• 01.31.14

    Dodd-Frank Rules' Impact on Seller Financing

    In 2014, new rules implementing amendments to the Federal Truth in Lending Act became effective as a result of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Act"). These much anticipated rules have sparked lively discussion among investors, lenders and private ...

  • 01.30.14

    Time to Get Socially Compliant

    On behalf of its members - the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the FDIC, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - the FFIEC released final supervisory guidance in "Social Media: Consumer ...

  • 01.03.14

    CA's Title-24 Update…Are You Ready?

    There is good news and bad news about the 2013 update to the Title-24 California Buildings Standards Code. The good news is that the California Energy Commission recently extended the effective date from Jan. 1, 2014 to July 1, 2014. The bad news is that, regardless of when the update becomes ...

  • 01.01.14

    Treatment of Condominium Hotels as Securities after Salameh

    Although the term "condominium hotel" is common in the hospitality industry, there is no standard definition of a condominium hotel. Rather, the term generally refers to variations on one theme: a real estate project that presents itself to the world as a traditional hotel in terms of appearance ...

  • 12.27.13

    A New Golden Age of Content

    Amidst the maelstrom of technology shattering decades-old media-centric business models -- a reality that continues to frighten many in its wake -- often lost is the fact that we are now in the midst of a new golden age of content. Yes, it's true. There has been too much doom and gloom, and not ...

  • 12.16.13

    CARB Approves Another Round of Cap and Trade Amendments

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has held its most important meetings related to the Cap and Trade Regulation (Regulation) annually in October over the last few years, and 2013 was no exception. On October 25, CARB staff presented to the Board both retroactive and proactive ...

  • 12.16.13

    What Makes a Successful Public-Private Partnership?

    If you've been through Los Angeles International Airport recently, you will have noticed that it is undergoing a major overhaul. To transform LAX, the sixth-busiest airport in the world, into a leading world-class airport, Los Angeles World Airports launched a multibillion-dollar airport ...

  • 12.12.13

    Collaborative Care Before Accountable Care: Achieving Low-Cost, High-Quality Care Through a ...

    In this era of healthcare reform which is focused on cost containment and quality improvement, health systems are struggling to provide the right balance between quality and cost-efficient services. At the same time, advancements in biomedical knowledge and technological innovation are changing ...

  • 12.04.13

    Hold Your Bets: Third Circuit Rejects Sports Betting Law

    The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA (the leagues) scored a significant victory in September in their ongoing lawsuit to prevent legalized gambling in the state of New Jersey. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a district court ruling ...

  • 11.25.13

    Specialty Pharmaceuticals

    Specialty pharmaceuticals are a rapidly growing share of total drug expenditures by public and private health plans. These drugs, typically used to treat chronic, serious, or life-threatening conditions, such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, growth hormone deficiency, and multiple sclerosis, are ...

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