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Public Policy

  • December 7, 2018

    Calif. School Vaccine Law Upheld As Panel Pans 'Hyperbole'

    California's law requiring children in day care and grade school to get vaccinated survived another in a long line of challenges when a state appeals court criticized the lawsuit’s "hyperbole" in a unanimous opinion upholding a lower court's decision to toss the case.

  • December 7, 2018

    Mueller Says Manafort Lied About Contact With Trump Admin.

    Paul Manafort lied to prosecutors about several things, including his claim that he was not in contact with the Trump administration earlier this year, in violation of his plea agreement, special prosecutor Robert Mueller told a D.C. federal court Friday.

  • December 7, 2018

    Many Native Americans Lack High-Speed Internet: Census

    Native Americans living on Indian lands are among the people least likely in the United States to have access to high-speed internet service, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday.

  • December 7, 2018

    DOJ Antitrust Head Redoing Patent Accord To Help IP Owners

    The head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division on Friday delivered one of the sharpest examples yet of the division’s new emphasis on protecting patent holders by promising to rewrite an Obama-era policy on standard-essential patents and to crack down on standard-setting bodies that disrupt competition.

  • December 7, 2018

    Dems Urge FCC Not To Classify Texting As An Info Service

    A group of Democratic senators are urging the Federal Communications Commission to drop plans to classify text messaging as an information service rather than a telecommunications one, saying that such a move would give providers a free pass to censor consumers' text messages.

  • December 7, 2018

    Senate OKs Bill To Fight Crime Against Tribal Women

    The Senate has approved a bipartisan bill that would bolster law enforcement efforts to investigate the abductions and murders of Native American women, many of which “go uninvestigated and unresolved,” according to the measure’s co-sponsor.

  • December 7, 2018

    Chinese Cos. Eluding US Scrutiny, Hurting Investors: SEC

    Wall Street regulators issued an unusually strong rebuke Friday of their counterparts in China for continuing to shield reports that could indicate whether public companies based there are playing fairly in U.S. exchanges.

  • December 7, 2018

    UK Watchdog Probing Pepsi-Chips Combo

    The U.K.’s competition watchdog announced Friday that it had opened an investigation into Pepsi’s purchase of Pipers Crisps Ltd., saying the deal could result in a lessening of competition.

  • December 7, 2018

    Immigrant Challenges Legitimacy Of Judges Under Acting AG

    The nation’s immigration judges currently lack the authority to act on a broad range of cases because acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has not been lawfully appointed, a Colorado resident who faces deportation has contended.

  • December 7, 2018

    German Power Giant To Allow More Danish Energy After Probe

    The largest high-voltage electricity transmitter in Germany will let in more energy from Denmark suppliers to end a European Commission investigation that it choked the supply of cheap Nordic electricity in favor of German-produced power, regulators said Friday.

  • December 7, 2018

    Georgetown Tech Hub Hires Ex-FTC Commish, Covington Atty

    Georgetown Law has nabbed a top Covington & Burling lawyer and former Federal Trade Commission member who worked on antitrust and consumer protection matters for the school’s tech law hub, who will join as a distinguished fellow.

  • December 7, 2018

    Intricacy Of Interest Deduction Regs May Vex Multinationals

    The U.S. Treasury Department’s decision to limit interest expense deductions for certain foreign affiliates of multinational corporations could force businesses to undertake complex calculations and puts them at a risk of paying more tax on global income.

  • December 7, 2018

    EU Takes Romania To Court Over $105M In Unrecovered Aid

    The European Union’s antitrust watchdog is taking Romania to court over the country's failure to fully claw back €92 million ($104.8 million) it paid to two Swedish investors in violation of EU state aid rules, the agency said Friday.

  • December 7, 2018

    Advertisers Can't Tear Down NYC Billboard Ban At 2nd Circ.

    Advertisers can't block a New York City ban on billboard advertising near public parks and roadways after the Second Circuit said Friday a decades-old regulation exemption that lets signs plaster a Queens ballpark doesn't mean the companies are being deprived of their commercial speech rights.

  • December 7, 2018

    Texas AG, Others Tell High Court Trump Can End DACA

    A coalition of 10 states led by Texas and a group of nonprofits led by Citizens United have each filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court, supporting the move by President Donald Trump’s administration to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

  • December 7, 2018

    Colo. Sheriff Can't Hold Detainees For ICE, Judge Rules

    A Colorado federal judge gave a quick win Thursday to classes of detainees at the El Paso County jail in finding that the local sheriff cannot hold them for up to 48 hours after they have resolved their criminal cases so that immigration authorities can pick them up without a court order.

  • December 7, 2018

    Take Merger Fight To The Links, FCC's Pai Says At Roast

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai needled parties involved in two of the year’s biggest mergers during the 32nd annual Chairman’s Dinner Thursday night, suggesting AT&T and the DOJ could settle their beef on the putting green and Sprint and T-Mobile’s merger attempts resemble dysfunctional relationships on “The Office.”

  • December 7, 2018

    Trump Trial Court Pick Unlikely To Get Vote, Grassley Says

    President Donald Trump's choice for a North Carolina federal judgeship will likely be sent back to the White House after prospects for confirmation this year dwindled to nil, the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee said.  

  • December 7, 2018

    FCC Halts $4.5B Subsidy Project To Probe Carrier Data

    The Federal Communications Commission said Friday it's opening an investigation into whether major carriers fudged nationwide coverage maps submitted within a $4.53 billion agency initiative to bring high-speed access to rural areas, pausing the project after early looks at carrier data pointed to "significant violations" of the rules.

  • December 7, 2018

    Trump Unlikely To Defy 'So-Called Judges,' Prof Argues

    A recent paper by a William & Mary law professor argues that, despite charged rhetoric from the Trump administration, including the president’s personal attacks on judges, the federal government has thus far complied with judicial orders and is likely to continue to do so.

Expert Analysis

  • State Net

    More State Issues The Blue Wave May Shape In 2019

    Rich Ehisen

    In the second installment of this three-part legislative preview, Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal examines a number of issues that should keep state lawmakers occupied next year.

  • Calif. Privacy Act Will Increase Data Breach Liability

    Grant Davis-Denny

    The California Consumer Privacy Act's statutory damages provision will likely generate significant litigation and require courts to weigh in on various aspects of this important new remedy, say Grant Davis-Denny and Alex Gorin of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • Taxpayers Should Note These 2 Items From Calif. Tax Regs

    Eric Coffill

    A “second adopt notice,” issued Nov. 27, is the latest step in the transition of California tax programs to the jurisdiction of the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. Two major items of interest in the notice involve new appeals procedures, says Eric Cofill of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • OFCCP Employee Selection Guidance: A Few Misconceptions

    Richard Fischer

    Meeting the scope and variety of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' adjunct employee selection requirements is a continuing challenge for contractors. Richard Fischer, research psychologist with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and former OFCCP testing expert, debunks some common misinterpretations.

  • A Look Back At Mulvaney's CFPB, And What's Ahead In 2019

    Stephanie Robinson

    With Kathy Kraninger now confirmed as the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP offer an in-depth look at how the agency has changed under acting Director Mick Mulvaney and what it may look like going forward.

  • Opinion

    House Problem Solvers May Not Solve The Problem

    Thomas Spulak

    A small group of Democrats committed to making the House more collegial and productive has reached an agreement with the minority leader on several changes to the way the House operates. While a great first step, these provisions will create problems of their own, say Thomas Spulak and George Crawford of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why We Need Anti-Money Laundering Whistleblower Awards

    Eric Havian

    The recent Mossack Fonseca indictments and Deutsche Bank raid would not have been possible without the whistleblower behind the Panama Papers leak. But there is no incentive for rooting out the type of criminal money laundering revealed here, creating a large enforcement gap, say Eric Havian and Michael Ronickher of Constantine Cannon LLP.

  • A Comparison Of This Year's Carbon Tax Proposals: Part 2

    Noah Kaufman

    In the second installment of this two-part series about four carbon pricing policy plans that garnered attention in 2018, Noah Kaufman of Columbia University's Center for Global Energy Policy discusses the potential impacts each would have on emissions, energy markets and the economy.

  • Potential Impact Of New FDA Nutrition Label Requirements

    Lawrence Reichman

    Food companies are required to comply with updates to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Nutrition Facts labeling requirements by 2020. Lawrence Reichman and Cassie Roberts of Perkins Coie LLP review the changes and discuss possible effects on consumers and manufacturers.

  • Medical Marijuana Poses ADA Risks For Pa. Health Care Cos.

     Mariah Passarelli

    For health care employers, the enactment of Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Act has further complicated navigation of reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mariah Passarelli of Cozen O’Connor discusses the pitfalls companies face at the crossroads of these two statutes.