Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney on Thursday attacked the Federal Emergency Management Agency's attempt to end his lawsuit challenging steep rate hikes planned for the National Flood Insurance Program, arguing that FEMA itself would benefit from an injunction on the premium increases.
Members of southeastern Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation on Friday called on House leadership to extend commuter tax benefits that are expected to expire by the end of the year, a move that would save more than 2.7 million commuters from a 50 percent tax hike.
With an interim nuclear accord and the possibility of relaxed sanctions, Iranian officials are publicly courting the world's largest energy companies to help tap the country's vast oil and gas reserves, but experts say companies should keep their distance as long as core U.S. sanctions remain in place.
The NSA’s data-gathering activities on global cellphone locations is authorized by a decades-old executive order that allows the U.S. to obtain intelligence pertaining to foreign security threats, U.S. government officials said Friday.
The states that opted out of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion will see a net loss of $35.4 billion in taxpayer dollars per year, according to a study released Thursday.
The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the Fourth Circuit's ruling that deemed recess appointments to the board in 2012 unconstitutional, saying the high court should hold the case until it decides Noel Canning.
Federal regulators on Friday ordered Metro-North to modify its signal system to ensure speed limits are obeyed and to immediately double up on engineers where speed restrictions are in place, a crackdown that follows a deadly Dec. 1 derailment in Bronx, N.Y.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday it is issuing a final rule implementing safety standards for infant and toddler products including infant bath seats, toddler beds and full-size baby cribs.
The U.S. and 11 other World Trade Organization countries meeting this week in Bali, Indonesia, have reiterated a call to end subsidies that contribute to overfishing and deplete already-stressed fishery resources, the U.S. trade representative's office said Friday.
European Union justice ministers on Friday threw a wrench in efforts to finalize sweeping data protection reform legislation by the spring, backtracking on their agreement to support a key provision that would allow multinational companies to deal with only one lead privacy regulator.
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday, asking the agency to investigate websites that claim to offer payday loans but may be unlawfully collecting and storing customers' personal information and selling it to predatory lenders.
Missouri lawmakers on Friday gave final approval to legislation that would provide Boeing Co. with more than a billion dollars in tax incentives over the next two decades if the company chooses to build its next-generation 777X airliner in the Show Me State.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday will remove from its regulations parts of a rule that had allowed some new power plants to sidestep a screening program for excessive soot pollution, implementing a January decision from the D.C. Circuit in a case brought by the Sierra Club.
The nonprofit group behind the creation of super PACs on Thursday criticized proposed regulations that threaten the tax-exempt status of politically active nonprofits, calling the rules a violation of free speech.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday announced it has decided to allow eagle “take” permits for wind energy projects, electric utilities and timber operations to last up to 30 years, rather than five, pleasing industry groups but alarming environmentalists.
New York City agreed Friday to phase in accessible yellow cabs so that half will be accessible by people in wheelchairs by 2020, in a settlement that could end a disabilities rights class action filed partially in response to the city's beleaguered $1 billion "Taxi of Tomorrow" plan.
The Internal Revenue Service on Friday released proposed regulations clarifying that a terminating partnership does not entitle U.S. taxpayers to deduct certain startup expenses.
Pennsylvania’s governor unveiled a plan Friday that would allow the state to use federal funding offered through the Affordable Care Act to provide private insurance to low-income state residents and modernize its Medicaid program by diversifying coverage options and imposing work search requirements on recipients.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday it wants portable fuel container makers to begin designing their products with flame arrestors in order to prevent fires and injuries to people.
The Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance placing restrictions on the sales of electronic cigarettes on Wednesday, claiming the devices may pose a health hazard.
A fierce debate has now emerged over whether the phrase "exceeds authorized access" in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act applies to violations of internal computer use policies. With circuits lining up on both sides of the argument, it appears that this issue may be ripe for a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, say Brandon Krajewski and Steven Berryman of Quarles & Brady LLP.
As conflicts have intensified over a number of California cities’ approaches to inclusionary housing, the courts have created a patchwork of law that has provided little practical guidance to local governments or developers, but recent actions by the governor and the California Supreme Court may be bringing things into focus, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.
While the Nov. 24 accord represents the first reversal in an inexorable trend of increasing sanctions, it by no means signals a dismantling of the Iran sanctions program. The U.S. may even step up enforcement under unaffected portions of its sanctions program, including prohibitions on trading in blocked property, engaging certain petroleum transactions and supporting Iran’s energy sector, say Scott Flicker and Devon Winkles of Paul Hastings LLP.
Recently, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation advised regulated financial institutions to be wary of “an increase in exclusionary terms or provisions” in insurance policies covering directors and officers liability. While this advice was directed to financial institutions regulated by the FDIC, much of it is good advice to follow for all corporations and their boards of directors, say Brian Scarbrough and Daniel Johnson of Jenner & Block.
Although the U.S. Department of Defense's recently issued final rule addressing how DOD contractors and subcontractors must safeguard unclassified technical information on their corporate information systems narrows a 2011 proposed rule, it still has wide applicability to private sector information systems where DOD technical information is stored or transmitted, say attorneys with WilmerHale.
Whether or not the significant changes to China's trademark laws can be practically implemented or lead to real change, China has taken a positive step toward recognizing and protecting intellectual property rights in a manner consistent with international norms, say Perry Viscounty and Jennifer Barry of Latham & Watkins LLP.
Federal regulators last month proposed rules implementing the Basel III liquidity coverage ratio. Among other things, the proposed LCR is more stringent than the international LCR standard agreed upon by the Basel Committee on Bank Supervision earlier this year, says Brian Barrett of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.
One very real concern of moving to a physician payment system with no guaranteed payment increases over the next decade is that physicians with sufficiently high private-payer volume could opt out of Medicare altogether or move to a “concierge” model, say Susan Banks and Christopher Kenny of King & Spalding LLP.
Although they have not been as widely reported as the bills permitting undocumented immigrants to apply for drivers' licenses, in-state tuition and membership in the California state bar, a bundle of new California laws taking effect Jan. 1, 2014, provides undocumented immigrants significant new protections in the employment context, says Melinda Pilling at Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall LLP.
A new approach by the U.S. Department of Commerce could result in the selection of more smaller-volume exporters for anti-dumping administrative review and significantly affect the anti-dumping duty rates that apply to companies that are not selected for review. It also may fundamentally change the dynamics of administrative reviews, say attorneys with Sidley Austin LLP.