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Legal Alert: The Grandpappy of All Extensions: Congress Permanently Extends the Internet Tax Freedom Act (February 12, 2016)
On February 11, the United States Senate approved a permanent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) contained in the Conference Report accompanying H.R. 644, the “Trade Facilitation and ...
Legal Alert: Supreme Court Orders Temporary Halt to Clean Power Plan (February 12, 2016)
On February 9, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a major setback to the Obama Administration’s efforts to curb emissions of carbon dioxide from existing power plants in the U.S. In a 5-4 split ...
Legal Alert: CFTC and EU Regulators Agree on a Common Approach for the Regulation of CCPs (February 12, 2016)
Earlier this week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and European regulators announced that they have reached agreement on a “common approach” regarding requirements for central ...
Legal Alert: EU-US Privacy Shield: European Union and U.S. Reach Agreement in Principle for New Data Transfer Framework – But Uncertainty Remains (February 11, 2016)
On February 2, 2016, the European Commission (EC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced that they had reached agreement on a new data transfer safe harbor arrangement for the ...
Legal Alert: FY2017 Budget Proposal Sets Its Sights on Insurance Companies (February 11, 2016)
On February 9, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal (FY2017 Budget). Many of the tax proposals included in the FY2017 Budget closely follow those included in the ...
Legal Alert: 2015 in Review: ERISA Civil Enforcement Recoveries Remain Low, Criminal Investigations Continue to Rise (February 9, 2016)
The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently published its Fiscal Year 2015 “Fact Sheet” documenting civil and criminal enforcement activities under the Employee Retirement Income Security ...
Legal Alert: PCI DSS – What It Is and Why It Is Relevant to Your Business (February 4, 2016)
Increasingly, companies are raising questions about PCI-DSS and its applicability to their businesses. This Legal Alert summarizes the basic aspects of PCI-DSS and its application. What is PCI ...
Legal Alert: CFTC Amends Regulation 1.35 (February 3, 2016)
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Regulation 1.35 requires futures commission merchants (FCMs), retail foreign exchange dealers (RFEDs), introducing brokers (IBs) and members of a swap ...
Legal Alert: Supreme Court: For ERISA Plans, Time May Be Money (February 2, 2016)
A new U.S. Supreme Court decision is a reminder that Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plans must act promptly if they want to assert a lien to secure a participant’s obligation to ...
Legal Alert: SEC Proposes Rule Related to Use of Derivatives and Financial Commitment Transactions by Regulated Funds (January 20, 2016)
In December 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) proposed a new Rule 18f-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the 1940 Act) that would, if adopted, affect the ability of ...
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