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In 2017 Legislative Sessions, New England States Continue to Lead in Clean Energy and Climate Change Measures

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In their 2017 legislative sessions, New England states continued to show support for clean energy projects and policies, as well as efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, and continue to look to each other in determining what...more

Oregon Enacts New Law Impacting Overtime and Maximum Hour Limits for Manufacturers

by Littler on

A new Oregon law clarifies Oregon’s daily and weekly overtime laws and sets new maximum-hour limits for certain Oregon employers. The new statute, which Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed on August 8, 2017, requires most...more

Cordray's Departure Will Mean Big Changes at the CFPB

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

One of two scenarios will likely occur in the near future at the CFPB. Either Director Richard Cordray will be fired by President Trump (for cause), or Cordray will resign to enter the 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race. If either...more

Could Tax Reform Threaten Higher Education?

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Given declining funding from government sources and the continued pressure to minimize tuition increases, it is critical for higher education institutions to encourage private giving. The primary catalyst for private giving...more

Federal Government Does About-Face on Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements in Employment Contracts

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the changes in approach that the current administration has taken to the legal system—a change often overshadowed by other headlines—is the current administration’s willingness to enforce arbitration clauses. While...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - Summer 2017 Update

by Fenwick & West LLP on

California Legislative and Agency Update - Read about the latest California cities to increase hourly minimum wages, newly expanded transgender protections, criminal background check limitations and other changes in...more

Trump Signs Executive Order to Streamline Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On August 15, President Donald J. Trump signed a second executive order "streamlining" the federal environmental permitting process with a goal of making construction of transportation, water, and other infrastructure...more

NAFTA Renegotiations – Are You Prepared for Changes in Supply Chain Operations and Market Growth Planning?

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 16, 2017, the United States, Canada, and Mexico began renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”). According to reports, the negotiations are scheduled to be expedited in an effort to be complete...more

Delaware Amends Data Breach Statute

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Delaware has joined the growing list of states that have recently amended their data breach laws. With passage of the first significant amendments to its data breach law since 2005, Delaware continues a state-law trend of...more

SELF DRIVE Act Moves Unanimously From House Subcommittee To The Full U.S. House Of Representatives

by King & Spalding on

On July 27, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act, or SELF DRIVE Act, on a 54-0 vote. The...more

Foreign Investment in the U.S.: How The Trump Presidency Could Change Things

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Twelve years have passed since publication of the article Uncle Sam Watches Nervously: Foreign Investment in U.S. Industries in 2004. That article discussed the review process under the Exon-Florio Amendment delegated to the...more

Executive Order Aims to Streamline Environmental Permitting of Infrastructure Projects

by Nossaman LLP on

In furtherance of the administration’s broad infrastructure initiative, President Trump on August 15 signed an executive order (EO) entitled “Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and...more

Trump Orders Streamlined Permitting for Infrastructure Projects

by McGuireWoods LLP on

President Trump issued an Aug. 15 Executive Order titled "Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects," seeking to streamline the approval process...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

2018 AG Elections- Democrat Amy Padden Announces Bid for Colorado Attorney General- Democrat Amy Padden, former Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney and Law Enforcement Coordinator for the District of Colorado, announced...more

House Passes Bill Relaxing Reporting Requirements

by Knobbe Martens on

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017. This bill seeks to change the requirement for companies to report medical device malfunctions to the FDA. Previously, companies had to...more

Corporate Sustainability Efforts on Upswing

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Despite the new administration’s efforts to rollback Obama Era environmental regulations, most businesses in the U.S. are maintaining their commitments to sustainability. According to Lucid’s 2017 Sustainability Outlook...more

UPenn Study Finds that GOP Plan to Cut Immigration Will Lower America’s GDP

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School shows that the Republican plan to cut immigration in half will reduce the U.S. per capita gross domestic product by .7 percent over the next ten years, and by 2...more

New Requirements for Planned Developments in Chicago

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Yesterday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued an executive order requiring all applicants seeking Planned Development (PD) approval to report intended and actual employment of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) as...more

2017 Education Legislation Summary

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In its 2017 regular session, the General Assembly made a number of changes in the statutes affecting public education in Connecticut. This summary is intended to give you a brief overview of some of the more significant...more

UK government publishes Statement of Intent on new Data Protection Bill

by Dentons on

On 7 August 2017, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) published a Statement of Intent outlining proposals for a new UK Data Protection Bill (the Bill). This is the UK's preparation for the General...more

How Due Process Will Wither and Die under California’s New Air Contaminant Law: AB 1132 Authorizes Air Districts to Shut Down...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1132 (“AB 1132”) into law on August 7, 2017. The bill, authored by Democratic Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, adds Section 42451.5 to the Health and Safety Code which authorizes air...more

Section 301: The Trade Law You May Not Know Well that Could Shock Industries

On Monday, August 14, President Trump signed an executive memorandum directing U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to consider a “Section 301” investigation against China....more

Second term for Uhuru Kenyatta begins with work clearly cut out

by Hogan Lovells on

Kenya’s 2017 General Elections have been one of the most anticipated and closely monitored. For the first time, the sitting president, Uhuru Kenyatta was working to defend his position against a united opposition. Close to...more

Arizona Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Proposition 206

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On August 2, 2017, the Arizona Supreme Court released its written opinion rejecting the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and other business groups’ challenge to Proposition 206, also known as The Fair Wages and Healthy Families...more

Efforts Toward an Animal Abuse Registry

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Similar to other abuse registry, animal advocates have been petitioning legislatures to initiate an “animal abuse registry,” which would identify past animal abuse and cruelty law offenders...more

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