A top U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission member on Friday said she is concerned the guilty pleas the government extracted from five banks over benchmark rate manipulation have been reduced to mere symbolic exercises after her fellow commissioner granted the banks a fresh round of regulatory waivers.
The Federal Communications Commission, Dish Network Corp., Netflix Inc. and an intervenor group on Friday blasted an attempt by challengers to the Open Internet Order to stay the rule during the challenge, telling the DC Circuit that the broadband providers are not likely to succeed.
Democrat leaders of the Pennsylvania General Assembly fired off an amicus brief on Friday supporting the state’s bid to force the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to reverse its decision ending a series of Medicare Advantage contracts between its hospitals and rival insurer Highmark Inc.
Following a meeting with the nation’s biggest mortgage lenders on Friday, Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan warned that sanctions could be levied against the banks if they don’t lower mortgage interest rates that are high by European standards.
The federal government's proposed rule requiring Endangered Species Act petitioners to gather information from states about the animal in question creates a new burden that likely won’t withstand inevitable legal challenges, experts say.
A casino industry group said Thursday that the Department of Defense should allow the use of government charge cards at casinos, despite the Pentagon watchdog’s report this week decrying over $1 million in charges at casinos and strip clubs.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Thursday sanctioned an Iraqi airline company and others for illicitly selling commercial aircraft to an Iranian airline accused of sponsoring terrorism.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday laid out the proposed list of services eligible for funding in 2016 under a $3.9 billion program meant to help schools and libraries obtain broadband Internet service.
An Alabama federal judge on Thursday ruled that probate judges throughout the state must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, although she stayed the preliminary injunction while the U.S. Supreme Court considers the issue.
President Barack Obama said Wednesday he plans to renominate Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, best known for her work on improving Internet access schools and increasing spectrum, to a five-year term.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued guidance Thursday on a new Administrative Appeals Office decision requiring an updated H-1B petition when a foreign worker changes locations, clarifying that an amendment isn’t necessary when an employee moves within a metropolitan statistical area.
Eastman Chemical Co. on Tuesday challenged in the D.C. Circuit a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency final rule under the Clean Air Act ramping up emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants at waste sites.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it will be amending blood donation regulations to include more testing for infectious diseases and evaluations for factors that might harm a donor's health.
The Federal Railroad Administration on Thursday issued an emergency order that it said will help control passenger train speeds at certain locations on the Northeast Corridor and require Amtrak to beef up safety protocols in light of last week’s fatal derailment in Philadelphia.
The IRS urged the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday to affirm that the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants doesn't have the right to sue over the agency's oversight program for uncredentialed return preparers, because the rules don't affect the CPAs and accounting firms that make up its membership.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to suspend faster processing on H-1B stay extensions because of the anticipated wave of H-4 work requests, a move attorneys say might have unintended consequences that include slowing the H-4 permit process and hampering foreign workers’ ability to get driver's licenses.
Oregon will become the first state in the nation this summer to tax some drivers on mileage rather than on fuel use, with the launch of a voluntary program aimed at making up for declining revenue as cars have become more efficient.
The U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday filed final changes to export rules allowing unlicensed delivery of Internet technology to the politically fraught Crimea region of Ukraine, saying the change will allow Crimeans to reclaim the narrative of daily life from their Russian occupants.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., told a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee panel on Thursday that two bills he is sponsoring would redress a historic injustice by taking federal lands into trust for four Native American tribes located in the state.
The federal government preliminarily agreed Thursday to send Florida $1 billion in health care funding for low-income residents in the coming year, but advised against the state relying on the funding as a substitute for Medicaid expansion.
In making decisions about which employees to conduct credit checks on in light of recent amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law, city employers should analyze the job responsibilities for each employee to ensure an employee's actual job responsibilities fall within one of the law's exceptions, say attorneys at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.
Since its enactment in 2004, California's Private Attorney General Act is clearly gaining strength as a tool for plaintiffs' employment attorneys, as evidenced by the recent suit against 99 Cents Only Stores over "suitable seating." In light of this trend, employers should aggressively preempt potential bases for claims against them over nonmonetary violations of the state labor code, says Joshua Dale of Michel & Associates PC.
Despite its intended goal of reducing "litigation driven by uncertainty," the White House Council on Environmental Quality's revised draft guidance regarding National Environmental Policy Act reviews avoids providing direction on determining when greenhouse gases and climate change impacts are significant and its consideration of upstream and downstream impacts is particularly vague, says Elizabeth Lake of Holland & Knight LLP.
Last month marked the 47th year since the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act and it remains important for professional apartment management to know about fair housing priorities at both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — particularly when recent national events have raised the profile of racial divisions in our country, says Scott Badami of Fox Rothschild LLP.
To date, the U.S Food and Drug Administration has made only light use of its mandatory recall authority, but by offering new draft guidance on recalls, the FDA may be signaling its intent to more aggressively exercise this authority, say John Fuson and Chalana Williams of Crowell & Moring LLP.
At the heart of the Federal Trade Commission and New York State Department of Health's disagreement over the state's Medicaid program is the mounting tension between health care reform — which focuses on transformative health care models that seek to curb costs and improve care through coordinated and integrated systems — and antitrust law, say attorneys at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
As labor costs have risen in recent years, on-call shifts have grown in popularity, particularly in the food and retail industries, because they allow employers to avoid paying for excess labor during slow periods. However, employers may soon see these efficiencies evaporate in light of the evolving legal landscape relating to shift scheduling, say Lindsay Ayers and David Szwarcsztejn of Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP.
The principal implication of the latest reforms to New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program is that the state will continue to struggle with the inherent conflict between the needs to redevelop contaminated sites and to conserve resources — not to mention the political spin that subsidizing development in New York City during an apparent real estate boom is a giveaway to developers, says Richard Leland of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.
In its recent guidance on forum selection, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission missed a golden opportunity — instead of addressing the legitimate and widespread criticism of its increasing use of the administrative forum, the SEC dodged the key issues and failed to make the forum selection process fairer to defendants, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.
Government contractors who think cyber and information security applies only to classified or U.S. Department of Defense contracts, take note — a new set of standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology is on the horizon, say attorneys with Venable LLP.