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Alert: M&A Lessons Learned from the Blocked Chinese Acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor

by Cooley LLP on

Last week, President Trump issued an Executive Order prohibiting the acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (Lattice), a US computer chip manufacturer, by a Chinese investor. The president's order blocking the...more

Congress Takes Up FDA Over-The-Counter (OTC) Drug Regulation Reform

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On September 13, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to examine draft legislation to create a new user fee program and completely revamp the review process...more

It's a Bicycle, It's a Motorcycle, It's a Motor Vehicle…No, It's an Electric Bicycle - More states enacting specific e-bike use,...

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Illinois recently became the sixth state to adopt electric bicycle ("e-bike") legislation to become effective on January 1, 2018 joining Arkansas, California, Colorado, Tennessee and Utah. States like Ohio, Michigan and...more

House Hands SELF DRIVE Act to Senate

by Buchalter on

On September 6, 2017, the House unanimously passed the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act (the SELF DRIVE Act), bringing the nation one step closer to an autonomous vehicle reality....more

Citing the Opioid Abuse Epidemic, New Jersey Proposes Far-Reaching Restrictions on Pharma-Prescriber Interactions

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In an effort to curtail the opioid abuse epidemic, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie proposed a new rule on August 31, 2017 that would make New Jersey the latest state to adopt "gift ban" type restrictions on interactions...more

Transport Canada proposes UAV regulatory overhaul – Key amendments and expected impact: Are you ready?

by Dentons on

The use of unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs or drones) for both commercial and recreational purposes has grown exponentially in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down. Drones can be used for aerial photography,...more

Updated: President Trump Turns to the U.S. Trade Representative for China IP Investigation

From the earliest days of his campaign, President Trump has spoken out on alleged intellectual property misconduct by China. He is now turning to the U.S. Trade Representative for a formal investigation of China in this...more

CFIUS: President Trump Blocks Acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor by Canyon Bridge

by White & Case LLP on

President Trump blocked the proposed $1.3 billion acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, a US chipmaker, by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, a US-headquartered private equity firm reportedly funded by the Chinese...more

Driverless Cars: New Federal Guidelines and a Congressional Hearing

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Just in time for #BBKInnovation Week: A revised version of the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy was released by the Department of Transportation through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Senate...more

Aviation Happenings - Summer 2017

Aviation Happenings - Summer 2017 The Summer 2017 edition of Schnader’s Aviation Group newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant case and developments in aviation law, including: • Midair Collision Case...more

Congressional Task Force Issues Report on Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry

by Polsinelli on

Recently, the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force (the “Task Force”) issued its Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry (the “Report”). The Task Force, which was created by Congress as part of...more

22 Million Comments Tell FCC Battle Over Net Neutrality Is Not Over

by Perkins Coie on

Last year, the contentious net neutrality debate appeared to be finally settled when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.[1] But in May, the FCC launched...more

Nevada Precedes Delaware In Blockchain Legislation

by Allen Matkins on

On July 21, 2017, Delaware’s 74th Governor, John Carney, signed SB 69 into law. This legislation amended various provisions of Delaware’s General Corporation Law (Title 8, Delaware Code) ostensibly to establish express...more

SELF DRIVE Act Passes the House as Senate Prepares Its Own Bill

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On September 6, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution (“SELF DRIVE”) Act, H.R. 3388. All eyes are now on the Senate, which is drafting its own...more

FDA Takes First Steps to Cut Regulations, Solicits Public Feedback

Since our March 17th post about President Trump’s executive actions aiming to implement his deregulatory agenda, several important developments related to the so-called “2-for-1” Executive Order (E.O. 13,771) have occurred...more

European Commission’s 6 Proposals for Post-Brexit Intellectual Property Rights

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The European Commission (EC) has released a position paper on its objectives for the Article 50 Brexit negotiations with the UK regarding Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). The EC has effectively set out six key principles...more

Massachusetts Lawmakers Turn Attention to Cybersecurity

by Mintz Levin on

In the wake of growing concerns about data privacy and cyber threats, Massachusetts lawmakers are increasingly focused on evaluating and improving the state’s cybersecurity policies and information technology infrastructure....more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - September 2017

by King & Spalding on

USTR Initiates 2017 Annual Review Of Generalized System Of Preferences Product And Country Practices – On August 11, 2017, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a Federal Register notice (the Notice)...more

Unburden Yourself: FDA Requests Comments on Ways to Implement President Trump's Regulatory Reform Executive Orders

by Hogan Lovells on

Earlier this year, in an effort to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens, President Trump issued two executive orders, Executive Order 13771, Reducing Regulatory and Controlling Regulatory Costs and Executive Order 13777,...more

Delaware Amends Personal Information Protection Law

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On August 17, 2017, Delaware amended its personal information protection law, Delaware Code Title 6, Chapter 12B. The amendment becomes effective 240 days after enactment or March 14, 2018. The amended law significantly...more

Massachusetts Joins Other States in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Announcing Plan to Reduce Emissions by Additional 30...

On August 23, Massachusetts joined the eight other states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in announcing a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an additional 30 percent by 2030 relative to 2020 levels....more

WPI State of the States: Labor Day Edition

by Littler on

The holiday weekend marked the end of summer fun, but state legislatures across the country remained hard at work in August. Roughly nine statehouses are in active session. In other jurisdictions, such as Florida and Ohio,...more

Delaware Updates its Data Breach Notification Law

Forty-eight states have enacted data breach notification laws, and they frequently are amended and updated. The most recent state to update its law is Delaware. ...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 24

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Hurricane Harvey Could be the Most Expensive Natural Disaster in US History: Republican House members from Texas and Louisiana are pressing congressional leaders and top Trump administration officials for immediate federal...more

President Trump Signs FDA User Fee Reauthorization Bill into Law – A Relief for the Medical Device Industry

by King & Spalding on

On August 18, 2017, in the nick of time, President Trump signed the FDA User Fee Reauthorization Bill of 2017 (FDARA) (H.R. 2430) into law, bringing a sigh of relief from both FDA and Industry. The law reauthorizes the...more

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