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Not out of the woods yet: What the lifting of Sudan sanctions means for businesses and non-profits

by Hogan Lovells on

Yesterday, on October 12, 2017, the U.S. permanently revoked most sanctions against Sudan. This lifting represents the completion of a process that began in January 2017, and was extended in July 2017. ...more

Legislature Poised to Open Up Medical Marijuana Licensing to For-Profits

by PretiFlaherty on

Last week, the Massachusetts House voted 126-28 to make major revisions to Chapter 334 of the Acts of 2016. That’s the law allowing recreational use of marijuana, which was enacted via an initiative petition on the November,...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - February 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

THE #1 FIDUCIARY DUTY ISSUE OF 2017 - Positioning boards to exercise heightened engagement within the current “climate of uncertainty” is possibly the most important health system governance challenge of 2017. To...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - January 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The following developments from the past month offer guidance on corporate law and governance law as they may be applied to nonprofit health care organizations: HEALTH POLICY INITIATIVES - Perhaps the most...more

New York State Announces Broad Set of Ethics and Campaign-Finance Reforms

by Genova Burns LLC on

Late last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and State legislative leaders announced agreement on a broad set of ethics and campaign-finance reforms focused on increased disclosure, transparency, and public trust....more

"FEC Dismisses Wal-Mart PAC Match Case"

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently dismissed a complaint filed against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and its political action committee (PAC), finding that Wal-Mart's 2-for-1 PAC match program did not violate federal...more

The Three Most Important Provisions for S Corporations Under PATH Act

by BakerHostetler on

It has become a tradition that at the end of each year, Congress passes legislation to extend previous legislation. In late 2015, Congress passed Public Law 114-113, which contains the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act...more

Congress Forges PATH in Tax Laws for Business, Individuals

by Lewitt Hackman on

Congress has avoided a government shutdown by agreeing to a new budget in its Consolidated Appropriations Act, and the adopted legislation [cynically named the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes (PATH)], includes some...more

Arizona Attorney General Opinion Embraces Taxpayer-Funded (Political) Advocacy: Potential Pitfalls for Businesses and Nonprofits

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Office of the Arizona Attorney General recently sparked debate by issuing an opinion advising two county attorneys that they may use public resources to disseminate messages about the dangers of marijuana use ahead of the...more

National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act of 2015 Signed Into Law

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act of 2015 (NARAB Reform Act) amends the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and establishes the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers (Association). ...more

Watch Out Stealth Lobbyists

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The oft discussed and long-anticipated unregistered federal lobbyist investigation may be occurring as we speak. The recently released 2014 first quarter report of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) disclosed that one...more

Proposed Tax Code Overhaul Introduced with the Tax Reform Act of 2014

by K&L Gates LLP on

On February 26, 2014, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp released draft (the "Discussion Draft”) that would substantially reform the current U.S. Tax Code (the “Code”). The Discussion Draft contains numerous...more

Will Camp Tax Plan Impact Charitable Giving and Tax-exempt Organizations?

by BakerHostetler on

In late February 2014, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released a nearly 1,000 page discussion draft addressing tax reform. Chairman Camp’s proposal includes changes to numerous sections of the...more

A Setback for Mandated Political Spending Disclosure

One of the hottest SEC rulemaking topics over the past two years—disclosure of corporate political spending—quietly took a significant hit a few weeks ago when the SEC removed it from its rulemaking agenda. The clamor for...more

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