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Illinois “Geolocation Privacy Protection Act” Passed By Legislature

by King & Spalding on

On June 28, 2017, the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill limiting the collection and use of geolocation information obtained via smartphones. The bill now heads to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk for signature or veto. ...more

Will County Prosecutors Be Subject to the PA Right-to-Know Law?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in a case that could drastically hamper the ability of reporters, defense attorneys and other citizens to get records from county prosecutors....more

Illinois “Right to Know” Bill Passed Out Of Illinois State Senate

by King & Spalding on

On May 4, 2017, the Illinois State Senate passed a bill requiring websites and apps to notify their Illinois customers of the personally identifiable information they collect and disclose and with whom they share it. If...more

New Committee Leadership in Congress - More Gridlock or a New Era of Environmental Lawmaking? ABA Pesticides, Chemical Regulation,...

During the Obama administration, in particular after the 2010 mid-term elections in which Democrats lost their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, legislative gridlock became standard operating procedure in...more

Congress Overturns FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order [Updated]

by Perkins Coie on

New development: President Trump signed the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval on April 3, 2017. The Federal Communications Commission is now prohibited from promulgating rules “substantially similar” to...more

Illinois Continues Legislative Efforts Aimed at Protecting Consumers’ Privacy Rights

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Illinois legislature is currently considering three different bills designed to enhance consumer privacy protections. The Right to Know Act would give consumers the right to know what information has been collected about...more

Congress Overturns FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order

by Perkins Coie on

Following the U.S. Senate’s recent vote, the U.S. House of Representatives has now voted to overturn the FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Enacted in 1996, the CRA allows Congress to...more

Illinois “Right to Know” Bill Passed Out Of Senate Judiciary Committee; Moves To Illinois State Senate

by King & Spalding on

On March 14, 2017, the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill requiring websites and apps to notify their Illinois customers of the types of personally identifiable information they collect, disclose and sell....more

Pennsylvania Legislature Seeks to Limit Access to Police Video Recordings

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The bill establishes a more restrictive process for obtaining video than the courts have provided for under the Right to Know Law. The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill on October 19 that would prohibit police body...more

Commonwealth Court Addresses Enormous Right-to-Know Requests

by Barley Snyder on

On July 6, 2016, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued a decision directly addressing the scope of a public entity’s obligations when responding to requests for records under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law that...more

GMO Disclosures and Claims: A Possible End to the U.S. GMO Labeling Controversy?

by King & Spalding on

On July 7, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed an important amendment to S. 764 to establish a mandatory nationwide labeling approach for genetically engineered (GE) foods, more popularly referred to as genetically modified...more

[Webinar] New GHS Hazard Communication Standard: Roll-out Issues - May 11th, 1:00 pm EDT

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Perhaps the most significant safety related regulatory reform during the Obama Administration has been the amended Hazard Communication Standard, bringing OSHA’s chemical Right-to-Know regulation more in line with the United...more

California Proposition 65 Regulations Overhaul

by Alston & Bird on

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) proposes to repeal existing regulations and replace them with newer regulations to further the “right-to-know” purpose of the Proposition 65 statute and...more

News from Second and State

Starting with “A”: the much anticipated decision from the Supreme Court in the case of Arneson v. Wolf was delivered this week, with the court finding that Gov. Wolf did not have the authority to remove Erik Arneson from his...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Establishes Test For Specificity Under The Right To Know Law

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Pennsylvania Department of Education v. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2015 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 316 (Pa. Commw. Ct. July 14, 2015). Pennsylvania Supreme Court reverses the Office of Open records and holds that a request must meet...more

Lawmakers Introduce Worker Misclassification Legislation

by Littler on

Two weeks after the U.S. Department of Labor issued an Administrator's Interpretation cautioning that "most workers are employees," Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced a bill targeting worker...more

EPA Updates Its Audit Policy with "eDisclosure"

by Bracewell LLP on

On June 10, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted a webinar describing a plan to modernize the implementation of its April 11, 2000 Audit Policy. The plan – called eDisclosure – attempts to provide a...more

How to Avoid Brown Act Violations When Discussing Litigation Issues

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A nearly $400,000 severance deal struck between Pasadena Community College and its former president was nullified by a judge after determining that the deal was improperly discussed and finalized in closed session. A Los...more

State May Not Disclose Trade Secrets Submitted as Part of RFP Response

by PretiFlaherty on

If you have ever agonized about whether to include certain confidential business information in a bid for a state contract in New Hampshire because of concerns that your competitors might get their hands on it, you should...more

Public’s Interest in Records of Police Shooting Trumps OPRA’s Ongoing Investigation Exception

by Genova Burns LLC on

The public’s right to access government documents garnered additional support in New Jersey last week when a state trial court ruled that law enforcement records related to the police shooting of a black man who allegedly...more

BYOD Lessons From Jersey's Bridge Scandal

So, have you implemented a Bring Your Own Device policy yet? If not (and your employees are using their personal devices for business purposes), your organization may be at risk....more

"Right to Know" Initiative Apparently Expanded

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Labor Department has announced another proposal to conduct a survey relating to "worker classification issues" under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. ...more

Right-to-Know Law Litigants in Pennsylvania Are Now Free to Introduce New Evidence and Arguments During Appeals and After OOR...

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held in Bowling v. Office of Open Records, No. 20 MAP 2011, 2013 WL 4436219, at *1 (Pa. Aug. 20, 2013), that courts reviewing pending cases under the state’s Right-to-Know Law (“RTKL”)...more

French Ruling reinforces board members’ right to information prior to their revocation

by Reed Smith on

Summary - The French Court of cassation recently decided that it is a prerequisite that board members of public companies (“sociétés anonymes”) be informed of the reasons for their revocation, prior to this issue being...more

Proposed Right-To-Know Pesticide Legislation

by Varnum LLP on

House Bill 4841 was introduced in June by Michigan State Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) that would allow residents to sign up and be notified when a commercial applicator sprays lawn or ornamental pesticides...more

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