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Internal Investigative Reports That Lead to Discipline Are Not Exempt Adjudicatory Records under FOIA

An Illinois Appellate Court has further limited the public records that a public body can withhold from disclosure under Section 7(1)(n) of the Freedom of Information Act, which exempts “records relating to a public body’s...more

Florida’s Adoption of Federal Exemptions for Wholesale Drug Distribution May Benefit Pharmacies, Practitioners and Hospitals

The 2016 Florida Legislature enacted substantial legislation (Ch. 2016-212, Laws of Florida) to bring Florida’s Drug and Cosmetic Act (Ch. 499, Florida Statutes) in line with the federal Drug Supply Chain and Security Act...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Opines on Exemptions from the Clearing Obligation for Pension Schemes

The European Securities and Markets Authority published Opinions, dated April 7, 2016, on certain Denmark-based pension schemes that are to be exempted from the clearing obligation under the European Market Infrastructure...more

TCPA Exemption for Collection of Federal Debts Applies Retroactively, CA Federal Court Rules

The new Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) exemption for calls made to cellular numbers to collect debts owed to or guaranteed by the United States applies retroactively to calls made before the exemption's effective...more

Class Action TCPA Case Dismissed Because Calls Were Made Solely To Collect a Debt Owed To Or Guaranteed By The United States

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency autodialed student debtor, Neil Silver, in January 2014 in an effort to collect on student debt. Silver claimed that these calls were made without his consent, and therefore...more

New Mexico Passes Money Transmitter Licensing Law; Effective Jan. 1, 2017 (Part 1)

Last month New Mexico passed its first money transmitter licensing law. The State previously only required licensing for the sale of checks and money orders. The new law now covers money transmitters, check cashers and...more

Biodiesel Companies Can Thank BRAG For Cost Savings On CDR Reporting

As reported in last week's Update, EPA published its final rulemaking expanding the list of chemicals partially exemption from certain additional chemical data under the CDR. This action, which formally amended the list of...more

DOL Releases Final Fiduciary Investment Adviser Regulations

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited final regulations defining who is a fiduciary investment adviser (the Final Rule), along with related prohibited transaction class exemptions and...more

The Grisly Death of Determination Letters for Individually Designed Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced last year that it would end its staggered five-year remedial amendment cycle system for individually designed retirement plans under the determination letter program due to...more

China Revises Hazardous Substances Restriction Laws

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has recently announced a revised version of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS 1), which will come into effect on July 1, 2016. The revised...more

Court Holds That Exempt Lender May Violate California Usury Statute

If you’re interested in California’s usury law, you have to look in several places: the Constitution, uncodified initiative measures, codes and case law. When Woodrow Wilson was occupying the White House, the people of...more

U.S. DOL To Issue Final Rule and Exemptions on Fiduciary Standards

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor will release its highly-anticipated Final Rule and Exemptions addressing when a person providing investment advice with respect to an employee benefit plan or individual...more

EPA Publishes Final Rule on Partial Exemption of Certain Chemical Substances from Reporting Additional Chemical Data In The...

On March 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the Partial Exemption of Certain Chemical Substances from Reporting Additional Chemical Data final rule in the Federal Register. This final rule...more

A Mandatory Retirement Plan for Maryland Employers

“Obamacare, but for retirement plans” is one way to describe recent state initiatives to establish automatic enrollment into individual retirement accounts (IRAs). One big difference, of course, is that the Affordable Care...more

Citizenship And The California Securities Laws

I often hear lawyers say something along the lines of “We need to find an exemption from the California Corporate Securities Law because one of the investors is a citizen of California”. The citizenship or residency of a...more

EU Extension of Exemption for Commodity Dealers Confirmed

The European Council announced that it had agreed to extend an exemption for commodity dealers under the Capital Requirements Regulation, until December 31, 2020. The CRR currently exempts commodity dealers from large...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2016: Singapore Continues Global Trend in Derivatives Regulation: Reporting...

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) continues to develop and strengthen its regulation of derivatives markets, most recently focusing its attention on the formulation and completion of a comprehensive reporting regime....more

EPA Signs Final Rule Granting Partial CDR Exemptions For Biodiesel Products

On March 23, 2016, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report announced that EPA signed a final rule exempting manufacturers of six biodiesel chemicals from reporting processing and use information under the Chemical Data...more

Council of EU Grants Exemptions for Commodity Dealers under CRR

On March 23, 2016, the Council of the EU published an approved final compromise text of a proposed Regulation extending the Capital Requirements Regulation (Regulation 575/2013) (CRR) to extend certain exemptions for...more

Three Bills Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Concerning Access to Capital Markets

On March 23, 2016, three bills affecting access to capital markets were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 4850: Micro Offering Safe Harbor - Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota introduced this...more

CFTC Further Reduces Regulatory Burdens Associated with Commodity Options

On March 16, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) took action to further reduce the regulatory requirements associated with commodity trade options through issuance of a final rule that took effect on...more

New qualifying private placement exemption from UK withholding tax on interest: good news

The Finance Act 2015 introduced certain gateway conditions for the new exemption from UK withholding tax on interest payments for "qualifying private placements." The Qualifying Private Placement Regulations 2015 setting out...more

CFTC Approves Amendment to Trade Options Exemption

The CFTC recently amended its trade option exemption to exclude certain reporting and recordkeeping requirements if a party to the option is a commercial end user of the underlying commodity. The broadened exemption provides...more

Final European Standards for Derivatives Collateralisation

On 8 March 2016, the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published their final draft regulatory technical standards in relation to the collateralisation of non-centrally cleared derivatives. The standards are to...more

The Intersection of Bankruptcy and Health Savings Accounts: Are HSA Accounts Exempt From Bankruptcy Estate?

In 2003, Congress passed the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (the "Act"). The Act authorized states to create health savings accounts ("HSAs") with tax-preferred treatment to encourage...more

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