Monthly Archives: September 2014

RSS present at the Juritour Défibrose

September 26, 2014 — Marika Douville, Pierre Visockis and Benoît Chartier rode their bikes on September 20, to take part in the Juritour Défibrose, a fundraiser in support of the fight against cystic fibrosis. The event was a complete success, raising over $140,000.

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HIPAA Update: Insights from NIST and OCR

On September 23 and 24, 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (“HHS OCR”) hosted their annual HIPAA conference “Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA security.”

OCR officials and key industry leaders engaged in dialogue regarding developments and trends in data breach incidents with respect to health information as well as stakeholder responses and best practices to mitigate risk and respond to potential incidents.

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Denied Brownfields Tax Credit Eligibility, Taxpayers Challenge Massachusetts Policy,

Four Massachusetts taxpayers are challenging what they call a fundamental policy change by the state Department of Revenue related to the use of tax credits associated with the cleanup of environmental contamination (Northeastern Univ. v. Mass. Comm’r of Revenue, Mass. Super. Ct., No. 14-2617, complaint filed 8/18/14; 131 Willow Ave. v. Comm’r of Revenue, Mass. Super. Ct., No. 14-2603, complaint filed 8/15/14).

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"An opportunity to rein in the EPA," By Todd Snitchler

Todd Snitchler’s op-ed, “An opportunity to rein in the EPA,” was featured in The Washington Times.

Click here to read the op-ed.

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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies: This Week in Washington — September 26, 2014

House Republicans are considering a change in their rules when it comes to voting for Speaker of the House. The new rule will apparently punish any House GOP member who voted on the floor against the conference’s nominee for Speaker. Specifically, a member who does so would be stripped of all committee assignments for that Congress.

There is a growing concern that a sizeable block of conservative members could vote against Speaker Boehner on the House floor. Some have estimated as many as 30 to 40 members could do so. 

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Keeping Tabs on an Industry Keeping Tabs on Itself

We live in a world of product innovation. There is sea change going on in media and technology. It seems that there is a new media platform and revolutionary device announced every week. Advertising is the currency that allows the offering of free information and services in media to consumers. Consumers absolutely want free content and do not wish to pay for it. Advertising has evolved to keep pace with changes in viewing habits, device use, technology innovation and taste and content. To keep pace with the advertising evolution, there is a critical need for industry self-regulation. This is the role of the National Advertising Division (the NAD).

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HOWARD & HOWARD’S MICHAEL J. MINNA TO PARTICIPATE IN DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER’S LEADERSHIP DETROIT CLASS XXXVI

Royal Oak, Michigan, September 25, 2014:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Michael J. Minna has been selected to participate in the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program, a 10-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge emerging and existing community leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change.

“I am extremely honored and excited to join Leadership Detroit.  This is a great opportunity to expand my understanding of the issues facing the Detroit region and work with other individuals interested in making a difference in the community,” said Michael Minna. More…

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Lefèvre Pelletier & associés, Avocats (LPA) is delighted to announce the arrival of Yasser Loudghiri, as a partner in Morocco

Lefèvre Pelletier & associés, Avocats reinforces the success of its six years old Casablanca office with the arrival of Yasser Loudghiri, new partner in Morocco.

Before joining Lefèvre Pelletier & associés, Avocats, Yasser Loudghiri has been working as associate within the prestigious President Me Mohamed Loudghiri law firm, founded in 1962 and in association with SNR Denton since 2009.

Prior to this, he worked for 5 years at Gide Loyrette Nouel/Naciri & associés in Casablanca where he was in charge of the Litigation department. More…

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Family businesses and pre-emption rights: a trap for the unwary

Business owners are a notoriously busy lot.  Trying to get them to put wills in place can require persistence on the part of the adviser.  However, care is needed when making wills for business owners as getting the will in place, on its own, may not be enough.

Trouble can ensue when the share transfer provisions in the articles of the company, or any shareholders’ agreements, prevent the deceased’s shares being transferred to the heirs named in the will, or the trustees of any trusts in the will.  Restrictions placed on transfers are commonly called pre-emption rights. 

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Multistate Tax Update — September 25, 2014

South Carolina has recently issued South Carolina Revenue Ruling #14-4, providing public guidance for nexus creating activities for sales and use taxes. This ruling supersedes South Carolina Revenue Ruling #7-03 and all previous advisory opinions or any directives in conflict. The ruling lists examples of activities that create nexus for sales and use tax purposes with a yes or no response. Each example is based on the following assumptions:

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