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CFTC Fines Summit Energy Services, Inc. for Violating CTA Registration Rules Under the Commodity Exchange Act

On January 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a settlement order requiring Summit Energy Services, Inc. (Summit Energy) to pay a $140,000 civil monetary penalty for acting as an unregistered commodity…more

CFTC, Civil Monetary Penalty, Commodities Exchange Act, CTA, Enforcement Actions

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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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FY 2016 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On February 2, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2016 budget (FY 2016 Budget). The hallmarks of the FY 2016 Budget are proposals that would impose (i) a minimum tax on the current foreign earnings of U.S…more

Barack Obama, Controlled Foreign Corporations, Corporate Taxes, FATCA, Federal Budget

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Executive Order Mandates Clean Energy Consumption at Federal Buildings

Yesterday, President Obama released an Executive Order entitled “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.” In short, the order mandates that heads of agency take action to promote energy conservation and…more

Barack Obama, Clean Energy, Executive Orders, Government Agencies

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Broker-Dealers Face Unique Challenges Under Unclaimed Property Laws, Says New SIFMA White Paper

On January 23, 2015, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) released a new white paper outlining the unique and varied challenges broker-dealers face when complying with state unclaimed property laws…more

Broker-Dealer, Securities, SIFMA, Unclaimed Property, White Paper

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New York State ALJ Determines Travel Reservation Facilitation Receipts and Online Advertising Receipts Constitute Service Receipts That Must Be Sourced Where Performed For Income Tax Purposes

There has been significant controversy in New York regarding whether receipts from services—particularly those that may be delivered via the Internet—constitute “service” receipts or “other business receipts” for corporate…more

Corporate Taxes, eCommerce, Internet, State Taxes

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Broker-Dealers Face Unique Challenges Under Unclaimed Property Laws, Says New SIFMA White Paper

On January 23, 2015, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) released a new white paper outlining the unique and varied challenges broker-dealers face when complying with state unclaimed property laws…more

Broker-Dealer, Securities, SIFMA, Unclaimed Property, White Paper

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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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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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Proposed Changes to Proposition 65: What It Means for Texas Businesses

If you’ve been to California recently, you likely returned with a heightened awareness of the dangers present in the products you consume and use on a daily basis. That is because in California, Proposition 65 requires…more

Proposition 65, Warning Labels

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Another Software Patent is Ruled Patent-Ineligible - Are Business Method and Software Patents at Risk?

On November 14, 2014, in a much-anticipated decision following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, a unanimous U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held in Ultramercial, L.L.C. v. WildTangent, Inc…more

CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Copyrights, Covered Business Method Patents, Mayo v. Prometheus, Online Advertisements

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Supreme Court Holds Dismissal of Individual Case in MDL Proceedings Is Immediately Appealable

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held yesterday in Gelboim v. Bank of America Corp., No. 13-1174, that an order disposing of an individual case previously consolidated with other cases for multidistrict litigation (MDL)…more

Antitrust Litigation, Appeals, Banks, Gelboim v Bank of America, Multidistrict Litigation

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Will the FCC Answer Calls to Clarify the TCPA?

We can now count an FCC Commissioner among those imploring the agency to act on the growing number of pending petitions asking for much needed clarification of regulations promulgated under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act…more

Advertising, Class Action, FCC, Strict Liability, TCPA

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Redial: 2014 TCPA Year In Review – Analysis Of Critical Issues And Trends

In this Analysis: - New TCPA Rules Take Effect for Telemarketing Calls - Just the Fax: Recent TCPA Developments on Liability for Unsolicited Faxes and Fax Opt-Out Notices - TCPA Best Practices: Consent,…more

Best Practices, Insurance Industry, Opt-Outs, Popular, Prior Express Consent

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Georgia Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Property Tax Incentives

On March 27, 2015, the Georgia Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the legal validity of property tax incentives in Georgia, largely on procedural grounds. SJN Properties, LLC v. Fulton County Bd. of Tax Assessors, No…more

Economic Development, GA Supreme Court, Property Tax, Standing, Tax Incentives

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CFTC Fines Summit Energy Services, Inc. for Violating CTA Registration Rules Under the Commodity Exchange Act

On January 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a settlement order requiring Summit Energy Services, Inc. (Summit Energy) to pay a $140,000 civil monetary penalty for acting as an unregistered commodity…more

CFTC, Civil Monetary Penalty, Commodities Exchange Act, CTA, Enforcement Actions

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Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Loans, General Motors, Intent

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Executive Order Mandates Clean Energy Consumption at Federal Buildings

Yesterday, President Obama released an Executive Order entitled “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.” In short, the order mandates that heads of agency take action to promote energy conservation and…more

Barack Obama, Clean Energy, Executive Orders, Government Agencies

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Massachusetts Treasurer Demands National Mutual Fund Records in Multistate Unclaimed Property Audit

Late this summer, the Massachusetts Treasurer demanded mutual fund records on a nationwide basis as part of a multistate unclaimed property audit. Thirty-five (35) states are involved in the audit, but the Treasurer has sought…more

Audits, Death Master Files, IRA, Mutual Funds, Social Security Adminstration

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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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Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Loans, General Motors, Intent

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Are You Continuing Construction? IRS Issues Fourth Renewable Energy Tax Credit Beginning of Construction Notice

On March 11, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2015-25, which provides further guidance to assist renewable energy facility developers and investors in evaluating whether such facilities satisfied the…more

Construction Industry, Energy Projects, 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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Broker-Dealers Face Unique Challenges Under Unclaimed Property Laws, Says New SIFMA White Paper

On January 23, 2015, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) released a new white paper outlining the unique and varied challenges broker-dealers face when complying with state unclaimed property laws…more

Broker-Dealer, Securities, SIFMA, Unclaimed Property, White Paper

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IRS Issues Preliminary Section 529A ABLE Plan Guidance

On March 10, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2015-18, which provides advance notification of a provision that is expected to be included in final regulations to be issued under section 529A of the Internal…more

ABLE Act, IRS, Section 529 Program, Section 529A

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Congress Authorizes New Ukraine-Related Sanctions Against Russia

On December 18th, President Obama signed into law the “Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014,” authorizing stricter sanctions against Russia, and also increasing military and non-military assistance for Ukraine. Although the new…more

Banking Sector, Barack Obama, Defense Sector, Energy Sector, Oil & Gas

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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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IRS Issues Preliminary Section 529A ABLE Plan Guidance

On March 10, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2015-18, which provides advance notification of a provision that is expected to be included in final regulations to be issued under section 529A of the Internal…more

ABLE Act, IRS, Section 529 Program, Section 529A

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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 Update – Spring 2015

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its first national meeting for 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona, from March 26 through March 31. Noteworthy new initiatives include cybersecurity, price optimization and…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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The Ninth Circuit Raises Pleading Standards for FLSA Plaintiffs

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit makes pleading Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations more difficult by applying the heightened standard in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007), and Ashcroft v…more

Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Minimum Wage, Pleading Standards, Twombly/Iqbal Pleading Standard

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Mandatory Clearing in Europe May Still Be “A Ways Off”: ESMA Responds to Proposed Amendments on Interest Rate Swaps Clearing RTS and Postpones Consideration of FX NDF Clearing

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s mandatory clearing requirement for interest rate swaps and certain credit default swaps has been in place for quite some time. However, the clearing requirement for…more

Dodd-Frank, EMIR, ESMA, EU, European Securities and Markets Authority

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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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New Jersey Creates More Difficult Independent Contractor Test for State Wage Law Purposes

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of New Jersey articulated the test to be used in determining whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee for purposes of the state’s Wage Payment Law and Wage and Hour Law. Any…more

Employee Definition, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Independent Contractors, Wage and Hour

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SEC Gives Insider Outside Bounty for Whistleblowing

On March 2, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission awarded a whistleblower at least $475,000 for providing original, high-quality information that led to a successful SEC enforcement action. The whistleblower is a…more

Corporate Officers, Enforcement Actions, Former Employee, SEC, Whistleblower Awards

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U.S. Government Resets Cuban Policy and Eases Sanctions Against Cuba

Yesterday, President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba will begin talks to resume full diplomatic relations and partially lift travel and economic sanctions and restrictions, some of which have existed for more…more

Barack Obama, Cuba, Embargo, Foreign Relations, Sanctions

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Redial: 2014 TCPA Year In Review – Analysis Of Critical Issues And Trends

In this Analysis: - New TCPA Rules Take Effect for Telemarketing Calls - Just the Fax: Recent TCPA Developments on Liability for Unsolicited Faxes and Fax Opt-Out Notices - TCPA Best Practices: Consent,…more

Best Practices, Insurance Industry, Opt-Outs, Popular, Prior Express Consent

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The SEC Releases Regulations on Reporting and Dissemination of Security-Based Swaps Data

On February 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published final regulations that will require Swap Data Repositories (SDRs)1 to register with the SEC (Regulation SDR) and prescribe reporting and public…more

Comment Period, Disclosure Requirements, Final Rules, Public Comment, Registration

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Redial: 2014 TCPA Year In Review – Analysis Of Critical Issues And Trends

In this Analysis: - New TCPA Rules Take Effect for Telemarketing Calls - Just the Fax: Recent TCPA Developments on Liability for Unsolicited Faxes and Fax Opt-Out Notices - TCPA Best Practices: Consent,…more

Best Practices, Insurance Industry, Opt-Outs, Popular, Prior Express Consent

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Omnicare Opinion Expands Liability for Expressions of Opinion Under Section 11

The Supreme Court, in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 575 U.S. ___ (March 24, 2015), expanded the scope of liability for expressions of opinions under Section 11 of the Securities…more

Issuers, Omnicare v Laborers District Council, Registration Statement, SCOTUS, Section 11

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CFTC Fines Summit Energy Services, Inc. for Violating CTA Registration Rules Under the Commodity Exchange Act

On January 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a settlement order requiring Summit Energy Services, Inc. (Summit Energy) to pay a $140,000 civil monetary penalty for acting as an unregistered commodity…more

CFTC, Civil Monetary Penalty, Commodities Exchange Act, CTA, Enforcement Actions

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Omnicare Opinion Expands Liability for Expressions of Opinion Under Section 11

The Supreme Court, in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 575 U.S. ___ (March 24, 2015), expanded the scope of liability for expressions of opinions under Section 11 of the Securities…more

Issuers, Omnicare v Laborers District Council, Registration Statement, SCOTUS, Section 11

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Another Software Patent is Ruled Patent-Ineligible - Are Business Method and Software Patents at Risk?

On November 14, 2014, in a much-anticipated decision following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, a unanimous U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held in Ultramercial, L.L.C. v. WildTangent, Inc…more

CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Copyrights, Covered Business Method Patents, Mayo v. Prometheus, Online Advertisements

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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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Massachusetts Treasurer Demands National Mutual Fund Records in Multistate Unclaimed Property Audit

Late this summer, the Massachusetts Treasurer demanded mutual fund records on a nationwide basis as part of a multistate unclaimed property audit. Thirty-five (35) states are involved in the audit, but the Treasurer has sought…more

Audits, Death Master Files, IRA, Mutual Funds, Social Security Adminstration

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IRS Warns Plan Sponsors About Hardship Withdrawal Documentation

In a recent Employee Plans Newsletter, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warned plan sponsors that they must obtain and keep documentation related to hardship withdrawals, particularly the documentation necessary to…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, Hardship Distributions, IRS, Record Retention, Required Documentation

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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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SEC Approves New Rule Limiting Who Qualifies As a Public Arbitrator in FINRA Proceedings

On February 26, 2015, the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved proposed Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) rules that will substantially reduce the number of public arbitrators on the roster for FINRA…more

Arbitration, Arbitrators, FINRA, Proposed Regulation, Public Arbitrators

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2014 in Review: ERISA Individual Prohibited Transaction Exemptions and Advisory Opinions

In 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) maintained a diminished program of advance guidance under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), in response to requests from the regulated community…more

Affordable Care Act, DOL, EBSA, ERISA, Exemptions

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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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BLM Issues First Federal Regulations for Hydraulic Fracturing

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published in the Federal Register the Final Rule on hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands. The Final Rule sets forth…more

Bureau of Land Management, Energy Sector, Final Rules, Fracking, Government Land

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Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Loans, General Motors, Intent

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S.D.N.Y. Judge Permits Novel Theory And Allows SEC To Use Unpaid Taxes As Measure Of Disgorgement In Securities Fraud Case

In a case against Dallas billionaires Sam Wyly and the estate of his late brother, Charles, Judge Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York agreed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange…more

Corporate Counsel, Disgorgement, IRS, Offshore Funds, Popular

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California Joins Maryland and Ohio in Addressing “Price Optimization”

The California Insurance Commissioner issued a notice on February 18, 2015 to more than 750 property and casualty insurers doing business in California, announcing that “any use of Price Optimization in the ratemaking/pricing…more

Casualty Insurance, Insurance Commissioners, Insurance Companies, Price Discrimination, Price Optimization

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The Ninth Circuit Raises Pleading Standards for FLSA Plaintiffs

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit makes pleading Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations more difficult by applying the heightened standard in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007), and Ashcroft v…more

Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Minimum Wage, Pleading Standards, Twombly/Iqbal Pleading Standard

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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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CFTC Fines Summit Energy Services, Inc. for Violating CTA Registration Rules Under the Commodity Exchange Act

On January 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a settlement order requiring Summit Energy Services, Inc. (Summit Energy) to pay a $140,000 civil monetary penalty for acting as an unregistered commodity…more

CFTC, Civil Monetary Penalty, Commodities Exchange Act, CTA, Enforcement Actions

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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 Tax Court Approves the Use of Predictive Coding

On September 17, the U.S. Tax Court, in Dynamo Holdings LP v. Commissioner, 143 T.C. No. 9 (Sept. 17, 2014), held that a taxpayer could use predictive coding, over the objection of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), to identify…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Discovery, Electronically Stored Information, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, IRS

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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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Redial: 2014 TCPA Year In Review – Analysis Of Critical Issues And Trends

In this Analysis: - New TCPA Rules Take Effect for Telemarketing Calls - Just the Fax: Recent TCPA Developments on Liability for Unsolicited Faxes and Fax Opt-Out Notices - TCPA Best Practices: Consent,…more

Best Practices, Insurance Industry, Opt-Outs, Popular, Prior Express Consent

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Challenge to Delaware Unclaimed Property Estimation Methods Allowed to Proceed

A lawsuit challenging the unclaimed property estimation methodology used by the State of Delaware and its auditor Kelmar Associates will proceed, according to a ruling issued by a Delaware federal district court on March 11. In…more

Assessment, Audits, Due Process, Preemption, Unclaimed Property

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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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President Signs Changes to Collins Amendment Favorable to Insurers

On December 18, President Obama signed into law the Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act of 2014 (the Act). The Act makes it clear that the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve (the Fed) is not required to apply…more

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2014 in Review: ERISA Individual Prohibited Transaction Exemptions and Advisory Opinions

In 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) maintained a diminished program of advance guidance under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), in response to requests from the regulated community…more

Affordable Care Act, DOL, EBSA, ERISA, Exemptions

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If They Build It, Will They Come? ALAS Advisory Group Prepares Final Program Design to Present to MTC Executive Committee Amidst Light Early Interest From States

The Multistate Tax Commission’s (“MTC”) Arm’s-Length Adjustment Services Advisory Group (“the Group”) met via teleconference to continue working on the Final Program Design. States participating on the call were: Alabama,…more

Advisory Board, Multistate Tax Commission

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Counterparty Rights in Energy Bankruptcies

For the past several years, low interest rates and higher commodity prices have resulted in generally favorable financial conditions in the energy sector, keeping energy bankruptcy activity to a minimum. With the recent sharp…more

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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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Will the FCC Answer Calls to Clarify the TCPA?

We can now count an FCC Commissioner among those imploring the agency to act on the growing number of pending petitions asking for much needed clarification of regulations promulgated under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act…more

Advertising, Class Action, FCC, Strict Liability, TCPA

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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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Legal Alert: CFPB Proposes to Examine and Directly Supervise Nonbank Auto Lenders

On September 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed to make nonbank automobile lenders subject to the examination and direct supervision of the Bureau. The proposed rule can be found here. Under the…more

Automotive Industry, Automotive Loans, CFPB, Larger Participant, Nonbank Firms

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BLM Issues First Federal Regulations for Hydraulic Fracturing

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published in the Federal Register the Final Rule on hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands. The Final Rule sets forth…more

Bureau of Land Management, Energy Sector, Final Rules, Fracking, Government Land

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FERC Issues Policy Statement On Natural Gas Pipeline Modernization Cost Recovery

On April 16, 2015, FERC issued a Policy Statement in Cost Recovery Mechanisms for Modernization of Natural Gas Facilities, Docket No. PL15-1-000, 151 FERC ¶ 61,047 (2015). Effective October 1, 2015, the Policy Statement permits…more

Cost Recovery, Energy Sector, EPA, FERC, Natural Gas

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“Use It or Lose It”: Service Mark Registration Canceled When Application Supported Only by Advertising

On March 2, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its first-ever ruling addressing use requirements for registering service marks. The court held that offering a service, without the actual rendering of…more

Advertising, Appeals, Lanham Act, Registration, Service Marks

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Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Loans, General Motors, Intent

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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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Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Loans, General Motors, Intent

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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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CFTC Fines Summit Energy Services, Inc. for Violating CTA Registration Rules Under the Commodity Exchange Act

On January 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a settlement order requiring Summit Energy Services, Inc. (Summit Energy) to pay a $140,000 civil monetary penalty for acting as an unregistered commodity…more

CFTC, Civil Monetary Penalty, Commodities Exchange Act, CTA, Enforcement Actions

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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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Redial: 2014 TCPA Year In Review – Analysis Of Critical Issues And Trends

In this Analysis: - New TCPA Rules Take Effect for Telemarketing Calls - Just the Fax: Recent TCPA Developments on Liability for Unsolicited Faxes and Fax Opt-Out Notices - TCPA Best Practices: Consent,…more

Best Practices, Insurance Industry, Opt-Outs, Popular, Prior Express Consent

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Regulators Respond to Recent Crude by Rail Incidents: Ten Considerations Before Shipping Crude by Rail to Mitigate Exposure

Last week’s derailments in West Virginia and Canada bring more scrutiny to the already heavily scrutinized shipment of crude by rail given the real-time media coverage of the incidents. Last Friday, Oregon Senator Ron…more

Crude by Rail, Oil & Gas, Oil Spills, PHMSA, Railroads

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Wellness Programs Alive and Well?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued proposed regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding employer-provided wellness programs that were published in the Federal Register on…more

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Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Loans, General Motors, Intent

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IRS Releases Favorable Private Letter Ruling on “Taxable Annuity.”

On April 10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released PLR 201515001 (Oct. 10, 2014), favorably addressing a “taxable annuity”—essentially, a deferred annuity contract supported, in part, by subaccounts, each of which invested…more

Annuities, IRS, Mutual Funds, Popular, Private Letter Rulings

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S.D.N.Y. Judge Permits Novel Theory And Allows SEC To Use Unpaid Taxes As Measure Of Disgorgement In Securities Fraud Case

In a case against Dallas billionaires Sam Wyly and the estate of his late brother, Charles, Judge Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York agreed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange…more

Corporate Counsel, Disgorgement, IRS, Offshore Funds, Popular

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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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FY 2016 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On February 2, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2016 budget (FY 2016 Budget). The hallmarks of the FY 2016 Budget are proposals that would impose (i) a minimum tax on the current foreign earnings of U.S…more

Barack Obama, Controlled Foreign Corporations, Corporate Taxes, FATCA, Federal Budget

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Omnicare Opinion Expands Liability for Expressions of Opinion Under Section 11

The Supreme Court, in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 575 U.S. ___ (March 24, 2015), expanded the scope of liability for expressions of opinions under Section 11 of the Securities…more

Issuers, Omnicare v Laborers District Council, Registration Statement, SCOTUS, Section 11

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Broker-Dealers Face Unique Challenges Under Unclaimed Property Laws, Says New SIFMA White Paper

On January 23, 2015, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) released a new white paper outlining the unique and varied challenges broker-dealers face when complying with state unclaimed property laws…more

Broker-Dealer, Securities, SIFMA, Unclaimed Property, White Paper

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Another Software Patent is Ruled Patent-Ineligible - Are Business Method and Software Patents at Risk?

On November 14, 2014, in a much-anticipated decision following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, a unanimous U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held in Ultramercial, L.L.C. v. WildTangent, Inc…more

CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Copyrights, Covered Business Method Patents, Mayo v. Prometheus, Online Advertisements

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CFTC Fines Summit Energy Services, Inc. for Violating CTA Registration Rules Under the Commodity Exchange Act

On January 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a settlement order requiring Summit Energy Services, Inc. (Summit Energy) to pay a $140,000 civil monetary penalty for acting as an unregistered commodity…more

CFTC, Civil Monetary Penalty, Commodities Exchange Act, CTA, Enforcement Actions

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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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U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Time Spent in Security Screenings Not Compensable Under FLSA

On December 9, 2014, the United States Supreme Court unanimously reversed a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit holding that warehouse employees had stated a claim for unpaid wages under the Fair…more

FLSA, Integrity Staffing v Busk, SCOTUS, Security Checks, Wage and Hour

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Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Loans, General Motors, Intent

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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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Texas Apartment Association Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Fair Housing Act Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a Fair Housing Act case to address whether the Act prohibits facially neutral conduct that has an unintended disparate impact on members of a protected class. In its amicus curiae brief, the…more

Affordable Housing, DHCA v Inclusive Communities Project, Discrimination, Disparate Impact, Fair Housing Act

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2014 in Review: ERISA Individual Prohibited Transaction Exemptions and Advisory Opinions

In 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) maintained a diminished program of advance guidance under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), in response to requests from the regulated community…more

Affordable Care Act, DOL, EBSA, ERISA, Exemptions

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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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New York’s Insurance Regulator Announces Results of Cybersecurity Survey and Previews New Regulatory Initiatives

On February 9, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) released a Report on Cyber Security in the Insurance Sector (Report), summarizing the results of a survey completed by 43 insurers about their cybersecurity…more

Cybersecurity, Insurance Companies, Insurance Industry, NYDFS, Popular

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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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New Source Review Update: Courts Limit Aggregation for Major Source Determination and Challenges to NSR Pre-Project Emissions Analysis

Pennsylvania Court Limits NSR Permit Aggregation - In February, the Middle District of Pennsylvania struck down an environmental group’s challenge that Ultra Resources should have aggregated eight compressor stations into…more

Air Pollution, Article III, Clean Air Act, Declaratory Relief, EPA

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CFTC Fines Summit Energy Services, Inc. for Violating CTA Registration Rules Under the Commodity Exchange Act

On January 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a settlement order requiring Summit Energy Services, Inc. (Summit Energy) to pay a $140,000 civil monetary penalty for acting as an unregistered commodity…more

CFTC, Civil Monetary Penalty, Commodities Exchange Act, CTA, Enforcement Actions

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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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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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“Use It or Lose It”: Service Mark Registration Canceled When Application Supported Only by Advertising

On March 2, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its first-ever ruling addressing use requirements for registering service marks. The court held that offering a service, without the actual rendering of…more

Advertising, Appeals, Lanham Act, Registration, Service Marks

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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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Texas Apartment Association Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Fair Housing Act Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a Fair Housing Act case to address whether the Act prohibits facially neutral conduct that has an unintended disparate impact on members of a protected class. In its amicus curiae brief, the…more

Affordable Housing, DHCA v Inclusive Communities Project, Discrimination, Disparate Impact, Fair Housing Act

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Ten Items to Consider as FINRA’s Consolidated Supervision Rules Take Effect

On December 1, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Consolidated Supervision Rules will take effect. The Consolidated Supervision Rules, which were approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission…more

Consolidated Supervision Rules, FINRA, Regulatory Standards, SEC

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Legal Alert: The Tax Court Approves the Use of Predictive Coding

On September 17, the U.S. Tax Court, in Dynamo Holdings LP v. Commissioner, 143 T.C. No. 9 (Sept. 17, 2014), held that a taxpayer could use predictive coding, over the objection of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), to identify…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Discovery, Electronically Stored Information, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, IRS

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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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Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Loans, General Motors, Intent

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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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What Financial Advisers and Accountants Should Know About Expanded IRS Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures for U.S. Taxpayers with Unreported Foreign Assets and Accounts

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced “major changes” to its offshore compliance programs, including the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures (Streamlined Procedures), the delinquent international information…more

Filing Requirements, Foreign Bank Accounts, IRS, Offshore Companies, Offshore Funds

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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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New York’s Insurance Regulator Announces Results of Cybersecurity Survey and Previews New Regulatory Initiatives

On February 9, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) released a Report on Cyber Security in the Insurance Sector (Report), summarizing the results of a survey completed by 43 insurers about their cybersecurity…more

Cybersecurity, Insurance Companies, Insurance Industry, NYDFS, Popular

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NAIC 2014 Fall National Meeting and Congressional Hearing on Global Standards in Insurance Regulation

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met for its Fall National Meeting in Washington, D.C. from November 14th through November 19th. As with prior meetings, competition among state, Federal and…more

Congressional Investigations & Hearings, Insurers, NAIC, Regulatory Agenda, Regulatory Standards

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The SEC Releases Regulations on Reporting and Dissemination of Security-Based Swaps Data

On February 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published final regulations that will require Swap Data Repositories (SDRs)1 to register with the SEC (Regulation SDR) and prescribe reporting and public…more

Comment Period, Disclosure Requirements, Final Rules, Public Comment, Registration

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NASAA M&A Broker Model Rule

On January 15, 2015, the Broker-Dealer Section of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) requested comments on a proposed uniform state model rule (the Model Rule) regarding the exemption of certain…more

Exemptions, M&A Brokers, Model Rules, NASAA, Registration Requirement

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De Novo Review of Claim Construction No Longer the De Facto Standard

On January 20, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, rejected the de novo review standard applied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit when reviewing all claim construction issues…more

Claim Construction, Clear Error Standard, De Novo Standard of Review, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation

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New York’s Insurance Regulator Announces Results of Cybersecurity Survey and Previews New Regulatory Initiatives

On February 9, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) released a Report on Cyber Security in the Insurance Sector (Report), summarizing the results of a survey completed by 43 insurers about their cybersecurity…more

Cybersecurity, Insurance Companies, Insurance Industry, NYDFS, Popular

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What Does It Take to Make the SEC Happy? SEC Criticism of Broker-Dealers’ Due Diligence for Sales of Unregistered Securities Leaves More Questions Than Answers

To ensure that broker-dealers (BDs) do not inadvertently facilitate an unlawful distribution of securities, the Securities and Exchange Commission has long required BDs to conduct a “reasonable inquiry” into the circumstances…more

Broker-Dealer, Due Diligence, FINRA, OCIE, SEC

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BLM Issues First Federal Regulations for Hydraulic Fracturing

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published in the Federal Register the Final Rule on hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands. The Final Rule sets forth…more

Bureau of Land Management, Energy Sector, Final Rules, Fracking, Government Land

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New SEC Guidance Adds Flexibility to BDC Co-Investing

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Investment Management (the Division) just published guidance that will permit business development companies (BDCs) to co-invest with certain persons considered…more

Affiliates, Business Development, Business Development Companies, Equity Investors, Investment Company Act of 1940

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Regulators Respond to Recent Crude by Rail Incidents: Ten Considerations Before Shipping Crude by Rail to Mitigate Exposure

Last week’s derailments in West Virginia and Canada bring more scrutiny to the already heavily scrutinized shipment of crude by rail given the real-time media coverage of the incidents. Last Friday, Oregon Senator Ron…more

Crude by Rail, Oil & Gas, Oil Spills, PHMSA, Railroads

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Broker-Dealers Face Unique Challenges Under Unclaimed Property Laws, Says New SIFMA White Paper

On January 23, 2015, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) released a new white paper outlining the unique and varied challenges broker-dealers face when complying with state unclaimed property laws…more

Broker-Dealer, Securities, SIFMA, Unclaimed Property, White Paper

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BLM Issues First Federal Regulations for Hydraulic Fracturing

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published in the Federal Register the Final Rule on hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands. The Final Rule sets forth…more

Bureau of Land Management, Energy Sector, Final Rules, Fracking, Government Land

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Broker-Dealers Face Unique Challenges Under Unclaimed Property Laws, Says New SIFMA White Paper

On January 23, 2015, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) released a new white paper outlining the unique and varied challenges broker-dealers face when complying with state unclaimed property laws…more

Broker-Dealer, Securities, SIFMA, Unclaimed Property, White Paper

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Wellness Programs Alive and Well?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued proposed regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding employer-provided wellness programs that were published in the Federal Register on…more

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument Over the Preclusive Effect of Administrative Trademark Determinations on Future Infringement Litigation

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument last week in a much anticipated trademark matter, B&B Hardware Inc. v. Hargis Industries Inc. et al. The primary question presented was whether a likelihood-of-confusion determination…more

Administrative Hearings, B&B Hardware v Hargis Industries, Claim Preclusion, Infringement, Likelihood of Confusion

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This is Not a Joke: Federal Court to Consider Quill and Comity

In the ongoing saga over Colorado’s use tax reporting laws in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl (DMA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ordered a full briefing on the Comity Doctrine and the Commerce Clause on…more

Comity Doctrine, Commerce Clause, Direct Mkting Association v Brohl, Internet Retailers, Retailers

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Redial: 2014 TCPA Year In Review – Analysis Of Critical Issues And Trends

In this Analysis: - New TCPA Rules Take Effect for Telemarketing Calls - Just the Fax: Recent TCPA Developments on Liability for Unsolicited Faxes and Fax Opt-Out Notices - TCPA Best Practices: Consent,…more

Best Practices, Insurance Industry, Opt-Outs, Popular, Prior Express Consent

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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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Ninth Circuit Rejects Challenge to Bonus Annuity

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed summary judgment for the insurer in a putative RICO class action relating to a bonus indexed annuity. Rejecting the plaintiff’s claims, the court held that the insurer…more

Annuities, Class Action, Insurance Companies, Insurers, RICO

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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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Texas Apartment Association Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Fair Housing Act Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a Fair Housing Act case to address whether the Act prohibits facially neutral conduct that has an unintended disparate impact on members of a protected class. In its amicus curiae brief, the…more

Affordable Housing, DHCA v Inclusive Communities Project, Discrimination, Disparate Impact, Fair Housing Act

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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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You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover: When Are Domestic Negotiations a “Sale” or “Offer to Sell”?

In Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 2013-1472, - 1656 (October 22, 2014), the Federal Circuit concluded that there was no direct infringement when substantial activities of a sales transaction – including the…more

Contract Disputes, Direct Infringement, Electronics, Extraterritoriality Rules, Patent Infringement

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FY 2016 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On February 2, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2016 budget (FY 2016 Budget). The hallmarks of the FY 2016 Budget are proposals that would impose (i) a minimum tax on the current foreign earnings of U.S…more

Barack Obama, Controlled Foreign Corporations, Corporate Taxes, FATCA, Federal Budget

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The SEC Releases Regulations on Reporting and Dissemination of Security-Based Swaps Data

On February 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published final regulations that will require Swap Data Repositories (SDRs)1 to register with the SEC (Regulation SDR) and prescribe reporting and public…more

Comment Period, Disclosure Requirements, Final Rules, Public Comment, Registration

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Recent Developments on Variable Annuity Captive Reinsurance and Hedging Risk Evaluation; and Impacts on VA Issuers

In the midst of the broader discussion within the insurance regulatory community regarding the financial risks potentially posed by captive reinsurers, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has recently…more

Captive Insurance Company, Insurance Industry, NAIC, Regulatory Agenda, Risk Assessment

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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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FY 2016 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On February 2, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2016 budget (FY 2016 Budget). The hallmarks of the FY 2016 Budget are proposals that would impose (i) a minimum tax on the current foreign earnings of U.S…more

Barack Obama, Controlled Foreign Corporations, Corporate Taxes, FATCA, Federal Budget

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This is Not a Joke: Federal Court to Consider Quill and Comity

In the ongoing saga over Colorado’s use tax reporting laws in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl (DMA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ordered a full briefing on the Comity Doctrine and the Commerce Clause on…more

Comity Doctrine, Commerce Clause, Direct Mkting Association v Brohl, Internet Retailers, Retailers

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New SEC Guidance Adds Flexibility to BDC Co-Investing

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Investment Management (the Division) just published guidance that will permit business development companies (BDCs) to co-invest with certain persons considered…more

Affiliates, Business Development, Business Development Companies, Equity Investors, Investment Company Act of 1940

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NASAA M&A Broker Model Rule

On January 15, 2015, the Broker-Dealer Section of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) requested comments on a proposed uniform state model rule (the Model Rule) regarding the exemption of certain…more

Exemptions, M&A Brokers, Model Rules, NASAA, Registration Requirement

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President Signs Changes to Collins Amendment Favorable to Insurers

On December 18, President Obama signed into law the Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act of 2014 (the Act). The Act makes it clear that the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve (the Fed) is not required to apply…more

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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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Legal Alert: CFPB Proposes to Examine and Directly Supervise Nonbank Auto Lenders

On September 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed to make nonbank automobile lenders subject to the examination and direct supervision of the Bureau. The proposed rule can be found here. Under the…more

Automotive Industry, Automotive Loans, CFPB, Larger Participant, Nonbank Firms

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DOL Reproposes Expanded ERISA Fiduciary Definition and Revised Complex of Exemptions

On April 14, 2015, after 43 months in development, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its reproposal to expand the “investment advice fiduciary” definition under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, DOL, ERISA, ESOP, Fiduciary Standard

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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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Regulators Respond to Recent Crude by Rail Incidents: Ten Considerations Before Shipping Crude by Rail to Mitigate Exposure

Last week’s derailments in West Virginia and Canada bring more scrutiny to the already heavily scrutinized shipment of crude by rail given the real-time media coverage of the incidents. Last Friday, Oregon Senator Ron…more

Crude by Rail, Oil & Gas, Oil Spills, PHMSA, Railroads

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Supreme Court Holds Dismissal of Individual Case in MDL Proceedings Is Immediately Appealable

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held yesterday in Gelboim v. Bank of America Corp., No. 13-1174, that an order disposing of an individual case previously consolidated with other cases for multidistrict litigation (MDL)…more

Antitrust Litigation, Appeals, Banks, Gelboim v Bank of America, Multidistrict Litigation

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CFTC Fines Summit Energy Services, Inc. for Violating CTA Registration Rules Under the Commodity Exchange Act

On January 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a settlement order requiring Summit Energy Services, Inc. (Summit Energy) to pay a $140,000 civil monetary penalty for acting as an unregistered commodity…more

CFTC, Civil Monetary Penalty, Commodities Exchange Act, CTA, Enforcement Actions

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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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Executive Order Mandates Clean Energy Consumption at Federal Buildings

Yesterday, President Obama released an Executive Order entitled “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.” In short, the order mandates that heads of agency take action to promote energy conservation and…more

Barack Obama, Clean Energy, Executive Orders, Government Agencies

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IRS Issues Preliminary Section 529A ABLE Plan Guidance

On March 10, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2015-18, which provides advance notification of a provision that is expected to be included in final regulations to be issued under section 529A of the Internal…more

ABLE Act, IRS, Section 529 Program, Section 529A

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Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Loans, General Motors, Intent

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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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FY 2016 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On February 2, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2016 budget (FY 2016 Budget). The hallmarks of the FY 2016 Budget are proposals that would impose (i) a minimum tax on the current foreign earnings of U.S…more

Barack Obama, Controlled Foreign Corporations, Corporate Taxes, FATCA, Federal Budget

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NAIC 2014 Fall National Meeting and Congressional Hearing on Global Standards in Insurance Regulation

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met for its Fall National Meeting in Washington, D.C. from November 14th through November 19th. As with prior meetings, competition among state, Federal and…more

Congressional Investigations & Hearings, Insurers, NAIC, Regulatory Agenda, Regulatory Standards

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Amicalola EMC Prevails in Dispute over Chattahoochee Technical College

After a decision in favor of Amicalola EMC under the large-load (900kW) exception of the Georgia Territorial Act, Georgia Power Company has agreed to relinquish the disputed building to Amicalola EMC to serve…more

Administrative Hearings, Bid Protests, Bids, Energy Consumption, Energy Projects

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Counterparty Rights in Energy Bankruptcies

For the past several years, low interest rates and higher commodity prices have resulted in generally favorable financial conditions in the energy sector, keeping energy bankruptcy activity to a minimum. With the recent sharp…more

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IRS Warns Plan Sponsors About Hardship Withdrawal Documentation

In a recent Employee Plans Newsletter, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warned plan sponsors that they must obtain and keep documentation related to hardship withdrawals, particularly the documentation necessary to…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, Hardship Distributions, IRS, Record Retention, Required Documentation

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New Patent Eligibility Guidance: USPTO Tones Down the Rhetoric

On December 15, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued its long-awaited Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility (published in the Federal Register on December 16). The Guidance supersedes the guidelines…more

AMP v Myriad, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Guidance Update, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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BLM Issues First Federal Regulations for Hydraulic Fracturing

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published in the Federal Register the Final Rule on hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands. The Final Rule sets forth…more

Bureau of Land Management, Energy Sector, Final Rules, Fracking, Government Land

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument Over the Preclusive Effect of Administrative Trademark Determinations on Future Infringement Litigation

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument last week in a much anticipated trademark matter, B&B Hardware Inc. v. Hargis Industries Inc. et al. The primary question presented was whether a likelihood-of-confusion determination…more

Administrative Hearings, B&B Hardware v Hargis Industries, Claim Preclusion, Infringement, Likelihood of Confusion

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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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IRS Announces $281 Million Available Under New CREBs Program

On February 3, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2015-12 (the Notice) which solicited applications for a third round of allocations of volume cap for new clean renewable energy bonds (New CREBs) under Section…more

Bonds, CREBs, Energy Sector, IRC, IRS

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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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Anthem’s Data Breach Affects Many Non-Anthem Plans: What Employers Need to Know Now

On February 4, 2015, Anthem Inc. (“Anthem”) disclosed that it had been a victim of a sophisticated cyber-attack that compromised the personal health plan data of up to 80 million customers of not only Anthem but also a much…more

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New SEC Guidance Adds Flexibility to BDC Co-Investing

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Investment Management (the Division) just published guidance that will permit business development companies (BDCs) to co-invest with certain persons considered…more

Affiliates, Business Development, Business Development Companies, Equity Investors, Investment Company Act of 1940

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Amicalola EMC Prevails in Dispute over Chattahoochee Technical College

After a decision in favor of Amicalola EMC under the large-load (900kW) exception of the Georgia Territorial Act, Georgia Power Company has agreed to relinquish the disputed building to Amicalola EMC to serve…more

Administrative Hearings, Bid Protests, Bids, Energy Consumption, Energy Projects

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Supreme Court Holds Dismissal of Individual Case in MDL Proceedings Is Immediately Appealable

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held yesterday in Gelboim v. Bank of America Corp., No. 13-1174, that an order disposing of an individual case previously consolidated with other cases for multidistrict litigation (MDL)…more

Antitrust Litigation, Appeals, Banks, Gelboim v Bank of America, Multidistrict Litigation

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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 SEC Guidance Adds Flexibility to BDC Co-Investing

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Investment Management (the Division) just published guidance that will permit business development companies (BDCs) to co-invest with certain persons considered…more

Affiliates, Business Development, Business Development Companies, Equity Investors, Investment Company Act of 1940

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U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Rules That Juries Should Decide Trademark Tacking

In its first substantive trademark ruling in more than a decade, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held on January 21, in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank et al., No. 13-1211, that tacking – which is whether two trademarks are…more

Hana Financial v Hana Bank, Jury Questions, Likelihood of Confusion, SCOTUS, Tacking

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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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FY 2016 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On February 2, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2016 budget (FY 2016 Budget). The hallmarks of the FY 2016 Budget are proposals that would impose (i) a minimum tax on the current foreign earnings of U.S…more

Barack Obama, Controlled Foreign Corporations, Corporate Taxes, FATCA, Federal Budget

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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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Legal Alert: Largest SEC Whistleblower Award Could Have Been Larger

On September 22, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced the largest-ever whistleblower award, more than double last year’s record-breaking award. According to the Order, the award, which will likely exceed…more

Dodd-Frank, Extraterritoriality Rules, Foreign Nationals, SEC, Whistleblower Awards

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FINRA Provides New Carve-Out Provisions to Include in Settlement and Confidentiality Agreements

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Member Firms have new language to include in their settlement and confidentiality agreements. On October 9, FINRA released Regulatory Notice (RN) 14-40, warning that firms are…more

Arbitration Agreements, Carve Out Provisions, Confidentiality Agreements, FINRA, Settlement

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Legal Alert: CFPB Warns Credit Card Companies About Potential UDAAP Violations When Marketing Promotional Interest Rates

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a bulletin on September 3, 2014 warning credit card companies that marketing materials for promotional annual percentage rate (APR) offers may be in violation of the unfair,…more

Advertising, Banking Sector, Banks, CFPB, Credit Cards

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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 New Rule Limiting Who Qualifies As a Public Arbitrator in FINRA Proceedings

On February 26, 2015, the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved proposed Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) rules that will substantially reduce the number of public arbitrators on the roster for FINRA…more

Arbitration, Arbitrators, FINRA, Proposed Regulation, Public Arbitrators

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Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Loans, General Motors, Intent

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NAIC Update – Spring 2015

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its first national meeting for 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona, from March 26 through March 31. Noteworthy new initiatives include cybersecurity, price optimization and…more

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The SEC Releases Regulations on Reporting and Dissemination of Security-Based Swaps Data

On February 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published final regulations that will require Swap Data Repositories (SDRs)1 to register with the SEC (Regulation SDR) and prescribe reporting and public…more

Comment Period, Disclosure Requirements, Final Rules, Public Comment, Registration

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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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Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Loans, General Motors, Intent

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Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Loans, General Motors, Intent

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Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Loans, General Motors, Intent

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FY 2016 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On February 2, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2016 budget (FY 2016 Budget). The hallmarks of the FY 2016 Budget are proposals that would impose (i) a minimum tax on the current foreign earnings of U.S…more

Barack Obama, Controlled Foreign Corporations, Corporate Taxes, FATCA, Federal Budget

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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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New York Budget Incorporates More Significant Tax Changes

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced his 2015-2016 budget and accompanying legislation on January 19, 2015 (the proposed legislation). After much negotiation, the Legislature just enacted the Budget Bill (the "2015…more

Andrew Cuomo, Corporate Taxes, Income Taxes, State Budgets

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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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New York’s Insurance Regulator Announces Results of Cybersecurity Survey and Previews New Regulatory Initiatives

On February 9, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) released a Report on Cyber Security in the Insurance Sector (Report), summarizing the results of a survey completed by 43 insurers about their cybersecurity…more

Cybersecurity, Insurance Companies, Insurance Industry, NYDFS, Popular

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Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Loans, General Motors, Intent

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New York’s Insurance Regulator Announces Results of Cybersecurity Survey and Previews New Regulatory Initiatives

On February 9, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) released a Report on Cyber Security in the Insurance Sector (Report), summarizing the results of a survey completed by 43 insurers about their cybersecurity…more

Cybersecurity, Insurance Companies, Insurance Industry, NYDFS, Popular

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Ethical Issues Implicated by Lawyers’ Use of Third-Party Cloud Services

Law firms increasingly turn to “cloud services” for processing and storing confidential client information because of their greater flexibility and efficiency. Use of “the cloud,” however, outsources the administration, physical…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Cloud Computing, Cloud-Based Services, Confidential Information, Cybersecurity

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Congress Authorizes New Ukraine-Related Sanctions Against Russia

On December 18th, President Obama signed into law the “Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014,” authorizing stricter sanctions against Russia, and also increasing military and non-military assistance for Ukraine. Although the new…more

Banking Sector, Barack Obama, Defense Sector, Energy Sector, Oil & Gas

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Supreme Court Simplifies Removal from State Courts

Yesterday, the Supreme Court relieved decades of uncertainty concerning the filing requirements for removal of cases to federal court from state court by holding that a defendant is required only to file “a short and plain…more

CAFA, Class Action, Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. v. Owens, Federal Jurisdiction, Notice Requirements

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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 Tax Court Approves the Use of Predictive Coding

On September 17, the U.S. Tax Court, in Dynamo Holdings LP v. Commissioner, 143 T.C. No. 9 (Sept. 17, 2014), held that a taxpayer could use predictive coding, over the objection of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), to identify…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Discovery, Electronically Stored Information, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, IRS

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FY 2016 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On February 2, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2016 budget (FY 2016 Budget). The hallmarks of the FY 2016 Budget are proposals that would impose (i) a minimum tax on the current foreign earnings of U.S…more

Barack Obama, Controlled Foreign Corporations, Corporate Taxes, FATCA, Federal Budget

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FY 2016 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On February 2, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2016 budget (FY 2016 Budget). The hallmarks of the FY 2016 Budget are proposals that would impose (i) a minimum tax on the current foreign earnings of U.S…more

Barack Obama, Controlled Foreign Corporations, Corporate Taxes, FATCA, Federal Budget

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Counterparty Rights in Energy Bankruptcies

For the past several years, low interest rates and higher commodity prices have resulted in generally favorable financial conditions in the energy sector, keeping energy bankruptcy activity to a minimum. With the recent sharp…more

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Legal Alert: IRS Offers Rules of the Road for Cadillac Plan Tax

On February 23, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2015-16 (Notice), which describes several possible approaches for implementing the excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health care plans (also known as the…more

Cadillac Tax, Employer Group Health Plans, Health Insurance, IRC, IRS

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New Source Review Update: Courts Limit Aggregation for Major Source Determination and Challenges to NSR Pre-Project Emissions Analysis

Pennsylvania Court Limits NSR Permit Aggregation - In February, the Middle District of Pennsylvania struck down an environmental group’s challenge that Ultra Resources should have aggregated eight compressor stations into…more

Air Pollution, Article III, Clean Air Act, Declaratory Relief, EPA

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Are You Continuing Construction? IRS Issues Fourth Renewable Energy Tax Credit Beginning of Construction Notice

On March 11, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2015-25, which provides further guidance to assist renewable energy facility developers and investors in evaluating whether such facilities satisfied the…more

Construction Industry, Energy Projects, Investment Tax Credits, IRS, Production Tax Credit

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CFTC Fines Summit Energy Services, Inc. for Violating CTA Registration Rules Under the Commodity Exchange Act

On January 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a settlement order requiring Summit Energy Services, Inc. (Summit Energy) to pay a $140,000 civil monetary penalty for acting as an unregistered commodity…more

CFTC, Civil Monetary Penalty, Commodities Exchange Act, CTA, Enforcement Actions

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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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New York’s Insurance Regulator Announces Results of Cybersecurity Survey and Previews New Regulatory Initiatives

On February 9, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) released a Report on Cyber Security in the Insurance Sector (Report), summarizing the results of a survey completed by 43 insurers about their cybersecurity…more

Cybersecurity, Insurance Companies, Insurance Industry, NYDFS, Popular

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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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Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Loans, General Motors, Intent

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New York Budget Incorporates More Significant Tax Changes

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced his 2015-2016 budget and accompanying legislation on January 19, 2015 (the proposed legislation). After much negotiation, the Legislature just enacted the Budget Bill (the "2015…more

Andrew Cuomo, Corporate Taxes, Income Taxes, State Budgets

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Mandatory Clearing in Europe May Still Be “A Ways Off”: ESMA Responds to Proposed Amendments on Interest Rate Swaps Clearing RTS and Postpones Consideration of FX NDF Clearing

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s mandatory clearing requirement for interest rate swaps and certain credit default swaps has been in place for quite some time. However, the clearing requirement for…more

Dodd-Frank, EMIR, ESMA, EU, European Securities and Markets Authority

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IRS Announces $281 Million Available Under New CREBs Program

On February 3, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2015-12 (the Notice) which solicited applications for a third round of allocations of volume cap for new clean renewable energy bonds (New CREBs) under Section…more

Bonds, CREBs, Energy Sector, IRC, IRS

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New York’s Insurance Regulator Announces Results of Cybersecurity Survey and Previews New Regulatory Initiatives

On February 9, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) released a Report on Cyber Security in the Insurance Sector (Report), summarizing the results of a survey completed by 43 insurers about their cybersecurity…more

Cybersecurity, Insurance Companies, Insurance Industry, NYDFS, Popular

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DOL Reproposes Expanded ERISA Fiduciary Definition and Revised Complex of Exemptions

On April 14, 2015, after 43 months in development, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its reproposal to expand the “investment advice fiduciary” definition under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, DOL, ERISA, ESOP, Fiduciary Standard

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Ten Items to Consider as FINRA’s Consolidated Supervision Rules Take Effect

On December 1, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Consolidated Supervision Rules will take effect. The Consolidated Supervision Rules, which were approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission…more

Consolidated Supervision Rules, FINRA, Regulatory Standards, SEC

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U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Rules That Juries Should Decide Trademark Tacking

In its first substantive trademark ruling in more than a decade, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held on January 21, in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank et al., No. 13-1211, that tacking – which is whether two trademarks are…more

Hana Financial v Hana Bank, Jury Questions, Likelihood of Confusion, SCOTUS, Tacking

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Challenge to Delaware Unclaimed Property Estimation Methods Allowed to Proceed

A lawsuit challenging the unclaimed property estimation methodology used by the State of Delaware and its auditor Kelmar Associates will proceed, according to a ruling issued by a Delaware federal district court on March 11. In…more

Assessment, Audits, Due Process, Preemption, Unclaimed Property

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FERC Issues Proposed Policy Statement on Cost Recovery Mechanisms for Modernization of Natural Gas Facilities

On November 20, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) issued a Proposed Policy Statement on cost recovery mechanisms, such as trackers or surcharges, that pipelines may use to recoup infrastructure modernization…more

EPA, FERC, Natural Gas, Oil & Gas, PHMSA

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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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Texas Apartment Association Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Fair Housing Act Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a Fair Housing Act case to address whether the Act prohibits facially neutral conduct that has an unintended disparate impact on members of a protected class. In its amicus curiae brief, the…more

Affordable Housing, DHCA v Inclusive Communities Project, Discrimination, Disparate Impact, Fair Housing Act

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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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Executive Order Mandates Clean Energy Consumption at Federal Buildings

Yesterday, President Obama released an Executive Order entitled “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.” In short, the order mandates that heads of agency take action to promote energy conservation and…more

Barack Obama, Clean Energy, Executive Orders, Government Agencies

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CFTC Fines Summit Energy Services, Inc. for Violating CTA Registration Rules Under the Commodity Exchange Act

On January 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a settlement order requiring Summit Energy Services, Inc. (Summit Energy) to pay a $140,000 civil monetary penalty for acting as an unregistered commodity…more

CFTC, Civil Monetary Penalty, Commodities Exchange Act, CTA, Enforcement Actions

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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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FY 2016 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On February 2, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2016 budget (FY 2016 Budget). The hallmarks of the FY 2016 Budget are proposals that would impose (i) a minimum tax on the current foreign earnings of U.S…more

Barack Obama, Controlled Foreign Corporations, Corporate Taxes, FATCA, Federal Budget

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Redial: 2014 TCPA Year In Review – Analysis Of Critical Issues And Trends

In this Analysis: - New TCPA Rules Take Effect for Telemarketing Calls - Just the Fax: Recent TCPA Developments on Liability for Unsolicited Faxes and Fax Opt-Out Notices - TCPA Best Practices: Consent,…more

Best Practices, Insurance Industry, Opt-Outs, Popular, Prior Express Consent

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SEC Releases Results of 2014 Cybersecurity Exam Sweep

On February 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a Risk Alert prepared by its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) that summarizes the results of a sweep of more than 100 broker-dealers and…more

Broker-Dealer, Cybersecurity, Investment Adviser, OCIE, Risk Alert

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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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Challenge to Delaware Unclaimed Property Estimation Methods Allowed to Proceed

A lawsuit challenging the unclaimed property estimation methodology used by the State of Delaware and its auditor Kelmar Associates will proceed, according to a ruling issued by a Delaware federal district court on March 11. In…more

Assessment, Audits, Due Process, Preemption, Unclaimed Property

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U.S. Supreme Court Sends 4-R Act Case Back to Lower Court for the Second Time

A day after issuing its decision in Direct Marketing Ass’n v. Brohl, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, Inc. The Court held that a rail carrier can show discrimination under…more

4R Act, AL Department of Revenue v CSX, Discrimination, Railways, Remand

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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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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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Georgia Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Property Tax Incentives

On March 27, 2015, the Georgia Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the legal validity of property tax incentives in Georgia, largely on procedural grounds. SJN Properties, LLC v. Fulton County Bd. of Tax Assessors, No…more

Economic Development, GA Supreme Court, Property Tax, Standing, Tax Incentives

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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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Another Software Patent is Ruled Patent-Ineligible - Are Business Method and Software Patents at Risk?

On November 14, 2014, in a much-anticipated decision following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, a unanimous U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held in Ultramercial, L.L.C. v. WildTangent, Inc…more

CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Copyrights, Covered Business Method Patents, Mayo v. Prometheus, Online Advertisements

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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 Releases Favorable Private Letter Ruling on “Taxable Annuity.”

On April 10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released PLR 201515001 (Oct. 10, 2014), favorably addressing a “taxable annuity”—essentially, a deferred annuity contract supported, in part, by subaccounts, each of which invested…more

Annuities, IRS, Mutual Funds, Popular, Private Letter Rulings

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New York’s Insurance Regulator Announces Results of Cybersecurity Survey and Previews New Regulatory Initiatives

On February 9, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) released a Report on Cyber Security in the Insurance Sector (Report), summarizing the results of a survey completed by 43 insurers about their cybersecurity…more

Cybersecurity, Insurance Companies, Insurance Industry, NYDFS, Popular

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SEC Approves New Rule Limiting Who Qualifies As a Public Arbitrator in FINRA Proceedings

On February 26, 2015, the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved proposed Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) rules that will substantially reduce the number of public arbitrators on the roster for FINRA…more

Arbitration, Arbitrators, FINRA, Proposed Regulation, Public Arbitrators

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U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Rules That Juries Should Decide Trademark Tacking

In its first substantive trademark ruling in more than a decade, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held on January 21, in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank et al., No. 13-1211, that tacking – which is whether two trademarks are…more

Hana Financial v Hana Bank, Jury Questions, Likelihood of Confusion, SCOTUS, Tacking

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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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De Novo Review of Claim Construction No Longer the De Facto Standard

On January 20, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, rejected the de novo review standard applied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit when reviewing all claim construction issues…more

Claim Construction, Clear Error Standard, De Novo Standard of Review, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation

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Recent Developments on Variable Annuity Captive Reinsurance and Hedging Risk Evaluation; and Impacts on VA Issuers

In the midst of the broader discussion within the insurance regulatory community regarding the financial risks potentially posed by captive reinsurers, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has recently…more

Captive Insurance Company, Insurance Industry, NAIC, Regulatory Agenda, Risk Assessment

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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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Wellness Programs Alive and Well?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued proposed regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding employer-provided wellness programs that were published in the Federal Register on…more

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U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Time Spent in Security Screenings Not Compensable Under FLSA

On December 9, 2014, the United States Supreme Court unanimously reversed a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit holding that warehouse employees had stated a claim for unpaid wages under the Fair…more

FLSA, Integrity Staffing v Busk, SCOTUS, Security Checks, Wage and Hour

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Will the FCC Answer Calls to Clarify the TCPA?

We can now count an FCC Commissioner among those imploring the agency to act on the growing number of pending petitions asking for much needed clarification of regulations promulgated under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act…more

Advertising, Class Action, FCC, Strict Liability, TCPA

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De Novo Review of Claim Construction No Longer the De Facto Standard

On January 20, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, rejected the de novo review standard applied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit when reviewing all claim construction issues…more

Claim Construction, Clear Error Standard, De Novo Standard of Review, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation

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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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Legal Alert: Largest SEC Whistleblower Award Could Have Been Larger

On September 22, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced the largest-ever whistleblower award, more than double last year’s record-breaking award. According to the Order, the award, which will likely exceed…more

Dodd-Frank, Extraterritoriality Rules, Foreign Nationals, SEC, Whistleblower Awards

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New Source Review Update: Courts Limit Aggregation for Major Source Determination and Challenges to NSR Pre-Project Emissions Analysis

Pennsylvania Court Limits NSR Permit Aggregation - In February, the Middle District of Pennsylvania struck down an environmental group’s challenge that Ultra Resources should have aggregated eight compressor stations into…more

Air Pollution, Article III, Clean Air Act, Declaratory Relief, EPA

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Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Loans, General Motors, Intent

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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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Update on Cybersecurity Issues – New York Section 308 Letter & NAIC Spring National Meeting

Cybersecurity continues to be an emerging regulatory issue in the insurance industry, as evidenced by recent actions taken by the New York Department of Financial Services (the “DFS”) and the National Association of Insurance…more

Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Insurance Industry, NAIC, NYDFS

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Recent Developments on Variable Annuity Captive Reinsurance and Hedging Risk Evaluation; and Impacts on VA Issuers

In the midst of the broader discussion within the insurance regulatory community regarding the financial risks potentially posed by captive reinsurers, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has recently…more

Captive Insurance Company, Insurance Industry, NAIC, Regulatory Agenda, Risk Assessment

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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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FY 2016 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On February 2, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2016 budget (FY 2016 Budget). The hallmarks of the FY 2016 Budget are proposals that would impose (i) a minimum tax on the current foreign earnings of U.S…more

Barack Obama, Controlled Foreign Corporations, Corporate Taxes, FATCA, Federal Budget

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Legal Alert: Final Rules on Compensation Deduction Limit for Health Insurers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Treasury (Treasury) have issued final regulations under section 162(m)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (Code), which limit the deduction certain health…more

Compensation & Benefits, Healthcare, Independent Contractors, IRS, U.S. Treasury

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Proposed Changes to Proposition 65: What It Means for Texas Businesses

If you’ve been to California recently, you likely returned with a heightened awareness of the dangers present in the products you consume and use on a daily basis. That is because in California, Proposition 65 requires…more

Proposition 65, Warning Labels

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Redial: 2014 TCPA Year In Review – Analysis Of Critical Issues And Trends

In this Analysis: - New TCPA Rules Take Effect for Telemarketing Calls - Just the Fax: Recent TCPA Developments on Liability for Unsolicited Faxes and Fax Opt-Out Notices - TCPA Best Practices: Consent,…more

Best Practices, Insurance Industry, Opt-Outs, Popular, Prior Express Consent

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New Jersey Creates More Difficult Independent Contractor Test for State Wage Law Purposes

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of New Jersey articulated the test to be used in determining whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee for purposes of the state’s Wage Payment Law and Wage and Hour Law. Any…more

Employee Definition, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Independent Contractors, Wage and Hour

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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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