FINRA Proposed Limited Registration For Capital Finders

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has proposed a limited form of registration for persons and organizations involved in finding capital for business deals. The title for such brokers would be “Limited Corporate Financing Brokers”, and the proposal is Regulatory Notice 14-09, available at  http://www.finra.org/Industry/Regulation/Notices/2014/P449587 “Finders” regulation has been an active topic of conversation in…

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Phase I Hazardous Land Conditions Study Standard Approved By USEPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency issued rules December 30, 2013 approving the American Society for Testing and Measurement (ASTM) E1527-13 standard practice for Phase I environmental site assessments. This is an “all appropriate inquiries” standard, which defines and limits what types of site conditions require inquiry, allows parties to rely on agency letters indicating they…

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Equipment And Business Stock Tax Breaks Expired 12/31/2013

Congress let two significant small business tax breaks expire at the end of 2013. These were: — The 100% exclusion from capital gains of sales of “qualified small business” stock. A 50% exclusion remains, and the rest of the gain gets ordinary capital gains tax treatment. See http://www.martindale.com/investments-law/article_Foley-Hoag-LLP_2041816.htm for details. — Equipment costs of up to…

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What To Do About A Patent Troll?

“Patent trolls” take advantage of the relatively easy process for getting a “patent” for inventions in the USA (almost 303,000 issued in 2013, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office, see http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/us_stat.htm) and the frequently incomprehensible language of “claims” in the issued patents to suggest that their (often never commercialized) old inventions were the…

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