The Supreme Court’s headline-making term is far from over as the justices return this week for a politically charged case over California’s abortion disclosure law and a dispute that could result in more lawsuits against Native American tribes.
The D.C. Circuit on Friday eased some of the exposure that companies have faced since the Federal Communications Commission expanded the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in 2015, but the resulting lack of bright lines for liability ensures that the crush of legal fights under the statute are far from over, attorneys say.
The D.C. Circuit in a long-awaited ruling Friday narrowed a 2015 Federal Communications Commission order that expanded the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, striking down the commission's definition of autodialer and strict conditions for calling reassigned numbers while upholding consumers' broad leeway to revoke consent.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former aide Joseph Percoco took a blow recently in one of the first trials to produce a bribery conviction post-McDonnell, but its impact on public corruption cases will depend on whether such jury verdicts can pass muster before more discerning appeals courts.
The potential expansion of New Jersey’s marijuana marketplace would create more business for law firms across several practice areas and encourage those shops to grow or restructure their rosters to better represent clients in the industry, from growers to investors, according to attorneys eyeing such work.
The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that increases the limit of so-called Reg A+ offerings to $75 million, potentially broadening the appeal of an exemption that allows companies to raise capital short of conducting a full-blown initial public offering.
The D.C. Circuit on Friday said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not adequately justify its decision to raise allowable carbon monoxide emission levels from industrial boilers, a win for environmentalists that challenged the move.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday said it is taking action to make sure that proper adjustments are being made in the electric and energy sectors to ensure rates are fair in the wake of the tax reform measure that Republicans passed last year.
A coalition of Native-led and environmental organizations filed suit Thursday against the National Marine Fisheries Service, alleging it has not acted quickly enough to designate critical habitat to protect three distinct populations of humpback whales that are endangered or threatened.
Opponents of a risk management rule for chemicals on Friday urged a D.C. Circuit panel to quash an effort by environmental groups to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Obama-era regulations, saying the rules could threaten national security.
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An overwhelming majority of members of the Maryland House of Delegates on Thursday passed legislation that could let voters weigh in on whether the state should legalize sports betting at its racetracks and casinos.
A leaderless Department of Transportation's indecision on the future of a vehicle safety regulation has left not only carmakers but the wireless industry and Federal Communications Commission in limbo, some on a panel hosted by New America’s Open Technology Institute suggested Friday.
A Fifth Circuit ruling vacating the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule for retirement account advisers has created confusion across a broad swath of the U.S. investment landscape that will only be resolved once the DOL decides whether to drop the case or pursue it on appeal, legal experts said Friday.
The Second Circuit held Friday that Title VII’s standard for assessing punitive damages does not apply to workplace discrimination claims brought under the more liberal New York City Human Rights Law, saying a lower court incorrectly used the federal standard in a pregnancy discrimination case.
The Sixth Circuit on Friday rejected a bid by beneficiaries of the Tennessee Valley Authority and its retirement system to revive a suit alleging plan administrators made improper changes to a defined benefits plan, saying in part that administrators gave adequate notice of benefit cuts.
The United Kingdom’s competition watchdog has announced two senior leadership appointments: a new executive director for markets and mergers and a new senior director for consumer protection.
The current system of regulating the legal profession in the United States has created a monopoly that drives prices up and leaves too many people without a lawyer, according to one law professor who suggests that subjecting the sector to federal antitrust law may be the way forward.
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The Trump administration is set to impose steep tariffs on Chinese aluminum foil following a final vote by the U.S. International Trade Commission Thursday, deepening the fault lines in a simmering high-stakes World Trade Organization standoff with Beijing.
Discussions on enacting a second round of tax cuts following the legislation passed in December are in the early stages and involve proposals to make individual tax cuts permanent, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said Friday.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s highly anticipated interim report on taxation in the digital economy, released Friday, delivered few answers, admitting a wide gulf between countries on the vexing issues of how to track and tax value in an online, cloud-based economy.
The Netherlands’ plan to introduce a withholding tax on interest and royalty payments made to blacklisted jurisdictions signals the country’s attempt to bolster its reputation, but practitioners say this and other anti-avoidance measures could be unnecessary when looked at with international policies.
One of the few things growing faster than tax receipts from legalized marijuana, experts say, is the breadth of state legislation currently being considered that would allow the adult recreational use of cannabis.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday proposed significant changes to the state’s tax regime, including switching its starting point for taxation from federal taxable income to federal adjusted gross income, as he announced his plan for conforming to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, P.L. 115-97.
A Fifth Circuit ruling upholding the constitutionality of most of a Texas state law aimed at barring so-called sanctuary cities is different enough from other litigation percolating through federal courts that it’s an unlikely candidate for U.S. Supreme Court review, experts say.
Two tribal groups hinted at potential legal action in comments filed Thursday with the Federal Communications Commission that blasted its proposal to roll back environmental and historic site reviews for small wireless infrastructure deployment in the race to roll out 5G services.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen on Thursday backed a state house bill that would allow for bids on a new casino, possibly in Bridgeport, while also canceling 2017 legislation authorizing two federally recognized tribes to operate a casino in East Windsor.
The Federal Communications Commission has denied an "internet of things" wireless network provider a chance to renew 15 of its 16 spectrum licenses, finding that the company hadn't used most of them before they expired.
A Chicago alderman accused of accepting bribes asked an Illinois federal judge to dismiss some of the charges Friday, arguing that the government’s witnesses have not established the payments were bribes or extortion.
Prosecutors on Thursday blasted the defense argument that a recent Second Circuit opinion dealing with a convicted sex offender supports a former public official's claims that she did not violate residents' civil rights to travel freely by allegedly causing gridlock near the George Washington Bridge in a political revenge scheme.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe late Friday night, roughly a day before McCabe was set to retire, because he said an internal report found the longtime Trump target made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor under oath multiple times.
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The IRS recently issued Revenue Procedure 2018-15, easing rules for restructuring tax-exempt organizations. Such organizations will no longer be required to file a new exemption application provided the reorganized entity meets certain criteria, say Matthew Elkin and Shira Helstrom of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
Last month, U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., introduced the Export Control Reform Act of 2018, which could have a significant impact on restricting access to U.S. technology, even within the U.S. Companies should be aware that the act would increase compliance complexity and heighten enforcement risk, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
A number of provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act require further guidance or technical correction. To ensure that their implementation can withstand subsequent scrutiny, companies should fully document their processes, their analyses and their support for technical positions taken, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.
U.K.-based multinational law firm Ashurst LLP on Friday announced that it plans to begin offering bonuses to its nonmanagerial office staff, a move that will likely ameliorate the law firm's gender pay gap.
Oregon's highest court on Thursday suspended for three years without pay a judge who instituted a "screen" on gay couples trying to get married in his court and also allowed a convicted felon to handle loaded guns in his presence.
Civil and criminal charges were filed against a former Equifax executive accused of selling off shares before the public was informed of the company’s data breach, business groups collectively pushed for legislation that will slash tariffs on hundreds of products, and new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the legal services sector is far from getting back to the record high employment levels reached in the mid-2000s. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
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