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The National Security and Investment Bill: What Does it Mean for Real Estate?
Shoosmiths LLP, April 2021

The National Security and Investment Bill will allow government intervention in transactions raising national security concerns. It will require investors in UK real estate to consider whether the regime applies and factor in any timetabling implications. The Bill is currently being examined in the House of Lords. It will introduce an independent screening regime in the UK where a transaction gives rise to national security concerns...

United States Supreme Court Exempts Certain Technology from the TCPA
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2021

In Facebook v. Duguid, (Case No. 19-511) on April 1, 2021, the United States Supreme Court unanimously confirmed that equipment without the capacity to randomly or sequentially store or produce numbers is not an autodialer for TCPA purposes. The Facebook ruling focuses on text messages, which many institutions are using as a primary method of customer contact, but it is also a victory for those using predictive dialers and preview dialers without random and sequential source codes...

Supreme Court of Canada Finds Federal Act on Greenhouse Gas Pricing Constitutional
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2021

In its highly anticipated judgment, the majority of the Supreme Court of Canada found the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act constitutional in a split 6-3 decision. The key issue before the court was whether the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (“GGPPA”) was constitutional. The majority decided that it was, because Parliament has jurisdiction to enact this law as a matter of national concern...

FDA Continues to Referee the CBD Market
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2021

Those in the CBD sector should be mindful of their marketing tactics, as the FDA continues to police the industry. Manufacturers of CBD products must also evaluate their quality-control procedures to ensure safe products are hitting the marketplace. As we forecasted this past December in a previous legal alert, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to referee the emerging cannabidiol (CBD) product market...

Michigan Open Meetings Act Compliance: (Nearly) Back to Business as Usual
Dykema, March 2021

As of today, March 31, 2021, no longer may public bodies take advantage of the “any reason” remote meeting provisions of the Open Meetings Act. When the Legislature extended the circumstances under which public bodies could meet remotely, it provided for limited circumstances after the “any reason” provision sunsets...

Onshore UAE Trusts Law – Refresher and Overview
Afridi & Angell, March 2021

UAE Federal Decree Law 19 of 2020 Regarding Trusts (the UAE Trusts Law) was issued in September of 2020. As there was no comparable law previously, the UAE Trusts Law opened the door to trusts in the UAE for the first time (not including DIFC and ADGM trusts, the UAE’s two financial free zones). This is a potentially significant development that holds great promise, although some key questions remain...

Draft Technical Circular on the Implementation of the Spirit of Security of Payment Legislation in Public Works Contracts
Deacons, March 2021

Since the consultation document on Proposed Security of Payment Legislation (SOPL) for the Construction Industry in June 2015 and the report of the consultation in April 2016, the SOPL Bill has yet to be put before the Legislative Council for consideration. The Government released a draft Technical Circular on the Implementation of the Spirit of Security of Payment Legislation in Public Works Contracts (Draft Circular) and a reference document in mid-March 2021...

Building the Nation’s Trust – Connecting a Charity’s Work to its Purpose
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

The Charity Commission focuses on charities meeting “public expectation”, but they also need to remain true to their stated purpose, even when doing so may prove controversial. A report on our colonial past The National Trust has acted in accordance with its charitable objects. This shouldn’t be headline news, but it has been for the last six months...

Government Enforcement for Misuse of Paycheck Protection Program and Other COVID-19 Relief Funds: What You Should Know
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2021

The new American Rescue Plan Act[1] (ARPA) as signed into law earlier this month provides for $1.9 trillion in economic stimulus, supplementing last year’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act[2] and its $2.2 trillion allocation, both undertaken in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States...

Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy Shows Ambition
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

The government’s recently announced low-carbon industrial sector strategy, supported by over £1 billion in funding to cut emissions from industry and public buildings, if nothing else, shows great ambition but does it also deliver the wherewithal to achieve those objectives? It builds on the proposals in the Energy White Paper which themselves expanded upon the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution announced by Prime Minister in November last year...

INAPI Issues New Filing and Payment Instructions for Renewal of Trademarks
Carey, March 2021

On March 17th, 2021, through the publication of General Ruling No. 96/2021 in the Official Gazette, the National Institute of Industrial Property (“INAPI”) provided new instructions in relation to the filing and payment of renewal applications of trademark registrations in Chile, applying the regulations set forth in the Trademark Law Treaty (“TLT”), which was ratified by Chile and is in force since 2012. By virtue of General Ruling No...

FMC Opens Public Consultation Process Regarding Two Amendments to its Regulation on Financial System Debtors
Carey, March 2021

On March 18, 2021, the Financial Market Commission (“FMC”) opened a public consultation process regarding 2 regulations: Amendment to the files that configure the report of financial system debtors The proposed regulatory changes, applicable to banks, supervised cooperatives and bank support companies (sociedades de apoyo al giro), aim to reduce the frequency of the delivery of the files D10 (Information on debtors article 14 LGB (General Banking Act)) and D27 (Obligations

Government Announces a Social Protection Network Strengthening
Carey, March 2021

On March 22, 2021, through a televised address, the President of the Republic announced the strengthening and extension of the Social Protection Network, destined to mitigate the adverse effects caused by the restrictions due to the COVID-19. These measures are based on 5 pillars: • Greater protection to the families’ incomes. • Strengthening of the middle-class support. • Greater job protection...

New Regulation on Conditions for the Treatment and Disposal of Wastes from Aquaculture Activities
Carey, March 2021

On March 16, 2021, Decree No. 64 / 2020 of the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, was published in the Official Gazette, approving the Regulation that establishes conditions for the treatment and final disposal of wastes from aquaculture activities (the "Regulation")...

Change is Near: What the Biden Executive Order Means for Title IX Misconduct Claims
Dykema, March 2021

On March 8, President Biden took his first steps in reversing the Trump Administration’s Title IX policy by issuing an Executive Order 14021 (“Order”) directing the Secretary of Education to review the Title IX rules issued by the Trump Administration...

DOL Guidance on Applying One-Year Limit to COVID-19 Outbreak Period Extensions
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

In EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01, the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a critical interpretation of prior guidance that extended certain deadlines for employee benefit plans, participants, and beneficiaries due to COVID-19. We discussed the original guidance in this prior article...

Why Some Data Subject Request Services Create Compliance Concerns
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

If you are responsible for handling data subject requests made pursuant to the EU General Data Protection Regulation or verified consumer requests made pursuant to the California Consumer Privacy Act, chances are you have come across one or more of the myriad companies that purport to be advocating for consumers in making requests on their behalf. These companies include Mine, Privacy Bee, DeleteMe and Revoke...

A Business Bankruptcy Overview: How Subchapter V, the CARES Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act Have Expanded Relief for Businesses and Business Owners in Bankruptcy
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

In February 2020, just prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (Subchapter V) took effect.[1] Subchapter V amends Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code to allow certain individuals and businesses with debts of less than $2,725,625 to file a streamlined Chapter 11 case with the goal to make small business bankruptcies faster and cheaper...

ESG as the Prism For Change – the SEC Targets Proxy Voting
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2021

Over the past month, the SEC has signaled the primacy of ESG in its mission for 2021 and beyond. Seemingly daily, there have been updates regarding ESG initiatives, whether from the Division of Enforcement or the Division of Corporation Finance. This week, it was the Division of Investment Management’s turn...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources from Bradley ( March 18, 2021)
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

This digest is a curated list of Bradley content regarding the coronavirus. In an effort to provide our clients with the easiest way to find information that may be beneficial in responding to the impact of COVID-19, we have provided links to our most recent blog posts, news alerts, webinar recordings and more. Additionally, this digest will now be deployed on a weekly basis in an effort to reduce the number of emails our clients receive...

EB-5 Enforcement on the Uptick
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is one that attracts its fair share of attention, not all of it good, and too much of it from organizations named with that part of the alphabet — SEC and DOJ — that can strike fear in the heart of a business person. And Texas is often the center of the investigators’ focus...

Health-Care Providers Still Stymied on Evidence Needed to Prove FCA Violation
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

Courts nationwide have struggled for years with the question of when a subjective opinion is false under the False Claims Act. The Supreme Court’s decision to deny review of two cases involving health-care providers that had allegedly submitted false claims for payment based on subjective clinical judgment still leaves us without a uniform, national answer, says Nicholas A. Danella. The U.S...

American Rescue Plan Act Provides Additional Sick and Family Leave Credits for Employers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2021

Last week upon final passage by Congress, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA or Act) into law.[1] The $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill provides a comprehensive package of available funds to qualifying individuals and businesses in the form of direct payments, industry-specific grants, and tax credits...

OSHA is Poised to Mandate COVID-19 Prevention Programs
Waller, March 2021

Yesterday, the Department of Labor informally notified key stakeholders that it will soon be issuing new regulations concerning COVID-19.  One expectation is that the regulations will require employers to not only implement COVID-19 prevention programs but also follow CDC guidelines...

Government Announces Extension of Labor Benefits Implemented Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic
Carey, March 2021

On March 8th, 2021, the government announced that, due to the current status of the Covid-19 pandemic in Chile, it was decided to extend the enforcement of the benefits and entitlements of the employment protection law, protected parenting law and law that temporarily amends the requirements to access to the unemployment insurance. Additionally, the coverage and amounts of the benefits of the Employment Subsidy will be increased...

 

 

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