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10.23.18 Today, the Metro Nashville Beer Board makes history, becoming the first Tennessee beer board to officially enter cyberspace. On Monday, Beer Board Executive Director Benton McDonough and Amanda Webb demonstrated the new online filing system for beer board applications, and now, it’s up and running. Stardate 10.23.2018: The Metro Beer Board filing system is live.  You can now file beer applications online at this link https://epermits.nashville.gov/#/   The beer application is in the list…
10.19.18 The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has completed an investigation involving nine unnamed companies with deficient internal controls that became victims of phishing cyberattacks, which happens when employees receive compromised electronic communications. As a result of the phishing attack, employees of the nine companies wired large sums of money or paid fake invoices that collectively totaled nearly $100 million – each of the companies lost at least $1 million and two of them…
10.19.18 The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued 27 Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs), which were a complete replacement of the SEC’s telephone interpretations regarding cross-border exemptions from the registration of securities. The interpretive topics covered in the C&DIs, which were released on October 17, are: General interpretations relating to Rules 801 and 802 under the Securities Act of 1933. Calculation of U.S. ownership for determination of eligibility for the cross-border exemptions. Determination of the…
10.19.18 There can be no doubt about the recent increased cultural and media focus on issues of sexual harassment which prompted a wave of “Me Too” testimonials about sexual harassment or assault. Those testimonials prompted many to go public with allegations about inappropriate sexual behavior across multiple industries. Many sectors in the spotlight have been impacted, from Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer in news, Sen. Al Franken and Justice Brett Kavanaugh in politics, to Harvey…
10.17.18 The Cigna-Express Scripts and the CVS Health-Aetna mergers are among the most significant healthcare mergers of the past decade and are anticipated to transform the U.S. healthcare business. Both of these vertical deals have successfully shown how they can provide consumer benefits in order to pass federal antitrust scrutiny.          Cigna-Express Scripts The Department of Justice decided not to challenge Cigna’s $67 billion acquisition of Express Scripts because the deal would “unlikely result in…
10.16.18 The Department of Health and Human Services announced a historically large $16 million HIPAA settlement with Anthem, Inc. following the Office of Civil Rights’ investigation of the equally historic 2014 breach affecting almost 79 million people. Is this an enforcement trend? The cyber attack against Anthem , which began in February 2014, gave the intruders access to members’ healthcare information for more than a year. In addition to impermissible access and disclosure, the Resolution
The act of marriage often means that the surviving spouse inherits everything from the deceased, but what about in cases where marriage is used as a tool to gain access to assets? In June a New York judge ruled that a woman was not entitled to an inheritance she said was hers from a man she claimed to have married. The legal battle between the purported wife and the deceased man’s two sons lasted for…
10.09.18 Nasdaq is currently seeking public comment on its initial listing criteria relating to the liquidity of equity securities. The comment solicitation identifies four areas of interest relating to the liquidity of listed securities in the context of initial listings: 1. Exclusion of restricted stockholders from the calculation of round lot holders. 2. Creating of a minimum investment amount (such as $2,500) outside of Nasaq’s pre-existing round lot requirements. 3. Imposing a minimum trading volume…
10.09.18 2017 was the first year for participation in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), a Quality Payment Program (QPP) implemented by CMS, to award or penalize participating clinicians with regard to future Medicare reimbursements based upon reporting under four categories: Quality Improvement Activities Promoting Interoperability (2017 Advancing Care Information; previously Meaningful Use) Cost In July, CMS released 2017 Performance Feedback Reports detailing clinicians’ MIPS final scores, performance category details, and 2019 MIPS Medicare payment…