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Legal Alert: U.S. Customs Aims to Increase Enforcement of the Jones Act (July 20, 2016)
In what could foretell a significant increase in the enforcement of the coastwise trade provisions of the Jones Act, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs) announced on July 18 the creation of ...
Legal Alert: Court of Appeals Hears National Federation of the Blind’s Challenge to DOT Rule Regarding Blind-Accessible Kiosks at Domestic Airports (July 19, 2016)
On June 29, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard the National Federation of the Blind’s (NFB) challenge to a Department of Transportation (DOT) Final Rule ...
Legal Alert: SEC Issues Guidance on Business Continuity Planning for Registered Investment Companies (July 15, 2016)
On June 27, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (Commission or SEC) Division of Investment Management (IM) issued a Guidance Update on business continuity planning for registered ...
Legal Alert: Sutherland Wins Dismissal of TCPA Fax Case: Applying Spokeo, Court Finds Plaintiff Incurred No Actual Harm (July 14, 2016)
On July 5, in Sartin v. EKF Diagnostics, Inc., No. 16-1816, 2016 WL 3598297 (E.D. La. July 5, 2016), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana granted Defendant’s Rule 12(b)(1) ...
The Final Rule: Technical Corrections to Best Interest Contract and Principal Transaction Exemptions (July 12, 2016)
The Department of Labor has published technical corrections to two of the exemptions issued in conjunction with its final rule expanding ERISA’s definition of investment advice fiduciary. The ...
Legal Alert: Argentina Relaxes Restrictions on Ownership of Rural Properties by Foreigners (July 11, 2016)
On June 29, 2016, the Argentine executive branch enacted decree 820/2016 (the New Decree), easing certain restrictions imposed under existing law on the acquisition and leasing of rural lands by ...
Legal Alert: Deferred No Longer: Treasury and IRS Issue Long-Awaited 409A Guidance (July 11, 2016)
On June 21, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed Internal Revenue Code (Code) section 409A regulations, modifying existing proposed and final section 409A ...
Legal Alert: D.C. Circuit Questions FERC’s Policy Statement on Income Tax Allowances (July 6, 2016)
On July 1, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its opinion in United Airlines, Inc., et al. v. FERC. This oil pipeline rate case appeal involves SFPP, L.P., a ...
Legal Alert: New York Issues Two Advisory Opinions Regarding Surplus Lines Insurance (July 1, 2016)
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (Department) issued two advisory opinions determining that unauthorized non-life insurance corporations (here, surplus lines insurance companies) ...
Legal Alert: Administration Signals Intent to Challenge Judicial Decision That Struck Down Fracking Rule as Unlawful (June 30, 2016)
On June 24, the Obama Administration filed its notice of appeal to challenge last week’s federal court decision to strike down the newest regulation over hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian ...
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