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Municipal Utilities Need to Be Smart When Implementing a Smart Meter Program

Municipal Utilities Need to Be Smart When Implementing a Smart Meter Program

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (the “Seventh Circuit”) recently decided the case of Naperville Smart Meter Awareness v. City of Naperville, 900 F.3d 521 (7th Cir. 2018). The suit brought by Naperville Smart Meter Awareness (“NSMA”) alleged that the collection of smart meter energy-consumption data ... Read More »

Belgian Company law reform: update

Belgian Company law reform: update

On 23 October 2018, the Belgian Commercial and Business Law Parliamentary Committee approved at a first reading stage the draft Law reforming Belgian Company law. The draft Law has now to be approved at a second reading of the Committee and then submitted to the plenary session of the Belgian ... Read More »

Bankers Beware: Businesses Selling CBD Are Most Likely Marijuana-Related Businesses

Bankers Beware: Businesses Selling CBD Are Most Likely Marijuana-Related Businesses

The popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) products is skyrocketing as a large number of states loosen their grip on the sale of such cannabis-derived products (CBD is a non-psychoactive component of the Cannabis sativa L. plant). Additionally, the DEA’s recent decision to reschedule certain FDA-approved, cannabis-derived CBD drugs, which includes only ... Read More »

Belgian UBO register: complex structures – who is the ultimate beneficial owner?

Belgian UBO register: complex structures – who is the ultimate beneficial owner?

The Belgian Law of 18 September 2017 (the “Law”) implementing the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive of May 2015 (the “4th AML Directive”) has established the Ultimate Beneficial Owners Register (“UBO Register”) in which Belgian companies, non-profit organizations, foundations, trusts and other similar entities have to record their ultimate beneficial owners. ... Read More »

Real estate transactions across Europe

Real estate transactions across Europe

Real Estate owners, investors, Asset and Property Managers today have a global and European focus when it comes to real estate investments. Being confronted with different legal and tax systems a short practical overview can be helpful for those who are trying to find their way in the different European ... Read More »

German Exporters: How To Control US Product Liability Risk

German Exporters: How To Control US Product Liability Risk

We frequently hear about product liability lawsuits before US courts in the media, but only the most bizarre and drastic cases seem to make the headlines. These are cases in which, for instance, plaintiffs claim enormous amounts of damages compensation. What happened? A particularly interesting and recent case is the ... Read More »

Employers Seeing Increased I-9 Audits & Fines Under Trump Administration

Employers Seeing Increased I-9 Audits & Fines Under Trump Administration

Under the current administration, in FY17, businesses were ordered to pay $97.6 million in judicial forfeitures, fines and restitution, and $7.8 million in civil fines, including one company whose financial penalties represented the largest payment ever levied in an immigration case. “Under federal law, employers are required to verify the ... Read More »

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