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Looking For A Deceased Celebrity’s Successor-In-Interest? The Secretary Of State Has An Answer

by Allen Matkins on

The California Secretary of State’s office is the repository for a vast a disparate number of filings. Few people, for example, may be aware that they may register with the Secretary of State’s office as a...more

Delaware Proposes Unclaimed Property Regulations – No April Fools

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, the Delaware Department of Finance (DOF) promulgated two regulations that would repeal all existing unclaimed property regulations and replace them with a single DOF regulation containing a revised...more

Extreme Vetting for Visa Applicants – Just not for the Countries in the Travel Ban

by Fisher Phillips on

Subsequent to President Trump’s March 6, 2017 Executive Order Suspending travel to the US of certain nationals and Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland...more

Trump and the FCPA: Perception Is Not Reality

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Many have questioned whether President Donald Trump, who as a businessman called the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) a "horrible law" in 2012, would seek to change the law, its enforcement or both. However, recent...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

As the Trump presidency completes its first 10 weeks, the administration is celebrating big wins on the regulatory reform front while nursing some wounds from a major defeat on efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable...more

Increased Scrutiny of Visa Applications and Possible Delays

by Mintz Levin on

On March 17, 2017, the Department of State (“DOS”), through the Secretary of State, issued a cable to all US consulates and embassies with guidance on enhanced screening and vetting of applications for US visas and other...more

UPDATE: Federal Judge Issues Order Temporarily Halting President Trump’s Immigration Travel Ban

On Friday, February 3, 2017, U.S. District Judge James L. Robart granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) against defendants, President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), DHS Secretary John F....more

"Future of Sanctions on Iran, Russia and Cuba Uncertain Under Trump"

Throughout the eight years of the Obama administration, the development and implementation of economic sanctions was a key element of U.S. foreign and national security policy. This strategy continued into the post-election...more

What Does the President's Executive Order Blocking Foreign Nationals From Seven Countries Mean for Employment-Based Visas?

by Littler on

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order (among others) titled: “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” (the “Order”). The Order purports to “suspend entry” of both...more

Choice of Entity and Key Contents of Organization Documents

by Jackson Walker on

Five Business Entity Forms: • Corporation • General Partnership • Limited Partnership • Limited Liability Partnership (“LLP”) • Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) Please see full presentation publication...more

United States Issues Executive Order, General License Easing Sudan Sanctions

by White & Case LLP on

On January 13, 2017, President Obama signed an Executive Order entitled "Recognizing Positive Actions by the Government of Sudan and Providing for the Revocation of Certain Sudan-Related Sanctions."...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - January 2017

CEO’s Executive Summary: This longer-than-normal update covers an eventful few weeks in the Trump transition and in Mexico. The President-elect has nominated or appointed a team responsible for key aspects of U.S.-Mexico...more

California Secretary Of State Upgrades Business Searches

by Allen Matkins on

For some time, the California Secretary of State’s office has offered a business search application on its website. Although the function provided only limited information, the application received more than 5 million views...more

Energy in Transition: Trump Announces Additional Cabinet Nominees

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President-Elect Donald Trump announced this week three new cabinet nominees who will certainly influence U.S. energy policy at home and abroad. This alert is intended to update clients on the President-Elect's nominees and...more

SEC Overlooks Nevada’s Transfer Agent Licensing Laws

by Allen Matkins on

Transfer agents provide a number of crucial services, primarily for publicly traded companies. Among other responsibilities, they maintain ownership records, record security transfers, issue and cancel certificates and...more

Madeleine Albright Writes About Her Experience as a Refugee

by Cozen O'Connor on

Former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, sent the below message to the White House ahead of President Obama’s remarks at a U.N. Refuge Summit: I came to the United States as a refugee when I was 11 years old....more

DHS Partners With States To Strengthen Election Cybersecurity Infrastructure

by King & Spalding on

Last week, the National Association of Secretaries of State (“NASS”) appointed four secretaries of state to the Department of Homeland Security’s (“DHS”) Election Infrastructure Cybersecurity Working Group (“Working Group”). ...more

Court Allows An Exhausted FTC To Serve Summons On The California Secretary Of State

by Allen Matkins on

The Federal Trade Commission is not pleased with Discountmetalbrokers, Inc. In fact, the FTC is so unhappy with the company that it filed a complaint alleging that the company held itself out as a legitimate seller of gold...more

New NC Legislation Creates Central Registry for Assumed Business Names

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

This past week, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted a bill to streamline the process for filing assumed business names (more commonly known as "D.B.A.s")....more

Over 1,000 Nevada Business Entities To Lose Their Registered Agent

by Allen Matkins on

In 2007, Nevada adopted the Model Registered Agents Act. It is currently one of 10 states to have done so (plus the District of Columbia). Nevada’s enactment of the model act may have been predestined by the fact that the...more

How To Revive A Suspended Corporation

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday’s post concerned the circumstances that will cause the California Franchise Tax Board to suspend a corporation’s rights, powers, and privileges to conduct business in California. Suspension, however, is reversible,...more

Suspension By The Franchise Tax Board

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday’s post concerned the two circumstances in which the Secretary of State might suspend a corporation. The California Franchise Tax Board will suspend a corporation if it fails to pay taxes, penalties, fees or...more

Corporate Suspension By The California Secretary Of State

by Allen Matkins on

In California, a corporation may find its powers, rights and privileges suspended by either the Secretary of State or by the Franchise Tax Board.  Today’s post discusses the two roads to suspension by the California Secretary...more

SEC Alleges LLC Names Were “Deceptively Similar”, But What Would The California SOS Do?

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday, the SEC announced that it had filed a complaint against a securities professional alleging that he had defrauded “two institutions he solicited to invest in a shell company he controlled whose name was deceptively...more

Details of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Unveiled

The content of the Privacy Shield was made public yesterday and today. The new framework dedicated to the EU / US flow of personal data is in fact a combination of several documents issued by the US and the EU....more

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