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2015 Construction Law Update - Construction Practice Newsletter

Over 2,200 bills were introduced during the second and final year of the 2013-2014 legislative session, of which 931 were signed into law. For the design and construction industry the end of the second session, like...more

Important News on the Equal Opportunity Jerk: Minnesota Workplace Bullying Bill Is Reintroduced

When I present harassment training, I tell my audience that harassment is usually unlawful only when based on a protected-class status, such as race, gender, age, disability, etc. During the training, I often tell the story...more

The Innovation Act of 2015: Congress Targets Patent ‘Trolls’ Again

On February 5, 2015, the House Judiciary Chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), flanked by a bipartisan group of his peers, reintroduced his “Innovation Act” (H.R. 9). The bill is the second time in as many years that the...more

Pennsylvania Legislation Introduced to Authorize Online Gaming

On February 26, 2015, Pennsylvania State Representative John Payne, chairman of the Gaming Oversight Committee, and several other sponsors introduced HB 649, a bill that would amend the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 4

IS GAMING IN THE CARDS FOR THE VOLUNTEER STATE? Dickinson Wright has learned that Tennessee House Representative Jason Powell has submitted a proposed constitutional amendment that could permit casino gaming in...more

The Tyranny of the Abutter?

The time spent deconstructing the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville has to rank among the least gratifying memories of every former political science major. De Tocqueville's most notable work, Democracy in America, expounded...more

New California Internet Poker Bills Seek Political Compromise and Consensus, But May Further Divide Stakeholders in the Absence of...

Efforts to pass online poker legislation in California have failed for years, in large part due to the failure to achieve consensus on the most critical issues affecting stakeholders. California is now poised to consider new...more

TSCA Reform: Detailed Analysis of the Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act

As noted in our recent memorandum on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697, Lautenberg), Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) recently introduced the Alan Reinstein and Trevor...more

Congressional Leaders Introduce Legislation to Repeal Medicare's SGR Formula, Increase Physician Reimbursement Rates

A group of bipartisan, bicameral congressional leaders introduced a bill, on March 19, to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula that governs Medicare physician payment rates. The formula has called for dramatic...more

New Tools for Companies Against Cybercrime

Obama administration proposal would reduce legal ambiguities and allow civil RICO claims. On January 2015, the Obama administration announced a series of proposals to strength­en the country’s response to...more

FTC Focuses on Emerging Technologies Amid Congressional Efforts to Expand Data Security Enforcement

Monday the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP) announced the creation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation (OTRI), a new initiative focused on consumer protection in emerging...more

Senate EPW Hearing On TSCA Reform

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) held a hearing on S. 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. ...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2015 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown, top lawmakers unveil emergency drought legislation: Los Angeles Times - Mar 19: Governor Jerry Brown and top lawmakers from both parties announced Thursday a $1 billion...more

California Eyes Groundbreaking Privacy and Cybersecurity Legislation

In California, home to Silicon Valley, Biotech Beach, drones and some of the nation’s strongest laws protecting personal and consumer privacy, legislators are grappling with how to balance popular innovations in technology...more

Michigan Congressmen Introduce Bill Permitting Healthcare Providers to Negotiate Collectively with Health Insurers

On January 6, two Michigan Congressmen – Representative John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Representative Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) – introduced the “Quality Health Care Coalition Act of 2015.” The bill (H.R. 105) would permit...more

A Review of New York’s Proposed Sexual Violence Legislation – Part 3: Notice of Victim’s Rights

New York’s proposed legislation contains extensive provisions dealing with victims’ rights. Specifically, Section 6442 of the legislation requires adoption of a Victim and Survivor Bill of Rights that provides for the right...more

Are More Protections for Minnesota Working Parents on the Way?

We recently alerted you to proposed legislation that, if passed, would expand last year’s Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) by requiring paid “sick and safe” time off benefits for almost all Minnesota employees...more

Nevada Business License Fee Proposal Could Impact Employers

Nevada employers should pay close attention to a tax bill currently under consideration by the Nevada Legislature. Senate bill 252 includes a new business license fee proposal that bases its fees scale on gross revenue and...more

Protecting Your Parental Rights—What You Need to Know About New Jersey’s Gestational Surrogacy Law

For couples who can’t conceive and in cases where in-vitro fertilization is not a viable alternative, surrogacy has become a popular method for couples to have a child. An even more attractive option for parents, ‘gestational...more

TSCA Reform: Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act

On March 18, 2015, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697). ...more

No Game Changer for Fantasy Sports in Washington

Based on their interpretation of Washington state gambling laws, many fantasy sports game operators do not allow players from Washington to participate in pay-to-play fantasy sports games. Game operators and players alike...more

Alimony Reform HB 943 House Staff Analysis

On March 2, 2015 we posted information regarding the proposed alimony reform bills pending before the Florida House of Representatives (HB 943) and Florida Senate (SB 1248). The House of Representatives posted a staff...more

Federal and State Governments Respond to Recent Data Breaches and Propose New Cybersecurity Laws

Over the past few months, major retailers and Internet content providers, like Target and Sony, have been victims of massive cyber-attacks resulting in the release of customer credit card data, private corporate e-mails, and...more

Legislation Introduced to Modify CFPB Structure: Will It Gain Traction?

Earlier this month, a year after the House passed a bill to change the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Tex.) again introduced legislation that would modify the structure...more

A Single Food-Safety Agency: Is Now Really The Time?

In the wake of the passage and continuing implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, a couple of U.S. Senators and President Obama...more

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