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The (Hopefully) Short, Costly Life of President Obama’s Executive Orders

For companies frustrated with the increasingly complex and burdensome compliance obligations imposed on government contractors, the elimination of some or all of the burdensome rules, which are both expensive and distinct...more

"UK Prime Minister Outlines Objectives for Exiting the EU"

On January 17, 2017, UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a speech in London outlining the government’s objectives for exiting the European Union (EU). She set out a “Plan for Britain”, including 12 priorities for the...more

From ESA to Keystone to EPA, Changes Coming Fast

Few things are certain leading up to Donald Trump’s presidency. But there is no question that environmental and energy policy will take center stage in the days – perhaps hours – following his inauguration....more

UPC Targets December 2017 Launch

The Preparatory Committee for the European Unified Patent Court (UPC) has indicated its intention that the UPC will become operational and the UPC Agreement will come into force in December 2017....more

Trade Issues for Asia Business in 2017: A Look Beyond Headlines at TPP’s Demise and Emerging RCEP Trade Agreement

Press coverage about trade in Asia after the election of Donald Trump predominantly has framed a narrative that China stands to benefit from the demise of the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the expense of the...more

The Last of Obama-Era CFPB Enforcement?

Making the most of its enforcement powers before the new administration takes over, and likely concerned that its days as a stand-alone bureau may be coming to an end, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took...more

Two New Sets of DOL Fiduciary Rule FAQs

DOL releases additional guidance on fiduciary rule in the waning days of the Obama administration. The US Department of Labor (DOL) has released two new sets of frequently-asked-questions (FAQs) regarding the conflict of...more

Dear Littler: Can A Boss Fire Someone for Off-Duty Political Activities?

Dear Littler: I saw one of my employees on the local news the other night participating in a political rally over the weekend. We try to maintain a tension-free workplace. Can I discipline him for this conduct? Can I at least...more

Trump Administration Could Ratify Montreal Protocol 2014 Addressing Unruly Airline Passengers

Unruly passenger incidents on commercial aircraft are an endemic problem for the airline industry. Such incidents threaten the safety and security of all on board, disrupt operations and result in significant economic losses...more

Key Trade Appointees and President Trump’s Approach to International Trade Policy

President Trump has now appointed the senior members of his administration (some of whom remain subject to U.S. Senate confirmation) who will help him develop, coordinate and enforce U.S. trade policy. Examining the...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - January 2017

The Supreme Court of the United States is, of course, known for landmark decisions affecting the lives of Americans. When we hear “SCOTUS” we think of famous civil rights cases such as Marbury v. Madison, (1803) which...more

Significant Changes to US Sanctions Against Sudan Opens the Door for New Opportunities (IRB No. 561)

Catching many by surprise, President Obama issued an Executive Order on Friday, January 13, 2017, which provides for the lifting of sanctions against Sudan in six months. In addition, OFAC published on Tuesday (January 17,...more

Obamacare in the Cross Hairs — but Procedural Hurdles Loom

President-elect Trump and congressional Republicans have promised to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but there is deep division regarding which provisions will be rescinded and around the details of the...more

United Kingdom Will Gain With Trade Deal Under Trump Administration

It is not only in the United States that people are taking an interest in a Trump presidency. The rest of the world also eagerly awaits how the new Trump Administration will affect them. This is particularly the case in the...more

"House Bill to Shake Up CFTC Rulemakings"

Less than two weeks into the new congressional session, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by a vote of 239 to 182 the Commodity End-User Relief Act1 (the Bill or House Bill), marking the first step by the new...more

CFIUS: President-elect Trump’s Potential Big Stick for China and Foreign Trade

On the campaign trail, President-elect Trump adopted a contentious approach towards foreign trade, focusing on Chinese “theft of American trade secrets” and suggesting, at times, potential isolationism for U.S. businesses....more

Will “Making America Great Again” Mean Increased Enforcement of the Buy American Act? What Government Contractors Can Do Right...

Over the course of the presidential campaign, President Trump indicated a willingness to punish companies that source labor or manufacture products abroad, particularly from China and Mexico. With promises of a $1-trillion...more

#MLWashingtonCyberWatch: Nominees Discuss Future of Cybersecurity

With Inauguration Day upon us, it’s time for a #MLWashingtonCyberWatch update. President-elect Donald Trump has vocalized his support for the future of “cyber” throughout his campaign – but how will members of his cabinet...more

Sudan Embargo Lifted

On January 13, the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a general license that authorizes all transactions with Sudan that were previously prohibited by the Sudanese Sanctions...more

President Trump, the Ex-Im Bank and Aircraft Finance

The Export-Import Bank of the United States has been embroiled in a considerable amount of political controversy in recent years. Created in 1934 by a presidential executive order to finance and facilitate the export of U.S....more

New Guidance Restores 1994 ERISA Proxy Voting Interpretation

The DOL bulletin also clarifies the ability to consider ESG factors in proxy voting and shareholder engagement. On December 29, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued Interpretive Bulletin 2016-1 (IB 2016-1),...more

Financial regulation in 2017: Europe and the US

The result of the UK referendum on its EU membership and the outcome of the US Presidential elections of 2016 have laid the ground for 2017 to be a year of transition for both Europe and the United States. As transitions are...more

Health Care E-Note - January 2017

On October 4, 2016, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") released the final rules regarding the requirements of participation for skilled nursing facilities. One of the most significant changes to the...more

FCC Wireless Bureau’s Staff Report Questions AT&T and Verizon Zero Rating Practices in Mobile Broadband Market…But To What Effect...

On January 11, 2017, the FCC released its most extensive “policy review” of mobile broadband operators sponsored data offerings for zero-rated content and services since the Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order. ...more

Obama Administration Issues Changes to Iran Sanctions Regulations That Benefit Exporters of Medicine, Medical Devices and...

On December 23, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) published a number of changes to the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (“ITSR,” 31 C.F.R. Part 560) that expanded the...more

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