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Hearing on Oversight of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance

As we previously reported, the Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, Keith Higgins, testified before the House Financial Services Committee on a broad range of matters, including the SEC’s progress in...more

Congress Scrutinizes Hedge Funds’ Use of Financial Derivatives

This week the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (Subcommittee), in conjunction with the Subcommittee’s hearing on July 22, 2014, released a report on...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2014-14

In This Article: - Federal Government - Alberta - British Columbia - Manitoba - New Brunswick - Newfoundland - Northwest Territories - Nova Scotia - Nunavut - Ontario - Prince Edward...more

Update on Canada’s Economic Sanctions Against Ukraine and Russia

On July 24, 2014, Canada amended the Special Economic Measures (Ukraine) Regulations and Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations to expand the list of “designated persons” with whom Canadians are prohibited from...more

U.S. House Hearing Supports Legislation for Development of Domestic Minerals (H.R. 761)

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing, titled "American Metals and Mineral Security: An examination of the domestic critical...more

Highlights of Congressional Hearings on Copyright Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, And Copyright Term

On July 15, 2014, the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, through its Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, held hearings regarding a number of copyright issues,...more

Congress Putting Microscope on FTC Enforcement

On July 24, 2014, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing entitled, "The Federal Trade Commission and Its Section 5 Authority: Prosecutor, Judge and Jury." The purpose of the hearing was to...more

Budget Season: It’s Over, But Not…

The General Appropriations bill was passed on time, with the fiscal code bill quickly following in early July. However, in what was one long hot summer week, both bills sat unsigned on the governor’s desk for the better part...more

Build America Transportation Investment Center

On July 17, President Barack Obama announced the launch of the Build America Investment Initiative. The initiative includes a host of measures to increase infrastructure investment and economic growth, including the formation...more

Health Care Update - July 2014 #4

In This Issue: - Congressional Negotiators Reach Deal on Veteran Affairs Bill - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and State...more

Expect a New Chairman and Five Member CPSC Next Week

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced on the Senate Floor (video clip below) that the Senate will consider and vote on the nominations of Elliot Kaye and Joe Mohorovic on Monday, July 28th. President...more

Washington Insight - July 2014

In This Issue: - Progress Toward Comprehensive Patent Reform Stalls - As Attention Turns to a Border Supplemental, a Twelve Bill Omnibus Seems Certain - Highways, Taxes, and Partisanship: The Next...more

EU adds names to Ukraine sanctions and widens criteria in preparation for further sanctions, possibly this week; prolongs Iran...

This alert resumes three changes to EU sanctions adopted over the past week. This week is likely to be equally busy as further sanctions on Ukraine and Russia are expected imminently. First, and most important, the...more

Industry Group Sues Compton for Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing

The City of Compton is being sued for its ordinance banning hydraulic fracturing, effective on April 22, 2014. (Western States Petroleum Association v. City of Compton, et al., Case No.BC552272.) Although Compton is not...more

Executive Order on Drone Privacy Expected

The Obama Administration informed various sources that President Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for using commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) - also referred to as drones....more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

In recent months, a federal political issue has developed regarding undocumented immigrants crossing into the United States. This week, it was revealed that this issue touches on Maine, when Governor LePage was notified by...more

Before there was Snowden | The other Whistleblowers who came forward

Let's introduce Bill Binney, who used to work at the NSA for nearly 30 years as one of its leading crypto-mathematicians. Following that, he became one of its leading whistleblowers. Seven years ago one July morning, a...more

SB 1272 (NKA Proposition 49) – The Secretary of State

Last week, I wrote that Governor Brown had allowed SB 1272 to become law without his signature. To say that SB 1272 became law is an hyperbole because, as Governor Brown observed, the bill “has no legal effect whatsoever”. ...more

Upcoming Bi-Partisan Policy Center Housing Summit shows that housing truly is “The Color Purple”

Did you catch the news clips of the House and Senate leadership holding hands and singing during the “Kumbaya” moment at the recent ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? (Check it out on...more

President Obama Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Federal Contractors From Discriminating Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender...

On July 21, 2014, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating in employment decisions based on applicants’ or employees’ sexual orientation or gender identity. This...more

Africa Update - July 2014 #4

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Executive Order Bars Discrimination against LGBT Workers for Federal Contractors, Government

President Obama recently signed an executive order that will prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The executive order adds sexual orientation and...more

Missouri DOR Burden of Proof and Notice Requirements Remain Uncertain After Veto

The Missouri General Assembly passed several tax-related bills at the end of the legislative session in mid-May that would have altered the Department of Revenue’s (Department) burden of proof and changed its notice...more

DC Circuit Requires Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to Provide Due Process Protections to Investors

On July 15, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (DC Circuit) ruled that if the President, pursuant to his powers under the Exon-Florio Amendment to the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA), deprives a...more

LegalZoom or IllegalZoom?

LegalZoom, the online legal documents preparation service, is seeking a toehold in North Carolina by amending the statutory definition of the practice of law in G.S. 84-2.1 over the objections of the North Carolina Bar. The...more

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