A North Carolina federal judge ruled Friday that the University of North Carolina cannot enforce a provision of the state's controversial bathroom law against three people suing over the policy, which requires transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates.
A California federal judge declined Friday to temporarily bar state law requiring all children to be vaccinated before going to school or day care regardless of personal beliefs, giving the state and its agencies an early victory in defending one of the toughest vaccination laws in the country.
A long-awaited rule that would allow immigrant startup founders to temporarily stay in the U.S. was largely greeted by attorneys Friday as a welcome stopgap since entrepreneurs have limited visa options, but its potential investment demands mean the program likely won’t be for everyone.
A Texas federal judge dismissed a nonprofit’s Fair Housing Act lawsuit against the state housing agency Friday, saying the complaint can’t identify a specific practice governing the allocation of tax credits for low-income housing that creates a racially disparate impact.
Illinois' election authority certified the state's fall ballot on Friday without including the question of whether or not to ratify a popular proposed amendment regarding drawing the state's political boundaries after the Illinois Supreme Court found the amendment was unconstitutional.
A Florida appeals court has ruled that liens on a property recorded after the notice that a foreclosure suit had been filed are not extinguished by the foreclosure process, in a win for municipalities around the state dealing with unoccupied “zombie homes.”
The National Association of Manufacturers said Friday it is hoping for concrete results in opening up trade from next week’s U.S.-India economic summit.
U.S. efforts to halt the flow of “conflict minerals” from war-torn parts of central Africa are running three years behind schedule, with few companies certifying their products support no human rights abuses and with no official standards for what that entails, the U.S. Government Accountability Office reported Thursday.
The Federal Aviation Administration's newly finalized regulations for the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems take effect Monday, providing operators with long-sought flexibility to fly drones for newsgathering, agricultural, land surveying, photography and other business purposes. Here are five things to keep an eye on.
A recent Sixth Circuit decision backing the right of Kentucky judicial candidates to promote their party affiliation is the latest to push states with traditionally nonpartisan election systems closer toward campaigns clearly divided between red and blue candidates, experts say, potentially discarding a key barrier between elected judges and traditional politics.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Friday that it has commissioned a group of experts including law firm partners and antitrust and trade policy experts and tasked them with concocting new approaches to global antitrust policy.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be the next president’s problem, saying that the Senate will not vote on the treaty this year.
The top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Friday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to make regulating asbestos a top priority as it implements the newly revised Toxic Substances Control Act.
A Texas trade group representing alcohol retailers has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to resurrect a long-dormant state law requiring a year of state residency before landing an alcohol sales permit, saying a recent Fifth Circuit decision is at odds with rulings from other circuits.
Secular anti-abortion group Real Alternatives Inc., in its effort to overturn a court order and become exempt from providing health insurance covering contraception, told the Third Circuit on Thursday that the federal government has no rationale to impose the mandate on nonreligious organizations that ideologically oppose certain contraceptive items.
A California congressman on Thursday called for a hearing to address security flaws in Apple’s iOS operating system, warning they could allow hackers and foreign governments to access a cellphone user’s location, passwords, text messages, emails, calls and contacts.
The IRS issued guidance Friday saying that the agency will no longer refuse to provide letter rulings related to distributions carried out for corporate business purposes and transactions that may be deemed as simply a means to distribute earnings and profits.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Friday officially put their support behind the implementation of technology to limit the driving speed of heavy-duty trucks and vehicles, saying the move could reduce accidents and yearly fuel costs by more than $1 billion.
Amazon.com Inc. urged the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to consider a plan that adopts the agency’s proposed rule to bring competition to TV set-top boxes but allows for an industry-backed, apps-based alternative as a “fallback.”
The uncertainty swirling around the United Kingdom’s decision to vacate the European Union has put the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations in a bind as the White House contemplates the best course of action for the massive agreement, former U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor told Law360.
As technology has advanced, the ways in which attorneys communicate with clients, potential clients, former clients and the public has created new and ill-defined issues relating to whether an attorney-client relationship exists. Attorneys Elizabeth Fitch and Theodore Schaer discuss the often nebulous yet hazardous concepts that could lead to malpractice issues.
Understanding the intersection between litigation privilege and the obligation of good faith and fair dealing can be tricky. In California, there is substantial case and statutory law immunizing bad faith communications, but a small sliver of bad faith conduct may still be actionable, according to Joan Cotkin and Steven Knott of Nossaman LLP.
It’s been a busy summer for government contractors, with a torrent of regulatory changes and even a U.S. Supreme Court decision interpreting small business regulations. There are six key developments that every government contractor should know about before charging into the fiscal year-end frenzy, says Daniel Koch of Miles & Stockbridge PC.
Time will tell whether the New York State Legislature will entertain Judge Eugene Fahey’s suggestion in his dissent in Yaniveth R. v. LTD Realty Co. For now, the New York Court of Appeals ruling reinforces a well-established understanding of the term “resides” in Local Law 1, say Brendan Fitzpatrick and Oliver Twaddell of Goldberg Segalla.
A recent rule issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration promises to significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions from medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and aims to achieve the possibility of significant cost savings for fleet owners and operators. However, the new rule will also pose some challenges for the trucking industry, says Christopher Jensen at Hanson Bridgett LLP.
Prior to its enactment in May, many questioned the need for the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. However, the DTSA is now law, and it is time to consider how the statute as enacted affects a trade secret owner’s litigation decisions, say Nicholas Boyle, Christopher Manning and Richard Olderman at Williams & Connolly LLP.
The IRS recently proposed rules that are intended to prevent the undervaluation of transferred interests in corporations and partnerships for transfer tax purposes. However, these regulations are overreaching and decry the principles of economic reality used in business valuation, says Steven Horowitz of Horowitz & Rubenstein LLC.
By understanding four common reasons why law firm business development initiatives fail, we can more accurately define success, avoid pitfalls, and improve return on investment, says Adam Donovan, senior manager of patent business strategy at Fish & Richardson PC.
A number of states, including Illinois, New Jersey and Ohio, could become insolvent in the next two decades. It is not too early for Congress and the next president to start planning. Both the Detroit and Puerto Rico bankruptcies were preceded by years of denial in the face of increasingly inevitable facts, says Joseph Kennedy, former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that they are seeking public views on a set of proposed updates to the 1995 Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property. The proposed guidelines may be most interesting for what they do not change, say attorneys with Vinson & Elkins LLP.