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We now know what all of that law-enforcement activity around Caterpillar HQ in past weeks. A government report out this week reveals that investigators are targeting CAT for tax and accounting fraud, though no charges have...more

DeVos Confirmed, Oral Arguments Set in Gloucester County, and Congress Introduces Education Legislation

Last week, the United States Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. DeVos’ confirmation hearings were contentious, as telephone switchboards in Congress were flooded with constituent calls opposing her...more

Outlook 2017: The New Administration and Changes in the Federal Judiciary

What impact could the new Trump administration have on the federal judiciary, including the Supreme Court? Having previously served with the Office of the Solicitor General and as Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to...more

The Gorsuch Nomination: The Return of the Business Friendly Court?

Assuming Judge Gorsuch's confirmation, the Court will add a Justice with extensive commercial litigation experience, a particular expertise in antitrust and securities law, and a track record on the bench that demonstrates a...more

SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch's Judicial Conservatism May Benefit Employers

President Trump's nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch could shape the U.S. Supreme Court for years to come because of the judge's relatively young age (49) and because he could be part of a conservative majority on the Court,...more

Who is Neil Gorsuch and Where Does He Stand on Labor and Employment Issues?

President Donald Trump has promptly nominated a potential successor—Judge Neil M. Gorsuch—to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Scalia’s unexpected death nearly a year ago. Since Scalia’s death, the High Court...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Cram Up

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Senate Will Reconvene August 4 to Consider LePage Nominations - Governor Paul LePage has...more

Do You Need a Confirmation Hearing When a Receiver is Appointed Ex Parte?

Question: Do you need a confirmation hearing when a receiver is appointed ex parte and are there any exceptions? Answer: Yes and no. In early practice in California, the appointment of a receiver on an ex parte basis was...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.20.16

As Yahoo took stock of its suitors yesterday, it released word that its business “continued to deteriorate in the first quarter, putting more pressure on the company to find a buyer quickly for its Internet operations.”...more

President Obama Nominates Merrick Garland For Supreme Court Vacancy

On March 16, 2016, President Obama announced his nomination of Merrick Garland, Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, to replace the late Justice Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. Chief Judge Garland’s...more

Senate Confirms Califf as FDA Commissioner

On February 24, 2016, the Senate confirmed Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC, as U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner....more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19165 - Dept. of Transportation v. White Oak Corp. - SC19165 Dissent - Dept. of Transportation v. White Oak Corp. Despite a very convoluted history, the essence of...more

News from Second and State

On Monday, the House Children and Youth Committee sent H.B. 1276 (Watson, R-Bucks) to the House floor for a vote. The bill would remedy some of the issues arising as county and state agencies implement last year’s amendments...more

Idaho Governor Appoints Insurance Director

State Senator Dean Cameron has been appointed as the Idaho Director of Insurance as announced today by Governor C.L. Otter. The appointment is effective June 15 and is subject to Senate confirmation next year. Senator Cameron...more

Loretta Lynch Sworn in as New Attorney General – What’s Next?

Newly confirmed Attorney General Loretta Lynch has made it clear that she plans to get tough on financial crime.  During her confirmation hearing in January, Lynch testified that she “looks forward to taking a very aggressive...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House.   Governor to Deliver State of the State Address - On February 3rd at 7:00 p.m., the Maine...more

Senate Approves Judicial Nomination of Elizabeth Dillon

The Western District of Virginia has a new judge. Yesterday, the US Senate confirmed the nomination of Salem attorney Elizabeth Dillon to replace Judge Wilson, who retired in August. Judge Dillon will be the first...more

U.S. Senate Confirms Colette Honorable as a FERC Commissioner

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Colette Honorable as a Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Receiving bipartisan praise throughout the process, Honorable’s confirmation cleared the full U.S. Senate...more

Supreme Court Update: Warger V. Shauers (13-517), Integrity Staffing Solutions V. Busk (13-433) And Order List

We're back with summaries of the first signed decisions of the term, Warger v. Shauers (13-517) on whether Federal Rule of Evidence 606(b) precludes juror testimony during a proceeding in which a party seeks to secure a new...more

Lauren McFerran Confirmed To National Labor Relations Board — Obama Union-Friendly Agenda Likely to Continue

On Monday December 8, 2014, the U.S. Senate voted along party lines to confirm President Obama nominee Lauren McFerran to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). McFerran, currently the chief labor counsel for the Senate...more

Democrats Retain a Majority at the National Labor Relations Board

In November, President Obama nominated Lauren M. McFerran to the National Labor Relations Board and withdrew the nomination of Sharon Block because of GOP objections. McFerran was confirmed on Monday, December 8, 2014, by the...more

CPSC Focusing on Three Areas for Reduction of CPSIA Testing Burdens

At their April Senate confirmation hearing, both incoming CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye and Commissioner Joe Mohorovic pledged to Senator John Thune (R-SD) to submit plans for reducing third party testing burdens within 60 days...more

Julián Castro is confirmed as next HUD Secretary

With a resounding 71-26 vote, the Senate has confirmed Julián Castro as the 16th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. President Obama’s nomination of Mr. Castro replaces outing Secretary Shaun Donovan, who was in turn...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - June 2014

Burwell Confirmed as HHS Secretary – On June 5, 2014, the Senate voted 78-17 to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Secretary of HHS. Burwell has served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget since April of...more

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