Blank Rome LLP

One Logan Square
130 North 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6998, United States
Phone: 215.569.5500
Fax: 215.569.5555
Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • Criminal Law
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
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  • Taxation
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Other U.S. Locations
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Other Countries
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Number of Attorneys
400+ Attorneys

Sessions Isn’t Blowing Smoke—Marijuana Enforcement Is Back on the Books

At the beginning of January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a one-page memorandum rescinding the Obama-era approach to marijuana enforcement, which had largely been “hands-off” on prosecuting marijuana users and…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

Funds and Investment Management - REGULATORY UPDATES - Novel Exchange Traded Fund (“ETF”) to be Powered by IBM’s Watson - On October 17, 2017, San Francisco-based “EquBot” announced that it is launching an ETF powered…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Asbestos Coverage: A Never Ending Story

In April 1977, a few weeks before I began practicing law, senior claims executives of eighteen liability insurance companies met to discuss the insurance implications of asbestos bodily injury claims…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Insurance

Warming Up to OSHA’s New Cold Stress Guide

Unless you spent the last month on a Caribbean island, you know that a majority of the country was in a deep freeze in late December and early January. Numerous record lows were set and some states, such as the Dakotas and…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Improperly Expands the Definition of “Commonwealth” in Article I Section 27 of the Constitution to Include Local Governments

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently expanded the definition of “Commonwealth” in the Pennsylvania Constitution to include local governments but without any reasoned support. See Pa. Envtl. Def. Found. v. Commw., 161 A.3d…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Another Banner Year for False Claims Act Recoveries Signals More of the Same for 2018

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) reported $3.7 billion in False Claims Act (“FCA”) settlements and judgments for fiscal year 2017, the 8th straight year of 3-plus-billion-dollar recoveries and 700-plus new cases filed…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Government Contracting

Sexual Harassment and the #MeToo Movement: Immediate Action Items for Employers

As the breaking news reaffirms in graphic detail on an almost daily basis, we are in a transformative time when it comes to how claims of harassment are reported and handled in the workplace. From Hollywood to Rockefeller…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Insurance Can Reduce the Financial Repercussions to Your Supply Chain of Superstorms, Wildfires, Climate Change, and Global Economic Disruptions

Many companies in today’s global economy are dependent upon the efficient and disruption-free operation of their multinational supply chains. Unfortunately, such supply chains are vulnerable to numerous physical and non-physical…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Congress Takes Aim at the FUTURE of Artificial Intelligence

Action Item: As the calendar turns over to 2018, artificial intelligence (“AI”) system developers will need to keep an eye on first of its kind legislation being considered in Congress. The Fundamentally Understanding the…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Science, Computers, & Technology

2017 Tax Planning: Accelerate Deductible Expenses Before Year End

Blank Rome’s “2017 New Tax Law – Client Alert” is a special series on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and related changes to the tax code. In the series, Blank Rome’s lawyers share their analysis of different provisions in the Bill…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Taxation

New Year’s Resolutions: Top 5 Consequential Changes in the 2018 NDAA

The National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year 2018 was signed into law on December 12, 2017, and authorizes a topline national defense budget of $700 billion. While the 2018 NDAA makes a number of changes to…more
 /  Government Contracting

Public Company Alert: New Tax Law Re-Writes the Rules under Tax Code Section 162(m)

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”), which has been approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives, includes a provision that eliminates the “performance-based” exception to the $1 million limit on compensation…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Taxation

The Benefits of Corporate Anti-Corruption Programs: No Charges

The U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued 15 declination letters in 2017 notifying companies of their decision not to pursue charges in connection with alleged violations of…more
 /  Business Organizations, International Law & Trade

IRS Focuses Its Audit Priorities on Captive Insurance

The terms "captive insurance" and "federal income tax code" are anything but captivating. Yet, captive insurance has captivated the attention of the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"), which has placed captive insurance on its…more
 /  Insurance, Taxation

The Criminal Finances Act of 2017: New Compliance Requirements for UK Businesses

On April 27, 2017, the United Kingdom enacted the Criminal Finances Act 2017 (the "Act"), which provides that companies and partnerships ("relevant bodies") are criminally liable if they fail to implement adequate procedures to…more
 /  Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law
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