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2017 Summary Of New Maine Laws & Carry Over Legislation - State of Maine 128th Legislature, 1st Regular Session

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Overview - 2017 Summary of New Maine Laws & Carry Over Legislation - The new laws highlighted in this summary are those most relevant to our clients and does not include all laws enacted this past session. This summary of...more

Vermont Legislative Update 03-02-2018 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

When it returns on March 13, the Vermont Senate is expected to consider S.197, a bill that creates strict liability for damage to property and human health for the release of many harmful substance into the environment, and...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes "Common and Usual Meaning" Interpretation of Insurance Contracts

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a case in which UBS Puerto Rico sought to overcome its insurance carriers' refusal to defend and provide coverage for two civil actions, settlements with the SEC and FINRA...more

Trump’s Tax Reform: Effect on Nonprofits

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The Administration’s frenzy to pass “tax reform” created tax breaks for some—I’m looking at you, the Trump family—increased taxes for others, and confusion for everyone, at least until the IRS is able to promulgate official...more

SCOTUS Overturns Decision on Bond Hearings for Detainees Subject to Indefinite Detention

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Do noncitizens detained for a long time while their cases are pending have the right to a hearing to determine whether they can be released on bond? This was the question posed in the Jennings v. Rodriguez case, a...more

SCC Provides Guidance on Trustees’ Duty to Disclose Construction Bonds to Beneficiaries

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled in its recent decision, Valard Construction Ltd. v. Bird Construction Co. (Valard Construction), that an “obligee” or trustee under a labour and material payment bond (usually the owner...more

Supreme Court Decides Jennings v. Rodriguez

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On February 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Jennings v. Rodriguez, holding that 8 U.S.C. §§ 1225(b), 1226(a), and 1226(c) do not give detained aliens the right to periodic bond hearings during the course of their...more

White House Releases New Infrastructure Framework

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On February 12, 2018, the White House released its “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America” proposing a legislative framework for the nation’s infrastructure needs. Key components of the proposed...more

Advance Refunding Bond Legislation of Interest to Non-Profit Hospitals and Senior Living Organizations

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On February 13, in a matter of special note to non-profit hospitals and senior living organizations across the country, legislation was introduced in the United States House of Representatives that would restore tax exemption...more

Administration's Infrastructure Plan Supports Reuse of Brownfields and Superfund Sites

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Trump Administration released an ambitious $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan on Feb. 12, 2018 – a plan that includes many provisions focused upon encouraging the reuse of contaminated brownfields and Superfund sites. ...more

Private Activity Bonds Under President Trump's "Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America"

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The White House released a 53-page framework on Tuesday setting forth its legislative goals for rebuilding America's infrastructure (the Infrastructure Plan)....more

White House Infrastructure Plan — Perspectives for the P3 Market

On February 12, 2018, the Trump administration released its long-awaited infrastructure plan, titled “A Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America” (the Plan). In 50-plus pages, the Plan sets forth a...more

Trump Infrastructure Plan Would Expand Use of Private Activity Bonds

On February 12, 2018 the Trump Administration released its long-awaited Infrastructure Plan. The Plan calls for $1.5 Trillion in new infrastructure investment over the next ten years – although only $200 Billion of that will...more

Recovering Administrative Claims in Chapter 9 Bankruptcy and Title III of PROMESA

Municipal bankruptcies under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. §§ 901-946 (Chapter 9), are rare. These cases are often filed to adjust bonded indebtedness and pension obligations. Congressional authorization for...more

Africa Focus: Spring 2018: The IMF in sub-Saharan Africa - Evolution and impact on sovereign bond markets

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For decades, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has played an important, if at times controversial, role in the economies of sub-Saharan Africa. Its mandate has evolved over the years from a principal focus on ensuring...more

European leveraged debt lifts off: Leveraged debt storms back in 2017

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Leveraged loan value outstripped 2016 level by €131.3 billion in 2017 • Value of high yield bonds has surpassed 2016 by 32 percent • Refinancing and repricing drive the market • Leveraged loans continue primacy over...more

Real Estate Aspects of Tax Reform

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the most extensive overhaul of the United States tax regime in over thirty years. The new tax laws will have a significant impact upon...more

CFPB defends judgment in enforcement action against biweekly mortgage payment companies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Despite the CFPB’s change in position after Mick Mulvaney’s appointment regarding the need for Nationwide Biweekly Administration to post a bond to stay execution of the $7.9 million judgment obtained by the CFPB, the CFPB...more

SEC's Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee Discusses Bond Market Liquidity in Its Inaugural Meeting

by WilmerHale on

On January 11, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee (FIMSAC) held its inaugural meeting. The SEC formed the FIMSAC to provide advice to the SEC on the...more

New Federal Corporate Income Tax Rate Decrease Affects Borrowers

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Late in 2017, H.R.1, the federal tax reform bill (the “Federal Tax Act”) was signed into law. Effective January 1, 2018, the maximum federal corporate income tax rate decreased from 35% to 21%. ...more

The Tax Reform Roller Coaster Ends – Summary of Provisions Affecting Public Finance

by Bracewell LLP on

On December 22, 2017, the President signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Final Bill”) into law, bringing an end to the nearly two-month rollercoaster ride that had the public finance industry white-knuckled and a little...more

Education Newsletter: Volume 2 Number 1

by Dickinson Wright on

ARIZONA - Chandler, Arizona - In August and September reports came to light of victims of alleged hazing and sexual assault at Hamilton High School. The reported incidents were shocking. Assaults occurred between...more

Russian Legislation Update: September – December 2017

by White & Case LLP on

Welcome to the most recent issue of our Russian Legislation Update, covering the period of September – December 2017. In this issue: - Civil Law - Banking - Currency Control - Corporate - Mass Media / Foreign...more

House, Senate Pass Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; Private Activity Bonds Saved

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

2018 will be a year of monumental tax law changes following the recent approval by the House and Senate of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming days. While the...more

Tax Reform Changes to Healthcare

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Following a final vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday morning, Dec. 20, 2017, Congress sent the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) to President Donald Trump's desk. In addition to extensive revisions to the tax...more

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