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Unusual Bipartisanship Makes New Free Trade Agreements More Likely

Major new free trade agreements are on the horizon. For the past several years, the Obama Administration has been negotiating two new major free trade agreements: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade

Don’t Shoot the Messenger: The Expanding Scope of the John Doe Summons

The John Doe summons is an information-gathering tool that has been available to the IRS for many years, traditionally used to seek information about unknown persons suspected of tax evasion from banks, investment advisors or…more
| Criminal Law, Privacy, Taxation

Texas Renews Efforts to Require Cash Redemption of Certain Stored Value Cards

Texas renews effort to require that certain stored value cards be redeemable for cash if the balance on the card is less than $2.50. In early March, Texas House Bill 2391 was introduced. It would require a cash refund to…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Framework for Nuclear Agreement with Iran Announced—But Still a Long Way to Go

On April 2, 2015 representatives of the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia (collectively, the “P5+1” countries) announced that they had agreed with the Islamic Republic of Iran on the Parameters for a…more
| Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade

New Executive Order Allows for Sanctions Related to Cybersecurity

On April 1, 2015, President Obama issued a groundbreaking Executive Order (E.O.) enabling the United States to sanction persons that have (1) participated in malicious cyber-enabled activities constituting a “significant threat…more
| Elections & Politics, Privacy, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Riley and the Third-party Doctrine

On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued one groundbreaking opinion in two cases regarding cellphone searches incident to arrest. In a unanimous opinion, the court held that under the Fourth Amendment, police must obtain …more
| Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Managing Ageing Fleets

Manufacturers design modern aircraft with a prescribed lifespan, or ‘design life’ of 25 years. The lifespan includes a specified number of flight hours and flight cycles, which allows the aircraft OEM, owner and operator to…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Transportation

Five Things to Know about New Jersey’s Taxation of Convertible Virtual Currency

On March 10, 2015, the New Jersey Division of Taxation issued Technical Advisory Memorandum TAM-2015-1, explaining its policy regarding convertible virtual currency. - The IRS has held that convertible virtual currency…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Taxation

Supreme Court Allows Changes to Agencies’ Interpretive Rules without the Notice-and-Comment Rulemaking Process

In March, the Supreme Court upheld an agency’s reversal of its own regulatory interpretation without requiring notice-and-comment rulemaking. Regulated entities now face considerable uncertainty in relying on agencies’…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Five Things to Know about New Jersey’s Taxation of Convertible Virtual Currency

On March 10, 2015, the New Jersey Division of Taxation issued Technical Advisory Memorandum TAM-2015-1, explaining its policy regarding convertible virtual currency. The IRS has held that convertible virtual currency (CVC), such…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Taxation

Around the Virtual World: April 6 – 10, 2015

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods, and other social media. In This Issue: - Will Doctors Soon Prescribe Video Games? - 5 ways the Postal Service could save money with…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Enhanced Infrastructure Districts: A Flexible New Tool for Local Governments

After the dissolution of California redevelopment agencies (RDAs) in 2011, many local governments desired a tool to raise capital to invest in infrastructure and community revitalization. On September 29, 2014 SB 628 was signed…more
| Construction Law, Finance & Banking, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Taxation, Government Contracting

Recent Trends in Commercial Aircraft Finance

Since the financial crisis, the aviation finance market has been through much change with the initial heavy reliance on export credit financing from US Export-Import Bank (Ex Im Bank) and the other export credit agencies (ECAs),…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Transportation

House Small Business Bill Could Have a Large Impact on Small Businesses

On March 25, 2015, the House Small Business Committee approved The Small Contractors Improve Competition Act of 2015 (H.R.1481) (“SCICA”), which would amend the Small Business Act and the National Defense Authorization Act for…more
| Elections & Politics, Government Contracting

SEC Cracks Down on Confidentiality Provisions that Restrict Whistleblowers

On April 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced an enforcement action and corresponding settlement arising out of an employer’s confidentiality agreement. The SEC contended that the agreement…more
| Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law
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