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Christopher Adams

Internet Expands as New Top Level Domains Go Live; Trademark Clearinghouse Protections Triggered

The Internet continues to expand, as the rollout of new Generic Top Level Domains (“gTLDs”) by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) continues. Now is a good time to make sure that your brand…more

Domain Names, gTLD, ICANN, Internet, Trademark Clearinghouse

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Michael Anderson

Tax, Benefits and Nonprofit Organizations Client Alert: New Tax Regulations on Noncompensatory Partnership Options

Overview - The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations (the Final Regulations), effective February 5, 2013, concerning the tax consequences of noncompensatory…more

Business Taxes, Capital Account Maintenance, Capital Gains, Capital Losses, Characterization Rule

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Norman Antin

FFIEC Social Media Guidance Addresses "Reputational Risks" from Social Media

Financial Institutions Should Develop Policies and Practices to Address and Monitor Reputational and Operational Risks - On December 10, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued its…more

Banks, CFPB, Credit Unions, Due Diligence, FDIC

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Constance Ariagno

Capital Infusion: Private Equity Funds: Potential Liability for Portfolio Company Pension Obligations

In Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Indus. Pension Fund, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 15190, No. 12-2312, ___ F.3d ___ (1st Cir. 2013), the United States Court of Appeals recently ruled on a matter of…more

ERISA, Pensions, Private Equity Funds

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Shaoul Aslan

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Revises I-94 Processes

Foreign nationals entering the United States through an air or sea port will most likely not be issued an I-94 Arrival-Departure Record, the small card normally stapled into the passports of foreign nationals. The U.S. Customs…more

Customs and Border Protection, Foreign Nationals, I-94 Cards, Passports

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Sonia Barber

Legal Q&A: Hotel Operations in the Arabian Gulf

How Does a Hotel Owner Identify an Appropriate Hotel Operator for Their Hotel? Careful attention to the process by which a hotel operator is identified for the management of a hotel can ultimately impact the owner’s…more

Hospitality Industry, Hotels

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Benjamin Bartlett

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

Senators Introduce Data Breach Legislation - Last Thursday, January 30, four Democratic senators introduced the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2014, which would require the Federal Trade Commission to issue…more

Breach Notification Rule, Data Breach, Data Protection, Legislative Agendas, Technology

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Rosemary Becchi

Debt Collection Subject to New Regulation Under CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is on a roll targeting debt collectors and your company could be the next target. On October 3rd, the CFPB filed an enforcement action asking for a $1.376 million civil penalty to…more

CFPB, Debt Collection, Debt Settlement Services, Dodd-Frank, Enforcement Actions

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Kevin Bell

Patent Assertion Entity Sues FTC, Agrees to Follow New York Attorney General Guidelines

A well-known “patent assertion entity” (PAE), MPHJ Technology Investment LLC, filed a declaratory judgment suit against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and its Commissioners for the agency’s alleged “threats to bring action…more

Abuse of Process, FTC, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent Trolls

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Paul Besozzi

FDA Finalizes Guidance on "Mobile Medical Applications"

On September 25, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance on Mobile Medical Applications – healthcare related software applications intended for use on mobile platforms such as smartphones and tablets…more

FDA, Healthcare, Mobile Apps, Mobile Devices, Telemedicine

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Kevin Boardman

Capital Infusion: Dealmaker's Corner

In this issue’s installment of “Dealmaker’s Corner,” Kevin Boardman, a partner in our private equity group, discusses private equity in the oil field services industry with Bruce Ross and Jerad McMayon, managing partner and…more

Business Development, Investors, Oil & Gas, Private Equity

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George Borababy

Internet Expands as New Top Level Domains Go Live; Trademark Clearinghouse Protections Triggered

The Internet continues to expand, as the rollout of new Generic Top Level Domains (“gTLDs”) by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) continues. Now is a good time to make sure that your brand…more

Domain Names, gTLD, ICANN, Internet, Trademark Clearinghouse

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Aaron Boschee

Reinsurance Newsletter - December 2013

Recent Case Summaries - Michigan Federal Court Enjoins Arbitration Proceeding Because of Possible Misconduct - Star Ins. Co. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-13807, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130379 (E.D. Mich…more

Arbitration, Attorney-Client Privilege, Ex-Parte Communications, Follow-the-Settlements Law, Late Notices

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Mary Beth Bosco

Acquisition Working Group Report Identifies Cybersecurity Considerations for Government Contractors

President Obama’s February 12, 2013 Executive Order, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, required the Department of Defense (DoD) and the General Services Administration (GSA) to make recommendations on the…more

Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Framework, Data Breach, Data Protection, DHS

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Joseph Brand

Kiobel: Major U.S. Jurisdictional Limitation For Overseas Actions

Much of the public has never heard of the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS,” 28 U.S.C. § 1350), but this law, dating back to the founding of the country, recently has had enormous implications for multinational corporations and foreign…more

Alien Tort Statute, Extraterritoriality Rules, Foreign Defendants, Jurisdiction, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.

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John Breaux

Beyond Tax Reform Jujitsu: Getting to ‘Yes’

Congress and the administration can still achieve the first major overhaul of our nation’s tax laws in nearly 30 years; such reform could occur with or without an agreement to enact fundamental entitlement spending…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Bipartisan Agreement, Bush-Era Tax Cuts, Business Taxes, Federal Budget

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Caroline Cauley

Capital Thinking: Financial Services

Congress Examines A Series of Regulatory Reports - Last week, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held a hearing to explore the annual report and oversight of the Department of Treasury’s Office of…more

CFPB, Financial Regulatory Reform, Legislative Agendas, OFR

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Suman Chakraborty

Reinsurance Newsletter - December 2013

Recent Case Summaries - Michigan Federal Court Enjoins Arbitration Proceeding Because of Possible Misconduct - Star Ins. Co. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-13807, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130379 (E.D. Mich…more

Arbitration, Attorney-Client Privilege, Ex-Parte Communications, Follow-the-Settlements Law, Late Notices

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Scott Chambers

Supreme Court Finds Patent Owner Have Burden of Proving Infringement in a Declaratory Judgment Case

The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a patent owner always has the burden of proving infringement, even if the case is brought by a licensee asking for a declaration that the licensed patents were not invalid…more

Burden of Proof, Declaratory Judgments, Infringement, Medtronics, Patent Infringement

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B. Dell Chism

Patent Assertion Entity Sues FTC, Agrees to Follow New York Attorney General Guidelines

A well-known “patent assertion entity” (PAE), MPHJ Technology Investment LLC, filed a declaratory judgment suit against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and its Commissioners for the agency’s alleged “threats to bring action…more

Abuse of Process, FTC, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent Trolls

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Alexandra Chopin

False Claims Act Focus - November 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE - Recent months have provided interesting developments in the False Claims Act (“FCA”) case law, and the future promises even more. Defendants in many FCA cases that proceed to litigation file motions…more

DOJ, False Claims Act, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fraud

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James Christian

The Stock Act, Political Intelligence, and Traps for the Unwary

Last year, Congress wrote and President Obama signed into law the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (the STOCK Act). When the law was enacted, Members of Congress, their staffs, and Executive Branch officials…more

GAO, Government Officials, Insider Trading, Material Nonpublic Information, Political Intelligence

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Sean Clancy

Capital Infusion: Policy Spotlight: Changes in Tax Incentives/Preferences Impacting Oil & Gas Industry

In April of this year, the Obama Administration released the 2014 Fiscal Budget for the federal government which sets forth estimated expenditures of $3.78 trillion, estimated revenues of $3.03 trillion and a budget shortfall of…more

Oil & Gas, Tax Incentives

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Sven Collins

Health Care Client Alert: OIG and CMS Propose Extensions and Modifications to Their EHR Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor & Physician Self-Referral Exception

On Monday April 8, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released closely aligned proposed rules to extend their parallel…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, CMS, EHR, Healthcare, OIG

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Adam Connatser

Capital Infusion - May 2013: Dealmaker’s Corner

In this issue’s installment of “Dealmaker’s Corner,” Jon Finger, a partner in our private equity group, had the opportunity to visit with Kyle Bradford, Managing Director with American Capital, Ltd., concerning the…more

Competition, FDA, Outsourcing, Pharmaceutical, Research Funding

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Shannon Conway

Reinsurance Newsletter - December 2013

Recent Case Summaries - Michigan Federal Court Enjoins Arbitration Proceeding Because of Possible Misconduct - Star Ins. Co. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-13807, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130379 (E.D. Mich…more

Arbitration, Attorney-Client Privilege, Ex-Parte Communications, Follow-the-Settlements Law, Late Notices

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Michael Cuda

Capital Infusion: The Necessity for Expanding Due Diligence in Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Deals

The exploration and production, or “E&P” segment of the domestic energy business is booming, particularly the unconventional oil plays in South Texas, West Texas, Pennsylvania, North Dakota and the Rocky Mountain region…more

Due Diligence, Energy Exploration, Investors, Joint Operating Agreement, Mineral Leases

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Amy Davenport

Capital Thinking: Cybersecurity

Data Breach Issues - Last week, three Congressional Committees – the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee – held hearings that…more

Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, DHS, DOJ

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Virginia Davis

Internet Expands as New Top Level Domains Go Live; Trademark Clearinghouse Protections Triggered

The Internet continues to expand, as the rollout of new Generic Top Level Domains (“gTLDs”) by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) continues. Now is a good time to make sure that your brand…more

Domain Names, gTLD, ICANN, Internet, Trademark Clearinghouse

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Monica S. Desai

FTC to Hold Seminar on Mobile Device Tracking

Mobile apps and consumer privacy continue to be hot issues for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). On February 19, 2014, the FTC staff will hold an open seminar on privacy and related issues raised by mobile tracking technology…more

FTC, Mobile Devices, Warrantless Tracking, Wireless Devices

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Jack DeSchauer

Information and Analysis on Legal Aspects of Procurement

FEATURE COMMENT: The Impact Of The National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2014 On Federal Procurement - In 2013, two National Defense Authorization Acts were enacted. First, on January 2, President Obama…more

NDAA, Procurement Guidelines

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MIchael Drobac

FTC to Hold Seminar on Mobile Device Tracking

Mobile apps and consumer privacy continue to be hot issues for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). On February 19, 2014, the FTC staff will hold an open seminar on privacy and related issues raised by mobile tracking technology…more

FTC, Mobile Devices, Warrantless Tracking, Wireless Devices

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Erik Dullea

OSHA Seeks Comments on Process Safety Management Amendments, Other Standards

Oil and Gas Production and Servicing Industry May Be Impacted - First, OSHA requests comment on whether the agency should amend § 1910.119(a)(2)(ii), which currently exempts oil and gas-well drilling and servicing from…more

Compliance, Oil & Gas, OSHA, Safety Precautions, Workplace Hazards

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Matthew Durfee

Capital Infusion: Private Equity Funds: Potential Liability for Portfolio Company Pension Obligations

In Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Indus. Pension Fund, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 15190, No. 12-2312, ___ F.3d ___ (1st Cir. 2013), the United States Court of Appeals recently ruled on a matter of…more

ERISA, Pensions, Private Equity Funds

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Alexis Early

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

House GOP Discusses immigration and Border Security at Retreat - At the House GOP’s annual retreat on January 30-31, the caucus debated a broad set of immigration and border security principles drafted by House Judiciary…more

Border Security, DHS

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Eugenia Edwards

Capital Thinking: Health Care

SGR Policy Framework Deal - Last week, the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the three committees of jurisdiction over Medicare (Senate Finance Committee, House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees) announced…more

CMS, Legislative Agendas, Meaningful Use, Medicaid, Medicare

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Mark Errico

Reinsurance Newsletter - December 2013

Recent Case Summaries - Michigan Federal Court Enjoins Arbitration Proceeding Because of Possible Misconduct - Star Ins. Co. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-13807, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130379 (E.D. Mich…more

Arbitration, Attorney-Client Privilege, Ex-Parte Communications, Follow-the-Settlements Law, Late Notices

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Lindsay Faine

Capital Infusion: Policy Spotlight: Changes in Tax Incentives/Preferences Impacting Oil & Gas Industry

In April of this year, the Obama Administration released the 2014 Fiscal Budget for the federal government which sets forth estimated expenditures of $3.78 trillion, estimated revenues of $3.03 trillion and a budget shortfall of…more

Oil & Gas, Tax Incentives

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Elizabeth Fallon

Institutions Fund's Bond Guarantee Program Funded for 2013

On March 21, 2013, Congress authorized the Community Development Financial Institutions (“CDFI”) Fund to guarantee up to $500 million aggregate principal amount of bonds in fiscal year 2013, marking a new opportunity for…more

Bonds, CDFI Fund, Certifications, Community Development Entities, Insurers

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Philip Feigen

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes New Rule on Pay Disclosure

On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a new rule that would require public companies to disclose the ratio of the compensation of its principal executive officer (PEO)[1] to…more

CEOs, Disclosure Requirements, Dodd-Frank, Pay Ratio, SEC

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Jon Finger

Capital Infusion - May 2013: Dealmaker’s Corner

In this issue’s installment of “Dealmaker’s Corner,” Jon Finger, a partner in our private equity group, had the opportunity to visit with Kyle Bradford, Managing Director with American Capital, Ltd., concerning the…more

Competition, FDA, Outsourcing, Pharmaceutical, Research Funding

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Jared Fleisher

Capital Thinking: Transportation and Infrastructure

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - WRDA Reauthorization - The House is likely to name conferees this week for H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Redevelopment Act of 2013 (WRRDA)…more

Infrastructure, Water Resources Development Act

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Laurence Freedman

False Claims Act Focus - November 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE - Recent months have provided interesting developments in the False Claims Act (“FCA”) case law, and the future promises even more. Defendants in many FCA cases that proceed to litigation file motions…more

DOJ, False Claims Act, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fraud

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Andrew Friedman

Latest Antitrust Developments Point to Continued Robust Enforcement

We were reminded recently that two of the most widespread and lucrative antitrust investigations in the history of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (the “Division”) remain very active and are likely to remain as such…more

Antitrust Litigation, Enforcement

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Melodi Gates

FTC to Hold Seminar on Mobile Device Tracking

Mobile apps and consumer privacy continue to be hot issues for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). On February 19, 2014, the FTC staff will hold an open seminar on privacy and related issues raised by mobile tracking technology…more

FTC, Mobile Devices, Warrantless Tracking, Wireless Devices

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Edward Gehres

Reinsurance Newsletter - December 2013

Recent Case Summaries - Michigan Federal Court Enjoins Arbitration Proceeding Because of Possible Misconduct - Star Ins. Co. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-13807, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130379 (E.D. Mich…more

Arbitration, Attorney-Client Privilege, Ex-Parte Communications, Follow-the-Settlements Law, Late Notices

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Elizabeth Gill

False Claims Act Focus - November 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE - Recent months have provided interesting developments in the False Claims Act (“FCA”) case law, and the future promises even more. Defendants in many FCA cases that proceed to litigation file motions…more

DOJ, False Claims Act, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fraud

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Benjamin Ginsberg

NY Requires Public Disclosure of 501(C)(4) Political Expenses and Donors

The New York Attorney General recently adopted regulations that require certain nonprofit organizations that are required to register with the New York Office of the Attorney General to disclose their electioneering expenses and…more

Election Related Expenditures, Electioneering, Filing Deadlines, Non-Profits, Public Disclosure

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Mara Giorgio

Capital Thinking: Financial Services

This Week’s Hearings: - Tuesday, February 11: The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy.” The Honorable Janet Yellen will testify at the hearing for the…more

CFTC, Federal Reserve, FSOC, Legislative Agendas, SEFs

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Melanie Goggins

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

Senators Introduce Data Breach Legislation - Last Thursday, January 30, four Democratic senators introduced the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2014, which would require the Federal Trade Commission to issue…more

Breach Notification Rule, Data Breach, Data Protection, Legislative Agendas, Technology

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Mark Goldschmidt

FFIEC Social Media Guidance Addresses "Reputational Risks" from Social Media

Financial Institutions Should Develop Policies and Practices to Address and Monitor Reputational and Operational Risks - On December 10, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued its…more

Banks, CFPB, Credit Unions, Due Diligence, FDIC

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Peter Gould

OSHA Seeks Comments on Process Safety Management Amendments, Other Standards

Oil and Gas Production and Servicing Industry May Be Impacted - First, OSHA requests comment on whether the agency should amend § 1910.119(a)(2)(ii), which currently exempts oil and gas-well drilling and servicing from…more

Compliance, Oil & Gas, OSHA, Safety Precautions, Workplace Hazards

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Micah Green

Federal Insurance Office Releases Long-Awaited Report

On December 12, 2013, the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) released its report on “How to Modernize and Improve the System of Insurance Regulation in the United States” (FIO Report). The FIO Report was mandated by the Dodd-Frank…more

Federal Insurance Office, Insurance Regulations, NAIC

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Joshua Greene

United States Challenges India's Domestic Content Requirements

NSM Limitations Pose Danger to U.S. Solar Product Exports - Today, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the United States has requested World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement consultations with…more

Energy, India, International Trade Disputes, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy

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Stacey Grundman

Continued Vigilance Required for Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements

The newness of the IRC Section 409A regulations governing deferred compensation is long-gone, but the complexities of this regulatory scheme remain burdensome and all should be vigilant to ensure compliance as penalties can be…more

Deferred Compensation, Employee Benefits, Income Taxes, IRS, Section 409A

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Michael Guiffre

Reinsurance Newsletter - December 2013

Recent Case Summaries - Michigan Federal Court Enjoins Arbitration Proceeding Because of Possible Misconduct - Star Ins. Co. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-13807, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130379 (E.D. Mich…more

Arbitration, Attorney-Client Privilege, Ex-Parte Communications, Follow-the-Settlements Law, Late Notices

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Jeffrey Haas

FFIEC Social Media Guidance Addresses "Reputational Risks" from Social Media

Financial Institutions Should Develop Policies and Practices to Address and Monitor Reputational and Operational Risks - On December 10, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued its…more

Banks, CFPB, Credit Unions, Due Diligence, FDIC

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Anne Harrington

OSHA Seeks Comments on Process Safety Management Amendments, Other Standards

Oil and Gas Production and Servicing Industry May Be Impacted - First, OSHA requests comment on whether the agency should amend § 1910.119(a)(2)(ii), which currently exempts oil and gas-well drilling and servicing from…more

Compliance, Oil & Gas, OSHA, Safety Precautions, Workplace Hazards

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Simon Harrison

Energy Efficiency on the Battlefield

In his recent testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey stressed the imperatives of lives saved and operational agility as being at the fore of the U.S…more

DOD, Energy, Energy Efficiency

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R. Brian Hendrix

HEALTH AND SAFETY CLIENT ALERT: MSHA Issues a Final Rule to Revise the POV System

On Wednesday, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) kicked off its regulatory agenda by lifting the veil on its final rule to revise the Pattern of Violations (POV) system under 30 C.F.R. Part 104. Unless overturned…more

Coal Mines, MSHA, POV System, Safety Laws, Safety Violations

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Susan Baldwin Hendrix

False Claims Act Focus - November 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE - Recent months have provided interesting developments in the False Claims Act (“FCA”) case law, and the future promises even more. Defendants in many FCA cases that proceed to litigation file motions…more

DOJ, False Claims Act, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fraud

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Robert Hilton

Capital Infusion: Protecting Innovation in Fast-Paced Energy Markets: Expediting the Review and Issuance of U.S. Patent Applications

Technological innovation has been key to generating new opportunities in the energy industry and is largely responsible for the resurgence of fossil fuel production in the United States. Advancements in horizontal drilling,…more

Energy, Fracking, Innovation, Oil & Gas, Patent Applications

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Kevin Houlihan

FFIEC Social Media Guidance Addresses "Reputational Risks" from Social Media

Financial Institutions Should Develop Policies and Practices to Address and Monitor Reputational and Operational Risks - On December 10, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued its…more

Banks, CFPB, Credit Unions, Due Diligence, FDIC

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Mimi Hu

Health Care Client Alert: OIG and CMS Propose Extensions and Modifications to Their EHR Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor & Physician Self-Referral Exception

On Monday April 8, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released closely aligned proposed rules to extend their parallel…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, CMS, EHR, Healthcare, OIG

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Kristen Jarvis Johnson

Kiobel: Major U.S. Jurisdictional Limitation For Overseas Actions

Much of the public has never heard of the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS,” 28 U.S.C. § 1350), but this law, dating back to the founding of the country, recently has had enormous implications for multinational corporations and foreign…more

Alien Tort Statute, Extraterritoriality Rules, Foreign Defendants, Jurisdiction, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.

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J. Atwood Jeter

Capital Infusion - May 2013: Dealmaker’s Corner

In this issue’s installment of “Dealmaker’s Corner,” Jon Finger, a partner in our private equity group, had the opportunity to visit with Kyle Bradford, Managing Director with American Capital, Ltd., concerning the…more

Competition, FDA, Outsourcing, Pharmaceutical, Research Funding

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Robert Johnston III

Capital Infusion - May 2013: A New Day for Patents

As of March 16, 2013, all the provisions of the Leahy-Smith American Invents Act (“AIA”) have become effective. The AIA creates a new patent system for the United States with important ramifications for all technology companies…more

First-to-File, First-to-Invent, Patents, Post-Grant Review, Prior Art

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Jennifer Keefe

Debt Collection Subject to New Regulation Under CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is on a roll targeting debt collectors and your company could be the next target. On October 3rd, the CFPB filed an enforcement action asking for a $1.376 million civil penalty to…more

CFPB, Debt Collection, Debt Settlement Services, Dodd-Frank, Enforcement Actions

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Lindsey Weber Keljo

Debt Collection Subject to New Regulation Under CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is on a roll targeting debt collectors and your company could be the next target. On October 3rd, the CFPB filed an enforcement action asking for a $1.376 million civil penalty to…more

CFPB, Debt Collection, Debt Settlement Services, Dodd-Frank, Enforcement Actions

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Hannibal G. Williams II Kemerer

Debt Collection Subject to New Regulation Under CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is on a roll targeting debt collectors and your company could be the next target. On October 3rd, the CFPB filed an enforcement action asking for a $1.376 million civil penalty to…more

CFPB, Debt Collection, Debt Settlement Services, Dodd-Frank, Enforcement Actions

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Martha Kendrick

FDA Finalizes Guidance on "Mobile Medical Applications"

On September 25, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance on Mobile Medical Applications – healthcare related software applications intended for use on mobile platforms such as smartphones and tablets…more

FDA, Healthcare, Mobile Apps, Mobile Devices, Telemedicine

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Grace Kim

CFTC Cross-Border Guidance Frequently Asked Questions

Section 722(d) of the Dodd-Frank Act amended the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”) by adding section 2(i), which provides that the provisions of the CEA relating to swaps shall not apply to activities outside the United States…more

CFTC, Commodities Exchange Act, Cross-Border, Cross-Border Transactions, Dodd-Frank

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Hwan Kim

Debt Collection Subject to New Regulation Under CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is on a roll targeting debt collectors and your company could be the next target. On October 3rd, the CFPB filed an enforcement action asking for a $1.376 million civil penalty to…more

CFPB, Debt Collection, Debt Settlement Services, Dodd-Frank, Enforcement Actions

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Jason King

Reinsurance Newsletter - December 2013

Recent Case Summaries - Michigan Federal Court Enjoins Arbitration Proceeding Because of Possible Misconduct - Star Ins. Co. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-13807, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130379 (E.D. Mich…more

Arbitration, Attorney-Client Privilege, Ex-Parte Communications, Follow-the-Settlements Law, Late Notices

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Lacy Kolo, Ph.D.

7 Intellectual Property Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Often Make

What’s the biggest mistake startup entrepreneurs make with respect to their intellectual property, and what can they do to fix it? That’s the question we recently put to IP attorneys writing on JD Supra, knowing that the…more

Business Formation, Copyright, First-to-File, Legal Perspectives, Patents

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Stephen Kott

Reinsurance Newsletter - December 2013

Recent Case Summaries - Michigan Federal Court Enjoins Arbitration Proceeding Because of Possible Misconduct - Star Ins. Co. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-13807, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130379 (E.D. Mich…more

Arbitration, Attorney-Client Privilege, Ex-Parte Communications, Follow-the-Settlements Law, Late Notices

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Norma Krayem

White House Issues Cybersecurity Framework: “Phase I” Implementation Begins

On February 12, 2014, the White House unveiled its final Cybersecurity Framework 1.0 along with a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C3) Voluntary Program.” This capped off a…more

Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Framework, DHS, NIST

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Karen Kudelko

Capital Thinking: General Legislative

The Senate will convene today, Monday, February 10, at 2:00 pm. After any leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 1963, the Military Retirement Pay Restoration bill. At 5:30 pm, there will be a roll call vote…more

Legislative Agendas

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Matthew Kulkin

Capital Thinking: Financial Services

This Week’s Hearings: - Tuesday, February 11: The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy.” The Honorable Janet Yellen will testify at the hearing for the…more

CFTC, Federal Reserve, FSOC, Legislative Agendas, SEFs

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Laura Laemmle-Weidenfeld

False Claims Act Focus - November 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE - Recent months have provided interesting developments in the False Claims Act (“FCA”) case law, and the future promises even more. Defendants in many FCA cases that proceed to litigation file motions…more

DOJ, False Claims Act, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Fraud

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Matthew Laskoski

Internet Expands as New Top Level Domains Go Live; Trademark Clearinghouse Protections Triggered

The Internet continues to expand, as the rollout of new Generic Top Level Domains (“gTLDs”) by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) continues. Now is a good time to make sure that your brand…more

Domain Names, gTLD, ICANN, Internet, Trademark Clearinghouse

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Kathleen Lester

New HIPAA/HITECH Rules Bring Few Surprises, but Still Call for Sweeping Changes in Compliance Programs

More than two-and-a-half years after issuing proposed regulations under the Health Information Technology for Economical and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, on January 17, 2013, HHS released a series of final changes to its…more

Business Associates, Compliance, Covered Entities, Enforcement, GINA

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Deborah Lodge

FTC to Hold Seminar on Mobile Device Tracking

Mobile apps and consumer privacy continue to be hot issues for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). On February 19, 2014, the FTC staff will hold an open seminar on privacy and related issues raised by mobile tracking technology…more

FTC, Mobile Devices, Warrantless Tracking, Wireless Devices

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Patrick Long

Capital Infusion: The Necessity for Expanding Due Diligence in Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Deals

The exploration and production, or “E&P” segment of the domestic energy business is booming, particularly the unconventional oil plays in South Texas, West Texas, Pennsylvania, North Dakota and the Rocky Mountain region…more

Due Diligence, Energy Exploration, Investors, Joint Operating Agreement, Mineral Leases

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Trent Lott

Beyond Tax Reform Jujitsu: Getting to ‘Yes’

Congress and the administration can still achieve the first major overhaul of our nation’s tax laws in nearly 30 years; such reform could occur with or without an agreement to enact fundamental entitlement spending…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Bipartisan Agreement, Bush-Era Tax Cuts, Business Taxes, Federal Budget

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Gregory Louer

Capital Thinking: Energy

HOUSE ENERGY COMMITTEE APPROVES BILL TO LIMIT EPA GHG REGULATORY AUTHORITY - On Tuesday, January 28, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to favorably report H.R. 3826, the “Electricity Security and Affordability…more

Carbon Emissions, Energy Policy, EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Oil & Gas

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Maxine Martin

U.S. Health and Safety Law: Inspections and Investigations During the Shutdown

Last night, Congress failed to reach an agreement to continue funding government operations beyond the end of Fiscal Year 2013. The federal government is, consequently, in the process of shutting-down a significant portion of…more

ALJ, DOL, FMSHRC, Government Shutdown, MSHA

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Caroline Maxwell

Eastern District of Texas Adopts Model Order Limiting the Assertion of Patent Claims and Prior Art References

The Eastern District of Texas recently adopted a “Model Order Focusing Patent Claims and Prior Art to Reduce Costs.” The Model Order restricts the number of patent claims and prior art references that can be raised during…more

Infringement, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents, Prior Art

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Caitlin McCormick

Practical Tips for Providers Managing Risks Related to Excluded Parties and the Implications of the OIG's Recent Special Advisory Bulletin

On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a Special Advisory Bulletin on the Effect of Exclusion from Participation in Federal Health Care Programs (FHCPs). This Bulletin…more

Civil Monetary Penalty, Exclusions, Healthcare, Indemnification Clauses, OIG

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William McGinley

United States Supreme Court Issues Voting Rights Act Decision

The United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder, holding that a key provision of the Voting Rights Act (“VRA”) is unconstitutional. Listed below are the key paragraphs explaining the Court’s…more

Racial Discrimination, SCOTUS, Voting Rights Act

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Erin McGrain

Capital Thinking: Tax and Retirement

BAUCUS CONFIRMED AS AMBASSADOR TO CHINA - Last week, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) was confirmed by the Senate to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to China. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) will assume the…more

IRS, Life Insurance, Max Baucus, Tax Reform

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Carolyn McIntosh

Capital Infusion: Practical Environmental Considerations in Acquiring or Securing Financing with Real Estate

This article focuses on environmental due diligence issues in the context of acquiring commercial/industrial real estate or using real property to secure financing. The analysis and risk factors for the acquisition of real…more

CERCLA, Contaminated Properties, Due Diligence, Environmental Assessments, EPA

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David McLean

Capital Infusion - May 2013: Dealmaker’s Corner

In this issue’s installment of “Dealmaker’s Corner,” Jon Finger, a partner in our private equity group, had the opportunity to visit with Kyle Bradford, Managing Director with American Capital, Ltd., concerning the…more

Competition, FDA, Outsourcing, Pharmaceutical, Research Funding

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Daris Meeks

Fixing the Debt: Update on U.S. Fiscal Cliff Crisis (9th Edition) - January 1, 2013

THE LEGISLATION - Following a day of tumultuous House Republican caucus deliberations, at 11:00 pm, the House passed The American Tax Relief Act of 2012, a cliffhanger deal negotiated by Vice President Biden and Senate…more

Alternative Minimum Tax, American Taxpayer Relief Act, Budget Control Act of 2011, Capital Gains, Dividends

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Douglas Mishkin

Employment Law Insight - June 2013

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Employment Law Insight, a service of the Employment Law practice group at Patton Boggs LLP... ...Why “Employment Law Insight”? Employers have available to them, and indeed are…more

ADA, ADAAA, Customs and Border Protection, Deferred Compensation, Disability Discrimination

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Ryan Mitchell

Capital Infusion: Private Equity Update - May 2013

In This Issue: - DIGGING DEEPER: A Guide to Health Care Regulatory Due Diligence in Private Equity Deals 1 - Policy Spotlight: Affordable Care Act 6 - Case Spotlight: Best Practices in Down-Round Financings &…more

Affordable Care Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, CMS, Due Diligence, First-to-File

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Meghann Morrill

Capital Infusion: A Recommendation for Clarifying LLC Fiduciary Duties

Delaware has gained some notoriety of late with the uncertainty surrounding fiduciary duties in governance of limited liability companies (LLCs). LLCs are born from statutory law, and governed by the Delaware Limited Liability…more

Contract Drafting, Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Fiduciary Duty, Hedge Funds, LLC

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Samuel Mudrick

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Revises I-94 Processes

Foreign nationals entering the United States through an air or sea port will most likely not be issued an I-94 Arrival-Departure Record, the small card normally stapled into the passports of foreign nationals. The U.S. Customs…more

Customs and Border Protection, Foreign Nationals, I-94 Cards, Passports

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Alethia Nancoo

Social Impact Bonds

What is a Social Impact Bond? With increasing demand on limited public resources, national and local governments are recognizing the need for a new approach to social services that emphasizes the identification of…more

Bonds

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Michael Nardotti

False Claims Act Focus - July 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE - The second quarter of 2013 has, not surprisingly, seen a continuation of significant enforcement action under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) across various industries, including the financial services…more

Compliance, DOJ, Employer Liability Issues, Employer Mandates, Enforcement Actions

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Stephen Nash

An Update on the Medicare Shared Savings Program

Accountable care organizations (“ACOs”) have been marketed as perhaps the biggest development in Medicare reimbursement since the transition from cost reimbursement to prospective payment. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…more

ACOs, CMS, Healthcare, Medicare, Medicare Shared Savings Program

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John Nonna

Federal Insurance Office Releases Long-Awaited Report

On December 12, 2013, the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) released its report on “How to Modernize and Improve the System of Insurance Regulation in the United States” (FIO Report). The FIO Report was mandated by the Dodd-Frank…more

Federal Insurance Office, Insurance Regulations, NAIC

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Carey Nuttall

FDA Finalizes Guidance on "Mobile Medical Applications"

On September 25, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance on Mobile Medical Applications – healthcare related software applications intended for use on mobile platforms such as smartphones and tablets…more

FDA, Healthcare, Mobile Apps, Mobile Devices, Telemedicine

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Richard Oparil

Patent Assertion Entity Sues FTC, Agrees to Follow New York Attorney General Guidelines

A well-known “patent assertion entity” (PAE), MPHJ Technology Investment LLC, filed a declaratory judgment suit against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and its Commissioners for the agency’s alleged “threats to bring action…more

Abuse of Process, FTC, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent Trolls

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Stuart Pape

FDA Finalizes Guidance on "Mobile Medical Applications"

On September 25, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance on Mobile Medical Applications – healthcare related software applications intended for use on mobile platforms such as smartphones and tablets…more

FDA, Healthcare, Mobile Apps, Mobile Devices, Telemedicine

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Joseph Passaic

FFIEC Social Media Guidance Addresses "Reputational Risks" from Social Media

Financial Institutions Should Develop Policies and Practices to Address and Monitor Reputational and Operational Risks - On December 10, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued its…more

Banks, CFPB, Credit Unions, Due Diligence, FDIC

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Jonathan Pavony

FFIEC Social Media Guidance Addresses "Reputational Risks" from Social Media

Financial Institutions Should Develop Policies and Practices to Address and Monitor Reputational and Operational Risks - On December 10, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued its…more

Banks, CFPB, Credit Unions, Due Diligence, FDIC

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Eridania Perez

Reinsurance Newsletter - December 2013

Recent Case Summaries - Michigan Federal Court Enjoins Arbitration Proceeding Because of Possible Misconduct - Star Ins. Co. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-13807, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130379 (E.D. Mich…more

Arbitration, Attorney-Client Privilege, Ex-Parte Communications, Follow-the-Settlements Law, Late Notices

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Aaron Pickell

Capital Infusion: Protecting Innovation in Fast-Paced Energy Markets: Expediting the Review and Issuance of U.S. Patent Applications

Technological innovation has been key to generating new opportunities in the energy industry and is largely responsible for the resurgence of fossil fuel production in the United States. Advancements in horizontal drilling,…more

Energy, Fracking, Innovation, Oil & Gas, Patent Applications

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Sotiris Planzos

The Stock Act, Political Intelligence, and Traps for the Unwary

Last year, Congress wrote and President Obama signed into law the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (the STOCK Act). When the law was enacted, Members of Congress, their staffs, and Executive Branch officials…more

GAO, Government Officials, Insider Trading, Material Nonpublic Information, Political Intelligence

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Russell Randal

The Climate Change Compromise and Energy Efficiency: Congress and the President Intersect in Your Building Thermostat

As the 113th Congress grows more antagonistic, it seems that energy efficiency is one of the few issues on which almost everybody in the government can agree. Using energy more efficiently saves money, helps prevent pollution,…more

Climate Change, Energy & Climate Debates, Energy Consumption, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy

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Naveen Rao

FAA Selects Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Sites; Regulatory Questions Remain

FAA Action - On December 30, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it has selected six public entities to serve as research and testing sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In selecting the sites…more

Aircrafts, Airspace, Aviation Industry, FAA, Scientific Research

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Weslynn Reed

U.S. Health and Safety Law: Inspections and Investigations During the Shutdown

Last night, Congress failed to reach an agreement to continue funding government operations beyond the end of Fiscal Year 2013. The federal government is, consequently, in the process of shutting-down a significant portion of…more

ALJ, DOL, FMSHRC, Government Shutdown, MSHA

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Barry Reiferson

Kiobel: Major U.S. Jurisdictional Limitation For Overseas Actions

Much of the public has never heard of the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS,” 28 U.S.C. § 1350), but this law, dating back to the founding of the country, recently has had enormous implications for multinational corporations and foreign…more

Alien Tort Statute, Extraterritoriality Rules, Foreign Defendants, Jurisdiction, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.

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Jennifer Richter

Verizon v. FCC: What Happened, Why It’s Important, and What Comes Next

In Verizon v. FCC, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s (“Commission” or “FCC”) anti-discrimination and anti-blocking provisions of the…more

Broadband, Cable Television Providers, Comcast, Common Carriers, Communications Act of 1934

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Christa Lee Rock

U.S. Health and Safety Law: Inspections and Investigations During the Shutdown

Last night, Congress failed to reach an agreement to continue funding government operations beyond the end of Fiscal Year 2013. The federal government is, consequently, in the process of shutting-down a significant portion of…more

ALJ, DOL, FMSHRC, Government Shutdown, MSHA

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Samuel Rosenthal

False Claims Act Focus - July 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE - The second quarter of 2013 has, not surprisingly, seen a continuation of significant enforcement action under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) across various industries, including the financial services…more

Compliance, DOJ, Employer Liability Issues, Employer Mandates, Enforcement Actions

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Emanuel Rossman

Ways and Means Expected to Release Tax Reform Proposal

Earlier this month, House Ways and Means Committee Republicans began a series of focused meetings to advance the release of a tax reform bill for consideration by the committee this fall. While Committee Chairman Dave Camp…more

Corporate Taxes, Income Taxes, Proposed Legislation, Tax Reform, Ways and Means Committee

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Aubrey Atwood Rothrock, III

Ways and Means Expected to Release Tax Reform Proposal

Earlier this month, House Ways and Means Committee Republicans began a series of focused meetings to advance the release of a tax reform bill for consideration by the committee this fall. While Committee Chairman Dave Camp…more

Corporate Taxes, Income Taxes, Proposed Legislation, Tax Reform, Ways and Means Committee

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Frank Samolis

United States Challenges India's Domestic Content Requirements

NSM Limitations Pose Danger to U.S. Solar Product Exports - Today, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the United States has requested World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement consultations with…more

Energy, India, International Trade Disputes, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy

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Michael Schaengold

Information and Analysis on Legal Aspects of Procurement

FEATURE COMMENT: The Impact Of The National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2014 On Federal Procurement - In 2013, two National Defense Authorization Acts were enacted. First, on January 2, President Obama…more

NDAA, Procurement Guidelines

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Larry Schiffer

New York High Court Reverses Course; Allows Carriers to Rely on Policy Exclusions Where Duty to Defend was Breached

K2 Investment Group, LLC. v. American Guarantee & Liability Ins. Co., No. 6, 2014 N.Y. LEXIS 201 (N.Y. Ct. of App. Feb. 18, 2014). In 2013, the New York Court of Appeals affirmed an order granting summary judgment to a…more

Attorney Malpractice, Breach of Duty, Duty to Defend, Indemnification, K2 Investment Group

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George Schutzer

Ways and Means Expected to Release Tax Reform Proposal

Earlier this month, House Ways and Means Committee Republicans began a series of focused meetings to advance the release of a tax reform bill for consideration by the committee this fall. While Committee Chairman Dave Camp…more

Corporate Taxes, Income Taxes, Proposed Legislation, Tax Reform, Ways and Means Committee

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Akash Sethi

Capital Infusion: Private Equity Update - May 2013

In This Issue: - DIGGING DEEPER: A Guide to Health Care Regulatory Due Diligence in Private Equity Deals 1 - Policy Spotlight: Affordable Care Act 6 - Case Spotlight: Best Practices in Down-Round Financings &…more

Affordable Care Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, CMS, Due Diligence, First-to-File

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John Sharp

DOD Final Rule on Contractors' Responsibilities for Safeguarding Unclassified Technical Data

On November 18, 2013, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued a final cyber security rule imposing requirements on contractors handling unclassified controlled technical information. While the new rule, which is effective…more

Contractors, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Framework, Data Protection, DFARS

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Mark Sheridan

Reinsurance Newsletter - December 2013

Recent Case Summaries - Michigan Federal Court Enjoins Arbitration Proceeding Because of Possible Misconduct - Star Ins. Co. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-13807, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130379 (E.D. Mich…more

Arbitration, Attorney-Client Privilege, Ex-Parte Communications, Follow-the-Settlements Law, Late Notices

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Amy Budner Smith

Capital Thinking: Education

Senate HELP Committee Legislative Priorities - Last week, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) outlined the Committee’s legislative agenda for the coming year, which…more

Department of Education, Higher Education Act, Minimum Wage, Workforce Investment Act

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Stacy Swanson

Capital Thinking: International

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Iran - On February 6, Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control introduced the Foreign Sanctions Evaders List (FSE List) to identify foreign persons sanctioned under…more

Iran Sanctions, OFAC

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Melissa Tai

NY Requires Public Disclosure of 501(C)(4) Political Expenses and Donors

The New York Attorney General recently adopted regulations that require certain nonprofit organizations that are required to register with the New York Office of the Attorney General to disclose their electioneering expenses and…more

Election Related Expenditures, Electioneering, Filing Deadlines, Non-Profits, Public Disclosure

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David Teeples

FFIEC Social Media Guidance Addresses "Reputational Risks" from Social Media

Financial Institutions Should Develop Policies and Practices to Address and Monitor Reputational and Operational Risks - On December 10, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued its…more

Banks, CFPB, Credit Unions, Due Diligence, FDIC

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Karen Thiel

Request for Comments on Risk-Based Regulatory Framework for Health IT

An interagency working group – composed of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – is seeking public…more

FCC, FDA, FDASIA, Health Information Technologies, Innovation

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Alphonso (Al) Tindall, Jr.

Social Impact Bonds

What is a Social Impact Bond? With increasing demand on limited public resources, national and local governments are recognizing the need for a new approach to social services that emphasizes the identification of…more

Bonds

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Michi Tsuda

An Update on the Medicare Shared Savings Program

Accountable care organizations (“ACOs”) have been marketed as perhaps the biggest development in Medicare reimbursement since the transition from cost reimbursement to prospective payment. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…more

ACOs, CMS, Healthcare, Medicare, Medicare Shared Savings Program

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Jihad Turkistani

SAGIA Issues New Rules for Contracting and Construction Activities

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (“SAGIA”) has recently issued new rules for companies contemplating investment in the Saudi Arabian market to conduct contracting and construction activities. The new rules will be…more

Business Plans, Construction Contracts, Financial Statements, Jurisdiction, Licenses

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Joseph Urso

Capital Thinking: Tax and Retirement

Congressman Says Tax Extenders Could Be Handled This Spring - Representative Richard Neal (D-MA), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, stated that if comprehensive reform stalls, the committee could take up tax…more

International Tax Issues, Tax Extenders, Tax Reform

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Carol Van Cleef

Debt Collection Subject to New Regulation Under CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is on a roll targeting debt collectors and your company could be the next target. On October 3rd, the CFPB filed an enforcement action asking for a $1.376 million civil penalty to…more

CFPB, Debt Collection, Debt Settlement Services, Dodd-Frank, Enforcement Actions

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Anurag Varma

India's New Corporate Laws: Completing the Circle

As India’s Upper House Passes The Companies Bill 2012, 50 Years Of Corporate Legislation Is Replaced By An Enabling Agenda For Business For The Next 50 …more

Compliance, Corporate Social Responsibility, New Legislation

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Sarah Vilms

Capital Thinking: Environment and Natural Resources

EPA SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON CLIMATE CHANGE - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a request for comment on its draft report concerning the impacts of climate change to human health. The agency is seeking input…more

Climate Change, EPA, Legislative Agendas, Retail Market, Waste

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Gregory Walden

FAA Selects Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Sites; Regulatory Questions Remain

FAA Action - On December 30, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it has selected six public entities to serve as research and testing sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In selecting the sites…more

Aircrafts, Airspace, Aviation Industry, FAA, Scientific Research

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Carolyn Walsh

Federal Insurance Office Releases Long-Awaited Report

On December 12, 2013, the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) released its report on “How to Modernize and Improve the System of Insurance Regulation in the United States” (FIO Report). The FIO Report was mandated by the Dodd-Frank…more

Federal Insurance Office, Insurance Regulations, NAIC

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Dana Weekes

Capital Thinking: Education

Senate HELP Committee Legislative Priorities - Last week, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) outlined the Committee’s legislative agenda for the coming year, which…more

Department of Education, Higher Education Act, Minimum Wage, Workforce Investment Act

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Kristin Wells

Employment Law Update: Immigration Reform on the Hill

This month, all American employers should keep a watchful eye on the debate on comprehensive immigration reform. The expansive bill that has taken center stage on the floor of the U.S. Senate, will impact recruiting and hiring…more

Hiring & Firing, Human Resources Professionals, Immigration Reform, Proposed Legislation, Recruitment Policies

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Pam Welsh

Capital Thinking: Budget and Appropriations

Debt Ceiling - The suspension of the nation’s debt ceiling authorized by the FY 2014 Continuing Resolution (P.L. 113-46) will expire on Friday; however, the Department of Treasury predicts it will be able to extend the…more

Debt Ceiling, Federal Budget

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Nigel Wilkinson

The Current Landscape in FLSA Unpaid Intern Litigation - Law Firms Ready to Pounce

Every summer, unpaid interns arrive at various businesses throughout the country to learn a little bit about the real world before going back to school or diving into the job market. But this summer, it is one federal court in…more

Class Action, DOL, FLSA, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Internships

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Glenn Willard

NY Requires Public Disclosure of 501(C)(4) Political Expenses and Donors

The New York Attorney General recently adopted regulations that require certain nonprofit organizations that are required to register with the New York Office of the Attorney General to disclose their electioneering expenses and…more

Election Related Expenditures, Electioneering, Filing Deadlines, Non-Profits, Public Disclosure

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Sani Williams

Social Impact Bonds

What is a Social Impact Bond? With increasing demand on limited public resources, national and local governments are recognizing the need for a new approach to social services that emphasizes the identification of…more

Bonds

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Graham Wisner

India's New Corporate Laws: Completing the Circle

As India’s Upper House Passes The Companies Bill 2012, 50 Years Of Corporate Legislation Is Replaced By An Enabling Agenda For Business For The Next 50 …more

Compliance, Corporate Social Responsibility, New Legislation

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Edward Wisneski

Reinsurance Newsletter - December 2013

Recent Case Summaries - Michigan Federal Court Enjoins Arbitration Proceeding Because of Possible Misconduct - Star Ins. Co. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-13807, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130379 (E.D. Mich…more

Arbitration, Attorney-Client Privilege, Ex-Parte Communications, Follow-the-Settlements Law, Late Notices

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Maria Wolvin

Capital Thinking: Technology and Communications

Rep. Goodlatte Introduces Patent Litigation Reform Bill - Last Wednesday, October 23, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), intended to curtail abusive patent…more

Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, COPPA, FCC, FTC, Innovation Act

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