Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC said Monday that Matthew Howsare, chief of staff and chief counsel to the chairwoman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, will join the firm’s consumer product safety practice in its Washington office later this month.
Barring unscrupulous companies from getting government contracts has become a politically popular topic on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures, but some contracting experts worry that lawmakers are pushing unhelpful proposals in an effort to appear tougher on wasteful spending.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center on Friday urged the U.S. government to steer clear of privacy issues in upcoming talks on a comprehensive trade and investment deal with the European Union, saying that the topic is too complex and would derail negotiations.
By adopting deferred prosecution agreements but subjecting the deals to heavy court oversight, the U.K. may sidestep some of the criticism that has plagued U.S. prosecutors during a recent Foreign Corrupt Practice Act offensive, attorneys say.
Texas lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to legislation designed to modernize medical data management and are pushing another pair of measures that aim to make the insurance preapproval process for prescription drugs and other health care benefits easier on patients.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday described how it plans to cut allotments for state Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments under the Affordable Care Act, saying the cuts would go into effect Oct. 1 unless Congress acts to delay them for a year.
President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to move ahead with completing a comprehensive trade agreement between the U.S. and the European Union to bolster economic growth as the heads of state met Monday to discuss international trade and global security.
Hospitals are likely to revolt against Medicare's new plan to make the length of a patient's stay the key factor in determining whether an inpatient admission is eligible for reimbursement, according to attorneys who say the plan undervalues the importance of a doctor's judgment.
The Federal Reserve on Monday gave the 18 largest U.S. bank holding companies until July to hand over the results of their midyear, bank-administered stress tests in order to remain in compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act.
A New York federal judge "plainly overstepped his authority" when he ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to bypass its mandatory rulemaking procedures and make the contraceptive Plan B available over the counter without restrictions, the federal government told the Second Circuit on Monday.
Forty-three attorneys general on Monday told the head of the Food and Drug Administration that the FDA should require black-box warnings on opioid painkillers alerting pregnant mothers to the risk that their babies could suffer withdrawal from the painkillers after birth.
The Vermont House of Representatives on Friday voted in favor of legislation that would require the labeling of genetically engineered food, the first of the labeling bills under consideration nationwide to be approved by a state legislative body.
The U.K. official charged with overhauling Libor reportedly said the existing process for setting the benchmark rate must be preserved even as the global financial system moves to a transaction-based system, putting him at odds with his U.S. counterpart.
A New Jersey appellate court on Monday squashed a citizens' group's protest against a FirstEnergy Corp. substation that was built in the state's environmentally sensitive Highlands region, saying state regulators had acceptable reasons for exempting the station from state environmental law.
The Marketing Research Association on Friday criticized a new bill designed to boost privacy on mobile devices by requiring app developers to get consent from consumers before collecting data, saying it would give the government too much power.
Former New York Govs. Mario Cuomo and George Pataki went to bat for ex-American International Group Inc. CEO Maurice Greenberg on Monday, urging the state’s attorney general to back down from efforts to bar Greenberg from trading securities or heading a company.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to Utah’s proposed model for its Affordable Care Act-mandated health insurance exchange, allowing the state to run the small business portion while leaving individual insurance under HHS oversight, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced Friday.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of Friday released draft principles to update the way it evaluates the quality of its investigations and conciliations, another step in its drive to implement a plan to make itself more efficient.
The Pennsylvania-based Marcellus Shale Coalition announced Monday that it had added a former government relations professional from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC to lead its lobbying efforts.
New York state will kick in more than $48 million in grants to help fund federally managed buyouts for homeowners looking to relocate after suffering severe flood damage during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
The federal government recently published the first in a line of forthcoming rules and regulations implementing the Obama administration’s multiyear Export Control Reform Initiative. Critics of export reform have noted that the changes are just as likely to complicate matters rather than simplify them, especially with the addition of the little-understood 600 series, say attorneys with Nixon Peabody LLP.
The dental practice management model has become an increasingly popular investment opportunity with management companies and private equity firms. While the DPM model grows in popularity, so does regulation and scrutiny around the industry, which is evidenced by recent investigations and the introduction of SB 151 in Texas, say attorneys with McGuireWoods LLP.
The United States and the EU hope to start negotiations on a trade treaty focusing on nontariff barriers in June and have a deal done by the end of 2014. While the strategy is ambitious, the prize at the finish line may be enough to drive the countries through the course in time, says Reid Whitten of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.
As a result of recent changes, the five-member Federal Trade Commission is left with two Democrats, two Republicans and one open seat, and seems likely in the near term to focus on actions where there is the bipartisan consensus necessary to obtain the three votes required to take action, say Steven Cernak and Suzanne Wahl of Schiff Hardin LLP.
David Blass, the chief counsel in the Division of Trading and Markets at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, recently described two “flavors” of activities that funds and their advisers should consider in evaluating potential broker-dealer status — “plain vanilla” and “dark chocolate with a subtle infusion of habañero,” say Amy Kroll and Michael Weissmann of Bingham McCutchen LLP.
Just one day before the end-user compliance date for swap reporting and record keeping under the Dodd-Frank Act, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a no-action letter. While the scope of the relief provided in the letter varies depending on the status of the reporting counterparty, the letter should be welcomed by most of the energy market's end-user community, say attorneys with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.
Anyone who has submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration knows that it can be a long wait to get responsive documents and records from the FDA. A recent decision from the D.C. Circuit, however, may lead to significant changes in how the FDA and other federal agencies process FOIA requests, says Kurt Karst of Hyman Phelps & McNamara PC.
Following the recent arrests of two New York state lawmakers on federal bribery charges, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed legislation creating a new class of public corruption crimes. The proposals have the potential to increase the power of the state government to prosecute those accused of public corruption and fraud, say attorneys with Nixon Peabody LLP.
California’s Right to Know Act of 2013 — the first legislation of its kind in the U.S. that applies the broader European type of transparency — permits an individual to obtain full disclosure upon request of personal information held by a company about the individual. The act may create significant compliance implications and litigation risks for businesses throughout the country, say Katherine Ritchey and Mauricio Paez of Jones Day.
In order to incentivize foreign pension funds to invest in U.S. infrastructure projects — such as oil and gas fields, pipelines, real estate development and toll roads — the Obama administration has proposed putting foreign pension funds on equal footing with U.S. pension funds that are permitted to invest in certain real estate assets on a tax-exempt basis. The proposal, if enacted, would open up certain classes of investment assets effectively unavailable to foreign pension funds, say James Reardon and Elizabeth Behncke of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.