As California confronts severely dry conditions for the fourth year in a row, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a legislative package that will steer $1 billion in emergency funding toward drought relief and water infrastructure projects.
The Second Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court ruling that said a section of the New York Public Health Law is not preempted by either the National Labor Relations Act or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, finding plaintiffs’ arguments to be without merit.
In-house counsel for IBM Corp., United Technologies Corp. Aerospace Systems, Juniper Networks Inc. and others said at a conference Friday that they are worried that a bill in Congress aimed at thwarting so-called patent trolls will actually weaken all patents and hurt their business.
The U.S. Department of Labor on Friday opted not to challenge the standing of a restaurant server suing the department in Florida federal court over regulations governing the H-2B labor certification process, saying it had no reason to question whether the plaintiff was telling the truth.
A group of U.S. House of Representatives members asked Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday not to issue the department’s final rule on tribal acknowledgement regulations, saying changing the regulations could deprive currently recognized tribes of federal money.
An Arkansas federal judge on Thursday shot down a hospice chain’s constitutional challenge to Medicare’s requirement that it serve certain patients without getting more money, finding that the company can exit the program if it’s dissatisfied.
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants on Friday released a letter recommending that lawmakers working on tax reform take several steps to simplify retirement plans, such as condensing the four existing employee contribution plans into a single plan.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., floated a bill Thursday to exclude any wages earned by undocumented workers not authorized to work in the U.S. from the sums used to calculate their Social Security benefits.
Drugmakers, lawyers and consumers on Friday debated the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's controversial plan to let generic-drug makers independently update their warning labels, trading divergent views on how patient safety and medication prices would be affected.
The New Jersey General Assembly unanimously approved a bill Thursday 73-0 that would limit access to data from recording devices in automobiles that capture information about the driver's activity to car owners and certain qualified individuals and officials.
A group of U.S. Senate Democrats on Thursday unveiled a bill to provide long-term funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program scheduled to expire in September that uses offshore oil and gas revenues to help preserve public lands ranging from national parks to community ballfields.
After much cajoling from a litany of business groups, the U.S. government has begun pressing China to shed more light on the controversial rules placing restrictions the use of foreign technology in its banking sector, according to a World Trade Organization document circulated Thursday.
The Australian Parliament on Thursday passed a data retention bill that will require telecommunications providers to retain certain types of metadata for two years, amid heavy criticism from opposition parties and privacy hawks that the legislation oversteps the mark by "entrenching" mass surveillance.
The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has officially denied a Wisconsin tribe’s request to open a casino in Kenosha after Gov. Scott Walker declined to support the proposal, according to a letter the agency published online Thursday.
Executives from the nation’s largest steel companies on Thursday urged Congress to take action against "illegal trade practices" threatening the domestic steel industry, saying the government must improve its policies on trade, workforce investment and infrastructure to ensure continued competitiveness.
A key Federal Reserve policymaker on Friday said regulators needed to keep a close watch on the growing shadow banking sector in order to prevent it from threatening the broader economy.
Intel Corp. pled with Congress to increase the cap for H-1B visas for highly skilled workers on Thursday — roughly a week before immigration services will begin taking petitions for the visas — claiming the U.S. has a shortage of science and engineering workers.
A pair of U.S. Congress members from Florida introduced legislation on Thursday that would make companies pay cleanup costs under the Oil Pollution Act and face Clean Water Act penalties for oil spills that originate in foreign waters but reach U.S. waters.
Speculation from three states about the economic consequences of deferred deportation policies created by the president’s executive actions doesn’t justify barring important changes for the entire country, the U.S. Department of Justice told the Fifth Circuit on Thursday.
The U.S. Senate on Friday narrowly approved the chamber’s proposed 2016 budget plan after a marathon session that saw it back amendments to ease environmental and tax laws and provide paid sick leave, while rejecting bids to restore health care cuts and increase defense spending.
On the heels of initiatives by other states, Texas may soon have its own statute addressing demand letters that allege patent infringement. Of particular interest in the recently filed bill are the registration and disclosure requirements for certain patent infringement claims, says Richard Smith, an intellectual property attorney.
The outcome in GPX International Tire Corp. v. U.S. was perhaps unsurprising, as the opposite result would have been contrary to the Federal Circuit’s long-standing disinclination to find constitutional flaws in the trade remedies statutes. It also would have led to significant uncertainty regarding the legality of eight years of countervailing duties proceedings involving nonmarket economy imports, agency determinations and tariff... (continued)
Suggestions that regulators are distancing themselves from Operation Choke Point and will be more restrained in holding banks accountable are nice but may not prove to be accurate. While the culture is shifting at the federal banking agencies, expect vigorous continued civil and criminal prosecutions, say Barkley Clark of Stinson Leonard Street LLP and Barbara Clark of Commercial Law Institute.
An employer can use the Internal Revenue Services' recent notice on the Affordable Care Act's so-called Cadillac tax to approximate the cost of coverage for employees. Since the cost will likely vary by employee, employers may want to estimate costs under a range of coverage scenarios, say attorneys at Quarles & Brady LLP.
Practitioners and employers have been waiting for this guidance since U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services promised to review consistency in L-1B “specialized knowledge” nonimmigrant visa adjudications in early 2012. The policy proposal comes hot on the heels of an independent report highlighting a historic increase in denial rates for L-1B petitions, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
Proposed amendments to the Delaware appraisal statute — like courts’ recent increased reliance on the merger price in determining fair value — will not significantly discourage appraisal overall so much as it will further drive activity toward strong appraisal claims, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.
President Obama's latest executive order on greenhouse gas emissions will impact both federal agencies and government contractors and once again signals the White House's intention to combat climate change in spite of some members of Congress, state governments and industry groups, say George Wilkinson Jr. and Corinne Snow of Vinson & Elkins LLP.
Until Congress agrees on uniform responsibilities and liabilities for data breaches, companies operating in the U.S. must traverse a patchwork of laws in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Still, firms can and should develop a written information security response plan and maintain relationships with breach response vendors, say Elizabeth Rogers and Alan Sutin of Greenberg Traurig LLP.
If a “Lehman-like” collapse were to happen again tomorrow or if a central clearing counterparty becomes insolvent, it is questionable whether regulators would glean useful insights from the costly and far-reaching reporting requirements imposed on the derivatives market by the European Market Infrastructure Regulation, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
While the U.S. State Department's new export policy places significant conditions on the sale or transfer of military drones, it also for the first time provides explicit guidance regarding under what circumstances the United States will approve the sale of armed drones to the U.S. allies and coalition partners, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.