Attorneys for the federal government filed a legal brief Wednesday defending the 2016 law enacted by Congress to address Puerto Rico's unwieldy debt crisis against a hedge fund's contention that the members of the federal board representing the commonwealth were unconstitutionally appointed.
The chair of a congressional committee that oversees the Internal Revenue Service is pushing for an Ohio federal court to unseal documents related to the agency’s political bias scandal against conservative groups, according to a statement released Thursday.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Thursday announced it will finalize its plan to suspend or delay several provisions of an Obama-era rule limiting methane venting and flaring from gas wells on public lands as the rule may be revised or rescinded.
As tax writers work to align the tax reform bills passed in both houses of Congress, tax specialists predicted the Senate version’s international tax provisions would prevail over those in the House bill in most instances, but suggested the final version of the limit on interest deductions from international group members was harder to predict.
The Trump administration on Wednesday urged a D.C. federal court to let it hold off on allowing transgender individuals to enlist in the military while it appeals that directive, arguing it won’t have time to implement the new policy by Jan. 1 and that the court’s decision contained errors.
The board of the Philadelphia Parking Authority failed to properly oversee the tenure of a former executive director who ran the agency like a personal fiefdom before resigning in 2016 amid sexual harassment allegations, according to two separate reports released Thursday by Pennsylvania's auditor general.
A coalition of environmental groups added its suit Thursday to a slew of challenges to President Donald Trump's decision to shrink national monuments in Utah, asserting that the White House does not have the authority to remove special protections for large swaths of land.
The U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee has passed through a bipartisan bill that the committee’s chairman, who proposed the legislation, said on Wednesday would go toward strengthening resources for Native American victims of crimes.
Conservative political commentator Armstrong Williams told the Federal Communications Commissions in an ex parte filing that Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Tribune Media Co. would allow minority-owned businesses to gain licensed stations and market share.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced a pair of Fifth Circuit nominees, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner James Ho, along with Eighth Circuit nominee L. Steven Grasz of Husch Blackwell LLP over objections from Democrats.
Recent statements by leaders in the U.S. Department of Justice antitrust division have signaled a possible shift in policy in favor of patent holders when it comes to standard-setting organizations and their potential for anti-competitive conduct. While experts told Law360 that it’s not clear what the remarks will mean for SSOs when it comes to enforcement, they’re watching to find out.
The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Susan Bodine, a former chief counsel for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and a onetime Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner, to head up the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement arm.
Between an abrupt withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and an early-stage policy heavily focused on enforcement, the Trump administration is at risk of being left out in the cold in the crucial Asia-Pacific region, former U.S. trade official Barbara Weisel told Law360.
A swift march toward tax reform by the U.S. Congress means state legislatures, which gavel in next month, will be faced with responding to a giant overhaul of the federal tax code.
A California federal judge on Wednesday defended his decision ordering the government to hand over evidence in a challenge to the planned end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, telling the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday that the government had misconstrued his order in its petition.
The Federal Communications Commission is on track to scrap its so-called net neutrality rules at its upcoming December meeting, offering another interesting development in the complicated history of internet regulation.
An Arizona federal judge on Wednesday granted class certification to one class of immigrants in a legal advocacy groups' suit against the state over its practice of denying driver's licenses to certain immigrants, saying the allegedly discriminatory policy violates the constitutional rights of all class members.
Renowned Boston sportscaster Bob Lobel took his discrimination lawsuit against a golf course to the First Circuit on Wednesday in what his attorney called a bid to make the game more inclusive by upending a ubiquitous ban on golf carts driving on putting greens.
Against a backdrop of Republican Party infighting, Texas lawmakers in 2017 passed a controversial immigration bill, extended the lifespan of the state's energy regulatory agency and eschewed local control in favor of statewide rules on ride-hailing apps and texting while driving.
For years, inertia has been Nitin Motwani’s greatest foe in his attempts to lure hedge fund owners in the northeast to Miami, which he has pitched as a tropical low-tax paradise. But with the Republican tax bill proposing to eliminate deductions for state and local taxes, he’s sensing an opportunity to finally overcome it.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai bills his recent net neutrality proposal as a “repeal” of the 2015 rules, but it really just imposes his own version of net neutrality through impenetrable and ultimately ineffectual disclosures that both harm providers and confuse users, says Doug Hass, general counsel at Lifeway Foods Inc.
Both the Dodd-Frank Act in the U.S. and rules under the Financial Conduct Authority in the U.K. provide whistleblower protections for financial industry employees who report fraud and regulatory breaches. Whereas the specific protections in the U.S. and U.K. differ somewhat, many of the protection mechanisms are remarkably similar, say Lynne Bernabei and Kristen Sinisi of Bernabei & Kabat PLLC.
Some experts estimate that the Burmese military controls up to 50 percent of the country’s economy, and that an additional 20 percent is controlled by individuals and entities targeted under separate sanctions programs. As a practical matter, enactment of the Burma Act of 2017 would mean that a significant portion of Myanmar's economy would be off-limits to U.S. investors, say members of Ropes & Gray LLP.
The French government recently unveiled administrative orders setting out details of the reform aiming to revise French employment law. Now, with 2018 upon us, U.S. companies operating businesses in France need to be prepared for the implementation of those changes, say Severine Martel and Marie Brunot of Reed Smith LLP.
Five competition-related authorities recently issued another “top-level design" for promoting implementation of China’s Fair Competition Review System, which should contribute to achieving the Chinese government's goals of regulating the activities of government agencies and maintaining fair competition in markets, say Shelley Zhang and David Goldstein of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
As the comment period comes to a close Tuesday for the Trump administration’s interim final rules on contraception, the administration will start preparing final regulations — risking access to birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act for thousands of women, says Nancy Northup, CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos and many others have not been charged with the crimes for which they were being investigated. The reasons why prosecutors make charging decisions are complex and case-specific. Regardless, the extraordinary scope of Section 1001 can easily ensnare the unwary, say Wifredo Ferrer and Michael Hantman of Holland & Knight LLP.
Members of Congress face a daunting to-do list in the final weeks of 2017. While some believe a looming deadline will help get things done, there is worry on Capitol Hill that the legislative pileup and long-simmering partisan battles on major budget and policy issues have created a prime opportunity for political brinkmanship to paralyze the high-stakes negotiations, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.
Instead of pleading with lawmakers to do the right thing, constitutional amendments would elevate environmental rights to the status of our most cherished liberties, says Maya van Rossum, leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and director of the Environmental Law Clinic at Temple’s Beasley School of Law.
The secretary of commerce report on the "Buy American and Hire American" executive order was due at the White House on Nov. 24. Though the report is not yet public, it is in the foreground of the debate on legislative and regulatory actions, and it is changing the landscape for many organizations, says Howard Roth of Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP.