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USFWS Guidance Clarifies Trigger for ESA Incidental Take Permits Tied to Habitat Modification

by Nossaman LLP on

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Principal Deputy Director Greg Sheehan recently issued a guidance memorandum to USFWS’ Regional Directors to clarify the appropriate trigger for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the...more

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Guidance on Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permits

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a guidance memorandum addressing when an incidental take permit may be needed under Section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act for projects that modify habitat of federally...more

DOJ Implements Policies On Environmental Enforcement

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• A recent memorandum from the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) provides guidance on civil and criminal enforcement of environmental laws. DOJ will continue to pursue...more

Fish and Wildlife Service Doubles Down on Department of Interior Opinion on Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)

On April 11, 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a Memorandum titled “Guidance on the recent M-Opinion affecting the Migratory Bird Treaty Act” (the “Memorandum”), giving field advice to its enforcement...more

II-31- The Changing 9 to 5 From 1980 to Today

by Cozen O'Connor on

This episode flashes back to 1980's 9 to 5 workplace, and then goes back to the future to compare today's workplace of emoji harassment, a new game-changing overtime exemption rule, the 1st ever employer antitrust complaint...more

Back-to-Basics Approach on Injunctive Relief

On April 3, 2018, Susan Bodine, Assistant Administrator of U.S. EPA’s Office of Enforcement Assurance and Compliance Assistance (OECA), issued an internal memorandum titled “The Appropriate Use of Compliance Tools in Civil...more

USPTO Withdraws Newly Characterized Antigen Test For Written Description Of Antibodies

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The USPTO issued a two page memorandum to the Patent Examining Corps noting that some of the USPTO’s written description guidance pertaining to antibody claims is “outdated.” The memo specifically notes withdrawal of the...more

Attention NSR Geeks #2: EPA Flips Position on “Project Netting”

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On March 13, 2018, EPA issued another new NSR interpretation. This one allows a source to take into account emissions decreases when performing the first step in determining NSR applicability, effectively rewriting the long...more

USPTO Adopts Amgen v. Sanofi, Excises “Newly Characterized Antigen” Test from its Written Description Guidance for Antibody Claims

Last month, the USPTO issued a memorandum to its patent examining corps clarifying its guidance concerning the written description requirement for claims drawn to antibodies. In the memorandum, the USPTO adopts the Federal...more

DOJ Memoranda Ushering in New Era for Health Care Enforcement

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In January 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued two memoranda that, taken together, may usher in a new era of False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement in the health care industry. The first memorandum, dated January 10,...more

Goodbye, Guidance? Feds Limit Power Of Agency Guidance Documents - New Justice Department Policy Could Aid Employers Defending...

by Fisher Phillips on

A short policy memorandum quietly issued by the U.S. Department of Justice’s No. 3 official late last month could end up having positive implications for employers defending claims brought by the federal government. The...more

Guidance on Guidance: DOJ Limits Use of Agency Guidance Documents in Civil Enforcement Cases

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a two-page memorandum, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a broad policy statement prohibiting the use of agency guidance documents as the basis for proving legal violations in civil enforcement actions,...more

“Brand Memo” from the U.S. Department of Justice: Reading Between the Lines

On January 25, 2018, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand issued a memo on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) prohibiting certain DOJ uses of federal agency guidance documents in affirmative civil enforcement...more

Changes Continue in EPA's Air Program

by Burr & Forman on

In late January, EPA issued a guidance memorandum related to major sources under § 112 of the Clean Air Act that will likely reduce participation in the program. ...more

Two Recent Justice Department Memoranda May Have Significant Consequences for Pending and Future False Claims Act Enforcement

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In recent weeks, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued two memoranda that might change the calculus of False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases. The memoranda at a minimum provide organizations with new—or at least...more

"Once In, Always In" Policy/Clean Air Act: January 25th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Memorandum Announcing Withdrawal

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Assistant Administrator for Air, William L. Wehrum, issued a January 25th Memorandum rescinding the agency’s Clean Air Act “Once In, Always In” policy....more

CMS Clarifies Text Messaging Prohibition

by Baker Ober Health Law on

After a confusing month of contradicting guidance, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memorandum clarifying its position regarding the use of text messaging with patient information between providers....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

5 points to remember before relying on the EPA’s new NSR guidance on projected future emissions

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On December 7, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a memorandum entitled, “New Source Review Preconstruction Permitting Requirements: Enforceability and Use of the Actual-to-Projected-Actual Applicability Test in...more

New Source Review/Clean Air Act: December 7th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Memorandum Addressing...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator E. Scott Pruitt issued a December 7th guidance memorandum titled: New Source Review Preconstruction Permitting Requirements: Enforceability and Use of...more

NLRB GC Boldly Defines Direction of Board Prosecution in New GC Memo

The new NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb has been fast at work. A short two weeks after being sworn in on November 17, 2017, the new General Counsel issued a memorandum making clear his intention to re-examine much of the...more

Memo From Labor Board’s Top Attorney Signals Change Is On Its Way

by Fisher Phillips on

The newly installed General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board published a memorandum late last week indicating that the General Counsel is preparing to push to reverse many of the controversial positions taken...more

DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Announces FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

• The voluntary disclosure of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violation, “full cooperation” in an ensuing investigation, and timely and appropriate remediation, will create a presumption that the disclosing company...more

Global IT Company Settles Years of Federal and State Immigration Investigations - $24 Million in Fines Paid.

Infosys, a global consulting and IT services company, with operations in 45 countries, recently reported an agreement with the State of New York to settle allegations that Infosys failed to pay hundreds of foreign workers who...more

How the DACA “Wind Down” Will Impact Employers

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On September 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued a memorandum rescinding an Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). DACA permits certain undocumented aliens that...more

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