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  • Blog: Hunton Immigration and Nationality LawJanuary 2019 Visa Bulletin – New Year, Same BacklogsPosted on December 14, 2018 by Courtland C. Witherup
    The Visa Bulletin is released monthly by the Department of State and is used to determine when a sponsored foreign national can submit the final step of the green card process. The complete visa bulletin can be found here. Below is a summary of the January Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from... Continue Reading
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  • Blog: Cannabis Law BlogIndustrial Hemp – Now Legal and Unregulated in MichiganPosted on December 14, 2018 by Jeffrey A Caviston
    On November 6, 2018, Michigan voters approved Proposal 1 and made Michigan the twelfth U.S. jurisdiction to legalize recreational marijuana. The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) went into effect December 6. What has been lost in all the smoke from the past several weeks is how MRTMA impacts the regulation of industrial hemp. Read More › Tags:
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  • Blog: Appellate InsightSearching for Appealable OrdersPosted on November 1, 2018 by Gary A. Watt
    It would be nice if all appealable orders were listed under Code of Civil Procedure section 904.1.  After all, the statute purports to govern the issue. But any search that ends there on the assumption that if it’s not listed, it’s not appealable, is headed for disaster. As seasoned appellate practitioners know, 904.1 can be […]
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  • Blog: Exempt Org Resource - Nonprofit Law BlogIRS Issues Guidance Regarding College and University Excise TaxPosted on August 19, 2018 by Justin Zaremby, Laura E. Butzel
    As we previously reported, the 2017 tax reform bill instituted an excise tax on the investment income of certain private colleges and universities under new Section 4968 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”).  The Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) and the Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) have now issued Notice 2018-55 which provides guidance [...]
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  • Blog: Capital Markets LitigationFlattening Yield Curve Signals Looming Recession, Some SayPosted on July 2, 2018 by Alexandra Droz and Carly Coleman
    Recently, investors and economists have focused increased attention on bond market yield curves, which have proven to be a compelling predictor of an upcoming economic recession. The yield curve is the measure of the difference between short-term and long-term interest rates on government bonds.  In a healthy economy, interest rates on long-term (typically, ten-year) bonds...… Continue Reading
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  • Blog: INGOTS: Raw Thoughts and Unpolished IdeasBusiness Model and Computer Program Will Soon be Patentable in ChinaPosted on March 30, 2017 by Spilman Administrator
    We recently received an informational white paper from our agents in China, Lynn Wang and Zhou Jiaxin at NTD Intellectual Property, with news about a change to make software and business methods patentable as long as certain conditions are met. … Continue reading →
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