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California Legislature Targets Employment Arbitration Agreements

It is no secret that California is no friend to arbitration agreements. As the United States Supreme Court noted in its 2011 opinion in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, “California’s courts have been more likely to hold...more

State Pharmaceutical Pricing Disclosure Laws: Old Story, New Refrain

As a veteran of the AWP litigation era, I am struck by the recent state efforts to legislate transparency into pharmaceutical pricing. Multiple states have introduced bills that would require pharmaceutical manufacturers to...more

August 2015 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s launch of an investigation of alleged price gouging by airlines following Amtrak train service disruption in the Northeast Corridor, the agency’s...more

Legislation Revamping California Groundwater Adjudications Marches Forward

AB 1390 aims in unprecedented fashion to expedite procedures and processes for groundwater adjudications, which, in California, are known to take one or two decades before reaching a final judgment. The bill would add various...more

Last Call: California Legislature Makes Final Push for 2015 Session

The California Legislature reconvened on Monday, August 17, to finish its work for the 2015 regular session, which must end by September 11. The following bills are of particular interest to California private sector...more

House Ways and Means Proposes to Turn IME Payments into a Fixed "Pool"

Before leaving for August recess, the House Ways and Means Committee released bill language that would, if passed, turn Medicare indirect medical education (IME) payments into a fixed pool rather than the current system of...more

Pittsburgh City Council Passes Mandatory Paid Sick Time Law

Last week, the Pittsburgh City Council passed the Paid Sick Days Act (the Act), which Mayor Bill Peduto is projected to sign into law shortly. The Act is expected to become effective 90 days after the mayor signs it and the...more

Traveling to the United States: Restricting the Visa Waiver Program While Expanding the Trusted Traveler Programs

The Department of Homeland Security continues in its attempts to balance security considerations and hospitality to foreign visitors. The fascinating dilemma it confronts can be highlighted by press releases issued on...more

Health Care Update - August 2015 #2

Major Medicaid Drug Payment Rule Under OMB Review: Last week a highly anticipated rule that could set the standards for the Medicaid Drug Rebate program arrived at the White House for final review. The Medicaid Outpatient...more

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Releases Solar Net Metering Bill

One week after the Massachusetts legislature departed for its summer recess, Governor Charlie Baker released net metering legislation to rival the Massachusetts Senate’s recent bill on August 7, 2015....more

An Outside-the-Box Thought on Proposals to Tax Vacation Home Rentals

I even have a suggestion on where one of those colonies might go: Morris Island, in Chatham.  The miles of beaches on Morris Island are public, while the interior of the island is privately owned and taken up with estates...more

New Trade Legislation Includes Provisions to Combat Human Trafficking and Forced Labor

The June passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation included a provision designed to prevent the United States from making trade deals with governments who fail to do their part in combatting global human...more

Three Delaware Privacy Bills Businesses Should Know About

The News Journal article highlighted passage by the Delaware legislature in 2014 of House Bill 295, now codified as 6 Del. C. §5001C et seq.: Safe Destruction of Records Containing Personal Identifying Information. Much of...more

Massachusetts Legislature Ends Active July with Budget Overrides

After a busy final few weeks of activity, the Massachusetts Legislature departed for its summer recess with a new budget and progress on several priority policy issues. In addition to overriding $97 million in Governor...more

Energy & Commerce Committee Approves Bipartisan Health Bills

On July 29, 2015, the House Energy & Commerce Committee approved the following bipartisan bills that aim to improve health care for newborns, infants, and children...more

Senate Approves Hospital Outpatient Observation Status “Notice” Act

On July 27, 2015, the Senate approved H.R. 876, the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act, clearing the measure for the President. H.R. 876 would require hospitals to provide written and...more

Los Angeles County To Raise Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour

Late last month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors directed the County Counsel to take steps to increase the the minimum wage for the entire county in the same increments as in the ordinance passed recently by the...more

Outpatient Observation Status Bill Sent to President Obama

On July 27, 2015, the Senate approved by unanimous consent the Notice of Observation, Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act, H.R. 876. The NOTICE Act, if signed by President Obama, would amend title...more

Assembly Bill 266 provides long-awaited medical marijuana regulatory framework in California

In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215 and California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. Now, 20 years later, AB 266 looks like the state’s best chance at regulating the cultivation and...more

Senators Reintroduce Bill to Protect Antitrust Whistleblowers

On July 22, 2015, the Senate unanimously passed a bill that aims to protect whistleblowing employees who report antitrust violations from retaliation by their employers. The Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2015...more

Bill 55 Tabled Before the Québec National Assembly - An overview regarding transparency measures in the mining, oil and gas...

On June 11, 2015, the Government of Québec tabled Bill 55: An Act respecting transparency measures in the mining, oil and gas industries (the Bill) before the National Assembly. The purpose of Bill 55 is to impose...more

Senate Could Take Up Cybersecurity Bill Before August Recess

While the U.S. House of Representatives has already adjourned for the month-long August recess, the U.S. Senate remains in session and could take up a measure to address cybersecurity information-sharing as one of its last...more

Rep. Goodlatte Releases Report on H.R. 9

Last week, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, released a 200-page Report on H.R. 9, "The innovation Act," introduced by Chairman Goodlatte with several co-sponsors earlier this year. The bill sets...more

Less Harsh, for Weed: New Bill Would Help Banks Work With Marijuana Businesses

Why it matters - A new bill introduced in Congress would help legal marijuana businesses access much-needed financial services. Banks have struggled with the question of whether—and how—to work with marijuana-related...more

NC Legislative Update for July 2015 #4

This Week - It has been two weeks since conferees were appointed and the status of the State’s biennial budget remains uncertain. While some informal negotiations have occurred, there has been no indication that...more

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