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Agencies Release Final Rule on “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order

On August 24, 2016, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (FAR Council) released the final rule implementing the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive...more

“The War Is Over”: Assemblymember Gatto Introduces Bill to Memorialize CPUC Reform Package

At an August 11th conference organized by the Advanced Energy Economy, Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), Chair of the Utilities and Commerce Committee, and California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) President...more

California Ballot 2016: Pros and Cons of Props 51-56

Californians must decide on 17 initiatives in the November election this year, and those are just the proposed measures of state-wide concern. Never mind the many local initiatives affecting counties and neighborhoods. The...more

Department Of Commerce Agency Seeks Standards For IoT Security

On August 2, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”), an agency of the Department of Commerce, announced that it would form a multi-stakeholder group to increase transparency for the deployment...more

CFPB Proposes Changes to Mortgage Industry

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently issued a proposed rule regarding integrated disclosure for mortgage transactions and, more recently, published a policy paper regarding loss mitigation programs in housing...more

FinCEN Expands Scope of “All Cash” GTOs

Continuing its efforts to deter the use of real estate as a vehicle to launder proceeds of criminal activity, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently announced its plan to extend the reach and time frame of...more

Accountability and Transition in ICANN’s New gTLD Program

Bringing accountability to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the little known yet hugely significant global regulator of the Internet domain name system, is always a significant victory. ICANN...more

Mexico Enacts a Sweeping New Anti-Corruption Regime, Accompanied by a Public Apology from President Peña Nieto and Increased...

After an aggressive grassroots campaign, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto recently announced the enactment of sweeping changes to Mexico’s anti-corruption regime. The new law is a significant step toward transparency in a...more

US Environmentalist And Organic Crop Farm Groups Want Overhaul Of Federal Biotechnology Strategy

On August 3, 2016, 24 farmer and public interest organizations wrote to the Obama Administration expressing their disappointment with the direction that the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has taken...more

State Water Board Cleans Up Its Water Quality Enforcement Policy

On August 4, 2016, the California State Water Resources Board (State Water Board) issued a draft rule amending its 2010 Water Quality Enforcement Policy. The proposed amendments are intended to provide additional clarity,...more

Indian Model Bilateral Investment Treaty

Recent press reports suggest that India may be looking to terminate or renegotiate at least 47 existing international investment agreements (IIAs), including those with the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Mauritius...more

FDIC Releases Proposed Third-Party Lending Guidance

On July 29, 2016, the board of directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released a proposal regarding third-party lending guidance (“Proposed Guidance”) as part of a package of materials designed to...more

Rooting Out Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest do not thrive in sunlight. Just ask anyone in the advertising industry. Whatever follows in the wake of the recent eye-opening study of transparency in the media business, one thing is already...more

SEC Adopts Payment Disclosure Rules for Companies Engaged in Resource Extraction

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has adopted new rules which require “resource extraction issuers” to disclose annually the type and amount of payments that they (or their subsidiaries or entities under...more

CFPB outlines future principles for loss mitigation

Looking forward to a post-financial crisis and post-HAMP mortgage marketplace, the CFPB has issued a document outlining principles intended to “provide a framework for discussion about the future of loss mitigation.”  The...more

Amendments to the Basel Securitisation Framework – Alternative Capital Treatment for Simple, Transparent and Comparable...

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (the “Basel Committee”) published an updated version of the “Basel III Document – Revisions to the securitisation framework” on 11 July 2016 (the “Amended Securitisation...more

An Overview of the New General Data Protection Regulation

The European Parliament has approved the reformed General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). Given this is a Regulation (rather than a Directive), this legislation will apply automatically in every Member State (without...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.3.16

Look to Miami for the latest legal troubles for the country’s biggest banks. After most have finally put to bed the remnants of Great Recession RMBS litigation, a new tack by the city is looking to hold them responsible for...more

SEC Adopts Payment Disclosure Rules for Resource Extraction Issuers

On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted Rule 13q-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and amendments to Form SD (Specialized Disclosure Report) (See SEC...more

States’ Efforts for Drug Price Transparency Stymied by the Pharmaceutical Industry

As we previously reported, in 2015 and early 2016, bills and voter initiatives were introduced in several states that would impose drug pricing controls and transparency requirements on pharmaceutical manufacturers. Of...more

Pay Equity Becomes Law In Massachusetts

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a comprehensive pay equity bill entitled The Act to Establish Pay Equity (the Act). The law establishes significant new employer obligations with respect...more

CFTC Considers Blockchain Technology

The disruptive effects of blockchain technology on the financial system may take several years to materialize. Nevertheless, in preparation, regulators are increasingly focused on understanding potential uses of blockchain...more

Nasdaq Rule Requiring Disclosure of Director “Golden Leash” Compensation Goes into Effect August 1, 2016

A new requirement that Nasdaq-listed companies disclose certain payments made to directors by third parties is scheduled to go into effect on August 1, 2016. The new rule targets so-called “golden leash” payments made to...more

Choice is Knowledge: H.R. 3178

This is the fifth installment in a series examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016 and approved by the full House of Representatives on July 11, 2016....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 28

SEC Proposes Amendments To Update and Simplify Disclosure Requirements: A Closer Look - On July 13, the Securities Exchange Commission proposed and requested comment regarding rule amendments to update and simplify...more

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