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Consultation on leasehold reform: a wide-ranging project

by Dentons on

On 25 July 2017 the Department for Communities and Local Government issued a consultation paper "Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market" seeking views on "prohibiting the sale of new build leasehold houses,...more

Legislative Update: Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been monitoring bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Below are the latest updates on a list of bills, summarized pursuant to the...more

Federal Bill Proposes Streamlined Pipeline Permitting, Vesting Authority in FERC

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On July 19, 2017, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that grants the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) increased autonomy over pipeline approvals. The bill, Promoting Interagency...more

The Genius of Brian: Other Reps Loved Him as He Got All He Could for His City

by PretiFlaherty on

I don’t know if they’ll ever put up a statue of Brian Dempsey in Haverhill but they should. During the seven or so years he chaired the Ways & Means Committee of the Massachusetts House, Dempsey did what Ways & Means...more

Shift In CPSC Leadership Means More Changes To Come

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

At the midpoint of 2017, we look back on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s activity under the new administration, including how recalls and penalties stack up against previous years, new focal points for safety...more

FY18 Massachusetts Budget Update: Governor Baker Signs FY18 Budget

On Monday, July 17th, Governor Charlie Baker signed a budget for FY2018 that includes $39.4 billion in spending. This comes ten days after the Legislature approved a state budget with a $40.2 billion bottom line. The Senate...more

Marijuana Legislation Reaches Governor’s Desk for Approval

Surpassing a self-imposed deadline of July 1st to have compromise legislation on Governor Baker’s desk, the Massachusetts House and Senate reached an accord and voted to approve a reconciled recreational marijuana bill on...more

Latest Revised I-9 Form Released

For the second time in less than a year, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised the Form I-9. The latest version of the form was released on July 17, and has a footer reading “07/17/17 N.” ...more

Governors Of 38 States Sign Cybersecurity Compact

by King & Spalding on

As Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) completed his term as Chair of the National Governors Association, he announced on July 14, 2017, that 38 governors had signed a compact to improve state cybersecurity. The compact was the...more

Alert: Export Control Reminder: Semi-Annual Encryption Reporting Deadline 8/1/17

by Cooley LLP on

August 1, 2017, is the deadline for submitting semi-annual reports for certain ENC Restricted encryption items exported or re-exported between January 1 and June 30, 2017, pursuant to paragraphs (b)(2) and (b)(3)(iii) of...more

Tribal Self-Governance Under Trump A Common Goal

Tribes are rightly concerned that federal programs benefiting tribal communities may become the target of budget cuts under the Trump administration and the Republican Congress, but tribes should not lose heart quite yet....more

Trump’s Cuba Policy Could Impact U.S. Agriculture and Other Exports

For American farmers and businesses hoping a pro-business administration would foster increased access to the burgeoning Cuban market, the new trade restrictions announced on June 16 may be a disappointment....more

Trump Department of Justice Reverses Course on Class Action Waivers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 16, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) changed its position with respect to the enforceability of class action waivers in the labor and employment context. The move came via the DOJ’s filing of an...more

Recent Updates to Connecticut Statutory Landlord/Tenant Law

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

This past legislative session of the Connecticut General Assembly saw assorted legislation that collectively seeks to further regulate the conduct of landlords, who already must navigate an often cumbersome and confusing...more

Dechert's Global Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2017 Edition: How Might Brexit Affect the Exit?

by Dechert LLP on

The UK referendum on membership of the EU took place just over one year ago (on June 23, 2016). Since then, much has been written by various commentators about the potential consequences for every conceivable industry or...more

U.S. Penalizes Exxon for Violating U.S. Sanctions on Russia, May Have Complicated How U.S. Companies Do Business in Russia

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that ExxonMobil (Exxon) must pay a $2 million penalty for violating U.S. sanctions on Russia.  On the same day, Exxon responded...more

Change is Coming: China Proposes New Export Control Law (IRB No. 563)

by Bryan Cave on

Export control appears to be an overlooked area in China for years. Up until now in China, more focus was placed on the import side of international trade, which provides around one-third of the total revenue for the Chinese...more

Senate to Vote on Motion to Proceed to Debate Healthcare Reform

by King & Spalding on

Following a week in which Senate Republican healthcare reform plans shifted from Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace, to repeal only, to uncertain, the Senate is expected to vote tomorrow, July 25, 2017, on a motion...more

The Triumphant Return of Tip Pooling: DOL Announces Repeal of 2011 Regs

In a welcome sea change for the hospitality industry, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced on July 20, 2017 that it would repeal the Obama administration’s 2011 regulations that severely curtailed tip pooling. The DOL...more

California’s Equal Restroom Access Act: 5 Facts You Need to Know

California’s Equal Restroom Access Act, which requires some establishments with single-occupancy restrooms to display signs indicating that the restroom is gender-neutral, has been in effect since March 1, 2017. Assembly Bill...more

Proposed Amendments to Ontario's Construction Lien Act

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On May 31, 2017, Bill 142—An Act to amend the Construction Lien Act (the “Act”) — was carried through a first reading by the Ontario Legislative Assembly. If passed, the proposed amendments to the Construction Lien Act would...more

Trump’s Fourth Wave of United States Attorney Nominations Like “Greatest Hits” Compilation of Previous Nominations

On July 21, 2017, President Donald Trump made his fourth group of nominations of prospective United States Attorneys. This brings the current number of Trump’s United States Attorney nominations to twenty-nine...more

The Strange Case of OFAC Against Exxon for Sanctions Violations

by Michael Volkov on

In a bizarre enforcement action, The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) assessed a $2 million civil monetary penalty against ExxonMobil (“Exxon”) for violations of the Ukraine sanctions....more

U.S. Announces Updates to Iran-Russia Sanctions Bill

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Trump administration announced new sanctions against entities and individuals with ties to Iran. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Department of the Treasury have listed 18 entities...more

President Trump Nominates Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle as Permanent Chairman of the CPSC

Today, President Donald Trump officially announced his intent to nominate Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle to be the permanent Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Her new seven year term will begin on...more

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