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HTMLSEC Adopts Final Exchange Act Registration Rules; Separately Issues Proposed Rule on Incentive-Based Compensation
J. Andrew Gipson; Jones Walker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 26, 2016, previously published on May 12, 2016
On May 3, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved its final rules implementing Section 12(g) Exchange Act registration, termination, and suspension of reporting provisions under the JOBS Act. The rules amend Exchange Act Rules 12g-1 through 12g-4 and Rule 12h-3 to reflect...

 

HTMLBroadened Qualified Mortgage Coverage of Lenders Operating in Rural and Underserved Markets
Craig N. Landrum; Jones Walker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 11, 2016, previously published on March 31, 2016
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released a Regulation Z amendment to broaden the class of creditors that might be eligible for a special provision of Regulation Z that permits the origination of balloon-payment qualified mortgages, and for an exemption from the requirement...

 

HTMLFifth Circuit Finds that Maritime Law Does Not Apply to Property Damage and Economic Loss Claims Following Rupture of Riser Chain Connected to a Floating Production and Storage Facility
Matthew S. Lejeune; Jones Walker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 11, 2016, previously published on May 3, 2016
In Petrobras America, Inc. v. Vicinay Cadenas, S.A., 815 F.3d 211 (5th Cir. 2016), the Fifth Circuit considered whether the general maritime law, or corresponding state law, applied to claims that arose on the Outer Continental Shelf in the context of oil and gas exploration and/or production. This...

 

HTMLMississippi Legislature Passes Corporate Franchise Tax Phase-Out, Income Tax Reductions
John F. Fletcher, Dennis W. Miller, Justin B. Stone; Jones Walker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 11, 2016, previously published on April 20, 2016
Late Monday evening, on April 18, 2016, the Mississippi House and Senate approved a conference committee report on Senate Bill 2858, known as the "Taxpayer Pay Raise Act of 2016", to implement a ten-year phase out of the corporate franchise tax, and also to phase-in an individual and...

 

HTMLOCC Releases White Paper Discussing Plans for Understanding and Evaluating Financial Technology Innovations
George A. LeMaistre; Jones Walker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 11, 2016, previously published on April 14, 2016
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has released a White Paper that discusses the agency’s attitudes and approaches to developments in financial technology, and to the associated innovations that the fintech industry has brought, and continues to bring, at an ever-increasing pace,...

 

HTMLRevisiting the Availability of Punitive Damages to a Jones Act Seaman Against a Third-Party Non-Employer in the Eastern District of Louisiana
Stephen H. Clement; Jones Walker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 11, 2016, previously published on May 3, 2016
In the January edition of this publication, we discussed the opinion in Howard V. Offshore Liftboats, LLC, which dismissed a Jones Act seaman's punitive damages claim against a non-employer third party. 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157173 (E.D. La. Nov. 19, 2015). Since our last publication, a sister...

 

HTMLMississippi Supreme Court Sends Half-Baked Assessment Back to the Kitchen
John F. Fletcher, Justin B. Stone; Jones Walker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 30, 2016, previously published on March 15, 2016
In Mississippi Department of Revenue v. Hotel and Restaurant Supply, the Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday, March 10, 2016, upheld the reversal of a sales tax assessment levied against a vendor who failed to collect sales taxes on construction-related materials sold to a contractor who...

 

HTMLFuel Supplier is Denied Maritime Lien Against Vessel in Fallout from O.W. Bunker’s Bankruptcy
Katie S. Cordes; Jones Walker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2016, previously published on March 8, 2016
On February 8, 2016, in Valero Marketing & Supply Co. v. M/V ALMI SUN, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana held that a bunker fuel supplier did not have a maritime lien against the vessel to which it supplied bunkers based on the relationship between the...

 

HTMLJones Act Seaman Status Tested for Shipyard Worker
Hansford "Ford" P. Wogan; Jones Walker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2016, previously published on March 8, 2016
In Jefferson v. Weeks Marine, Inc., et al., C.A. No. 15-240 (E.D. La. 2/3/16), a district court in the Eastern District of Louisiana recently ruled that a land-based yard worker who was injured aboard a barge did not qualify as a seaman under the Jones Act because he failed to satisfy the temporal...

 

HTMLUse Caution with Loans Secured by Holding Company Stock
Michael D. Waters; Jones Walker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2016, previously published on March 3, 2016
A crucial element for a bank director’s satisfaction of board duties is to be alert to regulatory issues that may impair the bank’s safety and soundness and lead to regulatory sanctions. One area where this is particularly true is affiliate transactions.

 


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