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Public Policy

  • October 16, 2018

    Energy Exec Who Hired Percoco's Wife Gets 14 Months

    Energy executive Peter Galbraith Kelly Jr.,who struck a plea deal after a jury split on charges that he bribed Joseph Percoco by giving his wife a "low-show" job, was sentenced to 14 months behind bars on Tuesday in a decision meant to send a warning to lobbyists across the country.

  • October 16, 2018

    DC Investigations Lawyer To Be New White House Counsel

    President Donald Trump has selected Pat A. Cipollone to replace Don McGahn as White House counsel, the president told reporters Tuesday, bringing in a well-known Washington litigator as his new top lawyer as the special counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election continues unabated.

  • October 16, 2018

    FCC Commissioners Support Plan To Reopen 5.9 GHz Rules

    FCC Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Michael O’Rielly offered bipartisan support Tuesday for a trade association’s plan that would rethink the allocation of the 5.9 GHz spectrum band for automotive safety features and use it to power Wi-Fi and unlicensed devices.

  • October 16, 2018

    San Jacinto River Authority Claims Immunity In Takings Row

    Houston-area homeowners who allege that the San Jacinto River Authority’s actions that flooded their property in the wake of Hurricane Harvey were unconstitutional “takings” have not done enough to waive governmental immunity, the agency told a Texas appellate panel in oral arguments Tuesday.

  • October 16, 2018

    States Say Indian Child Welfare Act Must Be Blocked

    Texas, Indiana and Louisiana and several foster families have urged a Texas federal judge to reject four tribes' request to put a hold on a recent decision that found the Indian Child Welfare Act unconstitutional, saying that the ruling is likely to stand and that a stay would leave many children “in legal limbo” until appeals in the case are over.

  • October 16, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Rethink Indian Child Welfare Act Ruling

    The full Ninth Circuit has declined to rethink tossing a proposed class action alleging that portions of the Indian Child Welfare Act are discriminatory and unconstitutional, standing by its decision that the dispute lodged by four children and their adoptive parents is moot because the kids were successfully adopted.

  • October 16, 2018

    DOD Urged To Boost Oversight Of Afghan Defense Equipment

    The United States has spent billions of dollars since 2002 to provide and maintain equipment for Afghan security forces, but the U.S. Department of Defense lacks the ability to effectively track how much of this equipment is being maintained and used, according to a watchdog report.

  • October 16, 2018

    Winning 5G Race Is 'Worthless Exercise,' Clyburn Says

    Former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn called winning the proverbial race to 5G a “worthless exercise” at an American University event Tuesday, saying that whether the nation is first to roll out next-generation mobile services doesn’t matter as much as implementing the services wisely.

  • October 16, 2018

    Sens. Urge FTC To Take Harder Line On 'Made In USA' Labels

    Three Senate Democrats have sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging it to fully enforce its “Made in the USA” labeling standards in the wake of recent agency decisions to settle with companies that allegedly marketed foreign-made goods as domestically produced.

  • October 16, 2018

    Trump's Rulemaking Agenda Aims To Cut $18B In Costs

    President Donald Trump's administration is set to launch another round of regulatory actions aimed at what it claims will cut costs for private industry across the country, previewing the fall unified agenda meant to cut an estimated $18 billion in costs from the marketplace that is set to be released Wednesday.

  • October 16, 2018

    OECD Tax Chief Hopes For Deal On Digital Tax In Few Months

    Pascal Saint-Amans, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's director of tax policy, expressed optimism Tuesday that a task force charged with creating recommendations on how to deal with digital tax issues would agree on "some form of recommendation" in the next few months. 

  • October 16, 2018

    W.Va. Urges High Court To Affirm Retirement Tax Finding

    West Virginia did not violate the doctrine of intergovernmental tax immunity in exempting some state law enforcement officers’ retirement benefits from taxation but not those of federally employed retirees with similar duties, the state’s top law enforcement officers told the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday.

  • October 16, 2018

    99% Of Net Neutrality Comments Opposed Repeal

    Nearly all of the unique comments submitted to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in 2017 regarding its repeal of net neutrality were opposed to the move, according to a new study by Stanford University researcher Ryan Singel.

  • October 16, 2018

    Trump Accused By Writers' Group Of Free Speech Violations

    A literary organization filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday accusing President Donald Trump of violating the First Amendment by using the regulatory and enforcement powers of the federal government to punish journalists and media outlets.

  • October 16, 2018

    NJ Hospital, Jersey City Reach $4.9M Deal Over Property Tax

    A New Jersey hospital has agreed to settle a dispute over its property tax exemption in exchange for paying Jersey City $4.9 million over an eight-year period.

  • October 16, 2018

    Race-Blind Admissions Harm Students, Harvard Dean Testifies

    Harvard's longtime dean of admissions testified that a study by the university's own expert shows eliminating race from the student application process would result in more Asian-American students being admitted — but would lessen the quality of their education — as testimony continued Tuesday in the closely watched Boston bench trial.

  • October 16, 2018

    Bill Would Let Employers Pay Down Student Debt Tax-Free

    U.S. workers could get help paying off their student loan debt under a Senate proposal that would allow employers to contribute thousands of dollars a year tax-free toward their employees’ student loan repayments.

  • October 16, 2018

    BuzzFeed Sues For Info On Kushner, 'Liberty' Task Force

    BuzzFeed lodged a pair of Freedom of Information Act suits in D.C. federal court Monday alleging the State Department won't turn over U.S. Embassy records relating to Jared Kushner and the Justice Department is withholding information about a task force created to enforce the Trump administration's controversial religious liberty guidance.

  • October 16, 2018

    CIT Orders Gov't To Issue Final Rule On Duty Drawbacks

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has ordered the federal government to publish by mid-December a final rule clarifying amendments to duty drawback regulations, with the court finding that expedited issuance was needed to prevent further harm against importers.

  • October 16, 2018

    Enviro Says Gov't Border Wall Docs Not Exempt From FOIA

    An environmental group has asked a D.C. federal court to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to turn over U.S.-Mexico border wall-related records prepared for President Donald Trump's transition team in the group's Freedom of Information Act suit over the records.

Expert Analysis

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Can Blockchain Deliver Secure IT Solutions For Health Care?

    Jonathan Gordon

    Blockchain-powered tools may revolutionize health care by allowing providers to easily exchange medical and health records while still protecting patients' information, but entrepreneurs must carefully consider novel legal challenges and questions, say Jonathan Gordon and Jesse Welsh-Keyser of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: When Trade And National Security Converge

    Mario Mancuso

    Increasing tariffs, new scrutiny of foreign investments in U.S. companies, and export controls over “emerging and foundational” technology are part of a Trump administration strategy to advance national security objectives using economic tools. These measures are ushering in a new era of trade restrictions, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Studying The Reactions To SEC's Whistleblower Proposals

    Kathleen Massey

    Earlier this year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed amendments to the rules governing its whistleblower incentive and protection program. Kathleen Massey of Dechert LLP examines the key issues raised by the public comments filed in response, and what to expect from the final rules.

  • Series

    Trade Wars: Anti-Dumping And Countervailing Duty Trends

    Shelby Anderson

    In the first article of this special series on the Trump administration's trade policies, attorneys from Covington & Burling LLP explore how a notable increase in U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duty enforcement actions is creating significant compliance challenges for foreign companies and U.S. importers.

  • Industry Takeaways From The Defense Industrial Base Report

    Zach Mears

    While the long-awaited interagency assessment of the U.S. manufacturing and defense industrial base does not incorporate detailed policy solutions, it does identify current actions and potential future efforts and recommendations. Attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP draw some initial conclusions.

  • Opinion

    Only Congress Can Stop Courts' Patent-Eligibility Nonsense

    Nancy Linck

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is planning guidance to address the patent examination problems created by the courts’ interpretation of Section 101. Instead, the USPTO should focus on the legislative fix proposed by intellectual property trade associations, says Nancy Linck of Linck Consulting.

  • 10 Key Points From New USCIS 'Notice To Appear' Policy

    Lisa Pino

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently hosted a live teleconference to inform the public about a new policy memo concerning documents that notify and require recipients to appear in court before an immigration judge. Lisa Pino of Mayer Brown LLP discusses important implementation details.

  • What Financial Cos. Can Expect If Democrats Win House

    Aaron Cutler

    It is widely expected that Democrats will take control of the House in the midterm elections, and a Democratic House Financial Services Committee will likely launch a broad range of investigations, particularly relating to consumer-facing issues, say attorneys with Hogan Lovells.