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$39 Million Jury Verdict in False Claims Act Suit against Tuomey Healthcare
Haynes and Boone, May 2013

Last week, a federal jury in South Carolina found that Tuomey Healthcare System, Inc. violated the Stark Law and the False Claims Act by submitting false claims for reimbursement to the United States, resulting in $39 million in damages to the government. United States ex rel. Drakeford v. Tuomey Healthcare Sys., Inc., No. 3:05-2858-MBS (D.S.C. May 8, 2013)...

(Almost) Year-End Tax Alert
Haynes and Boone, November 2010

In response to the current state of the economy, Congress has passed some tax legislation amending the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”). Although it is up for debate, some would say that Congress has not been busy enough. As we near the end of the year, many taxpayers and their advisers are going through their usual year-end tax planning checklist...

...And Then There Was One: The Outlook for a Self-Regulatory United States
Haynes and Boone, December 2005

Germany. November 9, 1938. Kristallnacht. “The Night of Broken Glass.” Nazi secret police and the Hitler youth swarm over Jewish businesses and homes, terrorizing and victimizing helpless individuals all over the country.1 SS leadership orchestrates attacks on every vestige of Jewish culture as “punishment” for fictitious crimes that will never be recognized by the rest of the world...

.XXX Domain Registry Begins Accepting Opt-Out Applications
Haynes and Boone, September 2011

Beginning today, September 7, 2011, owners of registered trademarks can file applications to block third parties from registering adult-oriented .XXX domains that contain their marks. This “Sunrise” period runs through October 28, 2011. Opt-out applications can be submitted using any .XXX accredited registrar. The current list of accredited registrars is available here. Registars’ fees vary but typically range from $200 to $500 per mark...

.XXX Marks the Spot? Trademark Owners Can Block the Use of Their Marks in .XXX Domains
Haynes and Boone, June 2011

First proposed more than a decade ago, .XXX top-level domains have now been approved and will be launching shortly. The domains are intended for use by the adult entertainment industry, but for trademark owners in other industries, the potential association of their valuable brands with .XXX domains could have serious consequences. Fortunately, owners of registered trademarks can soon apply to block third parties from registering .XXX domains that contain their marks. The ...

’Tis the Season for LP/LLC Year-End Planning
Haynes and Boone, December 2011

Following is a list of year-end administrative issues for Texas limited partnerships and limited liability companies (“LP/LLC”): Ensure that the LP/LLC’s activities, transactions, capital infusions (capital contributions or loan proceeds), and distributions are accurately reflected in the entity’s records; Avoid causing the LP/LLC to make any distributions not in compliance with the terms of its LP/LLC agreement or applicable law; for example, an LP/LLC should not make disproportiona

“Control Person” Claim for Employee’s “Outside” Securities Transaction is Reinstated by Texas Appeals Court
Haynes and Boone, January 2011

Earlier this month, the Court of Appeals of Texas, Third District, Austin, reinstated a “control person” claim under the Texas Securities Act (“TSA”) against Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith Inc. related to a former broker’s allegedly fraudulent outside sales transactions. David Fernea v. Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, Inc., No. 03-09-00566-CV (Tex. App. –Austin, Jan. 7, 2011). Allegations...

“Second-Hand” Harassment: Can an Employer Get Burned?
Haynes and Boone, October 2005

You’ve probably heard about the dangers of second-hand smoke. But what about the employment-related danger of “second-hand” harassment? Consider this scenario: Mr. Jerk, a bank manager in the credit department, repeatedly harasses his administrative assistant, Gina. He invites Gina to have drinks with him, repeatedly touches her shoulders, and brushes up against her. Gina never complains to anyone in bank management about Jerk’s conduct...

“The Carbon Revolution – Answering the Call”
Haynes and Boone, May 2009

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the Industrial Revolution produced radical transformations not only in technology, including an ever increasing use of fossil fuels, but also in economic policies and social structure...

“Why Cooperate with the SEC?” Recent Settlements Shed Light
Haynes and Boone, April 2012

Until recently, individuals considering cooperating with an SEC investigation had a difficult time determining whether a tangible benefit would result from cooperation. Two releases issued by the SEC in the past month demonstrate how the SEC has begun to apply its Cooperation Initiative and give new insight into how the SEC evaluates and credits cooperation in determining sanctions against individuals...

10 Predictions for Middle Market Oilfield Services Companies in 2016
Haynes and Boone, January 2016

If 2015 is considered to be the “Year to Amend and Extend,” then 2016 is setting up to be the “Year of Reckoning.” Last year began with high hopes for a reset to the oilfield activity levels of mid-2014, which did not materialize. Market conditions appeared to stabilize in the middle of 2015 at an activity level to support an oil price of $60 per barrel, but that stability did not last long since 2015 concluded with oil below $40 per barrel...

11 Highlights from the Iran Sanctions Implementation Day
Haynes and Boone, January 2016

As part of the nuclear arrangement reached with Iran, the United States rescinded its nuclear-related sanctions imposed on entities outside the United States on January 16, 2016, which is the so-called “Implementation Day” under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”). At the same time, the United States also lifted sanctions on foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies. Apart from a few specific exceptions, however, including new exceptions for U.S...

12 Keys to Compliance for Participants in Commodity Markets
Haynes and Boone, May 2017

In this article we outline 12 key elements that are critical components of a rock-solid compliance program for participants in commodity markets. We start with creating a “culture of regulatory compliance,” which pervades a company from top to bottom, and then work our way through day-to-day policies and steps you can take to minimize your company’s risk of non-compliance...

2010 Tax Planning - to Gift or not to Gift
Haynes and Boone, November 2010

First, the good news: No estate tax on individuals who die during 2010; No generation-skipping transfer (“GST”) tax on “transfers” during 2010; Tax rate on gifts during 2010 is 35% (rather than 45%); and Congress appears less likely to take any action to retroactively change these rules...

2016 California Labor and Employment Update
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...

2016 Reminders and Planning Ideas for 2017
Haynes and Boone, March 2017

2016 Follow-Up Payments on Promissory Notes and Guarantees. If you sold property (for example, real estate, stock, or an interest in a family limited partnership or other closely-held entity) to a family member or a trust for a promissory note in the past, the purchaser should make the proper interest payments. Also, if the transaction involved a guarantee of any part of debt, the guarantor should receive the proper guarantee fees. Gift Tax Returns...

25 - SEC Adopts Final Ethical Rules for Lawyers
Haynes and Boone, February 2003

On January 29, 2003, pursuant to the requirements of Section 307 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the SEC issued a release adopting a new Rule 205 entitled “Standards of Professional Conduct for Attorneys Appearing and Practicing Before the Commission in the Representation of an Issuer” (the “Standards”)...

9th Circuit Affirms “Per Plan” Approach to Interpret “Impaired Accepting Class” for Plan Confirmation Purposes Threatening Senior Mortgage Lender Protections in Common Real Estate Financing Structures
Haynes and Boone, February 2018

As described in our earlierclient alert, dated September 13, 2016, under certain specific circumstances, section 1129 of title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”) permits a bankruptcy court to confirm a Chapter 11 plan and rewrite the terms of a debt instrument (including mortgage debt or mezzanine debt), including the interest, amortization, and maturity...

A “Crumby” Decision Confuses Trademark Law for Rejected Licenses in Chapter 11 Cases
Haynes and Boone, January 2015

A recent decision by a New Jersey bankruptcy court scrambles the law regarding rejected trademark licenses.1 Crumbs was a multi-location bakery that also licensed its trademarks and trade secrets to third parties. In July of 2014 Crumbs filed a Chapter 11 reorganization case and in August of 2014 the court entered an order selling substantially all of the assets of Crumbs to LFAC2 free and clear of liens, claims, encumbrances, and interests...

A Benefit for Small Businesses May Get Bigger
Haynes and Boone, June 2002

Houston Business Journal Internal Revenue Code section 179 contains an important benefit for small businesses—the ability to completely expense the costs of certain assets. In general, businesses who purchase assets with a useful life of greater than one year are required to depreciate the cost of the property over a number of years. Section 179, however, allows a business to fully expense the cost of certain qualifying property in the year it is purchased...

A Brief Overview of Mexico’s Energy Transition Act
Haynes and Boone, December 2015

On December 24, 2015 Mexico’s Energy Transition Act was published in the Federal Gazette. The Act’s purpose is to regulate: The sustainable use of energy,The obligations of power companies in the area of clean energies, andThe reductions of the polluting emissions of the electric power industry, ensuring the competitiveness of the productive sectors.  To read the full alert, click here...

A Cautionary Tale: Use of B-1 Business Visitor Visas by Employees
Haynes and Boone, November 2013

The B-1 temporary visa category is intended to allow foreign nationals to visit the U.S. for temporary business purposes that do not rise to the level of gainful employment. Given the relative ease of obtaining a B-1 visa compared to other visa categories, some U.S. employers have encouraged or assisted foreign nationals in using the B-1 visa category for activities beyond its intended purpose...

A Checklist for Victims of Napa/Sonoma Fires: Recovering from Your Insurance
Haynes and Boone, October 2017

The purpose of this alert is to provide victims of the Napa/Sonoma fires a checklist to use when seeking recovery from their insurance companies. Property Insurance policies may provide coverage for damage to both your property and your business. Business losses can result from a variety of causes, all of which may be covered under a property policy...

A Comparison of Non-Operator’s Rights Under the Joint Operating Agreement 1982 and 1989 Model Forms
Haynes and Boone, January 2018

Companies looking to purchase non-operating working interests will review longstanding operating agreements, or negotiate the terms of new operating agreements, to ensure that appropriate non-operator rights are present and enforceable...

A Corporate Counsel's Guide to the Basics and Trends in D&O Insurance
Haynes and Boone, April 2002

Introduction Today--more than ever--corporate management is under attack. In the wake of the Enron debacle, corporate decisions are more carefully scrutinized, and the conduct of the company’s directors and officers are now constantly under the watchful eyes of investors, creditors, and government regulators...



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