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California Senator Introduces Bill To Protect Privacy Of Mobile Device Users' GPS Data

A bill introduced in the California Senate by Senator Mark Leno is designed to help consumers make more informed decisions about their privacy when installing new smartphone or tablet apps that track their location using GPS....more

Congressional Health Policy Hearings

Congressional committees have held several hearings this week on health policy issues. On March 24, the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing on the 340B drug pricing program....more

Governor Baker Names Mark Nunnelly New Commissioner of Revenue

Today, Mark Nunnelly, a former Managing Director of Bain Capital, was named the new Commissioner of the Department of Revenue. Mr. Nunnelly replaces outgoing Commissioner Amy Pitter effective March 30, 2015. ...more

Federal student privacy law in flux

In recent months, the White House and members of Congress have called for an overhaul of the forty-year old Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) ((20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), which safeguards the...more

The Innovation Act of 2015: Congress Targets Patent ‘Trolls’ Again

On February 5, 2015, the House Judiciary Chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), flanked by a bipartisan group of his peers, reintroduced his “Innovation Act” (H.R. 9). The bill is the second time in as many years that the...more

Takeaways for Employers on the Hillary E-mail Debacle

5 Reasons Employers Should Prohibit Employees From Using Personal Email Accounts - Recently, a political firestorm has erupted as news stories revealed that Former Secretary of State (and likely Presidential Candidate)...more

Data privacy, security and breach notification bill passes through House subcommittee

A closely watched bipartisan national data privacy, security, and breach notification bill cleared a House subcommittee yesterday, sending it to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee for review. There have been many...more

PayPal To Pay Dearly for Alleged Violations of OFAC Sanctions

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has announced a $7,658,300 settlement with PayPal, Inc. (PayPal) to resolve potential civil liability for 486 alleged violations of the Iranian,...more

Cyber Law Tracker: Protecting Cyber Networks Act Introduced by House Intelligence Committee

On March 24, 2015, members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, including Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes, the Ranking Member of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee, issued statements commenting on the...more

Udall-Vitter TSCA Reform Bill Builds Momentum for Passage; Senators Boxer, Markey Respond with Competing Legislation

On March 10, 2015, Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and David Vitter (R-La.) introduced the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697), to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). ...more

TSCA Reform: Detailed Analysis of the Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act

As noted in our recent memorandum on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697, Lautenberg), Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) recently introduced the Alan Reinstein and Trevor...more

FISMA II: A New Cyber World Framework to Strengthen Agency Information Security

As part of the Obama administration’s legislative efforts to safeguard government agency information, the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA II) was recently enacted to fortify and update its 2002...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Bipartisan, Bicameral Permanent SGR Fix Introduced... House Budget Committee Advances FY2016 Budget Proposal... National Coverage Determinations Proposed for Removal... HHS Releases Proposed Rules on EHR Incentive...more

Biofuel Legislation In Minnesota Criticized For Focus On Corn

The Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota is advocating strongly for two bills in the state that if passed would result in a two-year, $5 million production incentive for producers, and a capital loan equipment program. ...more

New Tools for Companies Against Cybercrime

Obama administration proposal would reduce legal ambiguities and allow civil RICO claims. On January 2015, the Obama administration announced a series of proposals to strength­en the country’s response to...more

Senate EPW Hearing On TSCA Reform

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) held a hearing on S. 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. ...more

China Update - March 2015

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS: Presidential Advisor Susan Rice Meets with Senior Chinese Official - On February 25, China’s...more

NNI Publishes Supplement to President's 2016 Budget

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published on March 11, 2015, its supplement to the President’s 2016 budget submitted to Congress. NNI states that the supplement serves as the NNI annual report....more

TSCA Reform: Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act

On March 18, 2015, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697). ...more

Medical Device Industry Organizations Support STRONG Patents Act

(March 3, 2015) Mark Leahey, President and CEO of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA), issued a statement regarding the Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth (STRONG) Patents Act of 2015. ...more

Montana Tweaks Data Breach Statute

The Big Sky Country’s data breach statute is going to see some small changes come October. On Feb. 27, 2015 Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed H.B. 74 into law, amending the state’s data breach notification statute. Among...more

Privacy Advocates Critical of Federal Consumer Privacy Bill

Last month, the White House released a “discussion draft” of its proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights of 2015, and so far it has received a cool reception. The bill recognizes that “[t]here is rapid growth in the...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - March 2015

Our March edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In our Leaders in the News section, we congratulate...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Senate HELP Committee Hosts Hearing on Medical Innovation... HHS Announces Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model... CBO Releases New Long-range Cost Estimates for ACA....more

Privacy Tuesday - March 2015: Unpacking the Obama Administration’s Consumer Privacy Proposal

Taking another “step” toward developing comprehensive privacy legislation, the White House has released a discussion draft of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015. The draft reflects the Fair Information Practice...more

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