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Financial Services Law - July 2015

Treasury Department: Tell Us More About Online Marketplace Lending - Why it matters: Raising the possibility of regulation, the Department of the Treasury has published a Request for Information (RFI) regarding...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Government Contracts Case on Veteran Business Preferences

Well, it doesn’t happen very often, but the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a government contracts case! The Supreme Court granted certiorari on June 22, 2015, and will hear an appeal from the Court of Appeals for the...more

Treasury Department Starts the Regulatory Ball Rolling for Marketplace Lenders

The Treasury Department’s notice and request poses 14 detailed questions to gather public information concerning the role of marketplace lending in the financial services industry. On July 16, 2015, the U.S. Department...more

U.S. Treasury Department Requests Information on Online Marketplace Lending

On Monday, July 20, 2015, the United States Treasury Department (UST) published a notice and request for information (RFI) in the Federal Register in order to request public comment on online marketplace lending. The RFI...more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update - July 2015

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice team to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting. Please see...more

Regulators Issue Final Dodd-Frank Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of Covered Entities in the Financial...

On June 9, 2015, six federal agencies (“Agencies”) subject to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Act”) issued much-anticipated joint final standards (“Final Standards”) in accordance with...more

Small Business Committee holds hearing to explore commercial drone operations

On Wednesday, July 15, the House Committee on Small Business (the Committee) held a hearing, titled “Taking Flight: Small Business Utilization of Unmanned Aircraft,” aimed at exploring small business use of drones. The...more

Alcohol Tax Breaks Brewing in Congress (May 2015)

Tax relief may be on the way for alcohol producers both large and small. Two tax breaks for brewers are vying for the spotlight on Capitol Hill, while a third piece of legislation would grant earlier tax deductions to...more

Commerce Dept. Reviewing Stakeholders' Cybersecurity Comments

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force (IPTF) is currently reviewing feedback collected in response to a Request for Public Comment on cyber threats facing the digital ecosystem and economy, with the...more

Department of Energy Looking to Partner Small Businesses, Labs

On July 8, the U.S. Energy Department, during the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative’s Southeast Regional Summit, announced the national laboratories who will take the lead in implementing a new Small Businesses Vouchers...more

Lack of Bribery Act Awareness by One-Third of UK Small Businesses Poses Risk for Partners

A U.K.-government-commissioned survey of 500 businesses known as “small and medium sized enterprises” (SMEs) in the United Kingdom released in July 2015 found that more than one-third of the businesses had never heard of the...more

Briefing on Regulation A+ Challenge to Extend Though November

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has entered a briefing schedule in Montana’s and Massachusetts’ challenge to Regulation A+. The states’ briefs are due August 26, the SEC’s brief is due...more

July Congressional Committee Hearings on Health Policy Issues

Congressional committees continue to hold hearings on various health policy topics, including the following: ..A Senate Finance Committee hearing today focused on “Reviewing HealthCare.gov Controls.” ..The House...more

Treatment of “Finders” and Disclosure Effectiveness Discussed at SEC Advisory Committee Meeting

During their July 15 open telephone meeting, the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies continued discussion on the regulatory treatment of “finders” and disclosure effectiveness relating to small...more

Federal Circuit Affirms First Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Decision in a Covered Business Method Review

On July 9, 2015, a divided panel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) affirmed the first Patent Trial and Appeals Board (“PTAB”) decision concerning Covered Business Method (“CBM”) reviews, which were...more

Procurement Pulse - July 2015

The Supreme Court ruling in the Edenred case on 1 July, provides an answer to the query we posed in June's Procurement Pulse - where a contract is signed before the Public Contracts Regulations, 2015 (PCR'15) came into force,...more

Cyber Liability Insurance – Does Your Retail Business Need It?

The news is full these days of hackers stealing credit card and other customer information from United States retailers such as Home Depot, Target, and Neiman Marcus (and the federal government) among others. These...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - July 2015

In this issue: - Financial Reporting: Commission Delegated Regulations on Equivalence of Certain Third Country National GAAPs to IFRS - Proxy Advisers: ESMA Consultation on Best Practise Principles for Voting...more

U.S. Senators urge expedited CFPB action on small business lending data collection rules

We recently blogged about an American Banker article written by officials of three community groups that urged President Obama to publicly denounce Director Cordray for failing to issue regulations implementing the small...more

Significant Tax Provisions in the 2016-2017 Ohio Budget Bill Affecting Businesses

On June 30, 2015, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law the biennial budget bill, Amended Substitute House Bill No. 64 (“HB 64”). The legislation underwent substantial changes during the legislative process such that the...more

Changes on the Horizon for the SBA 8(m) Women-Owned Small Business Program

Additional regulations governing the federal contracting “set-aside” program and now also the “sole source” program applied to women-owned small business (WOSB) are on the horizon. The WOSB program is referred to as the 8(m)...more

Discussion Topics for July 15 SEC Advisory Committee Meeting

The SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies plans to continue discussions from its June 3 meeting regarding public company disclosure effectiveness and the regulatory treatment of “finders” at its July 15, 2015...more

FCC Seeks Comment on Small Business Exemption From Open Internet Enhanced Transparency Requirements

The FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau is seeking comment on the “Small Business Exemption from the enhanced transparency requirements adopted in the 2015 Open Internet Order. The exemption is currently in effect...more

Comment Dates Announced for Small Business Exemption to the Enhanced Transparency Rule

On July 6, 2015, a summary of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Small Business Exemption to the Open Internet Order’s Enhanced Transparency Rule was published in the Federal Register....more

Selling the Business to Divide the Assets, Part 2

This is Part 2 of my discussion of a third alternative for answering the question: When a closely-held business is a valuable marital asset, how can its value be turned into cash? Part 1 discussed the main pros and cons of...more

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