November 16 Jack Nichols Presents at the University of North Carolina School of Government
Director Jack Nichols served as an instructor for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government’s Public Law for Public Lawyers course, presenting on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in N.C. State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission.
November 13 The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Proposes a New “Retired” Certified Public Accountant Status
The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants have proposed an addition to the Uniform Accountancy Act, creating a “Retired CPA” status for inactive licensees, over the age of 55, who wish to continue volunteer activities and service to nonprofit organizations. The proposal will be vetted via a comment process before changes to the Act are potentially finalized.
November 10 Nathan Standley and Brenner Allen Present Panel Discussion on Antitrust Immunity for Majority-Licensee Boards of Accountancy
Allen, Pinnix & Nichols attorneys Nathan Standley and Brenner Allen presented to state CPA society members at the annual meeting of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Their panel discussion focused on immunity challenges facing state boards of accountancy, as well as the implications of the N.C. State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission case for state CPA society members.
November 9 Noel Allen Presents on Recent Developments in Licensure Law
Director Noel Allen presented on recent developments in accountancy regulation to the annual meeting of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. His focus included immunity for licensee-controlled state professional regulatory boards; the use of titles by non-licensees; and the impact of states’ decriminalization and legalization of marijuana on professional regulation.
November 5 Jack Nichols Presents on the Supreme Court’s Decision in N.C. State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission
Director Jack Nichols served as a panelist for a presentation at the National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary on the Supreme Court’s Decision in N.C. State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission. The discussion focused on the potential implications of the Supreme Court’s decision for licensee-controlled state professional regulatory boards.
October 20 Allen, Pinnix & Nichols Attorneys Present on Data Privacy Panel
Director Noel Allen served as a panelist, with Senior Associate Brenner Allen* as the moderator, for a discussion during the International Business Law Consortium’s annual meeting in Brussels, Belgium. The panel discussion was titled U.S. and E.U. Data Protection Legal Frameworks: Cross-Border Challenges and Recent Changes. The focus included recent developments in U.S. laws and enforcement, along with guidance on best practices for foreign businesses seeking to comply with U.S. federal and state data protection laws.
October 14 Federal Trade Commission Issues Active Supervision Guidance
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year in the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission case, the Federal Trade Commission has issued formal guidance regarding how state regulatory boards controlled by market participants can meet the new requirement imposed for ensuring federal antitrust law immunity: “active supervision” of board decisions by a neutral state entity. This includes a discussion of state review activities that may not meet the active supervision requirement. It also includes consideration, with few conclusions, of activities that might constitute active supervision. Our firm counsels professional licensing boards on this subject, as well as other antitrust compliance matters.
October 12 Jack Pinnix Honored as a 2015 North Carolina Leader in the Law
Allen, Pinnix & Nichols Director Jack Pinnix has been selected as a 2015 North Carolina Leader in the Law by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. According to North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law are "legal professionals who go above and beyond in their profession," and include "the most influential individuals within our state's legal community." Jack’s practice specializes in immigration law.
* Brenner is licensed only in Washington State and Washington D.C.
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