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CFPB Outlines Expectations on Incentive Compensation

The CFPB issued a bulletin warning supervised financial companies that creating incentives for employees and service providers to meet sales and other business goals can lead to consumer harm if not properly managed…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

FDIC Releases Final Rule on Deposit Account Recordkeeping

On November 15, 2016, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released its final rule regarding deposit account recordkeeping (Final Rule) to help insure prompt access to funds in the event of a bank failure,…more
| Finance & Banking

GAMCO Folds on Rejection of Proxy Access Nominee

As previously noted, National Fuel Gas had rejected a proxy access nominee submitted by GAMCO Asset Management Inc. because of non-conformance with National Fuel’s proxy access by-law. Many wondered what would happen next…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Arizona's New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time Law

11/29/2016 On November 8, 2016, the voters in Arizona passed the Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time Off Initiative, also known as Proposition 206. The paid sick time component of the law will go into effect July 1, 2017, while the…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

SEC Issues Report on Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K Required by FAST Act

Section 72003 of the FAST Act directs the SEC to carry out a study of Regulation S-K’s requirements and to consult with the Commission’s Investor AdvisoryCommittee (the “IAC”) and Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

First Proxy Access Nominee Rejected

GAMCO Asset Management Inc. made the news when it became the first to submit a nominee for National Fuel Gas’ board of directors using a proxy access by-law. National Fuel Gas has now rejected the nominee because the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Federal Court Enjoins DOL Overtime Rule

Many employers have spent this holiday week rolling out communication plans and making final preparations for salary or exemption changes in response to the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime rule, set to go into effect on…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law

Conflict Minerals Legislation Coming to the EU

According to this Reuters article and a blog by Elm Sustainability Partners LLC, an informal deal for EU conflict minerals legislation has been reached. The final text will be voted on by the member states on December 7, 2016,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Minnesota’s First Crowdfunding Portal Approved, But The Question Remains: Will Anyone Actually Use It?

On November 9, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Commerce approved the first crowdfunding portal operator, VentureNear.com, under the crowdfunding legislation known as MNvest. As soon as the portal is populated with offerings,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

8th Circuit Expands Arbitral Immunity Doctrine

A per curiam opinion from the 8th Circuit last week highlights that even if an arbitration goes off the rails, the only remedy is vacating (or confirming) the award. The parties cannot recover from the administrator of the…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure

FERC Eases Electric Storage and Distributed Energy Resource Aggregators Participation in Wholesale Markets

Late last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released a proposed rule that, if adopted, would facilitate greater participation by electric storage resources (including batteries, flywheels, pumped-hydro, etc.)…more
| Energy & Utilities

ISS Announces 2017 Benchmark Policy Updates

ISS has announced its 2017 policy changes. Some key changes for the U.S. are discussed below. Restrictions on Binding Shareholder Proposals. ISS has adopted a new policy when shareholders do not have the ability to amend…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

After Five Years In Court, West Virginia Finds Plaintiff Did Not Waive Right To Arbitrate

The highest state court in West Virginia just found that a credit card company did not waive its right to arbitrate, despite initially choosing a court forum and waiting almost five years to raise its right to arbitrate. That…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Trump Risk Factors Begin to Appear in SEC Documents

Risk factors related to uncertainties resulting from possible policies that may be implemented by President-elect Trump have begun to appear in SEC filings..…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade, Securities Law, Taxation

Rubber Ducks, Teethers and More: A Guide to Current and Proposed Regulations of Phthalates in Children's Products

Phthalates are chemicals that provide flexibility and durability to a variety of products. They have historically been used in children's toys, particularly those made of flexible plastics. Phthalates soften plastics, permitting…more
| Products Liability
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