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North Carolina Legislative Report - November 15, 2013

The General Assembly has officially completed its business for the 2013 long session. The 2014 short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Bipartisan Agreement Reached on Legislation Granting FDA Greater Authority to Regulate Drug Compounders

Last week, Democrat and Republican leaders of both houses of Congress agreed to the terms of a bill that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) greater authority to regulate drug compounding and would revamp...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 4 - April 2013

In This Issue: New York Court of Appeals Upholds “Amazon” Statute; Guilty Plea and $5.5 Million Settlement Resolve New York’s False Claims Case; City ALJ Dismisses Case Seeking Interest on $30 Million Refund;...more

This Week in Washington - January 11, 2013

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - Congress is in recess this week. The House returns on Monday, and the Senate returns January 21st. Debt Ceiling, Budget & the Economy. The President’s Fiscal...more

Cybersecurity Provisions Enacted under 2013 National Defense Authorization Act

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 (NDAA) into law. Each year Congress passes the NDAA to authorize funding levels for Department of Defense (DoD) programs and...more

The White House Is Finalizing An Executive Order On Cybersecurity

With Capitol Hill and the media both focusing on the “fiscal cliff,” the White House has quietly moved one step closer to issuing an executive order (“EO”) on cybersecurity....more

Congressional Committee Finds Huawei And ZTE To Be Threats To National Security By Shannon Doyle

On October 8, 2012, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (“the Committee”) published a report declaring two Chinese telecommunication equipment manufacturers, Huawei Technologies Company and ZTE, to be threats...more

D.C's clean-energy conundrum

Originally published in Reuters on December 9, 2012 Few issues are now as politically polarizing as the role of government in supporting clean-energy technologies. It pits those concerned about global warming against...more

Capital Thinking Update - November 19, 2012

In This Issue: - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health Care - International, Defense, Homeland Security -...more

Amendments to CLIA’s Proficiency Testing Provisions Passed by Congress

The Senate approved the previously House-passed Taking Essential Steps for Testing Act (also known as the “TEST Act”) this week, clearing the way for President Obama’s signature and enactment. The legislation, which amends...more

Also Returning to Washington: The Threat of a Cybersecurity Executive Order

Cybersecurity may seem like a bipartisan issue, but partisan rancor in an election year doomed early efforts to pass cybersecurity legislation. ...more

U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Review Federal Funding of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research

On October 10, 2012, two pro-life groups petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review and reverse the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Court’s decision allowing the continued federal funding of...more

Cyber-Security Issues Receiving Ever-Increasing Attention, Including From Congress and Governmental Agencies

On the heels of a recent survey that found that cyber-security is becoming the primary concern of corporate general counsels and directors, see C. Dunn, Cybersecurity Becoming No. 1 Concern for GCs and Directors, Corporate...more

Chairman Rockefeller Requests Cybersecurity Input From Fortune 500 Companies

On September 19, Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, sent a letter to the CEOs of all Fortune 500 companies seeking their input on the...more

Fortune 500 CEOs Receive Request Letter on Cybersecurity From Senator Rockefeller

“The cyber threat we face is unprecedented and we need an innovative and cooperative approach between the private sector and the federal government to protect the country from it.” —Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV...more

Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Fails in Senate — ” A moment of disappointment…”

CNN reports that the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (SB 3414) has failed to pass the US Senate. A cloture vote failed by a vote of 42-46, mostly along party lines....more

President Obama Signs Bipartisan FDA User Fee Legislation

On July 9, 2012, President Obama signed legislation that reauthorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assess user fees to support the agency’s review of marketing applications for drugs (including biologics)...more

President Signs Law Reauthorizing Drug and Device User Fees: Legislation Contains Several Important FDA Reforms

On Monday, July 9, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA). This statute reauthorizes the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) and the Medical Device User...more

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet - July 2012: When cyber-threat protection and privacy concerns collide By Ryan Lobato

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (“CISPA”) is a pending legislative proposal aimed at protecting against cyber-threats and cyber-attacks. CISPA follows the much publicized and now effectively defunct...more

Biosimilar Developers Can Breathe a Sigh of Relief

With this morning’s Supreme Court affirmance of the bulk of the Affordable Care Act, the specter that the BPCIA framework for biosimilar introduction could be dismantled is no longer a concern....more

End Debt Collector Abuse Act of 2012

Full text copy of the End Debt Collector Abuse Act of 2012, introduced by Senator Al Franken in the U.S. Senate on June 27, 2012. From Senator Franken's statement: “Abusive debt collection practices have been detailed...more

End Debt Collector Abuse Act of 2012

From Senator Al Franken's statement: “Abusive debt collection practices have been detailed extensively in reports by the Federal Trade Commission, GAO, and the Minnesota Attorney General, and in recent news articles. Too...more

Revisions to Connecticut Data Breach Notification Law Pass in Budget Bill

We have been following proposed legislation to modify the Connecticut data breach notification law as it worked its way (unsuccessfully) through the 2012 General Session of the legislature. To our surprise, it has,...more

The Regulatory Future of mHealth: FCC, FDA and the United States Congress

As a general matter FDA regulates all medical devices and FCC regulates devices that utilize electromagnetic spectrum - i.e. broadcast devices. So with regard to mobile health devices - sensors, applications, systems - FDA...more

EU implements new sanctions against Syria targeting the supply of internal repression products and luxury goods

On 15 June 2012, the Council of the European Union (EU) adopted Regulation 509/20121 which implements the additional restrictions against Syria imposed by the Council on 23 April 2012 and amends Regulation 36/20122 to this...more

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