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Haynes and Boone | November 2018

The SEC’s Division of Enforcement recently issued itsannual reportdetailing enforcement activities, statistics, and changes made in the past fiscal year (“FY 2018”). The report discusses several significant developments in the SEC enforcement landscape, including the creation of new task forces, first-of-their kind enforcement actions, and the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision inKokesh v. SEC, 137 S. Ct. 1635 (2017) ...

Haynes and Boone | November 2018

View a PDF of the November 2018 Edition of the Haynes and Boone Media, Entertainment and First Amendment Newsletter. Must Websites Comply With the ADA? Website ADA compliance litigation is all the rage, manifesting itself as an epidemic of “website drive-by lawsuits.” Beyond the litigation controversy, the issue is whether websites must be accessible to the visually-impaired via screen reader software to comply with the ADA. Circuit Courts are split ...

Haynes and Boone | November 2018

The Department of Labor issued an opinion letter that provides guidance to employers paying exempt employees an hourly wage or other extra compensation in addition to a guaranteed weekly salary.SeeU.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Div., Opinion Letter (Fair Labor Standards Act), FLSA2018-25 (Nov. 8, 2018) (“Opinion Letter”) ...

Haynes and Boone | November 2018

In an about-face from prior guidance, the Department of Labor issued a revised opinion letter on Thursday rescinding the so-called “20 Percent Rule” and expanding employers’ ability to claim the tip credit.SeeU.S. Dept. of Labor, Wage & Hour Div., Opinion Letter (Fair Labor Standards Act), FLSA2018–27 (Nov. 8, 2018) (“Opinion Letter”) ...

Haynes and Boone | November 2018

Download the November 2018 edition of the Haynes and Boone OSHA Newsletter PDF. OSHA States that Most Instances of Workplace Drug Testing are Permissible In a memorandum dated October 11, 2018, OSHA clarified its position on drug testing under 29 C.F.R. § 1904.35(b)(1)(iv) ...

Haynes and Boone | November 2018

On October 31, 2018, the Treasury Department released proposed regulations (“the Proposed Regulations”) providing guidance on the application of Section 956 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) following recent tax law changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) ...

Haynes and Boone | October 2018

View the PDF version of the October 2018 IP Beacon. Jason Bloom Co-Authors SCOTUS Amicus Brief for INTA in Key Copyright Case The International Trademark Association (INTA) tapped Haynes and Boone Partner Jason Bloom to co-write an amicus brief inFourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, a pending U.S. Supreme Court case that will address a key issue regarding when copyright owners can sue for infringement ...

Haynes and Boone | October 2018

On November 5, 2018, the amendments recently adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to update and simplify certain disclosure requirements will become effective ...

Haynes and Boone | October 2018

English High Court considers whether there was good consideration for an oral variation of a settlement agreement related to sale of valuable antique textiles. Sometime in the spring of 2014 two Iranian businessmen and antiquities dealers, London based Mr. Shavleyan and LA resident Mr. Simantob, kissed and shook hands on a deal about the payment of the balance of a debt due under a 2010 settlement agreement ...

Haynes and Boone | October 2018

With the spotlight on the new laws combating sexual harassment in New York, employers may have missed a significant new modification to New York City law mandating a “cooperative dialogue” in response to workplace requests for reasonable accommodations ...

Haynes and Boone | October 2018

The UKCS is the largest decommissioning market in the North Sea. There are around 475 fixed facilities, over 10,000 kilometres of pipeline and approximately 5,000 wells. These will all need to be decommissioned over the next 30 years, when they reach the end of their economic life, at an estimated cost of £59.7 billion ...

Haynes and Boone | October 2018

Under newly enacted Section 1400Z of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”), beginning on December 22, 2017, taxpayers may defer, and in some cases partially eliminate, capital gains by making certain investments in “qualified opportunity zones.” A qualified opportunity zone is a “population census tract” in a state designated low-income community ...

Haynes and Boone | October 2018

A new round of U.S. tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports became effective on September 24, 2018.1The 10 percent tax on Chinese consumer products is only the latest escalation in an ever-widening trade war between the United States and its global trading partners. While it appears that, subject to Congressional approval, trade disputes between the U.S ...

Haynes and Boone | October 2018

Classic Maritime Inc. v Limbungan SDN BHD & Anor [2018] EWHC 2389 (Comm) This case arose out of a dispute relating to the correct interpretation of an “exceptions clause” which excused non-performance of a contract in circumstances that are usually described asforce majeure ...

Haynes and Boone | October 2018

A new round of U.S. tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports became effective on September 24, 2018.1 The 10 percent tax on Chinese consumer products is only the latest escalation in an ever-widening trade war between the United States and its global trading partners. While it appears that, subject to Congressional approval, trade disputes between the U.S ...

Haynes and Boone | September 2018

In two recent decisions, the Tax Court issued rulings that could impact the effectiveness of family limited partnerships in estate planning. For the first time, the Tax Court held that assets of a limited partnership could be taxed as part of the estate of a decedent who held only a limited partnership interest ...

Haynes and Boone | September 2018

On September 11, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced its first enforcement actions alleging that entities offering certain investments in cryptocurrencies should be registered as an investment adviser or broker-dealer ...

Haynes and Boone | September 2018

In a case closely monitored by the hospitality industry, the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of servers and bartenders who alleged their employers were improperly claiming employees’ tips as a credit toward the federal minimum wage.Marsh v. J. Alexander’s LLC, No. 15-15791 (9th Cir. Sept. 18, 2018). The en banc court reversed a prior panel decision and rejected the employer’s arguments that the regulations in question were not entitled to judicial deference ...

Haynes and Boone | September 2018

On September 10, 2018, the Mexican National Banking and Securities Commission (Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valoresor “CNBV”) issued the general provisions applicable to Financial Technology Institutions (“FTIs”) (Disposiciones de Carácter General Aplicables a las Instituciones de Tecnología Financiera) (the “CNBV Provisions”), which, as of March 10, 2018, are regulated by the Law that Regulates Financial Technology Institutions

Haynes and Boone | September 2018

Eduardo Corzo, a Counsel in Haynes and Boone’s Mexico City office who focuses on maritime and shipping law, contributed to a new legal guide titled, “Getting the Deal Through – Shipping 2019.” Eduardo wrote the chapter that covers shipping as governed by the law of Mexico. Each chapter in the guide covers key issues such as ship registrations and mortgages, maritime liens, and responsibilities and liabilities of the shipping company ...

Haynes and Boone | September 2018

Earlier this year, in Kim v. Toyota Motor Corp., the California Supreme Court delivered a significant win to product manufacturers concerning the admissibility of industry custom and practice evidence in a strict product liability design defect action. Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner M.C ...

Haynes and Boone | September 2018

Although Hurricane Lane’s substantial weakening from a Category 5 storm as it approached land likely spared Hawaii a disaster, the storm still caused much harm. Areas of the Big Island got inundated with well over three feet of rain, causing landslides and major road closures, and high winds stoked brush fires on Maui, burning 2,300 acres of land, damaging multiple homes, and forcing hundreds of evacuations ...

Haynes and Boone | September 2018

After almost 13 months of negotiations, on August 27, 2018 the United States and Mexico reached a preliminary commercial understanding, which they have termed an “agreement in principle,” to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”). Canada has not yet joined in the agreement, and the question of Canada’s ultimate participation will affect the substance of the deal, its posture under the U.S ...

Haynes and Boone | August 2018

The Austin Court of Appeals has temporarily blocked implementation of an Austin city ordinance that would require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. The ordinance was set to take effect on October 1, 2018. The City of Austin passed the paid sick leave ordinance in February of 2018. The State of Texas immediately filed suit to challenge the ordinance claiming that it was preempted by the Texas Minimum Wage Act ...

Haynes and Boone | August 2018

On June 28, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted amendments to expand the definition of a “smaller reporting company” (“SRC”) to include companies with public floats of less than $250 million and higher annual revenues. The staff provided additional guidance on the amended definition on August 10, 2018 through the adoption of a new small entity compliance guide ...

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