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April 2, 2013

With the independence rules now finalized by the compensation committee, there are only four corporate governance, compensation, and disclosure-related rules left to be promulgated by the SEC under Dodd-Frank.

April 2, 2013

The amount of deference federal courts should pay to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) administrative guidelines may be in doubt. Read this client alert to learn more.

March 29, 2013
March 28, 2013

As part of the reporting regime under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, all parties to swap agreements (Swap Participants), including municipal issuers, need to have Legal Entity Identifier numbers (also known as LEIs or CICIs) that are used when dealers report swaps. Note this requirement even applies with respect to certain swaps that already have been terminated to the extent they were in effect on or after April 25, 2011. Read this client alert for more information about the need to apply for or certify LEIs.

March 22, 2013

The current of court decisions regarding whether employment class actions can be waived by signed individual employee arbitration agreements is beginning to come to shore. This client alert details one of the first cases to dock―a decision by the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals entitled Parisi v. Goldman Sachs. In Parisi, a former Goldman Sachs & Co. managing director brought a class action alleging a pattern and practice of sex discrimination at the company.

March 22, 2013

On March 21, 2013 Congress passed H.R. 933―also known as the Continuing Resolution. This was the last hurdle necessary before the CDFI Fund could implement the next stages of the Program.

March 21, 2013
March 15, 2013

In January 2013 the portions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (DFA) regulating swaps began to be phased in, including provisions regulating swaps entered into by state and local governments. Swap dealers have begun contacting their governmental and other swap counterparties requesting that they execute various documents in response to DFA. The following is a brief summary of the DFA provisions which directly affect state and local governments’ swaps, including new swaps, existing swaps or even, in some cases, terminated swaps.

March 8, 2013

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a measure seeking to curb rampant, frivolous ADA access lawsuits in the state and expand access to businesses for those with disabilities. This client alert details highlights of the new law, which will be effective September 20, 2013.

March 5, 2013

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), enacted in 2010, mandates that Medicare/Medicaid-certified nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities have an effective compliance plan in place by March 23, 2013. ACA states that “[by March 23, 2013], a facility shall … have in operation a compliance and ethics program that is effective in preventing and detecting criminal, civil, and administrative violations … and in promoting quality of care.” Nursing facilities are the first health care providers required to enact a mandatory compliance plan. For more information, read the client alert in its entirety.

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