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March 2017

If The Oscars Can Fix It, So Can You

By: Mary Anne Ackourey

By now, you probably have learned about the big mistake at the Oscars a few weeks ago. Maybe you were watching it live, or, instead, like me, catching it the next morning on your phone or desktop. Wow, that was a big screw up, and to the outside eye, totally preventable, but we all know that it happens. Even in Hollywood. But, they fixed it, and while PricewaterhouseCoopers spent days trying to figure out how the presenter got the “wrong envelope” (as if there is a  meaningful answer other than human error), the right movie got the award, and so life goes on.

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Facing the Behemoth: Trump, Gorsuch, and the House’s Attacks on Agency Power

By: Christopher M. Curci

The total number of pages in the Code of Federal Regulations has grown from approximately 110,000 in 1984 to a near staggering 180,000 pages today. This growth can be attributed in large part to the Supreme Court’s 1984 decision in Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. The landmark decision established that federal administrative agencies have broad discretion to interpret federal statutes. Over time, Courts have upheld administrative rulings and interpretations on the basis that they are given “great deference.”

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Cancellation vs. Expiration: The Subtle Distinction and Why it Matters

By: Connor M. Bateman

In most jurisdictions, insurers must adhere to a detailed set of statutory provisions when cancelling or refusing to renew certain types of insurance policies. Most notably, insurers are often charged with delivering or mailing a written notification to the insured providing clear and unequivocal notice that the insurance coverage at issue is ending. Even slight deviations from the statutory requirements governing such notices will likely vitiate the cancellation or nonrenewal and cause coverage under the policy to remain in place.

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FMG is pleased to announce the addition of a new partner to the firm, Mike Athans! Click here for contact information and to read more about Mr. Athans' practice.

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