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Opportunity to reduce import costs into Canada - but you need to act now!

In Budget 2016: Growing the Middle Class, the Government of Canada announced its intention to eliminate tariffs on food manufacturing ingredients, such as those used in the agri-food processing industry, as part of its plan...more

National Academies Of Sciences, Engineering, And Medicine Holding Second Public Meeting On Future

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is hosting a second public meeting examining future biotechnology products on June 1-2, 2016. This two-day meeting will run from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. both days,...more

CFTC Proposes to Allow Private Lawsuits for Transactions in RTOs and ISOs

The proposal could create uncertainty for market participants and raise jurisdictional questions about which regulator should police power markets....more

Manatt on Medicaid: Monthly Expansion Recap - May 2016

Alaska - House Brings Medicaid Expansion Lawsuit to State Supreme Court - The Alaska House of Representatives has filed an appeal to the State Supreme Court seeking reinstatement of its lawsuit against Governor Bill...more

DOL Tones Down White-Collar Exemption Regulations, But Millions Still Affected

Receiving over 270,000 comments must have impressed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to the point that it scaled back the provisions originally stated or hinted at in the proposed rules, with final rules issued May 18 that...more

CMS Announces Plans to Streamline the Stark Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol

On May 6, 2016, CMS published a notice (Notice), required under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), seeking public comment on its plans to revise the information collected under the Medicare Self-referral Disclosure Protocol...more

FCC Seeks Comment on Accessibility Issues/Compliance for the 2016 Biennial CVAA Report

On Monday, May 23, 2016, the Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau (CGB or Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) released a Public Notice seeking comment on the state of compliance with the...more

Proposed Rule Would Promote the Use of Direct Testimony Affidavits in the New York Commercial Division

Justices in the Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court would be expressly authorized to require parties to submit the direct testimony of their own witnesses in affidavit form in non-jury trials and evidentiary...more

Agencies Invite Comment on Proposed Rule to Prohibit Incentive-Based Pay that Encourages Inappropriate Risk-Taking in Financial...

On May 16, 2016, six federal agencies – the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the...more

Comment period on CFPB proposed arbitration rule ends August 22

With the publication of the CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule in today’s Federal Register, the 90-day comment period is now running.  Comments on the proposal must be received on or before Monday, August 22, 2016....more

FCC Proposes Formal Privacy Regulations for Broadband ISPs

On March 31, 2016, a 3-2 majority of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NPRM") to establish a set of regulations governing the data collection, use, and sharing...more

U.S. Patent Office Updates Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance, Including Life Science Examples

In view of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in Alice, Myriad, and Mayo, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a series of guidance documents on patent subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. §...more

CFPB Issues Proposed Rule Seeking to Prohibit Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

On May 5, the CFPB released a highly anticipated proposed rule that would ban covered providers of most financial consumer products and services from including mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses in future consumer...more

CFPB Proposes Controversial Rule to Limit Use of Arbitration Agreements

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a long-awaited and highly-controversial proposed rule that, if adopted, would prohibit certain financial services companies from banning consumer class...more

DOJ Issues Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Web Accessibility Requirements

On April 29, the DOJ issued a Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SANPRM) titled Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government...more

FTC Weighs-in on Telehealth: Providing Comments Regarding Alaska’s Proposed Licensure and Standard of Care Requirements

In March 2016, the US Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) staff submitted public comments regarding the telehealth provisions of a proposed state bill in Alaska demonstrating the FTC’s continued focus on health care competition...more

Is This the End of Arbitration for Consumer Financial Disputes?

The proposed rule has broad implications for the financial industry, which has relied on class action waivers in consumer agreements to ensure that arbitration is a cost-effective way of resolving disputes with customers....more

GAO Proposes Changes to Bid Protest Regulations, Including Imposing a Filing Fee

On April 15, 2016, the Government Accountability Office ("GAO") published a number of proposed changes to the procedural rules that govern bid protests in that forum. See 81 Fed. Reg. 22197. The primary purpose is to...more

DOJ Clicks “Refresh” on Proposed Title II Website Accessibility Regulations

DOJ’s unexpected announcement further delays the much-anticipated rules regarding accessibility of government/public (and later private) websites, but indicates an open-mindedness to consider further public comment on the...more

CFPB Wants to Prohibit Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses

Today, the CFPB announced its proposed rule that would prohibit class action waivers in arbitration clauses in contracts governing consumer finance products. While the proposal does not include a complete ban on all...more

US Securities and Exchange Commission Seeks Public Comment on Plan to Establish Consolidated Audit Trail

The SEC released a plan for a proposed national market system that would create a single database, the Consolidated Audit Trail, to track all US activity in the equity and options markets. The establishment of the CAT will...more

CFPB Proposes New Rule Against Mandatory Arbitration Clauses That Preclude Participation in Class Action Suits

Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it is issuing and seeking public comment on new proposed regulations that would prohibit providers of certain consumer financial products and services from...more

NTIA Seeks Input on the Internet of Things

Recently, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) published a request for public comment regarding the current technology and policy landscape of the Internet of Things (IoT). (IoT is the broad...more

Web Reg “Do Over?”: DOJ Withdraws Title II Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Issues Supplemental Advanced Notice Seeking Further...

Seyfarth Synopsis: Public entities and private businesses have been waiting for years – since 2010 – for the Department of Justice to issue regulations setting a standard for website accessibility. The DOJ has announced that...more

USPTO Seeks Comments on New Patent Quality Metrics

In a notice published in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 16142) last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that new patent quality metrics were being designed for use in FY2017 and that the Office was...more

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