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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

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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

by Perkins Coie on

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

by Fisher Phillips on

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

Who Listens When Congress Holds a Hearing on a Proposed Merger?

Last week, a Rhode Island Congressman published a letter he sent to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee requesting that the committee hold a hearing on the recently-announced Amazon-Whole Foods merger. This post...more

House Hearing Explores Legislative Remedy to Joint Employer Confusion

by Littler on

On July 12, 2017, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing concerning the need for legislation to redefine the joint employer standard. As many employers are aware, the interpretation of when...more

FinTech Lenders on Notice: Congressman Launches Investigation into FinTech Lending

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II has begun an investigation into small business financial technology (FinTech) lending, expressing concern that “some FinTech lenders may be trapping small business owners in cycles of debt or charging...more

June Washington Update

This month’s Washington Update offers an extensive overview of the major legislation that has recently been introduced on Capitol Hill, as well as the big takeaways from this month’s congressional hearings related to energy...more

Congressional Hearing on Driverless Cars: Tuesday, June 27

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing today on self-driving vehicle legislation at 10 am. ...more

Expected Executive Order to take on High Drug Prices; Senate Committee Hears Recommendations on Drug Supply Chain from Experts

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

According to an article posted today on the BioCentury website, the Trump administration is drafting an executive order that will take on the high costs of pharmaceuticals by instructing “executive agencies to use value-based...more

FERC's approach to EMP and GMD threats

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Federal energy regulators have used both regulatory and more informal collaborative approaches to address the threat to the electric grid posed by electromagnetic pulses and geomagnetic disturbances, according to testimony...more

CFPB Director Cordray Testifies Before House Financial Services Committee

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On April 5, 2017, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee to present the CFPB’s semi-annual report, which is...more

The House Financial Services Committee to Hold a Hearing on Financial CHOICE Act 2.0 this Wednesday – Here’s a Summary of...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

While passage in the House seems likely, the Financial Choice Act may undergo significant changes before it may pass in the Senate. Here is a summary of certain governance and executive compensation provisions that are...more

Proposed TN Legislation Requires Restraint System on School Buses - Legislative Update - Tennessee General Assembly

Next week the Senate Education Committee and House Transportation Committee is expected to hear legislation requiring any school bus ordered or purchased on or after July 1, 2018, to be equipped with a restraint system....more

FDA User Fee Hearings Picking Up Steam on Capitol Hill

As we noted previously in our introductory blog post on the 2017 User Fee Act (UFA) reauthorization process, the first UFA hearing on Capitol Hill was convened on March 2, 2017 by the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s (E&C)...more

GAO, states jump into battles to rein in Big Pharma’s sky-high prices

Big Pharma’s skyrocketing prices are finally in for some real scrutiny by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), as well as new initiatives in the Maryland and New York statehouses....more

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