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New Rule Defining “Waters of the U.S.” Draws New Battle Lines Between the Federal Government and States

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) published their Final Rule defining “waters of the United States” on June 29, 2015. The rule becomes effective on August 28, 2015. The rule…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

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
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

New Tennessee Business Related Laws Go Into Effect

Hundreds of new Tennessee laws went into effect on July 1, 2015. The following is a summary and link to several new laws which can affect Tennessee businesses. SB 1058 – Wrongful discharge for firearms and…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential, Nonprofit Law

Supreme Court Halts Implementation of EPA Rule on Mercury Emissions from Electric Power Plants: The Practical Effects Are Debatable

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court halted further implementation of a U.S. EPA’s regulation limiting mercury and other hazardous air toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired electric power plants. In a 5-4 decision, the majority…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Tennessee Non-Profits Take Note: Failure to Register May Result in Significant Fines

Over the last few of months, the Tennessee Department of State, Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming (the “Division”) has filed at least seven lawsuits against non-profit organizations doing business in Tennessee…more
| Finance & Banking, Taxation, Nonprofit Law

Eleventh Circuit: While FDCPA Applies to Litigation Activity, Higher Standard May Be Required to Establish Violation

On Tuesday, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals expanded the scope of conduct that is actionable under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) to include communications directed to a debtor’s attorney. However, the…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

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
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Taxation

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
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

What the Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means to Employers

The Supreme Court ruled today that state laws banning same sex marriage are unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. While this holding does not directly implicate employers or their policies,…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Family Law

Supreme Court Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans

In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to license marriages between two people of the same sex and to recognize same sex marriages that were validly licensed in other…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Family Law

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
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property

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
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Insurance

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
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Intellectual Property

A Recent Case's Impact on the Determination of Contractor Licensure

A Florida court of appeals recently ruled that a contractor is considered licensed if it is associated with a qualifying agent licensed to perform the contract work on the effective date of the contract. Other courts previously…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

US 9th Circuit Holds Google Beyond Question: Map Tack Not Hearsay

A Ninth Circuit Panel held that a GPS location tack generated out of court on a Google-Maps satellite image is not hearsay under the Federal Rules of Evidence. In an immigration prosecution, the location of the arrest was…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology
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