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Government funding – be aware of loan requirements for buildings over 18m high
Many residential blocks of flats over 18m in height are now being granted government funding by the Government Building Safety Fund (BSF) to replace cladding identified as containing combustible materials. MORE.
Eleventh Circuit Limits Reach of ADA Accessibility Requirements Online
In a recent decision, the Eleventh Circuit held that Winn-Dixie did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act by operating a website inaccessible to blind individuals. Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.involved a blind individual who sued the grocery chain after he was unable to refill his prescriptions online or link digital coupons to his rewards card because the Winn-Dixie website was incompatible with his screen-reader software. MORE.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Settlement
If your company had an administrative services agreement with a Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) licensee in the past six years or a health insurance policy with a BCBS licensee in the past 13 years, your company may benefit from the settlement of a court case, In re: Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation MDL 2406, N.D. Ala. Master File No. 2:13-cv-20000-RDP. MORE.
Proposed Legislation May Bring Sweeping Changes to the Estate Planning World
The “For the 99.5% Act” (introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders) and the Sensible Taxation and Promotion (STEP) Act (introduced by Sen. Chris Van Hollen) collectively propose broad Equity changes to federal estate, gift and income tax laws that, if enacted, would significantly impact common estate planning strategies and transfer taxation. MORE.