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DOL Issues Final Conflict of Interest Rule

April 7, 2016

On April 6, 2016, the Department of Labor issued its much-anticipated conflicts of interest final rule.

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FTC Sues Volkswagen Over ‘Clean Diesel’ Advertising

April 1, 2016

The FTC is investigating the advertising practices of Volkswagen after uncovering it fitted its “clean diesel” automobiles with illegal emission defeat devices.

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Dear Debtor, Pay Up or Lose Your Domain Name

March 24, 2016

On March 23, 2016, the state’s high court clarified that domain names are property subject to garnishment under Minnesota law. 

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USCIS Will Accept H-1B petitions for FY 2017 Beginning April 1, 2016

March 17, 2016

On April 1, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2017 cap.

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Tech, Business Executives Petition Congress to Undo New Restrictions on Visa-Free Travel

March 17, 2016

Almost three dozen technology and business executives petitioned the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to repeal new visa provisions restricting visa-free travel to the United States for certain travelers under the Visa Waiver Program. 

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DHS Implements VWP Changes in Response to Terrorism Concerns, Announces Further VWP Travel Restrictions

March 17, 2016

In January, the United States began implementing changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) under a new law. 

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ABIL Urges Cautious Implementation of New Proposed ‘Smart I-9’ Form

March 17, 2016

Among other things, ABIL members urged USCIS to delay implementing the “smart I-9” until it is fully functional in both English and Spanish.

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State Dept. Estimates Visa Number Availability in the Coming Months

March 17, 2016

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for March 2016 includes estimates of visa number availability (potential monthly movement) in the coming months.

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Recent Order from Magistrate Judge Franklin L. Noel Provides Important Lessons on Expert Disclosures

March 15, 2016

A recent order by Magistrate Judge Noel in Luminara Worldwide, LLC v. Liown Electronics Co. helps to clarify the Federal Rules on expert disclosures.

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DHS Releases Amended F-1 Regulations Effective May 10, 2016

March 11, 2016

The F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) program provides foreign students one year of work authorization in their field of academic studies.

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