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Patent Litigation Reform Legislation: State of Play

On April 29, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA), along with fellow Committee members Orrin Hatch (R-UT), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Amy...more

Long-Term Care Legislation in Florida - Regulatory Compliance Impacts Retirement Communities, ALFs and Nursing Homes

Long-term care companies in Florida need to dust off their regulatory compliance plans to see if updates are needed in light of several bills that passed during the regular legislative session of 2015. If they are signed by...more

Clean Water Act: New Rule Significantly Expands Reach of Federal Jurisdiction

On May 27, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) finalized the long-anticipated Clean Water Rule. The Rule defines the term “waters of the United States” as used by...more

OFAC Issues Guidance Regarding the Parameters of Authorized Travel Between the U.S. and Cuba

On May 5, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued guidance regarding travel between the United States and Cuba. In particular, the guidance clarifies that companies authorized to...more

Maryland Governor signs drone regulation bill into law

On May 13, 2015, Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan, signed the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Research, Development, Regulation and Privacy Act of 2015 into law. This new Maryland state drone Act gives the state government the...more

Commercial UAS Modernization Act introduced to the Senate; we can’t wait for the FAA

On May 12, 2015, the Commercial UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems –i.e. drones) Modernization Act was introduced to the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security, which sets forth interim drone operating...more

Congress Could Be Coming For Dietary Supplements Soon

The next chapter in the saga of New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's investigation of the dietary supplements industry may take place on Capitol Hill. On April 2, Schneiderman and the state attorneys general...more

Transgender Complaints on the Rise: What Should Employers Do?

The President, the EEOC and the Justice Department have announced that gender identity discrimination is prohibited sex discrimination under Title VII. Since these declarations, the number of lawsuits alleging gender identity...more

Shelby Draft Regulatory Relief Bill Addresses Various Residential Mortgage Issues

On May 12, 2015 Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) released a draft of a regulatory reform bill entitled the Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015. The draft bill addresses various residential mortgage lending issues, a...more

DHS Asks Court to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging H-4 Work Authorization

While the lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive action continues to garner headlines, an additional lawsuit has been filed contesting another part of the executive actions that DHS is attempting to implement. This...more

Major Revision to Development of Regional Impact Review Process Passed by 2015 Florida Legislature; Awaits Action By Governor

On April 24, the Florida House of Representatives added its approval to CS/CS Senate Bill 1216, an omnibus growth management bill. Most significantly, for new projects that are not currently exempt, the bill replaces the...more

Bills Propose to Reverse National Labor Relations Board Jurisdictions over Indian Tribal Governments

The National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) was enacted by Congress in 1935. The Act, also known as the Wagner Act after its champion, New York Senator Robert F. Wagner, passed the Senate in May 1935, the House in June 1935,...more

OFAC Publishes Guidance Regarding Travel Between U.S. and Cuba, Releases Updated FAQs Regarding Cuba-Related Sanctions

On May 5, OFAC issued new Guidance Regarding Travel Between the U.S. and Cuba, which provides information on the types of individuals and cargo that can be transported between the U.S. and Cuba by a licensed air carrier or...more

See You In Court – May 2015

Seymour Dollars, the irascible Chairperson of the Nutmeg Board of Finance, gave the Board of Education a very hard time throughout the entire budget process this year. He questioned the Board down to the minutest detail of...more

"MSRB Announces Publication of Proposed Rule G-42 in Federal Register"

On May 11, 2015, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced that Proposed Rule G-42 (standards of conduct for nonsolicitor municipal advisors), with conforming changes to Rule G-8 (books and records), was...more

Florida Passes Drone Surveillance Bill To Protect Personal Privacy

On April 28, 2015, the Florida State Legislature passed SB 766, or better known as the Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, which permits commercial drone use, but bans the use of drones for the surveillance of private...more

2000 Three Year Work Permits Were Issued by DHS in Violation of Injunction

In a Thursday midnight filing last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers disclosed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued about 2,000 three-year work permits (as opposed to the currently authorized...more

California Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (1st Quarter 2015)

Regulatory Updates - GO-Biz Rolls Out First Awards of 2015 For fiscal year 2015, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (“GO-Biz”) is authorized to award $151.1 million in California Competes Tax...more

Senators Send Letter on Biosimilars to FDA

A group of Senators led by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, sent a letter last month to Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food...more

Medical Innovation: Congressional Committees Support Accelerated Research and Development for New Drugs, Devices and Biologics

Recent hearings by Senate and House committees and a scheduled markup underscore Congress' continued commitment to eliminating barriers that are slowing the development of effective drugs, devices, and biologics so that...more

TSCA Reform: Detailed Analysis of Substitute Version of Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act

A new version of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was considered for markup by the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee on April 28, 2015. ...more

Definition of corrupt conduct: The High Court has limited the scope of the New South Wales Independent Commission Against...

A majority of the full court of the High Court of Australia has upheld the decision of the New South Wales Court of Appeal that the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has no power to conduct an inquiry into...more

Progressing Toward a Cure: House Committee Unveils Revised, Streamlined 21st Century Cures Discussion Draft

On April 29, 2015, the House Energy & Commerce Committee (“E&C Committee”) released a revised discussion draft of the medical innovation reform legislation that has been in the works for over a year as part of the 21st...more

New Restrictions on Arizona State Agency Rulemaking

The Arizona Legislature this year passed House Bill 2297, adding new A.R.S. section 41-1038. Effective July 3, 2015, Arizona state agencies will be prohibited from adopting new rules unless the rules comply with the...more

Tough Mandatory Water Restrictions of up to 36 Percent Retained in Draft Emergency Drought Regulation for California

State Water Resources Control Board Cites Need to Avoid Potential “Catastrophic Impacts” - The State Water Resources Control Board released revisions to its draft emergency regulations to restrict overall potable urban...more

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