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New Jersey Congressman Calls for a Hearing on the Proposed Cigna/Express Scripts Merger

Recently, Cigna announced its plan to purchase pharmacy benefit manager (“PBM”) Express Scripts. In a March 14, 2018 letter to the chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Gregory Walden (R-Oregon), Congressman...more

Summary of Congressional Hearing: “The State of Aviation Safety” Part II

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In Part I of this post, we summarized the statements of Subcommittee Chairman LoBiondo and FAA and NASA witnesses at the February 27 hearing on “The State of Aviation Safety” conducted by the Subcommittee on Aviation of the...more

President Trump’s FTC Commissioner Nominees Signal Willingness for Greater Data Security Enforcement Authority

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On February 28, 2018, President Trump’s four nominees to head the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) advanced to the Senate for confirmation and now appear poised to assume leadership of an agency grappling with its data...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - February 2018 #4

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Contractors on Board with Defense Department Budget Request - The defense contracting industry has had a positive reaction to President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2019 Defense Department budget...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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Cryptocurrencies continued to be an important topic of discussion this week. The Chairman of the SEC and the Chairman of the CFTC testified before the Senate Banking Committee on the subject....more

Top Federal Securities and Commodities Regulators Testify on Virtual Currency Regulation Before Senate Committee

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In their testimony before the U. S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (the “Committee”), Chairman Jay Clayton of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo of the...more

Assistant Secretary of Labor David Zatezalo Testifies on MSHA’s Policies and Priorities for 2018

On February 6, 2018, during a session entitled “Reviewing the Policies and Priorities of the Mine Safety and Health Administration,” Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health David G. Zatezalo testified before...more

Congress Hears Testimony On Cryptocurrencies from SEC, CFTC

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Congress stepped into the crypto currency world this week, holding hearings that focused on the digital currency markets. Specifically, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs heard testimony from SEC...more

US Senate Banking Committee Holds Bank Secrecy Act Modernization Hearing

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs held a full committee hearing entitled “Combating Money Laundering and Other Forms of Illicit Finance: Opportunities to Reform and Strengthen BSA Enforcement.”...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

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

Impeachment Lessons and The Midnight Special

This post will eventually test your affinity for the 1970s, which featured both Richard Nixon and The Midnight Special. The Special was formative in my teenage years, which explains a great deal. But first, many thanks to...more

Congressional Investigations Alert - October 2017

House Passes Resolution to Expand Congressional Subpoena Power and Demand Extraordinary Compliance from its Targets - Yesterday, the House passed a bill that could expand Congress’s investigative authority and...more

Whistleblower Protections

by DLA Piper on

On 14 September 2017, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services reported to the Senate its recommendations for reform to Australia's whistleblower protections in the corporate, public and...more

FinTech Highlights from CFTC Chairman Giancarlo’s Testimony Before House Agricultural Committee

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Earlier this week, CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo testified before the House Agricultural Committee. The following are highlights of “Fin Tech” issues addressed during the course of that testimony....more

Congress Debates Its Role In The Gig Economy

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Should the legislative branch of the federal government focus its efforts on regulating the gig economy at the present time, or should they stick to bigger picture topics to occupy their time (such as healthcare or updating...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 37

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC and Division of Corporation Finance Issue New Pay Ratio Disclosure Guidance - On September 21, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an interpretive release (available here) regarding...more

Congressional Hearing: Water Infrastructure

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Yesterday, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District General Manager David Pedersen (a Best Best & Krieger client), testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment on...more

Examination of Vegetation Management Requirements for Electricity Assets Located on Federal Lands: September 19th U.S. Senate...

The United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing titled - To Examine Vegetation Management Requirements for Electricity Assets Located on Federal Lands - The hearing was also scheduled...more

Driverless Cars: New Federal Guidelines and a Congressional Hearing

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Just in time for #BBKInnovation Week: A revised version of the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy was released by the Department of Transportation through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Senate...more

Congressional hearing regarding proposed financial regulation scheduled for September 7

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Congress is back in session and this Thursday, September 7, the House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit will hold a one-panel hearing entitled “Legislative Proposals for a More Efficient Federal...more

What to Expect From NAFTA Renegotiations

On July 17, 2017, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released a report on U.S. goals to modify the current North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The report provides insight into the issues that will be...more

USFWS Tentatively Supports ESA Reform Bills

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On July 19, 2017, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a full committee legislative hearing on five bills that would amend portions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA)....more

New Medicare Proposals that Reduce Payment to Hospitals for 340B Drugs in 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On July 13, 2017, CMS released several proposed rules impacting health care, including the 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule which, among other proposals, could have a significant impact on 340B...more

United States v. Nixon – An Important Reminder

by Michael Volkov on

In these days of political turmoil, it is always important to know specific and relevant events from our country’s past. I was fascinated by the Watergate scandal and was enamored with the role played by prosecutors and...more

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