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House Republicans and Trump Administration File Joint Motion to Delay Suit Challenging Obamacare Subsidies

An interesting development transpired Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in a case pending in Federal District Court in the District of Columbia that challenges subsidy payments from the Federal Treasury to support Obamacare. The...more

A Host of Biometric Privacy/Facial Recognition Bills Currently Circulating in State Legislatures

We’ve written extensively about the numerous lawsuits, dismissals and settlements surrounding the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The statute, generally speaking, prohibits an entity from collecting,...more

Mexico Finalizes Significant Changes to Its Labor Justice System

On February 24, 2017, Mexico’s Official Gazette of the Federation (known as the Diario Oficial de la Federación or DOF) published a decree that reformed and added several dispositions of Articles 107 and 123 of the Mexican...more

California to Consider Significant Change to Eminent Domain Law Regarding a Condemnee's Right to Recover Litigation Expenses

On February 9, 2017, California Assembly Member Phillip Chen (a Republican from the 55th district) introduced Assembly Bill 408 (AB 408). AB 408 is styled as an “act to amend Section 1250.410 of the Code of Civil Procedure...more

Just When We Thought Measure 97 Was Dead—It May Be Back!

As I reported previously, Oregon Measure 97 was overwhelmingly defeated by voters in the state’s general election this past November. It certainly appeared that the voters spoke loudly and clearly on November 8, 2016, when...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - February, 2017 #3

Eminent Domain (HB3) - A bill that seeks to amend the State's Constitution to prohibit the exercise of eminent domain to condemn private property except for public use passed through the House this week after being...more

RLUIPA Implications of Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court’s issuance of a temporary restraining order prohibiting the enforcement of Executive Order 13769 – “Protecting The Nation From...more

FDA Hardens Its Stance on Intended Use and Off-Label Use and Industry Responds

From 2015 to 2016, FDA appeared to open the door to loosening the standards around intended use and off-label use, but recent rule-making and public comments suggest that FDA is becoming more sclerotic instead of flexible....more

The Curious Evolution of the Executive Order

On January 27, 2017, barely a week into office, President Donald J. Trump issued Executive Order 13769 for the stated purpose of “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Both vigorously...more

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Halt on Trump Administration's Travel Ban

Seyfarth Synopsis: A three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Trump administration’s motion to reinstate the travel ban. Late on Thursday, February 9, the Ninth Circuit panel voted to...more

UPDATE: Trump's Immigration Executive Order, Refused by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Late yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate President Donald Trump’s immigration Executive Order (Order) which suspended the entry of aliens from seven countries into the United States for 90 days....more

Court Deals Setback to Trump's Immigration Policy

A federal appeals court on Thursday, February 9 unanimously ruled against President Trump’s controversial “travel ban” Executive Order that attempted to bar foreign nationals from a list of seven countries from entering the...more

Can The Legislature Hire Its Own Lawyer?

In early January, California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon jointly announced that the California Legislature had hired outside legal counsel to advise on potential legal...more

9th Circuit Refuses to Stay Nationwide Injunction Against Enforcement of Trump Immigration Order While Government Appeals

On February 9, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the U.S. District Court’s Temporary Restraining Order prohibiting nationwide enforcement of key portions of the immigration Executive Order issued on...more

Democratic lawmakers/ Democratic state AGs/ consumer advocacy groups seek reconsideration en banc of motions to intervene in PHH...

After the D.C. Circuit panel issued a per curiam order on February 2 denying the three motions to intervene that were filed in the PHH case, we expected the next development in the case to be a decision by the D.C. Circuit on...more

Ninth Circuit Refuses to Vacate TRO on Trump’s Immigration Order

Late yesterday, in the case of Washington v. Trump, No. 17-35105 (9th Cir. Feb. 9, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a “per curiam” opinion, which refused to vacate the temporary restraining order...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Temporary Block on Travel Ban

On February 9, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Ninth Circuit) unanimously upheld the temporary restraining order that halted the federal government ban on issuance of visas to, and entry of,...more

Ninth Circuit Denies Government’s Motion to Stay District Court’s Order Blocking Travel Ban

In a unanimous opinion, a three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the stay of President Trump’s travel ban. The Court found in favor of the State of Washington on all of its arguments and held that the...more

Is Gorsuch A Positivist?

As President Trump applies his whack-a-mole, hammer-them-all-on-thehead theory of leadership, could a Justice Neil Gorsuch legal philosophy join opinions that would declare the president’s actions unconstitutional? It is a...more

President's Immigration Ban Remains Blocked

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Government Bid To Reinstate Travel Ban - After hearing an emergency oral argument late Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower federal court judge and late today upheld...more

Religious Institutions Update: February 2017

Timely Topics - A draft executive order of President Donald Trump relating to religious freedom proposes several material changes to federal law. First, it would require the executive branches to recognize a broad scope...more

Trump's Immigration Executive Order - Are We Back to Where We Started?

If you are confused about what is happening with President Donald Trump’s immigration Executive Order (Order), then you are not alone. PAST – What exactly is the Order? Trump signed the Order on January 27, 2017,...more

A Cautionary Comment on PAGA (or Plaintiffs’ Attorneys Getting Around) Legislative Intent

Seyfarth Synopsis: Sometimes, plaintiffs’ attorneys have circumvented a key aspect of the California Legislature’s intent in enacting PAGA: limiting standing to pursue penalties for Labor Code violations to those employees...more

Temporary Restraining Order Halts Trump Administration Executive Order of January 27, 2017

As has been widely reported, on Friday, February 3, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a temporary restraining order impacting the Trump Administration Executive Order issued...more

Outlook 2017: The New Administration and Changes in the Federal Judiciary

What impact could the new Trump administration have on the federal judiciary, including the Supreme Court? Having previously served with the Office of the Solicitor General and as Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to...more

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