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EU adopts sanctions against Venezuela

by White & Case LLP on

The EU has adopted a range of targeted sanctions against Venezuela, including an arms embargo and a ban on exports of equipment which could be used for internal repression and surveillance, as well as setting up a legal...more

Maine’s Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Commercial Sales of Marijuana

On November 3, 2017, Maine Governor Paul LePage announced that he had vetoed a bill sent to his desk with tepid support that would have taxed and regulated the commercial sale of recreational marijuana. The veto prolongs a...more

U.S. Tax Reform: The Current State of Play

Yesterday the House of Representatives voted on and passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. If passed by the Senate, the Act would significantly change the current federal income tax regime in the United States. ...more

Startups Have Much To Be Thankful For – Senate Amendments to New Tax Bill Remove Deferred Compensation and Stock Options from...

As discussed in our November 14, 2017 blog post, Thanksgiving Tax Frenzy – New Tax Bill Proposes Executive Compensation Changes That Could Derail Deferred Compensation and Stock Options, the evolution of the Tax Cuts and Jobs...more

National Flood Insurance Program Is Relieved Of $16 Billion Debt

by Carlton Fields on

On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump signed H.R. 2266, a disaster relief bill. Pursuant to section 308 of the bill, the Department of the Treasury will forgive $16 billion in debt owed by FEMA under the National Flood...more

State Of Florida Continues To Encounter Delays In Rolling Out Medical Marijuana

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As I posted previously, the State of Florida missed the deadline to issue more licenses for medical marijuana treatment centers. Florida has also encountered serious delays in processing requests for medical marijuana i.d....more

NYC Gets Its Groove Back – Repeals Cabaret Law

by Cole Schotz on

New York City finally got its groove back. After 91 years, the Cabaret Law (New York City Administrative Code § 20-359), a Prohibition-era law that has forbidden dancing at some New York City bars and clubs has been...more

Quebec Introduces New Legislation to Regulate Recreational Cannabis

On November 16, 2017, the Government of Quebec tabled Bill 157, an Act to constitute the Société québécoise du cannabis, to enact the Cannabis Regulation Act and to amend various highway safety-related provisions (Bill),...more

12 O'clock High, a Podcast on Business Leadership-Communication Skills

by Thomas Fox on

In the episode, I consider two different issues around communication skills. The first is communicating across cultural boundaries. The second is the technique of asking questions to boost leadership. One of the things most...more

New Requirements For City Contractors and Subs Under Philadelphia’s Whistleblower Law

by Reed Smith on

On November 13, 2017, Mayor Kenney signed an Executive Order providing additional protections for whistleblowers, as well as specific requirements for city agencies, contractor, and subcontractors in addressing complaints,...more

Comparison of Senate and House Tax Reform Proposals

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On November 2, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, released a proposed bill, titled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “House bill”), which would make major changes to federal income...more

Thanksgiving Tax Frenzy – New Tax Bill Proposes Executive Compensation Changes That Could Derail Deferred Compensation and Stock...

Congress has been in a frenzy to try and get new tax legislation passed by Thanksgiving, and members of the House and Senate would presumably rather be enjoying a feast rather than drafting and analyzing additional tax...more

OFCCP Files Its First Complaint Against A Federal Contractor During the Trump Administration

On October 10, 2017, the U.S. Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) filed its first Complaint against a federal contractor since President Trump took office. The Complaint alleges that contractor Advance...more

UK Takes Steps to Prepare for Post-Brexit Trade Policy

The government draws closer to establishing the legislation that will be needed after Brexit with the introduction of a new Trade Bill. The Trade Bill has received a first hearing in parliament, but not been debated at...more

The Impact On U.S. Corporations If The House's "Tax Cuts And Jobs Act" Passes

We drafted a tax alert that addresses the impact of the much anticipated "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" (H.R. 1) on the taxation of U.S. Corporations. The complete text of the alert is available here. Below is a brief summary of H.R....more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Update: Key Differences Between the House and Senate Bills

by Polsinelli on

The Senate Finance Committee Chairman’s Mark for the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” released Nov. 9, describes in detail the Senate tax bill and is significantly different than the House bill, as it currently stands....more

Executive Compensation Legislative Whiplash

As we reported last week, the tax reform bill released by House Republicans (the "House Bill") would eliminate deferred compensation and stock options, and then on Tuesday, November 7, the House Bill was amended to restore...more

Disabled Access: A Chance to Fix Your Premises Before Being Sued?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

New legislation seeks to level the playing field for businesses that have been targeted by “drive-by” claims alleging discrimination by customers with disabilities who may have never even gone to visit the place of public...more

Top Five Takeaways from Hogan Lovells Sovereign Investment Conference and a Tax List

by Hogan Lovells on

On 26 October, Hogan Lovells hosted its inaugural Sovereign Investor Conference where investment professionals as well as deal and regulatory lawyers discussed the key issues facing government-sponsored investors. Topics they...more

CFIUS: New Teeth, Bigger Bite?

The United States governmental committee charged with reviewing foreign mergers and acquisitions with U.S.-based companies or affiliates for potential national security concerns may soon be getting a new set of teeth. The...more

The International Tax Impact Of The 2017 Tax Cuts And Jobs Act

We drafted a tax alert that addresses the impact of the much anticipated "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" (H.R. 1) on the international corporate tax landscape. ...more

Medical Marijuana Comes to Pennsylvania (Part 3): How PA Patients Can Access Medical Cannabis

by K&L Gates LLP on

Pennsylvania’s patient and caregiver regulations answer the who and the how questions in obtaining medical marijuana. For example, how does the law distinguish caregivers from patients? What are the rights of each class of...more

New Legislation May Allow Carve-Out For Bypassing Wisconsin Court Of Appeals

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

In an unprecedented deal for the state of Wisconsin, Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics company, has been offered an incentive package worth an estimated $3 billion to bring a manufacturing plant to southeast Wisconsin. Part of...more

Federal Government Proposes Excise Duties for Cannabis Producers

On November 10, 2017, the federal department of finance issued long-awaited legislative and regulatory proposals for the taxation of cannabis. Effectively, the proposed rules will place cannabis producers within the existing...more

House Committee to Consider Repeal of Conflict Minerals and Mine Safety Disclosures

The House Financial Services Committee has announced it intends to meet to consider mark-ups of bills to repeal the conflicts minerals disclosures (H.R. 4248) and mine safety disclosures (H.R. 4289) on November 14, 2017....more

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