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FERC Proposes Wide-Ranging New Regulations to Remedy Barriers to Wholesale Market Participation by Energy Storage and Distributed...

At its November 17, 2016 Open Meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) proposed to amend its regulations to address and remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources and...more

FERC Proposes Market Changes for Electricity Storage, Distributed Energy Resources

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued on Nov. 17, 2016, a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) aimed at more effectively integrating electric storage resources into organized wholesale markets to encourage...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - December 2016

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - FAR Amendment Proposal to Implement Section of NDAA 2016 - The Department of Defense (“DOD”), General Services Administration (“GSA”), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration...more

DOJ Publishes Final Rule Requiring Movie Theaters Nationwide to Provide Closed Captioning and Audio Description

Seyfarth Synopsis: DOJ published regulations today requiring that movie theaters throughout the United States provide closed captioning and audio description to patrons with disabilities for digital movies distributed with...more

Maine considers community solar rules

As Maine utility regulators consider changes to the state’s net metering rule for solar panels and other customer-owned generation, revisions proposed by the Public Utilities Commission could change how consumers can...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Issues Proposals to Automated Trading Regulations

The CFTC approved the issuance of a notice of proposed rulemaking, seeking to enhance the CFTC’s previous notice of proposed rulemaking for automated trading regulation, which proposed a series of risk controls, transparency...more

US Federal Regulatory Agencies Request Comment on Proposed Private Flood Insurance Rule

The US Federal Reserve Board, the Farm Credit Administration, the FDIC, the National Credit Union Administration and the OCC issued a joint notice of proposed rulemaking to implement provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood...more

OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Starts White House Review

The White House is reviewing a proposed worker safety rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that aims to expand the requirement on how long employers must maintain accurate records of worker injuries and...more

PTAB Post-Grant Fees Slated To Increase

The USPTO recently announced a proposed new fee schedule in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in search of revenue to recover its projected $3 billion aggregated operating costs for the 2017 fiscal year. If enacted, it...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2016 #2

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Revised Interim Implementation of Government-wide Guidance for Grants and Cooperative Agreements - The DOD has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”), the first in a sequence of six...more

FCC Adopts Privacy Regulations for Broadband Internet Service Providers

On October 27, 2016 the FCC announced its adoption of an Order establishing a set of privacy regulations ("Broadband Privacy Rules") governing the use of consumer personal information by Broadband Internet Service Providers...more

Bridging the Week - November 2016

Proposed Regulation AT Amended by CFTC; Attempts to Reduce Universe of Most Affected to No More Than 120 Persons - On Friday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking...more

Maine DOL Proposes Rulemaking to Incorporate New Federal Overtime Rule

Earlier this month, the Maine Department of Labor announced proposed changes to its regulations that would align them to be consistent with changes being made to federal overtime regulations. The new federal overtime rule,...more

Feds Propose Enhanced Cyber Standards for Nation’s Largest Banks and Their Boards

Bank regulators are continuing to demand more accountability from corporate leaders when it comes to compliance with cybersecurity safeguards. In an advance notice of proposed rulemaking issued yesterday, federal...more

Brace for Impact: The FCC’s Broadband Privacy Rules Are Almost Here

On October 6, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler published a fact sheet and blog post outlining his proposal to create privacy rules for internet service providers (ISPs), setting the final rules up for a...more

CFPB Finalizes Sweeping Prepaid Account Rule

On October 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued its long-awaited final rule to further regulate prepaid card products, or “prepaid accounts” (the “Final Rule” or “Rule”). The Final Rule follows...more

USPTO Publishes Notice Regarding Patent Fees For 2017

Today, the USPTO released a notice of proposed rulemaking (set to be published on October 3 in the Federal Register) setting and adjusting patent fees (including fees for post-grant proceedings) during fiscal year 2017. ...more

What The FCC’s Foreign Ownership Move Means To You

In a notice of proposed rule making that impacts existing US radio broadcasters in only a most ancillary way, the FCC is proposing to streamline and make more transparent its review and coordination of foreign ownership...more

New FCC and Administration Initiatives Adopted to Support the Internet of Things

The Federal Communications Commission and the Obama administration recently adopted several important initiatives to facilitate innovation in and rapid deployment of the nascent Internet of Things (IoT). The FCC identified...more

InterConnect - Fall 2016

In May 2016, the Department of Labor released its long-awaited Final Rule on changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Final Rule—which will take effect in three months—will impact transportation employers...more

FinCEN proposes rule requiring AML programs for "banks lacking a federal functional regulator"

The US Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require anti-money laundering (AML) programs for banks that lack a federal functional...more

NHTSA Proposes Adding Electronic Communication to Notify Consumers of Recalls

Last week, NHTSA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to allow manufacturers to notify owners and purchasers of a safety recall through electronic means. Currently, under the National Traffic and Motor...more

CFPB, OCC, and Federal Reserve Propose Clarifications to Small Loan Exemption from HPML Appraisal Requirements

On August 4, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”), and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Federal Reserve”) (together, the...more

DHS Proposes Rule That Would Expand Immigration Options for Certain Foreign Entrepreneurs

On August 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed an advance copy of its notice of proposed rulemaking, entitled “International Entrepreneur Rule.” This rule follow President Obama’s promise in...more

FMC Proposes New Rules for Ocean Common Carriers and Marine Terminal Operators

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) in FMC Docket 16-04 on Aug. 15, 2016. The FMC's July 2016 vote in favor of issuing the NPR advances a multiyear regulatory review....more

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