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Texas Passes Ban on Texting While Driving

by Littler on

On June 6, 2017, Texas became the 47th state to enact a state-wide ban on texting while driving. The new law (HR 62) prohibits drivers from reading, writing or sending electronic messages unless the vehicle is stopped. It...more

Queen Announces New UK Data Protection Bill

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Following the commencement of the Brexit negotiations earlier this week, the Queen announced in her Speech [yesterday] a new law that will “ensure the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal...more

Messaging Apps May Face New Obligations in Russia

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The State Duma, Russia’s lower chamber of Parliament, has adopted amendments to the Federal Law on Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection of the Russian Federation (the Law) in its first reading....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The latest Wall Street revolution appears to be driven in large part by companies like Creative Planning, a registered investment adviser in a suburb of Kansas City that’s helping lead a shift away from brokers and mutual...more

DSM Watch: EU online content services Portability Regulation will become law in its current form: Council adoption 8 June 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

DSM Watch has been tracking this, the first legislative proposal published by the Commission under the Digital Single Market strategy banner, since back in December 2015.  The Commission’s aim was to allow consumers who pay...more

Senate Proposes Expanded Use of Telehealth

On May 18, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee voted to move forward a bill entitled the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (S870), which would increase access to...more

Social Links: Instagram’s new tool to denote paid posts; the world’s 1st autonomous-vehicle public transportation system for the...

Instagram is now allowing a limited number of users to identify branded content with a “paid partnership” subhead instead of using hashtags like #ad and #sponsored to identify sponsored posts. The platform says it plans to...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - June 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Given the prevalence of social media in our online culture, employers are forced to navigate the ever changing landscape of issues presented by the social media usage of their employees. Please see full E-Note below for...more

Trump Administration Delays Yet Another Food Rule: Revised Nutrition Facts Label Paused Indefinitely

by Saul Ewing LLP on

On June 13, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) delayed indefinitely the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts Label and Serving Size rules (the Rules), which were set to go live on July 26, 2018...more

Rosenworcel Nominated for New FCC Term

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On June 13, the White House announced that Jessica Rosenworcel, who served as an FCC commissioner from 2012 until her term expired on Dec. 31, 2016, will be nominated to a new term at the agency. Rosenworcel, a Democrat, has...more

New legislation eases the way for telehealth providers in TX and signals increasing national alignment

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

New legislation recently signed into law in Texas paves the way both for digital health companies to expand, particularly direct-to-consumer (D2C) companies, and also potentially heralds an era of virtual care visits on a...more

Vermont Becomes Second State to Legalize Daily Fantasy Sports in 2017

On Thursday, June 8th, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed into a law a bill that legalizes and regulates the operation of paid-entry fantasy sports contests within the state. Vermont is at least the eleventh state to pass a...more

Cybersecurity Executive Order escalates cybersecurity to greater priority – top points about critical infrastructure

by DLA Piper on

President Donald Trump recently signed an Executive Order on cybersecurity, "Strengthening the Cybersecurity Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure." The EO is divided into sections on...more

Marty Stern: Hot-Button Issues Facing the FCC—More than Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, D.C.—While Net Neutrality remains the highest profile issue involving the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC continues to receive a significant volume of comments from industry officials and lobbying...more

Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 10, Number 4: Nevada Passes New Law That Provides Flexibility for eSports Wagering

by Dickinson Wright on

The Nevada Legislature has just passed Senate Bill 240 (SB240). This bill clarifies that the pari-mutuel system of gaming may be used for events other than horse racing, dog racing, or sporting events. Pari-mutuel is a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

PM Theresa May’s call for a snap election looked a lot better a few weeks ago than it does on the morning after. But regardless of the outcome (hung parliament, anyone?), the pound sterling sure took it on the chin....more

Canada Initiates Consultations with Industry on NAFTA Renegotiation

by Dickinson Wright on

On June 3, 2017, the Government of Canada (“GOC”) announced in the Canada Gazette that it will undertake an online, domestic consultation process regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canadian...more

New Florida Statute Regulates the Ride-Sharing Industry and Classifies Drivers as Independent Contractors

by FordHarrison on

The Florida Legislature recently enacted legislation regulating transportation network companies (TNCs), commonly referred to as “ride-sharing” companies. Under the new statute, TNCs will be able to lawfully classify their...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We covered the move by Exxon shareholders to push the company for greater climate-change accounting last week. Now we’re learning that the NY AG believes that Exxon’s been “misleading” its shareholders about the impact that...more

Executive Order on Cybersecurity: Considerations for Business - A fuller picture emerges on how the Trump Administration’s first...

On May 11th, in the wake of a series of wide-ranging cyber breaches and attacks plaguing public and private sectors alike, President Trump signed a long-awaited Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal...more

Of Free Speech and Thick Skin

by Jackson Walker on

It was a memorable 42nd season for Saturday Night Live, bookended by oddly compelling versions of “Hallelujah” by Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump. It has not been such a good season for the...more

Our Armchair Santería on Cuba Policy: What Will President Trump do on Cuba?

According to reports published this week, the Trump Administration is preparing to release the results of its policy review on Cuba in the “coming weeks.” We don’t have a crystal ball (or a leaking insider). But we continue...more

NO DEAL! SB 649 Passed Out of Appropriations Committee Without Amendment - This Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A working group formed in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee to forge a compromise on rental rates for use of public property such as street lights and traffic lights by operators of small cells failed to reach any...more

2017 Vermont Legislative Session | The Year in Review - DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team Final Analysis

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

A May 18th adjournment brought to a close the first half of the 74th biennial session of the Vermont General Assembly. Drama awaits as Gov. Phil Scott has threatened to veto H.518, the fiscal year 2018 budget, over an...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - May 2017

by Burr & Forman on

The House recently passed a bill that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow certain employees to choose to take paid time off rather than overtime pay when working more than 40 hours in a workweek. Ron Flowers and...more

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