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March 30, 2017

Federal Government Creates New Retirement Savings Option: MyRA

Federal Government Creates New Retirement Savings Option: MyRA In his 2014 State of the Union message, President Obama announced a new retirement savings program for people who do not currently have an employer-sponsored plan. The new investment product, called myRA, is a starter savings account aimed at low- and middle- income workers. Similar to a […]

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March 30, 2017

Construction E-Note – December 2015

Construction E-Note – December 2015 In an article published in the November 2015 issue of North American Builders, Jason Nimmer provides insight on what it takes to successfully deliver manufacturing-related construction jobs in today’s fast-paced building market. The article details construction of manufacturing facilities, technological advances in construction materials and the role green construction techniques […]

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March 26, 2017

Spoliation: How to Stop Trouble from Brewing

Spoliation: How to Stop Trouble from Brewing When a business is faced with the potential for litigation, it is imperative that all evidence be preserved to avoid the dreaded “s” word:  spoliation.  Starbucks Corporation recently learned this lesson the hard way when a court issued sanctions and ruled that Starbucks had engaged in spoliation of […]

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March 23, 2017

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Weekly Web Wrap-Up Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team.  Here are some of the stories that we’ve been reading: Facebook and Activision Level Up Gaming Partnership Live […]

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March 17, 2017

Financial Industry Regulators Seek Comment on Appraisal Management Companies Rule

Financial Industry Regulators Seek Comment on Appraisal Management Companies Rule The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau along with five other federal agencies recently issued a joint proposed rule (Proposed Rule) regarding Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs) as required by Section 1473 of the Dodd-Frank Act (Dodd-Frank). Under Dodd-Frank, Congress tasked federal regulators with establishing minimum requirements regarding AMC […]

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March 17, 2017

Revised Capital Framework for Depository Institution Holding Companies Organized as LLCs and Partnerships

Revised Capital Framework for Depository Institution Holding Companies Organized as LLCs and Partnerships The Federal Reserve Board (the “Board”) has adopted amendments to the Board’s regulatory capital framework (“Regulation Q”), that clarify how the revised regulatory capital framework applies to depository institution holding companies that are not organized as traditional stock corporations, such as limited […]

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March 13, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Arbitration Over Class Action Litigation

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Arbitration Over Class Action Litigation SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS CLASS ARBITRATION WAIVERS – With its ruling on December 14, 2015, the Supreme Court continues to protect arbitration as a means of dispute resolution by cracking down on attempts to circumvent the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”). In DIRECTV v. Imburgia, the Supreme […]

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March 12, 2017

New G-7 Sanctions Against Russia

New G-7 Sanctions Against Russia The United States, in coordination with other G-7 nations, announced on Monday, April 28 new sanctions on individuals and entities with ties to the Russian government and President Putin.  The newly announced sanctions build on earlier rounds of U.S. sanctions imposed on March 6, March 17, March 20 and April […]

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