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|Texas Water Policy: Challenges for a Growing Economy|
The Posey Law Firm P.C.;
September 22, 2016, previously published by HG.orgThe Texas Water Development Board has adopted the 2017 State Water Plan. Based on regional water plans, the 2017 plan addresses the challenges faced by a growing population and economy.
|Dam Safety Ad Hoc Committee Update|
John Wienges; Nexsen Pruet LLC;
September 21, 2016, previously published on September 9, 2016David Wilson from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) addressed the Dam Safety Ad Hoc Committee to give members an update on the current status of dams across South Carolina. He informed the Committee that DHEC has been working continuously with dam owners affected by last...
|TN Legislative Update: And, the Deannexation Discussion Continues|
Nicole Osborne; Chambliss Bahner Stophel P.C.;
September 21, 2016, previously published on September 13, 2016Just because the Legislature isn’t in session doesn't mean there isn’t work to be done and post-session obligations to keep. You may recall an issue from this year's legislative session that received quite a bit of attention but was not resolved (drum roll, please) - deannexation.
|Dark Clouds Have Silver Lining for Permit Holders|
Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor Reed Professional Association;
September 16, 2016, previously published on September 6, 2016If there's any good news in a hurricane or tropical storm, this is it: an officially declared state of emergency that allows permit-holders to extend their permits, as well as certain other government authorizations. Not only are permits and other authorizations extended for the length of the...
|California Court Finds That Discretionary Clauses in Health Insurance Policies Are Enforceable|
Sean P. Nalty; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
September 14, 2016, previously published on September 12, 2016In 2011, the California legislature passed Insurance Code Section 10110.6 which bans the use of discretionary clauses in any policy, contract, certificate, or agreement offered, issued, delivered, or renewed, whether or not in California, that provides or funds life insurance or disability...
|Tips And Traps For Economic Expansion In Nebraska - A Guide To Receiving The Nebraska Advantage Incentives|
Nicholas K. Niemann, Matthew R. Ottemann; McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO;
September 12, 2016, previously published on Third Quarter 2016“Bill”, tax manager at “XYZ, Inc.”, was facing quite a problem. His company had just purchased a business which had a Nebraska Advantage project. The owners of his company were planning on receiving Nebraska Advantage incentives for that project. Those incentives were...
|Russia Expands Restrictions on Government Procurement of Foreign Software and Hardware|
Sergei Volfson; Jones Day;
September 12, 2016, previously published on September 2016Over the last few years, Russia has been expanding restrictions on government procurement of software and hardware from foreign companies.
|Res IPSA Loquitur: The Thing Speaks For Itself... Unless the Thing We’re Speaking of Involves a Public Entity|
Jessica M. Anderson; Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.;
September 12, 2016, previously published on August 29, 2016Res ipsa loquitur is not available in an action against a public entity grounded upon a dangerous condition of public property. Rocco v. New Jersey Transit Rail Operations, Inc., 330 N.J. Super. 320, 339-40 (App. Div. 2000). The Tort Claims Act requires proofs beyond those necessary for a res...
|Recent Amendments to Michigan Laws Expand Opportunities to Finance Energy Conservation Projects through Use of TELP Agreements|
David M. Lick; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
September 11, 2016, previously published on August 25, 2016Governor Snyder recently signed into law five bills that amend existing laws and will have the effect of expanding financing methods for energy conservation projects in Michigan. In particular, they will allow local government units to use tax-exempt lease purchase agreements (“TELP”),...
|New Trade Secrets Law Requires Update to Confidentiality Agreements|
David A. Kushner; Willcox & Savage, P.C.;
September 11, 2016, previously published on August 19, 2016On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). Prior to the passage of this law, there was no federal cause of action for the misappropriation of trade secrets. Instead, trade secret litigation was governed by state law, with most states having adopted...