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Business Work Visas, Two Developments that Affect Employers
Haynes and Boone, LLP, November 2017

The current Administration continues to be active in the area of immigration law and policy, and has promulgated several Executive Orders (“EO”), mostly directed to immigration enforcement and national and public security. The exception is the April 2017 Buy American, Hire American Executive Order, which extends to and impacts professional work visas...

E&P Companies and the OCC’s Leverage Test – October 2017 Update
Haynes and Boone, LLP, November 2017

In August 2016, we reviewed publicly available data for a group of 58 E&P companies and predicted how they would fare under the leverage test that had, at the time, recently been introduced by the OCC.Based on that review, we predicted that, in 2016, over 91 percent of the companies reviewed would be non-passing credits under the OCC’s leverage test. The average leverage ratio of the E&P companies reviewed in 2016 was 6.0x...

Updates and Highlights in the Mexican Energy Sector, September-October 2017
Haynes and Boone, LLP, November 2017

During the months of September and October 2017, new regulations and administrative guidelines in the Mexican energy sector were issued. These are of particular importance to oil and gas producers, midstream companies, power generators, traders, developers and others looking to invest or expand operations in Mexico’s dynamic energy sector. I. Hydrocarbons September 5, 2017. NOM-167-SEMARNAT-2017...

Take Action by December 31st or Lose DMCA Safe Harbor Protection for User-Generated Content
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2017

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”) provided a safe harbor to shield website owners, ISP’s, and other online service providers from certain claims for copyright infringement based on user generated content. This safe harbor has been very successful...

A Checklist for Victims of Napa/Sonoma Fires: Recovering from Your Insurance
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2017

The purpose of this alert is to provide victims of the Napa/Sonoma fires a checklist to use when seeking recovery from their insurance companies. Property Insurance policies may provide coverage for damage to both your property and your business. Business losses can result from a variety of causes, all of which may be covered under a property policy...

Design Risk: What Have You Agreed?
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2017

Contractual negotiations for ships and offshore units commonly involve commercial, legal, and technical teams negotiating different parts of the contract. It is however crucial that before the contract is signed, it is read as a whole to ensure consistency in a party’s obligations throughout the contract. The English Supreme Court’s judgment inMT Højgaard A/S v. E...

Nobilis-Maximino - Fifth Pemex Farmout Public Bid
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2017

On September 18, 2017, the National Hydrocarbons Commission (Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos) (“CNH”) called an international public bid for the selection of a partner for Pemex Exploración y Producción (“Pemex”) to pursue exploration and production activities in the Nobilis-Maximino field, located in deep waters in the Perdido Belt in the Gulf of Mexico...

Mexico: Round Three – First Public Bid
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2017

The Mexican government announced on September 28, 2017 the first bid of Round 3. This will be the sixteenth upstream bid round in Mexico since the enactment of the energy reform in mid-2014. The new bid round (named Round 3...

ILPA Calls on GPs for Subscription Line Transparency
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2017

Download a PDF version of this alert. ILPA’s Paper In June 2017 the International Limited Partner''s Association (ILPA) published its paper "Subscription Lines of Credit and Alignment of Interests: Considerations and Best Practices for Limited and General Partners." Since then there''s been a lack of on the record industry commentary from general partners (GPs) on this paper, but it has not gone unnoticed and has triggered much discussion behind closed doors...

Media, Entertainment, and First Amendment Newsletter, October 2017
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2017

View a PDF of the October 2016 edition of the Haynes and Boone Media, Entertainment and First Amendment newsletter. The Libel Suit Strikes Back Much has changed since 1972 when reporters Woodward and Bernstein exposed President Nixon of wrongdoing. Through their extraordinary reporting, the public learned of “dirty tricks,” criminal actions and a cover-up led by this country’s leaders inside the White House...

Tenth Circuit Dismisses Litigation Over Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Rule
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2017

Earlier this year, the Tenth Circuit dismissed two appeals in connection with the Bureau of Land Management’s (“BLM”) Final Rule implementing its regulations imposing new standards and obligations on hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands (“Fracking Rule”). The appeals had been filed challenging the district court’s prior ruling that struck down the rule in the face of industry, state, and tribal challenges...

SEC Announces New Cyber and Retail Investor Initiatives
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2017

After weeks of headlines dominated by Equifax’s cyber breach affecting 143 million consumers and the breach of the SEC’s own EDGAR system, the SEC recently announced the creation of (i) a Cyber Unit to target cyber-related misconduct and (ii) a Retail Strategy Task Force to strengthen its protection of retail investors...

SEC Issues Additional CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Guidance, Affording Companies More Flexibility to Reduce Compliance Costs
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2017

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued new guidance on compliance with pay ratio disclosure requirements, including an SEC release (“Interpretative Release”), commentary from the SEC staff in question and answer format (“Q&A”) and updated Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”)...

Changing How Products Get From the Manufacturer to the Customer: Common Questions and Risks
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2017

  It starts with the best of intentions: A startup medical device company has just sold to a larger enterprise with an established sales team and customer base and no longer needs distributors. A consumer packaged goods company has just bought a brand and needs to transition to a new team of brokers. A growing company is finally ready to take its supply chain captive, including the distribution of products to customers, and no longer needs small distributors or sales representatives...

Summary of Updates and Highlights in the Mexican Energy Sector, July-August 2017
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2017

As part of the implementation of the Mexican energy reform of 2013, several new regulations and administrative guidelines affecting the hydrocarbons and power industries were issued during July-August 2017. These are of particular importance to oil and gas producers, midstream companies and power generators, traders and others looking to invest or expand operations in Mexico’s dynamic energy sector...

BIVA – The New Mexican Stock Exchange
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2017

On August 29, 2017, the Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público) grantedCentral de Corretajes(“CENCOR”) a new concession to operate a new stock exchange in Mexico. This new stock exchange will be calledBolsa Institucional de Valores(“BIVA”). It is anticipated that BIVA will initiate operations in early 2018...

Hurricane Harvey: Checklist for Corporate Insurance Claims
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2017

In the days following Hurricane Harvey, tremendous attention has been appropriately placed on individual safety and rescue for the millions affected by the storm’s devastating winds and catastrophic flooding. Now the immediate emphasis for many corporate policyholders has turned to the practical challenge of repairing damaged property and restoring business operations suspended by the storm...

Mexican Ministry of the Environment Publishes Guidelines for Protection and Conservation of Waters in Unconventional Blocks
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2017

The Ministry of Energy has announced that before the end of the Peña Nieto Administration on December, 2018, the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) will call the fifth bid of Round 2 (commonly known as Bid 2.5) for the award of exploration and production contracts for onshore blocks, which will include unconventional or shale blocks...

Force Majeure in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2017

As Hurricane Harvey continues to cause far-reaching disruptions, it is important to understand how to effectively assert or respond to assertions of force majeure. This summary outlines the steps to take to assert force majeure, and initial considerations for those who have received several notices of force majeure from counterparties...

Amendments to the Mexican Securities Markets Regulations
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2017

On August 11, 2017, the Mexican Securities and Exchange Commission (Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores, the “CNBV”) published amendments to the Mexican Securities Markets Regulations. The amendments cover a number of topics, including: 1. Changes to Disclosures by Issuers...

Resources for Healthcare Providers in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2017

Hurricane Harvey has radically impacted every industry in southeastern Texas, including healthcare providers, who continue to analyze potential next steps in ensuring operations can resume so that they can further assist those in need of healthcare services. Below are several links to resources that may be helpful for healthcare providers attempting to navigate through their options...

Hurricane Harvey: TCEQ Guidance for Hurricane Harvey
Haynes and Boone, LLP, August 2017

By August 23, 2017 Proclamation, the Governor of the State of Texas declared that Tropical Depression (now Hurricane) Harvey poses a threat of imminent disaster in 30 counties in and around the Texas coast beginning August 23, 2017. In response, the Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), in a press release, directed regulated entities to its guidance at https://www.tceq.texas.gov/response/hurricanes...

Hurricane Harvey: Employer Considerations in Office Closures and Reopenings
Haynes and Boone, LLP, August 2017

Whenever emergency situations such as Hurricane Harvey cause office closures and such offices are subsequently reopened, Texas employers must remember several points to stay compliant with employment laws. In general, employees who are classified as exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime provisions must be paid a salary each week...

Hurricane Harvey and Price Gouging: Considerations for Franchisors
Haynes and Boone, LLP, August 2017

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, franchisors should take action to avoid potential liability for price gouging committed by franchisees in affected areas. Price gouging occurs when a seller increases prices of goods, services or commodities to a level that is exploitive and unethical. Texas law explicitly prohibits price gouging following a natural disaster, and fines for price gouging can be up to $20,000 per violation...

Special Edition Benefits Alert: Hurricane Harvey
Haynes and Boone, LLP, August 2017

IRS provides Retirement Plan Loan and Hardship Distribution Relief for Harvey Victims The IRS has released Announcement 2017-11 providing relief from some of the loan and hardship distribution requirements under qualified retirement plans (including Code Section 401(a) and 403(b) plans) for the period of August 23, 2017 through January 31, 2018. The relief applies to employees or former employees either (i) whose principal residence on Aug...

Hurricane Harvey and Insurance Coverage: Protecting Your Statutory Rights Before September 1st
Haynes and Boone, LLP, August 2017

As Hurricane Harvey continues to sweep the Texas coastline and destroy property in its path, insureds should take action before September 1st to protect their statutory rights and avoid the changes made under House Bill 1774, also referred to as the “Hail Bill,” which take effect September 1, 2017. The Hail Bill adds “Chapter 542A - Certain Consumer Actions Related to Claims for Property Damage” to the Texas Insurance Code...

Trump Administration and Republican Senators Announce Proposed Immigration Legislation: The RAISE Act
Haynes and Boone, LLP, August 2017

On August 2, 2017, President Trump and Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) announced an immigration bill, which would profoundly amend and re-structure the Immigration Nationality Act...

Mexican Government Announces Key Positions for Upcoming Renegotiation of NAFTA
Haynes and Boone, LLP, August 2017

On July 31, the Mexican Ministry of Commerce submitted to the Senate the Priorities of Mexico in the Negotiations for theModernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)(the “Position Paper”)...

Mexico: Round Two – Fourth Public Bid
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2017

The Mexican government announced, on July 19, 2017, the fourth bid of Round Two. This will be the 14th upstream bid round in Mexico since passage of the energy reform in mid-2014. The new bid round (named Round 2.4) comprises 30 offshore blocks for exploration in the Perdido Belt, the Salina Basin, the Mexican Ranges (Cordilleras Mexicanas), and the Yucatán Platform in the Gulf of Mexico, covering collectively 70,844 km2, with prospective resources of approximately 4...

Attention San Francisco Employers: New City Ordinance Prohibits Asking About or Considering an Applicant’s Salary History
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2017

Many employers routinely ask job applicants about their salary or earnings history, either in written job applications, during interviews, or during post-offer salary negotiations. Such activities will soon be prohibited in San Francisco. Earlier this month, the City’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban employers from asking job applicants about their salary history or from considering such information in determining whether to hire an applicant or what salary to offer...

U.S. Releases its Summary of Objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiations
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2017

Like any good negotiator, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, in setting out U.S. objectives for the renegotiation of NAFTA, offered only a glimpse of what the U.S. actually will be pushing for when three-country talks among Canada, Mexico and the United States begin in Washington, DC, on August 16. The U.S...

Attention California Employers: Action Required for Ensuring Compliance with California’s “Day of Rest” Requirements
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2017

Under California law, employees are entitled to “one day’s rest therefrom in seven,” unless certain statutory exceptions apply. In Mendoza v. Nordstrom, Inc., 2 Cal. 5th 1074 (2017), the California Supreme Court addressed several ambiguities in the statutory language, giving employers much needed guidance on how to comply with California’s day of rest requirements...

Upcoming Mexico Anti-Corruption Law: What Does it Mean for Companies Doing Business in Mexico?
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2017

Two years ago, Mexico began a process to completely change the legal framework regulating anti-corruption in the country. On May 27, 2015, a Constitutional amendment was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation to create the new framework against corruption...

Updates and Highlights in the Mexican Energy Sector, May-June 2017
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2017

As part of the implementation of the Mexican energy reform of 2013, several new regulations and administrative guidelines affecting the hydrocarbons and power industries were issued during May and June 2017. These are of particular importance to oil and gas producers, midstream companies, power generators, traders and others looking to invest or expand operations in Mexico’s dynamic energy sector. I. Hydrocarbons May 2, 2017...

Supreme Court Holds that Securities Act Statute of Repose is not Subject to Equitable Tolling
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2017

On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court held in California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, Inc., that the three-year time limit in the Securities Act of 1933 is a statute of repose that is not subject to equitable tolling. This means that shareholders will not be able to rely on the filing of a proposed class action lawsuit to suspend the running of a statute of repose on their individual claims...

Making The Most Of Leaner Times: A Contractor’s Guide to Common English Law Issues
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2017

Contractors who are managing to continue to operate in the offshore oil and gas sector have had some time to adjust their business models and modes of operation to the new commercial realities resulting from the lower oil price. However, the radically different economic circumstances of recent years continue to manifest themselves in challenging commercial scenarios quite unlike those experienced in the better times when the oil price was significantly higher...

Federal Court Preliminarily Enjoins California Law that Prohibits Reporting Actors' Ages
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2017

California Assembly Bill 1687 (“AB 1687”) requires certain entertainment websites to remove a paid subscriber’s date of birth or age information upon request. This law applies to IMDb, the world’s largest online database of information about the entertainment industry...

Latest Development on BOEM’s Program for Financial Assurance Under NTL 2016-N01
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2017

On June 22, 2017, BOEM announced that, in light of the recent order of the Secretary of the Interior concerning its recent NTL 2016-N01 establishing a new program for financial assurance for decommissioning liabilities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), it will extend the NTL implementation timeline beyond June 30, except in circumstances where there is a substantial risk of nonperformance of the interest holder’s decommissioning liabilities...

Global Arbitration Review: Offshore Vessel Construction Disputes
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2017

It was not until the late 1970s that deep-water offshore oil and gas exploration became significantly viable. The driver was the ever increasing demand for oil and gas products that provided the opportunity to raise the capital necessary to design and then build the incredibly complex floating assets needed to explore for and then to produce oil and gas in such hostile environments...

The Supreme Court Resolves Key Sections of the Biosimilars Act in Sandoz v. Amgen
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2017

In recent months, in a unanimous decision authored by Justice Thomas, the Supreme Court issued its much-awaited decision in Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc. et al., No 15-1039, considering two critical questions in the biosimilar approval mechanisms adopted in the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (“BPCIA” or “Biosimilars Act”)...

Portland Rockers Score a Winning Touchdown for the Redskins in Supreme Court Trademark Dispute
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2017

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Matal v. Tam,1 a high-profile dispute implicating NFL football, Portland dance-rock, and the Lanham Act’s disparagement clause. In its eagerly anticipated decision, the Court, voting 8-0, struck down the Lanham Act’s prohibition on disparaging trademarks as facially unconstitutional under the First Amendment...

Trump Administration Announces New Cuba Policy Reversing Some Obama Administration Measures
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2017

On June 17, the Trump Administration announced a new policy on Cuba, partially reversing certain of the market-opening measures that had been adopted by the Obama Administration during its final two years...

The IP Beacon, June 2017
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2017

View the PDF version of the June 2017 IP Beacon. Supreme Court Ruling Reigns in Patent Infringement Forum ShoppingBy Brian Kwok and Jason W. Whitney On Monday, May 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341 unanimously overruled a longstanding Federal Circuit decision that allowed patent infringement suits to be filed in nearly any U.S. state or jurisdiction...

Getting The Deal Through – Shipbuilding 2017: England and Wales
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2017

Getting the Deal Through – Shipbuilding is part of the series of Getting the Deal Through law guides published by Law Business Research that provide an overview of specialist areas of the law in a variety of international jurisdictions.It is published annually and the sixth edition, published in June 2017, covers 14 jurisdictions. Leading practitioners from each jurisdiction answer the same key questions...

Brexit Update - Signs of "Regrexit" Following UK General Election?
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2017

The shock result in the UK General Election has caused further political and economic upheaval with no single party controlling the House of Commons. Serious questions are now being raised over the UK’s approach to Brexit with negotiations set to commence next week...

New Department of Labor “Fiduciary” Rule Goes Into Effect
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2017

After several delays, the Department of Labor’s (the “DOL’s”) final “fiduciary” rule expanding the definition of who is an investment advice fiduciary became effective on June 9, 2017...

Supreme Court Unanimously Holds that SEC Disgorgement is Subject to Five Year Statute of Limitations
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2017

A unanimous Supreme Court held on June 5, 2017, that the SEC’s ability to recover funds through disgorgement is subject to a five-year statute of limitations. The SEC routinely seeks disgorgement as an equitable remedy in actions alleging securities law violations and asserted that disgorgement was not a penalty subject to the five year statute of limitations under 28 U.S.C. § 2462...

New Hailstorm Laws in Texas: Five Things That Every Corporate Policyholder Should Know
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2017

On, May 27th, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law what has become known as the Texas “Hailstorm Bill...

The Impact of NAFTA Renegotiation on the Automotive Industry
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2017

Changes to North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have been anticipated since the moment of President Trump’s election. When U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress of the Administration’s intent to renegotiate NAFTA, he triggered the 90-day consultation period before formal negotiations can begin...

Supreme Court of Texas Holds that an Operator Can Drill Through an Adjacent Mineral Estate
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2017

In a recent decision concerning off-site drilling, the Texas Supreme Court affirmed the San Antonio Court of Appeals1 and held that an oil and gas operator could drill through the mineral estate underlying an adjacent tract of land without the adjacent mineral lessee’s permission. Lightning Oil Co. v. Anadarko E&P Onshore LLC, No. 15-0910, 2017 Tex. LEXIS 463, --- S.W.3d --- (Tex. May 19, 2017)...

 

 

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