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After months spent collaborating on a loan application and waiting for HUD’s underwriters to judge its merits, the lender and borrower are thrilled to receive the HUD firm commitment, a major milestone on the path to closing. The parties lock the interest rate, draft loan documents, fine-tune title and survey, and assemble the pre-closing submission to HUD ...

On May 24, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an expansion of premium processing service to two additional categories of Form I-140 immigrant petitions. This is part of a broader push by USCIS to reduce backlogs, increase efficiency, and speed up decisions on certain previously filed Form I-140 immigrant petitions ...

Governor Mike DeWine signed Ohio House Bill 81 on June 16, 2021, codifying a significant change regarding eligibility for temporary total disability benefits (TTD) under Ohio Revised Code §4123.56(F). By enacting R.C. §4123.56(F), the legislature intended to leave behind decades of case law concerning the doctrine of voluntary abandonment ...

On May 16, 2022, the Colorado Supreme Court issued an opinion that serves as a cautionary tale for health care providers hoping to bill patients at chargemaster rates. The court’s decision in French v. Centura Health turned on the meaning of the phrase “all charges of the Hospital,” as set forth in the hospital service agreement (HSA) signed by Ms. French. Centura argued that the phrase “unambiguously refers to a hospital’s chargemaster rates.” Ms ...

Kudun and Partners | May 2022

Following the launch of a real estate investment trust with buy-back condition (the “REIT buy-back”), which we extensively covered in our last article, “Overview of REITs with buy-back conditions: The new mechanisms to help real estate owners survive in the midst of Covid-19”, aiming to alleviate the woes that business operators, particularly the hospitality sector, have endured during the Covid-19 era, on May 10, 2022, according to information revealed by the Director of

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) has again earned outstanding rankings in IFLR1000 Banking and Finance 2022, the guide to the world’s leading financial and corporate law firms. The firm was cited in the following categories: Banking, Tier 1Project Finance, Tier 1 IFLR1000 remains the only international legal market research brand focused on ranking law firms and lawyers on the basis of financial and corporate transactional work ...

Shoosmiths LLP | May 2022

The Professional Investor Fund (PIF) supports the Government’s goal as it targets professional investors. The UK Government and the Financial Conduct Authority have engaged with proposals regarding PIFs. In 2020 the UK government announced a review of the UK funds regime and published a call for input ...

Carey Olsen | May 2022

Familiarity Jersey company law is founded on the same underlying principles as English company law, and therefore Jersey companies are very familiar to people who are used to dealing with English companies On the flip-side, the additional flexibility that Jersey law permits makes it possible for a Jersey company to “look and feel” very similar to, for example, a Delaware company  Flexibility on acquisition and throughout investment holding period Maintenance of capital:

Han Kun Law Offices | May 2022

On April 29, 2022, the National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee issued for public comments a draft of the Technical Specifications for the Certification of Personal Information Cross-border Processing (the “Draft Specifications”) ...

Shoosmiths LLP | May 2022

With those operating in the living sector now facing the risk of older assets becoming stranded – obsolete to funders and residents - Liz Sweeney and Liana Di Ciacca examine the journey to retrofitting stock and embracing ESG. The use of sustainability linked loans grew rapidly in the real estate finance market during 2021 ...

AELEX | May 2022

INTRODUCTION Since its advent in 2008, cryptocurrency has been widely accepted internationally, as a viable means of investment. This is notwithstanding its volatility, as the world appears to be highly interested in the sale and purchase of digital assets. For example, bitcoin currently has about 14million in circulation.[1]Save for its volatile nature, and the period where its price drops, investors in the cryptocurrency space are often guaranteed of juicy returns ...

What follows is a cautionary tale for anyone involved who fails to follow a natural disaster preparedness plan. Taking short cuts and failing to follow agreed upon emergency preparedness plans are a recipe for disaster. While the litigation we analyze in this article stems from bridge construction in Florida, the lessons learned from this real situation are applicable all across the country ...

Mitek Systems, Inc. v. United Services Automobile Association, Appeal No. 2021-1989 (Fed. Cir. May 20, 2022) Our Case of the Week this week is a declaratory judgment action brought against USAA.  In a 27-page opinion, the Federal Circuit addressed three issues: subject matter jurisdiction for declaratory judgment actions under Article III of the U.S. Constitution, the discretionary authority of courts to decline declaratory judgment jurisdiction, and venue for hearing such a case ...

Two recent Supreme Court decisions concerning the First Amendment affect when the government can regulate speech. Dinsmore's Justin Burns and Brady Wilson wrote about the cases for Law360 Expert Analysis. An excerpt is below and the full PDF is above. Recent headlines from the U.S. Supreme Court focus on leaks, but City of Austin v. Reagan National Advertisements of Austin and Shurtleff v. City of Boston, two recent First Amendment decisions, are also worth noting ...

Hanson Bridgett LLP | May 2022

  Article PDF By David Longinotti and Candra Jackson   Practical Insights--> Non-Disclosure Agreements, or NDAs, are intended and designed to assure the confidentiality of shared proprietary information. Confidential information disclosed without an NDA in place raises the risk of misappropriation. This risk is especially heightened when dealing with foreign counterparties given the legal and practical challenges of enforcing rights against them ...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held in a 2-1 opinion that Congress’ delegation of legislative power to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) is unconstitutional because it fails to “provide an intelligible principle by which the SEC would exercise the delegated power.” The Fifth Circuit has called into question the legitimacy of the majority of the SEC’s enforcement operation, which occurs in front of administrative law judges (ALJs) ...

Carey Olsen | May 2022

With the introduction of foundations as an alternative type of structure to companies, the trustee can be formed as a private trust foundations (“PTF”) instead of a PTC, offering increased choice to the client. To help guide this choice, this briefing note considers key issues relating to the establishment and use of a PTC or a PTF in the context of private wealth management. References to “PTVs” are to both PTCs and PTFs ...

Carey Olsen | May 2022

In summary, in most jurisdictions, trust assets will be more vulnerable to attack from a settlor’s creditors in the following scenarios: A settlor’s retention of dispositive powers (particularly positive powers e.g. powers to direct the trustee in contrast to a power to veto a trustee’s proposal) generally renders a trust more vulnerable to attack by creditors. Retaining powers to revoke the trust and/or a general power of appointment (i.e ...

Carey Olsen | May 2022

This trend is worth monitoring, and undoubtedly reflective of generational change as those who set up companies or transferred interests into these jurisdictions decades ago pass on and leave their families fighting for control of the assets they have left behind. A helpful new judgement from the Easter Caribbean Court of Appeal (the Appeal Court) handed down on 23 March 2022, provides helpful further insight into family disputes over wills ...

Buchalter | May 2022

By Weiss Hamid On April 1, 2022, Japan is set to begin enforcement on the amendment to its Act on the Protection of Personal Information (“APPI”). The APPI was originally adopted in 2003 – making it one of the first data protection regulations ...

Shoosmiths LLP | May 2022

Yesterday was closing submissions day for “Wagatha Christie”, aka Rebekah Vardy v Coleen Rooney. While we await Mrs Justice Steyn’s verdict, Kath Livingston, a Shoosmiths partner in dispute resolution & litigation, gives her thoughts and reflections on the trial, with more to follow after judgment ...

On May 23, 2022, the Oregon Medical Board (OMB) is hosting a public hearing on rules that propose major changes to the way physician assistants (PAs) practice in Oregon. The rules were written in response to House Bill 3036, which supporters have dubbed the “Physician Assistant Modernization Bill.” More broadly, the rules were written in response to mounting concerns about health care access and equity, especially for rural and minority populations ...

DFDL | May 2022

Article by Pisut Ratwong, Founder of Pisut and Partners, and Anne Coulon, Regional Legal Adviser of DFDL  An injunction is a Court order that enjoins a party either to perform a specific act, or to refrain from doing the same. ‘Interlocutory’, ‘Temporary’ or ‘Interim’ injunctions are used interchangeably. An injunction can serve as a guarantee that a debtor will return money or any liabilities to the applicant ...

DFDL | May 2022

The year 2021 was marked by several changes in Myanmar. The change in government, along with the COVID-19 crisis, led to significant legislative developments that may have not yet been tracked by legal experts and industry players ...

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