Andrew Ehrlich

Andrew Ehrlich

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Trade Secrets on the Brink of Federal Protection

Last week, a major federal law aimed at protecting businesses’ trade secrets overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives and appears nearly certain to be signed into law by President Obama. The Defend Trade...more

5/3/2016 - Asset Seizure Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Ex Parte Misappropriation Pending Legislation Popular Trade Secrets Uniform Trade Secrets Acts

FCC Proposes Rules on Data Privacy and ISPs' Role in Collecting Customer Data

The FCC has circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on privacy rules for Internet Service Providers (ISPs). If approved, it would affect the use of consumer data by ISPs and telecommunication companies. The FCC...more

3/21/2016 - Data Collection Data Privacy FCC Internet Service Providers (ISPs) NPRM Proposed Regulation

Obama Administration Lays Out 2016 Regulatory Plans for Food and Agriculture

President Obama’s administration recently released its Regulatory Plan, which lays out department-specific regulatory priorities. Of interest to the food and agriculture industry are the agendas from the U.S. Department of...more

1/7/2016 - APHIS Conservation Farm Bill FDA Food Labeling FSMA Obama Administration Regulatory Agenda Risk Management USDA

Breakdown of Energy and Renewable Energy Provisions in Newly Signed Tax Extenders and Government Funding Legislation

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) and an omnibus funding bill for fiscal year 2016 known as the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016”...more

12/29/2015 - Energy Sector Investment Tax Credits Production Tax Credit Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act Renewable Energy Tax Extenders

Negotiators Reach Deals on Government Funding, Tax Extenders Legislation

After several long weeks of negotiations on end-of-year obligations, congressional negotiators reached agreements on both a government funding bill that pays for the federal government through the remainder of FY16 as well as...more

12/17/2015 - Appropriations Bill Biofuel Country of Origin Federal Funding Global War on Terror (GWOT) Labeling Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Tax Deductions Tax Extenders

EPA Finalizes Renewable Fuel Volumes

On November 30, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced final volume requirements for fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program (RFS) for 2014, 2015 and 2016, and also for biomass-based diesel for...more

12/2/2015 - Biofuel EPA Renewable Fuel Standard

Energy Legislation Gains Momentum: Bills Pass House and Senate Committees

After much anticipation, both the House and the Senate Committees passed their long awaited energy bills. Much is covered in the two packages, and many amendments have been tabled for when the bills hit the floor in the fall....more

8/3/2015 - DOE Energy Policy Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 Energy Tax Incentives New Legislation Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Tax Credits

House Passes Voluntary GMO Labeling Bill

The U.S. is a step closer to enacting a consistent, national approach to certifying and labeling genetically modified (GMO) foods. On July 23, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate...more

7/24/2015 - All Natural Certifications FDA Food Labeling GMO Labeling Preemption Tribal Lands USDA

EPA Releases Long-Awaited Renewable Fuel Rule

On May 29, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-awaited proposed volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as volume obligations for...more

6/1/2015 - Biofuel Energy Policy EPA Oil & Gas Proposed Legislation Renewable Energy Renewable Fuel Standard

Administration Outlines Energy Vision in Quadrennial Report

The Department of Energy released its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) on April 21, 2015, which includes a series of recommendations to upgrade the country’s aging energy infrastructure (from our natural gas infrastructure to...more

4/24/2015 - DOE Energy Sector Infrastructure Power Infrastructure

Administration Outlines Energy Vision in Quadrennial

The Department of Energy released its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) on April 21, 2015, which includes a series of recommendations to upgrade the country’s aging energy infrastructure (from our natural gas infrastructure to...more

4/23/2015 - Critical Infrastructure Sectors DOE Energy Sector Greenhouse Gas Emissions Infrastructure Oil & Gas Regulatory Agenda Renewable Energy

First Steps Taken to Establish Federal Law Requiring Companies to Secure Consumer Data; Will Congress Pass Something This Year?

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee took the first steps recently to establish a federal law that would cover actions that companies need to take to secure consumer data. ...more

4/8/2015 - Data Protection FTC Legislative Committees Pending Legislation Preemption

Senate Poised to Debate Keystone XL Pipeline, Other Key Energy Issues

In the wake of the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of legislation to approve the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline, the Senate now stands poised to take up the measure beginning this week, opening the door to other key...more

1/14/2015 - Energy Policy Keystone XL Pipeline Legislative Agendas Oil & Gas

EPA Delay of 2014 RFS Rule Increases Potential for Congressional Activity

On November 21, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would further delay finalizing the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumetric blending requirements until 2015. This announcement put the...more

11/26/2014 - Delays EPA Legislative Agendas Renewable Fuel Standard

Federal Trade Secrets Legislation: What Is It? Will It Pass? What Does It Mean for Employers?

Theft of trade secrets is a constant concern for many employers. Congress has listened, and over the course of this year, it has been moving forward with federal legislation aimed at protecting trade secrets. ...more

11/19/2014 - Legislative Agendas Misappropriation Pending Legislation Popular Trade Secrets UTSA

Interior Announces New Proposal for Renewable Energy Development on Public Lands

Last week, the U.S. Department of Interior released its new proposal for development of solar and wind resources on public lands. The proposal, referred to as the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DREC), focuses on...more

9/29/2014 - Energy Renewable Energy Solar Energy Wind Power

Intel Committee Chief Says Cyber Bill Could Face Two-Year Wait

On September 19, 2014, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers followed up on comments he and Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss made last week concerning the prospects for cybersecurity...more

9/24/2014 - Cybersecurity Framework Data-Sharing FISA Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees NSA Patriot Act Popular

As Climate Debate Rages On, A New Focus On Methane Emissions

While carbon dioxide emissions have garnered most of the attention in recent months, the Obama administration has also turned its focus to emissions of another greenhouse gas: methane. In March, the administration released a...more

8/15/2014 - Carbon Emissions Climate Change Energy Energy & Climate Debates Greenhouse Gas Emissions

White House, Department of Energy Take New Approach to LNG Export Applications

In late May 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed changes to its process for approving applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to foreign countries that do not have free trade agreements with the United...more


Congress Putting Microscope on FTC Enforcement

On July 24, 2014, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing entitled, "The Federal Trade Commission and Its Section 5 Authority: Prosecutor, Judge and Jury." The purpose of the hearing was to...more

7/28/2014 - Cybersecurity Enforcement Enforcement Actions FTC FTC Act Legislative Committees

D.C. Lawmakers Again Tackle Cyberthreats

On June 17, 2014, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) released a draft bill entitled, The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014. Given the increasing...more

6/20/2014 - Cyber Threats Cybersecurity Legislative Agendas Pending Legislation

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