Final coffin nails for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan and the Bureau of Land Management's hydraulic fracturing rule are just two of the energy-related deregulatory actions the Trump administration is planning to take in 2018, the White House said on Thursday.
The final tax cut bill speeding through Congress will allow a deduction for state and local property taxes as well as income or sales taxes while maintaining a $10,000 cap proposed in earlier versions, according to a Thursday announcement from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved President Donald Trump's pick to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on a voice vote Thursday, along with nominees for five U.S. attorney positions.
The Florida Supreme Court said Thursday that it would not decide on whether Gov. Rick Scott can appoint the next three Supreme Court justices on his final day in office because the governor has not yet acted on his stated plan.
When the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday afternoon to undo Obama-era regulations that guaranteed equal treatment to all online content, it incited a firestorm of criticism from consumer advocates but triggered profuse praise from industry-aligned groups.
The World Trade Organization has struggled to get ambitious negotiations off the ground for years, but experts say this week’s failure to deliver any concrete results at its ministerial summit could mark a breaking point for the WTO as we know it.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would loosen current requirements for banks to notify their customers of personal information policies, claiming the bill would reduce duplicative regulation despite concerns for abuse of the information.
A Chinese online microlender that initially filed for a $500 million U.S. initial public offering has slashed its fundraising estimate by more than three-quarters, a reduction that coincides with a regulatory crackdown by Chinese authorities on online lenders.
The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Matthew Leopold of Carlton Fields as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's general counsel, and Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General David Ross as the EPA's water office chief.
President Donald Trump's controversial pick to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's chemical safety office has reportedly given up on seeking the post, just weeks after two Republican senators said they couldn't support his nomination and a third expressed doubts as well.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday sent a letter inviting local organizations to weigh in on an effort to revise rules aimed at keeping lead out of drinking water, saying the dialogue was part of the Trump administration’s efforts to engage with local stakeholders.
The Conservation Lands Foundation Inc. expanded the fight over President Donald Trump's decision to shrink national monuments in Utah with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in D.C. federal court Wednesday, seeking documents to shed light on the move beyond the “sweeping generalizations” already made.
Oil and gas groups, the state of Alaska and an Alaska Native regional corporation urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to reject the federal government’s plea to uphold the National Marine Fisheries Service’s decision to list the Pacific bearded seal as a threatened species.
The government must work to educate tech startups on potential national security and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States oversight issues raised by early stage investments from foreign companies, a former high-ranking Treasury Department official now with WilmerHale told the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday teed up a further review of its media ownership regulations, voting to move forward with a comment process taking aim at its nationwide television audience cap.
New York and New Jersey have pledged $5.55 billion for the construction of two new commuter rail tunnels under the Hudson River, an infrastructure project New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday is “urgent” and critical to public safety and the economy.
The National Labor Relations Board overturned its 2004 Lutheran Heritage Village-Livonia standard for weighing the legality of employee handbook policies in a 3-2 decision Thursday, with the Republican majority saying the board should balance a given rule's impact on workers' rights and the employer's reasons for maintaining it going forward.
A divided National Labor Relations Board on Thursday erased the landmark expansion of its test for determining joint employment that it had issued in the 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries case, voting along party lines to revert back to its previous standard.
A top U.S. Department of Justice antitrust official voiced skepticism Thursday of calls to force companies to share their data, but conceded that in “narrow circumstances,” it may be appropriate to bring a challenge over a company's refusal to deal with its competitors.
The U.S. Department of Justice has advised prosecutors seeking consumer data stored on the cloud to request the information from underlying businesses rather than their third-party data storage providers, in a shift that Microsoft Corp., which has been sparring with the government over online privacy rights, hailed as a positive step.
A chief complaint about President Donald Trump's appointment of a White House staffer to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is that it erodes the agency's independence, but experts say a judge could reassert that independence even as he upholds the president's right to fill that post.
A former aide of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and three others pled not guilty on Wednesday to an expanded indictment tied to alleged bribes for higher education and energy projects, ahead of a trial set for January.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, urged colleagues Wednesday to pass a contentious bill to fully fund the military through fiscal 2018 and renew a children’s health care program while only temporarily extending other federal spending, saying defense funding should not be used as a “political football.”
A legislative fix signed into law by President Donald Trump on Tuesday reinstated a mandate for recreational drone users to register with the federal government, a move that experts say paves the way for more enforcement actions related to privacy, safety and national security.
Certus Automotive Inc. has filed a complaint in the U.S. Court of International Trade seeking review of the tariffs imposed on some of the interior and exterior plastic auto parts it imports, after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection denied Certus' request for agency review.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who negotiated a key provision for pass-through businesses in the final version of the Senate’s $1.4 trillion tax cut bill, on Thursday endorsed a further change that is being floated to give such businesses a 20 percent tax deduction, though not all Republicans are yet in full support of the bill.
A pair of Chicago neighborhood advocacy organizations sued the Cook County assessor in Illinois state court Thursday in the wake of reports that the county’s property tax policy has overcharged lower-income residents while handing the richest residents a discount.
The Trump administration is appealing to the Ninth Circuit a California federal judge’s decision blocking enforcement of an executive order to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, according to court documents filed on Thursday.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is ending a 20-year a temporary protected status program for Nicaraguans effective in January 2019, according to a notice issued Thursday in the Federal Register.
A U.S. citizen seeking a visa for her Pakistan-born spouse sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, claiming the agency has intentionally delayed issuing final approval for his visa application because he is from a predominantly Muslim country.
The Cherokee Nation is eager to fully grant citizenship to descendants of slaves owned by tribal members, but they’ll have to wait a little longer after a D.C. federal judge said Thursday that more briefing was required before closing out a mandate first issued in August.
As anticipated, the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to overturn Obama-era net neutrality rules mandating that internet service providers treat all online content equally, handing industry groups a win and offering ISPs leeway to try out “fast” and “slow” lanes for web traffic.
Attorneys general in Massachusetts, New York and Washington state on Thursday announced their intentions to sue the Federal Communications Commission after it moved to undo regulations that protected net neutrality.
The Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA attorney facing charges over an alleged pay-to-play scheme in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday moved to exclude most of the campaign contributions he made to Democratic Mayor Ed Pawlowski, a day after an alleged co-conspirator copped a guilty plea.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner James C. Ho is heading to the Fifth Circuit after a Senate vote Thursday confirmed him to the post as President Donald Trump’s 12th appellate judge confirmed this year.
Congress and indeed the Justice Department itself have the tools to investigate political interference with our nation’s law enforcement and protect the DOJ from abuse. It’s time to use them, says Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.
One key takeaway from the Bonn Climate Talks — which recently brought together negotiators from close to 200 countries to discuss implementation of the Paris agreement — is that energy companies must seriously consider potential lawsuits linking their business operations with human rights violations and climate change, say Viren Mascarenhas and Kayla Winarsky Green of King & Spalding LLP.
U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle have proposed cosmetic reform bills, making it likely that Congress will soon pass legislation regulating personal care products. This, in turn, is likely to result in greater litigation against companies making those products, say attorneys at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
As another year draws near its close, a number of notable California Environmental Quality Act developments in both the legislative and regulatory arenas bear mention, including one proposed regulation that is already outdated due to its conflict with a recent Fifth District decision, says Arthur Coon of Miller Starr Regalia.
The chief judge of the Ninth Circuit on Thursday ordered a judicial misconduct inquiry into U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski over media reports the judge showed female clerks pornography and committed other acts of sexual misconduct.
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP on Wednesday became the latest firm to fall in line with the growing roster of BigLaw firms to offer year-end associate bonuses that align with the scale established by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.
The legal industry will see limited growth in demand and increasing consolidation in 2018 as firms face mounting pressures both on pricing and costs, and middle-tier firms in particular will feel the squeeze, according to a report released on Thursday.
Litigation boutique Tanenbaum Keale LLP, which was started this year by a group of veteran Sedgwick LLP partners, announced Thursday that it would expand westward, opening a Seattle office to be led by a product liability partner and former colleague from the soon-to-be-shuttered firm.
Attorneys at Cravath Swaine & Moore topped this week’s legal lions list after guiding Disney's newly inked $52 billion deal to buy 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets, while a team of DLA Piper attorneys landed on the legal lambs list after misconduct got them thrown out of Dish Network's trademark suit against a DirecTV retailer.
It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.