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|PCI DSS - What It Is and Why It Is Relevant to Your Business|
Kristin Ward Cleare, Brian M. Murphy, Robert J. Pile, Mark Thibodeaux, Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
February 4, 2016, previously published on February 4, 2016The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard—or PCI DSS—sets out the minimum data protection measures required of all entities involved in payment card processing. The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (the PCI Security Standards Council) maintains the PCI DSS as part...
|Advisory Panel Recommends Modernization of Ontario’s Corporate and Commercial Laws|
Matthew Cumming, Justin A. Lapedus, D.J. Lynde, Candace Pallone, Kelly Peters; McCarthy Tetrault LLP;
October 21, 2015, previously published on October 2, 2015On July 9, 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services released a report entitled “Business Law Agenda: Priority Findings & Recommendations Report” (the “Report”), which it commissioned to obtain advice on priorities for reforming Ontario’s...
|Texas District Court Affirms Bankruptcy Court’s Use of Claim Estimation Process|
Bryan Mann Kotliar; Jones Day;
August 6, 2015, previously published on July/August 2015Many companies that file for bankruptcy protection have liabilities that cannot be definitively quantified as of the bankruptcy petition date. Such “unmatured,” “contingent,” “unliquidated,” or “disputed” debts could arise from, among other things:...
|USDA Announced New Loans to be Placed through Coops to Support Rural Businesses|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
August 3, 2015, previously published on July 31, 2015The USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service announced $18.1 million in loans to support 92 projects related to the start-up or expansion of rural small businesses. These zero-interest loans help utilities fund projects and create and retain employment in rural areas. The South Mississippi...
|European Regulators Publish Second Consultation Paper on Margin for OTC Derivatives|
Brian Barrett, James M. Cain, Daphne G. Frydman, Catherine M. Krupka, David T. McIndoe; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
July 7, 2015, previously published on July 6, 2015On June 10, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESA) published a second consultation paper on draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) to implement the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) requirement that persons classified under EMIR as “financial counterparties” (FCs)...
|Net Neutrality Rules take Effect|
Samuel J. Frederick; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
April 10, 2015, previously published on March 27, 2015The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed new rules regarding broadband Internet service regulation in February this year. The concept is referred to as “Net Neutrality”. The ruling appears to frame the Internet into two spheres: (1) the content of the Internet (“content...
|Turning Bytes of Data into a Farming Boon|
John W. Mashni; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
April 9, 2015, previously published on March 27, 2015In an industry built around nature, the earth and the environment, it would have been hard to predict - even 20 years ago - the integral role technology would ultimately play in the agriculture industry. The modern farm operation is using satellite- and microchip-driven equipment, high-tech seeds...
|Foreign Fund Was Engaged in a Trade or Business in the United States as a Result of Lending and Underwriting Activities|
Jeffrey D. Hochberg, Donald L. Korb, Eric M. Lopata, Andrew P. Solomon, David C. Spitzer; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP;
March 27, 2015, previously published on January 26, 2015On January 2, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) released Advice Memorandum 201501013 (the “Advice Memorandum”) from the Office of Chief Counsel. The Advice Memorandum concludes that a partnership was engaged in a U.S. trade or business through lending and...
|Managing Risks in Vendor Relationships|
Alan B. Clark; Williams Mullen;
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 5, 2015For years, banks have relied on third party vendors to provide specialized products or services, or have used outsourcing as a way to reduce internal operating costs. In the wake of the financial crisis, however, regulators have become increasingly concerned about the risks associated with such...
|Military Lending Act: Let's Just Throw that Baby Out with the Bath Water|
Maurice L. Shevin; Sirote & Permutt, P.C.;
March 23, 2015, previously published on January 13, 2015The CFPB has joined in the fray over the expansion of the Military Lending Act's application to traditional installment lending.