The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration cannot regulate commercial drones and other small aircraft until it writes new regulations, per an administrative law judge’s ruling on the matter Thursday.
Data protection regulators from the European Union and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation on Thursday stepped up efforts to find common ground on vastly different privacy regimes, releasing a tool to help companies reconcile principles in the regions and an agreement to boost enforcement cooperation between the U.S. and U.K.
Timothy Massad, nominated to head the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, said Thursday that “robust” enforcement of the markets under its purview would be one of his major priorities if confirmed, alongside finalizing several pending rules such as new position limits on commodities derivatives.
The West Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday passed chemical storage tank legislation that was previously approved by the state Senate, in response to the devastating chemical spill earlier this year that left 300,000 people without water for several days.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's affordable housing deal with the developer of the Domino Sugar factory, despite being for a unique project, may be a harbinger of how the mayor will implement his affordable housing goals without hampering the market, experts say.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted Tuesday to approve a mandatory safety standard for infant and child carriages and strollers that aims to prevent the hinge-related issues that have caused finger amputations and other injuries.
Microsoft Corp. has never received a bulk data request from the U.S. government and would vigorously fight any order that would require it to turn over broad swaths of user information, a corporate vice president from the company said Thursday.
For the first time since 2012, President Barack Obama's proposed budget did not call for additional cuts to federal travel and conference expenses, a sign that the worst of the bloodletting may soon be over for hotel and tourism markets dependent on government spending, experts say.
Health insurers face fresh uncertainty about the profitability of policies sold in Affordable Care Act marketplaces after the Obama administration this week allowed renewals of noncompliant coverage for two extra years, but newly rejiggered financial backstops should guard against heavy losses, experts say.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is committed to rolling out regulations for coal-fired power plants later this year that will reduce carbon emissions without threatening energy reliability or impairing the industry’s ability to turn a profit, the agency’s head regulator said Thursday at a Texas energy conference.
House Republicans released draft legislation Thursday to renew the soon-expiring Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, including a provision that directly contravened proposed rule changes announced earlier in the day by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.
A Texas lawmaker asked the state attorney general's office for a formal opinion finding that plastic bag bans enacted by Austin and eight other Texas cities violate state law, according to a letter released Thursday.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog released a report Wednesday chiding the agency for its minimal oversight of purchase cards, finding that more than half the $150,000 in transactions sampled by investigators were used inappropriately.
The Minnesota House on Thursday overwhelmingly supported a plan to repeal $232 million in business-to-business taxes enacted just last year and additional reforms that would align the state's tax laws with the federal tax code, which would result in additional tax cuts for individuals.
The American Pharmacists Association, CVS Caremark Corp. and others urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday to rethink its controversial plan to let generic-drug makers independently change their warning labels, saying the proposed rule could burden consumers with increased costs for generic medicines and expose pharmacists, doctors and others to tort liability.
Small businesses in California and Florida filed challenges to state laws banning so-called swipe fees and surcharges for credit card users, alleging Wednesday that the laws violate consumers’ First Amendment rights and are unconstitutionally vague.
A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday proposes to make airline pricing more transparent by reversing a law that made the same promise of improved transparency when it was adopted two years ago.
The U.S. Senate went with the more modest of two proposed changes to the military's prosecution of sex crimes, choosing Thursday to keep commanders' authority intact, even as new allegations were raised against the U.S. Army's top sexual assault prosecutor.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office confirmed on Thursday that it has appointed a top intellectual property lawyer from AOL Inc. to serve as general counsel beginning in April.
With religious discrimination claims on the rise, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released new informal guidance on Thursday reminding employers of their responsibility to accommodate workers' religious grooming or garb practices under Title VII.
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.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recently announced expansion of rules under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act will provide valuable information that could help keep the mortgage market fairer and more transparent. To be worthwhile, enhanced disclosure must provide data that is both accessible and meaningful — and in keeping with the rest of its user-friendly website, the CFPB’s HMDA website does provide easy access, says Bradley Girard, a student at Georgetown University Law Center.
Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recently issued draft guidance begins to shed light on the FDA’s views regarding the custom device exemption from premarket approval, a number of key open questions remain, and the exemption likely will continue to be rarely used, say Scott Danzis and Melissa Whittingham of Covington & Burling LLP.
While designed to increase transparency, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's proposed rules requiring public disclosures identifying all attributable owners of patent applications and issued patents would impose significant administrative burdens on patent applicants and patentees, and present dire risks for noncompliance, says Jeremy Kriegel of Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent guidance on diesel fracking has prompted cheers from environmentalists and fears from industry that it portends agency enforcement for past failures to obtain permits. But a review of the guidance’s statutory, scientific and policy context suggests that neither view is correct, says Bernadette Rappold of McGuireWoods LLP.
Historically, privacy compliance in Australia has not been a priority for many international corporations. However, with the publicity surrounding new reforms increasing Australian public awareness of privacy issues, new penalties coming into play and U.S. companies already under the microscope due to the Snowden leaks, no U.S. company doing business in Australia or with Australian customers can afford to ignore this compliance issue any longer, say Richard Pascoe and Alex Butterworth of Squire Sanders LLP.
The Illinois Department of Revenue recently issued emergency rules that purportedly are in line with a state high court decision that overturned key retail tax regulations. The new rules set the stage for backward-looking inquiries and second-guessing by auditors to determine where and how Illinois retailers can properly remit sales taxes, say attorneys with Jones Day.