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New FERC NOPR Will Have Impacts on the Financial Trading Community

On Thursday, July 21, 2016, FERC issued a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Data Collection and Surveillance, which is to replace the prior Connected Entities and MBR Ownership NOPRs. The new NOPR will apply to: (1)…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

FERC v. Maxim Power Corp. - Court Rejects FERC's Interpretation of Penalty Review Procedures; Respondents To Have Their Day In Court

In a July 21, 2016 order, a federal district court for the first time in a FERC enforcement matter held that review of an assessed civil penalty pursuant to Section 31(d)(3) of the Federal Power Act (“FPA”) entails an “ordinary…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Under Code Section 457(f)

In June 2016, the IRS issued long-awaited proposed regulations under Section 457(f) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. While the proposed regulations will generally apply to compensation deferred under a plan for…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

New Amendments to SEC's Rules of Practice in Administrative Proceedings

On July 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted several amendments to its Rules of Practice regarding administrative proceedings. The amendments address, among other things, the timing of proceedings…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Maine DEP Developing New Rule For Wind Power Projects

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has announced that it is developing a new Site Law rule that will address certain development standards for wind projects. The standards that will be addressed by the new rule are…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Senate Will Reconvene August 4 to Consider LePage Nominations - Governor Paul LePage has…more
| Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Taxation

What You Need to Know About U.S. Law: You Really Need to Register Your Copyrights

As explained by the United States Supreme Court in Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Muchnick, registering a copyright is an essential element of a cause of action for copyright infringement. Lesser appellate and trial courts have…more
| Intellectual Property

District of Massachusetts Grapples with Campbell-Ewald’s Unanswered Questions

Chief Judge Saris and Judge Sorokin of the District of Massachusetts recently tackled questions left unanswered by the Supreme Court’s opinion earlier this year in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, 136 S. Ct. 663 (2016)…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection

FERC Increases Maximum Civil Penalty Amounts To Adjust For Inflation

On June 29, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued Order No. 826, increasing the maximum civil penalty amount for violations of statutes, rules, and regulations within FERC’s jurisdiction, in order to…more
| Energy & Utilities

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Governor Paul LePage Signs Executive Order to Pay for Bills Passed in Second Regular Session of…more
| Constitutional Law, Education, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Last Minute Relief From New Persuader Rule

Please see Infographic below for more information…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

New Hampshire Enacts Business-Friendly Tax Changes

Three business-friendly tax bills have become law in New Hampshire. Each bill will result in tax reductions for those able to take advantage of them. The New Hampshire Business Profits Tax generally “piggybacks” on the…more
| Business Organizations, Real Estate - Commercial, Taxation

APMs, MIPS, and the Final MSSP Rule - The Journey from Volume to Value-Based Reimbursement Continues

Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted, many providers have been shifting away from traditional fee-for-service, volume-based reimbursement models to payment mechanisms that take a data-driven approach to managing patients…more
| Government Contracting, Health

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Primary Election Results - On Tuesday, June 14, Maine voters headed to the polls for the primary…more
| Elections & Politics

What You Need to Know About U.S. Law: The Polar Code - Regulating Shipping in the Arctic

Diminishing sea ice in the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas is allowing navigation in previously impassable waters. Intercontinental voyages through the Arctic during the summer months, either via the Northwest Passage north of…more
| International Law & Trade, Maritime Law, Transportation
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