• Pandemic cuts into seasonal hotels’ limited time
    Hotel News Now, 04.2020

    Charlotte Immigration Member Amanda Franklin was quoted in the Hotel News Now article titled, “Pandemic cuts into seasonal hotels’ limited time” which was published on April 17.

  • 04.2020

    On April 8, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 130 (the “Executive Order”) to provide necessary waivers to expand health care resources for treatment of COVID‑19 patients and to provide additional waivers for certain child care, emergency management, food establishment, elder care, developmental disability, mental health and substance use disorder treatment services, and social services.  The complete Executive Order is linked here:  https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO130-Meeting-North-Carolinas-Health-and-Human-Services-Needs.pdf.

  • MVA COVID-19 Resource Center, 04.2020

    On April 8, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 130 (the “Executive Order”) to provide necessary waivers to expand health care resources for treatment of COVID‑19 patients and to provide additional waivers for certain child care, emergency management, food establishment, elder care, developmental disability, mental health and substance use disorder treatment services, and social services. The complete Executive Order is linked here: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO130-Meeting-North-Carolinas-Health-and-Human-Services-Needs.pdf.

  • MVA COVID-19 Resource Center, 04.2020

    One thing, among many, that enduring the COVID-19 crisis is reminding us of is that the resilience of the human spirit is remarkable. Amidst calls for more personal protective equipment for the dedicated healthcare workers on the front lines and more ventilators for vulnerable patients fighting for their lives, company after company (and individuals) have responded by retooling their operations to manufacture the items needed to support the herculean effort to treat those infected and to stay ahead of and flatten the curve of this pandemic.

  • MVA COVID-19 Resource Center, 04.2020

    We hope you and your loved ones are all safe and healthy during these trying times. For any of you who have fallen ill, we wish you a speedy and full recovery. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Moore and Van Allen has created a Covid-19 Resource Center including the latest news, alerts, and insights -- covering multiple practice areas to help you navigate this rapidly evolving situation from a legal and business perspective. MVA lawyers, professionals, and staff are here to support you during this uncertain time and remain committed to your success and well-being. We wanted to share directly with you some updates that might affect you, as well as some thoughts on opportunities this unprecedented situation has presented.

  • 04.2020

    Employers across the country are facing unique and unprecedented challenges in responding to workforce issues in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The law is changing quickly to address issues presented by the spread of COVID-19. The following shares guidance and insight into common workplace issues that can arise in response.

  • MVA COVID-19 Resource Center, 04.2020

    Employers across the country are facing unique and unprecedented challenges in responding to workforce issues in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The law is changing quickly to address issues presented by the spread of COVID-19. The following shares guidance and insight into common workplace issues that can arise in response.

  • 04.2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is having a ripple effect across private financial markets.  2019 and the opening of 2020 set records for fundraising for private equity firms, and the market for investment in, and acquisition of, private companies.  Many founder-owned companies which, not 3 weeks ago, were within less than a month of closing a deal have been informed by their prospective acquirers that their transactions are “on hold”.  Others no longer have a deal, as investment committees and management teams re-evaluate purchase price, financial covenants and their responsibilities to existing portfolio companies and limited partners. 

  • MVA COVID-19 Resources Center, 04.2020

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several provisions of the CARES Act impact real estate owners. Below is a summary of the provisions of the CARES Act that are most likely to impact to owners of commercial real estate. Please refer to Moore & Van Allen’s COVID-19 Resource Center for a more comprehensive analysis of the CARES Act.

  • 04.2020

    On March 30, 2020, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the “Secretary”) authorized blanket waivers of Section 1877(g) of the Social Security Act (the “Stark Law”). The Stark Law prohibits physicians from making referrals for designated health services[1] to an entity if the physician or an immediate family member has an ownership interest in, or financial arrangement with, the entity, unless an exception applies.

  • 04.2020

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several provisions of the CARES Act impact real estate owners. Below is a summary of the provisions of the CARES Act that are most likely to impact to owners of commercial real estate. Please refer to Moore & Van Allen’s COVID-19 Resource Center for a more comprehensive analysis of the CARES Act.

  • MVA COVID-19 Resource Center, 04.2020

    While striving to assist our clients and customers in responding to the outbreak, we also need to think about when it is over. There will be many losers, but also inevitably winners, either real or perceived. Helping the distressed and others harmed by the outbreak is hard and critical work. Managing the response to those who helped the winners will be unpredictable and complex. Right now, we cannot fully know the winners. Will it be customers that supply a desperately needed product or those that have sold at an opportune time? Our actions will be viewed through hindsight layered with emotions.

  • 04.2020

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting disruptions to business and economic activity across the country, the Securities Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the SEC staff have taken steps to provide relief from certain filing and other regulatory requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and to give guidance to public companies on disclosure considerations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • MVA COVID-19 Resource Center, 04.2020

    As summarized below, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have issued a series of bulletins and other guidance regarding the ability to use and disclose protected health information during the nationwide public health emergency concerning COVID-19.  Generally, the guidance is intended to provide greater flexibility during the emergency and to communicate existing abilities to use and disclose patient information, while confirming that the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s protections are not suspended as a whole. In addition, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Security (CARES) Act contains provisions related to Part 2 protections and additional HIPAA guidance.

  • MVA COVID-19 Resource Center, 04.2020

    The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has elicited extraordinary suppression and mitigation measures from all levels of government in the U.S. and around the world. It is difficult to fathom the extent to which the economy, global and domestic travel, and life as we knew it have been disrupted in the span of only a few weeks. Lawmakers have been in the difficult position of having to weigh the public health implications of their policy decisions against the economic impact on businesses and individuals. At all levels, our governments have been taking steps to address mitigation of business and individual losses incurred during the pandemic.

  • 03.2020

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to roil the global markets, private fund managers across the alternative asset spectrum (e.g., hedge, credit, private equity, etc.) have been confronted with a host of novel issues touching all aspects of their businesses. Managers should leverage historical context in communicating with their stakeholders, managing novel risks, and seizing on perceived opportunities.

  • 03.2020

    Like many areas, the U.S. immigration system has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a summary of the most critical information effecting employers and their foreign workforce during this time.

  • 03.2020

    On March 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued additional broad and unprecedented regulatory waivers and new rules to enable the U.S. healthcare system to have maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • MVA COVID-19 Resource Center, 03.2020

    H-1B Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the annual limit for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions has been met and that the lottery selection process has been completed.

  • MVA COVID-19 Resource Center, 03.2020

    On March 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued additional broad and unprecedented regulatory waivers and new rules to enable the U.S. healthcare system to have maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • MVA COVID-19 Resource Center, 03.2020

    At 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020, all citizens and businesses of North Carolina will join hundreds of millions of others in the United States that are subject to state or local government issued “stay-at-home” orders. On March 27, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a statewide stay-at-home order via Executive Order 121, “Stay-At-Home Order and Strategic Directions for North Carolina in Response to Increasing COVID-19 Cases” (Stay-At-Home Order”). The Governor stated several findings as the basis for the Order, including that 763 COVID-19 cases across 60 counties had been confirmed in the state, widespread community transmission of the virus is occurring, and local control of the emergency has been insufficient to protect the lives and property of North Carolinians.

  • 03.2020

    The most vulnerable among us who are preyed upon for the economic benefit of another -- victims of human trafficking -- just got more vulnerable. It goes without saying that this global public health and economic crisis will touch most industries and systems. Developing and maintaining an effective response to human trafficking ought to remain high priority for our government agencies, schools, healthcare workers, law enforcement, courts and financial service providers. Perpetrators may take advantage of our fragile communities and temporary processes, causing already vulnerable people to become even more susceptible to victimization. 

  • MVA COVID-19 Resource Center, 03.2020

    In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, both U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Department of State (US DOS) announced that in-person services were being temporarily suspended.

  • MVA COVID-19 Resource Center, 03.2020

    For the last three weeks or so, the federal and state banking agencies, collectively and individually, have, with increasing urgency, called on financial institutions to meet the financial needs of customers impacted by the COVID-19. Congress has now codified some of the guidance in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). To assist our clients in understanding the scale and scope of the regulatory actions, we describe the state of play as we know it today.

  • MVA COVID-19 Resource Center, 03.2020

    The shuttered storefronts and grounded airplanes that by now have become an all too familiar image of the COVID-19 pandemic are quickly creating a ripple effect through the U.S. economy. As unemployment rises and Americans struggle to pay their bills, federal and state governments and agencies are rushing to provide aid to those most impacted by the virus. A key focus of those efforts has been on mortgage related relief. This article canvasses the rapidly changing regulatory environment related to single family mortgage loans and provides an overview of the relief available to homeowners at both the national and state level.

  • Law360, 03.2020

    Charlotte Privacy & Data Security Counsel Leslie Pedernales was quoted in the Law360 article titled, “Lawsuit Debate Again Derails Wash. State Privacy Legislation” which was published on March 13.

  • TechTarget, 12.2019

    Charlotte Immigration Associate Amanda Franklin was quoted in the TechTarget article titled, “H-1B lottery change may drive increase in visa applicants.”

  • 09.2019

    WHAT IS CHARLOTTE TRIAGE?

    In September of 2018, the Charlotte legal community came together, to initiate a pro bono program we called Charlotte Triage. Charlotte Triage brings pro bono volunteers together to assist Legal Aid and Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy in the key areas that particularly affect economic mobility and opportunity: housing, criminal record expungement and healthcare.

  • 06.2019

    MVA 2019 Annual Public Service Report

  • 06.2019

    Welcome to the second edition of our MVA Today Alumni Newsletter. We hope that you enjoyed the inaugural issue and that you will find this version informative. We wanted to start off this update with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

  • UNC Charlotte Urban Institute article, 05.2019

    Charlotte Litigation Member and member of the N.C. Board of Transportation Tony Lathrop was quoted in the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute's article, "Charlotte is 'on the cusp' of its first true regional transit plan," which was published on May 15. The article discusses how the Charlotte region is taking concrete steps towards building a regional transit system that crosses county lines. However, there are many questions remaining and the main question is, "Who will pay?"

  • Chief Marketer, 03.2019

    The article discusses whether communications and marketing team members should be more specialized and how to evaluate what skills are needed. For many in the industry, these are the decades old questions about how to combine the strengths of team members, including agency support, within larger marketing and communications divisions. The questions about specialization exist for smaller groups of teams within one of these domains as well.

  • 12.2018

    December 13, 2018: The Gaston County Economic Development Commission is pleased to announce that Sonic Automotive, Inc. has cho¬sen to locate its newest office operations in Lowell. Located at 109 Kenworthy Avenue in Lowell, the facility will house marketing and ad¬vanced customer care operations for Sonic Automotive, Inc. Approximately 500 jobs will be created within a five-year period with an invest¬ment of $11.2 million. Sonic Automotive, Inc., a Fortune 500 company and member of the Russell 2000 Index, is among the largest automotive retailers in the Unit- ed States. Sonic Automotive's Lowell operation will provide support of sales operations of the Sonic Automotive family. Sonic’s dealerships provide comprehensive services, including sales of both new and used vehicles, vehicle service and the ability for customers to sell used vehicles to Sonic and EchoPark Automotive stores.

  • 12.2018

    On April 1, 2019, USCIS will begin accepting cap subject H-1B professional worker petitions for a start date of October 1, 2019 (FY2020).

  • 11.2018

    The nation’s political divide was reflected in last night’s Congressional elections. Republicans will maintain control of the Senate, but Democrats have gained control of the House of Representatives. In the North Carolina Legislature, Democrats picked up enough seats in the House of Representatives to break the Republican supermajority. Democrats appear to have picked up the six seats needed to do the same in the Senate, but there are a number of races too close to call.

  • 11.2018

    Family offices, and the investment professionals serving them, have long been participants in traditional M&A transactions. Of late, however, middle market and lower-middle market family offices are experiencing an increased migration of private equity professionals from traditional private equity funds. This migration has prompted an increased need for investment professionals (and their advisors) to consider the often-perceived sleepy legal field of trusts and estates when structuring both a family office itself and its transactions.

  • 11.2018

    Charlotte Immigration Associate Amanda Franklin was quoted in the Society For Human Resource Management’s (SRHM) article titled, “Stay Error-Free When Disposing of Old I-9s,” that was published on November 2.

  • 22 N.C. Banking Inst. 405, 2018
  • 10.2018

    With the holiday season rapidly approaching, now is the best time for visa holders to review their travel documents and plan for renewals if necessary.

  • 09.2018

    Online registration for the DV-2020 program begins on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), and concludes on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST).Eligibility requirements and instructions for the DV Lottery can be found in the Federal Register. There is no fee to register for the program, however applicants must apply online by submitting an Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form or DS-5501) at dvlottery.state.gov. The registration via this site will open at noon EDT on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

  • Law360, 09.2018

    Charlotte Privacy and Data Security Member Karin McGinnis was quoted in Law 360 on September 20. The article titled, “What In-House Counsel Can Do To Fight Cyberthreats,” discusses how in-house counsel can play a pivotal role in helping their businesses prepare for possible data breaches, as companies of all sizes across industries seek to maintain security amid unprecedented challenges from cyberattacks.

  • 09.2018
    On October 1, 2018, USCIS will implement a fee increase for their premium processing service. The new fee for premium processing will be $1,410.00, a 14.92 percent increase from the current fee of $1,225.00.
  • 08.2018

    USCIS announced that it will continue the current suspension of premium processing service for H-1B cap-subject petitions through an estimated date of February 19, 2019. In addition, as of September 11, 2018, USCIS will expand the suspension of premium processing services to all H-1B petitions filed at the Vermont and California Service Centers, excluding certain cap-exempt filings.

  • 08.2018

    In its September Visa Bulletin, U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that the final action dates for several employment-based (EB) visa categories will significantly retrogress as of September 1, 2018. This retrogression is expected to be temporary and as of October 1, 2018 (the first month of fiscal year 2019), the final action dates are anticipated to be returned to those established for August.

  • 05.2018

    2018 is already shaping up to be an interesting election year. Legislative redistricting and a possible “Blue Wave” have given Democrats hopes of breaking the supermajorities in the North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate and hopes of winning a majority in one or both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly. This election year also features a record number of women candidates matching the rise seen nationally.

  • 05.2018

    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.  

  • ABA Section of Litigation Trial Practice’s Summer, 05.2018

    Charleston Litigation Member Robert Sumner and Associate Chuck Scarminach were recently published in the ABA Section of Litigation Trial Practice’s Summer Publication. The article titled, "When Do You Need an English Translator in Civil Depositions?", discusses how to determine when you should use a translator.

  • 05.2018

    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.

  • 04.2018

    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.

  • 04.2018

    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.

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