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April 14, 2014
On Monday, April 14, 2014, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (the DC Circuit) struck down part of the federal rules requiring publicly traded companies to report on their use of “conflict minerals,” but let stand other reporting requirements in the rules. In particular, the opinion strikes down only the requirement that companies make a specific statement regarding whether they found their products contained minerals linked to armed conflict in central Africa on First Amendment grounds. The decision comes a mere six weeks before public companies are required to file their first reports on Form SD under the rules.
April 11, 2014
A recent decision by the West Viginia Supreme Court of Appeals has now paved the way for public bodies, including boards of education, to impose a reasonable hourly search fee for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
April 10, 2014
In an opinion issued in BG Group PLC v. Republic of Argentina, 134 S. Ct. 1198 (2014), the United States Supreme Court found that a prerequisite to arbitration was a procedural issue to be decided by the arbitration panel and not an issue for the courts to decide. In effect, the opinion reinstated the award by an arbitration panel of $185 million in favor of the British firm, BG Group, PLC and against the Republic of Argentina.
April 10, 2014
The perception of corruption in Latin America is a stigma that the counties are working to overcome. It’s no surprise that “Greasing Palms-Current Regulatory and Enforcement Trends in Anti-Corruption in Latin America” was a lead panel at the recent Latin American Regional Forum Conference of the International Bar Association (IBA), the global voice of the legal profession. The forum was held March 12-14, 2014 in Punta del Este, Uruguay. More than 600 lawyers attended from Latin America along with several attorneys from the United States and Europe. Harvey Jay Cohen, Chair of Dinsmore’s International Business Practice Group and an IBA Committee Officer, served on the Anti- Corruption panel led by top Argentine and Brazilian lawyers. The Associate General Counsel of GlaxoSmithKline and a forensic lawyer from Ernst & Young, New York also served as panelists.
April 9, 2014
April 8, 2014
April 7, 2014
Violations may lead to suits, penalties under Clean Water Act
March 31, 2014
March 31, 2014
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR), in collaboration with the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Office of General Counsel (OGC), released a new security risk assessment (SRA) tool for use by small to medium sized health care providers in order to conduct the risk assessments required under the HIPAA Security Rule.
March 31, 2014
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued new regulations, which went into effect on March 24, 2014, which impact data collection and analysis for veteran and disabled job candidates and employees. A summary of the action steps that federal contractors and subcontractors covered by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended (“Section 503”) and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act ("VEVRAA") must take are provided below.