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Are You Ready to Travel This Summer?
May 2018

Vacation season is just around the corner. Whether you are a tourist, U.S. permanent resident, or hold a temporary visa, having the proper documentation is essential to your international travel. Discovering an expired document too late can derail your travel plans and be costly to rectify. This brief guide will help you get a jump on organizing documents such as your passport, ESTA registration, green card or nonimmigrant visa.  


H1-B Cap and Lottery Update
May 2018

USCIS has announced that it has completed all data entry of FY2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated "lottery" process. The data entry process includes the receipt of petitions selected in the lottery.


USCIS Completes H-1B Cap Lottery for FY2019
April 2018

USCIS announced today that it has completed the "H-1B Cap Lottery" to select the number of petitions necessary to meet the H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2019. This year, USCIS received 190,098 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began on April 2, 2018.


USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap for FY2019
April 2018

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory caps for fiscal year 2019, which begins on October 1, 2018.


Premium Processing Suspended for Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions
March 2018

USCIS announced that it will temporarily suspend premium processing service for H-1B petitions that are subject to this year’s H-1B cap. This suspension of premium processing will not apply to non-cap subject H-1B petitions, such as petitions for extension or amendment of H-1B status.


Environmental Due Diligence in Commercial Real Estate Transactions
Robert Kerr and Lesley Firestone
February 2018, Association of Corporate Counsel South Carolina Chapter Newsletter

All commercial real estate transactions involve some level of environmental risk, regardless of whether the property being transferred was formerly used for industrial, commercial, agricultural, or residential purposes. Accordingly, it is important for a buyer to consider conducting some level of environmental due diligence prior to purchasing real property. Environmental due diligence will allow the buyer to identify and quantify the environmental issues associated with the property.


Law of Astana International Financial Centre
Colby Jenkins, Saniya Perzadayeva (Unicase Law Firm)
January 2018

Imminent Government Shutdown?
January 2018

USCIS Clarifies Position on AC21 H-1B Extensions
January 2018

Are You Ready For H-1B Cap Season?
January 2018

'Tis the season...to prepare for H-1B filing
December 2017

Are you ready to travel abroad for the holidays?
November 2017

Anti-Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act Update
Neil Bloomfield, Nathan White
October 2017

After the Panama Papers exposed efforts by wealthy individuals and government officials to hide funds offshore, government authorities around the world have responded with new legislation, regulations and enforcement actions that are beginning to reshape the landscape for anti-money laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) violations.


U.S. Services in Turkey and Cuba Suspended
October 2017

Don't Forget the H-1B October 1, 2017 Start Date
October 2017

Premium Processing Resumed for all H-1B Petitions
October 2017

The Transition Away From USD LIBOR for Swaps
A Report for U.S. Market Participants
Robert (Rob) I. Kenny, Zachary J. King
September 28, 2017

With the Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) announcing in July 2017, essentially, its intent to no longer persuade or compel panel banks to make LIBOR submissions by the end of 2021, the future of LIBOR, and its role in the trillions of dollars of interest rate products that use it as a benchmark, including over-the-counter (“OTC”) interest rate swaps, has become more uncertain.


Trump Administration Implements New Travel Ban
September 2017

USCIS Policy Changes Impacting Green Card Filings
September 2017

Premium Processing Resumed for H-1B Cap Petitions
September 2017

MVA Blog Posts


MVA Monitor – May 25
Steven
May 25, 2018

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MVA Monitor – May 18
Steven
May 21, 2018

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Inside Development of the CLTUDO: Casting a New Vision for Charlotte
Tony Lathrop
May 18, 2018

INSIDE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CLTUDO: CASTING A NEW VISION FOR CHARLOTTE (May 18, 2018) – The Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Department and the Charlotte Unified Development Ordinance (CLTUDO) Advisory Board have continued the meticulous work of transforming the City’s old zoning and land use ordinances into one unified ordinance, while making efforts to engage with stakeholders … Continue reading


MVA Monitor – Primary Election Report
Steven
May 9, 2018

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The Doors of State Courthouses Remain Open to Class Action Plaintiffs with Federal Securities Act of 1933 Claims Related to Offerings of Securities
Tony Lathrop
April 28, 2018

In 2017, federal securities class actions were filed at a rapid clip, averaging more than one per day – a level not seen in nearly 20 years according to survey data. It was the third year of growth and a 44% increase over 2016. Only a small subset (25 or 5.7%) of the record-setting 432 … Continue reading


What’s next for Facebook?
Leslie Pedernales
April 24, 2018

Now that the cameras have gone, the booster cushion has been removed from the witness chair, and Mark Zuckerberg is comfortably back in in Palo Alto, having survived his marathon two-days of testimony in front of a somewhat confused Congress, what’s next?  Regulations   Following the revelations that a political marketing firm, Cambridge Analytica, improperly obtained … Continue reading


Comptroller Otting’s Priorities – Good News for Bankers and the Economy
Kristina Whittaker
April 11, 2018

In a series of interviews, speeches and other public releases, OCC Comptroller Joseph Otting has set out a number of priorities, some substantive, some related to how the agency operates.  It is clear that Mr. Otting intends to roll back or “modernize” regulations that have been viewed as burdensome or ineffective by the financial industry.  … Continue reading


Transitioning Away from LIBOR: What Is Coming and What Can We Do Now?
Neil Bloomfield
April 11, 2018

By Neil Bloomfield and Elena Mitchell.  The potential transition away from LIBOR has raised significant concerns in the financial markets, including whether LIBOR will end in 2021, what may replace it, what fallback language should be included in contracts in the interim, and how transition risks can be managed.  I was fortunate enough to participate … Continue reading


SEC Releases Interpretive Guidance on Cybersecurity Risk and Incident Disclosures
Lindsey Frye
April 11, 2018

On Feb. 22, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its first interpretive guidance since October 2011 on public companies’ cybersecurity risk and incident disclosure obligations. Although public companies are not subject to an express obligation to disclose data security threats under federal law or SEC regulations, the latest guidance confirms that “companies nonetheless … Continue reading


PRESENTATION AT SIFMA C&L ANNUAL SEMINAR
Neil Bloomfield
April 2, 2018

Neil Bloomfield presented at the SIFMA C&L Annual Seminar on March 20th.  Mr. Bloomfield provided the outside counsel perspective on managing large scale litigation and investigations.  The panel focused on incorporating project management techniques from business into the practice of law and innovations in technology and processes that can make the practice more efficient and effective. Mr. … Continue reading


Cybersecurity Enforcement and Regulation—2017 In Review
Neil Bloomfield
March 28, 2018

By Neil Bloomfield and Lindsey Frye.  The legal and regulatory landscape continues to evolve in an effort to meet the pervasive and destructive effects of cyber attacks.  2017 brought a substantial increase in the number of attacks and the severity of the breaches.  Hacking victims disclosed former breaches to be more serious than originally reported, … Continue reading


The CLOUD Act – Congress Passes New Bill Which Will Impact Access To Cross-Border Data
Tandy Mathis
March 28, 2018

This post originally appeared on the Moore & Van Allen DataPoints Blog. By Tandy Mathis. On Friday, March 23, 2018, Congress passed a 2,232 page omnibus spending bill. Included in the bill was a bipartisan act known as the “Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act” or CLOUD Act, which will allow United States law enforcement to … Continue reading


The CLOUD Act – Congress Passes New Bill Which Will Impact Access To Cross-Border Data
Data Points
March 27, 2018

By Tandy Mathis On Friday, March 23, 2018, Congress passed a 2,232 page omnibus spending bill. Included in the bill was a bipartisan act known as the “Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act” or CLOUD Act, which will allow United States law enforcement to access the data stored abroad for U.S. citizens and will … Continue reading


The New Direction of CLTUDO Development
Tony Lathrop
March 23, 2018

THE NEW DIRECTION OF CLTUDO DEVELOPMENT (March 23, 2018): The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department welcomed its new Director, Taiwo Jaiyeoba, in January 2018 and with him a new direction for facilitating the development of the Charlotte Unified Development Ordinance (CLTUDO). Under Director Jaiyeoba, the Advisory Committee will take a new direction to acknowledge the diverse interests … Continue reading


North Carolina Security Breach Report 2017
Data Points
March 20, 2018

By Nathan White According to the recently released North Carolina Attorney General Security Breach Report, nearly 5,337,154 North Carolinians were impacted by security breaches in 2017.  The Report highlights several trends data protection specialists and North Carolina businesses should take into consideration. The report breaks down 1,022 data breaches occurring in North Carolina during calendar … Continue reading


Charlotte is Moving on Transit-Oriented Development
Tony Lathrop
March 12, 2018

CHARLOTTE IS MOVING ON TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT (March 12, 2018): Charlotte, North Carolina is set to adopt zoning ordinance revisions to create new transit-oriented development (TOD) districts this summer. What is TOD and what does it mean for Cha...


Bloomfield and O’Keefe Coordinate Panel with Regulatory and Industry Leaders on the LIBOR Transition
Neil Bloomfield
March 7, 2018

Neil Bloomfield and Ed O’Keefe are coordinating a panel titled “LIBOR and the Potential Replacement Reference Rates: Where Do We Go from Here?” for the UNC Banking Institute on March 22 at the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, NC. Speakers on the panel include Ann Battle of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc., David Bloom of … Continue reading


O’Keefe to Present at 2018 Financial Markets Association Conference
Ed O'Keefe
March 7, 2018

Charlotte Litigation Member Ed O’Keefe will be presenting at the 2018 Financial Markets Association Conference on April 18. His presentation will discuss key legislative and regulatory initiatives affecting financial services companies, the rulemaking agenda for the SEC and the CFTC, and regulatory burden relief initiatives undertaken by the banking agencies to date. For additional information … Continue reading


Moore & Van Allen welcomes former OCC Deputy Comptroller Kristina B. Whittaker to Financial Regulatory Advice and Response team
Ed O'Keefe
March 2, 2018

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that Kristina (“Kris”) B. Whittaker, former Deputy Comptroller for Special Supervision in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), has joined the firm’s Charlotte office as Counsel. Whittaker will practice on Moore and Van Allen’s growing Financial Regulatory Advice and Response team. * “Kris’ valuable experience and longstanding esteem … Continue reading


Two Proposed Data Security Laws Reflect National Trend Toward Affirmative Responsibilities
Karin M. McGinnis
February 6, 2018

With major consumer data breaches making headlines on a semi-regular basis, legislators around the country are starting to hold businesses more accountable for cybersecurity compliance.  Industry-specific laws such as HIPAA and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) already establish federal data security standards for some companies, and the Federal Trade Commission has taken the position that failure … Continue reading


The Next Big Thing: Will Employment Agreement Class Action Waivers Clear the U.S. Supreme Court?
Tony Lathrop
December 15, 2017

This year important questions regarding the viability of class action waivers in arbitration agreements have moved close to resolution. In July, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a long-awaited final rule that prohibited class waivers in arbitration agreements related to a broad range of financial products. And employees and the National Labor Relations Board … Continue reading


THE CLEARING HOUSE ANNUAL CONFERENCE (Nov. 2017)
Ed O'Keefe
December 4, 2017

THE CLEARING HOUSE ANNUAL CONFERENCE (Nov. 2017): Financial Regulatory Advice and Response Team members Ed O’Keefe and Tom Pennington, joined by Neil Bloomfield, Josh Lanning and Brian Soja attended The Clearing House’s Annual Conference in New York City, November 6-8, 2017. MVA served as a Gold Partner for the conference, sponsoring the Annual Chairman’s Reception. The … Continue reading


MVA Monitor – Election Report
Steven
November 8, 2017

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Reversal of Fortune: Congress Strikes Down CFPB Arbitration Rule Banning Class Action Waivers
Tony Lathrop
October 31, 2017

U.S. businesses have the good fortune to be on the receiving end of a favorable U.S. Senate vote nullifying the hotly-contested Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rule banning class action waivers in certain consumer finance arbitration agreements. The rule, issued by the agency in July 2017, took several years to finalize and was criticized for being based on … Continue reading


Electric Grid Reliability and Resiliency in the Spotlight with DOE Pricing NOPR & More
Brian Heslin
October 31, 2017

Pushing through a record hurricane season has tested the resiliency of the human spirit, as well as that of the energy infrastructure we so heavily rely upon. In the last month, we have seen efforts on multiple fronts with a focus on ensuring the reliability and resiliency of the nation’s electric grid. In mid-September, the … Continue reading


MVA Monitor – Election Report
Steven
September 16, 2017

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MVA Monitor – 2017 Legislative Session Review
Steven
September 15, 2017

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MVA Monitor – June 30
Steven
September 15, 2017

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MVA Monitor – June 23
Steven
September 15, 2017

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MVA Monitor – June 16
Steven
September 15, 2017

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MVA Monitor – June 9
Steven
September 15, 2017

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MVA Monitor – June 2
Steven
September 15, 2017

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MVA Monitor – May 26
Steven
September 15, 2017

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MVA Monitor – May 19
Steven
September 15, 2017

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Delaware Amends Personal Information Protection Law
Carol Ewald Bowen
September 7, 2017

On August 17, 2017, Delaware amended its personal information protection law, Delaware Code Title 6, Chapter 12B.  The amendment becomes effective 240 days after enactment or March 14, 2018. The amended law significantly enhances the protections afforded Delaware residents whose personal information has been – or is reasonably believed to have been – breached, by … Continue reading


“Not so fast, my friend*” — Judge Orders DreamHost Comply with DOJ’s Disruptj20 Search Warrant, with Caveats
Data Points
September 6, 2017

By Nathan A. White Can the government force the hosting service of an activist website company to turn over vast amounts of user data in order to track down political protesters?  According to a federal court ruling, the answer  — Yes, but let’s slow this train down a little bit.  On Thursday, August 24, 2017, District … Continue reading


D.C. Circuit Finds that Theft of Health Insurance Subscriber ID Numbers Is a Cognizable Injury in Identity Theft Litigation
Data Points
August 14, 2017

By Bill Butler Recently, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Attias v. CareFirst, Inc., No. 16-7108, that customers had standing to sue a health insurer for a 2014 data breach in which the customers’ information was stolen.  In reversing the district court’s dismissal of the class action, the D.C. Circuit held that the … Continue reading


CFPB Final Rule Banning Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements: The Final Front of Opposition as Congress Moves to Nullify It
Tony Lathrop
August 14, 2017

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced the release of its final rule that prohibits the use of class action waivers in certain consumer finance arbitration agreements. This rule banning class waivers has been several years in the making, and has been widely followed and hotly contested. The CFPB reports that it received more than … Continue reading


CFPB Final Arbitration Rule Bans Class Action Waivers, But Will it Survive?
Tony Lathrop
August 14, 2017

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced the release of its final rule prohibiting the use of class action waivers in certain consumer finance arbitration agreements. The rule has been several years in the making, and has been widely followed and hotly contested. The final rule was announced on July 10, 2017 and published in … Continue reading


EIB Energy Highlights: New FERC Chair, Offshore Drilling-NC Says “No,” Atlantic Coast Pipeline EIS, Clean Air & More
Brian Heslin
July 28, 2017

  Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy Interdependency Blog’s in-depth individual treatment of critical issues emerging in energy policy, regulation, and related litigation. EIB Energy … Continue reading


FERC Underestimates its Authority: Recoupment vs. Refund of Unjust & Unreasonable Rates
Brian Heslin
June 28, 2017

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the authority to order a public utility to refund to its customers rates that FERC determines to be unjust and unreasonable. But what if FERC later determines that the public utility should not have paid the refund? Does FERC have the authority to order the customer to return … Continue reading


SCOTUS Squashes Class Action Plaintiff Attempt to Obtain Review of Class Certification
Tony Lathrop
June 28, 2017

The reality of class action litigation is that what is supposed to be the court’s preliminary decision of whether to certify a case as a class action is often the end of the litigation. In many cases, plaintiffs will not proceed if the court denies class certification for reasons including that their individual claims are … Continue reading


FERC Conditional Approval of Natural Gas Pipeline Consistent with Clean Water Act Sequencing Requirements
Brian Heslin
June 20, 2017

In the midst of the U.S. energy boom, the expansion and modernization of the nation’s energy infrastructure has been a priority. The ramp up in shale natural gas production has spurred investments in pipeline projects, particularly in the Northeast where infrastructure failed to support the rising levels of gas production. The review and approval process … Continue reading


Companies Defending Class Actions in NC Have New Right to Appeal Class Certification
Tony Lathrop
June 4, 2017

COMPANIES DEFENDING CLASS ACTIONS IN NC HAVE NEW RIGHT TO APPEAL CLASS CERTIFICATION (June 4, 2017): The North Carolina legislature recently passed H.B. 239, over Gubernatorial veto, which gives company defendants the right to appeal trial court decisions allowing class certification directly to the North Carolina Supreme Court, securing a guaranteed avenue for early review … Continue reading