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Department of Labor Says "Transparent Government" Begins With...Transparent Data about Businesses?

We’ve reached almost the end of April, and the long delayed, new FLSA regulations are still percolating somewhere in deep inside the DOL. So what has the agency been up to instead? Last month, as part of the annual “Sunshine...more

Miners Beware: Regulators Read Your Investor Presentations

On April 9, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published CSA Staff Notice 43-309 - Review of Website Investor Presentations by Mining Issuers (the Staff Notice), which summarizes the findings of a review of...more

Legislation Introduced in House to Eliminate Uncertainty Regarding AIA Grace Period

Last week, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives that would amend 35 U.S.C. § 102(b) "to correct the drafting problem in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act relating to the grace period." The bill,...more

CFPB finalizes temporary suspension of TILA requirement for quarterly submission of credit card agreements

The CFPB has issued a final rule adopting its proposal to suspend for one year the Truth in Lending Act/Regulation Z requirement for issuers of open-end credit cards to send their credit card agreements to the CFPB quarterly...more

UK Update - Whistleblowing: When is a disclosure made in the public interest?

In Chestertons –v– Nurmohamed, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has given the first appellate guidance on when a worker’s disclosure is made in the public interest, so as to attract whistleblower protection....more

Naming Names: Washington Supreme Court Holds That Public Employers Must Disclose the Names of Employees Being Investigated for...

On April 2, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court held that public employees under investigation for workplace misconduct cannot prevent their identities from being disclosed in response to a request for public records. The...more

Broadcast Station Reminder -- Quarterly Filings and Requirements: Issues/Programs Lists; Children’s Programming; Commercial...

By April 10, 2015, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during January, February...more

Supreme Court Expands Whistleblower Protections

The Supreme Court has been showing a tendency towards increasing whistleblower protections. The most recent installment of this trend was a recently decided case in which the Court granted whistleblower status to an Air...more

Proposed Legislation Would Toughen Economic Disclosure Requirements for California Officials

In the wake of various investigative reports and public scandals, California lawmakers have proposed reform legislation aimed at providing greater transparency and accountability in government. Three separate bills are now...more

CFPB to Publicly Disclose Consumer Complaint Database Narratives

On March 19, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) adopted a proposal to publicly disclose consumer complaint narratives in its Consumer Complaint Database. The Bureau also published its final policy...more

“21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act” Introduced in House

On March 26, 2015, House of Representatives Republican Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) introduced a bill (H.R. 1667) to amend Section 4(b) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to require the Secretary of Interior to “make publicly...more

Sunshine Creeps into Dark Corners of Harrisburg

National Sunshine Week did not exist in the 1700s, but the Founding Fathers knew all too well the frustrations of accessing public records and even wrote about it right here in Philadelphia. Originally published in The...more

Texas Supreme Court Opinions (3/15) - Part 2

No. 13-0338, University of Texas at Arlington v. Williams - This appeal addresses whether the recreational-use statute (Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code §§ 75.001-007) covers a spectator at a sporting event....more

Sysco, US Foods Seek Disclosure of FTC Witness Identities

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) went head-to-head last week with Sysco Corp. and US Foods Inc. over whether to make public the names of the declarants relied on by the FTC in its preliminary injunction to block Sysco and...more

The False Claims Act 2015: DOJ Policies and Judicial Decisions Likely to Lead to an Increase in FCA Claims

By all accounts, 2014 was a banner year in False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement, with the Department of Justice (DOJ) announcing a record $5.69 billion in FCA recoveries. 2015 promises to be an equally active year and is...more

Employers’ Safety Records Will Soon Be a Click Away

Employers should be aware of a proposed OSHA recordkeeping rule that is expected to be issued as a final rule this year. The proposed rule requires employers to electronically report to OSHA data on serious workplace injuries...more

Federal Air Marshal Could Proceed With Whistleblower Lawsuit

Robert J. MacLean became a federal air marshal for the TSA in 2001. In that role, MacLean was assigned to protect passenger flights from potential hijackings. In July 2003, the Department of Homeland Security issued a...more

Narrowing Of FCA Public Disclosure Bar Continues

On Feb. 25, 2015, the Sixth Circuit became the latest federal court of appeals to weigh in on the scope of the False Claims Act’s public disclosure bar in its decision in United States ex rel. Whipple v. Chattanooga-Hamilton...more

What, If Anything, Is The Attorney General’s Office Hiding?

In January, I decided to update an earlier post regarding the number of calls made to the California Attorney General’s hotline mandated by Labor Code Section 1102.7. A few years earlier, I had published these data for the...more

Is SEC Regulation of Political Spending Dead?

It is unlikely that it is dead, but it certainly is on life support. But, I believe that board oversight, and disclosure, of corporate political expenditures will continue to increase. In 2011, the Committee of...more

Protective Order Issued in Suit to Stop EPA from Releasing Farmers’ Information

A federal district court in Minnesota recently issued a protective order prohibiting the EPA from releasing information about animal feeding operations—including farmers' names, home addresses, telephone numbers and email...more

Incentivized Reviews Without Disclosure Get Panned by FTC

In the latest iteration of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) approach to testimonials and endorsements in the context of online advertising, the Commission alleged that AmeriFreight, a company that arranges the shipment of...more

Full Dissemination of Information–How Many Days?

How many days does it take for material nonpublic information in a press release or an SEC filing to be deemed fully disseminated to, and digested by, the marketplace? The answer can affect, for example, the duration of a...more

SEC Proposes Dodd-Frank Hedging Policy Disclosure Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently released long-awaited proposed rules, as mandated by Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Act, that would require a public company to disclose whether the company permits its...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Relator's Complaint Under Amended Public Disclosure Bar

In United States of America ex rel. Marc Osheroff v. Humana, Inc. et al., No. 13-15278 (11th Cir., Jan. 16, 2015), the Eleventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of a relator’s complaint under the public disclosure bar of the False...more

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