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HTMLThe Number of Serious Incident Reports Published by Charities is on the Rise
Alison Paines, Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 15, 2016, previously published on January 6, 2016
In December, the Charity Commission published its report; 'Tackling Abuse and Mismanagement 2014-15'. The report highlights that, whilst only a very small proportion of registered charities are subject to a compliance case or investigation by the Commission (less than 0.7%), all charities can be...

 

HTMLCharity Commission Consults on Revised Fundraising Guidance
Alison Paines, Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 15, 2016, previously published on January 6, 2016
The Charity Commission has published a revised draft of its fundraising guidance for consultation with the final version to be published in the Spring. As would be expected following the recommendation of the review carried out by Sir Stuart Etherington, the revised guidance places a more detailed...

 

HTMLCongress Tackling Injury Standards in Class Actions (Again)
B. Jeffrey Brooks, William B. Gaudet; Adams and Reese LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 15, 2016, previously published on January 7, 2016
Concerns over state courts allowing class actions to proceed, the impact on the U.S. economy, and the undue pressure on companies to settle for significant sums spurred Congress to pass the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, expressing these same...

 

Adobe PDFBridging the Divide: Cuba Today
Maria del Carmen Ramos; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 14, 2016, previously published on Autumn 2015
For the last half century, the United States and Cuba have been separated by more than just the 247 miles between the Port of Miami and Puerto de la Habana. Because of the economic embargo in place for much of that time, the two countries have been worlds apart.

 

HTMLFederal Clemency Grants Focus on Crack Cases and Mandatory Minimums
Bruce E. Reinhart; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 13, 2016, previously published on January 4, 2016
In April 2014, the Obama Administration announced an initiative to greatly expand the use of the President’s clemency power. On December 18, 2105, the President granted clemency to 95 federal prisoners. That action brought to 171 the number of prisoners granted clemency under the initiative....

 

HTML'Special Economic Zones' in Mexico
Eugenio Grageda Nunez; Greenberg Traurig, S.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 7, 2016, previously published on December 28, 2015
The Mexican House of Representatives recently approved an act, presented to Mexico’s Congress by President Peña Nieto, for the creation of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) that will change the development model for the south of Mexico, an area that has lagged behind in economic growth with...

 

HTMLRecent False Claims Act Settlements Based on Allegations of Improper and Excessive Hospital-Physician Compensation
Clay J. Countryman; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 7, 2016, previously published on December 2015
During the fall of 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued several press releases announcing large False Claims Act settlements based on alleged Stark Law violations related to hospital-physician compensation arrangements.

 

HTMLCongress Finally Passes the Cybersecurity Act of 2015
Elana Broitman; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 6, 2016, previously published on December 21, 2015
After seeking to pass broad private sector cybersecurity legislation for a number of years, Congress finally passed the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (Cybersecurity Act) as Division N of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Omnibus).

 

HTMLOLG Düsseldorf: Advertising with distinction “test winner” permissible
Michael Rainer; GRP Rainer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 6, 2016, previously published on December 31, 2015
According to a judgment of the OLG Düsseldorf (Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf), a company is allowed to use the expression “test winner” in its advertising even if it has to share this distinction with other competitors (I-15 U 24/15).

 

HTMLState Minimum Wage Increases Effective 2016
Jeffrey W. Brecher, Richard I. Greenberg, Noel P. Tripp, Jason A. Zoldessy; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 5, 2016, previously published on December 23, 2015
State and local legislatures continue to be busy with minimum wage legislation. As in past years, employers with multi-state operations must remain abreast of these changes. Many state laws provide for annual increases based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index and inflation. Except as noted below,...

 


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