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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies Advisory: This Week in Washington — August 2, 2013

On Tuesday, President Obama promised to support a cut in the corporate tax rate – a move generally supported by the GOP – if Republicans would in turn support additional spending aimed at spurring job growth.

President Obama pitched the idea as a “grand bargain,” Republican leaders, however, dismissed the idea as little more than political gamesmanship and maintain that there is nothing new in the President’s proposal. 

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Ohio Statehouse Update: This Week in Ohio — August 2, 2013

Speaker of the House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) recently announced the creation of three summer legislative study committees that will conduct a series of hearings around the state through August and September focused on higher education, prescription drug abuse and tax reform.

“The committees present an opportunity to hear from experts and others impacted by these policies to learn more and help us make well-informed policy decisions,” said Batchelder.

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Former Hospital CFO Blows Whistle On Effort To Buy Medicaid Referrals

Georgia recently joined a false claims act lawsuit alleging that Healthcare Management Associates, Inc. and Tenet Healthcare Corporation hospitals have been improperly paying for referrals for many years.  According to the complaint, the hospitals paid interpreter, management and other service fees to clinics in exchange for which the clinics referred pregnant, undocumented women to the [...]

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Royal Oak, Michigan, August 1, 2013:  Bliss McGlynn P.C. joined Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC effective July 1, 2013. Founded in 1994, Bliss McGlynn P.C. will carry on under the Howard & Howard name. With this merger, we welcome Daniel H. Bliss and Gerald E. McGlynn, III. Both will practice out of the Firm’s Royal Oak Office.

Daniel H. Bliss has a comprehensive background in law and business operations management with extensive transactional and litigation experience in a broad range of legal fields, including intellectual property, contract, and corporate legal issues. More…

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Congressional Clarification Of Removal Rules: A Primer

Federal court practitioners are well-advised to be aware of the key provisions of the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011 (the “JVCA”), which went into effect on January 6, 2012. The JVCA amended 28 U.S.C. § 1446 in several significant ways. Although the JVCA did not revise existing law relating to the rules governing removal, the Act provided important clarification concerning previously conflicting judicial interpretations of these provisions.

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Exploring the Rise of Native American Gaming

Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, Harrah’s: these are a few key players in the gaming industry. And many who frequent the craps tables or drive past their billboards know that these casinos (and many others throughout the country) are owned by Native American tribes. Although regulated by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, Native American gaming has recently been on the rise, largely due to the government’s limited ability to prohibit gambling on Indian reservations and other lands of tribal sovereignty. In fact, according to a recent analysis by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Native American gaming represents 43 percent of U.S. gaming industry revenue – with Las Vegas representing only 10 percent and regional commercial gaming the remaining 47 percent. Two hundred thirty-six Native American tribes operate four hundred twenty-two facilities across around twenty states. How does the Native American gaming industry continue to grow in the midst of the down economy while some Las Vegas resorts and casinos have shuttered their doors?

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The Senate Has Confirmed A “Full” 5 Member NLRB That Includes 3 Union Lawyers – Are You Ready?

On July 30th the Senate confirmed career union lawyer Kent Hirozawa (D) and retired AFL-CIO Associate General Counsel Nancy Schiffer (D) as well as seasoned management labor lawyers Philip Miscimarra (R) and Harry Johnson (R) to serve on the National Labor Relations Board.    The Senate also confirmed current NLRB Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce (D).

The confirmations are of course the result of the Senate Republicans backing down in the face of the threat by Senate Democrats to change Senate rules so that they could force a vote, up or down, on  President Obama’s  nominations for the Board and other positions. The “deal”, inspired by the threat, included the withdrawal  of President Obama’s nomination  of his recess appointees,  Sharon Block and Richard Griffin , whose  appointments were held unconstitutional recess.   The President, however, merely replaced Block and Griffin with Hirozawa and Miscimarra, and only after consultation with and approval from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Organized Labor.

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ACA’s Employer "Pay or Play" Mandate Delayed – What Now for Employers?

A recent article in Bloomberg BNA’s Health Insurance Report will be of interest to hospitality industry employers: “ACA’s Employer ‘Pay or Play’ Mandate Delayed – What Now for Employers?” by Frank C. Morris, Jr., and Adam C. Solander, colleagues of ours, based in Epstein Becker Green’s Washington, DC, office. Following is an excerpt:,,

The past few weeks have changed the way that most employers will prepare for the employer ‘‘shared responsibility” provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Over the past year or so, employers have scrambled to understand their obligations with respect to the shared responsibility rules and implement system changes, oftentimes with imperfect information to guide their efforts to comply with ACA.

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ACA’s Employer “Pay or Play” Mandate Delayed – What Now for Employers?

A recent article in Bloomberg BNA’s Health Insurance Report will be of interest: “ACA’s Employer ‘Pay or Play’ Mandate Delayed – What Now for Employers?” by Frank C. Morris, Jr., and Adam C. Solander, colleagues of ours, based in Epstein Becker Green’s Washington, DC, office.

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Former Congressman LaTourette discusses political and policy landscape during McDonald Hopkins’ Business Hour

Cleveland, Ohio (August 1, 2013) – Today former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette, the current President of McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies, was the featured speaker at the Cleveland office of McDonald Hopkins law firm.

Former Representative LaTourette, a nine-term member of Congress from northeast Ohio, spoke for an hour about the current political and policy landscape in Washington, D.C. In a wide-ranging discussion before a packed house, Congressman LaTourette spoke frankly about the challenges to governing that exist in Washington today.

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