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The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act’s Impact

FDA’s steadfast position against formally addressing “Natural” claims on food products may soon be forced to change if the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which the House of Representatives passed on July 23, 2015, is...more

New FCC rules restricting robocalls have pollsters up in arms

The 2016 election cycle will occur under the framework of a new set of rules recently adopted by the Federal Communication Commission that strengthen consumer protections against unwanted calls and spam texts. The FCC claims...more

Federal Data Breach Bill Stalled in Congress

A key distinguishing feature of U.S. data privacy laws is their patchwork nature. There are industry-specific data privacy laws at the federal level (think HIPAA or the GLBA), yet there are no comprehensive federal standards...more

Oregon Amends Data Breach Law — Companies Can Expect More Enforcement Actions

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law amendments to the state’s data breach law. These amendments recognize the growing definition of data, expand the role of the Attorney General in addressing data breaches,...more

U.S. House Passes GMO Labeling Legislation

Today the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 passed the House, in a vote of 275 to 150 (more information here). Still a hot-button issue, opposition to the Act is emotionally charged, with those opposed to the bill...more

Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearing on Dodd-Frank constitutional issues

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing yesterday entitled “The Administrative State v. The Constitution: Dodd-Frank at Five Years.” The hearing was focused on constitutional issues relating to the Dodd-Frank Act,...more

Cordray’s Appearance Before Senate Banking Committee Renews Debate on CFPB Restructuring Proposals

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on Wednesday, July 15, 2015....more

State Attorneys General Ask Congress Not To Preempt Breach Notification Laws

In the wake of recent, large-scale data breaches, several pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress to establish a national data breach notification law, including a House bill that would preempt the current...more

Food Labeling, Food Safety & Nutrition - July 2015

The Obama Administration’s robust use of executive authority on issues related to food labeling, food safety, and nutrition continue to position these issues as a priority for the remainder of the President’s term in office....more

A significant milestone in the path towards the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation

On 15 June 2015, the Ministers of the Council of the European Union (the "Council") agreed upon a global approach to the European Commission's proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the...more

U.S. Senators urge expedited CFPB action on small business lending data collection rules

We recently blogged about an American Banker article written by officials of three community groups that urged President Obama to publicly denounce Director Cordray for failing to issue regulations implementing the small...more

State Attorneys General Tell Congress: “Back-Off Our Data Breach Authority”

Every week, we learn about new data breaches affecting consumers across the country. Federal government workers and retirees recently received the unsettling news that a breach compromised their personal information,...more

U.S. House Appropriations Committee Approves Amendment to Delay CFPB Arbitration Rule

On June 17, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that would require the CFPB to conduct a peer-reviewed cost-benefit analysis of the use of arbitration agreements prior to issuing a final rule....more

Congress, WTO Turn Up the Heat on COOL

Recent House Action - Lost amidst the debate over Trade Promotion Authority, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the House recently voted 300-131 to pass H.R. 2393, the Country of...more

Connecticut Governor Signs Cybersecurity Study Act

Wednesday, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed Special Act No. 15-13, effective immediately, which requires the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, in consultation with the Department of Emergency...more

Canada Moves Forward with Mandatory Federal Security Breach Notification Law

On June 18, 2015, the Canadian Minister of Industry announced that the Digital Privacy Act, which amends Canada’s foundational Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), has received royal assent...more

Oregon Expands Data Breach Law

The modified law will expand the definition of personal information to include medical information and physical characteristics, and require notification to the state Attorney General. Businesses with customers in Oregon...more

Lawmakers urge CFPB to reopen arbitration study

A group of more than 80 House and Senate Republicans have sent a letter to Director Cordray asking the CFPB to reopen its arbitration study. The CFPB released the final results of its empirical study of consumer arbitration...more

Legislative Alert: Bill S-4, an Act to amend Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) passed...

On June 18, 2015, Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act was passed by Canada’s House of Commons vote. Bill S-4 was previously passed by Canada’s Senate. The Digital Privacy Act includes important amendments to the Personal...more

Republican Senators Sought To Tie Cybersecurity Measure To Defense Bill

In the wake of the recent public disclosure of the massive breach into the Office of Personnel Management compromising the personal information of approximately 4 million individuals, Senators were hoping to tie a...more

Nevada Senate Passes Bill Affecting Super-Priority Liens in Foreclosure

The Nevada Legislature recently passed a bill intended, in part, to address issues resulting from the Nevada Supreme Court’s decision that a homeowners association lien is a true super-priority lien that, if foreclosed,...more

Nevada Enacts Payday Lender Best Practices Act

On May 27, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law S.B. 242, enacting the Payday Lender Best Practices Act. The legislation requires payday and similar lenders to use various specified best practices – advocated by the...more

Oklahoma Amends SAFE Act

Governor Mary Fallin signed SB-377 on May 12, amending provisions relating to the Oklahoma SAFE Act (the Act). The amendment clarifies the Act by adding references to “mortgage lenders” and “servicing” throughout the Act and...more

Cosmetic Safety Legislation Introduced, Again

In what is the latest in a line of Congressional proposals to beef up the federal government’s authority to regulate cosmetics, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), has proposed a bill aimed at dramatically increasing Food and...more

The Trend Toward Payroll Cards

Last month, Georgia became the latest state to pass legislation governing the payment of wages via “payroll cards.” Gov. Nathan Deal signed the new law on May 5, 2015. Prior to the passing of this bill, the payment of wages...more

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