Public Policy

  • March 13, 2018

    NY Millionaires Urge Gov. To Raise Their Taxes

    A group of wealthy New Yorkers that include a Disney family scion and a former AT&T chief executive released a letter Tuesday demanding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature raise their taxes by expanding a millionaires' tax and closing a carried-interest loophole.

  • March 13, 2018

    State Dept. Sued For Details On Overdue Climate Report

    An environmental group hit the U.S. Department of State with a lawsuit in D.C. federal court Tuesday, demanding answers on why the agency failed to submit a climate action report to the United Nations in January as required by a 1994 treaty.

  • March 13, 2018

    NJ Gov. Calls For Millionaires' Tax In His $37.4B Budget

    New Jersey's governor put forward a $37.4 billion budget on Tuesday that proposes a new tax on those making more than $1 million a year, raising the state sales and use tax back to 7 percent, legalizing and taxing marijuana use and increasing the state property tax deduction from $10,000 to $15,000.

  • March 13, 2018

    Oregon Enacts Drug Price Transparency Law

    Oregon’s governor on Tuesday signed legislation requiring drugmakers and health insurers to report extensive information about relatively pricey prescription drugs.

  • March 13, 2018

    Acting NASA Head To Step Down As Nominee Remains Stalled

    NASA’s acting head will retire at the end of April, he announced Monday, prompting former astronaut Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., to once again urge the White House to put forward a “space professional” to lead the agency in place of current nominee Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla.

  • March 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Suit Over Calif. Ride-Hailing Reg

    The Ninth Circuit won’t revive a San Francisco cab company’s claims the California Public Utilities Commission gave ride-hailing companies like Uber an unfair advantage when it designated them as charter services, finding Monday that the company didn’t have standing to challenge the CPUC’s jurisdiction.

  • March 13, 2018

    ICE Spokesman Quits, Says Pressured To Lie About Sweep

    A spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has resigned after he allegedly was asked to publicize what he deemed to be “misleading facts” about the impact of public statements by the mayor of Oakland, California, on the number of immigrants apprehended by the agency during a recent set of operations.

  • March 13, 2018

    CCA Challenges AT&T's FiberTower Spectrum Acquisition

    The Competitive Carriers Association announced on Monday that it has filed a challenge to AT&T’s acquisition of fifth-generation-primed spectrum after the Federal Communications Commission last month approved the company’s takeover of FiberTower Corp. and its holdings.

  • March 13, 2018

    Pa. Justices Urged To Ax Philly Soda Tax

    Opponents of Philadelphia's tax on sweetened beverages urged the state's highest court Monday to break with two lower courts that have both found that the levy was not improperly duplicative of the state's sales tax.

  • March 13, 2018

    Mich. Auto Dealers Must Give Tesla Info On Lobbying Efforts

    After a hard-fought battle to dodge Tesla’s subpoenas, the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association must hand over documents about its lobbying efforts supporting a 2014 state ban on car manufacturers selling vehicles directly to consumers, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • March 13, 2018

    Tillerson Fired, CIA's Pompeo Tapped To Head State Dept.

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after a long and public falling out between the two men over the direction of the nation's foreign policy, taking to Twitter to announce his plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Tillerson as the country's top diplomat. 

  • March 13, 2018

    Tariffs, Global Blowback Will Cost 495K Jobs, Report Warns

    The Trump administration’s forthcoming tariffs on steel and aluminum and likely retaliation from U.S. trading partners could shed upward of 495,000 jobs in the services, manufacturing and farm sectors, according to a report released Friday by the Washington, D.C.-based analytical firm Trade Partnership Worldwide LLC.

  • March 13, 2018

    FCC Small-Cell Plan Could Save $1.6B Amid 5G Push: Study

    Wireless communications trade group CTIA on Tuesday released a study it commissioned on an FCC proposal to roll back regulatory reviews for small cell installations, estimating that, in the hurtle toward 5G, companies could save $1.56 billion based on a nearly two-thirds reduction in reviews.

  • March 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Rejects Challenge To Bank Secrecy Rules

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday affirmed an order requiring California Pacific Bank to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act, rejecting the bank’s arguments that the regulations are unconstitutionally vague and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s examination process was biased.

  • March 13, 2018

    EU Passes Law On Mandatory Disclosure Of Tax Avoidance

    Tax advisers will have to tell European Union authorities about avoidance schemes they market from 2020 under a law passed unanimously by the bloc’s finance ministers Tuesday.

  • March 13, 2018

    Jury Convicts Ex-Cuomo Aide In Mixed Bribery Case Verdict

    A Manhattan jury on Tuesday convicted Joe Percoco, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's former “right-hand man” in Albany, of three of six corruption counts he faced, ending the marathon federal bribery trial with a mixed verdict for him and three co-defendants.

  • March 12, 2018

    NY's Sheldon Silver, Feds Fight To Shape 2nd Graft Trial

    Attorneys for disgraced former New York lawmaker Sheldon Silver and prosecutors traded barbs Friday ahead of his April retrial on corruption charges, with the former New York State Assembly speaker claiming that prosecutors misled jurors on the law the first time around.

  • March 12, 2018

    Dem Urges Trump Org, Treasury To Explain Foreign Payments

    A senior House Democrat on Monday urged the Trump Organization and the U.S. Department of the Treasury to cough up more information about foreign payments the company has purportedly remitted to the department, after the organization recently said it had made about $151,000 in remittances for 2017.

  • March 12, 2018

    With FCC On Sidelines, Mayors Move To Protect Net Neutrality

    As of Monday at least 11 mayors have signed a pledge to banish internet service providers that block, slow, or charge for prioritization of internet traffic in their cities, as a growing list of city and state governments move to defend net neutrality principles in the wake of federal deregulation.

  • March 12, 2018

    IRS Faces Hurdles In Revamping Big-Biz Audits, Official Says

    The Internal Revenue Service is facing challenges in overhauling the way it audits large multinational corporations, partly because changing the agency's systems is “a lengthy process,” an IRS official said at a conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    EPA In The Trump Era: The DOJ's 3rd-Party Payment Policy

    Raymond Ludwiszewski

    The U.S. Department of Justice's 2017 memo ending the previous administration's common practice of paying various nongovernmental, third parties as a condition of settlement with the U.S. is an important change of course that will meaningfully impact the contours of future judicial civil consent judgments with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, says Raymond Ludwiszewski, former EPA general counsel and partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • The Latest On Sexual Harassment Reform In Congress

    Bill Pittard

    Sexual harassment in the workplace has been in the news. You may have noticed. And that issue, as things in the news so often do, has made its way to the Hill. Bill Pittard, partner at KaiserDillon PLLC examines the existing law and practice under which sexual harassment allegations in the congressional workplace typically are handled, and touches on the key elements of the leading House proposals to amend that framework.

  • Net Neutrality Repeal May Put Tech Startups In The Slow Lane

    Benjamin Warlick

    There is no telling how the current battle over net neutrality will play out, but there is a good chance that paid prioritization will not go away. Technology and content startups that do not have the resources to buy internet fast lanes may lose sales from slower traffic, says Benjamin Warlick of Morris Manning & Martin LLP.

  • Series

    EPA In The Trump Era: Settling Mandatory Duty Lawsuits

    Avi Garbow

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2017 "sue and settle” directive embraces a nascent process to post online notices of intent to sue, complaints and petitions for review. For some this is sufficient for planning purposes and strategic undertakings, but for others it provides interesting opportunities, says Avi Garbow, former EPA general counsel and partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Breaking Down The New Interest Deduction Limitation

    Breaking Down The New Interest Deduction Limitation

    The Internal Revenue Code has historically limited the ability of corporations to deduct certain interest paid to related parties, but the recent tax reform modified this limitation and expanded its application. In this video, Taylor Kiessig and Brian Tschosik of Eversheds Sutherland LLP discuss differences between the historic and new versions of this limitation on interest expense.

  • How FERC's New Rule Paves The Way For Energy Storage

    Levi McAllister

    Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued its long-awaited final rule that aims to remove barriers to electric storage resource participation in regional transmission organization and independent system operator markets. Market participants with an interest in energy storage are advised to focus closely on the tariff provisions being developed by each RTO/ISO, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • The FTC’s Quest For Better Influencer Disclosures

    Julie O’Neill

    Given the repetition of the Federal Trade Commission's message concerning its endorsement guides, it's apparent that the agency believes it is still not being heard. Julie O’Neill and Adam Fleisher of Morrison & Foerster LLP recount how the FTC has gotten to where it is today and, thus, why it might be heading for a celebrity enforcement action next.

  • Understanding Texas Mechanic's Liens And Bonds: Part 2

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor

    Texas is home to relatively complex statutory frameworks for liens and bonds used to secure payment for services rendered. Statutory and constitutional liens provide powerful remedies for nonpayment, but only if the proper guidelines are strictly observed, says David Tolin of Cokinos Young in the second part of this article.

  • Series

    EPA In The Trump Era: The Superfund Enforcement Initiative

    Donald Elliott

    When it comes to climate change, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Administrator Scott Pruitt is undeniably less aggressive than under its immediate predecessor. However, for the current EPA, one area that sharply conflicts with this pattern is Superfund, says Donald Elliott, former EPA general counsel and chairman of the environmental practice group at Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Opinion

    Gig Economy Business Model Skirts Calif. Labor Laws

    Mike Arias

    California workers have spent over a century carving out the rights to have fair working conditions, an eight-hour work day and to be paid a living wage. The gig economy largely seeks to circumvent these well-established laws, says Mike Arias of Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos LLP.