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Sep 14, 2017

2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States

The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform just released its 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States.  Sometimes this information can be useful to help a business decide where to locate, where to do business (or not), and where to litigate.  This information can also be useful at times to make an argument in Court that a jurisdiction has become a favored venue (and why) for Plaintiffs from out of state, and might help support a forum non-conveniens motion. » Read More

Apr 03, 2017

The Plastic Bag Ban: How Does Rapidly Changing Environmental Regulation Impact Your Business’s Expansion?

“Disposable” plastic bags have become a ubiquitous element of retail shopping over the past several decades, with most consumers barely thinking about the volume or impact of their use and disposal.  Thin plastic bags have become so inexpensive, that virtually all retail businesses offer them free of charge – at least where they are still permitted to do so.

Over the past decade, governments around the world have moved towards requiring businesses to participate in pollution-reduction efforts. » Read More

Feb 15, 2017

INTRODUCTION TO US BENEFIT CORPORATIONS: US Subsidiaries of Foreign Parents Doing Good by Bridging Profitability and Responsible Business – PART II

Part II: Legal Structure and Requirements

As discussed in Part I of this series, business owners are increasingly choosing to pursue the B-corporation form to combine their companies’ for-profit and public benefit purposes.  B Lab, the independent non-profit that certifies B-corporations’ social and environmental benefits, recently reported increased instances of B-corporations forming outside the United States, and the B-corporation form may also help attract investors from around the world. » Read More

Feb 13, 2017

INTRODUCTION TO US BENEFIT CORPORATIONS: US Subsidiaries of Foreign Parents Doing Good by Bridging Profitability and Responsible Business

Part I: Background

In 2006, Yvon Chouinard, the founder of sportswear giant Patagonia, published a corporate memoir that would equally inspire board members in three-piece suits and surfers in wetsuits.  Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman attempts to reshape the way we think about business, and Chouinard leads by example.  He writes, “Who are businesses really responsible to? » Read More

Dec 16, 2015

The Fed Finally Moves – A 0.25% Interest Rate Hike

Fed Chair Janet Yellen announced this afternoon the much anticipated increase in its benchmark interest rate from zero to 0.25%. While many of the US economic sectors have improved, the Fed has been concerned about the low inflation rate. Notwithstanding that concern, the Fed unanimously agreed to the rate hike, noting in its policy statement that “the Committee judges that there has been considerable improvement in labor market conditions this year, and it is reasonably confident that inflation will rise over the medium term to its 2 percent objective.”

The increase in the Fed’s benchmark rate ends its quantitative easing program that has been going on for the better part of a decade.» Read More

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