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Hospitals Urging SCOTUS to Limit False Claims Act Penalties

What do a moving company and a hospital association have in common? The False Claims Act (FCA). The American Hospital Association along with the United States Chamber of Commerce and the Pharmaceutical Research and...more

Exporters Pushing Back On Threats of Further Sanctions on Russia

Until recently, American trade associations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers have made their opposition to the imposition of further sanctions on Russia known to the...more

EEOC Background Check Guidance Under Fire - House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Hears Testimony on Controversial Rules

On June 10, the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections heard testimony regarding the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) controversial background check guidance. Comments focused on the difficulties faced by...more

What’s the EPA Been Up To Lately?

Our wardens at the EPA are “racing to turn out new regulations before the clock runs out on President Obama’s term”, says The Hill. The EPA is revising its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for coal fired power plants....more

Conflict Minerals Rule Update: NAM Files Emergency Motion for Stay with D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

Following through on its April 30 statement, the National Association of Manufacturers, joined by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable, filed an emergency motion for stay of the SEC’s Conflict Minerals...more

Trade Secret Protection Finally Coming of Age?

A bipartisan bill that would allow businesses to safeguard their trade secrets using federal law was introduced in the Senate last week. According to the press release accompanying the bill, the Defend Trade Secrets Act...more

Private Fund Update - March 31, 2014

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) -...more

“No Mas!” NLRB Finally Surrenders In Poster Rule Debacle

In what we hope is the beginning of a trend, the NLRB announced that it will not appeal its infamous poster case to the U.S. Supreme Court. As you may remember, the NLRB passed a rule that required covered employers to post a...more

ICC Launches New Mediation Rules

On 4 December 2013, the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) published its new Mediation Rules, which will come into effect on 1 January 2014, one year after the ICC’s new Arbitration Rules came into effect....more

Legislative Watch: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Reauthorization Act of 2013

A proposed U.S. Senate Bill has the potential to change the way in which intellectual property infringement is reported and enforced. U.S. Senate Bill 662 ("S. 662"), the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement...more

Federal District Court Upholds the SEC's Conflict Minerals Rules

As we previously reported, in August 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted controversial rules requiring public companies to attempt to determine if they use any of four “conflict minerals” - tantalite,...more

"SEC Resource Extraction Issuer Disclosure Rules Vacated"

On July 2, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the resource extraction issuer disclosure rules adopted last year by the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Section 1504 of the...more

Amendments to CFTC Rule 4.5 Affecting Advisers to Registered Investment Companies Upheld

On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Court of Appeals) affirmed the decision of the United States District Court for the District of...more

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Complains To CFPB On Data Collection

The Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, an arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has sent a letter to the CFPB complaining about its data collection efforts....more

Cook County Use Tax Litigation Update -- April 24, 2013

Two significant developments have occurred with respect to the Cook County Non-Titled Personal Property Use Tax ("Use Tax") and Reed Smith’s challenge to the Use Tax....more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce challenges CFPB’s data collection

The CFPB’s data collection efforts are drawing fire from the U. S. Chamber of Commerce. Those efforts became a focus of attention as a result of an April 2013 report by Carter Dougherty of Bloomberg which revealed that the...more

China's Export Policy Changes After U.S. Antitrust Case [Video]

April 23 (Bloomberg) -- William Isaacson, partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about his eight-year antitrust crusade against several Chinese Vitamin C makers, which resulted in...more

California Chamber of Commerce Releases Its 2013 List of “Job Killer” Bills

The California Chamber of Commerce has just released its annual list of “job killer” bills that have been proposed in the California Legislature. This year’s list identifies 32 proposed laws, including six new “Costly...more

Immigration Reform: It’s Time for a Course Correction

The first two months of 2013 have seen a flurry of activity relating to immigration reform. President Obama is pushing for comprehensive reform as are powerful factions within both the Senate and the House. And the political...more

Chamber of Commerce suggests improvements for CFPB exams and investigations

In a letter sent last week to Director Cordray, the Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness suggested several steps “based upon the actual experiences of numerous individual businesses” for the CFPB...more

Petitioners File Opening Brief Challenging SEC's Conflict Minerals Rule

The National Association of Manufacturers, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America and Business Roundtable recently filed their opening brief with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit...more

SEC Files Brief in Lawsuit Challenging Extractive Industry Transparency Rule

On January 2, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed its brief (.pdf) in the lawsuit brought by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Petroleum Institute (“API”), the National Foreign Trade Council, and the...more

Court Dismisses Chamber of Commerce and ICI Lawsuit Over Amendments to CFTC Rule 4.5

On Wednesday, December 12, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a joint U.S. Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) and Investment Company Institute (ICI) lawsuit against the Commodity Futures...more

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