Public Policy

  • July 21, 2017

    Mich. Residents Challenge State's Tax Sales At High Court

    A group of Michigan taxpayers fighting to get some of the proceeds from tax foreclosures on their property appealed to the Supreme Court last week, arguing that Michigan law allows the state to get an unconstitutional windfall from tax sales.

  • July 21, 2017

    DOD Enacting Measures To Improve Acquisitions, GAO Says

    The Department of Defense is putting in place measures to make it easier for commercial science and tech firms to participate in the procurement process, according to a report made public Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

  • July 21, 2017

    NJ Knocked Out Of GWB Scandal Class Action Over Immunity

    New Jersey has been released from a putative consolidated class action over politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge after a New Jersey federal judge determined that the state was immune from liability and tossed the sole remaining claim against it.

  • July 21, 2017

    Trump Nominates 6 More For US Atty Spots In 5 States

    President Donald Trump tapped six U.S. attorneys for regions of Wyoming, South Dakota, Georgia, Tennessee and Alaska Friday and his choices included litigators who have worked for Alston & Bird LLP and King & Spalding LLP, according to a statement from the White House.

  • July 21, 2017

    Ill. Ducks Human Service Coalition's Pay Suit

    A lawsuit that would have forced the state of Illinois to pay out tens of millions of dollars to human and social service agencies contracted with the state has been dismissed from St. Clair County Court, the coalition announced Thursday.

  • July 21, 2017

    DOL Agenda Looks To Deliver On Regulatory Relief Promises

    The regulatory agenda unveiled by the Trump administration on Thursday added the U.S. Department of Labor's 2011 rule barring restaurants from including nontipped workers in tip pools to the long list of Obama-era workplace regulations currently on the chopping block. Here, attorneys discuss what the latest regulatory outlook means for employers.

  • July 21, 2017

    Akin Leads BigLaw Lobbying Revenues For 2nd Quarter

    Law firm lobbying revenues have risen for most major law firms since the beginning of the year, with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP raking in $9.7 million in the second quarter of 2017, far outpacing runners up Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP and Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • July 21, 2017

    Miami Land Sale For Beckham Soccer Stadium Challenged

    A lawsuit filed Thursday is challenging Miami-Dade County officials' recent approval of a $9 million, no-bid deal to sell former soccer star David Beckham a parcel of land to complete his plans for a new soccer stadium needed to land Miami an expansion Major League Soccer franchise.

  • July 21, 2017

    SEC Cuts Dodd-Frank Mandates From Rule-Making Agenda

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has slashed its rule-making priorities for the coming year, according to a regulatory agenda posted Thursday, joining other regulators in pushing off proposals on executive compensation and dropping a host of other Dodd-Frank mandated rules.

  • July 21, 2017

    Puerto Rico Pension Law Spurs Bondholder Suit Against US

    A group of investors with billions at stake in Puerto Rico public pension bonds has sued the United States, saying a federally appointed oversight panel played an outsize role in the passage of recent legislation that unconstitutionally diverts their secured collateral in employer pension contributions.

  • July 21, 2017

    20 Democratic AGs Ask Trump To Defend DACA Program

    A group of 20 Democratic attorneys general asked President Donald Trump on Friday to defend the Obama administration program allowing unauthorized immigrants who arrived as children to stay in the U.S., a request that came against a backdrop of opposition from some Republican state AGs and an uncommitted White House.

  • July 21, 2017

    FDA's E-Cig Rule Survives Industry Challenge

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration acted within its authority when it enacted a major new regulation requiring electronic cigarettes to win agency approval, a D.C. federal judge ruled Friday.

  • July 21, 2017

    Wash. Expands Biometric Privacy Quilt With More Limited Law

    A newly enacted Washington state law governing the collection and use of consumers’ biometric information is seen as a more business-friendly alternative to an Illinois law that has provoked a flurry of consumer suits, and may stand as a model for states to emulate in future legislation, experts say.

  • July 21, 2017

    Regulators Delay Volcker Enforcement For Foreign Funds

    U.S. regulators said Friday they would not enforce parts of the Volcker Rule on foreign banks as part of a review of treatment of foreign funds that should be exempt from the Dodd-Frank Act regulation.

  • July 21, 2017

    NJ Court Upholds Judgment For Whistleblower City Atty

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Friday upheld a default judgment against the city of Orange in a whistleblower suit from a former assistant city attorney, saying a trial court properly struck Orange's answer with prejudice after the municipality failed to provide its reasons for firing the lawyer in writing.

  • July 21, 2017

    St. Louis Cabbies Can't Prove Uber Stole Biz, Judge Says

    A Missouri federal judge ruled Friday that a proposed class of taxi drivers didn’t prove they had an expectation of future business that Uber purportedly stole from them when it intentionally flouted St. Louis regulations requiring all for-hire drivers to get fingerprinted and obtain commercial drivers’ licenses.

  • July 21, 2017

    NJ Court Won't Halt Christie's IT Dept. Decentralization

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Thursday declined to halt Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s executive order to decentralize the state’s Office of Information Technology workers and disband them to the respective agencies they serve, a move the office’s union says could compromise the quality of the state’s computer systems.

  • July 21, 2017

    Key ACA Repeal Elements Need 60 Votes

    Important parts of Affordable Care Act repeal legislation cannot be approved in the U.S. Senate with a simple majority, dealing a fresh setback to the Republican repeal effort, according to procedural rulings Friday.

  • July 21, 2017

    Biz Groups Continue 5th Circ. Attack On DOL Fiduciary Rule

    Several financial and insurance industry groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, urged the Fifth Circuit on Thursday to rule against the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule for retirement account advisers, saying the rule’s definition of a fiduciary “defies centuries of precedent.”

  • July 21, 2017

    White House Will Probe Defense Industry Amid Trade Fears

    President Donald Trump ordered a thorough review of the national defense industrial base Friday, as the government seeks to gather information about whether U.S. companies can meet the commercial demand for national security goods including steel, circuit boards and flat-panel displays.

Expert Analysis

  • Improving Medicare With Expanded Telehealth Services

    Anthea Daniels

    The U.S. Senate Finance Committee recently approved a bill that would expand Medicare reimbursement of telehealth services. Anthea Daniels of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC reviews the proposed changes and how they would loosen the current telehealth limitations.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Ensuring Compliance With Sprinkler Laws In NYC

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    In New York City, Local Law 26/04 requires that owners of buildings above a certain size must install sprinklers on all floors by July 1, 2019. Landlords' counsel should be mindful of whether form leases are updated to address this requirement, and tenants' counsel should be savvy of where issues and costs arising out of the requirement may be lurking in a typical lease, says Daniel Suckerman of Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

  • What To Know About Proposed Changes To Tip-Pooling Rule

    Susan Schaecher

    The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced plans to propose a full rescission of its controversial tip-pooling restrictions. While the announcement does not immediately change existing law, it sets into motion regulatory action that could aid hospitality employers across the country, says Susan Schaecher of Fisher Phillips.

  • Opinion

    The Remedy For Election Fraud Is A New Election

    Robert Klonoff

    Surprisingly, despite extensive media coverage of the Russia investigation, virtually no one has focused on the irrationality of allowing Vice President Pence to become president if the facts reveal that the election itself was fraudulent, says Robert Klonoff, a professor at Lewis & Clark Law School.

  • Heller Sequels And 2nd Amendment, Still Undecided: Part 1

    Robert Ludwig

    In the first installment of this three-part series, attorney Robert W. Ludwig takes a deep dive into the controversial history of Second Amendment jurisprudence.

  • Clayton Speech Signals New Tone At The Top

    Nicolas Morgan

    In his first public speech as U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairman, Jay Clayton pretty explicitly told us where we’re going to see changes, say Thomas Zaccaro and Nicolas Morgan, former SEC trial counsel now with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • The Gov't Wants To Tell Your Car How To Drive Your Car

    Michael Nelson

    Congress has been an observer on the sidelines when it comes to laws related to automated cars — up until now. The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently released a series of discussion drafts that, if passed, would not only significantly increase the government’s oversight of highly automated vehicles, but also would look to free automakers from the current patchwork of state regulations, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Looking Ahead For The National Flood Insurance Program

    Michelle Rudd

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Flood Insurance Program will expire if not reauthorized before Sept. 30, 2017, which would have immediate and long-term repercussions for property owners. There is a need to reauthorize the NFIP and improve it in order to align values of a national safety net and self-reliance on both a personal and local community level, says Michelle Rudd of Stoel Rives LLP.