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Haynes and Boone | February 2017

On February 17, 2017, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) withdrew its December 2016 orders requiring sole liability properties to provide additional security in the form of supplemental bonds for plugging, abandoning, and decommissioning Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”) wells, platforms and other facilities ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2017

U.S. Prudential Regulators and European Supervisory Authorities Follow CFTC in Issuing Regulatory Guidance Regarding March 1, 2017 Variation Margin Deadline, But Relief is “Risk” Based Last week we issued an alert advising of No-Action Letter 17-11 issued on February 13, 2017 by the U.S ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2017

July 1, 2017 is swiftly approaching and companies need to electronically upload information related to injuries and illnesses on OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA) website. The ITA website is scheduled to go live this month (February 2017) and all covered establishments must complete Form 300A by the July 1 deadline ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2017

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to September 1, 2017 for Variation Margin Rule for Uncleared Swaps, But for Swap Dealers under Prudential Regulators’ VM Rule the March 1, 2017 Deadline Remains On February 13, 2017, the Staff of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued time-limited no-action relief (Letter No ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2017

If 2016 is memorable as a year of immense political upheaval, 2017 may offer more of the same. Already, in the first months of 2017, significant domestic political events have transpired, with the promise of more to come. These are events of significant consequence to specific companies, discrete industries and America’s global trading partners ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2017

  View the February 2017 Health Law Vitals Newsletter PDF. Final Guidance Sheds Light on Medical Device Reporting Requirements In November 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a final guidance on medical device reporting for manufacturers ("Final MDR Guidance") ...

Haynes and Boone | February 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 December 2016 and January 2017. These are of particular importance to oil and gas producers, power generators and others looking to invest or expand operations in Mexico’s dynamic energy sector. I. Hydrocarbons December 2, 2016. Open season exemptions for natural gas pipelines ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2017

Just weeks into the new Administration, perhaps the only certain thing is that there will be uncertainty as the Administration makes its mark and works to fulfill campaign promises. Meanwhile, restaurant chains and food companies are trying to allocate resources to best address business priorities and hot legal issues ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2017

Comment letters issued in 2016 by the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to reporting E&P companies relating to their 2015 annual reports continue, as in past years, to focus on disclosure issues such as the effects of low commodity prices and proved undeveloped reserves (PUD) conversion rates ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2017

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation SB 3 Raises California's Minimum Wage SB 3 will increase the state minimum wage to $15.00 per hour over the next six years. The bill sets two minimum wage rate hikes, depending on whether an employer has 26 or more, or 25 or fewer, employees. All employers in the state must comply with the new minimum wage law ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2017

As small and medium-sized businesses grow and expand, it is common for them to do business outside their home state; sometimes through the internet and other times by having “boots on the ground.” For example, having employees travel to other states to promote sales, providing assistance to customers, attending trade shows, and engaging in other business activities ...

Haynes and Boone | February 2017

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations recently announced its 2017 examination priorities for broker-dealers, investment advisers, and investment funds. OCIE, which serves as the “eyes and ears” of the Commission, identified the current staff’s priorities as a focus on (i) matters of importance to retail investors, (ii) risks specific to elderly and retiring investors, and (iii) assessing market-wide risks ...

Haynes and Boone | January 2017

The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729, et seq. (FCA) continued to be a significant focus of government and whistleblower activity in 2016. ThisYear in Review highlights several key developments, including:   The U.S. Department of Justice is continuing its strong enforcement of the FCA, including recovering more than $4.7 billion in settlements and judgments in FCA cases in 2016, as well as continuing its focus on individual culpability ...

Haynes and Boone | January 2017

2016 proved eventful on both the political stage and in the world of media and entertainment law, and sometimes the two worlds even collided. The year saw its share of high profile media lawsuits, favorable Congressional actions, and, of course, a presidential election like none other. Here are ten stories that made an impact in 2016 and will likely continue to impact media and entertainment law for years to come ...

Haynes and Boone | January 2017

In its most important constitutional judgment ever, the UK Supreme Court has this morning confirmed that the UK Parliament in Westminster, rather than the British Government, must decide on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU). The Court has in this respect upheld the decision of the High Court as reported in our “Brexit Update ...

Haynes and Boone | January 2017

In May 2016, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) added new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) to the existing catalog of C&DIs that addresses disclosures of“non-GAAP financial measures ...

Haynes and Boone | January 2017

Disclosure is an essential part of litigation and arbitration under English law as it usually provides both parties with access to the contemporaneous documents which support or adversely affect a party’s case. The exponential growth in recent years of the number of electronic documents created during the course of a project has increased the size and, as a result, the cost of the disclosure exercise ...

Haynes and Boone | January 2017

It is becoming increasingly common to see allegations of misrepresentation made in shipbuilding and offshore construction disputes ...

Haynes and Boone | October 2016

Whether you are a garage tinkerer or an engineer at a technology company, you probably have considered obtaining a patent to protect one of your ideas or innovations. There is an allure to a government issued document declaring that you are the inventor of a patent that grants you exclusive right to your innovation. However, the next time that light bulb goes off above your head, here are five things you should consider before calling your patent lawyer. 1 ...

Haynes and Boone | October 2016

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has published its first major update to the rules for trademark trials and appeals in nearly a decade. The final changes to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) Rules of Practice appear in the October 7, 2016 Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 69950) and are scheduled to go into effect on January 14, 2017 ...

Haynes and Boone | October 2016

Much has been written regarding the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in China, but relatively little consideration is given to the treatment in U.S. courts of awards entered by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), or to the enforcement of CIETAC arbitration agreements. In fact, CIETAC arbitral awards are rejected by U.S ...

Haynes and Boone | October 2016

Bayer AG, a German chemical company, and Monsanto Co., an American agrochemical corporation recently announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement under which Bayer plans to acquire Monsanto to create “a Global Leader in Agriculture ...

Haynes and Boone | October 2016

The United States has been a leader in advocating the removal of barriers to competition in the civil aviation market and to this effect has signed more than 120 bilateral Open Skies Agreements with countries around the world. However, not all of Latin America has embraced this policy, with Mexico and Brazil being two of the largest holdouts ...

Haynes and Boone | September 2016

Arbitral institutions strive to provide the parties they serve with a fair and impartial dispute resolution process that results in an unassailable final award. Since “evident partiality” in the arbitrators is one of the limited means to attack an award, the selection of unbiased arbitrators is fundamental to that goal, and most arbitral institutions have some requirement or guidance on arbitrator disclosures ...

Haynes and Boone | September 2016

In the past several years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and other government bodies have mandated recall of hundreds of products from the market.In some cases, companies have voluntarily recalled products due to their potential for risk of injury ...

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