Effective April 13, 2012, the Department of State adjusted the visa processing fees applicable to beneficiaries applying for a new visa stamp at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Most nonimmigrant visa applications and Border Crossing Cards will increase, except for the E visas (treaty-traders and treaty-investors) and K visas (for fiancés of U.S. citizens).
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) established the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study the effectiveness of various treatments. The Institute's work will be supported by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) fee.
Jeffery E. Smith, a partner in the Columbus office, published this article in The Bankers' Statement, regarding branch purchase and sale transactions, involving sales and acquisitions of defined assets and assumption of defined liabilities (P&A transactions).
Sheila Nolan Gartland, a partner in the Columbus office, details Ohio's history of oil and gas production in this article, which was originally published in the November/December edition of Ohio Lawyer, a publication of the Ohio State Bar Association.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services updated its count of FY2013 cap-subject H-1B petitions and advanced degree cap-exempt petitions receipted. As of April 9, 2012, nearly 17,400 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted.
For the first time in decades, an Ohio agency has issued a statement on the status of the corporate practice of medicine prohibition. On March 15, 2012, the State Medical Board of Ohio (the Medical Board) published a statement unequivocally declaring that Ohio law does not prohibit an Ohio licensed physician from rendering medical services as an employee of a corporation or any other form of business entity.
As we discussed in a prior client alert, the Ohio Certificate of Need (CON) Program was changed to permit some inter-county bed relocations. Historically, Ohio CON law has prohibited relocating long-term care beds across county lines.
On March 22, 2012, House Bill 489 and Senate Bill 314 (collectively, the Bills) were introduced in the General Assembly. The Bills represent the “JobsOhio II legislation,” which is follow up legislation to the provisions of House Bill 1, which was enacted in February 2011.
In a long-awaited move, the U.S. House on Thursday passed, as part of the JOBS Act, proposed legislation that includes raising the threshold for SEC registration for banks and bank holding companies from 500 shareholders to 2,000 shareholders. The threshold for deregistration would be increased from 300 shareholders to 1,200 shareholders.
Rosemary Welsh, of counsel in the firm’s Cincinnati office, authored an article for the March 2012 edition of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s CBA Report about the new prescription controls that were passed into law by Ohio H.B. 93.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the expansion of TSA Precheck, a passenger pre-screening initiative. Under this initiative, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) focuses its efforts on passengers the agency knows less about, while providing expedited screening for travelers who volunteer information about themselves before flying.
Paige Kohn, an associate in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the litigation group, authored “When Will Ohio Law Recognize the Modern Family?” for the Spring 2012 edition of Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly.