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D.C. Circuit Partially Strikes Down SEC Conflict Minerals Rules

On April 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in the challenge to the SEC’s conflict minerals disclosure rule filed by the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”) and...more

Name And Shame No More?

The last few years has seen the rise of so-called “name and shame” laws. The aims of many these laws may be laudable, but yesterday’s decision by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit calls their...more

D.C. Circuit Requires Greater Disclosure of Changes in Medicare Regulations

The rulemaking process often accommodates a variety of interests, including the preference of regulatory agencies to maintain some flexibility and the rights of interested parties to participate in the regulatory process. On...more

Just How Binding Are SEC Statements In An Adopting Release?

Two years ago, I coined the term ““ARR Ratio”. The ARR Ratio (Adopting Release to Rule Ratio) is calculated by dividing the total number of words in the Adopting Release by the total number of words in the actual text of the...more

OAH Seeks Opinion Regarding Appearances By Non-Attorneys and Out-of-State Attorneys

I’ve written on several occasions about the Office of Administrative Law. It should not be confused with the Office of Administrative Hearings. The OAH provides administrative law judges who conduct hearings for over 1500...more

Nonprofit Seeks to Enjoin DOJ Settlement with JP Morgan

On February 10, non-profit corporation Better Markets, Inc., filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the United States Department of Justice and the Attorney General of the...more

GO-Biz Finalizes Proposed California Competes Tax Credit Regulations

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (“GO-Biz”) releases final proposed regulations on the California Competes Tax Credit. On January 31, 2014, GO-Biz released final proposed regulations for the...more

When a "Date Certain" for a Chromium 6 MCL isn't Exactly Certain

An Update on Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. California Department of Health - On Friday, January 24, 2014, pursuant to authorization provided in the Alameda County Superior Court's December 17, 2013 order...more

CFPB's Arbitration Study—A Warning to Consumer Financial Service Companies

On December 12, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published its “Arbitration Study Preliminary Results,” mandated by Section 1028(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act (the “Study”). Unfortunately (and despite its statements...more

CFTC Faces Court Challenge to Cross-Border Guidance

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“SIFMA”), International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”), and Institute of International Bankers (“IIB”) filed a suit against the CFTC in the U.S. District...more

Trade Associations File Lawsuit Over CFTC’s Cross-Border Guidance

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. and the Institute of International Bankers (collectively, Trade Associations) filed a complaint challenging...more

Focus on Tax Controversy - December 2013

In This Issue: A Decade of Lessons Learned from State Tax False Claims Act Cases; Second Circuit Reaffirms Taxpayer’s Use of Protective Refund Claims; and Challenging Regulations After Mayo and Home...more

North Carolina Legislative Report - November 15, 2013

The General Assembly has officially completed its business for the 2013 long session. The 2014 short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Nonprofit Group Urges FDA Not to Weigh in on “All Natural” Labeling Without Notice and Comment Rulemaking

On November 4, 2013 the Center for Food Safety (CFS) sent a letter to the FDA in response to Judge Gonzalez-Rogers’ referral in Cox v. Gruma Corp. (N.D. Cal. July 11, 2013) to the FDA of the question of whether and under what...more

According to the EEOC, courts have no business reviewing its efforts to conciliate charges of discrimination

The EEOC is making a concerted effort in courts across the country to shield from judicial review its actions during the pre-suit conciliation phase. The EEOC argues that the judiciary should not review for reasonableness and...more

Global Connection - October 2013: International Trade Commission’s “Fast-Track” Pilot Program: Be Prepared For More Speed

In June 2013, the International Trade Commission (“ITC” or “the Commission”) announced that it had launched a pilot program to test whether early rulings on certain dispositive issues in some Section 337 investigations could...more

The Substance of Property Tax Rule 474, Relating to the Assessment of Refineries, Was Appropriate, Valid and Consistent with...

The State Board of Equalization (“Board”) enacted a rule that the valuation of petroleum refinery property should assess the land, improvements, and fixtures as a single appraisal unit because they are generally bought and...more

NEPA Watch – House Proposes Legislation To Streamline NEPA Reviews

On July 10, 2013, Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) introduced a bill in the House that would amend the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to streamline the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act...more

Two Steps Forward Towards U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Exportation: Are We Moving Far Enough and Fast Enough?

On August 7, 2013, the Energy Department conditionally approved the application of Lake Charles Exports, LLC to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement with the United States...more

Digital Sign War Heats Up With Lawsuit By Scenic America Challenging FHWA Guidance on Sign Lighting

A lawsuit recently filed by Scenic America strikes at a guidance issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 2007 related to the use of changeable electronic variable message signs (CEVMS) also known as digital...more

D.C. Federal District Court Vacates Federal Reserve Board’s Interchange Fee Rule

On July 31, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia held that the Federal Reserve Board’s 2011 final rule implementing the so-called Durbin Amendment is invalid under the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). NACS...more

District Court Holds Claims Under Section 10 Of The Endangered Species Act Do Not Require 60-Day Notice Of Intent To Sue

On July 22, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington held that plaintiffs’ claims regarding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) alleged violation of section 10 of the Endangered Species...more

Supreme Court Decision Underscores The Importance Of Administrative Law

Administrative law is one of the most useful subjects that someone can take in law school. I say that as someone who has taught the subject. Earlier this week, the California Supreme Court issued an opinion that illustrates...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - July 26, 2013

In this issue: - District Court Rejects Challenge to SEC Conflict Minerals Rule - Mandatory Clearing of iTraxx CDS Indices for Category 2 Entities Began July 25 - CFTC Issues Extension of Time-Limited...more

U.S. District Court Upholds the Conflict Minerals Rule

On July 23, the District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a challenge to the conflict minerals rule adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission in August 2012 and published in September 2012. Plaintiffs...more

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