The Cherokee Nation is eager to fully grant citizenship to descendants of slaves owned by tribal members, but they’ll have to wait a little longer after a D.C. federal judge said Thursday that more briefing was required before closing out a mandate first issued in August.
As anticipated, the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to overturn Obama-era net neutrality rules mandating that internet service providers treat all online content equally, handing industry groups a win and offering ISPs leeway to try out “fast” and “slow” lanes for web traffic.
The final tax cut bill speeding through Congress will allow a deduction for state and local property taxes as well as income or sales taxes while maintaining a $10,000 cap proposed in earlier versions, according to a Thursday announcement from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas.
The Florida Supreme Court said Thursday that it would not decide on whether Gov. Rick Scott can appoint the next three Supreme Court justices on his final day in office because the governor has not yet acted on his stated plan.
The State Department plans to set up a new electronic system that would allow doctors to enter the medical exam results of visa applicants, according to a notice published Wednesday in the Federal Register.
Nominees to the Eleventh Circuit and a Texas district court defended their past writings and advocacy before a U.S. Senate panel Wednesday, with Texas nominee Matthew Kacsmaryk saying his past advocacy on religious objectors would not color his work as a judge.
This year has seen its fair share of immigration policy upheavals, including three successive travel bans, the phaseout of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and more scrutiny for business-related immigration. Here are the major immigration policy changes from 2017.
The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Wednesday that it had thrown its support behind a request for the U.S. Supreme Court to undo a D.C. Circuit decision that approved the classification of internet service as a Title II public utility and greenlighted the net neutrality rules currently in effect.
A trade group representing smaller wireless carriers asked the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday to revise its “simply incorrect” projection that data collection to determine eligibility for Mobility Fund subsidization of rural telecom infrastructure would not burden carriers.
House Republicans on Wednesday backed the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to strike down net neutrality rules issued under the Obama administration that prevent internet service providers from throttling content delivery speeds for individual sources, saying the rules subject ISPs to outdated regulations written for the landline telephone era.
The U.S. Supreme Court should hear former investment adviser Ray Lucia’s case questioning whether the hiring of SEC administrative law judges violates the Constitution, with his attorneys arguing Wednesday that his case presents a “clean opportunity” to decide the matter.
World Trade Organization members wrapped up their biennial summit without agreement on any major issues Wednesday, opting instead to kick the can down the road and focus on smaller agreements in areas like fishing subsidies, e-commerce and investment.
A Senate panel approved a raft of nominations Wednesday for a variety of key positions within President Donald Trump’s administration, advancing to the full chamber a top FedEx safety official for the next head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and a Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner for the U.S. Department of Labor’s top legal post.
A coalition of power producers on Tuesday told the Seventh Circuit that the effort by Illinois to prop up two struggling Exelon Corp. nuclear power plants is an overreach of authority reserved for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, adding that Supreme Court precedent showed the state went too far.
Just as the fight over soda taxes was settling down, new research out Monday predicted the next tax battle would likely be over meat, going as far to call future levies on animal protein “inevitable.”
Climate change played a starring role in major energy rulings this year, as courts ordered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to more closely study pipeline greenhouse gas emissions, backed states' use of nuclear plant subsidies to decrease GHG emissions and thwarted the Trump administration's efforts to roll back climate-friendly energy and environmental regulations finalized during the Obama administration. Here are the biggest energy-related rulings from 2017.
A Florida appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's decision blocking Miami Beach's proposed minimum wage increase, saying a 2004 voter-approved amendment to the state constitution doesn’t nullify a 2003 state statute that prohibits municipalities from adopting their own wage floors.
A group of Native American voters on Wednesday said that North Dakota’s recently passed voter identification law doesn’t offer important voting rights protections and that Native Americans are disproportionally hurt by the law.
Two prominent Democratic senators, worried that a memo by National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter B. Robb signaled an abrogation of NLRB efforts to protect worker rights, requested information from the former management-side labor lawyer in a Tuesday letter.
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett to the Fifth Circuit, in a sharply divided vote, sending the Lone Star State's "Twitter laureate" to the federal bench.
2017 has been a year of dramatic shift in United States energy and environmental policy. As the year draws to a close, it’s an apt time to review the key steps taken to achieve President Donald Trump’s campaign goals, assess the impacts of the administration’s actions, and postulate on what may be coming next, say Stacey Mitchell and Kenneth Markowitz of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
The government’s new position on the constitutionality of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s administrative law judges is more far-reaching and potentially consequential than is generally understood, says Daniel Walfish, a former SEC senior counsel now with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP.
Much has been written about the 2012 "Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," but no one has talked about the behind-the-scenes work that produced the guide — until now, say Charles Duross, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
This year has seen significant developments in the field of class action litigation. The impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Spokeo decision continued to work its way through the courts, the appeals courts have made strides on issues like ascertainability and standing to pursue injunctive relief, and Congress is considering legislation that would alter the class action landscape, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
California's new housing bills are a step toward addressing the state's affordable housing crisis, but they are not without several deficiencies. There is a distinct lack of state funding for housing, and the bills do not provide for additional California Environmental Quality Act categorical exemptions for housing projects, say Andrew Faber and Michael Branson of Berliner Cohen LLP in the final part of this article.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Renewable Fuel Standard program has been the subject of considerable controversy this year, with important developments across all three branches of government. Joel Beauvais and Steven Croley of Latham & Watkins LLP analyze key elements of two recent EPA actions in this area, and highlight one of the looming questions for the program.
Companies based in California as well as those that do business there should be aware of proposed national origin discrimination regulations, which give teeth to an existing state statute that identifies national origin as a prohibited basis for discrimination, says Brian Inamine of LeClairRyan.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s new Foreign Corrupt Practices Act policy confirms and reiterates the standards for voluntary self-disclosure, full cooperation, and timely and appropriate remediation. However, firms have to carefully assess the potential benefits along with the costs and risks, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland.
The best intellectual property strategy to protect connected and autonomous vehicle developments will depend on multiple factors. With appropriate planning, a company may successfully employ a strategy involving both patents and trade secrets to maximize the chances of protecting innovation, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.
A recent Internal Revenue Service memorandum addresses when IRS examiners should pursue potential penalties for failure to begin making required minimum distributions to missing participants in qualified plans. By following this road map, plan administrators can ensure that, in the event of an IRS audit, penalties will not be imposed, say Mark Bodron and Gabriela Alvarez of Baker Botts LLP.