The Supreme Court of New Jersey has agreed to rule on the constitutionality of recalling judges older than the statutorily mandated retirement age in an appeal from a defendant who said his criminal trial was officiated by a judge whose age barred his service.
Environmental groups challenged a Washington state decision to issue a water pollution permit to a commercial nuclear reactor in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington state court, claiming the state violated federal and state water quality laws by issuing the permit.
Five drug manufacturing and health care organizations spoke out on Thursday against a proposed San Francisco ordinance requiring pharmaceutical companies to pay for the collection of unwanted drugs, saying it would have little positive health impact while forcing drug companies to bear the full burden of running the program.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Thursday unveiled a series of tax benefits and payments aimed at families, including an income-splitting provision for parents, an increase in a direct payment to support children and an increase in the deduction for child care expenses.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday said it would rehear en banc a class of artists' appeal to restore California’s Resale Royalty Act and revive suits against Christie's Inc., Sotheby's Inc. and eBay Inc., facing a potential conflict in circuit precedent on Commerce Clause applicability to state actions.
The World Trade Organization has accepted New Zealand and Montenegro into its recently updated government procurement agreement, a move that will allow the countries access to the $1.7 trillion procurement market, the WTO said Wednesday.
Some so-called penny stocks might be nothing more than dormant shell companies, regulators warned investors Thursday, in just the latest reminder that the low-cost shares might not be all that they seem.
Scores of business groups have amplified their calls for the U.S. Congress and the Obama administration to pass a new fast-track trade bill in the upcoming lame-duck legislative session, but experts are dubious of the prospects, citing staunch opposition among trade skeptics and the Senate leadership.
Attorneys general from 23 states including Michigan, Texas and Alaska asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rule limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants, arguing the agency failed to adequately consider the regulation’s economic impact.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's program to increase use of new technology in environmental monitoring has uncovered more pollution than expected and led to tough compliance actions over air, water and waste rules, enforcement chief Cynthia Giles told Law360. This is part one of a two-part series.
House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp and Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce called on the Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday to disclose whether foreign diplomats are receiving health coverage tax credits through the Affordable Care Act, saying it's unfair if U.S. taxpayers are subsidizing foreign nationals.
The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking to offer financial product developers assurances that new products don't violate any laws in the form of so-called "no-action letters," but attorneys say the program's burdensome requirements could limit its appeal.
Lyft Inc. urged the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Tuesday to reject a nearly $7 million fine proposed over allegations that the rideshare company violated a cease-and-desist order preventing it from operating in the state, saying the PUC’s complaint is legally insufficient.
A Pennsylvania congressman has asked the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to hand over records about its process for monitoring the handling and disposal of waste from hydraulic fracturing as part of a nationwide investigation by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee.
Environmentalists on Wednesday challenged the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s recent rule for long-term nuclear waste storage, saying that the rule violates the U.S. Environmental Policy Act and federal atomic energy regulations in two petitions for review filed in the D.C. Circuit.
U.K. tax advisers who breach professional codes of conduct by promoting tax shelters and are fined more than £5,000 ($8,006) because of that activity could find themselves subject to a new law that requires them to stop that behavior, the U.K. government said Thursday.
The European Commission on Thursday released a set of options to reform the European Union’s more than 20-year-old, outdated value added tax system and move toward a definitive regime that is more efficient and less burdensome for businesses.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday said he doesn’t envision a replacement taking over the top spot at the U.S. Department of Justice until 2015.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission neglected to perform required background checks before giving security keycards to some of its workers and failed to document who received those keycards, according to a previously undisclosed report by the agency’s inspector general.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday urged the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission not to go overboard on cybersecurity regulations, saying that legislation forcing public companies to disclose cyberattack information would hurt businesses and harm their relationship with the government.
As Massachusetts voters consider whether to ratify or veto the Legislature’s decision to allow casino gambling, the companies that planned to open casino and slot gaming establishments should keep in mind what recourse they may have in the event the cards turn out not to be in their favor on Election Day, say Abim Thomas and Joshua Daniels of Goodwin Procter LLP.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's recent insight into enforcement protocols for the oil and gas industry reaffirms procedures for issuing and resolving notices of violation, establishes a new process for resolving water supply contamination incidents and updates well-inspection policies, say Timothy Weston and Tad MacFarlan of K&L Gates LLP.
While many of the changes in the latest European Patent Office guidelines reflect the current practice of the EPO’s boards of appeal, they also suggest that the first-instance departments of the EPO may be moving toward a less rigid and formalistic approach to some issues, say Philip Cupitt and Hazel Ford of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.
Strict liability was initially used to spur the auto industry to develop safer vehicles. And it worked. But that incentive is not necessary in the case of hacking vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems, for a number of reasons, says Todd Bernoff of Alston & Bird LLP.
Less than 48 hours before Monmouth Park Racetrack was to open the first legal sports book in New Jersey, U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp put a temporary halt to those plans. Oral argument on the leagues’ application for a preliminary injunction is scheduled for Nov. 20. Can we expect a different outcome? Don’t bet on it, says Daniel Wallach of Becker & Poliakoff PA.
The U.S. Treasury and European Union have continued to expand the scope of economic sanctions in response to Russian activities and the political unrest in Ukraine. In this brief video, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan partner Mark Herlach discusses recent key developments and what the latest round of sanctions mean for energy and financial services companies.
The final asset-backed securities risk retention rule effectively broadens the original proposal’s exemption from risk retention requirements for qualified residential mortgages, abandoning the proposal’s most stringent requirements to obtain exemption. It may, however, be too soon for the mortgage industry to celebrate, says Dan Ryan, chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP's financial services regulatory practice.
While there may be more public debate over the rules the Federal Election Commission recently adopted in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United opinion, special attention should be given to the FEC's proposal dealing with the McCutcheon decision. Likely to be one of the more contentious provisions, the FEC requested comments on its enforcement policies concerning earmarked contributions, says Joseph Cosby of Butzel Long PC.
By crafting a narrowly tailored rule for financial institutions on posting online annual privacy notices and imposing several needlehole requirements, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is essentially discouraging companies from adopting a sensible and consumer-friendly alternative, say attorneys at Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Attorney General Eric Holder’s planned exit and a string of other high-level departures could lead some to believe that the U.S. Department of Justice’s aggressive pursuit of financial fraud cases may be behind us. However, there is evidence to suggest that the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group may in fact be ramping up rather than winding down, say Andrew Schilling and Ross Morrison of BuckleySandler LLP.