Public Policy

  • May 24, 2024

    China Tariffs To Return For Air Fryers, Bikes, Chairs In June

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced Friday the end of tariff relief for hundreds of items currently exempt from duties covering over $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, with mainly commercial product exclusions set to continue.

  • May 24, 2024

    Conn., Property Owners Say Town Is Wrong On Housing Law

    Connecticut's Department of Housing and several property owners in New Canaan are taking issue with the town's arguments in a bid to pause its lawsuit challenging the state's denial of affordable housing credits, saying the town is misinterpreting a recently passed bill.

  • May 24, 2024

    Treaty Wants Patents To Cite Ties To 'Traditional Knowledge'

    Members of the United Nations announced a treaty Friday that would potentially change mandatory patent disclosure rules in order to require applicants to cite "traditional knowledge" developed by "indigenous peoples," requirements that have drawn concerns from lawyers for the pharmaceutical industry in the U.S. and at least one former federal judge.

  • May 24, 2024

    Jazz Director Accuses Philly Pops, Execs Of RICO Conspiracy

    A former Philly Pops jazz director has sued the defunct orchestra group, its ex-CEO, a rival orchestra, the Kimmel Center and others in Pennsylvania federal court, claiming they conspired to monopolize the orchestral music market and lied about the organization's debt to force it to shut down while depriving him of pay.

  • May 24, 2024

    FCC Calls For Fresh Comments On Orbital Debris Rulemaking

    The Federal Communications Commission is hitting the "refresh" button on orbital debris rulemaking, issuing a new call for public input on potential agency rules.

  • May 24, 2024

    Petition Watch: Forum Shopping, Monopolies & Gun Safety

    Law360 looks at four U.S. Supreme Court petitions filed in the past two weeks, including the FDA's request that the justices curb an increase in forum shopping at the Fifth Circuit, and two veterinarians who want the justices to allow plaintiffs to pursue antitrust claims for actions allegedly leading to the creation of a monopoly.

  • May 24, 2024

    Staff Squeeze May Be Limiting Small Biz Roles In Procurement

    The federal government has introduced several strategies over the last decade to help small businesses vie for procurement contracts, but overstretched acquisition staff may have limited capacity to deploy these strategies and reverse a downward trend in small business participation.

  • May 24, 2024

    SEC Says Crypto Firm's Challenge Is 'Fatally Premature'

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a Texas federal judge on Friday that a yet-to-launch crypto exchange's bid to bar any future enforcement action is "fatally premature" since the firm hasn't identified a final action to challenge.

  • May 24, 2024

    House Lawmakers Want New Hearing With FDIC's Gruenberg

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chair Martin Gruenberg is scheduled to appear before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee to answer questions about the damning findings of a probe of the FDIC's workplace culture.

  • May 24, 2024

    FCC Republican Knocks Plan To Require AI Ad Disclosures

    A Federal Communications Commission Republican is slamming a commission proposal aimed at limiting the use of artificial intelligence in political advertisements, saying the push is a politically motivated effort to stop Republicans from using AI.

  • May 24, 2024

    Florida Urges Quick Appeal Of Wetlands Permitting Decision

    The state of Florida has pushed to expedite its appeal of a lower court ruling that stripped the state of its federally delegated authority to permit wetlands development after the D.C. Circuit declined to pause the ruling's implementation earlier this week.

  • May 24, 2024

    Shuttered Paper Mill Flouted $12M Incentive Deal, NC AG Says

    The state of North Carolina is suing food and beverage packaging company Pactiv Evergreen to recoup $12 million in economic incentives the company allegedly accepted to keep a local mill up and running after it abruptly shuttered the facility last year.

  • May 24, 2024

    Green Groups Lose In California Fish Protection Lawsuit

    The federal government properly considered the needs of fish protected under the Endangered Species Act when it approved water supply contracts for California's Central Valley Project, the Ninth Circuit said in a ruling rejecting environmental groups' claims to the contrary.

  • May 24, 2024

    Moelis-Inspired Corporate Law Bill Introduced In Del.

    Proposed amendments to Delaware's corporate code that some say could potentially upend the traditional power structure within corporations were introduced in Delaware's Legislature, despite outcry from many academics, corporate law attorneys, and some business groups that the changes are going too far, too fast.

  • May 24, 2024

    E-Rate Growth Needed As Other Funds Wane, FCC Chief Says

    Calling the E-Rate program for subsidizing broadband in schools and libraries a "quiet powerhouse," the head of the Federal Communications Commission is looking to build support in Congress to expand it to cover off-campus learning after pandemic rescue funds dissipated.

  • May 24, 2024

    Judge Finds Cannabis Tracking Suit Targeted Wrong Agency

    A Colorado maker of cannabis edibles lost its bid to block state marijuana regulators from requiring that cannabis companies buy inventory trackers made by Florida-based Metrc, a nationwide vendor of such tags, when a state judge ruled that the edibles-maker sued the wrong agency.

  • May 24, 2024

    CFTC's Johnson Is Under Consideration For FDIC Top Job

    The Biden administration is considering Kristin Johnson, a Democratic member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, as a possible candidate to replace Martin Gruenberg at the helm of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Law360 has learned.

  • May 24, 2024

    Biden's Judicial Impact And What's Left On The Wish List

    President Joe Biden secured confirmation of his 200th federal judge Wednesday and has transformed the judiciary by picking more women and people of color than any other president. But the upcoming election season could derail his hopes of confirming many more judges.

  • May 24, 2024

    South Fla. Residents Sue Over Racial Gerrymanders

    South Florida residents hit the Legislature and the Florida Secretary of State with a lawsuit Thursday challenging four congressional districts and seven state House of Representatives districts as racially gerrymandered in violation of the 14th Amendment.

  • May 24, 2024

    US Cos. Call On Fed. Circ. To Restore Chinese Plywood Duties

    A U.S. plywood group is urging the Federal Circuit to unwind five U.S. Court of International Trade remands that shrank a Chinese competitor's anti-dumping duties from 183.36% to nothing, saying the court forced the government to accept unreliable data.

  • May 24, 2024

    ERISA Arbitration Backers See Hope In 2nd Circ. Dissent

    A split Second Circuit panel backed workers — and joined three other circuits — when it rejected an attempt to force a proposed class action Employee Retirement Income Security Act lawsuit into individual arbitration, but employers are seizing on a dissent from the recent ruling to try to turn the tide.

  • May 24, 2024

    9th Circ. Lets Hearsay Issue Slide In Unlawful Crossing Case

    The Ninth Circuit affirmed a Mexican man's conviction for trying to enter the U.S. unlawfully, saying that while a lower court should've weighed whether a border agent's translated statements should be attributed to the man, any resulting error was harmless.

  • May 24, 2024

    3rd Circ. Backs US Immunity Over Marine Recruit's Death

    The Third Circuit has said that "tragedy does not trump sovereign immunity" in a precedential ruling finding that the federal government is immune from a wrongful death suit brought by a U.S. Marine Corps recruit's family after he crashed his car and died on the way to an event for the corps.

  • May 24, 2024

    NYSE Companies Could Face Heat If Business Focus Changes

    A New York Stock Exchange proposal seeking additional authority to delist companies that enact wholesale business changes after going public could subject certain companies to more scrutiny, attorneys say, though such drastic actions are expected to be rare.

  • May 24, 2024

    Feds' Probe Into Waymo Self-Driving Car Finds More Incidents

    The U.S. auto safety regulator has said it found nine additional incidents of Waymo LLC autonomous vehicles exhibiting "unexpected driving behaviors" and has asked the company for more information as part of a new investigation.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    We Need A Legislative Path To Power Plant Emissions Cuts

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    With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's newest regulation targeting power plant carbon emissions likely to be overturned by courts or a future administration, it's time for bipartisan legislation to preserve affordable, reliable electricity while substantially decarbonizing the sector by midcentury, say Jeffrey Holmstead at Bracewell and Samuel Thernstrom at the Energy Innovation Reform Project.

  • The Effects Of New 10-Year Limitation On Key Sanctions Laws

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    Recently enacted emergency appropriations legislation, doubling the statute of limitations for civil and criminal economic sanctions violations, has significant implications for internal records retention, corporate transaction due diligence and government investigations, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.

  • FEPA Cases Are Natural Fit For DOJ's Fraud Section

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s recent announcement that its Fraud Section would have exclusive jurisdiction over the Foreign Extortion Prevention Act — a new law that criminalizes “demand side” foreign bribery — makes sense, given its experience navigating the political and diplomatic sensitivities of related statutes, say James Koukios and Rachel Davidson Raycraft at MoFo.

  • Opinion

    DOJ Messaging App Warnings Undermine Trust In Counsel

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    The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division's increasingly ominous warnings to defense and in-house counsel about the consequences of not preserving ephemeral messaging and messages sent using collaboration tools could erode confidence and cooperation, says Mark Rosman at Proskauer.

  • Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

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    From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

  • A Changing Regulatory Landscape For Weight Loss Drugs

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    As drugs originally approved to treat diabetes become increasingly popular for weight loss purposes, federal and state regulators and payors are increasing their focus on how these drugs are prescribed, and industry participants should pay close attention to rapidly evolving compliance requirements, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • The State Of Play In DEI And ESG 1 Year After Harvard Ruling

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    Almost a year after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, attorney general scrutiny of environmental, social and governance-related efforts indicates a potential path for corporate diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to be targeted, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Compliance Considerations For New Data Protection Law

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    Sam Castic at Hintze Law discusses how to determine if your organization is covered by the newly enacted Protecting Americans' Data from Foreign Adversaries Act, the scope of the law's restrictions, and how to go about compliance as its June 23 effective date approaches.

  • Proposed Semiconductor Buy Ban May Rattle Supply Chains

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    The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council's recent proposed rulemaking clarifies plans to ban government purchases of semiconductors from certain Chinese companies, creating uncertainty around how contractors will be able to adjust supply chains that are already burdened and contracted to capacity, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • CFPB Poised To Up The Ante After Supreme Court Victory

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    When the U.S. Supreme Court emphatically ruled last week that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's funding structure did not violate the Constitution, the agency boasted that it was "here to stay," signaling that it is moving full steam ahead with its regulatory, enforcement and supervisory agenda, says Jim Sandy at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • Opinion

    NEPA Final Rule Unlikely To Speed Clean Energy Projects

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    A recent final rule from the White House Council on Environmental Quality purports to streamline federal environmental reviews to accelerate the construction of renewable energy infrastructure — but it also expands consideration of climate change and environmental justice, creating vast new opportunities for litigation and delay, says Thomas Prevas at Saul Ewing.

  • Diving Deep Into Sweeping NY Financing Bill — And Its Pitfalls

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    A New York bill seeking to impose state usury limits onto a broader variety of financing arrangements and apply lender licensing requirements to more diverse entities would present near-insurmountable compliance challenges for lenders and retailers, say Kate Fisher and Tom Quinn at Hudson Cook.

  • Opinion

    USPTO's Proposed Disclaimer Rule Would Harm Inventors

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    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s recently proposed rule on terminal disclaimers will make the patent system less available to inventors and will unfairly favor defendants in litigation, say Stephen Schreiner at Carmichael IP and Sarah Tsou at Omni Bridgeway.

  • What The FTC Report On AG Collabs Means For Cos.

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    The Federal Trade Commission's April report on working with state attorneys general shows collaboration can increase efficiency and consistency in how statutes are interpreted and enforced, which can minimize the likelihood of requests for inconsistent injunctive relief that can create operational problems for businesses, say attorneys at Kelley Drye.

  • New Crypto Reporting Will Require Rigorous Recordkeeping

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    The release of a form for reporting digital asset transactions is a pivotal moment in the Internal Revenue Service's efforts to track cryptocurrency activities that increases oversight by requiring brokers to report investor sales and exchanges, say Shaina Kamen and Max Angel at Holland & Knight.

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