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FCC Releases 2016 Broadband Progress Report

According to the Federal Communications Commission, 90 percent of Americans have access to broadband Internet access service at the FCC’s benchmark speeds of 25 Mbps for downloads/3 Mbps for uploads. But the FCC also found...more

OECD Publishes Reports Concerning Nanomaterials

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has posted the following reports concerning nanomaterials: - Considerations for Using Dissolution as a Function of Surface Chemistry to Evaluate...more

Blog: UK Insurance Fraud Taskforce Produces Its Final Report

In January 2016 the Insurance Fraud Taskforce produced its final report into the serious issue of fraud in insurance, a problem which is reported to cost more than £3bn each year. The proposals made in the report are...more

Medicare Data Not Indicative of Overall Healthcare Spending Costs

In December 2015, a  research team at Carnegie Mellon published a paper titled “Examining the Variation in Health Spending and in Hospitals’ Transaction Prices” after receiving access to insurance claims data from Aetna,...more

IRS Extends Deadlines for 2015 ACA Reporting

Extension Provides Much-Needed Time to Accurately Complete First Year of Reporting - The IRS has extended the deadlines for information reporting by employers and coverage providers as required under the Affordable Care...more

Build On A Strong Foundation: How Expert Reports Are Constrained By Earlier Disclosures

Order on Motions to Strike Portions of Expert Reports, Finisar Corporation v. Nistica, Inc., Case No. 13-cv-03345-BLF (Judge Beth Freeman) Expert reports are not written on a blank slate. Instead, parties are generally bound...more

Bioenergy Technologies Office Releases Bioproducts To Enable Biofuels Workshop Report

On December 10, 2015, DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released a summary report of the Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Workshop, held on July 16, 2015. The workshop, co-sponsored by DOE and EERE, was held to receive...more

Coming Down Your Chimney: Market Reform Guidance, Information Reporting Penalty Relief and Cadillac Tax Delay

It’s the “silly season” on the Hill and a busy season for ACA regulators. This article gives you brief notes about Notice 2015-87, information reporting relief and the § 4980I delay buried in the omnibus spending bill....more

The 2015 Judicial “Hellholes” Report Is Out!

Each year the American Tort Reform Association (“ATRA”) publishes its “Judicial Hellholes Report” and examines problems in state court systems and challenges for corporate defendants in the fair and unbiased administration of...more

Health Care Reform – What You Should Know For 2016

Unlike most other years since the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) was passed, there are relatively few new requirements employers need to implement in connection with their health plans subject to the ACA. This Advisory...more

CMS: U.S. Healthcare Spending Reaches $3 Trillion

Overall U.S. healthcare spending increased 5.3% in 2014 to reach $3.0 trillion, according to a report from CMS’ Office of the Actuary. The study indicated the growth experienced in 2014 was primarily attributable to...more

IRS Criminal Investigation Annual Report Confirms Devastating Impact of Budget Cuts

Today the IRS Criminal Investigation Division released its annual report, summarizing its activities and accomplishments during fiscal year 2015. One of the key takeaways from the report is the devastating impact of budget...more

JRC Publishes Part Three of Its Review of EC’s Recommendation for a Definition of the Term Nanomaterial

The Joint Research Center (JRC) published on October 19, 2015, a report entitled Towards a review of the EC Recommendation for a definition of the term “nanomaterial”: Part 3: Scientific-technical evaluation of options to...more

Blog: When It Comes To Corporate Social Responsibility, Do Daughters Make A Difference?

The study, by academics at the University of Miami and China Europe International Business School, looked at the corporate social responsibility ratings of S&P 500 companies during the period 1992 to 2012. The authors...more

The Beginning of the End of Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Finance Contracts?

Are contractual arbitration clauses harmful to consumers of financial products and services? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) appears to think so. On March 10, 2015, the CFPB released its 2015 Arbitration...more

Annual COEs and Information Returns – A New Requirement for Many Tax-Exempt Entities

Beginning January 1, 2016, all organizations that have a statutory exemption from the payment of Alabama sales, use or lodgings taxes--other than certain government entities, public universities and healthcare...more

OECD Publishes 2013 Developments on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently posted a new document in its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, Developments on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials: 2013. The...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, October 2015

On October 15, 2015, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) issued a report, "The DNA of the U.S. Regulatory System: Are We Getting It Right For Synthetic...more

Study Shows Financial Restatements Are “Handbooks Of Trickery” For Copycat Peer Companies

No, it’s not from The Onion. According to a study reported in CFO.com, unless the restating company faces regulatory action or shareholder litigation, the company’s competitors may use its financial restatement as a how-to...more

Putting the Final BEPS Reports into Perspective: from Recommendations to Implementation

The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released its final reports on the G20/OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project on Monday October 5th, 2015. ...more

Blog: PWC 2015 Board Survey Reveals Increasing Levels Of Shareholder Communications And Proactive Steps To Deter Hedge Fund...

As expected, the level of director communications with institutional shareholders has increased from 2012, up from 62% to 69%. More significant perhaps is the change occurring in the breadth of topics that directors are now...more

ESMA Publishes Final Report and Draft Regulatory and Implementing Technical Standards on MiFID II and MiFIR

On September 28, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a final report (Report) containing draft regulatory and implementing technical standards (Standards) on the revised EU Markets in Financial...more

The Profile of a Whistleblower

The SEC’s ongoing effort to strengthen its whistleblower program and broaden the universe of potential award recipients (see this Doug’s Note) has kept whistleblowing compliance at the forefront of most compliance and legal...more

The UK’s PRA Assesses Climate Change Risks to the Insurance Industry

On September 29, 2015, the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority (“PRA”) issued a report analyzing the impact of climate change on the UK’s insurance sector. The report was based on survey responses from thirty...more

ESMA Raises Market Risk Indicator for European Securities to Highest Level

On September 14, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its Trends, Risks and Vulnerabilities Report No. 2 for 2015 (the TRV) on the European securities markets. The TRV covers the time period from...more

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