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Groundbreaking, Multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks Conclude – Enactment Pending Lawmakers Assessment of the Deal

After nearly a decade of talks, the United States and eleven other negotiating partners announced on October 5, 2015 the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, marking an important milestone toward...more

Devo Deals - Sheffield, North East and Tees Valley Signed - Northern Powerhouse Series

We are beginning to see Devo Deals take shape - all subject to the outcome of the Autumn Spending Review, and the progress of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill (CLGD) through Parliament. Sheffield City Region's...more

Big News for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to amend the Department of Transportation’s (“DOT”) definition of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (“DBEs”) to include Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns (“VOSBs”). This was...more

Congress Clears Controlled Substances Act Scheduling Legislation

On November 16, 2015, the House of Representatives approved HR 639, the Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act, clearing it for the President. The legislation would amend the Controlled Substances...more

Untying the knot: It’s time for Pennsylvania to cut the divorce waiting period

Maximizing the stability of marriage while minimizing the damage of divorce should be the goal of divorce law in Pennsylvania. Sadly, the intent is there, but the effect is not....more

House Votes to Nix Indirect Auto Bulletin and Expand QM

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on November 18, 2015, that would revoke the CFPB’s guidance on indirect auto lending and expand the qualified mortgage rule’s safe harbor. The Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto...more

House passes bill to nullify CFPB indirect auto finance guidance

Wednesday, by a vote of 332-96, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1737, the “Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act,” which would nullify the CFPB’s indirect auto finance guidance issued in March 2013 and...more

P3 Legislation in Florida

On September 24-25, Miami-Dade County held a P3 Institute entitled “The P3 Pipeline: A Forum for the Private Sector.” Among the topics discussed at the Institute was a measure currently before the Florida Legislature that, if...more

Federal Transportation Update: Highway Extensions, Buy America Waivers and Rulemakings

Two Week Highway Trust Fund Extension While Conference Takes Place - Congress agreed to extend the Highway Trust Fund by two weeks until Dec. 4 so that House and Senate conferees could meet to craft a final version of...more

Bills Introduced to Streamline FDA Review of Medical Devices

U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) recently introduced the Rare Device Innovation Act and the FDA Regulatory Efficiency Act.  The bills, if passed, would streamline the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...more

New Law Expands Unruh Civil Rights Act

Senate Bill 600 expands the protections of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, a law designed to protect consumers. The Unruh Civil Rights Act already provides that all persons within the jurisdiction of this state are entitled to...more

Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Advances Mental Health, Medicaid, Synthetic Drug Legislation

On November 4, 2015, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee approved the following health policy bills: ..HR 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act – includes a series of reforms intended to...more

Gesetzentwurf sieht Höchstüberlassungsdauer von 18 Monaten für Leiharbeitnehmer vor

Der Gesetzesentwurf, der heute der deutschen Presseagentur präsentiert wurde, ist noch nicht veröffentlicht. Nach übereinstimmenden Pressemeldungen sieht der Entwurf von Bundessozialministerin Andrea Nahles vor, dass für...more

Michigan Court of Appeals Holds That Cloud Computing Applications Are Not Taxable as Software

On October 27, 2015, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a much-anticipated decision in Auto-Owners Insurance Company v. Michigan Department of Treasury that has relevance to most Michigan companies concerning whether sales...more

Bill 132: Ontario’s New Sexual Violence and Harassment Legislation

The Ontario Government recently introduced Bill 132, An Act to amend various statutes with respect to sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence and related matters as a response to the Government’s “It’s Never...more

Franchises Act soon to become law in British Columbia: key provisions for franchisors

British Columbia’s legislature has completed the third reading of Bill 38-2015, the BC Franchises Act. Its quick movement – the bill was introduced to the legislature on October 5 - is the culmination of work that began...more

Energy-Related Legislation Moves Forward

A flurry of energy-related legislation moved forward over the past week, including several measures aimed at overturning controversial rules from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While most will not become law –...more

2015 Elections — Roundup of Employment-Related Ballot Initiatives

Local governments or voters often pass statutes or ordinances on employment-related subjects that require employers to ensure that their policies are compliant not just on a state-by-state basis, but even on a city-by-city or...more

Senate Passes Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill Long Sought by Industry

On Tuesday, October 27, the U.S. Senate approved legislation, strongly supported by business groups, that would facilitate information sharing between government and industry and provide liability protection to companies that...more

BoE Bill Committee stage announced

The Committee stage for the Bank of England and Financial Services Bill (BoE Bill) has been scheduled for 9 November and 11 November in the House of Lords....more

Senate Passes Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 – Next Steps as Bill Moves to Conference

The US Senate has passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA), S. 754, by a vote of 74-21, despite opposition from privacy and civil liberties groups and a handful of tech companies. CISA gives the...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap — October 2015

FDA releases draft ICH guidance with aim to improve pharmaceutical benefit-risk assessments - The agency released ICH guidance to regulate how pharmaceutical makers should present benefit-risk information in regulatory...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - November 2015

Environmental and Policy Focus - Senate votes to block EPA’s clean water rule: The Hill - Nov 4:: The U.S. Senate approved a bill Wednesday to block the Obama administration’s new regulation defining federal authority...more

House Votes to End Crude Oil Export Ban

On October 9, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 261-159 to end the 40-year-old ban on the export of domestic crude oil. The bill has been sent to the Senate for consideration, where it is unclear if it will be passed....more

Capital Formation Bills to be Included in Transportation Bill

Chairman Hensarling offered an amendment to a transportation and transportation bill, which includes a number of JOBS Act and other capital formation related bills that had received bipartisan support. The capital formation...more

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