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Not a Humdrum Affair: HMDA Changes and Controversies

September 3, 2019

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is considering two significant changes to Regulation C, the implementing regulation of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (together, HMDA), which could lighten the compliance burden on smaller banks.

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New and Updated Wage and Hour Requirements Take Effect for Employers in Minnesota

September 3, 2019

The last few months have brought a number of changes, big and small, to what is required of employers in Minnesota. Here are some of the changes that Minnesota employers need to know to stay compliant in an ever-changing legal environment.

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U.S. Trade Update

August 28, 2019

China’s Ministry of Finance announced new tariffs of between 5 percent and 10 percent on $75 billion worth of imported goods from the United States, affecting products in the Midwestern states and deepening tensions between U.S. and China.

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Supreme Court Clarifies Treatment of Trademarks in Bankruptcy Cases

August 28, 2019

A recent Supreme Court decision resolves an important question regarding what rights a non-debtor licensee has to continue to use a trademark under a rejected lease and may also have broader ramifications on the rights of contract parties when a contract is rejected under Section 365.

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New Bankruptcy Laws Attempt to Assist Family Farming Operations and Small Businesses

August 28, 2019

Congress recently passed the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 and the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019, intended to make the Chapter 12 and Chapter 11 processes more accessible to family farming operations and small business debtors, respectively.

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Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Uses and Strategies—What Can Be Accomplished?

August 28, 2019

Chapter 11 bankruptcy is an important and powerful tool to address financial challenges that a company and its decision-makers may be facing. While the process has its challenges, understanding the rights afforded and strategic advantages available through the Chapter 11 process is critical.

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REITs and ESG: Why Social Responsibility Makes Business Sense

August 26, 2019

Committing to improving ESG profiles enables REITs to take advantage of long-term savings, among many other benefits including strong financial incentives, greater brand loyalty and positive public image, greater tenant retention and more.

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SEC Proposes Amendments to Regulation S-K to Modernize Disclosures of Business, Legal Proceedings and Risk Factors

August 9, 2019

On August 8, the SEC proposed amendments to modernize the description of business, legal proceedings and risk factor disclosures that registrants are required to make pursuant to Regulation S-K.

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Key Takeaways from the 2019 Proxy Season

August 9, 2019

The Ernst & Young Center for Board Matters recently published a report on the 2019 proxy season, highlighting five key takeaways and offering related questions for boards to consider.

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The Emergence of a New Standard for Director Overboarding

August 9, 2019

Another key takeaway from the 2019 proxy season is the emergence of a new, stricter standard for what constitutes director “overboarding.”

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