NY Department of Financial Services Proposes New Cybersecurity Rules

In September of 2016, the NY Department of Financial Services (the “DFS”) proposed rules to require anyone operating under the NY banking law, insurance law or financial services law (a “Covered Entity”) to adopt a cybersecurity program and a cybersecurity policy, to appoint a chief information officer (a “CIO”), to do penetration and vulnerability testing,... Read more »

Court Dismisses Citizen Suit Against Oneida for Solar Farm Agreement

Given the state and federal incentives for solar energy, and the lowered cost of solar panels, companies are seeking to lease land in rural New York to build solar farms.  The Oneida Daily Dispatch reported in April 2016 that a Madison County Judge had dismissed an Article 78 lawsuit against the city of Oneida.  See here.  The suit... Read more »

SEC Settles First “Stand-Alone” Whistleblower Case

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) showed its teeth when it imposed its first “stand-alone” fine under the “Whistleblower Program” at the end of September, 2016.  The Program was authorized by the Dodd-Frank Act.  The fine against International Game Technology was for firing an employee who reported to senior management and the SEC that... Read more »

BLM Proposal to Make Federal Lands Accessible to Solar and Wind Energy

The rule proposed by the Bureau of Land Management, see here, under the Obama administration’s push for clean energy, is reportedly to be adopted in October 2016.  The rule establishes a competitive bidding process that would be in theory more streamlined than the current permitting process, offsets equal to up to 20% of the bid and... Read more »


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