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"New HHS OIG Criteria to Guide Resolution of Health Care Investigations"

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) has issued updated guidance on the use of its so-called permissive exclusion authority under Section 1128(b)(7) of the Social Security Act...more

U.S. District Court Overturns FSOC Designation of MetLife as a Systemically Important Financial Institution

On March 29, 2016, MetLife scored a victory as Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia invalidated the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC) designation of MetLife as a...more

Proposed Enrollment Rule Changes - de Facto Exclusion?

Proposed rules, touted as enhancing the provider enrollment process, would provide CMS with sanction authority that closely parallels the OIG’s exclusion authority. Under the proposed rules, CMS would have expanded bases to...more

The Supreme Court - March 2016 #4

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in four cases on March 22, 2016: Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, No. 14-1146: Respondents, employees at a pork processing plant of petitioner Tyson Foods, filed a...more

Supreme Court Decides Sturgeon v. Frost

On March 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Sturgeon v. Frost, No. 14-1209, vacating a decision of the Ninth Circuit and leaving open the possibility that Section 103(c) of the Alaska National Interest...more

The Seventh Circuit Upholds the Breadth of an EEOC Subpoena Seeking Staffing Company’s Client Information

Earlier this month, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found that the EEOC was within its investigatory powers to administratively subpoena broad information about a staffing agency’s clients even though it was...more

Is the CFPB the New Cop on the Data Security Beat?

On March 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) broke new ground (at least for the CFPB) when it released a consent order against Dwolla, Inc. (“Dwolla”), an online payment platform, regarding data...more

Supreme Court Affirms FERC Demand Response Authority

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling affirming that federal regulators may encourage large electricity users to reduce consumption at peak times in exchange for price breaks, a practice known as “demand...more

Court ruling cuts demand response uncertainty

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion upholding federal regulation of the compensation paid for wholesale electricity demand response. The Court's opinion, FERC v. Electric Power Supply Assn., hinges on the...more

Supreme Court Vindicates FERC’s Demand Response Policy in 6-2 Vote

The Supreme Court’s decision in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association (FERC v. EPSA) will certainly cheer up Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) policymakers still digging out after...more

"Emerging Trends in Privacy and Cybersecurity"

Entering 2016, the relentless stream of cyberattacks continues unabated, having become a "business as usual" reality to which companies must adapt. All companies, regardless of size or industry, are potential targets, and the...more

Does the Paris Agreement Provide EPA With Authority Under the CAA To Impose EconomyWide GHG Controls? Count Me Skeptical

In a very interesting article, Michael Burger of the Sabin Center and his co-authors suggest that, following the Paris climate agreement, § 115 of the Clean Air Act provides authority for EPA to develop economy-wide GHG...more

FTC and Wyndham Settle Suit Regarding Wyndham's Alleged Cybersecurity Failures

On December 9, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (the "FTC") and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (and three additional Wyndham entities, collectively, "Wyndham") filed a stipulated order ("Stipulated Order") settling their...more

Terms for the Separation of Federal Electricity Commission

On January 11, 2015, Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (SENER) published the general terms for the separation of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) in the Federal Official Gazette (the “Terms”). This action was taken pursuant...more

No Harm, No Foul? Defining FTC’s Authority Over Data Security

Given the frequency of high-profile breaches, it’s reasonable for companies and consumers to be not only fearful but also realistic (or some would say fatalistic) about data security. It’s not a question of if a security...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - December 2015

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we provide a detailed summary of the sweeping changes to be imposed by the European Union’s new data protection regulation, which will require many companies to begin...more

OSHRC Law Judge Orders Trial on Enterprise-Wide Hazard Abatement for Powered Industrial Trucks Standard

An Administrative Law Judge has held that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) “may have authority under the Occupational Safety and Health Act” to order abatement measures sought by the Occupational...more

House subcommittee holds hearing on FERC oversight

Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission testify today before the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, as that committee considers its oversight of the FERC. The FERC is an...more

FTC Jurisdiction in Data Security Regulation Potentially Limited in FTC v. LabMD

A November 13, 2015 decision from the Federal Trade Commission’s Chief Administrative Law Judge, D. Michael Chappell, calls into question FTC jurisdiction in the data privacy space. The case began when the FTC filed a...more

Which Way is the “Wyndham” Blowing? Cyber Regulation After FTC vs. Wyndham

Does the Third Circuit’s recent decision in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. usher in a new era of enforcement by the FTC and other federal agencies regarding cybersecurity practices? Regardless of the answer, it is important...more

ITC Powerless to Block Importation of Infringing Digital Files

The Federal Circuit held that the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) could not block the import of infringing digital files because the ITC lacked jurisdiction. According to the Federal Circuit, the term “articles”...more

Federal Circuit panel decision 2-1 reverses U.S. International Trade Commission determination that it has authority to regulate...

In ClearCorrect v. ITC, issued on November 10, 2015, the Federal Circuit interpreted the term “articles” as used in Section 337 to be tangible, physical items. Accordingly, electronic transmissions were held to be outside the...more

EIB Energy Highlights: SCOTUS on FERC, Nat Gas Record Year, Oil & Gas Exports, Winter Outlook, Cybersecurity & More

Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy...more

Current Water Utility CCN Decertification Issues At The Public Utility Commission Of Texas

The responsibility for the regulation of water and sewer service, including the oversight of certificates of public convenience and necessity (“CCNs”), was recently transferred from the Texas Commission on Environmental...more

CFPB Orders Auto Finance Company to Pay Over Three Million for Alleged Unfair Debt Collection Practices

On October 28, the CFPB filed an administrative order against an Ohio-based auto lender specializing in extending credit to servicemembers. The CFPB alleged that the company violated the CFPA by engaging in unfair, abusive,...more

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