U.S. Private and Emerging Business

24
Feb

Why Are Oil Prices Falling?

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Over the last four years, oil prices had remained constant. However, in the last seven months prices per barrel have dropped considerably. In 2010, a barrel of crude sold at approximately $110 dollars per barrel, whereas in 2014 the price per barrel dropped to below $50 a barrel. This drop can be attributed to several different reasons. The US is increasing production of crude oil, and the slowing economic growth in several countries which has reduced demand, especially China. Currently, US oil production is at the highest levels it has been at in 30 years. In addition, the recently lifted sanctions on Iran have been lifted and it will begin producing oil as well adding to an already flooded supply. These reasons coupled with the fact that Saudi Arabia’s Oil Minister, Ali al-Naimi, has declared that The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will not be reducing production regardless of how low the price per barrel may fall, has also had an affect. These falling prices will have a major impact on business and the economy in a number of ways.
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19
Feb

What is a Dual Representation Agreement with a Lawyer and When is it Used?

ProsCons             Deciding when to invest in an attorney is an important decision. Frequently, people hope to save money and have one attorney or agent represent the interests of both individuals on either side of a dispute. However, in order to do so the attorney must comply with strict disclosure rules for the state in which he or she is practicing. Both parties on either side of the conflict must be made aware that there is a potential conflict, that they have the right to independent representation, and they generally are required to sign a written agreements acknowledging they have been made well aware of their rights. Sometimes this agreement is reached and both parties and the attorney will review and be asked to sign a conflict of dual representation agreement. Read more

17
Feb

What is the Effect of Lifting the Trade Embargo on Cuba?

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The story of Cuba and the United States is headed for yet another historic chapter in its history. When President Barack Obama gave his final State of the Union Address on January 12, 2016, he announced his plans to lift the 50-year embargo on Cuba. President Obama has worked to improve relations with Cuba since December 2014. On January 27, 2016, new regulations that expanded the list of exports to Cuba were issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). In addition, there were also amendments to how U.S. entities can finance its exports to Cuba, air carrier services, and travel to the island.  These are part of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

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12
Feb

7 Top Management Skills to Run a Successful Non-Profit

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If you are contemplating starting a non-profit organization, there are certain skills needed by the principal management for running a non-profit organization. These skills are unique to non-profit organizations and are needed to operate as efficiently as possible. The following seven skills are extremely important.

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10
Feb

How Does International Commercial Arbitration Work?

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International Commercial Arbitration is the process used by parties conducting international business to resolve contractual disputes. Some of the frequent reasons that parties often favor arbitration is the general mistrust and uncertainty in laws, lack of fairness in the legal process, lack of independence of judicial systems of other nations, procedural delays, and elevated costs of pursuing legal actions in foreign countries. Accordingly, parties have often favored arbitration to resolve international commercial disputes.
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5
Feb

How Will the Recently Lifted Sanctions in Iran Affect American Businesses?

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Since 2012, the United States and other countries have maintained an embargo on Iran that has prevented it from having any normalized trade relations with several countries. The purpose of these sanctions was to curb Iran’s nuclear Program. With the agreement of Iran to work toward this purpose, the United Sates along with several other countries agreed to lift some of its Iranian sanctions in January of 2016. The removal of sanctions now makes it possible for companies in the U.S., Europe, Asia and other areas throughout the world to begin conducting business in Iran.
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27
Jan

What is Arbitration and is It Applicable to Your Contracts?

IntlArbInternational Commercial Arbitration is the process used by parties conducting international business to resolve contractual disputes. Distrust and uncertainty in laws, fairness of the legal process, independence of judicial systems of other nations, procedural delays, and elevated costs of pursuing legal actions in foreign countries are frequent concerns among those involved in international business. Accordingly, such concerns have encouraged the use of arbitration to resolve international commercial disputes. Read more

25
Jan

Is Your Higher Education Institution Compliant with Federal Financial Regulations?

federal financial contract regulations In the United States today, the majority of Americans use credit and debit cards and students are no different. Often times students receive their first card when they enter a college or university. These cards are school sponsored credit cards. The schools are required by law to comply with the consumer protection laws when offering school sponsored credit cards. In December of 2015, the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) sent warning letters notifying 17 higher education institutions that they have to improve disclosure of credit card agreements as required by law.

All colleges and universities are required to comply with the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act (CARD). Rule 15 U.S.C. § 1650(f)(1), known as the CARD Act, necessitates that all institutions of higher education must disclose publicly any contract or agreement made with a credit card issuer or a creditor whose intent is to market a credit card. 12 CFR § 1026.57(b); Comment 1026.57(b)-1 sets forth the guidelines for compliance:

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15
Jan

View From the Top Series: An Interview with Kevin Lewis of the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

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Attorney Nouvelle L. Gonzalo

For those new to our series, let us tell you a bit more! Our View from the Top series is when we take a scheduled departure from our regular blog content.  We sit-down and talk with individuals who are having a local, national, or global impact in our community. We ask these individuals to share a bit about the challenges they faced on the road to success and advice they would give others.  This a chance for Gonzalo Law to reach out to “game changers” and allow them to share their insights with our business and institutional clients.  Our goal is to help clients maximize their success by implementing key insights.

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13
Jan

Ways to Avoid Fines & Violations Under HIPAA

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               Technological advancements have given rise to new issues regarding privacy in health care. It is very important that organizations understand and comply with these frequenty changing health care rules. Failure to comply can lead to hefty fines for your organization. The three important rules that your organization should be aware of are the Security Rule, The Privacy Rule, and the Breach Notification Rule.

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