Most Popular Corporate Law Posts – Mar 2012

What’s on your mind? Human trafficking, the mortgage foreclosure settlement, investor visas to the US, and HIPAA compliance and violations, among other things.

For your reference, here’s a look at the most-read Corporate Law Report posts over the past month:

1.California Transparency in Supply Chains Act Takes Effect January 1, 2012 

“The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 goes into effect on January 1, 2012. For retailers and manufacturers doing business in the state of California bringing in more than $100 million in annual gross receipts, that’s the date they must begin report on their efforts to eliminate slavery and human trafficking from their supply chains.” Read more»

2.$25B Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement: Lawyers Weigh In

“Neil Barofsky, former Inspector General in the US Treasury Department, calls the settlement ‘hype’ and says it won’t help as many people as suggested…” Read more»

3.The EB-5 Investor Visa: Immigration Through Investment?

“The EB-5 program generally requires foreign investors seeking visas to invest $1 million in any venture in this country that will create at least 10 full-time jobs, pursuant to the Immigration Act of 1990…” Read more»

4.Dodd-Frank Act: With Volcker Rule Delay Where Do We Stand on Reform?

“Speaking before the House Financial Services Committee late last month, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that the Volcker Rule, one of the most contentious pieces of the Dodd-Frank Act, will not be completed before its July deadline. What does the delay mean for the broader financial regulatory reforms of the Dodd-Frank Act?” Read more»

5.HIPAA Violation Leads to $1.5M Fine: 5 Takeaways for Businesses

“In November 2009, 57 unencrypted computer hard discs containing protected health information of more than one million people were stolen from a storage locker leased by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (BCBST). Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services entered into a $1.5 million settlement with BCBST over privacy and security violations as a consequence of that data breach.” Read more»

6.5 Takeaways from New IRS FATCA Guidance

“On February 8, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service issued its long-awaited proposed regulations for implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The new rules lay out a step-by-step process for US account identification, information reporting, and withholding requirements for non-US financial institutions and other foreign entities.” Read more»

7.CMS Issues Proposed 60-Day Rule on Return of Medicare Overpayments

“On February 14, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposed rule regarding reporting and returning overpayments under the Medicare program. Under the new regulation, hospitals and doctors who receive Medicare funds would be required to report and return overpayments within 60 days or face significant damages and penalties.” Read more»

8.HIPAA Compliance: 6 Audit Questions (and Answers) for Covered Entities

“Late last year, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee challenged regulators to step up enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act… Accordingly, the OCR has begun to audit organizations that are required to comply with HIPAA Rules.” Read more»

9.Business Regulations in China: What You Need to Know

“If you do business in China, staying current with its regulations and business environment is paramount. For your reference, here’s a reading list of commentary and analysis by lawyers and law firms on JD Supra on recent events.” Read more»

10.Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Act Amendments Target Fracking Operations

“We’re seeing interest in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale bill, as recently enacted amendments to the state’s Oil and Gas Act are known. Designed to strengthen environmental protections, the legislation imposes additional reporting and operating burdens on natural gas producers in the state.” Read more»


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