The Blind Spot in Companies' Financial Reports

Some big U.S. multinationals are being partially audited by Chinese accounting firms U.S. regulators can’t check.
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Air Taxis and Self-Driving Aircraft: Aviation Industry Faces Its Future

The Farnborough International Airshow in England this past week highlighted technology of the near future, including autonomous aircraft and urban flying vehicles that don’t need an airport.
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Facebook Suspends Analytics Firm on Concerns About Sharing of Public User-Data

Facebook said it was suspending analytics firm Crimson Hexagon while it investigates whether the firm’s government contracts violate Facebook policies.
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In Hollywood, 'Anything Goes' Becomes 'You're Fired'

Hollywood’s longstanding say-anything, do-anything culture is rapidly turning into one where the wrong words can kill careers.
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Congress Ends Bid to Undo President's Deal to Save China's ZTE

Congress abandoned a bipartisan attempt to undo President Trump’s deal with Beijing to save Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp.
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New CEO to Replace Ailing Marchionne Atop Fiat Chrysler

Fiat Chrysler appointed a new chief executive Saturday in an unexpected move to replace the ailing Sergio Marchionne, who has led the company for nearly a decade.
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America Is Running Out of Family Caregivers, Just When It Needs Them Most

Family members have long been the backbone of the nation’s long-term care system. But smaller, more far-flung families mean fewer of these unpaid helpers to attend to the rising population of elderly Americans. “Are you really my daughter?”
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Trump's Emerging Economic Policy: Picking Winners and Losers

The president’s unorthodox approach to economic policy could harm some U.S. industries with tariffs, but it also includes concrete plans to maintain America’s technological edge.
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U.S. Jobless Claims Hit Lowest Level Since 1969

The number of Americans claiming new unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in nearly five decades.
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Trump Continues Fed Criticism, Renews Threat on China Imports

President Trump continued his criticism of the Federal Reserve, saying higher rates hurt the U.S. economic expansion, and accused China and Europe of manipulating their currencies to hurt the U.S. on trade.
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China Woos U.A.E. With Trade, Balancing Concerns Over Iran Ties

The Chinese president wrapped up three-day meeting in U.A.E with flurry of business agreements, bolstering economic ties with a key ally of Saudi Arabia, just as Beijing is emerging as a critical partner for an increasingly isolated Iran.
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Share of U.S. Employees Offered Health Care Through Work Rises

For the first time in six years, the portion of U.S. workers offered health insurance through their employer has risen, a sign a tighter labor market is prompting businesses to offer more generous benefits.
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WhatsApp to Limit Forwarding After Rumor-Led Violence in India

Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service is making it harder for users to forward content after the spread of rumors on the app led to mob violence and the killing of more than 20 people in India.
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Global Oil Industry Prepares for a Revival

Oil producers are ordering more equipment and lining up drilling rigs for later this year, according to top industry executives, indications that international activity is picking up.
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America's Factory Towns, Once Solidly Blue, Are Now a GOP Haven

In one generation, manufacturing districts have flipped from Democratic strongholds to Republican ones. The swing is remaking both parties on issues from trade to social policy—and could shape the midterm elections.
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U.S. to Toughen Foreign-Investment Reviews Amid Trade Fight With China

Congress is poised to strengthen the procedures for vetting both foreign investments in the U.S. and overseas transactions involving cutting-edge American technology.
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Not Just Fur: Fashion Houses Scramble to Drop Animal Skins

Luxury brands that have long relied on fur and animal skins to drive sales are scrambling to impose animal-welfare standards on their supply chains.
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Top 10 from Texas Bar Today: Coverage, Consent, and Covenants

Originally published by Joanna Herzik.

To highlight some of the posts that stand out from the crowd, the editors of Texas Bar Today have created a list from the week’s blog posts of the top ten based on subject matter, writing style, headline, and imagery. We hope you enjoy this installment.

10. Criminal act’s a criminal act – so, no coverageDavid Coale @600camp of Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP in Dallas

9. To err is human. To disagree on an appraisal award is not grounds to set it aside.Anne-Marie Abarado of Hanna & Plaut, L.L.P. in Austin

8. Are Employment Class Actions A Thing of the Past?Keith Clouse of Clouse Brown PLLC @ClouseBrownLaw in Dallas

7. What Would Your Law Firm Be Like If You Gave Associates “Fed Ex” Days?Cordell Parvin @cordellparvin of Cordell Parvin LLC in Dallas

6. Can Adults Consent To A Fistfight in Texas? Not Exactly.Brandon Barnett of Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC @BHWLAWFIRM in Fort Worth

5. Privacy Alert – Alexa (and Friends) is Listening!Cleve Clinton of Gray Reed & McGraw @GrayReedLaw in Dallas

4. Texas Supreme Court Finds no Cause of Action for Intentional Interference with InheritanceSim Israeloff of Cowles & Thompson @CowlesThompson in Dallas

3. Three’s a crowd: The latest Texas Supreme Court ruling and its effect on non-parent standingRyan Segall of O’Neil Wysocki, P.C. in Dallas

2. Fifth Circuit Reminder: Words Matter in Employment Contracts, Restrictive CovenantsJoe Ahmad of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C. in Houston

1. Grow Your Small Law Firm’s Business with Content Marketing – Amy Boardman Hunt of Muse Communications, LLC @MuseCommLLC

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Original author: Joanna Herzik
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TCDLA hosts Declaration of Independence readings

Originally published by Adam Faderewski.

The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, or TCDLA, will host readings of the Declaration of Independence across the state in recognition of the Fourth of July.

The readings, which will take place in over 100 Texas counties on July 3, have been sponsored by TCDLA for several years. Some of the gatherings will also include a reading of the Bill of the Rights.

“This is an opportunity for every Texas community—large and small—to stand and support the documents that make us what we are: free and brave Americans. I hope people will show up at their local courthouses to witness this very patriotic annual events,” said TCDLA President Mark Snodgrass in a press release.

Most of the readings are scheduled for 9 a.m. July 3. For a full list of readings and more information, go to the TCDLA website.

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Original author: Adam Faderewski
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June 29, 2018 Weekly Round Up

Originally published by tiffany.dowell.

 

Happy Friday!  My husband and I just returned from a little vacation in the California wine country.

 

Although we had a great time in Napa, I made sure to keep up with the ag law news this week so I could share some of the biggest stories with you all.

*Justice Kennedy announces retirement.  Perhaps the biggest news this week was that US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he will retire during the Court’s summer break.  Immediately, talk turned to speculation over who President Trump might nominate as his replacement, and whether that nomination would be confirmed before the mid-term elections this fall.  Particularly interesting for agriculture is that it was Justice Kennedy who wrote the plurality opinion in the Clean Water Act case of Rapanos, which gave us the “significant nexus” test that the 2015 WOTUS rule was based upon.  How this plays out will be interesting to see.  [Read article here.]

*US Supreme Court remands Florida v. Georgia back to Special Master for additional consideration.  Just before Justice Kennedy’s big announcement became public, the US Supreme Court issued its final opinions of the term, including a 5-4 decision in Florida v. Georgia, a water law case pitting two states against each other in a battle over water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin.  The Special Master had recommended that the case be dismissed, as Florida failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that its injury could be adequately redressed by an order from the Court in this case.  The Supreme Court did not accept this recommendation, deciding instead that the Special Master applied too strict of a standard in reaching this determination, and remanding the case back to him for additional consideration.  [Read opinion here.]

*IA Supreme Court upholds Right to Farm Act.  Last Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an opinion in Honomichl v. Valley View Swine, LLC, affirmed the constitutionality of the state’s Right to Farm Act.  In this case, plaintiffs were homeowners who owned their property prior to a hog farm being built nearby.  They sued for nuisance, and the farm contended the Right to Farm Act prohibited the claims.  The court reaffirmed a three-part test under the statute to analyze the applicability of the defense.  [Read summary of decision here.]

* North Carolina governor vetoes Right to Farm Amendment, Legislature overrides veto.  You may recall last week that the North Carolina legislature passed an amendment to the state’s Right to Farm Law.  This week, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed that bill.  Cooper noted that while agriculture is vital to North Carolina’s economy, so are property rights vital to people’s homes and businesses.  [Read article here.]  But then, in a twist, the North Carolina House and Senate vote to override the veto, passing the bill into law.  [Read article here.]

*Curbing suicide rates in rural America.  Ag Web published an article earlier this month looking at suicide rates across the country.  The rates are highest across the West and in rural parts of the nation.  The article offers tips and resources to help.  [Read article here.]

 

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