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Growing Support for Legalized Marijuana in New England, Despite Uncertainty

by Wilson Elser on

Recent developments in three New England states indicate that popular support for legalized marijuana is growing, even as the federal government reverses the hands-off policy of the previous administration....more

Finance Committee Advances HHS Secretary Nominee Azar

by Reed Smith on

On January 17, 2018, the Senate Finance Committee voted to advance the nomination of Alex Azar to be Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) by a vote of 15-12. The nomination now moves to the full Senate....more

Updates About The Fate Of New Jersey Animal-Related Bills

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Just a quick update about some recent blogs describing proposed bills in New Jersey. Governor Christie pulled the plug on the NJSPCA signing S3558 into law which removes the association’s law enforcement authority....more

It's Official: Trump Names John Ring For NLRB Vacancy

As we have expected, President Trump this week nominated John Ring, former law partner of former Board Chairman Philip Miscimarra, to fill the vacancy on the National Labor Relations Board that was created when Mr. Miscimarra...more

Status Of The “Dreamers”? It’s All Right For Now, But Still Very Much Up In The Air

Last week, a federal judge in San Francisco preliminarily blocked the Trump Administration’s plan to commence an orderly termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by March 5. The court ruled that,...more

Three Key Aspects of the New Tax Law

The new tax law is lengthy and full of complex provisions. This article highlights three key aspects of the tax reform and how they may affect you. 1. The individual income tax rates have decreased and standard deduction...more

Tax Reform: Finale or Intermission?

by K&L Gates LLP on

When President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) on December 22, 2017, it wasn’t the grand finale of the tax reform process — it was merely the end of the first act. Already, Congress has begun considering...more

Temporary Fix: President Trump Extends The Iran Nuclear Deal

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On January 12, 2018, President Trump issued a statement announcing that he will approve certain sanctions waivers necessary in order to preserve the Iran nuclear deal. At the same time, he called on the U.S.’s European allies...more

2018 Tax Law to Reduce Pipeline Expansion Recourse Rates

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

FERC staff has asked gas pipelines with pending expansion applications how 2018 tax law changes will impact their proposed project’s cost of service and the project’s proposed incremental rates. FERC has imposed a quick,...more

Trump Waives Secondary Sanctions on Iran, But Vows Not to do so Again Without Changes to the JCPOA

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week the President begrudgingly extended waivers continuing to lift U.S. “secondary sanctions” on Iran. But the President also insisted that he will not issue further extensions without a renegotiation of certain...more

California Evidence Code Section 956(B): How To Preserve The Attorney-Client Privilege Over Advice Concerning Medical And...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

California Governor Jerry Brown signed an amendment to California Evidence Code Section 956 ominously known as the “crime-fraud exception”. The newly-revised Code Section attempts to address the tension between state and...more

Trump Administration: 2017 Recap and 2018 Outlook

On January 20, 2017, businessman Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States following a contentious and unconventional 2016 presidential election. Republicans also successfully maintained control...more

D.C. Circuit To Hear Appeal In Fight To Control CFPB

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request to remove Mick Mulvaney as the CFPB’s acting director, finding that the President has authority to appoint the acting director despite former CFPB Director...more

New Paid Family Leave Tax Credit

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The recently-enacted Tax Cut and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”) includes a provision that eases the burden for employers who adopt paid family and medical leave policies. The Tax Act added a new federal tax credit available...more

Avoiding conflicts of interest

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Most public officials, especially those at the local level, hold private employment, own businesses and have family in the community. This can make avoiding conflicts of interest a challenge when asked to vote on an ordinance...more

Helping Employers Wade Through the Weeds of California's Marijuana Legalization Law

by Nossaman LLP on

On November 8, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64, or the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which immediately made it legal for adults 21 years of age and older to possess and cultivate specific amounts of marijuana for...more

Tax Reform: Impact on Private Equity and M&A

by Vedder Price on

On December 22, 2017, new tax legislation commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) was signed into law. The Act represents a major overhaul of the U.S. federal tax system and includes many new provisions,...more

Arizona Legislature Considers Strengthening Data Breach Notification Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Arizona State Legislature is considering proposed legislation that, if enacted, would significantly change the requirements for how Arizona entities respond to data breaches....more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XLII: Maryland Becomes Ninth State To Enact Paid Sick Leave Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following successful votes by the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a 2017 paid sick leave bill, on January 12, 2018 Maryland became the ninth state in the...more

AOB Reform Bill Passes Florida House, Senate Future Uncertain

On January 12, 2018, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill (HB 7015) that would dramatically affect the way contractors and their lawyers use assignments of benefits (“AOBs”) in first-party property insurance...more

New Year’s resolution: Don’t end up on the lobbying “naughty list”

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Lobbying reports are quickly coming due. January 31, 2018, is the deadline for the September through December 2017 time period. These lobbying activity and expenditure reports, filed with the Office of the Legislative...more

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Signs First Executive Order for Equal Pay and Gender Equality

by Genova Burns LLC on

In his first official act as Governor of the State of New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order on January 16, 2018 promoting equal pay for equal work in New Jersey. The Executive Order, which is set to take...more

U.S. Court of Appeals upholds per-election contribution limits

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

In Holmes v. FEC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously rejected an argument that the Federal Election Campaign Act’s (FECA) base limits on individual contributions to candidates violated...more

Treasury Department Urges SEC to Act on Life Company Products

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury published an October 2017 report, "A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities — Asset Management and Insurance" in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13772 on "Core...more

France Launches Online Consultation on Transforming the French Economy and Growing Business in France - PACTE

by Bryan Cave on

President Emmanuel Macron promised that he would transform and modernize the French economy and improve the legal and regulatory climate to facilitate the growth of business. To this end, the French Government has put forward...more

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