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Public Policy

  • June 15, 2018

    Airbnb Loses Free Speech Challenge To Rental Ordinance

    A California federal judge on Thursday echoed his previous ruling against Airbnb Inc. and HomeAway.com Inc. in dismissing the case and constitutional challenges to a Santa Monica city ordinance that bans unregistered short-term rentals.

  • June 15, 2018

    3 High Court Justices Dump Some, But Not All, Of Their Stock

    The amount of individual stock held in public companies by U.S. Supreme Court justices declined once again in 2017, but three members of the high court’s bench still combine to hold shares in more than 40 entities, according to an analysis of financial disclosures released Thursday by watchdog group Fix the Court.

  • June 15, 2018

    Senate Funding Bill Staves Off Cuts To Indian Programs

    The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $36 billion funding bill Thursday that largely increased spending over the levels proposed by the Trump administration for federal programs providing health care, education and other services to Native American tribes.

  • June 15, 2018

    Conn. Expands Nexus Definition For Out-Of-State Retailers

    Connecticut has expanded the definition of sales tax nexus to include online solicitation and other types of electronic transmission for making tangible personal property sales.

  • June 15, 2018

    Senate, House Bills Would Set $3.4B In USPTO Funding

    The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday cleared a bill that would let the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office spend up to $3.37 billion in the 2019 fiscal year, matching a bill passed by the committee’s counterpart in the U.S. House of Representatives in May.

  • June 15, 2018

    EPA, Corps Close To Clean Water Rule Replacement Proposal

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers moved closer on Friday to officially proposing a replacement for a controversial Obama-era rule defining the Clean Water Act's reach.

  • June 15, 2018

    DOT Tells DC Circ. Suit On Wheelchair Rule Delay Is Untimely

    The U.S. Department of Transportation urged the D.C. Circuit to reject the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s challenge to the agency’s decision to delay until 2019 a new airline reporting requirement for mishandled checked baggage, including checked wheelchairs and scooters, saying Thursday the petition is untimely.

  • June 15, 2018

    Female Attys Take To Twitter As Senate Looks At Harassment

    Female lawyers took to Twitter this week to share experiences of sexual harassment in their professional lives after a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on such harassment in U.S. courts.

  • June 15, 2018

    Apostle Pai Preaches On Winning Net Neutrality Converts

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been called names ranging from “Hitler” to “the man who’s trying to end the internet” leading up to his controversial vote to undo Obama-era internet protections known as the net neutrality rules. But at the Cato Institute's auditorium Thursday evening he found a friendly audience and offered tips to free-market devotees on persuading net neutrality-supporting peers that the previous government regulation would have stifled growth of the internet.

  • June 15, 2018

    Sessions Slams Philly Mayor's Dance In Sanctuary City Win

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday traveled to northeast Pennsylvania, where he criticized the mayor of Philadelphia for a video showing an impromptu song-and-dance routine celebrating a federal judge’s decision allowing the city to continue receiving grant funding despite a failure to fully cooperate with immigration officials.

  • June 15, 2018

    Trump 'Certainly Wouldn't Sign' Compromise DACA Bill

    President Donald Trump said Friday that he "certainly wouldn't sign" a new compromise bill drafted by Republican lawmakers to deal with unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, despite previously voicing support for the measure.

  • June 15, 2018

    House OKs Tougher Rules For Illegal Drug Analogues

    The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to crack down on synthetic analogues for illegal drugs, passing a bill Friday that would give the Drug Enforcement Administration more ability to schedule and ban drugs engineered to closely mimic existing illegal substances.

  • June 15, 2018

    Health Hires: Honigman, Arnold & Porter, GrayRobinson

    Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP has named a health care fraud pro to co-chair its white collar practice, Arnold & Porter has scored an attorney fresh out of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and another health expert has joined GrayRobinson PA.

  • June 15, 2018

    FCC Support Grows For Pai's $171M Telemedicine Boost

    A proposal to increase the limits on how much the Federal Communications Commission subsidizes rural telecom services for health care providers by $171 million a year is gaining traction with commissioners, in a move aimed at improving telemedicine in some of the country's most underserved areas, Chairman Ajit Pai said Thursday.

  • June 15, 2018

    EU's $5.5B Tax Break Helps E-Book Sector, Moscovici Says

    A proposed European Union value-added tax break that could mainly benefit big web platforms shows the bloc is not out to get U.S. digital firms, European Tax Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told Law360 in an exclusive interview, despite his stated aim to increase the tax take from the digital sector.

  • June 15, 2018

    Trump Wallops China With Tariffs As IP Brawl Boils Over

    President Donald Trump moved ahead Friday with tariffs that will eventually cover about $50 billion worth of Chinese goods as punishment for the nation’s restrictive intellectual property rules, targeting touch screens, steel components, medical devices and scores of other items in an escalating trade battle.

  • June 14, 2018

    NRA Asks To Depose NY Regulator In Discrimination Suit

    The National Rifle Association said Thursday that it wants to depose New York’s top financial services regulator to help it prepare its bid for a preliminary injunction in its suit accusing her of working with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to squash the gun rights advocacy organization by cutting it off from financial services.

  • June 14, 2018

    5 Attys On Keeping Up With Changing Immigration Policy

    Representatives for the American Immigration Lawyers Association on Thursday urged attorneys to brace for policy changes in the U.S. and abroad, to take up litigation and to push forward on claims relating to detention and asylum. Here are the five top pieces of advice for immigration attorneys drawn from the AILA's national conference in San Francisco.

  • June 14, 2018

    3rd Time's No Charm For Trump's Bid To Halt Defamation Suit

    The New York Court of Appeals on Thursday denied President Donald Trump’s bid to stay the defamation suit brought by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos over his claims that she lied when accusing him of sexual misconduct, the third time a court has blocked his efforts to stymie the suit.

  • June 14, 2018

    Insurers, Doctors, Hospitals Assail GOP's New ACA Challenge

    More than two dozen trade groups representing insurers, medical providers, hospitals and consumers on Thursday told a Texas federal judge the country’s entire health care sector would be thrown into chaos if the court strikes down the Affordable Care Act’s pre-existing condition protections.

Expert Analysis

  • House Hearing Stirs Debate On Insuring Autonomous Vehicles

    Susan Lent

    A U.S. House subcommittee hearing last month on self-driving vehicles and the future of insurance highlighted stakeholders' differing views on whether technology companies should be legally required to provide insurers with vehicle data. A failure to reach agreement on data sharing will hamper the legislative process, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Series

    FLSA Turns 80: The Future Of Work Is Here

    Jessica Perry

    As we mark the Fair Labor Standards Act's 80th anniversary later this month, it is an appropriate time to reflect on its history and consider the ways it most needs to evolve to keep pace with changes in the workplace and allow employers to provide the flexible work arrangements that many employees want, say Jessica Perry and Dan Corbett of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • What To Expect From PCAOB's Ongoing Transition

    Robert Cox

    Since reaching full strength in April, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has wasted little time in charting a new course for the audit regulator, starting with a 360-degree review and the departure of several senior staff. Among other things, the board is contemplating drilling more deeply into firms’ quality control systems, says Robert Cox of Briglia Hundley PC.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Streamlining Section 337: Some Big Changes At ITC

    Ann Fort

    Overall, the new amendments to the U.S. International Trade Commission rules governing Section 337 unfair trade practice investigations are seen as improvements. But some observers believe the increased options may slow proceedings, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • What To Know About New Colo. Data Privacy Law

    Erin Eiselein

    Colorado recently enacted a sweeping new data security law that will impact businesses throughout the country. Although it does not go into effect until Sept. 1, companies should begin preparing for it well before that date, say attorneys with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP​​​​​​​.

  • Preparing For New Calif. Hotel Housekeeper Regs

    Larry Eppley

    The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new workplace safety regulations for hotel housekeepers take effect on July 1. Hospitality employers with multiple hotels in the state should note that a one-size-fits-all program may not suffice, as the regulations require an individual evaluation of each work site, say Larry Eppley and Shawn Fabian of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • How Turkey's Expansive New Tax Amnesty Law Works

    Hakan Eraslan

    Hakan Eraslan of White & Case LLP discusses a detailed new amnesty law recently enacted in Turkey, which offers taxpayers a broad amnesty for most types of unpaid taxes.

  • How National Security Auto Probe Redefines Trade Debate

    Pavan Krishnamurthy

    In May, the U.S. Department of Commerce began investigating the national security effects of imported automobiles and automotive parts under a once-obscure statute that has gained notoriety thanks to its use by the Trump administration. While this has led to intense reactions from Congress, the chance of legislative action before the midterms is limited, say Pavan Krishnamurthy and Neil Ellis of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Aviation Sector's Wings Clipped By Renewed Iran Sanctions

    Daniel Martin

    Stakeholders within the aviation sector will be heavily affected by the reimposition of U.S. sanctions against Iran. With $49 billiion worth of contracts for new aircraft subject to cancellation, and related impacts expected on financiers, lessors and air carriers, the situation continues to evolve very quickly, say Daniel Martin and James Jordan of HFW.