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Helping Handbook for Those Affected by Northern California Wildfires 2017-2018

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

This handbook provides an overview of some issues that individuals, families, and small businesses may face as a result of the wildfires, mudslides, and related disasters that hit Southern California in December 2017 and...more

2018 NDAA Analysis: Signals Towards the Federal Government’s Growing Interest in Blockchain Technology

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This is the seventh blog post in a series analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as signed into law on December 12, 2017. Stay tuned for more blog posts covering additional topics in...more

Helping Handbook for Those Affected by Northern California Wildfires

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

This handbook provides an overview of some of the issues that individuals, families, and small businesses may face as a result of the wildfires that swept Northern California in October 2017. Please note that this handbook...more

Cybersecurity Guidance on the Way for Small Businesses

by Reed Smith on

On October 11, 2017, the House passed a bill that would provide guidance to small business on how to deal with cybersecurity issues. This legislation passed on the heels of a similar Senate bill that passed just weeks before...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017 #3

As plant-based beverages appear on more store shelves, the definition of “milk” has become the center of a dispute involving legislatures, regulators, litigators and industry groups. Shook Partners Katie Gates Calderon and...more

7 Tips About Data Breach Prevention And Cybersecurity For Small Businesses

by Fraser Trebilcock on

We see it in the news on a regular basis. Major corporations like Anthem, eBay, Sony Pictures, and Target have all suffered major data security breaches. But these breaches don’t only happen to major businesses. Companies of...more

Amendment To Japan’s Omnibus Data Protection Law Mean New Compliance Requirements For U.S. Multinational Employers With Operations...

by Littler on

Effective May 30, 2017, Japan amended its omnibus data protection law, the Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”), to add new compliance requirements that will have an immediate impact on many U.S. multinational...more

House member launches fintech lending investigation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II announced last week that he had launched an investigation into small business financial technology (fintech) lending by sending a letter to the CEOs of several fintech small business lenders. ...more

The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 vs. The American Health Care Act: Summary of Key Differences

On June 22, 2017, Senate Republicans released a discussion draft of their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), titled the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” (BCRA). Beyond the title change,...more

FTC Launches Website to Help Small Businesses with Cyber Attacks

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on May 9, 2017, that it has launched a new website that “helps small businesses avoid scams and cyber-attacks.”...more

2016 Antitrust Year in Review

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present its 2016 Antitrust Year in Review. In this report, we summarize the most significant antitrust matters and developments of the past year. We begin with a look at the...more

My 2017 Crowdfunding Wish List

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

2016 brought with it many developments in the crowdfunding industry, most notably the introduction of the long-awaited Title III crowdfunding rules. While admittedly not all crowdfunding legislation passed this year was as...more

Federal Small Business Authority Sharply Questions CFPB'S Proposed Payday Rule

by Clark Hill PLC on

In strongly worded comments filed October 7 in the Consumer Financial Protection Board's (CFPB) rulemaking on payday and other small dollar loans, the federal agency charged with advocating on behalf of small business took...more

House Bill Would Ease Regulatory Restrictions to Private Fund Advisers

On September 9, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would amend the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to modernize certain disclosure requirements and lessen regulatory burdens on private fund advisers....more

The Financial Choice Act: Implications for the U.S. Securities Legal Framework

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On September 13, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives (the “FSC”) formally released H.R. 5983, the “Financial CHOICE Act” (the “CHOICE Act”). While the CHOICE Act has...more

Proposed International Entrepreneur Rule Gives Startup Founders Temporary Stay in U.S.

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week proposed a new rule that will allow certain immigrant startup founders to receive “parole” or temporary permission to...more

The “Shark Tank Visa”: Proposed Rule Opens Door for Foreign Entrepreneurs

by Burr & Forman on

Last Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced a proposal that would allow foreign entrepreneurs to enter the United States to operate high-growth, job-creating startup enterprises. As with other...more

CFPB Outlines Long-Awaited Debt Collection Reforms

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released on July 28 new proposals designed to "overhaul" the practices of the debt collection industry. The proposals include sweeping changes to existing regulations, including...more

House Passes Small Business Healthcare Relief Act

Despite repeated guidance from the IRS that employer payment plans violate insurance reforms under the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”), many small employers continue this arrangement of reimbursing employees for their cost of...more

SEC Proposes Increasing Threshold to Qualify as a Smaller Reporting Company

The SEC has proposed amendments that would increase the financial thresholds in the “smaller reporting company” definition. The proposal to update the definition would expand the number of companies that qualify as smaller...more

Wells Fargo Unveils Plan to Better Protect Small Business Customer Account Information

On June 7, Wells Fargo announced a partnership with software firm, Xero, that is intended to allow small businesses to share bank information without sharing their bank passwords with third parties, such as Quicken, who...more

CFPB Releases Spring 2016 Rulemaking Agenda

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released its Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda. The agenda sets the following timetables for key rulemaking initiatives: Arbitration. The Spring 2016 agenda does not...more

Treasury Department Weighs in on Online Marketplace Lending

by Goodwin on

On May 10, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department released a white paper entitled, “Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending.” The white paper is the result of a request for information that elicited more than...more

FTC: Data Security Primer for Small Businesses and Start-ups

The Federal Trade Commission will host a one day-conference in Chicago at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law on June 15, 2016. This event will be the fourth of the FTC’s Start with Security Events nationwide, which build...more

Federal Crowdfunding: What Comes Next?

In our original article on this subject, “SEC Finally Adopts Federal Crowdfunding Rules: All That Glitters May Not Be Gold,” we discussed some of the highlights of the final federal crowdfunding rule (the “Regulation”)...more

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