Senators introduced bills this week aimed at keeping families together in detention and ensuring the Department of Health and Human Services keeps tabs on unaccompanied migrant children released from custody to sponsors. Here, we take a look at their proposals.
Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Tim Scott, R-S.C., on Thursday pressed Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin to confirm that energy storage technologies qualify for the federal investment tax credit when used to retrofit existing solar projects and other technologies receiving the ITC.
The White House warned Thursday that it would authorize offensive cybersecurity operations and "modernize" federal computer crime laws as part of a new national cybersecurity strategy.
Wyoming and Montana teamed up Wednesday in Montana federal court to oppose suits challenging an order from the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior lifting a moratorium on federal coal leasing, arguing the secretary is validly exercising administrative discretion to implement President Donald Trump’s policy goals.
AT&T told the D.C. Circuit on Thursday that a lower court correctly ruled that the U.S. Department of Justice did not demonstrate how its $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc. would increase wholesale prices for distributors and retail rates for consumers.
A Washington, D.C., council member has introduced a bill to legalize sports betting in the nation’s capital, wagering that an influx of gambling tax revenue would help fund early-childhood care and humanities initiatives throughout the district.
A Chicago alderman charged with accepting bribes and using a ward bank account as a personal piggy bank plans to plead guilty at the end of November, according to a judge’s order entered Thursday.
A Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizen has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a Tenth Circuit decision nixing his murder conviction in state court on the grounds that the killing took place within the tribe’s reservation boundaries, saying the reservation wasn’t eliminated even when Oklahoma became a state.
A Wisconsin federal judge has found that the state's decision to exclude gender reassignment-related procedures from state employees' health insurance coverage flouts federal law, handing a win to two transgender women who brought the case.
The U.S. Department of Transportation determined Thursday that federal law preempts California's meal and rest break requirements for all motor vehicle operators transporting hazardous materials, granting a request from a trucking group to harmonize what it viewed as inconsistent regulations.
A bill passed by the Senate this week to address the national opioid crisis proposes worthwhile initiatives such as packaging and shipping restrictions on certain drugs, but experts say billions of dollars more in federal funding is needed to stem the epidemic.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is violating a D.C. federal judge's decision to partially block an executive order that made it harder for federal workers to spend work time on union business, an American Federation of Government Employees local said Wednesday.
A Manhattan federal judge hit Joe Percoco, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's former top aide, with a six-year prison term Thursday for taking bribes in exchange for helping allies in the energy and real estate sectors with state projects, telling the defendant his actions were "corrosive" to the workings of government.
President Donald Trump on Thursday threw a potential spanner in the works for a pending $857 billion bill to fund federal defense, labor and health spending for 2019, slamming lawmakers for failing to include funding for his signature border wall project.
Newly announced tariffs on Chinese products will seriously undercut the rollout of cutting-edge 5G mobile services, Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel told a Washington, D.C., audience Thursday.
Environmental groups that won a state court judgment in June finding Florida misspent hundreds of millions of dollars in conservation land acquisition funds asked the Tallahassee circuit court Wednesday to lift a stay on the judgment while the state appeals.
The Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on the sexual misconduct allegations against D.C. Circuit Judge and U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will have the trappings of a trial but lack a court proceeding's rules.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Tuesday decision mostly revoking immigration judges' power to dismiss or terminate removal proceedings undercuts their discretionary powers and accelerates deportations, according to attorneys.
New research has concluded that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was less responsive to questions during his confirmation hearings than any justice since 1968 and departed significantly from the so-called Ginsburg Rule, with the study's authors saying Judge Brett Kavanaugh is likely in the same vein.
The rollback of Obama-era restrictions on venting and flaring from gas wells on federal and tribal lands is the latest sign the Trump administration intends to hand off the job of regulating methane emissions to states, some of which are expected to be lax while others may craft more stringent methane rules, experts say.
While the National Labor Relations Board’s Browning-Ferris decision is currently the standard upon which joint employer analysis rests, as a number of independent challenges to its vitality loom — including the board's recently announced draft rule — its reign may be short-lived, says Peter Kirsanow, former member of the NLRB and partner at Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP.
A California federal court recently forbade California and its officials from enforcing several portions of the state's Immigrant Worker Protection Act. While private employers in the state will not be subject to many of the requirements of the law for the time being, the fight over it is likely to proceed, say Jesse Cripps and Ryan Stewart of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.
In the first article of this Expert Analysis special series, Ronald Meisburg, former member and general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board and special counsel at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, examines why the time may be ripe to use the Administrative Procedure Act to advance rulemaking petitions with the NLRB in order to bring more stability and predictability to the agency's law.
As the cannabis market continues to grow, patent infringement suits will abound contingent on federal legalization. Some in the industry worry that many current cannabis patent claims are overbroad, but the availability of post-grant proceedings may provide a solution, say Tryn Stimart and Jean Dassie of Gibbons PC.
In 2016, Hurricane Matthew was an extraordinary event that caused the Carolinas' departments of insurance to provide additional safeguards for insureds. The impact of Hurricane Florence will likely compel North and South Carolina to take the same actions again, say Patrick Aul and Stephen Pate of Cozen O'Connor.
The House and Senate are entering their respective final runs before the November midterm elections. The most pressing items of business are funding the government and the pending Senate confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. But several lower-profile issues remain as well — including a Republican push for further tax reform, says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.
The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.
The proliferation of dockless scooters throughout the U.S. has given life to the slogan “move fast and break things” in a way that even the slogan’s progenitor, Facebook, never imagined. And it will be an uphill battle for riders to recover from either the rental companies or cities in the event of injury, says Tamara Kurtzman of TMK Attorneys PC.
In a recent address to new immigration judges, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ real message was plain: We made you judges not to apply law to facts neutrally, but to help this administration deal with an immigration problem. It is wrong for him to attempt to directly influence any judge to follow the administration’s political script, says Kevin Curnin of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.