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New Drone Provisions Enacted Through National Defense Legislation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Dec. 12, 2017, President Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA), authorizing appropriations for various military and national defense programs. The NDAA also contained two...more

Proposed Law Would Criminalize Failures to Report Data Breaches

A draft bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate serves as a good reminder that compliance with data breach reporting requirements is critical. This bill follows significant, high-profile data breaches by Uber and Equifax,...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - 1. Cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity preparedness is essential in 2018 as the risk of, and associated adverse impact of, breaches continue to rise. The past year redefined the upward bounds of the...more

New Legislation Increases Access to Medical Products for Military Applications

by Hogan Lovells on

Yesterday, the President signed new legislation that gives the Department of Defense (DoD) new opportunities to advocate to FDA for expedited development, review, and Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for medical products...more

Race to Connected, Self-Driving Cars Not Without Speed Bumps

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Those racing to fill the streets with driverless and shared vehicles are weighing their competitive pursuits and market moves against the new regulations and industry standards coming down the pike. Originally published...more

Senators Re-Introduce Bill Requiring 30-Day Notification of Company Data Breaches

As we near the end of a year that has seen more than its share of massive data breaches, two bills have been introduced (one re-introduced) in the U.S. Senate....more

Is Algorithmic Transparency the Next Regulatory Frontier in Data Privacy?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing on the use of computer algorithms and their impact on consumers. This was the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The UK and EU made a significant breakthrough early this morning to “unlock” Brexit divorce negotiations. The still-rough agreement would see Britain repaying $53 billion and addressed in at least vague terms thorny issues...more

Pending Legislation Seeks to Secure Federal Government IoT

by Reed Smith on

A recent Senate bill is yet another signal of the federal government’s increasing focus on the security of the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017, introduced by Senator Mark...more

Recent Congressional Actions Bring Drug Pricing Debate Back Into National Spotlight

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In late October, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) introduced the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2017 (S. 2011; H.R. 4138), which would allow the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...more

Trump Announces Drone Integration Pilot Program

by Snell & Wilmer on

On October 25, President Trump issued a memorandum directing Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao to launch an initiative to safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local...more

UPDATE: It's a Bicycle, It's a Motorcycle, It's a Motor Vehicle...No, It's an Electric Bicycle - More states enacting specific...

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On October 30, 2017, Michigan became the seventh state to adopt specific electric bicycle (“e-bike”) legislation joining Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, and Utah. States like Ohio, Wisconsin, and...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 37

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Majority Leader McCarthy informed members on Thursday that they should be ready to vote this evening on a motion to go to conference with the Senate on tax legislation, despite the House not scheduled to be in session....more

The Numbers Don’t Lie: The SEC Pursues a More Streamlined Enforcement Agenda

One of the most eye-catching items in the recently released 2017 Annual Report of the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission) is the significant decline in enforcement activity...more

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Take Three: A Methods-Based Review of the Senate’s Initial Draft of Tax Reform Legislation

On November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee released a draft of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the House proposal). On November 9, Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) released a summary of the...more

Congressional Confusion About the Federal Income Tax Credit for Research Expenditures

by Miller Canfield on

All congressional committees that have issued explanations of the pending Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may not be speaking with one voice about supporting the federal income tax credit for research expenses. That is cause for...more

Regulation of Cosmetics: Is Increased FDA Oversight on the Horizon?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The cosmetics industry is booming. In 2016, sales of beauty products climbed to more than $400 billion, and that number likely will keep growing. Consumers assume that these products are safe and effective. But a recent study...more

UK Budgets for Fintech Growth

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The UK government’s 2017 Autumn Budget included some measures of particular interest for fintech firms, demonstrating the government’s continued commitment to making the UK a world-leading fintech hub. The government has...more

Russian Lawmakers Move to Be Able to Ban Use of VPNs and Similar Access Tools

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Russia has adopted a new law further toughening the country’s Internet-blocking regime and introducing a number of restrictive measures applicable to intermediaries providing access to blocked websites, IT networks, and...more

UK publishes paper on Brexit and medicines regulation

by Hogan Lovells on

On the same day as the European Council voted to move the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from London to Amsterdam, the UK Parliament issued a briefing paper on Brexit and medicines regulation. ...more

Part Two: In-Depth Look at New York’s New Data Security Bill

Second in a two-part series. Last week, in the first part of this series, we examined several key aspects of New York’s proposed data security law, Stop Hacks and Improve Data Security Act or SHIELD Act. In our second and...more

President Trump To Open Skies For Companies To Test Commercial Drones

Recently, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum purporting to relax rules for testing of commercial drones by private sector corporations. The Memorandum proposes that more companies should be allowed to fly their...more

Revised Senate Tax Reform Bill Represents Win for Technology Sector

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Paving the way for a net-win for technology companies, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) released a modified chairman’s mark to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that brings treatment of equity and...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, November 2017

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

TSCA/FIFRA - EPA Extends Comment Period For Draft Guidance For Pesticide Registrants On Notifications, Non-notifications, And Minor Formulation Amendments: On October 5, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

2018 NDAA Analysis: DoD “Amazon” Bill Poised to Become Law

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This is the second blog post in a series of blogs analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as agreed-to by House and Senate negotiators on November 8, 2017. Stay tuned for additional...more

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