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ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master…more

Default, Derivatives, ISDA, ISDA Master Agreement, Swaps

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Insurance Topics We Will Be Watching in 2014

With the first month of the year behind us, this report outlines major insurance topics that we will be watching throughout 2014. Forces, trends and events that we believe will affect regulation, transactions and…more

Affordable Care Act, Casualty Insurance, Federal Insurance Office, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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Required Summer Reading: Guidance Issued on the Tax Treatment of Guaranteed Minimum Benefit Hedges and Identified Mixed Straddles

The Treasury and the IRS offered two pieces of highly anticipated guidance on July 18 that are particularly relevant to the life insurance industry…more

Bonds, Capital Losses, Corporate Bonds, Federal Taxes, Final Guidance

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Non-Unionized Employers: The NLRB Commands Your Attention

Many non-unionized employers might be surprised to learn that they, too, are governed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In fact, in 2012, the NLRB launched a website directed at non-union employees, which details the…more

At-Will Employment, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Confidential Employer Investigations, NLRA

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SEC Approves Rule Preventing Barters for Expungement Cooperation – What You Can Do to Ensure Compliance

On July 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) proposed Rule 2081, which prevents firms or associated persons from conditioning settlement or…more

Consideration, Expungement, FINRA, Proposed Regulation, SEC

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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NAIC Report – 2014 Summer National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met for its Summer National Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, August 14-19. International regulatory standards were a prime focus of the meeting, as the International…more

Capital Requirements, IAIS, Insurers, NAIC

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Legal Alert: Isolated Genes No Longer Patentable: Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit in Myriad Case

In a thinly worded unanimous decision in Assn. for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. on June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court held that patent claims directed to genes are not patent eligible despite being claimed in…more

AMP v Myriad, DNA, Human Genes, Myriad, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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Florida Court of Appeal Holds Insured’s Death Alone Does Not Trigger Unclaimed Property Law Obligations

In an opinion filed August 5, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal held that Florida’s unclaimed property law does not make life insurance proceeds due and payable at the time of the insured’s death and does not impose an…more

Insureds, Life Insurance, Unclaimed Property

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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Texas Supreme Court Limits Fraud Claims by Terminated Employees

In a case of first impression, the Supreme Court of Texas declared that at-will employees may not bring an action for fraud that is contingent on the promise of continued at-will employment. The Court also held that employees…more

At-Will Employment, Collective Bargaining, Fraud, Hiring & Firing, Termination

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Insurance Industry Sweeps Retained Asset Account Doubleheader

On August 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Ass. Co. of Canada, No. 13–2090, 2014 WL 4197947 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2014), that an insurer, acting as a claims administrator,…more

Appeals, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Insurers, Life Insurance

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Legal Alert: IRS Rules on Account-Opening Bonuses in IRAs and 529 Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (the Service) recently released PLR 201310043 (December 11, 2012), which addresses account - opening bonuses credited to an individual retirement account (IRA) or section 529 college tuition savings…more

529 Plans, Bonuses, IRA, IRS, Reporting Requirements

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For Whom the Ring Tones: TCPA Litigation and the Insurance Industry

Insurance companies are increasingly the subject of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits. Any insurance company that communicates with its customers, job applicants, and others by phone or text using an automated…more

FCC, Popular, Robocalling, TCPA, Texting

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SEC Approves Rule Preventing Barters for Expungement Cooperation – What You Can Do to Ensure Compliance

On July 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) proposed Rule 2081, which prevents firms or associated persons from conditioning settlement or…more

Consideration, Expungement, FINRA, Proposed Regulation, SEC

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master…more

Default, Derivatives, ISDA, ISDA Master Agreement, Swaps

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Insurance Industry Sweeps Retained Asset Account Doubleheader

On August 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Ass. Co. of Canada, No. 13–2090, 2014 WL 4197947 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2014), that an insurer, acting as a claims administrator,…more

Appeals, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Insurers, Life Insurance

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The Aftermath of a Section 355 Transaction

In this article: - Mechanics of Section 355 - Framework for analysis - Deviation from asserted corporate business purpose - Post-spin events involving Distributing or Controlled assets -…more

Articles of Incorporation, Corporate Charters, Section 355, Stocks

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Legal Alert: Final Volcker Rule: Update and Key Takeaways for Insurers

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading…more

Bank Holding Company Act, Banks, CFTC, Collateralized Debt Obligations, Dodd-Frank

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Access to Recent DMF Data Restricted to Certified Persons Starting Today

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service (NTIS) put into effect a certification program required for any person or entity seeking to access information during the three-year period…more

Data Protection, Death Master Files, Social Security

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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The SEC Tackles Technicality

Within several months of Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White’s announcement in late 2013 of a commitment to improving the SEC’s trial readiness, the Commission suffered a number of losses in federal district…more

ALJ, Corporate Counsel, Enforcement Actions, Forum, Mary Jo White

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D.C. Circuit Court’s Surprising Ruling on Chinese CFIUS Case May Result in Greater Transparency in Certain National Security Proceedings

On July 15, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the President violated the due process rights of Ralls Corporation, a U.S. company owned by two Chinese nationals when, pursuant to…more

Appeals, Barack Obama, CFIUS, Divestiture, Due Process

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Legal Alert: Final Volcker Rule: Update and Key Takeaways for Insurers

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading…more

Bank Holding Company Act, Banks, CFTC, Collateralized Debt Obligations, Dodd-Frank

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M&A Brokers Exempt from SEC Broker-Dealer Registration Requirements

On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Trading and Markets issued a No-Action Letter (Letter)1 that allows a private business broker (M&A Broker) to receive transaction-based…more

Broker-Dealer, No-Action Letters, Registration, SEC, Securities Exchange Act

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SST Governing Board Considers "Best Practices" Matrix and Marketplace Fairness Implementation; SLAC Contemplates Digital Goods Sourcing

The Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board (SSTGB), as well as its State and Local Advisory Council (SLAC) and Business Advisory Council (BAC), assembled in Minneapolis this week to discuss a number of policy matters related to…more

Digital Goods, Marketplace Fairness Act, State and Local Government

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NAIC Report – 2014 Summer National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met for its Summer National Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, August 14-19. International regulatory standards were a prime focus of the meeting, as the International…more

Capital Requirements, IAIS, Insurers, NAIC

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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Obama Issues Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum Concerning Equal Pay Initiatives for Federal Contractors

Yesterday, President Obama issued an Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum intended to address equal pay for women. The Executive Order prohibits federal contractors from retaliating against an applicant or employee who…more

Equal Pay, Executive Orders, Federal Contractors, OFCCP, Retaliation

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The CFPB Proposes to Supervise Nonbanks that Perform One Million or More International Money Transfers Per Year

On January 23, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a rule whereby the definition of “larger participants” will be expanded to include nonbanks that perform one million or more international money…more

CFPB, Compliance, Enforcement, Money Transfer, Nonbank Firms

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Insurance Industry Sweeps Retained Asset Account Doubleheader

On August 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Ass. Co. of Canada, No. 13–2090, 2014 WL 4197947 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2014), that an insurer, acting as a claims administrator,…more

Appeals, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Insurers, Life Insurance

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Legal Alert: Multi-Million Dollar Settlements Prompt Record Filing of TCPA Lawsuits

High-dollar settlements of class actions filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act appear to have prompted the filing of a record number of new TCPA cases in federal courts nationwide. In the largest TCPA settlement…more

Capital One, Class Action, Robocalling, Settlement, TCPA

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NAIC Report – 2014 Summer National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met for its Summer National Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, August 14-19. International regulatory standards were a prime focus of the meeting, as the International…more

Capital Requirements, IAIS, Insurers, NAIC

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For Whom the Ring Tones: TCPA Litigation and the Insurance Industry

Insurance companies are increasingly the subject of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits. Any insurance company that communicates with its customers, job applicants, and others by phone or text using an automated…more

FCC, Popular, Robocalling, TCPA, Texting

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ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master…more

Default, Derivatives, ISDA, ISDA Master Agreement, Swaps

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For Whom the Ring Tones: TCPA Litigation and the Insurance Industry

Insurance companies are increasingly the subject of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits. Any insurance company that communicates with its customers, job applicants, and others by phone or text using an automated…more

FCC, Popular, Robocalling, TCPA, Texting

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Second Circuit Rejects Extraterritorial Application of Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Provision

On August 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit became the first U.S. appellate court to weigh in on the extraterritorial application of the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Appeals, Chief Compliance Officers, Dodd-Frank, Extraterritoriality Rules

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Storm Clouds Continue to Gather Over Bankruptcy Code’s Safe Harbors

As noted in a previous Sutherland Legal Alert, the American Bankruptcy Institute has formed a Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 (the Commission). To further its goal of proposing changes to modernize the Bankruptcy…more

Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Debtors-in-Possession, Dodd-Frank

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Federal Agencies Issue Final Volcker Rule

On December 10, 2013, five federal agencies, including the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the…more

Banks, CFTC, Compliance, Dodd-Frank, FDIC

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Are we headed toward “Basic writ small”?

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in the closely watched Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317, which places in the Court’s crosshairs the continued viability of the fraud-on-the-market…more

Basic v Levinson, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton, Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund, SCOTUS

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Legal Alert: One Shade of GRA: Proposed Regulations Foreshadow the End of the GRA Directive and Provide That "Available Upon Request" Is a "Willful Failure"

On January 30, Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations relating to the proper filing of gain recognition agreements (GRAs) and other related compliance obligations (the Proposed Regulations). As a general matter, a U.S…more

Directors, Federal Reserve, Gain Recognition Agreements, IRS, Stocks

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Legal Alert: Alice v. CLS Bank: U.S. Supreme Court Revisits Subject Matter Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C. § 101

On June 19, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Alice Corporation. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International. et al., a high-profile patent case involving the scope of patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In a unanimous…more

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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After All the Preparation, It’s Finally Here: FATCA Becomes Effective July 1, 2014

More than four years after Congress enacted the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010, Pub. L. 111-147, which added the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) provisions to the Internal Revenue Code, FATCA will…more

FATCA, FFI, Form W-8, Intergovernmental Agreements, IRS

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Insurance Industry Sweeps Retained Asset Account Doubleheader

On August 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Ass. Co. of Canada, No. 13–2090, 2014 WL 4197947 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2014), that an insurer, acting as a claims administrator,…more

Appeals, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Insurers, Life Insurance

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IRS Finalizes Guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 Group Trusts, and Insurance Company Separate Accounts

In Rev. Rul. 2014-24, scheduled for publication on September 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) substantially completed its pending guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 group trusts by permanently authorizing the…more

ERISA, Final Guidance, IRC, IRS, Puerto Rico

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To the Direct Acquirer Belong the Tax Attributes: Proposed Regulations Modify the Definition of Acquiring Corporation for Purposes of IRC § 381

On May 7, Treasury and the IRS published proposed regulations addressing which corporation succeeds to the tax attributes of another corporation that transfers assets in an acquisitive asset reorganization described in IRC §§…more

Acquisitions, Asset Transfer, Business Assets, IRC, IRS

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Legal Alert: A Little Rule With Big Implications: USPTO Implements New Fee Schedule Including a 75% Reduction in Patent Fees for Applicants Qualifying for "Micro Entity" Status

On March 19, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented a new fee schedule as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (Act). Among numerous changes in the fees for patent services provided…more

America Invents Act, Micro Entity Status, Patent Applications, Patent Fees, Patent Reform

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Fifth Circuit Limits Pollution Liability

In a significant decision issued February 24, 2014, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that federal laws preempt state laws in the case of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, because the event occurred in federal…more

Discharge of Pollutants, Environmental Liability, Gulf Oil Spill, Oil & Gas

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Georgia Supreme Court Applies the Business Judgment Rule to Bank Officers and Directors; Decision Has Implications for Corporate Officers and Directors

In a landmark ruling for officers and directors of Georgia’s financial institutions, the Supreme Court of Georgia held in FDIC v. Loudermilk, S14Q0454 (Ga. July 11, 2014), that officers and directors of banks are protected by…more

Banking Sector, Banks, Business Judgment Rule, Corporate Officers, Directors

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IRS Finalizes Guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 Group Trusts, and Insurance Company Separate Accounts

In Rev. Rul. 2014-24, scheduled for publication on September 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) substantially completed its pending guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 group trusts by permanently authorizing the…more

ERISA, Final Guidance, IRC, IRS, Puerto Rico

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Legal Alert: The 2012 Tax Litigation Year in Review: Important Events

The year 2012 was quite an interesting one for tax controversy. Whereas 2011 brought a win for the Treasury on deference issues in Mayo Foundation for Medical Ed. v. United States, 131 S. Ct. 704 (2011), 2012 was the year courts…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Dominion Resources, FICA Taxes, H&M, Hewlett-Packard

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Congress Passes Water Resources Bill Encouraging Public-Private Partnerships for Water Supply and Treatment Construction Projects

Water infrastructure projects across the nation may soon have access to innovative financing programs and increased public-private partnership (P3) opportunities. House Bill 3080 (2013) or the Water Resources Reform and…more

EPA, Infrastructure, Obama Administration, Public-Private Partnerships, TIFIA

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IRS Releases Additional Rulings on Lump-Sum Windows

The practice of offering lump-sum distributions has become increasingly popular among defined benefit plan sponsors looking to decrease volatility or other defined benefit plan risks. In some situations, plan sponsors offer the…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, Defined Benefit Plans, ERISA, IRC, IRS

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Legal Alert: Final Volcker Rule: Update and Key Takeaways for Private Funds

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures…more

Antitrust Provisions, Bank Holding Company Act, Banks, CFTC, Collateralized Debt Obligations

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Congress Scrutinizes Hedge Funds’ Use of Financial Derivatives

This week the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (Subcommittee), in conjunction with the Subcommittee’s hearing on July 22, 2014, released a report on hedge…more

Derivatives, Financial Regulatory Reform, Fraud and Abuse, Hedge Funds, IRS

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ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master…more

Default, Derivatives, ISDA, ISDA Master Agreement, Swaps

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Insurance Industry Sweeps Retained Asset Account Doubleheader

On August 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Ass. Co. of Canada, No. 13–2090, 2014 WL 4197947 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2014), that an insurer, acting as a claims administrator,…more

Appeals, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Insurers, Life Insurance

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Legal Alert: Supreme Court of Texas Finds Contractors Cannot Recover Delay Damages for Negligent Misrepresentation Against an Owner’s Architect in a Case That Highlights the Economic Loss Rule

On June 20, Texas joined a number of states that apply the economic loss rule to damages claims arising from negligent misrepresentation between contractors and the owner’s architect. In LAN/STV v. Martin K. Eby Construction…more

Contractors, Damages, Delays, Economic Loss Doctrine, Negligent Misrepresentation

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SST Governing Board Considers "Best Practices" Matrix and Marketplace Fairness Implementation; SLAC Contemplates Digital Goods Sourcing

The Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board (SSTGB), as well as its State and Local Advisory Council (SLAC) and Business Advisory Council (BAC), assembled in Minneapolis this week to discuss a number of policy matters related to…more

Digital Goods, Marketplace Fairness Act, State and Local Government

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ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master…more

Default, Derivatives, ISDA, ISDA Master Agreement, Swaps

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Solar Products from China and Taiwan Face Major New Investigations

On February 14, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) voted to go forward with the new antidumping and countervailing duty cases filed on New Year’s Eve by SolarWorld Industries America, Inc., the U.S. solar panel unit…more

Antidumping Duties, China, Countervailing Duties, Investigations, ITC

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Legal Alert: The 2013 Tax Litigation Year in Review: Important Events

As we look forward to 2014, we take a look back at the top 10 important tax controversy issues making the news in 2013 that may have continuing importance in the future…more

Banks, IRS, SCOTUS, United States v Woods, UTPs

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Inherited IRAs Are Not Bankruptcy-Exempt as “Retirement Funds”

On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Clark v. Rameker that an inherited individual retirement account (IRA) does not qualify for the “retirement funds” exemption in the Bankruptcy Code and is not excluded…more

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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Inherited IRAs Are Not Bankruptcy-Exempt as “Retirement Funds”

On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Clark v. Rameker that an inherited individual retirement account (IRA) does not qualify for the “retirement funds” exemption in the Bankruptcy Code and is not excluded…more

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CFPB Plans Supervision of Nonbank Automobile Lenders

In a May 23, 2014 blog post by Kelly Cochran, Assistant Director of Regulation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicated that it is working on a “larger participant” rule for nonbank automobile lenders pursuant to…more

Automotive Industry, Automotive Loans, CFPB, Consumer Financial Products, Larger Participant

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Insurance Industry Sweeps Retained Asset Account Doubleheader

On August 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Ass. Co. of Canada, No. 13–2090, 2014 WL 4197947 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2014), that an insurer, acting as a claims administrator,…more

Appeals, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Insurers, Life Insurance

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Legal Alert: The Cliff-Hanger (Chapter One) is Over: Highlights of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the Act), effective as of January 1, 2013. In general, the Act made permanent for most taxpayers the tax rate cuts first enacted under…more

Alternative Minimum Tax, American Taxpayer Relief Act, Business Taxes, Capital Gains, Dividends

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Legal Alert: Final Volcker Rule: Update and Key Takeaways

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures…more

Bank Holding Company Act, Banks, CFTC, Collateralized Debt Obligations, Compliance

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CFTC Interprets “Swap” Definition In the Context of Longevity Risk Transfer

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (Division) recently addressed for the first time the CFTC’s definition of a “swap” as it applies to a specific insurance…more

Banks, Beneficiaries, CFTC, Dodd-Frank, Hedges

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Legal Alert: Supreme Court of Texas Finds Contractors Cannot Recover Delay Damages for Negligent Misrepresentation Against an Owner’s Architect in a Case That Highlights the Economic Loss Rule

On June 20, Texas joined a number of states that apply the economic loss rule to damages claims arising from negligent misrepresentation between contractors and the owner’s architect. In LAN/STV v. Martin K. Eby Construction…more

Contractors, Damages, Delays, Economic Loss Doctrine, Negligent Misrepresentation

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Second Circuit Rejects Extraterritorial Application of Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Provision

On August 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit became the first U.S. appellate court to weigh in on the extraterritorial application of the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Appeals, Chief Compliance Officers, Dodd-Frank, Extraterritoriality Rules

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CFPB Plans Supervision of Nonbank Automobile Lenders

In a May 23, 2014 blog post by Kelly Cochran, Assistant Director of Regulation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicated that it is working on a “larger participant” rule for nonbank automobile lenders pursuant to…more

Automotive Industry, Automotive Loans, CFPB, Consumer Financial Products, Larger Participant

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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NAIC Report – 2014 Summer National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met for its Summer National Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, August 14-19. International regulatory standards were a prime focus of the meeting, as the International…more

Capital Requirements, IAIS, Insurers, NAIC

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Insurance Topics We Will Be Watching in 2014

With the first month of the year behind us, this report outlines major insurance topics that we will be watching throughout 2014. Forces, trends and events that we believe will affect regulation, transactions and…more

Affordable Care Act, Casualty Insurance, Federal Insurance Office, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform

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Texas Supreme Court Rules CGL Policy’s “Contractual Liability" Exclusion Does Not Bar Coverage for Claims Arising From Construction Defects

On January 17, 2014, the Supreme Court of Texas rejected a commercial general liability (“CGL”) insurer’s attempt to invoke the “contractual liability” exclusion to deny coverage under a standard CGL policy regarding a…more

Breach of Contract, Commercial General Liability Policies, Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Disputes

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Storm Clouds Continue to Gather Over Bankruptcy Code’s Safe Harbors

As noted in a previous Sutherland Legal Alert, the American Bankruptcy Institute has formed a Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 (the Commission). To further its goal of proposing changes to modernize the Bankruptcy…more

Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Debtors-in-Possession, Dodd-Frank

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FERC Issues a NOPR Reforming Gas Day and Two Orders to Improve Natural Gas – Electric Generation Industry Coordination

On March 20, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) and two separate, but related, Orders to improve the coordination of scheduling natural gas pipeline capacity to…more

Energy, FERC, Natural Gas, Utilities Sector

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What Do You Mean? Nautilus Ruling Holds That a Patent Claim Must Convey with Reasonable Certainty the Scope of the Invention

On June 2, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held in Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Inc. that a patent claim may be found indefinite if it fails to convey the scope of the invention “with reasonable certainty” to a person…more

Claim Construction, Indefiniteness, Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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FERC Issues a NOPR Reforming Gas Day and Two Orders to Improve Natural Gas – Electric Generation Industry Coordination

On March 20, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) and two separate, but related, Orders to improve the coordination of scheduling natural gas pipeline capacity to…more

Energy, FERC, Natural Gas, Utilities Sector

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Are You Really Sure That Construction Began? IRS Issues Third Notice Regarding Renewable Energy Tax Credit Beginning of Construction Test

On August 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2014-46, which provides further guidance intended to assist developers and purchasers of renewable energy facilities evaluate whether such facilities…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Disputes, Investment Tax Credits, IRS, Production Tax Credit

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master…more

Default, Derivatives, ISDA, ISDA Master Agreement, Swaps

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U.S. District Judge in Florida Dismisses SEC Action Against Corporate Defendants and Holds that Five-Year Statute of Limitations Removed the Court’s Subject-Matter Jurisdiction

On May 12, Judge James Lawrence King of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed with prejudice the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) case against five defendants in an action alleging…more

Dismissals, SEC, Section 2462, Securities Fraud, Statute of Limitations

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For Whom the Ring Tones: TCPA Litigation and the Insurance Industry

Insurance companies are increasingly the subject of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits. Any insurance company that communicates with its customers, job applicants, and others by phone or text using an automated…more

FCC, Popular, Robocalling, TCPA, Texting

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Legal Alert: One Shade of GRA: Proposed Regulations Foreshadow the End of the GRA Directive and Provide That "Available Upon Request" Is a "Willful Failure"

On January 30, Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations relating to the proper filing of gain recognition agreements (GRAs) and other related compliance obligations (the Proposed Regulations). As a general matter, a U.S…more

Directors, Federal Reserve, Gain Recognition Agreements, IRS, Stocks

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Asbestos MDL Court Concludes Punitive Damages for Unseaworthiness Allowed for Seaman But Not for a Seaman’s Personal Representative in Wrongful Death or Survival Actions

In a consolidated asbestos products liability multidistrict litigation (MDL), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held in In re Asbestos Products Liability Litigation (No. VI), MDL 875, that punitive…more

Asbestos, Asbestos Litigation, Mesothelioma, Multidistrict Litigation

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IRS Finalizes Guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 Group Trusts, and Insurance Company Separate Accounts

In Rev. Rul. 2014-24, scheduled for publication on September 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) substantially completed its pending guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 group trusts by permanently authorizing the…more

ERISA, Final Guidance, IRC, IRS, Puerto Rico

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Required Summer Reading: Guidance Issued on the Tax Treatment of Guaranteed Minimum Benefit Hedges and Identified Mixed Straddles

The Treasury and the IRS offered two pieces of highly anticipated guidance on July 18 that are particularly relevant to the life insurance industry…more

Bonds, Capital Losses, Corporate Bonds, Federal Taxes, Final Guidance

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FIO Report Sets the Agenda for Discourse on the Future of Insurance Regulation

On December 12, 2013, the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury released its much anticipated study, How to Modernize and Improve the System of Insurance Regulation in the United States (Report). …more

Dodd-Frank, Federal Insurance Office, Insurance Companies, Insurance Reform, Insurers

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Are You Really Sure That Construction Began? IRS Issues Third Notice Regarding Renewable Energy Tax Credit Beginning of Construction Test

On August 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2014-46, which provides further guidance intended to assist developers and purchasers of renewable energy facilities evaluate whether such facilities…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Disputes, Investment Tax Credits, IRS, Production Tax Credit

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Required Summer Reading: Guidance Issued on the Tax Treatment of Guaranteed Minimum Benefit Hedges and Identified Mixed Straddles

The Treasury and the IRS offered two pieces of highly anticipated guidance on July 18 that are particularly relevant to the life insurance industry…more

Bonds, Capital Losses, Corporate Bonds, Federal Taxes, Final Guidance

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The SEC Tackles Technicality

Within several months of Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White’s announcement in late 2013 of a commitment to improving the SEC’s trial readiness, the Commission suffered a number of losses in federal district…more

ALJ, Corporate Counsel, Enforcement Actions, Forum, Mary Jo White

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NIST Cybersecurity Framework – What It Is and What It Means for the Energy Industry

The federal government’s long-awaited Cybersecurity Framework offers promising tools for energy companies to manage their cybersecurity risk, but leaves many questions unanswered. The National Institute of Standards and…more

Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Framework, Data Protection, Energy

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SEC Approves Rule Preventing Barters for Expungement Cooperation – What You Can Do to Ensure Compliance

On July 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) proposed Rule 2081, which prevents firms or associated persons from conditioning settlement or…more

Consideration, Expungement, FINRA, Proposed Regulation, SEC

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Legal Alert: Alice v. CLS Bank: U.S. Supreme Court Revisits Subject Matter Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C. § 101

On June 19, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Alice Corporation. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International. et al., a high-profile patent case involving the scope of patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In a unanimous…more

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ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master…more

Default, Derivatives, ISDA, ISDA Master Agreement, Swaps

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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Insurance Industry Sweeps Retained Asset Account Doubleheader

On August 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Ass. Co. of Canada, No. 13–2090, 2014 WL 4197947 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2014), that an insurer, acting as a claims administrator,…more

Appeals, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Insurers, Life Insurance

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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Supreme Court Defines “Changing Clothes” to Include Steelworkers’ Donning and Doffing of Certain Protective Gear

On January 27, 2014, the United States Supreme Court unanimously affirmed a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit holding that steelworkers’ donning and doffing of certain items of required protective…more

Collective Bargaining, FLSA, Sandifer v U.S. Steel Corp, SCOTUS, Unions

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Colombia Seeks Foreign Investment to Expand Timberland Plantations

Colombia plans to double its cultivated acreage from one million to two million hectares by 2020, according to Rubén Darío Lizarralde, the country’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Lizarralde announced the planned…more

Foreign Investment, Forestry, Free Trade Agreement, Income Taxes, International Tax Issues

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Florida Legislature Relaxes Agency Licensing Requirements for Broker-Dealer Branch Offices Selling Insurance Products but Creates New Disclosure Requirements for Surrenders

Under current Florida insurance laws, branch offices of broker-dealers selling insurance products in Florida are required to either “license” or “register” as agency branches (in addition to satisfying insurance producer…more

Broker-Dealer, Disclosure Requirements, Insurance Brokers, Insurers, Licensing Rules

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Solar Products from China and Taiwan Face Major New Investigations

On February 14, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) voted to go forward with the new antidumping and countervailing duty cases filed on New Year’s Eve by SolarWorld Industries America, Inc., the U.S. solar panel unit…more

Antidumping Duties, China, Countervailing Duties, Investigations, ITC

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Legal Alert: One Shade of GRA: Proposed Regulations Foreshadow the End of the GRA Directive and Provide That "Available Upon Request" Is a "Willful Failure"

On January 30, Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations relating to the proper filing of gain recognition agreements (GRAs) and other related compliance obligations (the Proposed Regulations). As a general matter, a U.S…more

Directors, Federal Reserve, Gain Recognition Agreements, IRS, Stocks

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IRS Finalizes Guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 Group Trusts, and Insurance Company Separate Accounts

In Rev. Rul. 2014-24, scheduled for publication on September 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) substantially completed its pending guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 group trusts by permanently authorizing the…more

ERISA, Final Guidance, IRC, IRS, Puerto Rico

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FERC Issues a NOPR Reforming Gas Day and Two Orders to Improve Natural Gas – Electric Generation Industry Coordination

On March 20, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) and two separate, but related, Orders to improve the coordination of scheduling natural gas pipeline capacity to…more

Energy, FERC, Natural Gas, Utilities Sector

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SANCTIONS UPDATE - New Treasury Guidance on Aggregation of Ownership Interests

On August 13, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published revised guidance on the treatment of entities owned by persons whose property and interests in property are blocked under the Executive Orders and regulations…more

Aggregation Rules, Executive Orders, OFAC

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Legal Alert: Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States: Supreme Court Opens the Door to Potential Fifth Amendment Takings Litigation in Rails-to-Trails Cases

In what is commonly known as a rails-to-trails case, the U.S. Supreme Court held on March 10, 2014, in an eight-to-one decision, that certain railroad rights-of-way revert to private property owners following the railroad’s…more

Brandt Irrevocable Trust v Us, Fifth Amendment, Railways, SCOTUS, Takings

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Colombia Seeks Foreign Investment to Expand Timberland Plantations

Colombia plans to double its cultivated acreage from one million to two million hectares by 2020, according to Rubén Darío Lizarralde, the country’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Lizarralde announced the planned…more

Foreign Investment, Forestry, Free Trade Agreement, Income Taxes, International Tax Issues

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ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master…more

Default, Derivatives, ISDA, ISDA Master Agreement, Swaps

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Legal Alert: Georgia Department of Banking and Finance Publishes Proposed Regulations Regarding Chartering of Merchant Acquirer Limited Purpose Banks

On July 31, 2013, the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance published its first set of proposed regulations to implement the Georgia Merchant Acquirer Limited Purpose Bank Act. The Act, which became effective on March 28,…more

Banks, Credit Cards, FDIC, MasterCard, Payment Processors

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Legal Alert: Private Offerings: The SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation But Proposes a Hefty Regulatory Burden in Return

During an open meeting of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) on July 10, 2013, the SEC adopted a rule that lifts the ban on general solicitation of unregistered securities offerings and paves the way for…more

Advertising, Bad Actors, General Solicitation, JOBS Act, Regulation D

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Legal Alert: Georgia Court of Appeals Upholds Lien, but the Lien May Have Limited Value

In a recent case, the Georgia Court of Appeals reaffirmed that, in most instances, a contractor’s or materialmen’s lien may only be asserted against “whatever interest his employer had in the property at the time the work was…more

Commercial Leases, Contractors, Land Developers, Land Titles, Liens

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Inherited IRAs Are Not Bankruptcy-Exempt as “Retirement Funds”

On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Clark v. Rameker that an inherited individual retirement account (IRA) does not qualify for the “retirement funds” exemption in the Bankruptcy Code and is not excluded…more

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Department of Energy Report Indicates Fracking Has Not Contaminated Drinking Water in Western Pennsylvania

A recent study by the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) indicates that chemical-laced fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have not contaminated the drinking water at a test drill…more

Chemicals, Contamination, DOE, Energy, Fracking

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Fifth Circuit Limits Pollution Liability

In a significant decision issued February 24, 2014, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that federal laws preempt state laws in the case of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, because the event occurred in federal…more

Discharge of Pollutants, Environmental Liability, Gulf Oil Spill, Oil & Gas

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Legal Alert: Trademark Clearinghouse and the New gTLDs

The new Generic Top - Level Domain (gTLD) expansion program developed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) includes a Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), which was set to go into effect beginning March…more

Domain Names, gTLD, ICANN, Internet, Trademark Clearinghouse

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Legal Alert: The 2012 Tax Litigation Year in Review: Important Events

The year 2012 was quite an interesting one for tax controversy. Whereas 2011 brought a win for the Treasury on deference issues in Mayo Foundation for Medical Ed. v. United States, 131 S. Ct. 704 (2011), 2012 was the year courts…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Dominion Resources, FICA Taxes, H&M, Hewlett-Packard

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Recent Amendment Implements Important Changes to the Georgia Brownfield Program

Effective on July 1, House Bill 957 (2014) (the “Amendment”) amended the Georgia Brownfield Act, O.C.G.A. § 12-8-200 et seq. (the Act). The Amendment broadens applicability of the Act, expands the pool of eligible parties under…more

Amended Legislation, Brownfield Properties, CERCLA, Limitation of Liability Clause, Property Tax

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Sutherland SALT Shaker: August 2013 Digest

In this issue: - No Expressions of Goodwill from Arizona Department of Revenue - California Court of Appeal: ITFA Doesn’t Make the CUT - Round We Go: Indiana Denies Taxpayer’s Intercompany “Residual Profit”…more

Excise Tax, Goodwill, Income Taxes, Intangibles, IRS

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M&A Brokers Exempt from SEC Broker-Dealer Registration Requirements

On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Trading and Markets issued a No-Action Letter (Letter)1 that allows a private business broker (M&A Broker) to receive transaction-based…more

Broker-Dealer, No-Action Letters, Registration, SEC, Securities Exchange Act

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Legal Alert: The 2013 Tax Litigation Year in Review: Important Events

As we look forward to 2014, we take a look back at the top 10 important tax controversy issues making the news in 2013 that may have continuing importance in the future…more

Banks, IRS, SCOTUS, United States v Woods, UTPs

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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New Florida Statute Allows Limitation of Design Professional Liability

Over the past fourteen years, third parties have been able to maintain a direct negligence cause of action against an individual design professional, such as an architect or engineer, arising out a construction project, despite…more

Architects, Construction Defects, Contractors, Design Defects, Negligence

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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Clock Is Ticking…Relief for Late Filed GRAs Expected to Expire Soon

Time may be running out for taxpayers to correct technically deficient gain recognition agreements (GRAs) under the relief procedure contained in the Directive on Examination Action With Respect to Certain Gain Recognition…more

Gain Recognition Agreements, IRS, Tax Returns, Taxpayer Relief Provisions

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Changes to the Recordation Tax in Maryland for Refinancing Commercial Mortgage Loans: Recordation Tax Imposed Only on New Money

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law an act providing relief to commercial borrowers that wish to refinance or modify loans originally secured by indemnity deeds of trust. This new law, effective July 1, 2013,…more

Deed of Trust, Indemnity Deed of Trust, Loan Modifications, Mortgages, New Legislation

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Legal Alert: A Little Rule With Big Implications: USPTO Implements New Fee Schedule Including a 75% Reduction in Patent Fees for Applicants Qualifying for "Micro Entity" Status

On March 19, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented a new fee schedule as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (Act). Among numerous changes in the fees for patent services provided…more

America Invents Act, Micro Entity Status, Patent Applications, Patent Fees, Patent Reform

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Texas Supreme Court Holds Cost to Remove Carbon Dioxide Injected in Enhanced Recovery Operations Is Properly Deductible from Royalties

On June 27, the Supreme Court of Texas issued an opinion in Marcia Fuller French, et al v. Occidental Permian Ltd., No 12-002 (Tex. June 27, 2014), a case closely followed by the oil and gas industry. In its unanimous decision…more

Mineral Extraction, Mineral Leases, Oil & Gas, Royalties

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Florida Legislature Relaxes Agency Licensing Requirements for Broker-Dealer Branch Offices Selling Insurance Products but Creates New Disclosure Requirements for Surrenders

Under current Florida insurance laws, branch offices of broker-dealers selling insurance products in Florida are required to either “license” or “register” as agency branches (in addition to satisfying insurance producer…more

Broker-Dealer, Disclosure Requirements, Insurance Brokers, Insurers, Licensing Rules

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NAIC Report: 2014 Spring National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met for its Spring National Meeting in Orlando, Florida from March 29 through April 1. Typical for the first national meeting of the year, much activity was focused on…more

Casualty Insurance, Corporate Governance, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Flood Insurance

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ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master…more

Default, Derivatives, ISDA, ISDA Master Agreement, Swaps

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Florida Legislature Relaxes Agency Licensing Requirements for Broker-Dealer Branch Offices Selling Insurance Products but Creates New Disclosure Requirements for Surrenders

Under current Florida insurance laws, branch offices of broker-dealers selling insurance products in Florida are required to either “license” or “register” as agency branches (in addition to satisfying insurance producer…more

Broker-Dealer, Disclosure Requirements, Insurance Brokers, Insurers, Licensing Rules

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NIST Cybersecurity Framework – What It Is and What It Means for the Energy Industry

The federal government’s long-awaited Cybersecurity Framework offers promising tools for energy companies to manage their cybersecurity risk, but leaves many questions unanswered. The National Institute of Standards and…more

Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Framework, Data Protection, Energy

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Florida Legislature Relaxes Agency Licensing Requirements for Broker-Dealer Branch Offices Selling Insurance Products but Creates New Disclosure Requirements for Surrenders

Under current Florida insurance laws, branch offices of broker-dealers selling insurance products in Florida are required to either “license” or “register” as agency branches (in addition to satisfying insurance producer…more

Broker-Dealer, Disclosure Requirements, Insurance Brokers, Insurers, Licensing Rules

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The SEC Tackles Technicality

Within several months of Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White’s announcement in late 2013 of a commitment to improving the SEC’s trial readiness, the Commission suffered a number of losses in federal district…more

ALJ, Corporate Counsel, Enforcement Actions, Forum, Mary Jo White

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Legal Alert: CFTC Division of Market Oversight Releases Questions for June 19 Roundtable on Position Limits

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will host a public roundtable on June 19, 2014, to discuss questions related to a proposed rulemaking to establish speculative position limits for 28 exempt and agricultural…more

CFTC, Commodity Futures Contracts, Compliance, Position Limits, Swaps

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Second Circuit Rejects Extraterritorial Application of Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Provision

On August 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit became the first U.S. appellate court to weigh in on the extraterritorial application of the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Appeals, Chief Compliance Officers, Dodd-Frank, Extraterritoriality Rules

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New Reliability Compliance Opportunities in 2013

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) closed out 2012 with several orders affecting reliability compliance. FERC adopted a revised definition of the “bulk electric system,” authorized FERC access to e-Tags used to…more

Compliance, Electricity, FERC, NERC, Penalties

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Legal Alert: EPA Sends Rule Amending Renewable Fuel Biogas Provisions to the White House for Final Review

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent amendments to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that would further incorporate the use of biogas into the RFS. OMB…more

EPA, OMB, Proposed Regulation, Renewable Fuel Standard

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FinCEN Customer Due Diligence Rule Proposal

On July 30, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued proposed rules (the “Proposed Rules”) to clarify and strengthen customer due diligence requirements for banks, securities…more

Banks, Broker-Dealer, Commodity Pool, Due Diligence, FCMs

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Department of Energy Report Indicates Fracking Has Not Contaminated Drinking Water in Western Pennsylvania

A recent study by the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) indicates that chemical-laced fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have not contaminated the drinking water at a test drill…more

Chemicals, Contamination, DOE, Energy, Fracking

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SEC Approves Rule Preventing Barters for Expungement Cooperation – What You Can Do to Ensure Compliance

On July 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) proposed Rule 2081, which prevents firms or associated persons from conditioning settlement or…more

Consideration, Expungement, FINRA, Proposed Regulation, SEC

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IRS Finalizes Guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 Group Trusts, and Insurance Company Separate Accounts

In Rev. Rul. 2014-24, scheduled for publication on September 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) substantially completed its pending guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 group trusts by permanently authorizing the…more

ERISA, Final Guidance, IRC, IRS, Puerto Rico

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U.S. Supreme Court Finds Direct Copyright Liability for Subscriber-Directed Retransmissons of Over-the-Air Broadcasts

The U.S. Supreme Court held last week that a service provider directly infringes a copyright owner’s exclusive performance right when it transmits to subscribers individualized streams of copyrighted works almost simultaneously…more

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IRS Pressures Build: Budgetary Constraints, the Aging IRS Workforce and Changes in IRS Focus

On April 10, 2013, President Obama released his proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Budget of the U.S. Government. The budget calls for an increase in funding for the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), which has faced budget cuts in…more

Audits, Federal Budget, IRS, Layoffs, OVDP

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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Insurance Industry Sweeps Retained Asset Account Doubleheader

On August 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Ass. Co. of Canada, No. 13–2090, 2014 WL 4197947 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2014), that an insurer, acting as a claims administrator,…more

Appeals, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Insurers, Life Insurance

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Legal Alert: Final Volcker Rule: Update and Key Takeaways for Insurers

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading…more

Bank Holding Company Act, Banks, CFTC, Collateralized Debt Obligations, Dodd-Frank

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Fifth Circuit Limits Pollution Liability

In a significant decision issued February 24, 2014, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that federal laws preempt state laws in the case of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, because the event occurred in federal…more

Discharge of Pollutants, Environmental Liability, Gulf Oil Spill, Oil & Gas

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Supreme Court of Texas Provides “Much-Needed Clarity” to Texas Spoliation Jurisprudence

On July 3, the Supreme Court of Texas issued a significant opinion in Brookshire Brothers, Ltd. v. Jerry Aldridge, No. 10-0846 (Tex. 2014), that clarifies the standards governing the spoliation of evidence in Texas as well as…more

Evidence, Judicial Remedies, Remedies, Spoilation

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Securities Class Action Defendants Can Rebut the Basic Fraud-on-the-Market Presumption of Reliance at the Class Certification Stage

The U.S. Supreme Court held yesterday that defendants in securities fraud class actions can defeat the Basic fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance at the class certification stage “through evidence that the…more

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

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Patent Owners’ Heavy Burdens: Proof of Infringement

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a unanimous opinion in Medtronic, Inc. v. Mirowski Family Ventures, LLC, No. 12-1128, on January 22, 2014, holding that patent owners bear the…more

Burden of Proof, Eli Lilly, Medtronics, Non-Challenge Clauses, Patent Infringement

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Required Summer Reading: Guidance Issued on the Tax Treatment of Guaranteed Minimum Benefit Hedges and Identified Mixed Straddles

The Treasury and the IRS offered two pieces of highly anticipated guidance on July 18 that are particularly relevant to the life insurance industry…more

Bonds, Capital Losses, Corporate Bonds, Federal Taxes, Final Guidance

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NAIC Report – 2014 Summer National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met for its Summer National Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, August 14-19. International regulatory standards were a prime focus of the meeting, as the International…more

Capital Requirements, IAIS, Insurers, NAIC

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Obama Issues Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum Concerning Equal Pay Initiatives for Federal Contractors

Yesterday, President Obama issued an Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum intended to address equal pay for women. The Executive Order prohibits federal contractors from retaliating against an applicant or employee who…more

Equal Pay, Executive Orders, Federal Contractors, OFCCP, Retaliation

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Sutherland SALT Shaker: August 2013 Digest

In this issue: - No Expressions of Goodwill from Arizona Department of Revenue - California Court of Appeal: ITFA Doesn’t Make the CUT - Round We Go: Indiana Denies Taxpayer’s Intercompany “Residual Profit”…more

Excise Tax, Goodwill, Income Taxes, Intangibles, IRS

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New Florida Statute Allows Limitation of Design Professional Liability

Over the past fourteen years, third parties have been able to maintain a direct negligence cause of action against an individual design professional, such as an architect or engineer, arising out a construction project, despite…more

Architects, Construction Defects, Contractors, Design Defects, Negligence

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Required Summer Reading: Guidance Issued on the Tax Treatment of Guaranteed Minimum Benefit Hedges and Identified Mixed Straddles

The Treasury and the IRS offered two pieces of highly anticipated guidance on July 18 that are particularly relevant to the life insurance industry…more

Bonds, Capital Losses, Corporate Bonds, Federal Taxes, Final Guidance

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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M&A Brokers Exempt from SEC Broker-Dealer Registration Requirements

On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Trading and Markets issued a No-Action Letter (Letter)1 that allows a private business broker (M&A Broker) to receive transaction-based…more

Broker-Dealer, No-Action Letters, Registration, SEC, Securities Exchange Act

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FinCEN Customer Due Diligence Rule Proposal

On July 30, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued proposed rules (the “Proposed Rules”) to clarify and strengthen customer due diligence requirements for banks, securities…more

Banks, Broker-Dealer, Commodity Pool, Due Diligence, FCMs

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Fifth Circuit Limits Pollution Liability

In a significant decision issued February 24, 2014, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that federal laws preempt state laws in the case of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, because the event occurred in federal…more

Discharge of Pollutants, Environmental Liability, Gulf Oil Spill, Oil & Gas

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FIO Report Sets the Agenda for Discourse on the Future of Insurance Regulation

On December 12, 2013, the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury released its much anticipated study, How to Modernize and Improve the System of Insurance Regulation in the United States (Report). …more

Dodd-Frank, Federal Insurance Office, Insurance Companies, Insurance Reform, Insurers

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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CFPB Plans Supervision of Nonbank Automobile Lenders

In a May 23, 2014 blog post by Kelly Cochran, Assistant Director of Regulation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicated that it is working on a “larger participant” rule for nonbank automobile lenders pursuant to…more

Automotive Industry, Automotive Loans, CFPB, Consumer Financial Products, Larger Participant

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IRS Finalizes Guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 Group Trusts, and Insurance Company Separate Accounts

In Rev. Rul. 2014-24, scheduled for publication on September 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) substantially completed its pending guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 group trusts by permanently authorizing the…more

ERISA, Final Guidance, IRC, IRS, Puerto Rico

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No SLUSA Protection Absent Material Connection With Sale/Purchase of Covered Security

In Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice, the U.S. Supreme Court held on February 26, 2014, that the victims of Allen Stanford’s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme can proceed with their claims against law firms, insurance brokers, and…more

Banks, Chadbourne & Parke LLP v Troice, Fraud, Ponzi Scheme, SCOTUS

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Legal Alert: EPA Sends Rule Amending Renewable Fuel Biogas Provisions to the White House for Final Review

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent amendments to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that would further incorporate the use of biogas into the RFS. OMB…more

EPA, OMB, Proposed Regulation, Renewable Fuel Standard

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State Attorney General Parens Patriae Actions Are Not Removable to Federal Court as CAFA “Mass Actions”

This week the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp. that parens patriae actions in which the State is the sole plaintiff are not “mass actions” under the Class Action Fairness Act…more

CAFA, Class Action, Mass Action, Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics, Parens Patriae

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ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master…more

Default, Derivatives, ISDA, ISDA Master Agreement, Swaps

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IRS Issues Favorable Private Letter Ruling to Data Center REIT

On June 6, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Private Letter Ruling 201423011 (the PLR), confirming that income from certain data center services can constitute “rents from real property” for purposes of the real…more

Data Centers, IRS, Private Letter Rulings, REIT

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Legal Alert: IRS Rules on Account-Opening Bonuses in IRAs and 529 Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (the Service) recently released PLR 201310043 (December 11, 2012), which addresses account - opening bonuses credited to an individual retirement account (IRA) or section 529 college tuition savings…more

529 Plans, Bonuses, IRA, IRS, Reporting Requirements

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Georgia Supreme Court Applies the Business Judgment Rule to Bank Officers and Directors; Decision Has Implications for Corporate Officers and Directors

In a landmark ruling for officers and directors of Georgia’s financial institutions, the Supreme Court of Georgia held in FDIC v. Loudermilk, S14Q0454 (Ga. July 11, 2014), that officers and directors of banks are protected by…more

Banking Sector, Banks, Business Judgment Rule, Corporate Officers, Directors

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Required Summer Reading: Guidance Issued on the Tax Treatment of Guaranteed Minimum Benefit Hedges and Identified Mixed Straddles

The Treasury and the IRS offered two pieces of highly anticipated guidance on July 18 that are particularly relevant to the life insurance industry…more

Bonds, Capital Losses, Corporate Bonds, Federal Taxes, Final Guidance

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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Clock Is Ticking…Relief for Late Filed GRAs Expected to Expire Soon

Time may be running out for taxpayers to correct technically deficient gain recognition agreements (GRAs) under the relief procedure contained in the Directive on Examination Action With Respect to Certain Gain Recognition…more

Gain Recognition Agreements, IRS, Tax Returns, Taxpayer Relief Provisions

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Required Summer Reading: Guidance Issued on the Tax Treatment of Guaranteed Minimum Benefit Hedges and Identified Mixed Straddles

The Treasury and the IRS offered two pieces of highly anticipated guidance on July 18 that are particularly relevant to the life insurance industry…more

Bonds, Capital Losses, Corporate Bonds, Federal Taxes, Final Guidance

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NAIC Report – 2014 Summer National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met for its Summer National Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, August 14-19. International regulatory standards were a prime focus of the meeting, as the International…more

Capital Requirements, IAIS, Insurers, NAIC

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Are we headed toward “Basic writ small”?

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in the closely watched Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317, which places in the Court’s crosshairs the continued viability of the fraud-on-the-market…more

Basic v Levinson, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton, Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund, SCOTUS

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Inherited IRAs Are Not Bankruptcy-Exempt as “Retirement Funds”

On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Clark v. Rameker that an inherited individual retirement account (IRA) does not qualify for the “retirement funds” exemption in the Bankruptcy Code and is not excluded…more

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IRS Finalizes Guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 Group Trusts, and Insurance Company Separate Accounts

In Rev. Rul. 2014-24, scheduled for publication on September 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) substantially completed its pending guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 group trusts by permanently authorizing the…more

ERISA, Final Guidance, IRC, IRS, Puerto Rico

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IRS Finalizes Guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 Group Trusts, and Insurance Company Separate Accounts

In Rev. Rul. 2014-24, scheduled for publication on September 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) substantially completed its pending guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 group trusts by permanently authorizing the…more

ERISA, Final Guidance, IRC, IRS, Puerto Rico

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U.S. Supreme Court Finds Direct Copyright Liability for Subscriber-Directed Retransmissons of Over-the-Air Broadcasts

The U.S. Supreme Court held last week that a service provider directly infringes a copyright owner’s exclusive performance right when it transmits to subscribers individualized streams of copyrighted works almost simultaneously…more

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Virtual Reality: IRS Provides Guidance on the Treatment of Bitcoin and Other Virtual Currency Transactions

On March 25, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-21 (the Notice), which provides guidance regarding the tax treatment of Bitcoins and other virtual currency through a series of “frequently asked…more

Bitcoins, FBAR, Income Taxes, Investment Funds, IRS

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Public-Private Partnership Bill Passes Georgia Senate to Pave Way for Widespread P3 in Georgia

Georgia may soon join the growing ranks of states with broad enabling legislation for all forms of public-private partnerships (or P3). Senate Bill 255 (2013) passed the Georgia State Senate on Monday, February 24, 2014, by a…more

Infrastructure, P3s, Public-Private Partnerships

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Changes to the Recordation Tax in Maryland for Refinancing Commercial Mortgage Loans: Recordation Tax Imposed Only on New Money

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law an act providing relief to commercial borrowers that wish to refinance or modify loans originally secured by indemnity deeds of trust. This new law, effective July 1, 2013,…more

Deed of Trust, Indemnity Deed of Trust, Loan Modifications, Mortgages, New Legislation

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Asbestos MDL Court Concludes Punitive Damages for Unseaworthiness Allowed for Seaman But Not for a Seaman’s Personal Representative in Wrongful Death or Survival Actions

In a consolidated asbestos products liability multidistrict litigation (MDL), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held in In re Asbestos Products Liability Litigation (No. VI), MDL 875, that punitive…more

Asbestos, Asbestos Litigation, Mesothelioma, Multidistrict Litigation

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IRS Finalizes Guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 Group Trusts, and Insurance Company Separate Accounts

In Rev. Rul. 2014-24, scheduled for publication on September 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) substantially completed its pending guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 group trusts by permanently authorizing the…more

ERISA, Final Guidance, IRC, IRS, Puerto Rico

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Camp Goes All-In with Comprehensive Tax Plan: Highlights, Tax Reform Status and Impact on Taxpayers

On February 26, Representative Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, released his much-awaited comprehensive tax reform plan (the “Camp Proposal”). That proposal seeks to cut marginal tax rates on…more

Capital Gains, Corporate Tax Rates, Corporate Taxes, Employee Benefits, Energy

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Camp Goes All-In with Comprehensive Tax Plan: Highlights, Tax Reform Status and Impact on Taxpayers

On February 26, Representative Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, released his much-awaited comprehensive tax reform plan (the “Camp Proposal”). That proposal seeks to cut marginal tax rates on…more

Capital Gains, Corporate Tax Rates, Corporate Taxes, Employee Benefits, Energy

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Litigation Update on 14 Patronage Capital Cases in Eight States

Since 2009, at least 14 cases have been filed against electric cooperatives over patronage capital (or capital credits) in eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, and…more

Breach of Duty, Fiduciary Duty, Shareholder Litigation

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Insurance Industry Sweeps Retained Asset Account Doubleheader

On August 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Ass. Co. of Canada, No. 13–2090, 2014 WL 4197947 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2014), that an insurer, acting as a claims administrator,…more

Appeals, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Insurers, Life Insurance

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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M&A Brokers Exempt from SEC Broker-Dealer Registration Requirements

On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Trading and Markets issued a No-Action Letter (Letter)1 that allows a private business broker (M&A Broker) to receive transaction-based…more

Broker-Dealer, No-Action Letters, Registration, SEC, Securities Exchange Act

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Public-Private Partnership Bill Passes Georgia Senate to Pave Way for Widespread P3 in Georgia

Georgia may soon join the growing ranks of states with broad enabling legislation for all forms of public-private partnerships (or P3). Senate Bill 255 (2013) passed the Georgia State Senate on Monday, February 24, 2014, by a…more

Infrastructure, P3s, Public-Private Partnerships

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Congress Scrutinizes Hedge Funds’ Use of Financial Derivatives

This week the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (Subcommittee), in conjunction with the Subcommittee’s hearing on July 22, 2014, released a report on hedge…more

Derivatives, Financial Regulatory Reform, Fraud and Abuse, Hedge Funds, IRS

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Clock Is Ticking…Relief for Late Filed GRAs Expected to Expire Soon

Time may be running out for taxpayers to correct technically deficient gain recognition agreements (GRAs) under the relief procedure contained in the Directive on Examination Action With Respect to Certain Gain Recognition…more

Gain Recognition Agreements, IRS, Tax Returns, Taxpayer Relief Provisions

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Second Circuit Rejects Extraterritorial Application of Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Provision

On August 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit became the first U.S. appellate court to weigh in on the extraterritorial application of the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Appeals, Chief Compliance Officers, Dodd-Frank, Extraterritoriality Rules

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Legal Alert: New Extended FATCA Implementation Dates

On July 12, 2013, the IRS, in Notice 2013-43, and the Department of the Treasury in a Press Release of the same date, extended the implementation dates by six months for many of the withholding and account due diligence…more

Deadlines, Delays, FATCA, FFI, Foreign Jurisdictions

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U.S. Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Durbin Amendment Rules

On March 21, 2014, in NACS, et. al. v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of the Federal Reserve’s interpretation of the Durbin…more

Debit and Credit Card Transactions, Durbin Amendment Rules, Federal Reserve

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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IRS Issues Favorable Private Letter Ruling to Data Center REIT

On June 6, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Private Letter Ruling 201423011 (the PLR), confirming that income from certain data center services can constitute “rents from real property” for purposes of the real…more

Data Centers, IRS, Private Letter Rulings, REIT

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SEC Approves Rule Preventing Barters for Expungement Cooperation – What You Can Do to Ensure Compliance

On July 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) proposed Rule 2081, which prevents firms or associated persons from conditioning settlement or…more

Consideration, Expungement, FINRA, Proposed Regulation, SEC

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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Florida Court of Appeal Holds Insured’s Death Alone Does Not Trigger Unclaimed Property Law Obligations

In an opinion filed August 5, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal held that Florida’s unclaimed property law does not make life insurance proceeds due and payable at the time of the insured’s death and does not impose an…more

Insureds, Life Insurance, Unclaimed Property

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NAIC Report – 2014 Summer National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met for its Summer National Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, August 14-19. International regulatory standards were a prime focus of the meeting, as the International…more

Capital Requirements, IAIS, Insurers, NAIC

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ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master…more

Default, Derivatives, ISDA, ISDA Master Agreement, Swaps

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U.S. Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Durbin Amendment Rules

On March 21, 2014, in NACS, et. al. v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of the Federal Reserve’s interpretation of the Durbin…more

Debit and Credit Card Transactions, Durbin Amendment Rules, Federal Reserve

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Colombia Seeks Foreign Investment to Expand Timberland Plantations

Colombia plans to double its cultivated acreage from one million to two million hectares by 2020, according to Rubén Darío Lizarralde, the country’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Lizarralde announced the planned…more

Foreign Investment, Forestry, Free Trade Agreement, Income Taxes, International Tax Issues

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Required Summer Reading: Guidance Issued on the Tax Treatment of Guaranteed Minimum Benefit Hedges and Identified Mixed Straddles

The Treasury and the IRS offered two pieces of highly anticipated guidance on July 18 that are particularly relevant to the life insurance industry…more

Bonds, Capital Losses, Corporate Bonds, Federal Taxes, Final Guidance

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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Fifth Circuit Limits Pollution Liability

In a significant decision issued February 24, 2014, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that federal laws preempt state laws in the case of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, because the event occurred in federal…more

Discharge of Pollutants, Environmental Liability, Gulf Oil Spill, Oil & Gas

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IRS Issues Favorable Private Letter Ruling to Data Center REIT

On June 6, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Private Letter Ruling 201423011 (the PLR), confirming that income from certain data center services can constitute “rents from real property” for purposes of the real…more

Data Centers, IRS, Private Letter Rulings, REIT

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Legal Alert: EPA Issues Amendments to the Renewable Fuel Standard to Address RIN Fraud

Earlier today and in the wake of the fraudulent renewable fuel credit (known as “RINs”) scandal that has shaken both the renewable fuel and petroleum industries, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a number of…more

EPA, Renewable Energy, Renewable Fuel Standard, RIN

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Changes to the Recordation Tax in Maryland for Refinancing Commercial Mortgage Loans: Recordation Tax Imposed Only on New Money

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law an act providing relief to commercial borrowers that wish to refinance or modify loans originally secured by indemnity deeds of trust. This new law, effective July 1, 2013,…more

Deed of Trust, Indemnity Deed of Trust, Loan Modifications, Mortgages, New Legislation

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Insurance Industry Sweeps Retained Asset Account Doubleheader

On August 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Ass. Co. of Canada, No. 13–2090, 2014 WL 4197947 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2014), that an insurer, acting as a claims administrator,…more

Appeals, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Insurers, Life Insurance

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SEC Approves Rule Preventing Barters for Expungement Cooperation – What You Can Do to Ensure Compliance

On July 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) proposed Rule 2081, which prevents firms or associated persons from conditioning settlement or…more

Consideration, Expungement, FINRA, Proposed Regulation, SEC

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The SEC Tackles Technicality

Within several months of Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White’s announcement in late 2013 of a commitment to improving the SEC’s trial readiness, the Commission suffered a number of losses in federal district…more

ALJ, Corporate Counsel, Enforcement Actions, Forum, Mary Jo White

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SANCTIONS UPDATE - New Treasury Guidance on Aggregation of Ownership Interests

On August 13, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published revised guidance on the treatment of entities owned by persons whose property and interests in property are blocked under the Executive Orders and regulations…more

Aggregation Rules, Executive Orders, OFAC

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Legal Alert: New Regulation Under Cybersecurity Executive Order

President Obama yesterday issued an Executive Order to address the growing cyber threat to the Nation’s “critical infrastructure,” a term broadly defined to potentially cover natural gas and oil pipelines, storage sites and…more

Barack Obama, Cybersecurity, DHS, Electricity, Executive Orders

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No SLUSA Protection Absent Material Connection With Sale/Purchase of Covered Security

In Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice, the U.S. Supreme Court held on February 26, 2014, that the victims of Allen Stanford’s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme can proceed with their claims against law firms, insurance brokers, and…more

Banks, Chadbourne & Parke LLP v Troice, Fraud, Ponzi Scheme, SCOTUS

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The SEC Tackles Technicality

Within several months of Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White’s announcement in late 2013 of a commitment to improving the SEC’s trial readiness, the Commission suffered a number of losses in federal district…more

ALJ, Corporate Counsel, Enforcement Actions, Forum, Mary Jo White

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Legal Alert: The 2013 Tax Litigation Year in Review: Important Events

As we look forward to 2014, we take a look back at the top 10 important tax controversy issues making the news in 2013 that may have continuing importance in the future…more

Banks, IRS, SCOTUS, United States v Woods, UTPs

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Required Summer Reading: Guidance Issued on the Tax Treatment of Guaranteed Minimum Benefit Hedges and Identified Mixed Straddles

The Treasury and the IRS offered two pieces of highly anticipated guidance on July 18 that are particularly relevant to the life insurance industry…more

Bonds, Capital Losses, Corporate Bonds, Federal Taxes, Final Guidance

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Required Summer Reading: Guidance Issued on the Tax Treatment of Guaranteed Minimum Benefit Hedges and Identified Mixed Straddles

The Treasury and the IRS offered two pieces of highly anticipated guidance on July 18 that are particularly relevant to the life insurance industry…more

Bonds, Capital Losses, Corporate Bonds, Federal Taxes, Final Guidance

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IRS Finalizes Guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 Group Trusts, and Insurance Company Separate Accounts

In Rev. Rul. 2014-24, scheduled for publication on September 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) substantially completed its pending guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 group trusts by permanently authorizing the…more

ERISA, Final Guidance, IRC, IRS, Puerto Rico

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Are You Really Sure That Construction Began? IRS Issues Third Notice Regarding Renewable Energy Tax Credit Beginning of Construction Test

On August 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2014-46, which provides further guidance intended to assist developers and purchasers of renewable energy facilities evaluate whether such facilities…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Disputes, Investment Tax Credits, IRS, Production Tax Credit

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ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master…more

Default, Derivatives, ISDA, ISDA Master Agreement, Swaps

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Congress Scrutinizes Hedge Funds’ Use of Financial Derivatives

This week the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (Subcommittee), in conjunction with the Subcommittee’s hearing on July 22, 2014, released a report on hedge…more

Derivatives, Financial Regulatory Reform, Fraud and Abuse, Hedge Funds, IRS

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NAIC Report – 2014 Summer National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met for its Summer National Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, August 14-19. International regulatory standards were a prime focus of the meeting, as the International…more

Capital Requirements, IAIS, Insurers, NAIC

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Inherited IRAs Are Not Bankruptcy-Exempt as “Retirement Funds”

On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Clark v. Rameker that an inherited individual retirement account (IRA) does not qualify for the “retirement funds” exemption in the Bankruptcy Code and is not excluded…more

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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Court Approves $7.25 Billion Settlement of Antitrust Class Action Relating to Visa and MasterCard Interchange Fees

In the face of objections from some of the nation’s largest retailers, a New York federal judge has approved a massive settlement between a putative class of approximately 12 million merchants and Visa, MasterCard, and multiple…more

Class Action, Interchange Fees, MasterCard, Retailers, Settlement

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Legal Alert: Sequestration to Cause CREB Payments to Be Reduced by 8.7%

The Office of Management and Budget has issued its Report to the Congress on the budget sequestration for federal fiscal year 2013 required by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended by the…more

Barack Obama, Clean Tech, CREBs, OMB, Renewable Energy

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Florida Legislature Relaxes Agency Licensing Requirements for Broker-Dealer Branch Offices Selling Insurance Products but Creates New Disclosure Requirements for Surrenders

Under current Florida insurance laws, branch offices of broker-dealers selling insurance products in Florida are required to either “license” or “register” as agency branches (in addition to satisfying insurance producer…more

Broker-Dealer, Disclosure Requirements, Insurance Brokers, Insurers, Licensing Rules

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IRS Finalizes Guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 Group Trusts, and Insurance Company Separate Accounts

In Rev. Rul. 2014-24, scheduled for publication on September 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) substantially completed its pending guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 group trusts by permanently authorizing the…more

ERISA, Final Guidance, IRC, IRS, Puerto Rico

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Second Circuit Rejects Extraterritorial Application of Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Provision

On August 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit became the first U.S. appellate court to weigh in on the extraterritorial application of the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Appeals, Chief Compliance Officers, Dodd-Frank, Extraterritoriality Rules

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What Do You Mean? Nautilus Ruling Holds That a Patent Claim Must Convey with Reasonable Certainty the Scope of the Invention

On June 2, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held in Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Inc. that a patent claim may be found indefinite if it fails to convey the scope of the invention “with reasonable certainty” to a person…more

Claim Construction, Indefiniteness, Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Insurance Industry Sweeps Retained Asset Account Doubleheader

On August 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Ass. Co. of Canada, No. 13–2090, 2014 WL 4197947 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2014), that an insurer, acting as a claims administrator,…more

Appeals, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Insurers, Life Insurance

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Legal Alert: A Trend Emerging? District Court Disallows $1 Billion of Deductions

Earlier this year, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana upheld the Internal Revenue Service’s disallowance of $1 billion of deductions claimed by Dow Chemical in relation to two transactions that…more

Dow Chemical, IRS, Partnerships, Tax Deductions, Tax Fraud

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New Florida Statute Allows Limitation of Design Professional Liability

Over the past fourteen years, third parties have been able to maintain a direct negligence cause of action against an individual design professional, such as an architect or engineer, arising out a construction project, despite…more

Architects, Construction Defects, Contractors, Design Defects, Negligence

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CFPB Plans Supervision of Nonbank Automobile Lenders

In a May 23, 2014 blog post by Kelly Cochran, Assistant Director of Regulation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicated that it is working on a “larger participant” rule for nonbank automobile lenders pursuant to…more

Automotive Industry, Automotive Loans, CFPB, Consumer Financial Products, Larger Participant

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Legal Alert: Final Volcker Rule: Update and Key Takeaways for Private Funds

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures…more

Antitrust Provisions, Bank Holding Company Act, Banks, CFTC, Collateralized Debt Obligations

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Supreme Court of Texas Provides “Much-Needed Clarity” to Texas Spoliation Jurisprudence

On July 3, the Supreme Court of Texas issued a significant opinion in Brookshire Brothers, Ltd. v. Jerry Aldridge, No. 10-0846 (Tex. 2014), that clarifies the standards governing the spoliation of evidence in Texas as well as…more

Evidence, Judicial Remedies, Remedies, Spoilation

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IRS Declares 2014 and 2015 as a Transition Period for FATCA Administration and Enforcement and Provides an Additional Six Months of Relief for Certain Preexisting Obligations

Pursuant to Notice 2014-33 (the Notice), the IRS announced that it will treat calendar years 2014 and 2015 as a transition period for the administration and enforcement of the due diligence, reporting, and withholding provisions…more

Due Diligence, Enforcement, Extensions, FATCA, FFI

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Are You Really Sure That Construction Began? IRS Issues Third Notice Regarding Renewable Energy Tax Credit Beginning of Construction Test

On August 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2014-46, which provides further guidance intended to assist developers and purchasers of renewable energy facilities evaluate whether such facilities…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Disputes, Investment Tax Credits, IRS, Production Tax Credit

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ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master…more

Default, Derivatives, ISDA, ISDA Master Agreement, Swaps

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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Required Summer Reading: Guidance Issued on the Tax Treatment of Guaranteed Minimum Benefit Hedges and Identified Mixed Straddles

The Treasury and the IRS offered two pieces of highly anticipated guidance on July 18 that are particularly relevant to the life insurance industry…more

Bonds, Capital Losses, Corporate Bonds, Federal Taxes, Final Guidance

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Legal Alert: New York Department of Financial Services Issues 308 Request on Cyber Threats

On May 28, 2013, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) sent inquiries to 31 of the largest life, health and property/casualty insurance companies pursuant to its authority under Section 308 of the New York…more

Critical Infrastructure Sectors, Cyber Attacks, Cyber Threats, Cybersecurity, HIPAA

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EPA’s New Final Rule on Logging Roads: Not So Final?

On November 30, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final rule revising the Phase I stormwater regulations under the Clean Water Act to clarify that stormwater discharges from logging roads do not…more

Clean Water Act, EPA, NPDES, Storm Water

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Insurance Industry Sweeps Retained Asset Account Doubleheader

On August 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Ass. Co. of Canada, No. 13–2090, 2014 WL 4197947 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2014), that an insurer, acting as a claims administrator,…more

Appeals, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Insurers, Life Insurance

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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Legal Alert: Alice v. CLS Bank: U.S. Supreme Court Revisits Subject Matter Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C. § 101

On June 19, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Alice Corporation. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International. et al., a high-profile patent case involving the scope of patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In a unanimous…more

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Sutherland SALT Shaker: May 2013 Digest

In this issue: - California FTB Takes Harley-Davidson for a Ride: Securitization Subsidiaries Are Financial Corporations with Nexus in California - “Tut-Tut,” Long Beach: California Supreme Court Permits Taxpayers…more

Franchise Tax Board, Harley-Davidson, Multistate Tax Commission, Sales & Use Tax, Tax Exemptions

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Legal Alert: Holder of Deed Need Not Be Holder of Note to Foreclose, Georgia Supreme Court Rules

The Georgia Supreme Court held this week that the holder of a security deed need not also hold the underlying note to exercise the power of sale in accordance with the terms of the security deed. You v. JP Morgan Chase Bank,…more

Deeds, Foreclosure, Land Titles, Mortgages, Promissory Notes

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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Employers Should Use Revised FCRA Disclosure for Employees and Job Applicants

Employers who use consumer reports as part of their decision-making process in the hiring, promotion or firing of employees should note the attached “A Summary of Your Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act” issued by the…more

Background Checks, CFPB, Compliance, Credit Reporting Agencies, Credit Reports

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Legal Alert: CFTC Adopts Streamlined Approach for Delegation of CPO Registration

On May 12, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a staff letter (the Staff Letter) that provides a streamlined approach for commodity pool…more

CFTC, Commodity Pool, Compliance, CPO, DSIO

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CFTC Announces Beginning of Real-Time Reporting and Swap Dealer Registration Requirements and Releases List of Provisionally Registered Swap Dealers

Today, Wednesday, January 2, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that final rules pertaining to: (1) real-time reporting of swap transaction data; and (2) swap dealer registration requirements, became…more

CFTC, Registration, Swap Dealers, Swaps

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It Takes One to Infringe: Akamai Ruling Holds That Induced Infringement Requires Direct Infringement by a Single Party

On June 2, 2014, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. that direct infringement by a single party is a prerequisite to a finding of induced infringement. In doing so, the…more

Akamai Technologies, Appeals, Direct Infringement, En Banc Review, Induced Infringement

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Legal Alert: Final Volcker Rule: Update and Key Takeaways for Private Funds

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures…more

Antitrust Provisions, Bank Holding Company Act, Banks, CFTC, Collateralized Debt Obligations

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IRS Finalizes Guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 Group Trusts, and Insurance Company Separate Accounts

In Rev. Rul. 2014-24, scheduled for publication on September 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) substantially completed its pending guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 group trusts by permanently authorizing the…more

ERISA, Final Guidance, IRC, IRS, Puerto Rico

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Florida Legislature Relaxes Agency Licensing Requirements for Broker-Dealer Branch Offices Selling Insurance Products but Creates New Disclosure Requirements for Surrenders

Under current Florida insurance laws, branch offices of broker-dealers selling insurance products in Florida are required to either “license” or “register” as agency branches (in addition to satisfying insurance producer…more

Broker-Dealer, Disclosure Requirements, Insurance Brokers, Insurers, Licensing Rules

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SEC Approves Rule Preventing Barters for Expungement Cooperation – What You Can Do to Ensure Compliance

On July 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) proposed Rule 2081, which prevents firms or associated persons from conditioning settlement or…more

Consideration, Expungement, FINRA, Proposed Regulation, SEC

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Are You Really Sure That Construction Began? IRS Issues Third Notice Regarding Renewable Energy Tax Credit Beginning of Construction Test

On August 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2014-46, which provides further guidance intended to assist developers and purchasers of renewable energy facilities evaluate whether such facilities…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Disputes, Investment Tax Credits, IRS, Production Tax Credit

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It Takes One to Infringe: Akamai Ruling Holds That Induced Infringement Requires Direct Infringement by a Single Party

On June 2, 2014, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. that direct infringement by a single party is a prerequisite to a finding of induced infringement. In doing so, the…more

Akamai Technologies, Appeals, Direct Infringement, En Banc Review, Induced Infringement

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Legal Alert: Trademark Clearinghouse and the New gTLDs

The new Generic Top - Level Domain (gTLD) expansion program developed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) includes a Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), which was set to go into effect beginning March…more

Domain Names, gTLD, ICANN, Internet, Trademark Clearinghouse

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SEC’s Examination Program Issues a Risk Alert on Investment Adviser Due Diligence Processes

On January 28, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert entitled: Investment Adviser Due Diligence Processes for Selecting Alternative…more

Compliance, Due Diligence, Enforcement, Investigations, OCIE

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IRS Finalizes Guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 Group Trusts, and Insurance Company Separate Accounts

In Rev. Rul. 2014-24, scheduled for publication on September 8, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) substantially completed its pending guidance on Rev. Rul. 81-100 group trusts by permanently authorizing the…more

ERISA, Final Guidance, IRC, IRS, Puerto Rico

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Insurance Industry Sweeps Retained Asset Account Doubleheader

On August 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Ass. Co. of Canada, No. 13–2090, 2014 WL 4197947 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2014), that an insurer, acting as a claims administrator,…more

Appeals, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Insurers, Life Insurance

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For Whom the Ring Tones: TCPA Litigation and the Insurance Industry

Insurance companies are increasingly the subject of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits. Any insurance company that communicates with its customers, job applicants, and others by phone or text using an automated…more

FCC, Popular, Robocalling, TCPA, Texting

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Legal Alert: Monsanto Ruling Protects Innovators of Self-Replicating Biotechnology

On May 13, 2013, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held in Monsan to v. Bowman that the doctrine of patent exhaustion does not permit a farmer to reproduce patented seeds for planting and harvesting without the patent holder's…more

Biotechnology, Bowman v Monsanto, Genetically Engineered Seed, Infringement, Monsanto

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Public-Private Partnership Bill Passes Georgia Senate to Pave Way for Widespread P3 in Georgia

Georgia may soon join the growing ranks of states with broad enabling legislation for all forms of public-private partnerships (or P3). Senate Bill 255 (2013) passed the Georgia State Senate on Monday, February 24, 2014, by a…more

Infrastructure, P3s, Public-Private Partnerships

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Asbestos MDL Court Concludes Punitive Damages for Unseaworthiness Allowed for Seaman But Not for a Seaman’s Personal Representative in Wrongful Death or Survival Actions

In a consolidated asbestos products liability multidistrict litigation (MDL), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held in In re Asbestos Products Liability Litigation (No. VI), MDL 875, that punitive…more

Asbestos, Asbestos Litigation, Mesothelioma, Multidistrict Litigation

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Second Circuit Rejects Extraterritorial Application of Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Provision

On August 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit became the first U.S. appellate court to weigh in on the extraterritorial application of the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Appeals, Chief Compliance Officers, Dodd-Frank, Extraterritoriality Rules

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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Insurance Industry Sweeps Retained Asset Account Doubleheader

On August 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held in Vander Luitgaren v. Sun Life Ass. Co. of Canada, No. 13–2090, 2014 WL 4197947 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2014), that an insurer, acting as a claims administrator,…more

Appeals, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Insurers, Life Insurance

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Legal Alert: EPA Sends Rule Amending Renewable Fuel Biogas Provisions to the White House for Final Review

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent amendments to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that would further incorporate the use of biogas into the RFS. OMB…more

EPA, OMB, Proposed Regulation, Renewable Fuel Standard

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Required Summer Reading: Guidance Issued on the Tax Treatment of Guaranteed Minimum Benefit Hedges and Identified Mixed Straddles

The Treasury and the IRS offered two pieces of highly anticipated guidance on July 18 that are particularly relevant to the life insurance industry…more

Bonds, Capital Losses, Corporate Bonds, Federal Taxes, Final Guidance

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MTC Launches Transfer Pricing Effort

On June 2, the Arm’s Length Advisory Group (the Group) of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the process of developing a multistate arm’s length pricing adjustment service. States…more

Audits, Multistate Tax Compact, Transfer Pricing

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Stepping Into the Ring Against the SEC and FINRA: Sometimes It Pays to Duke It Out Against the Regulators

Originally published in Thomson Reuters - Securities Regulation Law Journal - Winter 2012. Faced with the possibility of litigating against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or the Financial Industry Regulatory…more

ALJ, Appeals, Broker-Dealer, Compliance, FINRA

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For Whom the Ring Tones: TCPA Litigation and the Insurance Industry

Insurance companies are increasingly the subject of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits. Any insurance company that communicates with its customers, job applicants, and others by phone or text using an automated…more

FCC, Popular, Robocalling, TCPA, Texting

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Legal Alert: Private Offerings: The SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation But Proposes a Hefty Regulatory Burden in Return

During an open meeting of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) on July 10, 2013, the SEC adopted a rule that lifts the ban on general solicitation of unregistered securities offerings and paves the way for…more

Advertising, Bad Actors, General Solicitation, JOBS Act, Regulation D

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Congress Scrutinizes Hedge Funds’ Use of Financial Derivatives

This week the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (Subcommittee), in conjunction with the Subcommittee’s hearing on July 22, 2014, released a report on hedge…more

Derivatives, Financial Regulatory Reform, Fraud and Abuse, Hedge Funds, IRS

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U.S. Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Durbin Amendment Rules

On March 21, 2014, in NACS, et. al. v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of the Federal Reserve’s interpretation of the Durbin…more

Debit and Credit Card Transactions, Durbin Amendment Rules, Federal Reserve

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