Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Is It Going to Be a Bumpy Ride?

Margo Channing (Bette Davis) in “All About Eve” famously said, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” Does that sum up the status of future community bank merger activity? Maybe so. Many financial…more

| Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions

ACA Open Enrollment #1 in the Books

With the first annual Affordable Care Act open enrollment in the books (although the end of open enrollment is still something of a moving target – more on that later), everyone is examining, discussing, applauding and…more

| Health, Insurance

How Dodd-Frank Changed “Reg O”

It is difficult (if not impossible) for a community bank to stay current on all the new rules spawned by Dodd-Frank. (For example, the rules promulgated under Dodd-Frank could fill approximately 32 copies of the great but very,…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Community Banking Excellence - Issue 1 2014

In This Issue: - Another Perspective - From The Editor - Did You Miss It? - And the Bidding Starts At . . .? The Impact of Two Recent Bankruptcy Decisions On Determining Foreclosure Sale Bids - Don't Bite the…more

| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Will New LNG Export Activity Affect U.S. Natural Gas Prices?

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that it conditionally approved the first West Coast LNG terminal, the Jordan Cove Energy Project in Coos Bay, Oregon, for the export of up to 800 million cubic feet of gas per…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, International Law &...

The Shale Play Today - April 2014

In This Issue: - Will New LNG Export Activity Affect U.S. Natural Gas Prices? - Cracker Plant Planned for Wood County, W.Va. Moves Forward - Marcellus and Eagle Ford Led 2013's Production Gains - Spilman…more

| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade

EPA Approves the New Phase I Standard

Many in the construction industry are familiar with Phase I testing as the first step in identifying environmental risk to any site. Since 2005, the industry standard for a Phase I has been the ASTM E 1527-05. Recently, however,…more

| Construction Law, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential, Real...

A Boost for Entrepreneurs: Minority-, Women- and Veteran-owned Businesses

Recognizing that our country -- our “team,” if you will -- is stronger when all our players are on the field and playing to their full potential, our federal and some state governments have developed programs to help…more

| Civil Rights, Construction Law, Government Contracting, Transportation

Green Law Corner: What LEED v4 Means for You

In late 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council released its latest version of LEED, Version 4. Most of you have certainly heard of LEED but you may not know what LEED really means. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and…more

| Construction Law, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real...

Enforcing Your Arbitration Agreement Just Became a Great Deal Easier

Courts regularly praise private arbitration as a means of affording flexibility to the parties, reducing costs and time, and lessening the burden on the judicial system. In some cases though, arbitration clauses can present a…more

| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts,...

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