Monthly Archives: November 2019

Building Relationships – It’s about the Little Things

A few years ago, I remember a woman I know posting on Twitter that her daughter had said “this is the best day of my life. We went to the park, we’re going to mcdonalds, I found a penny. The best day of my life.”

She was 5 at the time, but she had already been through a lot, dealing with a very scary brain tumor that year.  And that, plus a few big things going on in my own life and friends’ lives, have me thinking – the best days of my life really have been about the little things.

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EIB appointed TGS Baltic as its legal advisor on Lithuania’s multi-apartment building modernisation

The agreement between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Lithuania’s biggest law firm TGS Baltic was signed for an original period of 2 years.

In June 2019, the EIB announced a tender for selection of an adviser to advise it on all legal issues in connection with renovation of multi-apartment houses in Lithuania for the next four years. The EIB currently holds two funds in the country, intended to ensure effective renovation of multi-apartment houses: the JESSICA Holding Fund (JESSICA I) and Jessica II Fund of Funds. The announcement of the tender results revealed that from now on, the legal aspects of these funds will be administered by the successful tenderer law firm TGS Baltic.

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IRS announces new retirement plan limitations for 2020

The IRS announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the 2020 tax year. Changes to the limits are based on the Social Security cost-of-living increases. READ MORE

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California Clears the Way for College Athletes to Get Their “Fair” Share of Licensing Pie

Sending shockwaves across the collegiate landscape, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 206, the Fair Pay to Play Act (the Act) on September 30, 2019.

The Act takes aim squarely at the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) amateurism rules which prohibit student athletes from profiting from their athletic skill while in college and threatens to upend the fraught and controversial relationship between colleges and the athletes who represent them on the playing field.

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McDonald Hopkins ranked among nation’s “Best Law Firms” in 2020 by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

McDonald Hopkins LLC has been selected for inclusion in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. READ MORE

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CMS extends Medicare payments for care management

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued a final rule which continues the trend of encouraging care management activities by making it easier and more financially attractive to furnish chronic care management, transitional care management and remote physiologic monitoring services for Medicare patients. READ MORE

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Compliancy Experts Discuss Latest Anti-corruption Regulations at ACCN Conference in Beijing

The 13th Anti-Corruption Compliance in China Summit 2019 (ACCN), hosted by Duxes, took place at the Crowne Plaza Chaoyang U-Town in Beijing from November 13-14. ACCN 2019 attracted business leaders and legal experts from around the country to exchange ideas on the latest approaches, best practices and interpretation of staying on the correct side of the law when setting up a compliancy scheme or running a business in the country.

ACCN 2019 included speakers from the highest-profile compliancy analysts and academic institutions, including policymakers and representatives from the State Administration for Market Supervision, TRACE International, Ernst & Young, China University of Political Science and Law, Covington & Burling LLP, the Center for Business Ethics & Compliance and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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Howard & Howard Ranked Among Nation’s 2020 ‘Best Law Firms’ by U.S. News—Best Lawyers®

ROYAL OAK, Mich., November 15, 2019—Howard & Howard has been named to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list in the following areas:

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Department of State Proposes Amending ITAR Definitions, Creating Encryption Carve-Out

In a recently published Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,[1] the Department of State proposes an amendment to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) provisions defining activities that are not exports, re-exports, or retransfers. Such activities that will not be exports, re-exports, or retransfers under the proposed definition include (1) launching items into space, (2) providing technical data to U.S. persons within the United States or within a single country abroad, and (3) moving defense articles between U.S. states, possessions, and territories. Importantly, the proposed revisions will allow for the electronic storage and transmission of unclassified technical data through foreign communications infrastructure without requiring ITAR licensing when the technical data is sufficiently secured to prevent access by foreign persons. The proposed amendments also include the creation of a definition for “access information” and the revision of the “release” definition to include the improper provision of access information to foreign persons.

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Howard & Howard Donates $12,500 to YMCA of Southern Nevada’s Annual “Strong Kids” Campaign

LAS VEGAS, NV, November 19, 2019 – Royal Oak, Mich.-based Howard & Howard has donated $12,500 to the YMCA of Southern Nevada’s annual “Strong Kids” Campaign. The funds raised provide scholarships for memberships and programming to underprivileged youth and families.

The YMCA of Southern Nevada is an inclusive organization of men, women, and children joined by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility in Southern Nevada.

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