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U.S. International Trade Commission Makes Final Injury Determination On Supercalendered Paper From Canada

On November 18, 2015, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted affirmative in connection with its final injury investigation on supercalendered paper from Canada. The ITC commissioners unanimously determined (with...more

IREG Update - November 2015

Section 1332 waivers—New flexibility coming to a state near you in 2017 - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes many new provisions and policies that bring federal regulation into the business of health...more

DOE Releases 2014-2015 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report

On September 29, 2015 the Department of Energy released the 2014-2015 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report, assessing the nation’s offshore wind potential and planned projects through June 30, 2015. The report summarizes...more

Hudson City Savings Bank Reaches Largest Mortgage Redlining Settlement in DOJ History

The CFPB, DOJ, and Hudson City Savings Bank, F.S.B. (“Hudson City”) recently entered into the largest residential mortgage redlining settlement in DOJ history. On September 24, 2015, the parties filed a Joint Motion for Entry...more

CFPB Brings Long-Anticipated First Redlining Enforcement Action – New Approach to Redlining Analysis is put into Action

On September 24, 2015, the CFPB and DOJ announced a joint action against Hudson City Savings Bank for allegedly discriminatory redlining practices from 2009 through 2013 in certain neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey,...more No 2015 Employer Subsidy Notices

On September 18, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a set of “Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace’s (FFM) 2016 Employer Notice Program.”...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 9 of 24): Unraveling the Mystery of Indicator...

The Affordable Care Act’s reporting rules—which are set out in Internal Revenue Code §§ 6055 and 6056—solicit the information needed by the Internal Revenue Service to enforce the individual and employer shared responsibility...more

First, Arizona Legislature v. AIRC, Now the ACA Subsidies: Standing for Political Institutions

Citing what some might call a quirk of the U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) recent opinion in Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (AIRC), U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Columbia...more

Farm Service Agency Announces Start Of BCAP Enrollment

On August 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced the start of enrollment for financial assistance through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) to assist in growing new...more

Outside Counsel Should Handle Subsidy Appeals

Here’s the coming dilemma: let IRS assess employer mandate taxes based on errant subsidy certifications or appeal those errors to prevent those assessments.  “Where’s the dilemma?” you say.  Here:  once you...more

Top Ten Subsidy Counties in Each SEC State

Why should you care? Subsidy certification of even one applicant claiming to be a full-time employee not offered affordable, qualifying 2015 coverage can cause the IRS to assess a non-deductible tax against the applicant’s...more

Electric Vehicles Continue Gaining Consumer Acceptance

As government mandates like Corporate Average Fuel Economy targets make electric cars more attractive to manufacturers looking to meet these standards, it is worth asking how consumers are responding to these vehicles as they...more

State and local governments continue to see a reduction in credits available for Direct Pay Bonds

As a result of federal sequestration, state and local governments who have issued certain direct pay bonds have seen a reduction in tax subsidy payments since March 1, 2013. Sequestration is a result of Congress’ failure to...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 6 of 24): Reporting Group Health Plan Opt-Out...

Under a common strategy for controlling group health care plan costs, employers sometimes adopt arrangements under which an employee is offered cash as an incentive to waive coverage. These arrangements are colloquially...more

August 2015 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s launch of an investigation of alleged price gouging by airlines following Amtrak train service disruption in the Northeast Corridor, the agency’s...more

How Large Energy Users Should Respond to the Clean Power Plan

When the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released its widely anticipated Clean Power Plan (the “CPP”), a Final Rule regulating carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s existing electric generating facilities, the...more

UK Government Announces Further Shake-up to RO and FIT Regime for Solar PV

Following the closure of the RO regime to new solar ground mounted projects with a capacity of more than 5MW which were commissioned after 31 March 2015, the government has today announced a further shake-up of the subsidy...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Treasury - Environmental Protection Agency -...more

The Supreme Court Addresses Federal Health Care Subsidies and Same-Sex Marriage

Two recent Supreme Court decisions have implications for employee benefit plan sponsors: King v. Burwell, decided June 25, 2015, and Obergefell v. Hodges, decided June 26, 2015....more

Supreme Court Denies Significant Challenge to Affordable Care Act: Employers Should Continue to Follow the Act as Currently...

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held in King v. Burwell that individual taxpayers who enroll in health plans through the federal government's health insurance exchange can be eligible for federal tax credits under...more

Brazil: Amid Great Recession, Government Issues Executive Order to Stave Off Unemployment and Reduce Labor Costs

On July 6, 2015, the Brazilian government issued an Executive Order (MP 680/15 and Decree 8.479/15) called Program to Protect the Employment (“PPE”) to slow down the rise of unemployment and the deepening of the recession. ...more

The Impact of King v. Burwell on “Applicable Large Employers”

Reports in the popular media portrayed King v. Burwell as a case involving premium tax subsidies used to purchase health insurance from public exchanges or marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to an...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Implied Certification Theory of FCA Liability

Deepening a circuit split, the Seventh Circuit has joined the Fifth Circuit in rejecting the implied false certification theory of liability under the FCA. United States v. Sanford-Brown, Ltd., No. 14-2506 (7th Cir., June 8,...more

Business As Usual: Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies

The United States Supreme Court recently held in King v. Burwell that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) permits individuals to receive health insurance premium subsidies through federally-facilitated exchanges (in addition to...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Premium Subsidies on Federally Run Health Insurance Exchanges

On June 25, 2015, in a 6-3 majority opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed the availability of premium subsidies for health coverage purchased on Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance exchanges, regardless of whether...more

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