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Skadden Energy Law Handbook - 2014

We are pleased to announce the publication of the 2014 Skadden Energy Law Handbook, available as a PDF or via our web page. This updated edition of our 2006 Handbook addresses a broad range of energy regulation topics,...more

FHA Updates its Single Family Housing Policy Handbook

On September 30, the FHA published updates to several sections of its Single Family Housing Policy Handbook. The updates only apply to loans originated on or after June 15, 2015 and are a result of FHA’s attempt to create a...more

OCC Updates Electronic Fund Transfer Act Booklet

On August 28, the OCC issued Bulletin 2014-43, which announces the issuance of a revised “Electronic Fund Transfer Act” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This booklet replaces the similarly titled booked issued in...more

OCC Issues Merchant Processing Booklet

On August 20, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued the “Merchant Processing” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This booklet, which replaces the booklet of the same name issued in December 2001, has...more

OCC Updates Merchant Processing Booklet

On August 20, the OCC issued Bulletin 2014-41, which announces a new “Merchant Processing” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This booklet replaces the booklet of the same name issued in December 2001 and provides updated...more

OCC Issues Lease Financing Booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook and Rescinds Earlier Publication

On August 12, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued the “Lease Financing” booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook. This updated booklet replaces a similarly titled booklet issued in January 1998. The...more

OCC Updates Booklet in its Handbook Concerning Collective Investment Funds

The OCC issued a revised and updated booklet (the “Revised Booklet") concerning collective investment funds (“CIFs”). The Revised Booklet is part of the OCC’s “Comptroller’s Handbook.” The Revised Booklet (which updates the...more

OCC Issues Update to Mortgage Banking Booklet

The OCC issued an update to its Mortgage Banking booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook, which was last updated in March 1996. The Mortgage Banking booklet generally provides guidance for bank examiners and bankers regarding...more

OCC Issues Revised Mortgage Banking Booklet

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) issued an update to its Mortgage Banking booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook, which was last updated in March 1996. The Mortgage Banking booklet generally provides...more

European (EU) Data Protection Law Handbook now live

This 214-page document, “Handbook on European data protection law,” looks incredibly comprehensive. It ends with 13 pages of citations to European case law on various issues....more

OCC Releases Comptroller Handbook Addition And Revisions

On November 6, the OCC issued two bulletins to announce an addition and revisions to the Comptroller’s Handbook. The OCC also rescinded certain Handbook provisions. Bulletin OCC 2013-30 adds to the Handbook the “Qualified...more

OCC’s Commercial Real Estate Lending Handbook: Misses the List on Legal Issues

Over the last few weeks, I’ve commented on the new version of the OCC’s Commercial Real Estate Lending Handbook (I give it a gentlemen’s C); and I listed a few legal topics that deserve some guidance from the OCC. ...more

OCC Lending Handbook Needs Parenting on Important Legal Topics

In an earlier posting, I reviewed the OCC’s new Commercial Real Estate Lending handbook . The purpose of the handbook is to give parenting – I mean guidance – on risks inherent in commercial real estate lending. On legal...more

Compliance Focus: New FSA Handbook Prohibits Discounts to Students Who Pay in Cash or Who Pay Before the Start of Class

As many of you know, the new Federal Student Aid Handbook were released this summer. There are a number of new items in the handbook and I encourage you all to review it. We will be discussing these new items in future...more

Grading the Examiners: OCC’s Commercial Real Estate Lending Handbook gets a “C”

Last month, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency published the Commercial Real Estate Lending handbook (August 2013). The 128 page handbook gives guidance to bank examiners and bankers on risks inherent in...more

When the cartel investigators come calling - top ten do's, top ten don'ts

A company may first learn that it is involved in an antitrust investigation in the US when federal agents appear at offices or homes armed with a search warrant to seize electronic and hard-copy records, computers, smart...more

OCC Updates Handbook To Reflect Current CRE Lending Guidance

On August 20, the OCC issued bulletin OCC 2013-19, which attaches the Commercial Real Estate Lending booklet of the Comptroller’s Handbook to replace the OCC’s Commercial Real Estate and Construction Lending booklet. The new...more

OFCCP Publishes New Federal Contract Compliance Manual

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) finally released the new Federal Contract Compliance Manual (FCCM) today....more

Euromoney Corporate Tax Handbook 2013: Mergers And Acquisitions In Ukraine: Tax Issues On The Radar

M&A in Ukraine: Tax issues on the radar - Despite the financial crises and turmoil lately there has been some pick up in M&A activity on the Ukrainian market. Originally Published in Euromoney Corporate Tax Handbook...more

What Amount of Deference, If Any, Is Accorded to CMS' Interpretation of the State Operations Manual?

On May 17, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Court) ruled on a Petition for Review of a Decision of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in the case styled, Elgin...more

CFPB's Mortgage Rules for Readiness

The just released 2013 CFPB Dodd-Frank Mortgage Rules Readiness Guide (Guide) from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) provides, finally, a set of criteria and preparation procedures for residential mortgage...more

Labor Letter, July 2013: Updated Psychiatric Manual May Pose New Challenges for Employers

Suppose a shy and awkward employee who just performed badly in a customer presentation brings a note from his doctor diagnosing “Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder” and asks not to have to meet with customers again as...more

EBA Provides Information on Single Banking Rulebook Q&As

On May 31, the European Banking Authority (EBA) updated its single banking rulebook questions and answers (Q&As) webpage and also published a paper that provides background and guidance on the Q&A process....more

Illinois County Clerk’s Official Property Tax Manual Provides Comprehensive Resource For The Levy And Extension Process

The Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders recently released a comprehensive manual for the levying and extension of property taxes in Illinois. The 240-page manual addresses the entire range of property tax...more

New Form I-9 Mandatory Use Required Beginning on May 7

Starting on May 7, 2013, all employers in the United States may only use the new Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/13N to comply with employment eligibility verification requirements...more

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