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Congressman introduces fintech bill

Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry, Vice Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, has introduced the “Financial Services Innovation Act of 2016,” which is intended to provide a streamlined regulatory process for...more

Clinton vs. Trump: How the U.S. Presidential Election Could Impact IP Law

A great deal has been made of the distinct policy differences between Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Nominee Donald Trump in such areas as immigration, national defense, crime and taxation. But...more

Four States Expanded Employer Data Breach Notification Obligations in 2016

With over 680 security breaches reported so far in 2016, more employers are being forced to confront the issue of how to respond to a breach. All states except Alabama, North Dakota and New Mexico now require notification...more

Health Update - September 2016

The Election’s Impact on Healthcare: Preparing for Potential Scenarios - Editor’s Note: Election 2016 will have a major impact on federal and state healthcare policy. To be prepared for all the possibilities, it’s...more

The EpiPen Controversy Signals Intensifying Scrutiny of Drug Classification Under Medicaid Rebate Program

Price increases threatening the availability of EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® Auto-Injectors (“EpiPen”) have touched off the latest firestorm over drug pricing. Lost amid the public outcry, however, is a thorny regulatory issue:...more

Federal and State Authorities Take First Steps Toward Regulating Blockchain, Mobile Banking and Digital Financial Services

Last week, federal and state lawmakers took significant steps toward specific regulations targeting digital financial technology, mobile banking and cybersecurity, signaling the possibility of wholesale changes to the legal...more

FTC Round-Up: NIST Framework Compliance Is Not Enough and Looming Ransomware Enforcement Activity

On August 31st and September 7th, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provided guidance regarding cybersecurity standards, which companies should consider when assessing their current data security posture....more

White House Issues Presidential Directive Coordinating Government Response To “Cyber Incidents”

On July 26, 2016, President Obama issued a new Presidential Directive setting forth the framework for how the United States (US) federal government will respond to “cyber incidents,” whether involving government or private...more

DHS Partners With States To Strengthen Election Cybersecurity Infrastructure

Last week, the National Association of Secretaries of State (“NASS”) appointed four secretaries of state to the Department of Homeland Security’s (“DHS”) Election Infrastructure Cybersecurity Working Group (“Working Group”). ...more

EIB Energy Highlights: FERC on Cybersecurity, Clean Power Plan Hearing Agenda, NatGas & Oil Exports Rise & More

Natural Gas - Natural Gas Outlook: U.S. On Track to be Net Exporter Q2 2017: Natural gas production and consumption are expected to rise this year due to increases in natural gas prices and LNG exports, as well as...more

Senators Urge President Obama To Raise Cybersecurity During G20 Summit

In advance of the 2016 Group of 20 (“G20”) Summit, which convened in Hangzhou, China, on September 4 and 5, several Democratic Senators sent a letter to President Obama urging him to make cybersecurity a priority. The...more

Yet more changes proposed to China cyber and data security laws

China's cybersecurity and data privacy frameworks are facing yet more significant changes, as in recent weeks the Chinese Government has announced two further initiatives. These are in addition to the significant legal...more

New FCC and Administration Initiatives Adopted to Support the Internet of Things

The Federal Communications Commission and the Obama administration recently adopted several important initiatives to facilitate innovation in and rapid deployment of the nascent Internet of Things (IoT). The FCC identified...more

FBI Issues a Private Industry Alert for State Election Systems

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) issued a private industry alert on August 18, 2016, to State Boards of Election to alert them of hackings into Board of Election websites. ...more

Why Congress Should Act Quickly To Reauthorize SBIR, STTR

Despite bipartisan efforts, the future is uncertain for the by all accounts highly successful Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Authorization for the current...more

California Considers Rules For Data Security, Geolocation ­

On Wednesday, August 24, the California state senate (the “Senate”) took action on a bill that would expand the definition of protected personal consumer data to include geolocation and biometric information while also...more

Arkansas' New Telemedicine Rules a Small Step Forward

The Arkansas Legislative Council’s Rules and Regulations Subcommittee approved, on August 16, 2016, proposed regulations which, if accepted by the Arkansas Legislative Council, will remove some restrictions on telemedicine...more

Want to Weigh In On Cyber Issues? Here's How.

Do you feel that the federal government doesn’t listen? Or at least not to you? Well, here is the opportunity to have your voice heard, albeit just on cybersecurity....more

EpiPens: the latest epic fail to halt Big Pharma’s relentless jacking up of prices

Martin Shkreli, the smirking Pharma CEO, has been replaced for now as the national symbol for outrage over Big Pharma’s price gouging. Enter, stage right: Heather Bresch, a 47-year-old executive-who also happens to be the...more

Cyber Update: What Businesses Must Know about the New Presidential Policy Directive

Last month the White House disclosed how the federal government will coordinate incident response activities in the event of a large-scale cyber incident. While the policy directive is worth reading in its entirety, this...more

MCLE Self Study Article: Property Rights to the Periphery of the Universe or Only to the Rooftop?: The Effects of Drones on...

Imagine a peaceful summer afternoon at home with your family. You’re inside preparing food for a barbeque while the rest of your family sunbathes and plays by the backyard pool. Suddenly, your teenage daughter runs into the...more

California Legislature Nearing Final Debate of Biometric and Geolocation Data Security Bill

With the session ending on August 31st, the California legislature is debating a bill (AB 83) that would expand data security requirements for businesses that maintain personal information of California residents to include,...more

Saudi Arabia consults on proposed cloud computing regulation and licenses

Saudi Arabia's ICT regulator, the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), has published a public consultation document on a proposed cloud computing regulation and license regime in the KSA. The...more

California Passes Digital Assets Law

Following in the footsteps of numerous other states, California became the newest state to pass a digital assets bill, which allows individuals to access social media accounts, music accounts, gaming accounts or other digital...more

California Digital Currency Regulation Is On Again and Then Off Again

California first proposed a licensing framework for digital currency companies in February 2015, though the bill was inactive by September 2015. Just last week, California legislators introduced a bill that was amended from...more

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