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Energy & Environment Update - September 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Environmental Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Environmental Protection Agency - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission -...more

House to hold Sept. 10 hearing on credit reporting

On Wednesday, September 10, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled “An Overview of the Credit Reporting System.” The scheduled witnesses are...more

Director Cordray to testify at Sept. 9 Senate hearing

The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will hold a hearing tomorrow on “Wall Street Reform: Assessing and Enhancing the Financial Regulatory System.” The list of witnesses includes CFPB Director...more

One Of The Country’s Largest Hospital Organizations to Pay $98.15 Million Settlement on False Claims Act Allegations

On Monday, August 4, 2014, The Department of Justice announced that Community Health Systems (“CHS”) agreed to pay $98.15 million to settle nine whistleblower lawsuits alleging that the company violated the False Claims Act. ...more

USPTO and "Telegate"

By now, we've all heard of the controversy regarding the lax oversight at the USPTO of examiners in the Office's Telework Program--what I'll unofficially dub as "Telegate." Now, the House Oversight and Government Reform...more

House Judiciary Subcommittee Continued its Review of Intellectual Property Law with Hearings on Copyright Infringement Remedies,...

The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet recently held hearings targeted at further exploring intellectual property laws and policy. On July 24, the Subcommittee held...more

Highlights from the Senate Special Committee on Aging’s Hearing on Medicare Observation Status

A recent Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing focused on the impact of Medicare observation status, a hospital outpatient designation for which Medicare covers fewer services and generally reimburses for services at a...more

Cordray's House Testimony Signals Areas of CFPB Focus

On June 18, 2014, CFPB Director Richard Cordray appeared before the House Financial Services Committee to testify about his agency's fifth Semi-Annual Report. As in past hearings, Cordray and House Republicans clashed over...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

Congress begins its summer recess this week, but last week legislators were busy holding hearings on management issues regarding HealthCare.gov, introducing legislation to increase payments to primary care doctors under...more

Capital Thinking: Energy

DOT PUBLISHES NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING FOR NEW RAIL SAFETY STANDARDS - On Wednesday, July 23, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released a proposed rule designed to enhance the transportation safety of oil...more

Capital Thinking: Financial Services

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - GAO expected to release Report on Big Banks - On Thursday, July 31, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is expected to release a long awaited report on funding advantages of the...more

Highlights of Congressional Hearings on Copyright Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, And Copyright Term

On July 15, 2014, the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, through its Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, held hearings regarding a number of copyright issues,...more

Legal Landscape and Guidance for Companies Involved in Marijuana Activity

Many states now permit the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes and the federal government has revised certain enforcement policies related to marijuana-related crimes. The possession, use,...more

Congress Investigates Intercollegiate Athletics: Are You Ready?

Recently the United States Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing entitled Promoting the Well-Being and Academic Success of College Athletes. The hearing’s purpose was to examine whether the...more

The U.S. Tax Code: Love It, Leave It, Or Reform It!

On July 22, 2014, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing titled, “The U.S. Tax Code: Love It, Leave It, or Reform It!” The general topic of the hearing was international taxation, with a sharp focus on recent and...more

House to hold hearing on impact of Dodd-Frank Act

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Assessing the Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act Four Years Later.” (Today is the fourth anniversary of the date on which the Act was...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending July 18, 2014)

The SEC’s insider trading probe regarding the House Ways and Means Committee and a senior staff member, also involves 44 investment funds and other entities, according to a Bloomberg news report citing recently filed court...more

Capital Thinking: Financial Services

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Senate to vote on TRIA reauthorization bill, Federal Reserve Membership - This week, the Senate is expected to consider a bill (S. 2244) that would reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance...more

House to hold hearings on “Operation Choke Point”

Two House committees have scheduled hearings this week on “Operation Choke Point,” the coordinated federal multiagency enforcement initiative targeting banks serving online payday lenders and other companies that have raised...more

House to hold third hearing on CFPB discrimination

The House Financial Services Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will be holding a hearing tomorrow entitled “Allegations of Discrimination and Retaliation within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,...more

Senate Agriculture Committee Holds Hearing On Advanced Biofuels

On April 8, 2014, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing on "Advanced Biofuels: Creating Jobs and Lower Prices at the Pump." The following witnesses testified at the hearing...more

Capital Thinking: Health Care

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - This Week’s Hearings: - Wednesday, January 15: The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will hold a hearing titled “Vendors in the OR- VA’s Failed Oversight of Surgical Implants.” The House...more

Senate Holds Hearings on Virtual Currency

In the wake of a recent hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs regarding the threats and promises of virtual currency, the value of Bitcoin soared above the $700 mark—a record high...more

FIO Focus - November 2013, Issue 43

On November 19, 2013, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled "A General Overview of Disparate Impact Theory." The hearing covered the use of disparate impact...more

CRS says Bonus Depreciation Has Little Stimulative Bang for the Buck

The Congressional Research Service published a report on July 15, 2013 on bonus depreciation and expensing allowances. The report is lukewarm at best as to the economic benefits of these tax incentives....more

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