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OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Wholly Owned GPO Arrangement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) on May 9, 2016, issued Advisory Opinion 16-06, finding a sufficiently low level of risk in a group purchasing organization (GPO) arrangement...more

FCC Bureaus Release Guidance on Transparency Rule Implementation

On May 19, the FCC’s Chief Technologist, Office of General Counsel, and Enforcement Bureau (“Bureaus”) released new guidance addressing implementation of the enhanced transparency disclosure requirements required by the 2015...more

The Harbour is Not Yet Safe – Reform on the Move in Australia

Following on from the Productivity Commission's Report on Business Set-up, Transfer and Closure, the Australian Government has issued a Proposals Paper entitled Improving bankruptcy and insolvency laws. The paper has...more

Cutting Through the Constitutionality Haze in the Battle Between PHH Corporation and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

So much has been written in recent weeks about the battle between PHH Corporation and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The panel heard oral argument on April 12,...more

EEOC Issues Final Rules on Employer Wellness Programs; Clarifies Position on Incentive Caps, Confidentiality and ADA’s “Safe...

On May 16, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued two final rules regarding employer wellness plans, the first to amend existing regulations under the Genetic Information and Non-Discrimination Act...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - May 2016

Debt Collection Letters Now Have a Safe Harbor In The Second Circuit - Avila v. Riexinger & Associates, LLC, 15-1548, --- F.3d ---- , 2016 WL 1104776 (2d Cir. March 22, 2016) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Proposed Ownership Structure of Group Purchasing Organization

On May 2, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a favorable advisory opinion regarding a proposed arrangement, under which a group purchasing organization (GPO)...more

Renewable Energy Tax Credits: Recent IRS Notice Favorable to the Renewable Energy Industry

On May 5, 2016, the IRS released new guidance regarding the renewable energy production tax credit (“PTC”) and energy investment tax credit (“ITC”) which most in the renewable energy industry will find favorable. ...more

OIG Issues Favorable GPO Advisory Opinion

The OIG recently issued a favorable advisory opinion permitting a health system (the “Health System”) to become the sole owner of a Group Purchasing Organization (“GPO”), some of whose members were also owned by the Health...more

IRS Modifies Continuity Requirement and Clarifies Other Guidance for Production Tax Credit Eligibility

On May 5, 2016, the IRS released Notice 2016-31 to update and clarify prior IRS guidance concerning satisfaction of the “begun construction” requirement for production tax credit (“PTC”) eligibility under recently extended...more

New Production Tax Credit “Beginning of Construction” Advice From the IRS

The IRS recently issued Notice 2016-31, providing further guidance regarding the “beginning of construction” requirement for the production tax credit (PTC) under Section 45 of the Internal Revenue Code and the investment tax...more

Court Of Chancery Enforces Nearly Ironclad Safe Harbor For Conflict Transactions Involving Alternative Entity

This is an important decision because it enforces a nearly ironclad protection against any attack on the decision of a special committee to approve a conflict transaction for a LLP and an LLC....more

IRS Issues Guidance on Beginning of Construction Rules for Renewable Projects

On May 5, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-31, providing guidance on meeting the beginning of construction requirements for wind and other qualified facilities (including biomass, geothermal,...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Lower Court Ruling on Meaning of “User” in DMCA §512(c) Safe Harbor

Title II of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) offers safe harbors for qualifying service providers to limit their liability for claims of copyright infringement. To benefit from the Section 512(c) safe harbor, a...more

IRS Issues Additional Guidance on “Begun Construction” Requirement for Wind Energy Credits

Latest guidance extends “continuity safe harbor” to four years and includes other taxpayer-friendly modifications and clarifications to existing guidance. On May 5, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued...more

Update: Proposed Rules Will Limit Buy-Side Remedies in a Financial Institution Failure

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Board”) has proposed rules (the “Proposed Rules”) that represent a significant shift in the terms of over-the-counter derivatives, repurchase agreement and securities...more

After Extension, IRS Clarifies "Begun Construction" Guidance for PTCs

Following last year's extension of the investment tax credit for qualifying projects for which construction begins prior to January 1, 2020, and of the production tax credit (PTC) with respect to certain facilities the...more

California's Proposition 65: History and Proposed Amendments in 2016

In 1986, California voters passed the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, otherwise known by its original name, Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard...more

Amendments to Canada’s Bank Restructuring Legislation: Bail-In and Financial Contract Safe Harbours

The Government of Canada recently introduced the Budget Implementation Act, 2016 No. 1 (Bill C-15) to implement certain initiatives announced in the March 2016 federal budget, including amendments to the Canada Deposit...more

IRS Issues New Notice Extending Beginning of Construction Safe Harbor

On May 5, 2016, the IRS issued Notice 2016-31 (the “Notice”) which revises previous guidance on satisfying the “beginning of construction” test in order to take advantage of the section 45 renewable electricity production tax...more

IRS Updates Beginning of Construction Guidance for Renewable Energy Tax Credits Extended by PATH Act

On May 5, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-31, which updates prior guidance regarding the beginning of construction requirement for IRC sections 45 and 48 renewable energy tax credits following...more

Major New Wave of California Proposition 65 Lawsuits About to B(PA)reak

May 11, 2016. A day that may live in California Proposition 65 infamy. The date marks the one –year anniversary of the listing of Bisphenol A (BPA) as a reproductive toxicant under Proposition 65, and the expiration of the...more

OIG Approves Another Medigap/Preferred Hospital Network in Advisory Opinion 16-04

On April 18th, the OIG issued a new favorable Advisory Opinion, No. 16–04, regarding an agreement between a Medigap insurer and preferred hospital network. The opinion tracked other, similar opinions in favorably addressing...more

Legal Challenge to FCC’s TCPA Omnibus Ruling Ready for Court Decision

The FCC’s July 2015 Omnibus Ruling ("the Ruling") interpreting certain provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has been widely denounced by business interests for its expansive interpretation of the...more

SEC Finalizes Rules Implementing JOBS Act and FAST Act Provisions Concerning Exchange Act Registration Thresholds

On May 3, 2016, the SEC adopted final rules regarding reporting obligation thresholds under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 mandated by the JOBS Act and the securities provisions of the FAST Act. The rules become...more

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