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Biotechnology: APHIS Seeks Comment on Potentially Significant Changes to Regulations Regarding GE Organisms

According to a Federal Register notice published on February 5, 2016, 81 Fed. Reg. 6225, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced its intent to "prepare a...more

Japan FSA Finalizes Amendments to the Article 63 Exemption

Final text of the Regulations with respect to the Amendments promulgated has been released as well as the Response to the public comments....more

EPA Seeks Comment on Draft Guidelines for Human Exposure Assessment

On January 7, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in the Federal Register the beginning of a 45-day comment period on the peer review draft of the Guidelines for Human Exposure Assessment (draft...more

SEC Seeks Comments on Changes to Rules Governing Mutual Fund Transfer Agents

On December 22, 2015, the SEC published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Concept Release, and Request for Comment on Transfer Agent Regulations (the “Release”) seeking public comment regarding the SEC’s transfer...more

New FLSA Exemption Rules - Coming In July?

Over the last few months we've been asked on an almost daily basis when the DOL will be publishing its hotly anticipated white collar exemption rules. The short answer is still, we don't know. A few months ago, the word was...more

Ontario Releases Draft Pollinator Protection Health Action Plan

On January 22, 2016, Ontario released for consultation a draft Health Action Plan (Plan) to reduce losses of honeybees and other pollinators caused by several “stressors” stated in the Plan to include: (1) reduced habitat and...more

China Contemplates New Regulations to Tighten Its Grip on Internet News

On Jan. 11, 2016, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC”) issued an announcement to solicit public comments on a draft amendment to the Administrative Rules on Internet News Information Service (the “Draft...more

FDA Proposes Public Notification of “Emerging Signals”

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new policy for earlier public notification of medical device safety issues. These notifications will be in addition to the recall notices, safety communications, and press...more

Deadline for Submitting Comments on ITAR Agreement Guidelines Is Approaching

On January 6, 2016, the U.S. State Department Bureau of Political Military Affairs, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Office of Defense Trade Controls Licensing (DTCL) published a new version of the Guidelines for...more

DHS’s Deadline to Promulgate Final STEM OPT Regulations Extended to May 10, 2016

On January 23, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) request to extend the deadline to finalize the new set of Optional Practical Training (OPT)...more

Commercial Division Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Amendment to the Standard Form Confidentiality Order

Since its release in February 2007 by the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, many Commercial Division Justices throughout the state (and all but one Commercial Division Justice...more

Immigration Update: Court grants government extension request for OPT STEM rule

An update to the notice we posted last week about the ongoing STEM OPT litigation: The court, in Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, granted the government (Department of...more

BLM Proposes to Restrict Methane Releases from Oil and Gas Leases

After five years in the making, the federal Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) has proposed a rule to reduce the waste of natural gas from operations on federal and Indian oil and gas leases and to clarify when royalties apply...more

SBA Considers Public Comments on Proposed Size Standard Increases to NAICS Codes 562910 and 541519

According to the pre-publication, the SBA will adopt most of the proposed changes with two key exceptions. The SBA is not increasing the Environmental Remediation Services (“ERS”) exception under NAICS 562910 from 500...more

EPA Proposes To Establish Minor New Source Review Requirements And To Disapprove Severable Portions Of SIPs

On January 11, 2016, EPA published a Proposed Rule in the Federal Register proposing to establish Minor New Source Review permitting requirements for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to disapprove severable portions of the...more

FDA Extends Comment Period on “Natural” Food Labeling by 90 Days

In November we reported that the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was seeking public comments on the use of the term “natural” on food labeling, including foods that are genetically engineered or...more

SEC Extractive Industry Transparency Requirements Move Forward

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a new proposed rule to implement a key provision of the Dodd-Frank Act that targets corruption and increases transparency requirements for payments...more

Federal Aviation Administration Proposes New Stage 5 Aircraft Noise Standards

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing new “Stage 5” aircraft noise standards for certain subsonic jet airplanes and subsonic transport category large airplanes. Such standards would reduce the noise produced...more

SEC Requests Public Comment on Transfer Agent Regulation Proposal and Concept Release

SEC proposal would modernize the regulation of the transfer agency industry, particularly with respect to mutual funds. Last month, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed...more

Testing the Limits of Bank Officer Accountability – The NYDFS AML Personal Liability Proposal

The New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) is currently soliciting public comment on a proposed regulation that would require certain NYDFS-regulated financial institutions (“Regulated Institutions”) and their...more

Update: IRS Withdraws Proposed Regulations on Substantiation of Donations in Response to Taxpayer Comments

Back in September of 2015, the Treasury and IRS issued proposed regulations related to section 170(f)(8)(D) providing an alternate framework for substantiating charitable donations. The proposal would require a donee...more

EPA Releases Preliminary Risk Assessment for Neonicotinoid Insecticide Imidacloprid

On January 6, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced the release of a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the...more

NRC Staff Seeks Public Comment on Technical Approach for Second License Renewals

The NRC Staff recently published proposed guidance documents for Second License Renewal—a significant milestone in the path toward extending the licensed life of nuclear plants from 60 years to 80 years—but some of the...more

Comments on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Proposed Rule to Amend the VA's VOSB Verification Program

Dear Mr. Leney: We are writing to submit comments on the above-referenced Proposed Rule, issued November 6, 2015, 80 Fed. Reg. 68,795, to amend the VA’s VOSB Verification Program. In our practice, we represent many...more

When does using social media become "lobbying" under New York State law?

Recently, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), which oversees lobbying rules and regulations in New York State, published a Notice for Comment that should interest any person or entity that uses social media in...more

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