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California Supreme Court Rules No Vested Right to Airtime Purchases; Leaves California Rule Intact
Hanson Bridgett LLP, March 2019

On March 4, 2019, the California Supreme Court ruled in Cal Fire Local 2881 et. al. v. California Public Employees' Retirement System that public retirement system members do not have a vested right to purchase "airtime" – nonqualified service credit unrelated to public service...

DOL Finally Proposes New White Collar Exemption Regulations
Dykema, March 2019

The much awaited revised new regulations governing who qualifies for the FLSA white collar exemption has finally been revealed by the Department of Labor. It did so on March 8 by publishing anNPRM(“Notice of Proposed Rule Making”). In December of 2016, a Texas federal court entered a nationwide injunction halting the implementation of new regulations which would have dramatically increased the salary threshold for exempting most white collar employees from overtime...

All Stop: Ruling on the Applicability of Exclusion to BIPA Claims Delayed
Dykema, March 2019

The fallout from the Illinois Supreme Court’s January 25, 2019, opinion inRosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., 19 IL 12316, continues.Rosenbachsettled the dispute of who qualifies as an “aggrieved person” under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), and in doing so opened the floodgates for this litigation to proliferate...

Biometrics and Search Warrants: The Intersection of Your iPhone and the Fourth and Fifth Amendments
Dykema, March 2019

On January 19, 2019, federal Magistrate Judge Kandis Westmore of the Northern District of California denied the Government’s application for a search warrant that sought: “all digital devices” present at a California residence; (Order at 3), and “any individual present at the time of the search to press a finger (including thumb) or utilize other biometric features…for the purposes of unlocking the digital devices found in order to permit a search of

Law Firm Networks Compete with the Biggest Players
World Services Group, March 2019

Legal networks allow independent firms to act as a unified group for better client service.  Lawyer Sasha Stepanova was working just hours before Christmas to close a deal for a corporate client when a situation arose where she urgently needed a Dutch lawyer to review a new document. There was no time to spare. As a member of the World Services Group (WSG) law firm network, she called WSG member Johan Boeren directly in the Netherlands...

PTO Proposes U.S. Counsel Requirement for Foreign Domiciled Trademark Applicants And Registrants
Dykema, February 2019

Goal Is to Improve Accuracy and Reduce Potentially Invalid Registrations On February 14, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued aNotice of Proposed Rulemaking(“NPRM”) to require foreign domiciled trademark applicants and registrants to be represented by a licensed U.S. attorney at the PTO. The comment period on the NPRM is open until March 18, 2019...

San Francisco's Off-Street Parking Requirements Eliminated for Good
Hanson Bridgett LLP, February 2019

As of January 20th, 2019, San Francisco no longer requires a minimum number of parking spaces in new structures or new uses. This new law applies Citywide to all zoning districts. Previously, the City eliminated the parking requirement in many zoning districts in order to reduce traffic congestion, encourage alternative forms of transportation, and lower the cost to build housing...

San Francisco Supervisors Again Attempt to Limit Home, Apartment Sizes and Limit Demolitions
Hanson Bridgett LLP, February 2019

San Francisco Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Rafael Mandelman introduced the "Housing Preservation and Expansion Reform Act" in December 2018, a proposed law which hopes to limit major renovations and demolitions plus limit the size of newly built or newly altered residential structures. The two sponsors believe the current process results in too many larger units and demolitions, and that there is a connection between the two...

Ohio Enacts New Cybersecurity Requirements for Insurers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2019

Senate Bill 273 goes into effect on March 20, 2019, and creates new requirements for Ohio insurance companies, including health insurance plans, to develop and implement specific information security programs to safeguard nonpublic business and personal information. Senate Bill 273 is based upon the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ Insurance Data Security Model Law (also referred to as "MDL-668")...

Medical Marijuana Rollout in Ohio
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2019

The Ohio medical marijuana market saw a robust start to sales on January 16, 2019.  First-day sales totaled more than $75,000, per the state’s Medical Marijuana Control Program, and total sales exceeded $330,000 in the first several weeks. This initial sales boom is magnified by the fact that only five of the 50-plus state-approved provisional dispensaries are operational (and only four on the initial date of sales)...

Proposed Bill Would Increase Skilled Nursing and Intermediate Care Facility Citations and Penalties
Hanson Bridgett LLP, February 2019

On February 13, 2019, Assembly Member Ash Kalra, District 27 (San Jose), introduced AB-506. If passed, AB-506 would amend California Health and Safety Code Sections 1423, 1424, and 1424.5 to grant the Department of Public Health the authority to issue more citations and higher penalty amounts...

SEC to Implement Two Additional Material Event Disclosures
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2019

Issuers and borrowers who enter into continuing disclosure undertakings on or after February 27, 2019 in connection with the offering of municipal securities will be required to report two new material events. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is implementing the amendment to Rule 15c2-12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Rule 15c2-12) by virtue of Release No...

USCIS Makes Significant Changes to Form I-539 Beginning March 11, 2019
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2019

USCIS recently announced that beginning March 11, 2019 it will require use of a new version of Form I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, a form commonly used to extend or change the status of H-4 and L-2 dependents.  USCIS stated it will also require use of a new Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status...

California Court Rules That "Reporting Time Pay" Owed Even If Employees Are Not Required to Physically Report To Work
Hanson Bridgett LLP, February 2019

Employers in industries with fluctuating daily labor needs, such as retail services, often require employees to call in ahead of a scheduled shift to find out whether they are needed to work. According to a recently-published California Court of Appeal decision, employees who are required to use such a call-in procedure may be entitled to "reporting time pay" if they are told not to come to work that day—even if the employees do not physically report to work...

JP Morgan Goes Crypto, Argo Blockchain Exits
World Services Group, February 2019

When a scion of the investment banking world gets into crypto it is probably worth taking notice. JP Morgan Chase, America's largest bank, has just grabbed everyone's attention with the launch of its very own cryptocurrency, the JPM Coin. JP Morgan intends the internally developed crypto asset to be used in its wholesale payment system, which currently sees daily volumes in the region of $6 trillion...

HHS Proposes Changes to Prescription Drug Rebates and Discounts Kickback Safe Harbors
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2019

On January 31, 2019, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced a proposed rule that would significantly change the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) regulatory safe harbors regarding prescription drug rebates and discounts...

The Supreme Court Remains Steadfast in Favor of Arbitration
Dykema, February 2019

Justice Kavanaugh’s first authored opinion as a Supreme Court Justice inHenry Schein, Inc. v. Archer and White Sales, Inc., No. 17-1272, 586 U.S. ____ (2019) further cements the Supreme Court’s stance on arbitration. Over the years, the Supreme Court has consistently held in favor of arbitration and rejected attempts by parties and the lower courts to ignore binding arbitration clauses. For instance, inAT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct...

Win Your Lender-Liability Lawsuit and Enforce Your Loan Documents with this 342-Year-Old Statute
Dykema, January 2019

Long before eMortgages, electronic signatures, and mobile apps hit the secured lending scene, Lord Nottingham proposed that the English Parliament pass An Act for Prevention of Frauds and Perjuries in 1677 to prevent nonexistent agreements from being “proved” through false testimony. That statute and its progeny remain an important resource in today’s financial services industry...

HHS and HSSC Release New Cybersecurity Practices for the Health Care Industry
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2019

On December 28, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with the Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSSC), published the “Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients” (HICP Publication), which is a four-volume publication designed to provide voluntary cybersecurity practices to health care organizations of all types and sizes, ranging from local clinics to large health care systems...

National Labor Relations Board Returns to Longstanding Independent Contractor Standard
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2019

On January 25, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board (Board) returned to the common-law agency test for determining whether workers qualified as independent contractors. SuperShuttle DFW, Inc., 367 NLRB No. 75 (2019) The decision expressly overrules the Board’s decision in FedEx Home Delivery, 361 NLRB 610 (2014), enf. denied 849 F.3d 1123 (D.C. Cir. 2017)...

Logistic Center for the Distribution and Transportation of Oil Products
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., January 2019

On January 17, 2019, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, passed an executive order whereby he proposed the creation of the “Logistic Center for the Distribution and Transportation of Petroleum Products” (the “Center”), as a decentralized administrative entity separate from the Ministry of Energy, with technical, operational and management autonomy...

OCR Issues Request for Information on Potential Changes to HIPAA Rules
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has published a Request for Information on Modifying HIPAA Rules to Improve Coordinated Care (RFI). OCR announced the publication of the RFI through a December 12, 2018 press release available here.  OCR Director Roger Severino stated that OCR is “looking for candid feedback about how the existing HIPAA regulations are working in the real world and how we can improve them...

USCIS Announces Changes to Selection Process for Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions
Dykema, January 2019

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced it will issue a new Final Rule on January 31, 2019, reversing the order by which the USCIS will select H-1B applications submitted under the statutory/numerical cap and introducing an electronic registration requirement for employers filing H-1B cap-subject petitions. The reverse-selection provisions of the rule will go into effect on April 1, 2019...

Immigration Compliance: What’s Coming in 2019
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2019

Employers, as you settle into 2019 and solidify your plans and objectives for the year, consider adding worksite immigration compliance to your to-do list. In 2018, the Trump administration held true to its Buy American, Hire American policy.  As a result, worksite investigations, I-9 audits, and criminal and administrative worksite-related arrests surged by 300 to 750 percent over 2017...

Immigration Compliance: What is Coming in 2019
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2019

Employers, as you settle into 2019 and solidify your plans and objectives for the year, consider adding worksite immigration compliance to your to-do list. In 2018, the Trump administration held true to its Buy American, Hire American policy.  As a result, worksite investigations, I-9 audits, and criminal and administrative worksite-related arrests surged by 300 to 750 percent over 2017...

New Kickback Law Targeting Opioid Treatment Facilities Could Affect Traditional Lab Arrangements
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2019

Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act Overview On October 24, 2018, Congress enacted the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (EKRA) as part of the SUPPORT Act, which is a comprehensive attempt to combat the opioid epidemic.  EKRA established an all-payer anti-kickback prohibition that extends to arrangements with recovery homes, clinical treatment facilities, and laboratories. Unlike the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) under 42 U.S...

California Assisted Living Regulation Catches Up with Statute Regarding Evictions for Change of Use of Facility
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2019

On January 28, 2019, the California Department of Social Services issued a letter informing all licensed Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly that Title 22, Section 87224 of the California Code of Regulations has been revised. Section 87224 previously provided for a 30-day eviction notice to residents upon the change of use of a facility. This notice period was inconsistent with the applicable statute, Health and Safety Code Section 1569.682(a)(2)...

Mediation for Beginners: What You Need to Know
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2019

Generally, mediation and its process are foreign to most litigants.  With the possible exception of the parties’ lawyers and insurance adjusters, often even the most sophisticated business clients have never been in mediation and do not fully understand the process or know what to expect. Frequently, as the mediator, in the early stages of the day I hear:  “It is not my fault...

Mediation for Beginners – What You Need to Know
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2019

Generally, mediation and its process are foreign to most litigants.  With the possible exception of the parties’ lawyers and insurance adjusters, often even the most sophisticated business clients have never been in mediation and do not fully understand the process or know what to expect. Frequently, as the mediator, in the early stages of the day I hear:  “It is not my fault...

Different Viewpoints Represented at the Latest California Attorney General’s Office Public Forum on the California Consumer Privacy Act
Dykema, January 2019

On Friday, January 25, 2019, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s Office held the fourth of its six public forums in connection with its rulemaking process for the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). The purpose of the open forum, which was held in Los Angeles at the Ronald Reagan State Building, was to provide an initial opportunity for the public to participate in the CCPA rulemaking process...

Illinois Supreme Court’s Rosenbach Ruling Likely to Expand BIPA Litigation
Dykema, January 2019

Last Friday, the Illinois Supreme Court delivered the highly anticipatedRosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., 2019 IL 123186, opinion. Businesses and consumers alike watched for the Court’s opinion regarding whether mere technical violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) gave plaintiffs the requisite standing to seek damages under the statute...

An Open Door to Greater Development Opportunities: Chicago City Council Approves New Transit Served Location Legislation
Dykema, January 2019

On January 23, 2019, the Chicago City Council approved a significant amendment to the transit-oriented development provisions of the Zoning Ordinance. Prior to the change, the Chicago Zoning Ordinance, through increases and reductions of certain development standards, allowed for larger, more dense buildings on properties in close proximity to CTA or Metra train stations...

Google Fined $57 Million in First Major Enforcement of GDPR Against a US-based Company
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2019

On January 21, 2019, Google was fined nearly $57 million (approximately 50 million euros) by France’s Data Protection Authority, CNIL, for an alleged violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).[1] CNIL found Google violated the GDPR based on a lack of transparency, inadequate information, and lack of valid consent regarding ad personalization. This fine is the largest imposed under the GDPR since it went into effect in May 2018 and the first to be imposed on a U.S...

Growing Regularity and the Need for Guidance: FSMB Model Guidance for the Recommendation of Medical Marijuana
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2019

The use of marijuana in patient care has undergone widespread growth and acceptance nationwide. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have laws authorizing the use of marijuana in some form. Two of those states – Utah and Missouri – joined that list this past mid-term cycle, as voters passed initiatives authorizing the use of medical marijuana. Others, such as Kentucky and Virginia, have pending legislation seeking to authorize the use of medical marijuana...

Recent Changes to EPA Coal Ash Regulations - Regulatory and Insurance Coverage Implications
Haynes and Boone, LLP, January 2019

A new rule promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) governing the disposal of coal combustion residuals, also known as CCR or coal ash, raises the risk for civil claims and the need for insurance to cover them.1 The rule, which takes effect Aug. 29, 2018, revises regulations issued in 2015 and has the stated intent of providing utilities and states “more flexibility in how CCR is managed...

GAR’s “Guide to Energy Arbitrations”: Offshore Vessel Construction Disputes
Haynes and Boone, LLP, January 2019

Haynes and Boone CDG is proud to continue to feature a chapter in Global Arbitration Review’s (GAR)Guide to Energy Arbitrations, the Third Edition of which has just been published. TheGuide to Energy Arbitrationsis a widely regarded reference tool for energy companies, their advisers and arbitrators...

Directors to Get Better Protection From Fraud
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2019

The UK government has announced changes to legislation to reduce the risk of fraud, violence or intimidation faced by company directors as a result of having their residential addresses on the public record. For a number of years, directors have been able to keep their residential address details private by making use of a separate service address, often the company's registered office...

A Proxy Season Guide to 2019
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2019

Now that the holidays are in the rearview and business as usual has begun to pick up where it left off, it’s time for public companies to do a deep download of key securities law updates and business developments of the past year so they are positioned for success in 2019. Below is a review of the 2018 proxy season, along with a summary of new and anticipated changes that may impact reporting and disclosure requirements for the 2019 proxy season...

The Advocate: Risks to the Energy Sector Posted by Climate Change Litigation
Haynes and Boone, LLP, January 2019

Fossil fuels are under attack in the legislative, regulatory, and judicial arenas, and in the market place—driven by environmental concerns, especially global warming and associated climate change. The Sierra Club, for example, has launched a “Beyond Dirty Fuels Initiative,” seeking to “push back against the construction of dirty fossil fuel infrastructure that would lock America into decades more of climate-polluting oil and gas production...

Tax Incentives to Eliminate the Tax Withholding on Interest Paid Abroad and to Encourage Productive Investment Projects in Mexico
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., January 2019

An executive order to eliminate the income tax withholding for interest paid abroad on bonds listed in a stock exchange, as well as to grant tax incentives to taxpayers investing in a capital market in Mexico was published in the Federal Official Gazette on January 8, 2019. The following tax incentives were created for productive investment projects: Corporate Bonds...

Pathways to Success ACO Model
Dykema, January 2019

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule redesigning the Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program via a new Pathways to Success ACO model. [1]See83 FR 67816 (Dec. 31, 2018). CMS stated five goals for this redesign: ACO Accountability, Competition, Engagement, Integrity, and Quality...

Securing Indemnification and Additional Insurance Coverage Requires Careful Drafting
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, January 2019

Insurance plays a prominent role in all real estate transactions. Stakeholders generally understand that insurance policies must be secured for the leasehold to address property damage and liability claims. However, stakeholders often do not pay attention to the precise contract language used to establish the insurance requirements and address how the waterfall of available insurance coverage will flow...

Medicare Coverage for Ambulance Services – Physician Certification Will Not Be Enough
Dykema, January 2019

A physician certification for Medicare coverage for ambulance services is not the final word. An ambulance service also must demonstrate the beneficiary’s condition and establish medical necessity when transporting the Medicare beneficiary...

Bona Fide Prescriber-Patient Relationship Requirement for Controlled Substance Prescribing Effective January 4, 2019
Dykema, January 2019

Bona Fide Relationship Requirement Law. Public Act 247 of 2107, MCL § 333.7303a(2), requires that except as provided in exceptions detailed in administrative rules, a prescriber must be in a bona fide prescriber-patient relationship with a patient before prescribing a schedule 2-5 controlled substance (“CS”)...

Discretionary Dismissal of Insurer's Declaratory Judgment Action on Coverage Upheld
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2019

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Massachusetts Bay Insurance Company v. Christian Funeral Directors, Inc., No. 18-5267 (6th Cir. Dec. 26, 2018), recently upheld a district court’s declination of jurisdiction over an insurer’s declaratory judgment action on coverage...

Federal District Court Rules HHS Cuts to 340B Reimbursement 'Exceeded' Authority
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2019

In a recent opinion out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras held that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) exceeded its authority when it substantially reduced the amount Medicare pays for 340B-acquired medications...

Discretionary Dismissal of Insurer’s Declaratory Judgment Action on Coverage Upheld
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2019

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Massachusetts Bay Insurance Company v. Christian Funeral Directors, Inc., No. 18-5267 (6th Cir. Dec. 26, 2018), recently upheld a district court’s declination of jurisdiction over an insurer’s declaratory judgment action on coverage...

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Proposed Rule on Association Health Plans
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, January 2019

On January 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a much-anticipated proposed rule that would make it easier for groups or associations of employers to band together to form association health plans (“AHPs”).[1]  The proposed rule comes in response to an executive order issued by the White House in October 2017 directing the DOL to consider issuing such a rule...

New Ohio Standard Authorization Forms for Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2019

Recently, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) finalized Ohio Administrative Code 5160-1-32.1 (the Final Rule) which provides two standard authorization forms for the use and disclosure of protected health information (PHI). The standard forms are designed to comply with both the HIPAA Privacy Rule (45 C.F.R. § 164.508) and 45 C.F.R. Part 2, which covers certain substance abuse treatment information...

H-1B Visa Filing Season Starts April 1
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2019

Why is April 1, 2019 Important? April 1, 2019 is the first day U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may accept H-1B specialty worker petitions for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2019...

 

 

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