Gibbons PC, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP and other top New Jersey law firms and related entities were among the businesses that collected about $54 million in state lobbying receipts in 2013, in what experts see as a continued area of expansion for firms looking to cross-sell services to clients and boost revenue.
Concerned about the vulnerability of California’s electronic systems to cyberattacks, the leader of the state Assembly said Thursday he had introduced a bill to create a panel of appointed experts who would focus on coordinating government and private sector efforts to safeguard critical infrastructure.
Federal Trade Commission staff on Friday urged state legislators to carefully evaluate proposed measures that would limit the practice of advanced practice registered nurses, saying such proposals could reduce competition in the primary health care market.
From protests sparked in part by Ukraine's decision to put off a trade pact with Europe to threats of U.S. sanctions against Ukrainian and Russian officials contributing to the unrest, trade-related issues have been closely connected to the unfolding crisis in Ukraine.
Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill on Friday injected her views into the raging debate over a national data security standard, saying that any breach notification legislation that preempts state laws should include a low reporting trigger and enforcement powers for state regulators.
The decision of whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline now rests with the Obama administration after the public comment period wrapped up on Friday, but experts say the politically charged review process will make future cross-border pipeline permitting a lengthier, more publicized affair that could discourage all but the most patient and deep-pocketed of energy companies.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday accused the cosmetic industry of creating an impasse in lengthy negotiations to update decades-old legislation on cosmetic safety, saying it offered a proposal that would only undermine what little oversight the agency has.
The Senate on Thursday confirmed former Seattle police chief and Obama drug czar Gil Kerlikowske as the first permanent commissioner since 2011 of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agency grappling with several issues.
A New Jersey appeals court on Friday ordered the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing adopt new affordable housing rules by May, saying the agency has so far flouted a previous court order setting a five-month deadline for adopting rules governing towns' affordable housing obligations.
A veteran-owned small business urged a Federal Circuit panel on Friday to force the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to set aside additional contracts for veteran-owned contractors, claiming the agency isn't giving the companies the contracting advantages they're entitled to.
The president's 2015 proposed budget includes plans to hire more fraud and compliance enforcers, likely creating more work for attorneys who defend government contractors in areas like health care, information technology and labor compliance.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday floated new greenhouse gas reporting and confidentiality rules, issuing a proposal revising monitoring and data disclosure requirements for the petroleum and natural gas systems source category.
President Barack Obama's 2015 budget proposal isn't a tax reform initiative like the one recently released by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., but both share a keen focus on international corporate tax avoidance that highlights the matter's urgency, experts said Friday in a KPMG LLP webcast.
A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday would amend the Truth in Lending Act to allow states to set the maximum annual percentage rates credit card companies can charge customers.
Thousands of comments poured in by Friday’s deadline for public input on proposals to eliminate Medicare Part D protections that guarantee access to certain drugs, and federal regulators appeared to be on the ropes amid an onslaught of opposition.
A trade association representing direct-marketing retailers has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing the Tenth Circuit ushered in an unwarranted expansion of the Tax Injunction Act when it ruled the federal law prohibited a lower court from deciding whether Colorado may impose reporting requirements on out-of-state retailers.
A trio of European Union privacy regulators on Friday shot down suggestions that stalled efforts to reform the bloc’s data protection regime were dead, but conceded that hammering out an agreement may go past the current Jan. 1 deadline.
More than 100 consumer groups and other organizations pushed President Barack Obama on Thursday to drop the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed overhaul of chicken and turkey slaughter inspections, saying it would jeopardize food safety.
The Tenth Circuit on Friday allowed a lawsuit brought by Colorado state legislators and education officials to proceed against the state's governor, moving the case closer toward invalidating Colorado's Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
The D.C. Circuit on Friday rejected the latest legal argument against the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, saying Fifth Amendment protections against seizing private property aren’t violated just because some consumers pay insurance premiums that effectively subsidize other policyholders.
Despite deepening congressional consensus on sustainable growth rate reform for Medicare Part B, the bipartisan initiative is not accompanied by any strategy for passing it into law. If Congress fails to implement lasting reform, the status quo will have dangerous consequences for American health care while exacerbating Medicare's fiscal insolvency, says Isa Mirza of Foley Hoag LLP.
San Francisco's recently enacted ordinance promoting family-friendly workplace policies has the potential to spur private litigation by employees for wrongful termination based on alleged violations of the law. While the ordinance does not provide a private right of action, foreseeably the plaintiffs bar will attempt to package retaliation claims under it — which may be the most significant, long-term impact of the new law, says Andrew Sommer of Epstein Becker & Green PC.
A group of New York landowners recently filed a petition seeking to compel the state government to issue its final impact statement on the effects of fracking, after more than five years of waiting. Despite the lawsuit, the wait for an answer on fracking in New York will likely continue, and for those outside New York waiting to hear about the environmental and health effects of fracking, the wait may prove to be even longer, says Emily Pincow of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
The D.C. Circuit recently upheld a district court's ruling that autologous stem cells are a medical procedure subject to regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the Federal Drug and Cosmetic Act and Public Health and Safety Act. The decision will further embolden the FDA to regulate stem cell therapies, so industry would be well advised to prepare for greater regulatory scrutiny, says Stacie Ropka of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP.
The recently introduced American Royalties Too Act is an attempt at leveling the playing field between U.S authors and U.S. visual artists, but a resale royalty may not be the solution to ameliorating this disparity, given the complexity of the art market. Perhaps following the global trend for resale royalties is not the most effective method of benefiting artists involved in U.S. art transactions, say Diana Wierbicki and Agatha Kluk of Withers Bergman LLP.
It is clear that the drafters of the real estate investment trust provisions in Rep. David Camp’s, R-Mich., tax reform discussion draft are not fans of the conversion of corporations to REIT status, spinoffs of REITs from operating companies, or the creation of REITs other than “traditional REITs.” The proposed provisions — intended to prevent the “erosion of the corporate tax base” — are clearly “overkill,” say attorneys with Goodwin Procter LLP.
The White House has clearly listened to the chorus of patent reform voices and worked with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to address the most pressing concerns. Of its initiatives, those that relate to ownership transparency, functional claiming examination changes and training, and crowdsourcing prior art may change the patent ecosystem’s status quo the most, says Wesley Helmholz of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a report on the 340B Drug Discount Program to gain a better understanding of how contract pharmacy arrangements operate. While the report does not provide any recommendations in response to the inconsistencies in contract pharmacy arrangement operations, covered entities should develop policies and protocols for performing self-audits and explore the availability of independent auditing services, say attorneys at Epstein Becker & Green PC.
While a new European Commission proposal seeks to resolve problems with the current EU novel food rules, certain aspects of it would benefit from further clarification — such as the definition of novel foods, the assessment methodology for the history of safe food use and the potential obligation to monitor marketed novel foods, say Emmanuel Saurat and Audrey Chenessau of Sidley Austin LLP.
The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control's recent note that it was listing 11 named parties as “foreign sanctions evaders" reflects new focus by OFAC on its authority to sanction individuals and entities determined by the U.S. government to have violated, attempted to violate, conspired to violate or caused to violate U.S. sanctions against Syria or Iran, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.