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Comments on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance Due by July 31

This week brings the July 31, 2014 deadline for submitting written comments on two USPTO patent subject matter eligibility guidance documents: The “Myriad-Mayo” Guidance issued March 4, 2014 (for claims involving laws of...more

New Mexico Issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Revise its State Rural Universal Service Fund

This past Wednesday,, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR)to revise New Mexico’s State Rural Universal Service Fund following numerous workshops and filings by...more

CMS Publishes Proposed 2015 OPPS and ASC Payment Rule

On July 3, 2014, CMS posted the proposed CY 2015 outpatient perspective payment system (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) payment rule, which was subsequently published in the Federal Register on July 14, 2014 [PDF]....more

New York Proposes First State Bitcoin Regulations

One might have thought the biggest news in the digital currency world lately was Dell announcing that it was now accepting bitcoin. However, after a series of highly-publicized hearings in January, New York State rolled out...more

Public Comments on AIA Trial Proceedings – the USPTO is Listening

As mentioned in a previous article, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) held a series of roundtables throughout the United States this spring to solicit public feedback on AIA trials. Having received some feedback during...more

USDOT Proposes New Rules for Rail Transport of Fossil Fuels

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014 the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“Administration”), an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation (“USDOT”), issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) for...more

ACOs And Pay for Value … About the Data

It has been over three years since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its proposed rule and guidance on the development and implementation of Accountable Care Organizations. About four million...more

FinCEN Closer To Finalizing Customer Due Diligence Proposal

On July 14, the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) concluded its review of a long-awaited FinCEN proposal to establish customer due diligence requirements for financial institutions, sending the rule...more

Proposed “Bitlicense” Regulations Published to the New York Register

Today’s New York State Register includes a Notice of Proposed Rule Making from the New York State Department of Financial Services (the “NYSDFS”) regarding the regulation of virtual currency (“Regulation of the Conduct of...more

DOL Proposes Rulemaking to Amend Definition of "Spouse" for FMLA

In 2013, the United States Supreme Court held, in U.S. v. Windsor, that the Defense of Marriage Act's limitation of "marriage" and "spouse" to heterosexual couples was unconstitutional. Thereafter, President Obama instructed...more

USPTO Proposes Rules Changes in View of Novartis v. Lee

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 34681) discussing changes to the rules of practice to implement the Federal Circuit's decision...more

FCC Announces Effective Date for CAF Program Reforms and Seeks Comments on CAF Program Proposed Rules

On July 9, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) published the Connect America Fund Program (“CAF”) Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling, Order, Memorandum Opinion and Order, Seventh Order on...more

EPA Delays Potential Fracking Chemical Disclosure Mandates

On Friday, July 11, 2014 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”) extended the public comment period for its advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANPR”) for hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure rules. The...more

CFPB Debt Collection (Regulation F) Rulemaking FAQs

On November 12, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or the “Bureau”) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“ANPR”) seeking comment, data, and information from the public about debt collection...more

DOL Issues Notice of Proposed FMLA Rule that Offers Equal Leave Rights to Same-Sex Spouses

On June 20, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). If adopted, employees in same-sex marriages...more

PCAOB Standard-Setting Agenda Offers Insight into Rulemaking Activities

The Office of the Chief Auditor of the PCAOB issued an updated standard-setting agenda, providing the expected timing and key milestones for various PCAOB rulemaking projects. Some of the highlights from the agenda, which was...more

"CFTC Further Extends Comment Periods on Position Limits Proposals"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) has further extended the comment periods for its November 2013 proposal concerning position limits aggregation and its December 2013 proposal concerning position...more

NASAA Seeks Comment on a Model Rule for Electronic Blue Sky Filings

The North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (NASAA) posted a web notice requesting comment on model rules that would provide for electronic filings with the states of Form D and other state securities...more

VAWA Rulemaking Sessions Come to a Close – A Sneak-Peek at What May Be In Store for Colleges and Universities

On March 31, 2014, negotiators concluded the last of three rulemaking sessions focused on tackling issues raised by the recent reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”). The three-session process culminated...more

CFPB Further Delays Prepaid Proposed Rule

Industry anticipation continues to grow as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that its general-purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid card proposal will now be issued by the end of the summer. Although this...more

Comment Period Extended on Expansion of Critical Habitat Rules

The Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced last week that they are extending the deadline for comments on new critical habitat rules from July 11 to October 9, 2014. The...more

Same-sex marriage and the FMLA: What you need to know

As most of you have heard by now, the U.S. Department of Labor has provided a “sneak preview” of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the definition of “spouse” in the Family and Medical Leave Act. The proposed changes would...more

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Review Eagle Permit Rules

On Friday, June 20, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) announced its plans to engage the public in a review of how permits are issued for the non-purposeful take of bald and golden eagles under the Bald and...more

Supreme Court to Review Cases Involving Overtime Exemption for Mortgage Loan Officers

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted review of two lower court decisions of significant importance to the banking and financial services industries. The cases involve the question of whether mortgage loan officers are...more

Supreme Court to Review Whether Rulemaking is Required When DOL and Other Agencies Flip-Flop on Regulatory Interpretations

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review whether the Department of Labor must engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking in order to significantly alter its interpretation of the agency’s Fair Labor Standards Act...more

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