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|The British Columbia Law Institute Recommends Franchise Legislation in that Province|
Frank Robinson, Derek Ronde, Geoffrey B. Shaw, Rebecca Valo, Larry M. Weinberg; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 11, 2014After months of consultation with industry stakeholders, the British Columbia Law Institute (“BCLI”) has issued its Report on a Franchise Act for British Columbia (the “Report”), which makes a recommendation to the Government of the Province of British Columbia to enact...
|The Complexities of the USPTO Proposed Attributable Ownership Rules|
Simon J. Elliott; Foley & Lardner LLP;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 11, 2014The USPTO proposed attributable ownership rules would require the public disclosure of the “attributable owner” of patent applications and patents. As discussed in this article, the proposed definition of “attributable owner” reaches far beyond title holder (assignee), and...
|Preparing for the Conversion to ICD-10|
Alexis Finkelberg Bortniker; Foley & Lardner LLP;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014With the ICD-10 implementation date delayed once again until October 1, 2015, providers who were previously unprepared for the transition or had only begun their transition planning have an extra year to address the upcoming changes in an attempt to minimize any potential disruption to their...
|M&A Technology Due Diligence Update 2014|
Duncan C. Card; Bennett Jones LLP;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 4, 2014The perfect storm created by the intersection of (on the one hand) the dramatic increase in the business use of cloud computing, open source software, prolific social media, the emergence of Big Data, wireless mobile devices (including for Board meetings), and the alarming increase in cyber...
|SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements Ruled Unconstitutional|
Andrew J. Brady, Brian V. Breheny, Hagen J. Ganem, Marc S. Gerber; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled earlier today that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals disclosure requirements are unconstitutional and remanded the matter to the district court for further consideration.
|President Obama Takes Two Executive Actions Impacting the Pay Practices of Federal Contractors and Subcontractors|
Richard W. Diaz; Blank Rome LLP;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 2014On April 8, 2014, President Barack Obama, in honor of National Equal Pay Day, signed two executive actions designed to address pay discrimination and strengthen the enforcement of equal pay laws among federal contractors.
|OESA Sees Sunny Skies for Auto Industry|
Jeffrey A. Soble; Foley & Lardner LLP;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) recently released its 2013 Annual Report which includes an interesting and positive “State of the Industry.” Modest growth is projected for both 2014 and 2015, pushing expected annual North American Production levels over 17 million...
|New Residence Permit Introduced for Select MERCOSUR Nationalities|
Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 15, 2014Nationals of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay will soon be eligible for a new two-year work-authorized residence permit in Ecuador, though an implementation date is not yet known. The permit will be created under the MERCOSUR agreement and will not require...
|Targeting Nursing Home Owners: New York State Seeks to Hold Owners Personally Responsible for Deficiencies|
Harter Secrest Emery LLP;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 8, 2014In a press release earlier this year, the New York Attorney General announced a fraud and False Claims Act suit against the individual owners of a 320-bed, for-profit nursing home. The state’s liability theory relies on the contrast between the financial success of the owners and the serious...
|The United States Begins Move Towards Transparency on Beneficial Ownership|
Antonio Suarez-Martinez; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014The White House has publicised a legislative proposal as part of the President’s budget to help law enforcement investigate the use of shell companies for unlawful purposes including money laundering. The purpose of the legislation is to allow the Inland Revenue Service to share beneficial...