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|Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 9, 2015Last week, the Senate unveiled a bipartisan plan, years in the making, which seeks to reform the country’s criminal-justice system. The legislation would give judges and courts more discretion in doling out sentences for some drug offenders and offers low-risk inmates...
|McCarthy Withdraws, Speaker Election Delayed|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 9, 2015House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) shocked his colleagues and the political world when he pulled himself out of the race to replace Speaker John Boehner at the meeting of the GOP conference on Thursday at noon. Just that morning, McCarthy was telling his colleagues and reporters that...
|Election for Speaker Delayed|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 8, 2015In a shocking move, current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) withdrew from the race for Speaker of the House earlier today. The unexpected move came just hours after he assured supporters that he had the votes necessary to secure the Speakership. Current Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)...
|Recent Case Spotlights Problem of Excluding People with Special Needs From Gifting Plans|
Leah Mitchell McElmoyl; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 2015In an effort to preserve government benefits for a child with special needs, parents giving gifts to children will sometimes provide nothing to the child with special needs while giving substantial amounts to the child’s siblings. This planning strategy can lead to trouble, as a recent...
|Public Contracts: Quebec Government Published the Draft Voluntary Reimbursement Program|
Marc-Alexandre Hudon, Clemens Mayr, Madeleine Renaud, Dominic Thérien; McCarthy Tetrault LLP;
October 21, 2015, previously published on September 28, 2015On September 23, 2015, the Government published for consultation its draft Voluntary Reimbursement Program (the “Program”). The Program implementation is provided for in an Act to ensure mainly the recovery of amounts improperly paid as a result of fraud or fraudulent tactics in...
|UK and Canadian Anti-Corruption Legislation - Quick Reference Guide|
John W. Boscariol, Marc-Alexandre Hudon, Richard Temple; McCarthy Tetrault LLP;
October 21, 2015, previously published on October 1, 2015In today’s global business world, compliance with anti-corruption legislation has never been more necessary or relevant. However, with the extensive recent changes and the ever growing extraterritorial reach of the legislation, this task has rarely been more challenging or complex. The UK and...
|California Approves New Mattress Recycling Fee|
Thomas L. Sheehy; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
October 20, 2015, previously published on October 8, 2015Mattress retailers and manufacturers face new requirements in California in 2016. Responding to attempts to over-regulate disposal of used mattresses, a coalition of manufacturers and retailers sponsored legislation to create an industry managed recycling program. The primary objective of the...
|Obama Administration Nominates Robert Califf as FDA Commissioner|
Scott S. Liebman; Loeb & Loeb LLP;
October 19, 2015, previously published on September 2015On Sept. 15, the Obama administration listed the nominees for several key administration posts, nominating Califf, a former Duke University researcher and deputy FDA commissioner for medical products and tobacco, as the next FDA commissioner.
|ONCA Delayed Again|
Megan D. Wallace; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
October 16, 2015, previously published on October 1, 2015Last week the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services announced that proclamation of the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (the “ONCA”) continues to be delayed. The Ministry has announced that at least twenty-four months of notice will be provided prior to the ONCA...
|Risk Allocation in P3s|
Harry Z. Rippeon; Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP;
October 15, 2015, previously published on October 1, 2015The success or failure of many construction projects depends on accurate risk evaluation. How well a party can evaluate, shift, or price risk can be a determining factor in the project’s overall success and the party’s financial well-being. Under traditional project delivery methods, an...