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Australian insolvency law reforms aim to increase business restructuring opportunities

The Australian government is working to significantly reform Australia’s current insolvency laws by mid-2017. The reforms are intended to achieve greater likelihood of business preservation by introducing the flexibility...more

Hospital/Physician Leases Compliance Checklist

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS: A "no" answer to any of the following questions may mean your lease is out of compliance with applicable laws. Is the lease in writing? Is the lease signed by both parties? Does it...more

Spin-Off Revenue Procedure Removes a No-Rule Area and Provides Safe Harbors for Unwinding High Vote/Low Vote Stock Structures

On July 15th, the IRS released Rev. Proc. 2016-40 (the “Rev. Proc.”) removing a recent “no-rule” area with respect to transactions undertaken in anticipation of a spin-off involving high vote/low vote stock classes for the...more

Benefits Litigation Update – Summer 2016

Epstein Becker Green and The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) are pleased to release the current issue of the Benefits Litigation Update (“Update”). The Update is a publication which provides four primary...more

What you need to know about the new EU-U.S. data transfer pact

In October 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”), in its Schems decision, struck down protections afforded by the 2000 CJEU “Safe Harbor Decision.” The Safe Harbor framework had established a system by...more

EU-US Privacy Shield Approved

The EU-US Privacy Shield—successor to the invalidated Safe Harbor program for transatlantic transfers of EU personal data—was finally approved on July 12, 2016....more

California Agency’s Continued Tinkering with Prop 65 Rule Revisions Receives Mixed Reviews from Stakeholders

In the July 2015 issue, we reported on food and beverage companies’ views on the overhaul of warning regulations under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (colloquially known as Prop 65) proposed by the Office...more

California Adds Group of Herbicides to Proposition 65 List

Following a failed legal challenge by Syngenta Crop Protection, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard (OEHHA) has announced that it has added a group of broadleaf herbicides to the list of chemicals under...more

Second Circuit In Vimeo Narrows The Red Flag Knowledge and Willful Blindness Exceptions To DMCA Safe Harbors

The Second Circuit recently decided Capitol Records, LLC, et al. v. Vimeo, LLC (2d Cir. June 16, 2016) (“Vimeo”), a landmark decision concerning the interpretation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the...more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 1: Firing Squad

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

California Lists Sedaxane, Styrene Under Prop. 65

Sedaxane and styrene are among the latest chemicals to be listed by California as requiring a Prop. 65 warning. Sedaxane is a seed treatment fungicide. It was listed under Prop. 65 as a carcinogen on July 1, and the warning...more

Examiner.com Sails to Victory in DMCA Safe Harbor

Addressing whether the owner of a media website could invoke the safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of...more

Second Circuit Further Clarifies DMCA Safe Harbors in Vimeo

The Second Circuit recently decided Capitol Records, LLC, et al. v. Vimeo, LLC, (2d Cir. June 16, 2016) (Vimeo), a landmark decision concerning the interpretation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the DMCA)....more

The Sweet Sounds Of Victory: Vimeo Llc Wins Appeal In Music Copyright Infringement Case

On June 16, 2016 Vimeo LLC heared the sweet sounds of victory as it won its appeal in a music copyright infringement case (Capitol Records LLC v. Vimeo LLC ) filed in 2009, that centered on the Digital Millennium Copyright...more

A Flip on the Flip Clause: Lehman Court Changes Course on Flip Provisions and Financial Safe Harbors

New York bankruptcy judge dismisses claims to recover approximately $1 billion that had been distributed to noteholders following commencement of the Lehman Brothers chapter 11 proceedings in September 2008. After more...more

Court Places CA Piece-Rate Pay Statute’s July 1 “Safe Harbor” Filing Deadline on Hold

On June 30, 2016, Judge Jeffrey Hamilton of the California Superior Court in Fresno County granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing the enforcement of various aspects of California’s new piece-rate pay statute,...more

Court Enjoins Enforcement of “Safe Harbor” Deadline for Piece Rate Law

Seyfarth Synopsis: A court has temporarily suspended the deadline for employers to elect the statutory “safe harbor” for purposes of complying with recent legislation that makes it even more difficult for employers that pay...more

IRS Issues Further Guidance on “Start of Construction” Requirement for Renewable Energy Tax Credits, Including Continuity...

On May 5, 2016, the IRS released Notice 2016-31, which provides additional guidance on the “start of construction” requirements for the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC) in lieu of the PTC. Notice...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Under Code Section 457 Affecting Deferred Compensation Plans of Tax-Exempt Organizations

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) that prescribe rules regarding deferred compensation plans sponsored by state and local governments...more

Maryland Enacts Mandatory Private-Sector Retirement Program That Impacts Most Maryland Employers

Maryland joins California, Connecticut, Illinois, and Oregon in leading state initiatives to set up state-sponsored retirement plans for employees. The Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Program and Trust (“the...more

Deductibility of Transaction Costs for a Target Company: No Safe Harbor in Deemed Asset Deals

On June 10, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released a Chief Counsel Memorandum dated July 8, 2015, addressing the issue of whether a target S-corporation, which participated in a transaction in which the parties made a...more

Capitol Records LLC v. Vimeo LLC - USCA, Second Circuit, June 16, 2016

In copyright infringement suit against user-generated video website Vimeo, Second Circuit holds that DMCA safe harbor protections apply to pre-1972 sound recordings, and that Vimeo is entitled to DMCA protections even though...more

Does Federal Bankruptcy Law Preempt State Law Fraudulent Transfer Claims Assigned to a Bankruptcy Estate Representative?

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware recently issued an opinion that addresses, among other issues, the question of whether section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code preempts certain fraudulent transfer...more

IRS Provides New 409A Guidance; New Proposed Regulations Provide Additional Clarity, Warn of Abusive Practices, and Present...

In Depth - Additional flexibility to use Section 409A exemptions - ..Expanded availability of the rules for transaction-based compensation for stock rights and incentive stock options. The final regulations allow...more

Internet Service Providers and Oldies Fans Rejoice: Second Circuit Holds the DMCA Safe Harbor Covers Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

The Second Circuit’s decision last week in Capitol Records, LLC v. Vimeo, LLC was a victory for internet service providers who host third-party content. It plugged a major loophole in the DMCA safe harbor for information...more

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