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Global Loan Fund Survey Reveals No Regulatory Action Required at Present

The International Organization of Securities Commissions published a report on the findings of the survey on loan funds that was carried out during 2016. The report covers loan funds in the area of investment funds and...more

FMA releases Conduct Outcomes Report

The New Zealand Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has released its Conduct Outcomes Report 2016 (Report), highlighting the key issues and actions from the FMA's enforcement, supervision and preventative activities for the...more

Investment Advisers And Broker-Dealers Face Scant Likelihood Of California Examinations

The California Department of Business Oversight recently issued a report on its Broker-Dealer/Investment Adviser Program. This report was required by the Budget Act of 2014. Although short, the report provides some...more

Report on U.S. Semiconductor Industry Raises Implications for PRC Investments in U.S. Companies

In January 2017, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report to then President Barack Obama titled "Ensuring Long-Term U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors."1 The report assesses the...more

Federal Legislators Tell NLRB GC Griffin to Rescind His Education Report or Step Aside

Seyfarth Synopsis: Congressional Committee Head Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Subcommittee Chair Tim Walberg (R-MI) ask NLRB General Counsel Griffin to either immediately rescind his January 31 report regarding the purported...more

Securities Class Action Filings Increased Significantly in 2016

There was a significant increase in the number of securities class actions filed in 2016. It is the second straight year of increased filings, according to reports prepared by Cornerstone Research and NERA Economic...more

Global Data Privacy Snapshot 2017: How does your organisation compare?

Personal information is an increasingly valuable business asset. Technology provides the opportunity to understand and engage with customers and stakeholders like never before. Deployed carefully, it can enhance...more

National Academy of Sciences Recommends Updated Framework for Social Cost of Carbon Calculations

On January 11, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) released a report, “Valuing Climate Damages: Updating Estimation of the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxider,” recommending an updated...more

EPA, CDC and CPSC Investigating Potential Health Effects of Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds

Public concern is increasing over the safety of recycled rubber tire crumb used as infill for synthetic turf fields and playgrounds. There are currently between 12,000 and 13,000 synthetic turf fields in the United States,...more

FTC Staff Issues Long-Awaited Cross-Device Tracking Report

On January 23, 2017, the FTC Staff released its long-awaited Report (“Report”) on cross-device tracking following its November 2015 workshop on the topic. The Report explains what cross-device tracking is, discusses the...more

EEOC Releases Enforcement and Litigation Data for Fiscal Year 2016

This week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued its Fiscal Year 2016 Enforcement and Litigation Data. Those of you who joined us at our New Jersey Office for the Labor & Employment Year In Review Seminar may...more

EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Enforcement and Litigation Data

Agency Adds Statistics Detailing LGBT Charges - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released detailed breakdowns for the 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination the agency...more

'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Not a Creature Was Stirring, Except EPA - EPA Releases Final Fracking Report and General...

As the Obama era comes to a close, on Christmas eve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued its final report on "Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on...more

Task Force Report: Taxation and Pricing of Cannabis

On June 30, 2016, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the Minister of Health announced the creation of a nine-member Task Force on Cannabis...more

Geo Political Cyber Warfare And Your Business

The cyber war battlefield has expanded, and your business is now a fighter and a target. A new U.S. Government report explains many reasons for identifying and penalizing Russian hackers, the Russian intelligence...more

CFPB Complaint Report Returns to Debt Collection

The CFPB recently issued its monthly report of consumer complaints and turned its focus back to debt collection. The Report is a high level snapshot of trends in consumer complaints and provides a summary of the volume of...more

End of the Year News from the EEOC

The EEOC closed out 2016 with several reports that provide interesting reading for employers heading into the new year. The first is the EEOC’s annual performance report, which provides a snapshot of how the EEOC views...more

Tips for Implementing Drones in Public Safety

The Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) released a report this week examining issues related to the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones) for public safety purposes. “Considerations...more

CFPB issues tenth Semi-Annual Report

The CFPB has issued its tenth Semi-Annual Report to the President and Congress covering the period April 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016....more

OCR Complaints – Trends and Predictions

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued two reports highlighting its work during both fiscal year (FY) 2016 and President Obama’s entire eight-year term of office. The number of OCR...more

HHS-OIG reports on impact and vulnerabilities of Medicare's Two-Midnight Rule

On December 19, 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) issued a report, "Vulnerabilities Remain Under Medicare 2-Midnight Hospital Policy" (OEI-02-15-00020). The report is...more

UK Payment Systems Regulator Consults Further Remedies for Competition Issues Relating to Bank Ownership of Payment...

The Payment Systems Regulator published proposals for remedying the lack of competition in the provision of UK payments central infrastructure for Bacs, FPS and LINK which means that the incumbent provider, VocaLink, faces...more

Obama Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity Provides Recommendations to Next Administration

In April 2016, President Obama appointed the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity (the “Commission”) to assess the state of our cybersecurity and develop actionable recommendations for securing the digital economy...more

CFPB Releases Status Update Regarding Fall 2016 Rulemaking Agenda

On December 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a status update regarding various initiatives that were proposed in its fall 2016 rulemaking agenda. The update provides readers with an overview...more

General Assembly Committee Releases Report Critical of CHRO Complaint Processing

Last week, the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee released a 129-page report on the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, with a focus on Discrimination Complaint Processing. ...more

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