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|Last Call for Certain Permit Extensions|
Alexander Dobrev, Gary M. Kaleita, Adam R. Lewis; Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Professional Association;
December 5, 2014, previously published on December 3, 2014A new law that passed during the last Florida legislative session offers a great opportunity for builders and developers, as well as lenders who have taken over entitled property, to extend applicable permits with relatively minimal effort. However, the hard deadline to take advantage of this...
|Highlights of the Speech from the Throne - Third Session of the Twenty-Eighth Legislature November 17th, 2014|
Colin MacDonald, Beth Reimer-Heck; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 20, 2014On Monday November 17th, 2014, his Honour the Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, delivered the Prentice Government’s first Speech from the Throne marking the opening of the third session of the 28th Legislature of Alberta and laying out the Government’s legislative...
|Appeal from an Adverse Action under the National Organic Program - a Procedural Primer|
Gene Summerlin; Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 17, 2014Everyone makes mistakes, right? Even the National Organic Program (“NOP”), a state official in a State organic program, or a private organic certification agency can misinterpret a rule or regulation resulting in harm to an organic producer, processor or manufacturer. So, what should...
|Out of State Companies: Beware of the Gift Restrictions to Louisiana's Public Servants under Louisiana's Code of Governmental Ethics|
Richard G. Passler; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 19, 2014Louisiana’s Code of Governmental Ethics (“Ethics Code”) has gained some renown as one of the most restrictive in the nation. The restrictions can be quite difficult to follow and even what can seem like clear language permitting certain gifts can, and has been, interpreted...
|The Secret to Starting a Cross-Border Investigation|
Juan C. Castañeda; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
December 5, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014They come without notice and under the cover of night. They are sometimes in unmarked envelopes or conveyed through whispered phones calls and very often from your very own employees. They are allegations of corruption, fraud and criminal conduct.
|Ontario Government Re-Introduces Broader Public Sector Accountability Legislation Affecting Health Sector Organizations|
Meghan Lindo; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 20, 2014On July 8, 2014, the Ontario government re-introduced Bill 8, formerly Bill 179, which proposes to amend several laws affecting health sector organizations. If enacted, Bill 8 will expand government oversight of broader public sector organizations including hospitals, community care access...
|Why You Should ALWAYS Utilize Passcodes|
Justin M. Lugar; Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP;
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 5, 2014While we wait for the days of retina scanners to unlock our smartphones -- á la movies like Batman (1966 version), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), and GoldenEye (1995) -- we must wrestle with whether or not to enable our devices with the now standard thumbprint security...
|2015 Proxy Season Developments|
Robert Buckholz, Catherine M. Clarkin, Jay Clayton, Audra D. Cohen, H. Rodgin Cohen; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP;
December 4, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014On Thursday, the New York City Comptroller, on behalf of the $160 billion New York City Pension Funds, announced a broad initiative to give shareholders the right to nominate directors at U.S. companies using the corporate ballot. By submitting proxy access shareholder proposals to 75 companies at...
|Executive Action on Business Immigration|
Jacquelyn P. Maroney; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
December 4, 2014, previously published on November 20, 2014President Obama has officially announced his plan for a series of executive actions on immigration. While the national discussion is largely focused on illegal immigration, the president’s plan impacts the business community by changing certain aspects of employment-based legal immigration...
|Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act: Supreme Court Grants Time Extension to Alberta Government to Make Amendments|
Craig Brusnyk, Tamara L. Hunter, Matylda Makulska; Davis LLP;
December 3, 2014, previously published on November 10, 2014On November 15, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously held that Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”) infringed on the right of freedom of expression in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by limiting the ability of labour unions to videotape and...