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Delaware Law Updates – Pleading Breach of the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing in the Publicly Traded Master...

In Dieckman v. Regency GP LP, --- A.3d ---, 2017 WL 243361 (Del. Jan. 20, 2017), the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery[1] and held that the common unitholder plaintiff’s complaint properly stated a claim...more

The February 2017 Update – The Mintz Matrix

During 2016, amendments to breach notification laws in five states went into effect (California, Nebraska, Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee). And by the end of last year, well over twenty states had introduced or were...more

Thou Shalt Not Exploit Thine Elders

SEC approves FINRA rule designed to protect seniors and other specified adults from financial exploitation. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved a new rule proposed by the Financial Industry...more

Seventh Circuit Dismissal Signals Likely End to EEOC’s Challenges to Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

Several years ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) raised employers’ eyebrows when it filed several lawsuits challenging the validity of employer-sponsored wellness programs. The EEOC contended that such...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 8, Issue 1

The Decline and Fall of the Section 230 Safe Harbor? - 2016 was a tough year for a lot of reasons, most of which are outside the scope of this blog (though if you’d like to hear our thoughts about Bowie, Prince or...more

Snapchat Clocks Section 230 Win in Speed Filter Case

We have been monitoring a trend of cases narrowing the immunity provided to website operators under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA). A recent decision by a state court in Georgia, however, demonstrates...more

Second Circuit Clarifies “Repeat Infringer” Policy Requirement for DMCA Copyright Safe Harbors

Congress enacted the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) nearly two decades ago seeking to balance the needs of two factions: Content creators, who were struggling to protect their intellectual property in the digital...more

Re-Register DMCA Agent by December 31, 2017, and Other New DMCA Registration Requirements

Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the DMCA) provides online service providers with conditional safe harbors from liability for copyright infringement resulting from the actions of their users. In order...more

New Year’s Resolution – Be Compliant With the DMCA!

Copyright Office Issues New Rule – A Fresh Designation of Agent Submission is Required Before The End of 2017 to Be Compliant With The DMCA - The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) provides safe harbors from...more

IRS Issues New Guidance on TIGER Grants

In Revenue Procedure 2017-22, the IRS clarified earlier guidance regarding safe harbors for corporate taxpayers receiving grants from the government for capital improvements to transportation services. Section 118...more

The Swiss Privacy Shield Opens for Business on April 12

Beginning on April 12, 2017, U.S. organizations that are subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the FTC or the Department of Transportation will be able to self-certify to the newly adopted Swiss–U.S. Privacy...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Treatment of Energy Savings Performance Contracts

On January 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Rev. Proc. 2017-19, 2016-6 I.R.B. (the Rev. Proc.), providing a safe harbor under which it will not challenge the tax treatment of an Energy Savings Performance...more

[Event] A Nuts-and-Bolts Conversation About Terms of Use for Websites, Software and Contracts - March 2nd, Seattle, WA

BakerHostetler invites you to join us for a one hour complimentary seminar (followed by Q&A) offering practical considerations for managing risk and liability in online and other contracts. Our session will cover trending...more

SEC Staff Clarifies Application of 1940 Act Section 22(d) to Brokers Selling Clean Shares of Mutual Funds

In response to a request for interpretative guidance, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff (staff) advised on January 11, 2017 that Section 22(d) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 does not prevent a broker...more

Public Finance Advisory: IRS Releases Clarifying Management Contracts Rules

For the third time in as many years, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) has issued guidance for determining whether a management contract will result in private business use for property financed with governmental or...more

10 Key FCA Developments Of 2016

2016 was another active year in the land of False Claims Act enforcement. The U.S. Department of Justice continued to set recovery records and turned its eye more keenly on enforcement of individuals. We heard from the...more

Newly Proposed IRS Rules Permit the Use of Forfeitures for QNECs and QMACs

On January 18, 2017, the IRS issued proposed regulations that expand the permitted uses of forfeitures in a 401(k) plan. Under the proposed rules, the definitions of “qualified nonelective contributions” (QNECs) and...more

Be Careful What You Wish For, Part I: Does the Reform Act Need Reforming?

The history of securities and corporate governance litigation is full of wishes about the law that we later regret (or will), or are happy were not granted. Many of these are not obvious—and some will surprise people. From...more

IRS Issues Clarification for Tax-Exempt Management Contracts - Impact on Healthcare Providers

In IRS Revenue Procedure 2017-13 (Rev. Proc. 2017-13), the IRS clarifies safe harbor conditions under which a management contract will not result in private business use of a property financed by tax-exempt bonds. By way...more

IRS Issues New Guidelines for Qualified Management Contracts for Facilities Financed with Tax Exempt Bonds

Health care providers with facilities financed with tax exempt bonds need to be aware of recent changes to the IRS rules for qualified management contracts. On August 22, 2016, the IRS issued Rev. Proc. 2016-44 which...more

EEOC v. Flambeau, Judicial Restraint, and the (Uncertain) Future of Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

On January 25, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued it much-anticipated decision in EEOC v. Flambeau, Inc. This case involved the regulation of employer-sponsored wellness plans and programs. Since 2006, the rules...more

Seventh Circuit Declines To Address The EEOC’s Challenge To The Legality Of Employer’s Wellness Plan

Seyfarth Synopsis: After an employee lost his employer-funded health insurance because he failed to complete a medical examination required by his employer, the EEOC sued the employer under the ADA’s ban on involuntary...more

Health Law Insights: January Newsletter

ALERT: Health Reform Outlook for 2017: A Year of Major Uncertainty - Fulfilling their promises, Congressional Republicans moved to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the first day of the new Congress when Senate...more

IRS Provides Safe Harbor for Solar Contracts with Federal Agencies

On January 19, 2017, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2017-19 (the “Rev. Proc.”) providing a safe harbor for certain alternative energy sales contracts with federal agencies to be treated as...more

IRS Relaxes Rules on Use of Forfeitures to Fund Safe Harbor Contributions and QNECs to 401(k) Plans

The IRS recently issued welcome guidance for sponsors of 401(k) plans. On January 18th, the IRS issued proposed regulations that permit forfeitures to be used to fund the employer’s safe harbor contributions, qualified...more

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