A bipartisan trio of U.S. senators floated legislation Thursday that would require Facebook, Google and other online companies to clearly disclose the origin of political ads on their platforms and bar foreigners from placing them, potentially ramping up a long-running fight over what rules should apply in the digital space, experts said.
Senate Republicans beat back dozens of Democratic amendments to the vehicle for tax reform before passing it Thursday, voting down attempts to keep tax cuts away from the highest earners and prevent tax hikes on the middle class, among other measures.
The Federal Trade Commission is finally primed to receive a new leader with President Donald Trump’s expected nomination of Joseph J. Simons of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP to serve as the agency’s chairman, but antitrust attorneys say not to expect any major shifts in policies or priorities if he gets confirmed. Here, Law360 takes a look at what Simons might face at his confirmation hearing and what an FTC under him could look like.
Rights groups have urged the U.S. Department of Homeland Security not to store social media information in immigration files in comments submitted to the agency this week, while the Immigration Reform Law Institute said the proposed changes are “common-sense updates.”
A former foreign policy adviser to Sen. Bob Menendez testified Thursday that she did not recall him threatening to hold a hearing during a 2012 meeting with a U.S. Department of State official, challenging one of the prosecutors' claims at the bribery trial of the senator and a Florida ophthalmologist.
A bipartisan, short-term health care bill gained more support Thursday from two dozen senators, as they have pushed for swift passage of a deal to stabilize the Affordable Care Act's individual markets before the end of the year.
Comcast, AT&T, Microsoft and others secretly funneled nearly $1 million in cash through a shell company to fund a “plush hideaway for lawmakers” at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, a report released Wednesday by the Center for Public Integrity shows.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday that it is bringing aboard a JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive to head up the agency division overseeing broker-dealers, transfer agents, alternative trading systems and self-regulatory organizations like stock exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
A D.C. Circuit judge took the U.S. Department of the Treasury to task in oral arguments Thursday over years of delays in providing currency accessible to the visually impaired, questioning how the department can argue it’s made “substantial progress.”
The Sierra Club on Thursday sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying it has failed to update Congress on the environmental impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard program, and failed to study whether increased ethanol use has adversely impacted air quality.
The current deputy solicitor general of West Virginia, and a former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP attorney, has been named the Federal Communications Commission’s general counsel, according to a statement by Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday, replacing an interim GC who has served in the post since September.
The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced it is slowing down its review process for the proposed merger between Sinclair and Tribune to allow the public more time to comment on additional details the media giants provided this month on the $3.9 billion deal.
A former Massachusetts legislator lost his latest attempt Wednesday to undo decadesold convictions stemming from his failure to disclose gifts he received from an insurance industry lobbyist while holding public office, when a federal judge rebuffed his argument that the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark McDonnell decision invalidated them.
The owners of several residential apartment buildings asked a California federal court Wednesday to block Airbnb from allowing their tenants to rent out apartments on its website, saying they will likely prevail on claims that rowdy guests are costing them money and disturbing residents, harms that will continue without the court’s assistance.
With efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement showing little progress and the Trump administration doing little to quell fears it may withdraw altogether, NAFTA country investors could find investment protections enshrined in the deal "gone all of the sudden," experts say.
The Trump administration cannot postpone discovery and shirk its obligation to produce a privilege log in a battle over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but will be allowed to disclose a narrower scope of information, a New York federal judge ruled Thursday.
The D.C. Circuit will livestream oral arguments Friday for the first time in over a decade after Chief Judge Merrick Garland granted a request from a judicial transparency group in a case over an immigrant teen seeking an abortion, the group’s director said Thursday.
A Florida appeals court on Thursday denied three petitions requesting review of an emergency rule giving nursing homes and assisted living facilities 60 days to install generators capable of providing four days of backup power.
A California federal judge signed off on a settlement worth more than $180 million between the City of Long Beach, California, and a class of residents with disabilities, ending an Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit alleging the city's non-accessible sidewalks are discriminatory toward people in wheelchairs.
A recent Treasury Department report aimed at easing capital markets regulation generates few new ideas, instead sticking to familiar recommendations that experts say would help if finally enacted but are unlikely to reverse the long-term decline in initial public offerings.
If the Dodd-Frank Act’s $50 billion asset threshold that triggers enhanced prudential standards for banks is revised, the federal banking agencies separately may feel compelled to revisit a range of other regulations and guidance that have used the $50 billion asset line, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
Last week, President Donald Trump issued an executive order regarding the federal laws governing health care and insurance. The order itself does not change the existing rules, but it has the potential to fundamentally transform how employers provide employer-sponsored health insurance, says Eric Schillinger of Trucker Huss APC.
Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.
Last week, President Donald Trump refused to certify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. This does not mean that the United States is abandoning the JCPOA, but it opens the door to a variety of possible outcomes, depending on what Congress and the White House do next, say attorneys with Husch Blackwell LLP.
Several recent developments will generate sustaining momentum for the electric vehicle industry, and the world’s leading automotive jurisdictions have been developing safety regulations for more than a decade. However, a cross-jurisdictional comparison reveals diverging regulatory philosophies and significant gaps, says Anurag Maheshwary, an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Even though the U.S. Equal Pay Act is over 50 years old, the U.S. census released in September still finds that women make 80.5 cents to the dollar that men make. Cynthia Jackson and Sarah Beeby of Dentons review recent legislation addressing pay inequity in the U.S. and globally, and discuss recommendations for employers confronting these developments.
Recently proposed changes to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s disclosure requirements could signal a trend to emphasize quality over quantity and principles-based rather than prescriptive rules, which would benefit U.S. public companies and investors alike, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.
Reading the text of President Donald Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American" executive order, most commentators believed that the likelihood of immediate and substantive changes to the employment-based immigration system were minimal. However, as we cross the order’s six-month anniversary, the reality has been sharply different, says Jacob Cherry of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.
International human rights laws and norms are increasingly helping to shape how energy companies conduct business all over the world. Businesses in the energy sector need to undertake systematic human rights due diligence, starting from the senior leadership and working through all levels of the supply chain, say Viren Mascarenhas and Kayla Green of King & Spalding LLP.