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Renewable Alert Letter 34: Deadline for commencement of operations for wind power, etc.

METI recently released an outline of proposed ordinances partially amending the FIT Act and is currently accepting public comment. The following items are of particular interest....more

EPA Publishes Notice Requesting Public Comment on Whether to Regulate Discharges to Groundwater Under the CWA

On February 20, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on whether the EPA can regulate discharges to groundwater that flow to jurisdictional...more

CFPB Issues Requests for Information Regarding Its Enforcement and Supervision Processes

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The CFPB has issued two Requests for Information, seeking public comment on its enforcement and supervision processes. The Requests for Information are part of a larger call for feedback on the effectiveness of several...more

National Waterways Conference Requests More Time on Draft 408 Policy

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The National Waterways Conference has submitted a letter in response to the notice published in the Federal Register on February 5, 2018, seeking comment on the draft Engineering Circular (EC) on 408 permissions. According...more

OCC Seeks Comments on SAFE Act’s MLO Information Collection Requirement

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The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) recently published a notice and request for comment regarding the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act’s (SAFE Act) mortgage loan originator (MLO)...more

Proposed CEQA Guideline for Highway Projects Promises Flexibility In the Measurement of Traffic Impacts, But Delivers Ambiguity

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In response to material opposition from many of the transportation agencies in the State, the California Natural Resources Agency has proposed to provide transportation agencies with the discretion to determine the metric...more

Four Energy Conservation Standards: Federal Court Addresses Lawsuit Alleging Department of Energy Violation of Energy Policy and...

A United States District Court (Northern District of California) addressed in a February 15th Order a Motion for Summary Judgment arguing that the United States Department of Energy (“DOE”) violated the Energy Policy and...more

Discharge of Pollutants/Clean Water Act: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Request for Comments Addressing Groundwater/Surface...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a February 20 Federal Register Notice requesting comments on the agency’s previous statements regarding the Clean Water Act and: . . . whether pollutant...more

Two Opportunities for Student Loan Companies to Speak Up

Two recent requests from lawmakers have provided student loan servicers and originators the opportunity to comment on hot-button issues for the industry: The CFPB issued a Request for Information last week, seeking...more

DOJ Reaches Settlement with Michigan Hospital on Allegedly Unlawful Marketing Agreement

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On Friday February 9, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Antitrust Division announced a settlement with Henry Ford Allegiance Health (“Allegiance”) of claims that Allegiance and certain other hospitals unlawfully...more

NLRB Still Seeking Input on Possible Rescission of “Quickie” Election Rule

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Seyfarth Synopsis: The business community has another opportunity to convince the NLRB to rescind the expedited election rules that have been wreaking havoc on workplaces since 2014, after the agency extended the public...more

MSRB Comment Request on Draft FAQs Regarding Rule G-42 and Making Recommendations

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On February 15, 2018, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) published Notice 2018-03, requesting comment on draft frequently asked questions and proposed responses (“FAQs”). The draft FAQs address duties of...more

As Filing Deadline Approaches, Florida Constitution Revision Commission Holds More Public Hearings but Has yet to Vote on...

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Continuing a process that began last spring and is approaching a final May 10 deadline, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (the “Commission”) is traveling across the state to hold public hearings for additional...more

CFPB Issues a Request for Information Regarding Administrative Adjudications

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The CFPB has issued a Request for Information, seeking comments from the public regarding how it might better improve its administrative adjudication processes, including the Rules of Practice for Adjudication Proceedings...more

DDTC and BIS Solicit Comments Regarding Controls over Explosives, Personal Protective Equipment, and Military and Intelligence...

• DDTC and BIS have published concurrent NOIs requesting public comments on the controls over the export and reexport of explosives, personal protective equipment, and military and intelligence electronics. (By volume and...more

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (Newton County, Arkansas): Ozark Society, Inc. Intervention in Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology...

The Ozark Society, Inc. and three individuals filed a January 26th Motion to Intervene and Request for Hearing (“Motion”) in C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (“C&H”) Request for Adjudicatory Hearing and Commission Review...more

Signed, sealed and almost delivered - Canada’s new trademark law is in sight

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Canada is finally completing the last steps necessary for implementing its new trademark law. The changes will be the most significant in 50 years – both procedurally and substantively....more

EEOC Approves Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2022

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has approved its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018-2022. The Strategic Plan serves as a framework for the Commission in achieving...more

Federal Review of Environmental and Regulatory Processes Underway

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Proposed Amendments to the Fisheries Act - On February 6, 2018, the Federal Government introduced amendments to the Fisheries Act aimed at enhancing protection to fish and fish habitat. The proposed amendments form part of...more

Befuddled by BYOD? The Sedona Conference Has a New Set of Principles to Guide You: eDiscovery Best Practices

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Many organizations are permitting (or even encouraging) their employees to use their own personal devices to access, create, and manage company related information – a practice commonly referred to as Bring Your Own Device...more

Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Regulation 36 (Used Tire Recycling and Accountability Program) Proposed...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) announced that the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (“APC&EC”) will hold a public hearing to receive comments on proposed amendments to emergency...more

SBA Proposed Rule Standardizes SDVO SBC Ownership & Control Standards

On January 29, 2018, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposed to significantly amend its regulations to standardize and clarify the ownership and control standards required for qualifying as either a...more

CFPB Issues Request for Information Regarding Civil Investigative Demands

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The CFPB recently announced that in this coming year it plans to publish in the Federal Register a series of Requests for Information (RFIs) seeking comment on its enforcement, supervisory, rulemaking, market monitoring, and...more

Draft 408 Guidance imminent; USACE Webinars Scheduled

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Happy New Year!!!!!! Yes, it is actually February, but it is a new year for this blog as we turn our attention to a world full of flood risk reduction actions in the second year of the Trump Administration. We are hearing...more

US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Information Request Regarding Civil Investigative Demands

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published a notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment regarding the agency’s Civil Investigative Demands (CID) processes...more

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