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Blog: FAA Task Force Recommends Registration of Drones Over 0.55 Pounds

The FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force has released its recommendations for registration of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The task force has proposed a registration process with three key...more

ALJ Dismisses FTC Data Security Claims Against LabMD Due to Lack of Actual or Likely Substantial Consumer Harm

On November 13, a Federal Trade Commission administrative law judge dismissed the FTC data security complaint against medical laboratory LabMD, potentially vindicating LabMD’s vigorous two-year struggle to deny the FTC’s...more

The IRS Continues to Face Significant Budgetary Constraints—What Does It Mean To Taxpayers?

The Chief Financial Officer’s Act of 1990 (“1990 Act”) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on November 15, 1990. One of the major goals of the 1990 Act was to improve the financial management and to gain better...more

Administrative Law Judge Dismisses FTC’s Complaint Against LabMD In Data Breach Case, Citing Lack Of Consumer Harm

On November 13, 2015, the Chief Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) Of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) dismissed an Administrative Complaint against LabMD, Inc. (“LabMD”) regarding its data security practices. In a 92-page...more

Justice Department Delays Web Accessibility Regulations For At Least Three More Years, Leaving Businesses in Turmoil

In an astonishing move, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it will not issue any regulations for public accommodations websites until fiscal year 2018—eight years after it started the rulemaking process with an...more

DOL Tightens Disability Claim Processing Rules

“Isn’t this an ACA blog?” Yes, it is. “So, why are you writing about disability plan administration?” Because they said so. The preamble to the proposed rules explains – Inasmuch as disability and lost earnings can be sources...more

FDA data underscores why patients need to ask tough questions about care

The epidemic of overtreatment is hardly new, and it often stems from physicians’ tendency to order excessive tests. But now Uncle Sam is getting ready to step in even more, prompted in part by disturbing data that detailed...more

FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Atlantic Salmon as Safe and Effective for Human Food and Releases Related Draft Guidance on...

On Thursday, November 19th, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had approved an application for AquAdvantage Salmon, a type of Atlantic Salmon that has been genetically engineered to grow to market size...more

FDA Approves First Genetically Engineered Animal

On November 19, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it had approved AquaBounty Technologies' application for the genetically engineered (GE) salmon (AquAdvantage Salmon), the first time FDA has...more

Forward to The Past: NYSE Returns to Regulation

Everything old is new again. On January 1, 2016, the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) – now owned by Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. – will be taking back some of the regulatory responsibilities it yielded to the Financial...more

ALJ Dismisses FTC Data Breach Action Against LabMD

In the first ruling rebuking the Federal Trade Commission’s cybersecurity enforcement efforts, the FTC’s head administrative law judge dismissed the FTC’s complaint against LabMD, Inc., on November 13, stating that...more

FDA Proposes Gluten-Free Labeling Standards for Fermented and Hydrolyzed Foods

On November 18, 2015, the FDA issued a proposed rule to set standards for making a “gluten-free” claim for foods that are fermented, hydrolyzed, or distilled, or that otherwise contain fermented or hydrolyzed ingredients....more

ALJ Issues Sweeping Decision Dismissing FTC’s Action Against LabMD

On November 13, 2015, the chief administrative law judge (“ALJ”) handling the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC” or “Commission”) complaint against LabMD Inc. (“LabMD”) dismissed the case in its entirety. As we previously...more

OMB Releases Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda

Earlier today, the White House Office of Management and Budget released its semi-annual Unified Regulatory Agenda and Regulatory Plan for Fall 2015, covering 59 Federal departments, agencies, and commissions. Entries are...more

OHA Clarifies Non-Manufacturer Rules For Procurements Conducted Under Simplified Acquisition Procedures

Last month, the SBA Office of Hearing and Appeals (“OHA”) issued a decision which has clarified that, as in the past, for procurements conducted under simplified acquisition procedures, offerors who wish to qualify as a small...more

New FDA Guidance Doubles-Down on 1980 Fortification Policy and Potential Misbranding Risks of “Inappropriate Fortification”

FDA recently released its Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers on FDA’s Fortification Policy (Guidance) to “clarify the existing policy” in response to questions FDA has received from the food industry, other federal...more

ALJ Rules Against FTC in LabMD Data Security Action: Sets High Bar for Proving Consumer Harm

Last June we wrote about the FTC’s enforcement action against LabMD, a medical testing laboratory, which was forced to wind down its business because of the costs associated with challenging the FTC since 2013. Using its...more

FDA Issues Final Food Biotechnology Labeling Guidelines for Plant Foods; Discourages “GMO Free” Claims

On November 19, 2015, FDA issued its final guidance for industry concerning the requirements for voluntarily indicating whether food products have or have not been derived from genetically engineered plants. The final...more

LabMD vindicated in FTC row

We have been following the fight between LabMD and the FTC for years. It has been a story of high emotions, principles, standoffs, aggression, lawsuits, court decisions, Congressional hearings and accusations, all outlined in...more

SEC Settles Charges with Private Equity Firm and Four Executives for Failure to Disclose Conflicts of Interest

The SEC recently reached a settlement with New York-based private equity firm, Fenway Partners, LLC, and four executives related to charges that Fenway Partners and several of its executives (“Respondents”) failed to disclose...more

ITC Proposed Amendments to Section 337 Rules

As the costs of patent litigation continue to rise, and tribunals work to more efficiently adjudicate disputes, the United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) appears to be listening to its constituents: on...more

NDGA Judge Halts Another SEC Admin Proceeding

Atlanta federal Judge Leigh Martin May enjoined the SEC from proceeding in yet another administrative enforcement action Tuesday. Ironridge Global IV, Ltd. v. SEC, No. 1:15-CV-2512 (USDC NDGA Nov. 17, 2015)....more

The baby boomer gamblers: Running out of money

As the first of the baby boomers have reached retirement age, the greatest financial threat to the American middle class is silently waiting for them. Most are unprepared for what actuaries call “longevity risk.” The real...more

Natural Resource Conservation Subject of White House Directive to Agencies

A recently released Presidential Memorandum will likely spur new policies related to development and natural resources, possibly impacting public agencies, developers and the like. “Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources...more

FTC Case Against LabMD Dismissed Due to Lack of Harm

This past Friday the 13th was not a lucky day for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) dismissed the FTC’s data security enforcement proceeding against LabMD on the grounds that the FTC failed...more

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