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Obama Administration Asks Court to Dismiss ACA Risk Corridor Litigation

Yet another challenge is being brought against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), this time regarding the ACA's risk corridor program. The first of several lawsuits over this program was filed in February 2016 by an Oregon health...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - California utility phasing out nuclear, voluntarily raising renewables target - PV-Tech - Jun 22 - California utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) plans to increase investment...more

Energy Storage Gets a Boost from Federal and Private Sector Actions

On June 16, 2016, the White House hosted a Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets. As a backdrop to the Summit, the Obama Administration announced new executive actions and 33 public and private...more

Deadlocked Supreme Court Presents Another Roadblock For President’s Immigration Actions

In a 4-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it could not reach a majority consensus on President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration. As a result, the Executive Action remains subject to an injunction...more

Immigration Showdown: Defeat for the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action Policies

On Thursday, June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States reached a 4 – 4 tie on issues related to the validity of the Obama administration’s contested immigration programs, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans...more

EPA Doubles Down with Expansive New Methane Regulation

The Obama administration took two major steps in implementing its comprehensive climate change strategy this month, setting first-ever methane emissions standards for new, reconstructed and modified sources and simultaneously...more

The Washington Report

In Washington, the Government Relations and Public Policy Group focuses on serving our clients by helping to design and implement government relations and public policy strategies. As part of that effort, we have launched a...more

White House Announces Equal Pay Pledge for Private Employers as Part of Today’s United State of Women Summit

The White House announced a new Equal Pay Pledge for private sector companies as part of yesterday’s “United State of Women Summit” in Washington, D.C. The Pledge is one of several initiatives announced at the Summit...more

Washington, D.C. Update – June 2016

With the national party conventions less than eight weeks away, the House and Senate continue to push forward on Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) appropriations legislation (despite possible floor obstacles detailed below) and other...more

House and Senate Pass Dueling Zika Funding Bills; House Bill Faces Veto Threat

On May 18, 2016, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act, by a vote of 241-184. The bill would provide $622.1 million to the federal agencies to fight the Zika virus, offset by...more

The U.S. Election: Evaluating the Ramifications for Maritime

A proverb common to both Greek and Turkish cultures states that a wolf may change its fur, but does not change its nature (? ????? t?? t???a a????e?, t? ???? de? t`a????e? /Kurt tüyünü degistirir, huyunu degistirmez). In...more

White House Weighs in on Ongoing Non-Compete Battle

As states continue to struggle with the pros and cons of non-competes, the White House has recently weighed in, siding largely with critics of non-competes. In Non-Compete Agreements: Analysis of the Usage, Potential Issues,...more

Administration Releases Spring 2016 Regulatory Agenda with Timeline for Rulemaking

The Obama Administration has posted its updated 2016 regulatory agenda, which lists major pending or planned rulemaking and the expected timing for action. The latest agenda includes numerous rules in the pipeline impacting...more

Obama Administration Publishes Spring Agency Rule List Highlighting Key Dates For Final Publication of Controversial Regulations

The Obama administration has released its Spring Agency Rule List. The list provides updates on the priorities of the Obama administration as it relates to pending rules and regulations. The agenda notes that the Obama...more

Obama methane regulations come into focus: EPA finalizes methane standards for new O&G sources; requests information for existing...

On Thursday, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took a significant step toward meeting the Obama administration's pledge to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector to 40-45 percent below 2012 levels by...more

U.S. Supreme Court is Weighing the Merits of U.S. vs. Texas The Legality of President Obama’s Executive Action Granting Deferred...

In November of 2014, Secretary of Homeland Security Johnson issued new policies based upon President Obama’s Executive Order allowing certain undocumented individuals who entered the U.S. on or before January 1, 2010, to...more

The White House is Interested in Non-Compete Reform

President Obama is expected to sign the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which passed with overwhelming, bipartisan support in the House and Senate in recent weeks (and about which we will have a lot more to say in the coming days)....more

The Obama administration weighs in on the transgender bathroom debate

This week the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) clarified that the Obama administration considers denying equal access to a bathroom corresponding to an individual's...more

Policy Fights in the Courts: United States v. Texas

On April 18, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a major immigration suit, United States v. Texas. This case is a highly-politicized lawsuit in which dozens of states have sued the federal government over what is...more

President Obama’s Administration Continues Its Quest to Limit the Ability to Defer Income Under IRC § 1031

As reported in my November 2014 blog post, President Obama’s administration wants to limit taxpayers’ ability to defer income under IRC § 1031. In response to former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp’s...more

New Trade Secret Protections to Become Law

After several years of consideration of possible civil federal trade secret legislation in Congress, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (S. 1890) passed with significant bipartisan support in the Senate on April 4, 2016...more

OSHA Enforcement in the Final Year of the Obama Administration

Although the Obama Administration is well into its last year, it is signaling no let-up in its aggressive environmental and occupational safety and health enforcement agendas. Indeed, continuation of or even more stringent...more

Environmental Notes - April 2016

EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance recently proposed changes to its National Program Manager (NMP) Guidance that, in part, would revise EPA’s National Enforcement Initiatives (“NEIs”) for federal fiscal...more

I Wish for a Happy Earth Day

April 22nd marked Earth Day, an annual celebration of environmentalism. The headline event of Earth Day 2016 was having 175 countries sign the Paris Agreement, which represents a global commitment to reducing greenhouse gas...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Important Immigration Case, United States v. Texas

On April 18, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas, the lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The case concerns a program that President Obama announced...more

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