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New Cybersecurity Framework Revealed

The framework provides standards and best practices for identifying, assessing, and managing cybersecurity risk. Now that the Obama administration has unveiled the final version of its anticipated Cybersecurity...more

Patent Issues Remain a Priority for the White House

On February 20, 2014, the White House hosted an event "highlight[ing] progress on the [Obama] Administration's patent policy agenda." Orrick intellectual property attorney Wesley Helmholz attended the event at the White...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 24, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of State; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection...more

First Glance: Obama Administration's Marijuana Guidelines 'Cold Comfort' For Banks

As long as possession of marihuana remains a federal crime, banks won't touch those businesses with a ten foot pole....more

Final Rules Relating to Employer Mandate Released

On Monday, Feb. 10, the Obama Administration issued final rules implementing the employer mandate and providing welcome relief for many employers. The rules will delay compliance for employers with between 50 and 99...more

An Insider's View: Obama's Mid-Term Blues

The always expected, and always unpleasant, mid-term blues has settled over the Obama Administration. It's not simply one issue generating crosswinds: The Affordable Care Act's sloppy debut, mass disruption within the...more

Capital Thinking: Environment and Natural Resources

Excecutive Branch Activity - President Establishes National Energy Review - President Obama has issued a memorandum which establishes a “quadrennial energy review” in order to coordinate energy and climate change...more

Senate Confirms National Labor Relations Board Nomination of Richard Griffin as General Counsel

On October 29, 2013, the Senate approved President Obama’s nomination of Richard F. Griffin, Jr. to the position of general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board). Since Republicans had been...more

Obama Climate Plan Rests on EPA’s Ability to Force Technology Improvements

Can the Clean Air Act be used to force technological improvements, even if that technology is at best under construction but not actually in existence in any place? With the Obama Administration’s climate control plans, the...more

Polsinelli Podcast - Conducting Business With the Obama Administration [Video]

The U.S. government is the largest purchaser of supplies and services in the world. That means everything from paper clips to satellite communication services. Contractors who do so must follow a large body of strict rules...more

Recent Congressional Efforts on Data Privacy & Cybersecurity

As Congress wrapped up its work before heading off for the August recess, the Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved cybersecurity legislation introduced by Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) and Ranking...more

I’ll go first. The Obama Administration Issues Executive Order on Chemical Safety in the Aftermath of the Tragedy in West, Texas

In the aftermath of the April fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, that killed 14 people, the Obama Administration has taken the first steps toward a regulatory response aimed at strengthening the oversight of chemical...more

Obama Administration and Congress Taking Aim at Patent Enforcement Tactics

The subject of patent assertion entities ("patent trolls") has received a lot of attention in recent weeks. The federal government is now taking action on numerous measures to combat the persistence of these patent trolls....more

The Obamacare Delays and the Massachusetts "Fair Share" Employer Mandate: Now What?

As we reported in our post earlier today, the Obama administration has decided to delay implementation of the “employer shared responsibility” mandate for in order to afford employers more time to prepare for compliance. ...more

Will President Obama’s Climate Change Policy Impact the 2014 Midterm Elections?

President Obama has recently set forth an aggressive vision for addressing climate change, containing policies for both mitigating the harms and adapting to unavoidable impacts. In addition to the familiar themes of...more

Financial Services Report - Quarterly News, Summer 2013

In This Issue: Arbitration Report; Bureau Report; Privacy Report; Mortgage Report; Operations Report; Preemption Report; and Beltway Report. Excerpt from Arbitration Report: Ninth Circuit Punts...more

Cleantech Funding Sees Continued Support in Obama’s Proposed 2014 Budget

President Obama released his proposed “Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2014.” The budget proposal contains a significant increase in spending on clean energy, including additional support for solar, wind,...more

Client Alert: Impact of Sequestration on 1603 Cash Grants

On March 1, 2013, President Obama signed the sequestration order (“Sequestration”), reducing the budgetary resources for each non-exempt Federal budget account by an amount calculated by the Office of Management and Budget...more

Act II At The Obama EPA: Gina Mccarthy (Is Predicted) To Take The Helm

The President gave an indication of his environmental focus in his inaugural address, and then again in his state of the union speech. The focus would be on climate change. ...more

Administration Launches Strategy on Mitigating Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets

The strategy announced on February 20, 2013, should serve as both a wake-up call from the government and an offer of assistance. Given the losses that can arise from competitors’ purposeful theft of trade secrets, entities...more

Obama Administration Tackles Trade Secret Theft Issue

Earlier this month, the Obama Administration issued its strategic report on mitigating the theft of U.S. trade secrets. A copy of the report is attached. The issuance of this report coincides with the release of a report by...more

Obama Administration Trade Secret Report Raises Important IP, Business, and Securities Issues

The Obama Administration’s recent “Strategy on Mitigating the Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets” makes clear the importance for businesses to be aware of and understand the international threats to their intellectual property, the...more

A Victory For Regulation Over Guidance? Are EPA and the Corps Giving Up on Post-Rapanos Wetlands Guidance?

As readers of this blog know, EPA’s use of guidance is a frequent pet peeve of mine. The issue has arisen with particular force in connection with EPA’s efforts to define Clean Water Act jurisdiction following the Supreme...more

Obama Administration Reports on Efforts to Prevent Trade Secret Misappropriation

The Obama Administration issued a Report earlier this month, entitled "Administration Strategy on Mitigating the Theft of U.S. Trade Secrets," that sets forth its efforts to prevent trade secret misappropriation. The Report...more

EU-US move towards launch of FTA negotiations

In a joint EU-US statement, US President Obama, European Council President Van Rompuy and EU Commission President Barroso have recently announced the initiation of procedures to launch negotiations towards a Transatlantic...more

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