Public Policy

  • December 9, 2016

    After Miner Benefit Feud, Gov’t Funding Passes Congress

    A bill extending funding for the federal government passed in Congress shortly before the previous funding bill would have run out at midnight Friday, overcoming Democrats' objections that an extension of miners' benefits was too short.

  • December 9, 2016

    Portland Tax Based On CEO Pay May Not Trim Wage Inequality

    A historic city council decision in Portland, Oregon, that will tax publicly traded companies with CEOs earning significantly more than their average workers could backfire, according to experts, who say the move will be perceived as an anti-business measure while doing little to fight wage inequality.

  • December 9, 2016

    Vegas Golden Knights Trademark Refusal May Miss The Mark

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office refused trademark applications for the Las Vegas Golden Knights hockey team over the similarity to a registration for the Golden Knights of The College of Saint Rose, but experts questioned whether there really will be any confusion between the two because professional and college teams often share the same nickname.

  • December 9, 2016

    SF Mayor Vetoes Tighter Short-Term Home Rental Restrictions

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee vetoed a bill Thursday that would have reduced the amount of time residents can offer their homes for short-term rental, heading off another legal clash between the city and Airbnb Inc.

  • December 9, 2016

    Sens. To Introduce 'Bridge Act' To Protect DACA Recipients

    Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., announced on the Senate floor Friday bipartisan legislation that would provide work authorization and temporary relief from removal to young unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, saying it would protect them from deportation under the incoming Donald Trump administration.

  • December 9, 2016

    Oversight Reps Probe DOD's Withdrawn $125B Waste Report

    House Oversight Committee members demanded answers Thursday from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on media reports that the Pentagon commissioned a report looking to cut costs but buried the findings over fears the identified $125 billion in savings would be taken out of future budget requests.

  • December 9, 2016

    Obama Orders Review On Russian Activity In 2016 Election

    President Barack Obama has directed intelligence officials to conduct a full review into Russian involvement in the November election as top members of Congress intensify calls for the White House to share what has already been gathered about Russian intrusion, according to news reports on Friday.

  • December 9, 2016

    BIA Wants Tribal Input On 'Indian Trader' Regulations

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs announced its plan Friday to develop a rule that would help update and simplify so-called Indian Trader Regulations for businesses on tribal lands and is seeking tribal leaders’ input on what changes to the regulations could help spur tribal economic growth.

  • December 9, 2016

    Food Distributor Challenges Puerto Rico Import Tariff

    Puerto Rico Ports Authority and a security company illegally collected import tariffs in the form of fees charged for scanning shipments coming through the San Juan port, according to a food distributor's suit filed Thursday in a Puerto Rico federal court.

  • December 9, 2016

    Union Asks 6th Circ. To Rethink Ky. Right-To-Work Ruling

    A group of nine Kentucky unions, including chapters of the AFL-CIO, urged the Sixth Circuit Friday to reconsider its ruling upholding Hardin County, Ky.’s right-to-work ordinance, saying that federal labor law invalidates such ordinances if they are enacted by counties or local governments.

  • December 9, 2016

    Carriers Press FCC To Stick To Post-Auction Timeline

    The Competitive Carriers Association said Thursday that the Federal Communications Commission should make sure it completes the transition of broadcasters to new airwaves after the incentive auction within the planned 39 months, saying its members need the spectrum as soon as possible.

  • December 9, 2016

    FCC Told To Tread Carefully With New Emergency Alert Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission should be careful about any new burdens imposed by changes to the rules for the Emergency Alert System, the American Cable Association has said, asking the FCC to give smaller providers more flexibility in complying so that decisions will make sense for the communities they serve.

  • December 9, 2016

    Fattah Staffers Say Docs Reveal Overzealous Prosecution

    As ex-Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., prepares to face sentencing Monday for his conviction in a sweeping racketeering conspiracy, a website purportedly created by a group of his former staffers is claiming that the Pennsylvania Democrat never had a chance at a fair trial.

  • December 9, 2016

    Senate OKs Wider Law Punishing Corrupt Foreign Officials

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved giving the president power to levy sanctions on foreign individuals tied to corruption or whistleblower retaliation, expanding on a law punishing certain Russian officials believed responsible for the death of dissident Sergei Magnitsky.

  • December 9, 2016

    Top Tax Policy Developments Of 2016: Year In Review

    This year has seen multiple efforts by tax authorities around the world cracking down on corporate tax avoidance measures. Here, Law360 takes a look back at the five biggest policy measures taken to ensure that businesses pay their fair share of taxes.

  • December 9, 2016

    DOL Pick Draws Conservative Outcry For Immigration Stance

    President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to nominate fast food CEO Andrew Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor has drawn backlash from those with ties to immigration restrictionist groups and the often anti-immigrant website Breitbart, which homed in on his support for foreign workers.

  • December 9, 2016

    Enviros Win Intervention Bid In BLM Flaring Rule Suit

    A federal magistrate judge has allowed a slew of environmental groups to join a lawsuit that seeks to block a new Bureau of Land Management rule aimed at limiting the release of methane from drilling operations on federal and Native American lands.

  • December 9, 2016

    Feds Call Payday Lenders’ ‘Choke Point’ Claims ‘Erroneous’

    Federal banking regulators said a bid by payday lenders to get an emergency injunction to stop “Operation Choke Point” was based on “erroneous and unsupported speculation” that supervisors were increasing pressure on banks to cut off their relationships with those companies.

  • December 9, 2016

    2nd Ohio Abortion Ban Bill Heads To Kasich's Desk

    Ohio lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks, joining a second bill passed on Tuesday that bans abortions once a heartbeat can be detected, with both awaiting Republican Gov. John Kasich’s signature or veto.

  • December 8, 2016

    Feds Back 6th Circ. As Jurisdiction For Water Rule Cases

    The federal government urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday not to review the Sixth Circuit’s decision to assert exclusive jurisdiction over challenges to the controversial Clean Water Rule.

Expert Analysis

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.

  • FERC Proposal A Lift For New Energy Technologies

    Suedeen Kelly

    Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed to amend its regulations to help bring electric storage resources and distributed energy resource aggregations in the capacity, energy and ancillary services markets operated by regional transmission organizations and independent system operators. This represents a major step forward in efforts to integrate advanced energy technologies into the wholesale electric grid, s... (continued)

  • The Future Of FLSA's Revised White Collar Exemption

    James C. Cunningham Jr.

    Last month, a Texas federal district court enjoined the U.S. Department of Labor's 2016 revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act's white collar exemptions. The issue is unlikely to be resolved before President-elect Donald Trump takes over, so his administration will be the one to deal with this case, says James Cunningham Jr. of Berger Singerman LLP.

  • 8 Things You Need To Know About EU's Insolvency Proposal

    Howard Morris

    The European Commission is going way beyond its previous Pan-European insolvency project of mutual recognition of insolvency procedures and entering the world of harmonizing laws. The U.K. has to keep pace — and must look west to the U.S., says Howard Morris, senior of counsel in the London office of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • TSCA High-Priority Chemicals: What Made The Cut?

    Lawrence E. Culleen

    Many of the substances listed in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent list of high-priority substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act come as no surprise. However, others were less likely choices especially considering the EPA recently proposed regulations that will likely suggest limits on certain uses of those substances, say Lawrence Culleen and Erika Norman of Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • CFPB Sets Demanding Standard For Incentive Programs

    Brad S. Karp

    New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau guidance outlining expectations with respect to incentive programs — such as those at Wells Fargo — leaves much room for discretionary judgments as to which a regulator and a company may well disagree, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • How Latin America Is Stepping Up Anti-Corruption Efforts

    Morgan Miller

    For much of 2015 and 2016, barely a day went by without an anti-corruption-related headline involving Latin America, as companies operating throughout the region have and continue to become well acquainted with a growing appetite to root out corruption, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Lawyer EQ: Finding Success In Every Interaction

    Judith Gordon

    American legal education relies almost exclusively on analytical thinking. But success in legal practice depends in large part upon an accurate emotional understanding of oneself and the human seated opposite us. Honing emotional intelligence skills can lead to greater success, and Judith Gordon of LeaderEsQ offers a few tools that can be implemented immediately to raise one’s emotional intelligence quotient.

  • Understanding Ohio's Downtown Redevelopment Districts

    Scott Ziance

    The Ohio state legislature recently established the procedure for designating downtown redevelopment districts and innovation districts in the state. These powerful new tools can also be combined with existing economic development incentives, but the key to their successful implementation is determining when to use the correct incentives mix in the given circumstances, say Scott Ziance and Chris Clements of Vorys Seymour Sater and Pease LLP.

  • Managing Intergenerational Differences Within Your Law Firm

    Najmeh Mahmoudjafari

    We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law, and William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.