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Public Records Overhaul Signed Into Law

After a year of intense debate, legislation overhauling the state’s public records law for the first time in over 40 years was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on June 3rd (becoming Chapter 121 of the Acts of 2016, the “Act”)....more

NLRB Ambush Election Rule Withstands an Appeal

An employer-led challenge to the National Labor Relations Board’s 2015 changes to union election rules has been rejected by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The rejection means that the controversial rule changes...more

The Aftermath: Developments From The 2016 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting The Workplace

The 2016 session of the Connecticut General Assembly has just concluded, along with subsequent “special sessions.” Most prominently from an employment law standpoint, the General Assembly passed (and the Governor signed)...more

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Ramirez Testifies Before Congress Regarding 17 FTC Reform Bills Pending in Congress

On May 24, 2016, Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez delivered testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade in a...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases on June 6, 2016: Simmons v. Himmelreich, No. 15-109: Respondent Walter Himmelreich, an inmate at a federal prison, brought two suits against prison...more

The Republic of Kazakhstan Ministry of Information and Communications is a new regulator in the field of mass communications

In May 2016 the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev directed that a Ministry of Information and Communications (hereinafter, the Ministry of Information) be created. The President noted that the coordination of...more

The McDonald’s NLRB Case: At The Intersection Of Hot Legal And Political Issues

Despite popular belief, the fate of fast food franchises around the country does not rest in the hands of Lauren Esposito, an unelected administrative judge for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Whatever decision...more

DOJ Files IPR Petitions Against Discovery Patents

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed six petitions for inter partes review (IPR) of three patents assigned to Discovery Patents, LLC. The patents cover security alarm systems and methods for providing secure real-time...more

A Day of Reckoning for the CFPB?

Virtually ever since its inception on July 21, 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has inspired wariness and skepticism in the financial institutions and financial services providers, subject to this new...more

FPPC Amends Regulations for Conflict of Interest Codes

The Political Reform Act requires all government agencies to adopt and circulate a Conflict of Interest Code showing which positions in the agency involve participation in governmental decision-making. It also must identify...more

Better Late Than Never: Massachusetts Moves to Obtain NPDES Delegation

Like most federal environmental programs, NPDES program authority is largely delegated to the states. Only four states aren’t delegated: Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Mexico. How is it that progressive...more

Privatization of the United States Air Traffic Control System Hits Roadblock in the U.S. Senate

Less than a month ago, it seemed clear that privatization was the wave of the future for the United States Air Traffic Control System (“ATC System”). On February 19, 2016, the United States House of Representatives...more

Epsilon Case Highlights the Need for Sanctions Due Diligence on Resellers

As global companies begin to reenter the Iranian market, a decision issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is an important reminder that resellers and distributors can generate liability for U.S....more

Andrew Lipman on Tracking Net Neutrality  [Video]

Andrew Lipman, head of the telecommunications, media and technology group at Morgan Lewis, talks about the group's role in the regulatory and legal processes shaping the debate surrounding net neutrality....more

Gary Slaiman on Maintaining Bipartisanship in a Partisan World [Video]

Gary Slaiman, head of the government affairs practice group at Morgan Lewis, talks about how his team operates in an often divided political environment. "We're bipartisan and we're bi-cameral," he says. "We have deep...more

Who is Merrick Garland and What Does His Nomination Mean for Labor and Employment Law?

A month after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, President Obama has appointed Merrick B. Garland to fill the High Court vacancy. Judge Garland currently is Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Florida Public Records Law and Government Contractors 2016 Legislature Makes Significant Changes

Chapter 119, Florida Statutes (“the Act”), requires that every “agency” make its records available for inspection and copying to any member of the public who makes a request. Either refusal to provide such access or an...more

To Force Government To Be Transparent, Go Directly to the Campaign Trail: Terry Mutchler

The Founding Fathers recognized the power of public records in a democracy. The Declaration of Independence decried government gamesmanship that kept public records away from citizens. Originally published on PennLive...more

Andrew Lipman on Navigating the FCC [Video]

Andrew Lipman, head of the media, telecommunications, media & technology group at Morgan Lewis, talks about some hot button issues clients need to be aware of when dealing with the Federal Communications Commission such as...more

Proposed CA Legislation Would Mandate Training for Alcohol Servers

California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, has proposed a bill that would require alcohol servers to complete a course to help them identify customers who may be intoxicated and to intervene. Under the bill,...more

Senate Bill in Georgia Seeks to Expand Scope of Trade Secret Protection

On February 2, 2016, Georgia State Senator Hunter Hill introduced Senate Bill 321 in the Georgia Senate. The bill is entitled “Commerce and Trade; state government; protections against public disclosure of certain...more

Senate Confirms Califf as FDA Commissioner

On February 24, 2016, the Senate confirmed Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC, as U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner....more

2016 New York Legislative Session Update

Hearings, hearings, hearings. As is the case every year, marathon joint budget hearings on the various issues areas in the Governor’s 2016-17 spending plan have consumed legislators during the end of January and beginning of...more

Leslie Hess Appointed as the Interim Director of the Arizona Department of Insurance

On February 9, 2016, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey appointed Leslie Hess as the Interim Director of the Arizona Department of Insurance. Hess has more than 25 years of experience in both public and private sectors of the...more

Worth Another Look: GO-TIME

One year ago today, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order establishing the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME). The Executive Order sought to increase coordination between...more

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