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Initial Challenge to Clean Power Plan Receives Rocky Reception

Several states and Murray Energy Corp. (“Murray Energy”), supported by numerous intervenors and amici, presented oral arguments today before the D.C. Circuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

New York State Passes Budget that Continues Tax Incentives for Solar Installations

Last week, New York State enacted a budget for the fiscal year 2015-16 (i.e., April 1, 2015 to Mar. 31, 2016) that continues two tax incentives for the installation of solar energy systems: (1) tax credits…more
| Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation, Real Estate - Commercial

Overview of New NLRB Union Election Procedures

On December 12, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) issued a final rule that substantially revised its existing procedures for conducting union elections. The new rule significantly accelerates the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Going from A to A+: SEC Approves Amendments to Regulation A

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously adopted final rules to amend Regulation A, as mandated by Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act). Whereas the existing Regulation…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Brazil President Issues Decree Implementing Anticorruption Law

On March 18, 2015, nearly two years after the enactment of Brazil’s 2013 Clean Companies Act (CCA), Law No. 12,846, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff issued Decree No. 8,420 (the “Decree”) implementing the CCA. This week, an…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

UK 2015 Budget – Changes to the North Sea Tax Regime

In a move designed to breathe life into the United Kingdom’s North Sea oil and gas industry, the United Kingdom’s Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a suite of tax cuts as part of the 2015 Budget. The cuts are a response…more
| Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Taxation

IP Newsflash - April 2015

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Patent Directed to Online Auction Held Invalid Under § 101 - A district court recently granted a defendant’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, holding that a patent directed to an online…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Negotiators Agree on Iran Deal Framework Providing Basis for Limited Easing of Sanctions

Thursday, negotiators from the United States, Iran and other world powers announced they have agreed on a framework for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran’s nuclear program to be finalized by June 30, 2015. This…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade, Military Law

WKSI Waivers: SEC Chair Defends Policy in Wake of Public Criticism

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White explained and defended the SEC’s policy for granting so-called “WKSI waivers” in a speech she made at the Corporate Counsel Institute on March 12, 2015. White’s…more
| Administrative Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2015

Welcome to the March 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, two individuals receive multi-year sentences for Venezuelan bribery, Australian…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Obama Signs Executive Order Establishing Cybersecurity Sanctions Regime

On April 1, 2015, President Obama signed an executive order establishing a new sanctions program targeting individuals and entities responsible for, or complicit in, cyber-enabled activities that threaten the national security,…more
| Elections & Politics, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Bill Introduced in North Carolina Senate Seeks to Extend the State’s Renewable-Energy Tax Credit Through 2020

This week, a bill was introduced in the North Carolina Senate to extend the state’s renewable-energy tax credit to eligible property that is placed in service by the end of 2020. Eligible renewable-energy property would include…more
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Taxation

Congressman Ed Whitfield Proposes Means for States to Avoid Compliance with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

On March 23, 2015, Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, released a discussion draft of the Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015 (the Act). According…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Mexico’s Energy Industry: Ronda Uno, First Tender

On March 25, 2015, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (“CNH”) released revised versions of the Bidding Guidelines (the “BG”) and the Model Production Sharing Contract (the “PSC”) for the First Tender published on December…more
| Energy & Utilities, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, International Law & Trade

Best Practices in Social Media for Employers Part 3 – Disciplining Employees for Conduct on Social Media

As discussed previously (see Best Practices in Social Media for Employers Part 2), adopting a National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)-compliant social media policy is the first step in ensuring that the policy can be enforced. …more
| Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law
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