Monthly Archives: September 2016

The Miller Act Trap: How to Protect Your Rights

Patrick Johnsonby Patrick J. Johnson

The Miller Act 40 U.S.C. § 3131 – § 3134, requires that any contractor performing construction on a federal building or public work over $100,000 furnish bonds guaranteeing payment to subcontractors and completion of the project. Under the Act the party having a contractual relationship with a subcontractor but no contractual relationship with the contractor furnishing the payment bond may bring an action on the payment bond following written notice within 90 days from the last date on which the party last supplied labor or materials for which the claim is made 40 U.S.C. § 3133(b)(2).

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HHS Increases Civil Monetary Penalties and 299 Other Fines

Health care providers, life sciences companies and other entities subject to regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) should be aware that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) is increasing the maximum civil monetary penalty amounts that may be assessed by the agency.

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Betaling for ekstraarbejde

Ekstraarbejde indeholder et stort konfliktpotentiale, og i det følgende anskueliggøres visse af problematikkerne.

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China Premier Li Keqiang discusses trade and economic issues in NY

Arnstein & Lehr Attorney Ronald Fieldstone

Ronald R. Fieldstone

I had the privilege of attending the New York Economic Club Dinner on September 20, 2016, for Premier Li Keqiang of the People’s Republic of China. The Premier held this position since March of 2013 and has been very active in the Chinese government since the 1990s. He was extremely engaging and articulate in his speech and responsive to the questions posed to him.

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Employers Under the Microscope: Is Change on the Horizon? – Attend Our Annual Briefing (NYC, Oct. 18)

Employers Under the Microscope: Is Change on the Horizon?

When: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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iHeartMedia Gets in Tune with Targeted Advertising

When listeners turn on the radio these days—terrestrial, digital, or satellite—they can tune in to precisely the content they want to hear: country music, sports talk, alt rock, or whatever their tastes call for. What if radio worked the same way for advertisers? That is, what if brands could serve their messages to precisely the audiences they wanted to reach? Punk rockers, workout warriors, or commuters with a taste for political talk. Through advances in technology and data collection, we’re starting to find out.

The nation’s biggest radio and streaming services have been busy building out technology that allows advertisers to target audiences based on their musical tastes. Few pieces of data give advertisers greater insight into a consumer than … Continue Reading

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H&H Michigan Super Lawyers® & Michigan Rising Stars 2016

Royal Oak, Michigan, September 28, 2016: Twenty-five of Howard & Howard’s attorneys were recently named to Michigan Super Lawyers® and Michigan Rising Stars 2016 as a result of a patented selection process. This process includes peer evaluation and independent research.  Only five percent of the attorneys in Michigan were named to the Super Lawyers list and two and one half percent to Rising Stars.

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Højesteret afviser PBS-gebyr fra udlejer

Udlejere har tidligere haft byrettens og landsrettens ord for, at det i en lejekontrakt var muligt at indgå aftale om, at der i tillæg til lejen kan opkræves tillæg for PBS-gebyr – typisk mellem 5-20 kr.

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Non-Solicitation Violation Leads to $6.9M in Damages – Employment Law This Week

Featured in the top story on Employment Law This Week:  Former employees turned competitors in Pennsylvania are hit with $4.5 million in punitive damages.

An insurance brokerage firm sued a group of employees, claiming that they violated their non-solicitation agreements by luring away employees and clients to launch a new office for a competitor. A lower court awarded the firm nearly $2.4 million in compensatory damages and $4.5 million in punitive damages because of the defendants’ outrageous conduct. On appeal, the appellate court agreed and upheld all damages.

See the segment below and read our recent blog post on this topic.

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Temporary regulations issued on early election of new partnership audit rules

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA) provided for new partnership audit rules that significantly change the way IRS partnership audits will be handled. While these rules are not mandatory until January 1, 2018, partnerships can elect to be subject to the new rules now. Temporary regulations were issued last month, specifying how a partnership can elect into the new rules for IRS audits prior to the 2018 effective date. In addition to providing mechanical rules for early use of the new audit provision, these regulations give some insight into issues that the IRS is beginning to identify as the effective date approaches.
The new audit rules will allow the IRS in most cases to assess any additional tax resulting from the audit against the partnership itself – eliminating the need to proceed against the individual partners. Read more…
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