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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

ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: Week of 11/24/2014

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - Prior to recessing for the Thanksgiving holiday, the House and Senate both took several votes and introduced numerous pieces of legislation on energy and environment related issues last...more

The Unintended Effects of Protecting the Environment – How Banning Fracking Can Lead San Benito County To Bankruptcy

On November 4, 2014, San Benito County voters went to the poles to vote on Measure J, the measure designed to prohibit hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, and related gas and oil extraction activities, as well as other...more

The President’s Immigration Announcement: One Small Step for Business, One Giant Leap for the Undocumented

While the press and the public focuses on the titanic battle between Congress and the President as to his Executive power and directives that might impact the status of millions of undocumented aliens, the business community...more

Iran sanctions suspension extended, and other EU sanctions news (Syria, Belarus, Serbia/Montenegro)

This alert summarizes certain recent EU sanctions developments with respect to Iran, Syria, Belarus, and Serbia/Montenegro. In sum, they are as follows: • Iran: Today, the EU decided to extend the existing temporary...more

The Crisis of New Jersey Courts and the Challenge to Judicial Recall

At the very core of judicial independence is the notion that courts and judges decide matters in accordance with the evidence and legal precedent, independent from political power or outside controls. The question of whether...more

Obama Executive Actions on Immigration – What Employers Should Know

On Nov. 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration, which are outlined on the USCIS website and described in three memoranda issued by the Department of Homeland Security. These...more

US China Trade War–Developments in Trade , TAA, 337/IP, Antitrust and Securities

There have been major developments in the trade politics, trade, trade agreements, trade adjustment assistance, 337/IP, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. This month the blog post has grown substantially...more

Blog: Republicans To SEC Chair: Delay Pay Ratio Rules. Is A Repeal Attempt In The Offing?

The WSJ reports that three Republican congressman — House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, and Reps. Scott Garrett and Bill Huizenga — have written to SEC Chair Mary Jo White urging that the SEC stop...more

Amended Minimum Wage Bill Heads to Senate Floor

Last week, the Senate Executive Committee recommended for adoption an amendment to Senate Bill 68, Senator Kimberly Lightford’s proposal to increase the minimum wage in Illinois. The amended bill could receive a vote from the...more

Legislation That Makes Minimum Manning for Firefighters a Mandatory Subject of Bargaining Awaits Governor’s Signature

Last week, the Illinois Senate passed House Bill 5485, and the bill now awaits action by Governor Quinn. If signed by Governor Quinn, the bill would immediately go into effect and amend the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act...more

Implications of the 2014 Congressional Elections for US Trade Policy

The November 4, 2014 mid-term elections in the United States increased Congressional support for trade liberalization at a critical time for US trade policy. A new Republican majority in the Senate and an enlarged Republican...more

Energy & Environment Update - November 2014 #4

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Department of Energy - Department of Transportation - Department of Treasury - Environmental Protection Agency - Federal...more

Representative Brady Introduces Discussion Draft of the Hospital Improvements for Payment Act of 2014

On November 19, 2014, House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady introduced a 146-page discussion draft of the Hospital Improvements for Payment Act of 2014 (HIP). HIP seeks to, among other things, make...more

Temporary Suspension of Certain Sanctions Against Iran Extended Until Mid-2015

On November 24, 2014, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany (collectively, the “P5+1”) announced that they will continue current negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear program and will...more

It Is Now a Crime to Help a Public Official Make a Contract that Holds Personal Financial Interest

California Legislature Expands Government Code Section 1090 Liability to Those Who Aid and Abet - An amendment to Government Code section 1090 now makes it a felony for any person to aid and abet a government official...more

President's Immigration Executive Action Will Impact Employers

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced executive action to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States temporarily and apply for work authorization. This executive action also includes...more

Health Care Update - November 2014 #3

In This Issue: - 21st Century Cures Remains Top Bi-Partisan Priority for 2015 - Senate Passes Critical Access Hospital Direct Supervision Bill - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other...more

How Will The Administration’s Recent Executive Orders Affect Employment-Based Immigration?

President Obama’s remarks last week announcing his executive orders on immigration reform, and the press coverage that has followed the announcement, have largely focused on changes involving undocumented immigrants and...more

Smart is the New Tough: A Changing Approach in America’s War on Drugs, Crime?

Fact: the United States incarcerates its citizens at the highest rate in the developed world. Indeed—save one small chain of islands, whose entire population is just a fraction of our prison population—the United States’...more

Assessing the Impact of President Obama's Immigration Actions on Employees and Employers

Last week, President Obama outlined his plans for Presidential action relating to U.S. immigration system reform. Setting aside the significant process and procedural controversies, following is a brief summary of some of the...more

Presidential Memorandum: Streamlining the U.S. Immigrant Visa System

The immigration executive actions announced by the President on November 20, 2014 are expected to be implemented in the next several months, and some initiatives may take longer. The new programs will be funded through...more

President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Policy

On November 21, 2014, President Obama made an announcement regarding several areas of US immigration policy. The most significant was to address approximately 4.4 million aliens living in the US without documentation. His...more

How Will Obama's Immigration Actions Impact Employers?

On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration, which will grant work authorization to millions of undocumented workers. In addition, the executive actions seek to boost the...more

NY DFS Takes Action Against Foreign Bank Regarding Transactions with Sanctioned Countries

On November 18, the New York DFS announced a consent order with a foreign bank for allegedly misleading regulators regarding its transactions with sanctioned countries, most notably Iran, Sudan, and Myanmar. According to the...more

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