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|EPA's CO2 Rule and 18 States' Resolutions and Legislation|
Raymond L. Gifford, Matthew S. Larson, Gregory E. Sopkin; Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP;
August 29, 2014, previously published on August 201418 state legislatures passed either legislation or resolutions that EPA has rejected in its CO2 Emission Guidelines. The states demanded that the EPA respect state primacy in setting performance standards under Section 111(d) and/or allow the state maximum flexibility to implement carbon standards,...
|Prescription Drugs: Refocusing the False Claims Act Microscope on the Rest of the Transaction|
Tara E. Swenson; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
August 28, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014Over the last decade, it has often felt as though the pharmaceutical industry has been the government’s and whistleblowers’ main, and at times only, target for False Claims Act (“FCA”) investigations. While manufacturers are likely not out from underneath the microscope, it...
|Abuse and Fraud by Private Correctional Service Contractors Reported|
Robert J. Nelson; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 15, 2014Abuses by private correctional service contractors of non-violent probationers is a growing problem, according to numerous media reports. These probationers have typically committed low-level offenses, such as failing to pay traffic tickets, driving without proof of insurance, shoplifting, or...
|Delaware Surplus Lines Tax Increase Has Florida Impact, FSLSO Advises|
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 13, 2014The Florida Surplus Lines Service Office ("FSLSO") advised today, August 13, 2014, that the State of Delaware has enacted legislation impacting certain Florida surplus lines policies.
|Mortgagees Face Increased Penalties for Failure to Remedy Municipal Violations on New Jersey Properties in Foreclosure|
Edward W. Chang, Francis X. Crowley, Kevin C. Rakowski, Wayne Streibich; Blank Rome LLP;
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 2014Effective July 14, 2014, New Jersey Assembly Bill A347 amended N.J.S.A. 46:10B-51, a statutory provision that allows municipalities to impose penalties on creditors for failure to remedy municipal ordinance violations.
|Florida Legislature Relaxes Agency Licensing Requirements for Broker-Dealer Branch Offices Selling Insurance Products but Creates New Disclosure Requirements for Surrenders|
Eric A. Arnold, Clifford E. Kirsch, Michael B. Koffler, Susan S. Krawczyk, Holly H. Smith; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014Under current Florida insurance laws, branch offices of broker-dealers selling insurance products in Florida are required to either “license” or “register” as agency branches (in addition to satisfying insurance producer licensing requirements). However, Florida recently...
|New Legislation Regarding Mandated Reporters of Suspected Child Abuse|
Lamb Barnosky LLP;
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 18, 2014The Governor recently signed legislation expanding the list of persons mandated to report cases of suspected child abuse and requiring the Commissioner of Education to issue regulations regarding required coursework for reporting child abuse and maltreatment for individuals holding temporary...
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 26, 2014, previously published on August 22, 2014The future of the United States Postal Service has long been a thorny issue for lawmakers on Capitol Hill and it appears members in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle are preparing to tackle the issue again.
|Ferguson Unlikely to Lead to Change in Weapons Transfer Program|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 26, 2014, previously published on August 22, 2014In the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri civil unrest a number of law-makers on both sides of the aisle are questioning the use of military equipment by local law enforcement and the federal program that offers such equipment to local police at a discount.
|Another Budget Battle Looming?|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 26, 2014, previously published on August 22, 2014Some House Republicans—hopeful their party will take over the Senate majority—are now privately hedging on whether they should go along in September with passage of a continuing resolution (CR) that would expire in December, rather than some later date in 2015. If pushed into next year,...