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NEW DATE: McDonald Hopkins Energy Forum: Keystrokes to Kilowatts: The Benefits of Multi-Tenant Data Centers

Our panelists will discuss the financial and employment impact of enterprise data center colocation, as well as the benefits to organizations seeking to reduce their risk and capture operational and financial efficiencies. Topics we will cover:

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Webcast — McDonald Hopkins Energy Forum: Keystrokes to Kilowatts: The Benefits of Multi-Tenant Data Centers

Our panelists will discuss the financial and employment impact of enterprise data center colocation, as well as the benefits to organizations seeking to reduce their risk and capture operational and financial efficiencies. Topics we will cover:

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Multistate Tax Update — October 9, 2014

In Fish, Hrabrick and Briskin v. Township of Lower Merion, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania concluded that the imposition of the business privilege tax (BPT) on the appellants’/lessors’ (Appellants) rental income, defined as gross receipts from lease transactions, violates the Local Tax Enabling Act (LTEA).

The Township’s Municipal Code (Code) containing the BPT requires “every person engaging in a business, trade, occupation or profession in the township” to pay an annual business privilege tax at the rate of 1.5 mills on gross receipts.

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Business Restructuring and Bankruptcy Alert: U.S. patent licensees get support against foreign debtors

The United States Supreme Court recently declined to grant certiorari to Qimonda, a foreign manufacturer of semiconductors subject to insolvency proceedings in Germany. The request sought to determine the applicability of German insolvency law to licensees of U.S. patents.

Qimonda AG, which entered insolvency in 2009, holds as its primary asset an IP portfolio containing nearly 10,000 patents, of which 4,000 were held in the United States. In doing so, the Supreme Court let stand the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Jaffe v. Samsung Electronics Co., 737 F.3d 14 (4th Cir. 2013), cert. denied, No. 13-1324 (Oct. 6, 2014), to affirm a prior Bankruptcy Court decision declining to apply German insolvency law to holders of U.S. patent licenses. Therefore, licensees of Qimonda’s U.S. patents were allowed to retain their respective rights under such licenses pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 365(n). 

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Preparing for Canada’s Anti-Spam Law … Part Two: the Installation of Computer Programs

By Jennifer Lowson, Articled Student; edited by Neil Melliship

It has now been over four years since Canada’s Anti-Spam Law, commonly known as “CASL”, was first introduced as proposed legislation. Nevertheless, it has been in sharp focus this year as the provisions against sending unwanted commercial electronic messages came into force on July 1, 2014.

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Benchmarking Progress: EBG’s Client Briefing Features Three Women Speakers

Maxine NeuhauserThis post is not only a little bit about tooting a horn, but also an appreciative nod toward how much has changed over the years for women in the workplace (acknowledging that there is still a lot to be done).

On October 2, 2014, Epstein Becker Green presented its 33rd Annual Labor & Employment Client Briefing. This year’s program featured two high-ranking speakers from federal agencies of key importance to employers:  M. Patricia Smith, Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), and Victoria Lipnic, Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”).  The program’s luncheon featured remarks by Maria Bartiromo, Anchor and Global Markets Editor at FOX Business Network – FOX News Channel.

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Industry Leaders to Highlight an Integrated Approach to Population Health Management

Epstein Becker Green and EBG Advisors, as part of the Thought Leaders in Population Health Speaker Series, will host a complimentary webinar titled Moving to an Integrated Population Health Management Model. This session will highlight several approaches to help manage populations to promote better clinical outcomes, more cost savings and enhanced patient satisfaction.

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Meaningful Use Audit Outcomes – Guest Blog Post

October brings a flurry of Meaningful Use attestations, and this October is no different.  Eligible Hospitals finished up their attestation and are wrapping up the 2014 year; Eligible Professionals are checking their numbers and gearing up for their last run at achieving Meaningful Use before the end of the year.  Lingering in the background is ensuring […]

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Epstein Becker Green Attorneys Author Bloomberg BNA Portfolio on Provider Risk Sharing Arrangements

Epstein Becker Green today announced that Lynn Shapiro Snyder and Tanya Cramer have written a newly released topical Portfolio for Bloomberg BNA on provider risk sharing arrangements entitled, “Accountable Care Organizations and Other Provider Risk Sharing Arrangements, 2nd edition.” The Portfolio discusses the federal and state regulatory schemes for accountable care organizations (ACOs), integrated delivery systems, and other provider organizations that assume some or all of the financial risk for providing covered health care benefits to patients.  For more information, click here.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Legislation Providing For Court Hearing Fees

The Supreme Court of Canada recently released its decision in Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia v. British Columbia (Attorney General) 2014 SCC 59.  The majority of the Supreme Court struck down legislation in British Columbia which obliged parties to pay fees to use courtrooms for trials. 
 
The parties in the case were involved in a child custody dispute.  The plaintiff brought an action to have the custody issues resolved.  In order to get a trial date, she had to undertake in advance to pay a court hearing fee.  At the outset of the trial, the plaintiff asked the judge to relieve her from paying the hearing fee.  The judge reserved his decision on the request until the end of the trial.  The parties were not represented by lawyers and the hearing took 10 days.  The hearing fee amounted to $3,6000 – almost the net monthly income of the family.  After legal fees had depleted her savings, the plaintiff could not afford to pay the hearing fee.  In declaring the legislation unconstitutional the Supreme Court held that these hearing fees infringed upon the plaintiff’s constitutional right of access to justice and offended the rule of law.
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