The Trump administration’s trade policy is under close public scrutiny as the White House prepares to move ahead with new tariffs on steel and aluminum, girds for a new fight with China over intellectual property enforcement, and tries to keep negotiations with its closest allies afloat. It is against this backdrop that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will testify before the two congressional trade committees this week.
Concerns that the U.S. Department of Labor’s plan to make it easier for businesses to offer so-called association health plans will send costs surging for sicker workers are overblown, business advocates told a House of Representatives subcommittee Tuesday.
Justice Anthony Kennedy chided Justice Sonia Sotomayor during Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court arguments in a closely watched abortion case after she discussed what she found on the website of one of the anti-abortion petitioners, scoffing that he himself didn’t “go beyond the record to look on the internet because I don’t think we should do that.”
A Pennsylvania House Republican formally introduced legislation Tuesday seeking to impeach four of the state Supreme Court justices, all elected as Democrats, who voted to impose new congressional maps, a day after two federal court rulings ensured the new districts would be in effect for upcoming elections.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry on Tuesday faced bipartisan fire from members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources over research and development cuts in the Department of Energy's proposed 2019 budget, echoing criticism he received last week from House appropriators.
A group of bump fire stock owners filed a putative class suit in Tallahassee, saying that Florida's new gun control law that will bar ownership of bump stocks fails to compensate gun owners who already own these rapid-fire accessories for their soon-to-be-illegal property.
Organizations suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after it declined to add a formaldehyde warning on keratin hair straighteners failed to allege the agency's inaction increased the groups' expenditures on addressing the issue, a D.C. federal judge ruled in tossing the case Monday.
Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge announced his immediate resignation Tuesday afternoon following an admission that he had engaged in communications of a sexual nature with a person not connected to the firm.
Climate change science will go on trial Wednesday in U.S. District Judge William H. Alsup's San Francisco courtroom at a landmark “tutorial” hearing that lawyers say underscores the judge's unflinching willingness to immerse himself in the scientific and technological issues that underpin complex, high-stakes cases.
The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s move to incorporate its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule into regional haze regulations, a blow to green groups that challenged it as insufficiently protective and power industry groups that said it improperly wiped out states’ older pollution control plans.
A lengthy legal fight ended for thousands of Florida homeowners Friday when Gov. Rick Scott signed the 2018-19 state budget, including $52 million for judgments they won as compensation for Florida's having cut down their healthy citrus trees in an effort to eradicate the plant disease citrus canker.
The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s choice to permanently lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Monday, elevating longtime agency official and acting Director Kevin McAleenan with a bipartisan vote.
The federal government and a pair of ranch advocate groups voiced their opposition on Friday to a D.C. Circuit challenge brought by organizations representing foreign-born shepherds that claim the government is illegally issuing the shepherds H-2A nonimmigrant temporary work visas even though their work is more permanent.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday ruled federal prosecutors will have to prove a pair of Boston City Hall aides directly benefited when they allegedly pressured a music festival to hire unneeded union labor, upholding a high standard prosecutors have said they likely cannot meet.
Culver City, a Santa Monica civic group and local residents told the D.C. Circuit on Friday that the Federal Aviation Administration did not adequately assess noise, air pollution and other environmental factors before implementing new flight paths for Southern California airports as part of its air traffic control modernization program.
A U.S. Tax Court ruling denying a Connecticut woman's bid to reclaim her overpayment in a case of first impression led to an “absurd” result and must be overturned, according to an amicus brief filed in the Second Circuit Friday by two tax professors.
Environmental groups have escalated their battle against San Diego County’s plan to deal with the effects of climate change, claiming in a state court lawsuit filed Friday that the Southern California county's revised approach is inadequate.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury urged the Fifth Circuit in an appeal filed Friday to resurrect a temporary rule invalidated by a Texas federal court after it sank a planned $160 billion merger between Pfizer Inc. and Irish counterpart Allergan PLC, saying that it had fulfilled its obligations in promulgating the rule.
The U.S. General Services Administration and the Office of Management and Budget on Friday issued their congressionally mandated implementation plan for upping the use of e-commerce portals like Amazon.com to buy off-the-shelf items, committing to a phased implementation and requesting more authority to speed the process.
President Donald Trump unveiled a four-part plan Monday for curbing the opioid crisis with a wide-ranging mix of policies, including tougher criminal enforcement, stricter border security, expanded addiction treatment and a nationwide educational campaign.
Congress should pass the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act to return the law to what it was for 70 years, before the National Labor Relations Board decided to stop recognizing tribes as governments, says Willie Hardacker, general counsel for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.
While no new laws have been finalized yet, the stars may be aligning in New Jersey for significant changes to how it deals with cannabis. For employers, this means more employees using marijuana, medical or recreational, in the near future, says Ruth Rauls of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.
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.
Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.
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.
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 United States. Companies should be aware that the act would increase compliance complexity and heighten enforcement risk, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Businesses face challenges in implementing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, especially given its size and scope and the ambiguities that remain regarding its application. Unfortunately, if administrative guidance and technical corrections are not issued soon, companies may lose valuable rights, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.
China has recently implemented a number of changes to its food regulatory system. U.S. beef can again be imported to China after a 14-year prohibition. But companies must comply with new standards for food manufacturer certification, food labeling and food packaging, say attorneys with Keller and Heckman LLP.
Because there is a clear definition of sexual harassment under both California and federal law, there are several precautions that employers can take to prevent the #MeToo movement from occupying their workspace, even as state representatives work to bolster the statutory scheme of protection, says Jamie Wright of Albright Yee & Schmit APC.
The recent announcement of new steel and aluminum tariffs provided few answers regarding their scope and operation. The sooner definite procedures for exclusions and exemptions are established, the better for the global economy, say Donald Cameron and Mary Hodgins of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.