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October 17, 2017, Covington Alert

On October 13, President Trump announced that he would no longer certify to Congress that the suspension of U.S. sanctions against Iran pursuant to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) is “appropriate and proportionate” to the steps that Iran has taken to terminate its illicit nuclear program. The President’s much-anticipated announcement does not ...

October 13, 2017, Covington Alert

Beginning October 31, 2017, New York City employers will no longer be permitted to ask job applicants about their salary history or rely on a job applicant’s salary history in determining the potential salary or benefits for that applicant. The new legislation, which applies to all employees working in New York City and was signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in May, ...

October 13, 2017, Covington Alert

In a court filing this morning and an Executive Order issued yesterday, the Trump Administration announced major policy changes affecting health insurers and employers. The Administration intends to cease making cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurers, while also expanding the availability of Association Health Plans, short-term health plans, and ...

October 13, 2017, Covington Alert

In a draft regulation released earlier this year, China proposed regulating the import, export, manufacture, sale, and use of “commercial encryption products,” building on a patchwork of regulations.1 These regulations have focused on restricting the import and use of encryption products produced by certain manufacturers, and many entities have expressed concern ...

October 11, 2017, Covington Alert

On Monday, October 9, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 17 (SB 17), establishing substantial new reporting and notification requirements in California for prescription drug manufacturers related to drug pricing. California is the latest of several states to enact legislation related to drug pricing. This alert, prepared by ...

October 10, 2017, Covington Alert

This e-alert is part of a series of e-alerts summarizing publicly available FDA enforcement letters (i.e., warning letters and untitled letters) relating to the advertising and promotion of prescription drugs, medical devices, and biologics.

September 26, 2017, Covington Alert

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), as well as the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (the “Staff”), published new interpretive guidance to assist public companies in complying with the SEC’s pay ratio disclosure rule. The new guidance addresses many questions that have been raised regarding the rule, including how a ...

September 22, 2017, Covington Alert

President Trump has issued an Executive Order (“the Order”), effective September 21, 2017, imposing additional sanctions on persons doing business in certain sectors of the North Korean economy or engaging in certain trade or financial activities involving North Korea. President Trump issued the Order in response to North Korea’s recent intercontinental ...

September 21, 2017, Covington Alert

Perhaps no industry faces more scrutiny and regulation of its political activities than the financial industry. Even though these rules are often not intuitive, failure to comply with them can result in big penalties, loss of business, and debilitating reputational consequences. This primer describes three sometimes overlooked risk areas for investment firms: ...