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Free Speech for All . . . Except Judges?

Last month, in one of the most closely-watched cases of the October 2014 Term, the U.S. Supreme Court held that States may prohibit judges and candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds. The...more

Montana Law Revised To Allow Captives To Organize As Limited Liability Companies

On April 28, 2015, Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed into law amendments to Montana’s law regarding captive insurers. Significantly, the amendments make it possible for public entities in Montana to set up captives....more

Will We See Federal Trade Secret Legislation Passed This Year?

In January of this year, we noted that trade secret protection has lately been on the minds of lawmakers in Washington, and that federal trade secret legislation was very close to being enacted. While nothing is pending at...more

Top Ten New Jersey Pay-to-Play Myths

Now that David Letterman has hosted his last show, the universe is experiencing a distinct lack of top-ten lists. We are happy to take on this awe-inspiring responsibility in the best way we know how: with a list of the top...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Texas Enacts House Bill 40 To Regulate Oil And Gas At State Level

The Texas Legislature recently passed House Bill 40, which is intended to keep the bulk of oil and gas regulation at the state level—as opposed to myriad standards set by cities, counties, or other political subdivisions. ...more

“I Have Seen the Future and It Works”…Because Workers’ Minimum Wages in Los Angeles Will Increase to $15 per Hour

In a message-sending 14-1 vote, the Los Angeles City Council voted yesterday to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. This increase will apply to small businesses, to part time and tipped employees, and to...more

EEOC Officials Field Pointed Questions During Senate Committee Hearing

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's enforcement strategies and ligation history came under fire from Republican members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday. During the hearing...more

Senator Angus King Introduces the Free Market Energy Act of 2015 to Promote the Integration of Distributed Energy Resources

On May 6, 2015, Sen. Angus King (I-ME) released a discussion draft of the Free Market Energy Act of 2015 (the “Act”), a bill that would radically change the landscape for distributed energy resources (DERs) – small-scale...more

Fee-Shifting Prohibition Clears a Hurdle

Last week, the Delaware Senate, in response to a prior Delaware Supreme Court ruling, voted to approve legislation that would prohibit corporations from adopting charter or bylaw provisions that shift a corporation’s legal...more

New Law in Texas Prohibits Local Municipalities from Banning Hydraulic Fracturing

On Monday, May 18, 2015, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott signed House Bill 40 into law, prohibiting cities, towns, and local municipalities in Texas from enacting bans on fracing. The new law provides that “oil and gas operations...more

Democrats release alternative regulatory relief bill

Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee have released a regulatory relief bill intended to be an alternative to the bill released by Senator Richard Shelby. While Senator Shelby’s bill is entitled the “Financial Regulatory...more

NLRB Chairman Pearce and GC Griffin Face Grilling by Senate Appropriations Committee

During a May 14 Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to discuss the National Labor Relations Board's FY 2016 budget, NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce and General Counsel (GC) Richard Griffin indicated the Board has no plans to...more

Insurer Wrongfully Passed Sequestration Cuts Through to Providers

A Pennsylvania judge found, on May 6, 2015, that a Medicare Advantage Plan had no right under its participation agreements to pass CMS sequestration reductions through to participating providers. Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr....more

Transgender Complaints on the Rise: What Should Employers Do?

The President, the EEOC and the Justice Department have announced that gender identity discrimination is prohibited sex discrimination under Title VII. Since these declarations, the number of lawsuits alleging gender identity...more

Senators Urge President to issue "Model Employer" Executive Order

On Friday, May 15, 18 Democratic Senators sent a letter to President Obama calling for him to issue an executive order that would make the federal government a "model employer." The letter is an updated version of letters the...more

Sprint to the Finish! Fast Work at the Conclusion of the 2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Results in Few but Significant Energy...

In a literal sprint to the finish, the Minnesota legislature passed a bill, which included energy policy provisions as part of a Senate Floor Amendment, just seconds before the State constitutional deadline. Pertinent energy...more

Minnesota Session Ends With Governor Threatening Veto

The Minnesota legislature concluded its business last evening with Governor Mark Dayton threatening to veto a $17 billion public education funding bill – a threat he carried through with earlier today. The governor issued the...more

Senators Push For President Obama To Issue Executive Order Providing Federal Contractor Preference To “Model Employers”

On May 15, 2015, a group of Democratic Senators sent a letter (available here) to President Obama, urging him to provide incentives to federal contractors to become what they call “model employers.” According to the letter,...more

Medical Device Tax Repeal Heating Up

Following up on the hearing from B. Braun Medical Inc. advocating for the repeal of the medical device tax, according to news sources, more than a dozen House Democrats are pressuring leadership to advance a bill repealing...more

House subcommittee considers reliability draft

A congressional committee is considering legislation to assure reliability and security of the U.S. electricity grid. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Power's discussion draft includes a series of provisions designed to...more

Gaming Legal News: Volumn 8, Number 10

MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND GAMING: TO DIVEST OR NOT TO DIVEST? Even as more and more states pass laws permitting sales and use of medical and recreational marijuana, marijuana remains an illegal Schedule I drug under the...more

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

The Minnesota Legislature wrapped up its business late Monday night, meeting a constitutional deadline to finish its work for 2015 by midnight. Adding to the pressure to end on time, as part of the ongoing renovation of the...more

Client Update: Technology And Sourcing Update

POST BUDGET - What it means for digital innovation and emerging technology: The theme of the 2015 Budget encourages Australian Government entities to proactively reform the way they do business. Specifically,...more

What Physicians Should Know About New Kentucky Law Regarding Physician Assistants

During the 2015 legislative session of the Kentucky General Assembly, HB 258, was approved by lawmakers and signed by Governor Beshear. This legislation amends KRS 311.854 to allow a physician to supervise up to four...more

North Dakota Focused on Privacy and Information Security; AG Wants to Know if You’ve Been Breached

Come August 1, North Dakota’s Attorney General will expect to hear from you if your company suffers a breach of computerized data affecting more than 250 persons. On April 13 North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed S....more

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