Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a bill eliminating the sales tax on manufacturing equipment, a move the governor hopes will boost the manufacturing sector in the state.
Nearly two dozen computer security experts on Friday criticized an FBI proposal that would force service providers such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. to build surveillance backdoors into their products, saying the mandate would open up major security holes that could be exploited by hackers.
The Federal Communications Commission lifted more than a 120 “outdated” rules on phone companies and partly granted a bid by a broadband communications trade group USTelecom, the agency said Friday just as its Chairman Julius Genachowski exits his role.
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed a lower court's decision that Palm Bay, Fla., could not give its municipal code enforcement liens a superpriority status over a mortgage held by Wells Fargo Bank NA because it conflicts with state law.
More Internal Revenue Service personnel should be ousted for their roles in the tax agency's conspiracy to single out conservative political groups for extra scrutiny, House lawmakers said Friday during a Capitol Hill hearing on the brewing scandal.
New Jersey on Friday issued regulations to allow New Jersey gambling enthusiasts to place bets over the Internet, which advocates hope will generate more revenue and jobs for the gaming industry in Atlantic City.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Friday unveiled a revamped version of a popular program launched last year to reduce patent pendency by giving examiners a limited amount of time to consider responses filed after the rejection of a patent application.
While oil and gas operators may grumble about the Obama administration's revised hydraulic fracturing rule creating another layer of regulations, attorneys say the industry should be pleased that the current version strives for greater harmony with well-established state regulations and imposes less onerous requirements than the previous edition.
MetroPCS Communications Inc., which recently merged with T-Mobile USA Inc., has dropped its challenge in the D.C. Circuit to the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules preventing Internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against legitimate websites, T-Mobile confirmed Friday.
A panel of privacy experts pushed House lawmakers on Friday to craft legislation to limit the use of domestic drones and other surveillance technology used by the public and private sectors, saying that it would be unwise to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to set standards.
The U.S. General Services Administration and Department of Defense are seeking advice regarding cybersecurity standards involved in government contracts, requesting that vendors weigh in on current measures and the potential pitfalls of implementing new ones as part of a national push to revamp cybersecurity.
The president's budget proposal for the 2014 fiscal year would save the U.S. government $153.6 billion in health care spending over 10 years, the biggest chunk of which would come from applying Medicaid's prescription drug rebates to dual eligible beneficiaries, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday.
A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Thursday axed the National Wildlife Federation's Administrative Procedure Act suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency challenging a regulation governing some water discharge permits, finding the group had not pointed to a final agency action that applied the regulation.
The Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general on Friday released a final rule that will allow Medicaid fraud control units to get federal funding to conduct data-mining activities, such as analyzing claims data to look for patterns of abuse, reversing a long-standing prohibition on such funds.
Indiana Attorney General Gregory Zoeller urged the Seventh Circuit on Friday to uphold the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging a state law that prohibits requiring union membership or union dues as a condition of employment, arguing that the statute is neither unconstitutional nor preempted by federal labor law.
A Pennsylvania state lawmaker introduced legislation on Thursday designed to ensure that deductions taken out of royalty checks issued to landowners who lease their properties to gas drillers are clearly broken down.
A group of House Democrats, including the ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced a bill Thursday that would expand the federal clinical trials database, impose stricter reporting requirements for clinical trials and add information about foreign trials.
Eight members of the Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus on Thursday pressed Google Inc. to detail how its upcoming Google Glass product would collect and store personal information on both users and nonusers, citing concerns over the potential misuse of data covertly gathered by the voice-activated glasses.
A European Medicines Agency committee on Friday backed the use of Bayer AG's acne drug Diane 35 in limited circumstances, months after France's drug watchdog halted sales of the medication over blood clot risks.
Embattled New York Assemblyman Vito Lopez announced Friday that he will resign from his seat to run for New York City Council in the fall, as his colleagues continue to probe the fallout from claims that he sexually harassed his female staffers.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commision’s “unbundling” requirements have largely been the stuff of SEC lore — periodically referred to but rarely seen in corporate governance matters. However, thanks to the high profile dispute between David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital and Apple, the unbundling rules may finally be coming out of the shadows, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recently revised patent prosecution fee structure encourages quick and compact prosecution by raising fees for prosecution that requires significant examiner time, says Carl Schwartz of Quarles & Brady LLP.
With the recent change in Ohio law on employer intentional tort claims comes changes to the good faith obligations an insurance carrier owes to its insureds: In cases involving employer intentional tort claims, insurers may no longer select counsel. Rather, insureds have the right to select counsel with whom they have a preferred relationship and whom they trust, says Thomas Wyatt Palmer of Thompson Hine LLP.
Title I of the JOBS Act significantly reformed the IPO process for emerging growth companies. Although it remains to be seen how and when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will implement other provisions of the JOBS Act, we believe that the IPO on-ramp reforms will continue to take on greater importance as they enter their second year, say attorneys with Latham & Watkins LLP.
Following six steps will help exporters evaluate the export control classifications of their products under the revised U.S. Munitions List and Commerce Control List, say attorneys with Nixon Peabody LLP.
A recent settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by mutual fund directors and service providers answers a number of questions for many in the mutual fund industry and provides insight into SEC enforcement priorities, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
In the last few years, there have been significant legal developments to increase protections for victims of domestic or sexual violence, including New York state's recently approved bill that provides 90 days of job protection to victim-employees. If the bill passes, New York legislation, along with that of Illinois and California, would provide arguably the most expansive state protection in the country, say attorneys with Proskauer Rose LLP.
In its ongoing series of studies and audits, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General recently released its report on Medicare hospice and general inpatient care. While the report clearly shows the OIG's concern for the substantial percentage of hospices not providing GIP, it also leaves several questions unanswered, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
The savings and loan holding company regulatory regime established by the Dodd-Frank Act appears to be having the ultimate effect of reducing the number of SLHCs, especially those that are predominantly insurance enterprises, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
In an effort to combat the $32 billion human trafficking industry, California law now requires certain businesses to post public notices regarding slavery and human trafficking. By doing so, the recently passed bill has effectively made these establishments aware that they may already be unwitting participants in the human trafficking industry, say attorneys with Gordon & Rees LLP.