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The Reform On Tap Act of 2018…Making Maryland Craft Brewing Great Again!

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

After listening to Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s press conference on November 20, 2017, at which he unveiled his newly proposed legislation, entitled “The Reform On Tap Act of 2018”, it seemed clear that the theme of...more

Russian Lawmakers Move to Be Able to Ban Use of VPNs and Similar Access Tools

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Russia has adopted a new law further toughening the country’s Internet-blocking regime and introducing a number of restrictive measures applicable to intermediaries providing access to blocked websites, IT networks, and...more

Health Care E-Note - November 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Health care law and policy occupy a prime place in the current news cycle. Much of the attention revolves around the actions or inactions of Congress and the White House, particularly with regard to their impact on the future...more

Thanksgiving Message - Thanksgiving 1967 and 2017

by Sanford Millar on

My Thanksgiving Message is that our country is strong and there is reason to be optimistic. Why, look at some of the challenges we overcame 50 years ago; here is a brief recap using random points of comparison....more

Mistrial in bribery case against US Senator Robert Menendez highlights the challenges of proving bribery with circumstantial...

by Dentons on

The US Department of Justice's ongoing efforts to expand the reach of federal corruption statutes is in jeopardy after last week's failure to convict US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). U.S. v. Menendez et al, No. 15-cr-00155,...more

Senate Tax Proposal Provides Encouraging News for Wind

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch recently released his Chairman’s Mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Senate Proposal) in advance of the Senate Finance Committee markup scheduled to begin today. The Senate...more

Minnesota Department of Commerce Head Rothman Stepping Down to Run for Attorney General

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced his plans to step down after seven years to run for Attorney General in the 2018 election cycle. Governor Mark Dayton appointed Jessica Looman to serve as Commissioner of the...more

California Affordable Housing Authority Bill Signed Into Law

California Assembly Bill 1598 (Mullin) (“AB 1598”), signed into law by the Governor on October 13, 2017, authorizes cities and counties to create new affordable housing authorities for the purpose of financing low- and...more

Labor Law Update: Will Employers be Thankful for the NLRB’s new General Counsel?

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) enforces and interprets the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which ensures the rights of employees to engage in collective bargaining and other union-related activities. During...more

Judges and Legislators in Chicago and California Seek to Expand Protections for Hotel Workers

In the wake of a deluge of sexual harassment accusations being leveled against high profile figures, and the ensuing #MeToo social media movement, some legislators and judges have been eager to expand protections for certain...more

ISS Releases Final Voting Policy Changes for 2018 Proxy Season

by Goodwin on

On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released the final changes to its 2018 U.S. voting policies, which will be effective for meetings on or after February 1, 2018. ISS’s final changes include all of...more

UK publishes paper on Brexit and medicines regulation

by Hogan Lovells on

On the same day as the European Council voted to move the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from London to Amsterdam, the UK Parliament issued a briefing paper on Brexit and medicines regulation. ...more

Changes Ahead At the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

by Butler Snow LLP on

Richard Cordray was confirmed as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2013 under President Barack Obama. The CFPB was formed by Congress following the 2008 financial crisis. Although his term ends...more

Proposed Tax Reform Bills of Senate and House Now Aligned on Key Compensation and Benefits-Related Tax Provisions

This WSGR Alert provides a high-level comparison of the latest tax reform proposals from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as they relate to compensation and benefits matters....more

CFPB to Remove Arbitration Rule from CFR

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB is scheduled to publish a notice in tomorrow’s Federal Register removing the agency’s final arbitration rule from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). ...more

Rules On The Chopping Block: H-4 EAD And International Entrepreneur

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Trump Administration appears to be in the process of eliminating two rules: the H-4 EAD Rule and International Entrepreneur Rule. In line with President Donald Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order and...more

HHS Secretary Nominee Azar to Face Senate HELP Committee after Thanksgiving

by Reed Smith on

President Trump has nominated Alex Azar to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, which would fill the vacancy created when Tom Price, MD resigned the post in September. Mr. Azar, an attorney who previously served in...more

A “Smokey” Legal Issue for 2018 – Medical/Recreational Marijuana In the “Workplace”

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. However, there are many states, and a few cities, which have legalized medical and recreational marijuana – creating challenges for employers, as these laws “sprout up” (pun...more

Proposed Legislation Would Expand CFIUS Jurisdiction Over Foreign Investment

by Reed Smith on

Recently introduced, bipartisan legislation to reform the process and jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) promises the most meaningful change to CFIUS in over a decade. The...more

Private Equity and Other Carried Interest Funds – Federal Tax Policy Tip Sheet: Issue 4

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The House of Representatives on Nov. 16, 2017, voted on and passed their tax reform bill, along party lines (227-205). Passage was expected in the House, where the GOP hold a significant enough majority needed to move the...more

Proposed tax legislation affecting private equity

by Dentons on

As you may be aware, on November 2 the House of Representatives introduced a comprehensive tax reform bill that could affect private equity sponsors, investors and portfolio companies. On November 9, the Senate Finance...more

2017 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

The fourth quarter of 2017 concludes a unique year in the planning arena. With the new administration and a Republican-led Congress in power, both taxpayers and tax professionals have kept a close eye on the potential for tax...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2017 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - “Mid-Sized Businesses: Too Big to be Small and Too Small to be Big” House Small Business Committee Press Release, November 14, 2017. Retrieved from smallbusiness.house.gov The House Committee on...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — France

by White & Case LLP on

Following the Montebourg Decree in 2014, the scope of activities covered by national security reviews has been significantly extended to several key industries...more

Hospitals & Physician Organizations Summary Report - November 2017

by Benesch on

Uncertainty and pressures continue to mount for healthcare providers, creating a new operating environment – Uncertainty around Medicaid and other programs, the shift to value-based care, margin pressures, the need to search...more

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