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Vermont Legislative Update 1-12-18 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee unanimously approved a bill this week, H.593, that includes a variety of consumer protection provisions that were considered but not approved last year. A similar bill...more

USCIS Clarifies Position on AC21 H-1B Extensions

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Last week, USCIS clarified that it is not considering changing its interpretation of the H-1B extension of status provisions offered in the American Competitiveness in the Twenty First Century Act (AC21)....more

Gavel to Gavel: Speedier service or biased browsing?

by McAfee & Taft on

Just last month, the Federal Communications Commission reversed its 2015 rules that were intended to ban internet service providers from paid prioritization of internet users, content and services. Originally published in ...more

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Technology Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

Uniform Act to Regulate Virtual Currency Businesses Ready for State Adoption

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A new proposed law to create a statutory framework for regulating persons engaging in virtual-currency business activity, the Uniform Regulation of Virtual-Currency Businesses Act (URVCBA), has been approved by the Uniform...more

Moving beyond Title II: The net neutrality battle returns to Congress

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Is the obsession with Title II over? For nearly 12 years, the net neutrality issue has bounced back and forth between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the courts. A key aspect of this never-ending debate...more

Equifax Must Turn Over NY Breach Data This Week

New York State regulators won’t be letting Equifax, Inc. off-the-hook any time soon for last year’s massive data breach that affected more than 145 million Americans....more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 1

by Clark Hill PLC on

Another short-term continuing resolution is all but guaranteed as the current continuing resolution will expire later this month and budget talks last week did not result in a deal or hint at one in the near future. As the...more

New York Launches Mid-Term Election Cyber Initiative

Cybersecurity will remain at the top of New York State’s regulatory agenda this year. In his annual State of the State address last week, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called for new measures to defend against...more

Is the internet neutral and does it really matter?

by McAfee & Taft on

On April 13, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) placed new regulatory rules on internet service providers (ISPs) that were intended to ban paid prioritization of internet users, content and services. Last...more

Congress Takes Aim at the FUTURE of Artificial Intelligence

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: As the calendar turns over to 2018, artificial intelligence (“AI”) system developers will need to keep an eye on first of its kind legislation being considered in Congress. The Fundamentally Understanding the...more

2017, We Hardly Knew You: A Look Ahead to 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Taking over as editors of Holland & Knight’s Government Contracts Blog has been a labor, but it has been a labor of love. Like the rest of the Government Contracts Team, we are passionate about staying on top of the latest...more

Public Transportation Agencies Borrow Ideas From Private Ride Sharing Apps To Enhance Services

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The popularity of ride sharing services have brought a flurry of innovative changes to public transit agencies. Such changes include, for example, partnering with private ride sharing services as well as offering smartphone...more

Tax Reform Changes to Healthcare

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Following a final vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday morning, Dec. 20, 2017, Congress sent the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) to President Donald Trump's desk. In addition to extensive revisions to the tax...more

Businesses Take Note: Updates to Maryland’s Data Breach Notification Law Take Effect January 1, 2018

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

What are businesses required to do when personal information they have collected is breached? Most states have breach notification laws with varying degrees of security and notice requirements. With high profile data...more

President Trump Reinstates the FAA Drone Registration Requirement

By signing the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, President Donald Trump reinstated the requirement for recreational drone operators to register with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The requirement was...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Evangelos Argyrakis Launches Bid for Nebraska Attorney General- Democrat Evangelos Argyrakis has filed as a candidate for Nebraska AG in 2018. Argyrakis is a former immigration...more

EU Adopts Regulations Increasing Transparency in Virtual Currency Trading to Combat Money Laundering, Tax Evasion, and Terrorism...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

After over a year of negotiations, the European Parliament and its executive arm, the European Council, recently agreed to an amendment to the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive to include measures targeting exchange...more

Proposed Legislation in New York Would Recognize Enforceability of BlockChain Transactions and Explore Applications of Technology

While the investment potential of cryptocurrencies, including BitCoin, has been all over the news in recent weeks, state governments have begun to explore the practical applications of blockchain – the technology underlying...more

Advertising of unapproved therapeutic goods may soon be permitted

by Dentons on

Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017 and Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Amendment Bill 2017 (collectively, the Bills) propose to bring significant changes to the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (the TG Act) and...more

(Another) Federal Data Breach Notification Law Introduced in Congress

by Wilson Elser on

Senate Democrats have introduced a third iteration of a federal data breach notification bill, the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2017 (S.B. 2179). If passed into law, this bill would replace the patchwork of 48...more

2017 Healthcare Year in Review

by Burr & Forman on

If the 2017 healthcare environment could be summed up in one word, it would be “uncertainty.” With the largely unexpected election of Donald Trump as President, the multiple, unsuccessful attempts by the Republican controlled...more

Italy approves new provisions on informed consent and advance decision of medical treatments – Why it matters for clinical trials...

by Hogan Lovells on

On December 14th, 2017, the Italian Senate passed a long-awaited bill (DDL no 2801) governing the informed consent to medical treatments, which also allows individuals to express their wishes on medical treatments in the...more

AV START Act Addresses Privacy and Cybersecurity Issues Associated With the Development of Highly Automated Vehicles

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In proposed amendments earlier this week to the current draft of the "AV START Act," the Senate addressed important cybersecurity, data access, and privacy concerns associated with the development of highly automated vehicles...more

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

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