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ACS/Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Higher Education Newsletter

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

A Word on Emergency Preparedness: Active Shooter Training & Drills – Unfortunately, the Time Is Now - Sadly, there isn’t an academic year that goes by that does not include at least one report of violence on college...more

House Subcommittee on Health Opens Floor for Discussion of FDA Regulation of Off-Label Speech

by Hogan Lovells on

The House Subcommittee on Health has announced a hearing entitled “Examining Medical Product Manufacturer Communications” for Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at 10:15am EDT, in which it intends to examine two discussion-draft bills...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Work Gets Underway at Maine State House - Momentum is building in the Maine Capitol as...more

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

by Dentons on

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

Andrew Lipman on Tracking Net Neutrality

by Mimesis Law on

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

Andrew Lipman on Navigating the FCC

by Mimesis Law on

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

South Carolina Legislative Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The House of Representatives adopted several ethics reform measures (public meeting notice, Freedom of Information Act/public records, and public official reporting requirements) this week. In addition, the House Ways and...more

Vermont Doubles Down: Representative Testifies Before Congress Against Federal GMO Labeling Bill

As we’ve explored in past posts, Congress is currently considering a bill that aims to harmonize the patchwork of state efforts at regulating GMO labeling by placing such regulation firmly within FDA’s jurisdiction. Dubbed...more

House Committee Hearing Debates "GMO" Labeling Bill

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On December 10, 2014, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Examining FDA's Role in the Regulation of Genetically Modified Food Ingredients. The witnesses included Michael Landa, Director...more

Congressional Committee Finds Huawei And ZTE To Be Threats To National Security By Shannon Doyle

by King & Spalding on

On October 8, 2012, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (“the Committee”) published a report declaring two Chinese telecommunication equipment manufacturers, Huawei Technologies Company and ZTE, to be threats...more

Initiative to Label Genetically Modified Foods Fails in California

Yesterday, California voters rejected Proposition 37, the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act by 53 percent to 47 percent. The voter initiative would have required labeling of most foods with genetically...more

Initiative to Label Genetically Modified Foods Fails in California

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Yesterday, California voters rejected Proposition 37, the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act by 53 percent to 47 percent. The voter initiative would have required labeling of most foods with genetically...more

Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Fails in Senate — ” A moment of disappointment…”

CNN reports that the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (SB 3414) has failed to pass the US Senate. A cloture vote failed by a vote of 42-46, mostly along party lines....more

Smartphone Data Solution: Sharing Airwaves

by Bloomberg Law on

July 19 (Bloomberg Law) -- Paul Barbagallo, reporter at Bloomberg BNA, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about efforts among government agencies to meet increasing consumer demand for spectrum, the electromagnetic radio...more

President Obama Signs Bipartisan FDA User Fee Legislation

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 9, 2012, President Obama signed legislation that reauthorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assess user fees to support the agency’s review of marketing applications for drugs (including biologics)...more

Keeping an eye on Canada’s tough anti-spam law

North American marketers take note: Canada is set to finalize one of the toughest anti-spam laws in the world. Canada had fallen behind when it came to introducing anti-spam legislation, but it is now making up for lost...more

End Debt Collector Abuse Act of 2012

by JD Supra Perspectives on

Full text copy of the End Debt Collector Abuse Act of 2012, introduced by Senator Al Franken in the U.S. Senate on June 27, 2012. From Senator Franken's statement: “Abusive debt collection practices have been detailed...more

End Debt Collector Abuse Act of 2012

by JD Supra Perspectives on

From Senator Al Franken's statement: “Abusive debt collection practices have been detailed extensively in reports by the Federal Trade Commission, GAO, and the Minnesota Attorney General, and in recent news articles. Too...more

The Regulatory Future of mHealth: FCC, FDA and the United States Congress

As a general matter FDA regulates all medical devices and FCC regulates devices that utilize electromagnetic spectrum - i.e. broadcast devices. So with regard to mobile health devices - sensors, applications, systems - FDA...more

EPIC to Congress: "Strengthen FISA Oversight"

EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg will testify before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. The Act authorizes Government surveillance of international communications, including the private...more

Two New FCC Commissioners Approved by the Senate - What Does It Mean for Broadcasters?

The Senate on Monday approved, after months of delay, the nominations as new FCC Commissioners of Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel and Republican Ajit Pai. Once they are sworn in and assume their new jobs in the next few days,...more

Loosening Satellite Export Controls

Originally published in Law360, New York May 04, 2012. Since 1999, strict controls on the export of U.S. satellites and satellite components have drastically eroded U.S. manufacturers’ market share in the global...more

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Ban on Political and Issue Advertisements by Public Broadcasters

by Brooks Pierce on

Last week, a federal court based in California issued a surprising and sure to be controversial decision finding the Communication Act’s ban on the airing of political and issue advertisements by public broadcasters to be a...more

Federal Court Requires Greater Disclosure of Corporations that Fund Electioneering Communications. Donors Beware.

by King & Spalding on

On March 30, 2012, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia struck down a key provision governing the disclosure of electioneering communications by corporations and labor unions. In Van Hollen v....more

"Payroll Tax Extension Law Grants FCC New Spectrum Auction Authority"

Last Friday, February 17, 2012, the House and Senate finalized and passed H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act (the Act), which President Obama signed this week without fanfare. The law extends certain...more

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