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|Massachusetts Senate Committee Leadership Established, Signaling Priorities|
George Atanasov, Julie Cox, Amarynth Sichel; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
February 16, 2015, previously published on January 22, 2015Yesterday afternoon, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg revealed his senior leadership team and announced which legislators he selected to lead the Senate¿s special and standing committees.
|Supreme Court's Ruling Ensures Right of MDL Litigants to Timely Appeal|
Michael Miarmi; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
February 16, 2015, previously published on January 26, 2015The U.S. Supreme Court issued a significant ruling last week for litigants in multidistrict litigation. Multidistrict proceedings (commonly referred to as "MDLs") consist of multiple civil cases in federal court involving similar factual issues that are coordinated or consolidated for...
|U.S. Government to Expand Ukraine and Russia-Related Sanctions|
Kara M. Bombach, Sandra K. Jorgensen, Julia Sorrentino; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 16, 2015, previously published on December 18, 2014On Dec. 13, 2014, the U.S. Congress unanimously passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act (UFSA) authorizing the president to expand sanctions against Russia and provide military aid to Ukraine. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law
|New Customs Credit Measures|
Sharon Xu; Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
February 16, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2014The General Administrations of Customs issued the Interim Measures of the Customs of the People¿s Republic of China for the Administration of Enterprise Credit (the ¿Interim Measures¿) on October 8th, 2014, which is effective as of December 1, 2014.
|Congress Enacts Changes to Dodd-Frank; Potential for More Changes in 114th Congress|
Patrick L. Anderson, Alan Slomowitz; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 16, 2015, previously published on December 30, 2014Prior to adjournment, the 113th Congress passed the first changes to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (P.L. 111-203, “Dodd-Frank”) since the landmark legislation was signed into law by President Obama on July 21, 2010. The changes partially repeal the...
|Beyond the Neon: Emerging Tech Opportunities in Las Vegas|
Colin Seale; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 16, 2015, previously published on December 9, 2014Though tourism and gaming will lead Nevada’s economy for the foreseeable future, businesses and government entities in Nevada, and Las Vegas in particular, have invested deeply into several areas of emerging technology.
|New York City Mayor de Blasio Signs Affordable Transit Act into Law|
Jonathan L. Bing, Jake Herring; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
February 16, 2015, previously published on December 15, 2014On October 20, 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Local Law 53, the Affordable Transit Act. Under this new law, New York City businesses with 20 or more full-time employees will be required to offer a federal commuter tax fringe benefit to employees. Covered employers will need to...
|Nazi-Looted Art: Cornelius Gurlitt and Toren v. Federal Republic of Germany and Free State of Bavaria|
Kevin P. Ray; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 16, 2015, previously published on November 3, 2014The Third Reich’s policy of seizing works of art to build the collection of a planned Fuhrermuseum to be constructed in Linz, Austria, or (for the modern works the regime deemed “entartete Kunst” (degenerate art)) is, by now, well-known. The Rape of Europa (Lynn H. Nicholas,...
|Obama Nominates Ashton Carter as New Secretary of Defense|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
February 13, 2015, previously published on December 5, 2014President Obama has nominated Ashton Carter to be the next defense secretary. If confirmed by the Senate, Carter would succeed Chuck Hagel, who announced his resignation last week.
|Congressman Poe Introduces Bill to Expedite U.S. LNG Exports|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
February 13, 2015, previously published on January 23, 2015U.S. Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) has introduced H.R. 428, the Export American Natural Gas Act of 2015, which, according to the press release, would require the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to make a decision on whether to approve or deny LNG export applications within 60 days. The bill also...