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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

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC’s apparent preference for administrative proceedings as a venue for its enforcement actions continues to draw criticism. H.R. 3798 is now pending in the House of Representatives. The bill is tilted the “Due Process...more

Pittsburgh Sick Leave Delayed Until At Least March 10, 2016 To Allow Court Challenge

On October 22, 2015, Court of Common Pleas Judge Joseph James signed an order staying “implementation, application and enforcement” of the new Pittsburgh sick leave ordinance for 60 days. The ordinance is facing a court...more

2015-2016 California Labor & Employment Laws Affecting Construction Industry

Assembly Bill 219 – Prevailing Wages for Concrete Delivery on Public Projects - AB 219 continues California’s aggressive expansion of prevailing wages. This bill expands the definition of “public works” for purposes of...more

Overreaching or Underreaching? Comments on the CMS Proposed Rule on Arbitration Agreement in Long Term Care Facilities

During the 90-day public comment period on the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule entitled “Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities” which closed October 14, 2015, CMS received nearly...more

District Court in D.C. Vacates HHS’ Interpretive Rule Regarding Orphan Drug Exclusion from 340B Discount Pricing

In what amounts to a victory for the pharmaceutical industry, on October 14, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the interpretive rule issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...more

Full Eighth Circuit Rejects OSHA's Expansive Reading of Machine Guarding Standard

Earlier this month, in a rare en banc decision, the full Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals held eight to four that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration exceeded its authority by interpreting a safety...more

Summary of Key New California Laws for 2016: What Employers Should Know

Governor Brown has signed several laws impacting California employers. A summary of some of the key new laws follows. The effective date of the particular new law is indicated in the heading of the Assembly Bill (AB) and/or...more

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