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Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Updates - March 2018

by Dentons on

Our March edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update” offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of February....more

Presidential Proclamations Impose Tariffs on Aluminum and Steel Imports

by Jones Day on

On March 8, 2018, President Trump signed proclamations imposing tariffs on aluminum and steel imports. The tariffs are being imposed pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 following reports from the...more

Recent Project Dispute Cases in Australia

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Statutory adjudications continue to be deployed readily on projects in the construction and engineering fields. The Result: There have been a host of cases on the operation and scope of such adjudications in...more

5 Steps to Obtaining an Exemption under President Trump’s Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

If your company is a U.S. consumer of imported steel or aluminum, the new tariffs announced by President Trump on March 8, 2018 are bad news. The good news is that you can petition the government for exclusions of certain...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

There’s falling from grace, and then there’s Elizabeth Holmes. Once compared glowingly to Steve Jobs, Holmes’ well-documented Theranos ills (including exaggerated and faked blood-test results) have landed her with SEC...more

FinCEN Is Watching ICOs for BSA Violations

by Perkins Coie on

In a recently published letter to the Senate Finance Committee, FinCEN confirmed that when an ICO token is a “convertible virtual currency,” administrators or exchangers of the token would be “money transmitters” under...more

Prohibition of Post-Production Expenses on Flat Rate Royalty Leases in West Virginia

Summary of S.B. 360 - SB 360 applies to flat rate royalty leases, i.e. leases for which the royalty is not "inherently related to the volume of oil and gas so extracted, produced, and marketed," and the conditions upon...more

GDPR's Most Frequently Asked Questions: If I Already Drafted a Privacy Policy to Comply with US Law Do I need to Change it for the...

by Bryan Cave on

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is arguably the most comprehensive – and complex – data privacy regulation in the world. As companies prepare for the GDPR to go into force on May 25, 2018,...more

A Primer on the SHIELD Act: New York’s Move to Adopt More Stringent Data Security Requirements, Part II

What would companies need to do to comply with the law? The Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (SHIELD) Act imposes requirements in two areas: cybersecurity and data breach notification. The cybersecurity...more

Status of Measures Targeting Private Corporations Following the 2018 Federal Budget

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The Federal Budget, released February 27, 2018, has clarified federal plans to change the tax treatment of private corporations and represents a substantial retreat from proposals announced in July 2017. In July 2017, the...more

Breathing Room? Feds May Not Target Cannabis for Prosecution, After All

Back in January, when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he was rescinding the Obama-era “Cole Memo,” much speculation ensued about the practical effects, if any, of the move. To some, it suggested that Mr....more

Trump Administration Imposes Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The international trade front has had some important developments over the last few weeks that will likely have significant impacts on the construction of domestic wind, solar, biomass and other types of renewable energy...more

Australia: Adjudicators’ Security of Payment Determinations Not Reviewable for Errors of Law

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The High Court of Australia has, for the first time, confirmed that determinations by adjudicators appointed under security of payment legislation are not reviewable for errors of law alone. The Result: The...more

A Primer on the SHIELD Act: New York’s Move to Adopt More Stringent Data Security Requirements

In November 2017, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman introduced the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (SHIELD) Act (the “Act”) in the state’s Legislature. Companies – big and small – that collect...more

Section 232 Tariffs on Steel & Aluminum

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Section 232 is a mechanism under the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 that allows the U.S. government to evaluate the effect of imports on national security. On February 16, the United States Department of Commerce (“Commerce”)...more

Florida 2018 Legislative Session Comes To A Close With Tweaks To Medical Marijuana Laws And Budget

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As Florida’s 2018 legislative session comes to a close, its time to review legislative changes to Florida’s medical marijuana laws. First, Florida’s Senate passed HB 6049, This bill removes the requirement that the...more

It Is Time To Amend The New Jersey Equestrian Activities Liabilities Act

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

New Jersey proposed bills S2037 and A1050 would revise the State’s “equine animal activities law in accordance with recommendations of New Jersey Law Revision Commission to clarify responsibility and liability issues.”...more

NAFTA Update

The 25% steel and 10% aluminum tariffs announced today, and effective 15 days from now, raise a new cloud over the NAFTA negotiations. Although they temporarily exempt Canada and Mexico, the Administration has made it clear...more

Italy, Draft Regulation On Transfer Pricing And Corresponding Adjustments

by DLA Piper on

In April 2017, the Italian government issued a Decree with the aim, among the other, to: (1) amend the Italian transfer pricing legislation, in order to better align it with OECD’s arm’s length principle; and (2) provide the...more

FinCEN Letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Purports to Thread Needle of Potentially Competing Jurisdictions by Regulators...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we previously have blogged, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) became one of the first regulators to wade into the regulation of cryptocurrency when it released interpretive guidance in March 2013 stating...more

EU Publishes Draft Guidelines for Future Relationship with Britain

The guidelines present a stark contrast to Prime Minister May’s vision of a “deep and special” partnership with the EU after Brexit. The President of the European Council has issued negotiating guidelines for the future...more

UK Prime Minister Speech on the UK’s Future Economic Partnership with the EU

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The U.K. Prime Minister delivered her third major speech on the future partnership between the U.K. and the European Union following Brexit. In it, the Prime Minister restated the key elements and provided greater detail...more

President Trump Announces Steep Tariffs on Imports of Steel and Aluminum

by Jones Day on

On March 1, 2018, President Trump announced his intention to impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports. These tariffs may go into effect immediately upon or shortly after signing of the...more

What all defense contractors should know about new DOD-specific lobbying restrictions

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Two months into 2018, defense contractors are no doubt tracking the economic and policy implications of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018—Congress' more than US$700 billion annual defense...more

California Approves Regulations for Driverless Autonomous Vehicles

by Jones Day on

On February 26, 2018, the California Office of Administrative Law ("OAL") approved the California Department of Motor Vehicles' ("Cal DMV") proposed regulations allowing the testing and deployment of fully autonomous vehicles...more

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