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|Settlement Reached in Riverside County Solar Power Plant Policy Lawsuit|
Sophie A. Akins, Robert W. Hargreaves; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
May 23, 2013, previously published on May 20, 2013Riverside County and the solar developers who challenged the county’s solar power plant ordinance in court came to a tentative settlement agreement, approved by a Riverside judge last week. Before the solar developers drop their lawsuit, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors must accept...
|Major Changes in Luxembourg Securities Legislation|
May 22, 2013The law of 6 April 2013 introduces substantial changes to Luxembourg's securities legislation.
|Senate Agriculture Committee Approves Farm Bill|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
May 22, 2013, previously published on May 17, 2013This week, the Senate Agriculture Committee approved a 5-year Farm Bill by a vote of 15 to 5. Four Republicans - Roberts (R-KS), Johanns (R-NE), Thune (R-SD), and McConnell - were joined by one Democrat - Gillibrand (D-NY) - in opposing the bill.
|FCC Modernizes Foreign Ownership Review Policies and Procedures for Wireless Telecommunications Licensees; Seeks Comment on Similar Relief for Broadcast Licensees|
Angela E. Giancarlo, Donald K. Stockdale, Howard W. Waltzman; Mayer Brown LLP;
May 22, 2013, previously published on May 20, 2013Over the past eight months, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has issued two decisions that modernize and streamline its foreign investment policies for certain radio licensees, including wireless telecommunications carriers. In addition, the Commission recently initiated a...
|Comp Time Bill Passes House, Heads for Senate|
Jackson Lewis LLP;
May 22, 2013, previously published on May 20, 2013The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013” (H.R. 1406), which would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to allow private employers to provide compensatory time off to employees in lieu of overtime under certain conditions....
|Second Term Cabinet Updates|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
May 22, 2013, previously published on May 17, 2013After multiple delays, President Obama’s nominee for Labor Secretary, Thomas Perez, won approval in a Senate committee on Thursday along a party line vote, 12-10. His nomination will now move to the Senate floor for consideration. Perez still faces a rocky road, with Senate Republicans...
|Massachusetts District Court Explores the United States’ Burden of Proof Argument on Deductions of Government Settlements|
Brian W. Kittle, Thomas Kittle-Kamp; Mayer Brown LLP;
May 22, 2013, previously published on May 21, 2013On May 9, 2013, the US District Court of Massachusetts issued a Memorandum and Order in Fresenius Medical Care Holding, Inc. v. United States, involving federal income tax deductions related to the settlement of several government Federal False Claims Act (FCA) claims. The court’s Memorandum...
|Immigration Reform Update|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
May 21, 2013, previously published on May 17, 2013The Senate Judiciary Committee continued its markup of comprehensive immigration reform, and intends to work through next week and possibly into the weekend to finish work before a recess at the end of the month.
|The Government of Canada Proposes Amendments to the Investment Canada Act Relating to State-Owned Enterprises|
Henry J. Chang; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
May 21, 2013, previously published on May 16, 2013As previously reported, on December 7, 2012, the Government of Canada (the “Government”) approved the proposed acquisition of Progress Energy Resources Corp. by PETRONAS, and the proposed acquisition of Nexen Inc. by the China National Offshore Oil Company (“CNOOC”),...
|SCC Rules Roadblock an Abuse of Process Where Legal Remedies Not Exercised|
Laura M. Gill, E. Bruce Mellett; Weltman Weinberg Reis Co. L.P.A.;
May 21, 2013, previously published on May 16, 2013Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Behn v. Moulton Contracting Ltd., 2013 SCC 26. The case sets out some important principles that may be relevant for those who engage in operations in areas where Aboriginal or First Nations concerns could give rise to a risk of...