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The attorneys at Landye Bennett Blumstein regularly post 'knowledge base' articles related to their respective areas of expertise, as well as pertinent trending topics.

FinCEN Issues Final Rules for the Corporate Transparency Act Reporting Requirements – Significant Changes Coming to Corporate Reporting for Alaska Companies

9/30/2022 | Joshua D. Hodes, Alexander J. Kubitz, Ambriel C. Sandone, Lauren Sommer Boskofsky | Business Law, Real Estate Development and Transactions

On September 30, 2022, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a final rule implementing the federal Corporate Transparency Act’s (CTA) reporting requirements. The  CTA implements sweeping changes in corporate law reporting. The CTA applies to all entities that are created by filing a document with a secretary of state or other similar office of…

Alaska Sites with Offensive Word to be Renamed

3/3/2022 | Ambriel C. Sandone, Benjamin W. Spiess | Alaska Native Law, Corporate and Tribal

The U.S. Department of the Interior (“Interior”) will replace names for 28 geographic sites in the Alaska that contain the word “squaw.” The 28 Alaska sites are among 660 sites nationwide identified in a February 23 notice from Interior’s Derogatory Names Task Force to be renamed. The notice follows a November 2021 order from Interior Secretary…

Proposed Changes Put Alaska Native Burial and Cultural Sites at Risk

10/6/2021 | Ambriel C. Sandone | Alaska Native Law, Corporate and Tribal

New rules proposed by the U.S. Department of the Interior eliminate certain obligations of federal officials to notify local Alaska Native villages and tribes when burial sites and related objects are found on federal land. The federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (“NAGPRA”) is the keystone of protection for Native American remains and…

United States Supreme Court Upholds Alaska Native Corporations’ Eligibility for Coronavirus Relief Funds

7/8/2021 | Anna Chapman Crary | Alaska Native Law, Corporate and Tribal

On June 25, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed Alaska Native Corporations’ (ANCs) eligibility to receive CARES Act coronavirus relief funds when it determined that ANCs meet the Act’s definition of “Indian tribe.” This outcome preserves ANCs’ status and ability to participate in government contracting and compacting and provide programs and services to Alaska Natives….

New Solicitor’s Opinion Affirms Authority of Interior Secretary to Make Trust Acquisitions in Alaska

5/11/2021 | Anna Chapman Crary | Alaska Native Law, Corporate and Tribal

A recent development in the saga of trust land acquisitions expresses the Department of Interior’s (the Department) intention to green-light pending and future requests for trust acquisitions in Alaska. Earlier this year, on the last day of the outgoing Trump Administration, then-Solicitor of Interior Daniel Jorjani issued a memorandum (the “Jorjani Opinion”) permanently withdrawing a…

Alaska Supreme Court Clarifies What Constitutes a Proxy Solicitation in Ahmasuk Decision

2/3/2021 | Alexander J. Kubitz | Alaska Native Law, Corporate and Tribal, Corporate and Business Organization Law

The Alaska Supreme Court recently issued an opinion in Ahmasuk interpreting Alaska’s proxy solicitation regulations. While the Alaska Supreme Court has on multiple occasions addressed misleading proxy statements and solicitations, it has never interpreted the regulations defining what constitutes a proxy solicitation.

New BOMA Industrial Standard of Measurement

6/16/2020 | Benjamin W. Spiess | Real Estate Development and Transactions

In March 2020, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), a leading developer of floor measurement standards, published an updated standard for measuring industrial space, ANSI/BOMA Z65.2-2019. The first major change to the Industrial Standard since 2012, the 2019 Industrial Standard addresses rising demand for logistics and distribution space, including space for e-commerce and flex…

Recent Developments in Alaska’s Adverse Possession Law

1/28/2018 | Joshua D. Hodes, Lauren Sommer Boskofsky | Real Estate Development and Transactions

In 2003, the Alaska Legislature attempted to eliminate the ability of bad faith squatters to acquire title to land by significantly narrowing the circumstances under which a person can establish title to land by adverse possession.[1] Prior to 2003, good faith was not necessary: continuous, open and notorious, exclusive, and hostile possession of the land…

New BOMA Office Standard of Measurement

1/28/2018 | Joshua D. Hodes, Lauren Sommer Boskofsky | Real Estate Development and Transactions

In October 2017, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) published a new standard for measuring office space, ANSI/BOMA Z65.1-2017. The first major change to the Office Standard since 1996, the 2017 Office Standard is designed to address changing building designs and amenity trends. Rentable square footage will generally increase under the new standard, as…

Amendment of ANCSA Proxy Regulations

7/10/2017 | Robert H. Hume, Jr. | Alaska Native Law, Corporate and Tribal

On February 23, 2016, the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development adopted changes to the state proxy regulations. The proxy regulations apply only to corporations formed pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. State law requires ANCSA corporations having at least $1 million of assets and 500 or more shareholders to file their proxy statements and other proxy solicitation materials with the Department.

SBA Issues Final Rule Expanding Small Business Mentor Protégé Programs

7/10/2017 | Business Law

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a long-awaited final rule establishing a Government-wide mentor-protégé program for all small business concerns, consistent with SBA’s mentor-protégé program for participants in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development (BD) program. The final rule implements certain provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA). It was published on July 25, 2016, and became effective on August 24, 2016.

Looking Back to Go Forward: The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and The Future of Tribal Jurisdiction in Alaska

12/31/2016 | Alaska Native Law, Corporate and Tribal

This paper, Looking Back to Go Forward, addresses the topic “The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and The Future of Tribal Jurisdiction in Alaska.” It begins with a brief introduction to ANCSA, turning next to a discussion of Alaska Native nationhood and aboriginal title. It then provides an overview of the three foundational American acts…