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Bank Of Tokyo Mitsubishi Sues DFS And Alleges That DFS Has No Investigatory Or Enforcement Authority Over It Since It Is Now...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 7, 2017, in the midst of a pending examination by, and implementation of previously agreed upon consent orders with, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”), the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ...more

California Finally Releases New Cannabis Regulations

by Akerman LLP on

California just released its much-anticipated proposed regulations for the state’s new legal cannabis marketplace. The proposed regulations, 274 pages in length, are broken into three broad categories: general licensure...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

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

U.S. Employs Rarely Used Tool to Probe China IP Practices

As President Trump visits China, U.S. is investigating a longstanding issue in bilateral relationship—technology transfer/intellectual property requirements—that has potential implications for trade. U.S. business and...more

Illinois lawmakers override governor’s veto of student loan servicing bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Illinois House of Representatives and Senate have voted to override the veto by the state’s Republican governor of Senate Bill 1351, known as the Illinois Student Loan Servicing Rights Act. ...more

Worth Another Look: The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs

Today, Governor Wolf issued an Executive Order calling on the Commissioner of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to work with each licensing board to assess occupational and professional licensure. Just...more

Supreme Court of Canada Grants Leave to Challenge Unconstitutionality of Alberta’s Oil and Gas Licensing Regime

On November 9, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) granted the leave application (Leave Application) filed by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and the Orphan Well Association (OWA) in Orphan Well Association, et al v....more

New York City Repeals Prohibition-Era Cabaret Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The New York City Council overwhelmingly voted on October 31, 2017, to pass legislation (Int. 1652) that repeals the City’s longstanding Cabaret Law. At the same time, Int. 1652 retains certain security requirements of the...more

With Zenefits Settlement Award SEC Demonstrates Continued Commitment to “Unicorn” Scrutiny Despite Administration Change: Same Old...

Last week the SEC announced it had reached an agreement with privately-held company Zenefits, and its co-founder and former CEO Parker Conrad, to settle allegations that Zenefits materially misled Series B and C investors....more

PA banking regulator reiterates licensing guidance for fintech companies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities issued a letter to “all persons engaged in activity regulated or licensed by the [Department] regardless of the means of delivery of such regulated...more

National Survey On Marijuana Laws And Regulations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Legalized cannabis – for medical or recreational purposes – is a rapidly expanding industry in the United States, with various states, including California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New...more

FERC issues update in hydroelectric licensing

by Hogan Lovells on

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) hydropower licensing processes are perennially criticized for how long they take and for the regulatory uncertainty they involve. On October 19, 2017, FERC took one...more

Aging Truck Drivers Face Medical Conditions that Reduce Roadway Safety

by Howard Ankin on

Aging commercial truck drivers face medical conditions that create safety hazards for themselves and other drivers. The physical and mental exhaustion associated with trucking can negatively impact many age-related...more

Oregon to Add Licenses to NMLS and Adopts Electronic Surety Bonds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Starting on November 1, 2017, the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation will accept applications for the Mortgage Servicer License and the Debt Buyer License on NMLS. The checklists for these licenses will be available here...more

Illinois Revises Residential Mortgage License Act Provisions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation adopted rules to repeal and amend parts of the Residential Mortgage License Act, including, but not limited to...more

California Makes Changes to the Finance Lenders Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Recently, several changes were made to the California Finance Lenders Law with various effective dates. Effective immediately, the California Finance Lenders Law has been renamed the "California Financing Law."...more

Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R. 3043): State Organizations' October 5th Letter in Opposition

Three organizations of state environmental officials authored an October 5th letter to Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi expressing concern with provisions of...more

Amendments to the Real Estate Specified Joint Enterprise Act of Japan

by DLA Piper on

The Real Estate Specified Joint Enterprise Act of Japan (Act No. 77 of 1994, as amended, the Act) regulates fund investments in real estate using partnerships and other vehicles. If a person or entity (i) receives investments...more

California’s Countdown to Legal Cannabis: Facing Regulatory and Permitting Uncertainty

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

As of January 1, 2018, it will be legal for adults in California to buy and sell cannabis for recreational purposes. That’s the simple version. But as is true for virtually every other “legal” enterprise in the state, the...more

Florida Misses Deadline To Issue New Licenses For Medical Marijuana

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Pursuant to the law passed earlier this year which implemented Amendment Two (medical marijuana), Florida was required to issue additional licenses for medical marijuana treatment centers (the entities that grow, distribute...more

D.C. and California Issue Student Loan Servicing Regulations, Join Other States in Migrating Licenses to NMLS

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we reported last month, the District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) started accepting applications and transition filings for the Student Loan Servicer License on the Nationwide Mortgage...more

CEQA Compliance for Commercial Cannabis Business Licensing under MAUCRSA - Proposal Open to Comments

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Bureau of Cannabis Control proposes to adopt a Negative Declaration related to its regulatory licensing and enforcement program for commercial cannabis distributors, retailers, testing laboratories, and microbusinesses...more

Ohio Medical Marijuana: Status Of The New State Industry

by Roetzel & Andress on

Ohio legalized medical marijuana in the spring of 2016 and has since been developing the Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP) to regulate the cultivation, processing, and dispensing of medical marijuana throughout the...more

New York Virtual Currency Business License: What To Know

by Cole Schotz on

New York entrepreneurs in the virtual currency space must be careful to follow New York’s licensing requirements enacted under Financial Services Law Sections 102, 104, 201, 206, 301, 302, 309, and 408. Under the new...more

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