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6 Spencer Fane Attorneys to Present at SDA Conference

Spencer Fane attorneys Jamie Cotter, Ron Fano, Nicole Finco, Tom George, Rick Kron, and Lisa Mayers will present at the upcoming Special District Association of Colorado (SDA) Conference.

The Spencer Fane STARTUP Lab is Now Accepting Applications from Startups and New Emerging Companies

Helping startups and new emerging companies succeed is central to the economic well-being of Kansas City and its residents.  This concept is what helped drive Spencer Fane LLP to found the Spencer Fane STARTUP LabOnce every quarter, the Spencer Fane STARTUP Lab will select a startup company in the Kansas City region and offer 3 months of free legal consultation, along with mentoring and facilitating meaningful industry introductions.

Kirby McDonough Provides Guidance for Mortgage Servicers on Disaster Forbearance

Spencer Fane attorney Kirby McDonough recently published an article in Mortgage Compliance Magazine on mortgage servicers’ obligations under the FCRA when reporting on a disaster affected borrower that has accepted a forbearance.

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Mary Bacon Provides Insights on Mandatory Mediation Provisions

Spencer Fane attorney Mary Bacon recently published an article in Construction Executive explaining what construction companies should consider when deciding whether to include a mandatory mediation provision in a contract.

Spencer Fane Hosts Phoenix Mayor for Global Chamber Event

Spencer Fane and partner Mike Patterson recently hosted Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego for the 3rd annual “Welcome to the Metro” Global Chamber event.

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Latest Publications

CCPA, It’s Not Just Alphabet Soup

Our previous article “Does the CCPA Apply to My Company?”[i] outlined some questions to help determine if your company is included in the definition of business for the CCPA. Here, we give a brief overview of the law and discuss both its potential effects and enforcement.

An Uncashed Check is Taxable

The IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2019-19 to describe the tax and reporting treatment of uncashed distribution checks from tax-qualified retirement plans.  The ruling describes a situation in which a plan is required to make a distribution and the participant receives the distribution check, but does not cash it.  The ruling makes clear that, regardless of why the participant does not cash the check (or even if the participant cashes the check in a later year), the distribution is subject to applicable tax withholding and reporting in the year in which the distribution is made.  In addition, the participant must include the distribution in his or her gross income for that same year.

EPA Proposes Restrictions to State Water Quality Certifications

A proposed rule issued August 9th appears to move in a different direction from the approach to cooperative federalism promoted by recent EPA initiatives.  EPA’s new Water Quality Certification rule seeks to restrict the authority of states and authorized tribal agencies – at least with respect to certain actions under the Clean Water Act. This is a rule to watch for utilities and businesses seeking licenses from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and for developers who need Clean Water Act Section 404 permits from the Army Corps of Engineers.

Colorado Mining Operations Face Temporary Cessation Roadblock

Case of First Impression Overturns Mined Land Reclamation Board Ruling

On July 25, 2019, the Colorado Court of Appeals reversed a ruling of the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board (“MLRB” or “agency”) which had authorized a second period of temporary cessation for a uranium mine.  The Court in Information Network for Responsible Mining, Earthworks, and Sheep Mountain Alliance v. Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board was asked to determine if the agency properly authorized a “second period of temporary cessation” which would allow the mining permit issued by the MLRB to remain in effect.

The Role of States in Environmental Enforcement – EPA Issues Final Policy Outlining State Responsibility

Continuing its focus on cooperative federalism under the current Administration, EPA issued its final policy on Enhancing Effective Partnerships Between the EPA and the States in Civil Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Work on July 11, 2019.  EPA’s guidance memorandum follows review of comments from the draft policy published in May 2019 and replaces the January 2018 interim guidance on enhancing partnerships.  EPA’s final policy expands and clarifies earlier direction on communication planning between EPA and its state counterparts with authorized or delegated programs under various federal statutes such as the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and RCRA.

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Latest Events

Shawn Tuma to Serve as Co-Chair at CAIL Cybersecurity Conference

Spencer Fane attorney Shawn Tuma will participate in The Center for American and Internal Law (CAIL) Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law Conference as both co-chair and moderator of two panels.

Mike Patterson to Participate in Panel on Capital Funding for Technology Companies

Spencer Fane attorney Mike Patterson will join a panel discussion about capital available for technology companies at a Perimeter83 Lunch & Learn event.

Jon Farnsworth to Present in National Seminar on Cybersecurity

Spencer Fane attorney Jon Farnsworth will conduct two presentations at a National Business Institute (NBI) video webcast course focusing on cybersecurity issues. The course is aimed at attorneys, paralegals, business executives and information services managers.

Jon Farnsworth and Randi Winter to Present at TechPulse

TechPulse 2019 is the premier business expo in the Twin Cities attended annually by approximately 500 business and technology executives.  The event is open to the public.  Informative breakout sessions and exhibits cover four major areas: technology, business administration, operations, and demand/marketing.

Jon Farnsworth to Teach National Seminar on Business Contracts

Spencer Fane attorney Jon Farnsworth will conduct four presentations at a National Business Institute (NBI) course focusing on contract drafting.

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