The fight to reopen the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. took a dramatic turn on Friday as Republican House members maneuvered to force a vote on legislation to reinstate the embattled agency, despite fervent pushback from the conservative wing of the party.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday filed an intent to appeal to the Ninth Circuit an August decision striking down its rule lengthening the duration of permits to “take” bald and golden eagles from 5 years to 30 years.
The Sixth Circuit on Friday stayed a controversial federal rule clarifying the scope of the Clean Water Act while it sorts out whether the courts of appeal or district courts have jurisdiction to handle challenges filed by various states and private parties.
A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss most of the criminal charges in the corruption case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and a Florida eye doctor, holding that the defendants failed to shoot down the government's allegations of corruption and bribery.
Advocacy groups asked SEC head Mary Jo White on Thursday to recuse herself from helping to appoint the chair of an important accounting watchdog, saying the decision carries potential financial implications for her husband, a Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP attorney.
Despite a vote by Pennsylvania lawmakers on Wednesday rejecting Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to enact a severance tax on natural gas drillers, experts say the ongoing push by Democrats for a new levy on production would continue to cast a potentially growth-hampering pall on the industry.
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed the "landmark" California Electronic Communications Privacy Act, updating the state's digital privacy laws by protecting Californians against warrantless surveillance of their digital information.
California Gov. Jerry Brown approved a ban starting in 2020 on the sale of microbeads — the small plastic particles in facial scrubs, soaps and toothpaste — aimed at curtailing pollution in the Pacific Ocean and the Los Angeles River, according to an announcement from his office Thursday.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday night signed a bipartisan bill aimed at protecting small and midsize businesses from potential health care premium increases under the Affordable Care Act, according to the bill’s original sponsor in the U.S. Senate.
President Barack Obama announced on Thursday U.S. attorney nominations for six districts including the Eastern District of New York and the District of Columbia, tapping four veteran federal prosecutors and two private practice attorneys, including a shareholder with New England-based Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson PA.
Key Biscayne, Florida, put a halt to a proposed settlement to its grievances over the city of Miami's plans to renovate and rent out the historically designated Miami Marine Stadium for the area's annual boat show, just ahead of a possible vote by the city's commissioners.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has indicated it will try to modernize the immigrant visa system to allow for certain immigrants with approved permanent residency petitions to obtain work authorizations and cut down delays on their ability to switch jobs.
The battle over a subpoena seeking unreleased material from Gibson Dunn's investigation into the closure of George Washington Bridge access lanes continued raging on Wednesday, with the firm accusing former New Jersey and Port Authority officials who are facing criminal charges over the scandal of resorting to “outrageous rhetoric.”
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said Thursday the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission approved a proposal intended to increase over-the-counter securities transparency, enabling FINRA to make OTC market data public as it does trading data for dark pools and other alternative trading systems.
The federal government urged the D.C. Circuit on Thursday to toss the state of Alaska’s bid to overturn a decision that would allow the U.S. Department of the Interior to take land into trust for Alaska Native tribes, arguing that the DOI’s revision of the rule the state is challenging rendered the appeal moot.
A bipartisan group of senators announced legislation Thursday that would tie broadband infrastructure deployment to federal highway projects by promoting what they call a “dig once” policy.
Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday that would create a special division devoted to business disputes and other corporate matters within the state’s trial courts and intermediate appellate court.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took a tough line Thursday on so-called marketing services agreements among firms that provide closing services on real estate transactions, saying such deals pose the risk of lenders engaging in illegal kickbacks.
New Jersey filed an eminent domain action against a shore town Thursday to secure an easement the Army Corps of Engineers needs to construct engineered beach and dune projects needed to guard property against storm surges and flooding on Absecon Island.
The six senators representing the West Coast states on Wednesday reintroduced a bill to place a permanent ban on offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf of their states.
The U.S. will not begin to lift additional sanctions on Iran until "Implementation Day," which is when the International Atomic Energy Agency verifies that Iran has implemented key nuclear-related measures described in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Implementation Day is not expected to occur until Spring 2016, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter LLP.
A New Jersey appellate court's recent decision in NL Industries Inc. v. State of New Jersey is an outright victory for responsible parties saddled with the costs to clean up contaminated sites under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act in which the state bears some level of responsibility, says John DiChello Jr. of Blank Rome LLP.
While substantial room for progress remains, the U.S. Department of Labor's shortcomings in enforcing federal whistleblower protections are largely due to insufficient resources, not a lack of commitment to whistleblowers, says Matthew Stiff of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.
Given F reorganizations' many potential uses, the guidance in recently issued IRS regulations, in particular the confirmation that such reorganizations may in fact occur “in a bubble” without impacting the treatment of related transactions, is welcome, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP.
There is no precedent to suggest the outcome in Chintan Mehta v. U.S. Department of State over the historic October visa bulletin, which moved back green card application cutoff dates for certain Chinese and Indian immigrants. Publication of the revised bulletin prior to its effective date and the high standard for obtaining an injunction mandating government action may be enough for the government to carry the day, says Delisa J.F... (continued)
Vermont did not join the union until 1791, the year the First Amendment was ratified. That tardiness may explain its inability to interpret the First Amendment correctly. Thankfully, in Grocery Manufacturers Association v. Sorrell, a Vermont district court found that a Vermont statute barring manufacturers from using the word "natural" to label products was unconstitutional, says Michael Walsh at Strasburger & Price LLP.
When concurrent development of therapeutics and companion diagnostics isn't possible, the U.S Food and Drug Administration may accept the retrospective analysis of banked patient samples to validate a companion diagnostic. As technology evolves, retrospective development will only grow, so diagnostic developers and therapeutic product sponsors should be ready to take advantage of retrospective studies, say attorneys at Wilson Sonsi... (continued)
While aspects of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule may provide greater flexibility for some generators to manage their hazardous waste more efficiently, the rule would clearly increase the regulatory burden in other respects, particularly in the area of documentation and notification, says Thomas Hogan of Baker & Hostetler LLP.
Although the California Fair Pay Act was passed to remedy a perceived gender gap in pay, the statute’s potential effects on the labor market likely will be more sweeping and unrelated to gender issues. The CFPA may require employers to equalize pay between employees performing vastly different jobs and those performing the same job in vastly different labor markets, says Allan King of Littler Mendelson PC.
The Loan Syndications and Trading Association's response this week to the American Bankruptcy Institute's Chapter 11 reform recommendations is thoughtful, well-researched and forceful, and its most compelling arguments turn on the importance of certainty and uniformity in bankruptcy courts, say David Griffiths and Doron Kenter of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.