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NAIC Report: 2016 Spring National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its 2016 Spring National Meeting from April 1 through April 6 in New Orleans, Louisiana. As host, Louisiana provided beautiful weather and bountiful great food. The…more
| Insurance, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Worker’s Compensation

What Is Your Starting Salary? New FLSA Regulations Raise The Bar For U.S. Employers

Employers with salaried employees earning under $47,476 annually should evaluate the impact on their organizations of major changes to employee compensation following new federal wage requirements effective December 1,…more
| Labor & Employment Law

EPA to Reduce Methane Emissions from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

On May 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released final regulations (the Rules) aimed at reducing methane emissions from certain new and modified oil and gas facilities by 40% to 45% from 2012 levels by 2025…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

FinCEN Customer Due Diligence Final Rules

On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued final rules (the Final Rules) on customer due diligence requirements for banks, securities broker-dealers, mutual funds, and…more
| Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Implementing the Whistleblower Immunity Notice Provision under the Recently-Enacted Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act

The Defend Trade Secrets Act, signed into law on May 11, 2016, includes a whistleblower immunity notice provision. An employer that wants to preserve maximum recoveries for misappropriation against an employee should take action…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

Unclaimed Property Primer for Health and Property & Casualty Insurance

Background - Unclaimed Property: It’s not just about life insurance. The same contingency-fee unclaimed property auditors that targeted unclaimed life insurance proceeds are now turning their focus to other types of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Supreme Court Explores Injury Requirement for Federal Statutory Standing

In a 6-2 opinion issued May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court vacated a Ninth Circuit holding that a plaintiff who alleges that his own federal statutory rights have been violated has alleged enough to establish Article III standing…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection

UPDATE: Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Signed Into Law; Employers May Need to Notify Employees

After overwhelming passage in both the House and Senate, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act into law on April 11, 2016. The Act provides a truly uniform, nationwide set of standards for protecting trade secrets,…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

IRS Notice Offers Relief to Issuers of Variable Insurance Products in Response to Pending Money Market Fund Reforms

On May 5, 2016, the IRS issued Notice 2016-32, 2016-21 I.R.B. 1, which affords relief with respect to the application of the diversification requirements of IRC § 817(h) to variable life insurance and annuity contracts…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Insurance, Securities Law, Taxation

Here’s the Deal: Georgia Governor Signs Several Significant Tax Bills

Following the conclusion of Georgia’s 2016 legislative session, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law several tax bills touching on a wide range of tax matters, including sales and use taxes, property taxes, corporate income…more
| Business Organizations, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial, Taxation

EPA Denies Five Petitions for Reconsideration of New Source Performance Standards

On April 29, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied petitions by the Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG), American Electric Power (AEP), Ameren Corp., the State of Wisconsin, and the Energy and Environmental Legal…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities

Neither a Partner nor Employee Be: Treasury and the IRS Issue Regulations Clarifying the Employment Tax Treatment of Partners in Partnerships

The Treasury Department (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (Service) have issued temporary regulations (Regulations) clarifying the federal employment tax treatment of the owners of partnerships and other entities…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

IRS Updates Beginning of Construction Guidance for Renewable Energy Tax Credits Extended by PATH Act

On May 5, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-31, which updates prior guidance regarding the beginning of construction requirement for IRC sections 45 and 48 renewable energy tax credits following…more
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation

Basic-Supplemental Life Insurance Plan Pricing Structure Upheld in ERISA Class Action

An employee benefit plan that includes an alleged subsidization component for its basic and supplemental options is neither prohibited by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) nor a violation of the plan…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Insurance

Georgia Supreme Court Expands as its Jurisdiction Contracts

Somewhat obscured by the social-issue hubbub during the recently ended session of the Georgia General Assembly was the enactment of an historic expansion of the Georgia Supreme Court and a reallocation of not only its appellate…more
| Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics
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