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USCIS No Longer Requires Two Photos with Naturalization Application

October 17, 2016

All Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization) applicants, except those who reside overseas, no longer need to submit two passport-style photographs.

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State Department Announces Potential Visa Availability in the Coming Months

October 17, 2016

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for October 2016 provided an overview of potential visa number availability. 

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Congress Averts Government Shutdown, Extends Immigration Programs to December

October 17, 2016

The Immigration-related programs extended by the bill include E-Verify, EB-5 regional centers, EB-4 non-ministerial religious workers and Conrad 3 for J-1 medical workers.

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New Regime for China Foreign Direct Investment

October 13, 2016

On October 8, 2016, China’s Ministry of Commerce issued interim measures further stream-lining the process for establishing companies in China and related corporate changes. Find out how this will impact companies doing business in China and future investment.

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Surprise, Surprise. Eighth Circuit Decision Could Unexpectedly Increase Indemnification Liability

October 13, 2016

The Eighth Circuit recently held that a broad indemnification clause obligated the indemnifying party to indemnify the other party for its own misconduct. What should you do to avoid becoming an unwitting insurer?

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If You Have Employees In California – Action May Be Needed!

October 7, 2016

Businesses with employees in California will be impacted by two recently-passed laws. Find out what action you can take to avoid penalties.

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Lead Generation: An Old Practice Under New Scrutiny by the FTC

September 27, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection released a highly-anticipated report on lead generation on September 15, 2016. Read more for details.

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Can a 501(c)(3) Host a Political Candidates’ Debate?

September 26, 2016

The short answer is “yes.” Whether you are inspired by this year’s U.S. presidential debates or otherwise to host your own debate, a 501(c)(3) can engage in various election-related activities, so long as the 501(c)(3) follows certain rules so as not to jeopardize its tax-exempt status.

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Avoiding Punitive Damages in Patent Infringement Cases: Staying on the Right Side of the Now-Blurred Line

September 19, 2016

The United States Supreme Court’s recent Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics case made it easier for a patent holder to win punitive damages in a patent infringement case.

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Piercing the Corporate Veil – A Primer on North Dakota’s Piercing Law

September 13, 2016

When forming new business entities, a primary goal is to shield yourself and other stakeholders from personal liability as much as possible.

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