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Recent changes to Ukrainian legislation regulating construction industry
Asters, January 2020

In the final 3 months of 2019, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a great number of changes to construction laws. The following Ukrainian laws, among others, saw some significant changes: 1) "On Architectural Activities" No. 687-XIV dated 20 May 1999...

2020 Predictions: What’s on the Horizon for Construction?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2020

  With the UK currently due to leave the EU at the end of this month, Brexit may cause the construction industry a continuing period of uncertainty in 2020 but the government’s agenda may also provide increased opportunities. We look ahead at what this year may have in store. Brexit The top priority for the government is delivering the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January. How Brexit will affect the construction industry remains open to speculation...

New Regulation on The Types of Planned Businesses and/or Activities which Require an Environmental Impact Assessment
Makarim & Taira S., January 2020

The Minister of the Environment and Forestry (“MOEF”) has issued Regulation No. P.38/MENLHK/SETJEN/KUM.1/7/2019 on The Types of Planned Businesses and/or Activities Plans which Require an Environmental Impact Analysis (“Reg 38/2019”), which came into effect on 5 September 2019. Reg 38/2019 replaces Regulation No. 05 of 2012 on the same matter...

EPA Walks Back 2017 Risk Management Program Amendments Applicable to Stationary Sources
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2020

On Nov. 20, 2019, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the Risk Management Program Reconsideration Rule (Reconsideration Rule), which finalized changes to the 2017 Risk Management Program Amendments. The Reconsideration Rule reflects EPA’s reconsideration of its 2017 Amendments based on objections from three petitions and based on its own review. The Reconsideration Rule was effective on Dec...

Applying for a Business License in 2020? You May Need to Consider Your Water Quality Impacts
Hanson Bridgett LLP, December 2019

With a new year comes changes. And one change is a law tying business license applications to California's water quality laws. Beginning January 1, 2020, Senate Bill 205 will require that certain applicants for either a new business license or a renewal from cities or counties show that they are complying with the federal Clean Water Act and California's Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act...

Final Opportunity Zone Regulations Released
Hanson Bridgett LLP, December 2019

On December 19, 2019, the U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS issued final regulations (T.D. 9889), which provide much-anticipated guidance on tax-favored qualified opportunity zone investments. The 544-page regulation package generally retains the same approach and structure of the proposed regulations issued in October 2018 and April 2019 (prior Hanson Bridgett analysis available)...

Insurance Requirements: Tips to Navigate Insurance on Projects
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP, December 2019

  In the modern era, most construction contracts incorporate insurance requirements as a primary means to address the risk of unexpected occurrences that are inherent to the construction industry. Some insurance, like workers’ compensation coverage, may be required by law. Other insurance coverage may be required by a lender or other financing party in order to close on the construction loan for a project...

EPA Focuses on Potential Emissions from 3D Printing
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, December 2019

Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D printing, has already found commercial application in various industries and its use is on the rise. 3D printing converts 3D digital models created on a computer or with a scanner into physical objects, usually by successively adding material layer by layer. The process allows manufacturers to make complex designs, rapid prototypes and final products while offering the potential to limit process waste and reduce production costs...

The Ministry of Public Works & Housing Revokes The Regulation on Guidelines on Licensing Services for Foreign Construction Business Entities
Makarim & Taira S., December 2019

As part of President Jokowi Widodo’s plan to issue “investment friendly” regulations, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing (“MPW”) revoked MPW Regulation No. 09/PRT/M/2019 on Guidelines on Licensing Services for Foreign Construction Business Entities (“MPW Reg 9/2019”) on 18 November 2019 under MPW Regulation 17/PRT/M/2019 (“MPW Reg 17/2019”)...

New Regulation on Location Permit
Makarim & Taira S., November 2019

Over the past years, the Minister of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning/ Head of the National Land Agency (“Minister”) has issued several regulations on location permits due to the progressive system established by the government for the efficiency of investments and licensing. After the Online Single Submission (“OSS”) system became applicable, the Minister issued Regulation No...

The Shift From DOJ Enforcement to Administrative Review for HUD False Claims Act Violations
Dykema, November 2019

The False Claims Act (“FCA”) is one of the most powerful anti-fraud weapons available to the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”). It permits treble damages and makes penalties available for each false claim the defendant submitted to a federal payor. The DOJ effectively deployed the FCA against mortgage lenders in the aftermath of the sub-prime lending crisis to obtain, in some cases, billion-dollar settlements...

Key Takeaways from USDA Final Interim Rules for Domestic Hemp Production
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2019

On Oct. 31, 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its highly anticipated interim final rules, establishing the USDA Domestic Hemp Production Program to be administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)...

Pollution of the Solution?
TSMP Law Corporation, November 2019

Amid the noise, vitriol and spectacle, the real debate that we need to have about climate change has been drowned out. In the past few weeks, I have followed with much interest a Swedish child activist’s barely concealed yearning for the Nobel Peace Prize. Sadly, Greta Thunberg, famous for her tirades on climate change, did not win the award, despite her widely watched zero-emission Atlantic crossing in a hydro- and solar-powered yacht to address the UN General Assembly...

The Environment Bill 2019 - Water, Water, Everywhere
Shoosmiths LLP, October 2019

Part 5 of the Environment Bill, contains a number of disparate proposals relating to water – which could have major implications for many. Senior associate Joanne Sear and solicitor Grace Mitchell take a look at some of the key points in the Bill. Water resources planning According to its explanatory notes, the Bill is intended to “improve… water resources planning” and “facilitate… collaborative regional planning”...

Regulation on Integrated Mortgage Services through Electronic Systems
Makarim & Taira S., October 2019

In order to improve mortgage services to achieve among other targets, disclosure, punctuality, simplicity and affordability as well as to adapt them to the development of laws, technology and public needs, the government has issued Minister of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning/ Head of the National Land Agency (“MOA”) Regulation No...

Agribusiness & Intellectual Property Client Alert
Veirano Advogados, October 2019

Agribusiness: STJ Recognizes the Co-Existence of Intellectual Property Rights from the IP and Plant Varieties Acts over Transgenic Soybeans On October 9, 2019, the Superior Court of Justice (“STJ”) unanimously denied Special Appeal No. 1.610.728/RS, establishing an understanding that entitles holders of GMO patents over soybeans to charge royalties for the use of their seed by farmers outside the scope of the Plant Varieties Act...

Sustainability Reporting: To What End?
TSMP Law Corporation, October 2019

Activists and government leaders are sounding the death knell for our planet unless something is done about climate change. But while sustainability is important, sustainability reporting may not be the answer. In a headline-hogging speech at the UN last month, 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg berated politicians and business people for doing too little to arrest climate change, ruining the globe for future generations. High-profile scandals back up her claim...

Law 6 of 2019: On the Ownership of Common Property in the Emirate of Dubai
Afridi & Angell, September 2019

What’s happened? After much media coverage regarding the potential change in the law concerning properties owned in common in Dubai, Law 6 of 2019 was introduced on 4 September 2019 (the New Law). The New Law is an important development for Dubai as most real estate is held by way of property owned in common. That is, a real estate development that has been subdivided into apartments, offices, retail units and/or common areas...

Michigan Fast-Tracking PFAS Drinking Water Standards
Dykema, September 2019

Michigan is moving rapidly toward promulgating health-based drinking water standards for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)...

MSHA Civil Penalties, Respirable Silica Quartz, and OSHA Drone Use
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2019

An Update in the World of Workplace Safety MSHA Civil Penalties On August 16, 2019, the United States Department of Labor Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a report on MSHA’s civil monetary penalties (“CMP”) program...

Special Report: New Law on Integral Waste Management
Guyer & Regules, September 2019

On September 11, 2019, the House of Representatives approved the Law on Integral Waste Management. This project, which was submitted in June 2018 by the Executive Branch, presents a new scenario in this area with important changes for all actors and operators. The guiding purpose of the law is the minimization of waste generation through the search for efficiency in production processes, encouraging subsidiary reuse and recovery through recycling...

Cambodia Tax & Real Estate Alert: 2019 Property Tax Deadline - 30 September
DFDL, September 2019

On the 21st of August 2019 Notification dated 21 August 2019 the General Department of Taxation (“GDT“) issued Notification 17517 GDT on the Second Reminder of the Payment of the Property Tax reminding owners of immovable property to file their annual Property Tax declaration before the deadline of 30 September 2019...

Cambodia Legal Update: New National Fire Safety Systems Code Launched in Cambodia
DFDL, September 2019

The Association of Fire Prevention Enterprises of Cambodia (“AFPE”) in conjunction with the National Quality Inspection Centre for fire Safety Systems (“NICS”) hosted a seminar on 9 September 2019 on the introduction of the National Standard Book on Fire Safety Systems – Building Design Code...

Coping with COPA – New San Francisco Law Requires Owners of Certain Apartment Buildings to Offer to Sell to Nonprofits
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2019

The information in this article is based on new regulations issued by the City of San Francisco, and supersedes the article published in early June of this year.   San Francisco has recently enacted the Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA), a law that provides San Francisco nonprofits with the right to purchase apartment buildings of three or more units before they are put on the market...

New Timing Requirements for Certain California Eviction Actions Take Effect September 1
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2019

On September 1, 2019, AB2342 and its new timing requirements for issuing certain eviction notices and for answering eviction lawsuits go into effect in California. AB2343 amends California Code of Civil Procedure Sections 1161(2) and (3) regarding 3-day notices to pay or quit and 3-day notices based on neglect or failure to perform other conditions or covenants of the lease or agreement...

 

 

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