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FCC Likely to Launch New Rulemaking Proceeding to Further Reform Lifeline Program

The FCC is gearing up to launch a new rulemaking proceeding to once again overhaul the Lifeline program. The last major reform of the program was in 2012, and this new rulemaking would likely continue the work of some of the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Is Wi-Fi Security Keeping You Awake on the Road?

Sometimes it’s hard to get a good night’s rest out on the road. Accessible Wi-Fi in hotels, airplanes, coffee shops, and other hospitality locations has quickly gone from a luxury to a  necessity for customers who need…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

ABA Meeting Sheds Light on UDAAP Priorities and CFPB’s Project Catalyst Initiative

A team of DWT payments lawyers attended the ABA Business Law Section’s spring meeting in San Francisco last week. Adam Maarec from our Washington, DC office moderated a lively roundtable titled A Roadmap for Credit Card Lending:…more
| Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Consumer Protection

The SGR Fix: Congress Charts a New Course for Physician Payments and Gainsharing

On April 16, President Obama signed into law the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015,” (“MACRA”) which repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate (“SGR”) payment formula used to limit annual updates to Medicare…more
| Elections & Politics, Health

NYC Ban on Use of Credit Checks in Employment Decisions Moves to Mayor’s Office for Signature

On April 16, 2015, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly to amend the city’s Human Rights Law to prohibit employers from using an individual’s consumer credit history to make employment decisions. While the bill…more
| Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

New York State Attorney General Issues Guidance on the Audit Oversight Provisions of the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013

The New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau recently issued guidance on one of the key provisions of the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “Act”). That guidance, titled Audit Committees and the…more
| Finance & Banking, Taxation, Nonprofit Law

9th Circuit Determines that California Law Restricts a “No-Rehire” Provision in a Settlement Agreement

Under California law, “every contract by which anyone is restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade, or business of any kind is to that extent void.” (Bus. & Prof. Code §16600) The prohibition pertains even if the…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

EEOC Issues Proposed Wellness Regulations: Time for Another Check-Up

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has finally issued proposed regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding wellness programs. The proposed regulations amend existing regulations and…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Health

Are Regulatory Fears Impeding Industry Cyber Sharing?

They say that no good deed goes unpunished. And when it comes to cyber sharing, industry leaders are concerned that their only “reward” for helping the government identify and respond to cyberthreats may be a stiff rebuke from…more
| Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Financial Statements for the Family Business: What is “Assurance” and How Much Do You Need?

Your family-owned business is growing and growing. In fact, you’re concerned it is outpacing the quality and rigor of your financial and accounting bookkeeping. At an industry event, a colleague asks if you have audited…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Penalty! The California Court of Appeal Calls Foul on the NCAA’s Attempt to Seal Records of the USC/Reggie Bush Investigation

In a significant victory for open court filings, the California Court of Appeal rejected an effort by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) to seal 400 pages of documents in a dispute between the NCAA and a…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Electronic Discovery

IRS Ordered to Make Non-Profit Form 990s Available In a Useful Electronic Format

Federal agencies cannot avoid their obligation to disclose public records in modern electronic formats merely by invoking budgetary constraints, a judge has ruled in a rare decision exploring the scope of the Electronic Freedom…more
| Administrative Law, Communications & Media Law, Nonprofit Law, Taxation

Screenwriter SLAPPs Down Libel-in-Fiction Claim

In a victory for all authors of fiction, a screenwriter of the film “What Maisie Knew” has successfully defended a lawsuit that sought to hold him liable for defamation based on the portrayal of a character drawn from an 1897…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Personal Injury

USAC Releases 2015 Federal Poverty Guidelines for the Lifeline Program

The Department of Health and Human Services released an update to the federal poverty guidelines (“FPG”) for 2015 for the 48 states and DC, Alaska, and Hawaii. In order to qualify for the Lifeline program, an applicant must have…more
| Administrative Law, Communications & Media Law

Tinker, Take Two

Two legendary figures in the ongoing fight for student free speech rights are asking the Supreme Court to revisit this thorny area of First Amendment jurisprudence. John and Mary Beth Tinker were petitioners forty-six years ago…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Education, Elections & Politics
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