Public Policy

  • May 29, 2024

    FCC Chief Floats Plan To Cut Down On Orbital Satellite Debris

    The Federal Communications Commission's chair proposed new rules Wednesday aiming to reduce the chances of spacecraft explosions that leave debris in orbit.

  • May 29, 2024

    News Orgs. Say State 'Eclipsing' Honesty In Uvalde Doc Row

    A coalition of news outlets led by the Texas Tribune told an appeals court Tuesday that the state's request to seal its appellate brief in a long-running dispute over records related to the 2022 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde is an attempt by law enforcement to "eclipse" transparency into the tragedy.

  • May 29, 2024

    South Baltimore Citizens Call On EPA For Incinerator Relief

    Baltimore has turned a blind eye to South Baltimore residents suffering from respiratory diseases and persistently urging the city to transition away from Maryland's largest trash incinerator to zero-waste infrastructure for dealing with refuse, two environmental groups and a residents group say in an administrative complaint Wednesday.

  • May 29, 2024

    TikTok Ban Gets Expedited Sept. Hearing Date At DC Circ.

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday agreed to expedite the briefing schedule for a constitutional challenge against a federal law banning TikTok from the United States unless it severs its ties with its Chinese parent company, ByteDance Ltd., with oral arguments set to be heard this fall. 

  • May 29, 2024

    PJM Watchdog Challenges FERC's Meeting Roadblock

    Monitoring Analytics, the independent market monitor for regional transmission organization PJM Interconnection, is asking the D.C. Circuit to review a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order from March allowing PJM to keep the monitor out of its liaison committee meetings.

  • May 29, 2024

    Benefits Trade Group Urges Changes To New York PBM Regs

    A trade group representing large employers who sponsor employee benefit plans warned New York's insurance regulator that a proposal affecting pharmacy benefit managers — which act as intermediaries between pharmacies, drugmakers and insurers — will trigger litigation without changes before they're finalized to eliminate conflicts with federal benefits law.

  • May 29, 2024

    EPA Inspector General Decries Lack Of Funding To Congress

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General Sean W. O'Donnell expressed concern over his office's lack of funding in a report to Congress on Wednesday, saying the 2024 budget is lower than it was 13 years ago, despite increased oversight responsibilities and personnel costs.

  • May 29, 2024

    Handbag Cos. Seek FTC In-House Delay For Fed. Court Row

    Tapestry and Capri are asking the Federal Trade Commission to delay an in-house challenge to the planned $8.5 billion merger combining the parent companies of Coach and Michael Kors, arguing the FTC's separate request for a preliminary injunction in New York federal court should take precedence.

  • May 29, 2024

    New Colo. Law Targets AI Deepfakes In Political Ads

    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed a bill that aims to crack down on the malicious use of artificial intelligence for producing political messaging.

  • May 29, 2024

    FDA Sued Over Controversial Lab Test Rule

    A clinical lab trade group that has been highly critical of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new final rule on laboratory-developed tests filed a lawsuit late Wednesday, saying the agency doesn't have the authority to regulate the tests as medical devices.

  • May 29, 2024

    Iowa Immigration Law Challengers Want Identities Kept Secret

    Two women using pseudonyms to challenge an Iowa law empowering state officials to deport certain immigrants resisted the state attorney general's efforts to publicly identify them, saying they fear the threat of removal as well as persecution from anti-immigrant extremists.

  • May 29, 2024

    Texas Judge Bans Using $1.4B Border Wall Funds For Repairs

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday permanently blocked the White House from using $1.4 billion of border wall construction funding for barrier repair, rejecting requests from landowners, contractors and environmental groups to reconsider the scope of the ban.

  • May 29, 2024

    Ga. Elections Board Member Sues Over Record Access

    A Republican member of Georgia's Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections has filed a lawsuit alleging that the board and the county's elections director are preventing her from performing her duties by denying her access to election records and processes.

  • May 29, 2024

    Judge Says Texas Can't Relitigate DHS Parole Program

    A Texas federal judge won't reconsider a March decision dismissing the Lone Star state's challenge to the Biden administration's parole program for Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, saying Texas is trying to relitigate the court's conclusion that it lacks standing.

  • May 29, 2024

    6 Questions For FCC Commissioner Anna Gomez

    A year after she was nominated for the Federal Communications Commission's third Democratic seat, Anna Gomez says she's steadily progressing toward goals tied to connectivity, innovation, public safety and media localism in what she calls the "best job I've had in my career."

  • May 29, 2024

    Fire Chiefs Want FirstNet In Charge Of Revamped 4.9 GHz

    Firefighters across the country want the Federal Communications Commission to know that they're in favor of the agency's plan to turn the revamped 4.9-gigahertz public safety band over to a single, nationwide manager.

  • May 29, 2024

    Kansas Gov. Sets June Special Session On Taxes

    The Republican-led Kansas Legislature will meet in a special session June 18 to consider tax relief legislation, the state's governor said Wednesday, calling for compromise following her veto of a bill to reduce income tax rates.

  • May 29, 2024

    Neoprene Co. Calls EPA Rule Deadline 'Surprise Switcharoo'

    A Louisiana-based neoprene manufacturer is asking the D.C. Circuit to immediately block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing a chemical emissions rule that will directly impact the company.

  • May 29, 2024

    AP Urges Toss of Suit Alleging It Helped Hamas Attack Israel

    The Associated Press has urged a Florida federal court to toss a lawsuit alleging that it aided the attack on Israel last year by publishing pictures taken by freelancers affiliated with Hamas, saying there is no legal basis to hold the news organization liable for aiding terrorism.

  • May 29, 2024

    Acting Boston US Atty Says Fraud Cases Still High Priority

    Prosecuting a range of fraud cases despite finite resources will remain a priority for Massachusetts Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua Levy as he enters his second year in the job, he told reporters on Wednesday in a question and answer session at his office.

  • May 29, 2024

    Colo. Suspends Ex-Trump Atty For Aiding Ga. Election Lies

    A Colorado disciplinary judge has suspended Jenna Lynn Ellis from practicing law in the state for three years over her guilty plea in a Georgia election interference case, after the former attorney and legal adviser to Donald Trump disavowed her actions in a letter that admitted, "I was wrong."

  • May 29, 2024

    Non-Atty Advice To Debtors Is Unprotected, 2nd Circ. Told

    New York urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to find that stopping a nonprofit focused on bankruptcy education and the South Bronx pastor it's working with from advising low-income debtors represents a content-neutral regulation on who can practice law that does not violate the First Amendment.

  • May 29, 2024

    House Ethics Committee To Probe Indicted Rep. Cuellar

    The House Ethics Committee announced on Wednesday that it has formed a subcommittee to investigate activities of Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, who was recently charged with accepting bribes from entities in Azerbaijan and Mexico in exchange for political favors.

  • May 29, 2024

    House Judiciary Leaders Seek Briefing On FISA Court Access

    The top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee are looking for an update on a request by members of Congress for access to the secretive proceedings of the court that hears matters on the controversial warrantless foreign surveillance law.

  • May 29, 2024

    NLRB Wants Subpoenas Enforced In Calif. Tribal Casino Row

    The National Labor Relations Board has gone to federal court to enforce its subpoenas seeking a list of casino workers in a proposed bargaining unit, saying the refusals of a California tribe and a gaming company to provide the information is impeding an agency investigation.

Expert Analysis

  • Fintech Compliance Amid Regulatory Focus On Sensitive Data

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recent, expansive pursuit of financial services companies using sensitive personal information signals a move into the Federal Trade Commission's territory, and the path forward for fintech and financial service providers involves a balance between innovation and compliance, say attorneys at Wilson Sonsini.

  • Opinion

    Del. Needs To Urgently Pass Post-Moelis Corporate Law Bill

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    After the Delaware Chancery Court's decision in West Palm Beach Firefighters' Pension v. Moelis sparked confusion around governance rights, recently proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law would preserve the state's predictable corporate governance system, says Lawrence Hamermesh at Widener University Delaware Law School.

  • Cos. Must Stay On Alert With Joint Employer Rule In Flux

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    While employers may breathe a sigh of relief at recent events blocking the National Labor Relations Board's proposed rule that would make it easier for two entities to be deemed joint employers, the rule is not yet dead, say attorneys at ​​​​​​​Day Pitney.

  • Opinion

    NY Should Pass Litigation Funding Bill To Protect Plaintiffs

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    New York state should embrace the regulatory framework proposed in the Consumer Litigation Funding Act, which would suppress the unregulated predatory lenders that currently prey on vulnerable litigants but preserve a funding option that helps personal injury plaintiffs stand up to deep-pocketed corporate defendants, says Alan Ripka at Alan Ripka & Associates.

  • Series

    Playing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My deep and passionate involvement in playing, writing and producing music equipped me with skills — like creativity, improvisation and problem-solving — that contribute to the success of my legal career, says attorney Kenneth Greene.

  • Contractors Must Prep For FAR Council GHG Emissions Rule

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    With the U.S. Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council expected to finalize its proposed rule on the disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions and climate-related financial risk this year, government contractors should take key steps now to get ready, say Thomas Daley at DLA Piper, Steven Rothstein at the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets, and John Kostyack at Kostyack Strategies.

  • Proposed Cannabis Reschedule Sidesteps State Law Effects

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's recent proposal to move cannabis to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act provides certain benefits, but its failure to address how the rescheduling would interact with existing state cannabis laws disappointed industry participants hoping for clarity on this crucial question, says Ian Stewart at Wilson Elser.

  • What's New In Kentucky's Financial Services Overhaul

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    Kentucky's H.B. 726 will go into effect in July and brings with it some significant restructuring to the Kentucky Financial Services Code, including changes to mortgage loan license fees and repeals of provisions relating to installment term loans and savings associations, say attorneys at Frost Brown.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Pitfalls When Withdrawing From A Case

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    The Trump campaign's recent scuffle over its bid to replace its counsel in a pregnancy retaliation suit offers a chance to remind attorneys that many troubles inherent in withdrawing from a case can be mitigated or entirely avoided by communicating with clients openly and frequently, says Christopher Konneker at Orsinger Nelson.

  • 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.

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