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FCA Publishes "New" Mission Statement

On 26 October 2016, the FCA published a Mission Statement titled “Our Future Mission”. The aim of the publication is to “establish a set of guiding principles” that explain how the FCA pursues its strategic and operational...more

A Call-to-Action: Obama Administration Encourages States to Ban Noncompetes for Low-Wage Workers and Certain Other Employees

On October 25, 2016, the Obama administration released a fact sheet announcing the steps that the White House is taking to “enhance competition to benefit consumers, workers, and entrepreneurs.” The administration’s actions...more

Florida Supreme Court Rules Incorrect Denial of Insurance Benefits Can Trigger Award of Attorneys’ Fees to Insured

On September 29, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court held, in Johnson v. Omega Insurance Company (No. SC14-2124), that a homeowner is entitled to an award of attorneys’ fees after an improper denial of insurance benefits. The...more

Using Public Policy to Create IRA Irony

You might recall that the Department of Labor (DOL) took the position earlier this year that it had to protect individual retirement accounts and annuities as well as IRA owners by extending certain ERISA protections to them....more

House Tax Policy Review Committee Update - Public Policy Alert from the South Carolina State House - October 2016

The House Tax Policy Review Committee held its fourth meeting on Tuesday, October 18th, to hear from the public on issues regarding tax policy in South Carolina. Twelve individuals addressed the Committee on various tax...more

Third Circuit Rejects Contractor’s Challenge To Arbitral Jurisdiction Based On Failure To Comply With Agreement’s Procedural...

The Third Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling against a contractor challenging an arbitrator’s authority in ordering payment of delinquent contributions to employee benefit funds. Plaintiff (“Nolt”) signed a Project Labor...more

Health Update - October 2016

Defining and Resolving the Provider Data Dilemma - Editor’s Note: Provider data drives the most fundamental processes in the healthcare system. Inaccurate provider data puts patient care and billions of dollars at risk....more

Fintech in Hong Kong: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way, or Hong Kong’s Measures To Become the Fintech Capital of Asia

Hong Kong is putting substantial focus on financial technology, or fintech, to compete with Singapore and Tokyo as the fintech capital of Asia. In April 2015, the Hong Kong Government (the “Government”) established the...more

G7 Publishes Fundamental Elements of Cyber Security for the Financial Sector

The G7 Cyber Expert Group published a statement on the fundamental elements of cyber security in the financial sector. The high-level elements are intended to assist a financial sector entity to design and implement their...more

Procurement Pulse - October 2016

The new regime based on the 2014 procurement directives continues to evolve. In September, Crown Commercial Service (CCS) issued guidance on its new Selection Questionnaire, replacing the standard PQQ, and considered to be an...more

Stressed out by politics? Many are, with reason. But be informed and vote …

Dutiful sons and daughters may need to see their parents, uncles and aunts, and grandparents, if nothing else to shut off their cable television news, turn off the talk radio, yank them off social media, and put down their...more

Are Waivers of Liability Enforceable in New York?

We have probably all seen them in the “fine print” at one time or another: waivers of liability, injury waivers, or pre-injury clauses we have to sign before taking part in some type of activity. Waivers of liability have...more

Trade & Manufacturing - October 2016

What the Next President Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing - Top industry executives, political leaders, small business and trade union leaders, researchers and policymakers are offering a blueprint for maintaining the...more

Recent California Ruling Enables Excess Carriers to Put Additional Pressure On a Primary Carrier to Accept a Reasonable Policy...

A California appeals court recently sharpened the teeth of insurance companies’ duty to settle [Ace Am. Ins. Co. v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. (2016) 2 Cal. App. 5th 159]. By broadening the situations in which an insurer can be...more

US Comptroller of the Currency Discusses Marketplace Lending

As part of the inaugural Marketplace Lending Policy Summit 2016, US Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry discussed marketplace lending’s risks and associated policy questions...more

What the Next President Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing

Top industry executives, political leaders, small business and trade union leaders, researchers and policymakers are offering a blueprint for maintaining the competitiveness of the nation’s manufacturing sector. A nonpartisan...more

US Federal Reserve Bank Presidents Testify before US House of Representatives

US Federal Reserve Bank Presidents Esther George (Kansas City) and Dr. Jeffrey Lacker (Richmond) testified before the US House of Representatives Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, in a hearing...more

House Tax Policy Review Committee Update - Public Policy Alert from the South Carolina State House - September 2016

The House Tax Policy Review Committee held its third meeting on Tuesday, September 27th, to review property taxes across South Carolina. Frank Rainwater, Executive Director of the South Carolina Revenue and Fiscal Affairs...more

South Africa Newsletter - September 2016

South Africa’s diverse economy, strategic role in Africa and political history create a unique business and regulatory environment. The Dentons South Africa Newsletter will help you keep abreast of issues that affect doing...more

UK Supreme Court: Fraud Trumps the Finality of Settlements

In a recent decision that can have equal application in the United States, the UK Supreme Court ruled that fraud trumps the public policy arguments of finality and encouragement of settlements....more

Public Policy Alert from the South Carolina State House - Budget Outlook and Impact of South Carolina’s Changing Demographics

The House Ways and Means Committee met on Monday, September 19th, to hear testimony regarding an outlook on future revenues as well as South Carolina’s changing demographics. Dr. Lee Pearson, Associate Dean with the Arnold...more

Texas Supreme Court Affirms Property Owners' Rights Within the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction

On May 27, 2016, in Town of Lakewood Village v. Bizios, the Texas Supreme Court held that general law municipalities do not have the authority to enforce building codes within their extraterritorial jurisdictions (ETJs). This...more

New Foreign Investment Control of UK Critical Infrastructure Projects

Changes will align the UK’s policy framework for ownership and control of critical infrastructure with other major economies. On 15 September 2016, the UK Government announced its delayed approval of the proposed...more

House Tax Policy Review Committee Update - Public Policy Alert from the South Carolina State House

The House Tax Policy Review Committee held its second meeting on Tuesday, September 13th, to discuss income and sales tax issues and statistics. Gordon Shuford with the South Carolina Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office made a...more

The Ethics Advisor: The Details Matter — Recusing Yourself Due to Conflict of Interest

Once, when I had put a lot of time and attention into arranging the particulars of social engagement, an old acquaintance called me a “detallista.” At the time, I think she may have meant it more as a slight than a...more

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