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PCAOB Evaluates Audit Firm Communications with Audit Committees

On April 5, the PCAOB issued a report regarding compliance with Auditing Standard No. 16, Communications with Audit Committees (AS No. 16), based on its inspections of issuer audits during its 2014 inspection cycle. AS No. 16...more

Cal PUC Issues New Rules for TNCs

At the voting meeting on April 21, the California Public Utilities Commission approved new regulations impacting the operations of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Lyft and Uber, within California. The “Phase...more

New Laws Reform California’s Surface Mining and Reclamation Act

True to his word, Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills, AB 1142 and SB 209, into law on Monday to reform California’s Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA). Now, before getting too excited, keep in mind that the new...more

Expect Increased Environmental Regulatory Scrutiny in the Wake of the Flint Water Crisis

The regulated community should plan for an increased level of agency oversight, inspection and enforcement and increased public involvement. Although there has been much finger pointing as to which party or parties may...more

The European Court of Justice Rules against Overreaching Requests for Information by the European Commission

Last week, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled that the General Court of the European Union (GCEU) had been wrong when deciding that the European Commission’s requests for information sent to eight cement...more

Time To Stop And Actually Look At Your Bulletin Boards

When was the last time you stopped and looked – really, truly looked – at all of the workplace posters on your company’s bulletin boards? Many employers take the Ron Popeil philosophy of workplace posters and “set it, and...more

Delaware's Court of Chancery Clarifies Scope of Inspection Under Books and Records Demands

In Amalgamated Bank v. Yahoo!, Inc., C.A. No. 10774-VCL (Del. Ch. Feb. 2, 2016), Plaintiff Amalgamated Bank’s Section 220 books and records demand sought, among other things, the emails of certain Yahoo officers and...more

Roadmap for a Successful Product Inspection

One of the tasks manufacturing companies frequently face is having their products inspected and tested as part of the pre-litigation or litigation process. While this may sound routine, it is important to have a detailed...more

Preemption Defense in the Ninth Circuit Is “Not Dead Yet”

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) contained a scene where bodies of plague victims were brought out to the curb for collection via a cart whether or not they properly belonged there. One living fellow insists on not...more

China’s NDRC Issues New Carbon Trading Guidance

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China’s central economic planning agency, issued several guidance documents relating to the upcoming national Emissions Trading System (ETS) in January this year. The...more

The New Texas Two-Step: Construction Defect Litigation by Condominium Owners’ Associations

On June 17, 2015, Texas adopted amendments to the Texas Uniform Condominium Act by requiring condominium unit owners’ associations (“Association”) to take specified procedural steps prior to initiating a construction defect...more

Seven Key Clauses in a Vessel Purchase Agreement

Vessel sales are a constant in the marine industry, even during downturns in the market. In fact, some see adverse market conditions as an opportunity to find bargains on vessels and other marine equipment. Once the buyer has...more

“Industry standard” is not always appropriate safety precaution, and MOL inspector’s “gut instinct” is not enough to ground...

A mining company has won a lengthy dispute with the Ontario Ministry of Labour after satisfying the Ontario Labour Relations Board that the applicable “industry standard” was not appropriate in the case at hand. The...more

Guidance on Internal I-9 Audits

Because a government inspection can occur with only three days written notice, some employers choose to initiate internal audits of their company’s Forms I-9, utilizing their own personnel or attorneys with immigration or...more

OSHA Ramps Up Focus On the Poultry Industry

In October, OSHA announced an Emphasis Program on poultry processing in Regions IV and VI in states with Federal OSHA programs. Region IV Federal OSHA states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. The Region VI...more

Texas Court’s Writ of Mandamus Relieves Discovery Pressures on Tire Manufacturer

A court in Harris County, Texas provided relief to Michelin North America Inc. in a case involving allegedly defective tires when it threatened to issue a writ of mandamus in favor of the tire manufacturer. The Texas...more

Chicago Building Owners - Don’t Forget Your Annual Elevator Inspection Certification!

It’s the end of 2015 and most building owners are looking forward to a new year and the possibilities it may hold. But wait! Don’t forget to complete the City of Chicago Annual Elevator Inspection Certification...more

Montgomery County Now Requires Radon Testing Before Single-Family Home Sale

The Montgomery County Council enacted Bill No. 31-15 on November 17, 2015 requiring radon testing prior to the sale of single-family homes, regardless of whether it is the initial or resale of the home. Bill No. 31-15 will...more

Recent Class Actions Challenge Property Inspection Charges

From origination through final payoff, plaintiffs’ counsel look for claims in just about every aspect of the relationship between borrowers and their mortgage lenders. Recently, scrutiny has turned to property inspections...more

ATF Institutes a Voluntary Magazine Identification-Labeling Program

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), in its recent ATF EXPLOSIVES Industry Newsletter, informed the industry of a new voluntary “process to better track industry-owned explosives storage magazines.”...more

Latest Developments in Corruption Enforcement in China

The past quarter has been an active one for Chinese government enforcement activities, and the year ahead promises more of the same. Recent developments include: the strengthening of Chinese bribery laws, increased action...more

PHMSA Proposes to Expand the Requirements for Pipelines Carrying Hazardous Liquids

The rules would add gathering lines and pipelines in non-HCA areas. On October 13, the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a Proposed Rule that would...more

Long-awaited overhaul of FDA food safety rules arrives – Part II: A roadmap for food manufacturers on FDA’s changes to cGMPs

The new FDA Rule revamping cGMPs and implementing new rules referred to as HARPC will impact the food industry greatly. In this second in a three-part series, we will discuss the FDA’s changes to cGMPs, noting the changes...more

CFPB Issues RESPA and Marketing Services Agreements Compliance Bulletin

On October 8, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a compliance bulletin concerning marketing services agreements (MSAs) under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). RESPA - RESPA...more

CPSC & DOJ Stop Two Companies from Future Importation of Children’s Products with Far-Reaching Consent Decrees

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”)—at the behest of the CPSC—filed suit in California federal court against two companies and three individuals for importing products that violate the Federal Hazardous...more

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