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IRS New Guidance Significantly Reduces Maximum FBAR Penalties

To moderate the draconian Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) violation penalties under Title 31 of the U.S. Code, the IRS just published guidance that significantly reduces willful and non-willful FBAR violations....more

CFPB Jolts Loan Originator Over Mortgage Origination

On June 4, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against RPM Mortgage, Inc. (RPM), and its CEO, Erwin Robert Hirt....more

Implementing California’s Paid Sick Leave Law: 10 action items

Beginning July 1, 2015, employers in the State of California are required to provide employees with paid sick leave (PSL) under the California Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act of 2014. In short, every employee who works...more

Philippine Competition Act: first foray into antitrust legislation – key points

The Philippine Congress has passed, and President Benigno Aquino III is expected to sign into law, the Philippine Competition Act. The law, which aims to safeguard fair and competitive market conditions, marks the nation’s...more

UK Regulators Address Manipulation of Trading Benchmarks and Other Misconduct

Concluding a year-long review, UK regulators issued the final report of the Fair and Effective Markets Review Committee last week, making a number of recommendations intended to restore confidence in the trading markets for...more

The False Claims Act – the Basics Every Provider Should Know, Part Two

FCA penalties are harsh, as they are designed to truly deter attempts to defraud the federal government. The penalty for an FCA violation begins with treble damages, requiring the offender to pay three times the amount of the...more

SEC Halts “Smart Contract” Exchange Built on Silicon Valley Start-Ups

Two entrepreneurs wanted to create a business that centered on valuing private start-up companies. They experimented with models that began with a variation of “fantasy sports,” changed to a contest and became a game. It...more

EPA Updates Its Audit Policy with "eDisclosure"

On June 10, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted a webinar describing a plan to modernize the implementation of its April 11, 2000 Audit Policy. The plan – called eDisclosure – attempts to provide a...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - June 2015 #3

With the King v. Burwell ruling expected by the end of the month, Congressional Republicans continue to offer contingency plans in the event of a ruling for the plaintiffs; and the Mississippi Insurance Commissioner proposes...more

Countdown to July 3 for San Francisco Retailers to Modify Flexible Scheduling Practices

We have written before of the growing movement to suppress the flexible scheduling practices commonly employed in the retail industry. Retailers have long used factors such as projections of sales traffic, conversion rates,...more

CFPB and Florida AG Obtain Judgment Against Law Group and Corporate Affiliates for “Mass-Joinder” Foreclosure Relief Scam

On May 29, a final order was entered against a law group and its corporate affiliates in an action brought by the CFPB and the State of Florida. The July 2014 complaint alleged that the law group and its affiliates violated...more

Penalties - About to Get Higher! - Commonwealth Penalty Units to Increase

In the most recent Federal Budget, the Government announced that as of 31 July 2015, the value of all Commonwealth penalty units will increase from AUD170 to AUD180. Rather than state a specific dollar penalty in the Act...more

Another SEC Insider Trading Case: Does it Comply With Newman?

The SEC continues to bolster its allegations regarding the relationships between tipper and tippee in insider trading cases as well as the knowledge of the tippee. Whether those allegations will be sufficient to meet the...more

Update on IRS Treatment of Civil FBAR Penalties: A Move Toward Fairness

Recently, the IRS released an internal memorandum to employees providing interim guidance on FBAR (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts) penalties. It reminds IRS examiners that when they assert FBAR penalties, the...more

New CEC Administrative Penalties Regulations to Take Effect

The civil penalties for violations of the appliance efficiency regulations will become effective on July 1. The California Energy Commission (CEC) has been establishing energy efficiency standards for new appliances sold...more

Nothing but Nonsense in New EPA Rule on Emissions

In response to a petition for final rule-making filed by the Sierra Club, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued on May 22, 2015, its final action requiring 36 states to revise their state implementation plans...more

Fourth Circuit Case Reminds Government Contractors of False Claims Act Breadth

The recent opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in United States ex rel. Badr v. Triple Canopy, Inc., serves as a reminder of the breadth of the civil False Claims Act when applied to federal...more

What To Do If You Have Delinquent International Information Tax Returns

A U.S. taxpayer with international holdings and interests may not be fully compliant with U.S. tax reporting obligations even though they have currently reported all foreign source income on their annual tax return, filed...more

OSC “Pattern and Practice” Investigations to Continue

Over the past few years, the number of employer investigations—and perhaps more noteworthy, the amount of the penalties assessed—by the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) has...more

Broker-Dealer Beat - May 2015

FINRA has published updated and revised Sanction Guidelines that, among other things, highlight the SRO's position that penalties in disciplinary actions should be significant enough to achieve deterrence and not serve merely...more

Feds settle on final 2011 Southwest blackout penalty

Over four years after a major 2011 power outage in Southern California and parts of the Southwest, federal energy regulators have approved the sixth and final settlement of penalties for violations of law and reliability...more

Employer Paid Individual Health Insurance Policies Create the Potential for Significant Penalties, But Limited Relief Is Available

Despite guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) indicating the prohibition of the practice under the Affordable Care Act...more

Another SEC FCPA Action Tied to Hospitality

Hospitality and effective compliance procedures are often critical issues when dealing with government officials. Those two issues came into sharp focus in the SEC’s latest FCPA case. In the Matter of BHP Billiton Ltd., Adm....more

A $6 Million Reminder to Observe Corporate Formalities: Environmental Prosecutors Pierce Another Corporate Veil with Ohio Decision

With ever-growing concern about environmental liability exposures, many shareholders rely on corporate structures – both simple and complex – to help insulate themselves from direct responsibility for the acts and omissions...more

Class Action Plaintiffs Continue Attack on Residential Rent Late Fees

Plaintiffs’ lawyers have recently taken aim at REITS and other owners and managers of multi-family property portfolios - filing class action lawsuits seeking damages and to invalidate late fee charges imposed under...more

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