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Should Infrastructure Project Developers Invoke Streamlined Environmental Review Under FAST-41?

by Perkins Coie on

Title 41 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST-41) includes measures to streamline environmental reviews for certain infrastructure projects. Congress passed the FAST Act in December 2015, and the Office of...more

An In-Depth Examination of China’s New Cybersecurity Law

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 1, 2017, China’s new cybersecurity law, the Network Security Law of the Peoples Republic China (“Cybersecurity Law”) went into effect. The Cybersecurity Law contains an overarching framework regulating network...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber’s troubles over the past few months have been well documented (here, among many other places). Still, this weekend’s news that the ride-hailing company’s board is considering a three-month leave of absence for CEO Travis...more

Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Watch: “Parameters,” But Not Full Plan to be Released this Month

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Despite bi-partisan agreement on the urgency to invest in the nation’s infrastructure to meet fast growing demands on our roads, railroads and waterways, there has yet to materialize a bi-partisan framework for funding and...more

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Confirms Anti-Slapp Provisions Apply To “Protected Petition Activity”

On February 14, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts reviewed the application of the state’s “anti-SLAPP” law to challenges made against a blogged critique of Cardno Chemrisk, LLC (Chemrisk) and British Oetroleum (BP)...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump Administration proposes rule requiring deletion of two regulations for every new regulation adopted - Washington Post - Jan 30 - President Trump signed an order...more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Noviembre Información con Énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Durante el mes de noviembre destacan los siguientes temas: Comercio, Prácticas Desleales, Competencia Económica, Compras de Gobierno, Subsidios, Solución de Diferencias, Comercio Electrónico....more

Post-Election Congress Returns for Lame Duck Session What to Expect? - Updated

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

Last week, ML Strategies shared our thoughts on what to expect in the post-election lame duck Congress. The unknown factor at that point in time was who would be elected President on November 8th, which party would be in the...more

Post-Election Congress Returns for Lame-Duck Session What to Expect?

Upon its return on November 14, the House is scheduled to be in session for 16 days during November and December, with the Senate scheduled for 20 days. Much of the legislative work of the lame-duck will occur after the...more

New Legislation Changes Rules for Ex Parte Communications at the CPUC

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Anyone with business before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) needs to be familiar with the CPUC’s rules governing ex parte communications. “Ex parte communications,” or “ex partes,” are direct, nonpublic...more

FTC Civil Penalties on the Rise—Inflation Adjustments Increase Civil Penalty Amounts

by WilmerHale on

For the first time since 2009, the potential civil penalties for violating an administrative consent order under Section 5(b) of the FTC Act is going up. The maximum civil penalty the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can now...more

FTC Workshop Examines Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Rooftop Solar Industry

by WilmerHale on

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop to examine competition and consumer protection issues in the rooftop solar industry—also known as solar “distributed generation.” Beyond exploring a wide...more

Subpoenas and SLAPP Motions to Dismiss

by LeClairRyan on

If an individual or entity believes a subpoena is aimed at silencing debate on a matter of public interest, can it invoke the DC anti-SLAPP statute in response?  That is the question presented by a recent anti-SLAPP motion...more

Volkswagen proposes a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. Judge Breyer sets a June 21 deadline for a...

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Tris Coffin heads the Vermont Volkswagen Class Action litigation team at DRM that also includes Directors Bob Luce and Marc Heath. On the evening of April 20, a number of news outlets published stories that Volkswagen...more

China Revises Hazardous Substances Restriction Laws

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has recently announced a revised version of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS 1), which will come into effect on July 1, 2016. The revised...more

Eight Ways to Work with the Press in an Evolving Media Landscape

Do you find yourself checking social media for news instead of sitting down each morning to read the newspaper? If so, you’re not alone! Last year, 63% of Twitter users agreed that the platform serves as a source for news,...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from January 15, 2015 – February 15, 2016. LAR is quickly embracing consumer-right-to-know initiatives through a host of new proposed labeling and product claims standards....more

USDA Issues Final Rule Amending Voluntary Labeling Program For Biobased Products

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued final amendments to the regulations concerning the Voluntary Labeling Program for Biobased Products. The rule is intended to incorporate statutory amendments...more

Environmental Branding in Social Media

For the last three years, I have been the Vice Chair of Social Media for the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Air Quality Committee. The position requires posting developments in the law...more

Petitioners Urge FTC to Investigate Utility’s Environmental Marketing Claims

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This week, environmental activists in the state of Vermont filed a petition with the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that an electric utility made improper environmental marketing claims regarding its...more

Crowdfunding of Solar, Other Renewables One Step Closer

Earlier this week the SEC today proposed rules for Crowdfunding, which was initially enacted under the JOBS Act (Jumpstart our Business Startups). After the enactment of the JOBS Act in April, 2012 and given the early, but...more

Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects in Early Stages and Growing in the U.S.

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Direct investment in renewable energy projects has been an anticipated financing option among editorialists and bloggers the past year, and seems to finally be gaining traction in the United States....more

CPUC Seeks to Revisit Controversial Decision on CEQA Process for Telecommunications Projects - Public Agency Participation is...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

After a pause of more than a year, the CPUC has revived its effort to determine whether and how it will conduct environmental review of certain telecommunications projects under the California Environmental Quality Act...more

Texas Court Allows Defamation Claim Against Landowner to Proceed

by BakerHostetler on

On Monday, Texas’s Second District Court of Appeals partially affirmed a District Court order allowing Range Resources Corporation’s (“Range”) defamation and business disparagement claims against a landowner to...more

Utility Pole Not A Point Source Under The Clean Water Act

Last week the Ninth Circuit held that utility poles are not “point sources” of stormwater discharge nor “associated with industrial activity,” and therefore do not require an NPDES permit to comply with the Clean Water Act....more

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