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Cordray's Departure Will Mean Big Changes at the CFPB

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

One of two scenarios will likely occur in the near future at the CFPB. Either Director Richard Cordray will be fired by President Trump (for cause), or Cordray will resign to enter the 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race. If either...more

Hello & Goodbye: More Changes at the NLRB

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As we previously reported, President Trump nominated two candidates for vacancies on the five-member National Labor Relations Board – William Emanuel and Marvin Kaplan. ...more

More speculation about Director Cordray’s resignation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 20, we reported that Director Cordray is scheduled to give a speech at the September 4 Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic.  Assuming the speculation that Director Cordray plans to run for Ohio governor is accurate,...more

Changes to PTAB Practice Proposed by STRONGER Patents Act of 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

The STRONGER (Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience) Patents Act of 2017 was recently introduced in the Senate by a bipartisan group led by Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and co-sponsored...more

NLRB Gains A New Member As Marvin E. Kaplan Is Sworn In

The NLRB announced this week that Marvin E. Kaplan was sworn in as the agency’s newest Board member. Member Kaplan’s term expires August 27, 2020. The Board complement now stands at four of five members. Congress delayed...more

FERC Quorum Restored, New Chairman Named

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On August 4, the Senate confirmed Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson as FERC Commissioners. Commissioner Chatterjee was sworn in on August 8 and Commissioner Robert Powelson was sworn in today, August 10....more

North Carolina Introduces New Drone Bills

North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, signed two bills this week to regulate the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drones). First, House Bill 337 revises existing state drone law to make that existing state drone law...more

Why David Silberman, the CFPB’s Acting Deputy Director, will not succeed Richard Cordray (if and when he resigns)

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 31, I published a blog post in which I suggested that, if Director Cordray resigns, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin would be the obvious and logical person to serve as CFPB Acting Director until President Trump nominates,...more

Wealth Management Update - July 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

August Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The August § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and...more

Optimizing OMB: Response to The President’s Budget as a Source of Agency Policy Control

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

No single value defines a budget. Rather, a budget is many values, competing and clashing over common currency, suspended for a moment to showcase a normative expression of where we intend to go as a nation—and how. In our...more

Baker Administration and Legislature Debate Range of Health Care Proposals

Massachusetts policymakers are currently engaged in a robust debate over several proposals aimed at lowering health care costs in the Commonwealth. The House of Representatives rejected a set of MassHealth reforms that the...more

CT General Assembly Override Changes Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure

by Murtha Cullina on

During a veto session on Monday, July 24th, the Connecticut General Assembly overrode Governor Malloy's veto of H.B. 6880 (Public Act No. 17-170). The result is several changes to the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals...more

FAA Reauthorization Bill: What does it mean for the UAS legal landscape?

In the last few weeks, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bills have made their way around both houses of Congress, which will allow funding to the FAA to continue beyond Fall 2017....more

Can President Trump appoint an Acting Director upon Director Cordray’s departure?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Given the speculation that Director Cordray will soon resign to run for Ohio governor, we have been pondering whether President Trump could appoint an Acting Director upon his resignation or whether David Silberman, the...more

Meeting on Capitol Hill Provokes More Discussion on Expanding Drone Operations in our National Airspace

In Washington, D.C. last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Unmanned Systems Caucus and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) held a briefing for congressional staff on technologies that...more

Trump Department of Justice Reverses Course on Class Action Waivers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 16, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) changed its position with respect to the enforceability of class action waivers in the labor and employment context. The move came via the DOJ’s filing of an...more

U.S. Patent Legislation: The STRONGER Patents Act of 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

In June, three democratic senators (Chris Coons from Delaware, Dick Durbin from Illinois, and Mazie Hirono from Hawaii) and one republican senator (Tom Cotton from Arkansas) introduced the “STRONGER Patents Act of 2017.” One...more

STRONGER Patents Act of 2017 Likely Too Heavy Lift for Congress

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

It may be late July, but the impending Congressional recess has not lessened potential interest by lawmakers in patent reform. On June 21, 2017, Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Delaware) introduced Senate Bill 1390, entitled the...more

The Law of Ukraine “On Amending Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine regarding Use of Seals by Legal Entities and Individual...

by Dentons on

On 19 July 2017, the Law of Ukraine “On Amending Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine regarding Use of Seals by Legal Entities and Individual Entrepreneurs” dated 23 March 2017 comes into force. The Law stipulates that the...more

Chairman Clayton Sets New SEC Agenda

On Wednesday July 12, 2017, in his first public speech as Chairman of the SEC, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton laid out a set of eight priorities that will guide his SEC Chairmanship. He said his priorities are consistent with and...more

NC Legislative Update: End of Session Wrap

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

2017 Session - After 23 weeks of session, lawmakers adjourned the 2017 long session of the North Carolina General Assembly on June 30th. The Adjournment Resolution passed by both bodies reconvenes the legislature on...more

Trademark Office Of Northern Iraq Resumes Operations On 7/16/2017

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

On July 16th, 2017 the Trademark Office of Northern Iraq (Kurdistan of Iraq) resumed operations and adopted new official fees applicable to all new trademark applications. In addition, a new amendment has been introduced...more

It’s That Time of Year Again: How Congress’ Proposed FAA Reauthorization Bills Could Impact the Commercial Drone Industry

by Hogan Lovells on

In the last few weeks, both houses of Congress have released draft FAA Reauthorization bills to continue FAA funding which runs out this fall. While the House bill’s proposal to privatize air traffic control in the United...more

Florida Enacts Law to Keep Local Governments from Regulating Drones

On July 1, 2017, a new law in the State of Florida became effective in order to keep “local governments from regulating drone and model aircraft operations” in the State, while in turn, “protecting those who fly safely and...more

Trump to Nominate Kevin McIntyre as FERC Chairman

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Last week, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Republican Kevin J. McIntyre to be the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC has been operating without a quorum since the...more

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