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Bill on Bankruptcy: Sandbagging of a Federal District Judge
Bill on Bankruptcy: Detroit Could Mean Little for Creditors
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Bill on Bankruptcy: Make-Whole Premiums, Lehman, ResCap
Rice: Banking Lobby Won't Let New Glass-Steagall Bill Pass
Bill on Bankruptcy: Versace Mansion Up for Sale, Casey Anthony
Grayson: Only 1 Agency Should Regulate Wall Street
MacEwen: Weil Gotshal Layoffs Start of Wave
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?
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The government shutdown that shuttered the doors of the USDA and FDA has ended. The Agencies are expected to return back to normal operations on Thursday. For a few weeks, however, nothing will be normal about the Agencies....more
In the early morning of October 1, 2013, the U.S. federal government officially went dark. The shutdown came in the aftermath of the Senate’s decisive vote to reject a House plan that would have kept the government funded for...more
The US federal government is shutdown. The impact will be felt by all areas of FDA and USDA regulated industry.
The FDA will cease all non-emergency services not funded by user fees. During the shutdown, FDA...more
Last week, Democrat and Republican leaders of both houses of Congress agreed to the terms of a bill that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) greater authority to regulate drug compounding and would revamp...more
The recently passed fiscal cliff legislation, i.e., the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Act) [PDF], includes a number of provisions addressing Medicare and Medicaid. One of these provisions extends the recovery period...more
On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. While most popular coverage has focused on ATRA’s changes to the tax code, the new law...more
The 188th Massachusetts Legislature began the 2013 – 2014 legislative session on January 2. This alert identifies the key public policy issues that will likely emerge in the current session and offers insight into their...more
On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Congress approved the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the Act), concluding a protracted debate on how to prevent the United States from falling over the proverbial “fiscal cliff.” President...more
In This Issue:
Leading the News; Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; and Other Health Care News.
Excerpt from Leading...more
On December 31, 2012, Congress sent the Medicare IVIG Access and Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act (“the Act”) of 2012 to President Barack Obama for signature. The Act had strong bipartisan support, passing in...more
President Obama’s second term promises to be among the most intense periods of regulatory activity since the late 1970s. The major focal points for new rules will be three of the country’s largest industries: health care,...more
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will change a lot of things in health care in 2013 and 2014. But the law probably won’t stop medical costs from rising — or end the search for someone to blame for the...more
In This Issue:
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups Scheduled.
Excerpt from Implementation of the...more
The Obama administration recently released three important proposed regulations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the "ACA"). These proposed regulations, the highlights of which are discussed below, aim...more
In November 2012, Massachusetts voters passed a ballot initiative authorizing medical marijuana. This article examines some of the obstacles faced by the industry, legislators, regulators and law enforcement officials prior...more
In This Issue:
Leading the News: the Regs are Out!; Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings...more
The Senate approved the previously House-passed Taking Essential Steps for Testing Act (also known as the “TEST Act”) this week, clearing the way for President Obama’s signature and enactment. The legislation, which amends...more
President Obama's historic re-election brings with it a host of HR implications. Chief among them is that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will remain intact for the foreseeable future.
This article summarizes the consequences of the November 2012 election on tax policy and health care cost containment implementation in Massachusetts and the potential ramifications on McDermott clients....more
While Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan campaigned on the promise to repeal the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and to reform Medicare and Medicaid, their defeat does not mean the health industry should expect no...more
Massachusetts voters passed a referendum question eliminating state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by patients with certain “debilitating medical conditions,” including cancer, glaucoma, HIV,...more
With the results of the election in, the path to implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now appears clear. President Obama's re-election guarantees that implementation of national healthcare reform will proceed, and...more
In This Issue:
- Election Day Next Week
- Prescription Drug Task Force Continues Its Work
- Efficiency Maine Trust Finalizing Its Triennial Plan
- Decision on MaineCare Cuts Delayed
- Decision Deadline for...more
Greetings to all with only four days left until the election!
Our esteemed leader, John Knapp, posted yesterday on our Legi Blog an election preview-please be sure to read it. Also, please be sure to check back with us...more
As discussed in our recent post on the new Medicare Advantage (MA) star ratings, there is ongoing controversy regarding HHS’s Medicare Advantage Quality Bonus Payment Demonstration Project. The Demonstration Project is...more