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Bill on Bankruptcy: Supreme Court Cases Will Have Wide Impact
Coyle: Robert's SCOTUS Doesn't Respect Congress
Spitzer "Disappointed" in Wall Street's Regulators
NALP: 18-Year Low for Law Grad Employment
Is Edward Snowden a Whistleblower?
Goldstein: Expect More Litigation in Wake of Myriad Gene Patent Decision
Too Big To Fail in the Dodd-Frank Era
Instapundit: America's IP Laws Need to be "Pruned Back"
Are Political Intelligence Practice Groups Too Risky?
Client Biz Dev: You're Doing It Wrong
EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers continue their ongoing effort to bring clarity to the tangled mess wrought by the Supreme Court in Rapanos v. U. S. In that 2006 case, a fractured Court issued five separate opinions on the...more
Although the controversy over the validity of Richard Cordray’s recess appointment as CFPB Director effectively ended with his confirmation by the Senate this past July, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for...more
After complaining about a supervisor smoking in the office, an employee of the State Assembly was fired. Believing the firing was motivated by his complaint, the employee filed a lawsuit against the Assembly, claiming...more
The Appellate Court of Illinois (First District) recently issued an opinion clarifying how a public body can waive the Freedom of Information Act protection for predecisional records....more
Nearly two years ago, Mr. Daniel E. Francis filed a petition for writ of mandamus against CalPERS and other based on allegations that the penstion fund had laundered the salary of the receiver appointed by the U.S. District...more
On January 1, 2013, a bill (H.R. 6621) cleared both houses of Congress to “correct and improve certain provisions” in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) and in other parts the Patent Act....more
On January 1, 2013 — immediately after passing the fiscal crisis bill — the House of Representatives agreed by voice vote (at 11:13 PM) to approve the Senate's Amendments to H.R. 6621. A controversial provision that would...more
The U.S. Senate, by unanimous consent, has passed a bill previously approved by the House of Representatives (H.R. 4014) that amends the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to provide protection against waiver of the...more
Yesterday, the Senate passed H.R. 4014, an important bill that clarifies that privileged materials produced to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) retain their privileged character as to third parties. Because the...more
On October 10, 2012, two pro-life groups petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review and reverse the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Court’s decision allowing the continued federal funding of...more
In a recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) promulgated for comment revisions to its Section 337 discovery procedures. If implemented largely as proposed, which is likely given the...more
September 30, 2012, was the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to take action on bills passed by the California Legislature during the 2012 regular legislative session....more
Our reports on the oral arguments of the Illinois Supreme Court's September term continue with Ferguson v. Patton. Ferguson involves a potentially important issue for the growing field of government ethics law: can the ethics...more
Our preview of the September term of the Illinois Supreme Court continues with Ferguson v. Georges, a case which might prove to have important implications for Illinois political ethics law....more
UPDATED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
Legislation – State University System. Do the statutes and provisions of the General Appropriations Act that restrict state universities’ expenditure or tuition and fees and condition...more
A court of appeal recently held that a trial court erred in staying the administrative proceedings before the Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”) that involved an unfair practices charge. The charge was brought by a...more
If only everyone had just showed up and voted we wouldn't be in this mess. As previously reported, the NLRB's attempt to promulgate the so-called ambush election rules was dealt a setback when a federal district court ruled...more
Last Friday, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny ruled on demurrers to a petition for a writ of mandamus filed against the Board of Administration of the California Public Employees Retirement System, California...more
On June 20, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its anticipated opinion in Knox v. Service Employees International Union, Local 1000, No. 10-1121. Building on precedent establishing that public sector union fees levied on...more
Executive Summary: Calling the SEIU's "aggressive use of power to collect fees from nonmembers indefensible," the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, has held that the union violated the First Amendment by not sending a...more
On June 20, 2012, President Barack Obama escalated a battle with the GOP-controlled House of Representatives by claiming executive privilege for 1300 executive-branch documents that relate to the White House and the Justice...more
Our second new grant of the May term at the Illinois Supreme Court is McFatridge v. Madigan. McFatridge involves a simple question: if an elected official gets sued for his or her official actions, who pays the lawyer? Turns...more
The Obama Administration has filed a supplemental amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum arguing for significant limitations on the application of the Alien Tort Statute ("ATS") to conduct...more
In this recent post, I discussed a petition submitted by Professor Lucian Bebchuk and nine other academics asking that the Securities and Exchange Commission adopt rules requiring public companies to disclose to shareholders...more
Last week, the American Banker reported that while the legislative “fix” to the CFPB privilege waiver problem is stalled in the Senate, an alternative version of the legislation is being circulated in Congress. This...more