Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

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Houston, Texas 77002-2770, United States

Contact: Michelle McCormick

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Employment Authorization For Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses

Effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Political Consultant Convicted for Illegal Coordination

In what appears to be a first of its kind federal prosecution, Tyler Harber, a well-known political consultant, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to illegally coordinating campaign…more
| Criminal Law, Elections & Politics

Ninth Circuit Holds that Acquisition Violates Antitrust Laws

On February 10, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court decision finding that the merger of two healthcare providers in Idaho violated antitrust laws. St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Nampa…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Health

Campaign Contribution Limits Raised Again

In every odd-numbered year the Federal Election Commission (FEC) is required to adjust certain contribution limits, expenditure limits, and the lobbyist bundling disclosure threshold by indexing them to inflation…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

SEC Proposes Rules for Hedging Policy Disclosure

The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed rules to implement the disclosure of hedging policies as required by Section 955 the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

State/Local Bond Proposals in Administration's 2016 Budget

Several proposals affecting tax-exempt bonds were included in the Obama Administration's Budget for FY 2016. As usual, the overall budget proposal has immediately been declared DOA by political pundits. Nonetheless, taking a…more
| Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Taxation

The Bureau of Economic Analysis Reporting Requirements for Foreign Direct Investment: Still Time for Timely Filing

In September of 2014, new foreign investment reporting requirements from the Department of Commerce‚Äôs Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) became effective. The new regulations require the BEA to collect data on the acquisition or…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade

Opt-Out Election for AOCI Under Basel III Approaches

The beginning of 2015 marked the implementation of Basel III for community banks including the changes to required capital ratios. Although community banks have been preparing for the implementation for months, one of the first…more
| Finance & Banking

SEC Secures Federal Judge Order Against Mayor Based on Control Person Liability

On January 28, 2015, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan entered a final judgment against Gary Burtka, the former mayor of Allen Park, Michigan, upholding the Security and Exchange Commission…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts, Securities Law

SEC Staff Revises Guidance on Shortened Debt Tender Offers, Expands Guidance to Cover Tender Offers for High-Yield Debt and Certain Exchange Offers

The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued a no-action letter that substantially revises its long-standing guidance for shortened tender offers for non-convertible debt securities. The letter permits…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Greater Good Adds More Complexity for Contractors in the Middle East

On January 29, 2014, the Federal Acquisitions Regulations Council published the final rule amending the Combating Trafficking in Persons for U.S. government contracts (the "Anti-Human Trafficking Rule"). The Anti-Human…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Government Contracting

New HSR Thresholds for 2015

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the annual revisions to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act) thresholds, which will become effective on February 20, 2015. The revised thresholds will apply…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Supreme Court's Dual Standard of Review for Claim Construction Creates a Potential Grab Bag For Patent Litigants

The United States Supreme Court clarified yet another important standard in patent law by mandating that the Federal Circuit apply clear error review when reviewing subsidiary factfindings in patent claim construction. Teva…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Supreme Court Rules that Trademark Tacking is a Question for Juries

Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously held in Hana Financial v. Hana Bank, 574 U.S. ___ (2015), that trademark tacking is a question for juries. Trademark tacking, or the ability to "tack" a new mark to an older mark in order…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

National Party Committees to Benefit from New and Vastly Increased Contribution Limits

In signing the omnibus appropriations bill into law on December 16, 2014, the President created new vehicles for making increased contributions to national political party committees. The Federal Election Commission, which is…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking
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