The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday accused Texas of blocking the federal government’s discovery in a Voting Rights Act suit challenging an allegedly discriminatory redistricting plan the state adopted in 2011, claiming that the state refused to provide legislative documents.
In a recently released blueprint, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission outlined steps it expects banks and other financial firms to take to safeguard their online data, leaving Wall Street scrambling to avoid an expected crackdown. Here, attorneys offer steps companies can take to escape the regulator’s wrath.
A new U.S. Department of Defense inspector general's report roundly criticized four DOD intelligence agencies over weaknesses in their handling of contractor securities clearances, finding deficiencies in the agencies' policies, record keeping and information sharing.
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday defended his proposal to restrict the amount of low-frequency broadcast television spectrum that top wireless providers can purchase in a planned auction, a day after AT&T Inc. threatened to not participate in the auction if such limits are adopted.
The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday urged the Ninth Circuit to overturn an Oregon federal judge's ruling that the agency exceeded its authority when it issued a rule barring back-of-house restaurant workers from employer-mandated tip pools.
The U.S. will receive an extra $1.4 trillion in revenue over the next 10 years and cut its deficit by $1 trillion if Congress fully enacts President Barack Obama's 2015 budget, according to a report issued by the Congressional Budget Office on Thursday.
The U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday said it was launching two investigations into the economic effects of removing duties on environmental goods, as well as trade information and estimates for some of those products.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has rejected recommendations in a report released Thursday to trim reimbursements for surgeries performed in outpatient hospital settings, prompting a rare rebuke from the Office of Inspector General, which accused the agency of shirking its budget-oversight duties.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it has approved stronger warning labels for all extended-release and long-acting opioid painkillers, saying the drugs should only be used by patients with severe long-term pain.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated on Thursday that a bill introduced by Senate Democrats aimed at raising the minimum wage, would require private employers to pay an extra $15 billion in 2017 to workers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday acted on the recommendation of a Gibson Dunn report clearing him of involvement in "Bridgegate" and appointed the dean of the Seton Hall University School of Law to serve as an ombudsman for the governor's office.
The Department of Defense revamped its energy policies Wednesday, formally directing all military services and agencies to diversify energy sources where possible, improve energy efficiency of weapons and facilities, and build energy-saving goals into major defense contracts.
European lawmakers on Thursday signed off on a proposal to make it easier for individuals and businesses to sue for antitrust damages, paving the way for plaintiffs to gain greater access to evidence while shielding leniency filings from disclosure.
European Union lawmakers on Wednesday passed draft rules requiring member states to cut plastic bag usage in half by 2017 and by 80 percent before 2019, citing concerns about water pollution and damage to aquatic ecosystems.
A poll released Thursday shows that most California voters say a state property tax law should be changed so business and commercial properties are always assessed when they are transferred or sold — a move that will increase tax burdens on businesses.
The Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved a $12.6 billion transportation bond bill Thursday, paving the way for financing major expansion projects including the Green Line extension to Medford, a South Coast commuter rail link and the expansion of Boston’s South Station.
President Barack Obama announced Thursday that 8 million Americans found private health insurance during the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period, a big win for drugmakers, insurers and hospitals that helped bankroll the law and ended up with more new customers than most expected.
As U.S. and European Union officials meet with their Ukrainian and Russian counterparts to ease the region's ongoing tension this week, momentum is building on both sides of the Atlantic to again expand sanctions on Russia, with EU lawmakers putting the nation's energy sector in their crosshairs.
Vermont edged closer to becoming the first state to require mandatory labels on genetically modified food when its Senate approved a labeling bill Wednesday in the absence of a binding rule from federal regulators on the controversial foods.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has outlined a plan to conduct a series of examinations of Wall Street firms in order to assess their readiness to prevent and respond to attacks on cybersecurity, according to documents released Wednesday.
While the Bureau of Land Management's venting and flaring rule may be focused on the government's possible loss of resources from the energy industry's use of public land, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can be expected to focus more directly on methane itself. Potential regulations should be on the industry's radar, whether suppliers are operating on federal land or not, says Luke Johnson, a policy director with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP and former BLM deputy director for policy and programs.
Since the Federal Trade Commission announced its first enforcement action involving a mobile app back in 2011, the commission has actively brought privacy cases against app developers under Section 5 of the FTC Act. Oftentimes, the FTC's actions came from a disconnect between the privacy policies and actions a mobile app or device took, which may have resulted from an update without alerting consumers, say Alysa Hutnik and Crystal Skelton of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.
Most media coverage about the Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia has focused on the decision to blacklist prominent Russian officials, but the more pressing issue for many U.S. exporters is the significant move by the U.S. government to stop issuing export licenses for dual-use and defense items to Russia, says Alexandra Lopez-Casero of Nixon Peabody LLP.
Some predict "connected cars" will generate revenue of more than $25 billion in 2014 and more than $130 billion in 2019. But before automakers, mobile app developers and others in the connected car ecosystem can cash in, legislators and regulators have difficult data privacy issues to address, says Nancy Libin, a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP and former chief privacy and civil liberties officer of the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently signed two long-awaited memoranda of understanding, the lower-profile information-sharing one, which provides FERC with “large trader data” in the CFTC’s possession, being the more significant. Regulators achieved a significant victory by including surveillance purposes in the memo — it was a long time coming and provides FERC with a potent tool for surveilling the natural gas and power markets, say attorneys at Norton Rose Fulbright.
Though the antitrust agencies’ recent policy statement on cybersecurity information-sharing is consistent with prior guidance, it is significant. It is not likely that cybersecurity legislation will become law anytime soon, and this statement responds to industry’s concerns by clearly establishing that properly designed and executed cyberthreat information-sharing does not raise antitrust concerns, say Jamillia Padua Ferris and Paul Tiao of Hunton & Williams LLP.
Among the most significant changes being made to the Russian Civil Code is the introduction of the security trustee concept, which will strengthen syndicated lending and asset-backed security structures involving Russian collateral, and will bring the Russian legal system into harmony with the most developed legal systems in the world in this area, says Alexey Kukharev of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
Gasoline sulfur levels have dropped up to 90 percent from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 2 Gasoline Sulfur Program, and the EPA's recently issued notice for the Tier 3 Program will further reduce gasoline sulfur content. However, it does not take much for a refinery to exceed the 10 ppm sulfur standard, and a stronger incentive may exist for refiners to generate and bank credits for their own future use, say Laura Riese and Brenna Finn of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP.
More than two years after Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature dissolved the state's 400-plus redevelopment agencies, the governor has begun addressing their replacement by proposing to revise and expand the use of infrastructure financing districts. The proposal, however, appears to be only a small step toward “Redevelopment 2.0,” with many expressing concerns that the new tax-increment financing tools may not be as effective as redevelopment, says Laurie Gustafson of Sedgwick LLP.
California's SB 4 requires the state's Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources to develop a permitting scheme to regulate the use of well-stimulation practices, including hydraulic fracturing. However, the division's interim regulations have created more problems than they've solved and established a de facto moratorium that the state Legislature and governor rejected in 2013, say Michael Mills and Chelsea Huffman of Stoel Rives LLP.