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Canada Expands Sanctions on Russia and the Crimea Region of the Ukraine

On Monday, June 29, 2015, the Canadian government expanded its economic sanctions against Russia and the Crimea region of the Ukraine. Three additional individuals and 14 entities were added to the list under the Special...more

House Committee Passes Innovation Act – Medical Device Group Expresses Opposition

The Innovation Act (H.R. 9), a patent reform bill introduced this congressional session, received bipartisan support in a 24-8 positive vote by the House Judiciary Committee on June 11, 2015. The bill is now scheduled to...more

Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation: House of Representatives Approves TSCA Reform Bill in Near-Unanimous Vote (6/15)

Tangible reform is finally on the horizon for the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 15 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq. following a recent vote by the House of Representatives overwhelmingly in favor of a new reform bill. Enacted in...more

TSCA Reform Nears Enactment with Easy Passage in the House

The House of Representatives passed the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) on June 23, 2015 by a vote of 398 to 1, indicating that the long-awaited overhaul to the federal chemicals management law may be just around...more

Connecticut Governor Signs Cybersecurity Study Act

Wednesday, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed Special Act No. 15-13, effective immediately, which requires the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, in consultation with the Department of Emergency...more

The War Against Cyber Threats: President Obama Ups the Ante

Focusing on overseas cyber threats, President Obama issued an Executive Order on April 1, 2015, which grants authorization to impose sanctions on individuals and entities engaged "in malicious cyber-enabled activities that...more

Canada Moves Forward with Mandatory Federal Security Breach Notification Law

On June 18, 2015, the Canadian Minister of Industry announced that the Digital Privacy Act, which amends Canada’s foundational Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), has received royal assent...more

Oregon Expands Data Breach Law

The modified law will expand the definition of personal information to include medical information and physical characteristics, and require notification to the state Attorney General. Businesses with customers in Oregon...more

TSCA Reform: House Scheduled to Vote on TSCA Modernization Act

The House is scheduled to vote late today, June 23, 2015 (around 6:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.), on the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576). The House Committee on Energy and Commerce issued a press release on June 22, 2015,...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Leading Up to the SCOTUS King v. Burwell Decision... House Votes to Repeal the Medical Device Tax... CMS Announces It Will Bolster Transitional Reinsurance Payments... MedPAC Releases June Report to Congress....more

Bitcoin and Bullets: An Unexpected Alliance

At first blush, one might not expect the digital currency and firearm industries to have much in common – when was the last time you heard someone utter Bitcoin and guns in the same breath? Recently, however, the two...more

Colorado Approves Direct Medicare Payment to CRNA’s

Medicare Regulations allows CRNA’s to administer anesthesia without physician supervision if the state governor opts out of the regular physician supervision requirement. Governor Ritter of Colorado opted out in 2010,...more

FCC Adopts Lifeline Item

Last week, the FCC adopted a Second Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration, Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Memorandum Opinion and Order to comprehensively restructure and modernize the Lifeline program. ...more

Blog: Congress Takes Step Towards Scrapping Device Tax

Last week, the House of Representatives voted 280-140 to pass H.R. 160, a bill that eliminates the 2.3 percent medical device tax. The vote was strongly bipartisan with 46 Democrats joining all Republicans voting in favor of...more

News from Second and State

The week started out a little sluggishly. While the typical cache of committees met on Monday – Senate Appropriations, Senate Rules, House Appropriations – the floor was relatively quiet. However, things picked up on Tuesday,...more

Pharmacy Benefit Manager Group Opposes 21st Century Cures Act’s Cost Offset

The trade coalition representing pharmacy benefit managers is raising concerns about major bipartisan legislation aimed at streamlining the approval of new medicines and medical devices. However, the Pharmaceutical Care...more

Significant Amendments to COPPA Proposed in Do Not Track Kids Act

Reigniting their previous bipartisan attempts to amend the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and add greater privacy protections for children and younger teens, U.S. Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Joe...more

Sustainable Chemistry Research And Development Act Of 2015 Introduced To Senate

On May 21, 2015, Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2015 (S. 1447). The legislation is intended to help coordinate and expand the many...more

House Committee Holds Markup Hearing On TSCA Modernization Act Of 2015

On June 2 and 3, 2015, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a markup hearing for the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) after years of progress on Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform. ...more

An Overview, A Summary And An Update To The Latest Patent Reform

Just four years ago in 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) into law. Since the enactment of the AIA, there has continued to be steady pressure for further reform. In 2013, the Innovation Act was...more

Legislative Alert: Bill S-4, an Act to amend Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) passed...

On June 18, 2015, Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act was passed by Canada’s House of Commons vote. Bill S-4 was previously passed by Canada’s Senate. The Digital Privacy Act includes important amendments to the Personal...more

Trendsetter or Outlier? Oregon Adds New Twist to Password Protection Laws

Since early 2012, 21 states have enacted some form of "password protection" law. Although these laws vary substantially by state, their common thread is the intention to restrict employers' ability to access content in...more

Republican Senators Sought To Tie Cybersecurity Measure To Defense Bill

In the wake of the recent public disclosure of the massive breach into the Office of Personnel Management compromising the personal information of approximately 4 million individuals, Senators were hoping to tie a...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: GOP Post-King Contingency Bills Released in Both the House and the Senate... House E&C Committee Draft LDT Bill – Creates FDA In Vitro Center, Sets Agency Review Timeline and Defines Risk Categories... CMS...more

Gov. Dayton Signs 2015 Jobs and Energy Bill into Law

On Saturday, June 13, Governor Dayton signed the 2015 Jobs and Energy Bill into Law. The following amendments were made after the Governor’s veto: - New definitions for “propane,” “propane storage facility,” and...more

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