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Public Policy

  • August 14, 2018

    Unions Call Trump Medicaid Payment Rule An 'Attack'

    A Trump administration proposal to block unions representing home health care workers from collecting dues through Medicaid drew more than 6,000 comments before the deadline for public feedback passed Monday, and organized labor and its allies took advantage of the opportunity to denounce what they called an assault on unions.

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 14, 2018

    DOD Urged To Improve On Cyber, Supply Chain Threats

    While federal defense and intelligence agencies are aware of cyber and supply chain threats, a broad, coordinated approach to those issues is lacking, with changes to defense acquisitions one potential part of helping to address the problem, research firm MITRE Corp. said in a report for the U.S. Department of Defense.

  • August 14, 2018

    Calif. Privacy Law Isn't End Of The World, Lawmakers Told

    A coalition of consumer advocacy groups shot back at the business community's initial efforts to scale back a recently enacted California privacy law, arguing that "the sky is not falling, as industry suggests" and urging state lawmakers to focus on "strictly technical cleanup" work for now. 

  • August 14, 2018

    CFIUS Reform Is No Death Knell For Chinese Buyers

    A newly signed law overhauling the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has sparked concern in China, but concerns that the country would face tougher reviews than it has in the past are likely unfounded.

  • August 14, 2018

    FCC To Probe If Mobile Priority Raises Open Internet Snags

    The Federal Communications Commission is inviting stakeholders to probe whether a framework that offers priority mobile service to public safety users raises concerns under the Communications Act and the agency’s new “open internet” regime that replaced stricter net neutrality rules.

  • August 14, 2018

    Kavanaugh Was Driving Force Behind Divisive Bush Picks

    When D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing next month, it won’t be his first time working on a contentious judicial proceeding, although now he will be the one in the hot seat.

  • August 14, 2018

    NYC Cap On Uber, Lyft Licenses Signed Into Law

    Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday signed into law legislation making New York City the first major U.S. city to limit the number of for-hire vehicles on the road for Uber, Lyft and similar app-based ride-hailing services, establishing a one-year freeze on new licenses.

  • August 14, 2018

    NJ Gov. Signs Bill Encouraging Public-Private Partnerships

    New Jersey expanded its public-private partnership capabilities beyond the education sector Tuesday, as Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation that allows any government entity within the Garden State to team up with private companies on projects that will benefit the public.

  • August 14, 2018

    Feds Give Green Light For Proposed Alaska Gold Mine

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have signed off on a joint record of decision that provides key federal environmental approvals for a proposed Alaska gold mine, a move that was done under the direction of an executive order aimed at speeding up federal reviews.

  • August 14, 2018

    DC Circ. Will Not Hear Gitmo Case En Banc

    A full panel of the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday rejected Guantanamo Bay prisoner Khalid Ahmed Qassim’s bid for en banc hearing of his habeas corpus case, as two judges highlighted concerns about whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s precedent on Guantanamo imprisonment review is being properly applied.

  • August 14, 2018

    Parties Duel Over Rationale For Blocking DACA In Texas Suit

    The parties in a suit challenging the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program debated Monday whether its creation violated the Administrative Procedure Act's notice-and-comment requirements or constituted a legitimate exercise of executive discretion as a Texas judge weighs whether to block the immigration program.

  • August 14, 2018

    Chicago Rejects Thousands Of Airbnb Registration Requests

    Chicago has sent out 2,400 notices to Airbnb hosts shooting down their efforts to register with the city, as required by its short-term rental ordinance, because of incomplete information and ordering them to remove their listings from the home-sharing site, an official confirmed Tuesday.

  • August 14, 2018

    Senior Dem Wants VA Info On Alleged Mar-A-Lago Influence

    Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., asked Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie on Tuesday to provide details on any contact between VA officials and three members of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club recently alleged to have “unprecedented” control over VA decisions despite holding no formal federal positions.

  • August 14, 2018

    Citizen Can't Challenge Immigrant Detention, Fla. County Says

    A Florida county on Monday urged a Florida federal court to toss a U.S. citizen’s challenge to the constitutionality of its policy of cooperating with detainer requests issued by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, arguing the Honduran native lacks standing to bring the case.

  • August 14, 2018

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    During July, telecom lobbyists laid out agendas at the Federal Communications Commission to better organize infrastructure work, collect more granular broadband data and support voice services in areas that are expensive to serve.

  • August 14, 2018

    US Can't Ease Mexican Import Ban Protecting Porpoise: CIT

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Tuesday rejected the Trump administration’s bid to limit the scope of a recent ban on seafood imported from Mexico caught with an all-encompassing net that kills the world's smallest and most endangered porpoise, affirming the ban is “effective immediately.”

  • August 14, 2018

    Ex-Fla. Justice Challenges Bundling Of Ballot Measures

    Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Harry Lee Anstead filed a petition Tuesday asking the Florida secretary of state to justify a plan to bundle unrelated proposed constitutional amendments for voters on the November ballot.

  • August 14, 2018

    Cable TV Leased Access Fight Heats Up At FCC

    Advocates fighting to preserve Federal Communications Commission rules requiring major cable companies to reserve channel capacity for independent programmers clashed with the cable industry in FCC filings Monday that alternatively argued that the internet either makes the rules obsolete or that web distribution isn’t nearly enough.

  • August 14, 2018

    ERISA Industry Group Looks To Block Seattle Benefits Rule

    The ERISA Industry Committee, which represents large benefits plan sponsors, filed a suit Tuesday seeking to halt a recently revised section of Seattle Municipal Code governing hotel employee health benefits, arguing the statute is preempted by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Expert Analysis

  • California Opens The Door To International Arbitration

    Sarah Reynolds

    Last month, California passed a law clarifying that lawyers who are not members of the state bar may appear in international arbitrations seated in California without local counsel. As a result, San Francisco and Los Angeles will likely see an increase in international arbitrations — particularly given their access to the Pacific Rim and Latin America, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Alternative Trading Systems Face New Regulatory Burdens

    Julian Rainero

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last month approved rule changes that would impose extensive new transparency requirements on alternative trading systems that effect transactions in National Market System stocks. Julian Rainero and William Barbera of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP break down the new disclosure requirements and highlight areas that may prove particularly burdensome.

  • Rebuttal

    A Decade Of US Patent Reform Has Gone Too Far

    Boyd Lemna

    In a recent Law360 guest article, John Thorne of the High Tech Inventors Alliance argued that enactment of the Restoring America's Leadership in Innovation Act would threaten positive changes in patent quality and American innovation. However, many of those same changes have had a serious negative impact on the patent system and the innovation economy, says Boyd Lemna of Personalized Media Communications LLC.

  • Unclear Which Way Wind Blows After Reversal Of Alta Wind

    Julie Marion

    The Federal Circuit recently reversed the U.S. Court of Federal Claims decision in Alta Wind v. United States, finding the trial court's method of valuing the wind farm properties did not accurately represent their fair market value. The decision was unclear, however, about how the lower court should determine the value on remand, leaving the renewable energy industry with a number of questions, say attorneys at Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • An Update, Not A Transformation, Of CFIUS Review Process

    Scott Flicker

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, a reform of the review process overseen by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, has just been signed into law. But to a great extent, it merely codifies CFIUS’ current practice of expansively interpreting its jurisdiction, stretching review timelines and taking a broad view of national security, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • San Francisco Follows Chicago With Privacy Plan

    Xiaoyan Zhang

    San Francisco is the second major city to take expansive action to protect residents from the misuse and misappropriation of their personal data by corporations for profit. However, this proposed policy initiative differs from Chicago's proposed ordinance in at least three major ways, say Xiaoyan Zhang and Ariana Goodell of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Curb Abuse Of Air Travel 'Support Animal' Rules

    David Heffernan

    Growing numbers of passengers are claiming that their pets are "comfort" or "emotional support" animals, thereby requiring airlines to accommodate the animals in aircraft cabins. The U.S. Department of Transportation should eliminate its requirement that carriers allow untrained animals on planes, while continuing to permit trained service dogs, say David Heffernan and Robert Foster of Cozen O’Connor.

  • Retirement Provisions May Survive Doomed Tax Reform 2.0

    Lai King Laim

    On July 24, a two-page framework for “Tax Reform 2.0," a second round of tax-cut legislation, was released by the House Ways and Means Committee. One aspect of the framework, improving American's retirement savings, has bipartisan support and might make it into legislation passed by Congress before the end of 2018, says Lai King Lam of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.

  • Lower Court Confusion Over Impact Of Trump V. Hawaii

    Steven Gordon

    In Trump v. Hawaii, the U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld President Donald Trump’s so-called travel ban against the contention that it is anti-Muslim and violates the establishment clause. However, it appears that some lower federal courts have not understood the high court's message, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.