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Public Policy

  • May 24, 2018

    FCC Urged To Extend Comment Period On Wireline Co. Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission has received more than a dozen requests as of Thursday from state-level regulators and consumer and industry advocates for more time to weigh in on a bid by legacy wireline companies to escape Clinton-era rules requiring them to share their networks with upstart competitors.

  • May 24, 2018

    Ky. Gov. Fires Back At AG In Suit Over Teachers' Pensions

    Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin took his latest shot at the state's attorney general on Wednesday in their ongoing court battle over a law that alters teachers' pensions, telling a Kentucky state judge that Andy Beshear's argument is based on a "nonsensical, fiscally irresponsible and legally unjustifiable" theory.

  • May 24, 2018

    Enviros Challenge Feds' About-Face On Migratory Bird Kills

    Environmental groups launched challenges in New York federal court on Thursday to the federal government’s recent decision not to criminally prosecute individuals and companies for accidentally killing or injuring migratory birds, a move that departs from decades of precedent.

  • May 24, 2018

    Dems Urge Sessions To Uphold Asylum Seeker Protections

    Senate Democrats penned a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday urging him to uphold a Board of Immigration Appeals decision that has allowed certain crime victims seeking refuge in the U.S. to qualify after being recognized as part of a social group, arguing that it would secure critical protections for LGBTQ groups.

  • May 24, 2018

    Senate Confirms Trump's Pick To Lead FDIC

    The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's choice of a Fifth Third Bancorp executive to head the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Thursday, rounding out Trump's appointments to major financial regulators.

  • May 24, 2018

    IRS' $11.6B Budget Approved By House Subcommittee

    The U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government approved $11.6 billion in funding Thursday for the Internal Revenue Service.

  • May 24, 2018

    Senate Sends $55B VA Reform Bill To Trump

    The Senate has overwhelmingly passed a $55 billion bill that would overhaul how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays for private care and would also expand the agency's popular caregiver program. 

  • May 24, 2018

    EU Hits Gazprom With Antitrust Conditions

    The European Union's antitrust enforcer said Thursday that after a six-year investigation it has imposed various conditions on Gazprom over concerns the Russian state-owned gas giant abused its dominance of central and eastern European gas markets.

  • May 24, 2018

    NY Tells 2nd Circ. Native-Owned Tobacco Co. Flouted Tax Law

    The state of New York on Tuesday told the Second Circuit that a lower court correctly barred a Native American-owned tobacco maker's bulk sales of cigarettes within the state, saying the district court correctly found that the sale of cigarettes without tax stamps violates state tax law.

  • May 24, 2018

    NJ Justices To Review Atty Role In Turnpike Suit Notice

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to review a state appellate opinion that denied a widow the ability to sue the state's Turnpike Authority over a crash that killed her husband and daughter because her first attorney had failed to notify the agency of the claim in a timely manner.

  • May 24, 2018

    After Corruption Ruling, Pa. Senate OKs Restitution To Gov't

    In the wake of a landmark ruling voiding a restitution payment in a corruption case against a state lawmaker, the Pennsylvania Senate has approved a bill that would explicitly allow the state and other entities to recoup funds for crimes committed at their expense.

  • May 24, 2018

    Trump Picks For 5th Circ., Texas Seats Advance

    Controversial nominations for the Fifth Circuit and judicial posts in Texas and Louisiana advanced to the full Senate on Thursday, over objections from Democrats over their records on environmental rules, abortion rights and past statements.

  • May 23, 2018

    OCC Encourages Banks To Get Into Small-Dollar Credit

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said Wednesday that it’s now encouraging the banks it oversees to get into the business of making short-term, small-dollar loans to consumers, a $90 billion market that the agency had previously steered banks away from.

  • May 23, 2018

    WTO Boss Sees Sector-Specific Trade Talks Picking Up Steam

    World Trade Organization director-general Roberto Azevedo said Monday that he has seen "real momentum" in the WTO's efforts to craft new rules on e-commerce and commercial fishing following its pivot from large-scale trade talks to sector-specific consultations.

  • May 23, 2018

    Industry Mixed Over FCC Fast-Lane Proposal For New Tech

    Industry comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to breathe life into a 35-year-old statutory requirement to quickly approve new spectrum-using technology have largely approved of the premise, but diverge on whether it needs substantial fixes, such as clarification of what “new” means.

  • May 23, 2018

    BigLaw Feels The Heat In FARA Enforcement Push

    Behind the scenes, law firms are scrambling to stay in the government’s good graces after the Foreign Agents Registration Act was used to indict President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman.

  • May 23, 2018

    As Foreign Agent Disclosure Soars, Reform Efforts Bog Down

    With the Foreign Agents Registration Act in the spotlight, some members of Congress are facing big challenges in their quest to add teeth to the law.

  • May 23, 2018

    Foreign Lobbyists Step Into Light After Manafort Downfall

    “Ridiculous” is how Paul Manafort's attorney has described his client's charges under a loosely followed foreign lobbying law, but a Law360 analysis shows that throngs of Washington influencers are now emerging from the shadows to comply.

  • May 23, 2018

    Trump Eying New Security-Based Tariffs On Imported Cars

    At the direction of President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Commerce late Wednesday launched an investigation that may result in new duties on imported cars using the same national security statute that cleared the way for the administration’s steel and aluminum levies earlier this year.

  • May 23, 2018

    Akin Gump Partner To Testify At Manafort Trial

    Attorneys for Special Counsel Robert Mueller confirmed Wednesday in D.C. district court that they intend to call Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner Melissa L. Laurenza to testify at the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Expert Analysis

  • What's Next For EPA's Scientific Review Process?

    Elise Scott

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt recently issued a proposed rule titled "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science," with the goal of ensuring that data and models underlying scientific studies pivotal to regulatory action are available to the public. However, if finalized, it's expected the rule would face legal challenges, say attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • ITC’s Amended Section 337 Rules Streamline Investigations

    Jordan Coyle

    Late last month, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued long-awaited final amendments to its Rules of Practice and Procedure pertaining to investigations under Section 337 of the Tariff Act. Jordan Coyle and Diana Szego Fassbender of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP analyze the most significant amendments and the circumstances surrounding them, and offer key practice tips.

  • Highlights Of Proposed Medicare Payment And Policy Rules

    Kathleen Rubinstein

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released a deluge of proposed Medicare payment updates and policy changes for hospitals and post-acute providers. Key themes emerging from the proposal include encouraging price transparency, promoting exchange of health care data and easing the regulatory burden on providers, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • 5 Questions You Should Ask About Your Global Equity Awards

    William Woolston

    U.S. companies venturing into the world of global equity compensation confront a complex, cross-border web of rules and regulations. Victoria Ha and William Woolston of Covington & Burling LLP highlight five critical questions that can help U.S. companies navigate common legal pitfalls, with a focus on some of the most rapidly evolving areas of law.

  • Relief From CFPB’s Auto Guidance May Be Short-Lived

    Dowse Rustin IV

    In a dramatic win for the auto finance industry, Congress recently voted to reverse the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s 2013 guidance related to fair lending and interest rates for indirect loans. However, such rollbacks may not be enough to create long-lasting regulatory relief, say attorneys with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • A Proposed Approach For High Court In Vitamin C Case

    Michael Kimberly

    It is safe to expect a narrow ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in Animal Science v. Hebei, instructing lower courts not to give conclusive deference to foreign sovereigns’ legal submissions. But it would be more sensible to instruct U.S. courts to assess whether these submissions are entitled to any deference in their country of origin and, if so, to give them that deference, say Michael Kimberly and Matthew Waring of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • A Look Inside Trump's 4-Point Plan For Curbing Drug Prices

    Tom Bulleit

    President Donald Trump recently outlined his administration’s plan for lowering prescription drug prices. Tom Bulleit and Kirsten Mayer of Ropes & Gray LLP break down the key proposals and assess the likely paths forward.

  • Reducing Retirement Saving Barriers For Gig Workers

    Brett Owens

    Workers in the gig economy are currently not entitled to enjoy a traditional employer-based retirement plan because such plans are subject to stringent rules and only permitted to cover employees, not independent contractors. However, Congress is attempting to address this issue via the recently reintroduced Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act, says Brett Owens of Fisher Phillips.

  • Key Issues States Face In The Wake Of Sports Bet Ruling

    Jim Havel

    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week removing the federal ban on sports betting may appear straightforward, the path toward regulating sports betting across the United States may be anything but simple, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • California May Pass Its Own GDPR

    Purvi Patel

    If approved by voters in November, the California Consumer Privacy Act would impose a sweeping privacy regime like the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. The act covers virtually all information a business has about a consumer, expanding far beyond traditional notions of personal information, say Purvi Patel and Alexandra Laks of Morrison & Foerster LLP.