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Public Policy

  • September 24, 2018

    Trump Inks Minor Tweaks To US-S. Korea Trade Accord

    President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in signed off on a series of modest changes to their governments' 2012 trade deal, adjusting the agreement's rules on automobile exports, customs and drug reimbursements.

  • September 24, 2018

    Deputy AG Rosenstein To Meet Trump Amid Firing Rumors

    A flurry of press reports early Monday predicted that the firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was imminent, but by the end of the day, the overseer of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation still had his job.

  • September 24, 2018

    Educational TV Co. Tells FCC Not To Change Broadcast Rules

    Two organizations sent conflicting letters to the Federal Communications Commission regarding its review of children’s broadcast programming requirements, with an educational television company arguing that weakening the rules would hurt educational content, while broadcasters supported deregulation as a way to be more creative.

  • September 24, 2018

    DC Circ. Sets Net Neutrality Oral Arguments For February

    The D.C. Circuit has set oral arguments in the consolidated net neutrality cases for the morning of Feb. 1, when attorneys in the contentious suit will get face time with the court to air their positions against the Federal Communications Commission's deregulation of internet service providers.

  • September 24, 2018

    Ross Ordered To Give Deposition In Census Citizenship Row

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross must sit for a deposition on the addition of a question to the 2020 census concerning the citizenship status of respondents, as the federal government has made it clear that he was personally involved in the decision, a New York federal court held on Friday.

  • September 24, 2018

    Minn. Asks 8th Circ. To Revisit Charter's Win In VoIP Fight

    The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has asked the full Eighth Circuit to review a panel ruling that freed Charter Communications Inc.'s Voice over Internet Protocol business from state telecom regulation.

  • September 24, 2018

    US-China Fight Shows No Sign Of Stopping As New Tariffs Hit

    The U.S. and Chinese governments installed fresh sets of tariffs on one another’s products Monday, opening a fresh front in a quickly escalating trade standoff that now covers about half of the goods traded between the two economic powerhouses.

  • September 23, 2018

    Financial Secrecy In US, EU More Harmful Than Havens: Report

    Tax havens blacklisted by the European Union enable only 1 percent of the financial-secrecy services that threaten EU countries, while one-third comes from financial centers within the 28-nation bloc, an advocacy group asserted in a new study.

  • September 21, 2018

    5G Uses And Regulatory Hurdles: What You Need To Know

    As the 5G technology standard takes shape and major wireless carriers push to make the service commercially available by next year, experts have identified virtual reality, self-driving cars and artificial intelligence as some of the top applications for the souped-up wireless networks. But regulatory hurdles and legal questions still beset the innovations.

  • September 21, 2018

    June DHS Memo Can't Justify Ending DACA, 2nd Circ. Hears

    A coalition of states challenging the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program urged the Second Circuit Thursday to uphold their equal protection and procedural claims, asserting that the government’s arguments to the contrary improperly rely on a recent U.S. Department of Homeland Security memo.

  • September 21, 2018

    Labs Lose Challenge To 'Industry Crippling' Medicare Pay Cut

    A D.C. federal judge on Friday tossed a lab industry challenge to purportedly “industry crippling” cuts to Medicare reimbursement, finding that Congress prohibited court review of the disputed payment policy.

  • September 21, 2018

    Adoptive Parents, Native Am. Kids Tell 9th Circ. Suit Still Valid

    Four children and their adoptive parents urged the full Ninth Circuit to rethink tossing their proposed class action alleging that portions of the Indian Child Welfare Act are discriminatory and unconstitutional, saying the court departed from precedent by deeming the matter moot because the kids had been successfully adopted.

  • September 21, 2018

    New Kavanaugh Allegations Raise Pressure On GOP

    New claims of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were published over the weekend in a story by The New Yorker, threatening to derail plans for a hearing Thursday on allegations made by his initial accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

  • September 21, 2018

    VA Overhauls Vet-Owned Small Biz Ownership Verification

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday issued a rule overhauling its veteran-owned small business verification program, putting sole responsibility for verifying veteran ownership and control in the hands of the Small Business Administration.

  • September 21, 2018

    Alaska Gov. Rips Kavanaugh On Health, Labor, Native Issues

    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott said they oppose D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court based on his legal stances on Native American tribes, health care and labor, and called for a “thorough review of past allegations” against him before a potential Senate vote on his confirmation.

  • September 21, 2018

    Sens. Urge DOJ Watchdog To Probe FBI HQ Project

    A group of Democratic senators has urged a U.S. Department of Justice watchdog to look into the “abrupt” decision to abandon a plan to relocate FBI headquarters, particularly any influence the White House may have had, according to an announcement Friday.

  • September 21, 2018

    Calif. Gov. Signs Wildfire Bills, Limiting PG&E Liability

    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills Friday that aims to help the state prevent and recover from catastrophic wildfires, including a controversial bill that critics call a bailout for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. but that its author says is needed to save the liability-burdened utility from bankruptcy.

  • September 21, 2018

    Easing Of Debt-Equity Regs Won’t End Need For Documentation

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury plans to do away with rules forcing multinational corporations to prove related-party transactions are debt as opposed to equity, but thorough documentation still could prove beneficial in case of an audit.

  • September 21, 2018

    IRS' Decision To Delay New W-4 Form Necessary, Tax Pros Say

    The Internal Revenue Service’s decision to delay carrying out a new W-4 form was both necessary and positive, tax and payroll professionals told Law360 Friday.

  • September 21, 2018

    Houston Sued Over Recurring Sewage Overflow Issues

    An environmental group filed suit against the City of Houston on Friday, alleging its sewer system has overflowed thousands of times over the last several years in violation of its Clean Water Act permit, an action that the federal government has moved to block.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Separate The NSA And Cyber Command Now

    Daniel Garrie

    Since its inception in 2009, U.S. Cyber Command has been functioning concurrently and under the same leadership as the National Security Agency. In the beginning this may have been appropriate, but in today’s environment they should be conducting their missions independently, says Daniel Garrie of JAMS.

  • EEOC And NLRB Inconsistent On Confidential Investigations

    Mehreen Rasheed

    Although the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recommends that employers maintain the confidentiality of internal sexual harassment investigations to the extent possible, this recommendation may conflict with a 2012 ruling by the National Labor Relations Board, says Mehreen Rasheed of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • GILTI Guidance Defers Dealing With Most Vexing Issues

    Robert Kiggins

    Last week, the IRS issued its first guidance as to proposed rule-making on global intangible low-taxed income. This is a welcome start at clarification and integration of GILTI with other code sections but more guidance is necessary, especially as to the Section 250 deduction and the workings of the foreign tax credit, says Robert Kiggins of Culhane Meadows LLP.

  • New UK And US Regimes May Deter Foreign Investment

    Robert Bell

    Newly proposed U.K. rules and the amended regime for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States will radically change how the two governments review sensitive transactions, which will affect the likelihood of deal clearance, deal timing and the drafting of appropriate contractual provisions, say Robert Bell and Jennifer Mammen of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • A Closer Look At Proposed Regs For Nonbank Loan Servicers

    Laurence Platt

    A recently introduced bill that would create a new authority over mortgage loan servicers that handle loans for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac likely has no chance of passage in the short term. But these entities should keep an eye on the potential federal extension of so-called safety and soundness principles, say Laurence Platt and Michael McElroy of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Series

    Navigating NLRB: The Intersection Of Politics And Policy

    Brian Hayes

    Several practical considerations have rendered the process of populating the National Labor Relations Board increasingly partisan. But even in the absence of curative legislation, there are some measures that could improve the practice, says Brian Hayes, former member of the NLRB and shareholder at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • When Defamation Is Cause To Overturn An Election

    Mitchell Langberg

    The current gubernatorial race in Rhode Island features one candidate threatening a defamation lawsuit against another. But California and Oregon offer candidates an additional remedy — the ability to have an election overturned if it can be proved that defamatory speech swayed voters enough to affect the results, say Mitchell Langberg and Matthew McKissick of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Clearing Up Some Pipeline Permit Questions At 3rd Circ.

    Deidre Duncan

    Two recent decisions from the Third Circuit — Delaware Riverkeeper and Township of Bordentown — indicate that resolving questions related to state appeals of pipeline project permits will ultimately turn on the particulars of the state administrative process, say Deidre Duncan and Clare Ellis of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.