A Moment of Simple Justice - Vaccines
Polsinelli Podcast - Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Consequences for Corporations
Government’s Health Care Fraud “Cash Cow” Keeps Mooing
Investment Management Update- 2014 Election Impact
Trial by Jury: Why It Matters in a Democratic Society
Busy Days For Voting Rights Advocates, Thanks to SCOTUS
Polsinelli Podcast - Republicans Gain Control of the U.S. Senate - How That May Impact Health Reform
Karl Rove's Efforts to "Buy" Courts Harmed America, Says Legendary Attorney
Crisis at the Border Shows Problems in US Immigration Law
Are Criminal Laws the Right Response to Revenge Porn?
Why Does BigLaw Have So Few Black Partners?
Aquila on M&A: Dealmaking is Back
Schoenbrod: SCOTUS Ruling Helps EPA Deal With a "Stupid Statute"
ATL Law School Rankings: All About The Jobs
What Comes Next in Derivatives Regulation?
A More Perfect Union: Why Punish Russia for Crimea?
Only in DC: Ethics Rule Permits Non-lawyers to Own Law Firms
How a Reluctance to Deport Pop Stars Strengthens US Immigration Policy
Law Prof: The Clean Air Act Needs a Reboot
Is Punishment Dead in America?
On July 21, the Senate Finance Committee approved by a vote of 23 to 3 a bipartisan tax bill to renew for two years more than 50 expiring and expired tax provisions known as “tax extenders.” The provisions that are being...more
With yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee vote, there are now competing, and in some respects significantly different, patent reform proposals under serious consideration in the House and the Senate. Among the most important...more
The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more
All Federal Political Action Committees (PACs) are required to submit a campaign finance report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on or before Friday, July 31, 2015. Unless the PAC has elected a monthly filing...more
It has been a banner season for politically important public corruption rulings. Two weeks ago the Fourth Circuit issued its opinion upholding the conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. Now the Seventh Circuit...more
Following up on my post from last week, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has now provided more specific information on her proposed capital gains rates hike.
For high income filers (couples making at least $465,000...more
With the recent changes to the Cuba-U.S. relationship, certain aspects of the Cuban economy are opening up to U.S. companies. You may now be contemplating joining other businesses that are or will be selling or manufacturing...more
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On July 19th, representatives of the Burundian Government failed to appear for talks backed by the East African Community (EAC) aimed at ending the unrest caused by President Pierre...more
A key distinguishing feature of U.S. data privacy laws is their patchwork nature. There are industry-specific data privacy laws at the federal level (think HIPAA or the GLBA), yet there are no comprehensive federal standards...more
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law amendments to the state’s data breach law. These amendments recognize the growing definition of data, expand the role of the Attorney General in addressing data breaches,...more
Iran entered into a historic nuclear agreement with the U.S. and other world powers on July 14th 2015. The agreement will allow the licensing of the export, re-export, sale, lease or transfer to Iran of commercial passenger...more
Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House.
General Effective Date Clarification -
Around 6 pm on Thursday, July 16, the First Regular...more
This has been a historic month for the United States and several other leading nations as they reached an apparent settlement with Iran over the development of its nuclear program. On July 14, the five permanent members of...more
On July 22, 2015, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), an agency of U.S. Department of Commerce, amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to reflect Cuba’s removal from designation as a State Sponsor of...more
On the legislative front, the Senate was not in session this week, and the House of Representatives only held voting session on Tuesday and Wednesday. Committee meetings were few and far between; however, on Tuesday the...more
Today the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 passed the House, in a vote of 275 to 150 (more information here). Still a hot-button issue, opposition to the Act is emotionally charged, with those opposed to the bill...more
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing yesterday entitled “The Administrative State v. The Constitution: Dodd-Frank at Five Years.” The hearing was focused on constitutional issues relating to the Dodd-Frank Act,...more
On July 10, 2015, the House of Representatives approved the 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6) (the “bill”) by a vote of 344-77. In addition to increasing medical research funding and expediting the process of making breakthrough...more
On July 10, 2015, the House of Representative passed H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures Act”), with strong bipartisan support, by a vote of 344-77. This medical innovation reform legislation represents the culmination...more
Yesterday, companion bills were introduced into the House and Senate seeking the passage of the Equality Act of 2015, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The...more
On July 10th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act – medical innovation reform legislation that has been in the works for over a year – by a wide margin (344-77). As Ropes & Gray previously...more
The California Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy just changed the conversation on marijuana legalization. In the past, the discussion centered on decriminalization but not regulation. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, however,...more
On July 10, 2015, the U.S. House of Representative passed H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, with strong bipartisan support in a vote of 344-77. As Ropes & Gray has summarized Cures Act provisions related to Medicare and...more
On July 14, 2015, negotiators from Iran, the EU, and the P5+1 countries —China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany—announced that they had reached a consensus on the final text of the Joint...more
On Wednesday, July 15, the House Committee on Small Business (the Committee) held a hearing, titled “Taking Flight: Small Business Utilization of Unmanned Aircraft,” aimed at exploring small business use of drones. The...more
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