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HTMLEarly Conflict Minerals Filings: Good, Better, Best
Aubrey A. Arndt, Mary Anne O'Connell, Daniel J. Thompson; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 30, 2014, previously published on May 29, 2014
Next Monday, June 2nd is the deadline for all companies subject to the SEC’s conflict minerals rule to file their Form SD and, if necessary, their conflict mineral report. We surveyed the filings made through May 28 and this blog highlights some of the good examples, and some less than...


HTMLImpact of FATCA on ORSO Schemes in Hong Kong
Duncan A. W. Abate; Mayer Brown JSM;
Legal Alert/Article
May 29, 2014, previously published on May 27, 2014
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is an invasive piece of US legislation. It is designed to identify tax avoidance being undertaken by US entities. It does this by imposing a 30 percent withholding tax on any US investments unless certain information is disclosed to the US tax...


HTMLD.C. Circuit Rejects Emergency Motion to Stay Conflict Minerals Rule
Jeffrey T. Haughey, Daniel J. Thompson; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 29, 2014, previously published on May 16, 2014
On Wednesday, May 14, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied an emergency motion by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to stay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) conflict minerals rules prior to the deadline to file the first Conflict Minerals Report on...


HTMLUkraine-Related Sanctions Update: OFAC Issues Sanctions Regulations; President Withdraws GSP Status for Russia
Cortney O'Toole Morgan, Linda K. Tiller; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 29, 2014, previously published on May 16, 2014
Recently, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) promulgated regulations which formally implement the Ukraine-related sanctions set forth in Executive Orders 13660 (“Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine”),...


HTMLKeep it Clean and Prove it: Canada Proposes New Drinking Water Regulations for Trains, Planes, Ships and Buses
Amy Pressman, Andy Radhakant; Davis LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 28, 2014, previously published on May 27, 2014
On May 10, 2014, the Public Health Agency of Canada published new draft regulations, the Potable Water on Board Trains, Vessels, Aircraft and Buses Regulations (the “Regulations”), to modernize the regime governing the safety and quality of drinking water on federally regulated...


HTMLD.C. Case Serves as Reminder To Involve Outside Counsel in Every Stage of Internal Investigation for Privilege Purposes
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 26, 2014, previously published on May 21, 2014
If maintaining privilege over the documents generated by an internal investigation is a concern, the involvement of outside lawyers in every step of the process is strongly suggested. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently provided a reminder of this best practice when...


HTMLAlleged Safety Failures in Transporting Crude by Rail Leads to Criminal Charges
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 21, 2014, previously published on May 13, 2014
The Quebec prosecutor’s office has announced it will seek criminal charges against a rail company and three of its employees following the Lac-Mégantic derailment and explosion last year. The director of criminal and penal prosecutions posted the public statement on the...


HTMLRailroad Ordered to Reinstate and Pay Worker $244,000 After Alleged Termination for Failure to Perform Required Inspection Because of Hazardous Safety Conditions
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 21, 2014, previously published on May 16, 2014
Following an inspection, OSHA has ordered a railroad to reinstate a conductor and pay him more than $244,000 in back wages and damages following his termination for allegedly failing to perform an inspection of a passing train under hazardous safety conditions. The damage award includes $100,000 in...


HTMLThe GROW AMERICA Act - Paves the Way for Public-Private Partnerships and State Funding for Infrastructure Through Tolling Facilities
Diane J. Blagman, Jean M. DeLuca, Alais L. M. Griffin, Jamey L. Tesler, David Veator; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 19, 2014, previously published on May 8, 2014
On April 30, 2014, the President sent a $302 billion surface transportation act to Congress, titled the Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerating Mobility, Efficiency and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America Act (GROW AMERICA Act or the Act). This...


HTMLHands-Free Calling ... Is It Really Safer? Considerations for Employers
Matthew J. Riopelle; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 16, 2014, previously published on May 15, 2014
As today’s vehicles become more integrated with cell phones, employers should consider adopting policies regarding employee’s use of personal and work issued cell phones. Many states have adopted laws prohibiting texting or the use of hand-held cell phones, but hands-free calling,...


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