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December 5, 2019, Covington Alert

On December 2, 2019, the U.S. Department of the Treasury ("Treasury Department") and the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") released final regulations, as well as new proposed regulations (the “2019 proposed regulations”), addressing issues related to the determination of foreign tax credits in light of the changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”).

November 27, 2019, Covington Alert

On November 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published in the Federal Register a final rule and proposed rule that each aim to increase the transparency of hospital and insurer prices.

November 27, 2019, Covington Alert

Last week, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) published Draft Guidance for Industry No. 256, “Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Drug Substances” (Draft Guidance).

November 27, 2019, Covington Alert

The Department of Commerce (“the Department”) has issued a proposed rule implementing the May 15, 2019 Executive Order entitled “Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain,” which we previously analyzed here. Once finalized and effective, the regulations will govern the process and procedures that the Secretary of Commerce ...

November 26, 2019, Covington Alert

Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a consumer update on its ongoing analysis of the safety of products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD). FDA also issued warning letters to 15 companies for selling CBD-containing products in violation of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). These ...

November 25, 2019

Due to a dramatic increase in administrative proceedings against investment advisers, combined with a noticeable increase in issuer reporting / audit and accounting cases, the Securities and Exchange Commission ended Fiscal Year 2019 with a slight increase in enforcement activity compared to 2018.  Absent the results of its share class selection disclosure ...

November 20, 2019, Covington Alert

On November 18 and 19, 2019, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) provided long-awaited regulatory affirmation that a bank loan’s rate of interest retains its non-usurious character when acquired by a third-party. The agencies each issued proposed rules that seek, as the OCC put it, to “codify what ...

November 19, 2019, Covington Alert

New Guidelines on Outsourcing Arrangements (EBA/GL/2019/02) (“Guidelines”) have been issued by the European Banking Authority (“EBA”) and came into force on September 30, 2019. Within these Guidelines, the EBA aims to contribute to a harmonized framework for outsourcing on a European level. At the same time, the EBA acknowledges the increased interest of ...

November 19, 2019, Covington Alert

In a recent Interpretive Letter, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) addressed a proposal from an OCC-regulated bank to automate its process for filing suspicious activity reports (SARs) under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).