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The drumbeats of discontent grow louder against the SEC’s more frequent use of its internal administrative forum for enforcement cases. I wrote about the current spate of Constitutional challenges to the agency’s forum in an October 9 Law360 article,...

Last week, the IRS issued Notice 2014-66, providing a special rule that allows defined contribution pension plans to give participants a lifetime annuity income option by offering target date funds ("TDFs") that include deferred annuities among their...

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) recently announced that it is proposing to list the African lion (Pantera leo leo) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposed listing is the result of a 2011 petition to list the...

The Federal Reserve Board Amends Stress Test Rules - On Friday, October 17, 2014, the Federal Reserve Board (the "Board") issued a final rule modifying the regulations for capital planning and stress testing and released instructions for the 2015...

On October 20, Fannie Mae announced that its proprietary appraisal and analysis application, Collateral Underwriter, will become available to lenders in early 2015. Currently, Fannie Mae uses the tool to “analyze appraisals when a lender delivers a...

Really, it's easy - read on! You know that saying your parents always told you when they caught you red handed with your paws in the cookie jar? "I've got eyes in the back on my head". My own sons fell for that one up until they were each about...

Back in 2006, John Swartz and his wife Judy were driving through the Village of St. Johnsville, in New York, on the way to visit Judy's son. While sitting in the passenger's seat, John noticed a police car, whose occupant, Officer Richard Insognia,...

Overview and General Principles - On October 2, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) finalized guidance describing the FDA’s position on cybersecurity standards for medical devices. The guidance discusses cybersecurity principles...

On October 6, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) adopted a final rule which will eventually eliminate one of the two recognized ASTM International standards to conduct environmental site assessments, which were designed to comply with...

Health care workers in Alabama have likely heard about the Ebola virus making its way to Texas, where a second hospital worker contracted the virus. The situation has shown that there may be a need for better health and safety programs for health...

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