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|U.S. Supreme Court Scuttles Puerto Rico’s 2014 Municipal Debt Restructuring Law|
Mark G. Douglas, Ben Rosenblum; Jones Day;
August 18, 2016, previously published on July/August 2016On June 13, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld lower court rulings declaring unconstitutional a 2014 Puerto Rico law, portions of which mirrored chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code, that would have allowed the commonwealth’s public instrumentalities to restructure a significant portion of...
|Down to the Wire for Proposed Non-Compete Reform Legislation in Massachusetts|
Shawn N. Butte, Sarah B. Herlihy, Erik J. Winton; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
August 17, 2016, previously published on July 27, 2016Massachusetts finally may enact non-compete reform legislation. The current session of the General Court, the state’s legislature, ends on July 31, and the House and Senate have passed versions of non-compete reform legislation limiting non-compete agreements that differ on important points....
|Ferraris, Rolexes, and Ball Gowns: Essential Holdings and Implications for Public Corruption Prosecutions in the Wake of McDonnell v. United States*|
Laurel Brandstetter; Leech Tishman;
August 17, 2016, previously published on August 9, 2016On June 27, 2016, the United States Supreme Court, by unanimous decision, vacated the convictions of Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell. The decision provides important lessons and guidance for public corruption investigations and prosecutions. This update provides a...
|Financial Information Qualifies As Trade Secrets In Florida|
Jason T. Gaskill; Adams and Reese LLP;
August 11, 2016, previously published on July 25, 2016On October 1, 2016, a State-passed bill amending the definition of a “trade secret” to expressly include “financial information” will take effect. This seemingly small change could have substantial impacts on any businesses handling and/or disclosing financial information....
|Florida Strengthens Its Anticorruption Laws To Target Dishonest Contractors|
Ralf R. Rodriguez; Peckar Abramson A Professional Corporation;
August 9, 2016, previously published on May 2016On March 25, 2016, the Governor of Florida signed into law an anti-corruption bill, HB 7071, which allows prosecutors to bring charges more easily when they allege bribery, bid rigging and official misconduct. By amending portions of Chapter 838, Fla. Stats., the new anti-corruption bill expands...
|Supreme Court Rules that Contractors Can Be Liable for False Claims under the Implied Certifi cation Theory|
Lori Ann Lange, Richard T. Preiss; Peckar & Abramson, P.C.;
August 9, 2016, previously published on June 2016On June 16, 2016, the United States Supreme Court in a unanimous opinion held that, under certain circumstances, a contractor can be liable for False Claims Act (“FCA”) violations under the implied certification theory. Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States and Massachusetts...
|Key Changes in TSCA Reform Legislation|
Mary Beth Deemer, Kevin P. Holewinski, Jane Borthwick Story; Jones Day;
August 3, 2016, previously published on July 2016After years of efforts aimed at updating the Toxic Substances Control Act ("TSCA"), the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act ("Act") was signed into law on June 22, 2016. Chemical manufacturers and processors should begin to plan what internal...
|Second Circuit Limits Territorial Reach of U.S. Government to Domestically Stored Data|
Theodore T. (Ted) Chung, Daniel J. (Dan) McLoon, Mauricio F. Paez, Gregory P. Silberman, John A. Vogt; Jones Day;
August 3, 2016, previously published on July 2016In a highly anticipated decision, the Second Circuit ruled on July 14, 2016, that the United States cannot compel Microsoft Corp. ("Microsoft") to disclose certain customer emails stored in Ireland because Congress did not intend the warrant provisions of the Stored Communications Act...
|New Legislation in North Carolina Impacts the Agribusiness Industry|
Ernest C. Pearson; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
August 3, 2016, previously published on July 18, 2016In the recently ended session in the General Assembly, Senate Bill 770 was enacted. This bill is entitled “An Act To Provide Further Regulatory Relief To The Agricultural Community.”
|It's Time to Prepare for the Legislative Off-Season|
The Posey Law Firm P.C.;
July 22, 2016, previously published by HG.org on June 15, 2016It's nearly half-way through the 2016 legislative interim and we’re right around the corner from the 2017 legislative session. For many, this is the perfect time to lay the groundwork for the next legislative session. What can you do to prepare for the next session? With the help of an...