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Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds Governor’s Veto of Legislative Appropriations

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld Governor Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of appropriations for the Minnesota House and Senate for the 2018-2019 biennium. The Court acted with only a single dissent....more

Environmental Citizen Suits —A Growing Trend Under the Trump Administration

by King & Spalding on

In his first year in office, President Trump has begun to deliver on his campaign promise of rolling back environmental regulations—from the waters of the United States rulemaking to the Clean Power Plan. He has also proposed...more

FTC Fills Up With Trump Nominations

After making do with just two members since February, the Federal Trade Commission may soon be back at full capacity after President Donald Trump officially nominated two individuals to join the FTC, including one tapped as...more

Department of Transportation Forms Pilot Program to Integrate UAS into National Airspace

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In direct response to a Presidential Memorandum issued on October 25, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT), in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), announced details of a new pilot program...more

Peter Robb Confirmed as NLRB General Counsel

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Former management-side labor attorney Peter Robb was confirmed as the General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, the last key piece to what many employers hope will result in the Board’s...more

Senate Approves Trump Nominee for General Counsel of NLRB: How This Will Impact Non-Union Employers

On November 8, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed Peter Robb as the new General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB" or "Board"). In private practice, Robb was a noted critic of the NLRB under the Obama...more

Senate Confirms President Trump’s Pick for National Labor Relations Board General Counsel

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

In September, President Trump nominated management-side labor and employment lawyer Peter Robb to replace Richard Griffin, whose term expired on November 4, 2017, as general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board. ...more

New CFPB enforcement chief to be appointed

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

While an official announcement has not yet appeared on the CFPB’s website, it has been widely reported that Kristen Donoghue will be appointed the CFPB’s new Assistant Director of Enforcement, effective November 17, 2017. ...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In the Winter 2017 edition of the Intellectual Property Bulletin, we reported on IP-related changes expected with the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress. Here we look at two such changes currently underway:...more

Initial House Proposal on Tax Exempt Bonds

by King & Spalding on

On Thursday, November 2, 2017, the House leadership released its long-awaited proposed tax bill for consideration by the Ways and Means Committee. Representatives of the tax exempt bond community had previously had...more

Massachusetts Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Non-Compete Legislation

The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development held a hearing on Tuesday, October 31 to receive testimony on the several bills introduced this session addressing the use of non-compete agreements in Massachusetts....more

October 2017: The Top 11 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. October was no...more

Senate Confirms FERC Nominees Mcintyre And Glick

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nominations of Kevin McIntyre as FERC Chairman and Richard Glick...more

With Sovereign Immunity, the McCaskill Bill, and Oil States, Big Changes Might Be in Store for Inter Partes Review

When the American Invents Act was passed in 2011, most of us saw the inter partes review process as a streamlined, relatively inexpensive procedure that would permit accused infringers, especially those accused by...more

Positive Ruling On Generator Rules May Not Protect Owners In The Short Term

Notwithstanding what we consider a well-reasoned and proper ruling by an Administrative Law Judge against Governor Scott’s emergency rule on generators and fuel, cautious senior living facility owners may still want to submit...more

DOT Announces Drone Pilot Program to Encourage Local and National Collaboration

President Donald Trump has directed the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to launch an initiative which will safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local governments in...more

Trump Nominates FedEx VP for Safety as OSHA Administrator

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The White House announced on October 27th that it has nominated Scott A. Mugno to be the Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health. If confirmed, Mr. Mugno will serve as the Administrator of the federal...more

Florida Administrative Law Judge Invalidates Governor’s Executive Order Mandating Generators for Senior Housing Facilities

Last week, an Administrative Law Judge ruled against the governor and state agencies regulating senior housing communities, finding that the controversial emergency order did not address a true emergency and as written was...more

Trump To Tap FedEx Safety Head to Lead OSHA

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On October 27, 2017, the White House announced its intention to nominate Scott Mugno to the position of Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. Mr. Mugno currently is the Vice President for Safety, Sustainability and Vehicle...more

Update on a Prior Post: SB 774 is Tabled for the Legislative Session; No Toxic Substances Board

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On September 14, 2017, Senate Bill 774 (“SB 774”) was ordered inactive on request of Assembly Member Calderon. The bill, which proposed creation of the new California Toxic Substances Board (“CTS Board”), will not become law...more

Missouri Senator Introduces Bill to Abrogate Native American Sovereignty for Inter Partes Review Petitions

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

S.1948 – A bill to abrogate the sovereign immunity of Indian tribes as a defense in inter partes review of patents. Allergan, Inc. and The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Mylan Pharmaceuticals,...more

White House Unveils New Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program

by Hogan Lovells on

This week, the White House announced a new pilot program to further integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) into the National Airspace System (NAS) and to enable development of new UAS technologies for use in a...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Will the New Composition of Federal Agencies Effect Change?

by Littler on

Nine months into President Trump’s term, the pace of nominations and appointments to fill critical position within his administration is accelerating. Action on the nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB),...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - October 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Santa Clara Valley Water District rejects twin Delta tunnels plan, endorsing smaller version instead - San Jose Mercury News - Oct 17 - In a landmark vote closely watched across California, the Santa Clara Valley...more

Legislation to Alter State Water Rights Enforcement Action Processes Fails

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 313, which would have shifted the hearing process for certain water rights enforcement actions to a new Water Rights Division within the Office of Administrative Hearings. However, his...more

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