Costs - Regulator Wants Enforcement Powers Against Bank Consultants -…more

Barack Obama, CFPB, Compliance, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity

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SEC Proposes High Frequency Traders to be Regulated by FINRA

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced on March 25, 2015 a proposal to amend Rule 15b9-1 under the Exchange Act to require broker-dealers who trade in off-exchange venues to become members of a national securities…more

Administrative Authority, Broker-Dealer, FINRA, High Frequency Trading, SEC

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Governor Scott Signs Expedited Foreclosure Bills

Legislative Response to the Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis - The mortgage foreclosure crisis has exacted a toll on Florida’s economy and judiciary. In the span of four years, foreclosure filings in Florida increased almost…more

Deficiency Judgments, Foreclosure, Housing Market, Mortgages, New Legislation

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The Multi-State Non-Compete Agreement “Drilled Down”

Our February article addressed the options available to the multi-state employer attempting to design its non-compete agreements within the “tangled mess” of the various state laws applicable to agreements for employees who…more

Contract Drafting, Cross-Border, Employer Liability Issues, Non-Compete Agreements, Restrictive Covenants

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Punishment Didn’t Fit the Crime: Court Reverses Dismissal of Action and Cancellation of Note and Mortgage

In Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Co. v. Adriana Avila-Gonzalez, 2015 WL 2089094 (Fla. 3d DCA May 6, 2015), the Florida Third District Court of Appeal reversed a trial court order that dismissed a foreclosure action with prejudice…more

Appeals, Attorney's Fees, Deutsche Bank, Foreclosure, Mortgage Lenders

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - August 2014

In This Issue: - Lawmakers Urge Fed to Clarify Emergency Lending Rules - CFPB Pushing Colleges to Be More Transparent in Bank Deals - Report Finds Reversal in Trend Toward Subprime Auto Loans - CFPB Concerned…more

Automotive Loans, Banks, Casinos, CFPB, Cyber Attacks

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Health Care E-Note - December 2013

In This Issue: - 2014 Expected to Bring Big Changes for Health Care Industry - GlaxoSmithKline to Stop Linking Drug Reps' Pay to Prescriptions - Lawmakers Consider Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013 - Congress…more

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Hold that Friend Request: Legal Traps in a Post-Facebook Work Environment

Many well-meaning managers engage with employees on social media websites, and doing so provides a host of benefits: stronger relationships between employees and management; a sense of collegiality; instant updates on employees'…more

ALJ, Employees, Employment Discrimination, Employment Policies, Facebook

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - September 2014

In This Issue: - CFPB to Regulate Nonbank Institutions That Fund Auto Loans - DOJ Suggests Banks Turn In Employees to Avoid Criminal Charges - Regulators Requiring Banks to Carry Higher Capital…more

Apple, Automotive Loans, Banks, CFPB, Credit Cards

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FDCPA Bona Fide Error Defense Held Applicable to Statute-of-Limitation Mistakes of Law

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Jerman v. Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, Kramer & Ulrich LPA, 559 U.S. 573 (2010), it is clear that the bona fide error defense set forth in section 1692k(c) of the Fair Debt Collection…more

Banking Sector, Banks, Consumer Lenders, Credit Cards, Debt Collection

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Corporate E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - State Regulatory Boards Are Open to Antitrust Liability, Says the Supreme Court - USPTO Issues Patent Eligibility Guidelines…So Now What? - Bond Financing: The Best-Kept Secret For Central…more

Antitrust Provisions, Bond Financing, Corporate Taxes, Crowdfunding, Cyber Insurance

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Construction E-Note - September 2014

In This Issue: - Arbitration Panel Misconstrues Contractor Licensing Law: Court Allows Decision to Stand - Expect New Sports Stadiums - as Long as They Make Money for the State - OSHA Proposes New Injury and…more

Arbitration, Construction Industry, Construction Workers, Licensing Rules, OSHA

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Labor & Employment E-Note - October 2014

In this Issue: - High Court Considers If Workers Waiting in Line Should Get Paid - Some States Putting Minimum Wage Battle on Ballot - U.S. Labor Department Promoting Paid Maternity Leave - EEOC…more

Amazon, Delivery Drivers, DOL, EEOC, Employee Definition

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Five Georgia Environmental Bills to Watch in 2015

Georgia legislature warms up to solar panels, gets protective of coastal marshes, withdraws support for electric cars, and sacrifices LEED certifications in favor of jobs. April 2, 2015 marked final adjournment of the 2015…more

Energy Sector, LEED Certified, Pending Legislation, Solar Energy, Solar Panels

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Corporate & Tax E-Note - December 2014

In this issue: - SEC Crowdfunding Rules Delayed Until October 2015 - Mega M&A Experiencing One of Biggest Booms in History - Some Small Business Owners Say Tax Break Extension Not Enough - 2014…more

Banking Sector, Banks, Corporate Taxes, Crowdfunding, FASB

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Health Care E-Note - March 2015

In This E-Note: - Health Care Reform in America: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - The Federal False Claims Act - Violations of Conditions of Payment or Conditions of Participation? - State Regulatory Boards…more

Affordable Care Act, CMS, False Claims Act, Healthcare, Same-Sex Marriage

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SEC Approves Proposed Rules for Executive Compensation

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) narrowly approved proposed rules requiring certain reporting companies to disclose the relationship between pay to named executive officers and performance by the…more

Disclosure Requirements, Executive Compensation, Pay-for-Performance, Proposed Regulation, SEC

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Court Rejects Vicarious Liability Under Georgia Boating Law

The State Court of Dekalb County, Georgia recently held that companies operating in the boat rental business cannot be held vicariously liable for the negligent acts of their rental customers. Carol Morris v. Yaaqov Avihasira,…more

Boating Accidents, Vicarious Liability

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Labor & Employment E-Note - January 16, 2014

In This Issue: - 13 States Set to Raise Minimum Wage, 11 More Consider Increases - EEOC Reports $372.1M in Monetary Relief for Workplace Bias Claims - N.Y.U. Graduate Assistants Vote to Affiliate with UAW - U.S…more

Amazon, Bias, Birth Control Pill, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Contraceptives

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Labor & Employment E-Note - January 16, 2014

In This Issue: - 13 States Set to Raise Minimum Wage, 11 More Consider Increases - EEOC Reports $372.1M in Monetary Relief for Workplace Bias Claims - N.Y.U. Graduate Assistants Vote to Affiliate with UAW - U.S…more

Amazon, Bias, Birth Control Pill, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Contraceptives

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Banking & Financial Services E -Note - March 2015

In This issue: - 6 Things You Need to Know Before Filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - Don’t Get Left in the Dark: Pre-eviction Noticing Requirements Following Sunset on the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act -…more

Banks, CFPB, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Consumer Financial Contracts

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Banking & Financial Services E -Note - March 2015

In This issue: - 6 Things You Need to Know Before Filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - Don’t Get Left in the Dark: Pre-eviction Noticing Requirements Following Sunset on the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act -…more

Banks, CFPB, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Consumer Financial Contracts

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - October 2014

In This Issue: - Obama Issues Order to Improve Data Security - Fed Official Calls for U.S. to Stop Bailing Out Banks - Global Regulators Crack Down on Shadow Banking to Curb Risks - CFPB Reports…more

Apple, Apple Pay, Banking Sector, Banks, Barack Obama

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Court Rejects Vicarious Liability Under Georgia Boating Law

The State Court of Dekalb County, Georgia recently held that companies operating in the boat rental business cannot be held vicariously liable for the negligent acts of their rental customers. Carol Morris v. Yaaqov Avihasira,…more

Boating Accidents, Vicarious Liability

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 25, 2013

In This Issue: - Regulators Could Step in with Tougher Rules as Bank Profits Rise - Bill Would Force Study of Basel III Impact on Bank Capital Costs - Regulator Wants Enforcement Powers Against Bank Consultants -…more

Barack Obama, CFPB, Compliance, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - January 31, 2014

In This Issue: - DOJ Weighs Action Against Banks Over Payday Lending Business - More Regulatory Scrutiny Causing Banks to Pass on LBOs - Officials to Issue New Rules on Banks Holding Marijuana Funds - Fed…more

ATMs, Banks, CFPB, Commodities, Compliance

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - Insuring Against Data Breaches - Plaintiff in Foreclosure Action Snared by Evidence of Damages, Attorneys' Fees & Costs - Dodd-Frank Act Update April 2015 Edition - Bond Financing:…more

Attorney's Fees, Basel Committee, Bond Financing, Community Banks, Cyber Insurance

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DOL Hearings Debate “Fiduciary Duty” not “Suitability” Standard for Retirement Accounts

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL“) recently heard public comment to its proposed regulatory changes implementing a fiduciary duty on any individual receiving compensation for advice tailored to a plan sponsor, participant or…more

401k, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Best Interest Contract Exemptions, Breach of Contract, Broker-Dealer

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Banking & Financial Services E -Note - March 2015

In This issue: - 6 Things You Need to Know Before Filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - Don’t Get Left in the Dark: Pre-eviction Noticing Requirements Following Sunset on the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act -…more

Banks, CFPB, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Consumer Financial Contracts

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Can Attorneys Get Paid for Defending Their Right to Get Paid? Supreme Court Set to Decide in Baker Botts, L.L.P. v. ASARCO, L . L . C .

Currently before the Supreme Court is Baker Botts, L.L.P. v. ASARCO, L.L.C. ,in which the Court will determine whether bankruptcy judges have discretion to award compensation for the defense of a fee application under 11 U.S.C…more

Attorney's Fees, Baker Botts v ASARCO, Bankruptcy Code, Commercial Bankruptcy, Reimbursements

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Construction E-Note - April 9, 2014

In This Issue: - Ongoing Or Completed Operations? Fifth Circuit Finds No Duty To Defend Contractor Under Additional Insured Endorsement - Your Venue, My Bond Claim: A Florida Law Primer - The Condominium Form Of…more

Bonds, Condominiums, Construction Contracts, Construction Disputes, Construction Liens

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Labor & Employment E-Note - May 2014

In This Issue: - Disability Policies and Forms May Violate ADA, EEOC Says - Court Draws the Line Between Attendance and Physical Presence - Using Medical Condition in Hiring Has ADA Implications, EEOC Says - eBay…more

ADA, College Athletes, Colleges, Disability, Disability Benefits

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Banking & Financial Services E - Note - May 30, 2013

In This Issue: - New Suits Filed as Credit Card Swipe Fee Settlement Deadline Looms - Sec. Lew Tells Senate Committee of Plans to Accelerate Dodd-Frank - New Mortgage Rule to Block Access to Credit, Witnesses Warn…more

Background Checks, CFPB, Credit Cards, Credit Unions, Dodd-Frank

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Ohio District Court Distinguishes Date of Foreclosure Action from Date of Foreclosure Sale When Applying New CFPB Mortgage Rules

In Cooper v. Fay Servicing, LLC, 2015 WL 4470213 (S.D. Ohio July 17, 2015), the mortgagors sued the servicer of their real estate loan asserting claims for alleged violations of Regulation X relating to the loss mitigation…more

CFPB, Consumer Lenders, Financial Sector, Financial Services Industry, Foreclosure

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Health Care E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - New Smartphone Software Provides Groundbreaking Opportunity for Medical Research - The Many Levels of Supervision - Health Care Business Today: A Historical Perspective on Health Care…more

CMS, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Medical Research, Mobile Apps

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Corporate E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - State Regulatory Boards Are Open to Antitrust Liability, Says the Supreme Court - USPTO Issues Patent Eligibility Guidelines…So Now What? - Bond Financing: The Best-Kept Secret For Central…more

Antitrust Provisions, Bond Financing, Corporate Taxes, Crowdfunding, Cyber Insurance

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Making The Hiring Process Work

In This Presentation: - Using Social Media in Hiring Decisions ..Scenario #1 - Hiring Employees with Restrictive Covenants ..Scenario #2 - Disparate Impact ..Scenario #3 - Federal Contractors -…more

Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Job Applicants, Restrictive Covenants

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FINRA Proposes Amendments to Arbitration Codes in an Attempt to Increase Efficiency and Effectiveness of Arbitration Process

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) recently filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to amend Rules 12214 and 12601 of the Code of Arbitration for Customer Disputes…more

Arbitration, FINRA, Proposed Amendments, SEC

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Corporate E-Note - June 2015

In this Issue: - IRS Issues Guidance on Portability: The IRS recently issued final regulations that provide guidance on the federal estate and gift tax applicable exclusion amount, in general, as well as the…more

Board of Directors, Corporate Taxes, E-Commerce, Employer Liability Issues, Estate Tax

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U.S. Supreme Court Finds Disparate Impact Claims Cognizable Under FHA

This case arose from a dispute regarding where housing for low-income persons should be constructed in Dallas, Texas—that is, whether low-income housing projects that received government tax credits should be built in the…more

ADEA, Affordable Care Act, Discrimination, Disparate Impact, FHA

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Corporate E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - State Regulatory Boards Are Open to Antitrust Liability, Says the Supreme Court - USPTO Issues Patent Eligibility Guidelines…So Now What? - Bond Financing: The Best-Kept Secret For Central…more

Antitrust Provisions, Bond Financing, Corporate Taxes, Crowdfunding, Cyber Insurance

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SEC Makes First Finding of Retaliation in Violation of the Exchange Act’s Anti-Retaliation Rule

On June 16, 2014, the SEC entered an order (the “Order”) instituting cease and desist proceedings against an investment adviser, Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. (“Paradigm”), and Paradigm’s founder, Director, President, Chief…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Disgorgement, Employer Liability Issues, Enforcement Actions, Hedge Funds

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Tax Changes Included in the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015

The recently enacted Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (the "Act") contains a number of tax provisions affecting businesses and individuals which have not been widely reported. The Act adds a requirement for claiming…more

Education Tax Credits, IRC, IRS, Tax Deductions, Tax Penalties

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Tax Changes Included in the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015

The recently enacted Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (the "Act") contains a number of tax provisions affecting businesses and individuals which have not been widely reported. The Act adds a requirement for claiming…more

Education Tax Credits, IRC, IRS, Tax Deductions, Tax Penalties

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Health Care E-Note - February 2015

In This Issue: - HIPAA Privacy During Emergency Situations - Probationary Medicaid RCOs – How Do Physicians Respond Without Subjecting Themselves to Potential Criminal And Civil Liability? - Big Data…more

Anthem Blue Cross, Big Data, Ebola, EHR, Email

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Applicability of USTP Guidelines to Bankruptcy Administrators

Two institutions exist to ensure that bankruptcy cases are conducted in conformity with bankruptcy laws: the U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) and the Bankruptcy Administrator (BA) Program. 1 These institutions perform substantially…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy, Trustees

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Labor & Employment E-Note - October 2014

In this Issue: - High Court Considers If Workers Waiting in Line Should Get Paid - Some States Putting Minimum Wage Battle on Ballot - U.S. Labor Department Promoting Paid Maternity Leave - EEOC…more

Amazon, Delivery Drivers, DOL, EEOC, Employee Definition

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DOL Will Require Overtime for Employees Who Earn Less Than $50,000

In a much-anticipated move, on June 30, 2015, the Department of Labor issued a proposed rule requiring a weekly salary of at least $970.00, or $50,440.00 annually, for employees to be exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act's…more

Compliance, DOL, FLSA, Minimum Salary, NPRM

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Banking & Financial Services E -Note - March 2015

In This issue: - 6 Things You Need to Know Before Filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - Don’t Get Left in the Dark: Pre-eviction Noticing Requirements Following Sunset on the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act -…more

Banks, CFPB, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Consumer Financial Contracts

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Eleventh Circuit Addresses TCPA Again: Confirms Validity of 1992 FCC Ruling on “Prior Express Consent”

It would be difficult to identify a federal circuit court of appeals that has released a larger number of influential consumer finance decisions in the last year than the Eleventh Circuit. And last week, the court continued its…more

Cell Phones, FCC, FDCPA, Financial Sector, Hobbs Act

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Banking & Financial Services E -Note - March 2015

In This issue: - 6 Things You Need to Know Before Filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - Don’t Get Left in the Dark: Pre-eviction Noticing Requirements Following Sunset on the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act -…more

Banks, CFPB, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Consumer Financial Contracts

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Dealing With NIMBYs in Local Land Use and Environmental Approval

A developer or property owner may have a permit application for a project that meets the criteria for the applicable regulations, and might receive approval from local government or environmental staff. At that point, the…more

Environmental Policies, Land Developers, Land-Use Permits, Popular, Property Owners

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Antitrust Issues Facing Physicians in Medicaid and Professional Licensing

Physicians who were practicing in the 1990s were involved in numerous attempts to organize themselves in order to be able to participate in and even financially survive the onslaught of managed care delivery systems. The new…more

DOJ, Fee-for-Service, FTC, Healthcare, Healthcare Providers

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Ohio District Court Distinguishes Date of Foreclosure Action from Date of Foreclosure Sale When Applying New CFPB Mortgage Rules

In Cooper v. Fay Servicing, LLC, 2015 WL 4470213 (S.D. Ohio July 17, 2015), the mortgagors sued the servicer of their real estate loan asserting claims for alleged violations of Regulation X relating to the loss mitigation…more

CFPB, Consumer Lenders, Financial Sector, Financial Services Industry, Foreclosure

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - December 19, 2013

In This Issue: - Several Swiss Regional Banks to Cooperate with U.S. Tax Rules - Volcker Rule Approved by Federal Regulators - Treasury Secretary Sets Goal of Foreign Bank Reform in 2014 - Largest Mortgage…more

Banks, CFPB, Compliance, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - September 30, 2013

In This Issue: - NCUA Drafts Rule Subjecting Big Credit Unions to Stress Tests Report Finds FDIC Has Filed as Least 32 D&O Lawsuits This Year - CFPB Cracks Down on "Furnishers" Giving Credit Report Information -…more

CFPB, Credit Reports, Credit Unions, D&O Insurance, Debt Collection

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Colorado Rules Baker Cannot Refuse Service to Same-Sex Couples for Religious Reasons

In a post last week, I discussed how some believe Tennessee’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) could allow Tennessee businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples despite a recent ruling that…more

Anti-Gay, Discrimination, First Amendment, Free Speech, Freedom of Religion

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Concerns Mount over Department of Labor’s Proposed Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) released a controversial proposed rule on April 20, 2015, that seeks to expand fiduciary duties in the context of retirement-investment advice. Specifically, the proposed rule would rework a 1975…more

401k, Benefit Plan Sponsors, DOL, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty

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Banking & Financial Services E - Note - May 2014

In This Issue: - Fed Regulator Calls for End of Banks' Self-Grading of Risk - Regulator Won't Act on Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - Community Bankers Support Tiered Banking Regulatory System - Banks…more

Banks, Community Banks, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Fannie Mae

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Health Care E-Note - June 19, 2014

In This Issue: - Report Ranks U.S. Last Out of 11 in Health Care System Quality - Analysis Identifies Un-Tracked Avoidable Hospital Complications - Number of Doctors Employed by Hospitals Grew 34% Over 10 Years -…more

Background Checks, Healthcare, Healthcare Costs, Healthcare Facilities, Healthcare Reform

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Notes from SEC Chair Mary Jo White’s Speech at SEC Speaks 2015

On February 20, 2015, Chairwoman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Mary Jo White, spoke at the 2015 SEC Speaks Conference in Washington, D.C. During her speech, Chairwoman White addressed a…more

Mary Jo White, Regulatory Agenda, SEC, Security-Based Swaps, Strategic Enforcement Plan

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Servicer Foreclosing in Own Name Must Establish Standing and Ratification by Real Party in Interest

In Russell v. Aurora Loan Services, LLC, 40 Fla. L. Weekly D967a (Fla. 2d DCA Apr. 24, 2015), Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal added to the emerging line of case law regarding the proof required to establish standing in…more

Appeals, Assignees, Foreclosure, Loan Documentation, Mortgage Servicers

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State of Tennessee Sues EPA and the Corps of Engineers on Waters of the United States Final Rule

Today, the State of Tennessee joined in one of the many lawsuits filed by States challenging the EPA and Corps of Engineers Final Rule that defines of Waters of the United States under the federal Clean Water Act. See prior…more

Clean Water Act, Commerce Clause, EPA, Federalism, Final Rules

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - February 2015

In This Issue - - Coquina Investments v. TD Bank: Examining a Non-Party’s Invocation of the Fifth Amendment - SideBAR - Dodd-Frank Act Update Financial Fraud Law Report - Post-Crawford FDCPA Claim Dismissed…more

Banking Sector, Banks, Dodd-Frank, FDCPA, Fifth Amendment

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Group Urges Aider Standard for SEC Compliance-Officer Liability

In an August 18 letter to SEC Enforcement Director Ceresney, the National Society for Compliance Professionals (“NSCP”) urged the SEC to adopt an internal guideline requiring a higher “aiding and abetting” standard for…more

Compliance, Enforcement Actions, Liability, SEC

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Labor & Employment E-Note - March 2015

In This E-Note: - Expanding Eligibility: Is Your FMLA Policy Ripe for Misinterpretation? - New Year’s Resolution Continued: The Multi-State Non-Compete Agreement - The Corporate Board: The False Claims Act…more

DOL, False Claims Act, Final Rules, FMLA, Non-Compete Agreements

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - October 2014

In This Issue: - Obama Issues Order to Improve Data Security - Fed Official Calls for U.S. to Stop Bailing Out Banks - Global Regulators Crack Down on Shadow Banking to Curb Risks - CFPB Reports…more

Apple, Apple Pay, Banking Sector, Banks, Barack Obama

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Applicability of USTP Guidelines to Bankruptcy Administrators

Two institutions exist to ensure that bankruptcy cases are conducted in conformity with bankruptcy laws: the U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) and the Bankruptcy Administrator (BA) Program. 1 These institutions perform substantially…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy, Trustees

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Labor & Employment E-Note - March 2015

In This E-Note: - Expanding Eligibility: Is Your FMLA Policy Ripe for Misinterpretation? - New Year’s Resolution Continued: The Multi-State Non-Compete Agreement - The Corporate Board: The False Claims Act…more

DOL, False Claims Act, Final Rules, FMLA, Non-Compete Agreements

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State Bans on Consumer Class Actions in Jeopardy

Numerous states have adopted statutory bans on “unfair” or “deceptive” trade practices. When state legislature enacted those statutes, most of them decided to let consumers sue directly for damages. However, many state…more

Allstate, Class Action, Shady Grove, Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

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Tax Changes Included in the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015

The recently enacted Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (the "Act") contains a number of tax provisions affecting businesses and individuals which have not been widely reported. The Act adds a requirement for claiming…more

Education Tax Credits, IRC, IRS, Tax Deductions, Tax Penalties

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11th Circuit: Publication of Foreclosure Sale Notices Does Not Fall within Purview of FDCPA

Andrew D. Dunavant, Jr., and Mary Dunavant (the Dunavants) appealed the district court’s partial denial of their motion for summary judgment and its grant of the defendant’s motion for summary judgment. Dunavant v. Sirote &…more

FDCPA, Foreclosure, Mortgage Lenders, Written Notice

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Navigating the Treacherous Waters of Tipped Employee Wages

As evening sets, many restaurants will find themselves bustling with customers and loyal patrons eager to put the day's work to rest. But while managers focus on reservations, inventory, food allergies, and table checks,…more

DOL, Employee Handbooks, FLSA, Minimum Wage, Tipped Employees

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - December 19, 2013

In This Issue: - Several Swiss Regional Banks to Cooperate with U.S. Tax Rules - Volcker Rule Approved by Federal Regulators - Treasury Secretary Sets Goal of Foreign Bank Reform in 2014 - Largest Mortgage…more

Banks, CFPB, Compliance, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - September 2014

In This Issue: - CFPB to Regulate Nonbank Institutions That Fund Auto Loans - DOJ Suggests Banks Turn In Employees to Avoid Criminal Charges - Regulators Requiring Banks to Carry Higher Capital…more

Apple, Automotive Loans, Banks, CFPB, Credit Cards

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Construction E-Note - December 2014

In this issue: - Construction Expected to Increase in 2015 - What Now? Why Maryland's Decision to Recognize the International Green Construction Code May Signal a Major Shift in the Means Utilized to Implement…more

Clean Water Act, Construction Industry, Green Buildings

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Construction E-Note - December 19, 2013

In this Issue: - Alabama's New Sales Tax Exemption Procedure for Contractors and Subcontractors Beginning On January 1, 2014 - OSHA Combustible Dust Standard on the Horizon – What Every Industry Should Know - It's…more

Contractors, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Liens, OSHA

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11th Circuit: Publication of Foreclosure Sale Notices Does Not Fall within Purview of FDCPA

Andrew D. Dunavant, Jr., and Mary Dunavant (the Dunavants) appealed the district court’s partial denial of their motion for summary judgment and its grant of the defendant’s motion for summary judgment. Dunavant v. Sirote &…more

FDCPA, Foreclosure, Mortgage Lenders, Written Notice

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Health Care E-Note - June 2015

In This Issue: - Why, Again, Do You Think That Worker is an Independent Contractor? - I-9 and E-Verify Compliance Practices for Temporary Labor and Contractors - Excerpt From Why, Again, Do You Think That…more

Audits, CMS, Department of Revenue, E-Verify, Employer Liability Issues

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Labor & Employment E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - Employment Law Update After Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. - Excerpt from Employment Law Update After Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.: A pregnant employee walks into your office…more

Ambush Election Rules, Confidentiality Agreements, H-1B, Mental Health, Minimum Wage

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Construction E-Note - April 9, 2014

In This Issue: - Ongoing Or Completed Operations? Fifth Circuit Finds No Duty To Defend Contractor Under Additional Insured Endorsement - Your Venue, My Bond Claim: A Florida Law Primer - The Condominium Form Of…more

Bonds, Condominiums, Construction Contracts, Construction Disputes, Construction Liens

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - December 19, 2013

In This Issue: - Several Swiss Regional Banks to Cooperate with U.S. Tax Rules - Volcker Rule Approved by Federal Regulators - Treasury Secretary Sets Goal of Foreign Bank Reform in 2014 - Largest Mortgage…more

Banks, CFPB, Compliance, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity

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Banking & Financial Services E - Note - May 2014

In This Issue: - Fed Regulator Calls for End of Banks' Self-Grading of Risk - Regulator Won't Act on Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - Community Bankers Support Tiered Banking Regulatory System - Banks…more

Banks, Community Banks, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Fannie Mae

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DOL Will Require Overtime for Employees Who Earn Less Than $50,000

In a much-anticipated move, on June 30, 2015, the Department of Labor issued a proposed rule requiring a weekly salary of at least $970.00, or $50,440.00 annually, for employees to be exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act's…more

Compliance, DOL, FLSA, Minimum Salary, NPRM

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Eleventh Circuit: Entity Collecting Debt Acquired After Default Is Not Necessarily “Debt Collector” Under FDCPA

In Davidson v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., a case closely followed by the financial services industry and handled by Burr & Forman, LLP, the Eleventh Circuit held that an entity collecting a debt that was acquired after…more

Capital One, Debt Collection, Debt Collectors, FDCPA, Financial Sector

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EPA Updates Rule for Site Assessments to Address the Innocent Landowner Defense

On October 6, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) adopted a final rule which will eventually eliminate one of the two recognized ASTM International standards to conduct environmental site assessments, which were…more

AAI, ASTM, CERCLA, Environmental Site Assessment, EPA

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - December 19, 2013

In This Issue: - Several Swiss Regional Banks to Cooperate with U.S. Tax Rules - Volcker Rule Approved by Federal Regulators - Treasury Secretary Sets Goal of Foreign Bank Reform in 2014 - Largest Mortgage…more

Banks, CFPB, Compliance, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity

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Health Care E-Note - September 2014

In This Issue: - Doctors, Insurers Critical of Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - Health Spending Expected to Increase Modestly Over Next Decade - U.S. Hospitals Have Highest Administrative Costs…more

Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Protection, Hackers

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - November 21, 2013

In This Issue: - CFPB Prepares New Rules Restricting Debt Collectors - CFPB, DOJ Team to Investigate Auto Dealers Over Financing Bias - CFPB Investigating Credit Card Rewards Programs - Consideration of…more

Automotive Loans, CFPB, Credit Cards, Debt Collection, DOJ

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Foreclosure Law In The Wake Of Recent Decisions On Residential Mortgage Loans: The Situation In Georgia

Originally Publish in Pratt's Journal Of Bankruptcy Law, February/March 2013. Thousands of wrongful foreclosure lawsuits are filed each year in Georgia against banks, lenders, servicers, foreclosure firms, and other…more

Debtors, Foreclosure, Mortgages, Notice Requirements, Secured Creditors

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Tax Changes Included in the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015

The recently enacted Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (the "Act") contains a number of tax provisions affecting businesses and individuals which have not been widely reported. The Act adds a requirement for claiming…more

Education Tax Credits, IRC, IRS, Tax Deductions, Tax Penalties

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Statutory Right of Redemption Must Be Strictly Construed

In Palm-Aire Vill. Private Homes Townhouse Park Bd., Inc. v. Epstein, No. COSO14-011561 (Fla. Cir. Ct. May 18, 2015), the Court was faced with the issue of whether the Homeowner successfully exercised his right of redemption…more

Financial Services Industry, Foreclosure, Homeowners, Mortgage Servicers, Mortgages

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Mortgage Foreclosure Case Law Development: Substantial Compliance is the Legal Standard for Paragraph 22 Cases in Florida

On July 29, 2015, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal held that substantial compliance, rather than strict compliance, is the legal standard for evaluating a foreclosing plaintiff’s compliance with contractual conditions…more

Compliance, Consumer Lenders, Financial Services Industry, Florida, Foreclosure

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Florida’s 3rd DCA Reverses Dismissal Based on the Technical Admission

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals reversed the involuntary dismissal of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.’s (“Wells Fargo”) foreclosure action against borrower, Melissa Donaldson (“Donaldson”), ruling that it was an abuse of…more

Abuse of Discretion, Appeals, Foreclosure, Reversal, Wells Fargo

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Health Care E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - New Smartphone Software Provides Groundbreaking Opportunity for Medical Research - The Many Levels of Supervision - Health Care Business Today: A Historical Perspective on Health Care…more

CMS, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Medical Research, Mobile Apps

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Alabama Legislature Amends Redemption Statute

The Alabama Legislature recently amended sections 6-5-248, 6-5-252, and 8-1-172 of the Alabama Code, which govern redemption in the State of Alabama. Prior to the amendments, the redemption period for all real property was one…more

Foreclosure, Homestead Exemption, Mortgages, Real Estate Market, Residential Real Estate Market

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Banking & Financial Services E - Note - May 2014

In This Issue: - Fed Regulator Calls for End of Banks' Self-Grading of Risk - Regulator Won't Act on Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - Community Bankers Support Tiered Banking Regulatory System - Banks…more

Banks, Community Banks, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Fannie Mae

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Recent Developments Concerning the Right of Redemption Relating to Homestead Property: Act of Apr. 23, 2015, Alabama Senate Bill No. 124, Ala. Acts, 2015 -79

Under current Alabama law, an interested party (e.g., mortgagor, junior mortgagor, judgment creditor) may redeem real property sold at foreclosure within one (1) year of the date of the foreclosure sale. See ALA.CODE…more

Financial Institutions, Foreclosure, Homestead Exemption, Mortgages, Real Estate Market

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Banking & Financial Services E - Note - May 30, 2013

In This Issue: - New Suits Filed as Credit Card Swipe Fee Settlement Deadline Looms - Sec. Lew Tells Senate Committee of Plans to Accelerate Dodd-Frank - New Mortgage Rule to Block Access to Credit, Witnesses Warn…more

Background Checks, CFPB, Credit Cards, Credit Unions, Dodd-Frank

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Florida District Court Dismisses Class Action Complaint Against Tampa Bay Buccaneers Due Rule 68 Offer Of Judgment

Jeffrey M. Stein, D.D.S., M.S.D., P.A., et al. v. Buccaneers Limited Partnership, No. 8:13-cv-02136-SDM-AEP (Oct. 24, 2013). Three dentists, a pest control service and two other alleged recipients of unsolicited faxes…more

Class Action, Dismissals, Football, Rule 68, TCPA

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Changes to Florida's Construction Defect Notice Statute

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a new bill that changes Florida's construction defect notice statute, effective October 1, 2015. Changes to the Florida statute include: (I) an amendment to section 558.001, revising…more

Amended Legislation, Architects, Construction Defects, Construction Industry, Contractors

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Banking & Financial Services E -Note - March 2015

In This issue: - 6 Things You Need to Know Before Filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - Don’t Get Left in the Dark: Pre-eviction Noticing Requirements Following Sunset on the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act -…more

Banks, CFPB, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Consumer Financial Contracts

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Corporate E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - State Regulatory Boards Are Open to Antitrust Liability, Says the Supreme Court - USPTO Issues Patent Eligibility Guidelines…So Now What? - Bond Financing: The Best-Kept Secret For Central…more

Antitrust Provisions, Bond Financing, Corporate Taxes, Crowdfunding, Cyber Insurance

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - Insuring Against Data Breaches - Plaintiff in Foreclosure Action Snared by Evidence of Damages, Attorneys' Fees & Costs - Dodd-Frank Act Update April 2015 Edition - Bond Financing:…more

Attorney's Fees, Basel Committee, Bond Financing, Community Banks, Cyber Insurance

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note - October 30, 2013

In This Issue: - Fed Proposes Rule Requiring Banks to Stay Liquid During Crisis - Simulation Tests Banks' Survival Against Cyber Attacks - Largest Banks Close to Meeting Mortgage Settlement Obligations - Number…more

Banking Crisis, Banks, Car Dealerships, CFPB, Consumer Complaint System

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Corporate & Tax E-Note - March 27, 2014

In This Issue: - High Court Considers Whether Corporations Can Lie to Investors - Nasdaq Enters Pre-IPO Market with Private Exchange - Many Early-Stage Start-Ups Still Struggle to Get Funding - Venture…more

Fiduciary Duty, IPO, Lying, Nasdaq, Small Business

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Health Care E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - New Smartphone Software Provides Groundbreaking Opportunity for Medical Research - The Many Levels of Supervision - Health Care Business Today: A Historical Perspective on Health Care…more

CMS, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Medical Research, Mobile Apps

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Construction E-Note - July 11, 2013

In This Issue: - Ground Control, LLC v. Capsco Industries, Inc., et. al.: Opening the Door to Claims by Unlicensed Contractors in Mississippi - 2013 Alabama Sales and Use Tax Legislation - General Conditions Not…more

Construction Defects, Contractors, Economic Loss Doctrine, Firearms, Guns-in-Trunks Legislation

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Labor & Employment E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - Employment Law Update After Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. - Excerpt from Employment Law Update After Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.: A pregnant employee walks into your office…more

Ambush Election Rules, Confidentiality Agreements, H-1B, Mental Health, Minimum Wage

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Foreclosure Law In The Wake Of Recent Decisions On Residential Mortgage Loans: The Situation In Georgia

Originally Publish in Pratt's Journal Of Bankruptcy Law, February/March 2013. Thousands of wrongful foreclosure lawsuits are filed each year in Georgia against banks, lenders, servicers, foreclosure firms, and other…more

Debtors, Foreclosure, Mortgages, Notice Requirements, Secured Creditors

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Health Care E-Note - June 19, 2014

In This Issue: - Report Ranks U.S. Last Out of 11 in Health Care System Quality - Analysis Identifies Un-Tracked Avoidable Hospital Complications - Number of Doctors Employed by Hospitals Grew 34% Over 10 Years -…more

Background Checks, Healthcare, Healthcare Costs, Healthcare Facilities, Healthcare Reform

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Labor & Employment E-Note - February 14, 2014

In This Issue: - High Court Rules Steel Workers Need Not be Paid for Changing Clothes - NLRB Proposes Rules to Streamline Unionization Voting Process - Obama Administration Delays Another Health Insurance…more

Affordable Care Act, Employer Mandates, FLSA, Healthcare, NLRA

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Banking & Financial Services E-Note: August 29, 2013

In This Issue: - World Leaders to Crack Down on Shadow Banking Industry - Obama Urges Lawmakers to Get Busy Finishing Dodd-Frank Rules - CFPB, RICO Pressure Big Banks to Rein in Credit Card Debt - States Taking…more

Barack Obama, CFPB, Credit Cards, Debt, Dodd-Frank

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