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NY BitLicense Update: 45 Days to Apply

After almost a year of discourse and revision, New York’s Department of Financial Services’ final “BitLicense” regulation has been published in the New York State Register and an application has been made available. This client…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

New York City Bars Employers from Considering Criminal History before Extending a Job Offer

On June 29, 2015, Mayor de Blasio signed the Fair Chance Act, a new law that generally prohibits New York City employers from discriminating against job applicants with a criminal record and that prohibits inquiries about…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

EPA Aircraft GHG Emissions Regulations Take Flight: Agency Announces Endangerment Finding for Aircraft Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Plans to Issue New Standards by 2018

After tackling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from passenger vehicles and power plants, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 10 announced its latest regulatory initiative—a GHG emissions standard for aircraft…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Transportation

DOL Invites Comments on Requirement That Bidders Disclose Employment Law Violations

President Obama’s Executive Order 13673, called the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order, uses the prospect of gaining or losing an edge in winning government contracts to provide a powerful incentive for employers to comply with…more
| Civil Rights, Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Proposed Change to Export Controls Would Allow Use of the Cloud for Encrypted Data

On June 3, 2015 the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published proposed regulations which would change the definition of the term…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

SaaS: Key Pricing Considerations (Part 1)

Software as a Service (SaaS) is growing rapidly as an alternative to licensing on-premises software for corporate customers. As reported by Forbes earlier this year, analysts are forecasting that global SaaS revenues will reach…more
| Science, Computers, & Technology

How Businesses Can Reduce Cyber Risk: Pre and Post Incident: Businesses Need to Take a More Proactive Approach to Reducing What Is a Fast-Increasing and High-Profile Area of Risk

As the volume of sensitive data that businesses store ever increases, the use of mobile devices continues to grow and cyber villains become ever more sophisticated, it is perhaps of no surprise that we hear about new instances…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

China Issues Draft Legislation to Strengthen Regulation over Foreign NGOs

Nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations in the PRC (NGOs), both domestic and foreign, have played important roles in China’s economic and social development over the years. While the number of foreign NGOs conducting…more
| Business Organizations, International Law & Trade, Nonprofit Law

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late: Top 10 Recommendations for Negotiating Your Cyber Insurance Policy

As more and more companies of all sizes ranging across a wide spectrum of industries have been exposed to network and data security breaches in recent years, the market for insurance products dedicated to cover cyber risks has…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology

Bipartisan Spotlight on Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment Fraud Likely to Spur Audits

Potential fraud and abuse in the Medicare Advantage Program (“MA Program”) has become the focus of two senior-ranking Senators on each side of the aisle—Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)—and this attention is…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Health, Government Contracting

The Label on Your "Handmade" Whiskey Is Causing More Problems Than You Think

The recent market for artisanal and handcrafted goods has spawned a spate of consumer class actions against makers of popular liquors, including Tito’s Vodka, Maker’s Mark, and Jim Beam, for using terms like “handmade,”…more
| Communications & Media Law, Conflict of Laws, Consumer Protection, Products Liability

The FIFA Scandal: The Long Foot of American Justice

Envelopes of cash. Vote rigging. Wiretapped recordings in 5-star hotel rooms. A dramatic early morning police raid coordinated between the FBI and Swiss law enforcement. An episode of the Sopranos? No, but it is a day in the…more
| Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

Keep Calm and Carry on with Nuclear Power, Part II

A little over two weeks after the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, I wrote a column for The Hill, “Keep calm and carry on with nuclear power,” in which I stated: Now is not the time for…more
| Energy & Utilities, Science, Computers, & Technology

SEC Proposes Pay-for-Performance Disclosure Rules

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a new rule under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that would require public companies to disclose the relationship between the…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Strict Controls Proposed on the Export of Cybersecurity Items

On May 20, 2015, the Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) proposed to establish controls on the export of cybersecurity items. These items would be classified under new Export Control Classification Numbers…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology
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