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Cayman Islands: Beneficial Ownership Register

The Cayman Islands government has recently concluded a consultation on a proposal to introduce a public register of the beneficial owners of Cayman-registered entities. The proposal has not been well received. The government...more

Natural Resources Committee Discusses Endangered Species Act Reform

Earlier this week, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to discuss Endangered Species Act (ESA) reform. The hearing focused on four bills that seek to require data and spending transparency under the ESA....more

CMS Releases 2012 Physician Medicare Data: Five Takeaways

On April 9, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Physician and Other Supplier Public Use File (the “Data File”). The Data File contains...more

EU Commission Proposes to Amend Shareholder Rights Directive

The proposal covers shareholder votes on remuneration policies and related party transactions and greater transparency obligations on certain market participants. The European Commission (EU Commission) recently...more

Federal Contracts: President Obama’s Executive Action Regarding Equal Pay

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, President Obama took two executive actions, designed (in the White House’s words) “to help combat pay discrimination and strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws.” The “Fact Sheet” on the White...more

Increasing Pay Transparency Among Federal Contractors

On April 8, 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama signed a pair of executive actions aimed at increasing transparency about wages among federal contractors. The administration believes that increasing transparency will provide a...more

Overview of Primary Provisions of U.S. and French Sunshine Reporting Requirements

2013 was a year of unprecedented scrutiny of financial relationships between manufacturers and health care professionals, such as physicians. Both the United States and France imposed sweeping new reporting and disclosure...more

To Be a Criminal, You Have to Act Like a Criminal

Lawyers, compliance professionals and senior management at companies can be obsessive when it comes to the threat of criminal liability. Please do not get me wrong, I am not minimizing the risk of criminal prosecution, nor I...more

Franchising Update - Winds of Change Arrive

In previous Franchising Updates, we reported on the Wein Review of the Franchising Code of Conduct (Code) and the Abbott Government's response to the recommendations in the Wein Report. On 2 April 2014, the Government...more

Department of Health and Human Services to Release Medicare System Data

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that they will begin to publicly release Medicare system data, including payment and utilization rates, for the 880,000 physicians currently participating...more

I’ll Be Watching You: Medicare Billing Info on over 880,000 Providers Released by CMS to Improve Transparency

Every payment you take, every claim you make, someone will be watching you. No, we don’t mean Sting. We mean all the consumers and businesses that will have greater access to physician billing information now because today...more

Hensarling calls on CFPB to open advisory group meetings

Republican Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, called on the CFPB this week to end its closed-door meeting policy for its four advisory groups. Those groups consist of the Community...more

Top 5 Changes For Online Sales

Italy finally implemented the new Consumer Rights Directive which introduces major changes in online contracts aimed at better protecting consumers, impacting also on the Internet liability regime for entities selling...more

Senate Legislation Update -- The Commerce Committee Gets in the Act

Last Thursday, Sen. McCaskill, along with Sen. Rockefeller, introduced the "Transparency in Assertion of Patents Act" (S. 2049). Of course, several other bills are currently pending in the Senate that have been introduced by...more

Best Practices for Public-Private Partnerships

Public-private partnerships (“P3s”) for public infrastructure are likely to become more prevalent due to necessity if nothing else. In anticipation of this uptick in P3s, this article examines “best practices” for public...more

White House Seeks to Promote Transparency Concerning Patent Ownership

Last week, the Obama Administration announced "major progress on a series of initiatives designed to combat patent trolls and further strengthen our patent system and foster innovation" (see "The White House Releases Update...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Whether State FOIA Applies to State's Attorney's Offices

Based upon the oral argument during the recently-concluded January term, it is not clear what the Illinois Supreme Court is likely to decide in Nelson v. The Office of the Kendall County State's Attorney. Nelson raises a...more

Protests Against Surveillance and New Rules on Transparency

Today, February 11, is a digital day of protest against surveillance by the National Security Agency. Billed ‘The Day We Fight Back“, participants in the protest range from activist groups to the Reform Government...more

North Carolina Legislative Report - January 31, 2014

The General Assembly has officially completed its business for the 2013 long session. The 2014 short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Back From The Land Of Trial Mode: January Quicklinks

There has not been much activity on the blog because we have been engaged in a long copyright and misappropriation of trade secrets trial. So, we share with you some of the articles we have been reading, but just haven’t had...more

"Government Affairs and Government Procurement: Pressure to Comply Continues to Grow in 2014"

With increased attention to transparency in corporate political spending, disclosure of so-called “dark money” and a new rule for municipal advisors, corporations and other organizations active in government affairs or...more

Nonprofit Revitalization Act Of 2013 -- Best Governance Practices Made Mandatory

On December 18, 2013 Governor Cuomo signed into law the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “Revitalization Act”), Assembly Bill Number 8072; Chapter 549 of the Laws of 2013. Intended “to reduce unnecessary and...more

The New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013

Governor Cuomo signed New York's Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 into law in December. Most of its provisions take effect July 1, 2014. The new law, which was designed to stimulate New York's not-for-profit industry,...more

CMS Issues New Policy on Disclosure of Physician Payment Information

On January 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will release Medicare expenditure data on specific physicians under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This new “transparency”...more

Diversity and Inclusion

On October 23, 2013, the Federal Agencies announced their “common standards” proposal, entitled Joint Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of Regulated Entities (“Proposal”). This is an Interagency...more

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