A Georgia federal judge on Thursday denied Florida and 10 other states' preliminary injunction bid in a suit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule clarifying the scope of the Clean Water Act, saying only an appellate court can hear the rule challenge.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced additional guidance on Thursday for the implementation of a class action settlement allowing some foreign individuals the possibility of reopening their adjustment of their status applications, revising the step-by-step determinations on whether cases can be reopened.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday unveiled highly anticipated "mega-guidance" on important policies in the 340B drug discount program, and experts say that fewer patients will be eligible under the new standards.
A federal judge gave the state of Illinois three weeks to figure out how it's going to pay Medicaid providers that are in danger of falling through the cracks while the state continues to operate without a budget, saying on Thursday that she was reluctant to drag Gov. Bruce Rauner before the court for failure to comply with an earlier order.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, lawyers throughout the Gulf region have worked hard to recover and dig into the multitude of legal issues that washed up with the storm, and some of those questions — such as whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may be held liable for any damages and how to help adversely affected communities — have not yet been resolved.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s draft guidance on Thursday regarding naming of biosimilars wasn't a clear-cut victory for either brand-name or generic-biologic makers, according to experts who say that a requirement for biosimilars to carry distinct nonproprietary names will be offset at least partly by other provisions.
An Illinois federal judge on Thursday ordered former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock to produce a trove of documents from his time in Congress for a private review, a day after the U.S. Department of Justice derided his claims that the records weren’t covered by a grand jury subpoena.
ExxonMobil Corp.’s $225 million pollution settlement with state environmental authorities, approved by a New Jersey judge this week, is notable not only for its size and the level of public scrutiny it endured, but also the guidance it provides companies facing similar claims for natural resource damages, attorneys say.
The Federal Trade Commission has selected a veteran Baker Botts LLP attorney to be the next deputy chief trial counsel for the agency’s competition bureau, the firm announced Thursday.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued a notice extending the period for public comment on its information collection regarding the L-1 blanket petition, while the U.S. Department of Labor has issued its own notice asking for revisions to the National Agriculture Workers Survey.
The Navajo Nation has urged the Ninth Circuit to keep more than 1 million protected acres around the Grand Canyon off limits to uranium mining, saying the tribe's "long and sordid" history with uranium mining backs the government's decision to err on the side of environmental protection.
The NAACP and more than two dozen other minority groups called on the Federal Communications Commission to require emergency broadcasts in multiple languages, as part of the “Katrina Petition” that has languished at the agency for almost a decade.
Food & Water Watch asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday to shed some light on the agency's purported approval of poultry imports from a Cargill Inc. outpost in China, flagging possible inconsistencies with a 2006 rule that put strict conditions on poultry trade between the two nations.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration must increase early warning requirements, two U.S. senators said in a Thursday letter to the head of the agency, arguing such rules are necessary to help prevent deaths like those connected to General Motors Co. and Takata Corp. defects.
Southern Co.'s admission that the Clean Power Plan influenced its $8 billion move to acquire gas infrastructure utility AGL Resources is a sign that coal-heavy utilities may look to cut deals with their gas-focused counterparts to handle the plan's stiff carbon emissions reduction targets.
A North Dakota federal judge on Thursday blocked the implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' rule clarifying the jurisdictional scope of the Clean Water Act in 13 states just one day before the rule was to go into effect, calling the measure "exceptionally expansive."
A pair of trade groups Thursday urged a D.C. Circuit panel to move a challenge of the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed ban on joint sales agreements between local television stations to the Third Circuit, saying it had retained jurisdiction.
A Kentucky clerk who has refused to hand out any marriage licenses in protest of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide must issue licenses while appealing her case, the Sixth Circuit ruled Wednesday.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission enshrined new protections Thursday for retail forex investors in response to January's Swiss franc market shock, but at least one commissioner said the high leverage ubiquitous in retail forex was still a “recipe for financial disaster.”
A top U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission official on Thursday said the agency should be more transparent about its process for giving regulatory waivers to lawbreakers, amid criticism that Wall Street banks too often get a free pass.
While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule for methane emissions has received the bulk of media attention, another proposed rule on the aggregation of multiple surface sites into a single source for air-quality permitting purposes may have as much or more of a direct impact on oil and gas operations, say attorneys at Jackson Walker LLP.
Many of the issues facing health care companies under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act are similar to other industries — consent and the scope of that consent, reassigned numbers, opt-outs and large potential exposure to statutory damages. However, the Federal Communications Commission's recent TCPA order also holds a new exemption for the health care industry, say attorneys at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.
Same-sex marriage. Sexual orientation anti-discrimination ordinances. Transgender accommodations. Texas employers, already buffeted by changes in union organizing and wage-and-hour rules, should come to grips with the legislative and enforcement landscape over LGBT rights since the only constant in employment law is more change, says Stephen Roppolo of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
The D.C. Circuit’s opinion this week shooting down the New York and Tennessee Republican parties’ First Amendment challenge to the SEC’s pay-to-play rule contains strong and convincing language that the lawsuit is untimely. The opinion also suggested that the D.C. Circuit may not view the ultimate merits of the challenge favorably, says Raymond Sarola, associate at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC and a former policy adviser in t... (continued)
At this stage, the field of candidates is quite diverse and unsettled — as is the eventual tax agenda for 2017 after the election of a new president. But a general consensus for comprehensive tax reform appears to be developing on both sides of the aisle, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, including former counsel to the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Last week the D.C. Circuit upheld it's previous decision that a portion of the U.S. Securities and Exhange Commission's conflict mineral rule violated the First Amendment. For issuers, it's business as usual since the 2014 decision, with only issuers who voluntarily describe any of their products as "DRC conflict free" being required to provide a third-party audit in 2015, say LaDawn Naegle and Randy Wang at Bryan Cave LLP.
As the sophistication of cyber incidents increases and the security of government-protected data gains ever heightened stance, it is key that we continue to develop stronger regulations and protections. The U.S. Department of Defense interim rule relating to DOD-contracted cloud computing services is a good next step — but it is only a step on an undoubtedly long road, says Lawrence Prosen of Thompson Hine LLP.
While some advocates of renewable energy have characterized the Tenth Circuit's ruling in Energy & Environment Legal Institute v. Joshua Epel as an endorsement of states adopting renewable portfolio standards, that is not the case. The Commerce Clause may not bar states from favoring one energy technology over another, but it does bar states from favoring in-state over out-of-state competitors, says Harvey Reiter of Stinson Leonard Street LLP.
Regulators are assessing what a well-calibrated online lending regulatory framework may look like — one that balances greater access to credit with appropriate risk management and borrower protections. This may impact investments relating to online lending and the M&A opportunities available to strategically acquisitive bank and nonbank lenders, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.
President Obama's expected executive order on paid sick leave for workers employed by federal contractors and subcontractors is the latest in a series of employment-related executive orders intended to improve wages, benefits and terms and conditions of employment for employees of government contractors, says Joshua Alloy of Arnold & Porter LLP.