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Dewey's Bankruptcy Lawyer: More Large Law Firms Will Fail
Are Political Intelligence Practice Groups Too Risky?
Client Biz Dev: You're Doing It Wrong
Bill on Bankruptcy: Trustees Sleep Easy after High Court Ruling
Greenberger: Derivatives Legislation Would Seriously Weaken Dodd-Frank
Could This Law School Ranking Unseat US News?
Bill on Bankruptcy: Lehman Test Case on Judicial Nullification
S&C's Cohen: Brown-Vitter Punishes Banks For Being Big
Businessweek Reporter: BigLaw Is "Crash Landing"
With Radical Changes, Law Firms Can Beat Recession
STOCK Act Loses Much of Its Teeth, but Members of Congress Aim to Change That
Bill on Bankruptcy: Easterbrook Turns the Tide on Student Loans
Can You Patent Human Genes? ACLU Says No
Konczal: Dodd-Frank Reforms Get Roughed Up in Court
Cybersecurity Lobbying Booming: How Law Firms Can Profit
Weekly Brief: $350K in Wine Leads to $14M Lawsuit
Buchheit: Cyprus Could Need a Second Bailout
Viewer's Guide to Gay Marriage Oral Arguments
Weekly Brief: Are Scholarships a Bait-and-Switch For Law Students?
Bill on Bankruptcy: Why is Kodak's Stock Soaring?
Less than 48 hours ago, by a vote of 13-5, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bipartisan immigration reform bill known as “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity & Immigration Modernization Act of 2013,”...more
It’s been a tale of two chambers in Congress with the House falling down party lines and the Senate coming together in bipartisan fashion, most notably on confirming Ernest Moniz as Energy Secretary and approving the Water...more
Recently, the Illinois Public Access Counselor rendered a binding opinion, holding that a committee violated the Open Meetings Act when it chose to recommend an individual to fill a vacancy on the committee and made that...more
For the past month or so, all the talk has been about the sequester and how it will affect some government services, such as security at airports. However, the sequester will also affect some government benefits, including...more
May 23 (Bloomberg Law) -- While failed law firms make for notoriously difficult bankrupty cases, Dewey & LeBoeuf's time in bankruptcy court was quicker and easier than other notable law firms. Joe Samet, head of restructuring...more
House Republicans recently announced the creation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Working Group, which will be led by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) and Western Caucus Co-Chair Cynthia...more
In This Issue:
Energy & Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of State; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection...more
Prior to the start of the 2013 Florida legislative session, President Gaetz and Speaker Weatherford outlined a joint agenda that included tackling ethics, elections, campaign finance, state pensions and higher education. The...more
Despite expectations fueled by statements from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office that he planned to hold a procedural vote on Richard Cordray’s nomination this week, it now appears the Senate will not vote on the...more
Just to show my age and my fascination with history – the recent flap over the IRS targeting of Tea Party-affiliated groups reminds everyone in my age bracket (and above) of the legendary Nixon(ian) scandals during the...more
Last night the Senate Judiciary Committee voted (bipartisan 13-5) to pass Bill 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act for vote on the Senate floor. A vote is expected in early June....more
As we reported earlier, the Solicitor General of the United States (SG) has filed in the U.S. Supreme Court a petition for a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Noel Canning...more
Like many, I've been following the Obama administration's response to the IRS scandal. The response has seemed to be a mix of defense and pushing an Obi-Wan Kenobi message of, "These are not the droids you're looking for ..."...more
In a 2-1 decision, the Third Circuit has held that the President's recess appointment of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board was invalid because he was not appointed during an intersession break of Congress as...more
In This Issue:
Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings.
Excerpt from Leading the Past Week -
The conflation of three scandals clearly tainted President Obama...more
The House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow, May 21, on “Qualified Mortgages: Examining the Impact of the Ability to Repay Rule.”...more
By letter dated April 30, 2013, EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe denied a petition filed by the Sierra Club and other groups, seeking to have the agency issue a determination pursuant to section 111 of the federal...more
A split panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision yesterday holding that a “recess” appointment to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was unconstitutional and invalid. NLRB v. New Vista...more
Just two months after the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Canning v. National Labor Relations Board that President Barack Obama's January 2012 appointment of three new members of the National Labor...more
Yesterday, in NLRB v. New Vista Nursing and Rehabilitation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit became the second circuit to hold that intrasession recess appointments violate the Recess Appointments Clause (RAC)...more
Earlier this week on 14 May, the Treasurer delivered the Australian Federal Budget for 2013-14. Whilst it contains no real surprises for the pharmaceutical or medical technology sectors, it shows how much the Pharmaceutical...more
A second federal appellate court holds that President Obama's NLRB recess appointments were invalid and potentially calls into question every Board decision since March 2010....more
Virginia has enacted two new laws that are intended to enhance employee protections, particularly during union organizing drives in the Commonwealth. One law guarantees the right to vote in a secret ballot election. The...more
The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), with a 288-127 vote. The current version of CISPA (H.R. 624) would provide private-sector companies...more
Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House is a weekly update that provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House.
Governor’s Fourth and Fifth Vetoes of the Session Sustained - Last week,...more
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