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Louisville’s “One-Touch” Make-Ready Ordinance Upheld

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In the first decision to consider the legality of a “one touch” make-ready ordinance, a federal district court in Kentucky upheld a City of Louisville law authorizing new attachers to utility poles to rearrange the pole...more

Should Infrastructure Project Developers Invoke Streamlined Environmental Review Under FAST-41?

by Perkins Coie on

Title 41 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST-41) includes measures to streamline environmental reviews for certain infrastructure projects. Congress passed the FAST Act in December 2015, and the Office of...more

An In-Depth Examination of China’s New Cybersecurity Law

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 1, 2017, China’s new cybersecurity law, the Network Security Law of the Peoples Republic China (“Cybersecurity Law”) went into effect. The Cybersecurity Law contains an overarching framework regulating network...more

Coal Executive Has His Feelings Hurt by Television Comedian John Oliver, Sues for Defamation

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

In a Sunday, June 18, 2017, segment on John Oliver’s news comedy television show, Last Week Tonight, Oliver predicted that the founder and CEO of the largest privately owned coal company in the United States, the litigious...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s indefinite leave of absence just got a whole lot more definite with news late yesterday that, bowing to pressure from shareholders, Kalanick has resigned from his post altogether....more

Mexico’s "Red Troncal" project - New telecom nationwide backbone network project to be launched in Mexico

by White & Case LLP on

The 2013 amendments to the Mexican Constitution and Mexico's new Telecom Law require Mexico's federal government to build a nationwide fiber optic backbone network, which will be called the Red Troncal....more

Boletín Mensual de Telecomunicaciones - Mayo 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Las siguientes publicaciones fueron hechas por autoridades del gobierno federal en Mayo de 2017 en relación con el Sector de Telecomunicaciones de México...more

Mexico Telecommunications Update - May 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The following announcements were made by public government authorities in May 2017 regarding Mexico's telecommunications sector: Deployment of Telecom and Broadcasting Infrastructure in Federal Buildings - Mexico's...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber’s troubles over the past few months have been well documented (here, among many other places). Still, this weekend’s news that the ride-hailing company’s board is considering a three-month leave of absence for CEO Travis...more

Canada Initiates Consultations with Industry on NAFTA Renegotiation

by Dickinson Wright on

On June 3, 2017, the Government of Canada (“GOC”) announced in the Canada Gazette that it will undertake an online, domestic consultation process regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canadian...more

2017 Vermont Legislative Session | The Year in Review - DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team Final Analysis

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

A May 18th adjournment brought to a close the first half of the 74th biennial session of the Vermont General Assembly. Drama awaits as Gov. Phil Scott has threatened to veto H.518, the fiscal year 2018 budget, over an...more

Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Watch: “Parameters,” But Not Full Plan to be Released this Month

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Despite bi-partisan agreement on the urgency to invest in the nation’s infrastructure to meet fast growing demands on our roads, railroads and waterways, there has yet to materialize a bi-partisan framework for funding and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With oil markets again in free fall, Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to cut production, and industry experts expect that the rest of OPEC may soon follow suit....more

Cybersecurity Considerations in the Energy Sector

by Hogan Lovells on

Cyber threats are pervasive, growing, and real, whether an individual is dealing with them professionally as a Cyber Security Practitioner (CSP) or has been touched by cybercrime in his or her personal life. In today’s...more

Funds Talk: May 2017 - The ‘Commercially Reasonable Efforts’ Standard as Defined by the Delaware Supreme Court

In its recent decision in The Williams Cos., Inc. v. Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., et al., the Delaware Supreme Court offered guidance on the interpretation of the “commercially reasonable efforts” standard in a merger...more

Privacy Tip #84 – Utility Company Imposters Scaring and Scamming Vulnerable Consumers

A new but old scam is on the rise and is reportedly hitting droves of unwary and vulnerable consumers. This new but old scam has increased now that tax season is over, and W2 scams are difficult to succeed this time of year....more

CPUC Rulemaking Opens Door to Revisit Impacts of Wireless in Public Rights of Way - Local Governments Should Respond by May 3

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Public Utilities Commission just opened a proceeding that may redefine the rights of wireless providers and wireless infrastructure providers to use utility poles and public rights of way. In addition, the CPUC...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Trial Bar Proposes Anti-Ride-Sharing Amendments to Insurance Bill - The Senate Judiciary Committee considered amendments this week proposed by the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association that would likely force Uber out of...more

Can You Hear Me Now? South Carolina Department of Revenue Issues Guidance on Taxation of Communication Services

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (the “Department”) issued guidance earlier this month, in South Carolina Revenue Ruling 17-2, to update a comprehensive discussion concerning how communication services are taxed. Up...more

Texas Hold ‘Em: Long-Lasting Pole Attachment Dispute Ends (For Now)

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In late February, the Texas Court of Appeals issued an opinion resolving an eight-year dispute concerning municipal pole attachment fees charged to AT&T and Time Warner Cable (TWC) by CPS Energy (CPS), an electric utility...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A review of the Fed minutes released yesterday shows the willingness of some Fed Governors to start rate raising again sooner rather than later....more

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Confirms Anti-Slapp Provisions Apply To “Protected Petition Activity”

On February 14, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts reviewed the application of the state’s “anti-SLAPP” law to challenges made against a blogged critique of Cardno Chemrisk, LLC (Chemrisk) and British Oetroleum (BP)...more

California Utility Regulator Grows Data Hungry

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

As the world’s appetite for data increases, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has decided to take a seat at the table. Over the last several months, the CPUC has issued a series of orders and data...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Trump Administration proposes rule requiring deletion of two regulations for every new regulation adopted - Washington Post - Jan 30 - President Trump signed an order...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Unfortunately enough for Deutsche Bank, 2017 isn’t starting off much better than the previous year. The German banking giant has agreed to pay a $425 million fine to NY state authorities (and another $204 million to the UK’s...more

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