We use cookies on this site to enable your digital experience. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our cookie policy. close

Public Policy

  • November 8, 2018

    Germany Wants To Probe Vodafone’s €18B Liberty Global Buy

    Germany's competition enforcer said Thursday it has asked to review Vodafone's planned €18.4 billion ($21.9 billion) purchase of several European businesses from Liberty Global, saying the transaction could raise issues for the television market in the country.

  • November 8, 2018

    Kemp Quits As Ga. Election Head, Claims Gubernatorial Win

    Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp stepped down as the state’s top election official Thursday morning, declaring himself victorious in a closely watched gubernatorial battle with Democrat Stacey Abrams despite the results remaining unclear and his opponent refusing to concede.

  • November 8, 2018

    FCC, NASA To Push Private Communications Partnerships

    The Federal Communications Commission and NASA are looking to make it easier for satellite and communications companies to expand in the airwaves by deregulating agency rules and heightening interest in private aerospace-industry contracts, officials told an audience at the Hudson Institute on Thursday.

  • November 8, 2018

    DOL Scraps Wage Safeguard For Multitasking Tipped Workers

    The U.S. Department of Labor issued four opinion letters Thursday, including one that nixed guidance directing employers to pay tipped workers at least minimum wage for nontipped work that takes up a large chunk of their shift.

  • November 8, 2018

    EPA's Guidance Kills Hydrofluorocarbon Rule, States Say

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's guidance on implementing an Obama-era rule restricting hydrofluorocarbon use after the D.C. Circuit vacated parts of it violates the Clean Air Act because it effectively nullifies the entire rule, several states and the Natural Resources Defense Council told the circuit court Wednesday.

  • November 8, 2018

    No Planned Crypto Voluntary Disclosure Program, IRS Says

    Tax practitioners should not expect an Internal Revenue Service virtual currency voluntary disclosure program similar to that offered for undisclosed offshore bank accounts, an agency official said Thursday.

  • November 8, 2018

    AT&T Case Aims To Preserve Content Choice, Delrahim Says

    Makan Delrahim, the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division chief, again defended the department's so-far unsuccessful challenge to AT&T's purchase of Time Warner, insisting in a Mexico City speech Wednesday that the merger fight is emblematic of the challenges regulators face in protecting telecom competition.

  • November 8, 2018

    Sinclair Settles With DOJ To Escape Antitrust Ad Probe

    Sinclair has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to end an antitrust probe into its alleged sharing of information with other television station owners for the purpose of fixing advertising prices, the broadcasting conglomerate revealed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday.

  • November 8, 2018

    EU Finds Romanian Energy Aid Illegal, Orders $69M Return

    A Romanian energy firm received some €60 million ($68.58 million) in illegal state aid from the country though publicly financed loans and must repay the amount plus interest, the European Union's competition watchdog said Thursday.

  • November 8, 2018

    Commerce Preps Steep Duties On Chinese, Indian Steel Pipe

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has stuck with preliminary calculations of up to 541.15 percent in its final determination for the amount of anti-dumping and countervailing duties that should be imposed on large-diameter welded pipes entering the U.S. from India and China, the department announced Wednesday.

  • November 8, 2018

    Texas Appeals Court Says El Paso Can Use Arena For Sports

    A Texas appellate court has ruled that an El Paso ordinance does not bar the city from using a multipurpose performing arts and entertainment facility for sports, reversing a lower court’s decision against the city.

  • November 8, 2018

    Azevêdo Casting A Wide Net To Resolve WTO Dilemma

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said Thursday that rising tensions between the U.S. and its partners are a “real concern” and that he is consulting with “all sides” to find a resolution in the near future.

  • November 8, 2018

    Fla.'s 3 High Court Nominations Must Wait, Court Told

    The liberal advocacy groups that challenged outgoing Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to nominate three Supreme Court justices argued Thursday that the judicial nominating commission should not name candidates for the three seats until they are officially vacant on Jan. 8.

  • November 8, 2018

    DHS, DOL Propose Moving H-2 Visa Recruitment Online

    The Trump administration is considering lifting a rule that requires U.S. employers looking to hire temporary foreign labor to first recruit American workers through print newspaper advertisements, instead allowing employers to satisfy that requirement by posting job openings online.

  • November 8, 2018

    EBSA Floats Simplifying 401(k) Transition Upon Job Change

    The Employee Benefits Security Administration has introduced a proposal intended to allow workers to seamlessly transfer their retirement savings from one 401(k) plan to another when they change jobs.

  • November 8, 2018

    9th Circ. Upholds Continuation Of DACA Nationwide

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday left in place a nationwide injunction keeping the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program alive, finding that former President Barack Obama’s creation of the program was a legitimate exercise of executive discretion.

  • November 8, 2018

    UK Publishes Laws To Fight Avoidance, Impose Carbon Tax

    The U.K.'s annual finance bill has set out, over 300 pages of laws, to implement global measures against tax avoidance and introduce a new environmental tax on carbon emissions.

  • November 8, 2018

    Justice Ginsburg In Hospital After Fracturing Ribs In Fall

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg suffered three fractured ribs after falling in her office at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday evening, the court's public information office said in a statement Thursday morning shortly before she was scheduled to appear at Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s formal investiture.

  • November 7, 2018

    House Flip To Boost Privacy Policy Push, Interference Probes

    Efforts to enact federal privacy legislation and to clamp down on foreign cyberattacks and influence campaigns are likely to receive even greater attention after Tuesday's midterm elections, which put Democrats with significant appetites for digging deeper into these issues in charge of key oversight committees in the U.S. House, experts say.

  • November 7, 2018

    With AG Swap, Trump Invites Showdown Over Mueller Probe

    The Trump administration's decision to name a fervent critic of the Russia probe to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions — who had recused himself from the investigation — led to cries of a constitutional crisis Wednesday, setting the stage for a conflict between the executive branch and the incoming Democratic U.S. House of Representatives.

Expert Analysis

  • World Wide Weed: Best Practices For Internet Cannabis Ads

    John McKay

    For internet publishers that have decided the risks of doing business with cannabis-related companies do not outweigh the value, the most sensible question is not whether there is some risk but how they can minimize it, say John McKay and Chris Morley of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Canada Considering Patent Prosecution History Estoppel

    David-Kei Codère Maruyama

    Currently Canadian courts do not look at patent prosecution history when construing claims. But a proposed bill being debated in the Parliament would closely align claim construction in Canada with practices in the U.S., say attorneys with BCF LLP.

  • Top 10 Employer Takeaways From Midterm Election Results

    Richard Meneghello

    In Tuesday's midterm elections, Democrats recaptured the House for the first time in eight years while Republicans retained and strengthened their grip on the Senate. Richard Meneghello and Benjamin Ebbink of Fisher Phillips break down what this means for employers.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • San Francisco Starts Down Road To Autonomous Vehicle Tax

    Benjamin Ebbink

    California Assembly Bill 1184, passed in September, authorizes a new tax on privately owned autonomous vehicles. This is likely the first of many pieces of similar legislation across the nation as policymakers grapple with the impact of automated technology on the economy and the job market, says Benjamin Ebbink of Fisher & Phillips LLP.

  • What To Remember About Calif.’s Right To Be Forgotten

    Grant Davis-Denny

    The California Consumer Privacy Act allows residents to request that a business delete from its systems the consumer’s personal information. Grant Davis-Denny and Nefi Acosta of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP explore the contours and ambiguities of this new "right to be forgotten," and the challenges that it may raise for the regulated community.

  • Opinion

    AGs Are Now The 1st Round Draft Picks Of American Politics

    Joshua Spivak

    Given their recent track record and growing policy power, state attorneys general should be the group everyone is watching on Election Day. Chances are the winners of these races will move to higher offices soon enough, says Joshua Spivak, senior fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College.

  • Follow Money, Voter Enthusiasm To Predict Midterm Winners

    Mary Moore Hamrick

    For insight into which candidates will likely win or lose any of the 470 congressional races Tuesday, focus on the changes in voter enthusiasm and where the parties and their backers are putting their last dollars, says Mary Moore Hamrick at Grant Thornton LLP.

  • Spotlight On Private Antitrust Enforcement At Seoul Forum

    James Robertson Martin

    At the 10th International Seoul Competition Forum, panelists discussed how private litigation can supplement public enforcement of antitrust laws, and explored how Korea, Hong Kong, China and Europe are all moving in the direction of U.S.-style private enforcement, but to varying degrees, says James Robertson Martin of Zelle LLP.

  • Opinion

    Texas Hail Bill Leads To Policyholder Attorney Hail Marys

    Brian Odom

    With the anticipated wave of insurance litigation involving Hurricane Harvey disputes, it's likely that Texas lawyers will look to circumvent the so-called Hail Bill. Courts should continue to enforce the bill's clear intention — promoting early resolution of disputed weather-related insurance claims, say Brian Odom and Raven Atchison of Zelle LLP.