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Investment Advisers and Fee Disclosures

by Winstead PC on

The Massachusetts Securities Division (MSD) recently announced that it is seeking comments on a proposed format to standardize the disclosure of investment advisory fees. This step should be noted by investment advisers...more

SEC’s OCIE Announces National Exam Program Priorities

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published its National Exam Program Examination Priorities. This year’s publication comes in the form of a brochure, much like the one issued by the...more

Sharing Of Convenience Fees Spells Trouble Under The FDCPA

A recent opinion from a district court in California serves as a reminder to creditors and debt collectors of the limited circumstances upon which convenience fees can be collected. ...more

Fidelity charging for Vanguard assets, why so surprised?

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Starting this year, Fidelity will charge all new 401(k) clients a 5 basis point (0.05%) fee on participant assets invested with Vanguard index funds. The fee won’t apply to existing Fidelity clients and will be billed to the...more

2018 Budget Deal Delays Several Affordable Care Act Taxes and Fees

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On January 22, 2018, President Trump signed into law H.R. 195 (hereinafter referred to as the “2018 Budget Deal”) which ended the federal government shutdown and funds the federal government through February 8, 2018. In...more

Religious Institutions Update: January 2018 - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - By Shannon B. Hartsfield - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Jan. 18, 2018, the creation of a new division within its Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR is described...more

Alert to Privacy Shield Participants: You Could Lose Your Privacy Certification If You Ignore This Warning

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Recently, Privacy Shield participants started receiving these troubling alerts, purportedly from the International Trade Administration, warning that the recipient organization owes a new fee, and threatening to cancel that...more

Revised VCP Fees – Simple Isn’t Always Better

by Bryan Cave on

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has described its recent changes to its Voluntary Correction Program (“VCP”) user fees as “simplification.” This simplification is achieved by significantly changing the way user fees are...more

SEC Proposes To Rewrite The FOIA

by Allen Matkins on

For more than a half century, the Freedom of Information Act (aka FOIA) grants any person a legally enforcable right to obtain access to federal agency records (with certain exceptions). The FOIA requires federal agencies to...more

IRS Issues Changes to Voluntary Compliance Program User Fees

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On January 2, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service(IRS) issued Internal Revenue Bulletin 2018-1, containing Internal Revenue Procedure 2018-4, which includes new user fees for submissions under the Voluntary Correction Program...more

México: Nuevas tarifas para el pago de Derechos Migratorios 2018

by Littler on

Por medio del presente hacemos de su conocimiento las nuevas tarifas de pago de derechos por trámites migratorios 2018, las cuales ha publicado el Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) a través de la Secretaria de...more

Mexico: New Immigration Fees for 2018

by Littler on

Mexico’s Ministry of Interior recently adjusted the fees for immigration applications and processes that are effective in 2018. The new fees were published by the National Institute of Migration (“Instituto Nacional de...more

PTAB Increasing AIA Trial Fees in January

by Finnegan – AIA Blog on

On January 16, 2018, the USPTO will increase its fees for inter partes reviews (IPR), post-grant reviews (PGR), and covered business method reviews (CBM). The base cost for an IPR increases from $23,000 to $30,500. ...more

SEC Broadens Enforcement Activity Related to Private Equity Fees and Expenses — And Narrows the Opportunity for Managers to...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On December 21, 2017 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) published a settlement order with TPG Capital Advisors, LLC (“TPG”) arising from insufficient disclosure regarding the acceleration of monitoring...more

Texas Home Equity Loan Amendments Enacted

by Alston & Bird on

Texans approved a constitutional amendment changing the state’s home equity loan landscape beginning January 1. Our Financial Services & Products Group examines the new law and its implications and limitations....more

2018 Pennsylvania Approved Medical Records Fees

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On December 2, 2017, the Department of Health issued the new maximum fees for duplication of medical records. The link to the Pennsylvania Bulletin Announcement follows...more

Ninth Circuit: Loan Servicer Can Rely on Standard Notice-And-Cure Provision to Defeat Statutory Claims

by Locke Lord LLP on

On December 15, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of borrowers’ statutory claims against their loan servicer because the borrowers failed to give the servicer notice and the opportunity to take corrective action...more

Draft Fee Regulations – Attempts to Address Incentivising Loopholes

by Hogan Lovells on

Section 18A of the South African Medicines Act (the “Medicines Act“) prohibits the supply of any medicine, medical device or in-vitro diagnostic device, according to a bonus system, rebate system or any other incentive...more

I-22- The Benefits of Benefits: A Roundtable Discussion on Trending Benefits Issues for 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

From tax and health care reform to employee wellness programs to even handheld electronic devices, why should your company be interested in today's hot benefits issues? In today's episode of Employment Law Now, a roundtable...more

California Supreme Court Holds Groundwater Pumping Charges Are Not Property-Related Charges Subject to Proposition 218 - Case May...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Supreme Court concluded recently that a local water agency’s groundwater pumping charges are not property-related charges subject to the substantive and procedural requirements of California Constitution...more

California Supreme Court Confirms Certain Groundwater Pumping Charges are Outside Scope of Prop 218

by Downey Brand LLP on

On December 4, the California Supreme Court ruled that groundwater pumping charges levied to fund a basin-wide conservation and management program were not property-related fees subject to Proposition 218. The decision, City...more

Maine DEP Voluntary Response Action Program Releases Updated Guidance

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Voluntary Response Action Program (VRAP) just provided updated guidance explaining the new application fees and -- perhaps more importantly -- clarifying and updating...more

Charges By Law Firm-Owned Vendors Challenged In Putative Client Class

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiffs signed engagement letters with the law firm Finkelstein & Partners (the “law firm”) to represent them in two separate personal injury lawsuits on a contingency basis. ...more

Updated USPTO Patent Fee Schedule Includes Significant Increases and Additions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last week established an updated patent fee schedule, effective January 16, 2018. The updated schedule provides for a modest increase for most fees—but also more significant...more

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Mandatory Union Fees for Public Employees

by Baker Donelson on

Although previously considered by the United States Supreme Court on several occasions, the issue of the legality of mandatory public union fees will again be before the Court in its upcoming session. The lawsuit that has...more

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