Public Policy

  • February 07, 2023

    Okla. Lawmaker Reintroduces Bill To Find Missing Adults

    Oklahoma lawmaker Ken Luttrell has reintroduced a state bill that would create an alert system for locating "critically missing" Native American adults and coordinate its implementation with the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • February 07, 2023

    Pittsburgh Rental Registry Too Invasive, Pa. Panel Told

    Attorneys for landlord groups told the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania on Tuesday that the city of Pittsburgh's rental registration and inspection ordinance is unconstitutional because it invades their privacy and imposes duties on their businesses not allowed by state law.

  • February 07, 2023

    EU To Consider Ban On Toxic 'Forever Chemicals'

    The European Union on Tuesday began to contemplate a proposal to ban the making and use of toxic "forever chemicals" used in tens of thousands products that, if passed, would be one of the largest bans on chemicals in Europe.

  • February 07, 2023

    Feds, Red States Spar Over Delaying Ruling On Title 42's End

    The Biden administration asked the Fifth Circuit to suspend its appeal of a district court ruling requiring the Biden administration to keep in place Title 42, saying the COVID-19 national health emergency's planned end in May will moot the case.

  • February 07, 2023

    SEC Small Biz Panel Fears Private Fund Rules Will Overreach

    A small-business focused U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission panel Tuesday urged regulators to tread carefully before enacting new rules governing private fund advisers, worried that a proposal intended to protect investors could unintentionally harm smaller companies.

  • February 07, 2023

    Ohio Senators Mull Litigation Funding Disclosures Bill

    Ohio lawmakers are mulling a bill that would, among other things, require third-party litigation financiers to disclose their participation in particular lawsuits, a move that its sponsor says is necessary to help make the state friendlier for businesses and litigators.

  • February 07, 2023

    Harms Remain From Nixed Travel Ban, Court Told

    Individuals who were banned from entering the U.S. under Trump-era travel restrictions chided the Biden administration's attempt to dismiss their lawsuit, saying they are still experiencing harms even if the majority of them have now received their visa decisions.

  • February 07, 2023

    TotalEnergies Unit Can't Stop Enforcement Case, FERC Says

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday urged a Texas federal court to reject a TotalEnergies unit's bid to halt a gas market manipulation probe, saying the company can't challenge an enforcement case that hasn't been completed yet.

  • February 07, 2023

    '2000 Mules' Creators Want Out Of Defamation Suit

    The creators of "2000 Mules" want a Georgia federal judge to dismiss defamation, invasion of privacy and conspiracy claims filed against them by a man who says they used footage of him lawfully voting as proof that hired "mules" trafficked and cast fraudulent ballots in the 2020 election.

  • February 07, 2023

    Fed. Circ. Mulls How Steel Tariffs Fit With Other Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce broke with its own policy when it crafted higher anti-dumping duties on steel imports by deducting national security tariffs from the price of the goods, counsel for a Turkish steel importer told a Federal Circuit panel Tuesday.

  • February 07, 2023

    Ga. Justices Balk At Professors' Bid To Void Gun Carry Law

    Georgia Supreme Court justices struggled Tuesday with an attempt by university professors to void a state law permitting guns on campus, given that the board governing Georgia's university system adopted its own matching policy.

  • February 07, 2023

    FCC Called To Get Started On Next Alaska Plan

    Several Alaskan telecom carriers have called on the Federal Communications Commission to kickstart the development of a new 10-year plan for fixed and mobile broadband deployment across the state.

  • February 07, 2023

    Fla. Town Tells Appeals Court Neighbor Thwarted ICE Facility

    A Broward County, Florida, town that accused a neighboring city of thwarting a proposed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility by breaching local road and fire agreements urged an appeals court Tuesday to overturn a jury verdict in the city's favor.

  • February 07, 2023

    Border Patrol Chiefs Tell Lawmakers More Resources Needed

    A pair of border patrol chiefs mostly tried to dodge partisan politics Tuesday during a House oversight committee hearing as they addressed their respective challenges along the U.S.-Mexico border, which saw record migrant crossings last year.

  • February 07, 2023

    SEC Sues Pa. Investment Adviser Over Alleged $200M Scheme

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has levied civil claims against a Pennsylvania investment adviser accused of running a scheme that garnered approximately $200 million in illicit loans, which he used to make personal investments and pay off debt.

  • February 07, 2023

    House Transpo Panel Laments Safety Gaps In FAA Bill Hearing

    Recent near-misses at airports, technological gaps and workforce shortages are among the chief safety concerns that aviation industry stakeholders urged Congress to prioritize when it negotiates legislation to renew funding for the Federal Aviation Administration this year.

  • February 07, 2023

    $460M Tenaris Factory Buy Spiked After DOJ Antitrust Fears

    Luxembourg-based Tenaris' $460 million takeover of Benteler Group's Louisiana steel tube plant has been abandoned, the companies announced, after the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division looked into the anti-competitive effects of the deal. 

  • February 07, 2023

    Ga. Court Says Landowner Lacks Right To Land Development

    The Georgia Court of Appeals largely ruled against an Atlanta metropolitan area landowner on Tuesday in his case challenging density zoning rules, saying he lacks the right to develop property on land he purchased seven years ago.

  • February 07, 2023

    Pupils Say DC Museum Booted Them For Anti-Abortion Hats

    A group of Catholic school students from South Carolina and their chaperones have accused the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum of violating their rights to free speech and religious freedom, claiming in D.C. federal court that security guards kicked them out of the museum when they didn't remove their anti-abortion hats.

  • February 07, 2023

    DC Court Nixes Challenge To Canadian Medicine Import Rule

    Groups representing the domestic pharmaceutical industry lost their suit against a federal policy allowing states and tribes to import cheaper Canadian drugs, after a D.C. federal judge ruled the groups can't claim harm when no imports have been cleared yet.

  • February 07, 2023

    FCC Urged To Beef Up 'Connect America' Rural Programs

    Rural carriers are pressing the Federal Communications Commission to increase financial support to providers in exchange for deploying higher internet speeds in more locations.

  • February 07, 2023

    Gov't Seeks Toss Of FOIA Suit Over Trump Docs Tied To Raid

    The U.S. government asked a Massachusetts federal judge to toss a lawsuit seeking records regarding former President Donald Trump's purported standing declassification order for documents he took from the Oval Office, saying merely acknowledging whether such materials exist would compromise an ongoing investigation.

  • February 07, 2023

    Holtzman Vogel Asks NC High Court To Stall Defamation Trial

    Holtzman Vogel Baran Torchinsky & Josefiak PLLC has asked the North Carolina Supreme Court to prevent a nearly 6-year-old defamation suit against the firm and others from going to trial, saying they're still waiting on a ruling from the high court that could nix the case altogether.

  • February 07, 2023

    Judge Greenaway Will Retire From 3rd Circuit In June

    Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr. is retiring from the Third Circuit in June after more than two decades on the federal bench, giving President Joe Biden another appellate vacancy to fill.

  • February 07, 2023

    FCC Republican Backs Bill To Disclose Chinese Gov't Ties

    The Federal Communications Commission's senior Republican has announced support for bipartisan legislation that would require the agency to publish a list of every entity that holds an FCC license or authorization that has substantial ties to authoritarian regimes, including the Chinese Communist Party.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Bankruptcies Aren't The Real Problem In Mass Tort System

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    While some have criticized recent moves by Johnson and Johnson and 3M to resolve mass tort lawsuits through bankruptcy, these maneuvers are a response to a system that is not working well for plaintiffs or defendants, and that urgently needs reform, says Andrew Gould, a former justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.

  • 5 Key Areas Of Privacy Compliance Following State Laws

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    As comprehensive data privacy laws take effect in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Utah and Virginia this year, organizations should ensure compliance with changing obligations related to vendor agreements, sensitive personal information, cookies and more, say Catherine Kozlowski and Aaron Ogunro at Polsinelli.

  • US-India Advance Pricing Resolutions Should Reassure Cos.

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    The U.S. and India's tax authorities' recent resolution of a significant number of pending advance pricing agreements should reduce taxpayer uncertainty, reassure companies of the nations' good working relationship and improve India's investment environment, say Miller Williams and Caroline Setliffe at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • The Discipline George Santos Would Face If He Were A Lawyer

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    Rep. George Santos, who has become a national punchline for his alleged lies, hasn't faced many consequences yet, but if he were a lawyer, even his nonwork behavior would be regulated by the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and violations in the past have led to sanctions and even disbarment, says Mark Hinderks at Stinson.

  • Financial Services, Fintech Are Top CFPB Areas To Watch

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    Amid a flurry of recent developments related to the consumer financial services and fintech sectors, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's enforcement trends show it is focusing on large corporate repeat offenders, fair lending, junk fees, consumer data and more, says Eamonn Moran at Norton Rose.

  • Bank Secrecy Act's Crypto Expansion Is On The Horizon

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    The pending Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act is a reminder that increased regulation in the cryptocurrency space is likely, and companies should at a minimum view it as a harbinger of what is to come as they assess whether they should create or update an anti-money laundering compliance program, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Aggressive Insider Trading Enforcement Will Persist This Year

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    Enforcement agencies’ aggressive crackdown on insider trading last year — focusing on the rapidly developing digital asset industry, new theories of liability, rule amendments and congressional stock activity — is expected to continue apace in what promises to be an active and innovative period to come, say attorneys at Kasowitz.

  • Shift In Health Care Antitrust Prosecutions Is Likely

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    A recent memorandum of understanding between the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General raises the possibility that health care providers will face exclusion from key federal health care programs for antitrust offenses, signaling a consequential sea change, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • The EPA's New Enviro Site Assessment Standard: Key Points

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    While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's previous standard for Phase I environmental site assessments will remain valid for another year, the agency's recent final approval of the newer ASTM E1527-21 standard means that it now represents the best practice for conducting ESAs, says Sedina Banks at Greenberg Glusker.

  • 10 Areas To Watch In Aerospace And Defense Law

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    Joseph Berger and Francis Purcell at Thompson Hine discuss what's ahead for federal contractors, given the government's continued focus on aiding Ukraine and sanctioning Russia, pending cybersecurity and climate disclosure regulations, U.S. leadership in new and emerging technologies, and more.

  • Reimagining Benefits For A World Without Noncompetes

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    Though the Federal Trade Commission's recently proposed noncompete ban is still in its infancy, companies should begin considering whether they would need to retool their payment and benefits packages to comply, while still protecting their competitive edge, say Melissa Ostrower and Alec Nealon at Jackson Lewis.

  • FinCEN Report Holds Key Russia-Linked Risk Considerations

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    A recent report from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network reminds financial institutions to review guidance issued on reporting Russia-linked suspicious activity, emphasizing the need to review anti-money laundering and sanctions monitoring processes to remain adaptive to global developments, say Siana Danch and Peter Hardy at Ballard Spahr.

  • Opinion

    Biden Admin.'s Anti-Merger Stance Is Leading To Bad Policies

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    A U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division speech reflects the Biden administration's goal to move enforcement in a markedly anti-merger direction, an approach that is leading to bad policies and enforcement decisions, says Cleary attorney David Gelfand, a former DOJ Antitrust Division official.

  • Pending FDA Cosmetics Review Allows Class Action Defense

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    The recently signed Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act directs the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to assess the use and safety of so-called forever chemicals in cosmetic products, and offers manufacturers the primary jurisdiction doctrine as a strong defense until the FDA completes its review, say attorneys at Patterson Belknap.

  • A Closer Look At Rep. Santos' Claims And Potential Charges

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    Skadden partner and former federal prosecutor Maria Cruz Melendez discusses Rep. George Santos' legal exposure following his alleged misrepresentations and the possible scope of investigations into his conduct — noting that if history is any indication, the congressman could face prison time if convicted.

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