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Legal and Regulatory Landscape for Mobile Health Technologies

Mobile health (mHealth) technologies continue to expand in application and implementation. Over the past decade, the breadth of these technologies has grown from the creation of healthcare-directed websites (think WebMD) to...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - April 2015

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes an overview of the FAA’s new contract maintenance rules, DOT and FAA notices on flight prohibitions in conflict zones, the latest news on the integration...more

Federal Banking Regulators Expand Scope of EGRPRA Review

On April 6, the Federal Reserve, OCC, and FDIC (Agencies) revealed that their ongoing regulatory review under the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 (EGRPRA) will now be expanded to include...more

"Predictable Scheduling" Concept Gaining Momentum

In late January, we reported on U.S. Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil's comments that the agency is considering whether the federal Fair Labor Standards Act somehow entitles employees to "predictable...more

A Practical Guide for the Buy-Side to the U.S. Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps - What the Buy-Side Needs to Know about the OTC...

This guide is designed to provide in a concise format the principal information that the buy-side needs to know about the U.S. margin rules. The format of the guide is question-and-answer, with most answers followed by the...more

Health Care Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - SGR Bill Facing Final Hurdles This Week - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health Care...more

Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation: Toxic Substances Control Act - Reform at Last? (4/15)

Efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 15 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq., have been underway for several years, but to date, none have succeeded in modifying how this often criticized law regulates chemicals in...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2015

In this issue: - US Banking Agencies Issue FAQs on the Regulatory Capital Rule - US Banking Agencies Permit Wells Fargo to Begin Using Advanced Approaches Framework - Regulation on Reporting of...more

Recent Developments on Variable Annuity Captive Reinsurance and Hedging Risk Evaluation; and Impacts on VA Issuers

In the midst of the broader discussion within the insurance regulatory community regarding the financial risks potentially posed by captive reinsurers, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has recently...more

What the Drought Emergency Declaration Means for Your Business

By Executive Order B-29-15, signed on April 1, 2015, Governor Brown declared a state of drought emergency “to exist throughout the State of California ….” Among other things, the recitals state: WHEREAS a distinct...more

Food Labeling, Food Safety & Nutrition

From a national action plan on combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food-producing animals and a presidential task force on fishing and seafood fraud, to proposed rules on nutrition and supplement fact labeling, the...more

There’s Undoubtedly A New Sheriff in Town in Massachusetts

I have never agreed with those in the environmental community who are opposed to cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis. Cost-effectiveness analysis just seems a no-brainer to me. As to cost-benefit analysis, we do it...more

Comptroller Curry Remarks on OCC Assistance to Mutual Savings Associations and Community Banks

On March 23, OCC Comptroller Curry delivered remarks at the ABA Mutual Community Bank Conference regarding the agency’s supervision of mutual savings associations and community banks. Curry focused on the agency’s ongoing...more

An Eerie Silence

There’s an eerie silence in the world of fraud prosecutions in the UK. A Libor trial is about to start, a FCA land banking prosecution is on trial at Southwark, but with reporting restrictions, and a couple of weeks ago David...more

CFPB Considers Stronger Consumer Protections for Payday Loans and Similar Debt

On March 26, the CFPB announced that it is considering stronger consumer protections relating to payday loans, vehicle title loans, deposit advance products, and certain high-cost installment loans and open-end loans. The...more

The CFPB and the Future of High-Interest Lending

High-interest lending has just become riskier, and investors need to be aware that the upcoming CFPB’s regulations may reduce or eliminate the profitability that is inherent in high-risk lending....more

3 Reasons to Re-Evaluate Your Ethics and Compliance Program for India

The Network recently expanded our business presence in India to meet the increasing demand for our ethics and compliance solutions in that region. I will be traveling there later this year to meet with our team as well as...more

California’s Class II Underground Injection Wells Subject to Increased Scrutiny

EPA sets new requirements and compliance deadlines for a stricter regulatory oversight program. On March 9, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a letter to the California State Water Resources Control...more

New York's Banking Regulator Proposes Tougher Anti-Money Laundering and Cybersecurity Enforcement Rules

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) supervises all New York State chartered banks, most U.S.-based branches and agencies of foreign banking institutions, and all insurance companies in New York. The DFS also...more

South African Hedge Fund Regulation – Here At Last

After five years of talking about the need to regulate hedge funds as a type of financial institution in South Africa, the Minister of Finance in his budget speech stated that with effect from 1 April 2015 “hedge funds will...more

Crowdfunding? Really?

Count me a Luddite when it comes to social media in general, and more specifically, the supposed potential for crowdfunding and raising capital for start-ups and small businesses. My skepticism about crowdfunding admittedly...more

Update on State Attorneys General: Connecticut Creates a Permanent Privacy Department; NAAG Covers Big Data, Cybersecurity, and...

The federal government may be pushing a cybersecurity and data privacy agenda, but that doesn’t mean that the states are taking a back seat. The state attorneys general are maintaining their focus on issues relating to...more

Energy & Environment Update - March 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of State - Department of Treasury -...more

NAIC Amps Up Cybersecurity Oversight

The NAIC has begun its efforts to amp up state insurance department oversight of cybersecurity practices with the release of two documents for public comment. The first, entitled Principles for Effective Cybersecurity...more

Summary of FERC Meeting Agenda - March 2015

Below are brief summaries of the Agenda Items for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s March 19, 2015 meeting, pursuant to the agenda as issued on March 12, 2015. Agenda Items E-16 through E-18 have not been summarized...more

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