The World Trade Organization announced plans on Tuesday to enact its Trade Facilitation Agreement for poorer nations one at a time based on their capacity to implement the terms, as the fate of the closely-watched deal remained unclear with India withholding approval just nine days before the July 31 deadline.
The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday determined that the federal government could subsidize insurance premiums on the federal Affordable Care Act exchange because the tax credits support the mission of the health care reform law, coming in conflict with a D.C. Circuit opinion released just hours before.
A Wisconsin federal judge on Monday tossed a suit by by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., seeking to block allegedly special treatment for federal lawmakers under the Affordable Care Act, saying the lawmaker couldn't prove he suffered an injury to have standing to bring suit.
A divided D.C. Circuit on Tuesday ruled that consumers shopping on Affordable Care Act exchanges run by federal regulators cannot have their insurance premiums reduced by federal tax credits, a major decision that once again clouds the landmark law's future.
A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Monday barred the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from using a tobacco science committee's critical report on menthol cigarettes, agreeing with a pair of tobacco companies that the report was tainted by the input of committee members with conflicts of interest.
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner Scott O'Malia, a Republican, announced his resignation from the swaps regulator on Monday, shortly after the U.S. Senate confirmed three new members to fill vacancies on the five-member panel.
Although President Barack Obama is no stranger to using federal contracts as a testing ground for employment reform measures, religious employers may be more resistant to Monday's executive order banning discrimination against gay and transgender contractor employees than to other recent efforts, attorneys say.
A former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission official on Friday urged the agency to ramp up protections for whistleblowers against retaliation by their employers, saying that those who alert the SEC to wrongdoing are increasingly being targeted for wrongful retaliation.
Courts during the first half of 2014 handed down a number of important rulings that will shape the hottest topics in health care, including provider consolidation, employee benefits under the Affordable Care Act and the availability of attorney-client privilege in False Claims Act litigation.
The Internal Revenue Service on Monday said it will issue regulations to prevent taxpayers from receiving foreign tax credits for foreign income derived from asset acquisitions that are exempt from domestic taxation.
Despite pledges to make the Dodd-Frank Act a priority, the head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has proven to be no faster than her predecessor at pushing through the financial reform law’s rulemaking, though experts say that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This is Part 2 of a five-part series on the four-year anniversary of the Dodd Frank Act.
Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx blasted Congress on Monday for continuing to finance the Highway Trust Fund with short-term patches, claiming the nation's transportation infrastructure is crumbling due to chronic under-investment and a lack of long-term planning.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday released a new regulation requiring drugmakers to discount so-called orphan drugs when hospitals use them for conditions that aren’t rare, hoping to skirt a recent court decision that called the 340B program policy into question.
The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board on Monday announced the creation of a new market structure department, which will consolidate the board’s activities related to market structure, market transparency, economic analysis, research and industry operations.
New York's effort to force Entergy Corp. to install cooling towers at its Indian Point nuclear plant or possibly shut it down completely during the summer to protect Hudson River fish is a ways from reality, but experts say the unprecedented nature of such a sweeping operational demand has the industry's full attention.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday said it has named a University of Florida finance professor and Treasury Department adviser as its new chief economist and director of its Division of Economic and Risk Analysis.
California's oil and gas regulator said Friday it would review the state’s rules for injection wells to ensure they fully comply with the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act in the wake of concerns about groundwater contamination at a number of wells.
The U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations revealed on Monday that Barclays Bank PLC and Deutsche Bank AG sold complex, structured financial products to hedge funds for over a decade that allowed the groups to evade federal leverage limits and billions in capital gains taxes.
The Canadian government has urged a North American Free Trade Agreement panel to toss Eli Lilly & Co.'s $500 million suit claiming that Canadian patent laws unfairly discriminate against pharmaceutical companies, saying the suit improperly aims to create a "supranational court of appeal."
Lawmakers within Malaysia's opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat said Monday that they would cut off their consultations with U.S. trade leaders on the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in light of the Obama administration's inaction in the ongoing clash between Israel and Palestine in Gaza.
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Genomic scientific advances have brought the promise of "personalized medicines" to consumers, creating opportunities for marketers that have in turn brought the attention of — and lawsuits from — federal regulators, say Ivan Wasserman and La Toya Sutton of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.
Since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau became operational its initial enforcement actions have focused on mortgages, credit cards, auto loans and debt relief organizations, however more recent actions show the bureau is expanding its reach toward other industries and products — a trend we expect to continue, say attorneys at Latham & Watkins LLP.
The obvious participants in California's recycled water program will be municipal wastewater treatment plants that already have the equipment and expertise to comply with treatment regulations — the program may even prove a good source of extra income for such facilities while they save scarce freshwater sources, says Alison Torbitt of Nixon Peabody LLP.
The latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia’s oil, natural gas and financial industries is a dramatic departure from how the United States has applied targeted sanctions in the past, and raises several questions, say Alexandra Lopez-Casero and D. Grayson Yeargin of Nixon Peabody LLP.
Given Tesla’s current tiny share of the U.S. auto market, the debate over Tesla’s direct sales to consumers may seem like much ado about nothing. But the direct sales model is also being studied by both new Chinese automakers and mainstream U.S. and global manufacturers as they plan their future U.S. marketing strategies, says Robert Zinn of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt LLP.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may adopt starkly different approaches toward regulating nonhazardous pharmaceuticals and pharmaceuticals containing hazardous ingredients, with additional inconsistencies between health care facilities and other retailers — a regulatory nightmare for industry, say Jonathan Wells and Elise Paeffgen of Alston & Bird LLP.
National Union of Rail, Maritime And Transport Workers v. The United Kingdom was a big setback to the U.K.'s trade unions, particularly with the growth in outsourcing of public services to the private sector, say Douglas Darch and John Evason of Baker & McKenzie LLP.
Inversions are especially popular these days for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, where most of the value of the company is found in intangible assets, but it has been indicated that the heightened pace may prompt Congress to act on a measure quickly, says Jeffrey Rubinger of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP.
Despite the withholding of funds by many Western donors and initial suspicions that foreign investors might boycott Uganda in response to the Anti-Homosexuality Act, the broader economic implications of the act appear to be less significant, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP.