TPP and its Impact on NAFTA
The Obama Administration recently released the signed text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”), which represents an important advancement in trading relations among 12 Pacific countries.
OSHA Quarterly Newsletter - November 2015
On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board issued its decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. and established a new, broad standard for determining when two ent...
CMS and OIG Finalize Waivers for ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings Program
Effective October 29, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health & Human Services finalized the waivers of certain fraud and abu...
SEC Focus on Commodity Prices and Related Form 10-Q/10-K Disclosure
The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance, in connection with its review of periodic reports filed by exploration and production (E&P) companies in 2015, ha...
U.S. Department of Interior Board of Land Appeals Affirms BSEE’s Assertion of Authority over Contractors on the OCS
The Interior Board of Land Appeals has issued its long awaited decision on an appeal by an offshore service contractor challenging the authority of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement t...
Media, Entertainment and First Amendment Newsletter, October 2015
Earlier this year, in Sedlock v. Baird (2015) 235 Cal.App.4th 874, the California Court of Appeal issued the only state court decision in the nation to squarely address the propriety of yoga ...
Recent EPA Enforcement Actions Targeting Health Care Providers and Retailers for RCRA Violations
The Environmental Protection Agency is embarking on a compliance initiative to ensure that sources that handle hazardous waste are complying with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act requirement...
Round Two of the SEC’s MCDC Initiative: 22 Municipal Underwriters Settle Charges of Disclosure Failures
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is continuing to scrutinize municipal bond offerings and bring enforcement actions aimed at improving underwriter due diligence and increasing information t...
EU High Court Strikes Down Safe Harbor Framework Governing Transfer of Personal Data from the EU to the US
This week the European Union Court of Justice struck down the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework governing the transfer of personal data from the European Union to the United States that had been in place ...
EB-5 Program Extended as-is through December 11, Increased Minimum Investment Amounts Likely Thereafter
On September 30, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution that will fund the government and extend the Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Pilot Program through December 11, 2015.