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Bankruptcy Auctions Present Opportunities to Acquire Energy Assets with Limited Risk

Energy industry bankruptcies of all types are expected to increase, offering an opportunity for companies to acquire assets for their operating portfolios while taking advantage of the bankruptcy process. We have received…more

Business Assets, Commercial Bankruptcy, Energy, FERC

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Supreme Court Unties The Hands Of Courts To Award Attorney's Fees In Patent Cases

On April 29, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two unanimous opinions that softened the Federal Circuit’s high standard for awarding attorneys’ fees in patent cases. See Octane Fitness, LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness, Inc., No…more

Attorney's Fees, Brooks Furniture, Highmark v. Allcare, Octane Fitness v. ICON, Patent Infringement

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Eleventh Circuit Adopts Broad Definition of Government "Instrumentality" in Recent FCPA Case - Ruling Underscores the Need to Continually Assess and Update Anti-Bribery Policies and Practices

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) makes it unlawful for a person or company to provide money or anything of value to any foreign official in order to obtain or retain business or to acquire an improper business advantage…more

Anti-Corruption, Bribery, Corruption, FCPA, Foreign Official

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Government Relations Alert: Legislative Leaders Agree To Special Session For Disaster Relief Only

September 9 Session Will NOT Revisit B2B Taxes - Governor Dayton and all four legislative leaders met this morning and agreed to hold a Special Session on Monday, September 9, at 10 a.m. to provide disaster relief to the…more

B2B Organizations, Disaster Aid, Legislative Agendas

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SEC Enforces First-Ever Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Retaliation Claim

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently entered into a $2.2 million settlement agreement with Paradigm Capital Management Inc. and its owner Candace King Weir, in its first-ever action enforcing whistleblower…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Dodd-Frank, Enforcement, Enforcement Actions, Non-Judicial Settlement Agreements

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Energy Insight: Southern Exposure! That Giant—And Welcome—Expanding Market: North America's Southern Base

For natural gas producers in the Bakken Formation looking for a market to soak up shale gas, the United States and Canada already are relatively awash…more

Exports, Imports, Natural Gas, Shale Gas

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Employers Should Monitor Closely Group Term Life Insurance Enrollments

Many employers offer group term life insurance, including supplemental life. Often an employee who wants to buy coverage above a particular level after an initial open enrollment period must show evidence of insurability. This…more

Corporate Counsel, Employee Benefits, Employer Liability Issues, Life Insurance, Open Enrollment

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A Developing Trend: Heightened Scrutiny of Private Equity Fund Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission has recently increased its efforts in examining private equity fund advisers and the fees and expenses such advisers charge to portfolio companies on top of customary management fees. The…more

Hidden Fees, Investment Adviser, Limited Partnership Agreements, Management Fees, OCIE

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Banks Face Class Action Lawsuits Alleging Noncompliance With ADA Regulations Governing ATMs

More than 100 nearly identical class action lawsuits alleging noncompliance with Americans with Disability Act accessibility standards for ATM machines have been filed against banks and credit unions since new standards went…more

ADA, ATMs, Banks, Disability, Disability Discrimination

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Federal Court Limits States' Ability To Legislate Fuel Choices: Case Has Broad Implications For Electric Generation Industry

In a decision that will have broad impact on the electric generation industry, a federal district court has struck down parts of a Minnesota law that sought to regulate what fuels generators could use in their power plants to…more

Electricity, Energy, Power Plants, Utilities Sector

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Eighth Circuit Decisions Reminds Employers Of Importance Of Granting ERISA Plan Administrators Discretion To Interpret Plan Terms

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit released an opinion which highlights the importance of ensuring ERISA plan documents grant plan administrators the discretion to construe and interpret the…more

Appeals, Beneficiaries, Beneficiary Designations, Contract Interpretation, Corporate Counsel

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Lost Participant? Did you Try Google?

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the U.S. Department of Labor recently updated its guidance to retirement plan fiduciaries on due diligence and efforts to locate missing participants in the case of…more

DOL, Due Diligence, EBSA, Lost Participants, Popular

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Bankruptcy Auctions Present Opportunities to Acquire Energy Assets with Limited Risk

Energy industry bankruptcies of all types are expected to increase, offering an opportunity for companies to acquire assets for their operating portfolios while taking advantage of the bankruptcy process. We have received…more

Business Assets, Commercial Bankruptcy, Energy, FERC

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Software Patents Vulnerable: Use of a Computer is "Not Enough"

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l has effectively shut the door on obtaining patent protection for conventional business methods implemented on a computer. However, the decision leaves open the…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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A Developing Trend: Heightened Scrutiny of Private Equity Fund Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission has recently increased its efforts in examining private equity fund advisers and the fees and expenses such advisers charge to portfolio companies on top of customary management fees. The…more

Hidden Fees, Investment Adviser, Limited Partnership Agreements, Management Fees, OCIE

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Radioactivity In The Oilfield: North Dakota Issues Material Handling Regulations Impacting Oil And Gas Operations

On April 10, 2014, the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) announced new permit requirements for oil, gas and saltwater disposal wells. The new regulations, which go into effect on June 1, are targeted at the proper…more

Disposal Wells, NORM, Oil & Gas, Permits, Radioactive Drilling Waste

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Feds Announce Application Process for Rural Broadband Experiments

On August 19th, the Federal Communications Commission released a public notice detailing the application process for entities interested in participating in the rural broadband experiments. The notice outlines specific…more

Applications, Auction, Broadband, FCC, Rural Broadband Experiments

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Halliburton: Supreme Court Retains Fraud on the Market Presumption in Securities Fraud Cases - Confirms Defendants' Right to Rebut that Presumption Before Class Certification Determination

On Monday, the Supreme Court issues its heavily anticipated decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. As predicted in our prior alert about this case, the Court declined to overrule the "fraud on the market" theory…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Certification, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton

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Energy Insight: Southern Exposure! That Giant—And Welcome—Expanding Market: North America's Southern Base

For natural gas producers in the Bakken Formation looking for a market to soak up shale gas, the United States and Canada already are relatively awash…more

Exports, Imports, Natural Gas, Shale Gas

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Diagnosing the Risk: Affirmative Action Obligations for Health Care Providers

Health care providers have long lived in a world of acronyms, but in recent years, a new acronym has arisen in connection with many health care-related headlines: OFCCP. The OFCCP is the Office of Federal Contract…more

DOL, Employer Liability Issues, Federal Contractors, Healthcare, OFCCP

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Federal Court Limits States' Ability To Legislate Fuel Choices: Case Has Broad Implications For Electric Generation Industry

In a decision that will have broad impact on the electric generation industry, a federal district court has struck down parts of a Minnesota law that sought to regulate what fuels generators could use in their power plants to…more

Electricity, Energy, Power Plants, Utilities Sector

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Estate Planning Insight: Estate Planning After The American Taxpayer Relief Act Of 2012

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) was signed into law on January 2, 2013, ending twelve years of uncertainty concerning the federal estate, gift and generation-skipping tax rates and exemptions…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Estate-Tax Exemption, Generation-Skipping Transfer

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Energy And Environmental Law Alert: Feds Continue Aggressive Enforcement Of Emissions Limits For Power Plants

On January 4, 2013, the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation agreed to pay more than $300 million as part of a settlement reached with the EPA and the Justice Department regarding alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. The…more

Clean Air Act, Coal, DOJ, Enforcement, EPA

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Estate Planning Insight: Estate Planning After The American Taxpayer Relief Act Of 2012

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) was signed into law on January 2, 2013, ending twelve years of uncertainty concerning the federal estate, gift and generation-skipping tax rates and exemptions…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Estate-Tax Exemption, Generation-Skipping Transfer

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Banks Face Class Action Lawsuits Alleging Noncompliance With ADA Regulations Governing ATMs

More than 100 nearly identical class action lawsuits alleging noncompliance with Americans with Disability Act accessibility standards for ATM machines have been filed against banks and credit unions since new standards went…more

ADA, ATMs, Banks, Disability, Disability Discrimination

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Employment Class And Collective Action Insight: U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Arbitration Class-Action Waivers Are Valid, Even If Individual Claims Are Too Expensive To Pursue

On June 20, 2013, in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, the U.S. Supreme Court held that, under the Federal Arbitration Act, courts cannot invalidate a class arbitration waiver on the ground that the plaintiffs'…more

American Express, American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant, Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action

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Construction Law Alert: Minnesota Supreme Court Acknowledges "Trap" For Subcontractors In Safety Signs Ruling

Subcontractors and suppliers take careful note. Last week, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a ruling in which it admitted that a statute created "a trap for the unwary" subcontractor or supplier that files a claim under the…more

Bonds, Contractors, Payment Bonds, Statutory Interpretation, Subcontractors

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CFTC Proposes Rule to Exclude Municipal Utilities from $25 Million De Minimis Swap Dealer Threshold

Today the CFTC published its proposed rule that would exclude most swaps used by municipal utilities for hedging purposes from counting against the $25 million swap dealer de minimis threshold that currently applies to swaps…more

CFTC, Electricity, Municipalities, Natural Gas, Proposed Regulation

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Due Process Requires US Committee on Foreign Investment to Let the Sunshine In

On July 15 the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit told CFIUS (the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) that constitutional due process requires that parties subject to an adverse…more

Appeals, CFIUS, Due Process, Evidence, Reviewability Determinations

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Estate Planning Insight: Governor Dayton Proposes New Minnesota Snowbird Tax

In his recent budget recommendations, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton proposed a drastic change in Minnesota income tax law that will affect residents of so-called snowbird states—such as Florida, Arizona, California and…more

Domicile, Income Taxes, Residency Requirements, Snowbird Tax, State Budgets

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EEOC Addresses Interplay Between Pregnancy Discrimination Act and ADAA: The First Detailed Update to Pregnancy Bias Guidance Since 1983

On July 14, 2014, the EEOC issued Updated Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination, as well as a set of Questions and Answers and a Fact Sheet related to that Guidance. This is the EEOC's first detailed update to its…more

ADAAA, Discrimination, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Enforcement Guidance

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds New FCC Rules Revamping Rural Telephone Rate Structures and Directing Expansion of Rural Broadband Access

In a pair of opinions issued late last week, a federal appeals court in Denver affirmed in its entirety a landmark Federal Communications Commission rulemaking that expands the availability of broadband internet access in rural…more

Broadband, FCC, Rural Development, Telecommunications, Utilities Sector

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Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act

In This Issue: - Introduction - Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Legislation - Effective Date - Types of Public Benefit Corporations - Establishment of a Public Benefit Corporation - Name -…more

Choice of Entity, Public Benefit Corporation

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Energy Law Alert: FERC Approves New CIP Reliability Standards Despite Concern Over Ambiguity In Multiple Areas

On April 18, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking recommending approval of the Version 5 Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards proposed by the North American…more

Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, FERC, NERC

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Energy Alert: Big Impacts Of Obama’s Broad Climate Plan

The main goals for President Obama’s “Climate Action Plan” are to cut carbon emissions (and cut greenhouse gas emissions in general to 17% below 2005 levels by 2020), prepare the country for the impacts of climate change and…more

Barack Obama, Climate Change, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Infrastructure, Renewable Energy

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Irs Announces 2014 Benefit Plan Limits

The Internal Revenue Service has released the 2014 cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limits on benefits and contributions under qualified retirement plans. The following chart summarizes 2014 retirement plan limits and…more

COLA, Employee Benefits, IRS

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Minnesota Supreme Court Recognizes New Private Right Of Action Against Residential Mortgage Loan Servicers

On April 2, 2014, the Minnesota Supreme Court in Gretsch v. Vantium Capital, Inc. recognized a new private right of action against residential mortgage loan servicers who breach their servicer participation agreements with…more

Borrowers, Contracts Clause, Fannie Mae, Foreclosure, HAMP

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Construction Law Insight: Important Change To Minnesota's Anti-Indemnification Law

In April, Governor Dayton signed into law legislation that promises to reduce litigation over indemnity claims by restricting the ability to require one party to insure another for the other's fault…more

Anti-Indemnification Statutes, Construction Contracts, Construction Litigation, Indemnification, New Legislation

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Electronic Blue Sky Filings: NASAA Proposes Model State Rules

The North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (NASAA) has released model rules relating to the use of its Electronic Filing Depository (EFD) system for Form D and state registration and notice filings. The rules…more

Blue Sky Laws, Electronic Filing, Form D Filing, NASAA, Notice Requirements

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Recent NLRB Retail Rulings Muddy the Micro-Unit Waters

At the end of July, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued two decisions under its controversial Specialty Healthcare standard, approving of one “micro unit” and disavowing another in the retail context. The NLRB’s…more

Bargaining Units, Collective Bargaining, Employee Rights, NLRA, NLRB

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FERC Announces Plan To Change Open Access And Priority Rights Governing Generator Lead Lines - Interconnection Only Transmission Owners Directly Affected

On May 15, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed to modify its policy concerning open access and priority rights to capacity for interconnection only transmission facilities. This proposal, if implemented, will…more

FERC, Interconnections, Rulemaking Process, Safe Harbors, Waivers

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Health Law Alert: OIG Issues Updated Special Advisory Bulletin On The Effect Of Exclusion From Participation In Federal Health Care Programs

On May 8, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued an updated Special Advisory Bulletin on the effect of exclusion from participating in federal health care programs…more

Civil Monetary Penalty, Healthcare, OIG, Self-Disclosure Requirements

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Nitty Gritty Advice for Compelling Arbitration under the FAA

I regularly receive questions about compelling arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act. In particular, people ask : (1) Can I file a motion to compel before any other “complaint” is filed; (2) What should I call my…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Federal Arbitration Act, Mandatory Arbitration Clauses, Young Lawyers

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Minnesota Passes Gift Tax Repeal And Estate Tax Revisions

On March 21, Minnesota made multiple gift tax and estate tax revisions. Those include: - Retroactively repealing the Minnesota gift tax that had been imposed since July 1, 2013..…more

Capital Gains, Estate Tax, Gift Tax, Gift-Tax Exemption, Portability

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Bankruptcy Auctions Present Opportunities to Acquire Energy Assets with Limited Risk

Energy industry bankruptcies of all types are expected to increase, offering an opportunity for companies to acquire assets for their operating portfolios while taking advantage of the bankruptcy process. We have received…more

Business Assets, Commercial Bankruptcy, Energy, FERC

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Proceed With Caution: Factoring Construction Invoices - Recent Indiana Case Highlights The Risks To Contractors Who Verify Invoices

Invoice “factoring” is a financing arrangement in which a subcontractor sells outstanding invoices to a factoring company. Here’s how it works…more

Construction Contracts, Contractors, Estoppel, Factoring, Financing

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Construction Alert: Insuring Contractual Indemnity Obligations—A Lesson In Careful Contract Drafting

The Minnesota Supreme Court issued a decision last week in the case of Engineering & Construction Innovations, Inc., v. L. H. Bolduc Co., interpreting a subcontractor's agreement to indemnify a contractor, the subcontractor's…more

Anti-Indemnification Statutes, Construction Contracts, Indemnity Agreements, Insure-The-Indemnity Clauses, Liability Insurance

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Energy Alert: IRS Identifies Two "Begun Construction" Standards To Qualify For Two Tax Credit Opportunities

The renewable electricity production tax credit and the energy investment tax credit currently offer taxpayers a tax credit for energy produced from qualified facilities. For the PTC, the tax credit covers a ten-year period. For…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Begun Construction Test, Investment Tax Credits, IRS, Production Tax Credit

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Construction Law Insight: Minnesota Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Contractors In Government Data Practices Act Case

On November 20, 2013, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the case of Helmberger v. Johnson Controls, Inc. The Court ruled in favor of Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) and its subcontractor, Architectural…more

Architects, Contractors, Disclosure Requirements, School Districts, Subcontractors

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Fed to Bank Directors: Pay Attention

Daniel K. Tarullo of the Board Of Governors of the Federal Reserve System delivered a speech on the intersection of corporate governance and prudential regulation. Some of the points he noted were (emphasis added)..…more

Banks, Board of Directors, Corporate Governance, Federal Reserve, Risk Assessment

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The Easiest Arbitration Agreement To Avoid May Be The One Between Attorney And Client

The First and Ninth Circuits recently issued opinions concerning the validity of state laws requiring “informed consent” to, or “full disclosure” of, arbitration clauses in attorney retainer agreements. Although the First…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Federal Arbitration Act, Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

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Health Law Alert: Final Sunshine Act Regulations Released

On Friday, February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the long-awaited Sunshine Act regulations. The Sunshine Act requires disclosure of payments and value transfers (Payments) from drug and…more

CMS, Covered Products, Disclosure Requirements, Manufacturers, Medicaid

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Big Changes To Missouri Public Prompt Pay Law!

The Missouri legislature has passed a bill, S.B.529, to modify the Public Prompt Pay Act, which will become law effective August 28, 2014 (unless vetoed by Governor Nixon prior to July 14, 2014). One of the law's main…more

Construction Workers, Contractors, Prompt Payment, Subcontractors

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Labor, Employment And Employee Benefits Executive Briefing - April 2014

In This Issue: - Employers Should Review Internship Programs for Legal Compliance ..The Department of Labor’s Six-Factor Test ..Unpaid Internships in the News ..Practical Guidance - Developments in Equal…more

DOL, Employer Liability Issues, Employer Mandates, Equal Pay, Flexible Spending Accounts

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Energy Alert: Minnesota Legislature Creates New Solar Energy Mandate

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law today an Omnibus Energy Bill that includes a series of provisions directed at encouraging investment, development and use of solar energy in Minnesota…more

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Energy Alert: Minnesota Legislature Creates New Solar Energy Mandate

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law today an Omnibus Energy Bill that includes a series of provisions directed at encouraging investment, development and use of solar energy in Minnesota…more

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Employment And Labor Law Alert - It's Official: Michigan's "Right-To-Work" Law Takes Effect

On March 28, 2013, Michigan's "right-to-work" law, the Workplace Fairness and Equity Act, went into effect. The law prohibits any requirement that an employee pay union dues or join a union as a condition of employment. The…more

Collective Bargaining, Right to Work, Union Dues, Unions, Wages

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Minnesota Supreme Court Recognizes New Private Right Of Action Against Residential Mortgage Loan Servicers

On April 2, 2014, the Minnesota Supreme Court in Gretsch v. Vantium Capital, Inc. recognized a new private right of action against residential mortgage loan servicers who breach their servicer participation agreements with…more

Borrowers, Contracts Clause, Fannie Mae, Foreclosure, HAMP

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Minnesota's New Women's Economic Security Act Becomes Law - Employers Need To Take Note As Some Provisions Are Effective Immediately

On Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014, Governor Dayton signed Minnesota’s new Women’s Economic Security Act into law. Employers should take note of the following provisions, some of which are effective immediately..…more

Compliance, Employee Rights, Gender Discrimination, Paid Leave, Parental Leave

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Privileged Status Of Internal Investigations At Risk - Court Finds Reports From Company's Internal Investigation Are Not Privileged, Must Be Produced In Litigation

A recent ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia puts the privileged status of internal investigations conducted by internal resources at risk.In U.S. ex rel. Harry Barko v. Halliburton Company, the court…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Corporate Counsel, Internal Investigations, Professional Liability, Work Product Privilege

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Energy Law Insight: Twist In The Tale Of The Term B Loan

The institutional debt market for energy projects is fired up, particularly for Term B Loan refinancing…more

Ben Bernanke, Borrowers, Debt Market, Federal Reserve, Lenders

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Conflict Minerals: Court Orders NAM to File Response to En Banc Rehearing Petition

The SEC, the perceived loser in the conflicts minerals case at the time, filed a petition for an en banc rehearing on May 29, 2014. NAM, the perceived winner at the time, stayed silent. After these many months, with public…more

Conflict Mineral Rules, NAM, SEC

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FASB Revises Going Concern Evaluations and Disclosure

Generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, presumes continuation of a reporting entity as a going concern as the basis for preparing financial statements unless and until the entity’s liquidation becomes imminent. This…more

FASB, Financial Accounting, Financial Statements, GAAP, Liquidation

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds New FCC Rules Revamping Rural Telephone Rate Structures and Directing Expansion of Rural Broadband Access

In a pair of opinions issued late last week, a federal appeals court in Denver affirmed in its entirety a landmark Federal Communications Commission rulemaking that expands the availability of broadband internet access in rural…more

Broadband, FCC, Rural Development, Telecommunications, Utilities Sector

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DOT Proposes Increased Safety Measures for the Transportation of Crude Oil, Ethanol and Other Flammable Materials

In response to several recent high profile incidents involving crude by rail, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a comprehensive rulemaking proposal on July 23, 2014, related to improving…more

Department of Transportation, Energy, Hazardous Substances, Oil & Gas, PHMSA

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Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act

In This Issue: - Introduction - Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Legislation - Effective Date - Types of Public Benefit Corporations - Establishment of a Public Benefit Corporation - Name -…more

Choice of Entity, Public Benefit Corporation

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Employment And Labor Law Alert: Summary Of Minnesota Labor And Employment Laws Enacted In 2013

During the 2013 legislative session, the Minnesota Legislature considered and passed a number of bills affecting Minnesota employers…more

Assistive Animals, Good Faith, Medical Leave, Minimum Wage, New Legislation

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Health Law Alert: OIG Issues Updated Special Advisory Bulletin On The Effect Of Exclusion From Participation In Federal Health Care Programs

On May 8, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued an updated Special Advisory Bulletin on the effect of exclusion from participating in federal health care programs…more

Civil Monetary Penalty, Healthcare, OIG, Self-Disclosure Requirements

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Employment And Labor Law Alert: Summary Of Minnesota Labor And Employment Laws Enacted In 2013

During the 2013 legislative session, the Minnesota Legislature considered and passed a number of bills affecting Minnesota employers…more

Assistive Animals, Good Faith, Medical Leave, Minimum Wage, New Legislation

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Diagnosing the Risk: Affirmative Action Obligations for Health Care Providers

Health care providers have long lived in a world of acronyms, but in recent years, a new acronym has arisen in connection with many health care-related headlines: OFCCP. The OFCCP is the Office of Federal Contract…more

DOL, Employer Liability Issues, Federal Contractors, Healthcare, OFCCP

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NERC Posts Draft Physical Security Reliability Standard: CIP-014-1

On April 10, NERC posted for industry comment CIP-014-1, a draft Physical Security standard developed in response to FERC's March 7, 2014 order directing NERC to prepare a standard addressing physical security issues facing the…more

Infrastructure, NERC, Power Grid, Utilities Sector

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Health Care Law Insight: HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule Contains New Requirements For BAAs

On January 25, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the long-awaited HIPAA final omnibus rule (Final Rule)…more

Covered Entities, Final Rules, HHS, HIPAA, HIPAA Omnibus Rule

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Energy Alert: Big Impacts Of Obama’s Broad Climate Plan

The main goals for President Obama’s “Climate Action Plan” are to cut carbon emissions (and cut greenhouse gas emissions in general to 17% below 2005 levels by 2020), prepare the country for the impacts of climate change and…more

Barack Obama, Climate Change, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Infrastructure, Renewable Energy

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FERC Stakes Out New Position on Return on Equity - Votes Out Major Orders Affecting Electric Utility Rate of Return Determinations

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today issued a series of orders that collectively represent a significant change to its policy on utility rate of return on equity and will reshape the landscape for electric transmission…more

Electricity, FERC, ISOs, Transmission Grid, Utilities Sector

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Radioactivity In The Oilfield: North Dakota Issues Material Handling Regulations Impacting Oil And Gas Operations

On April 10, 2014, the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) announced new permit requirements for oil, gas and saltwater disposal wells. The new regulations, which go into effect on June 1, are targeted at the proper…more

Disposal Wells, NORM, Oil & Gas, Permits, Radioactive Drilling Waste

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Illinois Court Of Appeals: Non-Competes Unenforceable Without At Least Two Years Of Continued Employment

In Fifield v. Premier Dealer Services, Inc., the Illinois Court of Appeals covering Chicago held that as a matter of law, an at-will employee must remain employed for at least two years to receive consideration sufficient to…more

At-Will Employment, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Non-Compete Agreements

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Energy Alert: FERC Hits Entergy Hard For Violations Of NERC Reliability Standards: Orders $975,000 Penalty

On March 28, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an Order Approving Stipulation and Consent Agreement between FERC's Office of Enforcement and Entergy Services, Inc. The Agreement settles an investigation…more

Audits, Civil Monetary Penalty, Compliance, FERC, NERC

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Industry Tells FERC To "Slow Down" On Filing Zero Rate Reactive Power Rate Schedules

As we previously reported, FERC hosted a workshop December 11 on filing reactive power rate schedules for which there is no compensation. The clear message to FERC from the industry panelists was: "Slow down the train, there are…more

Energy, FERC, Reactive Power, RTO

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The Fluid State of Delaware Fee-Shifting Bylaws

On May 8, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court held in ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund that a bylaw provision that shifts "all fees, costs and expenses of every kind and description (including, but not limited to..…more

ATP Tours, Attorney's Fees, Bylaws, Delaware General Corporation Law, Fee-Shifting Statutes

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Estate Planning Alert: New Civil Marriage Law Could Increase Income Tax Costs, May Offer Estate Tax Benefits

On May 14, 2013, Governor Dayton signed a bill modifying Minnesota Statutes Sections 517 and 518. The bill enacts changes in Minnesota's marriage law, effective August 1, 2013…more

Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Income Taxes, New Legislation, Same-Sex Marriage

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Minnesota Supreme Court Recognizes New Private Right Of Action Against Residential Mortgage Loan Servicers

On April 2, 2014, the Minnesota Supreme Court in Gretsch v. Vantium Capital, Inc. recognized a new private right of action against residential mortgage loan servicers who breach their servicer participation agreements with…more

Borrowers, Contracts Clause, Fannie Mae, Foreclosure, HAMP

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Recent NLRB Retail Rulings Muddy the Micro-Unit Waters

At the end of July, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued two decisions under its controversial Specialty Healthcare standard, approving of one “micro unit” and disavowing another in the retail context. The NLRB’s…more

Bargaining Units, Collective Bargaining, Employee Rights, NLRA, NLRB

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North Dakota Orders Limits on Gas Flaring

On July 1, 2014 the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) imposed new rules that will significantly limit the flaring of natural gas at all existing and future wells. Order 24665 will allow wells completed in the…more

Bakken Shale, Fracking, Natural Gas, NDIC, Oil & Gas

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IRS Clarifies and Expands "Beginning Construction" Tests for Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit

In 2013, the Internal Revenue Service established two “beginning construction” tests – a physical work test and a 5% safe harbor test – to determine eligibility for the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC)…more

Begun Construction Test, Construction Site, Energy Projects, Investment Tax Credits, IRC

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Labor, Employment And Employee Benefits Executive Briefing - April 2014

In This Issue: - Employers Should Review Internship Programs for Legal Compliance ..The Department of Labor’s Six-Factor Test ..Unpaid Internships in the News ..Practical Guidance - Developments in Equal…more

DOL, Employer Liability Issues, Employer Mandates, Equal Pay, Flexible Spending Accounts

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Eighth Circuit Applies Subsequent New Value Defense To Payments Received From Third Party Creditor

The Eighth Circuit held that preferential payments are subject to a new value defense of § 547(c)(4) where the new value was provided by a third party that benefitted from the preferential transfers…more

Chapter 7, Commercial Bankruptcy, Debtor-Creditor, New Value Defense, Third-Party Relationships

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Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • D.C.
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
Number of Attorneys

100+ Attorneys

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