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|The Independence of Scotland: A Legal Primer for Canadians|
Brandon Barnes; Davis LLP;
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 17, 2014On September 18, Scotland will hold a referendum on whether it should become an independent state. Although Scotland is a decidedly minority partner in the economy of the United Kingdom 0 it holds 8.3% of the population of the UK and less than 10% of the UK’s estimated GDP - the prospect of...
|Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: September 12, 2014|
Andrew R. McRoberts; Sands Anderson PC;
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 12, 2014The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions this morning. After last term issuing no opinions significantly affecting Virginia Local Government Law (at least not in this author’s judgment), this term resulted in two both related to law enforcement — one tort case and one...
|Senate Commerce Committee Releases Revised Draft of Legislation Extending STELA and Making Other Changes to the Communications Act|
Seth A. Davidson, Arthur H. Harding; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014Senators Rockefeller (D-WV) and Thune (R-SD), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, have released a revised version of S. 2799, the “Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act” (STAVRA). The full committee is scheduled to...
|New Requirements for Commercial Co-Venturers in South Carolina|
Kenneth R. Florin, James D. Taylor; Loeb & Loeb LLP;
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 2014Governor Nikki Haley signed into law House Bill 3367, which amends the South Carolina Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act, and took effect upon the governor's signature. Some of the new registration requirements must be completed by October 4, 2014.
|Brazilian Regulators Slap $1.59 Million Fine on Telecom Giant Oi, Alleging Violations of Users’ Privacy Rights|
Ieuan Jolly, James D. Taylor; Loeb & Loeb LLP;
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 2014As a reminder of the transnational nature of online data collection-and the ever-expanding web of regulatory bodies stepping in to monitor how information is collected and used-Brazilian regulators announced that they had issued the nation's first penalty under the country's new Internet law, the...
|Deoffshorisation' of the Russian Economy: Updated Version of the Draft Law on Controlled Foreign Company Legislation and Other Measures|
Olga Boltenko, Ayshat Gaydarova; Withers Bergman LLP;
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 10, 2014The Russian Ministry of Finance has published an updated version of the draft controlled foreign company rules (hereinafter - "CFC") on the 2nd of September (hereinafter - ‘the new Draft’). The previous drafts were covered in detail in our press releases of 24 March and 5...
|New Building Bylaw: No More Door Knobs|
Conrad Rego; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014In September, 2013, Vancouver City Council approved a new 2014 City of Vancouver Building Bylaw. According to the City, the 2014 Building Bylaw 10908, which covers detached houses and low-rise residential buildings, brings about changes to the current Building Bylaw 9419 to support housing for...
|Ontario Government Has Reintroduced the Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act, 2014|
Meghan Lindo; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 5, 2014On March 24, 2014, the Ontario government introduced Bill 179 which, if passed, would give the government the authority to establish new “compensation frameworks” for certain senior public sector executives and implement new accountability and transparency measures for the broader...
|As Water Flows, So Does the Reach of the Government: The Clean Water Act|
Steven L. Hoch; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 3, 2014The great political orator Woody Allen once said, “I believe there's something out there watching over us. Unfortunately, it's the government.” In terms of the jurisdiction of the United States government over environmental conditions, a cynic like Mr. Allen has foretold the current...
|Government of Canada Update on Mandatory Reporting Standards for Extractive Industry|
Erik Arnold, Anthony Cole, Paul M. Lalonde; Dentons Canada LLP;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 2, 2014In April of this year, the Government of Canada issued a Consultation Paper regarding mandatory reporting standards for extractive industry companies, requiring disclosure of payments to foreign and domestic governments (the proposed reporting standards). In the Consultation Paper, the Government...