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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

FDA Proposes Ban on Electrical Stimulation Devices for Aggressive or Self-Injurious Behavior

On April 25, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published a proposed rule banning electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) used to treat aggressive or self-injurious behavior....more

Hazardous Waste: New Corrosivity Test Denied, But the Fight is Not Over

EPA has tentatively denied a petition to expand the test for the hazardous waste characteristic of corrosivity to cover more wastes. In so doing, however, EPA left the door open to reconsider the decision based on public...more

HHS Reopens Comment Period for Proposed Rule on 340B Drug Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reopening the comment period for the proposed rule titled “340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation.” HHS released...more

SEC Solicits Public Comment on Business and Financial Disclosure Requirements in Regulation S-K

On April 15, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission began seeking comment on specific disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K. ...more

China Aims to Strengthen Regulations on Commercial Bribery

Recently, the Legal Affairs Office of the State Council released draft amendments (Draft Amendments) to the Anti-Unfair Competition Law (AUCL) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for public comments. The Draft Amendments...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends Series - April 2016 #2

Kellogg will voluntarily label its GMO-containing products. On March 23, Kellogg Corp. became the latest major food manufacturer to announce that it plans to voluntarily label those products that it sells that contain GMOs....more

"SEC Issues Concept Release Seeking Feedback on Business and Financial Disclosure Requirements"

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release seeking feedback on ways to modernize the business and financial disclosure requirements of Regulation S-K. The 341-page release...more

BEA Proposes Changes to Reporting Requirements for Private Funds

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury Department) and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, has proposed changes to certain cross-border investments that...more

OEHHA Proposes New Prop. 65 Warning Regulations

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has released another draft of its proposed amendments to the Proposition 65 warning regulations. This is the third draft OEHHA has released for public...more

Seyfarth Submits Comments to U.S. DOL Regarding Proposed Regulations Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

Seyfarth Shaw submitted comments on behalf of the Firm and its clients responding to the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed regulations seeking to require certain parties that contract with the Federal Government to provide...more

US Quadrennial Energy Review second round

The U.S. Department of Energy is holding a series of public meetings centered on the topic of the second installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review, an integrated study of the U.S. electricity system from generation through...more

The Department of Commerce Wants to Get a Handle on the Internet of Things

It’s apparent by now that along with an expected economic impact of billions or even trillions of dollars, the Internet of Things (IoT) also brings with it a host of security, health and policy concerns. ...more

NTIA Rulemaking Seeks Comments on Government Role in IoT

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the Department of Commerce, is seeking public comment on the benefits, challenges and potential roles for the government in fostering the...more

EPA Requests Comment on Tentative Denial of Petition to Expand Dramatically the RCRA Corrosivity Characteristic

This news alert discusses EPA’s tentative decision to deny a petition from one of its own scientists and an environmental group, both seeking a dramatic expansion of the definition of “corrosive” wastes under the U.S. federal...more

Alaska Department of Natural Resources Seeks Input on Mining Regulations – Comments Due 4/29/16

The Alaska DNR is requesting public comments on its mining regulations for establishing and maintaining mining claims – 11 AAC Chapter 86. These regulations (as well as related regulations at 11 AAC 82 and 11 AAC 88)...more

Memorializing Discovery Rulings and Different Judges for Settlement Conferences: Two Proposed Changes to New York’s Commercial...

The New York Supreme Court’s Commercial Division has developed a reputation as a forward-thinking forum at the state level for the resolution of complex business disputes. When possible, the Commercial Division promulgates...more

NASAA Request for Comment on Statements of Policy

For offerings that require state securities registration and review, clients often are concerned about the merit regulation standards. Certain of NASAA’s Statements of Policy, for example, may pose significant issues. From...more

Joint Interim Final Rule Published Relating to Expanded Examination Cycle Eligibility

On March 24, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) issued and are requesting public comment on an...more

USPTO Releases Major AIA Rule Changes to Take Effect Soon

On March 31, 2016, the US Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) filed a notice in the Federal Register adopting the amendments to AIA Proceedings that it proposed in August 2015 and subsequently opened for public...more

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