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SEC’s Proposed SBS Rules on Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activities

When the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules in June 2014 on the cross-border activities of security-based swap (SBS) dealers and major SBS participants, the SEC indicated that it would reserve the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Call Answered: Supreme Court to Decide if Offer of Judgment Moots TCPA Class Action and Scope of Gov’t Contractor Liability

On May 18, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action. The case raises two related questions that are the source of frequent litigation and…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Government Contracting

Supreme Court Instructs Ninth Circuit to Consider Common Law of Trusts in Applying ERISA's Statute of Limitations

The Supreme Court has once again emphasized the importance of ERISA’s origins in the common law of trusts, this time in interpreting its statute of limitations. On May 18, the Court reversed the Ninth Circuit’s decision in…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Taxpayer Wynne’s: Supreme Court Rules Maryland Personal Income Tax Violates Constitution

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Maryland’s personal income tax regime is unconstitutional. By failing to provide a full credit to its residents for taxes paid to other states, Maryland unconstitutionally created…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Wynne Court Holds That Internal Consistency Lives, Applies to Taxation of Resident

A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Maryland’s personal income tax regime is unconstitutional. Comptroller of the Treasury v. Wynne, 575 U.S. __ (2015). The Court affirmed the Maryland Court of Appeals in a 5-4 decision and…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Price Optimization Update: NAIC Revises White Paper, Florida and Indiana Question Certain Practices

“Price optimization,” a practice that uses predictive modeling and data analytics in pricing insurance products, continues to draw the attention of state regulators, consumer advocates, and class action plaintiffs…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

New Temporary and Proposed Regulations Offer Welcome Clarification on Application of the Embedded Loan Rule

On May 8, 2015, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service published temporary and proposed regulations under IRC §§ 446 and 956 (T.D. 9719; REG-102656-15), clarifying when nonperiodic payments made pursuant to…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law, Taxation

Focus On International Standards

The influence of international standards on the direction of insurance regulation in the United States has dominated public discussion about insurance regulation during recent years. Nowhere was that more evident than in…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Insurance, International Law & Trade

International Design Patent Filing Option Available May 13, 2015, to U.S. Filers

Beginning May 13, 2015, U.S. applicants will be able to file international design patent applications through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In addition, U.S. design patents resulting from applications filed on or after…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Alas, the MTC Executive Committee Approves Its Transfer Pricing Program Design

After nearly a year of planning, the Multistate Tax Commission Executive Committee today approved the Arm’s-Length Adjustment Services Advisory Group (the Group) Final Program Design. The following six states have agreed to…more
| Business Organizations, Taxation

D.C. Circuit Vacates 100-Hour Exemption for Emergency Generators

On May 1, 2015, the D.C. Circuit in Delaware v. EPA vacated a portion of EPA’s National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Reciprocating Internal Combustion…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

New Standards for Shipping Crude Oil, Petroleum Products and Renewable Fuel by Rail

On Friday, May 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) issued a final rule establishing new requirements for transporting flammable liquids in a continuous block of 20 or more tank cars or 35 or more tank cars loaded…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Transportation

SEC Whistleblower Is Second Compliance Officer to Receive Award

On April 22, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its second whistleblower award to an employee with internal audit or compliance responsibilities. The recipient of the award is a compliance…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

SEC Updates Guidance on Cybersecurity

Emphasizing the critical importance of cybersecurity to registered investment companies (RICs), including insurance separate accounts and business development companies, and to investment advisers, the SEC’s Division of…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Louisiana Court Rejects Imposition Of Franchise Tax Based On Ownership Of Partnership Interest

The Louisiana Court of Appeal reversed and remanded Bridges v. Polychim USA, Inc., No. 581,759 (La. Jud. Dist. Ct. Jan. 2, 2014) (unpublished), a case in which the trial court held that an out-of-state corporation was subject to…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation
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