A bill geared at reforming automobile safety standards in the wake of the notorious General Motors Co. ignition switch and Takata Corp. air bag recalls was reintroduced Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives, drawing opposition from automakers who claim the bill will lean on new vehicle taxes for funding.
The White House on Friday proposed a bill following through on President Barack Obama’s two-year-old commitment to put forward legislation setting in place a consumer privacy bill of rights.
A coming New York state proposal to require top bank executives to personally attest to the quality of their institutions’ anti-money-laundering policies represents a major escalation of pressure on firms to prevent financial crimes that will be closely watched by other regulators, experts say.
In response to a blistering rebuke from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a top White House official on Thursday gave a vehement defense of a controversial trade agreement provision enabling companies to arbitrate investment disputes directly against foreign governments, which critics fear could undermine legitimate regulatory efforts.
Florida's attorney general defended a state law that prevents merchants from imposing credit card surcharges, telling the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday that the statute is intended to protect consumers from unfair pricing and doesn't restrict businesses' free speech rights.
A day after the Republican majority in the state’s House of Representatives passed a bill to privatize the sale of wine and spirits in Pennsylvania, Senate Democrats unveiled a rival proposal Friday aimed at modernizing the existing system of publicly owned liquor stores.
A bipartisan pair of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation Friday to limit law enforcement's access to electronic data stored overseas, following the same bill being introduced in the Senate two weeks ago.
Couples in four Midwestern states where same-sex marriage bans still remain have rung the opening bell in their case for marriage equality, telling the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday that they can no longer wait for their marriages to be recognized.
In a bid to strengthen human trafficking protections, the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved a bill Friday that would nail down the definition of prohibited recruitment fees sometimes charged to foreign workers on government contracts, while also passing legislation regarding North Korean sanctions.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday urged President Barack Obama to push for stricter oversight of the transportation of oil by rail, including the prompt issuance of tougher safety regulations crafted in the wake of several fiery derailments involving crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken Shale.
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio asked a Texas federal court Friday to hold an emergency hearing to order the federal government to show cause whether it is complying with the injunction blocking the president’s deportation relief policies, saying media reports suggest that the executive branch is forging ahead anyway.
Several Republicans in the House Judiciary Committee on Friday reintroduced two immigration bills focusing on issues related to deporting unauthorized minors, a bill requiring all employers to use E-Verify, and a bill applying criminal penalties to illegal immigration that now also blocks funding for the president’s executive actions.
Republican legislators on Thursday introduced a bill to block a Federal Communications Commission decision overriding state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that restrict towns from expanding municipal Internet service, a move the FCC said would increase competition.
Murray Energy Corp. said Thursday that the D.C. Circuit must act now to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to limit greenhouse gases from existing power plants — or coal-based facilities will go “cold” waiting for further litigation to play out.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell signed an agreement on Friday with the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes to guarantee their water rights in the state of Nevada and provide $60 million for water projects on the tribes’ reservation.
Momentum in Washington is growing behind the idea of a 2015 tax reform package, but lawmakers won't be able to realize that possibility on such a tight deadline without a phalanx of power players to push the effort along. Below, experts share their thoughts on 11 individuals who hold tax reform power in their hands.
The city of Los Angeles has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Ninth Circuit ruling striking down a city law allowing warrantless searches of hotel registries, arguing that the law is necessary to prevent crime and that hotel registries aren’t protected from police inspection.
The White House rolled out its "Made in Rural America” initiative on Thursday, to increase investment in small rural businesses and promote both exports and domestic distribution from rural areas in the U.S.
The Federal Reserve on Thursday gave banks and other interested parties more time to comment on a proposal that would require the largest financial institutions to maintain an additional layer of capital.
The U.S. House of Representatives averted a shutdown of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security late Friday, passing a weeklong funding measure after the Senate passed a $39.7 billion bill funding DHS through 2015 after earlier resolving an immigration-related impasse.
As predicted, Congress managed to avoid a Department of Homeland Security shutdown, but the continuing resolution was shorter than expected. Both chambers will need to spend time this week trying to resolve the funding issue. Meanwhile, other issues remain up in the air as attention turns to Iranian nuclear development, with the Israeli prime minister scheduled to address Congress on Tuesday, say members of Covington & Burling LLP.
In a Feb. 25 speech, Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky of the New York Department of Financial Services advanced his view that states can play a “catalytic” role in raising cybersecurity practices, and he appears to be seeking regulation that could require third-party vendors in sectors far from the regulatory purview of the DFS — including law firms — to effectively comply with stringent cybersecurity requirements, say attorneys with... (continued)
Washington, D.C., just became the most recent jurisdiction to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. But federal contractors — a huge percentage of the D.C. population — still face catastrophic penalties for violating laws that prohibit drug use by federal contractor employees, says Lucas Hanback of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell PC.
The U.S. Supreme Court's message in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission is clear — the actions of active market participants cannot be cloaked as government action merely because a state has established a regulatory board to oversee the industry in which they participate, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
Far from Gertrude Stein’s description of her former hometown — “there is no there there” — Oakland is poised to be a frontrunner in terms of progressive wage-and-hour protections in California. The transportation industry, hotels and restaurants will likely be the first to feel the impact, say Katherine Catlos and Gabriel Rubin of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP.
If allowed to stand, the Federal Communications Commission's revised network neutrality regulations will have far-reaching implications for the telecommunications, media, content, Internet and technology industries. One of the first decisions that net neutrality opponents will need to make is whether to seek a judicial stay of the order and the regulations, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
What is so concerning about King v. Burwell is that an issue of statutory construction regarding the Affordable Care Act has become so politically driven — the fact that, in all likelihood, the split will hew closely to the U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal and conservative blocs on how to interpret a statute is a troubling sign of the times, says Robert Hoffman of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.
Employers now face a Hobson’s choice when it comes to structuring a policy position on whether to accept California A.B. 60 driver’s licenses as valid identity documents in the I-9 employment verification process, says Mary Pivec of FordHarrison LLP.
Despite efforts to coordinate with respect to over-the-counter derivatives reform, differences in U.S. and EU approaches persist. Many market participants are concerned about how best to reconcile the sometimes disparate equivalence and substituted compliance approaches in the U.S. and EU, since the consequences can sometimes be as stark, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
Stemming from the Third Circuit's ruling in New Jersey Retail Merchants Association v. Sidamon-Eristoff, New Jersey’s amendment to remove data collection requirements provides relief not only for stored value card issuers but for all players in the SVC industry, including retailers and restaurants, say attorneys at Alston & Bird LLP.