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SEC Requests Comment on FINRA Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission is requesting comments from the public on two proposals from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. First, FINRA proposed to amend FINRA Rule 2210 (Communications with the...more

White House Big Data Initiative Seeks Public Comments On Privacy Issues

Last week, as part of the White House’s initiative on “big data” and privacy (led by John Podesta), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a request for information seeking public input regarding broad...more

Fed Seeks Public Comment on Financial Holding Company Physical Commodities Activities

An Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) issued in mid-January by the Federal Reserve Board (the Board) seeks public comment on the scope of permissible physical commodities activities. Such activities have been under...more

Also in the News - March 3, 2014

HHS Requests Comments on New Targets for 2020 HAI Action Plan – On February 25, 2014, HHS requested public comment on new 2020 targets for the Health Care-Associated Infection (HAI) Action Plan after the expiration of the...more

SEC Re-Opens Comment Periods for Asset-Backed Securities Rule Proposals

The SEC re-opened the comment periods on its rule proposals regarding asset-backed securities described in the releases entitled “Asset-Backed Securities” (the “2010 Release”) and “Re-Proposal of Shelf Eligibility Conditions...more

Fed Extends Comment Period for Rulemaking Regarding Physical Commodity Activities

On February 27, the Fed provided an additional 30 days to comment on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding physical commodity activities conducted by financial holding companies. Public comment period is extended...more

SEC Re-Opens Comment Period for Asset-Backed Securities Rules

An update to Regulation AB (“Reg AB II”) was originally proposed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on April 7, 2010,1 with an initial comment period open until August 2, 2010 (the “Proposal”) to...more

OFCCP Seeks Comments On Discrimination Complaint Form

OFCCP is seeking public comment its form for individual complaints of discrimination and retaliation. An employee or applicant of a federal contractor may file a complaint of discrimination or retaliation with the OFCCP. The...more

NFA Seeks Comment on Capital Requirements for CPOs and CTAs

National Futures Association (NFA), the industry-funded self-regulatory for the futures industry, issued a Notice to Members (Notice) on January 23, 2014, requesting comment on the concept of imposing a capital requirement on...more

NIST seeks comments on Cybersecurity Framework – Don’t miss the Dec. 13 deadline

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking comments on its “Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework,” which affects numerous industries. The Preliminary Framework is intended to provide guidance to...more

ITC Section 337 Update – December 6, 2013

ITC Seeking Public Comments On Draft Strategic Plan FY 2014-2018 – The ITC released a Draft Strategic Plan 2014-18 and invited public comment. All comments and any questions must be submitted by e-mail to...more

NIST Opens 45-Day Comment Period on Cybersecurity Framework

We have published prior advisories concerning the development by the National Institute of Standards and Technology of a cybersecurity “Framework” intended to be adopted by owners of critical infrastructure to enhance the...more

SEC Requests Public Feedback on Study on Asset Management Issues

On September 30, 2013, the SEC opened a page on its website to allow the public to comment on a study entitled “Asset Management and Financial Stability” by November 1, 2013....more

CFTC Seeks Comments on Amended EFRP Rule

On September 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission requested public comments on proposed amendments to the exchange for related position (EFRP) rules and Market Regulation Advisory Notice of the Chicago Mercantile...more

FTC Seeks Public Comment on Proposed kidSAFE COPPA Safe Harbor Program

In a Federal Register notice to be published shortly, the FTC is seeking public comment on the kidSAFE Seal Program proposed by Samet Privacy, LLC under the “safe harbor” provision of the COPPA Rule. This provision enables...more

Interior Extends Public Comment Period On Wolf Delisting

On September 4, 2013, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced that the public comment period regarding its proposed rule to remove the gray wolf (Canis lupus) from the list of endangered and threatened species, which was...more

Federal Election Commission Seeks Public Comment On The Use Of Bitcoins As Political Contributions

A political action committee has sought an advisory opinion from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as to whether bitcoins can be accepted as political contributions and, if so, how bitcoins should be characterized and...more

ASTM Changes To The E1527

As Scott Hitch noted in a previous post, a change to the federal rule regarding All Appropriate Inquiries (“AAI”) is currently on notice for public review and comment. The comment period ends on September 16. The proposed...more

Call to Clients to Share Data Illustrating Consequences of Discovery Costs: Comment Period Opens for Amendments to the Federal...

Introduction - On August 15, 2013, the Civil Rules Advisory Committee (hereinafter “the Committee”) began what is expected to be a six month period of open commentary on the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of...more

Public Comment Period for Proposed Federal Fracking Regulations Draws to a Close

The public comment period for new federal regulations regarding fracking on public lands—the first substantive update to the rules in three decades—ended on Friday with over 1 million submissions from both critics and...more

Court Denies Section 230 Immunity to TheDirty.com for User Posts, Setting Stage for Battle in Sixth Circuit

On Aug. 12, 2013, a federal court in Kentucky held that the website TheDirty.com can be liable for comments posted by third parties, refusing to rule as a matter of law that the site is immune under Section 230 of the...more

FHFA Seeks Comment On Strategies To Reduce Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Multifamily Role

On August 9, the FHFA sought public input for reducing Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s presence in the multifamily housing market. ...more

In Proposed Amendments to Pay-to-Play Rules, the New Jersey State Investment Council Explains Indirect Violations

Comments are due today on proposed amendments to the New Jersey State Investment Council (“SIC”) Pay-to-Play Rules. ...more

Update: Court Again Rules That Ordinance Prohibiting Insolent Behavior At City Council Meeting Is Unconstitutional

On December 6, 2005, Benito Acosta (“Acosta”) spoke during a public comment period at a Costa Mesa City Council (“City”) meeting. Because of his behavior, he was asked to step down from the podium and leave the chambers. ...more

CFTC Seeks Public Comment on Wash Trade Advisory

On July 15, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission published a request for public comment on a Market Regulation Advisory Notice related to wash trades that was proposed on July 9 by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago...more

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