Rep. Ron Klein, D-Fla., has reintroduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to establish a massive federal reinsurance fund to back up to $200 billion a year in losses from catastrophic natural disasters, hoping early bipartisan support will shepherd the bill through both chambers of Congress.
After a contentious four-day markup session, U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., has scored the first victory for his massive climate change bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., clinching first-ever House committee approval for a bill to regulate carbon dioxide.
Michigan lawmakers have introduced legislation in both chambers of Congress to establish extensive new training programs for state and local food safety inspectors, in response to growing concerns about inspectors' ability to catch urgent contamination issues following several recent nationwide food product recalls.
A House proposal to expand the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's power to regulate municipal financial advisers attracted support from lawmakers and the agency itself at a hearing Thursday.
Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., has introduced legislation that would, for the first time, make paid vacation a requirement under federal law.
Insurance organizations are applauding an effort by Reps. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., and Scott Garrett, R-N.J., to revive a bill that aims to simplify the rules governing taxation, regulation and accessibility of multistate surplus lines insurance.
Two months after the U.S. Supreme Court's Wyeth v. Levine ruling, the White House has released a memorandum signaling that, unlike the Bush administration, it will encourage executive departments and agencies to preempt state laws only after full consideration of the states' legitimate prerogatives and with sufficient legal basis.
Claims by academic legal experts that U.S. courts refuse to apportion damages in patent cases and that damages awards tend to overcompensate patent owners have been “greatly exaggerated,” according to the top judge at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday rejected an amendment to strike a carbon cap-and-trade program from the mammoth climate change bill sponsored by Sens. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., and Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., as lawmakers worked to prepare the bill for a committee vote by Memorial Day.
Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla., has reintroduced a bill to limit product liability suits against companies that sell defective products but play no role in their manufacture, design or use.
With billions of dollars in federal stimulus money flowing through the U.S. economy, recent changes to a Civil War-era law designed to combat government contract fraud has raised the stakes for a wide range of government contractors and given potential whistleblowers greater powers to pursue claims, experts say.
Spain's competition regulator has imposed a nearly €22.7 million ($31.6 million) fine on Abertis Infraestructuras SA, ruling that the infrastructure company's telecom division abused its dominant position during the country's rollout of digital television.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday put up for public comment a proposed rule change that would give shareholders the right to nominate their own candidates for corporate boards of directors.
Just a day after the U.S. Senate passed sweeping reforms to the credit card industry, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would stop credit card companies from raising customers' interest rates without notice and assessing fees that consumer advocacy groups contend cripple credit card holders.
The U.S. government has appealed a World Trade Organization decision in a long-running dispute with Japan over the U.S.' controversial method of calculating anti-dumping duties known as zeroing.
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation that would allow the U.S. Office of Special Counsel to enforce the re-employment rights of veterans or current members of the military working in the federal sector.
Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., has introduced a bill that aims to reform the credit rating industry by making agencies more accountable for assigned ratings, in part by allowing investors to take legal action against firms for not taking the proper steps to craft a good rating.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has slapped Delek Refining Ltd. with one willful and 29 serious safety violations in relation to a November 2008 explosion at the company's Tyler, Texas, oil refinery that killed two workers and injured three.
A U.S. congressional committee has voted down an amendment to a massive environmental bill that would have advanced nuclear energy as a tool to fight climate change.
The North Carolina House of Representatives has passed a bill that would make it the 47th state to allow tort plaintiffs to recover damages even when they are somewhat at fault.