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Did the ECJ Kill the Safe Harbor Framework on E.U.-U.S. Data Transfers?

On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) ruled in the “Schrems” case that the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor framework on the transfer of personal data from Europe to the United States, was invalid. ...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap — September 2015

Pacira sues FDA, alleging it illegally attempted to restrict truthful and non-misleading speech about its post-surgery pain drug Exparel - The drugmaker filed a First Amendment suit seeking an injunction to prevent the...more

Trading with Cuba: Too soon to mix up the Cuba Libres?

Now that the Obama administration has loosened its restrictions on Cuba, you’re ready to sell your widgets to a Havana factory, right? Not so fast! Although you may be able to do some things in or with Cuba that you couldn’t...more

Ending the Crude Oil Export Ban

On September 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill to end the 40-year-old ban on the export of domestic crude oil. The Committee vote was passed by a Republican majority, with three Democrats adding their...more

White House Summit to Promote "Worker Voice"

On October 7, 2015, the White House and the U.S. Department of Labor will host a "Summit on Worker Voice," an event intended to "ensure that working Americans are fully sharing in the benefits of the broad-based economic...more

The Government’s Embrace of Technology

When we think of the federal government and technology, the descriptors “tech savvy,” “early adopter,” or “cutting edge” don’t come to mind. In fact, despite all of the Obama Administration’s high-tech dreams, the federal...more

What to expect when you’re not expecting: Anticipating the outcome of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference

The 21st Conference of the Parties (“COP”) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCCC”) meets in Paris at the end of this year to seek to achieve the vaulted ambition set by the Durban Platform of...more

Africa Update - September 2015 #5

Leading the News - Burkina Faso: On September 25th, the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council issued a statement welcoming the reinstatement of President Michel Kafando and the transitional authorities of Burkina...more

White House Announces Another Round of Sweeping Regulatory Adjustments to Cuban Sanctions

Although Congress has remained cautious of taking any action to ease the American-imposed embargo on the majority of business interactions with Cuba, President Obama’s administration continues to push forward with the...more

US-China Cyber Deal Big on Promises, Short on Action

In the aftermath of recent cyberattacks attributed to China’s government and citizens, many observers prepared for a rather uncomfortable state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping last week. Then, as President Xi began his...more

Obama Administration Releases Infrastructure Permitting Guidance

On September 22, 2015, the White House, through the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), issued guidance to the heads of certain federal departments and agencies (the Agencies)...more

Cruel Joke: Department of State Backtracks on New October 2015 Visa Bulletin: Dates for Filing Retrogress for EB-2 India and EB-2...

In a shocking move late Friday afternoon, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin that supersedes the Visa Bulletin originally published on September 9, 2015. The most dramatic changes...more

Visa Bulletin 2.0 and its Implications for Early Filing for Adjustment of Status

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Government pleasantly surprised the immigration world by publishing a new type of monthly Visa Bulletin for October 2015 with USCIS announcement about a new approach to the timing of the ability...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - September 2015 #3

FDA and CDC Issue An Alert on Properly Cleaning Medical Devices – On September 11, 2015, the CDC and FDA issued a joint advisory alerting providers and facilities about properly cleaning medical devices, due to concern with...more

Financial Services Industry: Be Aware of Proposed White Collar Overtime Regulations

The financial services area received a defeat earlier this year when the United States Supreme Court in March upheld the Department of Labor's (DOL) Administrative Interpretation concluding that mortgage loan officers do not...more

U.S. Departments of the Treasury and Commerce Announce Additional Revisions to Cuba Sanctions Regulations

Last week, the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Commerce announced additional revisions to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), building off the changes put...more

OFAC Updates Cuban Assets Control Regulations Easing Sanctions on Cuba

On September 18, OFAC issued a final rule amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) to reflect policy changes previously announced by the Obama administration. With respect to financial transactions, the...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - September 2015

A Note from the Editors - Our September edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - July 2015

A Note from the Editors - Our July edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the...more

Energy & Environment Update - September 2015 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - Congressional activities are abbreviated this week, with the observance of Yom Kippur and Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress...more

NLRB Ruling on Northwestern Football Players Highlights Need for Congressional Action on College Sports

In August, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or "the Board") unanimously ruled that it lacked jurisdiction to decide whether college football players at Northwestern University are "employees" under the National Labor...more

US Government Further Relaxes Trade Restrictions with Cuba

However, the new transaction rules leave the embargo largely in effect. Early this week, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and...more

Obama Administration Further Eases Restrictions to Aid Implementation of Cuba Policy

On Monday, September 21, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) implemented amendments to the Cuban...more

Executive Order Requires Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave

On Labor Day, President Obama unveiled the latest executive branch action taking aim at federal government contractors. As labor and employment legislation has stalled in a divided Congress, the White House has again turned...more

White House Announces Next Steps in Easing of Cuban Embargo But Broad Restrictions Remain in Place

On September 21, 2015, new amendments that further relax restrictions in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) will take effect. In anticipation of the amendments’...more

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