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Congress Finally Enacts Chemical Facility Security Legislation

In a rare bipartisan gesture, on December 11, 2014, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 4007, the “Protecting and Securing Chemicals Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014” (“Act”), which the Senate...more

New Cybersecurity Laws Protect Government Agencies from Cyber Attacks

On December 18, President Obama signed five cybersecurity-related bills into law; an attempt to increase cyber protection in the wake of recent data breaches. This is the first time in 12 years that any significant...more

More Misinformation Regarding the Patent System and Non-Practicing Entities

The press has been all too eager to decry the so-called "broken" U.S. patent system and the alleged "scourge" of non-practicing entities (NPEs). However, few if any articles attempt to provide an even-handed analysis of...more

Trade Associations Submit Letter to Congress regarding Cybersecurity Information Sharing

On December 3, the Merchant and Financial Associations Cybersecurity Partnership (“Partnership”) submitted a letter to Congress requesting its consideration of adopting cybersecurity information sharing legislation. ...more

CPSC Focusing on Three Areas for Reduction of CPSIA Testing Burdens

At their April Senate confirmation hearing, both incoming CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioner Joe Mohorovic pledged to Senator John Thune (R-SD) to submit plans for reducing third party testing burdens within 60 days...more

Five Cyber Security Takeaways from the Mid-Term Elections

While not a much-discussed topic during campaign season, federal policy on cyber-security will likely see some material changes as a result of a Republican-controlled Senate. Just how significant those changes will be has yet...more

Pushing for Security, President Signs Executive Order on Chip-and-PIN Tech

Why it matters - In an effort to push retailers to adopt heightened security for credit and debit cards, President Barack Obama signed an executive order mandating chip-and-PIN technology for government cards. ...more

The Medical Device Tax in the Wake of 2014 Midterm Elections

Repeal of the medical device tax has seen frequent news coverage since the tax’s enactment in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act. The tax, which went into effect in January, 2013, imposes a 2.3% sales tax on a range of...more

Data Breaches: Industry Calls for Single, Federal Breach Notification Standard

Yesterday, a coalition of 44 service and retail industry trade associations sent a letter to congressional leadership, urging the House and Senate to adopt a single data breach notification standard at the federal level. The...more

President Obama Announces $300 Million Investment In Emerging Manufacturing Technologies

On October 27, 2014, President Obama announced new plans to strengthen the manufacturing sector. One of the listed plans involved the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Agriculture, and the National Aeronautics and Space...more

China Update - October 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - Energy & Environment - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: Center for American Progress Event on U.S.-China...more

5 Compliance “Hot Spots” for Technology Companies Under Export Controls and Sanctions Laws

Increasingly interconnected global businesses need to focus on how export controls and trade sanctions can affect their cross-border activities in unexpected ways. For decades, the US Government has used trade...more

Intel Committee Chief Says Cyber Bill Could Face Two-Year Wait

On September 19, 2014, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers followed up on comments he and Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss made last week concerning the prospects for cybersecurity...more

Credit Unions Continue to Demand New Data Security Standards for Retailers and Right to Recover Losses After a Breach

On September 3, 2014, following the news of a possible breach at Home Depot (which was confirmed on September 8), the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) called on Congress to enact new legislation to hold...more

Amendments to California’s security breach notification bill head to governor: key action points for businesses

In what has become almost an annual ritual, California is poised to tweak its security breach notice law. Last year, in language DLA Piper lawyers helped to draft on behalf of the State Privacy & Security Coalition, the...more

Germany's Draft Bill on IT Security

On August 19, 2014, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior ("GMI") proposed a new bill to increase the security of IT systems (the "Draft Bill"). As contemplated in the White & Case Technology Newsflash of December...more

U.S. Department of Commerce Implements New Russian Oil and Gas Sanctions

The sanctions directly affect companies involved in Russia's oil and gas industries by imposing new export license requirements....more

House Subcommittee Examines Breakthrough Nanotechnology Opportunities for America

On July 29, 2014, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing on “Nanotechnology: Understanding How Small Solutions Drive Big Innovation.” Witnesses included...more

The Admiral Sets A Good Course

Admiral Mike Rogers, the new leader of the National Security Agency and Cyber Command at the Defense Department, certainly has taken a different approach from his predecessor, General Keith Alexander. Right out of the gate,...more

Senate Intelligence Committee Advances Cyber Sharing Bill

On July 8, 2014, in closed session, the U.S. Senate Committee on Intelligence voted 12-3 to report the Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA). The bill would grant legal immunity for companies to share cyber threat data with...more

House Passes Bill Reauthorizing Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

The House of Representatives on July 8, 2014, passed by voice vote H.R. 4007, legislation that reestablishes the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. ...more

D.C. Lawmakers Again Tackle Cyberthreats

On June 17, 2014, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) released a draft bill entitled, The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014. Given the increasing...more

Why patent reform won’t wait for Congressional action

Last month, after repeated delays and countless compromises, Sen. Patrick Leahy took the Senate’s version of comprehensive patent reform legislation off the calendar — dashing the hopes of those seeking reform without even a...more

Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group Issues Report Summarizing Progress on Improving

In April 2013, an explosion destroyed a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killing 15. In response to this and other recent catastrophic and fatal incidents at chemical facilities, President Obama on August 1, 2013, issued...more

Proposed Ban on Non-Competes in Massachusetts

Proposed legislation introduced by Governor Patrick to eliminate most forms of non-competition agreement in Massachusetts may be enacted before July 31, 2014. This legislation creates significant risks for employers with...more

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