The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told the D.C. Circuit on Thursday that Murray Energy Corp.’s challenge of a proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants must be dismissed as premature, since the rule isn’t final.
Two U.S. senators roundly criticized a Department of Transportation underling's “glacial” response in handling the ever-increasing number of vehicles with defective Takata Corp. airbags, urging Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a letter Thursday to issue a nationwide recall of all vehicles affected.
A Michigan appeals court ruled Friday that workers fired solely for failing a drug test because of their legal use of medical marijuana qualify for unemployment benefits, affirming lower court decisions that the state’s medical marijuana law preempted its unemployment law.
The Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of the Treasury on Friday said employer-sponsored 401(k) plans can now include annuities that are limited to older individuals without running afoul of federal nondiscrimination requirements, in a bid to promote annuity usage among taxpayers.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development delivered an agreement among over 130 tax commission delegates from 38 nations on its corporate base erosion and profit-shifting plan at the close of the Ninth Forum on Tax Administration in Dublin on Friday.
Three of Russia's largest banks announced Friday that they are taking the European Union to court challenging sanctions imposed on them over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the same day that German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the sanctions would remain in place because a cease-fire wasn’t being observed.
The D.C. Circuit on Thursday formally reinstated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's cross-state air pollution rule that was resurrected by the U.S. Supreme Court in April, rejecting a bid by several states and industry groups to delay implementation until all pending litigation ends.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., on Thursday called on anonymous secret-sharing app Whisper to provide him with more information about its location tracking and data-sharing practices, after a report accused the company of surreptitiously collecting location information and colluding with media organizations.
Canada's top trade official on Thursday issued a stern rebuke to U.S. lawmakers for their continuing efforts to ramp up "buy America" requirements for U.S. federal, state and municipal-level governments, blasting the proposals as a damaging restriction on public procurement markets.
The Florida Supreme Court agreed Thursday to take up a challenge directly from a trial court to a newly tweaked congressional district map despite state lawmakers' protests that there was no need to bypass the intermediate appeals court.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is racing to meet a court-imposed deadline of 2018 to decide whether scores of animals should be listed as endangered or threatened. Here, Law360 spotlights four creatures whose candidacies have sparked controversy among environmentalists, landowners, businesses and the government.
The four major U.S. sports leagues and the NCAA on Thursday said they would be irreparably injured if the courts don’t grant an “urgent” injunction stopping New Jersey’s new sports betting law from going into effect on Sunday.
A co-chair of the New Jersey legislative panel probing “Bridgegate” proposed wide-ranging Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reforms on Thursday that would trim gubernatorial appointment powers, impose transparency requirements and force the agency to take a harder look at its operations.
The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division said Thursday that the Greater New York Taxi Association can challenge New York City's plan for an all-Nissan taxi fleet under a $1 billion contract with Nissan Motor Co. to the state’s highest court.
Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen argued Wednesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should revoke a proposal that the group said would allow pharmaceutical companies to downplay the risks of medications that are indicated on their FDA-approved labels.
The European Union's outgoing competition chief said Thursday he believed collective actions would eventually take hold in the bloc once practitioners adapted to more widespread private antitrust litigation.
The Texas Securities Board on Wednesday gave the green light to new equity crowdfunding rules in the Lone Star state, releasing Texas startup companies seeking funding from the red tape associated with registering their securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Center for Food Safety may consider bringing another suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration if the agency finalizes its controversial rule on additives that qualify as “generally recognized as safe” ingredients without making changes to it, the consumer advocacy group said Thursday.
The Bank of England laid out a plan to handle future bank failures Thursday, saying it would act unilaterally over a “resolution weekend” to replace management and initiate stabilization transactions — a regime aimed at shielding taxpayers and the broader financial system from bearing the costs of the collapse.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed removing 72 inert chemicals from its list of approved pesticide ingredients, but green groups said there are still about 300 chemicals they want reviewed in addition.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s strategic use of the informal Hastert Rule allowed him to navigate successfully a treacherous political path of managing his divergent caucus, preserving his leadership position, and passing key legislation even when a majority of his caucus did not support it, says Holly Fechner of Covington & Burling LLP.
Companies and trade associations interested in obtaining the benefits of small unmanned aircraft systems should start formulating plans now to help shape the Federal Aviation Administration's much-anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking — likely to issue in mid-December — and the regulations that will come out of it. They need not wait for the notice, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.
The IRS recently discussed withholding agents’ reliance on documentation for Chapter 3 withholding — and the agency's position counsels timeliness in obtaining withholding certificates and documentary evidence, lest the withholding agent be left on the hook, say Edward Tanenbaum and Heather Ripley of Alston & Bird LLP.
In a pair of disappointing recent speeches, leading U.S. antitrust enforcers stated that a company's pre-existing compliance program is not a basis for a reduction in punishment for a cartel offense, which stands in stark contrast to the position of other components of the U.S. Department of Justice and recent draft guidance issued by Canada, say Douglas Tween and Arlan Gates of Baker & McKenzie LLP.
Faced with a growing trend of trade secret theft, Japanese lawmakers are actively debating reforms to strengthen both civil and criminal enforcement of trade secrets. The proposals, however, fail to address the fundamental weakness of trade secret enforcement under current Japanese law, say attorneys with Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP, Kitahama Partners and Lexia Partners.
The new law regarding the California breach notification requirement related to identity theft prevention and mitigation services has already spurred debate on two issues, say attorneys with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLC.
Newly proposed amendments to Canada's takeover bid legislation would address long-standing concerns that the current regulatory regime tilts the playing field too far in favor of hostile bidders, says Ralph Shay of Dentons Canada LLP.
If the Eleventh Circuit overturns the ruling in Brenner v. Scott, then Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage would remain in place — making the Eleventh Circuit the only circuit to uphold such a ban and opening the door to U.S. Supreme Court review, say Brad Gould and Dana Apfelbaum of Dean Mead Minton & Zwemer.
In a regulatory landscape of ban-the-box laws and increased EEOC scrutiny of criminal history questions during the hiring process, employers in industries such as health care and finance are often put in the position of acting unlawfully because they are required to conduct background checks for certain positions. The Certainty in Enforcement Act could clarify things, but it also leaves the door open for trouble, says Natasha Dorse... (continued)
Because the International Standards Organization and the International Electrotechnical Commission's new voluntary standard is the first international standard to focus on privacy in the cloud and provides an auditable policy framework for privacy compliance, it could significantly shape cloud services around the globe, says Lindsey Tonsager of Covington & Burling LLP.