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OSHA Wants Public Assistance with Leading Indicators Guidance

The next version of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s annual voluntary guidance cataloging measures for improving safety and health in the workplace may include insights from the public. For the first time ever,...more

"CFTC Revises the Regulation AT Proposal for Automated Trading"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an amendment to the Regulation AT framework it originally proposed in December 2015 for automated trading on U.S. derivatives exchanges. Addressing the issues raised in the...more

US Federal Reserve Board Announces Plans to Collect Data from Banks on Secondary Market Transactions in US Treasury Securities

The US Federal Reserve Board announced that it plans to begin collecting data on Treasury security secondary market transactions from banks. The Federal Reserve Board intends to negotiate with the Financial Industry...more

Federal Regulators Unveil Proposed Cybersecurity Standards for Large Financial Firms

On October 19, 2016, federal regulators issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking titled “Enhanced Cyber Risk Management Standards.” The draft standards, jointly released by the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit...more

Public Comment Period Extended for Commentary on Defense of Process: eDiscovery Best Practices

As we noted a couple of months ago, The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production (WG1) has issued a Public Comment Version of a new Principles and Guidelines for Developing and...more

FDA Announces International Draft Guidance for Clinical Evaluation of Software as a Medical Device

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the availability of a draft guidance for the clinical evaluation of software as a medical device (SaMD). The draft guidance was prepared by the SaMD Working Group of the...more

USPTO Examination Time Goals -- How Much Time Should Examiners Have To Examine A Patent Application?

As part of its ongoing efforts to improve patent quality, the USPTO is reevaluating its examination time goals and seeking public feedback on how much time examiners should have to examine a patent application. Examination...more

CFTC Proposes New Rule Allowing it to Obtain Trading Firm’s Trade Secrets Without Due Process

As the Obama administration winds down, its regulators are showing no signs of letting up. Last week the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) decided that it should no longer be constrained by its subpoena power...more

DOT Invites Public Comment on Cybersecurity Best Practices for Modern Vehicles

Public comments on the proposal are due by November 28; guidance will influence automotive cybersecurity practices. Increasingly “connected” automobiles bring convenience and other benefits to drivers and passengers, but...more

PAC Ruling Further Clarifies Impermissible Restrictions on Public Comment

One of the most legally perilous jobs of a school board is to preside over the public participation portion of a meeting. The key for a board is to balance its need to run efficient and orderly meetings with the ability of...more

Regulators Diverge on How Best to Manage Growing Cybersecurity Risks

On October 19, the Federal Reserve Board, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the Agencies) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) seeking to enhance cyber...more

USPTO Seeks Comments and Will Hold Roundtables on Examination Time

In a Federal Register notice (81 Fed. Reg. 73383) published last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a request for public feedback regarding the Office's reevaluation of its examination time goals. The Office...more

DOL Launches Worker.gov Beta: What to Expect From the New Employee Resource

On October 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced on its blog that it has launched the beta version of a new website, worker.gov, intended to help workers find quick solutions to their workplace problems. At...more

Comment Deadline Approaches On Update To The Coordinated Framework For The Regulation Of Biotechnology

As previously reported in the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group’s (BRAG®) Biobased and Renewable Products Update of September 22, 2016, Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated...more

"SEC Proposes Rule Amendments to Require Universal Proxy Cards"

On October 26, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 2-to-1 to propose amendments to the proxy rules that would require the use of universal proxy cards in contested elections. The proposed changes, if...more

CMS Issues Sweeping Final Rule, Significantly Changing the Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities Participating in the...

On September 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule comprehensively updating and extensively revising the requirements for participation (ROPs) for long-term care (LTC) facilities...more

SDNY Bankruptcy Court Publishes Proposed Amendments to Local Rules

Last month, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York published proposed amendments to its local rules effective December 1, 2016 (the “Proposed Amendments”). Links to the Bankruptcy Court’s...more

Higher US Patent Fees On The Horizon

The USPTO has published a proposed fee schedule for patent fees likely to take effect October 1, 2017–the start of the USPTO’s next fiscal year. The proposed fee schedule makes “slight” changes to many fees, and more...more

Feds Propose Enhanced Cyber Standards for Nation’s Largest Banks and Their Boards

Bank regulators are continuing to demand more accountability from corporate leaders when it comes to compliance with cybersecurity safeguards. In an advance notice of proposed rulemaking issued yesterday, federal...more

Update To The Coordinated Framework For The Regulation Of Biotechnology Published In The Federal Reg

On September 22, 2016, Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology (Update to the Coordinated Framework) was published in the Federal Register ....more

FDA Announces Initiative to Redefine “Healthy” Claim for Food Labeling

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced in September that it is considering how to redefine the term “healthy” as a nutrient content claim for the labeling of human food products. The FDA issued a guidance...more

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Petition Process Goes Live - Potential for up to $500,000 in duty relief per product

The U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) has begun accepting petitions seeking temporary duty suspensions and reductions pursuant to the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (“the Act”). The Act...more

California Prop 65: More Unintended Consequences

Last month, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) adopted new Proposition 65 warning regulations. Much of the discussions regarding these new regulations have centered on the warning...more

TTAB Rules Changes Confirmed – Effective January 14, 2017

The public comments have been considered and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board rule changes proposed in April 2016 and summarized in this blog post have been confirmed with only minor exceptions. The new rules will be...more

Proposed Rule Would Encourage Hyperlinking In Documents Electronically Filed In The New York Commercial Division

A rule proposed last week would encourage the use of hyperlinking in documents that are electronically filed with the Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court as a means of increasing the efficiency with which the...more

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