U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Western Area Power Administration Streamline the Environmental Review Process for Wind Energy Projects

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Western Area Power Administration Streamline the Environmental Review Process for Wind Energy Projects

In response to the increasing demand for wind energy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the “Service”) and the Western Area Power Administration (“Western”) recently announced a streamlined environmental review process of wind projects in the Upper Great Plains Region (the “Region”). The Region includes Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North ... Read More »

Ten Handy Copyright Tips

Ten Handy Copyright Tips

When showing video clips or screenshots from video clips, don’t rely on the face-to-face teaching exemption if you have reason to believe the copy you’re using was made without the copyright owner’s permission. Treat works created outside the U.S. the same way you treat works created inside the U.S.—get permission ... Read More »

If The Government Wants Us To Lend To Marijuana-Related Businesses They Sure Have a Funny Way of Showing It

If The Government Wants Us To Lend To Marijuana-Related Businesses They Sure Have a Funny Way of Showing It

In the two and half years since Illinois legalized medical marijuana the banking industry remains largely hesitant to bank marijuana-related businesses. This seems true despite a memorandum from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) designed specifically to encourage the banking industry to provide, and ease the banking industry’s concerns with ... Read More »

Hazmat in the Mailroom?

Hazmat in the Mailroom?

An east coast household products manufacturing company received an emergency request from their sales team to have access to a sample of the latest formulation of mouthwash to present at a morning meeting with a large California based big box store customer. Given the importance of the customer, the COO ... Read More »

GmbH or AG – what are the differences?

GmbH or AG – what are the differences?

Many foreign entrepreneurs establish a subsidiary in Germany, frequently choosing a Kapitalgesellschaft (company) for liability and tax reasons. The most familiar forms of company in German law are the Aktiengesellschaft (AG), or public limited company and the Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (GmbH), or limited liability company. Both are autonomous legal ... Read More »

English pension law and overseas businesses – a tough act to follow, but expensive to ignore

English pension law and overseas businesses – a tough act to follow, but expensive to ignore

INTRODUCTION This note highlights key points concerning English Pensions Law where overseas businesses are selling, buying or operating businesses in the United Kingdom. State pension provision in the UK is limited and accordingly private sector pension provision is common and highly regulated. FOCUS OF THIS NOTE Pension benefits provided by ... Read More »

Dutch civil-law notary cannot execute a deed under German law

Dutch civil-law notary cannot execute a deed under German law

On the basis of two rulings by the German Bundesgerichtshof from 1981 and 1989, the belief arose that deeds under German law can be executed by civil-law notaries not practising in Germany. In particular, it would be possible to transfer shares in German companies or incorporate legal entities under German ... Read More »

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