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Senate to Vote on Motion to Proceed to Debate Healthcare Reform

by King & Spalding on

Following a week in which Senate Republican healthcare reform plans shifted from Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace, to repeal only, to uncertain, the Senate is expected to vote tomorrow, July 25, 2017, on a motion...more

Congress Moving into the Driver's Seat for Autonomous Vehicles

by Jones Day on

On July 19, 2017, the first federal draft bill that addresses developing autonomous vehicle technology advanced to the full U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce ("Committee"). On autonomous...more

U.S. Announces Updates to Iran-Russia Sanctions Bill

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Trump administration announced new sanctions against entities and individuals with ties to Iran. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Department of the Treasury have listed 18 entities...more

STRONGER Patents Act of 2017 Disadvantages Domestic Manufacturers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In late June, Senators Coons, Cotton, Durbin, and Hirono introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017. The Act includes provisions that seek to heavily change the inter partes review and post-grant review processes. However,...more

Senate Introduces Pathway to Citizenship for Dreamers, Potentially Altering a Generation

This week, the United States Senate introduced the Dream Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill, sponsored by Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois and Republican Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, to create a pathway to citizenship for...more

Hot List – Summer Recess Edition

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week. Recap of Legislative Bill Activity Last Week The...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017 #2

GE Salmon Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced a bill that would require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) salmon and independent scientific review of the U.S. Food and...more

U.S. Patent Legislation: The STRONGER Patents Act of 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

In June, three democratic senators (Chris Coons from Delaware, Dick Durbin from Illinois, and Mazie Hirono from Hawaii) and one republican senator (Tom Cotton from Arkansas) introduced the “STRONGER Patents Act of 2017.” One...more

Health Saving Accounts: An Underutilized Opportunity in a Time of Uncertain Healthcare Changes

by Dickinson Wright on

Regardless of whether there will be revisions to, repeal of, or no changes at all to the Affordable Care Act, patients will most likely continue to have a larger financial responsibility for their medical care. ...more

House Passes FDA Reauthorization Act; Would Reauthorize Key User Fee Programs and Lengthen Medical Device Malfunction Reporting...

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives (the House) passed by voice vote the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA or the Act). Introduced on May 16, 2017 by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden...more

House Panel Approves Groundbreaking Federal Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Draft

by Perkins Coie on

The House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection reached bipartisan agreement on July 19, 2017, regarding major aspects of legislation to address the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. The...more

Proposed Draft Legislation Clamps Down on Soil Pollution in China

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 22 June 2017, Chinese legislators released draft proposals to combat soil pollution in China at a bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. The legislation complements the State...more

STRONGER Patents Act of 2017 Likely Too Heavy Lift for Congress

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

It may be late July, but the impending Congressional recess has not lessened potential interest by lawmakers in patent reform. On June 21, 2017, Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Delaware) introduced Senate Bill 1390, entitled the...more

USFWS Tentatively Supports ESA Reform Bills

by Nossaman LLP on

On July 19, 2017, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a full committee legislative hearing on five bills that would amend portions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA)....more

Surprise Opposition Sinks the Better Care Reconciliation Act; New Vote on "Repeal-and-Delay" Uncertain to Advance

by Baker Donelson on

On Monday evening, July 17, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) issued joint statements in opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Senate Republicans' companion bill to the House-passed...more

D.C. District Court Allows Payday Lenders’ Due Process Claims To Proceed In Case Against “Operation Choke Point”

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 5, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District Columbia, in the lawsuit filed in 2014 challenging “Operation Choke Point” — a federal enforcement initiative involving various agencies, including the Consumer...more

Issue 111: Is Health Care Reform DOA?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Republican’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act may be dead on arrival. The defection of a total of four Senators from support of BCRA 2.0 means that bill has no chance of passage. ...more

Part VIII: BCRA – What Is Dead May Never Die

In Part VII of our blog series, Very Opaque to Slightly Transparent: Shedding Light on the Future of Healthcare, we described the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (“BCRA”), the Senate GOP’s latest Obamacare repeal and...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 7/17-7/21

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week. Recap of Legislative Bill Activity Last Week – The...more

Senate Unveils Changes to the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017: Significant Changes, but Uncertainty Remains

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 13th, the Senate released the updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. While the new version makes some significant changes to the original Senate proposal, the major components of the...more

NC Legislative Update: End of Session Wrap

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

2017 Session - After 23 weeks of session, lawmakers adjourned the 2017 long session of the North Carolina General Assembly on June 30th. The Adjournment Resolution passed by both bodies reconvenes the legislature on...more

Reconsidering Helium Production on Federal Lands Amid Privatization of Federal Helium Reserve

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On Wednesday the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will auction helium stored in its Cliffside Field underground storage facility in west Texas (aka the Federal Helium Reserve). This annual auction under the Helium Stewardship...more

Delaware Reworks Its Recent Unclaimed Property Overhaul Legislation

by Alston & Bird on

On June 29, 2017, Delaware Governor John Carney signed into law Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 79, which revises parts of Senate Bill 13, the major unclaimed property legislation passed earlier this year. Perhaps...more

Trademark Office Of Northern Iraq Resumes Operations On 7/16/2017

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

On July 16th, 2017 the Trademark Office of Northern Iraq (Kurdistan of Iraq) resumed operations and adopted new official fees applicable to all new trademark applications. In addition, a new amendment has been introduced...more

It’s That Time of Year Again: How Congress’ Proposed FAA Reauthorization Bills Could Impact the Commercial Drone Industry

by Hogan Lovells on

In the last few weeks, both houses of Congress have released draft FAA Reauthorization bills to continue FAA funding which runs out this fall. While the House bill’s proposal to privatize air traffic control in the United...more

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