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Fair Debt Collection Practices Act & Student Loan Servicing Licensing
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) (15 USC 1692 et seq.), which became effective in March 1978, was designed to eliminate abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices.
United States
17 Jan 2019
Planning For Business Exits From C Corporations; Intrafamily Business Transactions; Other Developments
Lower C corporation income tax rates have increased attention to the Code § 1202 exclusion for gain on sale of stock.
United States
17 Jan 2019
Will Florida And New York Let You Change A Sweepstakes After It Starts?
I recently received an unusual request from the sponsor of a sweepstakes. The sponsor was one month into a three-month entry period stated in their sweepstake's rules.
United States
1 Dec 2017
Can I Change The Rules To My Sweepstakes? 12 Questions You Should Ask
A few months ago, I received a call from the sponsor of a relatively standard sweepstakes. He told me that the sweepstakes had started a month ago and was to continue for another month.
United States
23 Nov 2017
How Consumers ‘Sweepstakes' Today: There's An App For That
If you're reading this, you probably know that many people consider entering sweepstakes and contests a hobby.
United States
7 Nov 2017
7 Things You Should Know About Sweepstakes And Contests In Employee Incentive Programs
Four years ago, I wrote an article for this blog about creating in-house incentive contests.
United States
17 Aug 2017
Why A Sweepstakes Could Seriously Boost Your Customer Surveys
If you have visited a restaurant, hotel, department store, grocery store, or other retail business, you probably have seen messages like these on the back of the receipt you received for your purchase
United States
20 Jun 2017
Be Careful Reselling A Sweepstakes Prize
Shortly after posting my article on sweepstakes winners who didn't want the prize they had won, I noticed several articles about a sweepstakes winner who ran into trouble while trying to resell his prize.
United States
28 Apr 2017
New Actions Based On ‘Nothing Artificial' Labels May Be Halted As FDA Redefines ‘Natural'
We previously told you about Thornton v. Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, No. 4:16-CV-00158-JAR, in which the Eastern District of Missouri refused to dismiss a consumer fraud claim...
United States
9 Dec 2016
Has Consolidation Made Egg And Poultry Industry Ripe For The Plucking?
Which came first: the chicken or the egg? We may never know the answer to this age-old question. But when it comes to allegations of price-fixing in the poultry and egg industries, at least...
United States
15 Nov 2016
Another Judge Rules Starbucks Doesn't Deceive With Its Ice
In a recent post about the rise in so-called "slack-fill" litigation, we discussed a California district court's dismissal of a highly publicized lawsuit...
United States
25 Oct 2016
Deceptive Trade Practice Claim To Proceed Based On ‘Nothing Artificial' Label
The Eastern District of Missouri (the Honorable John A. Ross, U.S. District Judge) recently issued an order denying a motion to dismiss claims involving an allegedly deceptive food label.
United States
19 Oct 2016
Empty Spaces Causing Big Problems: The Rise Of Slack-Fill Litigation
Last month, a district court judge in California dismissed a highly publicized lawsuit in which the plaintiff claimed that Starbucks' iced beverages contained too much ice and not enough coffee.
United States
21 Sep 2016
IRS Issues New Rules For 'Closed' Defined Benefit Plans
At the end of January, the Internal Revenue Service issued new proposed regulations for so-called "closed" or "frozen" defined benefit plans.
United States
1 Aug 2016
New OSHA Reporting And Anti-Retaliation Rules
On May 11, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration finalized a rule which will expand employer requirements to record and submit records of workplace injuries and illnesses.
United States
26 May 2016
7 Things You Should Know About The New Missouri Commercial Receivership Act
On May 10, 2016, the Missouri General Assembly passed the Missouri Commercial Receivership Act (MCRA), providing for significant changes to Missouri's law on receiverships.
United States
23 May 2016
What You Need To Know About Federal Trade Secret Protection
On April 27, 2016, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which President Obama is expected to promptly sign.
United States
9 May 2016
Path To Recreational Cannabis Narrowing In California
Many advocates for cannabis reform laws in California believe that 2016 is the year that recreational cannabis will become legal in the state.
United States
24 Mar 2016
Get The Basics On Two Federal Bills Affecting Employee Benefits
Recently, two bills with confusingly similar names were introduced in Congress. They are both worth mentioning regardless of whether or not they are ultimately enacted in their current form.
United States
7 Mar 2016
Missouri Municipal Entities Must Follow Statutorily-Required Steps Before Executing Settlement Agreements, Consent Orders
An often overlooked legal issue can cause significant adverse consequences for clients and lawyers alike when dealing with municipal entities.
United States
25 Feb 2016
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