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U.S.-Mexico Agreement Update on the Transboundary Hydrocarbon Reservoirs

The current moratorium on oil exploration and production in the Western Gap portion of the Gulf of Mexico will end shortly. This development will help to kick start cooperative agreements between countries as well as spur...more

Pin the Blame on the Corporate Officer: Senators Introduce Hide No Harm Act

Three Senate Democrats recently introduced a bill that seeks to hold company executives of a product maker or seller criminally liable for knowingly "failing to inform and warn of serious dangers" associated with a product....more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Commerce Department Action on Solar Trade Case - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce -...more

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Legal Update: Proposed North Carolina drone legislation addresses economic benefits and civil...

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)—also commonly referred to as drones and the systems used to operate them—are ubiquitous in the American consciousness today, even though for most of us our experiences with UAS may be limited to...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - July 2014: Sightings of the Governor, Speaker, and President Pro-Tem throughout the week...

Rep. Fulghum - The House Thursday honored the life of Rep. Jim Fulghum, who passed away Saturday evening after a brief battle with cancer, with House Resolution 1277. North Carolina lost a true public servant and we...more

The DISCLOSE Act: Fantasy or Future?

Following a wave of judicial decisions that have cleared the way for more soft money in politics, federal legislators have continued to press for the passage of laws creating more stringent regulations on donor disclosures...more

Untamed Skies: Domestic Drones Remain Unregulated

What once was a technology confined almost exclusively to military use has now made its way into the hands of businesses, domestic agencies and private hobbyists. Small, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (or UAVs), more commonly known...more

New Jersey Likely Next to Ban Discrimination Against the Unemployed

Earlier this month, we wrote about New Jersey’s proposed “ban the box” measure—a law that would prohibit employers from inquiring about job candidates’ criminal histories early in the hiring process—heading to Governor Chris...more

U.S. House Hearing Supports Legislation for Development of Domestic Minerals (H.R. 761)

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing, titled "American Metals and Mineral Security: An examination of the domestic critical...more

Highlights of Congressional Hearings on Copyright Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, And Copyright Term

On July 15, 2014, the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, through its Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, held hearings regarding a number of copyright issues,...more

Budget Season: It’s Over, But Not…

The General Appropriations bill was passed on time, with the fiscal code bill quickly following in early July. However, in what was one long hot summer week, both bills sat unsigned on the governor’s desk for the better part...more

Lines Drawn In Tesla Direct Sales Battle

Elon Musk's battle to sell Teslas directly to consumers continues. In the last five months, the governors and legislatures of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and, now, even the White House, have taken stands on whether or not...more

LegalZoom or IllegalZoom?

LegalZoom, the online legal documents preparation service, is seeking a toehold in North Carolina by amending the statutory definition of the practice of law in G.S. 84-2.1 over the objections of the North Carolina Bar. The...more

Womble Legislative Update

Three and a half weeks into the new state fiscal year we have no newly adjusted budget, and the passage of important bills has slowed to a trickle, but there's a distinct uptick in hostage-taking of bills....more

Wyden’s Previous Proposals Could Signal Tax Reform Priorities

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has been a strong advocate for comprehensive tax reform since he joined the Senate Finance Committee in 2005. During his tenure on the Committee, he has introduced a series of comprehensive tax reform...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Health and Human Services - Department of...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s Short Session began Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the...more

Dealing with the Dangers of Online Reviewing

Law tries to find the line between protecting speech and punishing defamation - Online review websites, such as Yelp or Angie’s List, have become a common forum for griping. They give a voice to past customers to...more

New Jersey Bill Seeks to Expand Overtime and Minimum Wage Exemption to Private Summer Camp Employees

Currently, New Jersey overtime and minimum wage laws do not apply to summer camps (and other summer conferences and retreats) operated by non-profit or religious corporations or associations. On June 5, 2014, the Assembly...more

Holder Vows To Continue Operation Choke Point; House Considers Bill To Stop It

Depending on whom you ask, Operation Choke Point has a promising future ahead of it – or will soon be history. The controversial initiative by the Department of Justice (DOJ) is intended to limit certain lenders and...more

Congress Considers Multiple Proposals in Advance of Higher Education Act Reauthorization

Recently, there have been a number of bills issued and proposals made as the U.S. Congress begins the process of reauthorizing of the Higher Education Act (“HEA”). Although a final reauthorization bill is not anticipated...more

California Supreme Court Considers Component Parts Doctrine

Last week, the California Supreme Court granted review of Ramos v. Brenntag Specialties, Inc. to resolve a split in the Second Appellate District regarding the application of California’s component parts doctrine. The...more

Australia's proposed spy law perceived as Governmental Mismanagement

Buzzing through the social media sphere yesterday was the story about how a proposed new bill would see potential whistleblowers facing up to 10 years in prison for leaks. So after lifting my jaw up off the floor, I thought...more

Capital Thinking: Education

Legislative Activity - House’s Legislative Agenda - On Monday, the House will consider and likely pass the following pieces of legislation: The STEM Education Act (H.R. 5031). The bill would include...more

End Around ENDA?

For several years, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights groups have been lobbying Congress to pass the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity...more

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