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Lobbying Legislation in Canada: Roundup of Summer Developments

It’s been a busy summer for lobbying law in Canada. With the recent enactment of lobbying legislation in New Brunswick, almost all Canadian jurisdictions now have some form of lobbying law, other than the three territories...more

Money’s big for Big Pharma — in settlements, lobbying, and product prices

Even as drug makers are settling or scrambling to resolve disputes with regulators over dubious ways they peddle products, Big Pharma is busting records for its spending to lobby lawmakers on skyrocketing prices, easing...more

Lobbying in British Columbia—Change is Coming

by Bennett Jones LLP on

With the New Democratic Party (NDP) forming British Columbia's next government, lobbying regulation in British Columbia is about to change. The 2017 Confidence and Supply Agreement between the B.C. Green Party Caucus and the...more

Marty Stern: Hot-Button Issues Facing the FCC—More than Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, D.C.—While Net Neutrality remains the highest profile issue involving the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC continues to receive a significant volume of comments from industry officials and lobbying...more

Phoenix City Council Amends Lobbying Ordinance to Allow Enforcement

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Phoenix City Council recently voted to amend the City’s lobbying ordinance in an attempt to reinforce registration regulations and enhance enforcement penalties. This amendment signals important changes for those paid to...more

France Reforms Lobbying Rules: Government to Impose Criminal Penalties

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Significant changes in the lobbying rules will implicate both individuals and entities that may not consider themselves as primarily lobbyists. Key Points: ..Lobbyists must comply with particularly constraining...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - May 12th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s GSB weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending May 12, 2017 is below. Rhetoric Over AHLA’s Planned Lobbying Efforts Ramps Up [OTA]. Not surprisingly, Priceline Group CEO Glenn Fogel...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - May 5th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending Friday, May 5, 2017 is below. - Industry To Again Focus Attention on Distribution Duopoly [OTA]. In an article last week, Bloomberg shared details from an AHLA...more

Political Participation in 2017: Top Legal Concerns for Your Company

by Perkins Coie on

Change has come to Washington, D.C. and state legislatures around the country. The fast pace of political changes ushered in during early 2017 can create both challenges and opportunities when it comes to complying with the...more

Medical Device Excise Tax Remains in Limbo

by Knobbe Martens on

President Trump and Paul Ryan (R-Wis) have not yet successfully replaced the Affordable Care Act with the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”). The medical device industry had been paying particular attention to the proposed...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

Congress entered into its spring recess on April 7 having delivered regulatory reforms to President Trump’s desk. In the first 75 days of the Trump administration, legislators approved 13 Congressional Review Act resolutions,...more

New Lobbying Legislation in Force in New Brunswick

On April 1, 2017, the New Brunswick Lobbyists’ Registration Act (Act) came into force, creating the first regime in New Brunswick to regulate lobbyists and lobbying activity in the province. The proclamation of the Act...more

GAO Finds Decline in Compliance With Reporting Lobbying Dollars; Enforcement on the Rise

by Nossaman LLP on

On Friday, March 31, 2017, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) published its annual audit of compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (LDA), as amended by the Honest Leadership and Open...more

Charities Participating in Policy and Protest: 2017 and Beyond

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

Recent demonstrations highlight a significant passion for expressing dissent and opposition to the Trump administration and its public policy positions. Given the dramatic increase in queries we have received from our clients...more

Big Pharma enlists more useful allies: pay-for-hire academic economists

It’s a $50-million business with a roster of blue-chip consultants who would be an envied faculty at most any major university. But look closely at the activities of Precision Health Economics because this firm’s esteemed...more

Trump’s Executive Order on Ethics

Takeaways - Trump’s Executive Order on Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees supersedes and revokes Obama’s Executive Order. It requires appointees to sign a similar Ethics Pledge relating to receipt...more

You're Hired: President Trump Introduces Ethics Pledge For His Appointees With Serious Departures from Obama's Ethics Pledge

by K&L Gates LLP on

On January 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that requires all full-time political appointees to sign an ethics pledge (the “Trump ethics pledge”) that “contractually” binds them to certain ethical...more

"President Trump Issues Executive Order Requiring Ethics Pledge"

On January 28, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees” (the Order). This Order requires every full-time political appointee to sign an Ethics Pledge...more

Update: Trump's Busy First Week of Office

As reported last week in Bradley’s Governmental Affairs alert in A Sign of Things to Come? Trump’s Regulatory Freeze and Other Early Actions, the Trump administration took immediate action with regard to the Affordable Care...more

EOs and EOs: Exempt Organizations and Presidential Executive Orders

In the twelve days since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has issued a flurry of executive orders relating to, among other things, the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the construction of oil pipelines, the...more

"Draining the Swamp" and Deterring Good People: Executive Order on Ethics and Lobbying Restrictions

by Clark Hill PLC on

On January 28, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order expanding certain "revolving door" lobbying restrictions on executive branch officials, and making several other changes to Obama-era ethics directives. The...more

Executive Order Adds Ethics Commitments for Executive Branch Appointees

by Perkins Coie on

On January 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order setting new ethics commitments for incoming executive branch appointees (Ethics Executive Order or the Executive Order). Pursuant to the Executive Order, incoming...more

Obamacare in the Cross Hairs — but Procedural Hurdles Loom

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

President-elect Trump and congressional Republicans have promised to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but there is deep division regarding which provisions will be rescinded and around the details of the...more

Delayed Enforcement of New York Donor Disclosure Requirements for 501(c)(3) Organizations

A federal court development has delayed enforcement of the recently enacted New York State legislation (described in our prior blog post) requiring 501(c)(3) organizations to publicly disclose the identities of certain donors...more

2017 Political Law Update

As we enter the new year, please note the following recent changes made to state and federal lobbying, gift and campaign finance laws...more

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