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Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Excusing Contractual Performance in Real Estate Agreements in the Age of COVID
Buchalter, July 2020

  Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, local municipalities and state governments throughout the country have implemented stay-at-home orders and mandated closures of businesses and restaurants to lower the spread of the disease. California, after having permitted much of the state to reopen businesses, has seen a recent spike in COVID-19 cases and on July 13th implemented a new statewide order to curb the increase, reimposing certain business closures...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Arizona Charter Schools Planned Re-Opening
Buchalter, July 2020

  On July 23, 2020, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and Arizona Department of Health Services Director, Dr. Cara Christ held a news conference to discuss certain executive orders of the Governor regarding re-opening of Arizona businesses and public district and charter schools in Arizona...

Bracing for Increased Cannabis Enforcement Under Prop 65
Buchalter, July 2020

California’s cannabis-related businesses will face a dual battle in complying with Proposition 65 requiring businesses to warn the public about cancer-causing chemicals present in products they purchase, writes Buchalter’s Anne Marie Ellis. Businesses are going to have to change their labeling and packaging to list marijuana smoke as a reproductive toxicant and cancer causing agent...

Alert to Product Liability Defense Counsel: United States Supreme Court Set to Again Address Specific Personal Jurisdiction
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

Companies subject to product liability lawsuits – and their counsel – know the importance of promptly examining whether the company is subject to general personal jurisdiction or specific personal jurisdiction of the forum court. A court with general personal jurisdiction over a defendant can hear any and all claims against that defendant. After the United States Supreme Court’s decisions in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct 746 (2014) and BSNF Railway Co. v...

FDA Releases Industry Guidance on Development and Licensure of COVID-19 Vaccines
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, July 2020

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued its Development and Licensure of Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19: Guidance for Industry on June 30, 2020.  This nonbinding guidance is intended to remain in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The guidance advises vaccine development and licensure following the standard trial progression but on an accelerated timeline...

IRS Issues Guidance on 2020 Waiver of Required Minimum Distributions
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2020

Key Points Participants in defined contribution retirement plans, such as 401(k), 401(a), 403(b), or governmental 457(b) plans, can skip their required minimum distribution (RMD) payments for 2020. If RMDs for 2020 have already been received, participants have until August 31, 2020 to rollover the RMD into an eligible retirement plan...

CEQ Final Rule for Federal Agencies Implementing NEPA
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2020

Key Points New CEQ rule updating NEPA to go into effect September 14, 2020. Development and other projects funded, assisted, or regulated by federal agencies will receive less scrutiny in the future. Highlights The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a final rule to update its regulations for federal agencies implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)...

COVID-19: Exceptional Cases in which Population and Immigration Authority will Allow Foreigners to Enter Israel
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., July 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, as of March 2020, Israel prohibited foreign nationals from any country from entering its borders, including citizens who held any kind of visa. Only foreign residents who could prove that their 'life centre' was in Israel could enter the country. In June 2020 the Population and Immigration Authority published a list of exceptional cases in which it will allow foreigners into the country...

Proposed Amendment to the North Carolina Identity Theft Protection Act
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, July 2020

In April 2019, with the introduction of House Bill 904, a bi-partisan effort was made to strengthen cyber security in North Carolina. H.B...

HK SFC Annual Report in the COVID-19 Era
Deacons, July 2020

On 24 June 2020, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published its latest Annual Report, covering the 12-month period to 31 March 2020. As in previous years, the report provides a useful summary of what the SFC has done over the past year particularly in terms of achieving its publicly stated goals and providing insight into its priorities moving forward...

New Financial Return Form in 2021 will Require even More Information
Deacons, July 2020

On 26 June 2020, Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a circular publishing in draft new versions of the financial return forms for SFC licensed corporations (LCs). The SFC is planning to revise the existing forms in order to collect additional data from LCs to “enable the SFC to identify risks in a timely manner, take prompt supervisory action and protect investors”. It is expected that the forms will be gazetted without significant amendment...

Treatment of Cloud Computing in IOSCO’s Consultation on Outsourcing
Deacons, July 2020

In May 2020 the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a consultation report (the IOSCO Report) concerning its work on understanding recent developments in outsourcing and setting out proposals to update the existing IOSCO principles on outsourcing (Principles). Much has happened in the area of outsourcing since 2005 when the Principles were first developed, notably in the development of cloud services...

IOSCO’s Proposed Guidance for Regulation on the Use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Deacons, July 2020

The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has recently issued a consultation report to propose guidance for members in regulating the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) by market intermediaries and asset managers (collectively, Firms). The consultation period will end on 26 October 2020. IOSCO will issue final guidance to its members based on the consultation conclusions...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Bay Area Businesses Face Uncertainty Over Conflicts Between State and Local Reopening Guidelines
Buchalter, July 2020

On July 17, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that due to a rapid rise in new COVID-19 cases in the last month, and because San Francisco was listed on the State’s County Monitoring List (the “Monitoring List”) for three consecutive days, San Francisco was halting all reopening procedures indefinitely beginning on Monday, July 20...

California Senate Passes Bill Granting the Attorney General Authority To Review Health Care Acquisitions and Changes of Control
Buchalter, July 2020

SB 977 was passed by the California Senate on June 26, 2020. If the bill is passed by the Assembly and becomes law, it will require health care systems, private equity groups, hedge funds, and academic medical centers to obtain advance approval by the California Attorney General for substantially all acquisitions or change of control transactions with health care facilities and providers...

DOE’s Recent RFI Specifies “Foreign Adversaries” – What Does it Mean?
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, July 2020

What You Need To Know: Recent events emphasize the effect of the U.S.-China relationship on imports, exports, and foreign investment. Companies should consider looking closely at whether and how their products or services could be considered a national security concern in a variety of regulatory capacities, including foreign investment, export controls, and even real estate...

COVID-19 Government Initiatives & Support in Asia
DFDL, July 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread throughout the world, governments and leading financial institutions across the South and Southeast region continue to issue various initiatives, stimulus measures and relief efforts within their respective countries in an attempt to shore up the hardest hit sectors and vulnerable groups directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic...

Governor's Executive Order Extends Deadlines For FQHCs And DHCS In The Audit And Appeals Process During The COVID-19 State of Emergency
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2020

On April 22, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order N-55-20 pursuant to a provision of the Government Code that grants special powers to the Governor to suspend statutes during a state of emergency where the Governor determines and declares that strict compliance with the statute or regulation would prevent, hinder, or delay the mitigation of the effects of the emergency. (Gov. Code, §§ 8567 & 8571...

Top 10 Tips for Virtual Brown Act Meetings
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2020

In the Loop: With the Hanson Bridgett Government Group COVID-19 has changed the way California public agencies conduct their Brown Act meetings, creating new challenges and opportunities. Utilizing their experience serving as general counsel to a number of public agencies, Hanson Bridgett attorneys Claire Collins and Allison Schutte created their Top 10 list of recommendations on how to conduct virtual "Brown Act" Board Meetings to guide any public agency. 1...

California Appellate Court Affirms Medi-Cal’s Obligation To Pay FQHCs 100% Of Their Reasonable Costs
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2020

In a landmark victory for Federally-qualified health centers, a California Court of Appeal confirmed last October that federal and state law requires the State of California to pay FQHCs “100 percent” of their costs of furnishing core and other ambulatory services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. (Tulare Pediatric Health Care Center v. State Department of Health Care Services (2nd Dist. 2019) 41 Cal.App.5th 163...

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Invalidated: What it Means for U.S. Companies
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, July 2020

What You Need To Know and Do Now: Europe’s top court has invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, effective immediately. For now, other EU-U.S. data transfer mechanisms, such as the Standard Contractual Clauses, remain intact BUT subject to additional, intense scrutiny by EU regulators. The U.S...

Mandatory Mask Requirements in Michigan—Executive Order No. 2020-147
Dykema, July 2020

Executive Order No. 2020-147 sets forth new face covering requirements for all individuals in Michigan as well as new requirements for any business open to the public. When is face covering required under Executive Order No...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Federal Reserve Issues New Main Street Lending Program Guidance in Amended Frequently Asked Questions
Buchalter, July 2020

On July 15, 2020, the Federal Reserve published a number of changes to the Main Street Lending Program’s frequently asked questions, which FAQs were amended to provide further guidance on a number of issues. The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston MSLP web page has links to clean and redline versions of the new FAQs: https://www.bostonfed.org/supervision-and-regulation/supervision/special-facilities/main-street-lending-program/information-for-lenders/docs...

Pilot Scheme on Facilitation for Persons Participating in Arbitral Proceedings in Hong Kong
Deacons, July 2020

The Scheme On 29 June 2020, the Hong Kong Government launched the Pilot Scheme on Facilitation for Persons Participating in Arbitral Proceedings in Hong Kong (Scheme), under which (1) arbitrators, (2) expert and factual witnesses, (3) counsel and (4) parties to an arbitration are allowed to participate in arbitral proceedings in Hong Kong as visitors for a period not exceeding their visa-free period, without first obtaining employment visas which are normally required but for the Scheme...

DOJ Criminal Health Care Enforcement: It’s Not Just for Federal Programs Anymore
Buchalter, July 2020

On July 10, 2020, in United States v. Ruan, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the convictions of two Alabama doctors for running an opiate “pill mill.” Among many other things, the government charged that the doctors used “incident to” billing to charge Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama under the doctor’s identification for visits conducted entirely by nurse practitioners, which that insurer (unlike some others) prohibited under its policy...

 

 

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