Jim Hanks Elected to ABA Section for State and Local Government Law

Jim Hanks of Ahlers & Cooney Elected to ABA Section for State and Local Government Law Des Moines, Iowa (September 15, 2011) Attorney Jim Hanks, Shareholder with the Ahlers & Cooney law firm, was recently elected at the annual American Bar Association (ABA) meeting in Toronto as an officer for...
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Top Bond Counsel -- Thomson Reuters

Top Bond Counsel (Competitive) First Half 2011 - Equal Credit to Each Firm Rank Firm Amount Issues 1 Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP $1,648.1 93 2 King & Spalding $996.5 3 3 Foster Pepper PLLC $928.0 9 4 McGuireWoods LLP $880.7 8 5 Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP $869.1...
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The New Markets Tax Credit Program

Just over ten years ago, Congress created the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program to encourage economic development in low income communities and distressed areas. The NMTC program is not well known but has been used in several Iowa cities in recent years. Because familiarity and potential demand for the...
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Changes to Iowa's Open Meetings and Open Records Law

On May 12, 2011, Governor Branstad signed SF 289, an act relating to open records and public meetings. It is effective immediately. Several significant changes include: Public Notice -- Iowa Code section 21.4 now applies the notice requirement to reconvened meetings of the governmental body unless the meeting was reconvened...
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Supreme Court Issues Three Noteworthy Employment Law Decisions

Thus far in 2011, the Supreme Court has issued three noteworthy employment law decisions, holding: 1. Third-party retaliation claims are actionable under Title VII; 2. Employers can be liable for discrimination even if the ultimate decision maker was free from discriminatory animus; and 3. The Fair Labor Standards Act’s antiretaliation...
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EEOC Issues Final Regulations Under the ADAAA

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) published final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (“ADAAA”) on March 25, 2011. The ADAAA became effective on January 1, 2009, but does not apply retroactively. The full text of the ADAAA is available online, as is the full text of...
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