• 12.15.16

    1,166 Pieces of Evidence and No Due Process

    Judges are well known for admonishing lawyers not to try their cases in the press. And with good reason: the procedures worked out by courts and legislatures over the years are expressly designed to ensure fairness. The second installment, issued December 9, of the so-called McLaren Report on ...

  • 12.15.16

    Supreme Court to Weigh in on Disparaging Trademarks

    On September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Lee v. Tam, where it will review the question of whether Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act—which bars the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from registering "disparaging" trademarks—is an unconstitutional restriction ...

  • 12.08.16

    BSA/AML Violations Trigger $215M Consent Order With New York's DFS

    Violations of state anti-money laundering laws tripped up the Agricultural Bank of China, which recently entered into a consent order with New York's Department of Financial Services for $215 million.What happenedThe New York branch of the Agricultural Bank of China was hit with a $215 million ...

  • 12.07.16

    What Could Reconciliation Mean for Medicaid: Reviewing HR 3762

    President-elect Trump and leaders in Congress have proposed a major restructuring of the Medicaid program, but very significant changes to Medicaid coverage and financing could be adopted even before that debate begins as part of a reconciliation bill aimed at repealing various provisions of the ...

  • 12.01.16

    IRC § 501 (r) Developments and the Importance of Compliance Programs

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has moved aggressively to ensure that tax-exempt hospitals are complying with financial assistance, billing and collection requirements under the Affordable Care Act. The IRS reported earlier this year that it had trained auditors, commenced compliance reviews of ...

  • 11.30.16

    Property Law and the Scalia Legacy

    "Let others worry about the impact of a new U.S. Supreme Court justice on issues of race, marriage or bathroom access. I'd like to focus your attention on something closer to home, as it were: property rights - specifically, how Justice Antonin Scalia's property legacy will fare. To ...

  • 11.23.16

    CA Modifies Commercial Lease Disclosures Concerning Disability Access Laws

    California's legislature previously passed an update to Civil Code Section 1938 which, effective as of July 1, 2013, required all commercial property leases to disclose whether or not a commercial premises has undergone an inspection by a Certified Access Specialist (CASp), and if so, whether ...

  • 11.22.16

    Is TV Achieving Digital Transformation Through M&A and Investment?

    The decline of traditional television has been predicted for years. The threat of YouTube and Netflix, cord-cutters and cord-nevers, and the overall emergence of mobile content consumption have caused hand-wringing throughout the industry for quite a while. In previous years there were trends and ...

  • 11.22.16

    Obama Administration Calls on States to Crack Down on Non-competes

    Why it matters Seeking to reduce the prevalence of non-compete agreements, President Barack Obama released a call to action encouraging employers not to use them in order to “enhance competition to benefit consumers, workers, and entrepreneurs.” The “State Call to Action on ...

  • 11.21.16

    Choosing Hobson's Choice

    "Hobson's Choice" - the 1954 version, directed by David Lean - is the sort of movie that justifies the lament "they don't make 'em like this anymore." Featuring a charming story, snappy dialogue, and a talented cast (including the great Charles Laughton as the ...

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