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Hyperdynamics Resolves FCPA Investigation with SEC Settlement

On September 29, Hyperdynamics Corp. announced a settlement with the SEC, fully resolving the SEC’s FCPA investigation into the Houston-based oil and gas company’s operations in the Republic of Guinea. The SEC proceeded via...more

Recent Settlements Signal Increased Political Law Enforcement by Government Officials

The U.S. government reached settlements with two federal lobbyist registrants recently in what appears to signal increased enforcement of political activity laws. On August 28, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the...more

SEC Settles FCPA Action With Hitachi

The SEC filed a settled FCPA books and records and internal controls action centered on a firm which used a subsidiary partially owned by a foreign political party to influence the award of government contracts. Specifically,...more

Private Foundations: A Brief Overview of Rules and Practical Steps for Grant-Making

Private Foundation Rules to Remember - Private foundations must follow a variety of rules to avoid the imposition of potentially onerous penalty taxes on the foundation and its related parties...more

Proxy Access In The 2015 Season

Rhonda Brauer is a senior managing director of corporate governance at Georgeson Inc. where she helps companies enhance their shareholder communications and analyze their governance practices. She recently joined Latham &...more

Latest Lobbying Disclosure Act Settlement Underscores the Importance of a Robust Compliance Program

Even if you have nothing to report, you still need to file: that is the lesson from last week's Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) settlement. Late last week, DC-based lobbying firm Carmen Group reached an agreement with the...more

Sandia Corporation Agrees to Pay $4.7 Million to Settle Allegations Related to its Lobbying Activities

On August 21, 2015, the Justice Department announced that Sandia Corporation—owned by Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense contractor—agreed to pay $4,790,042 to settle allegations that it violated the Byrd Amendment...more

New York advocacy groups and tax-exempts face additional disclosure obligations

Recent judicial and administrative decisions in New York State should put not-for-profit organizations, advocacy groups and similar entities on notice about their disclosure and transparency obligations in New York....more

2015 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt’s Government Law and Consulting Practice Group released its 2015 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report detailing significant bills that passed during the 2015 Regular Session of the Florida...more

Milk expiration dates and clever cartels

The Planet Money podcast this week has a story about the Greek economy. According to the podcast, there is a Greek milk producer “cartel.” Of course cartels are unlawful in Europe, just as they are in the U.S. So it seems...more

Bitcoin and Bullets: An Unexpected Alliance

At first blush, one might not expect the digital currency and firearm industries to have much in common – when was the last time you heard someone utter Bitcoin and guns in the same breath? Recently, however, the two...more

Tennessee Takes Shot at NLRB in New Law Limiting Franchisor Liability

Franchisors in Tennessee can breathe a small sigh of relief thanks to a newly enacted state statute that seeks to limit their potential liability and strike back at the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board....more

"Virginia Enacts Stricter Gift Provisions, Expands Lobbying and Pay-to-Play Laws"

On May 1, 2015, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill No. 1424 (the Bill). The Bill tightens restrictions on gifts, expands Virginia’s lobby law to cover attempts to obtain public contracts and adds a new...more

Medical Device Trade Group Pens Letter in Opposition to Innovation Act

The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (“MDMA”) has been vocal in lobbying Capitol Hill for what they consider “necessary changes” to patent law for continuing medical device innovation.  Part of that lobbying has...more

"Significant Changes to Oklahoma's Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Gift Laws"

Significant changes to Oklahoma's campaign finance, lobbying and gift laws and rules recently went into effect. Below, please find a summary of these changes....more

Furious Lobbying Continues Ahead of New FLSA Regulations

If you read this blog regularly, you know that since last spring, we have been telling you about what to expect from the new Fair Labor Standards Act regulations. The regulations were delayed, but what we expect hasn’t...more

Big Ten Lobbies Congress to Tread Lightly on "Patent Reform"

One of the frustrations for participants in the patent wars of the early 21st Century has been the failure of many of the most vulnerable stakeholders to take a stand against overreaching proposals by proponents of a crisis...more

ELEC Lobbying Deadlines Approach

On Monday, February 16, 2015, businesses, non-profits and special interest groups that paid more than $2,500 in 2014 to make lobbying communications to New Jersey State government officials, directly or indirectly (i.e....more

Regulated Campaign Spending, and Can Companies and Charities Unknowingly be in Breach of the UK Lobbying Act?

The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (the “Act”) began to bite for the first time on 19 September 2014 (at least those parts relating to election campaigning). The...more

"Mandatory Online Ethics Training for New York State Lobbyists"

On September 26, 2014, the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) announced that “Ethics for Lobbyists,” an online ethics training course, is now available. The training course covers ethics rules and...more

ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: August 2014 #2

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - With Congress preparing to return to Washington, efforts are underway to fill the two-week session with negotiations on a continuing resolution and votes on several pre-election issue...more

Obama Administration scales back ban on lobbyists serving on federal advisory committees

The Obama Administration, which has proudly touted its restrictions on the activities of federal lobbyists, has taken a small step toward rolling back one such provision. The Office of Management and Budget released new...more

Obama Administration Backtracks on Key Lobbyist Restrictions

Today, the Obama Administration issued revised guidance regarding federal lobbyists serving on federal advisory boards and commissions. Now, instead of a total ban, federal lobbyists will be able to serve in a...more

Politics and the Pulpit—Political Activity by Nevada Religious Institutions

Are you part of a church or religious organization in Nevada? If so, the subject of how ?far, or even whether the church can become involved in political activity may have crossed your ?mind. As we head into the Fall 2014...more

A Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 2 struck down an aggregate cap on individual contributions over a two-year election cycle to federal candidates, parties and political committees. (McCutcheon v. Fed. Election Comm’n, 572 U.S....more

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