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Recent Developments on DOL Fiduciary Rule

There have been several attempts to kill the Fiduciary Rule in recent months. On June 8, The Financial Choice Act (H.R. 10), which overhauls the Dodd-Frank Act and in the process repeals the Fiduciary Rule, passed by a vote...more

Executive Order Reinforces Measures to Reform Infrastructure Project Review

by WilmerHale on

On August 15, President Trump signed an Executive Order calling for streamlined federal review of major infrastructure projects. The Order applies to federal approvals for infrastructure projects in the following sectors...more

[Webinar] Renegotiating NAFTA, What's on the Table - September 6th, 1:00pm CT

The US, Mexico and Canada will engage in substantial negotiation to shape the terms in which the NAFTA region, (one of the most competitive regions in the world) will compete not only among themselves but with the rest of the...more

Update on Cost-Sharing Reduction (CSR) Payments and Graham-Cassidy-Heller Proposal

by King & Spalding on

According to multiple media reports, the Trump administration will make CSR payments for August. President Trump has previously called these expenditures, which help insurers fund coverage for low income individuals,...more

Time Will Tell If Trump Infrastructure Executive Order Shortens Federal Reviews

On August 15, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) (not yet numbered) that seeks to streamline federal environmental review and approvals of major infrastructure projects by imposing new timelines and...more

“Buy American And Hire American” Update - Comments solicited for consideration in report to President Trump

by King & Spalding on

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) published a Federal Register notice requesting comments on the costs and benefits to U.S....more

Department of Labor Names Wayne Palmer Acting Head of Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

While it remains to be seen whether a formal presidential appointee will be tapped to run the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Trump Administration finally made an influx of leadership decisions for the...more

K&L Gates Triage: 340B Regulatory Update: CMS Proposal and Draft Executive Order Could Have Big Impact on 340B Program

by K&L Gates LLP on

cmsThis episode outlines the basics of the 340B Drug Pricing Program and discusses potential changes affecting the program, including CMS’s recent proposal to cut reimbursement for Part B drugs purchased under the 340B...more

Trump Reportedly Has Chosen His Nominee For NLRB General Counsel

Bloomberg BNA reported last night that President Trump plans to nominate management-side labor attorney Peter Robb to become General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, replacing Richard Griffin, whose term...more

President Trump’s DOJ Takes Website Accessibility Regulations off the Table

As those interested in website accessibility regulations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) know, the Department of Justice announced in May 2016 that it would issue a rule governing website...more

Blog: Deregulation? What Deregulation? Two (Persistent) Campaigns For Enhanced Disclosure Requirements

by Cooley LLP on

Notwithstanding the deregulatory emphasis of the current administration, two campaigns are currently being waged to convince the SEC to adopt new regulations mandating more disclosure—one related to human capital management...more

Live! Legislative Updates

In our first two newsletters, we offered thoughts and predictions on the Trump Legislative Agenda. Here are a few updates...more

Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake Rebukes GOP Plan to Cut Legal Immigration in Half

In a recent editorial for the New York Times, Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona pointedly attacked the RAISE Act – a bill proposed in the U.S. Senate to cut legal immigration in half and focus almost solely on skilled...more

Management Alert – The Current Federal Retrenchment on LGBT Rights

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The first eight months of the new administration signals a retrenchment on the executive branch’s view of legal protections due LGBT individuals, including in employment....more

There'll Be Some Changes Made: President Signs Prescription Drug and Biologic User Fee Reauthorization Act

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 18, 2017, President Trump signed into law the FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA). FDARA reauthorizes user fees paid to FDA to support regulatory review of innovator drugs and biologics, medical devices, generic drugs,...more

The Trump Administration Set to Renegotiate NAFTA

by Cozen O'Connor on

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a trade deal that President Trump has been highly critical of, especially while campaigning. Trump once referred to NAFTA as the “worst trade deal” ever signed by the United...more

Developers and businesses take note: as the feds roll back wetland regulation, California is stepping in

by DLA Piper on

Land developers, commercial property owners and industrial entities should closely watch the major shifts in the ways significant wetland habitats are regulated, as the Trump Administration strips away relevant federal...more

New Acting Head Of MSHA Named

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On August 21st, 2017, Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, announced that Wayne Palmer, former Chief of Staff for the Department of Labor, will serve as interim Assistant Secretary for the Mine Safety and Health...more

Trump Administration Stops Law Enforcement Funds To Chicago, Sanctuary City, And Gets Sued

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Chicago, a sanctuary city, is challenging the Trump Administration’s ability to deny it needed law enforcement funds. The battle between the Administration and sanctuary localities began in April, when a federal judge...more

Could Tax Reform Threaten Higher Education?

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Given declining funding from government sources and the continued pressure to minimize tuition increases, it is critical for higher education institutions to encourage private giving. The primary catalyst for private giving...more

Six Crucial Points About the New Russia, Iran and North Korea-Related Sanctions Law

Russia-Related Sanctions Codification: The new law codifies sanctions executive orders related to circumstances in Ukraine and Crimea as well as certain cyber-enabled activities, restricting the U.S. President's authority to...more

ACS/Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Higher Education Newsletter

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

A Word on Emergency Preparedness: Active Shooter Training & Drills – Unfortunately, the Time Is Now - Sadly, there isn’t an academic year that goes by that does not include at least one report of violence on college...more

Executive Order Seeks to Expedite Federal Infrastructure Review Process

by Clark Hill PLC on

President Trump issued a new executive order that seeks to streamline the Environmental Review and Streamlining Process. Most local infrastructure projects that ultimately involve the use of eminent domain depend upon...more

Trump Track: Executive Order To Speed Infrastructure Projects

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On August 15, 2017, President Trump issued yet another executive order (EO) intended to speed environmental review of infrastructure projects. His first executive order with that objective, issued January 24, 2017, was devoid...more

Missouri PSC rejection of Grain Belt Express line exemplifies the regulatory uncertainty in getting a proposed project to market

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Since the presidential election last year, there has been lots of discussion about the need to make regulatory reviews of infrastructure projects more modern and efficient. President Trump has called for federal regulatory...more

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